On This Day

Famous Birthdays on February 2

  • 1208 James I of Aragon (d. 1276)
  • 1455 King John of Denmark (d. 1513)
  • 1494 Bona Sforza, queen of Sigismund I of Poland (d. 1557)
  • 1502 Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1574)
  • 1506 René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (d. 1583)
  • 1522 Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (d. 1565)
  • 1583 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess
  • 1595 Jacob van Campen, painter/architect (New Church, Amsterdam)
  • 1600 Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (d. 1653)
  • 1613 Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1621 Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (d. 1679)
  • 1649 Benedict XIII [Pierfrancesco Orsini], Italian 245th pope (1724-30)
  • 1650 Nell [Eleanor] Gwyn, English actress and mistress to King Charles II, born in London, England (d. 1687)
  • 1669 Louis Marchand, French baroque composer and organist (d. 1732)
  • 1695 William Borlase, English naturalist (d. 1772)
  • 1695 François de Chevert, French general (d. 1769)
  • 1711 Wenzel Anton von Kaunitz, Austrian diplomat (d. 1794)
  • 1714 Gottfried August Homilius, composer
  • 1717 Ernst Gideon Freiherr von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (d. 1790)
  • 1748 Christian Gottfried Thomas, composer

Talleyrand

1754 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French statesman, born in Paris (d. 1838)

  • 1773 Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek, composer
  • 1780 Johannes van den Bosch, gov-gen (Neth East Indies)
  • 1786 Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (d. 1856)
  • 1802 Jean-Baptiste JD Boussingault, French chemist
  • 1803 Albert Sidney Johnston, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • 1804 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer
  • 1815 Nathaniel Collins McLean, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • 1817 John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1902)
  • 1817 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer
  • 1820 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
  • 1827 Abner Monroe Perrin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1827 Oswald Aschenbach, German painter
  • 1829 Alfred Brehm, German zoologist (d. 1884)
  • 1835 Luigi Manzotti, Italian mine dancer and ballet choreographer, born in Milan (d. 1905)
  • 1840 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer
  • 1841 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (d. 1912)
  • 1842 Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (d. 1927)
  • 1844 Leander Schlegel, composer
  • 1847 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer
  • 1849 Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (d. 1921)
  • 1850 Carel V Gerritsen, Dutch free thinker
  • 1851 José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
  • 1852 Teunis Stoel, Dutch actor and director (Small Theater), born in Rotterdam (d. 1914)
  • 1856 Makar Grigori Ekmalyan, Armenian composer (Patarag), born in Vagharshapat, Erivan Governorate< russian Empire (now Armenia) (d. 1905)
  • 1857 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/art collector
  • 1859 Havelock Ellis, American physician/sexologist (Psychology of Sex)
  • 1860 Curtis Guild, Jr., 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • 1861 Mehmed VI, last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)
  • 1861 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1873 Freiherr Konstantin von Neurath, German secretary of State (1932-38)
  • 1873 Johan P earl van Limburg Stirum, Dutch diplomat
  • 1873 Leopold Fall, Austrian operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
  • 1875 Annette Kolb, German author (Small Fanfare) and pacifist, born in Munich (d. 1967)
  • 1875 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1962)
  • 1878 Christian Gauss, educator/writer (Phi Beta Kappa award namesake)
  • 1878 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic gold 1920)

James Joyce

1882 James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet (Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnigan's Wake), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1941)

  • 1882 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold)
  • 1882 Andrew, Prince of Greece and Denmark, born in Monte Carlo, Monaco (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer
  • 1883 S Z Sakall [Gerö Jenö], Hungarian stage and film character actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), born in Budapest Hungary (d. 1955)
  • 1884 Julius Deutsch, Austria politician and general in the Spanish republican army, born in Lackenbach, Austria-Hungary (d. 1968)
  • 1885 Aldo Palazzeschi [Giurlani], Italian writer (I cavalli bianchi)
  • 1886 Kurt Baschwitz, German/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Du und)

Frank Lloyd

1886 Frank Lloyd, Scottish actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1960)

  • 1887 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • 1888 Candelario Huízar, Mexican violist, horn player, and classical and canción composer ("Surco"), born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Jean J M de Lattre de Tassigny, French gen (Indo-China)

Antonio Segni

1891 Antonio Segni, Italian politician, Prime Minister of Italy (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), born in Sassari, Sardinia (d. 1972)

  • 1891 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
  • 1893 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician, born in Székesfehérvár, Hungary (d. 1974)

George Halas

1895 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

  • 1896 Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
  • 1897 Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
  • 1897 Aimé Avignon, France's former oldest living man (d. 2007)
  • 1898 Josephina Johanna "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Theatre De la Mar), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Benny Rubin, American actor and comedian (Benny Rubin Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1900 Asa Smith Bushnell III, American sports executive (Secretary US Olympic Committee 1945-65), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1975)
  • 1900 Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, born in Salem, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Connie Gilchrist, American actress (Cry Havoc, Letter to 3 Wives), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1901 Jascha Heifetz, US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall), born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1902 Tyra Ryman, Swedish actress (Luffar-Petter, Peter the Tramp), born in Arboga, Sweden (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Newbold Morris, American politician (d. 1966)
  • 1903 Frank McGrath, American actor (The Reluctant Astronaut, Wagon Train), born in Mound City, Missouri (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Buzurg Alavi, Persian author (Panjah va sih nafar, Namal'ha)
  • 1904 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer
  • 1905 Ayn Rand [Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum], Russian-American author, screenwriter and philosopher who developed the philosophical system of "Objectivism" (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Jean-Pierre Guerlain, French cosmetics pioneer
  • 1907 Bernardas Brazdzionis, Lithuania, poet/editor/critic
  • 1908 Cal Tinney, American comedian and actor (The Missouri Traveler, Stop Me If You Heard This One), born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, born in Radovljica, Slovenia (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Wes Ferrell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1933, 37; no-hitter 1931; record 37 career HRs hit by a pitcher), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1976)
  • 1909 Frank Albertson, American actor (Psycho, It's a Wonderful Life, Alice Adams), born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota (d. 1964)
  • 1910 Charlotte Auerbach, German-born British geneticist and zoologist, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • 1911 Johan J "Jussi" Bjorling, Swedish tenor
  • 1912 Burton Lane, Broadway composer (Finian's Rainbow)
  • 1912 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Millvina Dean, British civil servant who was the last living survivor of the RMS Titanic and also the youngest aboard, born in Branscombe, Devon, England (d. 2009)
  • 1913 Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (Soldaten og Jenny, Det gælder os alle), born in Ganløse, Denmark (d. 1985)
  • 1914 Eric Kierans, Canadian politician and economist (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool)
  • 1915 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Vancouver, BC (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (d. 1985)
  • 1918 Hella [S Lelyveld-]Haasse, Dutch author (Cider for Poor People)
  • 1919 Allie Reynolds, NY Yankee pitcher (1952 AL ERA leader (2.07))
  • 1919 Lisa Della Casa, Swiss operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1953-67), born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), born in Germantown, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1923 Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (These Three, Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1923 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Liz Smith [Mary Elizabeth], American journalist and gossip columnist known as "The Grand Dame of Dish" (WNBC, NY Daily News), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Peter Fowler, physicist
  • 1924 Elfi von Dassanowsky, Austrian-American producer and musician
  • 1924 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1925 David Abell Wood, priest
  • 1925 Michel Philippot, French composer and musicologist, born in Verzy, France (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Miguel Cardinal Obando y Bravo, 1st Cent American cardinal (Nicaragua)
  • 1926 Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), born in Rancho, Aruba (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French politician, President of France (1974-81), born in Koblenz, French-occupied Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1927 Friedrich K Flick, German industrialist
  • 1927 Richard Ray, (Rep-D-GA, 1983- ) [or Jan 2]
  • 1927 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer
  • 1927 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist
  • 1928 Luigi Ciriaco De Mita, Prime Minister of Italy (1988-89)
  • 1929 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, born in Vélez, Colombia (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Dries van Agt, Dutch Prime Minister (CDA, 1977-82), born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • 1931 Les Dawson, English comedian and actor (The Dawson Watch, Blankety Blank), born in 1931, Manchester, England (d. 1993)
  • 1931 Judith Viorst, American author
  • 1931 Glynn Edwards, English television actor, born in Penang, Malaysia (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom "Soap", born in Clever, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Than Shwe, ruler of Myanmar
  • 1933 Tony Jay, British-American stage, screen, and voice actor (Twins; The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "Frollo"), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), born in Port Gibson, Mississippi (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Duane Jones, American actor
  • 1937 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • 1937 Tommy Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show; Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • 1937 Remak Ramsay, American actor
  • 1938 Bo Hopkins, actor (Dynasty, Midnight Express), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1938 Nur Hassan Hussein [Nur Adde], Somalian politician, Prime Minister of Somalia (2007-09), born in Mogadishu, Somalia (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist, father of electronics in Iran (d. 2000)
  • 1939 Dale T. Mortensen, Enterprise, Oregon, economist (Nobel, 2010), (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, American sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • 1940 David Jason, English actor
  • 1940 Wayne Fontes, American football coach
  • 1940 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • 1941 Serge Tcherepnin, French American composer (Serge Modular synthesizer.), born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
  • 1942 Barry Diller, founder (Fox-TV)
  • 1942 Graham Nash, British-American musician and singer-songwriter (The Hollies - "Bus Stop"; Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Our House"), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1942 Satya Paul, Indian fashion designer and entrepreneur who invented the modern sari, born in Layyah, Punjab, British India (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1943 Peter MacBeth, rocker (Foundations)
  • 1944 Andrew Davis, British conductor ( Toronto Symphony, 1975-88; BBC Symphony, 1989-2000; Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2000-21), born in Ashbridge, England,
  • 1944 Katherine Crawford, actress (Gemini Man, Captains & Kings), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Ursula Oppens, American pianist and co-founder (Speculum Musicae-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Karen Foss, American broadcaster
  • 1944 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Sandy Carmichael MBE, Scottish rugby union prop (50 caps; British and Irish Lions 1971, 74; West of Scotland, Glasgow District), born Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Ronnie Goodson, American singer (Hi-Lites), born in New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1946 Howard Bellamy, American pop and country vocalist (Bellamy Bros - Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 1946 Alpha Oumar Konaré, ex-president of Mali
  • 1946 Gerrie Mühren, Dutch soccer midfielder (10 caps; Ajax, Volendam), born in Volendam, Netherlands (d. 2013)

Farrah Fawcett

1947 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Burning Bed), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)

  • 1947 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • 1947 Derek Shulman, Scottish musician (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow
  • 1947 Peter Lucia, American rock drummer (Tommy James & Shondells - "Crystal Blue Persuasion"), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1948 Alan McKay, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Boogie Wonderland)
  • 1948 Jessica Savitch, Kennet Sq PA, news anchor (NBC)
  • 1948 Tony DeMeur, rocker (Fabulous Poodles-Anna Rexia, Suicide Bridge)

Ina Garten

1948 Ina Garten, American author and TV cooking show host (Barefoot Contessa, Food Network), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1949 Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch vocalist (Mai Tai)
  • 1949 Ross Valory, rock bassist (Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'"; "Open Arms"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Sherry Mathis, actress (Search for Tomorrow)
  • 1949 Tom Tripplehorn, American jazz and rock session and touring guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • 1950 Barbara Sukowa, German actress (Zentropia, Sicilian, Voyager, Lola)
  • 1950 Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • 1950 Genichiro Tenryu [Shimada], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
  • 1951 Alphonso Johnson, American jazz bassist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Kim Zimmer, actress (Guiding Light, Doctors, One Life to Live), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1951 Ken Bruce, Scottish broadcaster (The Ken Bruce Show), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Park Geun-hye

1952 Park Geun-hye, 1st female President of South Korea (2013-17), born in Jung-gu, Taegu

  • 1953 James Mndaweni, South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)
  • 1953 Penny Pulz, Australian golfer (Dinah Shore runner-up 1978), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1953 Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • 1954 Christie Brinkley [Ex-Mrs Billy Joel], American model and actress (SI, Vacation), born in Monroe, Michigan
  • 1954 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1954 Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer, actor, former skier
  • 1955 Michael Talbott, American actor (Stan-Miami Vice), born in Waverly, Iowa
  • 1957 Laurie Mann, current DPS curator/geek
  • 1958 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)