Famous Birthdays on October 2

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  • 1452 Richard III, King of England (1483-85), born in Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire, England (d. 1485)
  • 1470 Isabella of Naples, Duchess of Milan (1489-1494), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1524)
  • 1538 Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal and Archbishop of Milan (1564-84), born in Arona, Milan, Italy (d. 1584)
  • 1595 Jacob Louys, Flemish engraver, born in Antwerp (d. 1668)
  • 1616 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, born in Glogau, Silesia (d. 1664)
  • 1644 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (Quatre dialogues sur l'immortalité de l'âme), born in Paris (d. 1724)
  • 1646 Guillaume Poitevin, French composer and teacher, born in Boulbon, France (d. 1706)
  • 1704 František Tůma, Czech composer, born in Kostelec nad Orlicí, Bohemia (d. 1774)
  • 1722 Leopold Widhalm, Austrian luthier, born in Horn, Austria (d. 1776)
  • 1737 Franz Schneider, Austrian organist and composer, baptized in Pulkau (d. 1812)
  • 1752 Samuel Story, Dutch rear admiral (Battle at Kamperduin), born in Maasbommel, Dutch Republic (d. 1811)
  • 1756 Jacob van Strij, Dutch cartoonist and graphic artist, born in Dordrecht, Dutch Republic (d. 1815)
  • 1756 Józef Javurek, Polish-Russian composer, born in Benešov, Czech Republic (d. 1840)
  • 1768 William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician, born in Bedgebury, Kent, England (d. 1854)
  • 1798 Charles Albert, King of Sardinia (1831-49), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1849)

Person of interestNat Turner

1800 Nat Turner, American leader of a major slave rebellion in 1831, born in Southampton County, Virginia (d. 1831)

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner

  • 1809 Anton Emil Titl, Austrian composer, born in Nedvědice (d. 1882)
  • 1817 Gunnar Wennerberg, Swedish poet and composer, born in Lidköping, Sweden (d. 1901)
  • 1819 George Washington Getty, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1901)
  • 1821 Alexander P. Stewart, American Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), born in Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee (d. 1908)
  • 1822 Jan Kappeyne van de Coppello, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1877-79), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1895)
  • 1827 Edmund Jackson Davis, American lawyer, soldier, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in St. Augustine, Florida (d. 1883)
  • 1828 Charles Floquet, French statesman and 44th Prime Minister of France, born in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France (d. 1896)
  • 1832 Edward Burnett Tylor, English anthropologist (Primitive Culture), born in London (d. 1917)
  • 1832 Julius von Sachs, German botanist and naturalist, born in Breslau, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1897)
  • 1833 William Corby, American Catholic priest and President of the University of Notre Dame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1897)
  • 1835 Louis-Antoine Ranvier, French anatomist and historian, born in Lyon, France (d. 1922)
  • 1839 Hans Thoma, German painter, born in Bernau, Black Forest (d. 1924)

Person of interestPaul von Hindenburg

1847 Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), born in Posen, Duchy of Posen, Prussia (d. 1934)

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 1851 Ferdinand Foch, French Allied military commander and marshal of France during WW I, born in Tarbes, France (d. 1929)
  • 1852 William Ramsay, Scottish chemist who discovered noble gases (Nobel 1904), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1857 Marthinus Theunis Steyn, South African politician and President of Orange-Free state (1896-1902), born in Winburg, Orange Free State (d. 1916)
  • 1866 Charles Ricketts, British artist and illustrator, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1931)

Person of interestMahatma Gandhi

1869 Mahatma Gandhi [Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi], Indian pacifist and spiritual leader, born in Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, India (d. 1948)

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1871 Cordell Hull, American Secretary of State (1933-44) who established United Nation (Nobel 1945), born in Olympus, Tennessee (d. 1955)
  • 1871 Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscape architect, born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1873 Pelham Warner, English cricketer (England 1898-1912, later notable official), born in The Hall, Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1963)
  • 1873 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Savage, Maryland (d. 1938)
  • 1875 Henry Février, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1957)
  • 1878 François Conrad Schlumberger, French physicist, born in Guebwiller, Upper Rhine (d. 1936)
  • 1879 Wallace Stevens, American poet (Ideas of Order), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

  • 1880 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, born in Franklin, Tennessee (d. 1953)
  • 1881 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, born in Mulhouse (d. 1951)
  • 1882 Boris Shaposhnikov, Russian military commander, born in Zlatoust, Ufa Governorate Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1885 Ruth Bryan Owen, American politician (first woman appointed as a U.S. ambassador, Denmark 1933-36), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • 1886 Pierre Balledux, Dutch stage manager and resistance fighter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1976)

Person of interestGroucho Marx

1890 Groucho Marx [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • 1891 H. V. Porter, American basketball pioneer who created fan-shaped backboard, born in Manito, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Leroy Shield, American pianist and composer (Laurel & Hardy), born in Waseca, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Bud Abbott, American comedian (Abbott & Costello), born in Asbury Park, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • 1895 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1895 Fritz Eberhard, West German lawyer and resistor (Law), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1982)

Person of interestCoco the Clown

1900 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff], Famous Russian clown, born in Dvinsk, Russian Empire (d. 1974)

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • 1901 Christopher Clarkson, British test pilot, born in Dunsfold, Surrey (d. 1994)
  • 1901 Roy Campbell, South African poet (Flowering Rifle), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1957)
  • 1901 Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines, born in Windsor, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • 1902 Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (13th Chancellor of Austria), born in Rust, Michelhausen, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 1904 Dermot Boyle, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, born in Rathdowney, County Laois, Ireland (d. 1993)
  • 1904 Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, born in Alverchurch, Worchestershire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1904 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India (1964-66), born in Mughalsarai, British India (d. 1966)

Person of interestGraham Greene

1904 [Henry] Graham Greene, English novelist (Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory), born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (d. 1991)

  • 1906 John Humphreys Whitfield, British scholar of Italian language & literature, born in Wednesbury, England (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Alexander Robertus Todd, British organic chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Stuart Rose, British designer (British Post Office), born in London (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Jack Finney, American sci-fi and thriller author (The Body Snatchers, Time and Again), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Eric Charles Twelves Wilson, English British Army officer (awarded Victoria Cross), born in Sandown, Isle of Wight, England (d. 2008)
  • 1913 Vivian Ridler, British scholar and printer (Oxford University), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2009)
  • 1913 Karl Miller, German footballer, born in Hamburg (d. 1967)
  • 1914 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, born in Subotica, Serbia (d. 1964)
  • 1914 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Charles Drake [Ruppert], American actor (Harvey, Air Force, Glenn Miller Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Jack Parsons, American rocket scientist and Thelemite occultist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1952)
  • 1914 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Francis Jackson, British organist and composer, born in Malton, Yorkshire, England
  • 1917 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Christian de Duve, British cytologist and biochemist (Nobel 1974), born in Thames Ditton, Surrey (d. 2013)
  • 1919 Geoffrey Luttrell, English landowner and Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Shirley Clarke, American film director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1920 William Cramond, Scottish psychiatrist and vice-chancellor (Stirling University), born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Albert Scott Crossfield, American test pilot (XS-1), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Otmar Macha, Czech composer (Quattro Group), born in Ostrava (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Jack Dellal, English immovables-goedbezitter/multi-millionaire, (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Sam Wainwright, deputy chairman (British Post Office)
  • 1925 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, born in Vyskov (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Brian Dillon, British Lord Justice of Appeal (1982-94) (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Jan Morris, Welsh historian and travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys), born in Clevedon, Somerset, England
  • 1928 Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologist (Gingham Girl), born in Stettin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Anthony Tippet, British Royal Navy officer and Chief of Fleet Support (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Clay Felker, American journalist (NY Herald Tribune, Esquire), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1928 George McFarland, American actor (Spanky-Our Gang/Little Rascals), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1928 Robin Duthie, British accountant and CEO (Britoil), born in Greenock, Scotland
  • 1929 John Zochonis, British industrialist (PZ Cussons) and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, born in Wakefield, Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1929 Moses Gunn, American actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft) who co-founded the Negro Ensemble Company (The Blacks, The Poison Tree), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • 1930 Günter Kochan, German composer, born in Luckau, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Jayasinghrao Mansinghrao Ghorpade, Indian cricketer (8 Tests for India 1952-59 with little impact), born in Panchgani, Maharashtra, India (d. 1978)
  • 1930 Dave Barrett, 26th Premier of British Columbia (1972-75), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Maury Wills, American baseball player (LA Dodgers, NL MVP 1962), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1932 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Irish paramilitary and political leader of Sinn Féin, born in Longford, Ireland (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Phill Niblock, American composer, born in Anderson, Indiana

Person of interestJohn B. Gurdon

1933 John B. Gurdon, English developmental biologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012), born in Dippenhall, Hampshire

Developmental biologist John B. Gurdon
Developmental biologist
John B. Gurdon
  • 1934 Duncan Thomson, keeper (Scottish National Portrait Gallery)
  • 1934 Geoff Millman, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 6 Tests 1961-62), born in Bedford, England (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Richard Scott, Baron Scott of Foscote, British high court judge, born in Dehradun, India
  • 1935 Peter Frankl, Hungarian-British pianist, born in Budapest, Hungary

Person of interestRobert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

1935 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., 1st African-American astronaut and U.S. Air Force major, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

  • 1936 Ian McLachlan, Australian cricketer (Cambridge & S Aust batsman) and 45th Australian Defence Minister, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1936 Johnnie Cochran, American attorney (O.J. Simpson defense attorney), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2005)

  • 1936 Roger Sainsbury, Anglican Bishop of Barking
  • 1938 Lloyd Turner, journalist (Daily Express), born in Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1938 Rex Reed, American movie critic and actor (Myra Breckinridge), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1938 Waheed Murad, Pakistani film actor and director (Armaan), born in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1983)
  • 1939 Budhi Kunderan, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper-batsman of 60's), born in Mulki, Karnataka, India (d. 2006)
  • 1939 Yury Glazkov, Soviet Air Force officer and cosmonaut (Soyuz 24), born in Moscow (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Lord Davies, British engineer and chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • 1940 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Ron Meagher, American rock bassist (The Beau Brummels), born in Oakland, California
  • 1941 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2017)

Person of interestSteve Sabol

1942 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), born in Moorestown, New Jersey (d. 2012)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 1943 Anna Ford, British broadcaster and actress (Secret Policeman's Ball), born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1943 Henri Szeps, Australian actor (Mother & Son), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1943 Franklin Rosemont, American poet, artist and co-founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Peter Hobson, British headmaster (Giggleswick School) (d. 2003)
  • 1944 Vernor [Steffen] Vinge, American sci-fi author (Witling, True Names), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • 1944 Ton Koopman, Dutch conductor (Royal Conservatory of the Hague), born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • 1945 Don McLean, American singer and songwriter (American Pie, Vincent), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1945 Frank Tejeda, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Jo-el Sonnier, American country singer (Louisiana), born in Rayne, Louisiana
  • 1946 Roger Jett, American actor (Smithereens), born in Cumberland, Maryland
  • 1946 Eric Peterson, Canadian actor (Street Legal), born in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1948 Avery Brooks, American actor (Spenser for Hire, Deep Space 9), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1948 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (Ridin' for a Fall), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1948 Donna Karan, American fashion designer (Coty Award-1977), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • 1948 Robert Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman 1976-78), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1948 Trevor Brooking, English soccer player, born in Barking, Essex, England
  • 1948 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek, Megaforce), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1998)
  • 1948 Leslie Frankenheimer, American film set designer (4 Emmy Awards), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)

Person of interestAnnie Leibovitz

1949 Annie Leibovitz, American photographer (Rolling Stone), born in Waterbury, Connecticut

Photographer Annie Leibovitz
Photographer
Annie Leibovitz
  • 1949 Richard Hell, American rock bassist (Television), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1950 Michael Rutherford, English pop bassist and rocker (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • 1950 Ian McNeice, English actor (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls), born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
  • 1950 Philip Wilson, Australian Catholic bishop, jailed for concealing sexual abuse, born in Cessnock, Australia
  • 1951 Romina Power, daughter of Tyrone Power and actress (Justine), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestSting

1951 Sting [Gordon Sumner], British actor, songwriter and singer (The Police), born in Wallsend, Northumberland

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting
  • 1952 George Meegan, British adventurer who walked 19,019 miles from Argentina to Alaska, born in London
  • 1952 John Otway, English cult rocker, born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • 1952 Wahed Wafa, Tajik singer, born in Afghanistan
  • 1953 Ernest Bai Koroma, Sierra Leonean politician, President of Sierra Leone (2007-), born in Makeni, Sierra Leone

  • 1954 Greg Jennings, American country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1954 Lani O'Grady, American actress (Mary-8 is Enough), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1954 Lorraine Bracco, American actress (Sopranos, Goodfellas), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Kathryn Morrison, American model and playmate (May, 1978), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1955 Philip Oakey, English rock vocalist (Human Leauge-Only Human), born in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England
  • 1956 Freddie Jackson, American R&B singer and songwriter (Rock Me Tonight), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1956 Murphy Morobe, South Afr UDF leader (spent 3 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • 1957 John Neuman Cook, PGA golfer (1981 Bing Crosby), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1957 Kimberly Herrin, playmate (March, 1981), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1960 Django Bates, British jazz musician, born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1960 Glenn Anderson, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1960 Al Connelly, Canadian Musician/Songwriter
  • 1961 Alan Wells, cricketer (England Test batsman v WI in one Test 1995)
  • 1961 Pablo Arraya, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1961 Robbie Nevil, rocker (A Place Like This)
  • 1962 Esai Morales, American actor (Bad Boys, La Bamba), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Mark Rypien, quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • 1962 Sigtryggur Baldursson, Icelandic drummer (The Sugarcubes)
  • 1962 Aziz M. Osman, Malaysian actor and director
  • 1963 Libby Wilson, Brisbane Qld, golfer (1988 - Singapore Open)
  • 1964 Michael Brooks, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1964 Sheila Echols, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1964 Sherry Arnett, playmate (Jan, 1986), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965 Darren Cahill, Australia, tennis star
  • 1965 Francesca Dellera, [Cervellera], actress (Capriccio), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1965 Jill Powell, American actress (Marcy-As The World Turns), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1965 Robert Goff, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1965 Roger Dube, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 1965 Tom Moody, cricket batsman (Australian 1989-92 Ton in 26 mins)
  • 1966 Yokozuna, [Rodney Anoia], wrestler (WWF/NJPW/AWA, Wild Samoan Kokina)

Person of interestThomas Muster

1967 Thomas Muster, Austrian tennis star (1995 French Open), born in Leibnitz, Austria

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Thomas Muster
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Thomas Muster
  • 1967 Frankie Fredericks, Namibian athlete (Olympic silver 100m, 200m 1992, 96), born in Windhoek, South West Africa
  • 1967 Bud Gaugh, American musician (Sublime)
  • 1967 Gillian Welch, New York, singer-songwriter (Time, Revival)
  • 1968 Glen Wesley, Red Deer, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)

Person of interestJana Novotna

1968 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998), born in Brno, Czech Republic (d. 2017)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • 1968 Mark James Crear, 110m hurdler (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
  • 1968 Jeff Martin, Canadian singer/songwriter
  • 1969 Marcus Robertson, NFL safety/cornerback (Houston/Tenn Oilers)
  • 1969 Matthew Walbeck, catcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1969 Mitch English, American actor
  • 1969 Damon Gough, English singer
  • 1969 Jun Akiyama, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1970 Eddie Guardado, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Stockton, California
  • 1970 Kelly Ripa, actress (Hayley Vaughan-All My Children), born in Statford, New Jersey
  • 1970 Colin Rivas, Galician artist
  • 1970 Maribel Verdú, Spanish actress
  • 1971 Jair Lynch, gymnast (Olympic silver 1996), born in Amherst, Massachusetts