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Famous Birthdays on January 4

  • 1077 Emperor Zhezong of Song Dynasty in China (d. 1100)
  • 1334 Amadeus VI [Green Count], Count of Savoy (d. 1383)
  • 1567 Franciscus Aguilon, physicist/mathematician/jesuit/architect
  • 1579 Willem Teellinck, Dutch theologist/vicar
  • 1581 James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC).
  • 1604 Jacob Balde, German jesuit/barok conductor (Jephthe)
  • 1664 Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (d. 1742)
  • 1672 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (d. 1742)
  • 1710 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Italian composer (Il Prigioniero Superbo), born in Iesi, The Papel States (d. 1736)
  • 1717 Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer
  • 1720 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court) composer and organist, born in Dobitschen, Thuringia (d. 1774)
  • 1726 Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector
  • 1739 Henrik C Cras, Dutch lawyer (Laudatio Hugonis Grotii)
  • 1759 Maria Rosa Coccia, composer
  • 1772 Paul-Louis Courier, (de Mere), French writer/interpreter
  • 1773 Johann Peter Heuschkel, composer

Person of interestJacob Grimm

1785 Jacob Grimm, German philologist, folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales", born in Hanau, Hesse-Cassel, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1863)

Author Jacob Grimm
Jacob Grimm
  • 1789 Benjamin Lundy, philanthropist/abolitionist
  • 1797 Wilhelm Beer, German amateur astronomer (constructed 1st Moon map)
  • 1805 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer
  • 1807 Baltasar Saldoni, composer

Person of interestLouis Braille

1809 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, born in Coupvray, France (d. 1852)

Braille Inventor Louis Braille
Braille Inventor
Louis Braille
  • 1813 Alexander Freiherr von Bach, Austria attorney/premier (1852-59)

Person of interestIsaac Pitman

1813 Isaac Pitman, English teacher and inventor of Pitman shorthand (Stenographic Soundhand), born in Trowbridge, England (d. 1897)

English Teacher and Inventor Isaac Pitman
English Teacher and Inventor
Isaac Pitman
  • 1813 Louis L Bonaparte, English/French linguist/senator
  • 1821 John James Peck, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manlius, New York (d. 1878)
  • 1822 Joseph Jones Reynolds, American engineer, educator, and Major General (Union Army), born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky (d. 1899)
  • 1823 Otto van Rees, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1884-88)
  • 1823 Peter Joseph Osterhaus, German-American diplomat and Major General (Union Army), born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1832 George Tryon, British admiral (d. 1893)
  • 1838 Charles Stratton [General Tom Thumb], famous short person
  • 1839 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Meus oito anos), novelist and playwright (Camoes e o jau), born in Casimiro de Abreu, Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil (d. 1860)
  • 1839 Carl Humann, German engineer (d. 1896)
  • 1842 Frederic T. Greenhalge, 38th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1844 Thomas H Rollinson, composer
  • 1848 Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1913)

