Birthdays in History on June 3

  • 1540 Charles II Archduke of Austria, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1590)
  • 1610 Jacob Neefs, Flemish engraver/publisher, baptized
  • 1659 David Gregory, Scottish mathematician and astronomer (Astronomiae, physicae & geometricae elementa), born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1708)
  • 1685 Cornelis Hop, Mayor of Amsterdam and diplomat, born in Amsterdam (d. 1762)
  • 1723 Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born naturalist (d. 1788)

James HuttonJames Hutton (1726-1797)

Scottish geologist and father of modern geology, born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 1734 John Francis Edward Acton, French-born English Naval Commander and PM of Naples (remembered for his brutality towards French supporters), born in Besançon, France (1811)
  • 1761 Henry Shrapnel, English Army officer and inventor (created the shrapnel shell), born in Wiltshire, England (d. 1842)

Manuel BelgranoManuel Belgrano (1770-1820)

Argentine politician and military leader who took part in the Argentine Wars of Independence and created the Flag of Argentina, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1771 Charles Bernard Desormes, Dijon, French Physicist and Chemist who determined the ratio of the specific heats of gases as well as the exact composition of carbon monoxide and carbon disulphide
  • 1771 Sydney Smith, English preacher, reformer and author, born in Woodford, Essex (d. 1845)
  • 1773 Caspar Reinwardt, German Dutch biologist (Bogor Botanical Garden, Indonesia), born in Lüttringhausen (d. 1854)
  • 1780 William Hone, English author and bookseller (Every-Day Book)
  • 1782 Charles Waterton, English naturalist and pioneering conservationist, born in Wakefield, England (d. 1865)
  • 1804 Richard Cobden, English founder of the Anti-Corn-Law League

Jefferson DavisJefferson Davis (1808-1889)

President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), born in Fairview, Kentucky

  • 1812 Pieter Mijer, Dutch Governor-General of Dutch East Indies (1866-72)
  • 1815 Martin Edward Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1818 Louis Faidherbe, French general and colonel administrator in Senegal, born in Lille, France (d. 1889)
  • 1819 Johann Jongkind, Dutch-French painter and printer (Marine Scenes), born in Lattrop, Netherlands
  • 1824 Charles Kinnaird Graham, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1889)

Charles BrookeCharles Brooke (1829-1917)

2nd White Rajah of Sarawak (1868-1917), born in Burnham-on-Sea, England

  • 1831 Otho French Strahl, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1839 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Der Herr im Hause)
  • 1840 Eugeen van Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Morning Twilight)
  • 1843 Frederik VIII, King of Denmark (1906-12)
  • 1844 Detlev [Freiherr Friedrich A von] Liliencron, German poet
  • 1844 Garret Hobart, American politician (R) 24th US Vice President (1897-99), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1899)
  • 1853 Flinders Petrie, English Egyptologist (Merneptah Stele, measured the pyramids), born in London, England (d. 1942)
  • 1864 Ransom Eli Olds, American auto (Oldsmobile) & truck (REO) manufacturer, born in Geneva, Ohio (d. 1950)

George VGeorge V (1865-1936)

King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India (1910-36), born in Marlborough House, London,

  • 1866 George Howells Broadhurst, English director (d. 1952)
  • 1868 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), born in Camagüey, Cuba (d. 1931)
  • 1869 Maria Radulphus, inspector on Curacao (Radulphus College)
  • 1869 Prince Baudouin of Belgium, Count of Flaanders, born in Palais de la Régence, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1891)
  • 1873 Otto Loewi, German physician (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 1936), born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (d. 1961)
  • 1877 Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist painter (Palm), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1953)
  • 1879 Pieter J. A. Adriani, Dutch tax lawyer (d. 1974)
  • 1879 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (d. 1940)
  • 1881 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Kavalam Madhava Panikkar, Indian statesman and diplomat (Asia & Western Dominance), born in Travancore, British India (d. 1963)
  • 1898 Rosa Chacel, spanish novelist, born in Valladolid, Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1899 Georg von Bekesy, Hungarian-American physician and physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physioloy or Medicine 1961 for work on the inner ear), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Gerard den Brabander [Jan G Jofriet], Dutch poet (Nothing New) (d. 1968)
  • 1902 Edward Wayne, English physician (Queen of Scotland, Wayne score), born in Leeds, England (d. 1990)

Charles R. DrewCharles R. Drew (1904-1950)

American physician and surgeon who pioneered blood plasma research and developed the blood bank concept, born in Washington, D. C.

