Birthdays in History on March 4

  • 1188 Blanche of Castile, wife of Louis VIII of France (d. 1252)
  • 1394 Henry the Navigator, Prince/sponsors Portuguese voyages of discovery
  • 1610 William Dobson, English portraitist and painter (d. 1646)
  • 1651 John Baron Somers, (Whig), William III's chief minister (1696-1700)
  • 1665 Philip Christoph von Königsmarck, Swedish soldier (d. 1694)
  • 1702 Jack Sheppard, English burglar and escapee (d. 1724)
  • 1706 Lauritz de Thurah, Danish architect and architectural writer (d. 1759)
  • 1715 James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, British statesman (d. 1763)
  • 1719 Aert Schouman, Dutch bird/portrait painter
  • 1719 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (d. 1777)
  • 1747 Casimir Pulaski, Count/American Revolutionary War general
  • 1754 Benjamin Waterhouse, physician co-founder of Harvard Medical School (smallpox vaccine pioneer), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1846)
  • 1756 Sir Henry Raeburn, Scottish painter (d. 1823)
  • 1766 Emanuel ADMJ, French historian (Napoleon)
  • 1781 Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)
  • 1782 Johann Wyss, Swiss folklorist/writer (Swiss Family Robinson)
  • 1789 Pavel P Gagarin, Russ monarch
  • 1793 Karl Lachmann, German philologist (d. 1851)
  • 1798 John Joseph Abercrombie, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1877)
  • 1813 Wijnand J J Nuijen, romantic/water colors painter (Wrecked)
  • 1817 Edwards Pierrepont, American statesman, jurist and lawyer; 34th United States Attorney General (d. 1892)
  • 1820 Francesco Bentivegna, Italian revolutionary (d. 1856)
  • 1822 Jules Antoine Lissajous, French mathematician (d. 1880)
  • 1826 John Buford, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1826 Theodore Judah, American railroad engineer (d. 1863)
  • 1828 Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1835 Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italy, astronomer (discovered canals of Mars)
  • 1835 John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist (d. 1911)
  • 1841 Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (And fremmed Fugl)
  • 1844 Josip Jurcic, Slovenian writer (10th Brother)
  • 1847 Karl Bayer, Austrian chemist (d. 1904)
  • 1854 Sir Napier Shaw, British meteorologist (d. 1945)
  • 1856 Toru Dutt, English and French poet and author (d. 1877)
  • 1856 Alfred William Rich, English painter (d. 1921)
  • 1862 Robert Emden, Swiss geo/astro physics (Emden-polytroop)
  • 1863 Reginald Innes Pocock, British zoologist (d. 1947)
  • 1863 John Henry Wigmore, American jurist and expert in the law of evidence (d. 1943)
  • 1864 David W. Taylor, U.S. Navy architect (d. 1940)
  • 1870 Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet (d. 1944)
  • 1871 Boris Galerkin, Russian mathematician (d. 1945)
  • 1873 John H. Trumbull, 54th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut (d. 1961)
  • 1875 Alberto Vaccari, Italian jesuit/old testament scholar/interpreter
  • 1875 Enrique Larreta, [E R Maza], Argentine diplomat and writer (Gloria de Don Ramiro), born in Buenos Aires (d. 1961)
  • 1875 Suze Groeneweg, 1st Dutch female parliament member (SDAP, 1918-37)
  • 1876 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (d. 1947)
  • 1876 Theodore Hardeen, Magician and stunt performer, founder of the Magician's Guild (d. 1945)
  • 1877 Daniel G van Beuningen, Dutch art collector
  • 1877 Fritz Graebner, German ethnologist (d. 1934)
  • 1878 Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian philosopher (d. 1947)
  • 1879 Bernhard Kellermann, writer
  • 1880 Channing Pollock, American playwright and critic (d. 1946)
  • 1881 Todor Aleksandrov, 19th century Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1924)
  • 1881 Thomas Sigismund Stribling, American writer (d. 1965)
  • 1881 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (d. 1948)
  • 1882 Nicolae Titulescu, Romanian diplomat, government minister, and former President of the League of Nations (d. 1941)
  • 1885 Willem H Winkel, Dutch physician/founder (Red Cross of Curacao)
  • 1889 Oscar Chisini, Italian mathematician (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Oren E. Long, 10th Territorial Governor of Hawai'i (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Lois Wilson, founder of Al-Anon (d. 1988)
  • 1895 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator (d. 1953)
  • 1898 Georges Dumézil, French philologist (d. 1940)
  • 1899 Emilio Prados, Spanish poet and editor (d. 1962)
  • 1901 Charles H Goren, bridge master (26 US Titles)
  • 1901 Jean Joseph Rabearivelo, Malagasy/French poet (d. 1937)
  • 1903 William C. Boyd, American immunochemist (d. 1983)
  • 1903 John Scarne, American magician (d. 1985)
  • 1904 George Gamow, nuclear physicist/cosmologist/writer (1, 2, 3...
  • 1906 Meindert DeJong American author (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Charles Rudolph Walgreen, Jr., American businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1907 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley (d. 2003)
  • 1908 Boris N Poveloi, [Kampov], Russian journalist/writer [NS=Mar 17]
  • 1909 Harry B Helmsley, American billionaire builder (Empire State Building), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Tancredo Neves, president of Civil rights activist
  • 1912 Afro, [Basaldella], Italian painter
  • 1912 Carl Marzani, American documentarian (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Ward Kimball, American cartoonist (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Robert R. Wilson, American physicist, sculptor and architect (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Petrus de Jong, Dutch premier (KVP, 1967-71)
  • 1916 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer (Botteghe Oscure)
  • 1916 Hans Eysenck, psychologist
  • 1920 Marcella Grady Jennings, rancher
  • 1920 Jean Lecanuet, French politician (d. 1993)
  • 1923 Patrick Moore, England, astronomer/writer (A-Z of Astronomy), (d. 2012)

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1926 Richard DeVos, American billionaire, co-founder of Amway, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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  • 1926 James J. Eagan, Former Mayor of Florissant, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Philip Batt, 29th Governor of the U.S. state of Idaho
  • 1927 Robert Orben, American magician
  • 1931 Han Jansen, Dutch painter
  • 1931 Alice Rivlin, American economist
  • 1932 Hessel Rienks, economist/Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1932 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American car designer (d. 2001)
  • 1932 Frank Wells, American entertainment businessman (d. 1994)
  • 1933 John W Mills, British sculptor
  • 1934 Jane van Lawick-Goodall, ethologist/chimp expert (1974 Walker Prize)
  • 1934 Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist
  • 1934 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, born in Moscow
  • 1936 David Thompson, British food magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1937 Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1937 Leslie Gelb, American foreign policy advisor
  • 1938 Angus MacLise, American percussionist (d. 1979)
  • 1938 Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Polish diplomat and researcher
  • 1939 James Aubrey Turner, scientist
  • 1940 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • 1942 Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1945 Tara Browne, British socialite (d. 1966)
  • 1946 Haile Gerima, director (Ashes & Embers)
  • 1946 Harvey Goldsmith, impresario
  • 1946 Michael Ashcroft, English entrepreneur/multi-millionaire (Hawley-ADT)
  • 1948 Lindy Chamberlain, Australian author
  • 1948 James Ellroy, American writer
  • 1948 Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)
  • 1950 Rick Perry, American politician, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
  • 1951 Edelgard Bulmahn, German politician
  • 1951 Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, American novelist (d. 1982)
  • 1953 Christopher H Smith, (Rep-R-NJ, 1981- )
  • 1953 Emilio Estefan, Cuban percussionist
  • 1954 Catherine O'Hara, comedienne (Beetlejuice, SCTV), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954 Mark Chorvinsky, American author and editor (d. 2005)
  • 1954 François Fillon, French politician, Prime Minister of France
  • 1954 Willie Thorne, English snooker player
  • 1955 Benny Alexander, sec-gen (South African Pan-Africanist Movement)
  • 1957 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 1958 Lennie Lee, British artist
  • 1959 Rick Ardon, Australian news presenter
  • 1962 Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
  • 1963 Barbara Bubula, Polish politician
  • 1965 Dana Brown, Miss Tenn-America (1991-3rd), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1965 Khaled Hosseini, Afghan author and physician
  • 1965 Jonathan Shearer, Scottish castaway
  • 1966 Dav Pilkey, American author
  • 1967 Andrew Osmond, English writer
  • 1968 Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • 1972 Sherida Pawiroredjo, Suriname Miss Indra Maju (1993)
  • 1972 Robert Smith, American footballer
  • 1973 Len Wiseman, American director
  • 1977 Juha Helppi, Finnish professional poker player
  • 1979 Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
  • 1983 Max Vergara Poeti, Colombian writer
  • 1987 Cameron Wood, Australian rules footballer
  • 1992 Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, daughter of Albert II, Prince of Monaco
  • 1993 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown, born in Livingstone, New Jersey (d.2015)