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.


Gloria Stuart was the beautiful 1930’s film star who made a dramatic comeback as the 100-year-old Rose in Titanic in 1997. Her name also went into retirement, but with its recent choice by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, a revival just might be in the stars.

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