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Famous Birthdays on June 3

  • 1540 Charles II Archduke of Austria, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1590)
  • 1610 Jacob Neefs, Flemish engraver/publisher, baptised
  • 1657 Manuel de Egues, Spanish composer, born in San Martin del Rio, Spain (d. 1729)
  • 1659 David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (d. 1708)
  • 1660 Johannes Schenck, Dutch born composer, baptized in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. c. 1712)
  • 1685 Cornelis Hop, Amsterdam regent/diplomat
  • 1723 Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born naturalist (d. 1788)

James Hutton

1726 James Hutton, Scottish geologist 'father of modern geology' born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1797)

  • 1738 Johann Christoph Oley, German composer, baptized in Bernburg, Saxony-Anhalt (d. 1789)
  • 1746 James Hook, English composer, born in Norwich (d. 1827)
  • 1750 Frédéric Thiéme, French composer, born in Reims, France (d. 1802)
  • 1761 Henry Shrapnel, English Army officer and inventor (created the shrapnel shell), born in Wiltshire, England (d. 1842)

Manuel Belgrano

1770 Manuel Belgrano, Argentine politician and Military Leader who took part in the Argentine Wars of Independence and created the Flag of Argentina, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1820)

  • 1771 Sydney Smith, English preacher, reformer and author, born in Woodford, Essex (d. 1845)
  • 1771 Charles Bernard Desormes, Dijon, French Physicist and Chemist who determined the ratio of the specific heats of gases as well as the exact composition of carbon monoxide and carbon disulphide
  • 1773 Caspar G C Reinwardt, German Dutch biologist
  • 1773 Michael Gottard Fischer, German composer and organist, born in Alach (d. 1829)
  • 1780 William Hone, English author and bookseller (Every-Day Book)
  • 1782 Charles Waterton, English naturalist and pioneering conservationist, born in Wakefield, England (d. 1865)
  • 1801 František Jan Škroup, Czech composer (Kde domov můj? - Czech national anthem), born in Osice, Czech Republic (d. 1862)
  • 1804 Richard Cobden, English founder of the Anti-Corn-Law League

Jefferson Davis

1808 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), born in Fairview, Kentucky (d. 1889)

  • 1812 Pieter Mijer, Dutch gov-gen of Neth Indies (1866-72)
  • 1815 Martin Edward Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1818 Louis Faidherbe, French general and colonel administrator in Senegal, born in Lille, France (d. 1889)
  • 1819 Johann Barthold Jongkind, Lattrop Neth, Dut/Fr painter (Winter Scenes)
  • 1819 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1824 Charles Kinnaird Graham, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1889)
  • 1828 Jose Inzenga y Castellanos, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1891)
  • 1829 Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback, French organist and composer, born in Montpelier, France (d. 1884)

Charles Brooke

1829 Charles Brooke, 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak (1868-1917), born in Burnham-on-Sea, England (d. 1917)

  • 1831 Otho French Strahl, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1832 Alexander Charles Lecocq, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1918)
  • 1839 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Der Herr im Hause)
  • 1840 Eugeen van Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Morning Twilight)
  • 1841 Eduardo Caudella, Romanian composer, born in Iași, Moldavia (d. 1924)
  • 1843 Frederik VIII, King of Denmark (1906-12)
  • 1844 Detlev [Freiherr Friedrich A von] Liliencron, German poet
  • 1844 Emile Paladilhe, French composer, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1926)
  • 1844 Garret Hobart, American politician (R) 24th US Vice President (1897-99), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1899)
  • 1853 Flinders Petrie, English Egyptologist (Merneptah Stele, measured the pyramids), born in London, England (d. 1942)
  • 1864 Ransom Eli Olds, American auto (Oldsmobile) & truck (REO) manufacturer, born in Geneva, Ohio (d. 1950)

George V

1865 George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India (1910-36), born in Marlborough House, London, (d. 1936)

