Birthdays in History on May 4

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1752 John Brooks, 11th Governor of Massachusetts (1816-23), born in Medford (d. 1825)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1810 Alexander Walewski, French earl and Foreign Minister, born in Walewice, Warsaw, Poland (d. 1868)
  • 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)
  • 1870 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1871 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), born in Gołańcz, Poland (d. 1946)
  • 1875 Ramiro de Maeztu, Spanish writer (Don Quixote & Celestine), born in Alava, Spain (d. 1936)
  • 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 J. W. F. Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread), born in Amsterdam (d. 1958)
  • 1902 Cola Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, born in Kralendijk, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Rodney Meredith Thomas, English architect and painter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and impresario, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, born in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 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)
  • 1916 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 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)
  • 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)

  • 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)

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
  • 1929 Sydney M. Lamb, American linguist (Stratificational grammar), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1930 Katherine Jackson [Kattie B Screws], American matriarch of the Jackson family, born in Clayton, Alabama
  • 1931 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and medical columnist (The Times), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1936 El Cordobés [Manuel Benítez Pérez], Spanish matador, born in Palma del Río, Andalusia, Spain
  • 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
  • 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 George Will, American political analyst (Night Line), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1943 Mihail Chemiakin, Russian painter, born in Moscow
  • 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 Richard L. Brodsky, American lawyer and NY State Assemblyman (D) (1983-2010), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 George Tupou V, King of Tonga (2006-2012), born in Tongatapu, Tonga (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • 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
  • 1956 Michael L. Gernhardt, American NASA astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1956 David Guterson, American author (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Seattle, Washington

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
  • 1961 Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Kolkata, India
  • 1964 Zsuzsa Mathe, Hungarian painter and visual artist, founder of transrealism
  • 1966 Jane McGrath, British-Australian co-founder of the McGrath Foundation for breast cancer, born in Paignton, Devon (d. 2008)
  • 1975 Laci Peterson, American murder victim, born in Modesto, California (d. 2002)
  • 1978 Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist
  • 1994 Pauline Ducruet, daughter of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monaco