On This Day

Famous Birthdays on July 2

  • 419 Valentinian III, Roman emperor (425-55), born in Ravenna (d. 455)
  • 1029 Al-Mustanṣir, 8th Fāṭimid Caliph of Cairo, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1094)

Arthur II

1262 Arthur II, Duke of Brittany (1305-12), born in Château de l’Isle, La Roche-Bernard, Brittany (d. 1312)

  • 1363 Maria, Queen of Sicily and Duchess of Athens & Neopatria, born in Catania, Kingdom of Sicily (d. 1401)
  • 1489 Thomas Cranmer, England reformer, Archbishop of Canterbury (1533-55), martyr, born in Aslockton, England (d. 1556)
  • 1492 Elizabeth Tudor, English princess, second daughter and fourth child of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, born in Richmond Palace, Surrey, England (d. 1495)
  • 1581 Johann Staden, German baroque composer, probably born in Nuremberg (d. 1634) baptismal date
  • 1589 Guillaume van Messaus, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp (d. 1640)
  • 1636 Daniel Speer, German composer, born in Breslau (d. 1707)
  • 1644 Abraham a Santa Clara [Johann Ulrich Megerle], German Augustinian friar and preacher, born in Kreenheinstetten, Germany (d. 1709)
  • 1647 Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, English Tory statesman, born in London (d. 1730)
  • 1652 Guillielmus "Willem" Kerricx, Flemish sculptor (Rozenkrans), born in Dendermonde, East Flanders (d. 1719)
  • 1665 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian, born in St Mabon, Cornwall, England (d. 1726)
  • 1667 Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal and grandnephew of Pope Alexander VIII, born in Venice (d. 1740)
  • 1698 Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena & Reggio, born in Modena (d. 1780)
  • 1714 Christoph Willibald Gluck, Austrian composer (Il re pastore), born in Erasbach, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1724 Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet (Der Messias), born in Quedlinburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1803)
  • 1737 François Léonard Rouwyzer, Dutch composer, born in Maastricht (d. 1827)
  • 1746 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, German-Danish composer, born in Husum, Germany (d. 1832)
  • 1756 Christian Gottfried Körner, German lawyer, born in Leipzig (d. 1831)
  • 1763 Peter Ritter, German cellist and composer, born in Mannheim, Palatinate (d. 1846)
  • 1793 Antoine Prumier, French harpist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1868)
  • 1810 Robert Toombs, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of State, born in Washington, Georgia (d. 1885)
  • 1814 Thérèse Wartel, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer and piano pedagogue (The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises), born in Renescure, France (d. 1900)
  • 1819 Thomas Anderson, Scottish chemist (discovered pyridine), born in Leith, Scotland (d. 1874)
  • 1820 George Law Curry, American newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1878)

Charles Tupper

1821 Charles Tupper, 6th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 69-day term), born in Amherst, Nova Scotia (d. 1915)

  • 1822 Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails/trains), born in Hadzor House, Worcestershire, England (d. 1899)
  • 1830 John Bordenave Villepigue, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 1862)
  • 1834 Hendrick Peter Godfried Quack, Dutch lawyer, economist and historian, born in Zetten, Netherlands (d. 1917)
  • 1836 Henry Eugene Davies, American writer, public official, lawyer, and Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1847 Marcel Bertrand, French geologist and mine engineer (tectonic geology), born in Paris (d. 1907)
  • 1849 Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, Queen of Bavaria, born in Brno, Austrian Empire (d. 1919)
  • 1857 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1862 William Henry Bragg, English physicist (Nobel 1915-analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays), born in Westward, Cumberland, England (d. 1942)
  • 1865 Lily Braun, German feminist and socialist writer (Im Schatten Titanen), born in Halberstadt, Saxony, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1916)
  • 1867 Herbert Prior, British actor (Caught Short, Slave of Desire), born in Oxfordshire, England (d. 1954)
  • 1876 Wilhelm Cuno, German Reich's chancellor (1922-23) and businessman, born in Suhl, German Empire (d. 1933)

Hermann Hesse

1877 Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946), born in Calw, Württemberg, Germany (d. 1962)

