Famous Birthdays on February 3

  • 1338 Jeanne de Bourbon, wife of Charles V of France (d. 1378)

Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521)

Portuguese explorer, born in Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

  • 1512 John Hamilton, Scottish prelate (Archbishop of St Andrews, 1547-71), and politician, born in Stirling Scotland (d. 1571)
  • 1525 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, born in Palestrina, Papal States (d. 1594) [birthday unconfirmed]
  • 1648 Louis Bouteiller, French composer, born in Moncé-en-Belin, France (d. 1725)
  • 1655 Francois Fagel, Dutch field marshal (War of the Spanish Succession), born in Nijmegen, baptized date (d. 1718)
  • 1677 Jan Santini Aichel, Czech architect (d. 1723)
  • 1690 Richard Rawlinson, English minister (d. 1755)
  • 1721 Friedrich Wilhelm, baron von Seydlitz, Prussian general, born in Kalkar, Germany l (d. 1773)
  • 1736 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austria organist and composer (trained Beethoven), born in Klosterneuburg Austria-Hungary (d. 1809)
  • 1740 Guillaume Lasceux, French organist and composer, born in Poissy, France (d. 1831)
  • 1747 Samuel Osgood, American patriot (d. 1813)
  • 1755 Florido Tomeoni, Italian composer (d. 1820)
  • 1763 Caroline von Wolzogen [von Lengefeld], German author, born in Rudolstadt (d. 1847)
  • 1784 John Fane, British politician, diplomat (11th Earl of Westmoreland), and composer (Royal Academy of Music, 1830), born in Piccadilly, London (d. 1859)
  • 1795 Antonio José de Sucre, South American independence leader (d. 1830)
  • 1805 Otto Theodor von Manteuffel, Prussian conservative statesman and Minister-President of the Kingdom of Prussia (1850-88), born in Lübben (Spreewald), Electorate of Saxony (d. 1882)

Joseph E. Johnston (1807-1891)

American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), born in Farmville, Virginia

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

German composer and pianist (Italian Symphony; Songs Without Words), born in the Free Imperial City of Hamburg (now in Germany)

  • 1811 Horace Greeley, American founder and editor of the New-York Tribune ("Go west, young man"), born in Amherst, New Hampshire (d. 1872)
  • 1817 Achille Ernest Oscar Joseph Delesse, French geologist (d. 1881)
  • 1817 Emile Prudent, French pianist and composer, born in Angoulême, France (d. 1863)
  • 1817 Samuel Ryan Curtis, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Champlain, New York (d. 1866)
  • 1820 Elisha Kent Kane, US Arctic naval surgeon and Artic explorer (led expedition to Greenland discover fate of John Franklin), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1857)

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910)

English-American physician who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, born in Bristol, England

  • 1823 Spencer Fullerton Baird, American naturalist and ornithologist (Wood's Hole Station), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • 1824 George Thomas "Tige" Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Covington, Georgia (d. 1901)
  • 1824 Nathan George "Shanks" Evans, American Brigadier-General (Confederate States Army), born in Marion County, South Carolina (d. 1868)
  • 1824 Ranald MacDonald, Canadian-born Scottish educator and interpreter (d. 1894)
  • 1826 Walter Bagehot, English journalist and economist (founded National Review), born in Langport, England (d. 1877)

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil (1830-1903)

3rd Marquess of Salisbury, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1885-86, 1886-92 and 1895-1902), born in Hatfield, England

