Thomas Cranmer (2 July 1489 – 21 March 1556) was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I. He helped build the case for the annulment of Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which was one of the causes of the separation of the English Church from union with the Holy See. Along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of Royal Supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm. Born in Aslockton in Nottinghamshire, England. (d. 1556)
Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual’s search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Calw in Württemberg, Germany. (d. 1962)
Tyrone Guthrie (2 July 1900 – 15 May 1971) was an English theatrical director instrumental in the founding of the Stratford Festival of Canada, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, at his family’s ancestral home, Annaghmakerrig, near Newbliss in County Monaghan, Ireland. Born William Tyrone Guthrie in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. (d. 1971)
Alec Douglas-Home, Baron Home of the Hirsel, KT, PC (2 July 1903 – 9 October 1995) was a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister from October 1963 to October 1964. Born Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home in Mayfair, London. (d. 1995)
René Lacoste (July 2, 1904 – October 12, 1996) was a French tennis player and businessman. He was nicknamed “the Crocodile” by fans because of his tenacity on the court; he is also known worldwide as the creator of the Lacoste tennis shirt, which he introduced in 1929. Born Jean René Lacoste in Paris, France. (d. 1996)
Ken Curtis (July 2, 1916 – April 28, 1991) was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running CBS western television series Gunsmoke. Born Curtis Wain Gates in Lamar in Prowers County in southeastern Colorado. (d. 1991)
Brock Peters (July 2, 1927 – August 23, 2005) was an American actor, best known for playing the role of Tom Robinson in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. Born George Fisher in New York City. (d. 2005)
Imelda Marcos (on July 2, 1929) is a Filipino politician and widow of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Upon the ascension of her husband to political power, she held various positions to the government until 1986. In 2010, she was elected to become a member of the House of Representatives. She is often remembered for symbols of the extravagance of her husband’s political reign, including her collection of 2,700 pairs of shoes. Born Imelda Remedios Visitación Romuáldez in Manila, Philippines.
Dave Thomas (July 2, 1932 – January 8, 2002) was an American businessman and philanthropist. Thomas was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy’s, a fast-food restaurant chain. He is known for appearing in more than 800 commercial advertisements for the chain from 1989 to 2002. Born David Rex Thomas in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (d. 2002)
Tom Springfield (born 2 July 1934), is the brother of Dusty Springfield, was a member of The Springfields and was an important figure in the 1960s folk and pop music scene. He wrote major hits for The Seekers, including “I’ll Never Find Another You”, “A World of Our Own”, the million-selling “The Carnival is Over” and co-wrote “Georgy Girl” with Jim Dale. This was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song of 1966. Born Dionysius P A O’Brien in Hampstead, London.
Polly Dean Holliday (born July 2, 1937) is an American actress. She has appeared on stage, television and in film. She is best known for her portrayal of sassy waitress “Flo” on the hit 1970s sitcom Alice. Born in Jasper, Alabama.
Kenneth Clarke, PC, QC, MP (born 2 July 1940) is a British Conservative politician. He was first elected to Parliament in 1970, and appointed as a minister in Edward Heath’s Government in 1972. One of Britain’s best-known politicians, he has served in the Cabinet as Education Secretary, Health Secretary, Justice Secretary, Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer. Born Kenneth Harry Clarke in West Bridgford, near Nottingham.
Lauri Peters (born July 2, 1943) is an American actress, dancer, singer, drama teacher and author. Peters created the role of Liesl Von Trapp in the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music. She appeared in the file Summer Holiday with Cliff Richard. Born Patricia Peterson in Detroit, Michigan.
Ron Silver (July 2, 1946 – March 15, 2009) was an American actor, director, producer, radio host and political activist. Born in New York City.
. Born Ronald Arthur Silver in New York City. (d. 2009)
Larry David (born July 2, 1947) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and television producer. He is best known as the head writer and executive producer of the television series Seinfeld, from 1989 to 1996, and as its co-creator, with Jerry Seinfeld. Born Lawrence Gene David in Brooklyn, New York.
Saul Rubinek (born July 2, 1948) is a Canadian actor, director, producer and playwright, known for his work in TV, film and the stage. He also played Donny Douglas in several episodes of the American sitcom Frasier. Born in Föhrenwald, Wolfratshausen, Germany.
Elisabeth Brooks (July 2, 1951 – September 7, 1997) was a Canadian actress. Brooks is probably best remembered for her role as the evil leather-clad siren Marsha Quist in the horror film The Howling (1981). Born Elisabeth Brooks Luyties in Toronto, Ontario. (d. 1997)
Jerry Hall (born July 2, 1956) is an American model and actress, also known for her long-term relationship with Mick Jagger. The couple have four children. Born Jerry Faye Hall in Gonzales, Texas.
Mark Kermode (born 2 July 1963) is an English film critic, musician and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He contributes to Sight and Sound magazine, The Observer newspaper and BBC Radio 5 Live, where he presents Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review with Simon Mayo. Born Mark Fairey in Barnet, North London.
Sue Devaney (born 2 July 1967) is an English actress. She is known for television roles in Coronation Street (1984-1985), Jonny Briggs (1985-1987), Casualty (1994–1997) and Dinnerladies (1998-2000). Born Susan Barber in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England.
Debee Ashby (born 2 July 1968) is an English former glamour model, actress and The Sun Page 3 girl. She is also known as Debbie Ashby or Debby Ashby. During her modelling career she appeared in several British men’s magazines, her debut being in Men Only in January 1984. Born Debbie Ann Ashby in Meriden, West Midlands.
Peter Kay (born 2 July 1973) is an English comedian, writer, actor, director, and producer. Kay’s television work includes That Peter Kay Thing (2000), Phoenix Nights (2001), and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere (2004). Born Peter John Kay in Farnworth (near Bolton), Lancashire.
Vanessa Lee Chester
Vanessa Lee Chester (born July 2, 1984) is an American television and film actress. She has worked on a variety of projects, most notable for her role as Kelly in Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). Born in Hollywood, California.
Ashley Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American actress and singer who rose to prominence portraying Maddie Fitzpatrick in Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and the female antagonist Sharpay Evans in the High School Musical film series. Born Ashley Michelle Tisdale in West Deal, New Jersey.
Lindsay Morgan Lohan (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress, model and recording artist. In 2005, Lohan starred in Disney’s Herbie: Fully Loaded. Born Lindsay Dee Lohan in New York City.
Alex Morgan (born July 2, 1989) is an American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist. She is a forward for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and for the United States women’s national soccer team. Born Alexandra Patricia Morgan in San Dimas, California.