Famous Birthdays on May 2

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  • 1360 Yongle, Emperor of the Ming Empire (1402-24), born in Yingtian, Yuan Empire, China (d. 1424)
  • 1451 René II, Duke of Lorraine, born in Angers, France (d. 1508)
  • 1458 Eleanor of Viseu, Queen of Portugal (1481-95), born in Beja, Portugal (d. 1525)
  • 1551 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales), born in London (d. 1623)
  • 1601 Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit priest and inventor (magic lantern), born in Abbacy of Fulda, Germany (d. 1680)
  • 1660 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian baroque composer (Tigrane), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1725)
  • 1695 Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-French architect, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1766)
  • 1702 Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German Lutheran theologian, born in Göppingen, Germany (d. 1782)

Person of interestCatherine the Great

1729 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], German Empress of Russia (1762-96), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1796)

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
  • 1729 Florian Johann Deller, Austrian composer, baptized in Drosendorf, Austria (d. 1773)

Person of interestWilliam Petty

1737 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1805)

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
  • 1740 Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and patriot, President of the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1821)
  • 1750 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, born in London (d. 1780)
  • 1752 Ludwig August Lebrun, German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1790)
  • 1754 Vicente Martín y Soler, Valencian composer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1806)
  • 1768 Jean-Louis-Marc Alibert, French dermatologist, born in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, France (d. 1837)
  • 1772 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), born in Oberwiederstedt, Saxony (d. 1801)
  • 1773 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1845)
  • 1779 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1839)

Person of interestAbraham Gesner

1797 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (d. 1864)

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • 1810 Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1874)
  • 1817 Zikmund Kolešovský, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1868)
  • 1821 Abram Sanders Piatt, American farmer, publisher, poet, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1908)
  • 1828 Désiré Charnay, French traveller and archaeologist, born in Fleurie, France (d. 1915)
  • 1837 Henry Martyn Robert, American soldier and parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order), born in Robertville, South Carolina (d. 1927)
  • 1843 Karl Michael Ziehrer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1922)

Person of interestElijah McCoy

1844 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor of African descent, notable for his 57 US patents (lubrication of steam engines), born in Colchester, Ontario (d. 1929)

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Inventor
Elijah McCoy
  • 1846 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1909)
  • 1853 Marie Verstraete, Belgian actress (Mooi Juultje van Volendam, Frou Frou), born in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium (d. 1928)
  • 1855 Theodore Moses Tobani, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1933)
  • 1857 Frederic Cliffe, English composer, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1931)
  • 1859 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1918)
  • 1859 Jerome K. Jerome, English writer (The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow), born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England (d. 1927)
  • 1860 D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Scottish zoologist and classicist (On Growth & Form), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • 1860 Theodor Herzl, Austrian journalist and founder (Zionist movement), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1904)
  • 1860 William Maddock Bayliss, British physiologist, co-discoverer of hormones, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire (d. 1924)
  • 1862 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer and musicologist (Salamine), born in Bar-sur-Aube, France (d. 1938)
  • 1865 Clyde Fitch, American playwright, born in Elmira, New York (d. 1909)
  • 1869 Tyrone Power Sr., British actor (Big Trial, Test of Donald Norton, Alexanders Ragtime Band), born in London, England (d. 1931)
  • 1872 G. G. van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC newspaper)

Person of interestJames F. Byrnes

1879 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1972)

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • 1884 François de Vries, Dutch economist, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • 1885 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, born in Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1886 Gottfried Benn, German poet and essayist, born in Mansfelf, Germany (d. 1956)

Person of interestEddie Collins

1887 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1887 Vernon Castle, English-American dancer, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1918)
  • 1890 E. E. Smith, American food engineer and sci-fi author (Triplanetary), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 1965)

Person of interestThe Red Baron

1892 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • 1895 Alfred Kurella, German author and functionary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany in East Germany, born in Brieg, Silesia (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Peggy Bacon, American author and illustrator (Off With Their Heads), born in Ridgefield, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 1895 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)

  • 1896 Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1982)
  • 1897 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1898 Jef Last, Dutch poet and writer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • 1899 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1900 Helen Morgan, American singer and actress (Applause, Frankie & Johnny), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1901 Lev Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth), born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1901 Bob Wyatt, English cricket player (1927-37), born in Surrey (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Willi Bredel, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1964)
  • 1902 Brian Aherne, British actor (I Confess, Titanic, Juarez), born in King's Norton, Worcestershire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Erin O'Brien-Moore, American actress (Peyton Place, Our Little Girl), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1979)

Person of interestBenjamin Spock

1903 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 1903 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarian composer, born in Belogradchik, Bulgaria (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Aileen Riggin, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1920, 24), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2002)
  • 1906 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, born in Meulan, Yvelines, France (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Pinky Lee, American children's show host (Pinky Lee Show), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1908 William Bakewell, American actor (All Quiet on the Western Front, Gone with the Wind), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Laurie Nash, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1910 Alexander Bonnyman Jr., U.S. Marine Corps officer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • 1911 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist
  • 1912 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), born in Altona, Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1912 Nigel Patrick, British actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Dennis Dyer, South African cricketer (opened batting for South Africa v England 1947), born in Durban, Natal (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Van Alexander, American composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1915 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Margaret "Peggy" Mount, British actress (Oliver!, Panic in the Parlor), born in Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • 1918 Frederick Archibald Warner, British diplomat, born in Blagdon, England (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Than Wyenn, American character actor (Being There, Splash, Imitation of Life), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1920 Jacob Gilboa [Erwin Goldberg], Israeli composer, born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, born in Chavornay, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Satyajit Ray, Indian director (Goddess, Adversary), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1992)
  • 1922 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1924 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), born in Krommenie, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), born in Vienna (d.2015)
  • 1924 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, born in Dadu, Pakistan (d. 2004)
  • 1925 David Ironside, South African cricketer (South African swing bowler in 3 Tests v NZ 1953-54), born in Lourenco Marques, Mozambique (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor (McCoy, Saunders-Soap), born in Woodbury, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Svatopluk Havelka, Czech composer, born in Vrbice, Karviná, Czech Republic (d. 2009)
  • 1925 John Neville, English theatre and film actor, born in Willesden, London (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Gérard D. Levesque, Canadian politician, born in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Edward Levy, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964), born in Otahuhu, Auckland (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Link Wray, American rock guitarist, born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, born in Teramo (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), born in Pipestone, Minnesota (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz musician (Misty), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • 1932 Bruce Glover, American actor (Diamonds are Forever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1932 Malcolm Lipkin, English composer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Maury Allen, American sportswriter and columnist (New York Post), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1933 Bunk Gardner, American musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • 1935 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58), son of Ghasi I, born in Baghdad (d. 1958)
  • 1935 Lance LeGault, American actor (The A-Team), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1936 Quinn Redeker, American actor (Dan Raven, Young & Restless), born in Woodstock, Illinois
  • 1936 Engelbert Humperdinck [Arnold George Dorsey], British singer, born in Madras, India
  • 1937 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), born in Nuremberg, Middle Franconia (d. 1992)
  • 1937 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Carlton-Rhoda, Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1937 Ted [Samuel Frederick ] Dabney, American engineer, founder of Atari (Pong), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), born in Morija, Lesotho (d. 1996)
  • 1939 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist, born in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1939 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), born in Crestline, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Bryan Davis, West Indian cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965), born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • 1940 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch governor and politician (VVD), born in Goes, Netherlands
  • 1941 Jules Wijdenbosch, Surinamese politician, President of Suriname (1996-2000), born in Paramaribo, Surinam
  • 1941 Clay Carroll, American baseball player, born in Clanton, Alabama
  • 1942 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1943 Regina Carrol, American actress (Jessi's Girl), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1992)
  • 1944 Franz Innerhofer, Austrian writer (Beautiful Days), born in Krimml, Salzberg
  • 1944 John Verity, English rocker (Argent), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1944 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Argent - Hold Your Head Up; Kinks), born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945 Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan model and socialite who married Mike Jagger, born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • 1945 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Judge Dread, English reggae musician, born in Kent, England (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1946 David Suchet, English actor (The Way We Live Now), born in London
  • 1947 Bill Lowery, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from California (1981-93), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Seminole, Texas
  • 1949 Joey Phillips, percussionist (Atlantic Starr-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1950 Lou Gramm, American rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1950 Duncan Gay, Australian politician, Vice-President of the Executive Council (2014-17), born in Crookwell, New South Wales
  • 1951 John "Jo" Callis, British punk-rock songwriter and musician (The Rezillos, The Human League), born in Rotherham, England
  • 1952 Christine Baranski, American actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress, born in Tokyo
  • 1953 Jamaal Wilkes, American NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1954 Bulelani Ngcuka, South African attorney and leader (UDF), born in Middlerift, South Africa
  • 1954 Roberta Pedon, American glamour model, born in Ohio (d. 1982)
  • 1955 Ian Callen, Australian cricketer (one Test Australia v India 1978, six wickets), born in Alexandra, Victoria, Australia
  • 1955 Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer, born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy
  • 1956 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • 1957 Domonic L. Pudwill Gorie, American NASA astronaut (sk: STS-91), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1958 Kim Jones, American road runner, born in Sonoma, California
  • 1959 Alan Best, Canadian animation director and producer, born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 1960 Ravi Ratnayeke, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler & opening batsman), born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1961 Doctor Robert, [Bruce R Howard], rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1961 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, born in Newcastle, NSW (d. 2017)
  • 1961 Phil Vickery, English celebrity chef (This Morning), born in Folkestone, Kent, England
  • 1962 Elizabeth Berridge, American actress (Amadeus, Funhouse), born in Westchester, New York
  • 1962 Nancy Harvey, Canadian LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th), born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1962 Stephen Daldry, English film director, born in Dorset, England
  • 1962 Big Boss Man [Ray Washington Traylor Jr.], American professional wrestler, born in Marietta, Georgia (d. 2004)
  • 1962 Jimmy White, English professional snooker player, born in Tooting, England
  • 1963 Brian Tochi, American actor (Dr Alan Poe-St Elsewhere, Renegades), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Jos van Eck, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1963 Kenton Leonard, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders), born in Point Coupee, Louisiana
  • 1964 Kelly Michael Gibson, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-7th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 Belinda Stronach, Canadian businesswoman and politician, born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
  • 1967 Kerryn McCann, Australian marathoner, born in Bulli, New South Wales (d. 2008)
  • 1968 Reggie Slack, American CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Milton, Florida
  • 1968 Midorikawa Hikaru, Japanese voice actor, born in Otawara, Tochigi, Japan
  • 1968 Jeff Agoos, Swiss-American soccer player, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1968 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress, born in Merlimau, Malacca, Malaysia
  • 1969 Brian Lara, cricketer (WI left-hand bat Smashed world records in 1994), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1969 Glen Young, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1971 Greg Bishop, American NFL guard (NY Giants), born in Stockton, California
  • 1972 Erik Maes, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • 1972 Jennifer Miriam, American actress and Playmate (March, 1997), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1972 Jill Savery, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1972 Peter Ogilvie, Canadian 100m sprinter (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Person of interestThe Rock

1972 The Rock [Dwayne Johnson], American professional wrestler and actor, born in Hayward, California

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • 1972 Paul Adcock, English footballer, born in Ilminster, England
  • 1972 Pandora Boxx [Michael Steck], American drag queen, comedian and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Jamestown, New York
  • 1973 Rich Yurkiewicz, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Amst Admirals)
  • 1973 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, German film director and screenwriter (The Lives of Others), born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1974 Miles Joseph, American soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1974 Andy Johnson, Welsh footballer, born in Bristol, England
  • 1975 Mark Johnson, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1975 Murray William Burdan, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1975 David Beckham, English soccer midfielder (England 115 caps, Man U, Real Madrid), born in London, England
  • 1977 Amy D'Entremont, American figure skater (1995 NE Jr champ), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts
  • 1977 Jenna Von Oy, American actress (Seven-Blossom), born in Danbury, Connecticut
  • 1977 Fredrik Malm, Swedish politician, Member of Parliament for the Liberal People's Party, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1977 Luke Hudson, American baseball player, born in Fountain Valley, California
  • 1978 Steve Bays, Canadian musician (Hot Hot Heat)
  • 1979 Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1979 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, born in Murmansk, Russia (d. 2003)
  • 1980 Tim Borowski, German footballer, born in Neubrandenburg, East Germany
  • 1980 Miloš Glogovac, Serbian football player, born in Serbia
  • 1980 Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canadian skateboarder, born in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada