Famous Birthdays on April 5

  • 1170 Isabella of Hainault, Queen of France (1180-90), born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1190)
  • 1288 Emperor Go-Fushimi, 93rd Emperor of Japan (1298-1301) (d. 1336)
  • 1472 Bianca Maria Sforza, wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1510)
  • 1523 Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer, born in Saint-Pourçain, France (d. 1596)

Thomas HobbesThomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

English philosopher (Leviathan), born in Westport, England

  • 1595 John Wilson, English composer, born in Faversham, Kent (d. 1674)
  • 1598 Laurentius Erhard, German composer, born in Haguenau, Alsace (d. 1669)
  • 1604 Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine (1624-75), born in Nancy, France (d. 1675)
  • 1622 Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician (Viviani's theorem), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1703)
  • 1626 Jan van Kessel, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1679)
  • 1643 Charles V Leopold, Duke of Lorraine and Austrian fieldmarshal, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1690)
  • 1649 Elihu Yale, English merchant and philanthropist (benefactor of Yale University), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1721)
  • 1692 Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (Comédie-Française) inspiration for 1849 drama "Adrienne Lecouvreur", born in Damery, Marne (d. 1730)
  • 1698 Georg Gottfried Wagner, German composer, born in Mühlberg, Saxony, Germany (d. 1756)
  • 1732 Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French painter (The Swing), born in Paris (d. 1806)
  • 1752 Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1831)
  • 1761 Sybil Ludington, American revolutionary heroine (rode to alert militia), born in Kent, New York (d. 1839)
  • 1784 Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer (Faust), born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1859)
  • 1788 Franz Pforr, German painter and cartoonist (Lukasbund), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1795 Henry Havelock, British soldier (War in Afghanistan 1838-39), born in Bishopwearmouth, County Durham (d. 1857)
  • 1799 Vincenzo Fioravanti, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1877)
  • 1816 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1890)
  • 1818 Lewis Baldwin Parsons, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Perry, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1820 Nadar [Félix Tournachon], French photographer and balloonist, took the first aerial photograph, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • 1822 James Nagle, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1866)
  • 1824 Sydney Thompson Dobell, English poet, born in Cranbrook, Kent (d. 1874)
  • 1825 David Rumph Jones, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 1863)
  • 1827 Joseph Lister, British surgeon (pioneer of antiseptic surgery), born in Upton House, West Ham, England (d. 1912)
  • 1828 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, born in Catania, Italy (d. 1907)
  • 1830 Alexander Muir, Canadian composer (The Maple Leaf Forever), born in Lesmahagow, Scotland (d. 1906)
  • 1832 Jules Ferry, French statesman, born in Saint-Dié, France (d. 1893)
  • 1837 Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet (Atalanta in Calydon), born in London (d. 1909)
  • 1838 Alpheus Hyatt, American zoologist and paleontologist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1902)
  • 1839 Robert Smalls, African-American congressman (1875-87), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 1915)
  • 1839 Stanislaw Pilinski, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1905)
  • 1845 Jules Cambon, French ambassador, to U.S. (1897), Spain (1902–07) and Germany (1907–14), born in Paris (d. 1935)
  • 1853 Alfonso Rendano, Italian composer, born in Consenza, Italy (d. 1931)
  • 1854 Vicente Goicoechea Errasti, Basque composer, born in Ibarra, Álava (d. 1916)

Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington (1856-1915)

American education pioneer and 1st African American on a US stamp, born in Hale's Ford, Virginia

  • 1857 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, Prince of Bulgaria (1879-86), born in Verona, Lombardy–Venetia (d. 1893)
  • 1859 Wilhelm Harteveld, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1927)
  • 1862 Louis Ganne, French composer, born in Buxières-les-Mines (d. 1923)
  • 1868 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892), born in Jacobsdal, Orange Free State (d. 1909)
  • 1869 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), born in Tourcoing, France (d. 1937)
  • 1869 Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer, born in Chaplygin, Lipetsk Oblast, Russia (d. 1942)
  • 1871 Mirko Seljan, Croatian explorer, born in Karlovac, Croatia (d. 1913)
  • 1872 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist, born in South Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1962)
  • 1876 Patrick Vretblad, Swedish composer, born in Svartnäs, Sweden (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Don Blackie, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1928-29), born in Bendigo, Australia (d. 1955)
  • 1885 Dimitrie Cuclin, Romanian composer, born in Galați County, Romania (d. 1978)
  • 1886 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1887 Hedwig Kohn, Jewish physics pioneer, born in Breslau, Province of Silesia (Poland) (d. 1964)
  • 1888 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy officer (Captain of USS Arizona), Medal of Honor recipient, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1941)
  • 1890 Fie Carelsen [Sophia de Jong], Dutch actress (Malle Gervallen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1975)

Clas ThunbergClas Thunberg (1893-1973)

Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1500m, 5000m, allround 1924; 500m, 1500m 1928), born in Helsinki, Finland

  • 1896 Norman Callaway, Australian cricket batsman (207 in only FC innings), born in Hay, Australia (d. 1917)
  • 1898 Herb Flemming [Nicolaiih El-Michelle], American jazz trombonist and vocalist, born in Butte, Montana (d. 1976)
  • 1899 William Hornby Steer, Conservative Party politician and barrister (d. 1993)

Spencer TracySpencer Tracy (1900-1967)

American actor (Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib), born in Milwaukee

  • 1901 Alexander Alexeieff, Russian-French painter and graphic artist, born in Kazan, Russia (d. 1982)
  • 1901 Chester Bowles, American ambassador and writer (Conscience of a Liberal), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Thomas Pitfield, British composer, born in Bolton, England (d. 1999)
  • 1905 Bill Raisch, American one armed actor (The Fugitive, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success), born in North Bergen, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Grady Sutton, American actor (The Bank Dick; The Pruitts of Southhampton), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Guy Clutton-Brock, English social worker (declared as national hero in Zimbabwe), born in Northwood, Middlesex (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Lord Buckley, American comedian, born in Tuolumne, California (d. 1960)
  • 1907 Jan Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist and anatomist, born in Gronigen, Netherlands (d. 1990)

Bette DavisBette Davis (1908-1989)

American actress (Of Human Bondage; Jezebel; All About Eve), born in Lowell, Massachusetts

  • 1908 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1955-89), born in Salzburg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Jagjivan Ram, Indian independence activist and politician, born in Chandwa, Bhojpur, Bihar, British India (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Albert R. Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond films), sometimes known as "Cubby", born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Gerald Bond, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16), born in Cape Town (d. 1965)
  • 1911 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and record label executive (President of Columbia Records, 1957-71 & 73-75), born in Hanley, Staffordshire, England (d. 1977)
  • 1911 Gordon Jones, American character actor (The Green Hornet, Flying Tigers, Abbott & Costello), born in Alden, Iowa (d. 1963)
  • 1911 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1912 John Le Mesurier, British actor (The Italian Job, Jabberwocky, Dad's Army), born in Bedford, England (d. 1983)
  • 1913 Father Alan Cheales, British Dominican priest (served 33 years at St Dominic's priory, London), born in Rhodesia, South Africa (now Zimbabwe) (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn [Margaret Rosalind Delacourt-Smith], British Labour politician, born in Newport, Wales (d. 2010)
  • 1916 Bernard Baily, American comic artist (co-creator of DC Comics), born in New York (d. 1996)

Gregory PeckGregory Peck (1916-2003)

American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), born in San Diego, California

  • 1917 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Robert Bloch, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Douglas Henley, British auditor-general, born in Beckenham, Kent (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), born in Gisbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1920 Arthur Hailey, English novelist (Hotel, Airport), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Barend Biesheuvel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1971-73), born in Haarlemmerliede, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Rafiq Zakaria, Indian politician and Islamic religious cleric, born in Nala Sopara, British India (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Robert Q. Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Christopher Hewett, British actor (Mr. Belvedere; The Producers) and theater director, born in Worthing, Sussex, England (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Les Jackson, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 7 wickets; Derbyshire), born in Whitwell, England (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Patricia Ford, Lady Fisher, Irish politician and founder (British Women Caring Trust), born in Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer ("I Hear You Knockin'"), and actress (My Little Margie; The Gale Storm Show), born in Bloomington, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, born in Lodz, Poland (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Tom Finney, English football player (Preston North End), born in Preston, Lancashire (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Ernest Mandel, Belgian philosopher and economist (Marxist), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Michael V Gazzo, American playwright and actor (The Godfather Part II, Fear City), born in Hillside, New Jersey (d. 1995)

Nguyen Van ThieuNguyen Van Thieu (1923-2001)

President of South Vietnam (1965-75), born in Phan Rang, Vietnam

  • 1923 Stanley Orme, British Labour Party politician, born in Sale, Cheshire
  • 1924 Mart Kempers, Dutch graphic artist and sculptor, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1925 Oldřich Flosman, Czechoslovakian composer (Visions of Michelangelo; Butterflies Don't Live Here Any Longer), born in Pilseň, Czech Republic (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Roger Corman, American producer and director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1927 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1928 David Farquhar Andress, New Zealand composer (Ring Around the Moon; A Unicorn for Christmas), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov; Girly), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Peter Moore, British academic (Professor of Statistics at London Business School) (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters, 1953-59 - "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1929 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • 1929 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (Tartuffe, Pope John Paul II), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Nabil Totah, Palestinian-American jazz double bassist, born in Ramallah, Palestine Territory (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Denis Lawton, director (London University Institute of Educ)
  • 1932 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Barbara Holland, American author (The Joy of Drinking, Secrets of the Cat: Its Lore, Legend and Lives), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2010) [1]
  • 1933 Frank Gorshin, American comedian and impersonator (Riddler-Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1933 Larry Felser, American sports columnist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Roman Herzog, President of Germany (1994-99), born in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1934 Tina Maria Stone, runner (1 year distance record of 15,472 miles)
  • 1935 Donald Lynden-Bell, British theoretical astrophysicist, born in Dover, Kent (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), born in South Norwood, England (d. 1995)
  • 1936 John Albert, professor (Master of University College Oxford)
  • 1936 John Kelly, Irish republican politician, born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1936 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936 Michael Livesay, British admiral, Royal Navy officer, born in Middlesbrough, North Riding, Yorkshire (d. 2003)
  • 1937 Allan R. Thieme, American inventor (first Power operated vehicle/scooter), born in Bridgeport, Michigan

Colin PowellColin Powell (1937-2021)

American General and 1st Black US Secretary of State (2001-05), born in Harlem, New York City [1]

  • 1937 Stuart May, senior partner (Theodore Goddard)
  • 1938 Colin Bland, South African cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • 1938 Nancy Holt, American artist (land art), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1938 Ron Hansen, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1960, 60²; AL Rookie of the Year 1960; Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox), born in Oxford, Nebraska
  • 1939 Andrew Buxton, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • 1939 Crispian St. Peters [Robin Peter Smith], British pop singer (The Pied Piper; No No No), born in Swanley, Kent, England (d. 2010)
  • 1939 David Winters, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1939 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Aliza Kashi, Israeli actress and singer (Merv Griffin regular), born in Israel
  • 1941 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler, and songwriter (Fairport Convention; Martin Carthy), born in New Malden, Surrey (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Michael Moriarty, American-Canadian actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Q, Stuff), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941 Viktor Kurentsov, Belarusian weightlifter (Olympic gold middleweight 1968; silver 1964; 5 x World C'ship gold middleweight), born in Tukhinka, Belarus (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Allan Clarke, British rock vocalist (Hollies - "Air That I Breathe"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • 1942 Antonio Fernández, Spanish soccer manager (CD Málaga), born in Alicante, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1942 Arthur Barrett, West Indian cricketer (WI leggie early 70's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1942 Peter Greenaway, Welsh film director, born in Newport, Wales
  • 1942 Peter Magowan, American businessman, MLB owner (SF Giants), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada, Japanese boxer (world flyweight, bantamweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1943 Max Gail, American Emmy Awrad winning actor (Barney Miller - "Wojo"; D.C. Cab: General Hospital; 42), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944 Ann Maxwell, American sci-fi author (Jaws of Menx), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1944 James Buckley, CEO (Baltic Exchange)
  • 1944 Nicholas Caldwell, American R&B singer (Whispers - "And The Beat Goes On"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Pedro Rosselló, Puerto Rican politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Puerto Rico, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1944 Peter T. King, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1944 Willeke van Ammelrooy, Dutch actress (Cidke de Rat, Antonia), born in Amsterdam
  • 1945 Tommy Smith, English soccer defender (1 cap; Football League Div 1 1966, 73, 76, 77; FA Cup 1965, 74; European Cup 1977; Liverpool 467 games), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Jane Asher, English actress (Deep End) and girlfriend of Paul McCartney, born in Willesden, London, England
  • 1946 Jennifer Penney, Canadian ballerina, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946 Larry Frederick Wendt, American composer, born in Napa, California
  • 1946 Robert E McKee, CEO/managing director (Conoco-UK)
  • 1948 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest - "Breakin' The Law"), born in Northampton, England (d. 2018)
  • 1948 Hans Theessink, Dutch blues guitarist, mandolin player, singer-songwriter, born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 1949 John Berg, American actor (Star Trek: Nemesis), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1949 Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio

Agnetha FältskogAgnetha Fältskog (72 years old)

1950 Swedish singer (ABBA - "Dancing Queen"), born in Jönköping, Sweden

  • 1950 Franklin Chang-Diaz, Costa Rican-Chinese American NASA astronaut (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75, sk:91), born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1950 Miki Manojlović, Serbian actor (The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1950 Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • 1950 Paul Oscher, American blues musician (Muddy Waters Blues Band), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Dean Kamen, American engineer and inventor (Segway), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1951 Everett Morton, Nevisian-born English drummer and percussionist (English Beat), born in Saint Kitts, West Indies (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Rennie Stennett, Panamanian baseball infielder (World Series 1979; SF Giants; one of 3 players to collect 7 hits in a MLB game), born in Colón, Panama (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Roosevel Ferguson, Arkansas, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1952 Mitch Pileggi, American actor (The X-Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1952 Sandy Mayer, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1975; French Open doubles 1979), born in Portola Valley, California
  • 1953 John Buchanan, Australian cricketer (Qld batsman 78-79, Shield coach 1995), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • 1954 Christopher S. Nelson, American actor (Sons & Daughters), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1954 Michael W Butler, computer programmer (created TODAY program)
  • 1954 Stan Ridgway, American singer-songwriter (Wall Of Voodoo), born in Barstow, California
  • 1955 Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga artist, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1955 Charlotte de Turckheim, French actress (Jefferson in Paris), born in Montereau-Fault-Yonne, France
  • 1955 Janice Long (née Chegwin), British radio host (Crash FM; BBC), born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England (d. 2021)
  • 1956 Diamond Dallas Page, American professional wrestler, born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • 1958 Cammie Lusko, Guinness' World Strongest Woman, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Johan Kriek, South African-American, tennis player (US Indoor 1982), born in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • 1961 Jim LeRoy, Airshow Pilot
  • 1961 Lisa Zane, American actress, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Lana Clarkson, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1964 Christopher "Kid" Reid, American rapper (Kid 'n Play)
  • 1964 Robert "Bob" Kaehler, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 5th 1992, 96)
  • 1965 Cris Carpenter, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers), born in St. Augustine, Florida
  • 1966 Brent Hughes, American NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in New Westminster, California
  • 1966 Michael "Mike" McCready, American musician and lead guitarist (Pearl Jam), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1966 Scott Dill, American NFL tackle and guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1967 Gary Gait, Canadian lacrosse player
  • 1968 Paula Cole, American pop singer ("I Don't Want To Wait"), born in Rockport, Massachussetts
  • 1968 Tasia Valenza, American actress (All My Children), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Rochelle Walensky, American physician and medical researcher (Director of the CDC 2021-), born in Peabody, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)
  • 1970 Thea Gill, Canadian actress