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Famous Birthdays on July 3

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 217

  • 1423 Louis XI, King of France (1461-83), born in Bourges, France (d. 1483)
  • 1442 Go-Tsuchimikado, 103rd Emperor of Japan (d. 1500)
  • 1530 Claude Fauchet, French historian, born in Paris (d. 1601)

Person of interestSamuel de Champlain

1567 Samuel de Champlain, French explorer (Lake Champlain), born in Hiers-Brouage or La Rochelle, France (d. 1635)

French Explorer Samuel de Champlain
French Explorer
Samuel de Champlain
  • 1643 Alessandro Stradella, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1682)
  • 1676 Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian field marshal, born in Dessau, Anhalt-Dessau (d. 1747)
  • 1683 Edward Young, English poet (Revenge, Complaint), born in Upham, Winchester, England (d. 1765)
  • 1685 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer, born in Roos Hall, Beccles, England (d. 1768)
  • 1687 Arnold Hoogvliet, Dutch poet (Abraham the Patriarch), born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands (d.1763)
  • 1728 Robert Adam, Scottish architect and designer (Adelphi Terrace, London), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland (d. 1792)
  • 1731 Samuel Huntington, American politician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1796)
  • 1738 John Singleton Copley, American painter of portraits and historical objects, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • 1743 Sophia Magdalena of Denmark, Queen consort of Sweden, born in Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1813)
  • 1794 Eberhard Friedrich Walcker, German organ builder (Paulskirche Frankfurt), born in Bad Cannstatt, Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1872)
  • 1796 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher (Sotsjinenija) [NS]
  • 1802 Joseph Labitzky, Bohemian composer, born in Krásno, Czech Republic (d. 1881)

  • 1814 Janis Cimze, Latvian composer, Father of Latvian choir music, born Rauna parish, Russian Empire (d. 1881)
  • 1819 Louis Théodore Gouvy, French-German composer, born in Sarre (d. 1898)
  • 1828 John Austin Wharton, American lawyer and Major General (Confederate Army), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1865)
  • 1846 Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1919)
  • 1850 Alfredo Keil, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1907)
  • 1854 Leoš Janáček, Czech composer, born in Hukvaldy, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1928)
  • 1855 Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1934)
  • 1860 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1935)
  • 1860 William Wallace, Scottish composer, born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1940)
  • 1861 Peter Jackson, heavyweight boxer (hall of famer), born in Christiansted, Danish West Indies (d. 1901)
  • 1862 Friedrich Ernst Koch, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1927)
  • 1866 Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter, born in Stege, Møn, Denmark (d. 1906)

Person of interestRichard Bedford Bennett

1870 Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1930-35), born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick (d. 1947)

11th Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bedford Bennett
11th Prime Minister of Canada
Richard Bedford Bennett
  • 1871 William Henry Davies, Welsh poet (Autobiography of a Super Tramp), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1940)
  • 1871 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1925)
  • 1872 Habibullah Khan, Emir of Afghanistan (1901-19), born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (d. 1919)
  • 1874 Āpirana Ngata, Māori New Zealand politician and lawyer known for promoting and protecting Māori culture and language, born in Te Araroa, New Zealand (d. 1950)
  • 1875 Ernst Ferdinand Sauerbruch, German Nazi surgeon, born in Barmen, German Empire (d. 1951)

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

1878 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1879 Philippe Gaubert, French musician and composer, born in Cahors, France (d. 1941)

  • 1879 Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American scientist and philosopher, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1950)
  • 1880 Carl Schuricht, German conductor and composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1881 Leon Errol, Australian actor (Ziegfeld Follies, What a Blonde!), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1951)

Person of interestFranz Kafka

1883 Franz Kafka, Czech author (Metamorphosis, Trial, Amerika), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1924)

Writer Franz Kafka
Writer
Franz Kafka
  • 1884 Moses Leverock Crossley, Dutch bio-chemist, born in Saba, Dutch West Indies
  • 1886 Raymond A Spruance, U.S. Navy admiral (Battle of Midway), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1969)
  • 1892 Wilhelm Rettich, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1895 Oles' Semyonovich Chishko, Russian-Ukrainian composer, born in Dvorichnyi Kut, Ukraine (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Doris Lloyd, Irish-American actress (Bachelor Father, Charley's Aunt, Sarah & Son), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1968)
  • 1899 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, Ukrainian composer, born in Verkhnodniprovsk, Ukraine (d. 1958)
  • 1899 Otto Reinhold, German composer, born in Erzgebirge (d. 1965)
  • 1900 John Mason Brown, American drama critic (Tonight on Broadway), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricket lefty pace bowler (1932-33, later knighted), born in Brightwater, Nelson (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Francis Steegmuller, American biographer (Cocteau), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1906 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1972)
  • 1906 F. Gwendolen Rees, Welsh zoologist and parasitologist, born in Abercynon, Wales (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Jack Earle, American actor and sideshow performer known as "The World's Tallest Man," born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1952)
  • 1907 Arthur Steel, Dutch architect (Group '32)
  • 1907 Gene Gutche, German-born composer, born in Berlin (d. 2000)
  • 1908 Thomas Narcejac, French writer (Vertigo), born in Rochefort-sur-Mer, France (d. 1998)
  • 1908 M. F. K. Fisher, American cook book author, born in Albion, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (44th Governor of New Jersey), born in Easton, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Earl Butz, 18th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76), born in Albion, Indiana (d. 2008)
  • 1909 Lucy Kroll, American talent agent, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Bernard Burrows, British diplomat (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Eric Franklin, Indian civil servant
  • 1911 Joe Hardstaff Jr., English cricketer (son of Joseph, 23 Tests for England), born in Nuncargate, Nottinghamshire (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Edward Jones, Northern Irish lord justice of appeals (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Hugh Stirling Mackenzie, British Royal Navy officer, born in Inverness, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1913 William Deakin, British historian and warden (St Anthony's College Oxford), born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Hélène Cordet, French actress (The Limping Man), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1996)
  • 1917 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager, born in Alegrete, Brazil (d. 1990)
  • 1918 Fred Mulley, British Labour politician, born in Leamington Spa, England (d. 1995)
  • 1920 John Lessard, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Louise Allbritton, American actress (The Egg and I, Stage Door, Got a Secret), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1979)
  • 1921 Susan Peters [Suzanne Carnahan], American actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1952)
  • 1922 Art Fowler, American baseball player, born in Converse, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Corneille [Cornelis G of Beverloo], Dutch painter (Africa, Antilles), born in Liege, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • 1922 François Reichenbach, French director (La douceur du Village), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Tom Hudson, British artist and teacher, born in Horden, County Durham, England (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw & Cavendish, British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Bankole Timothy, Sierra Leonean journalist, born in Sierra Leone (d. 1994)
  • 1923 William Mills, painter (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Geoffrey Sammons, senior partner (Allen & Overy)
  • 1924 S. R. [Sellapan Ramanathan] Nathan, 6th President of Singapore (1999-2011), born in Singapore (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Michael Oliver, British cardiologist (linked cholesterol with coronary artery disease), born in Borth, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Johnny Coles, American jazz trumpeter (Little Johnny C), born in Trenton, New Jersey ( d. 1997)
  • 1926 Joseph M. Gaydos, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Braddock, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1926 William Roll, German poltergeist researcher and parapsychologist (The Poltergeist, Unsolved Mysteries), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Charles Vandenhove, Belgian architect (Standard-Omnisporthal, Luik), born in Teuven, Belgium (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Ken Russell, British film director (Tommy, Altered States, Gothic), born in Southampton, Hampshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1927 William MacMillan, Moderator of the General Assembly of Church of Scotland, born in Keith, Moray, Scotland (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance), born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1977)

  • 1928 John Wills, Lord-Lieutenant of Avon 1974-96, born in Bristol (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Eustace Gibbs, 3rd Baron Wraxall, British diplomat and vice marshal (Diplomatic Corps) (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (Bavarian State Orchestra 1968-97), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk TV show 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Andres Burnier [Catharina Irma Dessaur], Dutch criminologist and author (Jongensuur), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Edward Brandt Jr., American physician and public health official, born in Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Manfred Bieler, German writer (The Rabbit is Me), born in Zerbst, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Harrison Schmitt, American geologist and astronaut (Apollo 17), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico
  • 1935 John Swan, 4th Premier of Bermuda (1982-95), born in Bermuda
  • 1936 Anthony Lester, British barrister and Member of the House of Lords
  • 1936 Eric Russell, English cricketer (England opening batsman early 60s), born in Dumbarton, Scotland

