Celebrating Today’s Famous Birthdays: 4th December – A Tribute to Remarkable Individuals

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Celebrating Today’s Famous Birthdays: 4th December – A Tribute to Remarkable Individuals

Welcome, dear readers! It brings me great joy to present a heartfelt tribute to the remarkable individuals born on this significant date. Today, we commemorate the birth anniversary of a diverse array of extraordinary personalities who have left an indelible mark on the world.

Year Person
852 Zhu Wen, Chinese emperor (d. 912)
1377 Jianwen Emperor of China (d. 1402)
1389 Zbigniew Oleśnicki, Polish cardinal and statesman (d. 1455)
1443 Pope Julius II (d. 1513)
1470 Willibald Pirckheimer, German lawyer and author (d. 1530)
1495 Nicolas Cleynaerts, Flemish philologist and lexicographer (d. 1542)
1537 Ashikaga Yoshiaki, Japanese shogun (d. 1597)
1539 Fausto Sozzini, Italian theologian and author (d. 1604)
1547 Ubbo Emmius, Dutch historian and geographer (d. 1625)
1556 Anne Cecil, Countess of Oxford, English countess (d. 1588)
1595 Henry Lawes, English composer (d. 1662)
1661 Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department (d. 1724)
1666 Francesco Scarlatti, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1741)
1687 Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1762)
1697 Giuseppe de Majo, Italian organist and composer (d. 1771)
1782 Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)
1784 George Shepherd, English illustrator and painter (d. 1862)
1803 Fyodor Tyutchev, Russian poet and diplomat (d. 1873)
1820 Afanasy Fet, Russian poet and author (d. 1892)
1822 Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American philosopher and academic, co-founded Radcliffe College (d. 1907)
1829 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian lawyer and politician, 4th Premier of Quebec (d. 1908)
1830 Christina Rossetti, English poet and author (d. 1894)
1839 George Armstrong Custer, American general (d. 1876)
1841 Marcus Daly, Irish-American businessman (d. 1900)
1849 Eduard Seler, German anthropologist, ethnohistorian, linguist, and academic (d. 1922)
1855 Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist, ornithologist, entomologist, and ethnographer (d. 1942)
1859 John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, English admiral and politician, 2nd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1935)
1861 Konstantin Korovin, Russian-French painter and set designer (d. 1939)
1863 Paul Painlevé, French mathematician and politician, 84th Prime Minister of France (d. 1933)
1866 John Beresford, Irish polo player (d. 1944)
1866 Traian Demetrescu, Romanian poet and author (d. 1896)
1867 Antti Aarne, Finnish author and academic (d. 1925)
1867 Józef Piłsudski, Polish field marshal and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Poland (d. 1935)
1868 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist and academic (d. 1951)
1869 Ellis Parker Butler, American author and poet (d. 1937)
1870 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer and educator (d. 1949)
1872 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player (d. 1906)
1875 Arthur Currie, Canadian general (d. 1933)
1879 Clyde Vernon Cessna, American pilot and businessman, founded the Cessna Aircraft Corporation (d. 1954)
1881 René Cresté, French actor and director (d. 1922)
1886 Rose Wilder Lane, American journalist and author (d. 1968)
1886 Pieter Oud, Dutch historian, academic, and politician, Minister of Finance of the Netherlands (d. 1968)
1886 Nikolai Uglanov, Soviet politician (d. 1937)
1890 David Bomberg, English painter, illustrator, and academic (d. 1957)
1890 Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1976)
1891 Paul Kogerman, Estonian chemist and academic (d. 1951)
1894 Charles Robberts Swart, South African lawyer and politician, 1st State President of South Africa (d. 1982)
1895 Elbert Frank Cox, American mathematician and academic (d. 1969)
1896 Ann Nolan Clark, American historian, author, and educator (d. 1995)
1896 Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)
1897 Nunnally Johnson, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1977)
1897 Gershom Scholem, German-Israeli philosopher and historian (d. 1982)
1898 Josh Malihabadi, Indian-Pakistani poet and translator (d. 1982)
1898 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (d. 1947)
1900 Jimmy Dimmock, English footballer (d. 1972)
1901 Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1966)
1901 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and author (d. 1980)
1901 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976)
1902 Emeric Pressburger, Hungarian-English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1988)
1902 Strom Thurmond, American educator, general, and politician, 103rd Governor of South Carolina (d. 2003)
1903 Johannes Heesters, Dutch-German actor and singer (d. 2011)
