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.


Calvin Coolidge, born John Calvin and known as ‘Silent Cal,’ was the 30th president of the United States and the only one to be born on Independence Day. The quirky name Calvin, originally used to honor Protestant reformer John Calvin, and in modern times associated with fashion’s Calvin Klein, has been rising in popularity of late.

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