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, born in Paris (d. 1676)
  • 1687 Johan Willem Friso, prince of Orange/monarch of Nassau-Dietz [OS]
  • 1701 Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1757)
  • 1719 Johann Gottlob Lehmann, German minerologist and geologist, born in Bad Gottleuba-Berggießhübel, Germany (d. 1767)
  • 1721 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician (d. 1803)
  • 1755 Nicolas-Jacque Conte, French painter and inventor (modern pencil), born in Aunou-sur-Orne, France (d. 1805)
  • 1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet (Adonais), born in Horsham, Sussex, England (d. 1822)
  • 1805 William Rowan Hamilton, Irish astronomer and mathematician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1865)
  • 1815 Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, Sulz am Neckar, German Physician and advocate of scientific medicine
  • 1816 Israel Vogdes, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chester County, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1818 Lovell Harrison Rosseau, American lawyer politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Stanford, Kentucky (d. 1869)
  • 1821 James Springer White, American theologian (co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church), born in Palmyra, Maine (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, American politician (Governor of Indiana), born in Salisbury, Indiana (d. 1877)
  • 1834 John Venn, English mathematician (Venn Diagram), born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1923)
  • 1839 Walter Pater, writer (Plato & Platoism), born in London, England
  • 1848 Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (d. 1926)
  • 1859 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize 1920), born in Lom, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway (d. 1952)
  • 1873 Damaso Berenguer, Spanish soldier and politician (122nd Prime Minister of Spain), born in San Juan de los Remedios, Cuba (d. 1953)
  • 1877 Dame Laura Knight, English impressionist artist, born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra Spiritual Leader, born in Surat, India (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, born in Whitney, Idaho (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Arturo Umberto Illia, President of Argentina (1963-66), born in Pergamino, Argentina (d. 1983)
  • 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), born in Małoszyce, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1905 Michael Scott Montague Fordham, English child psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, born in Kensington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Marie-Jose von Saksen-Coburg, Belgian Princess (last Queen of Italy), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist
  • 1908 Osbert Lancaster, English cartoonist and author (Daily Express), born in London (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (co-founded category theory), born in Taftville, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1910 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist , born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2011)
  • 1912 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews), born in Lidingö Municipality, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • 1912 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer, born in Volyn, Ryazan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Robert Hayden, African-American poet (Those Winter Sundays), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Rik Slabbinck, Flemish painter
  • 1915 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (Avis Rent a Car System), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Iceberg Slim (a.k.a. Robert Beck), African-American author, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Helen Thomas, American reporter and UPI journalist (starts press conferences), born in Winchester, Kentucky (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Charley Harper, American modernist artist, born in Frenchton, West Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Pakistani satirical and humor writer, born in Jaipur, India
  • 1930 David M G Curry, South African Labour Party parliament leader
  • 1930 John Gorman, printer and socialist historian, born in Stratford, East London (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iranian shia cleric, born in Mashhad, Iran

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1933 Sheldon Adelson, American business magnate (CEO of Las Vegas Sands), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Entrepreneur and Founder of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson
Entrepreneur and Founder of Las Vegas Sands
Sheldon Adelson
  • 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, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Karel Vachek, Czech director (Moravska Hellas, Elective Affinities), born in Tišnov, Czech Republic
  • 1941 Ted Strickland, American politician, Governor of Ohio (2007-2011), born in Lucasville, 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 (Mayor of Budapest, 1990-2010), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 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: 2009-17) 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