Birthdays in History on October 4

  • 1160 Alys, Countess of the Vexin, Daughter of Louis VII of France (d. 1220)
  • 1276 Margaret of Brabant, Queen of Germany (d. 1311)
  • 1289 Louis X, King of France (1314-16), born in Paris (d. 1316)
  • 1331 James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde, born in Kilkenny Castle, Ireland (d. 1382)
  • 1379 Henry III, King of Castile and León (1390-1406), born in Burgos, Castile (d. 1406)
  • 1515 Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter, born in Wittenberg, Germany (d. 1586)
  • 1542 Roberto Bellarmino, Italian saint (Doctor of the Church), born in Montepulciano, Italy (d. 1621)
  • 1550 Charles IX, King of Sweden (1604-11), born in Stockholm Castle, Sweden (d. 1611)
  • 1562 Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer, born in Lomborg, Jutland, Denmark (d. 1647)
  • 1570 Péter Pázmány, Hungarian cardinal and statesman, born in Nagyvárad, Principality of Transylvania (d. 1637)
  • 1585 Anna of Tyrol, Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia (1611-18), born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1618)
  • 1607 Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Spanish playwright (Del Rey Abajo Ninguno), born in Toledo (d. 1648)
  • 1625 Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France (d. 1661)
  • 1626 Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland (1658-59), born in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1712)
  • 1633 Bernardino Ramazzini, Italian physician (founder of occupational medicine), born in Carpi, duchy of Modena (d. 1714)
  • 1657 Francesco Solimena, Italian painter, born in Canale di Serino, Avellino, Italy (d. 1747)
  • 1720 Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian etcher, born in Mogliano Veneto, Italy (d. 1778)
  • 1723 Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, Austrian entomologist, born in Vienna (d. 1798)
  • 1759 Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), born in Mutzig, France (d. 1803)
  • 1787 François Guizot, French historian and politician (17th Prime Minister of France), born in Nîmes, France (d. 1874)
  • 1796 John Richardson, Canadian writer (Wacousta, or the prophecy), born in Queenston, Ontario, Canada (d. 1852)
  • 1797 Jeremias Gotthelf [Albert Bitzius], Swiss writer (The Black Spider), born in Murten, Switzerland (d. 1854)
  • 1807 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, French Canadian politician (Prime Minister of the Province of Canada), born in Boucherville, Lower Canada (d. 1864)
  • 1809 Prince Albert of Prussia, Prussian colonel general, born in Königsberg (d. 1872)
  • 1809 Robert Cumming Schenck, American Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Ohio (d. 1890)
  • 1816 Egbert Benson Brown, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brownsville, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1818 Francesco Crispi, Italian statesman, born in Ribera, Italy (d. 1901)

Rutherford B. HayesRutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893)

19th US President (Republican: 1877-81), born in Delaware, Ohio

  • 1832 William Griggs, English inventor (photo chromo lithography), born in Woburn, Bedfordshire (d. 1911)
  • 1836 Juliette Adam, French author (Salon/Nouvelle Revue) and feminist, born in Verberie, Oise, France (d. 1936)
  • 1841 Maria Sophie of Bavaria, Queen consort of the Two Sicilies, born in Possenhofen Castle, Possenhofen, Kingdom of Bavaria (d. 1925)
  • 1841 Prudente José de Morais Barros, 3rd President of Brazil (1894-98), born in Itu, São Paulo, Empire of Brazil (d. 1912)
  • 1850 John McGraw, American politician 2nd Governor of Washington (1893-97), born in Penobscot County, Maine (d. 1910)
  • 1860 Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes), born in London (d. 1908)
  • 1861 Frederic Remington, American artist and sculptor of American West, born in Canton, New York (d. 1909)
  • 1862 Edward Stratemeyer, American author (The Rover Boys), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1930)
  • 1865 Max Halbe, German playwright (Jugend), born in Güttland, Gdańsk (d. 1944)
  • 1868 Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, President of Argentina (1922-28), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1942)
  • 1876 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer and poet (Satyrs and Sunlight: Sylvarum Libri), born in Melbourne (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Edward Murray East, American botanist and geneticist who developed hybrid corn, born in Du Quoin, Illinois (d. 1938)

Damon RunyonDamon Runyon (1880-1946)

American journalist and writer (Guys & Dolls-based on his work), born in Manhattan, Kansas

  • 1881 Walther von Brauchitsch, German field marshal, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1948)
  • 1885 Henricus Wijdefield, Dutch architect (Peace Palace)
  • 1887 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1974)
  • 1892 Engelbert Dollfuss, Austrian Fascist chancellor killed by Nazis, born in Texingtal, Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1892 Hermann Glauert, British aerodynamicist, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire (d. 1934)
  • 1895 Richard Sorge, German spy for the Soviet Union in Tokyo during World War II, born in Baku, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1895 Sergei Yesenin, Russian lyric poet, born in Konstantinovo, Ryazan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1925)
  • 1901 [Robert] Carroll Nye, American actor (Gone With The Wind), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Bona Arsenault, French Canadian politician, historian and genealogist, born in Bonaventure, Quebec (d. 1993)
  • 1904 Rene Cloke, British illustrator, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Johannes Post, Dutch farmer and resistance fighter (passage fight), born in Hollandscheveld, Drente, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1909 James B. Pritchard, American theologist and archaeologist, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1912 John de Mol, Dutch accordianist/producer (Baantjer, Pril Geluk)
  • 1913 Stanley Oliphant Stewart, librarian
  • 1914 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Koos Schuur, Dutch writer, poet (Novemberland), translator, and editor (Het Woord), born in Veendam, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Owen Tudor Williams, civil engineer
  • 1918 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Shin Kyuk-Ho, Korean businessman (Lotte Corporation), born in Ulsan, Korea (d. 2020)
  • 1922 Malcolm Baldrige, American businessman and US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • 1928 Alvin Toffler, author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Dick Tracy, comic strip crimestopper
  • 1931 Terence Conran, English designer and restaurateur (Habitat), born in Esher, England (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Milan Chvostek, Canadian television director
  • 1934 Malva M Basoalto, daughter of Pablo Neruda & Marie Hagenaar Vogelzang
  • 1936 Sally Mary Caroline Belfrage, writer
  • 1937 Franz Vranitzky, Austrian politician, Chancellor, 1986-97, born in Vienna
  • 1937 Jackie Collins, British-American romance novelist (The Stud; The Bitch; Lucky), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Jim Sillars, Scottish politician
  • 1938 Kurt Wüthrich, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1939 Henson Moore, American politician (Rep-R-LA, 1975-87), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1940 Alberto Vilar, Cuban-American investor and philanthropist

Anne RiceAnne Rice (1941-2021)

American Gothic novelist (Interview with a Vampire), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1941 Lori Saunders, Kansas City Mo (Petticoat Junction, Dusty Trails)
  • 1941 Roy Blount, Jr., American writer
  • 1942 Karl W. Richter, American aviator (d. 1967)
  • 1943 Buddy Roemer, American politician (Governor-D+R-Louisiana 1988-1992, Rep-D-LA, 1981-88), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2021)
  • 1946 Chuck Hagel, American politician
  • 1947 Ann Widdecombe, British politician
  • 1948 Linda McMahon, CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment
  • 1949 Luis Sepúlveda, Chilean writer and political activist (The Old Man Who Read Love Stories), born in Ovalle, Chile (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Stephen Gyllenhaal, American director
  • 1951 Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet
  • 1952 Nina Carter, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde), born in London, England
  • 1957 Gregory T. Linteris, American astronaut and payload specialist (STS-83, STS-94), born in Demarest, New Jersey
  • 1961 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • 1963 Koji Ishikawa, Japanese children's book author and illustrator, born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1965 "Stuttering John" Melendez, interviewer (Howard Stern Show)
  • 1976 Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, born in Emmental (d. 2017)
  • 1981 Ilhan Omar, Somali American politician (Rep-D-Minnesota 2018-) one of first Muslim women elected to US House, born in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 1981 Scott Hammond, American photographer
  • 1983 Risa Kudo, Japanese gravure idol
  • 1983 Ueda Tatsuya, Japanese idol (member of KAT-TUN)
  • 1986 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character (General Hospital)
  • 1989 Dakota Johnson, American actress (50 Shades of Grey), and daughter of Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson, born in Austin, Texas
  • 2005 Prince Emmanuel of Belgium