  • 1869 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
  • 1870 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), born in London (d. 1932)
  • 1872 Edmund Rumpler, Austrian auto/airplane builder
  • 1874 Josef Suk, Czech violinist (Bohemian String Quartet, 1891-1933), composer (Asrael), and educator, born in Křečovice, Bohema (d. 1935)
  • 1874 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, born on Good Katrinedal (d. 1966)
  • 1877 Gibson Gowland, British film actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), born in Spennymoor, Durham, England (d. 1951)
  • 1878 Alfred Edgar Coppard, England, writer (Black Dogs & Other Stories)
  • 1878 Augustus John, Welsh painter (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German painter/poet/sculptor (Seated Youth)
  • 1882 Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist, born in Nizhny Lomov, Russia (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Johanna Westerdijk, botanist/Neth 1st female prof (Utrecht, 1917-52)
  • 1883 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist and editor of The Masses (d. 1969)
  • 1888 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic gold 1908, 12)
  • 1890 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavia, MP (communist)
  • 1891 Edward Brooker, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1948)
  • 1891 Bryn Lewis, Welsh rugby union winger (2 caps; Newport, Cambridge University), born in Pontardawe, Wales (d. 1917)
  • 1893 Manuel Palau Boix, composer
  • 1893 Yone Minagawa, Japanese, became worlds oldest living person January 29, 2007. (d. Aug. 13, 2007)
  • 1894 Wesley La Violette, composer
  • 1894 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Lourens G M Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter
  • 1895 Leroy Grumman, American industrialist (d. 1982)
  • 1896 Everett Dirksen, American politician (Sen-R-Ill) (d. 1969)
  • 1898 Roger Vuataz, composer
  • 1900 James Bond, American ornithologist (d. 1989)
  • 1901 C. L. R. James, writer and journalist (d. 1989)
  • 1902 John McCone, CIA Director (d. 1991)
  • 1903 Joris Diels, Flemish actor and director (It's a Cruel World, Haagsche Comedy), born in Antwerpen, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • 1904 Erik Chisholm, Scottish conductor, composer (Hindustani Piano Concerto), and educator (South African College of Music, 1949-65), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1965)
  • 1905 Sterling Holloway, American actor (The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, The Aristocats, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree), born in Cedartown, Georgia (d. 1992)
  • 1905 Sydney Lipton, British dance band leader, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon 1931), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1910 Arthur Villeneuve, Quebec painter (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of West-Samoa (1962- )
  • 1914 Mohammed Sahir, shah (Afghanistan)
  • 1914 Herman Franks, American baseball player
  • 1916 Catherina Elisabeth "Tootje" Vreede, portrait painter
  • 1916 Robert Parrish, director (Casino Royale), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1916 Lionel Newman, American film music composer (Peyton Place), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1916 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Maurice Wohl, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • 1919 Al "Jazbo" Collins, American DJ (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, underwriter (Lloyd's of London)
  • 1920 William Egan Colby, CIA director (Nixon)
  • 1920 Rosalie Crutchley, British actress (Armchair Theatre: Black Limelight, Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Flavio Testi, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Florence, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Sebastian Kappen, Indian theologian (d. 1993)
  • 1925 Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 60), born in Kurkijoki, Finland (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Johnny Lujack, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1947; National C'ship 1943, 46-47; Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1950-51; Chicago Bears), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1927 Barbara Rush, American actress (Marsha-Peyton Place, It Came From Outer Space, Flamingo Road), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1927 Paul Desmarais, Canadian businessman
  • 1929 Amitai W Etzioni, US sociologist (Active Society)
  • 1929 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist

Person of interestDon Shula

1930 Don Shula, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Super Bowl 1972, 73; Miami Dolphins; Baltimore Colts; NFL Coach of the Year 1964, 67, 68, 72), born in Grand River Ohio (d. 2020)

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

  • 1930 Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Sorrell Booke, American actor (Boss Hogg in Dukes of Hazard), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Guido Messina, Italian road and track cyclist (World C'ship gold individual 4000m pursuit 1948, 53, 54, 55, 56; Olympic gold team 1952), born in Monreale, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • 1932 Richard Stahl, American actor (Howard-It's a Living), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Carlos Saura, Spanish director
  • 1933 Ed Jenkins, (Rep-D-GA, 1977- )
  • 1933 Ilia II Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia.
  • 1934 Rudolf Schuster, President of Slovakia

Person of interestFloyd Patterson

1935 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), born in Waco, North Carolina (d. 2006)

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1935 Kenneth Money, Canadian astronaut (STS 42-alt)
  • 1937 Dyan Cannon [Samile Diane Friesen], American actress, director and producer (Heaven Can Wait), born in Tacoma, Washington

Person of interestGrace Bumbry

1937 Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • 1937 Raman Surendranath, Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Jon Appleton, composer
  • 1940 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • 1940 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1940 Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • 1940 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • 1941 John Bennett Perry, singer/actor (Falcon Crest), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • 1941 Maureen Reagan, 1st daughter of Ronald and Jane Wyman, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 John McLaughlin, British jazz-rock fusion guitarist (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1942 Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait (2011-present), born in Kuwait City, Kuwait

Person of interestDoris Kearns Goodwin

1943 Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and writer (Team of Rivals, No Ordinary Time), born in Brooklyn, New York

Writer and Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin
Writer and Historian
Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • 1944 Volker Hornback, German saxophone player and violinist (Tangerine Dream, 1967-69)
  • 1944 Alan Sutherland, New Zealand rugby union number 8 (10 caps; Marlborough), born in Blenheim, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1945 JayDee Maness, American pedal steel guitar player (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1945 Vesa-Matti Loiri, Finnish entertainer
  • 1945 Richard R. Schrock, American chemist, Nobel laureate

