Famous Birthdays on April 4

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Person of interestCaracalla

188 Caracalla, Roman emperor (198-217), born in Lugdunum, Gaul (d. 217)

Roman Emperor Caracalla
Roman Emperor
Caracalla
  • 1492 Ambrosius Blarer, German reformer, born in Konstanz, Germany (d. 1564)
  • 1572 William Strachey, English writer ( early history of the English colonisation of North America), born in Saffron Walden, Essex (d. 1621)
  • 1593 Edward Nicholas, English statesman (Secretary of State to Charles I and Charles II), born in Winterbourne Earls, United Kingdom (d. 1669)
  • 1646 Antoine Galland, French orientalist and archaeologist, born in Rolot, France (d. 1715)
  • 1648 Grinling Gibbons, Dutch-born British sculptor and woodcarver, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1721)
  • 1688 Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer and cartographer, born in Paris (d. 1768)
  • 1716 John Evangelist Schreiber, composer
  • 1718 Benjamin Kennicott, English churchman and Hebrew scholar, born in Totnes, Devon (d. 1783)
  • 1731 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, born in Sant Mateu (d. 1793)
  • 1740 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, composer
  • 1752 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer (Andromeda), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1837)
  • 1755 Vincenc Mašek, Bohemian composer, born in Zvíkovec, Czech Republic (d. 1831)
  • 1758 John Hoppner, English portrait painter, born in Whitechapel, London (d. 1810)
  • 1758 Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French Romantic painter and draughtsman - allegorical paintings and portraits, born in Cluny, Saône-et-Loire (d. 1823)
  • 1762 Stephen Storace, English composer, born in London (d. 1796)
  • 1772 Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian founder of Breslov Hasidut, born in Międzybóż, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1810)
  • 1785 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1859)
  • 1792 Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader (Rep-R), born in Danville, Vermont (d. 1868)
  • 1802 Dorothea Dix, American social activist, born in Hampden, Maine (d. 1887)
  • 1804 Joseph Fischhof, Czech-Austrian pianist and composer, born in Bučovice, Moravia (d. 1857)
  • 1809 Benjamin Pierce, American mathematician and astronomer (Peirce's criterion for outliers), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • 1814 John Blair Smith Todd, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1872)
  • 1817 John Wilson Sprague, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in White Creek, New York (d. 1893)
  • 1818 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (The Headless Horseman), born in Ballyroney, County Down, Ireland (d. 1883)
  • 1819 Queen Maria II of Portugal, Daughter of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil, born in Palace of São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Kingdom of Brazil (d. 1853)
  • 1820 Charles Devens Jr, American lawyer, jurist, statesman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1821 Linus Yale Jr., American portrait painter and inventor (Yale cylinder lock), born in Salisbury, New York (d. 1868)
  • 1823 Carl Wilhelm Siemens, German engineer and inventor (laid undersea cables), born in Gehrden, Hanover, Germany (d. 1883)
  • 1823 Robert Byington Mitchell, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1826 Zénobe Gramme, Belgian electrical engineer (Gramme dynamo), born in Jehay-Bodegnée, Belgium (d. 1901)
  • 1828 Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist and biographer (Beleaguered City), born in Wallyford, Scotland (d. 1897)
  • 1831 Edward Cary Walthall, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1898)
  • 1836 Charles Jerome Hopkins, American composer, born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1898)
  • 1842 Edouard Lucas, French mathematician (Lucas sequences), born in Amiens, France (d. 1891)
  • 1843 Hans Richter, Austrian-Hungarian composer, born in Raab, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1846 Comte de Lautréamont, French writer (Les Chants de Maldoror), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1870)
  • 1846 Raoul Pictet, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1929)
  • 1853 Tad Lincoln, youngest son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1871)
  • 1858 Remy de Gourmont, French poet, born in Bazoches-en-Houlmes, France (d. 1915)
  • 1866 George P Baker, American educator and playwright (47 Workshop), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1935)
  • 1870 George Albert Smith, American religious leader, 8th President of Mormon church, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1951)
  • 1872 Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1904)
  • 1872 Pauline de Haan-Manifarges, Dutch singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1875 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1956)
  • 1875 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France (d. 1964)
  • 1875 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1876 Maurice de Vlaminck, Fauvist painter (Village in the Snow), born in Paris, France (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Gabriel Groulez, French composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1944)
  • 1880 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WWI submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, born in Zara, Kingdom of Dalmatia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1947)
  • 1881 Charles Earle Funk, American lexicographer (Funk & Wagnalls) (d. 1957)

