Birthdays in History on March 4

  • 1188 Blanche of Castile, wife of Louis VIII of France, regent to son Louis IX, born in Palencia, Spain (d. 1252)
  • 1394 Henry the Navigator, Portuguese Prince, sponsored Portuguese voyages of discovery, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1460)
  • 1602 Kanō Tan'yū [Kanō Morinobu], Japanese painter (palaces, portraits), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1674)
  • 1610 William Dobson, English portraitist and painter (d. 1646)
  • 1651 John Baron Somers, English Whig, William III's chief minister (1696-1700), born in Whiteladies, Claines, England (d. 1716)
  • 1665 Philip Christoph von Königsmarck, Swedish soldier (lover of Sophia Dorothea of Celle), born in Stade, (d. 1694)
  • 1702 Jack Sheppard, English burglar and escapee (d. 1724)
  • 1706 Lauritz de Thurah, Danish architect and architectural writer (d. 1759)
  • 1715 James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, British statesman (d. 1763)
  • 1719 Aert Schouman, Dutch bird and portrait painter
  • 1719 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (d. 1777)
  • 1754 Benjamin Waterhouse, American physician co-founder of Harvard Medical School, and smallpox vaccine pioneer,, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1846)
  • 1756 Henry Raeburn, Scottish painter (portrait painter of George IV), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1823)
  • 1766 Emanuel ADMJ, French historian (Napoleon)
  • 1769 Muhammad ʿAlī of Egypt, Albanian-born Pasha and viceroy of Egypt (founder of modern Egypt), born in Kaval, Macedonia, Ottoman Empire (d. 1849)
  • 1781 Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)
  • 1782 Johann Rudolf Wyss, Swiss folklorist and writer (Swiss Family Robinson), born in Bern (d. 1830)
  • 1789 Pavel Gagarin, Russian politician (d. 1872)
  • 1793 Karl Lachmann, German philologist (d. 1851)
  • 1798 John Joseph Abercrombie, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1877)
  • 1813 Wijnand Nuijen, Dutch romantic and water color painter (Wrecked), born in Den Haag, Netherlands (d. 1839)
  • 1817 Edwards Pierrepont, American statesman, jurist and lawyer; 34th United States Attorney General (d. 1892)
  • 1820 Francesco Bentivegna, Italian revolutionary (d. 1856)
  • 1822 Jules Antoine Lissajous, French mathematician (d. 1880)
  • 1826 John Buford, American Major General (Union Army), born in Woodford County, Kentucky (d. 1863)
  • 1826 Theodore Judah, American civil engineer (1st transcontinental railroad), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1863)
  • 1828 Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1835 John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist (d. 1911)
  • 1841 Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (And fremmed Fugl)
  • 1844 Josip Jurcic, Slovenian writer (10th Brother)
  • 1847 Carl Josef Bayer, Austrian chemist (invented Beyer Process to produce aluminium), born in the Duchy of Upper and Lower Silesia (now Poland) (d. 1904)
  • 1854 Sir Napier Shaw, British meteorologist (d. 1945)
  • 1856 Alfred William Rich, English painter (d. 1921)
  • 1856 Toru Dutt, English and French poet and author (d. 1877)
  • 1862 Robert Emden, Swiss astronomer and physicist (book on Gas Spheres), born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1940)
  • 1863 John Henry Wigmore, American jurist and expert in the law of evidence (d. 1943)
  • 1863 Reginald Innes Pocock, British zoologist (d. 1947)
  • 1864 David W. Taylor, U.S. Navy architect (1st towing tank), born in Louisa County, Virginia (d. 1940)
  • 1870 Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet (d. 1944)
  • 1871 Boris Galerkin, Russian mathematician (d. 1945)
  • 1873 John H. Trumbull, 54th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut (d. 1961)
  • 1875 Alberto Vaccari, Italian jesuit/old testament scholar/interpreter
  • 1875 Enrique Larreta [E R Maza], Argentine diplomat and writer (Gloria de Don Ramiro), born in Buenos Aires (d. 1961)
  • 1875 Suze Groeneweg, 1st Dutch female parliament member (SDAP, 1918-37)
  • 1876 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (d. 1947)
  • 1876 Theodore Hardeen, Magician and stunt performer, founder of the Magician's Guild (d. 1945)
  • 1877 Daniel van Beuningen, Dutch art collector
  • 1877 Fritz Graebner, German ethnologist (d. 1934)
  • 1877 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), born in Claysville, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1878 Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian esotericist, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1879 Bernhard Kellermann, German writer (Der Tunnel), born in Fürth, Germany (d. 1951)
  • 1880 Channing Pollock, American playwright and critic (d. 1946)
  • 1881 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (d. 1948)
  • 1881 Thomas Sigismund Stribling, American writer (Pulitzer Prize 1933), born in Clifton, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1881 Todor Aleksandrov, Bulgarian revolutionary, army officer, Macedonian freedom fighter, and teacher, born in Novo Selo, Ottoman Empire (now Štip< North Macedonia) (d. 1924)
  • 1882 Nicolae Titulescu, Romanian diplomat, government minister, and former President of the League of Nations (d. 1941)
  • 1885 Willem H Winkel, Dutch physician/founder (Red Cross of Curacao)
  • 1889 Oren E. Long, 10th Territorial Governor of Hawai'i (d. 1965)
  • 1889 Oscar Chisini, Italian mathematician (d. 1967)
  • 1895 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator (Count Screwloose), born in The Bronx. New York (d. 1953)
  • 1898 Georges Dumézil, French philologist (d. 1940)
  • 1899 Emilio Prados, Spanish poet and editor (d. 1962)
  • 1901 Charles H. Goren 'Mr Bridge', American bridge master (26 US Titles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1901 Jean Joseph Rabearivelo, Malagasy-French poet (d. 1937)
  • 1903 John Scarne, American magician (d. 1985)
  • 1903 William C. Boyd, American immunochemist (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Charles Rudolph Walgreen Jr., American businessman (President of Walgreens), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1906 Georges Ronsse, Belgian road cyclist (UCI Road World C'ship 1928, 29), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Meindert DeJong American author (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Harry B. Helmsley, American billionaire real estate developer (purchased Empire State Building, 1961), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Tancredo Neves, Brazilian politician (Prime Minister and elected President 1985), born in São João del-Rei, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Afro [Basaldella], Italian painter
  • 1912 Carl Marzani, Italian-born American leftwing political activist, publisher and documentarian, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Taos Amrouche, Algerian writer (Jacinthe noir), and Kabyle singer, born in Tunis, Tunisia (d. 1976)
  • 1914 Robert R. Wilson, American physicist (The Manhattan Project), sculptor and architect, born in Frontier, Wyoming (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Petrus de Jong, Dutch premier (KVP, 1967-71)
  • 1916 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer (Botteghe Oscure)
  • 1916 Hans Eysenck, German born British psychologist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1918 Alfred Judson Force Moody, US Army Brigadier General, WWII and Vietnam veteran, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1967)
  • 1920 Jean Lecanuet, French politician (d. 1993)
  • 1923 Patrick Moore, England, astronomer and writer (A-Z of Astronomy), (d. 2012)
  • 1926 James J. Eagan, Former Mayor of Florissant, Missouri (d. 2000)

Richard DeVosRichard DeVos (1926-2018)

American businessman who co-founded Amway, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 1927 Philip Batt, American politician, 29th Governor of Idaho, born in Wilder, Idaho
  • 1927 Robert Orben, American magician
  • 1931 Alice Rivlin, American economist
  • 1931 Han Jansen, Dutch painter (d. 1994)
  • 1932 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom hot rod car designer, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2001)
  • 1933 John Mills, British sculptor, born in London, England
  • 1934 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, born in Moscow (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist,, and author (We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of), born in Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now Slovenia) (d. 2017)
  • 1936 David Thompson, British food magnate
  • 1937 Leslie Gelb, American foreign policy advisor
  • 1937 Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1938 Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Polish diplomat and researcher
  • 1938 Alpha Condé, Guinean politician (President of Guinea, 2010-21), born in Boke, Lower Guinea
  • 1940 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • 1942 Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, born at Quantico, Virginia
  • 1945 Tara Browne, British socialite (d. 1966)
  • 1946 Haile Gerima, Ethiopian film director (Ashes & Embers), born in Gondor, Ethiopia
  • 1946 Harvey Goldsmith, English impresario (Live Aid, Prince's Trust), born in Edgeware, England
  • 1946 Michael Ashcroft, English entrepreneur (Hawley-ADT)
  • 1948 James Ellroy, American crime writer (L.A. Confidential), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)
  • 1948 Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, New Zealand-born Australian wrongly convicted of killing her baby Azaria, born in Whakatāne, New Zealand
  • 1950 Rick Perry, American politician, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
  • 1951 Edelgard Bulmahn, German politician
  • 1951 Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, American novelist (Dictee), born in Busan, South Korea (d. 1982)
  • 1953 Chris Smith, American politician (Rep-R-NJ, 1981-), born in Rahway, New Jersey
  • 1954 François Fillon, French politician and Prime Minister of France (2007-12), born in Le Mans, Sarthe, France
  • 1954 Mark Chorvinsky, American author, editor and publisher of "Strange Magazine", born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1955 Khoisan X [Benny Alexander], South African activist (Secretary-General for the Pan-Africanist Movement), born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • 1957 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, born in NYC, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Lennie Lee, British counterculture artist
  • 1958 Tina Smith, American politician (Senator-D-Minnesota 2018-), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1959 Rick Ardon, Australian news presenter
  • 1962 Simon Bisley, British comic book artist (ABC Warriors)
  • 1963 Barbara Bubula, Polish politician, born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1965 Jonathan Shearer, Scottish winner of reality series Castaway
  • 1966 Dav Pilkey, American author (Captain Underpants, Dogman), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967 Andrew Osmond, English writer (Big Fish)
  • 1968 James Lankford, American politician (Senator-R-Oklahoma 2015-, Rep-R-Oklahoma 2011-15), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968 Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • 1972 Sherida Pawiroredjo, Suriname Miss Indra Maju (1993)
  • 1973 Len Wiseman, American director (Underworld, Total Recall), born in Fremont, California
  • 1977 Juha Helppi, Finnish professional poker player
  • 1979 Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
  • 1983 Max Vergara Poeti, Colombian-Italian writer, born in Bogotá, Colombia

Mike KriegerMike Krieger (36 years old)

1986 Brazilian-American entrepreneur and software engineer who co-founded Instagram, born in São Paulo, Brazil

  • 1992 Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, daughter of Albert II, Prince of Monaco
  • 1993 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown, born in Livingstone, New Jersey (d. 2015)