  • 1880 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1881 Royal H. Weller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1929)
  • 1882 Edgar Mayne, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman, prolific for Victoria), born in Jamestown, South Australia (d. 1961)
  • 1884 Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist, born in Aschaffenburg, Bavaria (d. 1931)
  • 1887 Marcel Tabuteau, French-American oboist (Philadelphia Orch 1915-54), born in Compiègne, Oise, France (d. 1966)
  • 1888 Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), born in Nova Pryluka, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1889 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes, A Mother), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Earl Roy Curry, American religious thinker and Kirtland Temple overseer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1891 Gus Dorais, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Notre Dame), coach (Gonzaga, Detroit Lions), born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1954)
  • 1892 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), born in Great Lever, Lancashire, England (d. 1965)
  • 1893 August Maes, Flemish actor and director (Shylock-Hamlet) (d. 1979)
  • 1893 Ralph Hancock, Welsh garden designer (Rockefeller Center), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1950)
  • 1896 Lydia Mei, Estonian artist who specialized in watercolors and still lifes, born in Hiiumaa, Estonia (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Tyrone Guthrie, British actor, producer, writer and director, born in Tunbridge Wells, England (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Rex Alston, English sports broadcaster and author (BBC radio), born in Faringdon, Berkshire (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Olav V, King of Norway (1957-91), born in Appleton House, Sandringham, Norfolk (d. 1991)
  • 1904 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1904 Gerarda Rueter, Dutch sculptor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1993)
  • 1904 René Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Alan Webb, British actor (King Lear, Taming of Shrew, Challenge of Lassie), born in York, England (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Hans Bethe, German-American quantum physicist (Nobel 1967), born in Strassburg, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1906 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Eppo Doeve, Dutch cartoonist and painter, born in Bandung, Indonesia (d. 1981)
  • 1907 Leo O'Brien, Australian cricket batsman (5 Tests; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Jean Sinclair, South African campaigner, founder member and first president of the Black Sash in 1955, born in Germiston, South Africa (d. 1996)

Thurgood Marshall

1908 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

  • 1909 Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times), born in Ratzeburg, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Earl Robinson, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1991)
  • 1910 H. G. Adler, German writer (The Journey), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1910 William Douglas Denny, American composer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)
  • 1911 Diego Fabbri, Italian playwright and leader (Vatican movie bureau), born in Forli, Italy (d. 1980)
  • 1913 Edith Heerdegen, German actress (Serpent's Egg, Monpti), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (Time & Winds), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Mário Schenberg, Brazilian physicist and electrical engineer, born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Bert Decorte, Flemish poet, born in Retie, Flanders, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Barry Gray [Bernard Yaroslaw], American radio personality and interviewer (started call-in radio), born in Red Lion, New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Ken Curtis, American actor (Ripcord, Festus - Gunsmoke), born in Lamar, Colorado (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII, born in Konradswaldau, German Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1917 Pierre H. Dubois, Dutch literary and critic, born in Amsterdam (d. 1999)
  • 1918 "Sheikh" Imam [Eissa], Egyptian folk and protest singer-songwriter, born in Giza (d. 1995)
  • 1918 WiBo [Willem Boost], Dutch cartoonist, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Jean Craighead George, American writer (Julie of the Wolves), born in Washington, D.C. (2012)
  • 1920 Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, Belarusian composer, born in Żyrardów, Poland (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Pierre Cardin, Italian-French fashion designer, born in San Biagio di Callalta, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1923 Wislawa Szymborska, Prowent, Polish poet referred to as the 'Mozart of Poetry' (Nobel 1996), (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), born in Reedley, California (d. 1970)
  • 1925 Marvin Rainwater, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Patrice Lumumba, Congolese revolutionary, 1st prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, born in Onalua, Belgian Congo (d. 1961)
  • 1925 Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist and NAACP official who was assassinated, born in Decatur, Mississippi (d. 1963)
  • 1926 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), born in Pittsburg, Kansas (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer, journalist, (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Ruth Berghaus, German choreographer and opera director, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Rio Bravo, Cuban Fireball, Havana Rose), born in Guanajay, Cuba (d. 1966)
  • 1928 Pavel Kohout, Czech director and author (Poor Murderer)

Imelda Marcos

1929 Imelda Marcos, Filipino politician and First Lady of the Philippines (1965-86) who famously collected over 1,000 pairs of shoes, born in Manila, Philippines

  • 1930 Carlos Menem, Argentine politician, President of Argentina (1989-99), born in Anillaco, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1931 Robert Ito, Canadian-born actor (Quincy, ME - "Sam"), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1931 Frank Williams, English actor (Dad's Army), born in London, England
  • 1932 Dave Thomas, American businessman who founded Wendy's Restaurants, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Kenneth McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1932 Sammy Turner, vocalist (Lavender Blue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1933 David Lewin, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Kalim Siddiqui, islamic campaigner
  • 1934 Ivan Madray, West Indian cricket leg-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 3 runs 0-108)
  • 1935 Ed Bullins, playwright, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 Gilbert Kalish, American pianist and professor (SUNY Stony Brook), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936 Omar Suleiman, Qena, Egypt, army general and intelligence officer, (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Dick Berardino, baseball player
  • 1937 Polly Holliday, Jasper Ala, actress (Flo-Alice, Flo-Flo)

Richard Petty

1937 Richard Petty, American auto racer (7 x NASCAR Championship, 7 x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina

  • 1937 Dee [David] Palmer, English keyboard player and composer (Jethro Tull, 1972-80), born in Hendon, London
  • 1938 John McDonnell, American track, cross country coach (University of Arkansas 1972–2008; 40 x NCAA C'ships; 8 x NCAA Triple Crown; 30 x NCAA coach of the year), born in County Mayo, Ireland (d. 2021)
  • 1939 John H. Sununu, US Secretary of State (R, 1989-91), Governor of New Hampshire (1983-89), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1939 M[ichael] A[nthony] Foster, American sci-fi author (Gameplayers of Zan)
  • 1939 Michael N Castle, (Rep-R-Delaware)
  • 1939 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • 1939 Valeri Vasilyevich Illarianov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1939 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek politician and poet
  • 1940 Ken Clarke [Kenneth Harry Clarke], British Conservative politician, born in Nottinghamshire, England
  • 1941 Stéphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter
  • 1942 Georgi Ivanov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33)
  • 1942 Vicente Fox, Former Mexican president
  • 1943 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • 1945 James Orville Fulkerson, composer
  • 1946 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop) and political activist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1946 Richard Axel, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1947 Ervin Hall, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Larry David

1947 Larry David, American actor, comedian and screenwriter (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1947 Luci Baines Johnson Nugent Turpin, daughter of President LBJ
  • 1948 Saul Rubinek, Canadian film actor
  • 1949 Roy Bittan, American piano player (E Street Band), born in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York City
  • 1949 Hanno Pöschl, Austrian actor
  • 1949 Joe English, American drummer (Wings; Sea Level), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1951 Joe Puerta, American rock bassist (Ambrosia; The Range), born in Lomita, California [1]
  • 1951 Slick Watts, NBA player (Seattle SuperSonic), born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi
  • 1951 Michele Santoro, Italian TV journalist
  • 1951 Sylvia Rivera, American gay liberation and transgender activist and drag queen, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Johnny Colla, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1952 Linda M Godwin, Cape Girardeau Mo, PhD/astronaut (STS 37, 59, 76)
  • 1952 Wayne Haner, rock bassist (Axe)
  • 1953 Tony Armas, baseball player
  • 1954 Wendy Schaal, American actress (It's a Living, Julie-Fantasy Is), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Andrew Divoff, Venezuelan actor
  • 1955 Kevin Michael Grace, Canadian journalist
  • 1956 Jeffrey Cooper, American R&B guitarist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • 1956 Jerry Hall, American model, married to Mick Jagger and Rupert Murdoch (Batman, Freejack), born in Mesquite, Texas
  • 1957 Brett "the Hitman" Hart, Canadian WWF champion, born in Alberta
  • 1957 Mick Anker, British rocker and bass guitarist (Blow Monkeys - "Wicked Ways")
  • 1958 Thomas Bickerton, American Methodist bishop
  • 1959 Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1959 Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • 1959 Wendy B Lawrence, astronaut (STS 67, 86, sk:91), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1960 Julia Montgomery, American actress (One Life to Live, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1960 Terry Rossio, American screenwriter
  • 1961 Alba Parietti, Torino Italy, actress (Galagoal, Abbronzatissima)
  • 1961 James McNichol, actor (Fitzpatricks, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Pat Dufficy, Westerly RI, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1961 Michael Lindsay, Voice actor
  • 1962 Brandel Chamblee, American golfer, broadcaster (Golf Channel, 1 PGA Tour title), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1963 Mark Kermode, British film critic
  • 1964 Dave Parsons, rocker (Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That's Life)
  • 1964 Joe Magrane, American baseball player nicknamed "Maddog" (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Des Moines, Iowa

José Canseco

1964 José Canseco, Cuban-American MLB outfielder and designated hitter (AL MVP 1988), born in Havana, Cuba

  • 1964 Shannon Ritter, jockey
  • 1964 Doug Benson, American comedian (The LEGO Batman Movie), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964 Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player
  • 1964 Charles Robinson, American wrestling referee
  • 1967 Debee Ashby, Coventry England, topless model (There's Girl in My Soup)
  • 1968 Mark Tewksbury, Canadian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1992), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Matthew Cox, American convicted felon
  • 1969 Kevin Hearn, Canadian keyboardist, guitarist, and accordion player (Barenaked Ladies; Thin Buckle), born in Grimsby, Ontario

Jenni Rivera

1969 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), born in Long Beach, California

  • 1970 Derrick Adkins, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1996; World C'ship gold 1995), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Colin Edwin, Australian musician (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1970 Scotty 2 Hotty, American wrestler
  • 1970 Monie Love, English rapper
  • 1970 Steve Morrow, Irish footballer
  • 1971 Jared Palmer, American tennis star, born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Troy Brown, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 Evelyn Lau, Canadian author
  • 1972 Darren Shan, Irish children's author
  • 1973 Peter Kay, British comedian
  • 1974 Sean Casey, American baseball player
  • 1974 Moon So-ri, South Korean actress
  • 1974 Rocky Gray, American musician
  • 1975 Daniel Kowalski, Australian swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96), born in Singapore
  • 1975 Éric Dazé, Canadian NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks; NHL All Star MVP 2002), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
  • 1976 Krisztián Lisztes, Hungarian footballer
  • 1976 Tomáš Vokoun, Czech hockey player
  • 1978 Jüri Ratas, Estonian politician
  • 1979 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver
  • 1979 Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer

Joe Thornton

1979 Joe Thornton, Canadian NHL center, (#1 draft pick Boston Bruins 1997; San Jose Sharks; Olympic gold 2010), born in St. Thomas, Ontario

  • 1980 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator