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Day History: March-15

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Famous Birthdays


270- Saint Nicholas -Greek bishop (d. 343)

1275- Margaret of England, Duchess of Brabant -(d. 1333)

1455- Pietro Accolti -Italian cardinal (d. 1532)

1493- Anne de Montmorency -French captain and diplomat (d. 1567)

1591- Alexandre de Rhodes -French missionary and lexicographer (d. 1660)

1638- Shunzhi Emperor -of China (d. 1661)

1666- George Bähr -German architect, designed the Dresden Frauenkirche (d. 1738)

1684- Francesco Durante -Italian composer (d. 1755)

1737- Amarindra -Thai wife of Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (d. 1826)

1754- Archibald Menzies -Scottish surgeon and botanist (d. 1842)

1767- Andrew Jackson -American general, judge, and politician, 7th President of the United States (d. 1845)

1771- Robert Hett Chapman -American minister and academic (d. 1833)

1772- József Ficzkó -Slovene-Croatian priest and author (d. 1843)

1779- William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1848)

1790- Ludwig Immanuel Magnus -German mathematician (d. 1861)

1791- Charles Knight (publisher)|Charles Knight -English author and publisher (d. 1873)

1809- Joseph Jenkins Roberts -American-Liberian politician, 1st President of Liberia (d. 1876)

1809- Karl Josef von Hefele -German bishop and theologian (d. 1893)

1813- John Snow (physician)|John Snow -English physician (d. 1858)

1818- Mariano Álvarez -Filipino general (d. 1924)

1821- Johann Josef Loschmidt -Austrian physicist and chemist (d. 1895)

1821- William Milligan -Scottish theologian, author, and educator (d. 1892)

1824- Jules Chevalier -French priest, founded the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (d. 1907)

1830- Paul Heyse -German author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1914)

1830- Élisée Reclus -French geographer (d. 1905)

1831- Daniel Comboni -Italian missionary and saint (d. 1881)

1835- John Henry Kagi -American lawyer and activist (d. 1859)

1835- Eduard Strauss -Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1916)

1838- Karl Davydov -Russian cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1889)

1851- John Sebastian Little -American politician, 21st Governor of Arkansas (d. 1916)

1851- William Mitchell Ramsay -Scottish archaeologist and scholar (d. 1939)

1852- Augusta, Lady Gregory -Irish playwright (d. 1932)

1854- Emil Adolf von Behring -German physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1917)

1857- Christian Michelsen -Norwegian businessman and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Norway (d. 1925)

1858- Liberty Hyde Bailey -American botanist, co-founded the American Society for Horticultural Science (d. 1954)

1858- Franz Böckli -Swiss target shooter (d. 1937)

1860- Waldemar Haffkine -Russian bacteriologist (d. 1930)

1864- Johan Halvorsen -Norwegian violinist, composer, and conductor (Oslo Philharmonic) (d. 1935)

1865- Manuk Abeghian -Armenian author and scholar (d. 1944)

1866- Matthew Charlton -Australian politician (d. 1948)

1866- Johan Vaaler -Norwegian inventor, invented the Paper clip (d. 1910)

1867- Lionel Johnson -English poet and critic (d. 1902)

1868- Grace Chisholm Young -English mathematician (d. 1944)

1869- Stanisław Wojciechowski -Polish politician, 2nd List of heads of state of Poland|President of the Republic of Poland (d. 1953)

1874- Eugène Fiset -Canadian physician, general, and politician, 18th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1951)

1874- Harold L. Ickes -American politician (d. 1952)

1878- Rezā Shāh -Iranian king (d. 1944)

1882- James Lightbody -American runner (d. 1953)

1886- John Olin -American wrestler (d. 1920)

1887- Marjorie Merriweather Post -American businesswoman, founded General Foods (d. 1973)

1890- Boris Delaunay -Russian mathematician and mountaineer (d. 1980)

1892- James Basevi Ord -American lieutenant (d. 1938)

1897- Jackson Scholz -American runner (d. 1986)

1899- George Brent -Irish-American actor (d. 1979)

1902- Yu Gwan-sun -South Korean activist (d. 1920)

1902- Henri Saint Cyr -Swedish horse rider (d. 1979)

