Birthdays in History on September 2

  • 1243 Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Hertford, English politician (d. 1295)
  • 1548 Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect (d. 1616)
  • 1675 William Somervile, English poet (d. 1742)
  • 1731 Johann F von Cronegk, German playwright (Olint und Sophronia)
  • 1753 Marie Josephine Louise of Savoy, queen of France (d. 1810)
  • 1763 Caroline von Schelling [Michaelis], German author
  • 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 Leopold F. J. J. J. van Sassen Ysselt, Dutch politician
  • 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/historian
  • 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, land reformer/writer (Progress & Poverty)
  • 1840 Giovanni Verga, Italian writer (Eros)
  • 1847 Roger Wolcott, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1850 Eugene Field, author/journalist (Little Boy Blue)
  • 1850 Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (d. 1919)
  • 1852 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic (d. 1935)
  • 1853 Wilhelm Ostwald, German physical chemist (Nobel 1909)
  • 1854 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (d. 1910)
  • 1856 Yang Hsiu-ch'ing, commander in chief of Taiping Rebellion
  • 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], Wigan England

Frederick SoddyFrederick Soddy (1877-1956)

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

  • 1878 Werner von Blomberg, German minister of Reichswehr
  • 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, Benton Pa, educator, taught reading through phonetics
  • 1894 Joseph Roth, Austrian journalist/writer (Hotel Savoy)
  • 1901 Andreas Embirikos, Greek surrealist poet (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Alma Heflin, American commercial airplane test pilot and child psychologist, born in Winona, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Romare Bearden, African American painter (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Johan Daisne [Herman Thiery], Belgian writer (magic realism)
  • 1915 Benjamin Aaron, American labor law expert (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Cleveland Amory, Nahant Mass, conservationist/TV reviewer (TV Guide)
  • 1918 Allen Drury, author (Advise & Consent-1960 Pulitzer Prize)
  • 1918 Martha Mitchell [nee Beall], wife of US Attorney General John Mitchell, born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 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)
  • 1928 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Alan K Simpson, minority whip (Sen-R-WY, 1979- )
  • 1931 Pierre Huyskens, Dutch radio host
  • 1933 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), born in Kouarfa, French Dahomey (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, born in Potsdam Germany (d. 2015)
  • 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 Joan Kennedy, 1st wife of US Senator from Massachusetts, Ted
  • 1944 Claude Nicollier, Swiss astronaut (STS 61-K, 46, 61, 75), born in Vevey, Switzerland
  • 1946 Marty Grebb, rocker (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher who died in Challenger space shuttle disaster, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1951 Jim DeMint, American politician
  • 1952 Earl Pomeroy, American politician (Rep-D-North Dakota 1993-2011), born in Valley City, North Dakota

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

Andrej BabišAndrej Babiš (68 years old)

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

  • 1956 Angelo Fusco, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • 1959 Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil
  • 1960 John S. Hall, American poet and spoken-word artist
  • 1960 Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian politician
  • 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
  • 1969 Chris Kuzneski, American bestselling author
  • 1971 Kjetil André Aamodt, Norwegian skier
  • 1980 Dany Sabourin, French Canadian Goaltender in the National Hockey League