Person of interestTom Stoppard

1937 Tom Stoppard, Czech-born British playwright (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern-1968 Tony), born in Zlín, Czechoslovakia

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • 1938 Shin Geum Dan, North Korean 400m/800m runner (1962 world record), born in Riwon County, North Korea
  • 1939 Jay Tarses, American actor and writer (Open All Night, Duck Factory), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940 César Tovar, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1994)
  • 1940 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Lance Larson, American 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic silver 1960), born in Monterey Park, California
  • 1940 Lamar Alexander, American politician (U.S. Senator from Tennessee), born in Maryville, Tennessee
  • 1941 Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Indian film director and cinematographer (Kathapurushan, Mathulikal), born in Mannadi, Travancore, British India
  • 1941 Gloria Allred, American feminist and civil rights attorney, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Wylie Walker Vale, American endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Paco Stanley, Mexican TV personality, born in Mexico City (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Kurtwood Smith, American actor (That '70s Show, Robocop), born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin
  • 1943 Gary Waldhorn, English actor (To the Camp & Back), born in London
  • 1943 Geraldo Rivera [Gerald Michael Riviera], American news personality (20/20, Geraldo), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Judith Durham, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Essendon, Victoria
  • 1943 Norman Thagard, American scientist and astronaut (STS 7, 51-B, 30, 42, 71, Mir), born in Marianna, Florida
  • 1944 Paul Young, Scottish actor (Another Time Another Place), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1945 Iain MacDonald-Smith, English yachtsman (Olympic gold 1968), born in Oxford
  • 1945 Michael Cole, American actor (Pete-Mod Squad), born in Madison, Wisconsin

  • 1945 Michael Martin, British politician and Speaker of the House of Commons (2000-09), born in Glasgow (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author (World Fantasy Award: Nifft the Lean, Growlimb), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • 1946 John Klemmer, American composer and saxophonist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Johnny Lee [John Lee Ham], American country music singer (Lookin' for Love), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1947 Betty Buckley, American actress (Abby-8 is Enough, 1776, Cats), born in Big Spring, Texas
  • 1947 Dave Barry, American humorist and author, born in Armonk, New York
  • 1948 Peter Ruzicka, German composer and conductor, born in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1948 Tarmo Koivisto, Finnish comics artist (Mämmilä), born in Orivesi, Finland
  • 1949 Jan Smithers, American actress (Bailey-WKRP), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1949 Susan Penhaligon, British actress (Dracula, Nasty Habits), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1949 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1950 Damon Harris, African-American soul singer (The Temptations-My Girl), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • 1950 Ewen Chatfield, New Zealand cricketer pace bowler (1975-89), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand
  • 1950 James Hahn, American politician and incumbent judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Mike Corby, English guitarist and keyboardist (The Babys), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England

Person of interestJean-Claude Duvalier

1951 Jean-Claude Duvalier "Baby Doc", Deposed Haitian president-for-life (1971-86), born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (d. 2014)

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier

Person of interestRichard Hadlee

1951 Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (NZ 86 Tests, 3,124 runs, 431 wickets), born in Christchurch, Canterbury

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1952 Wasim Raja, British-Pakistani cricketer (bro of Rameez, Pakistani lefty bat & leggie), born in Multan, Punjab, Dominion of Pakistan
  • 1952 Andy Fraser, English rock bassist (Free), born in Paddington, London (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Alynne Amkraut, American entertainer, born in Amityville, New York
  • 1953 Frank Tanana, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955 Matt Keough, American baseball player (Oakland A's, NY Yankees), born in Pomona, California
  • 1955 Neil Clark, Scottish rock guitarist (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions), born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
  • 1955 Sanma Akashiya, Japanese comedian and TV personality, born in Kushimoto, Wakayama, Japan
  • 1955 Marc Bonilla, American guitarist (Keith Emerson Band), born in Contra Costa, California
  • 1956 Eddie Edwards, South African tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1956 Montel Williams, American TV talk show host (Montel), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1956 Vincent Margera "Don Vito", American reality TV Viva La Bam castmember, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Danny Heep, American MLB outfielder, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1957 Faye Resnick, American TV personality and author (Nicole Brown Simpson-Private Diary), born in Brentwood, California

  • 1957 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1958 Aaron Tippin, American singer (You've Got to Stand for Something), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1958 Robert Foth, American sport shooter (Olympics silver 1992), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1958 Matthew Fraser, Canadian-British journalist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958 Siân Lloyd, Welsh meteorologist and TV presenter, born in Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1959 Andreas Wisniewski, German actor (The Living Daylights), born in Berlin
  • 1959 Stephen Pearcy, American heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Stoyan Deltchev, Bulgarian horizontal bar gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1960 Jack Daugherty, American MLB baseman and outfielder, born in Hialeah, Florida
  • 1961 Vince Clarke, English rock keyboardist (Erasure), born in South Woodford, Essex
  • 1961 Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer, born in Lisbon
  • 1961 Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England
  • 1962 Thomas Gibson, American actor (Dr Daniel Nyland-Chicago Hope), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Person of interestTom Cruise

1962 Tom Cruise, American actor (Risky Business, Jerry MaGuire, Rainman), born in Syracuse, New York

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
  • 1962 Hunter Tylo [Deborah Jo Hunter], American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1963 Don August, American baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1963 Tracey Emin, English artist (Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995), born in Croydon, England
  • 1964 Gary Ryan [Moss], American rock bassist (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts), born in California
  • 1964 Warren Newson, American MLB outfielder (Texas Rangers), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • 1964 Joanne Harris, British author (Chocolat), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
  • 1964 Yeardley Smith, French-born American actress (Lisa Simpson-The Simpsons), born in Paris
  • 1965 Arno Hofstede, Dutch soccer player (Willem II, Go Ahead Eagles), born in Oosterbeek, Netherlands
  • 1965 Dan Land, American NFL cornerback and safety (Oakland Raiders), born in Donalsonville, Georgia
  • 1965 Greg Vaughn, American MLB outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965 Shinya Hashimoto, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW), born in Toki City, Gifu, Japan
  • 1965 Vinson Smith, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Statesville, North Carolina

Person of interestMoises Alou

1966 Moises Alou, MLB outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 1966 Neil O'Donnell, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1967 Amy Van Horne, American actress (Carla Solieto-The City)
  • 1967 Brian Cashman, American major league baseball executive (NY Yankees), born in Rockville Centre, New York

  • 1968 Jeff Phillips, American actor (Hart Jessup-Guiding Light), born in Westwood, New Jersey
  • 1968 Teppo Numminen, Finnish NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets, Coyotes), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1968 Chien-lien Wu [Jacklyn Wu], Taiwanese actress and singer, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1969 Kevin Hearn, Canadian musician (Barenaked Ladies), born in Grimsby, Ontario
  • 1970 Teemu Selanne, Finnish NHL right wing (1992-93 NHL rookie points record, 132), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1970 Victor Bailey, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1970 Shawnee Smith, American actress
  • 1970 Serhiy Honchar, Ukrainian cyclist

Person of interestAudra McDonald

1970 Audra McDonald, American actress (Private Practice) and singer (6x Tony award winner), born in West Berlin

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald
  • 1971 Terry Irving, NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)

Person of interestJulian Assange

1971 Julian Assange, Australian founder of Wikileaks, born in Townsville, Queensland

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange
  • 1973 Adrian Aucoin, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973 Devin Bush, NFL strong safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Johnny Terris, Canadian actor and director
  • 1973 Patrick Wilson, American actor ( Angels in America), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1974 Jamie Feick, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1975 Keri Houlihan, Penn, actress (Molly-Our House)
  • 1976 Andrea Barber, actress (Kimmy Gibbler-Full House)
  • 1976 Henry Olonga, cricketer (1st black Zimbabwe Test cricketer v Pak 1995)