1903 C. F. Powell, English-Italian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1969)
1905 Gus Mancuso, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1984)
1905 Otto Preminger, Austrian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1986)
1905 Francisco Javier Arana, Guatemalan Army colonel and briefly Guatemalan head of state (d.1949)
1907 Lin Biao, Chinese general and politician, 2nd Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China (d. 1971)
1907 Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian-French physicist and academic (d. 1993)
1910 Abraham Polonsky, American director and screenwriter (d. 1999)
1911 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and composer (d. 2000)
1912 Sonny Boy Williamson II, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1965)
1913 Esther Borja, Cuban soprano and actress (d. 2013)
1914 Hans Hellmut Kirst, German lieutenant and author (d. 1989)
1916 Hilary Koprowski, Polish-American virologist and immunologist, created the world’s first effective live polio vaccine (d. 2013)
1916 Walt McPherson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
1917 Ken Downing, English race car driver (d. 2004)
1919 Alun Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont, English historian and politician
1921 Alvy Moore, American actor and producer (d. 1997)
1922 Casey Ribicoff, American philanthropist (d. 2011)
1924 Robert Sobukwe, South African banker and politician (d. 1978)
1925 Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaraguan politician, 73rd President of Nicaragua (d. 1980)
1927 Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thai king (d. 2016)
1927 W.D. Amaradeva, Sri Lankan musician and composer (d. 2016)
1929 Madis Kõiv, Estonian physicist, philosopher, and author (d. 2014)
1931 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer and manager (d. 2011)
1932 Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs, British politician
1932 Sheldon Lee Glashow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1932 Jim Hurtubise, American race car driver (d. 1989)
1932 Little Richard, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor
1933 Gennadiy Agapov, Russian race walker (d. 1999)
1934 Joan Didion, American novelist and screenwriter
1935 Calvin Trillin, American novelist, humorist, and journalist
1935 Yury Vlasov, Ukrainian-Russian weightlifter and politician
1936 James Lee Burke, American journalist, author, and academic
1940 Tony Crafter, Australian cricket umpire
1940 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
1940 Peter Pohl, Swedish author, director, and screenwriter
1940 Frank Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2012)
1942 Bryan Murray, Canadian ice hockey coach (d. 2017)
1943 Eva Joly, Norwegian-French judge and politician
1943 Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, South Korean cardinal
1944 Jeroen Krabbé, Dutch actor, director, and producer
1945 Serge Chapleau, Canadian cartoonist
1945 Moshe Katsav, Iranian-Israeli educator and politician, 8th President of Israel
1946 José Carreras, Spanish tenor and actor
1946 Sarel van der Merwe, South African race car driver
1947 Rudy Fernandez, Filipino triathlete
1947 Bruce Golding, Jamaican lawyer and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Jamaica
1947 Tony Gregory, Irish activist and politician (d. 2009)
1947 Jim Messina, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1947 Jim Plunkett, American football player and radio host
1947 Kim Simmonds, Welsh blues-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Savoy Brown)
1947 Don Touhig, Welsh journalist and politician
1948 Denise Drysdale, Australian television host and actress
1949 John Altman, English composer and conductor
1949 David Manning, English civil servant and diplomat, British Ambassador to the United States
1951 Link Byfield, Canadian journalist and author (d. 2015)
1951 Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Belgian painter and illustrator
1953 Gwen Lister, South African-Namibian journalist, publisher, and activist
1954 Hanif Kureishi, English author and playwright
1954 Gary Roenicke, American baseball player and scout
1955 Miyuki Kawanaka, Japanese singer
1955 Juha Tiainen, Finnish hammer thrower (d. 2003)
1956 Klaus Allofs, German footballer and manager
1956 Adam Thorpe, French-English author, poet, and playwright
1956 Krystian Zimerman, Polish virtuoso pianist
1957 Raquel Argandoña, Chilean model, actress, and politician
1959 Lee Chapman, English footballer
1959 Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, Ukrainian businessman
1960 Frans Adelaar, Dutch footballer and manager
1960 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentinian-American composer and educator
1960 Jack Russell, American singer-songwriter and producer
1960 Matthew Taylor, English businessman and politician
1961 Ralf Dujmovits, German mountaineer
