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Birthdays in History on June 3

  • 1540 Charles II Archduke of Austria, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1590)
  • 1610 Jacob Neefs, Flemish engraver/publisher, baptised
  • 1659 David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (d. 1708)
  • 1685 Cornelis Hop, Amsterdam regent/diplomat
  • 1723 Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born naturalist (d. 1788)

Person of interestJames Hutton

1726 James Hutton, Scottish geologist 'father of modern geology' born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1797)

Geologist James Hutton
James Hutton
  • 1761 Henry Shrapnel, English Army officer and inventor (created the shrapnel shell), born in Wiltshire, England (d. 1842)

Person of interestManuel Belgrano

1770 Manuel Belgrano, 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 (d. 1820)

Argentine Politician and Military Leader Manuel Belgrano
Argentine Politician and Military Leader
Manuel Belgrano
  • 1771 Sydney Smith, English preacher, reformer and author, born in Woodford, Essex (d. 1845)
  • 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
  • 1773 Caspar G C Reinwardt, German Dutch biologist
  • 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

Person of interestJefferson Davis

1808 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), born in Fairview, Kentucky (d. 1889)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1812 Pieter Mijer, Dutch gov-gen of Neth Indies (1866-72)
  • 1815 Martin Edward Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1818 Louis Faidherbe, French general (d. 1889)
  • 1819 Johann Barthold Jongkind, Lattrop Neth, Dut/Fr painter (Winter Scenes)
  • 1824 Charles Kinnaird Graham, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1889)

Person of interestCharles Brooke

1829 Charles Brooke, 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak (1868-1917), born in Burnham-on-Sea, England (d. 1917)

2nd White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Brooke
2nd White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Brooke
  • 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)

Person of interestGeorge V

1865 George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India (1910-36), born in Marlborough House, London, (d. 1936)

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 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
  • 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, physician (Nobel-1961), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 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)

Person of interestCharles R. Drew

1904 Charles R. Drew, American physician and surgeon who pioneered blood plasma research and developed the blood bank concept, born in Washington, D. C. (d. 1950)

Surgeon and Medical Researcher Charles R. Drew
Surgeon and Medical Researcher
Charles R. Drew
  • 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, president (Hughes Hall Cambridge)
  • 1912 William Douglas-Home, playwright (Now .. Barabbas)
  • 1913 Pedro Mir, Dominican Poet Laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Eugene Fuller, polymath/linguist
  • 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, American ecdysiast (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Lord Brandon of Oakbrook, Lord of appeal (Ordinary)
  • 1922 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), born in Brittany, France (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Michael Jaffe, director (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge England)
  • 1923 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, born in Zhitomir, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1924 David Richard Holloway, literary Editor
  • 1924 Michael Gow, commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • 1925 Gerhard Zwerenz, writer
  • 1925 Thomas Winning, Roman Catholic archbishop (Glasgow)

Person of interestAllen Ginsberg

1926 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1926 Hamilton Fish Jr, (Rep-R-NY, 1969- )
  • 1926 Roscoe G Bartlett, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • 1928 Donald Judd, American sculptor (minimal art)
  • 1929 Howard Yanks, founder (Philadelphia folk festival)
  • 1929 Werner Arber, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • 1930 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American sci-fi author (Storm Queen), born in Albany, New York

Person of interestRaúl Castro

1931 Raúl Castro, 18th President of Cuba (2008-) and former revolutionary, born in Biran, Holguin, Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 1933 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), born in Jasra, Bahrain (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Rolland D. McCune, American theologian
  • 1935 Raoul Franklin, chancellor (City University London)
  • 1936 David Nicholls, priest/theologian/political theorist
  • 1936 Harry Pitt, vice chancellor (Reading University)
  • 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 J Attenborough, CEO/publisher (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • 1937 Solomon P Ortiz, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • 1937 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1978, 80), born in Caen, France (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, Born in Downpatrick (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Anita Pollack, MEP (Labour)
  • 1946 Earl of Cromer, managing director (Inchcape (China) Ltd)
  • 1947 Timothy David, diplomat
  • 1947 John Dykstra, American special effects supervisor
  • 1949 David Evenett, MP (Conservative)
  • 1950 Christos Verelis, Greek politician
  • 1958 Ibrahim Hussein, marathoner, (Boston Marathon-1988, 91, 92)
  • 1961 Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
  • 1962 Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru
  • 1963 Yuri Yuriyevich Krikun, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1963 Rudy Demotte, Belgian politician
  • 1965 Suzan Kaminga, bodybuilder, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1970 Ammon McNeely, American rock climber
  • 1976 Enda Markey, Irish/Australian entertainer
  • 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