Birthdays in History on May 3

  • 612 Constantine III, Byzantine Emperor from January to April or May 641 (d. 641)
  • 1415 Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV of England and Richard III of England, born in Raby Castle, Durham, England (d. 1495)
  • 1428 Pedro González de Mendoza, Spanish cardinal and statesman, born in Guadalajara, Spain (d. 1495)
  • 1446 Margaret of York [Margaret of Burgundy], English wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy, born in Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire, England (d. 1503)

Niccolo MachiavelliNiccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Italian statesman and author (The Prince), born in Florence, Italy

  • 1514 Bartholomaeus of Braga [Fernandez], Dominican theologian and Archbishop Emeritus of Braga, born in Mártires, Santa Maria Maior, Lisbon (d. 1590)
  • 1647 Joannes Antonides van der Goes, Dutch poet (Bellone aen bant), born in Goes, Netherlands (d. 1684)
  • 1662 Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect, born in Herford, Germany (d. 1736)
  • 1692 Jan Jacob Mauricius, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1742-51), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1768)
  • 1695 Henri Pitot, Italian-French engineer, born in Aramon, France (d. 1771)
  • 1713 Alexis Clairaut, French mathematician (Clairaut's theorem), born in Paris (d. 1765)
  • 1761 August von Kotzebue, German dramatist, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1819)
  • 1764 Élisabeth of France, princess of France, youngest sister of king Louis XVI, born in Versailles, France (d. 1794)
  • 1768 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist, born in Laigh Corton, Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1838)
  • 1773 Giuseppe Acerbi, Italian traveller and naturalist, born in Castel Goffredo, Milan, Italy (d. 1846)
  • 1815 Hermanus Willem Witteveen, Dutch theologist, born in Boornbergum, Netherlands (d. 1884)
  • 1816 Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1892)
  • 1826 Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway (1859-72), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1872)
  • 1844 Édouard Drumont, French anti-semitic journalist, born in Paris (d. 1917)

Bernhard von BülowBernhard von Bülow (1849-1929)

Chancellor of the German Empire (1900-09), born in Klein-Flottbeck, Germany

  • 1849 Bertha Benz [Cacilie Bertha Ringer], German inventor, automotive pioneer and wife of fellow automotive inventor Karl Benz, born in Pfrozheim, German Confederation (d. 1944)
  • 1849 Jacob Riis, Danish-American social reformer and "muck raking" reporter (NY Tribune, NY Evening Sun), born in Ribe, Denmark (d. 1914)
  • 1859 Andy Adams, American writer (Log of a Cowboy), born in Indiana (d. 1935)
  • 1860 John Scott Haldane, Scottish physiologist, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1936)
  • 1860 Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist, born in Ancona, Italy (d. 1940)
  • 1861 Emmett Dalton, American outlaw of the Old West (The Dalton Gang), born in Belton, Missouri (d. 1937)
  • 1870 Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the U.K., born in Frogmore House, Windsor, England (d. 1948)
  • 1873 Nicoline Magdalene Roll Anker, Norwegian author (Kvinnen og Den), born in Møre og Romsdal, Norway (d. 1942)
  • 1873 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician and general, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1874 François Coty, French perfume manufacturer, born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1934)
  • 1874 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1954)
  • 1877 Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1925)
  • 1879 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and aviation pioneer (Qantas), born in Morinish, Queensland (d. 1950)
  • 1890 B. Traven, (German?) writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) whose real identity is disputed (possible date)
  • 1891 Tadeusz Peiper, Polish poet, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1969)
  • 1892 George Paget Thomson, English physicist who demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1975) [1]
  • 1893 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor, born in Abasha, Kutais Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Cornelius Van Til, Dutch philosopher and Christian apologist, Grootegast, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1895 Ernst Kantorowicz, German-American historian (Laudes regiae), born in Posen, Prussia (d. 1963)
  • 1896 Dodie Smith, English novelist and playwright (101 Dalmatians), born in Whitefield, Lancashire, England (d. 1990)
  • 1896 Karl Allmenröder, German World War I flying Ace, born in Wald, Rhine Province, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1897 V. K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, Minister of Defense (1957-62), born in Tellicherry, British India (d. 1974)

Golda MeirGolda Meir (1898-1978)

Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) known as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, born in Kyiv, Ukraine

  • 1898 Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist, born in CHarleston, South Carolina (d. 1987)
  • 1902 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), born in Guebwiller, Alsace, German Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Albrecht Luitpold Ferdinand Michael, duke of Bavaria, born in Munich, German Empire (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Earl Wilson, American journalist and columnist (Midnight Earl), born in Rockford, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • 1912 Eleanore "May" Sarton, Belgian-American writer (Land of Silence), born in Wondelgem, Belgium (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Earl Blackwell, American society impresario (Celebrity Register), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1913 William M. Inge, American playwright (Picnic-Pulitzer 1953), born in Independence, Kansas (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Henry B. González, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1961-99), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Pierre Emmanuel [Noël Mathieu], French poet (Sodome), born in Gan, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1984)
  • 1917 Kiro Gligorov, 1st President of the Republic of Macedonia (1991-99), born in Štip, Kingdom of Serbia (d. 2012)
  • 1919 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Vasco Gonçalves, Portuguese army officer and 103rd Prime Minister of Portugal (1974-75), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Ralph Hall, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1981-2005), born in Fate, Texas
  • 1924 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and In Other Days), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1929 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral
  • 1929 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Joe Layton, American director and choreographer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Donald P Hodel, US Secretary of Interior (1985-89), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1937 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer (The Republic of Dreams), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1940 David Koch, American businessman and philanthropist (Koch Industries billionaire), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1941 Edward Malloy, 16th president of the University of Notre Dame, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 Butch Otter, American politician, 32nd governor of Idaho, born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • 1942 Dave Marash, American television journalist, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1943 Jim Risch, American politician (Senator-R-Idaho 2009-), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1943 John Costello, British military historian, born in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1944 Ian Peter Leslie Smith, British journalist, born in Bristol, England (d. 1997)
  • 1945 Jeffrey C. Hall, American geneticist (Nobel Prize 2017 behavioral rhythms of the fly), born in New York City
  • 1947 Doug Henning, Canadian magician, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1949 Albert Sacco Jr., American chemical engineer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Ron Wyden, American politician (Senator-D-Oregon 1996-, Rep-D-Oregon 1981-96), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1951 Tatyana Tolstaya, Russian writer, born in St Petersburg, Russia

Akio ToyodaAkio Toyoda (66 years old)

1956 Japanese president of Toyota Motor Corporation, born in Nagoya, Japan

  • 1956 Marc Bellemare, French Canadian lawyer and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • 1959 Uma Bharati, Indian politician, Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation, born in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • 1961 David Vitter, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1999-2005), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1961 Joe Murray, American cartoonist (Rocko's Modern Life), born in San Jose, California
  • 1962 Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder, born in Timrå, Sweden
  • 1969 Daryl F. Mallett, American writer and editor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Damon Dash, American entrepreneur and label executive (Roc-A-Fella Records), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Shonie Carter, American MMA fighter, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1974 Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his third wife, Queen Alia, born in Amman, Jordan
  • 1977 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian mathematician, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2017)
  • 1977 Mashima Hiro, Japanese Mangaka of Rave Master and Fairy Tail, born in Nagano, Japan
  • 1980 Marcel Vigneron, American chef (Top Chef), born in Bainbridge Island, Washington