Famous Birthdays on April 2

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 204

Person of interestCharlemagne

742 Charlemagne, 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14), born in Liège, Frankish Kingdom (d. 814)

Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
Holy Roman Emperor
Charlemagne
  • 1565 Cornelis de Houtman, Dutch navigator (1st Dutch trip to Java), born in Gouda, Holland (d. 1599)
  • 1602 Maria de Jesus de Agreda [Maria Coronel], Spanish franciscan, born in Agreda, Spain (d. 1665)
  • 1618 Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (light defraction), born in Bologna (d. 1663)
  • 1628 Constantin Christian Dedekind, German composer and poet, born in Reinsdorf, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1715)
  • 1632 Georg Caspar Weckler, German organist and composer, baptized in Nuremburg, Bavaria (d. 1695)
  • 1653 Prince George of Denmark, Prince Consort of Anne of England, born in Copenhagen Castle, Denmark (d. 1708)
  • 1711 Jan Punt, Dutch engraver, painter, illustrator and actor (Gideonschool), born in Amsterdam (d. 1779)
  • 1713 Onno Zwier van Haren, Frisian poet (Fatherland), born in St. Annaparochie, Netherlands (d. 1779)

Person of interestGiacomo Casanova

1725 Giacomo Casanova, Italian writer, adventurer and famous lover, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1798)

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • 1728 Franz Asplmayr, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 1786)
  • 1733 Giacomo Tritto, Italian composer, born in Altamura, Italy (d. 1824)
  • 1735 Christian Gotthilf Tag, German composer, born in Beierfeld, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1735 Franz Volrath Buttstett, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1814)
  • 1740 Armand-Gaston Camus, French Chairman of Council of 500), born in Paris (d. 1804)
  • 1763 Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari, Italian composer, born in Rovereto, Italy (d. 1842)
  • 1781 Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Indian yogi and religious leader, born in Chhapaiya, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 1830)
  • 1788 Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (Florante at Laura), born in Barrio Panginay, Balagtas, Bulacan (d. 1862)
  • 1798 August Heinrich Hoffmann, German writer, born in Fallersleben, Electorate of Brunswick -Lüneburg (d. 1874)
  • 1803 Franz Paul Lachner, German composer, born in Rain, Swabia, Germany (d. 1890)

Person of interestHans Christian Andersen

1805 Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), born in Odense, Denmark (d. 1875)

  • 1806 Giacomo Antonelli, Italian cardinal and assistant secretary of state of Pius IX, born in Sonnino, Italy (d. 1876)
  • 1814 Henry L. Benning, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Columbia County, Georgia (d. 1975)
  • 1814 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor of weaving machine, born in West Boylston, Massachusetts (d. 1879)
  • 1817 Teodulo Mabellini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1897)
  • 1826 Philip Dale Roddey, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Moulton, Alabama (d. 1897)
  • 1827 William Holman Hunt, English painter (Light of the World), born in Cheapside, London (d. 1910)
  • 1833 Thomas Howard Ruger, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1840 Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (J'accuse), born in Paris, France (d. 1902)
  • 1862 Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1931), educator (Columbia University President), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1947)
  • 1867 Eugen Sandow, German bodybuilder and circus performer, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1925)
  • 1868 Eduard Jacobs, Dutch cabaret artist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1914)
  • 1869 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder, manager (Detroit Tigers manager 1907-20), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1928)

Person of interestWalter Chrysler

1875 Walter Chrysler, American founder of car company Chrysler, born in Wamego, Kansas (d. 1940)

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • 1877 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1941)
  • 1878 Émilie Charmy, French avant-garde artist, born in Saint-Etienne, France (d. 1974)
  • 1884 Sir J. C. Squire, British poet, writer, and historian, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 1958)
  • 1891 Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), born in Brühl, German Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1894 Rudolph Cleveringa, Dutch anti-nazi lawyer and professor of Law at Leiden University, born in Appingedam, Netherlands (d. 1980)
  • 1894 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air), born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1937)
  • 1900 Heinrich Besseler, German musicologist, born in Hörde, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1900 Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (The Seven Madmen), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1942)
  • 1901 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, born in Kyrenia, Cyprus (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Danilo Svara, Slovenian composer, born in San Giuseppe, Trieste, Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Jan Tschichold, German typographer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1987)
  • 1905 Edmond Jouhaud, French general, born in Aïn Boucefar, French Algeria (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Kurt Alfred Adler, therapist/writer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1905 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Luke Appling, American football player, born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Christian "Buddy" Ebsen Jr., American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2003)

  • 1909 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1910 Irene Mayer Selznick, American socialite and theatrical producer (Street Car Named Desire), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1910 Joeri German, Russian writer
  • 1910 Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer, born in Cabano, Quebec (d. 1980)
  • 1911 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Herbert Mills, American singer, (The Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1989)

