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Day History: March-16

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Famous Birthdays

1338- Thomas de Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick -English son of Katherine Mortimer, Countess of Warwick (d. 1401)

1399- Xuande Emperor -of China (d. 1435)

1445- Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg -Swiss priest (d. 1510)

1473- Henry IV, Duke of Saxony -(d. 1541)

1581- Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft -Dutch historian and poet (d. 1647)

1585- Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero -Dutch poet and playwright (d. 1618)

1631- René Le Bossu -French critic (d. 1680)

1654- Andreas Acoluthus -German scholar (d. 1704)

1663- Jean-Baptiste Matho -French composer (d. 1743)

1750- Caroline Herschel -German-English astronomer (d. 1848)

1751- James Madison -American politician, 4th President of the United States (d. 1836)

1771- Antoine-Jean Gros -French painter (d. 1835)

1773- Juan Ramón Balcarce -Argentinian general and politician, 6th Governor of Buenos Aires Province (d. 1836)

1774- Matthew Flinders -English navigator and cartographer (d. 1814)

1789- Francis Chesney -English general and explorer (d. 1872)

1789- Georg Ohm -German physicist (d. 1854)

1794- Ami Boué -Austrian geologist (d. 1881)

1797- Alaric Alexander Watts -English poet and journalist (d. 1864)

1800- Emperor Ninkō -of Japan (d. 1846)

1805- Peter Ernst von Lasaulx -German philologist and politician (d. 1861)

1821- Eduard Heine -German mathematician (d. 1881)

1822- Rosa Bonheur -French painter and sculptor (d. 1899)

1822- John Pope (military officer)|John Pope -American general (d. 1892)

1823- William Henry Monk -English organist and composer (d. 1889)

1834- James Hector -Scottish geologist (d. 1907)

1836- Andrew Smith Hallidie -English-American engineer and inventor (d. 1900)

1839- Sully Prudhomme -French poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1907)

1839- John Butler Yeats -Irish painter (d. 1922)

1840- Shibusawa Eiichi -Japanese businessman (d. 1931)

1845- Umegatani Tōtarō I -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 15th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1928)

1846- Jurgis Bielinis -Lithuanian book smuggler (d. 1918)

1846- Gösta Mittag-Leffler -Swedish mathematician (d. 1927)

1848- Axel Heiberg -Norwegian financier and diplomat (d. 1932)

1851- Martinus Beijerinck -Dutch microbiologist and botanist (d. 1931)

1853- Heinrich Kayser -German physicist and spectroscopist (d. 1940)

1856- Napoléon, Prince Imperial -of France (d. 1879)

1857- Charles Harding Firth -English historian and academic (d. 1936)

1859- Alexander Stepanovich Popov -Russian physicist (d. 1906)

1865- Patsy Donovan -Irish-American baseball player and manager (d. 1953)

1869- Willy Burmester -German violinist (d. 1933)

1869- F. A. Forbes -Scottish author (d. 1936)

1871- Hans Merensky -South African geologist and philanthropist (d. 1951)

1871- Frantz Reichel -French rugby player (d. 1932)

1876- Charles Halton -American actor (d. 1959)

1877- Léo-Ernest Ouimet -Canadian director and producer (d. 1972)

1878- Clemens August Graf von Galen -German cardinal (d. 1946)

1883- Ethel Anderson -Australian poet (d. 1958)

1884- Eric P. Kelly -American journalist and author (d. 1960)

1885- Giacomo Benvenuti -Italian composer and musicologist (d. 1943)

1885- Emory Holloway -American author (d. 1977)

1889- Reggie Walker -South African runner (d. 1951)

1890- Solomon Mikhoels -Latvian actor (d. 1948)

1890- Robert Natus -Estonian architect (d. 1950)

1892- James Petrillo -American union leader (d. 1984)

1892- César Vallejo -Peruvian poet (d. 1938)

1897- Conrad Nagel -American actor (d. 1970)

1899- Alberto Gainza Paz -Argentinian journalist and activist (d. 1977)

1901- Edward Pawley -American actor (d. 1988)

1901- Potti Sreeramulu -Indian activist (d. 1952)

1902- Leon Roppolo -American clarinet player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (d. 1943)

1903- Mike Mansfield -American politician and diplomat, 22nd United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 2001)

1905- Elisabeth Flickenschildt -German actress, producer, and author (d. 1977)

1906- Francisco Ayala (novelist)|Francisco Ayala -Spanish author (d. 2009)

1906- Henny Youngman -English-American violinist and comedian (d. 1998)

1908- René Daumal -French author and poet (d. 1944)

1908- Robert Rossen -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1966)

1911- Pierre Harmel -Belgian politician, 40th Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 2009)

1911- Josef Mengele -German physician and SS officer (d. 1979)

1912- Pat Nixon -American educator, 39th First Lady of the United States (d. 1993)

1915- Kodaira Kunihiko -Japanese mathematician (d. 1997)

1916- Sapru (actor)|Sapru -Indian actor (d. 1979)

1916- Mercedes McCambridge -American actress (d. 2004)

1916- Tsutomu Yamaguchi -Japanese engineer and businessman (d. 2010)

1917- Samael Aun Weor -Colombian author (d. 1977)

1917- Louis C. Wyman -American politician (d. 2002)

1918- Frederick Reines -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)

1920- John Addison -English-American composer (d. 1998)

1920- Dorothea Binz -German SS officer (d. 1947)

1920- Sid Fleischman -American author (d. 2010)

1920- Traudl Junge -German secretary and journalist (d. 2002)

1920- Leo McKern -Australian-English actor (d. 2002)

1922- Harding Lemay -American screenwriter and playwright

1924- Beryl Davis -English-American singer (d. 2011)

1925- Cornell Borchers -Lithuanian-German actress (d. 2014)

1925- Ervin Kassai -Hungarian basketball player and referee (d. 2012)

1925- Luis E. Miramontes -Mexican chemist (d. 2004)

1926- Charles Goodell -American politician (d. 1987)

1926- Jerry Lewis -American actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter

1927- Ruby Braff -American trumpet player (d. 2003)

1927- Vladimir Komarov -Russian pilot, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1967)

1927- Daniel Patrick Moynihan -American sociologist and politician, 12th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2003)

1927- Olga San Juan -American actress and dancer (d. 2009)

1928- Karlheinz Böhm -German-Austrian actor (d. 2014)

1928- Wakanohana Kanji I -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 45th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 2010)

1928- Christa Ludwig -German soprano

1929- Betty Johnson -American singer (The Johnson Family Singers)

1929- Nadja Tiller -Austrian-German actress

1930- Tommy Flanagan -American pianist (d. 2001)

1931- Alan Heyman -American-South Korean musicologist and composer (d. 2014)

1931- Anthony Kenny -English philosopher and academic

1931- John Munro (Canadian politician)|John Munro -Canadian politician (d. 2003)

1932- Don Blasingame -American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)

1932- Walter Cunningham -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

1932- Kurt Diemberger -Austrian mountaineer and author

1932- Herbert Marx (politician)|Herbert Marx -Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician

1933- Keith Critchlow -English architect and academic, co-founded Temenos Academy

1933- Sanford I. Weill -American banker, financier, and philanthropist

1934- Jean Cournoyer -Canadian politician

1934- Ray Hnatyshyn -Canadian lawyer and politician, 24th Governor-General of Canada (d. 2002)

1934- Mack McInnis -American politician (d. 2013)

1934- Roger Norrington -English conductor

1934- Ray Walker (singer)|Ray Walker -American singer (The Jordanaires)

1935- Teresa Berganza -Spanish soprano

1936- Fred Neil -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)

1936- Raymond Vahan Damadian -Armenian-American inventor, invented the Magnetic resonance imaging|MRI

1936- Elisabeth Volkmann -German actress and singer (d. 2006)

1937- David Frith -English historian, journalist, and author

1937- Amos Tversky -Israeli psychologist (d. 1996)

1939- Carlos Bilardo -Argentinian footballer and coach

1940- Bernardo Bertolucci -Italian director and screenwriter

1940- Vagif Mustafazadeh -Azerbaijani pianist and composer (d. 1979)

1940- Jan Pronk -Dutch politician

1940- Keith Rowe -English guitarist (AMM (group)|AMM and M.I.M.E.O.)

