1977 – Tandy Corporation announces the TRS-80, one of the world's first mass-produced personal computers.
1972 – The United States Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
1958 – US Nuclear submarine, Nautiluss, the first submarine to complete a submerged transit of the North Pole.
1946 – Santa Claus Land, the world's first themed amusement park, opens in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States.
1900 – The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is founded.
1859 – The American Dental Association is founded in Niagara Falls, New York.
1852 – Harvard University wins the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard. The race is also the first American intercollegiate athletic event
1811 – First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps by brothers Johann Rudolf and Hieronymus Meyer.
1678 – Robert LaSalle builds the Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes.
1527 – The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland.
1057 – Frederik van Lotharingen elected as first Belgian Pope Stephen IX.
1994 – Todd Gurley, American football player. Todd Jerome Gurley II (born August 3, 1994) is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL).
1989 – Tyrod Taylor, American football player. Tyrod Di'allo Taylor (born August 3, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).
1988 – Leigh Tiffin, American football player. He played college football at Alabama.
1986 – Charlotte Casiraghi, Monégasque journalist, co-founded Ever Manifesto. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (born 3 August 1986) is the second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and Stefano Casiraghi, an Italian industrialist.
1985 – Brent Kutzle, American bass player and producer. Brent Michael Kutzle (born August 3, 1985) is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer, and film composer originating from Newport Beach, California.
1984 – Chris Maurer, American singer and bass player, was the bassist for the third-wave ska band Suburban Legends. After years of watching his older brother sing for the band, he joined the band August 3 of 2000, replacing Justin Meacham who left the band.
1984 – Ryan Lochte, American swimmer. Ryan Steven Lochte (/ˈlɒkti/ LOK-tee; born August 3, 1984) is an American competitive swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist.
1983 – Mark Reynolds, American baseball player. Mark Reynolds may refer to:
1983 – Ryan Carter, American ice hockey player. Ryan Michael Carter (born August 3, 1983) is an American former professional ice hockey forward.
1982 – Damien Sandow, American wrestler. Aron Steven Haddad (born August 3, 1982) is an American professional wrestler and actor best known for wrestling with WWE under the ring name Damien Sandow.
1981 – Travis Bowyer, American baseball player. He bats and throws right-handed.
1980 – Brandan Schieppati, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Brandan Schieppati (born August 3, 1980) is the singer of metalcore band Bleeding Through and a former guitarist/songwriter of the fellow Orange County metalcore band Eighteen Visions, for which he played from 1997 to 2002.
1980 – Tony Pashos, American football player. Anthony "Tony" George Pashos (born August 3, 1980) is a former American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL).
1977 – Justin Lehr, American baseball player. He played for the Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, and Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB), as well as the Doosan Bears of the KBO League.
1977 – Tom Brady, American football player. Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).
1976 – Troy Glaus, American baseball player. Troy Edward Glaus (/ˈɡlɔːs/; born August 3, 1976) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and third baseman.
1973 – Chris Murphy, American politician, junior senator of Connecticut. Before being elected to Congress, Murphy was a member of both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly, serving two terms each in the Connecticut House of Representatives (1999–2003) and the Connecticut Senate (2003–07).
1971 – DJ Spinderella, American DJ, rapper, producer, and actress. Roper's stage name is a reference to the fairy tale character Cinderella.
1970 – Stephen Carpenter, American guitarist and songwriter. Stephen "Stef" Carpenter (/ˈstɛfən/ STEF-ən; born August 3, 1970) is an American musician, known as the co-founder and lead guitarist of the rock band Deftones.
1969 – Doug Overton, American basketball player and coach. Overton (born August 3, 1969) is an American retired professional basketball player and coach.
1968 – Rod Beck, American baseball player (d. 2007), was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the San Francisco Giants (1991–1997), Chicago Cubs (1998–1999), Boston Red Sox (1999–2001) and San Diego Padres (2003–2004). He batted and threw right-handed.
1967 – Mathieu Kassovitz, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, founded MNP Entreprise. He is the founder of MNP Entreprise, a film production company.
1966 – Eric Esch, American wrestler, boxer, and mixed martial artist. 'Eric Scott Esch (born August 3, 1966), better known by his nickname "Butterbean", is an American retired professional boxer, kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and professional wrestler who competed in the heavyweight division.
1964 – Kevin Sumlin, American football player and coach. Sumlin served as the head football coach at the University of Houston from 2008 to 2011 and Texas A&M University from 2012 to 2017.
1964 – Nate McMillan, American basketball player and coach. He coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 2000 to 2005, and the Portland Trail Blazers from 2005 to 2012.
1963 – Ed Roland, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Edgar Eugene Roland, Jr. (born August 3, 1963) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, often confused with Ed Rowland He is best known as the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the rock band Collective Soul.
1963 – Isaiah Washington, American actor and producer. Washington is also known for his role as Dr.
1963 – James Hetfield, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is an American musician and songwriter best known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.
1963 – Lisa Ann Walter, American actress, producer, and screenwriter. Walter also created and starred in the short-lived 1996–1997 sitcom, Life's Work.
1961 – Lee Rocker, American bassist. Lee Rocker (born Leon Drucker, August 3, 1961) is an American double bass player.
1961 – Molly Hagan, American actress. She co-starred in films Code of Silence (1985), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), The Dentist (1996) and Election (1999), and is also known for her roles in television on Herman's Head (1991–1994) and Unfabulous (2004–2007).
1960 – Tim Mayotte, American tennis player and coach. Timothy Mayotte (born August 3, 1960) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
1959 – John C. McGinley, American actor and producer. He has written and produced for television and film.
1959 – Mike Gminski, American basketball player and sportscaster. Michael Thomas Gminski (born August 3, 1959) is a retired American college and professional basketball player and a college basketball TV analyst for CBS Sports.
1956 – Dave Cloud, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2015), was an American musician, singer, songwriter, storyteller and occasional actor. Cloud was known foremost for his amusing earthy concert performances and garage rock recordings with his band The Gospel of Power.
1956 – Todd Christensen, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2013), was an American football player who played in the National Football League from 1978 until 1988, spending most of that time playing tight end for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders. Following his retirement Christensen became a commentator for both professional and collegiate games, working for NBC Sports, ESPN, and CBS Sports Network among others.
1951 – Jay North, American actor. At age 7 he became a household name for his role as the well-meaning but mischievous Dennis Mitchell on the CBS situation comedy Dennis the Menace (1959-1963), based on the comic strip created by Hank Ketcham.
1950 – Jo Marie Payton, American actress and singer. Jo Marie Payton (born August 3, 1950) is an American actress and singer who starred as Harriette Baines–Winslow, the matriarch of the Winslow family on the ABC/CBS sitcom Family Matters (1989–1998), and also appeared in a recurring role on its parent series Perfect Strangers.
1950 – John Landis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for the comedy films that he has directed, such as National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Trading Places (1983), Three Amigos (1986), Coming to America (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), and for directing Michael Jackson's music videos for "Thriller" (1983) and "Black or White" (1991).
1950 – Linda Howard, American author. Howington (born August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States) is an American best-selling romance/suspense author under her pseudonym Linda Howard.
1949 – B. B. Dickerson, American bass player and songwriter. War (originally called Eric Burdon and War) is an American funk band from Long Beach, California, known for several hit songs (including "Spill the Wine", "The World Is a Ghetto", "The Cisco Kid", "Why Can't We Be Friends?", "Low Rider", and "Summer").
1949 – Philip Casnoff, American actor and director. He has also been a director.
1946 – John York, American bass player, songwriter, and producer. York was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
1946 – Syreeta Wright, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004), was an American singer-songwriter, best known for her music during the early 1970s through the early 1980s. Wright's career heights were songs in collaboration with her ex-husband Stevie Wonder and musical artist Billy Preston.
1943 – Steven Millhauser, American novelist and short story writer. He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Martin Dressler.
1941 – Beverly Lee, American singer, was a member of the all girl vocal pop group, The Shirelles.
1941 – Martha Stewart, American businesswoman, publisher, and author, founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Martha Helen Stewart (née Kostyra; Polish pronunciation: ; born August 3, 1941) is an American retail businesswoman, writer, television personality, former model, and convicted felon.
1940 – Lance Alworth, American football player, was a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) and Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He played for eleven seasons, from 1962 through 1972, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.
1940 – Martin Sheen, American actor and producer. Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez (born August 3, 1940), known professionally as Martin Sheen, is an American actor who first became known for his roles in the films The Subject Was Roses (1968) and Badlands (1973), and later achieved wide recognition for his leading role in Apocalypse Now (1979), as President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing (1999–2006), and recently as Robert Hanson in the Netflix television series Grace and Frankie (2015–present).
1937 – Roland Burris, American lawyer and politician, 39th Illinois Attorney General. Roland Wallace Burris (born August 3, 1937) is an American politician and attorney who is a former United States Senator from the state of Illinois and a member of the Democratic Party.
1936 – Jerry G. Bishop, American radio and television host (d. 2013). Bishop (August 3, 1936 – September 15, 2013) was a radio and television personality who is known for being Chicago's original "Svengoolie", and for his award-winning twelve-year stint on "Sun-Up San Diego."
1935 – John Erman, American actor, director, and producer. John Erman (born August 3, 1935) is an American television and film director, actor and producer.
1934 – Haystacks Calhoun, American wrestler and actor (d. 1989), was an American professional wrestler, who used the professional name "Haystack" or "Haystacks" Calhoun.
1934 – Jonas Savimbi, Angolan general, founded UNITA (d. 2002), was an anti-communist and anti-colonialist Angolan political and military leader who founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).
1930 – James Komack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997), was an American television producer, director, writer, and actor.
1926 – Gordon Scott, American actor (d. 2007), was an American film and television actor known for his portrayal of the fictional character Tarzan in five films (and one compilation of three made-as-a-pilot television episodes) of the Tarzan film series from 1955 to 1960. Gordon Scott was the eleventh Tarzan, starting with Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle (1955).
1926 – Tony Bennett, American singer and actor. Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926), known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz.
1925 – Marv Levy, American-Canadian football player, coach, and manager. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
1924 – Leon Uris, American soldier and author (d. 2003), was an American author of historical fiction who wrote many bestselling books including Exodus (published in 1958) and Trinity (published in 1976).
1923 – Jean Hagen, American actress (d. 1977), was an American actress best known for her role as Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain (1952), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hagen was also nominated three times for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Margaret Williams (1953–56) on the television series Make Room for Daddy.
1922 – John Eisenhower, American historian, general, and diplomat, 45th United States Ambassador to Belgium (d. 2013), was a United States Army officer, diplomat, and military historian. The son of President Dwight D.
1921 – Marilyn Maxwell, American actress (d. 1972), was an American actress and entertainer. A wonderful actress of the 1940s and 1950s, she appeared in several films and radio programs, and entertained the troops during World War II and the Korean War on USO tours with Bob Hope.
1921 – Richard Adler, American composer and producer (d. 2012), was an American lyricist, writer, composer and producer of several Broadway shows.
1920 – Charlie Shavers, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1971), was an American swing era jazz trumpeter who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Williams, and Billie Holiday. He was an arranger and composer, and one of his compositions, "Undecided", is a jazz standard.
1918 – Eddie Jefferson, American singer-songwriter (d. 1979), was a jazz vocalist and lyricist. He is credited as an innovator of vocalese, a musical style in which lyrics are set to an instrumental composition or solo.
1918 – James MacGregor Burns, American historian, political scientist, and author (d. 2014), was an American historian and political scientist, presidential biographer, and authority on leadership studies. He was the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government Emeritus at Williams College and Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.
1918 – Larry Haines, American actor (d. 2008). Haines was born on August 3, 1918 in Mount Vernon, New York. (Some sources say August 18, 1918, in the same city).
1918 – Sidney Gottlieb, American chemist and theorist (d. 1999), was an American chemist and spymaster best known for his involvement with the Central Intelligence Agency's 1950s and '60s assassination attempts and mind-control program, known as Project MKUltra.
1917 – Les Elgart, American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1995), was an American swing jazz bandleader and trumpeter.
1913 – Mel Tolkin, Ukrainian-American screenwriter and producer (d. 2007), was a television comedy writer best known as head writer of the live sketch comedy series Your Show of Shows (NBC, 1950–1954) during the Golden Age of Television. There he presided over a staff that at times included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, and Danny Simon.
1909 – Walter Van Tilburg Clark, American author and educator (d. 1971), was an American novelist, short story writer, and educator. He ranks as one of Nevada's most distinguished literary figures of the 20th century, and was the first inductee into the 'Nevada Writers Hall of Fame' in 1988, together with Robert Laxalt, Clark's mentee and Nevada's other heralded twentieth century author.
1904 – Clifford D. Simak, American journalist and author (d. 1988), was an American science fiction writer. He won three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award.
1902 – David Buttolph, American film composer (d. 1983), was a film composer who scored over 300 movies in his career. Born in New York City, Buttolph showed musical talent at an early age, and eventually studied music formally.
1901 – John C. Stennis, American lawyer and politician (d. 1995), was an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from the state of Mississippi.
1900 – Ernie Pyle, American soldier and journalist (d. 1945), was a Pulitzer Prize–winning American journalist and war correspondent who is best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during World War II. Pyle is also notable for the columns he wrote as a roving, human-interest reporter from 1935 through 1941 for the Scripps-Howard newspaper syndicate that earned him wide acclaim for his simple accounts of ordinary people across North America.
1900 – John T. Scopes, American educator (d. 1970), was a teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, who was charged on May 5, 1925, with violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of evolution in Tennessee schools. He was tried in a case known as the Scopes Trial, in which he was found guilty and fined $100 (equivalent to $1,458 in 2019).
1896 – Ralph Horween, American football player and coach (d. 1997). Ralph Horween (born Ralph Horwitz; also known as Ralph McMahon or B.
1894 – Harry Heilmann, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1951), was an American baseball player and radio announcer. He played professional baseball for 19 years between 1913 and 1932, including 17 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers (1914, 1916–1929) and Cincinnati Reds (1930, 1932).
1890 – Konstantin Melnikov, Russian architect, designed the Rusakov Workers' Club (d. 1974), was a Russian architect and painter. His architectural work, compressed into a single decade (1923–33), placed Melnikov on the front end of 1920s avant-garde architecture.
1871 – Vernon Louis Parrington, American historian and scholar (d. 1929), was an American literary historian and scholar. His three-volume history of American letters, Main Currents in American Thought, won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1928 and was one of the most influential books for American historians of its time.
1823 – Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish-American revolutionary and military leader, territorial governor of Montana (d. 1867). After being convicted of sedition, he was first sentenced to death, but received transportation for life to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) in Australia.
1811 – Elisha Otis, American businessman, founded the Otis Elevator Company (d. 1861), was an American industrialist, founder of the Otis Elevator Company, and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails.
1808 – Hamilton Fish, American lawyer and politician, 26th United States Secretary of State (d. 1893), was an American politician who served as the 16th Governor of New York from 1849 to 1850, a United States Senator from New York from 1851 to 1857 and the 26th United States Secretary of State from 1869 to 1877. Fish is recognized as the "pillar" of the presidency of Ulysses S.
1803 – Joseph Paxton, English gardener and architect, designed The Crystal Palace (d. 1865), was an English gardener, architect and Member of Parliament, best known for designing the Crystal Palace and for cultivating the Cavendish banana, the most consumed banana in the Western world.
2015 – Coleen Gray, American actress (b. 1922)
2015 – Mel Farr, American football player and businessman (b. 1944)
2015 – Robert Conquest, English-American historian, poet, and academic (b. 1917)
2014 – Dorothy Salisbury Davis, American author (b. 1916)
2014 – Kenny Drew, Jr., American pianist and composer (b. 1958)
2013 – Jack English Hightower, American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)
2013 – Jack Hynes, Scottish-American soccer player and manager (b. 1920)
2012 – Frank Evans, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1921)
2012 – John Pritchard, American basketball player (b. 1927)
2012 – Paul McCracken, American economist and academic (b. 1915)
2011 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
2011 – William Sleator, American author (b. 1945)
2010 – Bobby Hebb, American singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
2008 – Erik Darling, American singer-songwriter (b. 1933)
2008 – Skip Caray, American sportscaster (b. 1939)
2003 – Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1954)
1999 – Byron Farwell, American historian and author (b. 1921)
1995 – Edward Whittemore, American soldier and author (b. 1933)
1995 – Ida Lupino, English-American actress and director (b. 1918)
1983 – Carolyn Jones, American actress (b. 1930)
1977 – Alfred Lunt, American actor and director (b. 1892)
1973 – Richard Marshall, American general (b. 1895)
1966 – Lenny Bruce, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1925)
1964 – Flannery O'Connor, American short story writer and novelist (b. 1925)
1929 – Emile Berliner, German-American inventor and businessman, invented the phonograph (b. 1851)
1929 – Thorstein Veblen, American economist and sociologist (b. 1857)
1894 – George Inness, American painter (b. 1825)
1877 – William B. Ogden, American businessman and politician, 1st Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
1546 – Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Italian architect, designed the Apostolic Palace (b. 1484)