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Birthdays in History on September 3

  • 1034 Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan, 71st emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1073)
  • 1499 Diane de Poitiers, French mistress of Henry II of France, born in Saint-Vallier, Drôme, France (d. 1566)
  • 1608 Pieter Stockmans, Flemish chairman of military
  • 1675 Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1751)
  • 1693 Charles Radclyffe, 5th Earl of Derwentwater, British politician, born in Little Parndon, Essex (d. 1746)
  • 1703 Johann Theodor of Bavaria, Prince-Bishop of Regensburg, Freising and Liège, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1763)
  • 1710 Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (first to study freshwater polyps or hydra), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1784)
  • 1724 Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, British soldier and administrator (Governor of Quebec 1768-1778), born in Strabane, Ireland (d. 1808)
  • 1781 Eugène de Beauharnais, stepson of Napoleon I (son of Alexandre de Beauharnais and Joséphine Tascher de la Pagerie), born in Paris (d. 1824)
  • 1791 Francisco Acuña de Figueroa, Uruguayan poet (Toraidas), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1862)
  • 1803 Prudence Crandall, American educator and founder of School for "young ladies of colour", born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island (d. 1890)
  • 1810 Paul Kane, Irish-Canadian painter, born in Mallow, County Cork, Ireland (d. 1871)
  • 1811 John Humphrey Noyes, American preacher and founded the Oneida Community (Perfectionists), born in Brattleboro, Vermont (d. 1886)
  • 1820 George Hearst, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from California), born in Sullivan, Missouri (d. 1891)
  • 1825 Armistead Lindsay Long, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Campbell County, Virginia (d. 1891)
  • 1825 William Wallace Burns, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Coshocton, Ohio (d. 1892)

  • 1835 William Gaston Lewis, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1849 Sarah Orne Jewett, American author (Country of the Pointed Firs), born in South Berwick, Maine (d. 1909)
  • 1851 Olga Constantinovna of Russia, Queen consort of the Hellenes as the wife of King George I, born in Pavlovsk, Russian Empire (d. 1926)

Person of interestLouis Sullivan

1856 Louis Sullivan, American architect (father of skyscrapers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1926)

Architect and Father of Skyscrapers Louis Sullivan
Architect and Father of Skyscrapers
Louis Sullivan
  • 1859 Jean Jaurès, French socialist (L'Humanité, Les Preuves), born in Castres, Second French Empire (d. 1914)
  • 1860 Edward A. Filene, American entrepreneur and philanthropist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1865 Wilhelm Bousset, German theologist and historian, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1875 Ferdinand Porsche, German automotive engineer (Volkswagen Beetle, Mercedes-Benz SS) and founder of the Porsche car company, born in Maffersdorf, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1891 Bessie [Annie Elizabeth] Delany, American dentist and civil rights pioneer, born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1897 Sally Benson, American writer (Meet me in St. Louis), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1899 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian virologist (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for tissue grafting), born in Traralgon, Victoria (d. 1985)
  • 1900 Urho Kekkonen, 8th President of Finland (1956-81), born in Pielavesi, Finland (d. 1986)
  • 1903 Willem Kooiman, Dutch theologist and church historian (d. 1968)

Person of interestCarl David Anderson

1905 Carl David Anderson, American physicist (1936 Nobel Prize for physics), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)

Nobel Laureat Physicist Carl David Anderson
Nobel Laureat Physicist
Carl David Anderson
  • 1907 Andrew Brewin, Canadian lawyer and MP for Greenwood, born in Brighton, England (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist and natural science writer (The Unexpected Universe), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Lev Pontryagin, Russian mathematician, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Dixy Lee Ray, American politician (17th Governor of Washington) and chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Peter Winter, naval commander (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Marguerite Higgins, American reporter and war correspondent, Pulitzer prize winner (d. 1966)

  • 1923 Mort Walker, American cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois), born in El Dorado, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist, born in Berg Municipality, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Alison Lurie, American novelist (Pulitzer Prize - Foreign Affairs), born in Chicago
  • 1926 Joseph P. Kolter, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in McDonald, Ohio
  • 1926 John Robert Jones [John Dalmas], American sci-fi author (White Regiment, Lizard War), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Gaston Thorn, 20th Prime Minister of Luxembourg (1974–79) and 7th President of the European Commission (1981–85), born in Luxembourg (d. 2007)

Person of interestWhitey Bulger

1929 Whitey Bulger [James Bulger Jr.], American gangster, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger
  • 1930 Cherry Barbara Grimm [Lockett], New Zealand sci-fi author (Nearest Fire), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker, Dutch politician and 2nd chamber member (CDA), born in Weesp, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Albert DeSalvo, American criminal (The Boston Strangler), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
  • 1936 John Olver, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia (1987-2011), born in Hammam Sousse, French Tunisia (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Caryl Churchill, English playwright, born in London
  • 1938 Ryōji Noyori, Japanese chemist (Nobel Prize 2011), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1940 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, born in Montevideo
  • 1941 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer, born in Ufa, Republic of Bashkiria (d. 1990)
  • 1943 Michael D. Barnes, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 Mick Farren, English sci-fi author (Synaptic Manhunt, Citizen Phaid), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1944 Sherwood C. Spring, American astronaut (STS 61B), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1946 Peter Morris, historian of France (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Michael Huffington, American oil millionaire (Rep-R-California, 1992-94), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947 Kjell Magne Bondevik, Norwegian politician (Christian Democratic Party), born in Molde, Norway

Person of interestMario Draghi

1947 Mario Draghi, Italian banker and President of the European Central Bank, born in Rome

Economist Mario Draghi
Economist
Mario Draghi
  • 1948 Tara Singh Varma, Dutch politcian (1st black woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber), born in Springlands, British Guiana
  • 1948 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (3rd President of Zambia), born in Mufulira, Zambia (d. 2008)
  • 1949 Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, born in Sichari, Kyrenia District, Cyprus (d. 2004)
  • 1951 Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lankan politician, President of Sri Lanka (2015-), born in Yagoda, Sri Lanka
  • 1953 Munir H. Habib, Syrian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3 backup)
  • 1956 Patrick McGeown, politician
  • 1957 Garth Ancier, American television executive
  • 1964 Adam Curry, Internet entrepreneur
  • 1966 Vladimir Ryzhkov, Russian politician
  • 1970 Jeremy Glick, American United Airlines Flight 93 passenger (d. 2001)
  • 1971 Chabeli Iglesias, daughter of Julio Iglesias, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1978 Paul Moor, English ten-pin bowler
  • 1980 Jennie Finch, American softball player
  • 1993 Rina Koike, Japanese junior idol, born in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan