3 February


1809

 Felix Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early romantic period. Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concertos, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the overture The Hebrides, his mature Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. Born Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Hamburg. (d. 1847)

1859

 Hugo Junkers
Hugo Junkers (3 February 1859 – 3 February 1935) was a German aircraft engineer and aircraft designer. As such, he is generally credited with pioneering the design of all-metal airplanes and flying wings. In particular, his multi-engined all-metal passenger- and freight planes helped establish airlines in Germany. His name is also linked to some of the most successful German warplanes of the Second World War. Born in Rheydt, Rhine Province,
Kingdom of Prussia. (d. 1935)

1874

 Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, Sherwood Anderson and Henri Matisse, would meet. Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. (d. 1946)

1894

 Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was a 20th-century American author, painter and illustrator. His works have a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades. Born Norman Perceval Rockwell in New York City, New York. (d. 1978)

1899

 Doris Speed
Doris Speed, MBE (3 February 1899 – 16 November 1994) was an English actress, best known for her role as the snooty but likeable Mayoress of fictional Weatherfield and Rovers Return Inn public house landlady Annie Walker on Coronation Street, a role she played from the series inception in 1960 until 1983. Born in Manchester, Lancashire, England. (d. 1994)

1904

 Pretty Boy Floyd
Pretty Boy Floyd (February 3, 1904 – October 22, 1934) was an American bank robber. He operated in the Midwest and West South Central States, and his criminal exploits gained widespread press coverage in the 1930s. Like several other prominent outlaws of that era, he was pursued and killed by a group led by Melvin Purvis. Born Charles Arthur Floyd in Adairsville, Georgia. (d. 1934)

1907

 James Michener
James Michener (February 3, 1907 – October 16, 1997) was an American author of more than 40 books, most of which were fictional, lengthy family sagas covering the lives of many generations. Michener’s novels include Tales of the South Pacific for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948. Born James Albert Michener in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. (d. 1997)

1911

 Robert Earl Jones
Robert Earl Jones (February 3, 1910 – September 7, 2006), sometimes credited as Earl Jones, was an American actor and prizefighter, one of the first prominent African-American film stars. Jones was best known for his leading roles in films such as Lying Lips (1939) and later in his career for supporting roles in films such as The Sting (1973), Trading Places (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), and Witness (1985). He was the father of actor James Earl Jones. Born in Tate County, Mississippi. (d. 2006)

1918

 Joey Bishop
Joey Bishop (February 3, 1918 – October 17, 2007) was an American entertainer who appeared on television as early as 1948 and eventually starred in his own weekly comedy series. He also was a member of the “Rat Pack” with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford. Born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb in The Bronx, New York. (d. 2007)

1920

 Henry Heimlich
Henry Heimlich (February 3, 1920 – December 17, 2016) was an American thoracic surgeon and medical researcher. He is widely credited as the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, a technique of abdominal thrusts for stopping choking, described in Emergency Medicine in 1974. He also invented the Micro Trach portable oxygen system for ambulatory patients and the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve, or “flutter valve,” which drains blood and air out of the chest cavity. Born Henry Judah Heimlich in Wilmington, Delaware. (d. 2016)

1925

 John Fiedler
John Fiedler (February 3, 1925 – June 25, 2005) was an American actor and voice actor who was slight, balding, and bespectacled, with a distinctive, high-pitched voice. His career lasted more than 55 years in stage, film, television and radio. He is best known for four roles: the nervous Juror #2 in 12 Angry Men and the voice of Piglet in Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh productions. Born John Donald Fiedler in Platteville, Wisconsin. (d. 2005)

1926

 Shelley Berman
Shelley Berman (February 3, 1925 – September 1, 2017) was an American comedian, actor, writer, teacher, lecturer and poet. In his comedic career, Berman was awarded three gold records and he won the first Grammy Award for a spoken comedy recording in 1959. He played Larry David’s father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role for which he received a 2008 Emmy Award nomination. Born Sheldon Leonard Berman in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 2017)

1927

 Val Doonican
Val Doonican (3 February 1927 – 1 July 2015) was an Irish singer of traditional pop, easy listening, and novelty songs, who was noted for his warm and relaxed style. A crooner, he found popular success, especially in the United Kingdom where he had five successive Top 10 albums in the 1960s as well as several hits on the UK Singles Chart, including “Walk Tall” and “Elusive Butterfly”. Born Michael Valentine Doonican in Waterford, Ireland. (d. 2015)

1928

 Frankie Vaughan
Frankie Vaughan, CBE, DL (3 February 1928 – 17 September 1999) was an English singer of easy listening and traditional pop music, who recorded more than 80 singles in his lifetime. He was known as “Mr. Moonlight” after one of his early hits. Born Frank Ableson in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. (d. 1999)

1932

 Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner (February 3, 1932 – October 16, 1984) was an American actress. As a child actress, Garner had her first film role in 1938. She won the Academy Juvenile Award for her work in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945). Born in Canton, Ohio. (d. 1984)
 Stuart Hall
Stuart McPhail Hall (3 February 1932 – 10 February 2014) was a Jamaican-born cultural theorist and sociologist who lived and worked in the United Kingdom from 1951. Hall was one of the founding figures of the school of thought that is now known as British Cultural Studies. He was President of the British Sociological Association 1995-97. (d. 2014)

1938

 Victor Buono
Victor Buono (February 3, 1938 – January 1, 1982) was an American actor and comic. He was known for playing the villain King Tut on the television series Batman (1966-1968) and musician Edwin Flagg in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), the latter of which earned him Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. Born Victor Charles Buono in San Diego, California. (d. 1982)

1939

 Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino (February 3, 1939 – July 2, 2016) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and author. After co-writing the script of Magnum Force and Silent Running he wrote the preliminary script Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. Clint Eastwood read the script and sent it to his personal production company, which allowed Cimino to direct the film. After its success, Cimino co-wrote, directed, and produced the 1978 Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter. Born in New York City, New York. (d. 2016)

1943

 Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner (born February 3, 1943) is an American actress. She won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as Izzy Huffstodt on Huff (2004-2006), and a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Butterflies Are Free (1969-1972). Danner is best known for her role in Meet the Parents (2000) and its sequels. She is the mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Born Blythe Katherine Danner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1944

 Trisha Noble
Trisha Noble (born 3 February 1944) is an Australian singer and actress. Initially performing as Patsy Ann Noble, she was a teenage pop singer in the early 1960s. In 1961, she released her biggest hit single, “Good Looking Boy”. At the 1961 Logie Awards, she won the ‘Best Female Singer of the Year’ award from TV Week. In the United Kingdom she continued her singing career by releasing singles there. In 1965, Noble started her television acting career, and by 1967, she was using Trisha Noble as her stage name. By the 1970s, she had relocated to the United States and had guest roles on various television series including Columbo, Baretta, McMillan & Wife, The Rockford Files and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Born Patricia Ann Ruth Noble in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia.

1945

 Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown
Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown (born 3 February 1945) is an English stand-up comedian, famous for his sarcastic blue humour. Born Royston Vasey in Grangetown, North Yorkshire.

1947

 Dave Davies
Dave Davies (born 3 February 1947) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, backing (and occasional lead) singer for the English rock band The Kinks, which also featured his older brother Ray Davies. Born David Russell Gordon Davies in Fortis Green, London, England.
 Stephen McHattie
Stephen McHattie (born February 3, 1947) is a Canadian actor. He has appeared in many films and television shows including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, Highlander: The Series, and American Playhouse’s Life Under Water (1989). Born Stephen McHattie Smith in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
 Melanie Safka
Melanie Safka (born February 3, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter. Known professionally as Melanie, she is best known for her hits “Brand New Key”, “Ruby Tuesday”, “What Have They Done to My Song Ma”, “Beautiful People”, and her song about performing at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”. Born Melanie Anne Safka in Astoria, Queens, New York.

1948

 Henning Mankell
Henning Mankell (3 February 1948 – 5 October 2015) was a Swedish crime writer, children’s author, and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most noted creation, Inspector Kurt Wallander. Born Henning Georg Mankell in Stockholm, Sweden. (d. 2015)

1950

 Morgan Fairchild
Morgan Fairchild (born February 3, 1950) is an American actress. She achieved prominence during the late 1970s and early 1980s with continuing roles in several television series. In 1978, she appeared on the primetime soap opera Dallas before taking a lead role on the NBC series Flamingo Road in 1980 (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama). Born Patsy Ann McClenny in Denton, Texas.
 Pamela Franklin
Pamela Franklin (born 3 February 1950) is a British actress who appeared in feature films from 1961 until 1976, and on American television throughout the 1970s. She is best known for her role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), for which she won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress. Born in Yokohama, Japan.

1955

 Kirsty Wark
Kirsty Wark FRSE (born 3 February 1955) is a British journalist and television presenter, best known for fronting BBC Two’s news and current affairs programme Newsnight since 1993, and its weekly arts spin-off Newsnight Review (later The Review Show) from 2002 to 2014. Wark was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in March 2017. Born Kirsteen Anne Wark in Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

1956

 Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane (born February 3, 1956) is an American actor and writer. He is known for his roles as Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, his voice work in The Lion King as Timon and Stuart Little as Snowbell, and his recurring roles on Modern Family, The Good Wife, and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story as F. Lee Bailey. In 2006, Lane received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Born Joseph Lane in Jersey City, New Jersey.

1965

 Maura Tierney
Maura Tierney (born February 3, 1965) is an American film and television actress who is best known for her roles as Lisa Miller on the sitcom NewsRadio, Audrey Reede in Liar Liar (1997), Abby Lockhart on the medical drama ER, and Helen Solloway on the television drama The Affair, for which she won the Golden Globe Award in 2016. Born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1967

 Dave Benson Phillips
Dave Benson Phillips (born 3 February 1965) is a British entertainer and children’s television presenter, best known for his work presenting Playhouse Disney (1998-2006) and The Fun Song Factory (1994-1999). He also presented the popular CBBC game show Get Your Own Back.

1969

 Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen (born 3 February 1969) is a South African professional golfer who was in the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking for over 250 weeks between 2001 and 2007. His main achievements have been two U.S. Open wins (in 2001 and 2004) and heading the European Tour Order of Merit in 2001 and 2002. Born in Pietersburg, South Africa.

1970

 Warwick Davis
Warwick Davis (born 3 February 1970) is an English actor, television presenter, writer, director and producer. He played the title characters in Willow and the Leprechaun film series, the Ewok Wicket in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films. Davis also starred as a fictionalised version of himself in the sitcom Life’s Too Short, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. He has presented ITV game shows Celebrity Squares and Tenable. Born Warwick Ashley Davis in Epsom, Surrey, England.

1976

 Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher (born 3 February 1976) is an Australian actress. She played Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Scooby-Doo (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Rango (2011), Rise of the Guardians (2012), and Arrested Development (2013). Born Isla Lang Fisher in Muscat, Oman.

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