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Famous Birthdays on October 3

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 202

  • 1573 Entonius Walaeus, Dutch Calvinist theologist, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1639)
  • 1605 Li Tzu-ch'eng, Chinese revolutionary who dethroned last Ming emperor, born in Mizhi, Shaanxi province, China (d. 1645)
  • 1631 Sebastian Anton Scherer, German composer, born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1712)
  • 1647 Johannes Voet, Dutch lawyer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1713)
  • 1713 Antoine Dauvergne, French composer, born in Moulins, Alier, France (d. 1797)
  • 1716 Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist, born in Mondovì, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1781)
  • 1720 Johann Peter Uz, German poet (Lyrische Poem), born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1796)
  • 1728 Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont, French spy and transvestite, born in Tonnerre, France (d. 1810)
  • 1733 François Krafft, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1789 Francis Gregory, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1866)
  • 1790 John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, born in Turkeytown, Alabama (d. 1866)
  • 1792 Cipriani Potter, English pianist and composer, born in London (d. 1871)
  • 1792 Francisco Morazán, 2nd President of The Federal Republic of Central America, born in Tegucigalpa, Guatemala, New Spain (d. 1842)
  • 1797 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, born in Florence (d. 1870)

Person of interestGeorge Bancroft

1800 George Bancroft, American historian (History of the United States), born in Worcester Massachusetts (d. 1891)

Father of U.S. History George Bancroft
Father of U.S. History
George Bancroft
  • 1803 John Gorrie, American scientist and inventor (cold-air process of refrigeration), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1855)

  • 1804 Townsend Harris, American diplomat (1st Western consul to reside in Japan), born in Washington County, New York (d. 1878)
  • 1804 Allan Kardec, French author and founder of Spiritism, born in Lyon, France (d. 1869)
  • 1806 Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (Later Day Saint apostle), born in Wells, Vermont (d. 1850)
  • 1807 Heinrich Panofka, German violist and composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1814 Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet and writer (Demon & other poems), born in Moscow (d. 1841)
  • 1828 Woldemar Bargiel, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1897)
  • 1830 George Brayton, American engineer who developed the Brayton Cycle combustion engine, born on Rhode Island (d. 1892)
  • 1834 Vilém Blodek, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1874)
  • 1844 Patrick Manson, Scottish physician and parasitologist (Father of tropical medicine), born in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 1922)
  • 1848 Henry Lerolle, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1929)
  • 1854 William Crawford Gorgas, American physician and 22nd Surgeon-General of the U.S. Army (help cure yellow fever), born in Toulminville, Alabama (d. 1920)

Person of interestTimothy Thomas Fortune

1856 Timothy Thomas Fortune, American orator, civil rights leader, writer and publisher (New York Age), born in Marianna, Florida (d. 1928)

Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader Timothy Thomas Fortune
Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader
Timothy Thomas Fortune
  • 1859 Eleonora Duse, Italian actress (Les Misérables, Thérèse Raquin), born near Vigevano, Italy (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Annie Horniman, English theater owner (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), born in Surrey Mount, Forest Hill, London (d. 1937)
  • 1862 Johnny Briggs, English cricket all-rounder (33 Tests; 118 wickets @ 17.75), born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (d. 1902)
  • 1863 Pyotr Kozlov, Russian explorer, born in Dukhovshchina, Russia (d. 1935)
  • 1865 Johan Eilerts de Haan, Dutch sea officer (Lucie R, Suriname), born in Noordwolde, Friesland, Netherlands (d. 1910)
  • 1866 Learmont Drysdale, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1909)
  • 1867 Pierre Bonnard, French painter and illustrator, born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 1947)
  • 1869 Clara Noyes, American nurse (head of the American Red Cross WW1), born in Port Deposit, Maryland (d. 1936)

  • 1869 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), born in Danzig, Prussia (d. 1942)
  • 1871 Stijn Streuvels [Frank Lateur], Flemish writer (De Valschaard), born in Heule, Belgium (d. 1969)
  • 1872 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; .312 BA), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1960)
  • 1879 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), born in Nyby, Västerbottens län, Sweden (d. 1938)
  • 1881 Ludomir Michał Rogowski, Polish composer, born in Lublin, Poland (d. 1954)
  • 1882 Gunther von Kluge, German field marshal, born in Posen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1882 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (Group of Seven), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • 1885 Langley Collyer, American hoarder, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1885 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist, born in Stockton, California (d. 1970)
  • 1886 Henri Alain-Fournier, French novelist (Le Grand Meaulnes), born in La Chapelle-d'Angillon, Cher, France (d. 1914)
  • 1888 Claud Allister, British actor (Kiss Me Kate, Quartet, Bulldog Drummond), born in London, England (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Roy Webb, American film composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1889 Carl von Ossietzky, German journalist and pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1935), born in Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1938)
  • 1890 Henry Hull, American actor (Tobacco Rd, Boys Town, High Sierra), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1977)
  • 1893 Bedřich Havlík, Czech composer, born in Řípec, Czech Republic (d. 1964)
  • 1894 Elmer Robinson, American politician (33rd Mayor of San Francisco), born in San Francisco (d. 1982)
  • 1894 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII, born in Osnabrück, Hanover, Prussia, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (Versos humanos), born in Santander, Spain (d. 1987)
  • 1897 Josephine "Mama Jo" Riley Matthews, African-American midwife (SC)
  • 1897 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), born in Paris, France (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1899 Gertrude Berg, American actress (Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Jay Irving, American cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in NYC, New York (d.1970)

Person of interestThomas Wolfe

1900 Thomas Wolfe, American novelist (Look Homeward Angel), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 1938)

Novelist Thomas Wolfe
Novelist
Thomas Wolfe
  • 1901 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), born in Iwata, Shizuoka (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Jean Grémillon, French film director, born in Bayeux, France (d. 1959)
  • 1902 Arturo da Costa e Silva, 27th President of Brazil (1967-69), born in Taquari, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (d. 1969)
  • 1904 Charles J. Pedersen, American biochemist (Nobel 1987), born in Pusan, Korea (d. 1989)
  • 1908 David Herbert, British writer and raconteur (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Michael Hordern, American actor (Watership Down, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Gabriel Julian, original pianist of Bobby Byrne Orchestra, arranger for Glenn Miller and founder Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ens
  • 1914 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher (d. 1970)
  • 1915 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1916 María de los Ángeles Alvariño González, Spanish marine biologist and oceanographer, born in El Ferrol, Spain (d. 2005)

Person of interestJames Herriot

1916 James Herriot [Alfred Wight], English veterinarian and novelist (All Creatures Great and Small), born in Sunderland, County Durham (d. 1995)

Novelist James Herriot
Novelist
James Herriot
  • 1916 Shelby Storck, American television producer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1919 John Boyd [Boyd Bradfield Upchurch], American sci-fi author (The Last Starship from Earth), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • 1919 Walter Gieseler, German composer, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Jean Lefebvre, French actor (Diabolical, Now Where Did the Seventh Company Get to?), born in Valenciennes, Nord, France (d. 2004)
  • 1919 James M. Buchanan, American economist (Nobel Memorial 1986), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Ray Lindwall, Australian cricket fast bowler (61 Tests, 228 wickets @ 23.03), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Marcel van Thienen, French composer, born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician, born in Vieille Case, Dominica (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, born in Lvov, Poland (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Mordovo, Tambov Oblast, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Harvey Kurtzman, American cartoonist and founding editor of Mad magazine, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Franco Cristaldi, Italian film producer (Amarcord) and Claudia Cardinale's husband, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Gore Vidal, American author (Myra Breckinridge, Lincoln), born in West Point, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Kenojuak Ashevak, Canadian Inuit artist, born in Ikirasaqa, Baffin Island, Canada (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Christian d'Oriola, French fencer (4-time Olympic gold foils 1948, 52, 56), born in Perpignan, France (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1986)
  • 1928 Shridath Ramphal, Guyanese Secretary-General (1975-90), born in New Amsterdam, British Guiana
  • 1929 Bert Stern, American photographer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2019)

Person of interestGlenn Hall

1931 Glenn Hall, National Hockey League goaltender (butterfly goalkeeping), born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan

NHL Goalie Glenn Hall
NHL Goalie
Glenn Hall
  • 1933 Neale Fraser, Australian tennis player and coach (3-time Grand Slam winner, Australian Davis Cup captain), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1933 Kenneth "Ken" Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family), born in Moline, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Benjamin Boretz, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1934 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Madlyn Rhue, American actress (Bracken's World, Executive Suite), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1934 Hiteswar Saikia, Indian politician and Chief Minister of Assam (1983-85, 1991-96), born in Nazira, Assam, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1935 Abdon Pamich, Italian 50K walker (Olympic gold 1964), born in Fiume, Italy
  • 1935 Charles "Charlie" Duke Jr, American Brigadier General and astronaut (Apol 16), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1936 Steve Reich, American minimalist composer (Drumming), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Boldizsár Csiky, Romanian composer, born in Târgu Mureș, Romania
  • 1937 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, born in Leerdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1937 John MacLeod, American basketball coach (NBA Phoenix Suns 1973-87), born in New Albany, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Dave Obey, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin), born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma
  • 1938 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • 1938 Tereza Kesovija, Croatian singer, born in Konavle, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • 1938 Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Peruvian economist and 66th President of Peru (2016-present), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1940 Alan O'Day, American singer and songwriter (Undercover Angel, over 100 songs for the Muppet Babies). born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Jean Ratelle, Canadian NHL center (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada
  • 1940 Mike Troy, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Person of interestChubby Checker

1941 Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans], American singer-songwriter (The Twist, Limbo Rock), born in Spring Gully, South Carolina.

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • 1943 Jeff Bingaman, American politician (U.S. Senator from New Mexico), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1944 Roy Horn, German-American Las Vegas entertainer (Siegfried & Roy), born in Nordenham, Germany
  • 1944 Pierre Deligne, Belgian mathematician, born in Etterbeek, Belgium
  • 1944 Bob Riley, American politician (52nd Governor of Alabama), born in Ashland, Alabama
  • 1945 Kay Baxter, American bodybuilder (NPC Gold's Classic 1981), born in Monroe County, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • 1945 Viktor Saneyev, Soviet triple jumper (Olympics 3 gold 1968, 72, 76), born in Sukhumi, Georgia
  • 1946 Bob Dotson, newscaster (Primetime Sunday), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1946 Tristan Keuris, composer
  • 1946 Biff Henderson, American television personality

  • 1947 7th earl of Bradford, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1947 Alan Rachins, American actor (Douglas-LA Law), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Fred DeLuca, American co-founder of the Subway chain, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1947 Ben Cauley, musician (The Bar-Kays) and plane crash survivor, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1947 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead), born near Cora, Wyoming (d. 2018)
  • 1948 Michael Medved, American film critic
  • 1949 Yekaterina Aleksandrowna Ivanova, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15A)
  • 1949 Lindsey Buckingham, American guitarist and lead singer (Fleetwood Mac), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1949 Dan Goossen, American boxing promoter (Michael Nunn, Terry Norris, James Toney), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • 1950 Pamela Hensley, actress (Buck Rogers in 25th Century), born in Glendale, California
  • 1950 Ronnie Laws, US saxophonist/guitarist (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • 1951 Dave Winfield, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (12-time All Star), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1951 Jack Grondin, rock drummer (.38 Special)
  • 1951 Kathryn Sullivan, Paterson NJ, geologist and astronaut (1st American woman to walk in space), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1951 Bernard Cooper, American writer
  • 1951 Keb' Mo'[Kevin Roosevelt Moore], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Los Angeles
  • 1952 Gary Troup, New Zealand cricket fast/medium bowler (15 Tests, 39 wickets; 22 ODI), born in Taumarunui, King Country
  • 1954 Dennis Eckersley, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1992; AL MVP 1992; Oakland A's), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

1954 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1990)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan

Person of interestAl Sharpton

1954 Al Sharpton [Alfred Charles], American minister and civil rights activist (Keepin' It Real), born in Brooklyn, New York

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • 1955 Ángela Molina, Spanish actress (Lola, Streets of Gold, Half of Heaven), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1955 [Douglas] Allen Woody, bassist (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1956 Hart Bochner, actor (Aron-East of Eden, Supergirl, Die Hard), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Peter Frechette, American actor (Paint it Black, George-Profiler), born in Warwick, Rhode Island
  • 1957 Tim Westwood, Pimp My Ride UK presenter and DJ
  • 1959 Carmen Russo, Miss Teenage Italy (1972), born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1959 Jack Wagner, American singer and actor (General Hospital, Melrose Place), born in Washington, Missouri
  • 1959 Greg Proops, American actor and comedian

Person of interestFred Couples

1959 Fred Couples, American golfer (US Masters 1992), born in Seattle, Washington

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 1960 Cinzia De Ponti, [Fiordeponti], Pescara Italy (Miss Italy 1979)

  • 1962 Tommy Lee, American musician (Mötley Crüe)
  • 1963 Dan Goldie, American tennis player and author ("The Investment Answer", #1 NY Times bestselling book), born in Sioux City Iowa
  • 1963 Marion Peck, American artist and painter
  • 1964 Clive Owen, English actor (Closer), born in Coventry, England
  • 1966 Darrin Fletcher, American baseball catcher and broadcaster (Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1966 Frank Hannon, rock guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • 1967 Rob Liefeld, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1967 Walter Polovchak, Ukrainian-American asylum seeker, born in Ukraine
  • 1967 Denis Villeneuve, French Canadian director (Arrival), born in Bécancour, Canada
  • 1968 Greg Foster, American basketball center and coach (NBA C'ship 2001 LA Lakers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1969 Shane Butterworth, actor (Timmy-Bad News Bears)

Person of interestGwen Stefani

1969 Gwen Stefani, American singer-songwriter (No Doubt), born in Fullerton, California

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • 1969 Tetsu, Japanese bassist (L'Arc~en~Ciel)
  • 1971 Wil Cordero, Puerto Rican baseball utility (MLB All Star, Silver Slugger Award 1994; Montréal Expos), born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • 1971 Kevin Richardson, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • 1972 Denny Vaughn, orchestra leader (Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour)
  • 1972 Michael Nylander, Swedish NHL center (World C'ship gold 1992, 2006; Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1972 Garrett Dutton, American musician (G. Love and Special Sauce), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Lajon Witherspoon, American singer (Sevendust)

Person of interestNeve Campbell

1973 Neve Campbell, Canadian actress (Party of 5, Scream), born in Guelph Ontario

Actress Neve Campbell
Actress
Neve Campbell
  • 1973 Keiko Agena, Japanese-American actress
  • 1973 Lena Headey, British actress (Game of Thrones), born in Hamilton, Bermuda
  • 1974 Mike Johnson, Canadian hockey right wing and broadcaster (Toronto Maple Leafs; NHL Network, TSN), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1975 India Arie [Simpson], American singer and actress (Voyage to India), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1975 Talib Kweli, American rapper
  • 1976 Kirsi Haenninen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman and pesäpallo player (Olympics bronze 1998), born in Joensuu, Finland
  • 1976 Seann William Scott, American actor (Role Models), born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota
  • 1978 Gerald Asamoah, German soccer forward (43 caps; Schalke 04 279 games, 44 goals), born in Mampong, Ghana
  • 1978 Claudio Pizarro, Peruvian soccer striker (85 caps; Bayern Munich 224 games, 87 goals), born in Callao, Peru
  • 1978 Jake Shears, singer (Scissor Sisters)

  • 1978 Shannyn Sossamon, American actress
  • 1979 John Hennigan, American professional wrestler
  • 1979 Daniel Hollie, American professional wrestler
  • 1981 Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish soccer striker (116 caps, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, PSG, Man Utd, LA Galaxy), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • 1981 Andreas Isaksson, Swedish soccer goalkeeper (133 caps; PSV, Kasımpaşa), born in Smygehamn, Sweden
  • 1981 Amanda Walsh, Canadian actress
  • 1982 Erik von Detten, American actor
  • 1983 Frederico Chaves Guedes [Fred], Brazilian soccer striker (39 caps; Fluminense, Lyon), born in Teófilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • 1983 Hiroki Suzuki, Japanese actor
  • 1983 Tessa Thompson, American actress (Thor), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Yoon Eun Hye, South Korean actress
  • 1984 Ashlee Simpson, American singer, born in Waco, Texas
  • 1987 Zuleyka Rivera, Puerto Rican Miss Universe
  • 1987 Danny Willett, British golfer (US Masters 2016), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1988 ASAP Rocky [Rakim Mayers], American rapper (Long. Live. A$AP), born in New York City
  • 1988 Tadhg Kelly, American actor
  • 1988 Alicia Vikander, actress (The Danish Girl), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1990 Rhian Denise Ramos, Filipino actress
  • 1993 Lindsay Fabes, actor (Charlie Winthrop-Another World)