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Famous Birthdays on December 4

  • 1555 Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet, born in Barntrup, Germany (d. 1625)
  • 1580 Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer, born in East Sutton, Kent, England (d. 1626)
  • 1584 John Cotton, Puritan clergyman in Mass Bay colony, born in Derby, Derbyshire, Kingdom of England (d. 1652)
  • 1595 Jean Chapelain, French writer and poet (La Pucelle), born in Paris (d. 1674)
  • 1646 Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, Marshal of France, born in Rennes, Brittany, France (d. 1730)
  • 1660 Andre Campra, French composer, baptized in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1744)
  • 1667 Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, French composer, born in Andelot, Haute-Marne, France (d. 1737)
  • 1670 John Aislabie, English politician (Chancellor of the Exchequer), born in England (d. 1742)
  • 1708 Marianus Königsperger, German composer, born in Roding, Germany (d. 1769)
  • 1711 Barbara of Portugal [Maria Madalena Bárbara Xavier Leonor Teresa Antónia Josefa], Queen of Spain,born in Ribeira Palace, Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1758)
  • 1713 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist, born in Venice (d. 1786)
  • 1720 Jean-Jacques Robson, Flemish composer, born in Dendermonde, Belgium (d. 1785)
  • 1726 William Alexander, Lord Stirling, American general (American Revolutionary War leader), born in NYC, New York (d. 1783)
  • 1777 Juliette Récamier, French socialite, born in Lyon, Kingdom of France (d. 1849)
  • 1786 John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament [or 12/14]
  • 1791 Johann Gottlob Topfer, German composer, born in Niederroßla (d. 1870)

Person of interestThomas Carlyle

1795 Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist and historian (The French Revolution), born in Ecclefechan, Scotland (d. 1881)

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle
  • 1798 Jules Armand Dufaure, French statesman (Prime Minister of France 1871-73), born in Saujon, France (d. 1881)
  • 1800 Emil Aarestrup, Danish physician and poet (Ritornellen), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1831)
  • 1803 Augustus Zerega diZerega, Martinique, ship owner (Red Z Lane)
  • 1808 Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher (Horatius), born in Paris (d. 1886)
  • 1812 Elias Smith Dennis, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newburgh, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1818 William Wing "Old Blizzards" Loring, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1886)
  • 1825 Hynek Vojáček, Czech composer, born in Zlín, Empire of Austria (d. 1916)
  • 1835 Samuel Butler, English author (Erewhom, Way of All Flesh), born in Langar, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1902)
  • 1838 Melesio Morales, Mexican composer, born in Mexico City (d. 1908)

Person of interestCrazy Horse

1840 Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], Oglala Sioux chief (Battle of the Little Bighorn), born in Fort Robinson, Nebraska (d. 1877)

Native American War Leader Crazy Horse
Native American War Leader
Crazy Horse
  • 1844 Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus, born in Rottweil, Württemberg (d. 1914)
  • 1852 Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist and honorary member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1920), born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1934)
  • 1858 Billy Gunn, English cricketer (Notts & England batsman in 11 Tests 1886-99), born in St Ann's, Nottingham (d. 1921)

Person of interestChester Greenwood

1858 Chester Greenwood, American inventor (invented earmuffs at 15), born in Farmington, Maine (d. 1937)

  • 1861 Lillian Russell [Helen Leonard], American singer and actress (Great Mogul), born in Clinton, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1865 Edith Cavell, British nurse (WWI), born in Swardeston, Norfolk, England (d. 1915)
  • 1866 Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French abstract painter (Dreamy Inspiration), born in Moscow (d. 1944)
  • 1868 Richard Nicolaas Roland Holst, Dutch artist and painter, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1938)
  • 1868 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1953)

