Birthdays in History on November 2

  • 1475 Princess Anne of York, 5th daughter of King Edward IV, born in Palace of Westminster, London (d. 1511)
  • 1528 Peter Lotichius Secundus [Peter Lotz], Neo latin poet (Collected Works), born in Schlüchtern, Hesse, Germany (d. 1560)
  • 1636 Edward Colston, English merchant and philanthropist, born in Bristol, England (d. 1721)
  • 1667 James Louis Sobieski, Crown Prince of Poland, born in Paris (d. 1737)
  • 1696 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans, born in Herrenberg, Germany (d. 1760)
  • 1699 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1779)
  • 1709 Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, eldest daughter of King George II of Great Britain, born in Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover (d. 1759)

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1734 Daniel Boone, American frontiersman and explorer (US Hall of Fame 1915), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1820)

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone
  • 1741 Joan Derk, Baron van der Capellen tot den Pol, Leader of democratic Patriots, born in Tiel, Netherlands (d. 1784)

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1755 Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1774-92) who allegedly uttered the phrase "let them eat cake", born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1793)

Queen of France Marie Antoinette
Queen of France
Marie Antoinette
  • 1766 Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Czech field marshal, born in Sedlčany, Czech Republic (d. 1858)
  • 1777 Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom, 5th daughter of King George III, born in Buckingham House, London (d. 1848)

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1795 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (Democrat: 1845-49), born in Pineville, North Carolina (d. 1849)

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1808 Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly, French writer and critic, born in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, France (d. 1889)
  • 1810 Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1812 Abraham I van Lier, theater director (Gran Theatre-van Lier)
  • 1815 George Boole, English mathematician (Boolean algebra), born in Lincoln, England (d. 1864)
  • 1821 Sir George Bowen, British provincial governor and 5th Governor of New Zealand (1868-73), born in Taughboyne, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1899)
  • 1822 James Byron Gordon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 1864)
  • 1826 Robert Hopkins Hatton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1862)
  • 1826 William Haines Lytle, American politician, poet and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1863)
  • 1828 Byron Grimes, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Pitt County, North Carolina (d. 1880)
  • 1833 Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian homeopath doctor and founder of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, born in Paikpara village, Howrah, India (d. 1904)
  • 1837 Émile Bayard, French artist and illustrator, born in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. (1891)
  • 1847 Georges Sorel, French philosopher and theorist of Sorelianism, born in Cherbourg, France (d. 1922)
  • 1857 Joseph Babinski, Polish-French neurologist (Babinski reflex), born in Paris (d. 1932)

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1865 Warren G. Harding, 29th US President (1921-23), born in Blooming Grove, Ohio (d. 1923)

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding

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1877 Aga Khan III, Shia Imam who was one of the founders of the All-India Muslim League and later President of the League of Nations (1937-38), born in Karachi, British India (d. 1957)

48th Shia Imam Aga Khan III
48th Shia Imam
Aga Khan III
  • 1877 Joseph De Piro, Maltese founder of the Missionary Society of St. Paul, born in Mdina, Malta (d. 1933)
  • 1882 Leo Perutz, Austrian writer and mathematician, born in Prague (d. 1957)
  • 1883 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French cardinal and Archbishop of Quebec, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1947)
  • 1885 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), born in Nashville, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1886 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, born in Ramrail, Tipperah, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1971)
  • 1890 Henry Borginon, Flemish nationalist/senator
  • 1890 Moa Martinson, Swedish writer (My Mother Gets Married), born in Vårdnäs, Linköping (d. 1964)
  • 1893 Battista Farina, Italian automobile designer and founder of Pininfarina company, born in Cortanze, Italy (d. 1966)
  • 1894 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist and pioneer of aerodynamics, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1897 Jacob Bjerknes, Norwegian-American meteorologist (USAF in London), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Edgar du Perron, Dutch author and poet (Land of Origin), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1940)
  • 1902 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author and poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), born in Felsőrácegres, Pálfa, Hungary (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Marius Holtrop, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank, born in Amsterdam (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Frederic Lipmann, French watchmaker, born in Besancon, France (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Luchino Visconti, Italian director (The Leopard, Death in Venice), born in Milan (d. 1976)
  • 1906 Daniil Andreev, Russian writer, poet and Christian mystic, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1906 Bengt Edlén, Swedish Astrophysicist who specialized in spectroscopy and discovered the source of unidentified emission lines in solar spectrum, born in Gusum, Sweden (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician and leader of Egypt's Wafd Party (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979), born in Heraklion, Greece (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Raphael M. Robinson, American mathematician, born in National City, California (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Ivor Roberts-Jones, British sculptor (known for sculpted heads of Yehudi Menuhin and George Thomas), born in Oswestry, England (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1978)
  • 1921 William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)

  • 1921 Bill Mosienko, Ukrainian-Canadian National Hockey League player, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1994)
  • 1922 John Pinsent, English classical scholar (Greek mythology) (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Rudy Van Gelder, American recording engineer (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1927 John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover, English businessman and billionaire
  • 1927 Steve Ditko, American comic artist (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1928 Geoffrey Pardoe, engineer
  • 1928 Paul Johnson, English journalist, author and historian, born in Manchester, England
  • 1930 Denis Gerald Barrington, artist
  • 1932 Henri Namphy, President of Haiti (1986-88), born in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
  • 1932 Romano Mazzoli, American politician (Rep-D-KY, 1971-95), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1932 Melvin Schwartz, American Physicist and Nobel Laureate (neutrinos - subatomic particles with no electric charge and virtually no mass), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Bill Gothard, American Christian minister, speaker and Founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), born in Illinois
  • 1936 Rose Elizabeth Bird, California Supreme Court Justice (1977-87), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Patrick Buchanan, American American conservative political commentator and politician, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938 Ria Beckers, Dutch politician and leader of the progressive Christian party PPR, born in Driebergen, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Queen Sofia, consort of King Juan Carlos I (Spain), born Princess of Greece and Denmark in Athens, Greece
  • 1939 Howard Wolpe, American politician (Rep-D-MI, 1979-93), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939 Pauline Neville-Jones, English diplomat, born in Birmingham
  • 1940 Gigi Proletti, Italian actor, director and singer (Alleluja brava gente), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1942 Shere Hite [Shirley Diana Gregory], American-German sex therapist (Hite Report), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1943 Oldrich Pelcak, Czech cosmonaut, born in Zlín, Czechoslovakia
  • 1944 Jeffrey Alan Hoffman, American NASA astronaut (STS 51-D, 35, 46, 61, 75) and MIT professor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 Simon Augustini, Albanian politician
  • 1951 Thomas Mallon, American novelist and critic (Henry and Clara), born in Glen Cove, New York

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1952 Larry Fink [Laurence Douglas Fink], American chairman and CEO of BlackRock, born in Los Angeles, California

Chairman and CEO of BlackRock Larry Fink
Chairman and CEO of BlackRock
Larry Fink
  • 1954 Pat Croce, American entrepreneur, sports team executive and owner, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Tihomir Blaškić, Croatian war criminal, born in Kiseljak, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1962 David Brock, American political commentator (Media Matters for America), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Simon Hill, English-Australian football commentator, born in Manchester
  • 1964 Michael D'Asaro II, American fencer-sabre, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Britta Lejon, Swedish Social Democratic politician, born in Järfälla Municipality, Sweden
  • 1967 Derek Porter, Canadian rower (Oly-gold/silver-92/96), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1967 Scott Walker, US politician (Governor of Wisconsin 2011-), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1972 Samantha Janus, British singer and actress (EastEnders), born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • 1973 Lee O’Denat, American internet entrepreneur (WorldStarHipHop.com), born in Queens, New York (d. 2017)