  • 1882 Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1884 Isoroku Yamamoto, Marshall Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet (WWII), born in Nagaoka, Niigata (d. 1943)
  • 1887 William Cumming Rose, American biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1888 Tris Speaker, American baseball player, hit more doubles than Pete Rose, born in Hubbard, Texas (d. 1958)
  • 1888 Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian, born in Przemyśl, Poland (d. 1975)
  • 1892 Cyril Smith, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Sir Lancelot), born in Peterhead, Scotland (d. 1963)
  • 1892 Esther Howard, American actress, born in Helena, Montana (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1895 Charlie Hallows, English cricket batsman (Lancs played for England 1921-28), born in Little Lever, Lancashire (d. 1972)
  • 1896 Robert Sherwood, American dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1896 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), born in Moinești, Romania (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent, Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France (d. 1975)
  • 1898 Agnes Ayres [Hinkle], American actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea), born in Carbondale, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1899 William Brann, South African cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1953)
  • 1901 Carmel Myers, American actress (Carmel Myers Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin, French poet and author (Lutin Sauvage), born in Verrières-le-Buisson, Essonne, Paris (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American sci-fi author (Martian Odyssey), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1935)
  • 1905 Eugene Bozza, French composer, born in Nice, France (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1906 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1995) [NS]
  • 1907 Nathan M. Pusey, American educator, 24th president of Harvard University (1953-71), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American author (Cheaper by the Dozen), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Max Dupain, Australian photographer, born in Ashfield, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), born in Lakeland, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Jerome Weidman, American writer (Tenderloin), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Rosemary Lane, American actress (An Angel from Texas, 4 Mothers, Harvest Melody), born in Indianola, Iowa (d. 1974)

Person of interestMuddy Waters

1913 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1913 Jules Léger, Canadian diplomat and Governor General of Canada, born in Saint-Anicet, Quebec (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Gustave Camus, Belgian painter, born in Châtelet, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1914 John Beith, British diplomat, ambasador to Israel and Belgium (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), born in Saigon, French IndoChina (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani), born in Příbram, Czech Republic (d. 1970)
  • 1915 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), born in Sundsvall, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1916 David White, American actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1990)
  • 1916 Nikola Ljubičić, President of the Presidency of Serbia (1982-84) and Communist politician, born in Karan, Užice, Kingdom of Serbia (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Mickey Owen, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Nixa, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist and rebel (barricade uprising), born in Guyotville, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • 1918 George Jellicoe, Earl Jellicoe, British naval commander and member of the House of Lords (1939-2007), born in Hatfield (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Éric Rohmer [Maurice Schérer], French director, journalist and teacher (My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Le rayon vert), born in Tulle, Corrèze, France (d. 2010)
  • 1921 Willem J "Wim" the Villiers, South African minister of Administration
  • 1922 Elmer Bernstein, American movie music composer (The Magnificent Seven, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Age Of innocence, Thoroughly Modern Mille), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Manon Alving, Dutch actress (The Assault, Short American), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • 1923 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), born in Wem, Shropshire, England (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Chris Prater, English screenprinter, born in London (d. 1996)

Person of interestGil Hodges

1924 Gil Hodges, American MLB 1st baseman, manager (8-time All Star), born in Princeton, Indiana (d. 1972)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1925 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer, born in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Claude Wagner, French-Canadian politician and judge, born in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada (d. 1979)
  • 1925 Emmett Williams, American poet, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Mother Divine [Edna Rose Ritchings], cult leader of the International Peace Mission Movement, born in Vancouver (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Bill Ryan, American newscaster (Smithsonian), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1928 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

1928 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • 1928 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • 1928 Estelle Harris, American actress (Estelle Costanza - Seinfeld, Toy Story), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1929 William F. Clinger Jr., American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, born in Warren, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Denis Frank Owen, British ecologist and natural historian, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Harold Volkmer, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, born in Jefferson City, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Bobby Ray Inman, American admiral and intelligence director, born in Rhonesboro, Texas