  • 1905 Martin Gottfried Weiss, German commandant of Dachau concentration camp (d. 1946, by execution)
  • 1910 Wilfred Thesiger, English explorer and travel writer (Arabian Sands), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (d. 2003)
  • 1911 Mason Gross, American TV quiz show personality and professor (Think Fast, Two for the Money), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1977)
  • 1912 Richard D'Aeth, British educationist (Hughes Hall Cambridge), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2008)
  • 1912 William Douglas-Home, British playwright (Now .. Barabbas), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Pedro Mir, Dominican Poet Laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1914 (Ronald George) "Tim" Woodman, British WWII RAF pilot and squadron leader, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Ronald George "Tim" Woodman, British WWII pilot, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Milton Cato, 1st Prime Minister of San Vincent and the Grenadines (1979-84), born in Saint Vincent, British Windward Islands (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Lili St. Cyr [Marie Van Schaack], American striptease performer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Henry Brandon [Lord Brandon of Oakbrook], British judge (Lord of appeal - Ordinary) and probable spy, born in Sussex (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), born in Brittany, France (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, born in Zhitomir, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Michael Jaffe, English professor and museum director (Fitzwilliam Museum), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1924 David Holloway, British literary editor (The Daily Telegraph) (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Michael Gow, British commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • 1925 Gerhard Zwerenz, German writer and politician, born in Gablenz, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Thomas Winning, Roman Catholic archbishop (Glasgow)

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, born in Newark, New Jersey

  • 1926 Hamilton Fish IV, American politician (Rep-R-NY, 1969-95), born in Washington D.C. (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Roscoe Bartlett, American politician (Rep-R-Maryland), born in Moorland, Kentucky
  • 1928 Donald Judd, American minimalist sculptor and artist, born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Howard Yanks, American music festival founder (Philadelphia folk festival) (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Werner Arber, Swiss microbiologist (1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery of restriction enzymes), born in Gränichen, Switzerland
  • 1930 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American sci-fi author (Storm Queen), born in Albany, New York (d. 1999)

Raúl CastroRaúl Castro (91 years old)

1931 Cuban revolutionary, politician (First Secretary 2011-21) and brother of Fidel Castro, born in Biran, Holguin, Cuba

  • 1933 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), born in Jasra, Bahrain (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Rolland D. McCune, American theologian
  • 1936 David Nicholls, English Anglican priest, theologian and political theorist, born in Woking, England (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Larry McMurtry, American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist (Lonesome Dove), and Academy Award-winning scriptwriter (Brokeback Mountain), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Philip Attenborough, English publisher (Hodder & Stoughton), born in Chislehurst, England (d. 2006)
  • 1937 Solomon P. Ortiz, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1983-2011), born in Robstown, Texas
  • 1943 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, Born in Downpatrick (d. 2013)
  • 1947 John Dykstra, American special effects supervisor
  • 1949 David Evennett, British politician (Conservative), born in Romford, England
  • 1951 Jill Biden, American first lady and educator, born in Hammonton, New Jersey
  • 1958 Ibrahim Hussein, Kenyan marathoner, (Boston Marathon-1988, 91, 92), born in Kapsabet, Kenya
  • 1961 Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
  • 1962 Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru (What Not to Wear), born in London, England
  • 1963 Rudy Demotte, Belgian politician, born in Ronse, Belgium
  • 1965 Suzan Kaminga, bodybuilder, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1970 Ammon McNeely, American rock climber (holds most speed climbing records)
  • 1980 Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (2013-present), born in Doha, Qatar
  • 2002 Prince Tirso of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • 2006 Countess Leonore, Member of the Dutch Royal Family