Birthdays in History on June 4

  • 1394 Philippa of England, Queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, born in Peterborough Castle, Cambridgeshire (d. 1430)
  • 1489 Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, born in Bar-le-Duc, France (d. 1544)
  • 1604 Claudia de' Medici, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, born in Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Tuscany (d. 1648)
  • 1665 Zacharie Robutel de La Noue, Canadian soldier, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1733)
  • 1694 Francois Quesnay, French personal physician of Louis XIV, born in Méré, Versailles, France (d. 1774)
  • 1697 Jacob Israel Emden [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi, born in Altona, Denmark (d. 1776)
  • 1700 Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1759)
  • 1704 Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer, born in Lincolnshire, England (d. 1776)
  • 1738 George III, King of Great Britain (1760-1820), born in London, England
  • 1744 Patrick Ferguson, Scottish army officer and rifle inventor (Ferguson flintlock rifle), born in Pitfours, Scotland (d. 1780)
  • 1751 John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon, British barrister and politician, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland (d. 1838)
  • 1754 Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian astronomer, born in Pest, Hungary (d. 1832)
  • 1787 Constant Prévost, French geologist, born in Paris (d. 1856)
  • 1801 James Pennethorne, English architect and planner, born in Worcester, Pennethorne (d. 1871)
  • 1803 Gabriel J. Rains, American army officer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in New Bern, North Carolina (d. 1881)
  • 1815 Paul Jones Semmes, American businessman and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilkes County, Georgia (d. 1863)

  • 1816 Régis de Trobriand, French aristocrat, lawyer and Bvt Mjr Gen (Union), born in Tours, France (d. 1897)
  • 1821 Apollon Maykov, Russian poet, born in Moscow, Imperial Russia (d. 1897)
  • 1828 Alexander William Campbell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1893)
  • 1833 Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, British army general, born in Dublin (d. 1913)
  • 1838 Servaas Daems, [Peeter Klein], Flemish writer (Lute & Flute)
  • 1863 Edmond R H Regout, Dutch industrialist/politician
  • 1864 Nassau William Senior, British economist
  • 1866 Miina Sillanpää, Finnish politician (d. 1952)
  • 1867 Carl Gustaf baron Mannerheim, general/president of Finland (1944-46)
  • 1869 Boudouin LPMCAJL, prince of Belgium/count of Vlaanderen
  • 1877 Heinrich Wieland, German chemist (bile acids-Nobel 1927)
  • 1878 Frank N D Buchman, US theologist (Moral Rearmament)
  • 1879 Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator (d. 1964)
  • 1881 Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (d. 1962)
  • 1882 Karl Valentin, German comic/writer
  • 1893 Armand Călinescu, Prime Minister of Romania, born in Piteşti, Romania (d. 1939)
  • 1893 Daan Boens, Flemish poet (Man who sold his Wife)
  • 1894 Blanch Knopf, publishing CEO (Knopf)
  • 1895 Dino Conte Grandi, Italian delegate to league of nations (1925-32)
  • 1899 Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Jacques Roumain, Haitian writer (d. 1944)
  • 1907 Patience Strong, English poet and journalist (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Angela Maria "Geli" Raubal, Hitler's reputed lover and half-niece, born in Linz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1931)
  • 1908 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, born in Zevekote, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Earl of Halsbury, chancellor (Brunei University)

  • 1909 William Batten, CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84)
  • 1910 Christopher Cockerell, English inventor (Hovercraft), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Jacques Berque, Islamic scholar
  • 1911 Austin Andrew Wright, sculptor
  • 1912 Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (great iron sculptures)
  • 1914 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer/journalist
  • 1915 Modibo Keita, president of Mali (1960-68)
  • 1916 Fernand Leduc, Canadian painter (The Automatistes)
  • 1916 Robert Furchgott, Charleston South Carolina, American Chemist and Nobel Laureate
  • 1917 Allen Greenwood, deputy CEO (British Aerospace)
  • 1917 Howard Metzenbaum, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1974- )
  • 1920 Russell E. Train, Jamestown, Rhode Island, environmentalist/administrator (EPA, WWF), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 John West, vice chancellor (Bradford University)
  • 1922 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., American naval officer, First African American fleet commander, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2004)
  • 1923 John Lea, British vice-admiral
  • 1923 Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Robert Earl Hughes, became heaviest known human (486 kg)
  • 1928 Paul Greening, master of Queen's household
  • 1928 Ruth Westheimer, German sex therapist (WYNY-FM)
  • 1928 Ruth Westerheimer, German-American sex therapist and media personality (Dr Ruth), born in Wiesenfeld, Germany
  • 1929 Karolos Papoulias, Greek politician
  • 1932 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer
  • 1933 John Sparrow, Chairman (British Horserace Betting Levy Board)
  • 1934 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), born in Stockholm (d. 2016)
  • 1936 David Lyon, CEO (Bowater)
  • 1937 Mortimer B Zuckerman, CEO (US News & World Report, NY Daily News)
  • 1937 Robert Fulghum, American author
  • 1940 Gerrit H Terpstra, economist/Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1940 Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian bishop
  • 1943 Joyce Meyer, American religious leader
  • 1945 Daniel Topolski, writer/photographer/rowing coach
  • 1945 Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Mickey Thompson off-road champ (1983, 84, 90)
  • 1947 Viktor Klima, Chancellor of Austria
  • 1951 Yvonne MCT van Rooy, Dutch Secretary of State Secretary (CDA)
  • 1951 Charles Dickinson, American author
  • 1951 Wendy Pini, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1953 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser)
  • 1955 Paul Stewart, British writer (The Edge Chronicles, Far Flung Adventures), born in London, England
  • 1956 John Hockenberry, American journalist
  • 1959 Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)
  • 1961 Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungary prime minister
  • 1963 Mossimo Giannulli, fashion designer (hot)
  • 1966 Vladimir Voevodsky, Russian mathematician
  • 1971 Joseph Kabila, Congolese politician
  • 1974 Andrew Gwynne, British politician

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1976 Alexei Navalny, Russian political activist (leader of Progress Party), born in Butyn, Soviet Union

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  • 1982 Ronnie Prude, National Football League player
  • 1990 Evan Spiegel, American Internet entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Snapchat (Snap Inc.), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1993 Christian Alexander Mowatt, grandson of English princess Alexandra