On This Day

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)
  • 1338 Muhammad V of Granada [al-Ghani bi'llah], Ruler of Granada (1354-59, 1362-91), completed the Alhambra, (d. 1391)
  • 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

Jacob Grimm

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

  • 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

Louis Braille

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

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

Isaac Pitman

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

  • 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 Symphony; Ripening; Serenade for Strings), 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)
  • 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, American jazz flutist, saxophonist, and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (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

Don 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)

  • 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

Floyd Patterson

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

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

Grace Bumbry

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

  • 1937 Raman Surendranath, Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Jon Appleton, composer
  • 1939 Jens Jørgen Hansen, Danish soccer right back (40 caps; Esbjerg fB), born in Struer, Denmark (d, 2022)
  • 1940 Anthony "Skooter" Teague, American screen and stage actor (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; No, No, Nanette), born in Jacksboro, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1940 Brian Josephson, Welsh physicist (Nobel Prize, 1973), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1940 Helmut Jahn, German-American architect who designed the O'Hare United Airlines Terminal and the Thompson Center in Chicago and One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 2021) [1] [2]
  • 1940 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate, years), born in Ganzhou, China
  • 1941 John Bennett Perry, American actor (Falcon Crest), and singer, born in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • 1941 Maureen Reagan, 1st daughter of Ronald Reagan 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

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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

  • 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 Pete Haycock, British blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, and composer (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (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], American country 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, American NBA center, 1985-2000 (Olympic gold, 1984; Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, and 4 other teams), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1962 Martin McAloon, British power-pop bassist (Prefab Sprout - "2 Wheels Good"), born in Durham, England
  • 1962 Patrick Cassidy, American actor and composer (Fever Pitch; Off the Wall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Laila Eloui, Egyptian film actress, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 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 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
  • 1978 Mai Meneses, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (Nena Daconte), born in Madrid, Spain