Birthdays in History on November 4

  • 1448 King Alphonso II of Naples (d. 1495)
  • 1575 Guido Reni, Italian painter (d. 1642)
  • 1590 Gerard van Honthorst, Dutch painter
  • 1650 William III of Orange, king of England (1689-1702)
  • 1661 Karl III Philip, Elector Palatine (d. 1742)
  • 1740 Augustus Montague Toplady, English author of hymn "Rock of Ages" (d. 1778)
  • 1756 Anthony van Hoboken, Rotterdam merchant/ship owner
  • 1765 Pierre Girard, French mathematician (d. 1836)
  • 1779 John W Pieneman, historical painter (Battle at Waterloo)
  • 1790 Carlos A Lopez, president of Paraguay (1844-62)
  • 1797 Aleksander A Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, Russian author
  • 1809 Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1874)
  • 1812 Aleardo [Gaetano] Aleardi, Italian/East poet (Lettere a Maria)
  • 1816 William Polk Hardeman, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1898)
  • 1816 Stephen Johnson Field, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1899)
  • 1818 Alexander Robert Lawton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1820 Robert Vinkler Richardson, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1870)
  • 1835 Lunsford Lindsay Lomax, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1913)
  • 1836 Henry J. Lutcher, American businessman and sawmill partner (d. 1912)
  • 1842 William Barker Cushing, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), (d. 1874)
  • 1845 Vasudeo Balwant Phadke, The First Indian Revolutionary (d. 1883)
  • 1862 Eden Phillpotts, English novelist/poet/playwright (Red Madymaynes)
  • 1867 Tomasz Arciszewski, Polish Prime Minister 1944-47
  • 1873 G E Moore, English philosopher (Ethics)
  • 1874 Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander (d. 1920)
  • 1876 James Fraser, designed buffalo nickel
  • 1881 Milton Rosmer, Southport England, director (Murder in the Red Barn)
  • 1884 Harry Ferguson, Northern Irish aviator and inventor (d. 1960)
  • 1890 Klabund, [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Bracke, Borgia)
  • 1896 Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Carlos Pellicer, Mexican museum director/poet (Teotihuacan)
  • 1900 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist and sociologist (d. 1954)
  • 1901 Princess Bang-ja of Korea (d. 1989)
  • 1901 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, born in Merseburg (d. 1976)
  • 1904 Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist (d. 1967)
  • 1905 Martin Raschke, German author/publisher/war correspondent
  • 1906 Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, lawyer/diplomat
  • 1908 Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer, born in New York City
  • 1909 Evelyn Johnson, Corbin Kentucky, female pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), (d. 2012)
  • 1912 Pauline Trigere, fashion designer (Bell Bottoms)
  • 1915 Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science
  • 1915 Lloyd James Austin, French Scholar
  • 1920 Georges Papy, Belgian mathematician (Numbers Game)
  • 1923 Alfred Heineken, beer brewer (Heineken)
  • 1928 Hannah Weiner American experimental poet
  • 1932 Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Judith Herzberg, Dutch poetess/author (Charlotte Life or Theater)
  • 1936 Didier Ratsiraka, president of Madagascar
  • 1936 C. K. [Charles Kenneth] Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Marlene Jobert, novelist (Adventures of John Difool)
  • 1946 Robert Mapplethorpe, US photographer
  • 1946 Laura Bush, U.S. First Lady 2001-09
  • 1946 Frederick Elmes, American cinematographer
  • 1950 Markie Post, [Marjorie], Palo Alto Cal, actress (Christine-Night Court)
  • 1950 Charles Frazier, American author
  • 1951 Traian Băsescu, President of Romania
  • 1953 Carlos Gutierrez, American politician
  • 1953 Dr. Marvel Williamson, American educator
  • 1955 Matti Vanhanen, Prime Minister of Finland
  • 1958 Anne Sweeney, American television executive
  • 1960 Kathy Griffin, American comedienne (Suddenly Susan, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Marc Awodey, American artist and writer
  • 1963 Wang Shu, Chinese Architect, born in Ürümqi, Xinjiang
  • 1966 H. John Heinz IV, American medieval armor craftsman; son of Teresa Heinz
  • 1975 Eduard Kokcharov, Russian handball player