10 Famous Americans Born on 4th of July
July 4th, a public holiday celebrated with families in the United States of America every year to mark the declaration of independence in the country marks the legal separation of the thirteen states from Great Britain, which legally happened on July 2nd, 1776, but wasn’t declared until the 4th of July. Earlier, Independence Day was celebrated by organizing parades, speeches, and toasting in ceremonies.
To commemorate the pious day further, let’s discuss some of the people who were born on this day. These people made a difference and hence became well-known figures globally.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804)
He was an American novelist known for writings in the genre of dark romantic. His most notable works include: Twice-Told Tales, a short-story collection that comes in two volumes; The Scarlet Letter, a romantic historical fiction, and The House of the Seven Gables, a romantic goth novel. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and initially served as the editor of American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge. He also used to write short stories for various magazines and annuals, including Young Goodman Brown and The Minister’s Black Veil, which were later compiled into Twice-Told Tales.
Phineas T. Barnum (1810)
He was an American showman, politician, and businessman. He was the founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was born in Bethel, Connecticut. He had various small businesses over the years, including a general store, a book auctioning trade, real estate speculation, and a statewide lottery network. He was the founder of a weekly newspaper called The Herald of Freedom. He considered his profession to be that of a showman.
Calvin Coolidge (1872)
He was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 30th president of the United States. He was born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, and is the only US president to be born on Independence Day. He gained popularity when he restored the confidence of the public in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor’s administration. He has also been the governor of Massachusetts. Because of his quick responses, he gained a reputation as a man of decisive action.
Louis Armstrong (1900)
He was a recognized performer and actor. He was born in New Orleans and was famous for his long tenure in the world of jazz. In 2017, Armstrong was included in the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. He was one of the first African-American entertainers to gain widespread popularity globally. His most remarkable works include High Society and Hello, Dolly! He was nominated for Grammy Awards thrice and he won for his vocal performance of Hello, Dolly!
Meyer Lansky (1902)
He was an American criminal, a member of the Jewish mob with a strong influence on the Italian-American Mafia. He had successful gambling operations running in Florida, New Orleans, and Cuba. He was never convicted of anything more than illegal gambling. He used compromising pictures to blackmail politicians, policemen, and judges. He died of lung cancer in Miami Beach, Florida.
Mitch Miller (1911)
He was an American singer born in Rochester, New York. At the beginning of his career, he played the oboe and English Horn. He is well-known for a community sing-along series called Sing Along with Mitch. He was the winner of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He was the head of Artists and Repertoire at Mercury Records and later joined Columbia Records.
Neil Simon (1927)
He was an author specializing in comedy and drama genres. His most notable works include: Brighton Beach Memoirs, which is a semi-autobiographical play and was succeeded by Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound; Come Blow Your Horn which was his first play paved his way from TV writing career to writing film and stage scripts; The Odd Couple, another of his superhit plays and Lost in Yonkers for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Bill Withers (1938)
He was an American musician. His top chart numbers which gained him worldwide recognition include: Ain’t No Sunshine, Grandma’s Hands, Use Me, Lean on Me, Lovely Day, and Just the Two of Us. He has been nominated for the Grammys nine times out of which he won three. The movie Still Bill was inspired by his life. Before finding his interest in singing and writing songs, he worked in the United States Navy.
Ron Kovik (1946)
Born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, he was the inspiration behind the Academy Award-winning film, Born on the Fourth of July. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He also served in Vietnam twice. Being one of the best-known peace activists, he was arrested 12 times for political protests.
Pam Shriver (1962)
Winner of 133 titles, which includes 21 women’s singles titles, 111 women’s doubles, and one mixed doubles, Pam Shriver has been one of the finest tennis players the country of United States has seen. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is a right-handed player and is known for her variety. She has served as the president of the WTA Tour Players Association and the USA Tennis Foundation. She started playing at the age of 3 and got recognition when she was 16 years old.
Every year the 4th of July is one of the most awaited holidays in the USA, by children and adults equally. It is celebrated like a festival across the country. The year 1976 marked the 200th anniversary and was celebrated lavishly and enthusiastically across the nation. This day is equally about patriotism and family events. The celebrities mentioned above, that were born on this auspicious day, just makes this day even more special for Americans. Some other names might be worth an honorary mention such as the legendary actress Eva Marie Saint, daughter of one of the most beloved presidents of the USA, Malia Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg, and the list goes on.