Birthdays in History on October 2

  • 1452 King Richard III, of England (1483-85)
  • 1470 Isabella of Naples, Duchess of Milan (d. 1524)
  • 1538 Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal (d. 1584)
  • 1595 Jacob Louys, Flemish engraver
  • 1616 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, born in Glogau, Silesia (d. 1664)
  • 1644 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (d. 1724)
  • 1722 Leopold Widhalm, Austrian luthier (d. 1776)
  • 1752 Samuel Story, Dutch admiral (Battle at Kamperduin)
  • 1756 Jacob van Strij, Dutch cartoonist/graphic artist
  • 1768 William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (d. 1854)

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1800 Nat Turner, American leader of a major slave rebellion in 1831, born in Southampton County, Virginia (d. 1831)

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • 1819 George Washington Getty, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1821 Alexander Peter "Old Straight" Stewart, Lt Gen (Confederate Army)
  • 1822 Joannes Kappeyne van de Coppello, Dutch Internal minister (1877-79)
  • 1827 Edmund Jackson Davis, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1883)
  • 1828 Charles Floquet, French statesman (d. 1896)
  • 1832 Edward Burnett Tylor, English anthropologist
  • 1832 Julius von Sachs, botanist and naturalist
  • 1833 Rev. William Corby, American Catholic priest (d. 1897)
  • 1835 Louis A Ranvier, French anatomist/historian
  • 1839 Hans Thoma, German painter, born in Bernau, Black Forest (d. 1924)

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1847 Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), born in Posen, Duchy of Posen, Prussia (d. 1934)

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 1851 Ferdinand Foch, France, Allied military commander and hero during WW I
  • 1852 William Ramsay, chemist
  • 1857 Marthinus T Steyn, President of Orange-Free state (1896-1902)
  • 1866 Charles de Souzy Ricketts, artist

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1869 Mahatma Gandhi [Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi], Indian pacifist and spiritual leader, born in Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, India (d. 1948)

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1871 Cordell Hull, US Secretary of State (1933-44), lowered tariffs (Nobel 1945)
  • 1871 Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscape architect (d. 1959)
  • 1873 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 5th District (d. 1924)
  • 1878 Francois C Schlumberger, French physicist
  • 1879 Wallace Stevens, poet (Ideas of Order), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1882 Boris Shaposhnikov, Russian military commander (d. 1945)
  • 1885 Ruth Bryan Rohde, US, (Rep), minister to Denmark
  • 1886 Pieter "Pierre" Balledux, stage manager/Dutch resistance fighter
  • 1895 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian
  • 1896 Fjodor I Panfjorov, Russian author (Volga) [OS=Sep 20]
  • 1896 Fritz Eberhard, [Hellmut Rauschenplat], W-German lawyer/resistor (Law)
  • 1896 Liaqat Ali Khan, Pakistan's first Prime Minister (d. 1951)

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1900 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff], Famous Russian clown, born in Dvinsk, Russian Empire (d. 1974)

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • 1901 Christopher Clarkson, test Pilot
  • 1901 [Ignatius] Roy [D] Campbell, South African poet (Flowering Rifle)
  • 1901 Charles Stark Draper, Windsor Missouri, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines
  • 1902 Dick Ket, Dutch painter/cartoonist
  • 1902 Leopold Figl, premier of Austria
  • 1904 Dermot Boyle, marshal (RAF)
  • 1904 Godfrey Baseley, radio executive
  • 1904 Shi Lal Bahadur Shastri, India premier (1964-66)

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1904 [Henry] Graham Greene, English novelist (Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory), born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (d. 1991)

  • 1906 John Humphreys Whitfield, scholar of Italian language & literature
  • 1907 Alexander Robertus, organic chemist
  • 1907 Alexander R. Todd, British chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Stuart Rose, designer (British Post Office)
  • 1911 Jack Finney, American author (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Eric Wilson, VC/British Lt Col
  • 1913 Vivian Ridler, printer (Oxford University)
  • 1914 Jack Parsons, American rocket scientist, author, and occultist (d. 1952)
  • 1917 Christian de Duve, Thames Ditton, Surrey, cytologist and biochemist (Nobel, 1974), (d. 2013)
  • 1919 Geoffrey Luttrell, Lord-Lt of Somerset
  • 1920 William Cramond, psychiatrist/vice-chancellor (Stirling University)
  • 1921 A Scott Crossfield, US Test pilot (XS-1)
  • 1921 Robert Runcie, [Kennedy], Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1922 Thomas T Nkobi, South African ANC-leader (Alexandra-bus boycott 1957)
  • 1922 Wolfhart U Pannenberg, German theologist (Gingham Girl)
  • 1923 Jack Dellal, English immovables-goedbezitter/multi-millionaire, (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Sam Wainwright, deputy chairman (British Post Office)
  • 1925 Brian Dilton, British lord justice of appeal
  • 1926 Jan Morris, travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys)
  • 1928 Anthony Tippett, British chief of Fleet Support
  • 1928 Clay Felker, journalist (NY Herald Tribune, Esquire), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1928 George Emmett McFarland, Dallas, act (Spanky-Our Gang/Little Rascals)
  • 1928 James Porter, CEO (Commonwealth Institute)
  • 1928 Robin Duthie, CEO (Britoil)
  • 1928 Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologian
  • 1929 John Zochonis, British multi-millionaire soap magnate
  • 1930 Dave Barrett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1932 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Longford, Ireland, paramilitary and political leader (Sinne Fein), (d. 2013)

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1933 John B. Gurdon, English developmental biologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine), born in Dippenhall, Hampshire

Developmental biologist John B. Gurdon
Developmental biologist
John B. Gurdon
  • 1934 Duncan Thompson, keeper (Scottish National Portrait Gallery)
  • 1934 Richard Scott, British high court judge

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1935 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., USAF/astronaut, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1936 Johnnie Cochran, attorney (O.J. Simpson defense attorney)
  • 1936 Roger Sainsbury, bishop of Barking
  • 1938 Lloyd Turner, journalist
  • 1939 Yuri Nikolayevich Glazkov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 24)
  • 1940 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player
  • 1941 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian
  • 1943 Franklin Rosemont, American artist
  • 1944 Peter Hobson, headmaster (Giggleswick School)
  • 1944 Vernor [Steffen] Vinge, US, sci-fi author (Witling, True Names)
  • 1945 Frank Tejeda, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1945 Vladimir Ivanovich Kozlov, cosmonaut
  • 1948 Donna Karan, Forest Hills NY, fashion designer (Coty Award-1977)
  • 1948 Leslie Frankenheimer, set designer (4 Emmy Awards), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1952 George Meegen, England, walked 19,019 miles from Argentina to Alaska
  • 1956 Murphy Morobe, South Afr UDF leader (spent 3 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • 1968 Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
  • 1970 Colin Rivas, Galician artist
  • 1973 Verka Serduchka, Ukrainian entertainer
  • 1973 Maria Wetterstrand, Swedish politician
  • 1974 Paul Teutul Jr., co-star of American Chopper
  • 1976 Jason Dodson, American political consultant and teacher of esotericism
  • 1976 Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (d. 2005)
  • 1980 Shane Andrus, National Football League kicker