  • 1875 Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet (Ana, The City, Duino Elegies), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1926)
  • 1875 Joe Corbett, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1945)
  • 1876 Dimitur Poljanov [Popov], Bulgarian poet (Iron Poems) (d. 1953)
  • 1879 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", born in Hillsborough, Ireland (d. 1941)
  • 1881 Erwin von Witzleben, German fieldmarshal (July 20th plot), born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian novelist (Black Opal), born in Levuka, Fiji (d. 1969)
  • 1888 Aleksandar I, King of Yugoslavia (1921-34), born in Cetinje, Montenegro (d. 1934)
  • 1889 Isabel Randolph, American actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Our Miss Brooks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)

Person of interestFrancisco Franco

1892 Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator (1936-75), born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain (d. 1975)

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1895 Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer (Bombi Bitt Och Jag), born in Vollsjö, Sweden (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Fung Yu-lan, Chinese philosopher, born in Tanghe County, Henan, Qing Dynasty (d. 1990)
  • 1896 Nikolai Tichonov, Russian writer (against Pasternak), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1896 Larry Stock, American singer-songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1897 Mari Andriessen, Dutch sculptor (Dock Worker) (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Douwe Hermans Kiestra, Frisian farmer and writer, born in Poppenwier, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • 1899 Charlie Spencer, English football player, born in Washington, England (d. 1953)
  • 1903 A. L. Rowse, British author and historian, born in Tregonissey, St Austell, Cornwall (d. 1997)
  • 1903 Cornell Woolrich, American writer (El Angel Negro), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1905 Emílio Garrastazu Médici, 28th President of Brazil (1969-74), born in Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Jo Boer, Dutch painter and author (Catharina & the Magnolias), born in Surabaya, Indonesia (d. 1993)
  • 1908 A. D. Hershey, American biologist, worked with bacteriophages (Nobel 1969), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Jimmy Jewel [James Jewel Marsh], British comedic actor (The Avengers, Thicker Than Water), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Alex North [Isadore Soifer], American composer (Spartacus, Viva Zapata), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Amar Singh, Indian cricketer (dashing Indian all-rounder of thirties), born in Rajkot, Gujarat, British India (d. 1940)
  • 1910 R. [Ramaswamy] Venkataraman, Indian politician, eighth President of India (1987-92), born in Rajamadam, British India (d. 2009)
  • 1912 Ian Wallace [John Wallace Pritchard], American sci-fi author (Megalomania), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1912 Pappy Boyington, American combat pilot (United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II), born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (d. 1988)
  • 1913 Robert Adler, Austrian-American inventor (remote control for television), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Rudolf Hausner, Austrian artist (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), born in Paris, France (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1915 Fred Freer, Australian cricket pace bowler (1 Test 1946), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1919 I. K. [Inder Kumar] Gujral, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India (1997-98), born in Jhelum, British India (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Patton), born in Jhansi, British India (d.1978)
  • 1920 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, born in Flushing, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, born in Chaves, Portugal (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Ray Robinson, American magazine editor and biographer (Lou Gehrig), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1921 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Gérard Philipe, French actor (Caligula, Devil in the Flesh), born in Cannes, France (d. 1959)
  • 1923 Charles Keating, American district attorney (Los Angeles California), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1923 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1924 John C. Portman Jr., American architect (Ivan Allen Award-1964), born in Walhalla, South Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Maurice Binder, American photographer and film title designer (James Bond Movies), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Russell L. Rogers, American electrical engineer and astronaut (X-20), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1967)
  • 1928 Dena Dietrich, American actress (Mother Nature in Chiffon margarine), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1930 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball player (AL Rookie of the Year-1953), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • 1930 Paul-Heinz Dittrich, German composer, born in Gornsdorf, Germany
  • 1930 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), born in Fort William, Ontario, Canada
  • 1931 Wally George, American conservative TV commentator, born in Oakland, California (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer, born in Puno, Peru (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Joanne Battiste, artist (heroines) (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Roh Tae-Woo, 6th President South Korea (1988-93), born in Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

  • 1933 Horst Buchholz, German actor (Magnificent 7, Raid on Entebbe), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Victor French, American actor (Highway to Heaven), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1989)
  • 1934 Wink Martindale, American TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1935 Fred Rumsey, English cricket lefty pace bowler (5 Tests 1964-65), born in Stepney, London
  • 1935 Robert Vesco, American financier and fugitive, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Freddy Cannon [Picariello], American rocker (Palisades Park), born in Revere, Massachusetts
  • 1937 Max Baer Jr, American actor (Jethro-Beverly Hillbillies), born in Oakland, California
  • 1937 Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Danger Bay), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Andre Marrou, American Libertarian Presidential candidate (1992), born in Nixon, Texas
  • 1938 Liesbeth Struppert, Dutch actress (Miep Gies-Anne Frank), born in Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1938 Lynn Blessing, vibes player (d. 1994)
  • 1938 Yvonne Minton, Australian-British soprano, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Gary Gilmore, American murderer, born in McCamey, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1941 Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer (Lucia), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Raul Blanco, Argentine-Australian soccer asst coach (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1942 Bob Mosley, American rock bassist (Moby Grape), born in Paradise Valley, California
  • 1942 Gemma Jones, English actress (Bridget Jones's Diary), born in Marylebone, London
  • 1944 Chris Hillman, American singer (The Byrds - Turn Turn Turn), born in San Diego, California
  • 1944 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and vocalist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne, California (d. 1983)
  • 1944 François Migault, French racing driver, born in Le Mans, France
  • 1944 Anna McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1945 Michael Gerzon, British mathematician and audio pioneer (Ambisonics), born in Birmingham (d. 1996)
  • 1945 Roberta Lynn Bondar, Canadian neurologist and astronaut (STS 42), born in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
  • 1947 Ursula Krechel, German writer (Shanghai far from where), born in Trier, Germany
  • 1947 Terry Woods, Irish musician (The Pogues, Steeleye Span), born in Dublin
  • 1948 Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist (Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1948 Southside Johnny [Lyons], American rocker (Asbury Jukes - I Don't Want Go Home), born in Neptune, New Jersey

Person of interestJeff Bridges

1949 Jeff Bridges, American actor (Stay Hungry, Against All Odds), born in Los Angeles, California


  • 1949 Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born Australian actress (Superman 3, Sat Night Live), born in Takapuna, Auckland
  • 1950 Jan Rietman, Dutch radio and TV host, born in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • 1950 Karel van de Graaf, Dutch TV host, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1951 Gary Rossington, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951 Patricia Wettig, American actress (Nancy Weston-30 Something), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1952 Ronald M. Sega, American professor of systems engineering and astronaut (STS 60, 76), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1953 Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954 Tony Todd, American actor and producer (Platoon), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1955 Brian Prout, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Troy, New York
  • 1955 Cassandra Wilson, American jazz singer, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1955 Dave Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Levack, Ontario
  • 1956 Bernard King, American basketball player (NY Knicks, NJ Nets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Blagoi Blagoyev, Bulgarian 82.5 kg weightlifer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria
  • 1957 Lee Smith, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Jamestown, Louisiana
  • 1957 Raul Boesel, Brazil, Brazilian Indy-car racer (CART), born in Curitiba, Brazil
  • 1957 Eric S. Raymond, American open source advocate, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Susan W. Krebs, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1959 Paul McGrath, Irish footballer (Aston Villa, Sheffield United), born in Ealing, England
  • 1960 David Green, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • 1960 Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 1984), born in Toowoomba, Australia
  • 1961 Frank Reich, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions), born in Freeport, New York
  • 1962 Arnold Scholten, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Den Bosch, Netherlands
  • 1962 John Gaasbeek, soccer player (FC Twente/NAC)
  • 1962 Stan Gelbaugh, American NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Kevin Richardson, English footballer (Everton), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1963 Johanna Wright, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4th), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1963 Mike Snoei, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1963 Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1988, 6 world titles), born in Luhansk, Ukraine
  • 1964 Marisa Tomei, American actress (My Cousin Vinny), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Chelsea Noble, American actress (Kate-Growing Pains), born in Cheektowaga, New York

