Birthdays in History on August 4

  • 1222 Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, English soldier (d. 1262)
  • 1281 Külüg Khan, Chinese Prince of Huaining, 3rd Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, born in Khanbaliq, Yuan China (d. 1311)
  • 1290 Duke Leopold I of Austria (d. 1326)
  • 1502 Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Flemish painter and carpet designer
  • 1521 Pope Urban VII (d. 1590)
  • 1604 François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac, French writer, born in Paris (d. 1676)
  • 1701 Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1757)
  • 1719 Johann Gottlob Lehmann, German minerologist and geologist, born in Bad Gottleuba-Berggießhübel, Germany (d. 1767)
  • 1721 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician (d. 1803)
  • 1755 Nicolas-Jacque Conte, French painter and inventor (modern pencil), born in Aunou-sur-Orne, France (d. 1805)
  • 1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet (Adonais; Prometheus Unbound), born in Horsham, Sussex, England (d. 1822)
  • 1805 William Rowan Hamilton, Irish astronomer and mathematician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1865)
  • 1815 Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, Sulz am Neckar, German Physician and advocate of scientific medicine
  • 1816 Israel Vogdes, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chester County, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1818 Lovell Harrison Rosseau, American lawyer politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Stanford, Kentucky (d. 1869)
  • 1821 James Springer White, American theologian (co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church), born in Palmyra, Maine (d. 1881)

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton (1821-1892)

French founder of the Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods now owned by LVMH, born in Anchay, France

  • 1823 Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton, American politician (Governor of Indiana), born in Salisbury, Indiana (d. 1877)
  • 1834 John Venn, English mathematician (Venn Diagram), born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1923)
  • 1839 Walter Pater, writer (Plato & Platoism), born in London, England
  • 1848 Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (d. 1926)
  • 1859 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize in Literature 1920), born in Lom, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway (d. 1952)
  • 1873 Damaso Berenguer, Spanish soldier and politician (122nd Prime Minister of Spain), born in San Juan de los Remedios, Cuba (d. 1953)
  • 1877 Dame Laura Knight, English impressionist artist, born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra Spiritual Leader, born in Surat, India (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1953)
  • 1899 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of Latter-day Saints and US Secretary of Agriculture, born in Whitney, Idaho (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Arturo Umberto Illia, President of Argentina (1963-66), born in Pergamino, Argentina (d. 1983)
  • 1900 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen MotherQueen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900-2002)

British consort of King George VI and Queen Mother after his death, born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England

  • 1902 Clara Peller, Russian-American manicurist and commercial spokesperson (Wendy's - "Where's the beef?"), born in Imperial Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Pornography), born in Małoszyce, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1905 Michael Scott Montague Fordham, English child psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, born in Kensington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Marie-Jose von Saksen-Coburg, Belgian Princess (last Queen of Italy), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist
  • 1908 Osbert Lancaster, English cartoonist and author (Daily Express), born in London (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (co-founded category theory), born in Taftville, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1910 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2011)
  • 1912 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer, born in Volyn, Ryazan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews), born in Lidingö Municipality, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • 1913 Robert Hayden, African-American poet (Those Winter Sundays), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (Avis Rent a Car System), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Iceberg Slim (a.k.a. Robert Beck), African-American author, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Helen Thomas, American reporter and UPI journalist (starts press conferences), born in Winchester, Kentucky (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Charley Harper, American modernist artist, born in Frenchton, West Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Pakistani satirical and humor writer, born in Jaipur, India
  • 1923 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1930 David M G Curry, South African Labour Party parliament leader
  • 1930 Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iranian shia cleric, born in Mashhad, Iran
  • 1930 John Gorman, printer and socialist historian, born in Stratford, East London (d. 1996)

Sheldon AdelsonSheldon Adelson (1933-2021)

American business magnate (CEO of Las Vegas Sands casino company) and major political donor to the GOP and Israel, born in Boston, Massachusetts [1]

  • 1934 Jonas Savimbi, Angolan revolutionary politician and military leader who founded the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), born in Munhango, Bié, Portuguese Angola (d. 2002)
  • 1934 Rutger Kopland [Rutger van den Hoofdakker], Dutch poet
  • 1937 Jacobus H "Koos" van de Merwe, South African attorney/CP parliament leader
  • 1938 Ellen Schrecker, American college professor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Karel Vachek, Czech director (Moravska Hellas, Elective Affinities), born in Tišnov, Czech Republic
  • 1941 Ted Strickland, American politician, Governor of Ohio (2007-2011), born in Lucasville, Ohio

David LangeDavid Lange (1942-2005)

32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (Labour: 1984-89), born in Otahuhu, Auckland

  • 1943 Michael J. McCulley, American naval officer, aviator and astronaut (STS-34), born in San Diego, California
  • 1943 Milan Máčala, Czech football coach, born in Biskupice, Czech Republic
  • 1945 John Qace Hardbattle, political activist
  • 1948 Giorgio Parisi, Italian theoretical physicist (2021 Nobel Prize for Physics for pioneering work on climate change), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1948 Jim Slattery, American politician (Rep-D-Kansas, 1983-95), born in Good Intent, Kansas
  • 1951 Lane Evans, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1983-2007), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1952 Gábor Demszky, Hungarian politician (Mayor of Budapest, 1990-2010), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1955 Alberto Gonzales, American U.S. Attorney General
  • 1955 Andrew M Allen, Captain USMC/astronaut (STS 46, 62, 75), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Charles D "Sam" Gemar, Yankton SD, army/astronaut (STS 38, 48, 62)
  • 1957 Brooks D. Simpson, American historian
  • 1957 Robert E. Andrews, American politician (Rep-D-New Jersey 1990-2014), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1958 Allison Hedge Coke, American poet and writer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1958 Phil Scott, American politician, Governor of Vermont (2017-), born in Barre, Vermont
  • 1959 John Gormley, Irish politician, Leader of the Green Party, Mayor of Dublin (1994-95), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1959 Kim Reynolds, American politician, 1st female Governor of Iowa (2017-), born in St. Charles, Iowa
  • 1959 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England
  • 1960 Bernard Rose, English director
  • 1960 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish politician
  • 1960 Tim Winton, Australian author

Barack ObamaBarack Obama (61 years old)

1961 44th United States President (Democrat: 2009-17) and first African-American president, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 1962 Lori Lightfoot, American lawyer and politician, 1st female African American Mayor of Chicago (2019-), born in Massillon, Ohio
  • 1963 Andrew Bartlett, Australian politician
  • 1964 Gary King, British radio presenter
  • 1965 Dennis Lehane, American crime writer (Mystic River), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish politician
  • 1970 Bret Baier, American political correspondent (Fox News), born in Rumson, New Jersey
  • 1974 Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraqi politician and militia leader (Sadrist Movement), born in Najaf, Ba'athist Iraq