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.


Eva Marie Saint made her mark opposite Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront and as a Hitchcock heroine in North by Northwest. Eva—pronounced either eeva or ava—has been in the Top 100 since 2009, probably influenced in part by exotic actresses Eva Longoria, Eva Mendes and Eva Green.

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