Everyone in the United States knows July 4th specifically as the birthday of the nation, otherwise called Independence Day. What many people may not be familiar with is the fact that July 4th is the birthday to several well-known people, all of which vary distinctly. Here’s a list of the most famous July 4th birthdays, besides the United States of America, of course.
George Steinbrenner In 1930 “The Boss” was born. Known as the highly influential and rightfully controversial owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner is one of the most famous July 4th birthdays. With baseball usually being played on Independence Day due to the fact that it is known as America’s past time, extra pressure has been known to be placed on the Yankees in order to give the boss a Happy Birthday. One of the lesser known facts about George Steinbrenner is that he was pardoned by Ronald Reagan stemming from events that involved Richard Nixon.
Calvin Coolidge In 1872 John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was born, the man who would eventually become the 30th President of the United States of America. Coolidge was President from 1923-29 after he succeeded President Harling. Coolidge was elected in 1924 but eventually decided that he would not seek another term as president, his reasoning being the amount of stress it puts on a person and their loved ones to be the President of the United States.
Neil Simon In 1927 the Jewish American screenwriter and playwright was born; he would eventually go on to be one of the most successful playwrights in history. Over the course of his career Simon has managed to win three four Tony Awards, three of which were best play (The Odd Couple, Lost in Yonkers and Biloxi Blues). The Goodbye Girl managed to garner him a Golden Globe award for best screenplay. Among his other awards include the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Stephen Foster Ironically enough “The Father of American Music” was born on July 4th in 1826. Many of his songs remain surprisingly popular today such as “Oh! Susanna” and “Old Black Joe.” He’s also been the subject of three biographical films.
Al Davis Charismatic and equally controversial owner of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders was born on July 4th in 1929.
Geraldo Rivera Television journalist and former talk show host, Geraldo Rivera was born on July 4th in 1943.
Ron Kovic Born on the fourth of July in 1946, Kovic has since served in the Vietnam War and become a staunch anti-war activist. He was shot and paralyzed during Vietnam and eventually wrote a book that was translated into an Academy Award winning film.