Famous Birthdays on August 2

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  • 1455 Johan Cicero, Elector of Brandenburg (1486-99), born in Ansbach (d. 1499)
  • 1533 Theodor Zwinger, Swiss physician and scholar, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1588)
  • 1627 Samuel Dirksz van Hoogstraten, Dutch painter, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1632 Kaspar von Stieler, German poet (Teutsche Wolredner), born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1707)
  • 1672 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1733)
  • 1674 Philippe II, Duke of Orléans and Regent of France (1715-23), born in Château de Saint Cloud, France (d. 1723)
  • 1696 Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1730-54) who fought Austria & Russia, born in Edirne Palace, Edirne, Ottoman Empire (d. 1754)
  • 1703 Lorenzo Ricci, Italian Jesuit leader (18th & last Superior General of the Society of Jesus), born in Florence (d. 1775)
  • 1723 Nicolas de Pigage, French classical architect, born in Lunéville, France (d. 1796)
  • 1746 Joan Lucaz, Dutch journalist and patriot (d. 1807)

Person of interestPierre Charles L'Enfant

1754 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1775 Jose Angel Lamas, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1814)
  • 1788 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (Gmelin's test), born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 1853)
  • 1802 Nicholas Wiseman, 1st archbishop of Westminster (1860-65), born in Sevilla, Spain (d. 1865)
  • 1815 Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German poet, born in Brüsewitz, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1818 Prince Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, born in Soestdijk, Netherlands (d. 1848)

  • 1820 John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, born in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland (d. 1893)
  • 1826 William Denison Whipple, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Madison County, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1828 Manuel Pavía y Rodríguez de Alburquerque, Spanish general, born in Cadiz, Spain (d. 1895)
  • 1832 Henry Steel Olcott, American military officer and co-founder (Theosophical Society), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1907)

Person of interestFrédéric-Auguste Bartholdi

1834 Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor (designed the Statue of Liberty), born in Colmar, France (d. 1904)

  • 1834 Isaac Capadose, clergyman in the Catholic Apostolic Church, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1920)
  • 1835 Elisha Grey, American electrical engineer and inventor (Telephone), born in Barnesville, Ohio
  • 1854 F. Marion Crawford, American author (Mr. Isaacs), born in Bagni de Lucca, Italy (d. 1909)
  • 1858 Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen consort of William and Regent of the Netherlands, born in Arolsen Castle, Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont, German Confederation (d. 1934)
  • 1858 Catharina van Rennes, Dutch composer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1858 William Watson, British poet (Prince's Quest, Father of Forest), born in Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire (d. 1935)
  • 1861 Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Bengali chemist (founder of Bengal Chemicals And Pharmaceuticals), born in Khulna, British India (d. 1944)
  • 1865 Irving Babbitt, American writer (Rousseau & Romanticism), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1933)
  • 1865 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1955)
  • 1867 Ernest Dowson, British poet (Decorations in Verse and Prose), born in Lee, London
  • 1867 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 1868 Constantine I, King of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1923)
  • 1871 John French Sloan, American painter and etcher, born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
  • 1872 George E. Stewart, American army officer and Medal of Honor recipient, born in New South Wales, Australia (d. 1946)
  • 1875 Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian artist, born in Veliky Novgorod, Russia (d. 1957)
  • 1878 Aino Kallas, Finnish writer (White Ship, Estonian Tales), born in Kiiskilä, Viipuri Province, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1956)
  • 1878 Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, wife of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, born in Charlottenlund Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Ethel M. Dell, English author (Storm Drift), born in London (d. 1881)
  • 1882 Johannes Tralow, German writer (Ottoman tetralogy), born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1882 Rik Wouters, Belgian painter and sculptor (Virgin Doll), born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1916)

  • 1882 Red Ames, American baseball player (NY Giants), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 1936)
  • 1884 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, born in Hagby, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • 1884 Rómulo Gallegos, 48th President of Venezuela (1948), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1969)
  • 1886 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, Canadian aviator, born in Baddeck, Nova Scotia (d. 1961)
  • 1887 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1936)
  • 1888 Oscar Rasbach, American composer, born in Dayton, Kentucky (d. 1975)
  • 1890 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, born in Hamar, Hedmark, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Marin Sais, American actress (The Pony Express Girl), born in San Rafael, California (d. 1971)
  • 1891 Arthur Bliss, English composer (Olympians), born in London, England
  • 1891 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, born in Roman (d. 1971)
  • 1891 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1971)
  • 1892 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1978)
  • 1892 John Kieran, American columnist and author (Natural History of NYC), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1894 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • 1895 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricketer (lefty pace bowler in NZ's 1st Test), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1896 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1960)
  • 1897 Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1897 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1974)
  • 1899 Charles Bennett, English screenwriter, born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England (d. 1995)
  • 1899 George Malcolm Thomson, British journalist, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Helen Morgan [Riggins], American singer and actress (Applause, Show Boat), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1900 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1963)

Person of interestMyrna Loy

1905 Myrna Loy [Williams], American actress (The Great Ziegfeld, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1993)

Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
  • 1906 Albert Goodwin, English historian, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Truus van Aalten [Geertruida van Aalten], Flemish actress (Girl in Blue Hat), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Lawrence Josset, British engraver, born in Cambridgeshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1910 Roger MacDougall, Scottish playwright and screenwriter (The Man in the White Suit), born in Glasgow (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Bela Szigeti, Hungarian theoretical physicist, born in Budapest (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian economist and UN statistician, born in Križ, Moslavania, Croatia (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), born in La Tuque, Québec, Canada (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), born in Old Westbury, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Johan Limpers, Dutch sculptor and resistance fighter, born in Heemstede, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1916 Reginald Murley, British surgeon (President of the Royal College of Surgeons) (d. 1997)
  • 1919 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Louis Pauwels, French writer and editor, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Theo Marcuse, American character actor (Mara of Wilderness), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1967)
  • 1921 Alan Whicker, British journalist and TV broadcaster (Whicker's World), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Lord Murray of Epping Forest [Lionel], British labour politician and union leader (General Secretary TUC), born in Hadley, Telford (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Paul Laxalt, American politician (22nd Governor of Nevada), born in Reno, Nevada

Person of interestShimon Peres

1923 Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister (Labor), President (2007-14) and Nobel Peace Prize (1994), born in Wiszniewo, Poland (d. 2016)

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • 1924 Ismond Rosen, psychoanalyst and artist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)

Person of interestJames Baldwin

1924 James Baldwin, American author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

  • 1924 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1925 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinian dictator, born in Mercedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite and fashion leader, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Peter Swinnereton-Dyer, English mathematician, born in Ponteland, Northumberland
  • 1928 Hugh Francis Lamprey, British ecologist (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 1990)
  • 1929 John Gale, British theatrical producer (Chichester Festival), born in Chigwell, Essex, England
  • 1929 John Hannam, British Conservative politician (MP for Exeter 1970-97)
  • 1929 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), born in Burnley (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Ron de Lugo, American politician (Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from the U.S. Virgin Islands' at-large district 1981-95), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1930 Vali Myers, Australian painter, born in Canterbury, Sydney (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58), born in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Henryk Schiller, Polish composer, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Philippa Schuyler, African-American child prodigy and composer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1931 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Pierre DuMaine, American Roman Catholic bishop, born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1932 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Alan Tuffin, British trade union leader (d. 2017)

  • 1934 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, born in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Carl Cecil Cain, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956), born in Freeport, Illinois
  • 1934 Valery Bykovsky, Soviet cosmonaut (Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, 31), born in Pavlovsky Posad, Russia
  • 1935 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), born in Merseyside (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Derek Anthony Enright, British Labour politician, born in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • 1935 John MacIvor Perkins, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • 1936 Anthony Payne, English composer, born in London
  • 1936 Christopher Hogg, British industrialist and CEO (Courtaulds & Reuters)
  • 1937 Garth Hudson, Canadian pop musician (The Band-Life is a Carnival), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1937 Ronald Brierley, New Zealand investor and company director, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1937 Billy Cannon, American football player (Heisman-1959), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), born in Langenzenn, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1938 Pierre de Bané, French Canadian politician (Senator for De la Vallière, Quebec), born in Haifa, British Mandate for Palestine
  • 1939 Wes Craven, American film director (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), born in Goldsboro, California (d. 2000)
  • 1941 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter (Be What You Are), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1942 Leo Beenhakker, Dutch soccer trainer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Person of interestIsabel Allende