  • 1866 George Howells Broadhurst, English director (d. 1952)
  • 1868 (Ivar) Henning Mankell, Swedish pianist and composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden (d. 1930)
  • 1868 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), born in Camagüey, Cuba (d. 1931)
  • 1869 Maria Radulphus, inspector on Curacao (Radulphus College)
  • 1869 Prince Baudouin of Belgium, Count of Flaanders, born in Palais de la Régence, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1891)
  • 1873 Otto Loewi, German physician (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 1936), born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (d. 1961)
  • 1877 Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist painter (Palm), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1953)
  • 1879 Pieter J A Adriani, Dutch tax lawyer
  • 1879 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (d. 1940)
  • 1881 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (d. 1964)
  • 1887 Emil Axman, Czech composer, born in Rataje (d. 1949)
  • 1888 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1891 Mary Browne, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-14), born in Ventura County, California (d. 1971)
  • 1893 Asen Karastoyanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Samokov, Bulgaria (d. 1976)
  • 1895 Zoltan Korda, Hungarian-British film director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers), born in Pusztatúrpásztó, Austria-Hungary (d. 1961)
  • 1895 Kavalam Madhava Panikkar, Indian statesman and diplomat (Asia & Western Dominance), born in Travancore, British India (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Memphis Minnie [Lizzie Douglas], American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Bumble Bee"; "Me and My Chauffeur Blues"), born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Rosa Chacel, spanish novelist, born in Valladolid, Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1899 Georg von Bekesy, physician (Nobel-1961), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1900 Gerard den Brabander [Jan G Jofriet], Dutch poet (Nothing New) (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Maurice Evans, British actor (Planet of the Apes, Bewitched), born in Dorchester, Dorset, England (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Edward Wayne, English physician (Queen of Scotland, Wayne score), born in Leeds, England (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Eddie Acuff, American actor (Guns of the Pecos, Phantom Creeps, Outer Gate), (d. 1956)

Charles R. Drew

1904 Charles R. Drew, American physician and surgeon who pioneered blood plasma research and developed the blood bank concept, born in Washington, D. C. (d. 1950)

  • 1904 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Martin Gottfried Weiss, German, commandant of Dachau concentration camp (d. 1946, by execution)

Josephine Baker

1906 Josephine Baker, American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)

  • 1906 Norman Gallichan, New Zealand cricketer (all-rounder in 1 Test NZ v England 1937)
  • 1906 Walter Robins, English cricketer (dynamic England leg-spin all-rounder), born in Stafford, England (d. 1968)
  • 1907 Antonio Emmanvilovich Spadavecchia, Russian composer, born in Odessa (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Adele Dixon, American actress (Calling the Tune), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Wilfred Thesiger, English explorer and travel writer (Arabian Sands), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Paulette Goddard [Marion Levy], American actress (Great Dictator), born in Whitestone Landing, Long Island (d. 1990)
  • 1911 Ellen Corby [Hansen], American actress (The Waltons, Vertigo, Caged), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Mason Gross, American TV quiz show personality and professor (Think Fast, Two for the Money), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1977)
  • 1911 Olaf Okern, Norwegian Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
  • 1912 Richard D'Aeth, president (Hughes Hall Cambridge)
  • 1912 William Douglas-Home, playwright (Now .. Barabbas)
  • 1913 Pedro Mir, Dominican Poet Laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Eugene Fuller, polymath/linguist
  • 1914 Ronald George "Tim" Woodman, British WWII pilot, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Iris Meredith [Shunn], American actress (Son of Davy Crockett, The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Milton Cato, 1st Prime Minister of San Vincent and the Grenadines (1979-84), born in Saint Vincent, British Windward Islands (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Leo Gorcey, American actor (Bowery Boys, Road to Zanzibar), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1918 Patrick Cargill, British actor (Help!, No Wreath for the General, Hammerhead), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Lili St. Cyr, American ecdysiast (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Lord Brandon of Oakbrook, Lord of appeal (Ordinary)
  • 1921 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), born in Brittany, France (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Ivan Patachich, composer
  • 1923 Michael Jaffe, director (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge England)
  • 1923 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, born in Zhitomir, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1924 David Richard Holloway, literary Editor
  • 1924 Michael Gow, commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • 1924 Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), born in Ruleville, Mississippi (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Gerhard Zwerenz, writer
  • 1925 Thomas Winning, Roman Catholic archbishop (Glasgow)

