Colonel Sir George Everest (4 July 1790 – 1 December 1866) was a Welsh surveyor, geographer and Surveyor-General of India from 1830 to 1843. In 1865, Mount Everest was named in his honour despite his objections by the Royal Geographical Society. Born in Crickhowell in Powys, Wales. (d. 1866)
Giuseppe Garibaldi (July 4, 1807 – June 2, 1882) was an Italian general and politician. He is considered as one of Italy’s “fathers of the fatherland”. Born Joseph Marie Garibaldi in Nice. (d. 1882)
Stephen Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known as the “father of American music”, was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlour and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best known are “Oh! Susanna”, “Camptown Races”, “Old Folks at Home”, “My Old Kentucky Home”, “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”, and “Beautiful Dreamer”. Born Stephen Collins Foster in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. (d. 1864)
James Anthony Bailey
James Anthony Bailey (July 4, 1847 – April 11, 1906) was a circus ringmaster. With P.T. Barnum, he established Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. Born James Anthony McGuiness in Detroit, Michigan. (d. 1906)
Calvin Coolidge (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). Born John Calvin Coolidge Jr in Plymouth Notch, Windsor County, Vermont. (d. 1933)
Rube Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways, similar to Heath Robinson devices in the UK. Born Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg in San Francisco, California. (d. 1970)
Gertrude Lawrence (July 4, 1898 – September 6, 1952) was an English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy performer known for her stage appearances in London’s West End and on New York’s Broadway. Born Gertrude Alice Dagmar Klasen i in London Borough of Southwark. (d. 1952)
Meyer Lansky (July 4, 1902 – January 15, 1983), known as the “Mob’s Accountant”, was a Belarusian-born American organized crime figure who, along with his associate Charles “Lucky” Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the “National Crime Syndicate” in the United States. Born Meyer Suchowljansky in Grodno (then in Russia, now in Belarus). (d. 1983)
Angela Baddeley, CBE (4 July 1904 – 22 February 1976) was an English stage and television actress, best-remembered for her role as “Mrs. Bridges” in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. Born Madeleine Angela Clinton-Baddeley in London. (d. 1976)
Mitch Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010) was a prominent figure in the American music industry. Miller was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, working as a musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man and record company executive. Born Mitchell William Miller in Rochester, New York. (d. 2010)
Eppie Lederer (July 4, 1918 – June 22, 2002), better known by the pen name Ann Landers, was an American advice columnist and eventually a nationwide media celebrity who began her career writing the ‘Ask Ann Landers’ column in 1955. She wrote the column for 47 years, by which time its readership was 90 million people. Born Esther Pauline Friedman in Sioux City, Iowa. (d. 2002)
Pauline Phillips (July 4, 1918 – January 16, 2013), also known as Abigail Van Buren, was an American advice columnist and radio show host who began the “Dear Abby” column in 1956. During her decades writing the column, it became the most widely-syndicated newspaper column in the world, syndicated in 1,400 newspapers around the world with 110 million of readers. Born Pauline Esther Phillips in Sioux City, Iowa. (d. 2013)
Leona Mindy Roberts Helmsley (July 4, 1920 – August 20, 2007) was an American businesswoman. She was known for her flamboyant personality and had a reputation for tyrannical behavior that earned her the nickname Queen of Mean. Born Lena Mindy Rosenthal in Marbletown, New York. (d. 2007)
Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint (born July 4, 1924) is an American actress who has starred in films, on Broadway, and on television in a career spanning seven decades. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama film On the Waterfront (1954). Born in Newark, New Jersey.
Willoughby Goddard (4 July 1926 – 11 April 2008) was an English actor whose trademark rotund figure was well known on television and in films for more than 40 years. He played Mr. Bumble in two versions of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist – a 1962 television adaptation, and the original Broadway production of the musical Oliver!. He originated the role of Cardinal Wolsey in the West End production of Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons. He appeared in the television series The Adventures of William Tell (which lasted 39 episodes) in 1958 and 1959 as the villain Landburger Gessler. Born Willoughby Wittenham Rees Goddard in Bicester, Oxfordshire. (d. 2008)
Gina Lollobrigida (born 4 July 1927) is an Italian actress, photojournalist and sculptor. She was one of the most popular European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s, when she was also considered an iconic sex symbol. She appeared in the circus drama Trapeze directed by Carol Reed with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis in 1956. The same year she starred in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, directed by Jean Delannoy with Anthony Quinn. Born Luigina Lollobrigida in Subiaco, Italy.
Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He has written over thirty plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, notably Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, The Goodbye Girl, and The Sunshine Boys. He has received more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. Born in The Bronx, New York.
Colin Welland (born 4 July 1934) is a British actor and screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his script for Chariots of Fire (1981). As an actor, Welland appeared as PC David Graham in the BBC Television series Z-Cars. Born Colin Williams in Leigh, Lancashire.
Bill Withers (born July 4, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded a number of hits such as “Lean on Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Just the Two of Us”, and “Lovely Day”. Born William Harrison Withers Jr in Slab Fork, West Virginia.
Prince Michael of Kent
Prince Michael of Kent GCVO KStJ (born 4 July 1942) is a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary, making him a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Born Michael George Charles Franklin in Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire.
Jeremy Spencer (born 4 July 1948) is a British musician, best known as one of the guitarists in the original line-up of Fleetwood Mac. A member since Fleetwood Mac’s inception in July 1967, he remained with the band until his abrupt departure in February 1971, when he joined a religious group called the “Children of God”. Born Jeremy Cedric Spencer in Hartlepool, County Durham, England.
Jenny Seagrove (born 4 July 1957) is an English actress. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and rose to fame playing the lead in a TV dramatisation of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance and the 1983 film Local Hero. She is now well known in the character of Jo Mills in the long-running BBC drama series Judge John Deed (2001–07). Born Jennifer Ann Seagrove in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya.
Neil Morrissey (born 4 July 1962) is an English actor, media personality and businessman. He is best known for his role as Tony in Men Behaving Badly, his role as Rocky in Boon and the voice of Bob in Bob the Builder. Born in Stafford, Staffordshire. Born Neil Anthony Morrissey in Stafford, Staffordshire.
Pamela Shriver (born July 4, 1962) is a former American professional tennis player known primarily as a doubles specialist. During the 1980s and 1990s, she won 133 top-level titles, including 21 women’s doubles titles and one mixed doubles title at Grand Slam tournaments. Born Pamela Howard Shriver in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ute Lemper (born 4 July 1963) is a German singer and actress renowned for her interpretation of the work of Kurt Weill. Her numerous roles in musicals include playing Sally Bowles in the original Paris production of Cabaret, for which she won the 1987 Molière Award for Best Newcomer, and Velma Kelly in the revival of Chicago in both London and New York, which won her the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Born in Münster, West Germany.
Ronni Ancona (born 4 July 1968) is a British actress, impressionist and author. Ancona won the Best TV Comedy Actress award at the 2003 British Comedy Awards for her work in The Big Impression. Born in Troon, Ayrshire.