Famous Birthdays on September 2

  • 1243 Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Hertford, English politician (d. 1295)
  • 1548 Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect (d. 1616)
  • 1661 Georg Böhm, German organist and composer, born in Hohenkirchen, Mecklenburg-Güstrow (now Germany) (d. 1733)
  • 1675 William Somervile, English poet (d. 1742)
  • 1716 Johann Trier, German organist and composer, born in Themar, Thuringia (d. 1790)
  • 1731 Johann Friedrich von Cronegk, German poet and playwright (Olint und Sophronia), born in Ansbach (d. 1758)
  • 1750 Pehr Frigel, Swedish composer, born in Kalmar, Sweden (d. 1842)
  • 1753 Marie Josephine Louise of Savoy, queen of France (d. 1810)
  • 1763 Caroline Schelling [Michaelis], German Romantic poet and critic, born in Göttingen (d. 1809)
  • 1766 James Forten, African-American abolitionist and businessman who used his wealth to push for civil rights and the abolition of slavery, born in Philadelphia, Province of Pennsylvania, British America (d. 1842)
  • 1778 Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland (d. 1846)
  • 1798 Thomas Holliday Hicks, (Union Gov) (d. 1865)
  • 1805 Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (d. 1851)
  • 1810 William Seymour Tyler, American educator and historian (d. 1897)
  • 1814 Ernst Curtius, German archaeologist and historian (Olympia), born in Lübeck (d. 1896)
  • 1830 William P. Frye, American politician (d. 1911)
  • 1837 James Harrison Wilson, American topographic engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Shawneetown, Illinois (d. 1925)
  • 1838 Liliuokalani [Lydia Kamakaʻeha], last queen of Hawaii (1891-93), born in Honolulu, Oʻahu, Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1917)
  • 1839 Henry George, American politician economist and land reformer (Progress & Poverty), born in Philadelphia, Pennslvania (d. 1897)
  • 1840 Giovanni Verga, Italian writer (Eros), born in Catania, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (d. 1922)
  • 1847 Roger Wolcott, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1850 A. G. Spalding, American Baseball HOF pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; President, co-owner Chicago White Stockings; co-founder of Spalding sporting goods company), born in Byron, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Eugene Field "Poet of Childhood", American poet, writer and journalist (Little Boy Blue), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1895)
  • 1850 Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (d. 1919)
  • 1852 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic (d. 1935)
  • 1853 Wilhelm Ostwald, Baltic German physical chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1909 for work on catalysis, chemical equilibria and reaction velocities), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1932) [1]
  • 1854 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (d. 1910)
  • 1857 Thomas Groube, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test; Victoria CA), born in New Plymouth, New Zealand (d. 1927)
  • 1862 Alphons Diepenbrock, Dutch composer, conductor, and essayist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • 1862 Franjo Krežma, Croatian violinist, born in Osijek, Croatia (d. 1881)
  • 1866 Hiram Johnson, Progressive politician, US Senator, Governor of California (1911-17), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1945)
  • 1870 Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (d. 1947)
  • 1870 Marie Ault [Mary Cragg], English actress (The Lodger), born in Wigan, England (d. 1951)

Frederick SoddyFrederick Soddy (1877-1956)

English radiochemist and Nobel laureate (radioactive substances, isotopes), born in Eastbourne, Sussex, England

  • 1878 Werner von Blomberg, German politician and general (Commander-in-Chief German Armed Forces 1935-38), born in Stargard, Prussia (d. 1946)
  • 1879 An Jung-geun, Korean independence activist and assassin of Japanese Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi, born in Haeju-bu, Hwanghaedo, Korea (d. 1910)
  • 1883 Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria, "The Red Archduchess" (d. 1963)
  • 1884 Frank Laubach, American missionary and educator (taught reading through phonetics), born in Benton Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • 1892 Felix Wolfes, German-American conductor, educator (New England Conservatory, 1948-68), and composer, born in Hannover, Germany (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Joseph Roth, Austrian-Jewish journalist and writer (Hotel Savoy), born in Brody, Austria-Hungary (d. 1939)
  • 1896 Amanda Randolph, American jazz and blues piano player and singer; stage, radio, and screen actress (The Laytons; Amos 'n Andy - "Ramona"; Danny Thomas Show - "Louise"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1967)
  • 1899 Hans Jacob Nielsen, Danish boxer (Olympic gold lightweight 1924), born in Næstved, Denmark (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Adolph Rupp, American college basketball coach (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Andreas Embirikos, Greek surrealist poet (d. 1975)
  • 1901 Phil Napoleon [Filippo Napoli] American early jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Original Memphis Five; Napoleon and HIs Emperors), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Marjorie Warfield, American stage, radio, and silent film actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Vera Vague [Barbara Jo Allen], American actress (Sleeping Beauty, Follow the Leader), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Alma Heflin, American commercial airplane test pilot and child psychologist, born in Winona, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1910 Bruce Boyce, Canadian-American baritone singer, and teacher (Royal Academy - London, England), born in London, Ontario (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Eileen Way, British actress (Les Miserables, Rainbow, Vikings, Assassin), born in Surrey, England (d. 1994)
  • 1911 René Amengual, Chilean pianist, composer and educator, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1954)
  • 1911 Romare Bearden, African American painter (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Ernie Bromley, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests; first Western Australian to play Test cricket for Australia), born in Fremantle, Western Australia (d. 1967)
  • 1912 Johan Daisne [Herman Thiery], Belgian writer (magic realism), born in Ghent, Belgian (d. 1978)
  • 1913 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (Liverpool, 1959-74), born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1981)
  • 1914 (Lawrence) "Booker T." Laury, American boogie-woogie and blues pianist and singer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (Because All Men Are Brothers; A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Benjamin Aaron, American labor law expert (d. 2007)
  • 1915 Dai-Keong Lee, Hawaiian-American classical and theater composer, born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawai'i (d. 2005)
  • 1915 Hans Joachim Koellreutter, German Brazilian composer, teacher and musicologist, born in Freiburg, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1915 Meinhardt Raabe, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 2010)
  • 1916 Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney, American tennis player (141 US tennis titles), born in LA, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1916 Penny Santon [Pierina Burlando], American actress (Fletch, Roll Out, Matt Houston), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Cleveland Amory, American animal rights activist and TV reviewer (TV Guide), born in Nahant, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian classical, jazz and Latin guitarist and composer (developed bossa nova), born in Prainha, São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Allen Drury, American author (Advise & Consent - 1960 Pulitzer Prize), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Martha Mitchell [nee Beall], wife of US Attorney General John Mitchell, born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1919 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), born in Haskell County, Texas (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Marge Champion (née Belcher), American dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1922 Arthur Ashkin, American scientist (Nobel Prize for Physics 2018 Optical Tweezers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1923 Rene Thom, French mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Daniel Arap Moi, Kenyan politician, President of Kenya (1978-2002), born in Kurieng'wo, Kenya (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Hugo Montenegro, American composer, arranger, and orchestra leader, born in New York City (d. 1981)
  • 1925 Ronnie Stevens, actor (Rodney-Dick & Duchess), born in London, England
  • 1927 Francis Matthews, British actor (Paul Temple, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons), born in York, England (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Leonard Katzman, TV producer
  • 1927 Trudi Jochum-Beiser, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Lech am Arlberg, Austria
  • 1927 Tzvi Avni, Israeli classical composer (Meditations On A Drama), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1928 Miloslav Ištvan, Czech composer, born in Olomouc, Kingdom of Bohemia (now Czech Republic) (d. 1990)
  • 1928 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Hal Ashby, American film director (The Last Detail; Shampoo; Being There), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1988)
  • 1929 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor (A Hard Day's Night, Help!), born in Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Wales (d. 2012) [1]
  • 1930 Andrey Petrov, Soviet-Russian classical and film score composer (Creation of the World), born in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia) (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Alan K Simpson, minority whip (Sen-R-WY, 1979- )
  • 1931 Pierre Huyskens, Dutch radio host
  • 1932 Emil Richards [Radocchia], American session and touring vibraphonist and percussionist (George Shearing; Frank Sinatra; Lalo Schifrin; Frank Zappa; George Harrison; Harry Partch; Shadowfax), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Walter Davis Jr., American hard bop pianist (Davis Cup, Illumination), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1933 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), born in Kouarfa, French Dahomey (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Rick Lewis, American doo-wop tenor (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, born in Potsdam Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Michael Sahl, American contemporary classical composer (Civilization and its Discontents; Jungles), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Jim Moody, American economist and politician (Rep-D-WI, 1983-93), born in Richlands, Virginia (d. 2019)

Andrew GroveAndrew Grove (1936-2016)

Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry, one of the founders and CEO of Intel, and philanthropist, born in Budapest, Hungary

  • 1936 David Leonard Blake, British composer, and educator, born in London, England
  • 1936 Joan Kennedy, 1st wife of US Senator from Massachusetts, Ted
  • 1937 Derek Fowlds, British actor (Yes Minister, The Basil Brush Show), born in London, England (d. 2020)

Peter UeberrothPeter Ueberroth (85 years old)

1937 American organizer of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and commissioner of baseball (1984-89), born in Evanston, Illinois

  • 1938 Glyn Worsnip, British radio and television presenter (That's Life!), born in Highnam, Gloucestershire (d. 1996)
  • 1938 John Angus, English soccer defender (1 cap; Burnley 439 games), born in Amble, England (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Mary Jo Catlett, American stage and screen character actress (Hello Dolly!; Diff'rent Strokes - "Pearl"; SpongeBob SquarePants - "Mrs. Puff"), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1939 Bobby Purify [Dickey], American soul singer ("I'm Your Puppet"), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Sam Gooden, American soul vocalist (The Impressions - "People Get Ready"; "It's All Right"), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2022)
  • 1940 Beverly Sanders, actress (Lotsa Luck, CPO Sharkey), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1940 Harry Northup, American actor (The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1940 Jimmy Clanton, American rock vocalist ("Just A Dream"), born in Baton Rouge, louisiana
  • 1940 Mick Pyne, British touring and session jazz pianist (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame: Charlie Watts), born in Thornton Dale, North Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George RLFC; ARL "Immortal"), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 2018)
  • 1941 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Barbara Donald, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Glenn Sather, NHL coach (Edmonton Oiler)
  • 1943 Rosalind Ashford, American rock vocalist (Martha Reeve & Vandellas - "Heat Wave"; "Dancing In The Street"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943 Đorđe Novković, Croatian pop singer-songwriter (Pro Arte), and television personality (Hrvatski Idol), born in Vladimirci, German-occupied Serbia (d. 2007)
  • 1944 Claude Nicollier, Swiss astronaut (STS 61-K, 46, 61, 75), born in Vevey, Switzerland
  • 1944 Orlando Martínez, Cuban boxer (Olympic gold bantamweight 1972), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2021)

Billy PrestonBilly Preston (1946-2006)

American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1946 Luis Avalos, actor (Condo, E/R, I Had 3 Wives), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1946 Marty Grebb, rocker (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Richard Coughlan, British progressive rock drummer and percussionist (Caravan - "In the Land of Grey and Pink"), born in Herne Bay, Kent, England(d. 2013)
  • 1948 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher who died in Challenger space shuttle disaster, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1948 Linda "Tui" Tillery, American singer-songwriter (The Loading Zone), born in San Francisco
  • 1948 Terry Bradshaw, College/Pro Football HOF quarterback (Louisiana Tech; Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78 [MVP], 79 [MVP]; NFL MVP 1978; First-team All-Pro 1978; 3 × Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers) and broadcaster (CBS, FOX), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1949 Albert West [Albertus Westelaken], Dutch pop singer (The Shuffles - "Cha-La-La, I Need You"; Stars on 45), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Michael Rother, German electronic musician (Neu!; Kraftwerk; Harmonia; Cluster), born in Hamburg, West Germany
  • 1950 Rosanna DeSoto, American actress
  • 1950 Yuen Wah, Chinese actor and stuntman
  • 1951 Jim DeMint, American politician
  • 1951 Mark Harmon, American actor (St Elsewhere, NCIS), born in Burbank, California
  • 1951 Michael Gray, American actor (Shazam!, Brian Keith Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Mike Kaminski, British rock musician (ELO), born in Harrogate, England
  • 1952 Earl Pomeroy, American politician (Rep-D-North Dakota 1993-2011), born in Valley City, North Dakota

Jimmy ConnorsJimmy Connors (70 years old)

1952 American tennis player (8-time Grand Slam winner, 109 titles overall), born in Belleville, Illinois

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud (1953-2001)

Afghan political and military leader who fought the Soviet Union and led the Northern Alliance against the Taliban, born in Bazarak, Panjshir, Afghanistan

  • 1953 Gerhard P J Thiele, Brenz Germany, astronaut
  • 1953 John Zorn, American jazz and avant garde musician and composer, born in New York City

Andrej BabišAndrej Babiš (68 years old)

1954 Czech businessman and politician, Prime Minister of Czech republic (2017-), born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

  • 1955 Linda Purl, actress (Gloria-Happy Days, Matlock), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1956 Angelo Fusco, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • 1956 Mario Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Montreal Canadiens 852 games) and coach (Montreal Canadiens 1985-87), born in Alma, Quebec
  • 1957 Steve Porcaro, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Toto, 1977-87, 2010-19 - "Rosanna"; "Africa"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Tony Alva, American skateboarder
  • 1959 Esther Oosterbeek, Dutch pop singer (Dolly Dots), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1959 Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil

Eric DickersonEric Dickerson (62 years old)

1960 Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (NFL single-season rushing record 2,105 yards, 1984; Pro Bowl 1983, 84, 86–89; LA Rams), born in Sealy, Texas

  • 1960 John S. Hall, American poet and spoken-word artist
  • 1960 Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian politician
  • 1960 Rex Hudler, Tempe AZ, outfielder (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • 1961 Anthony Wong [Chau-sang], Hong Kong actor (The Untold Story), born in Hong Kong
  • 1961 Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer, born in Santa Marta, Colombia
  • 1961 Jeff Russell, American MLB pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1962 Eugenio Derbez, Mexican comedian and actor
  • 1962 Jon Berkeley, author and illustrator
  • 1962 Keir Starmer, British lawyer and politician (Member of Parliament, 2015 -present; Leader of the Labour Party), born in Southwark, London, England
  • 1962 Prachya Pinkaew, Thai film director
  • 1963 Sam Mitchell, NBA forward (Minn Timberwolves)

Keanu ReevesKeanu Reeves (58 years old)

1964 Canadian actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure; The Matrix), and rock bassist (Dogstar), born in Beirut, Lebanon

  • 1965 Doug Linton, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Santa Ana, California

Lennox LewisLennox Lewis (57 years old)

1965 British/Canadian boxer (Olympic gold super-heavyweight 1988, undisputed world heavyweight champion 1999), born in London, England

  • 1965 Partho Sen-Gupta, Indian filmmaker
  • 1966 Dino Cazares, American heavy metal guitarist (FearFactor), born in El Centro, California
  • 1966 Massimo Cuttitta, Italian rugby union prop (69 caps [captain 16]; Milano, Harlequins, Bologna), born in Latina, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1966 Olivier Panis, French race car driver

Salma HayekSalma Hayek (56 years old)

1966 Mexican American actress (Desperado, Frida), born in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

  • 1966 Tuc Watkins, American actor
  • 1967 Andreas Möller, German footballer
  • 1968 Cynthia Watros, American actress
  • 1968 Ricardo de Jongh, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1969 Chris Kuzneski, American bestselling author
  • 1969 H-Ci [Cedric Hailey], American singer (Jodeci), born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • 1969 Mark Brettschneider, American actor (Jason-One Life to Live), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1969 Shani Waugh, Australian golfer (US Open 2002 3rd), born in Bunbury West Australia
  • 1969 Stephen Peall, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1971 Katt [Micah Sierra] Williams, American comedian, actor, rapper, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1971 Kjetil André Aamodt, Norwegian skier
  • 1971 Pawan Kalyan, Indian actor
  • 1971 Rich Aurilia, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Shauna Sand, actress (Renegade), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971 Tom Steels, Belgian cyclist
  • 1971 Tommy Maddox, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Katarina Studenikova, Bratislava Slovak Rep, tennis star
  • 1973 Jason Blake, American hockey player
  • 1974 Daniel Southworth, American actor and stunt performer
  • 1974 Jason Lawson, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • 1976 Erin Hershey, American actress.
  • 1976 Phil Lipscomb, American rock bassist (Taproot), born in the USA
  • 1977 Frédéric Kanouté, Malian footballer
  • 1977 Ramiro Muñoz, Colombian musician, born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1977 Sam Rivers, American rock bassist (Limp Bizkit), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1978 Matthew Watkins, Welsh rugby union centre (18 caps; Newport, Llanelli Scarlets), born in Newport, Wales (d. 2020)
  • 1979 Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • 1979 Tomer Ben Yosef, Israeli footballer
  • 1980 Dany Sabourin, French Canadian Goaltender in the National Hockey League
  • 1980 Hiroki Yoshimoto, Japanese racing driver
  • 1980 Yonderboi [László Fogarasi Jr], Hungarian indie-pop composer, music producer (Splendid Isolation), and visual artist, born in Kaposvár, Hungary
  • 1981 Bracha van Doesburgh, Dutch actress
  • 1981 Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
  • 1981 Fariborz Kamkari, Iranian film director and producer
  • 1982 Jason Hammel, American baseball player
  • 1982 Joey Barton, English soccer midfielder (1 cap; Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR, Burnley) and manager (Fleetwood Town, Bristol Rovers), born in Huyton, England
  • 1982 Mandy Cho, Hong Kong actress
  • 1984 Jack Peñate, British rockabilly singer-songwriter and musician (Matinée), born in London, England