  • 1964 Sertab Erener, Turkish singer (Sakin Ol!), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1964 Jonathan Goldstein, American actor (Drake & Josh), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1965 Rob Smits, pop drummer (Kong/Phlegm)
  • 1965 Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish film director (As Luck Would Have It), born in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
  • 1966 Fred Armisen, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1966 Masta Ace, American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Suzanne Malveaux, American television news journalist, born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1967 Klaus Wilmsmeyer, American NFL punter (New Orleans Saints), born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 1967 Martha O'Kelley, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1968 Mike Barrowman, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Costa Mesa, California
  • 1969 Ferric Collons, American NFL defensive end (New England Patriots), born in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

Person of interestJay-Z

1969 Jay-Z [Shawn Carter], American rapper and record producer (Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint), born in Brooklyn, New York City

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
  • 1970 Jeff Blake, American NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1970 Kevin Sussman, American actor (Ugly Betty, The Big Bang Theory), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Sylvester Terkay, American professional wrestler, born in Washington, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Terrence Wisdom, American NFL guard and center (NY Jets, London Monarchs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Shannon Briggs, American boxer (lineal 1997-98 & WBO heavyweight champion 2006-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Damien Covington, American NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Berlin Township, New Jersey
  • 1972 Howard Eisley, American NBA guard (Utah Jazz), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972 Jassen Cullimore, Canadian NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
  • 1972 Kerry Anne Guse, Australian tennis star (1996 final Hobart), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1972 Ted Johnson, American inside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Alameda, California
  • 1973 Corliss Williamson, American NBA forward (Sacramento Kings), born in Russellville, Arkansas

Person of interestTyra Banks

1973 Tyra Banks, American supermodel and actress (Higher Learning, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in Inglewood, California

Supwemodel & Actress Tyra Banks
Supwemodel & Actress
Tyra Banks
  • 1973 Racci Shay, American musician, born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1973 Ferry Corsten, Dutch musician and DJ, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1973 Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league footballer (Manly Sea Eagles), born in Manly, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1973 Kate Rusby, English folk singer and songwriter, born in Barnsley, England

Person of interestAnke Huber

1974 Anke Huber, German tennis player (Fed Cup 1992, Hopman Cup 1995), born in Bruchsal, Germany

Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • 1974 Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball player and manager (Chiba Lotte Marines), born in Nishitōkyō, Tokyo, Japan

  • 1976 John Lee, American dance skater (& Julia Bikbova), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1976 Amie Comeaux, American country music singer, born in Brusly, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1977 Shahid Nazir, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistan Test fast bowler v Zimbabwe 1996), born in Faisalabad, Punjab
  • 1977 Big Pokey [Milton Powell], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978 Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer (Gemilang), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1979 Jay DeMerit, American soccer player, born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1980 Michele Di Piedi, Italian footballer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1982 Ho-Pin Tung, Dutch-Chinese racing driver, born in Velp, Netherlands
  • 1983 Jimmy Bartel, Australian rules footballer (Geelong Football Club), born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • 1983 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1984 Brooke Adams, American model and professional wrestler, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1984 Lindsay Felton, American actress (Caitlin's Way), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1984 Lauren London, American actress (The Game), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1985 Andrew Brackman, American baseball player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1985 Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball player, born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • 1985 Ibtihaj Muhammad, American fencer, first American Muslim to wear hijab at Olympics, born in Maplewood, New Jersey
  • 1986 Martell Webster, American basketball player, born in Edmonds, Washington
  • 1989 Pornanong Phatlum, Thai golfer (British Open 2018 runner-up), born in Khon Kaen, Thailand
  • 1992 Jin [Kim Seok-jin] Korean vocalist (BTS), born in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea