Born this day
Franz Nopcsa von Felso-Szilvas (1877 – 1933) Hungarian
Hungarian-born aristocrat, adventurer, scholar, and paleontologist. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of paleobiology and Albanian studies.
Virgil Fox (1912 – 1980)US
American organist, known especially for his flamboyant "Heavy Organ" concerts of the music of Bach. These events appealed to audiences in the 1970s who were more familiar with rock 'n' roll music and were staged complete with light shows.
May Sarton (1912 – 1995)US
American poet, novelist, and memoirist.
William Inge (1913 – 1973)US
Playwright and novelist, who became known as the "Playwright of the Midwest" for his portraits of small-town life and settings rooted in the American heartland. In the early 1950s, he earned a Pulitzer Prize for "Picnic".
Lindsay Kemp (1938 – ) UK
British dancer, actor, teacher, mime artist and choreographer
Sandi Toksvig (1958 – ) Danish / UK
Danish/British comedienne, author and presenter on British radio and television.
Jerrel Houtsnee (1965 – ) Surinam / Dutch
Singer / Dancer
Tony Wegas (1965 – ) Austrian
Singer / Actor
Dave Upthegrove (1971 – ) US
Emanuel Xavier (1971 – ) US
Poet / Artist / Author / Editor / Actor / Producer
Died this dayFrancesco Algarotti (1712 – 1764). Italian
Italian philosopher and art critic. He is said to have been the lover of Frederick the Great, who made him a Prussian count in 1740 and court chamberlain in 1747.
Patrick Pearse (1879 – 1916 ) Irish. Poet, Author, Activist
Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and political activist who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916.
A wealthy English art collector and benefactor, who funded the literary magazine, Horizon. He was the principal benefactor of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and also provided financial assistance to English and Irish painters Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and John Craxton.
Christine Jorgensen (1926–1989) US
The first person widely known to have sex reassignment surgery.
Returning to New York after military service and increasingly concerned over her "lack of male physical development", Jorgensen heard about the possibility of sex reassignment surgery, and began taking the female hormone ethinyl estradiol on her own. She researched the subject with the help of Dr. Joseph Angelo, a husband of one of Jorgensen's classmates at the Manhattan Medical and Dental Assistant School. Jorgensen intended to go to Sweden, where the only doctors in the world performing this type of surgery at the time were to be found. At a stopover in Copenhagen to visit relatives, however, Jorgensen met Dr. Christian Hamburger, a Danish endocrinologist and specialist in rehabilitative hormonal therapy. Jorgensen ended up staying in Denmark, and under Dr. Hamburger's direction, was allowed to begin hormone replacement therapy, eventually undergoing a series of surgeries. According to an obituary, "With special permission from the Danish Minister of Justice, Jorgensen had his [sic] testicles removed first and his still-undeveloped penis a year later. Several years later Jorgensen obtained a vaginoplasty, when the procedure became available in the U.S., under the direction of Dr. Angelo and a medical advisor Harry Benjamin. Jorgensen chose the name Christine in honor of Dr. Hamburger. She became a spokesperson for transsexual and transgender people.
Robert de Niro Sr (1922 – 1993) US
Abstract expressionist painter and the father of actor Robert De Niro.
Jon Vincent ( ? – 2000) US
Sodomy in history, May 3rd
1938 — A California appellate court overturns a sodomy conviction that was obtained merely upon proof that the defendant was Gay.
1955 — A California appellate court upholds the oral copulation conviction of a man for acts with a physically disabled man, saying "the incident was characteristic of such offenses."
1978 — The Ohio Supreme Court decides that the state’s age of consent is not 16 as the legislature intended, but actually 15 years and 1 day, because of the awkward language used in writing the statute.