Birthdays in History on May 4

  • 1006 Khajeh Abdullah Ansari, The Persian Sufi (d. 1088), Herat, Khorasan (now Afghanistan)
  • 1008 King Henry I of France (d. 1060)
  • 1631 Mary I Henriette Stuart, daughter of Charles I/queen of England
  • 1635 Willem van Outhoorn, Dutch governor-general (Dutch East Indies)
  • 1654 Kangxi Emperor of China (d. 1722)
  • 1655 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker - considered the inventor of the piano, born in Padua
  • 1715 Richard Graves, English writer (d. 1804)
  • 1733 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor (d. 1799)
  • 1752 John Brooks, 11th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1772 Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German publisher (d. 1823)
  • 1776 Johann Friedrich Herbart, Germany, philosopher/psychologist
  • 1781 Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher (d. 1832)

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1796 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1796 Joseph Pannell Taylor, Brigadier General (Union Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1796 William H. Prescott, American historian (d. 1859)
  • 1820 Joseph Whitaker, British publisher, founded Whitaker's Almanack
  • 1820 Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of Pres John Tyler (1841-45)
  • 1822 Charles Boucher de Boucherville, Quebec politician (d. 1915)
  • 1825 Thomas Henry Huxley, scientist/humanist/Darwinist
  • 1825 Augustus Le Plongeon, French antiquitarian (d. 1908)
  • 1826 Frederick Church, US romantic landscape painter (Hudson River Sch)
  • 1827 John Hanning Speke, British explorer (d. 1864)
  • 1870 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (d. 1960)
  • 1871 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), born in Gołańcz, Poland (d. 1946)
  • 1875 Ramiro de Maeztu y Whitney, Spanish writer (Don Quixote & Celestine)
  • 1881 Aleksandr F Kerenski, Russian premier (1917-Prelude to Bolshevism)
  • 1882 Wilhelm Lehmann, writer
  • 1889 Francis J Spellman, US Cardinal
  • 1891 Johan W F Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread)
  • 1902 Cola [Nicolas] Debrot, Bonaire governor (Neth Antilles)/author
  • 1902 Rodney Meredith Thomas, architect/painter
  • 1907 Lincoln Kirstein, American impresario (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright
  • 1913 Lady Katherine Brandram, née Princess of Greece and Denmark (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Abdel Karim Kassem, general/premier/dictator of Iraq (1958-63)
  • 1914 Emmanuel Robles, Algerian-Fren journalist/playwright (Lesson Hauteurs)
  • 1916 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese PM (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking
  • 1918 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter (d. 2005)
  • 1922 John Paul Hammerschmidt, (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), born in Harrison, Arkansas
  • 1925 Peter Blum, German/South African/English poet (Capricorn)
  • 1925 Maurice R. Greenberg, American businessman
  • 1926 Gerlind Reinshagen, German writer, born in Konigsberg
  • 1926 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)

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1928 Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011), born in Kafr-El Meselha, Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 1929 Sidney Lamb, American linguist
  • 1931 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and writer
  • 1936 El Cordobés, Spanish matador
  • 1938 William J Bennett, US Secretary of Education (1985-88)
  • 1938 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer
  • 1939 Amos Oz, Jerusalem, Israel, author (My Michael)
  • 1940 Dick Curl, Chester Pa, offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1940 Robin Cook, American novelist
  • 1941 George Will, Champaign, Illinois, American political analyst (Night Line)
  • 1943 Mikhail Chemiakin, Russian painter
  • 1945 Monika van Paemel, Belgian writer (Accursed Fathers)
  • 1945 Narasimhan Ram, Indian journalist
  • 1948 George Tupou V, Tonga, King of Tonga (2006-2012), (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Gerrit J P van Otterloo, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1949 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • 1951 Gene Greenwood, (Rep-R-Pennsylvania)
  • 1956 Michael L Gernhardt, Mansfield OH, astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100)
  • 1956 David Guterson, American author

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1958 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • 1961 Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) Poet
  • 1964 Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian painter and visual artist, founder of transrealism
  • 1966 Jane McGrath, co-founder of the McGrath Foundation for breast cancer (d. 2008)
  • 1969 Ryan Shamrock, American wrestling valet
  • 1973 Melissa Boyd, Miss Ohio USA (1996)
  • 1975 Laci Peterson, American murder victim (d. 2002)
  • 1978 Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist
  • 1994 Pauline Ducruet, daughter of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco