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Day History: August-3

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Famous Birthdays


1491- Maria of Jülich-Berg -(d. 1543)

1509- Étienne Dolet -French scholar and translator (d. 1546)

1692- John Henley -English clergyman (d. 1759)

1734- Naungdawgyi -Burmese king (d. 1763)

1770- Frederick William III of Prussia -(d. 1840)

1803- Joseph Paxton -English gardener and architect, designed The Crystal Palace (d. 1865)

1808- Hamilton Fish -American lawyer and politician, 26th United States Secretary of State (d. 1893)

1811- Elisha Otis -American businessman, founded the Otis Elevator Company (d. 1861)

1817- Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen -(d. 1895)

1832- Ivan Zajc -Croatian composer, conductor, and director (d. 1914)

1840- John Bigham, 1st Viscount Mersey -English jurist and politician (d. 1929)

1850- Reginald Heber Roe -English-Australian swimmer, tennis player, and academic (d. 1926)

1855- Joe Hunter (cricketer)|Joe Hunter -English cricketer (d. 1891)

1856- Alfred Deakin -Australian politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1919)

1860- William Kennedy Dickson -French-Scottish actor, director, and producer (d. 1935)

1863- Géza Gárdonyi -Hungarian author and journalist (d. 1922)

1867- Stanley Baldwin -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1947)

1871- Vernon Louis Parrington -American historian and scholar (d. 1929)

1872- Haakon VII of Norway -(d. 1957)

1878- Dick Grant -Canadian runner (d. 1958)

1886- Maithili Sharan Gupt -Indian poet and playwright (d. 1964)

1887- Rupert Brooke -English poet (d. 1915)

1890- Konstantin Melnikov -Russian architect, designed the Rusakov Workers' Club (d. 1974)

1894- Harry Heilmann -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1951)

1895- Neva Morris -American super-centenarian (d. 2010)

1895- Marguerite Nichols -American actress (d. 1941)

1896- Ralph Horween -American football player and coach (d. 1997))

1899- Louis Chiron -Monegasque race car driver (d. 1979)

1900- Ernie Pyle -American journalist (d. 1945)

1900- John T. Scopes -American educator (d. 1970)

1901- John C. Stennis -American lawyer and politician (d. 1995)

1901- Stefan Wyszyński -Polish cardinal (d. 1981)

1902- Regina Jonas -German rabbi (d. 1944)

1903- Habib Bourguiba -Tunisian politician, 1st List of Presidents of Tunisia|President of the Republic of Tunisia (d. 2000)

1904- Clifford D. Simak -American journalist and author (d. 1988)

1905- Dolores del Río -Mexican-American actress and singer (d. 1983)

1905- Franz König -Austrian cardinal (d. 2004)

1907- Lawrence Brown (musician)|Lawrence Brown -American trombonist and composer (d. 1988)

1907- Ernesto Geisel -Brazilian general and politician, 29th President of Brazil (d. 1996)

1909- Walter Van Tilburg Clark -American author and educator (d. 1971)

1911- Alex McCrindle -Scottish actor (d. 1990)

1913- Mel Tolkin -Ukrainian-American screenwriter and producer (d. 2007)

1915- Frank Arthur Calder -Canadian politician (d. 2006)

1915- Pete Newell -American basketball player and coach (d. 2008)

1916- Shakeel Badayuni -Indian poet and songwriter (d. 1970)

1916- José Manuel Moreno -Argentinian footballer and manager (d. 1978)

1917- Les Elgart -American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1995)

1918- James MacGregor Burns -American historian, political scientist, and author (d. 2014)

1918- Sidney Gottlieb -American chemist and theorist (d. 1999)

1918- Larry Haines -American actor (d. 2008)

1920- Max Fatchen -Australian journalist and author (d. 2012)

1920- P. D. James -English author

1920- Charlie Shavers -American trumpet player and composer (d. 1971)

1920- Elmar Tampõld -Estonian-Canadian architect (d. 2013)

1921- Richard Adler -American composer and producer (d. 2012)

1921- Hayden Carruth -American poet and critic (d. 2008)

1921- Marilyn Maxwell -American actress and singer (d. 1972)

1922- John Eisenhower -American historian, general, and diplomat, 45th United States Ambassador to Belgium (d. 2013)

1923- Jean Hagen -American actress and singer (d. 1977)

1923- Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria -(d. 2012)

1924- Leon Uris -American author (d. 2003)

1925- Marv Levy -American-Canadian football player, coach, and manager

1926- Rona Anderson -Scottish-English actress (d. 2013)

1926- Tony Bennett -American singer and actor

1926- Anthony Sampson -English journalist and author (d. 2004)

1927- Gordon Scott -American actor (d. 2007)

1928- Cécile Aubry -French actress, director, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1928- Henning Moritzen -Danish actor (d. 2012)

1930- James Komack -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1933- Pat Crawford -Australian cricketer (d. 2009)

1934- Haystacks Calhoun -American wrestler and actor (d. 1989)

1934- Michael Chapman (bassoonist)|Michael Chapman -English bassoon player (d. 2005)

1934- Jonas Savimbi -Angolan general, founded UNITA (d. 2002)

1935- John Erman -American actor, director, and producer

1935- Georgy Shonin -Ukrainian-Russian general, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1997)

1935- Vic Vogel -Canadian pianist, composer, and bandleader

1936- Jerry G. Bishop -American radio and television host (d. 2013)

1936- Edward Petherbridge -English actor and singer

1937- Steven Berkoff -English actor, director, and playwright

1937- Roland Burris -American lawyer and politician, 39th Illinois Attorney General

1937- Tom Georgeson -English actor

1937- Duncan Sharpe -Pakistani-Australian cricketer

1938- Terry Wogan -Irish-English radio and television host

1939- Jimmie Nicol -English drummer (The Spotnicks and Colin Hicks & The Cabin Boys)

1939- Apoorva Sengupta -Indian general and cricketer

1940- Lance Alworth -American football player

1940- Martin Sheen -American actor and producer

1940- James Tyler (music)|James Tyler -American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2010)

1941- Beverly Lee -American singer (The Shirelles)

1941- Martha Stewart -American businesswoman, publisher, and author, founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

1943- Béla Bollobás -Hungarian-English mathematician and academic

1943- Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson -of Sweden

1943- Steven Millhauser -American author and academic

1944- Nino Bravo -Spanish singer (d. 1973)

1945- Eamon Dunphy -Irish footballer and journalist

1946- Robert Ayling -English businessman

1946- Jack Straw -English lawyer and politician, Shadow Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1946- Syreeta Wright -American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)

1946- John York (musician)|John York -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (The Byrds and Sir Douglas Quintet)

1948- Jean-Pierre Raffarin -French lawyer and politician, 166th Prime Minister of France

1949- Philip Casnoff -American actor and director

1949- B. B. Dickerson -American bass player and songwriter (War (band)|War)

1949- Sue Slipman -English politician

1950- Linda Howard -American author

1950- John Landis -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1950- Jo Marie Payton -American actress and singer

1950- Ernesto Samper -Colombian economist and politician, 29th President of Colombia

1951- Marcel Dionne -Canadian ice hockey player

1951- Jay North -American actor

1952- Osvaldo Ardiles -Argentinian footballer and manager

1953- Ian Bairnson -Scottish saxophonist and keyboard player (The Alan Parsons Project, Pilot (band)|Pilot, and Keats (band)|Keats)

1954- Michael Arthur (physician)|Michael Arthur -English physician and academic

1954- Gary Peters (footballer)|Gary Peters -English footballer and manager

1955- Corey Burton -American voice actor and singer

1956- Kirk Brandon -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny (band)|Spear of Destiny, and Dead Men Walking)

1956- Todd Christensen -American football player and sportscaster (d. 2013)

1956- Balwinder Sandhu -Indian cricketer and coach

1957- Bodo Rudwaleit -German footballer and manager

1957- Kate Wilkinson (politician)|Kate Wilkinson -New Zealand lawyer and politician

1958- Ana Kokkinos -Australian director and screenwriter

1958- Lindsey Hilsum -English journalist

1958- Lambert Wilson -French actor

1959- Martin Atkins -English drummer and producer (Public Image Ltd, Ministry (band)|Ministry, and Killing Joke)

1959- Mike Gminski -American basketball player

1959- John C. McGinley -American actor and producer

1959- Koichi Tanaka -Japanese chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1960- Tim Mayotte -American tennis player and coach

1960- Gopal Sharma -Indian cricketer

1961- Molly Hagan -American actress

1961- Nick Harvey -English politician, Minister of State for the Armed Forces

1961- Lee Rocker -American bassist (Stray Cats)

1963- James Hetfield -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Metallica, Spastik Children, and Leather Charm)

1963- Ed Roland -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Collective Soul and Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project)

1963- Lisa Ann Walter -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1963- Isaiah Washington -American actor and producer

1964- Lucky Dube -South African singer and keyboard player (d. 2007)