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

1932 Anthony Perkins, American actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), born in NYC, New York

  • 1932 Bapu Nadkarni, Indian cricketer (economical Indian slow left-armer 1956-68), born in Nashik, Bombay, British India
  • 1932 Richard Lugar, American politician, U. S. Senator from Indiana, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1932 Clive Davis, American record producer and music industry executive, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932 Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), born in Zavrazhye, Russia, Soviet Union (d. 1986)
  • 1933 Frits Bolkestein, Dutch politician (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy), born in Amsterdam
  • 1933 Robin Phillips, English multi-millionaire manufacturer (hand-dryer)
  • 1933 Seoirse Bodley, Irish composer and professor of music (University College Dublin), born in Dublin
  • 1933 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Dorothy Grenfell Williams, radio producer and broadcaster, born in Johannesburg (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Easton McMorris, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman of 60's), born in St Andrew, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1935 François-Bernard Mâche, French composer, born in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 1935 Lord Ichayra, secretary-general (British Banking Association)
  • 1935 Trevor Griffiths, English playwright (Absolute Beginners), born in Manchester
  • 1936 Margo J. Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers) (d. 1991)
  • 1937 Ian St James, novelist (Balfour Conspiracy, Vengeance, Money Stones)
  • 1937 Hans van den Doel, Dutch politician and economist (PvdA), born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1938 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale and baseball commissioner (1989), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1938 Peter Attenborough, British headmaster (Charterhouse)
  • 1939 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1939 JoAnne Carner, American LPGA golfer (US Women's Open 1971, 76), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • 1939 Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Bijan, Iranian mens apparel designer (Bijan), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2011)
  • 1940 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), born in Willemstad, Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Vladimir Timofeyevich Isakov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Zilair, Russia
  • 1940 Richard Attwood, British racing driver, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
  • 1940 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 1941 Bill Tarmey, English actor (Coronation Street), born in Ardwick, Manchester (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Kitty Kelley, American journalist and author (Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1942 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1943 Ian Robertson, British museum director (National Army Museum)
  • 1944 David Melville, British physicist and academic (Middlesex Polytechnic), born in Gateshead, Durham, England
  • 1944 Lawrence A. Hough, American rower (Pairs w/o cox-1968 olympic silver), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • 1944 Magda Aelvoet, Belgian politician (Greens), born in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium
  • 1944 Craig T. Nelson, American actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1945 Bryan Andrews, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-pacer, toured Australia 1973-74), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1945 Caroline McWilliams, American actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945 Walter Charles, American actor (Fletch Lives, Weeds), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Dave Hill, English rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You), born in Holbeton, Devon
  • 1946 Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist, founder and director of Satojuku Karate, born in Sakhalin, Japan
  • 1947 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1947 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster, born in Marion, Illinois
  • 1947 Wiranto, Indonesian army general (Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 1948 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (Allman Brothers Band), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1948 David "Pick" Withers, English jazz drummer (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • 1948 Dan Simmons, American sci-fi and horror writer (Song of Kali), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1948 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor (Charlie Fairhead - Casualty), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1949 Larry Lingle, American rocker (The Four Seasons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1949 Shing-Tung Yau, Hong Kong-born American mathematician, born in Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
  • 1949 Michael Fennelly, American musician (The Millennium, Crabby Appleton), born in New York, New York
  • 1950 Christine Lahti, American actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951 Steve Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1951 Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, born in Kampong Cham, Cambodia
  • 1952 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Rosemarie Ackermann, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Lohsa, Sachsen, Germany
  • 1952 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, born in Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1953 Robert Bertrand, Canadian politician (Liberal Party of Canada), born in Fort-Coulonge, Quebec, Canada
  • 1954 Julie Carmen, American actress (Gloria, Last Plane Out), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1956 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1956 Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)
  • 1956 Tom Herr, American baseball player, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer (Picket Fences, Chicago Hope), born in Waterville, Maine
  • 1957 Graeme Kelling, Scottish pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • 1957 Paul Downton, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 80's), born in Farnborough, London
  • 1957 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Imbabah, Giza
  • 1957 Aki Kaurismäki, Finnish film director (The Other Side of Hope), born in Orimattila, Finland
  • 1957 Kelso, American racehorse, born in Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1957 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star), born in Ōta, Tokyo
  • 1958 Derek Kallicharran, cricket all-rounder (Guyana, USA 1994 ICC Trophy), born in Berbice, Guyana
  • 1958 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist
  • 1958 John Wesley Jones, American sprinter, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1958 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • 1960 Bev Smith, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Salmon Arm, Canada
  • 1960 Jonathan Agnew, English cricket broadcaster, born in Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • 1960 Jane Eaglin, English dramatic soprano, born in Lincoln, England
  • 1960 Hugo Weaving, Nigerian-born English-Australian actor (Agent Smith - The Matrix), born in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
  • 1962 Ava Fabian, American actress and Playboy's Playmate (Aug, 1986), born in Brewster, New York
  • 1962 Sherrin Smyers, Australian LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • 1962 Tina Tombs, LPGA golfer (1990 Jamie Farr Toledo), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Anthony Clark, American actor and comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1963 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian ice hockey player (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963 David Gavurin, English pop guitarist and composer (Sundays, Blind)
  • 1963 Jack Del Rio, American football player, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Castro Valley, California
  • 1963 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)

Person of interestGraham Norton

1963 Graham Norton [Graham Walker], Irish comedian and TV presenter, born in Dublin

TV Host and Comedian Graham Norton
TV Host and Comedian
Graham Norton
  • 1964 Gregory Thomas Kraft, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney-2nd), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Paul Parker, English soccer player, born in West Ham, Essex