1904- J. Pat O'Malley -English actor (d. 1985)

1905- Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg -German lawyer and judge (d. 1944)

1907- Zarah Leander -Swedish actress and singer (d. 1981)

1910- Nick Stewart -American actor (d. 2000)

1912- Louis Paul Boon -Flemish journalist and author (d. 1979)

1912- Lightnin' Hopkins -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1982)

1913- Macdonald Carey -American actor (d. 1994)

1913- Jack Fairman -English race car driver (d. 2002)

1914- Aniello Dellacroce -American gangster (d. 1985)

1914- Joe E. Ross -American actor (d. 1982)

1915- Caterina Boratto -Italian actress (d. 2010)

1916- Frank Coghlan, Jr. -American actor and pilot (d. 2009)

1916- Fadil Hoxha -Kosovar politician, 2nd President of Kosovo (d. 2001)

1916- Harry James -American trumpet player, bandleader, and actor (d. 1983)

1917- Jürgen Ohlsen -German actor (d. 1994)

1918- Richard Ellmann -American author and critic (d. 1987)

1918- Punch Imlach -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager (d. 1987)

1918- William McIntyre (judge)|William McIntyre -Canadian judge (d. 2009)

1919- Lawrence Tierney -American actor (d. 2002)

1920- Lawrence Sanders -American author (d. 1998)

1920- E. Donnall Thomas -American physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)

1921- Madelyn Pugh -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2011)

1921- Stafford Smythe -Canadian businessman (d. 1971)

1922- Nino Bibbia -Italian bobsledder (d. 2013)

1923- Joseph Madec -French bishop (d. 2013)

1923- Charles Wheeler (journalist)|Charles Wheeler -German-English journalist (d. 2008)

1924- Walter Gotell -German-English actor (d. 1997)

1926- Ben Johnston (composer)|Ben Johnston -American composer

1926- Norm Van Brocklin -American football player and coach (d. 1983)

1927- Christian Marquand -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1927- Carl Smith (country musician)|Carl Smith -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010)

1928- Bob Wilber -American clarinet player and saxophonist

1930- Zhores Alferov -Belarusian-Russian physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1930- Martin Karplus -Austrian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1930- Kostas Nestoridis -Greek footballer and manager

1931- James Ellis (actor)|James Ellis -Irish-English actor (d. 2014)

1931- D. J. Fontana -American drummer (The Blue Moon Boys)

1931- David Hayes (sculptor)|David Hayes -American sculptor (d. 2013)

1931- Richard Wirthlin -American religious leader (d. 2011)

1932- Alan Bean -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1933- Ruth Bader Ginsburg -American lawyer and judge

1933- Philippe de Broca -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1934- Aldo Giorgini -Italian graphic designer (d. 1994)

1934- Richard Layard, Baron Layard -English economist and academic

1934- Kanshi Ram -Indian politician (d. 2006)

1935- Judd Hirsch -American actor

1935- Jimmy Swaggart -American pastor, singer, and television host

1935- Leonid Yengibarov -Russian-Armenian clown and boxer (d. 1972)

1936- David Andrews (Irish politician)|David Andrews -Irish politician, 21st Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ireland

1936- Howard Greenfield -American songwriter (d. 1986)

1937- Dan Adkins -American illustrator (d. 2013)

1937- Marcus Raichle -American neurologist

1937- Roger Tomkys -English academic and diplomat

1939- David Eisenberg -American biologist

1939- Ted Kaufman -American politician

1939- Robert Nye -English author, poet, and playwright

1939- Julie Tullis -English mountaineer (d. 1986)

1940- Margo Howard -American journalist

1940- Frank Dobson -English politician, Secretary of State for Health

1940- Phil Lesh -American bass player (Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead (band)|The Dead, and Furthur (band)|Furthur)

1940- Mel Phillips (radio programmer)|Mel Phillips -American radio host and programmer

1941- Jean-Louis Lafosse -French race car driver (d. 1981)

1941- Mike Love -American singer-songwriter (The Beach Boys)

1943- David Cronenberg -Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter

1943- Lynda La Plante -English actress, screenwriter, and author

1943- Michael Scott-Joynt -English bishop (d. 2014)

1943- The Iron Sheik -Iranian-American wrestler

1943- Sly Stone -American singer-songwriter and producer (Sly and the Family Stone)

1944- Chi Cheng (athlete)|Chi Cheng -Taiwanese runner and politician

1944- Jacques Doillon -French director and screenwriter

1944- Francis Mankiewicz -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993)

1945- Robert Carnwath, Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill -English judge

1945- A. K. Faezul Huq -Bangladeshi lawyer and politician (d. 2007)

1945- Mark J. Green -American lawyer and politician

1946- Bobby Bonds -American baseball player (d. 2003)

1946- Stephen Hill (college head)|Stephen Hill -English academic

1946- Howard E. Scott -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (War (band)|War and Lowrider Band)

1946- David Wall (dancer)|David Wall -English ballet dancer (d. 2013)

1947- Ry Cooder -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1947- Gino Ferrin -German footballer and manager

1947- Juraj Kukura -Slovak-German actor

1947- Tony Osoba -Scottish actor

1948- Kate Bornstein -American author and activist

1948- Gavin Stamp -English historian and author

1948- Sérgio Vieira de Mello -Brazilian diplomat (d. 2003)

1949- John Duttine -English actor

1949- Deirdre Hutton -Scottish civil servant

1950- Olsen Brothers|Jørgen Olsen -Danish singer-songwriter (Olsen Brothers)

1950- Kurt Koch -Swiss cardinal

1951- David Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool -English politician

1952- Howard Devoto -English singer-songwriter (Buzzcocks, Magazine (band)|Magazine, and Luxuria (band)|Luxuria)

1952- Philip Green -English businessman

1952- Howard Koh -American politician

1953- Kostas Bigalis -Greek singer-songwriter

1953- Richard Bruton -Irish politician

1953- Colin Croft -Guyanan cricketer and sportscaster

1953- Heather Graham Pozzessere -American author

1953- Kumba Ialá -Bissau-Guinean politician, List of heads of state of Guinea-Bissau|President of Guinea-Bissau (d. 2014)

1954- Massimo Bubola -Italian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1954- Isobel Buchanan -Scottish soprano

1954- Bob Budiansky -American author and illustrator

1954- Craig Wasson -American actor

1955- Dee Snider -American singer-songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister and Desperado (band)|Desperado)

1956- Clay Matthews, Jr. -American football player

1957- Joaquim de Almeida -Portuguese-American actor

1957- Víctor Muñoz -Spanish footballer and manager

1957- Park Overall -American actress

1957- David Silverman -American animator, director, and screenwriter

1959- Harold Baines -American baseball player and coach

1959- Renny Harlin -Finnish-American director and producer

1959- Lisa Holton -American journalist and author

1959- Fabio Lanzoni -Italian-American model and actor

1959- Ben Okri -Nigerian poet and author

1960- Mike Pagliarulo -American baseball player

1961- Terry Cummings -American basketball player

1961- Craig Ludwig -American ice hockey player and coach

1962- Jimmy Baio -American actor

1962- Terence Trent D'Arby -American singer-songwriter

1963- Bret Michaels -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Poison (American band)|Poison)

1964- Rockwell (musician)|Rockwell -American singer-songwriter

1964- Davide Pinato -Italian footballer

1965- Sunetra Gupta -Indian epidemiologist, academic, and author

1965- Svetlana Medvedeva -Russian wife of Dmitry Medvedev, First Lady of Russia

1967- Naoko Takeuchi -Japanese illustrator

1968- Kahimi Karie -Japanese singer

1968- Mark McGrath -American singer-songwriter and television host (Sugar Ray and The Wondergirls)

1968- Terje Riis-Johansen -Norwegian politician

1968- Sabrina Salerno -Italian singer, actress, and producer

1968- Jon Schaffer -American guitarist (Iced Earth and Demons and Wizards (band)|Demons and Wizards)

1969- Rona Ambrose -Canadian politician

1969- Gianluca Festa -Italian footballer and coach

1969- Timo Kotipelto -Finnish singer-songwriter (Stratovarius, Kotipelto, and Cain's Offering)

1969- Elvir Laković Laka -Bosnian singer-songwriter

1969- Apollo Papathanasio -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Firewind, Spiritual Beggars, Evil Masquerade, and Gardenian)

1969- Kim Raver -American actress

1969- Yutaka Take -Japanese jockey

1970- Derek Parra -American speed skater

1971- Penny Lancaster -English model and photographer

1971- Joanne Wise -English long jumper

1972- Mark Hoppus -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Blink-182 and +44 (band)|+44)

1972- Ben Hunt-Davis -English rower

1972- Holger Stromberg -German chef

1972- Mike Tomlin -American football player and coach

1973- Robin Hunicke -American video game designer

1973- Lee Jung-jae -South Korean actor

1973- Masayuki Naruse -Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist

1974- Robert Fick -American baseball player

1975- will.i.am -American rapper, producer, and actor (The Black Eyed Peas)

1975- Eva Longoria -American actress and producer

1975- Veselin Topalov -Bulgarian chess player

1975- Darcy Tucker -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Katherine Brooks -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1976- Cara Pifko -Canadian actress

1977- Adrian Burnside -Australian baseball player

1977- Joe Hahn -American DJ, producer, and director (Linkin Park)

1977- Brian Tee -Japanese-American actor

1977- Sandeep Unnikrishnan -Indian soldier (d. 2008)

1978- Flavio Furtado -Cape Verdean boxer

1978- Noé Hernández -Mexican race walker (d. 2013)

1978- Takeru Kobayashi -Japanese competitive eater

1979- Vincent Simone -Italian-English dancer

1979- Kevin Youkilis -American baseball player

1980- Freddie Bynum -American baseball player

1980- Claudiney Ramos -Brazilian footballer (d. 2013)

1981- Young Buck -American rapper, producer, and actor (G-Unit and UTP (group)|UTP)

1981- Mikael Forssell -German-Finnish footballer

1981- Veronica Maggio -Swedish singer-songwriter

1981- Jens Salumäe -Estonian skier

1982- Jordan Hastings -Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire, Jersey (band)|Jersey, The Black Lungs, and Cunter (band)|Cunter)

1982- Rafael Pérez (baseball)|Rafael Pérez -Dominican baseball player

1982- Emily Tyndall -American actress and dancer

1983- Sean Biggerstaff -Scottish actor

1983- Ben Hilfenhaus -Australian cricketer

1983- Kostas Kaimakoglou -Greek basketball player

1983- Golda Marcus -Salvadoran Swimmer

1983- Daryl Murphy -Irish footballer

1983- Heiko Niidas -Estonian basketball player

1983- Ricky Sekhon -English actor

1984- Badradine Belloumou -French-Algerian footballer

1984- Olivier Jean -Canadian speed skater

1984- Yo Yo Honey Singh -Indian rapper, producer, and actor

1984- Kostas Vasileiadis -Greek basketball player

1984- Wilson Aparecido Xavier Júnior -Brazilian footballer

1985- Eva Amurri -American actress

1985- Antti Autti -Finnish snowboarder

1985- Tom Chilton -English race car driver

1985- Curtis Davies -English footballer

1985- Javier Garrido -Spanish footballer

1985- Jon Jay -American baseball player

1985- Kellan Lutz -American actor

1985- James Maclurcan -Australian actor

1986- Jai Courtney -Australian actor

1987- Taiwan Brown -American television host

1987- Adrianne León -American singer-songwriter and actress

1988- Ever Guzmán -Mexican footballer

1988- Maria Minerva -Estonian singer-songwriter and producer

1988- James Reimer (ice hockey)|James Reimer -Canadian ice hockey player

1989- Sam Baldock -English footballer

1989- Bryce Gibbs (Australian rules footballer)|Bryce Gibbs -Australian footballer

1989- Sandro Raniere -Brazilian footballer

1989- Caitlin Wachs -American actress

1990- Siobhan Magnus -American singer-songwriter

1991- Tavon Austin -American football player

1991- Kie Kitano -Japanese actress and singer

1991- Kevin Müller (footballer)|Kevin Müller -German footballer

1991- Mitchell Todd -Scottish rugby player (d. 2012)

1992- Anna Shaffer -English actress

1993- Alia Bhatt -Indian actress

1993- Paul Pogba -French footballer

1993- Alyssa Reid -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1994- Nijel Amos -Botswana runner