Famous Birthdays on May 4

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 224

  • 1006 Khwaja Abdullah Ansari, The Persian Sufi, born in Herat, Khorasan (now Afghanistan) (d. 1088)
  • 1008 Henry I, King of the Franks (1031-60), born in Reims, France (d. 1060)
  • 1611 Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect and composer, born in Rome (d. 1691)
  • 1635 Willem van Outhoorn, Dutch governor-general (Dutch East Indies), born in Larike, Ambon Island, Dutch East Indies (d. 1720)
  • 1654 Kangxi Emperor of China, 4th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, born in Jingren Palace, Forbidden City, Beijing, Qing dynasty, China (d. 1722)
  • 1655 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker - considered the inventor of the piano, born in Padua (d. 1731)
  • 1715 Richard Graves, English writer, born in Mickleton, Gloucestershire (d. 1804)
  • 1733 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor, born in Dax, France (d. 1799)
  • 1738 Josef Kohaut, Czech composer, born in Žatec, Czech Republic (d. 1777)
  • 1744 Marianne Martinez, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1812)
  • 1752 John Brooks, 11th Governor of Massachusetts (1816-23), born in Medford (d. 1825)
  • 1763 Franz Stanislaus Spindler, German composer, born in Steingaden, Germany (d. 1819)
  • 1767 Tyagaraja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music, born in Tiruvarur, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu (d. 1847)
  • 1769 Charles Hague, English composer, born in Tadcaster, Yorkshire (d. 1821)
  • 1772 Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German encyclopedia publisher, born in Dortmund, Germany (d. 1823)
  • 1776 Johann Friedrich Herbart, German philosopher and psychologist, born in Oldenburg, Germany (d. 1841)
  • 1777 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1852)
  • 1781 Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher, born in Eisenberg, Germany (d. 1832)

Person of interestHorace Mann

1796 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1796 Joseph Pannell Taylor, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1864)
  • 1796 William H. Prescott, American historian, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • 1807 Thomas Duncan, Scottish painter, born in Kinclaven, Perthshire, Scotland (d. 1845)
  • 1820 Joseph Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack), born in London (d. 1895)
  • 1820 Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler (1841-45), born in Gardiners Island, New York (d. 1889)
  • 1822 Charles Boucher de Boucherville, Premier of Quebec, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1915)
  • 1825 Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist (comparative anatomy), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England (d. 1895)
  • 1825 Augustus Le Plongeon, French-American photographer and antiquitarian, born in Island of Jersey, France (d. 1908)
  • 1826 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River Sch), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1900)
  • 1827 John Hanning Speke, British explorer, the first European to reach Lake Victoria in east Africa, born in Bideford, Devon (d. 1864)
  • 1835 Edmund Hart Turpin, English composer, born in Nottingham, England (d. 1907)
  • 1852 Alice Liddell, English schoolgirl model for Alice in Wonderland, born in London (d. 1934)
  • 1860 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, Austrian composer (Donna Diana), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1945)
  • 1867 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer and organist, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1949)
  • 1870 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1871 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), born in Gołańcz, Poland (d. 1946)
  • 1873 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Ramiro de Maeztu, Spanish writer (Don Quixote & Celestine), born in Alava, Spain (d. 1936)
  • 1875 Reggie Schwartz, South African cricketer (1st of great South African googlists), born in Lee, London (d. 1918)
  • 1877 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, born in Van Wert, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1881 Aleksander Kerensky, Russian premier (1917), born in Simbirsk, Russian Empire (d. 1970)
  • 1882 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela (d. 1968)
  • 1889 Francis Spellman, American Bishop and Cardinal of Roman Catholic Church, born in Whitman, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1891 Frederick Jacobi, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1952)
  • 1891 J. W. F. Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread), born in Amsterdam (d. 1958)
  • 1893 Edgar Dearing, American actor (Pollyanna, Abraham Lincoln, Free & Easy), born in Ceres, California (d. 1947)
  • 1893 Royal Butler [Edwin Richey], American actor (Zenobia), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Cola Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, born in Kralendijk, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Cvjetko Rihtman, Bosnian composer, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Rodney Meredith Thomas, English architect and painter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1903 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1904 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, born in Tummāy al-Zahāyrah, Egypt (d. 1975)

  • 1905 Mátyás Seiber, composer (Scherzando), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1906 Esmond Knight, British actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder), born in East Sheen, England (dd. 1987)
  • 1907 Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and impresario, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Howard Da Silva [Silverblatt], American actor (1776, The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dahlia), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, born in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1910 Mady Alfredo [Maria De Brieder], Flemish actress (Alicia), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1912 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Charles Curtis "Curt" Conway, American actor (Raw Deal, The Twilight Zone), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1913 Lady Katherine Brandram, Princess of Greece, the last surviving great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, born in Athens, Greece (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Abd al-Karīm Qāsim, Prime Minister of Iraq (1958-63), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Emmanuel Roblès, Algerian-French novelist and playwright (Lesson Hauteurs), born in Oran, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Pedro Saenz, Argentine and Spanish composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, born in Huntington, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Edward Toner Cone, American composer, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1918 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking, born in Kariwa, Japan (d. 1993)
  • 1918 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist, born in Randwick, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Mary Ann McCall, American singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1921 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter, born in Velika Pisanica, Bjelovar, Croatia (d. 2005)
  • 1922 John Paul Hammerschmidt, American politician (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), born in Harrison, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Edward "Ed" Cassidy, American musician (Spirit), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author, born in Antelias, Lebanon (d. 1986)
  • 1923 Eric Sykes, English writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), born in Oldham (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Tatiana Nikolayeva, Russian pianist and composer, born in Bezhitsa, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1925 Peter Blum, Afrikaan poet (Capricorn), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Maurice R. Greenberg, American businessman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Milton O. Thompson, NASA astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1926 Gerlind Reinshagen, German writer, born in Konigsberg, Germany
  • 1926 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Owen "Terry" Scott, British actor and comedian (Terry and June, Carry On Films), born in Watford, Hertfordshire (d. 1994)

Person of interestBetsy Rawls

1928 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Womens Open-51, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Person of interestHosni Mubarak

1928 Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011), born in Kafr-El Meselha, Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 1928 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1961)

Person of interestAudrey Hepburn

1929 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

  • 1929 Sydney M. Lamb, American linguist (Stratificational grammar), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1930 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, born in Hackney, England (d. 1991)
  • 1930 Katherine Jackson [Kattie B Screws], American matriarch of the Jackson family, born in Clayton, Alabama
  • 1931 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (USSR State Radio), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1931 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and medical columnist (The Times), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1932 Fausto Razzi, Italian composer, born in Rome
  • 1933 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Pete Barbutti, American comedian (Garry Moore Show), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 El Cordobés [Manuel Benítez Pérez], Spanish matador, born in Palma del Río, Andalusia, Spain
  • 1937 Ron Carter, American jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • 1937 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Swiss composer, born in Biel, Switzerland
  • 1937 Mr. Fuji [Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara], American professional wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1938 William J. Bennett, American politician, U.S. Secretary of Education (1985-88), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer and political activist, born in Mexico City
  • 1939 Amos Oz, Israeli author (My Michael), born in Jerusalem
  • 1939 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1940 Dick Curl, American offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Robin Cook, American physician and novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 David LaFlamme, American electric violinist (It's a Beautiful Day), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • 1941 George Will, American political analyst (Night Line), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1942 Ronnie Bond, English drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing), born in Andover, Hampshire
  • 1943 Nickolas Ashford, American singer (Ashford & Simpson), born in Fairfield, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Stella Parton, American singer (A Woman's Touch), sister of Dolly Parton, born in Sevierville, Tennessee
  • 1943 Mihail Chemiakin, Russian painter, born in Moscow
  • 1944 Peggy Santiglia, American singer-songwriter (Angels), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 1945 Georg Wadenius, Swedish rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1945 Monika van Paemel, Belgian writer (Accursed Fathers), born in Poesele, Belgium
  • 1945 Narasimhan Ram, Indian journalist (The Hindu), born in Madras, British India
  • 1946 Renee Powell, American LPGA golfer, born in East Canton, Ohio
  • 1946 Richard L. Brodsky, American lawyer and NY State Assemblyman (D) (1983-2010), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948 Billy O'Donnell, Canadian harness racer driver of year (1984), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1948 Hurley Haywood, American race car driver, and three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 George Tupou V, King of Tonga (2006-2012), born in Tongatapu, Tonga (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Sybil Danning, Austrian-American actress (Chained Heat), born in Wels, Austria
  • 1949 Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow
  • 1949 John Force, American race car driver, born in Bell Gardens, California
  • 1949 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • 1950 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1950 Hilly Hicks, American actor (Roll Out, Roots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 René van Asten, Dutch actor (Herenstraat 10), born in Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
  • 1951 Jackie Jackson [Sigmund], American rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1951 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel), born in London
  • 1951 Mick Mars [Robert Alan Deal], guitarist (Mötley Crüe), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (alternative date 4 April 1955)
  • 1952 Michael Barrymore, English comedian, actor, quiz master and entertainer, born in Bermondsey, London
  • 1954 Julie Budd, American singer (Child of Plenty), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Pia Zadora, American actress and singer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1954 Doug Jones, American attorney and politician (Rep-D-Alabama 2017-), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • 1955 Renate Bruemmer, Swiss cosmonaut, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 1955 Robert Ellis Orrall, American singer and songwriter, born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Jackie Bertsch, American LPGA golfer
  • 1956 Michael L. Gernhardt, American NASA astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1956 Ulrike Meyfarth, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1972), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1956 David Guterson, American author (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1956 Ken Oberkfell, American baseball player, born in Highland, Illinois
  • 1956 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1957 Peter Sleep, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spin all-rounder 1979-90), born in Penola, Australia