1942 Isabel Allende, Chilean-American author (The House of the Spirits, City of the Beasts), born in Lima, Peru

  • 1943 Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in Noordwolde, Netherlands
  • 1943 Kathy Lennon, American singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943 Max Wright, American actor (Buffalo Bill, Alf, Misfits of Science), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943 Rose Tremain, British novelist and playwright (Restoration), born in London, England
  • 1943 Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1944 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong), born in Evesham, Worcestershire, England (d. 2005)
  • 1945 Joanna Cassidy [Joanna Virginia Caskey], American actress (Blade Runner, Under Fire), born in Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • 1945 Jewell Jackson McCabe, American feminist and social and political activist who led the National Coalition of 100 Black Women movement in the 1970s, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 John Bowis, British MP (C), born in Brighton, East Sussex
  • 1945 Alex Jesaulenko, Australian rules footballer, born in Salzburg, Austria
  • 1947 Massiel, Spanish singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1948 Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), born in Hythe, England (d. 2009)
  • 1948 Andy Fairweather Low, British guitarist (Amen Corner), born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales
  • 1948 Chris Bennett, American musician (The Theme from Midnight Express), born in Marshall, Illinois
  • 1949 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band) (d. 1987)
  • 1949 Bertalan Farkas, Hungarian cosmonaut (Soyuz 36/35), born in Gyulaháza, Hungary
  • 1949 Madeleine Smith, English actress (Vampire Lovers), born in Sussex, England
  • 1949 James Fallows, American writer and journalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1950 Ted Turner, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Wishbone Ash), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1950 Kathryn Harrold, American actress (MacGruder & Loud), born in Tazewell, Virginia
  • 1950 Lance Ito, American judge (O.J. Simpson trial), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1950 Mathieu Carriere, German actor (Bay Boy, Woman in Flames), born in Hanover, Germany
  • 1950 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • 1951 Andrew Gold, American rocker (Lonely Boy), born in Burbank, California (d. 2011)
  • 1951 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • 1951 Per Westerberg, Swedish politician (Speaker of the Riksdag), born in Nyköping, Sweden
  • 1952 Angel Herrera, Cuban FW/LW boxer (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1952 Paul David Crews, SC, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1952 Les Dudek, American guitarist and singer (Steve Miller Band), born in Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island
  • 1953 Butch Patrick [Patrick Alan Lilley], American actor (Real McCoys, Eddie-Munsters), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1953 Anne Leuchars, British TV journalist
  • 1954 Lisa Brown, KC, Mo, actress (Guiding Light, Iva-As the World Turns)
  • 1954 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1954 James Charles Kopp, American citizen who murdered Barnett Slepian
  • 1955 Jimmy Lowe, country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1955 Roberta Wallach, American actress (Civil Wars), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian
  • 1955 Tim Dunigan, American Actor
  • 1956 Isabel Pantoja, Spanish spanish singer (Genio y Figura)
  • 1956 Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author
  • 1957 Anne Leuchars, TV journalist
  • 1957 Stephen Kelly Petterson, Smallbore rifle (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957 Mojo Nixon, American musician and actor
  • 1958 Arshad Ayub, cricketer (Indian off-spinner of the late 1980's)
  • 1959 Britt Helfer, Clearfield Utah, actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat)
  • 1959 Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960 Apollonia, [Patricia Kotero], actress (Purple Rain), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1960 Linda Fratianne, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1960 Neal Morse, American musician (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic)
  • 1960 David Yow, American musician (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard)
  • 1961 Ed West, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1961 Pete de Freitas, rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • 1961 Cold 187um, American rapper (Above the Law)
  • 1962 Cynthia Stevenson, American actress (Bob, Hope & Gloria), born in Oakland, California
  • 1963 Caroline Pierce, English golfer (Tour School winner 1988, 1 LPGA title) born in Cheshire England
  • 1963 Jeff Bloom, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Montana Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963 Daniel Pelosi, American convicted murderer
  • 1964 John Cullen, Puslinch, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1964 Mary-Louise Parker, Ft Jackson SC, actress (Fried Green Tomatoes)
  • 1965 Takayuki Iizuka, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW), born in Muroran, Japan
  • 1965 Sandra Ng [ Kwan-yue], Hong Kong actress (Golden Chicken), born in Hong Kong
  • 1966 Joseph Wanag, Wilson Ct, US judoka (Olympic-92)
  • 1966 Tim Wakefield [Timothy Stephen], American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox-1995 AL Comeback Player of the Year), born in Melbourne, Florida
  • 1967 Aaron Krickstein, tennis player (Tel Aviv 1983), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1967 Derek Wells, actor (Fitzpatricks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Martin Laamers, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1967 Aline Brosh McKenna, American screenwriter
  • 1968 Sean Groom, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Northford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Stefan Effenberg, German footballer
  • 1969 Cedric Ceballos, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns)