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Famous Birthdays on March 2

  • 1316 King Robert II of Scotland, first monach of the House of Stewart (1371-90), born in Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire (d. 1390)
  • 1409 John II, French duke of Alencon/co-fighter of Jeanne d'arc
  • 1459 Adrian VI [Adriaan F Boeyens], Netherlands, Pope (1522-23)
  • 1481 Franz von Sickingen, German knight
  • 1545 Thomas Bodley, England, diplomat/scholar
  • 1555 Ludovico Spontoni, composer
  • 1578 George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)
  • 1705 William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, Scottish judge and politician (d. 1793)
  • 1755 Antoine-Frederic Gresnick, composer
  • 1759 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, composer
  • 1760 Camille Desmoulins, French journalist/pamphleteer/revolution leader
  • 1769 DeWitt Clinton, (Gov/Sen-NY)
  • 1770 Louis Gabriel Suchet, French Marshal (d. 1826)
  • 1779 Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)

Person of interestSam Houston

1793 Sam Houston, American born 1st President of Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44) who helped bring Texas into the United States as a constituent state, born in Rockbridge County, Virginia (d. 1863)

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1800 Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet (d. 1844)

Person of interestLeo XIII

1810 Leo XIII [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th Pope (1878-1903), born in Carpineto, Papal States (d. 1903)

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
Leo XIII
  • 1813 George Alexander Macfarren, British composer and musicologist, born in London, England (d. 1887)
  • 1815 Antonio Buzzolla, composer
  • 1816 Alexander H. Bullock, 26th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1817 Janos Arany, Hungarian epic poet (Toldi, Death of King Buda)
  • 1820 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), born in Amsterdam (d. 1887)
  • 1824 Bedrich Friedrich Smetana, Bohemian composer (Bartered Bride, Moldau)
  • 1824 Konstantin Ushinsky, Russian educationalist, credited as the founder of scientific pedagogy in Russia
  • 1824 Henry Beebee Carrington, American lawyer, professor, prolific author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Wallingford, Connecticut (d. 1912)
  • 1828 Jefferson Columbus Davis, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Clark County, Indiana (d. 1879)
  • 1829 Carl Schurz, German-American journalist and Major General (Union Army), born in Erftstadt, Germany (d. 1906)
  • 1836 Henry Billings Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1913)
  • 1838 David Duffle Wood, composer
  • 1842 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer (d. 1914)
  • 1843 Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy (d. 1911)
  • 1844 Dr. Schaepman [Herman Schaepman], Dutch poet, Roman Catholic priest, theologian, and politician
  • 1849 Robert Means Thompson, U.S. Naval Officer (d. 1930)
  • 1859 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], Yiddish author and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the Dairyman), born in Pereyaslav, Russian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1860 Susanna M. Salter, 1st American female mayor and temperance leader (d. 1961)
  • 1862 John Jay Chapman, US advocate, poet, and writer (Learning & Other Essays)

  • 1862 Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (d. 1916)
  • 1865 Théophile "Théo" Ysaÿe, Belgian composer and pianist, born in Verviers, Belgium (d. 1918)
  • 1875 Hans Lietzman, German theologist/church historian

Person of interestPius XII

1876 Pius XII [Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli], 260th Roman Catholic Pope (1939-58), born in Rome, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1958)

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • 1878 Wander J de Haas, Dutch physicist/son-in-law of Lorentz
  • 1878 William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Wallis Clark, British actress (Penny Serenade, Great Guy, Postal Inspector), born in Essex, England (d. 1961)
  • 1884 Leon Jongen, Belgian composer, born in Liege (d. 1969)
  • 1886 Willis O'Brien, American animator (d. 1962)
  • 1890 Oscar Egg, Swiss track and road bicycle racer (3 x world hour record), born in Schlatt, Switzerland (d. 1961)
  • 1892 Felix Bressart, German actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads), born in Eydtkuhnen, East Prussia, Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1893 Maxime Dumoulin, composer
  • 1894 Renaat Veremans, Flemish composer/conductor
  • 1896 Clair Bee, American College Basketball and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Long Island University undefeated 1936, 39; National Invitation Tournament 1939, 41), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d. 1983)
  • 1899 Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian dame
  • 1900 Kurt J Weill, Dessau Germany, composer/Brecht collaborator (Mahogany)
  • 1901 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber-merchant
  • 1902 Edward Uhler Condon, atomic scientist (Manhattan Project)

Person of interestDr. Seuss

1904 Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], American children's author (The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 1905 Marc Blitzstein, composer (Cradle Will Rock), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), born in Rantoul, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Jan Brasser, Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist
  • 1908 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)
  • 1908 Walter Bruch, German engineer (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Hanoch Jacoby, composer
  • 1909 Jan Fabricius, Dutch playwright
  • 1909 Mel Ott, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder and manager (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; 6 × NL home run leader ; NY Giants), born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1910 Hope Clara Chenhalls, food inspector
  • 1911 William Hansen, American actor (1776, Pinky, Side Street, Homebodies), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1975)
  • 1912 Arthur Langton, South African cricket medium pace bowler (15 Tests, 40 wickets), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa (d. 1942)
  • 1913 Godfried [Jan Arnold] Bomans, Dutch humorist/writer (Pieter Bas)
  • 1913 Marjorie Weaver, American actress (Michael Shayne: Private Detective, Young Mr Lincoln), born in Crossville, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Mort Cooper, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1942, 43, 45, 46; World Series 1942, 44; NL MVP 1942), born in Atherton, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • 1913 Celedonio Romero, Spanish guitarist (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Georgy Nikolaevich Flerov, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Physicist (nuclear fission)
  • 1915 Lona Andre [Launa Anderson], American actress (Death in the Air, Case of Baby Sitter), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Bernard George Stevens, composer

Person of interestDesi Arnaz

1917 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), born in Santiago de Cuba (d. 1986)

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • 1917 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (MLB All Star 1950; NL MVP 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Strykersville, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1917 John Gardner, English classical composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 2011)
  • 1917 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1917 Alex Graham, Scottish cartoonist who created the comic strip "Fred Basset", born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1991)
  • 1919 Eddie Lawrence, comedian

Person of interestJennifer Jones

1919 Jennifer Jones [Phyllis Isley], American actress (Farewell to Arms), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2009)

  • 1919 Tamara Toumanova, dancer
  • 1920 Enrique Franco, composer
  • 1921 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer
  • 1921 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), born in Boston (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Eric Feldbush, composer
  • 1922 Mario Zafred, composer
  • 1922 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • 1922 Bill Quackenbush, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (8 x NHL All-Star; Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (Princeton), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Robert H Michel, (Rep-R-IL, 1957- )
  • 1923 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and record label executive, born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Albert TLCA Vogel, Dutch elocutionist

  • 1926 Murray Rothbard, American economist (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Siegfried Kohler, German composer (Tausend Sterne sind ein Dom), born in Meissen, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1927 Witold Szalonek, Polish composer, born in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland (d. 2001)
  • 1927 Roger Walkowiak, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), born in Montluçon, France (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Ray Prosser, Welsh rugby union prop (22 caps Wales, 1 British & Irish Lions; Pontypool) and coach (Pontypool RFC 1969-87), born in Pontypool, Wales (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Father John Romanides, Greek priest and professor (d. 2001)
  • 1928 John Manduell, British-based South African composer and educator (Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, 1973-96), born in Johannesburg, Union of South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Sir Donald Gosling, British former-Chairman of "National Car Parks" and multi-millionaire, born in England
  • 1930 Jan van Noor, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1930 John Cullum, American singer and actor (Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1930 Emma Penella, Spanish actress, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)

Person of interestMikhail Gorbachev

1931 Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91), born in Stavropol, Russia

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1931 Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (The Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, born in Topeka Kansas (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Bernard Rands, composer (Wildtrack), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1934 Howard Cassady, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1955, Ohio State; NFL C'ship 1957, Detroit Lions), born in Hendrysburg, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Al Waxman, actor (Cagney & Lacey, Meatballs 3, Spasms), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1935 Porky Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng and Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "I Haven't Got a Hat"
  • 1936 Henny Boskamp [Hoelscher], actor (Troeleke)
  • 1937 Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algerian politician, President of Algeria (1999-2019), born in Oujda, Morocco
  • 1937 Denny Crum, American College Basketball & Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Louisville 1971-2001; NCAA C'ship 1980, 86; 6 x Final Fours), born in San Fernando, California
  • 1938 Alan Lewis, English textile factory/multi-millionaire
  • 1938 Donald Schwall, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1961²; AL Rookie of the Year 1961; Boston Red Sox), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1938 Simon Estes, Centerville Iowa, bass/baritone (Wonton, Don Carlos)
  • 1938 Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile
  • 1939 Barbara Luna, American actress (5 Weeks in a Balloon, Gentle Savage), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Gerard van Tongeren, Dutch singer (Buffoons)
  • 1940 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • 1940 Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)

  • 1940 Billy McNeill MBE, Scottish soccer defender (29 caps; Celtic) and manager (Celtic, Manchester City, Aston Villa), born in Bellshill, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • 1941 David Satcher, Amdniral and 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2001), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1942 John Irving, NH, short-story writer (World According to Garp)
  • 1942 Lou Reed, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Velvet Underground), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Luc Plamondon, French Canadian lyricist
  • 1942 Kwang Jo Choi, the founder of Choi Kwang- do and is one of the twelve original Masters of Taekwon-Do.
  • 1942 Claude Larose, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1965, 66, 68, 71, 73; Montreal Canadiens), born in Hearst, Ontario
  • 1943 Tony Meehan [Daniel Meehan], English rocker (Drifters, Vipers), born in London, England
  • 1943 Gordon Black, English industrialist
  • 1943 Rosa DeLauro, (Rep-D-Connecticut)
  • 1943 Stephen Dickman, composer
  • 1943 Peter Straub, American author
  • 1944 Katherine Crawford, actress (Captains & Kings, Gemini Man)
  • 1944 Leif Segerstam, composer
  • 1944 Uschi Glas, German actress
  • 1945 Gordon Thompson, Canadian actor (Adam Carrington in Dynasty), born in Ottawa
  • 1945 Joy Garrett, American actress (Jo Johnson-Days of Our Lives), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1945 Derek Watkins, British trumpet player and composer (The Spy Who Loved Me, Skyfall), born in Reading, England (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Brian J Donnelly, (Rep-D-MA, 1979- )
  • 1947 Harry Redknapp, English soccer winger (West Ham United; AFC Bournemouth) and manager (Bournemouth, West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, QPR, Southampton), born in London, England
  • 1948 Larry Carlton, rock composer (Against All Odds, Who's the Boss)
  • 1948 Rory Gallagher, Donegal, Irish rock guitarist and songwriter (See Here)
  • 1948 Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
  • 1949 Gates McFadden, American actress (Beverly Crusher-Star Trek Next Generation), born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • 1949 Alain Chamfort [Le Govic], French singer, born in Paris, France
  • 1949 J. P. R. Williams, Welsh rugby union fullback (55 caps Wales, 8 British & Irish Lions; Grand Slam 1971, 76, 78), born in Bridgend, Wales
  • 1950 Karen Carpenter, American vocalist and drummer (We Only Just Begun), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1983)
  • 1950 Matthew Laurance, actor (Duet)
  • 1950 Mitchel Laurance, actor (LA Law, Not Necessarily the News)
  • 1950 Jeffrey Chodorow, American restaurateur and financier