1961 Laura Flanders, British journalist
1962 José Cura, Argentinian tenor, conductor, and director
1962 Pablo Morales, American swimmer and coach
1962 Nivek Ogre, Canadian singer-songwriter
1962 Fred Rutten, Dutch footballer and manager
1963 Doctor Dré, American television and radio host
1963 Carrie Hamilton, American actress and playwright (d. 2002)
1963 Alberto Nisman, Argentinian lawyer (d. 2015)
1964 Martin Vinnicombe, Australian cyclist
1965 Manish Malhotra, Indian fashion designer
1965 John Rzeznik, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1965 Wayne Smith, Jamaican rapper (d. 2014)
1965 Valeriy Spitsyn, Russian race walker
1967 Gary Allan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1968 Margaret Cho, American comedian, actress, producer, and screenwriter
1968 Lisa Marie, American model and actress
1968 Lydia Millet, American novelist
1968 Falilat Ogunkoya, Nigerian sprinter
1969 Eric Etebari, American actor, director, and producer
1969 Morgan J. Freeman, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1969 Sajid Javid, English banker and politician, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
1969 Lewis Pugh, English swimmer and lawyer
1969 Ramón Ramírez, Mexican footballer
1970 Michel’le, American singer-songwriter
1970 Kevin Haller, Canadian ice hockey player
1971 Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, German businessman and politician, German Federal Minister of Defence
1971 Ashia Hansen, American-English triple jumper
1971 Gabriel Hjertstedt, Swedish golfer
1972 Cliff Floyd, American baseball player and sportscaster
1972 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
1972 Duane Ross, American hurdler and coach
1973 Argo Arbeiter, Estonian footballer
1973 Andrei Krasnopjorov, Estonian footballer
1973 Mikelangelo Loconte, Italian singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
1973 Luboš Motl, Czech physicist and academic
1974 Charlie Batch, American football player and sportscaster
1974 Ravish Kumar, Indian journalist and author
1974 Brian Lewis, American sprinter
1975 Ronnie O’Sullivan, English snooker player and radio host
1975 Paula Patton, American actress
1976 Amy Acker, American actress
1976 Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby player
1976 Sachiko Kokubu, Japanese actress and model
1976 Rachel Komisarz, American swimmer and coach
1977 Peter van der Vlag, Dutch footballer
1978 Neil Druckmann, American video game designer and author
1978 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player
1978 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer
1979 Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
1979 Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player
1979 Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
1979 Nick Stahl, American actor and producer
1980 Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-French trumpet player and composer
1982 Eddy Curry, American basketball player
1982 Trai Essex, American football player
1983 Cooper Cronk, Australian rugby league player
1985 Shikhar Dhawan, Indian cricketer
1985 Frankie Muniz, American actor, drummer, and race car driver
1985 Nico Verdonck, Belgian race car driver
1985 Danny Wicks, Australian rugby league player
1986 LeGarrette Blount, American football player
1986 James Hinchcliffe, Canadian race car driver
1986 Justin Smoak, American baseball player
1987 Tommy Fraser, English footballer
1988 Joanna Rowsell, English cyclist
1990 Montee Ball, American football player
1991 Jacopo Sala, Italian footballer
1992 Ilja Antonov, Estonian footballer
1993 Ross Barkley, English footballer
1994 Ondrej Duda, Slovak footballer
1994 Grant Ward, English footballer
1995 Danny Levi, New Zealand rugby league player
1995 Anthony Martial, French footballer

As we come to the end of this tribute to today’s famous birthdays, let us carry forward the inspiration and lessons gleaned from these exceptional individuals. Their journeys remind us that with determination, passion, and resilience, we can leave our own unique imprint on the world. May their stories serve as a guiding light, igniting the spark within each of us to pursue greatness and make a positive impact.

Stay tuned for more insightful posts dedicated to celebrating the lives and contributions of notable personalities. Their stories continue to resonate and inspire, shaping the course of history and leaving an unforgettable legacy for generations to come. Until next time, may the spirit of these extraordinary individuals continue to guide and inspire you on your own remarkable journey.

Laila is a seasoned content writer at USInsightNews, renowned for her captivating storytelling and incisive analysis. Outside of her professional endeavors, Laila can be found exploring new literary works, immersing herself in nature, and advocating for the power of education in empowering communities.

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