1941- Bernardo Bertolucci -Italian film director

1941- Robert Guéï -Ivorian soldier and politician, 3rd List of heads of state of Ivory Coast|President of Côte d'Ivoire (d. 2002)

1941- Chuck Woolery -American game show host

1942- Roger Crozier -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1996)

1942- James Soong -Chinese-Taiwanese politician, Governor of Taiwan Province

1942- Jerry Jeff Walker -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Lost Gonzo Band)

1942- Gijs van Lennep -Dutch race car driver

1943- Ursula Goodenough -American biologist, zoologist, and author

1943- Kim Mu-saeng -South Korean actor (d. 2005)

1944- Andrew S. Tanenbaum -American computer scientist and author

1946- Michael Basman -English chess player

1946- Mary Kaldor -British academic

1946- Sigmund Groven -Norwegian harmonica virtuoso and composer

1946- Hubert Soudant -Dutch conductor

1947- Ramzan Paskayev -Kazakh accordion player and composer

1947- Baek Yoon-sik -South Korean actor

1947- Trevor Hartley -English footballer and manager

1948- Michael Owen Bruce -American singer-songwriter

1948- Richard Desjardins -Canadian singer-songwriter and director

1948- Margaret Weis -American author

1949- Erik Estrada -American actor

1949- Victor Garber -Canadian actor and singer

1949- Elliott Murphy -American-French singer-songwriter and author

1949- Joseph Pilato -American actor

1950- Peter Forster -English bishop

1951- Ray Benson -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Asleep at the Wheel)

1951- Erich Cviertna -Czech footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1951- Joe DeLamielleure -American football player

1951- Kate Nelligan -Canadian actress

1952- Graham Cole -English actor

1952- Alice Hoffman -American author

1952- Philippe Kahn -French businessman, co-founded Fullpower Technologies

1952- Scott Simon -American journalist

1953- Isabelle Huppert -French actress

1953- Óscar Ramírez -Peruvian terrorist

1953- Richard Matthew Stallman -American computer programmer

1954- David Heath (politician)|David Heath -English politician

1954- Jimmy Nail -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1954- Tim O'Brien (musician)|Tim O'Brien -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hot Rize)

1954- Hollis Stacy -American golfer

1954- Nancy Wilson (rock musician)|Nancy Wilson -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress (Heart (band)|Heart)

1955- Svetlana Alexeeva -Russian ice dancer and coach

1955- Bruno Barreto -Brazilian director, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Jiro Watanabe -Japanese boxer

1956- Michael Dixon (museum director)|Michael Dixon -English zoologist and curator

1956- Ozzie Newsome -American football player

1956- Clifton Powell -American actor

1957- Matthew Bannister -English broadcaster

1958- Phillip Wilcher -Australian pianist and classical music composer

1958- Kate Worley -American author (d. 2004)

1959- Sebastian Currier -American composer and educator

1959- Flavor Flav -American rapper and actor (Public Enemy (band)|Public Enemy)

1959- Jens Stoltenberg -Norwegian politician, 27th Prime Minister of Norway

1960- Jenny Eclair -English actress and author

1960- John Hemming (politician)|John Hemming -English politician

1960- Duane Sutter -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1961- Brett Kenny -Australian rugby player

1961- Todd McFarlane -Canadian author, illustrator, and businessman, founded McFarlane Toys

1961- Michiru Oshima -Japanese composer and producer

1963- Jimmy DeGrasso -American drummer (Megadeth, Black Star Riders, F5 (band)|F5, Y&T, and Suicidal Tendencies)

1963- Jerome Flynn -English actor

1963- Kevin Smith (New Zealand actor)|Kevin Smith -New Zealand actor (d. 2002)

1964- Henry O. Godwinn -American wrestler

1964- Patty Griffin -American singer-songwriter (Band of Joy)

1964- Pascal Richard -Swiss cyclist

1964- Gore Verbinski -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Steve Armstrong -American wrestler

1965- Mark Carney -Canadian-English economist and banker

1965- Richard Daniel Roman -English-Spanish songwriter and producer

1965- Belén Rueda -Spanish actress

1966- H.P. Baxxter -German singer-songwriter (Scooter (band)|Scooter and Celebrate the Nun)

1967- Tracy Bonham -American singer and violinist

1967- John Darnielle -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Mountain Goats, The Extra Lens, and The Bloody Hawaiians)

1967- Lauren Graham -American actress and producer

1968- Ananya Khare -Indian actress

1968- Trevor Wilson (basketball)|Trevor Wilson -American basketball player

1969- Judah Friedlander -American comedian and actor

1969- Aggelos Koronios -Greek basketball player and coach

1970- Joakim Berg -Swedish singer-songwriter (Kent)

1970- Paul Oscar -Icelandic singer-songwriter

1970- Reynolds Wolf -American meteorologist and journalist

1971- Alan Tudyk -American actor

1972- Veiko Õunpuu -Estonian director and screenwriter

1972- Velibor Radović -Serbian basketball player

1973- Tim Kang -American actor

1973- Patrick N. Millsaps -American lawyer

1973- Vonda Ward -American boxer

1974- Georgios Anatolakis -Greek footballer and politician

1974- Fotini Vavatsi -Greek archer

1975- Sienna Guillory -English actress

1976- Blu Cantrell -American singer-songwriter

1976- Abraham Núñez (infielder)|Abraham Núñez -Dominican baseball player

1976- Paul Schneider (actor)|Paul Schneider -American actor and director

1976- Nick Spano -American actor

1977- Donal Óg Cusack -Irish hurler

1977- Hiroki Yasumoto -Japanese voice actor

1978- Brooke Burns -American actress

1978- Ayesha Dharker -Indian actress

1979- Édison Méndez -Ecuadorian footballer

1979- Rashad Moore -American football player

1979- Leena Peisa -Finnish keyboard player and songwriter (Lordi)

1979- Andrei Stepanov (footballer)|Andrei Stepanov -Estonian footballer

1980- Todd Heap -American football player

1980- Felipe Reyes -Spanish basketball player

1981- Andrew Bree -Irish swimmer

1981- Danny Brown (rapper)|Danny Brown -American rapper

1981- Curtis Granderson -American baseball player

1981- Yoav Ziv -Israeli footballer

1982- Riley Cote -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1982- Dian Sastrowardoyo -Indonesian model and actress

1982- Brian Wilson (baseball)|Brian Wilson -American baseball player

1983- Brandon League -American baseball player

1983- Stephen Drew -American baseball player

1983- Vitali Gussev -Estonian footballer

1983- Joe Mande -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1983- Tramon Williams -American football player

1984- Levi Brown (offensive tackle)|Levi Brown -American football player

1984- Hosea Gear -New Zealand rugby player

1984- Brandon Prust -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Nele-Liis Vaiksoo -Estonian singer and actress

1985- Eddy Lover -Panamanian singer-songwriter

1986- Joe Denly -English cricketer

1986- Toney Douglas -American basketball player

1986- Kenny Dykstra -American wrestler

1986- T. J. Jordan -American basketball player

1986- Boaz Solossa -Indonesian footballer

1986- Daisuke Takahashi -Japanese figure skater

1986- Nicole Trunfio -Australian model and actress

1987- Paw Diaz -Filipino actress

1987- Tiiu Kuik -Estonian model

1988- Jhené Aiko -American singer-songwriter (Cocaine 80s)

1988- Brett DiBiase -American wrestler and referee

1988- Jessica Gregg -Canadian speed skater

1988- Patrick Herrmann (footballer born 1988)|Patrick Herrmann -German footballer

1989- Blake Griffin -American basketball player

1989- Theo Walcott -English footballer

1991- Wolfgang Van Halen -American bass player (Van Halen)

1992- Brett Davern -American actor

1999- Bailie Key -American gymnast