1964- Nate McMillan -American basketball player and coach

1964- Kevin Sumlin -American football player and coach

1964- Abhisit Vejjajiva -English-Thai economist and politician, 27th Prime Minister of Thailand

1966- Brent Butt -Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Eric Esch -American wrestler, boxer, and mixed martial artist

1967- Skin (musician)|Skin -English singer and model (Skunk Anansie)

1967- Mathieu Kassovitz -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, founded MNP Entreprise

1967- Manmohan Waris -Indian singer

1968- Rod Beck -American baseball player (d. 2007)

1969- Doug Overton -American basketball player and coach

1970- Stephen Carpenter -American guitarist and songwriter (Deftones, Sol Invicto, and Kush (band)|Kush)

1970- Gina G -Australian singer

1970- Masahiro Sakurai -Japanese video game designer, created ''Super Smash Bros. (series)|Super Smash Bros'' and ''Kirby (series)|Kirby''

1971- Forbes Johnston -Scottish footballer (d. 2007)

1971- Will Muschamp -American football player and coach

1971- DJ Spinderella -American DJ, rapper, and producer (Salt-n-Pepa)

1972- Brigid Brannagh -American actress

1972- Erika Marozsán -Hungarian actress

1972- Sandis Ozoliņš -Latvian ice hockey player and politician

1973- Jay Cutler (bodybuilder)|Jay Cutler -American bodybuilder

1973- Nikos Dabizas -Greek footballer

1973- Michael Ealy -American actor

1973- Stephen Graham (actor)|Stephen Graham -English actor

1975- Wael Gomaa -Egyptian footballer

1975- Argyro Strataki -Greek heptathlete

1976- Troy Glaus -American baseball player

1977- Deniz Akkaya -Turkish model and actress

1977- Tom Brady -American football player

1977- Justin Lehr -American baseball player

1977- Tómas Lemarquis -Icelandic actor

1977- Óscar Pereiro -Spanish cyclist

1978- Joi Chua -Singaporean singer-songwriter

1978- Mariusz Jop -Polish footballer

1978- Dimitrios Zografakis -Greek footballer

1978- Jenny Tinmouth -English motorcycle racer

1979- Evangeline Lilly -Canadian model and actress

1980- Nadia Ali -Libyan-American singer-songwriter (iiO)

1980- Dominic Moore -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Tony Pashos -American football player

1980- Brandan Schieppati -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bleeding Through, Eighteen Visions, and Throwdown (band)|Throwdown)

1980- Hannah Simone -Canadian television host and actress

1981- Travis Bowyer -American baseball player

1981- Pablo Ibáñez -Spanish footballer

1981- Travis Willingham -American voice actor

1982- Kaspar Kokk -Estonian skier

1982- Jesse Lumsden -Canadian bobsledder and football player

1982- Damien Sandow -American wrestler

1983- Ryan Carter -American ice hockey player

1983- Mamie Gummer -American actress

1983- Mark Reynolds (baseball)|Mark Reynolds -American baseball player

1984- Yasin Avcı (footballer born 1984)|Yasin Avcı -Turkish footballer

1984- Sunil Chhetri -Indian footballer

1984- Carah Faye Charnow -American singer-songwriter (Shiny Toy Guns and Versant)

1984- Jon Foster -American actor

1984- Ryan Lochte -American swimmer

1984- Matt Joyce (baseball)|Matt Joyce -American baseball player

1984- Chris Maurer -American singer and bass player (Suburban Legends)

1985- Ats Purje -Estonian footballer

1985- Sonny Bill Williams -New Zealand rugby player and boxer

1986- Charlotte Casiraghi -Monacan journalist, co-founded ''Ever Manifesto''

1987- Kim Hyung-jun -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (SS501)

1987- Juri Kurakin -Estonian ice dancer

1988- Denny Cardin -Italian footballer

1988- Leigh Tiffin -American football player

1989- Jules Bianchi -French race car driver

1989- Sam Hutchinson -English footballer

1989- Nick Viergever -Dutch footballer

1990- Jourdan Dunn -English model

1990- Shunya Shiraishi -Japanese actor

1992- Gamze Bulut -Turkish runner

1992- Gesa Felicitas Krause -German runner

1992- Karlie Kloss -American model

1992- Diāna Marcinkēviča -Latvian tennis player

1992- Lum Rexhepi -Finnish footballer

1993- Ola Abidogun -English sprinter

1993- Yurina Kumai -Japanese singer (Berryz Kobo and Guardians 4)

1994- Esther Earl -American activist and blogger (d. 2010)

1995- Victoria Kan -Russian tennis player

2000- Landry Bender -American actress