Birthdays in History on April 5

  • 1288 Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (d. 1336)
  • 1472 Bianca Maria Sforza, wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1510)
  • 1523 Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer (d. 1596)

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1588 Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (Leviathan), born in Westport, England (d. 1679)

Philosopher Thomas Hobbes
Philosopher
Thomas Hobbes
  • 1604 Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1675)
  • 1622 Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician (d. 1703)
  • 1626 Jan van Kessel, Flemish painter
  • 1643 Charles V Leopold, Duke of Lorraine/fieldmarshal in Austria
  • 1649 Elihu Yale, England, philanthropist founded Yale
  • 1732 Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French artist (d. 1806)
  • 1788 Franz Pforr, German painter/cartoonist (Lukasbund)
  • 1795 Henry Havelock, British soldier (War in Afghanistan 1838-39)
  • 1816 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1890)
  • 1818 Lewis Baldwin Parsons, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Perry, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1820 Nadar, [Félix Tournachon], French painter/cartoonist/author/ballonist
  • 1822 James Nagle, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1866)
  • 1824 Sydney Thompson Dobell, poet (Roman)
  • 1825 David Rumph "Neighbor" Jones, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1827 Joseph Lister, England, physician (founded aseptic surgery)
  • 1830 Alexander Muir, Lesmahagow Scotland, poet (Maple Leaf Forever)
  • 1832 Jules-Francois Camille Ferry, French statesman
  • 1837 Algernon Charles Swinburne, England, poet (Atalanta in Calydon)
  • 1838 Alpheus Hyatt, American invertebrate paleontologist
  • 1839 Robert Smalls, Beaufort SC, African American congressman 1875-87 (Rep-SC)
  • 1845 Jules M Cambon, French gov-gen of Algeria/ambassador

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1856 Booker T. Washington, American education pioneer and 1st African American on a US stamp, born in Hale's Ford, Virginia (d. 1915)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • 1857 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, ruler of Bulgaria (1879-86)
  • 1869 Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer (d. 1942)
  • 1871 Jeanne Bougeois, [La Mistinguette], artist (French revue)
  • 1871 Mirko Seljan, Croatian explorer (d. 1913?)
  • 1872 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist (d. 1962)
  • 1875 Mistinguett, French vaudeville performer (d. 1956)
  • 1899 William Hornby Steer, barrister/judge
  • 1901 Alexander Alexeieff, Russian/French painter/graphic artist
  • 1901 Chester Bowles, Mass, ambassador/writer (Conscience of a Liberal)
  • 1906 Arthur Guy Clutton-Brock, English agronomist
  • 1906 Lord Buckley, American monologist (d. 1960)
  • 1907 J Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist/anatomist
  • 1908 Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (d. 1986)
  • 1911 Goddard Lieberson, Hanley Staffordshire England, recording exec
  • 1913 Alan Cheales, dominican priest
  • 1914 Frederick Angus Armstrong, journalist
  • 1916 Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn [Margaret Rosalind Delacourt-Smith], British Labour politician
  • 1916 Bernard Baily, comic artist
  • 1917 Robert [Albert] Bloch, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho)
  • 1919 Douglas Henley, British auditor-general
  • 1919 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), born in Gisbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1920 Arthur Hailey, Luton England, novelist (Hotel, Airport)
  • 1920 Barend Biesheuvel, Dutch premier (1971-73)
  • 1920 Rafique Zakaria, Indian author (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Lady Fisher, founder (British Women Caring Trust)

  • 1922 Gale Storm, Bloomington Tx, actress (My Little Margie, Gale Storm Show)
  • 1923 Ernest Mandel, Belgian philosopher/economist

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1923 Nguyen Van Thieu, South Vietnamese President (1965-75), born in Phan Rang, Vietnam (d. 2001)

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • 1923 Stanley Orme, Chairman (British Labour Party)
  • 1924 Mart Kempers, Dutch graphic artist/sculptor
  • 1926 Milton O Thompson, astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15)
  • 1927 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (L), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Peter Moore, Principal (London Business School)
  • 1929 Hugo Claus, Flemish writer/director (Cool Lover, Sugar)
  • 1931 Denis Lawton, director (London University Institute of Educ)
  • 1934 Tina Maria Stone, runner (1 year distance record of 15,472 miles)
  • 1934 Roman Herzog, German politician
  • 1935 Donald Lynden-Bell, British astronomer
  • 1936 John Albert, professor (Master of University College Oxford)
  • 1936 Michael Livesay, British admiral/pres (RN College Greenwich)
  • 1936 John Kelly, Irish republican politician (d. 2007)

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1937 Colin Powell, American General and Assistant to the President (Nat Sec Affairs), born in The Bronx, New York

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell
  • 1937 Stuart May, senior partner (Theodore Goddard)
  • 1937 Allan R. Thieme, American inventor
  • 1938 Nancy Holt, American artist (land art) , born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Andrew Buxton, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • 1941 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler (Fairport Convention), born in New Malden, Surrey (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Roman Balayan, Nerke Azerbaijan, director (Filer, Biryuk)
  • 1944 Ann [Elizabeth] Maxwell, American sci-fi author (Jaws of Menx)
  • 1944 James Buckley, CEO (Baltic Exchange)
  • 1944 Peter T King, (Rep-R-New York)
  • 1944 Pedro Rossello, Puerto Rican politician
  • 1946 Jennifer Penney, ballerina
  • 1946 Robert E McKee, CEO/managing director (Conoco-UK)

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1947 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines (2001-2010), born in San Juan

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • 1949 Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1950 Franklin R Chang-Diaz, Costa Rica, astro (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75, sk:91)
  • 1951 Roosevel Ferguson, Arkansas, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1951 Dean Kamen, American inventor
  • 1954 Michael W Butler, computer programmer (created TODAY program)
  • 1955 Janice Long, British radio host (Crash FM)
  • 1955 Renate Bruemmer, astronaut/cosmonaut
  • 1955 Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga artist
  • 1958 Cammie Lusko, Guinness' World Strongest Woman, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Jim LeRoy, Airshow Pilot
  • 1967 Gary Gait, Canadian lacrosse player
  • 1980 John McLaughlin, American television reporter
  • 1981 Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy SEAL killed in Iraq and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, born in Long Beach, California