Famous Birthdays on April 1

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  • 1220 Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (d. 1272)
  • 1283 Ludwig IV of Baveria, Roman Catholic Bavarian emperor (1314-47)
  • 1543 François de Bonne, duc de Lesdiguières, Constable of France (d. 1626)
  • 1578 William Harvey, English physician (discovered blood circulation), born in Folkestone, Kent (d. 1657)
  • 1582 Thomas Simpson, English composer who worked in Germany, born in Kent (d. 1628)
  • 1610 Charles de Saint-Évremond, French soldier (d. 1703)
  • 1640 Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician (d. 1697)
  • 1643 Christian Demelius, composer
  • 1647 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, English poet (d. 1680)
  • 1697 Antoine François Prévost, French author and novelist (d. 1763)
  • 1721 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • 1725 Francois Bainville, composer
  • 1753 Joseph de Maistre, French diplomat and writer (d. 1821)
  • 1755 Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French lawyer (Fisiologia del Gusto)
  • 1765 Luigi Schiavonetti, Italian engraver (d. 1810)
  • 1772 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1844)

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1776 Sophie Germain, French mathematician, born in Paris, France (d. 1831)

Mathematician Sophie Germain
Mathematician
Sophie Germain
  • 1785 J H Ferdinand Olivier, German painter
  • 1802 Hubert Reis, German composer and violinist, born in Bonn (d. 1886)
  • 1807 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic
  • 1809 Willem Ruys J Dz, Dutch ship owner

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1815 Otto von Bismarck, German chancellor (1866-90) who helped unify Germany, born in Schönhausen, Prussia (d. 1898)

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck
  • 1817 Johannes J van Oosterzee, Dutch theologist
  • 1823 Simón Bolívar Buckner, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1914)
  • 1834 Isidore Edouard Legouix, composer
  • 1834 Big Jim Fisk, American entrepreneur (d. 1872)
  • 1843 Ludwig Enneccerus, German jurist
  • 1847 Gavriil Musicescu, composer
  • 1847 Jules-Nicolas Crevaux, French explorer (South America)
  • 1852 Edward Austin Abbey, American painter (Quest of the Holy Grail)
  • 1854 Bill Traylor, American artist (d. 1949)
  • 1856 Acacio Gabriel Viegas, Indian physician (d. 1933)
  • 1858 Arnold Aletrino, Dutch physician-criminologist/author (From Life)
  • 1858 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Circulation of Elite)
  • 1864 Marie Jungius, Dutch fairy tale writer
  • 1865 Richard Zsigmondy, German chemist (Nobel-1925)
  • 1866 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer/conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • 1866 Sophonisba Breckenridge, scholar/teacher/social activist
  • 1868 Edmond Rostand, French poet/playwright (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • 1869 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (De Droom)
  • 1871 F Melius Christiansen, composer
  • 1872 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer
  • 1873 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Novgorod Russia, composer (Prelude in C# Minor)
  • 1875 Edgar Wallace, English novelist/playwright/journalist (Terror)
  • 1878 Carl Sternheim, German playwright (Hyperion/Tabula Rasa)
  • 1880 Agha Petros, Assyrian general (d. 1932)
  • 1882 Paul Anspach, Belgian Olympic champion fencer (d. 1991)
  • 1883 Aleksander V Aleksandrov, Russian composer/conductor
  • 1883 Lon Chaney, actor, "man of 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of Opera, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1930)
  • 1884 Laurette Taylor [Helen Loretta Cooney], American actress (Peg o' My Heart), born in NYC, New York (d. 1946)
  • 1885 Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill (Hozier), British barones

  • 1886 Casimir von Paszthory, composer

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1886 Wallace Beery, actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1887 Leonard Bloomfield, US linguist
  • 1893 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian actress (Double Exposure), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Alberta Hunter, blues singer/composer (Downhearted Blues)
  • 1897 Willem H van de Pol, Dutch theologist (Christian Dilemma)
  • 1898 Nita Naldi [Anita Donna Dooley], American actress (Blood & Sand), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1898 Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish writer (Stolica)
  • 1898 Roger Bastide, French sociologist
  • 1898 William James Sidis, American genius (d. 1944)
  • 1899 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (d. 1968)
  • 1900 Robert McDowell, Mayor of Maryborough, Queensland (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Boris Koutzen, composer
  • 1901 Whittaker Chambers, American writer, editor, and defector (d. 1961)
  • 1902 L P Jai, cricketer (one Test India v England 1934, scored 19 & 0)
  • 1902 Maria Polydouri, Greek poet (d. 1930)
  • 1904 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, born in Alcoy (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Clara "Mother" Hale, US social worker (Hale House)
  • 1905 Gaston Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), born in Lier, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Winfried P I Zillig, German opera composer/conductor (Fantasia Irica)
  • 1906 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), born in Poland (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1907 Walter Kaufmann, composer
  • 1908 Abraham H Maslow, US psychologist (humanistic psychology)
  • 1909 Abner Biberman, director/actor (Imhook-Kodiak), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1909 Eddie Duchin, Mass, society pianist/bandleader (Eddie Duchin Orch)
  • 1911 Evert H "Bep" Bakhuys, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • 1911 Ferdinand J Kranenburg, Dutch Secretary of Defense (soc dem)
  • 1911 Gunther Rennert, Essen Germany, opera director/producer
  • 1914 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist
  • 1914 Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Art Lund, Salt Lake City Utah, singer (Ken Murray Show)
  • 1915 Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Johnny Andrews, singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1917 Leon Janney, actor (Hawk), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1919 Joseph Murray, American surgeon, Nobel laureate, (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Joan Frances Will, actress

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1920 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Shogun), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 1997)

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • 1921 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • 1921 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • 1921 Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1922 William Manchester, Attleboro Mass, historian (Death of a President)
  • 1923 Bobby Jordan, NY, actor (Bowery Champs, Kid Dynamite, Flying Wild)
  • 1924 Gunther Becker, composer
  • 1924 Brendan Byrne, Governor of New Jersey
  • 1924 Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Sala Burton, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )

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1926 Anne [Inez] McCaffrey, American sci-fi author (Dragonflight, Dragondrums), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • 1926 Lyndon Brook, actor (Invasion, Reach for the Sky)
  • 1926 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • 1927 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1928 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Dutch writer/director (Hadimassa)
  • 1928 George Grizzard, NC, actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica)
  • 1928 Herbert Klein, newscaster/press secretary
  • 1928 Jane Powell, singer/actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1929 Milan Kundera, Czech poet and writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1929 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator
  • 1929 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Grace Lee Whitney, actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1930 Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • 1931 George Baker, Bulgaria, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Curse of the Fly)
  • 1931 Rolf Hochhuth, German playwright (Deputy)
  • 1931 Ita Ever, Estonian actress
  • 1931 Charles Price, American Businessman and diplomat, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Alexander Colleridge Vanderpuiye Baka Tetteh-Lartey, actor
  • 1932 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Gordon Jump, actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1932 Jiri Smutny, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1933 Dan Flavin, US minimalist sculptor
  • 1933 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 1934 Don Hastings, American actor (Capt Video, Bob-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1934 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Vladimir Posner, Russian/French/American journalist who represented and explained the views of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, born in Paris
  • 1935 Hans H Boswinkel, actor/director (Surprise Attack, Tutorials in Love)
  • 1935 John Murray, cricketer (Eng 1961-67, 1st wk called Murray to play Tests)
  • 1935 Larry McDonald, American politician (d. 1983)
  • 1936 Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, Swiss politician, president of the Confederation in 1989 and 1996 (d. 1998)
  • 1938 John Quade, American actor
  • 1939 Ali MacGraw, Pound Ridge NY, actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus)
  • 1939 Phil Niekro, knuckleball pitcher (NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves)
  • 1939 Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1940 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1940 Annie Nightingale, English broadcaster, 1st BBC Radio 1 female presenter, born in London
  • 1941 Ajit Wadekar, cricketer (stalwart Indian batsman & capt)
  • 1942 Alan Blakley, rocker (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • 1942 Danny Brooks, rocker (Dovells)
  • 1942 Phil Margo, rock vocalist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Samuel R[ay] Delany Jr, American sci-fi author (Towers of Toron, Neveryona)
  • 1944 Carol White, England, actress (Daddy's Gone a Hunting)
  • 1944 Rusty Staub, American baseball player
  • 1945 Heather Young, Bremerton Wash, actress (Betty-Land of Giants)
  • 1945 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1946 John Barbata, drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)
  • 1946 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • 1946 William Frederick Fisher, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1946 Arrigo Sacchi, Italian football coach
  • 1947 Alain Connes, French mathematician
  • 1947 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • 1947 Norm Van Lier, American basketball player
  • 1948 Jimmy Cliff, Reggae singer
  • 1948 Simon Crowe, rock drummer (Boomtown Rats-Maxinguaye)
  • 1948 Y Y Williams, Welsh rugby player
  • 1949 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer/poet/singer (Whities on the Moon)
  • 1949 Gérard Mestrallet, French businessman
  • 1949 Sammy Nelson, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1950 Ed[uardus] HTM Nijpels, Dutch minister of Environment (VVD)
  • 1950 Leonard van Spirit, Dutch-British food magnate
  • 1950 Billy Currie, English rock keyboardist and violinist (Ultravox), born in Huddersfield
  • 1950 Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • 1951 John Philip Abizaid, U.S. Army General, former CENTCOM commander
  • 1952 Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, Tripoli Libya, bomber (Pan Am 103), (d. 2012)
  • 1952 Annette O'Toole, actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952 Rey Robinson, American 100m sprinter (Olympic-1972)
  • 1952 Bernard Stiegler, French philosopher
  • 1953 Aftab Baloch, cricketer (Pakistani in 2 Tests, scored 428 for Sind 74)
  • 1953 Barry Sonnenfeld, director (Get Shorty, Men in Black), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Jeff Porcaro, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Danny Joe Pohl, Mt Pleasant MI, PGA golfer (1986 Colonial)
  • 1955 Gregg Jarrett, American television anchor
  • 1956 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers-People)
  • 1957 David Gower, cricketer (elegant England left-handed batsman 1978-92)
  • 1957 Donald William Hammond, Frederick MD, PGA golfer (1986 Bob Hope)
  • 1957 Peter Deutsch, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1958 Anton Innauer, Austrian 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1958 D. Boon, American musician d. (1985)
  • 1960 Michael Praed, British actor
  • 1961 Jennifer Runyon, American actress (Cindy-A Very Brady Christmas), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Jim Jeffcoat, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1961 Mark White, rock guitarist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • 1962 Phillip Schofield, TV personality/designer (Nightfire)
  • 1962 Rich Amaral, Visalia CA, outfielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1962 Dave Ulliott, English poker player
  • 1964 John Morris, cricketer (England right-hand batsman v India 1990)
  • 1964 Kevin Duckworth, NBA center (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1964 Scott Stevens, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1964 Erik Breukink, Dutch cyclist and manager
  • 1965 John "Jumbo" Elliott, NFL tackle (NY Giants, NY Jets)
  • 1965 Mark Jackson, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers) and coach, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965 Robert Steadman, English composer
  • 1966 Dave Vankoughnett, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1966 Odie Harris, NFL safety/defensive back (Houston Oilers)
  • 1966 Chris Evans, English disc jockey
  • 1967 Phil Demmel, American musician
  • 1968 Joel Smeenge, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Andreas Schnaas, German horror film director
  • 1968 Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • 1969 Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-1988, 92, 96)
  • 1969 Arnaud Boetsch, Meulam France, tennis star (1985 European Junior)