2 March


1545

 Thomas Bodley
English diplomat and library founder (d. 1613).

1779

 Joel Roberts Poinsett
American statesman and botanist (d. 1851).

1793

 Sam Houston
American politician (d. 1863).

1824

 Bedrich Smetana
Czech composer (d. 1884).

1886

 Willis O’Brien
American animator (d. 1962).

1900

 Kurt Weill
German composer (d. 1950).

1904

 Dr. Seuss
American author (d. 1991).

1917

 Desi Arnaz
Cuban-born actor and bandleader (d. 1986).

1918

 Peter O’Sullevan
Irish horse racing commentator.

1919

 Jennifer Jones
American actress (d. 2009).

1923

 Basil Hume
Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, England (d. 1999).

1931

 Mikhail Gorbachev
President of the Soviet Union and Nobel laureate.
 Tom Wolfe
American author.

1935

 Al Waxman
Canadian actor (d. 2001).

1941

 Jon Finch
English actor.

1942

 John Irving
American author.
 Lou Reed
American singer and guitarist (The Velvet Underground). (d.2013)

1943

 Tony Meehan
English drummer (The Shadows) (d. 2005).

1947

 Harry Redknapp
English football manager.

1949

 Gates McFadden
American actress.

1949

 J. P. R. Williams
Welsh rugby union player.

1950

 Karen Carpenter
American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (d. 1983).

1958

 Ian Woosnam
Welsh golfer.

1962

 Jon Bon Jovi
American musician (Bon Jovi).

1965

 Lembit Öpik
British politician.

1968

 Daniel Craig
English actor.

1970

 Alexander Armstrong
British comedian, actor and TV presenter.

1971

 Dave Gorman
English documentary comedian.

1977

 Chris Martin
English musician (Coldplay).

1981

 Bryce Dallas Howard
American actress.

1984

 Elizabeth Jagger
English model and actress.

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