Tony Curtis

1925 Tony Curtis [Bernard Schwartz], American actor (Some Like It Hot), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)

Allen Ginsberg

1926 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)

  • 1926 Carlos Veerhoff, composer
  • 1926 Colleen Dewhurst, Canadian-American actress (Maggie-Blue & Grey), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1991)
  • 1926 Hamilton Fish Jr, (Rep-R-NY, 1969- )
  • 1926 Janez Maticic, composer
  • 1926 Roscoe G Bartlett, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • 1927 (Homer) "Boots" Randolph, American session saxophonist ("Yakety Sax"), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Donald Judd, American sculptor (minimal art)
  • 1928 John Reid, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (58 Tests; 6 x 100s; 85 wickets) and ICC Match Referee (50 Tests 1993-2002), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1929 Chuck Barris, TV game show producer and host (Gong Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Howard Yanks, founder (Philadelphia folk festival)
  • 1929 Werner Arber, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • 1930 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American sci-fi author (Storm Queen), born in Albany, New York
  • 1930 Michael Melle, cricketer (South African pace bowler of early 1950's)
  • 1930 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer ("Where Flamingos Fly"; "Sex Is A Misdemeanor") , born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Ben Wada, Japanese television producers
  • 1931 Françoise Arnoul, French actress and composer (French Cancan; Jacko & Lise), born in Constantine, France

Raúl Castro

1931 Raúl Castro, 18th President of Cuba (2008-) and former revolutionary, born in Biran, Holguin, Cuba

  • 1931 Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), born in Jasra, Bahrain (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Jim Gentile, MLB player, "Diamond Jim", born in San Francisco
  • 1934 Rolland D. McCune, American theologian
  • 1935 Raoul Franklin, chancellor (City University London)
  • 1935 Ted Curson, American jazz tumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1936 David Nicholls, priest/theologian/political theorist
  • 1936 Harry Pitt, vice chancellor (Reading University)
  • 1936 Larry McMurtry, American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist (Lonesome Dove), and Academy Award-winning scriptwriter (Brokeback Mountain), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Philip J Attenborough, CEO/publisher (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • 1936 Eddie Willis, American guitar and sitar player (The Funk Brothers), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Solomon P Ortiz, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • 1937 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1978, 80), born in Caen, France (d. 2021)
  • 1939 Ian Hunter, English rock singer (Mott the Hoople - "All The Young Dudes"; "Roll Away The Stone"), born in Oswestry, England
  • 1939 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • 1939 David Stock, American composer (Rosewood Reflections), and conductor (Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, 1976-99), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Richard Edwards, West Indian cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 18 wickets; Barbados), born in Christ Church, Barbados
  • 1942 Anita Harris, British actress (Follow that Camel), and singer ("Just Loving You"), born in Somerset, England
  • 1942 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician ("Freddie's Dead"; "Superfly"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1942 Duane Josephson, MLB baseball catcher, 1965-72 (Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox), born in New Hampton, Iowa (d. 1997)

