Born on the Fourth of July

Most of us remember the 1989 film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography, Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic.  Yes, he was actually born on July 4, 1946.

Well, here are some others you may know who share July 4th as their birthday:

  • 1804-Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist (The Scarlet Letter)
  • 1847-James Bailey, creator of the modern circus
  • 1872-Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States of America
  • 1918-Ann Landers and twin Abby, advice columnists
  • 1927-Neil Simon, playwright (The Goodbye Girl is one of my favorite films)
  • 1940-Karolyn Grimes, actress we recognize as adorable ZuZu Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life
  • 1943-Geraldo Rivera, TV reporter
  • 1952-John Waite, singer

By the way, Tom Cruise, who played Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July was born on July 3, 1962.  Guess he just couldn’t wait to get here!

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