2 May


1660

 Alessandro Scarlatti
Italian composer (d. 1725)

1729

 Catherine the Great
Russian empress (d. 1796)

1844

 Elijah J. McCoy
Elijah J. McCoy (May 2, 1844[2] – October 10, 1929) was a Canadian-American inventor and engineer, who was notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most to do with lubrication of steam engines. Born in Colchester, Ontario, Canada. (d. 1929)

1859

 Jerome Klapka Jerome
English writer (d. 1927)

1885

 Hedda Hopper
American actress and columnist (d. 1966)

1890

 E. E. Smith
American writer (d. 1965)

1892

 Manfred von Richthofen
German pilot (d. 1918)

1895

 Lorenz Hart
American playwright, songwriter, and composer (d. 1943)

1898

 Henry Hall
English bandleader, composer, and actor (d. 1989)

1902

 Brian Aherne
Brian Aherne (2 May 1902 – 10 February 1986) was an English actor of both stage and screen, who found success in Hollywood where he made over thirty films, including being Oscar-nominated for his role as Emperor Maxmilian in Juarez (1939). Born William Brian de Lacy Aherne in King’s Norton, Worcestershire. (d. 1986)

1903

 Benjamin Spock
American pediatrician and author (d. 1998)

1904

 Bill Brandt
German-British photographer and photojournalist. (d. 1983)

1913

 Nigel Patrick
English actor (d. 1981)

1915

 Peggy Mount
English actress (d. 2001)

1921

 Satyajit Ray
Indian director (d. 1992)

1924

 Theodore Bikel
Character actor, folk singer and musician.

1925

 Roscoe Lee Browne
American actor (d. 2007)
 John Neville
English actor (d. 2011)

1927

 Ray Barrett
Australian actor (d. 2009)

1936

 Engelbert Humperdinck
English singer.

1937

 Lorenzo Music
American actor (d. 2001)

1940

 Jo Ann Pflug
Jo Ann Pflug (born May 2, 1940) is a former American motion picture and television actress. Pflug’s first major role was as U.S. Army nurse Lt. Maria “Dish” Schneider in 1970’s MASH, and she also appeared in Catlow (1971) with Yul Brynner, and Where Does It Hurt? (1972) starring Peter Sellers. Born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1941

 Paul Darrow
Paul Darrow (born 2 May 1941) is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Kerr Avon in the BBC science fiction television series Blake’s 7. Born Paul Valentine Birkby in Surrey, England.

1942

 Jacques Rogge
Belgian sports administrator. President of the International Olympic Committee.

1945

 Bianca Jagger
Nicaraguan actress, model, and activist.

1946

 Lesley Gore
American singer.
 David Suchet
English actor.

1949

 Alan Titchmarsh
English broadcaster and author.

1952

 Christine Baranski
American actress.

1955

 Donatella Versace
Italian fashion designer.

1960

 Stephen Daldry
English director.

1961

 Phil Vickery
English chef.
 Beeban Kidron
Beeban Tania Kidron, Baroness Kidron, OBE (born 2 May 1961) is an English film director. She has directed an adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Baroness Kidron is the joint founder of the education charity FILMCLUB, which helps schools with after-school clubs in the United Kingdom. Born Beeban Tania Kidron in North London.

1962

 Jimmy White
English snooker player.
 Elizabeth Berridge
American film and theatre actress.

1969

 Brian Lara
Trinidadian cricketer.

1972

 Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor, producer and professional wrestler. Born Dwayne Douglas Johnson in Hayward, California.

1974

 Matt Berry
English actor.

1975

 David Beckham
English footballer.

1980

 Ellie Kemper
Ellie Kemper (born May 2, 1980) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is best known for her role as Erin Hannon in the NBC series The Office, as well as her supporting roles in the films Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street. Born Elizabeth Claire Kemper in Kansas City, Missouri.

1985

 Lily Allen
English singer-songwriter and fashion designer.

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