Person of interestAlec Guinness

1914 Alec Guinness, British actor (The Ladykillers, The Bridge on the River Kwai), born in London, England (d. 2000)

  • 1915 Antony Dornhorst, British physician and Professor of Medicine, born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Arthur Ballard, artist
  • 1917 Robert "Dabbs" Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), born in Fairview, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Antoon Hubben, Dutch Mayor of Maasbree and trade union leader, born in Nieuwenhagen, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Ian Hunter, British impresario of classical music, born in Hadley Wood, Middlesex (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), born in Armstrong, Argentina (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Jack Webb, American screenwriter, director and actor (Dragnet, Sunset Boulevard), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1922 Nicolay G. Basov, Soviet physicist who specialized in quantum electronics (laser, maser) and 1964 Nobel laureate, born in Usman, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Hugh Overton, British diplomat
  • 1923 Jacob "Jaap" Firet, Dutch theologist (Agogisch Moment)
  • 1923 Clifford Scott Green, American Federal Judge, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Gloria Henry, American actress (Dennis the Menace), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1924 Denis Rooke, British engineer and CEO (British Gas), born in New Cross, London (d. 2008)
  • 1925 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet and author (Flashman at the Charge), born in Carlisle, England (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Michael Rizzello, sculpter and coin designer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer, team owner (F1 champ 1959-60, 66), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Billy Pierce, American pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all star, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Carmen Basilio, American world welter and middleweight boxing champion, born in Canastota, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer and manager, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Joseph Bernardin, American Cardinal of the Catholic Church, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Rita Gam, American actress (Distortions, Hannibal), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1929 Catherine Gaskin, Irish-Australian romantic novelist (Fiona, Coporation Wife), born in Dundalk Bay, County Louth, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Frans Andriessen, Dutch politician (KVP/CDA), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1930 Girolamo Arriego, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1930 William Smith, 4th Viscount Hambleden, English newspaper magnate (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Budapest (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistani cricket swing bowler (68 wkts in 27 Tests), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 1991)
  • 1934 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Christopher France, British permanent secretary (Department of Health) (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Peter Middleton, British permanent secretary (Treasury)
  • 1934 Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (Cohen forcing, Continuum hypothesis), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Sharon Acker, Canadian actress (Della Street-Perry Mason 1973), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1937 Paul Kanjorski, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
  • 1938 John Larsson, Swedish writer and 17th General of The Salvation Army, born in Sweden
  • 1938 Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse, 1941 Triple Crown Winner (d. 1953)

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1939 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1939 Lise Thibault, 27th Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, born in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Quebec
  • 1940 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1940 Peter Haining, British writer and editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft), born in Enfield, Middlesex (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Leon Russell [Claude Russell Bridges], American musician and singer-songwriter (Tight Rope, Delta Lady, Carney), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Graham Bright, British politician private secretary to British PM John Major, born in Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex, England
  • 1942 Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef who specializes in French cuisine (Iron Chef), born in Izumi, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 1942 Roshan Seth, Indian-born British actor (Mississippi Masala), born in Patna, Bihar, India
  • 1943 Glen Dale, [Richard Garforth], rock vocalist (Fortunes Deal)
  • 1943 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Don Sutton, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Clio, Alabama
  • 1945 Linda Hunt, American actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1945 Roger Bootle-Wilbraham, 7th Baron Skelmersdale, British politician
  • 1945 Anne Waldman, American poet, born in Millville, New Jersey
  • 1946 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Lynda Carr, educationist
  • 1946 Richard Collinge, New Zealand cricketer (NZ rec wicket-taker (116) before Hadlee), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1947 Camille Paglia, American author and social critic, born in Endicott, New York
  • 1947 Emmylou Harris, American country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1948 Margaret Burbidge, British-American astronomer and educator, born in Davenport, England
  • 1948 Joan D. Vinge, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Dune), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1948 Marlene Floyd, LPGA golfer, born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1948 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Pamela Reed, actress (Grand, Kindergarten Cop, Home Court), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1949 Paul Gambaccini, American-British disc jockey, born in Bronx, New York
  • 1949 Joseph "Joe" Vitale, American singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist (Roller Coaster Weekend), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1951 Ayako Okamoto, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1951 Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, born in Tokyo
  • 1952 Dan Halldorson, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 World Cup), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1952 Joseph Kent Massey, soling sailor (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1952 Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2001)
  • 1952 Thierry Le Luron, French humorist, born in Paris (d. 1986)
  • 1953 David Robinson, American rock drummer (Cars, The Modern Lovers), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Debralee Scott, American actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman, Angie), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1953 Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician, born in Listooder, Crossgar, Northern Ireland
  • 1954 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • 1955 Michael Stone, British terrorist (Ulster Defence Association), born in Harborne, Birmingham
  • 1956 Farrukh Zaman, Pakistani cricket spinner (bowled 10 overs Pak v NZ 1976), born in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 1959 Adrian Meagher, Australian baseball pitching coach (Olympics 1996), born in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1959 Brian Goodell, American 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1976), born in Stockton, California
  • 1959 Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, American 5K runner, born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Dean Townson, American singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1959 Gelindo Bordin, Italian athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1988), born in Vicenza, Italy
  • 1959 Ken Macleay, English-born Australian cricketer (at Bedford-on-Avon Aussie ODI medium pacer), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
  • 1959 Badou Zaki, Morrocan footballer and manager, born in Sidi Kacem, Morocco
  • 1959 Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver, born in Laukaa, Finland
  • 1959 Yves Lavandier, French film writer and director, born in France
  • 1960 Linford Christie, British sprinter (Olympic gold 100m 1992), born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica
  • 1961 Cindy Mackey, LPGA golfer (1986 MasterCard Intl Pro-Am), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1961 Gijs Steinmann, Dutch football player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1961 Keren Jane Woodward, English rock vocalist (Bananarama-Venus), born in Bristol, England
  • 1961 Christopher Meloni, American actor (Law & Order), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Alex Tripolski, Israeli sport shooter, Men's 50M air pistol (Olympic 16th-1996), born in Russia
  • 1962 Billy Dean [William Harold Dean Jr], American country singer (Young Man, Fire in the Dark), born in Quincy, Florida
  • 1962 Bruce Kozerski, American football NFL tackle and guard (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Plains, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Pierre Carles, French documentarist
  • 1962 Clark Gregg, American actor and director (Agent Phil Coulson), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Mark Shulman, American children's author (Scrawl), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1963 Dermot Reeve, English cricketer and unorthodox all-rounder, born in Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • 1963 Mike Gascoyne, British Formula One engineer and designer, born in Norwich, England
  • 1963 Karl Beattie, English television director and producer (Most Haunted), born in Guildford, Surrey
  • 1964 Pete Incaviglia, Major League Baseball left fielder, born in Monterey, California

Person of interestRodney King

1965 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cops, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1966 Andrei Kovalev, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1966 Bill Romanowski, NFL linebacker (Eagles, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Rockville, Connecticut
  • 1966 Willie Green, American basketball player, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 Teddy Sheringham, English football player and manager, born in Highams Park, London
  • 1966 Garnett Silk [Garnet Damion Smith], Jamacian reggae musician, born in Manchester, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • 1967 Greg Camp, American musician (Smash Mouth), born in West Covina, California
  • 1967 Helen Chamberlain, British television presenter, born in Street, Sommerset, England
  • 1969 Yj Nagata, [Yuji], wrestler (NJPW)

Person of interestAjay Devgan

1969 Ajay Devgan, Indian actor and bollywood star (Phool Aur Kaante, Zakhm), born in New Delhi, Delhi, India

Actor & Bollywood Star Ajay Devgan
Actor & Bollywood Star
Ajay Devgan
  • 1970 Jerry Reynolds, American football player, NFL guard and tackle (NY Giants), born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
  • 1970 Jon Lieber, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • 1970 Marcus Christensen, figure skater (1995 Canadian-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1970 Tammi Reiss, American actress and former WNBA guard (Utah Starzz), born in New York
  • 1971 James Ransom, Epee fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971 Todd Woodbridge, Australian tennis star ('95 doubles Wimbledon), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1971 ZEEBRA [Hideyuki Yokoi], Japanese hip hop artist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972 Graham Hood, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1972 Chico Slimani, Moroccoan-British singer (It's Chico Time), born in Bridgend, Wales
  • 1973 Roselyn Sanchez, Puerto Rican actress, born in San Juan
  • 1974 Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician (Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1975 Deedee Magno Hall, Filipino-American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1975 Adam Rodriguez, American actor (Eric Delko-CSI: Miami) and director, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1976 Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1976 Evan McMullin, American independent candidate for President (2016), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1977 Jelena Abbou, Serbian fitness model, born in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
  • 1977 Michael Fassbender, Irish-German actor (Shame, X-Men), born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
  • 1977 Aiden Turner, Irish actor (The Hobbit-Kili), born in Clondalkin, Dublin
  • 1978 John Gall, American baseball player, MLB left fielder, born in Stanford, California
  • 1979 Jesse Carmichael, American musician and songwriter (Maroon 5), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1980 Carlos Salcido, Mexican footballer (Guadalajara), born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
  • 1980 Adam Fleming, English news reporter (Daily Politics), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1980 Ricky Hendrick, American NASCAR driver and owner, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1981 Michael Clarke, Australian cricketer, born in Liverpool, New South Wales
  • 1981 Bethany Joy Lenz-Galeotti, American actress (One Tree Hill), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • 1982 Bianca Chatfield, Australian netball player, born in Somerville, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
  • 1982 Marco Amelia, Italian World Cup-winning footballer (goalkeeper), born in Frascati, Italy
  • 1982 Jeremy Bloom, American skier and football player, born in Loveland, Colorado
  • 1982 Jack Evans, American professional wrestler, born in Fountain Valley, California
  • 1982 Leyla Milani, Iranian-Canadian actress and model, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1983 Felix Borja, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • 1983 Paul Capdeville, Chilean tennis player, born in Santiago, Chile