Birthdays in History on April 4

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188 Caracalla, Roman emperor (198-217), born in Lugdunum, Gaul (d. 217)

Roman Emperor Caracalla
Roman Emperor
Caracalla
  • 1492 Ambrosius Blarer, German reformer (d. 1564)
  • 1527 Abraham Ortelius, [Ortels/Hortels], South Neth geographer
  • 1572 William Strachey, English writer (d. 1621)
  • 1593 Edward Nicholas, English statesman (d. 1669)
  • 1646 Antoine Galland, French archaeologist (d. 1715)
  • 1648 Grinling Gibbons, sculptor/woodcarver
  • 1688 Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer (d. 1768)
  • 1718 Benjamin Kennicott, English churchman and Hebrew scholar (d. 1783)
  • 1758 John Hoppner, portrait painter
  • 1758 Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French Romantic painter and draughtsman - allegorical paintings and portraits, born in Cluny, Saône-et-Loire (d. 1823)
  • 1772 Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian founder of Breslov Hasidut (d. 1810)
  • 1786 John Franklin, British explorer (Arctic)
  • 1792 Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader (Rep-R)
  • 1802 Dorothea Dix, American social activist (d. 1887)
  • 1809 Benjamin Pierce, US mathematician/astronomer
  • 1814 John Blair Smith Todd, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1872)
  • 1817 John Wilson Sprague, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1893)
  • 1818 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (d. 1883)
  • 1819 Queen Maria II of Portugal (d. 1853)
  • 1820 Charles Devens Jr, Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), (d. 1891)
  • 1821 Linus Yale, US, portrait painter/inventor (Yale cylinder lock)
  • 1823 Karl Wilhelm Siemens, inventor (laid undersea cables)
  • 1823 Robert Byington Mitchell, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • 1826 Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer (d. 1901)
  • 1828 Margaret Oliphant, Scotland, novelist/biographer (Beleaguered City)
  • 1831 Edward Cary Walthall, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1898)
  • 1832 Jose Echegaray y Elizaguirre, playwright/scientist (Teatro Escogido)
  • 1842 Edouard Lucas, French mathematician (d. 1891)
  • 1846 Comte de Lautréamont, French writer (d. 1870)
  • 1846 Raoul Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics
  • 1853 Tad Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (d. 1871)
  • 1858 Remy de Gourmont, French poet (d. 1915)
  • 1866 George P Baker, US playwright (47 Workshop)
  • 1870 George A Smith, Salt Lake City Utah, 8th President of Mormon church
  • 1876 Maurice de Vlaminck, Fauvist painter (Village in the Snow), born in Paris, France
  • 1881 Charles Funk, Ohio, Encylopediest (Funk & Wagnalls)
  • 1884 Isoroku Yamamoto, Marshall Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet (WWII), born in Nagaoka, Niigata (d. 1943)
  • 1887 William Cumming Rose, Greenville South Carolina, American Biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid)
  • 1888 Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (d. 1975)
  • 1896 Robert Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight)
  • 1896 Tristan Tzara, [Samuel Rosenfeld] French poet (Approximate Man)
  • 1902 Louise L de Vilmorin, French poetess/author (Lutin Sauvage)
  • 1902 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American science-fiction author (d. 1935)
  • 1907 Nathan M Pusey, Iowa, educator (National Ass for Social Sciences-1963)
  • 1908 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, author (Cheaper by the Dozen)
  • 1910 Agnes Patrick, campaigner
  • 1911 Max Dupain, Australian photographer (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Jerome Weidman, US writer (Tenderloin)
  • 1913 Jules Léger, Quebec diplomat and Governor general of Canada (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Gustave Camus, Belgian painter
  • 1914 John Beith, British diplomat
  • 1914 Marguerite Duras, France, novelist/playwright (Sea Wall)
  • 1915 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani)
  • 1915 Lars G Ahlin, Swedish writer (Death of Me)
  • 1916 Herbert Eugene Caen, columnist
  • 1916 Nikola Ljubicic, Yugoslav general, Serbian communist politician (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)
  • 1918 George Jellicoe, Earl Jellicoe, British naval commander and member of the House of Lords (1939-2007), born in Hatfield (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Willem J "Wim" the Villiers, South African minister of Administration
  • 1923 Nancy Francy, director (Claire's Knee)
  • 1924 Christopher Prater, screen printer
  • 1925 Claude Wagner, French-Canadian politician and judge (d. 1979)
  • 1925 Emmett Williams, American poet (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Bob Stump, (Rep-R-AZ, 1977- )
  • 1929 William F Clinger Jr, (Rep-R-PA, 1979- )
  • 1931 Denis Frank Owen, Natural historian
  • 1931 Harold L Volkmer, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • 1931 Bobby Ray Inman, American admiral and intelligence director
  • 1932 Andrei Tarkovski, Russian director (Solaris, Stalker)
  • 1932 Richard G Lugar, (Sen-R-IN, 1977- )
  • 1933 Fritz Bolkestein, Dutch CEO (Shell)/Minister of Defense (VVD)
  • 1933 Robin Phillips, English multi-millionaire manufacturer (hand-dryer)
  • 1935 Lord Ichayra, secretary-general (British Banking Association)
  • 1935 Trevor Griffiths, playwright (Absolute Beginners)
  • 1937 Ian St James, novelist (Balfour Conspiracy, Vengeance, Money Stones)
  • 1937 J Hans van den Doel, economist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1938 Peter Attenborough, British headmaster (Charterhouse)
  • 1940 Bijan, Iran, mens apparel designer (Beverly Hills, American London), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Robby Mueller, cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak)
  • 1940 Vladimir Timofeyevich Isakov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1942 Kitty Kelley, author (Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra)
  • 1943 Ian Robertson, British museum director (National Army Museum)
  • 1944 Magda Aelvoet, Belgian politician
  • 1946 Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist
  • 1947 Wiranto, Indonesian general
  • 1948 Dan Simmons, American writer
  • 1949 Shing-Tung Yau, Chinese mathematician
  • 1951 Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  • 1953 Robert Bertrand, Canadian politician
  • 1956 Evelyn Hart, prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet)
  • 1956 Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)
  • 1968 Jennifer Lynch, American director
  • 1970 Michael Schwartz, American turntablist, known as Mix Master Mike, DJ for the Beastie Boys
  • 1973 David Blaine, American illusionist
  • 1975 Delphine Arnault, French businesswoman
  • 1975 Thobias Fredriksson, Swedish cross-country skier
  • 1978 Sam Moran, Australian entertainer
  • 1983 Angelle Tymon, American journalist and TV game show host