Birthdays in History on February 4

  • 1465 French van Brederode, leader of Hoeksen
  • 1524 Luis de Camões, Portugal's greatest poet (d. 1580)
  • 1575 Pierre de Barulle, French cardinal
  • 1620 Gustaf Bonde, Swedish statesman (d. 1667)
  • 1646 Hans A Freiherr von Abschatz, Silesian poet
  • 1688 Pierre De Marivaux, writer (Marianne), born in Paris, France
  • 1693 George Lillo, bourgeois English dramatist (London Merchant)
  • 1725 Dru Drury, English entomologist (d. 1804)
  • 1746 Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish, Lithuanian and American National hero and general (d. 1817)
  • 1764 Carel H Verhuell, Dutch/French vice-admiral/minister of Navy
  • 1768 Maurits C van Hall, Dutch ruler of Heicop & Boeicop, lawyer/politician
  • 1769 Samuel I Wiselius, Dutch lawyer/businessman/writer
  • 1778 A. P. de Candolle, Swiss botanist (d. 1841)
  • 1799 Joao Batista da Silva Leitao de Almeida Garret, Portuguese playwright
  • 1802 Mark Hopkins, American educator/philosopher (Williams College)
  • 1805 William H Ainsworth, English writer (Old St Paul's, Rookwood)
  • 1808 Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright, author of the Czech national anthem(d. 1856)

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1819 Emperor Norton [Joshua Abraham Norton], British born self proclaimed "Norton I, Emperor of the United States," born in London, England (d. 1880)

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton
  • 1826 Halbert Eleazer Paine, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Chardon, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • 1831 Oliver Ames, 35th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1841 Clément Ader, French aviation pioneer (d. 1926)
  • 1842 Georg Brandes, [Morris Cohen], Danish literary historian and critic
  • 1842 Vasili O Klyutshevski, Russian historian
  • 1846 Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist (d. 1915)
  • 1848 [Francois-Victor-]Jean Aicard, Fren playwright/poet (Jeune Croyances)
  • 1849 Jean Richepin, French poet/writer (Les Chansons de Gueux)
  • 1859 Timofei Mikhailov, Russian revolutionary, member of Narodnaya Volya (d. 1881)
  • 1865 Charles Bally, Swiss linguist (Le langage et la vie)
  • 1868 Constance Gore-booth Markiewicy, Irish patriot/playwright/MP
  • 1871 Friedrich Ebert, German politician, 1st Reichspräsident of the Weimar Republic (d. 1925)
  • 1872 Gotse Delchev, a great Macedonian revolutionary, (d. 1903)
  • 1875 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (father of aerodynamics)
  • 1881 Kliment J Woroshilov, marshal/president USSR (1953-60)
  • 1881 Fernand Léger, French painter (d. 1955)
  • 1884 Julius Callewaert, Flemish dominican/bringing up children
  • 1885 Cairine Ray Wilson, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1888 Paul Althaus, German theologist (The Christian Truth)
  • 1891 Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar, Speaker of Lok Sabha (d: 1978).
  • 1892 Ugo Betti, Italian playwright
  • 1892 Andreu Nin, Catalan politician (d. 1937)
  • 1892 E. J. Pratt, Canadian poet (d. 1964)

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1893 Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1995)

Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart
Paleoanthropologist
Raymond Dart
  • 1895 Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Erflaters)
  • 1895 Hanns [Johann] Rauter, German SS-lt-general/SS police chief in Neth
  • 1896 Friedrich Glauser, writer
  • 1896 Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
  • 1897 Ludwig Erhard, chancellor of Germany (CDU)

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1902 Charles A Lindbergh, pilot (1st to fly solo across Atlantic), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1902 Hartley Shawcross, British lawyer and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1903 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician
  • 1903 Frank Howley, Brigadier General (Answers for Americans), born in Hampton, New York

  • 1904 Herman B Wiardi Beckman, Dutch politician (SDAP)/resistance fighter
  • 1904 MacKinlay Kantor, Webster City Iowa, novelist (Andersonville)
  • 1906 Clyde William Tombaugh, American astronomer (discovered Pluto)
  • 1906 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist (Confessing Church)
  • 1909 Kenneth W Howell, English Anglican bishop (Chile/Bolivia/Peru)
  • 1910 Uys Krige, South African playwright/novelist (Orphan of the Desert)
  • 1912 Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Louis-Albert Cardinal Vachon, archbishop of Quebec (d. 2006)

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1913 Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, born in Tuskegee, Alabama (d. 2005)

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks
  • 1914 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head)
  • 1916 Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner
  • 1916 Gavin Buchanan Ewart, English poet (Pleasures of the Flesh)
  • 1916 Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, 41st master of the Oveyssi-Shahmaghsoudi Sufi Order (d. 1980)
  • 1917 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician
  • 1918 Luigi Pareyson, Italian philosopher (d. 1991)
  • 1919 Frank van Klingeren, Dutch architect (De Meerpaal, Dronten)
  • 1920 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, born in London (d. 1996)

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1921 Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer (Feminine Mystique), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2006)

  • 1922 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian Classical Singer
  • 1925 Russell Hoban, US children's book author (Riddley Walker/Pilgermann)
  • 1926 John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer
  • 1929 Mary Joan Nielubowicz, rear admiral/nurse
  • 1931 Isabel Martínez de Perón, [Maria Martinez], wife of Juan Perón and President of Argentina (1974-76), born in La Rioja, Argentina
  • 1935 Martti Talvela, Hiitola Karelia Finland, operatic basso
  • 1936 Daan van Golden, Dutch sculptor
  • 1938 Donald W Riegle Jr, (Sen-D-MI, 1976- )
  • 1939 Jacques Charlier, Belgian sculptor
  • 1939 Stan Lundine, (Rep-D-NY, 1976-86)
  • 1940 George A. Romero, American-Canadian director (Night of the Living Dead), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Alberto João Jardim, Portuguese president of the regional government of Madeira
  • 1943 Ken Thompson, American computer scientist
  • 1944 Daniel A Mica, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • 1946 Roy Yeager, Doraville Ga, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 1947 James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, USA (Sen-R-Ind, 44th Vice President 1989-93), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1947 Sanford Bishop, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • 1948 Robert Coover, novelist (Pricksongs & Descants)
  • 1948 Rod Grams, (Rep-R-Minnesota), (d. 2013)
  • 1952 Li Yinhe, Chinese sexologist
  • 1953 Svetlana Ulmasova, USSR, 3K (world title 1978)
  • 1955 Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime minister
  • 1957 Evan Wolfson, American attorney and activist
  • 1958 Werner Schwab, Austrian playwright and artist, born in Graz (d. 1994)
  • 1958 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer
  • 1959 Zenani Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • 1960 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • 1961 Stewart O'Nan, American author
  • 1962 Alfred Twardecki, Polish historian
  • 1966 Marissa Laakso, Miss Mass-America (1991), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Mijntje Donners, Dutch hockey international
  • 1979 Andrei Arlovski, Russian mixed martial artist
  • 1990 Haruka Tomatsu, Japanese Seiyū