Famous Birthdays on April 5

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  • 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)

Person of interestThomas Hobbes

1588 Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (Leviathan), born in Westport, England (d. 1679)

Philosopher Thomas Hobbes
Philosopher
Thomas Hobbes
  • 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. 1977)
  • 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, 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 ambasador, 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)

Person of interestBooker T. Washington

1856 Booker T. Washington, American education pioneer and 1st African American on a US stamp, born in Hale's Ford, Virginia (d. 1915)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • 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)
  • 1890 Fie Carelsen [Sophia de Jong], Dutch actress (Malle Gervallen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1975)

  • 1893 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1973)
  • 1899 William Hornby Steer, Conservative Party politician and barrister (d. 1993)

Person of interestSpencer Tracy

1900 Spencer Tracy, American actor (Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib), born in Milwaukee (d. 1967)

  • 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 Guy Clutton-Brock, English social worker (declared as national hero in Zimbabwe), born in Northwood, Middlesex (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Grady Sutton, American actor (Pruitts of South Hampton, The Bank Dick), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (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)

Person of interestBette Davis

1908 Bette Davis, American actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1989)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1908 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Salzburg (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Jagjivan Ram, Indian independence activist and politician, born in Chandwa, Bhojpur, Bihar, British India (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Alberto Romero "Cubby" Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond), 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 President of Columbia Records, 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)
  • 1912 John Le Mesurier, British actor (The Italian Job, Jabberwocky, Dad's Army), born in Bedford, England (d. 1983)
  • 1913 Father Alan Cheales, Dominican priest for 33 years, born in 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)

Person of interestGregory Peck

1916 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), born in San Diego, California (d. 2003)

  • 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)
  • 1921 Patricia Ford, Lady Fisher, Irish politician and founder (British Women Caring Trust), born in Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Les Jackson, English cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Robert Q. Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1922 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer and actress (My Little Margie, 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)

Person of interestNguyen Van Thieu

1923 Nguyen Van Thieu, South Vietnamese President (1965-75), born in Phan Rang, Vietnam (d. 2001)

Vietnamese Politican Nguyen Van Thieu
Vietnamese Politican
Nguyen Van Thieu
  • 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 Oldrich Flosman, Czechoslovakian composer, brn in Pilsen, 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, 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 (Platters-Only You, Harbor Lights), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1929 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (Tartuffe, Pope John Paul II), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • 1931 Denis Lawton, director (London University Institute of Educ)
  • 1932 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 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 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)
  • 1934 Roman Herzog, President of Germany (1994-99), born in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Donald Lynden-Bell, British theoretical astrophysicist, born in Dover, Kent (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Peter Grant, English rock band manager, born in South Norwood, England (d. 1995)
  • 1936 John Albert, professor (Master of University College Oxford)
  • 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)
  • 1936 John Kelly, Irish republican politician, born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2007)

Person of interestColin Powell

1937 Colin Powell, American General and Assistant to the President (Nat Sec Affairs), born in The Bronx, New York

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell
  • 1937 Stuart May, senior partner (Theodore Goddard)
  • 1937 Allan R. Thieme, American inventor (first Power operated vehicle/scooter), born in Bridgeport, Michigan
  • 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
  • 1939 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Andrew Buxton, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • 1939 David Winters, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1939 Crispian St. Peters, English singer (The Changin' Times), born in Swanley, Kent
  • 1940 Aliza Kashi, Israeli actress and singer (Merv Griffin regular), born in Israel
  • 1941 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler (Fairport Convention), born in New Malden, Surrey (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Michael Moriarty, American-Canadian actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Q, Stuff), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942 Allan Clarke, English rock vocalist (Hollies-Air That I Breathe), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • 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
  • 1943 Max Gail, American actor (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab), 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, Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 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
  • 1944 Pedro Rosselló, Puerto Rican politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Puerto Rico, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1945 Tommy Smith, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Liverpool, Merseyside
  • 1946 Jane Asher, English actress (Deep End) and girlfriend of Paul McCartney, born in Willesden, London
  • 1946 Jennifer Penney, Canadian ballerina, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1946 Larry Frederick Wendt, American composer, born in Napa, California
  • 1946 Robert E McKee, CEO/managing director (Conoco-UK)
14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • 1948 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), born in Northampton, England (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestAgnetha Fältskog

1950 Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA), 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 Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • 1950 Miki Manojlović, Serbian actor (The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1950 Paul Oscher, American blues musician (Muddy Waters Blues Band), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Everett Morton, dummer and percussionist (English Beat)
  • 1951 Roosevel Ferguson, Arkansas, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1951 Dean Kamen, American engineer and inventor (Segway), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1952 Mitch Pileggi, American actor (The X-Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 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 Bartsow, California
  • 1955 Janice Long, British radio host (Crash FM), born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England
  • 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
  • 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 Lisa Zane, American actress, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Jim LeRoy, Airshow Pilot
  • 1962 Lana Clarkson, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1964 Martha Faulconer,golfer (1993 ShopRite LPGA-5th), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1964 Robert "Bob" Kaehler, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 5th 1992, 96)
  • 1964 Christopher "Kid" Reid, American rapper (Kid 'n Play)
  • 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 Scott Dill, American NFL tackle and guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1966 Michael "Mike" McCready, American musician and lead guitarist (Pearl Jam), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1967 Gary Gait, Canadian lacrosse player
  • 1968 Gianna Amore, Warwick RI, playmate (August, 1989)
  • 1968 Tasia Valenza, American actress (All My Children), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Paula Cole, American musician
  • 1970 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Thea Gill, Canadian actress
  • 1970 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)
  • 1971 Bob Kuberski, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Finidi George, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1971 Stuart Peele, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Shigemasa Ito, WLAF offensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Krista Allen, American actress
  • 1972 Tom Coronel, Dutch racing driver
  • 1972 Paul Okon, Australian former footballer
  • 1973 Ed Hobbs, WLAF RB (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Emile Palmer, WLAF DT (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Estefania Knuth, LPGA golfer (1992 French Intl), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1973 Spencer Folau, NFL/WLAF offensive tackle (Balt Ravens, Rhein Fire)
  • 1973 Tony Banks, quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • 1973 Yutaka Kawaguchi, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1973 Élodie Bouchez, French actress

Person of interestPharrell Williams

1973 Pharrell Williams, American music producer (The Neptunes), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • 1974 Mike DuHaney, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut