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Born on the Fourth of July

Yes, July 4th is the birthday of America, but it’s also an occasion to salute some of the notable people who share that date—and of course featuring those with the more interesting names. It makes for quite a diverse little birthday party—from Nathaniel Hawthorne, born in 1804, to First Daughter Malia Obama, born in 1998. But we won’t be including three who erroneously claimed the date as their own—composer George M. ‘born on the Fourth of July’ Cohan, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer and Louis Armstrong, whose real date of birth was August 4th.

Gina

Gina (born Luigina) Lollobrigida is the sexy Italian actress who popularized her name in this country in the 1950’s—bringing it as high as Number 54 in the following decade. Gina is still used sparingly, but modern parents tend to prefer Nina or Lena.

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