Birthdays in History on January 4

  • 1077 Emperor Zhezong of Song Dynasty in China (d. 1100)
  • 1334 Amadeus VI, [Green Count], Count of Savoy (d. 1383)
  • 1567 Franciscus Aguilon, physicist/mathematician/jesuit/architect
  • 1579 Willem Teellinck, Dutch theologist/vicar
  • 1581 James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC).
  • 1664 Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (d. 1742)
  • 1672 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (d. 1742)
  • 1726 Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector
  • 1739 Henrik C Cras, Dutch lawyer (Laudatio Hugonis Grotii)
  • 1756 Anne Nagell van Ampsen, Dutch politician
  • 1772 Paul-Louis Courier, (de Mere), French writer/interpreter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1785 Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, Germany, philologist and folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" (d. 1863)

Author Jacob Grimm
Author
Jacob Grimm
  • 1789 Benjamin Lundy, philanthropist/abolitionist
  • 1797 Wilhelm Beer, Germany, amateur astronomer (constructed 1st Moon map)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1809 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, born in Coupvray, France (d. 1852)

Braille Inventor Louis Braille
Braille Inventor
Louis Braille
  • 1813 Alexander Freiherr von Bach, Austria attorney/premier (1852-59)
  • 1813 Isaac Pitman, Britain, inventor (stenographic shorthand)
  • 1813 Louis L Bonaparte, English/French linguist/senator
  • 1821 John James Peck, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1878)
  • 1822 Joseph Jones Reynolds, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1899)
  • 1823 Otto van Rees, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1884-88)
  • 1823 Peter Joseph Osterhaus, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1917)
  • 1832 George Tryon, British admiral (d. 1893)
  • 1837 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Camoes e o jau)
  • 1838 Charles Stratton, [General Tom Thumb] (famous short person)
  • 1839 Carl Humann, German engineer (d. 1896)
  • 1842 Frederic T. Greenhalge, 38th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1847 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician
  • 1848 Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1913)
  • 1872 Edmund Rumpler, Austria, auto/airplane builder
  • 1874 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, born on Good Katrinedal (d. 1966)
  • 1878 Alfred Edgar Coppard, England, writer (Black Dogs & Other Stories)
  • 1878 Augustus John, Welsh painter (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German painter/poet/sculptor (Seated Youth)
  • 1882 Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Johanna Westerdijk, botanist/Neth 1st female prof (Utrecht, 1917-52)
  • 1883 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist and editor of The Masses (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Alfred G Jodl, German Wehrmacht general/chief of staff
  • 1890 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavia, MP (communist)
  • 1891 Edward Brooker, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Yone Minagawa, Japanese, became worlds oldest living person January 29, 2007. (d. Aug. 13, 2007)
  • 1894 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Lourens G M Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter
  • 1895 Leroy Grumman, American industrialist (d. 1982)
  • 1896 Everett Dirksen, American politician (Sen-R-Ill) (d. 1969)
  • 1900 James Bond, American ornithologist (d. 1989)
  • 1901 C. L. R. James, writer and journalist (d. 1989)
  • 1902 John McCone, CIA Director (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Arthur Villeneuve, Quebec painter (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of West-Samoa (1962- )
  • 1914 Mohammed Sahir, shah (Afghanistan)
  • 1916 Catherina Elisabeth "Tootje" Vreede, portrait painter
  • 1916 Robert Parrish, director (Casino Royale), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1917 Maurice Wohl, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • 1919 Al "Jazbo" Collins, American DJ (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, underwriter (Lloyd's of London)
  • 1920 Benito Perez Galdos, Spanish writer (Fortunata y Jacinta)
  • 1920 William Egan Colby, CIA director (Nixon)
  • 1924 Sebastian Kappen, Indian theologian (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Paul Desmarais, Canadian businessman
  • 1929 Amitai W Etzioni, US sociologist (Active Society)
  • 1929 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist
  • 1931 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • 1932 Carlos Saura, Spanish director
  • 1933 Ed Jenkins, (Rep-D-GA, 1977- )
  • 1933 Ilia II Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia.
  • 1934 Rudolf Schuster, President of Slovakia
  • 1935 Kenneth Money, Canada, astronaut (STS 42-alt)
  • 1940 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1940 Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • 1940 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • 1941 Maureen Reagan, 1st daughter of Ronald and Jane Wyman, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Doris Kearns Goodwin, American writer
  • 1945 Vesa-Matti Loiri, Finnish entertainer
  • 1945 Richard R. Schrock, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1948 Eugeniusz Wycisło, Polish politician
  • 1959 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese pop artist
  • 1960 Cory Everson, American body builder (6X Ms Olympia), born in Racine Wisconsin
  • 1965 Jergus Baca, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, IHL defenseman (Team Slovakia 98)
  • 1968 Mike Wilpolt, Head Coach of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League
  • 1971 Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese artist, sculptor
  • 1977 Dan Shanahan, Irish hurler
  • 1988 Nabila Jamshed, Indian writer
  • 1995 Harry Skinner, English skiier