Billy Cunningham

1943 Billy Cunningham, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach (NBA champion player & coach Philadelphia 76ers), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1943 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, Born in Downpatrick (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Mike Dennis [Freda], American pop-rock vocalist (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; "You Can't Sit Down"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Edith McGuire, US 200m sprinter (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1944 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (The Byrds, 1964-67 - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969-71; Firefall, 1974-80), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1944 Eddy Ottoz, Italian athlete
  • 1945 Hale Irwin, American golfer (US Open 1974, 79, 90; US Senior Open 1998, 2000), born in Joplin, Missouri
  • 1945 Brian Barnes, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1969-79), born in Addington, Surrey (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Anita Pollack, MEP (Labour)
  • 1946 Earl of Cromer, managing director (Inchcape (China) Ltd)
  • 1946 Eddie Holman, American singer ("Hey There Lonely Girl"; "You Make My Life Complete"), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1946 Tristan Rogers, Australia, actor (Robert Scorpio-General Hospital)
  • 1946 Penelope Wilton [Penelope Alice], Scarborough, North Yorkshire, English actress (Cry Freedom, Norman Conquests)
  • 1947 Timothy David, diplomat
  • 1947 Mickey Finn, British rock percussionist (T. Rex), born in Thornton Heath, Surrey, England (d. 2003)
  • 1947 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • 1947 John Dykstra, American special effects supervisor
  • 1949 David Evenett, MP (Conservative)
  • 1949 Stephen Ruppenthal, American trumpet player and composer (Kakao-Poetic Lippudenies of the Ungumptious), born
  • 1950 Marlene Elejarde, 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950 Suzi Quatro, American pop singer (Stumblin'), and actress (Happy Days - "Leather Tuscadero"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Deniece Williams [Chandler], American pop singer ("Love Won't Let Me Wait"; "Let's Hear It For The Boy"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1950 Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter (E.T.), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Christos Verelis, Greek politician
  • 1951 David Ogilvie, cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1977-78)
  • 1952 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "That Smell"; "Freebird"), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1952 David Richards, Welsh motor racing entrepreneur (chairman Prodrive, Motorsport UK, Aston Martin, team principal BAR, Benetton F1 teams; World Rally C'ship 1981), born in Denbighshire, Wales
  • 1954 Dan Hill, Canadian pop singer and songwriter ("Sometimes When We Touch"; "Can't We Try"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954 Wally Weir, Quebec ice hockey player
  • 1956 Danny Wilde [Thomas], American rock singer-songwriter (The Rembrandts - "I’ll Be There For You"), born in Houlton, Maine
  • 1956 Suren Nalbandyan, USSR, lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 George Burley, Scottish football player and manager
  • 1957 Horst-Ulrich Hänel, German field hockey player, born in Plau am See, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • 1958 Ibrahim Hussein, marathoner, (Boston Marathon-1988, 91, 92)
  • 1958 Scott Valentine, actor (Nick-Family Ties, My Demon Lover)
  • 1959 Sam Mills, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers), (d. 2005)
  • 1960 Barry Lyons, baseball player
  • 1960 Carl Rackemann, cricketer (Queensland & Australian quickie)
  • 1960 Steve Lyons, baseball player
  • 1961 Kevin Arnott, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 101* v NZ 1992)
  • 1961 Peter Glen Vidmar, gymnast (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
  • 1961 César Zabala, Paraguayan soccer defender (49 caps; Cerro Porteño), born in Luque, Paraguay (d. 2020)
  • 1962 Connie Price-Smith, discus thrower (Olympic 5th-96), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • 1962 Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru
  • 1963 Deb Richard, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • 1963 Sabrina Goles, Yugoslavia, tennis star
  • 1963 Yuri Yuriyevich Krikun, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1963 Rudy Demotte, Belgian politician
  • 1963 Toshiaki Karasawa, Japanese actor
  • 1964 Nelson Liriano, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • 1964 Kerry King, American heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Slayer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Dorothee "Doro" Pesch, German heavy metal singer and songwriter (Warlock), known as the 'Metal Queen', born in Düsseldorf, West German
  • 1964 James Purefoy, British actor
  • 1965 Suzan Kaminga, bodybuilder, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1965 Mike Gordon, American rock bassist, banjo player (Phish), and filmmaker, born in Sudbury, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Jeff Blumenkrantz, American composer and actor
  • 1966 Wasim Akram, cricketer (brilliant Pakistani lefty fast bowler)
  • 1966 Bill Janovitz, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist (Buffalo Tom), music writer, and real estate agent, born in Queens, New York City