  • 1831 Cyrus Ballou Comstock, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wrentham, Massachusetts (d. 1910)
  • 1833 Thomas Theodoor Hendrikus Jorissen, Dutch historian (d. 1889)
  • 1840 Georges Jacobi, German violinist, composer (The Black Crook), and conductor (Alhambra Theatre, London, 1872-98), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1906))
  • 1842 Sidney Lanier, American poet and composer, born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1881)
  • 1845 Ernst von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Sedan), born in Beirut in Lebanon (d. 1909)
  • 1851 George Harris, (4th Baron Harris), English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Kent CCC), born in St Ann's, Trinidad (d. 1932)
  • 1851 Joannes Benedictus van Heutsz, Dutch general (ended Aceh War) and Governor General of Dutch East Indies 1904-09), born in Coevorden, Netherlands (d. 1924)
  • 1857 Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen, Danish Botanist and Geneticist (provided evidence for Hugo de Vries' mutation theory), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1927)
  • 1859 Hugo Junkers, German aircraft designer (d. 1935)
  • 1865 Martinus Ballings, Belgian Jesuit author (Will Power) (d. 1958)
  • 1868 Dámaso Ledesma, Spanish organist, composer, musicologist, and priest, born in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain (d. 1928)
  • 1870 Ada Negri, Italian poet and author (Il Libro di Mara), born in Lodi, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1870 Franklin Dyall, British actor (Easy Virtue, Atlantic), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1950)
  • 1872 Lou Criger, American baseball player (d. 1934)
  • 1873 Ernest-Bernard Allo, French Dominican theologist, born in Quintin, France (d. 1945)
  • 1874 Gertrude Stein, American-French writer (Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1876 William Tedmarsh, British silent movie actor (Two Beds and No Sleep), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • 1878 Joseph Gordon Coates, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1925-28), born in Ruatuna, New Zealand (d. 1943)
  • 1879 Charles Follis "The Black Cyclone", 1st black American professional NFL player (Shelby, Ohio), born in Cloverdale, Virginia (d. 1910)
  • 1882 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma; oldest person in the Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1883 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler and naïve painter, born in Venarey-les-Laumes (d. 1970)
  • 1883 Clarence E. Mulford, American writer (Hopalong Cassidy), born in Streator, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1886 Erwin Kroll, German composer, born in German Eylau (d. 1976)
  • 1887 Carlo Jachino, Italian composer, born in San Remo (d. 1971)
  • 1887 Georg Trakl, Austrian poet (Autumn of the Lonely), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1914)
  • 1887 Juan Negrín, Spanish Prime Minister (d. 1956)
  • 1887 Silvio D'Amico, Italian theater critic (Tramonto del grande attore), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1955)
  • 1888 Joris Baers, Belgian priest and librarian(founded magazine Boekengids), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'arc), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1968)
  • 1889 Risto Ryti, Finnish politician (Prime Minister of Finland 1939-41, President of Finland 1940-44), born in Huittinen, Finland (d. 1956)
  • 1890 Charles Correll, American radio comedian (Amos 'n' Andy), born in Preoria, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), born in Cass City, Michigan (d. 1975)
  • 1891 Jan Donner, Dutch minister of Justice (1926-33) (d. 1981)
  • 1893 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (d. 1978)
  • 1894 Norman Rockwell, American artist and illustrator (Saturday Evening Post covers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1895 Nick Kenny, American columnist and songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, Peruvian politician (founded APRA-Peru, drafted constitution), born in Trujillo, Peru (d. 1979) [or Feb 22]
  • 1896 Johannes Urzidil, German-Bohemian poet and historian, born in Prague (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (Finlandia House) and designer, born in Kuortane, Finland (d. 1976)
  • 1898 Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1898 Pavel Urysohn, Ukrainian mathematician, born in Odessa, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1899 Doris Speed, British actress dubbed 'The Queen Mother of Soap' (Coronation Street), born in Manchester, England (d. 1994)
  • 1899 Forrest DeBernardi, American basketball player (hall of fame 1961), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 1970)
  • 1899 João Café Filho, Brazilian president (d. 1970)
  • 1899 Lao She, Chinese writer (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Mabel Mercer, British jazz and cabaret singer whose style and phrasing influenced Frank Sinatra ("Fly Me To The Moon"), born in Burton upon Trent, England (d. 1984)
  • 1903 (Ivy) Priaulx Rainier, South African-British composer (Ploërmel), born in Howick, Colony of Natali (now South Africa) (d. 1986)
  • 1903 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor (1948 Olympics), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1975)

Pretty Boy Floyd (1904-1934)

American gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal, born in Adairsville, Georgia

  • 1904 Jimmy Starr, American screenwriter, actor (The Corpse Came C.O.D.), and gossip columnist, born in Clarksville, Texas, (d. 1990)
  • 1904 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer (Il prigioniero; Ulisse), born in Pisino d'Istria, Austrian Empire (now Pazin,Croatia) (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Roger Makins, British diplomat (UK Ambassador to the US 1953-56), (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Arne Beurling, American mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1906 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), born in Etawah, India (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), born in Borge, Norway (d. 2001)
  • 1907 James A. Michener, American author (Tales of the South Pacific, Hawaii), born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936), born in Ytre Rendal, Norway (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, born in Carcassonne (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Simone Weil, French philosopher, Resistance fighter (WWII) and social activist, born in Paris, France (d. 1943)
  • 1910 Blas Galindo, Mexican composer (A la Patria), born in San Gabriel, Mexico (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Nelson Case, American TV host (Trash or Treasure), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1976)
  • 1910 Robert Earl Jones, American actor (The Sting, Witness, Sleepaway Camp), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Jehan Alain, French organist and composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1940)
  • 1911 Jesse Thomas 'Babyface', American blues singer, born in Logansport, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Jacques Soustelle, French anthropologist and Minister of Information (Free French forces), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Richard Seaman, British racing driver (d. 1939)
  • 1914 Edward Sinclair, English actor (Dad's Army), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1977)
  • 1914 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, born in Auckland (d. 1994)

George Nissen (1914-2010)

American inventor (created the trampoline), born in Blairstown, Iowa

  • 1914 Kees Andrea, Dutch painter, graphic artist and carpet designer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Bill Miller, American jazz pianist and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Jr.), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Richard Bales, American composer (National Gallery of Art orchestra), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Helen Stephens, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m & 4x100m relay 1936), born in Fulton, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Joey Bishop [Gottlieb], American TV talk show host (Joey Bishop Show) and member of the "Rat Pack" group of entertainers, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1919 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1920 George A. Miller, cognitive psychologist (the magical number seven), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Henry Heimlich, Surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2016)
  • 1920 Margaret "Bibi" Osterwald, American actress (As Good as It Gets, Bridget Loves Bernie), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Stan Ockers, Belgian road cyclist (World road champion 1955; Tour de France runner-up 1950, 52), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1920 Tony Gaze, Australian WWII fighter pilot and auto racer (first Australian to drive in a F1 GP 1951), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Alys Robi [Alice Robitaille], French Canadian cabaret and radio of French translations of Latin songs, born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 2011)
  • 1925 John Fiedler, American stage and screen actor (The Bob Newhart Show - "Mr. Peterson"; The Odd Couple - "Vinnie"; 12 Angry Men), born in Platteville, Wisconsin (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Joop Swart, Dutch publisher (founder of World Press Photo)
  • 1925 Leon Schlumpf, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 1926 Art Arfons, auto racer/designer (3 x world land speed record; "Green Monster"), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Glen Tetley, US choreographer
  • 1926 Hans-Jochen Vogel, leader of West Germany's Social Democrats (SPD)
  • 1926 J. Roy Rowland, American politician (Rep-D-GA, 1983-95), born in Wrightsville, Georgia (d. 2022)
  • 1926 Shelley Berman, comedian (Son of Blob, Love American Style), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927 Blas Ople, Filipino politician (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Ilias Rosidis, Greek soccer defender (29 caps; Olympiacos FC), born in Neo Faliro, Piraeus, Greece (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Joan Lowery Nixon, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Kenneth Anger [Anglemeyer], American Underground Filmmaker (Magick Lantern Cycle), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2023)
  • 1927 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, born in Waterford (d. 2015)
  • 1928 C V Gadkari, Indian cricket batsman 6 Tests, 1 x 50; Maharashtra, Services), born in Pune, India (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • 1929 Pedro Nájera, Mexican soccer midfielder (FIFA World Cup 1954, 62; Club América), born in Mexico City (d. 2020)
  • 1929 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1930 Gillian Ayres, British abstract painter and printmaker, born in Barnes, London (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Joan Rice, British actress (His Majesty O'Keefe, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men), born in Derby, England (d. 1997)
  • 1931 Charanjit Singh, Indian field hockey captain (Olympic gold 1964, silver 1960), born in Una, Himachal Pradesh, India (d. 2022)
  • 1932 Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1933 Paul Sarbanes, American politician (Senator-D-MD, 1977-2007, sponsored Sarbanes–Oxley Act), born in Salisbury, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, rock guitarist
  • 1936 Bob Simpson, Australian cricket batsman, captain and coach (62 Tests @ 46.81, 10 x 100s, HS 311, 71 wickets; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1965; NSWCA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1936 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles final concert in San Francisco; Woodstock Festival), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)

Emile Griffith (1938-2013)

American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), born in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands

  • 1938 Randolfe "Randy" Wicker [Charles Gervin Hayden Jr.], American author, LGBT and pro-cloning activist and blogger, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1938 Victor Buono, American actor (Man from Atlantis: The, Untouchables; Batman - "King Tut"), born in San Diego, California (d. 1982)
  • 1938 Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1939 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), (d. 2016) possible date only
  • 1939 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut

Fran Tarkenton (83 years old)

1940 NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • 1940 Jim Hartz, American journalist and newscaster (NBC-TV Today, 1974-77; PBS - Innovations), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2022)
  • 1941 Angelo D'Aleo, American pop tenor (Dion & Belmonts - "Teenager In Love"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941 Bridget Hanley, American actress (Here Come the Brides - "Candy Pruitt"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Chuck Tharp, rock vocalist (Fireballs)
  • 1941 Gary Bartlett, cricket pace bowler (NZ in 10 Tests in the 1960's)
  • 1941 Neil Bogart, American record executive (d. 1982)
  • 1943 Blythe Danner, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress (Butterflies Are Free), and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Dennis Edwards, American po and R&B singer (The Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), born in Fairfield, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Eric Haydock [Haddock], British rock bassist (The Hollies, 1962-66 - ""Look Through Any Window"), born in Stockport, Cheshire, England (d. 2019)
  • 1944 C Thomas "Tom" Gallagher, American Republican politician, financier, and insurance agent, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1944 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), born in Boston, Massachusetts, (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • 1945 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • 1945 Johnny Cymbal, rocker (Mr Bass Man)
  • 1945 Willeke Alberti [Verbruggen], Dutch vocalist/actress (Small Truth)
  • 1946 Eva Maros, Hungarian classical harpist, born in Pécs, Hungary
  • 1946 Stan Webb, English blues musician (Chicken Shack), born in London
  • 1947 Dave Davies, British rock guitarist and vocalist (The Kinks - "You Really Got Me"; "Lola"; "Living On A Thin Line"), born in Muswell Hill, North London, England [1]
  • 1947 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)
  • 1947 Koos Alberts [Jacobus Krommenhoek], Dutch folk and pop singer (Many More Years; Life Goes On), born in Jordaan, Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1947 Melanie [Safka], American singer-songwriter ("Brand New Key"; "What Have They Done to My Song Ma"; "Candles in Rain"), born in Astoria, Queens, New York
  • 1947 Paul Auster, American author/poet/director (Mr Vertigo, Smoke)
  • 1947 Stephen McHattie [Smith], Canadian actor (300, Watchmen, The Fountain), born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • 1948 Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timor politician, Nobel Peace laureate
  • 1948 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • 1949 (Arnold} "Bake" McBride, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1973-83, Rookie of the Year; All-Star (St. Louis Cardinals; Philadelphia Phillies, and 1 other team), born in Fulton, Missouri
  • 1949 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1949 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch road cyclist (Olympic gold road race 1972; world professional road race champion 1975; Tour de France 1977, 80 runner-up), born in Denekamp, Netherlands
  • 1949 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • 1950 John Schlitt, American Christian rock singer (Petra), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • 1950 Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • 1950 Morgan Fairchild [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951 Blaise Compaoré, Burkinabé politician (President of Burkina Faso 1987-2014), born in Ziniare, Burkina Faso
  • 1951 Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
  • 1951 Felipe Munoz, Mexican 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)

Fred Lynn (71 years old)

1952 American baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1952 Jack Fields, American politician (Rep-R-TX, 1981-97), born in Humble, Texas
  • 1953 Savvas Tsitouridis, Greek politician
  • 1954 Tiger Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1955 Bahadır Akkuzu, Turkish rock guitarist and singer (Kurtalan Ekspres), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2009)
  • 1955 Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • 1955 Stephen Euin Cobb, American novelist
  • 1956 John Jefferson, American football player
  • 1956 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)

Nathan Lane (67 years old)

1956 American actor (One of the Boys, Frankie & Johnnie), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

  • 1956 Pamela Cossey, England, model/sister of transsexual Tula
  • 1957 Luc Van Hove, Belgian contemporary classical composer (Stradella), born in Wilrijk, Belgium
  • 1957 Michele Greene, American actress (Abby Perkins-LA Law), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1958 Joe Frank Edwards Jr, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 89), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1958 Lee Crystal [Sackett], American drummer (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock'n'Roll"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Lizzie Borden, director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls)
  • 1958 N. Gregory Mankiw, American economist
  • 1959 (Laurence) "Lol" Tolhurst, British rock keyboardist and drummer/drum machine player (The Cure, 1978-89 - "Boys Don't Cry" "The Lovecats"), born in Horley, England