  • 1946 Arthur Conley, American soul singer ("Sweet Soul Music"), born in McIntosh County, Georgia (d. 2003)
  • 1946 Susannah McCorkle, American jazz singer, born in Berkeley, California (d. 2001)
  • 1947 Chris Cutler, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • 1947 Rick Stein, English chef and television presenter
  • 1947 John King, American rock drummer (Steve Miller Band, 1972-74), born in Kingsport, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1948 Eugeniusz Wycisło, Polish politician
  • 1949 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • 1951 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951 Peter Haycock, rock guitarist (All Along the Watchtower), (d. 2013)
  • 1953 Norberto Alonso, Argentine soccer midfielder (19 caps; River Plate), born in Vicente López, Argentina
  • 1954 Eugene Chadbourne, American composer and musician
  • 1955 Kathy Forester, American country singer (Forester Sisters - "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes"), born in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
  • 1955 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1956 Ann Magnuson, actress (Anything But Love, Hunger), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1956 Bernard Sumner [Albrecht], English rock guitarist, vocalist (Joy Division and New Order), born in Salford, England
  • 1956 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer
  • 1957 Patty Loveless [Ramey], singer (Blue Side of Town), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • 1958 Matt Frewer, actor (Max Headroom, Doctor Doctor), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958 Julian Sands, English actor (A Room with a View, Arachnophobia), born in Otley, Yorkshire, England
  • 1958 Andy Borowitz, American comedian and satirist
  • 1958 Gary Jones, Welsh-born actor
  • 1959 Vanity [Denise Matthews] Canadian-American pop and R&B singer, Prince protégé , and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1959 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese pop artist
  • 1960 Cory Everson, American body builder (6X Ms Olympia), born in Racine Wisconsin
  • 1960 Michael Stipe, American rock vocalist and songwriter (R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"; "Stand"; "Everybody Hurts"), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1960 April Winchell, American actress
  • 1961 Lee Curreri, American actor (Bruno Martelli-Fame), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Joe Kleine, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls)
  • 1962 Martin McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • 1962 Patrick Cassidy, American actor and composer (Fever Pitch, Off the Wall), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1962 Laila Eloui, Egyptian actress
  • 1962 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1963 Dave Foley, actor and comedian (Kids In The Hall, Dave Nelson on NewsRadio)
  • 1963 Till Lindemann, German heavy metal singer (Rammstein), born in Leipzig, East Germany
  • 1964 Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson, Somerville NJ, US rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1965 Craig Revel Horwood, Australian-English dancer and judge (Strictly Come Dancing), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • 1965 David Glasper, Welsh rock singer (Breathe - "Hands To Heaven"), born in Cardigan, Wales
  • 1965 Guy Forget, French tennis player (ATP Tour Finals 1990; France Davis Cup 1991, 96; Fed Cup/Davis Cup captain; Director French Open), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1965 Jergus Baca, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, IHL defenseman (Team Slovakia 98)
  • 1965 John Jackson, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1965 Julia Ormond, English actress (Sabrina, Legends of the Fall), born in London, England
  • 1965 Kevin Wickander, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • 1965 Yvan Attal, French actor and director, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1965 Beth Gibbons, English singer (Portishead), born in Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Cait O'Riordan, British musician (The Pogues), born in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 1965 Rick Hearst, American actor (General Hospital), born in Howard Beach, New York
  • 1966 Deana Carter, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1967 David Toms, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2001, US Senior Open 2018), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1967 Rick Cunningham, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Johnny Nelson, English boxer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Marina Orsini, Canadian actress, born in Ville-Émard, Montreal
  • 1968 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1968 Mike Wilpolt, American football player & coach, born in Broomfield, Colorado
  • 1969 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Monrovia, California
  • 1969 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • 1969 Lindsay Kennedy, American actor (Jeb-Little House on the Prairie), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970 Sean Lumpkin, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • 1970 Chris Kanyon, American pro wrestler (WCW/WWF World Tag Team C'ship), born in Sunnyside, New York City (d. 2010)
  • 1971 Carlos Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Nigua, Dominican Republic
  • 1971 Garrison Hearst, American NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Lincolnton, Georgia

  • 1971 Jeremy Licht, American actor (Mark-Valerie/Hogan Family), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Orlanda Truitt, American football wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • 1971 Richard Chee Quee, Australian-Chinese cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry), born in Camperdown, Australia
  • 1971 Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese artist & sculptor, born in Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture
  • 1972 James Longley, American documentary filmmaker, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1973 Lamont Warren, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1973 Ray Mickens, American football cornerback (NY Jets), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1973 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears), born in East Setauket, New York
  • 1973 Frank Høj, Danish cyclist, born in Denmark
  • 1973 Harmony Korine, American film director and artist, born in Bolinas, California
  • 1974 Carl Powell, American football defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Ian Moor, English singer, born in North Ferriby, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Benoît Joachim, Luxembourg cyclist, born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • 1976 Ted Lilly, American baseball player, born in Torrance, California
  • 1977 Irán Castillo, Mexican actress, born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • 1977 Dan Shanahan, Irish hurler, born in Lismore, Republic of Ireland
  • 1977 Tim Wheeler, Irish pop-rock singer-songwriter (Ash - "Shining Light"), born in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
  • 1977 David Millar, Scottish road racing cyclist (banned in 2004 for doping), born in Mtarfa, Malta
  • 1978 Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player, born in Bratislava, Slovakia