July 29, 1981 – A wax figure of Formula One racing driver Fernando Alonso is seen here in Museo de Cera. Alonso won titles in 2005 and 2006. He has driven for Scuderia Ferrari since 2010. The Spaniard is a big crowd favorite in Spain and Italy.
July 30, 1947 – Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian and American former professional bodybuilder, actor, businessman, investor, and politician. Schwarzenegger served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011.
July 31, 1816 – George Henry Thomas was a career United States Army officer and a Union General during the American Civil War, one of the principal commanders in the Western Theater.
August 1, 1942 – Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia was an American musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead. Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or “spokesman” of the group.
August 2, 1924 – James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic.
August 3, 1963 – James Alan Hetfield is the rhythm guitarist, co-founder, main songwriter, and lead vocalist for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler, searching for band members.
August 4, 1961 – Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States.