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Notable Birthdays for January 4

- French teacher of the blind Louis Braille in 1809
- British shorthand writing system inventor Isaac Pitman in 1813
- Charles Stratton, the midget known as Gen. Tom Thumb, a famous entertainer and protege of showman P.T. Barnum, in 1838
- U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., in 1896
- Actor Sterling Holloway in 1905
- Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and player Don Shula in 1930 (age 83)
- Former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson in 1935
- Actors Barbara Rush in 1927 (age 86) and Dyan Cannon in 1937 (age 76)
- Author Maureen Reagan (daughter of former President Ronald Reagan), in 1941
- American historian and writer Doris Kearns Goodwin in 1943 (age 70)
- Comedian Andy Borowitz in 1958 (age 55)
- R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe in 1960 (age 53)
- And actors Dave Foley in 1963 (age 50) and Julia Ormond in 1965 (age 48).

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