Person of interestKeith Haring

1958 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • 1959 Randy Travis, American country music singer (Diggin' Up Bones), born in Marshville, North Carolina
  • 1959 Robert Raymond Tway, PGA golfer (1986 Shearson), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1959 Rohn Stark, American football NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1959 Scott Armstrong, American professional wrestling referee, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1960 Martyn Moxon, English cricketer (England batsman in ten Tests 1986-89), born in Stairfoot, Barnsley, Yorkshire
  • 1960 Andrew Denton, Australian television presenter and comedian, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1961 Eugene Daniel, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1961 Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • 1961 Mary Elizabeth McDonough, American actress (Erin in The Waltons), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1961 Luis Herrera, Colombian cyclist, born in Fusagasugá, Colombia
  • 1961 Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Kolkata, India
  • 1962 Tracy Vaccaro, playmate (October, 1983), born in Glendale, California
  • 1962 Oleta Adams, American soul singer and pianist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Goran Prpić, Croatian tennis star, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1964 Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian painter and visual artist, founder of transrealism
  • 1965 Adrie Bogers, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1966 Monica Tranel [Michini], American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Big Horn, Montana
  • 1966 Jane McGrath, British-Australian co-founder of the McGrath Foundation for breast cancer, born in Paignton, Devon (d. 2008)
  • 1967 Derek MacCready, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1967 John Child, Canadian beach volleyballer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in East York, Ontario
  • 1967 Matthew Crane, American actor (Matt Cory-Another World), born in Kimberton, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Ana Gasteyer, American actress (Saturday Night Live), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1967 Kate Garraway, English TV presenter (ITV Breakfast), born in Abingdon-on-Thames, Berkshire
  • 1968 Andre Collins, American football NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals), born in Riverside, New Jersey
  • 1968 Eddie Pérez, Venezuelan-American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela
  • 1968 Kevin Todd, Canadian ice hockey NHL center (LA Kings), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1968 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh, born in Leeds, England
  • 1969 Micah Aivazoff, Armenian-descent Canadian ice hockey player, born in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1969 Ryan Shamrock, American professional wrestling valet, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970 Dawn Staley, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Gregg Alexander, American musician (New Radicals), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1970 Will Arnett, Canadian-American actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971 Derrick Clark, American football fullback (Broncos, Rhein Fire), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1971 Steve Glenn, Canadian football linebacker (BC Lions), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971 Joe Borowski, American baseball player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1971 Luiz Garcia Jr., Brazilian racing driver, born in Brasilia, Brazil
  • 1972 Ethan Watts, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Gretchen Ulion, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Marlborough, Connecticut

Person of interestMike Dirnt

1972 Mike Dirnt [Michael Ryan Pritchard], American musician (Green Day), born in Berkeley, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • 1973 Edward Hervey, Canadian NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973 Matthew Barnaby, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973 Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Argentine football forward, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1974 Miguel Cairo, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Anaco, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
  • 1975 Pablo Ruiz, Spanish singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1975 Laci Peterson, American murder victim, born in Modesto, California (d. 2002)
  • 1976 Heather Kozar, playmate (Jan, 1998), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1976 Ben Grieve, American baseball player, born in Arlington, Texas
  • 1976 Jason Michaels, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1977 Emily Perkins, Canadian actress (Hiccups), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1977 Mariano Pernía, Argentine-Spanish footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1978 Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist