Birthdays in History on August 4

  • 1222 Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, English soldier (d. 1262)
  • 1290 Duke Leopold I of Austria (d. 1326)
  • 1502 Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Flemish painter/carpet designer
  • 1521 Pope Urban VII (d. 1590)
  • 1604 François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac, French writer (d. 1676)
  • 1687 Johan Willem Friso, prince of Orange/monarch of Nassau-Dietz [OS]
  • 1701 Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar (d. 1757)
  • 1719 Johann Gottlob Lehmann, German minerologist and geologist (d. 1767)
  • 1721 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician (d. 1803)
  • 1755 Nicolas-Jacque Conte, inventor (modern pencil)
  • 1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley, England, romantic poet (Adonais)
  • 1805 William Rowan Hamilton, Irish mathematician (d. 1865)
  • 1815 Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, Sulz am Neckar, German Physician and advocate of scientific medicine
  • 1816 Israel Vogdes, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1889)
  • 1818 Lovell Harrison Rosseau, Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1821 James White, American theologian (d. 1881)

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1821 Louis Vuitton, French founder of the Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods now owned by LVMH, born in Anchay, France (d. 1892)

Luggage Maker Louis Vuitton
Luggage Maker
Louis Vuitton
  • 1823 Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton, (Gov-Ind), (d. 1877)
  • 1834 John Venn, English mathematician (d. 1923)
  • 1839 Walter Pater, writer (Plato & Platoism), born in London, England
  • 1848 Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (d. 1926)
  • 1859 Knut Hamsun, Norway, writer/Nazi (Hunger-Nobel 1920)
  • 1873 Damasco Berenguer y Fuste, Spanish general/minister of War
  • 1877 Dame Laura Knight, Long Eaton UK, Impressionist artist
  • 1888 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra spiritual leader (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1953)
  • 1899 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of Mormon Church and US Secretary of Agriculture (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Arturo Umberto Illia, President of Argentina (1963-66)
  • 1900 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch)

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1900 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, British consort of King George VI and Queen Mother after his death, born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2002)

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • 1904 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Pornography)
  • 1905 Michael Scott Montague Fordham, Jungian analyst/educator
  • 1906 Marie-Jose von Saksen-Coburg, Belgian Princess
  • 1908 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist
  • 1908 Osbert Lancaster, English cartoonist/author (Daily Express)
  • 1909 Roberto Burle Marx, landscape gardener
  • 1909 Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (d. 2005)
  • 1910 Hedda Sterne, Bucharest Romania, artist working in America
  • 1912 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews)
  • 1912 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Robert Hayden, American poet (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Rik Slabbinck, Flemish painter
  • 1915 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Iceberg Slim (a.k.a. Robert Beck), American author (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Helen Thomas, UPI journalist (starts press conferences)
  • 1923 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours), born in New South Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Pakistani satirical and humor writer
  • 1930 David M G Curry, South African Labour Party parliament leader
  • 1930 John Gorman, printer/socialist historian
  • 1930 Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iranian shia cleric
  • 1934 Jonas Savimbi, Angolian leader of Unita
  • 1934 Rutger Kopland, [Rutger van den Hoofdakker], Dutch poet
  • 1937 Jacobus H "Koos" van de Merwe, South African attorney/CP parliament leader
  • 1938 Ellen Schrecker, American college professor
  • 1940 Karel Vachek, director (Moravska Hellas, Elective Affinities)
  • 1940 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia
  • 1941 Ted Strickland, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • 1942 David Russell Lange, PM (L) NZ (1984-89)
  • 1943 Michael J McCulley, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS-34), born in San Diego, California
  • 1945 John Qace Hardbattle, political activist
  • 1948 James C Slattery, (Rep-D-Kansas, 1983- )
  • 1951 Lane Evans, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • 1952 Gábor Demszky, Hungarian politician
  • 1955 Andrew M Allen, Captain USMC/astronaut (STS 46, 62, 75), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Charles D "Sam" Gemar, Yankton SD, army/astronaut (STS 38, 48, 62)
  • 1955 Alberto Gonzales, American U.S. Attorney General
  • 1957 Robert E Andrews, (Rep-D-New Jersey)
  • 1957 Brooks D. Simpson, American historian
  • 1958 Allison Hedge Coke, American poet and writer
  • 1959 John Gormley, Irish politician
  • 1959 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England
  • 1960 Bernard Rose, English director
  • 1960 Tim Winton, Australian author
  • 1960 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish politician

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1961 Barack Obama, 44th United States President (Democrat) and first African--American president, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 1963 Andrew Bartlett, Australian politician
  • 1964 Gary King, British radio presenter
  • 1965 Dennis Lehane, American crime writer
  • 1965 Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish politician