  • 1951 Cassie Yates, Macon Ga, actress (Osterman Weekend, Dynasty)
  • 1952 Laraine Newman, comedienne/actress (Saturday Night Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Mark Evanier, American writer
  • 1953 William Simmons, sax/keyboardist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1954 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • 1954 Pete Johnson, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl, All Pro 1981; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • 1954 John Sciarra, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (UCLA; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Dale Bosworth, TV host (America's Most Wanted)
  • 1955 Dale Bozzio, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Jay Osmond, American singer and drummer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1955 Shoko Asahara [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
  • 1955 Ken Salazar, American politician
  • 1956 John Cowsill, rock drummer (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1956 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1956 Eusebio Pedroza, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight champion 1978-85), born in Panama City, Panama (d. 2019)
  • 1956 Gary Pearce, English rugby union prop (36 caps; Northampton Saints), born in Dinton, England
  • 1958 Ian Woosnam, Welsh golfer (US Masters 1991), born in Oswestry, England
  • 1958 Kevin Curren, South African tennis player (US Open doubles, mixed doubles 1982; Wimbledon doubles 1982; US Open mixed doubles 1981), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1958 Peter Arnold, American architect
  • 1959 Larry Stewart, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1961 Simone Young, Australian conductor
  • 1962 Jon Bon Jovi, Sayreville NJ, rocker (Bon Jovi-Give Love a Bad Name)
  • 1962 Terry Steinbach, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1988, 89, 93; World Series 1989; Oakland A's), born in New Ulm Minnesota
  • 1962 Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • 1962 Michael Salinger, American poet
  • 1962 Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey left wing (World C'Ships gold 1995; NHL: Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks) and coach (Finland; HIFK), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 1963 Suzette Charles, NJ, replaces Vanessa Williams as Miss America (1983)
  • 1963 Tuff Hedeman, American bull rider (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World C'ship 1986, 89, 91); Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World C'ship 1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1963 Tanyu Kiryakov, Bulgarian pistol shooter (Olympic gold 10m air pistol 1988, 50m pistol 2000), born in Ruse, Bulgaria
  • 1964 Laird Hamilton, American big-wave surfer (co-inventor of tow-in surfing; heaviest wave ever ridden successfully, Teahupo'o 2000), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestRon Gant

1965 Ron Gant, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1992, 95; Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (WAGA-TV, co-host 'Good Day Atlanta', born in Victoria, Texas

MLB Outfielder Ron Gant
MLB Outfielder
Ron Gant
  • 1965 Lembit Öpik, British politician
  • 1966 Judith Wiesner, Austrian tennis player (World #12 1997; captain Austria's Federation Cup team 2001), born in Hallein Austria
  • 1966 Stevie Rachelle, rock vocalist (Tuff-What Comes Around Goes Around)
  • 1967 Thierry Lacroix, French rugby union fly-half (43 caps; 1995 Rugby World Cup top points scorer [112]), born in Nogaro, France

Person of interestDaniel Craig

1968 Daniel Craig, English actor (James Bond films), born in Chester, England

  • 1970 Alexander Armstrong, British comedian, TV presenter and baritone singer (Armstrong and Miller, Pointless), born in Rothbury, Northumberland
  • 1970 Ciriaco Sforza, Swiss soccer midfielder (79 caps; Grasshopper Club Zürich, Internazionale, FC Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich) and manager (Grasshoppers, FC Wil), born in Wohlen, Switzerland
  • 1971 Amber Smith, actress (Faithful, Funeral, Mirror Has 2 Faces), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971 Dave Gorman, English documentary comedian
  • 1971 Elizabeth Lackey, American actress
  • 1972 Richard Ruccolo, American actor
  • 1973 Paul Popowich, actor (Tommy Tricker & Stamp Traveler)
  • 1973 Trevor Sinclair, English soccer winger (12 caps; Blackpool, West Ham, QPR, Manchester City), born in Dulwich, England
  • 1973 Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball forward (FIBA World Cup 1998 [MVP], 2002, Yugoslavia; EuroLeague Final Four MVP 2002, 03; Panathinaikos, FC Barcelona), born in Klek, Serbia
  • 1974 Hayley Lewis OAM, Australian swimmer and broadcaster (World C'ship gold 200m freestyle 1991; Olympic silver 800m, bronze 400m 1992), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1975 Daryl Gibson, New Zealand rugby union centre (19 caps; Canterbury Crusaders) and coach (NSW Waratahs), born in Lumsden, New Zealand
  • 1976 Glenn Rubenstein, American writer and journalist

Person of interestChris Martin

1977 Chris Martin, English musician (Coldplay), born in Exeter, England

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin