2 April


1725

 Giacomo Casanova
Italian adventurer and writer (d. 1798)

1805

 Hans Christian Andersen
Danish writer (d. 1875)

1827

 William Holman Hunt
English painter (d. 1910)

1840

 Émile Zola
French novelist and critic (d. 1902)

1875

 Walter Chrysler
American automobile pioneer (d. 1940)

1891

 Jack Buchanan
Scottish actor, singer, producer and director (d. 1957)
 Max Ernst
German painter (d. 1976)

1908

 Buddy Ebsen
American actor and dancer (d. 2003)

1914

 Alec Guinness
English actor (d. 2000)

1920

 Jack Webb
American actor, director, and producer (d. 1982)

1923

 Gloria Henry
American actress.

1925

 George MacDonald Fraser
English author (d. 2008)

1926

 Jack Brabham
Australian race car driver.

1927

 Kenneth Tynan
English critic and writer (d. 1980)

1928

 Serge Gainsbourg
French singer, songwriter, actor and director (d. 1991)

1930

 Roddy Maude-Roxby
English actor.

1934

 Brian Glover
British actor and wrestler (d. 1997)

1937

 Denis Tuohy
British journalist.

1939

 Marvin Gaye
American singer (The Moonglows) (d. 1984)

1940

 Mike Hailwood
British motorcycle racer (d. 1981)
 Penelope Keith
English actress.

1941

 Dr. Demento
American radio personality.

1942

 Leon Russell
American pianist and guitarist.
 Roshan Seth
Indian actor.

1945

 Linda Hunt
American actress.

1946

 Sue Townsend
Susan Lillian “Sue” Townsend, FRSL (2 April 1946 – 10 April 2014) was an English writer and humorist whose work encompasses novels, plays and works of journalism. She is best known for creating Adrian Mole. Born in Leicester, East Midlands, England. (d. 2014)

1947

 Emmylou Harris
American singer.

1949

 Paul Gambaccini
British radio and television presenter.

1959

 Juha Kankkunen
Finnish race car driver.

1960

 Linford Christie
English athlete.

1961

 Christopher Meloni
American actor.
 Keren Woodward
English singer (Bananarama).

1962

 Clark Gregg
Robert Clark Gregg (born April 2, 1962) is an American actor, screenwriter and director, best known for his role as Phil Coulson in the films Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), and Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), and in the television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which airs on the ABC network. Born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1965

 Rodney King
American victim of police brutality (d. 2012)

1966

 Teddy Sheringham
English footballer.

1967

 Helen Chamberlain
British television presenter.

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