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)
  • 1764 Joseph Carpue, English surgeon who pioneered early plastic surgery in England, born in London, England (d. 1846)
  • 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)

Horace MannHorace Mann (1796-1859)

American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts

  • 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, Quebec (d. 1915)
  • 1825 Augustus Le Plongeon, French-American photographer and antiquitarian, born in Island of Jersey, France (d. 1908)
  • 1825 Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist (comparative anatomy), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England (d. 1895)
  • 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)
  • 1882 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela (d. 1968)
  • 1884 Wang Jingwei, Chinese politician (21st Premier of the Republic of China 1932-35), born in Sanshui, Guangdong, Qing Dynasty (d. 1944)
  • 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)

Archibald McIndoeArchibald McIndoe (1900-1960)

New Zealand plastic surgeon pioneer who rehabilitated badly burned Royal Air Force crew during WWII, born in Dunedin, New Zealand [1]

  • 1902 (Nicolaas) "Cola" Debrot, Dutch lawyer, doctor.author and politician (Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, 1962-70), 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 Maurice R. Greenberg, American businessman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Peter Blum, Afrikaan poet (Capricorn), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 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)

Hosni MubarakHosni Mubarak (1928-2020)

Egyptian president (1981-2011) who was ousted during the Arab spring, born in Kafr-El Meselha, Egypt

  • 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 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer and political activist, born in Mexico City
  • 1938 William J. Bennett, American politician, U.S. Secretary of Education (1985-88), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Amos Oz, Israeli author (My Michael), born in Jerusalem
  • 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 David Guterson, American author (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1956 Michael L. Gernhardt, American NASA astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100), born in Mansfield, Ohio

Keith HaringKeith Haring (1958-1990)

American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, born in Reading, Pennsylvania

  • 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 (creator of Narbonic)
  • 1994 Pauline Ducruet, daughter of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monaco