This Day in History

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Day History: March-20

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Famous Birthdays


43 BC- Ovid -Roman poet (d. 17)

1253-Magadu, renamed Wareru -founder of Ramanya Kingdom, renamed Hanthawady Kingdom of Pegu (d. one Saturday in January 1307)

1469- Cecily of York -(d. 1507)

1477- Jerome Emser -German theologian (d. 1527)

1502- Pierino Belli -Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)

1639- Ivan Mazepa -Ukrainian diplomat (d. 1709)

1725- Abdul Hamid I -Ottoman sultan (d. 1789)

1735- Torbern Bergman -Swedish chemist (d. 1784)

1736- Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke -Thai king (d. 1809)

1741- Jean-Antoine Houdon -French sculptor (d. 1828)

1770- Friedrich Hölderlin -German poet (d. 1843)

1771- Heinrich Clauren -German author (d. 1854)

1799- Karl August Nicander -Swedish poet (d. 1839)

1800- Braulio Carrillo Colina -Costa Rican politician, President of Costa Rica (d. 1845)

1811- Napoleon II -French emperor (d. 1832)

1811- George Caleb Bingham -American painter (d. 1879)

1821- Ned Buntline -American journalist, author, and publisher (d. 1886)

1828- Henrik Ibsen -Norwegian poet, playwright, and director (d. 1906)

1831- Solomon L. Spink -American lawyer and politician (d. 1881)

1834- Charles William Eliot -American academic (d. 1926)

1836- Ferris Jacobs, Jr. -American politician (d. 1886)

1836- Edward Poynter -English painter (d. 1919)

1840- Illarion Pryanishnikov -Russian painter (d. 1894)

1852- Frank MacKey -American polo player (d. 1927)

1856- John Lavery -Irish painter (d. 1941)

1856- Frederick Winslow Taylor -American engineer (d. 1915)

1870- Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck -German general (d. 1964)

1874- Börries von Münchhausen -German poet (d. 1945)

1876- Payne Whitney -American businessman (d. 1927)

1879- Maud Menten -Canadian biochemist (d. 1960)

1882- René Coty -French politician, 17th President of France (d. 1962)

1882- Harold Weber -American golfer (d. 1933)

1886- Grace Brown -American murder victim (d. 1906)

1888- Amanda Clement -American baseball player, umpire, and educator (d. 1971)

1890- Beniamino Gigli -Italian tenor (d. 1957)

1890- Lauritz Melchior -Danish-American tenor (d. 1973)

1895- Fredric Wertham -German-American psychologist and author (d. 1981)

1903- Edgar Buchanan -American actor (d. 1979)

1904- B. F. Skinner -American psychologist and author (d. 1990)

1905- Jean Galia -French rugby player (d. 1949)

1906- Abraham Beame -American politician, 104th Mayor of New York City (d. 2001)

1906- Nickolaus Hirschl -Austrian wrestler (d. 1991)

1906- Ozzie Nelson -American actor, singer, and bandleader (d. 1975)

1907- Hugh MacLennan -Canadian author and educator (d. 1990)

1907- Ruby Muhammad -American religious leader (d. 2011)

1908- Michael Redgrave -English actor and director (d. 1985)

1911- Alfonso García Robles -Mexican diplomat, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1913- Nikolai Stepulov -Estonian boxer (d. 1968)

1914- Wendell Corey -American actor and politician (d. 1968)

1915- Rudolf Kirchschläger -Austrian judge and politician, 8th President of Austria (d. 2000)

1915- Sviatoslav Richter -Soviet pianist (d. 1997)

1915- Sister Rosetta Tharpe -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1973)

1916- Pierre Messmer -French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 2007)

1917- Vera Lynn -English singer-songwriter and actress

1918- Jack Barry (game show host)|Jack Barry -American game show host and producer, co-founded Barry & Enright Productions (d. 1984)

1918- Donald Featherstone (wargamer)|Donald Featherstone -English author (d. 2013)

1918- Marian McPartland -English-American pianist and composer (d. 2013)

1920- Pamela Harriman -English-American diplomat, 58th United States Ambassador to France (d. 1997)

1920- Vickie Panos -Canadian baseball player

1920- Rosemary Timperley -English author and screenwriter (d. 1988)

1921- Dušan Pirjevec -Slovenian historian and philosopher (d. 1977)

1921- Alfréd Rényi -Hungarian mathematician (d. 1970)

1922- Larry Elgart -American saxophonist and bandleader

1922- Ray Goulding -American actor (d. 1990)

1922- Carl Reiner -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1923- Con Martin -Irish footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1923- Shaukat Siddiqui -Pakistani journalist, author, and activist (d. 2006)

1924- Jozef Kroner -Slovak actor (d. 1998)

1925- John Ehrlichman -American lawyer, 12th White House Counsel (d. 1999)

1927- John Joubert (composer)|John Joubert -South African-English composer and academic

1928- James P. Gordon -American physicist (d. 2013)

1928- Fred Rogers -American television host (d. 2003)

1929- William Andrew MacKay -Canadian lawyer and judge (d. 2013)

1929- Germán Robles -Spanish-Mexican actor and director

1930- S. Arasaratnam -Sri Lankan historian, author, and academic (d. 1998)

1931- Hal Linden -American actor, singer, and director

1931- Rein Raamat -Estonian director and screenwriter

1933- Lateef Adegbite -Nigerian lawyer and politician (d. 2012)

1933- George Altman -American baseball player

1933- Alexander Gorodnitsky -Russian geologist and poet

1933- Renato Salvatori -Italian actor (d. 1988)

1933- Ian Walsh (rugby league)|Ian Walsh -Australian rugby player and coach (d. 2013)

1934- Willie Brown (politician)|Willie Brown -American politician, 41st Mayor of San Francisco

1934- David Malouf -Australian author and playwright

1935- Ted Bessell -American actor and director (d. 1996)

1936- Harold Mabern -American pianist and composer

1936- Vaughn Meader -American comedian and actor (d. 2004)

1936- Lee "Scratch" Perry -Jamaican singer and producer

1936- Mark Saville, Baron Saville of Newdigate -English lieutenant, lawyer, and judge

1937- Lois Lowry -American author

1937- Jerry Reed -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2008)

1938- Sergei Novikov (mathematician)|Sergei Novikov -Russian mathematician

1939- Gerald Curran -American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1939- Don Edwards (cowboy singer)|Don Edwards -American singer and guitarist

1939- Walter Jakob Gehring -Swiss biologist and academic (d. 2014)

1939- Brian Mulroney -Canadian politician 18th Prime Minister of Canada

1940- Stathis Chaitas -Greek footballer and manager

1940- Mary Ellen Mark -American photographer

1941- Pat Corrales -American baseball player and manager

1941- Kenji Kimihara -Japanese runner

1942- Robin Luke -American singer

1943- Gerard Malanga -American poet and photographer

1943- Naima Neidre -Estonian illustrator

1943- Paul Junger Witt -American director and producer

1944- John Cameron (musician)|John Cameron -English composer and conductor

1944- Alan Harper (bishop)|Alan Harper -English-Irish archbishop

1945- Henry Bartholomay -American soldier and pilot

1945- Jay Ingram -Canadian television host and author

1945- Pat Riley -American basketball player and coach

1945- Tim Yeo -English politician

1946- Douglas B. Green -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Riders in the Sky (band)|Riders in the Sky)

1946- Malcolm Simmons -English motorcycle racer (d. 2014)

1947- John Boswell -American historian, philologist, and academic (d. 1994)

1948- John de Lancie -American actor

1948- Bobby Orr -Canadian ice hockey player

1948- Nikos Papazoglou -Greek singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

1948- Marva Wright -American singer (d. 2010)

1949- Marcia Ball -American singer and pianist

1949- Richard Dowden -English journalist and educator

1950- William Hurt -American actor

1950- Carl Palmer -English drummer and songwriter (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia (band)|Asia, and Atomic Rooster)

1951- Madan Lal -Indian cricketer

1951- Curt Smith (author)|Curt Smith -American author and journalist

1951- Jimmie Vaughan -American guitarist (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)

1952- Geoff Brabham -Australian race car driver

1952- David Greenaway (economist)|David Greenaway -English economist and academic

1953- Phil Judd -New Zealand singer-songwriter, guitarist and painter (Split Enz, The Swingers)

1954- Mike Francesa -American radio host

1954- Liana Kanelli -Greek journalist and politician

1954- Paul Mirabella -American baseball player

1954- Louis Sachar -American author

1955- Nina Kiriki Hoffman -American author

1956- Catherine Ashton -English politician, Lord President of the Council

1956- Anne Donahue -American politician

1956- Ian Moss -Australian guitarist and singer-songwriter (Cold Chisel)

1957- Vanessa Bell Calloway -American actress

1957- David Foster (woodchopper)|David Foster -Australian wood chopper

1957- Spike Lee -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Theresa Russell -American actress

1957- Chris Wedge -American animator, producer, screenwriter, and voice actor

1958- Holly Hunter -American actress and producer

1958- Rickey Jackson -American football player

1959- Sting (wrestler)|Sting -American wrestler

1959- Nalini Ambady -Indian-American psychologist and academic (d. 2013)

1959- Dave Beasant -English footballer and coach

1959- Steve McFadden -English actor

1959- Mary Roach -American author

1960- Norm Magnusson -American painter and sculptor

1960- Norbert Pohlmann -German computer scientist and educator

1960- Yuri Shargin -Russian colonel, engineer, and astronaut

1961- Ingrid Arndt-Brauer -German politician

1961- Jesper Olsen -Danish footballer and manager

1961- Sara Wheeler -English author and journalist

1962- Stephen Sommers -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1963- Paul Annacone -American tennis player

1963- Gregg Binkley -American actor

1963- Anouk Grinberg -French actress

1963- Kathy Ireland -American model, actress, and furniture designer

1963- Maggie Estep -American poet (d. 2014)

1963- Yelena Romanova -Russian runner (d. 2007)

1963- David Thewlis -English actor

1964- Natacha Atlas -Belgian singer-songwriter (Transglobal Underground)

1965- William Dalrymple (historian)|William Dalrymple -Scottish historian and author

1965- Adrian Oxaal -American-English guitarist (James (band)|James and Sharkboy)

1966- Alka Yagnik -Indian singer

1967- Xavier Beauvois -French actor, director, and screenwriter

1967- Mookie Blaylock -American basketball player

1967- Illimar Truverk -Estonian architect

1968- Carlos Almeida (athlete)|Carlos Almeida -Cape Verdean runner

1968- Ultra Naté -American singer-songwriter and producer

1968- A. J. Jacobs -American journalist and author

1968- Paul Merson -English footballer and manager

1968- Liza Snyder -American actress

1969- Caroline Brunet -Canadian canoe racer

1969- Yvette Cooper -English economist and politician, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

1969- Mannie Fresh -American rapper and producer (Big Tymers)

1969- Jean Labonté -Canadian sledge hockey player

1969- Tamás Nádas -Hungarian pilot (d. 2014)

1970- Edoardo Ballerini -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Michele Jaffe -American author

1970- Michael Rapaport -American actor and director

1971- Touré -American journalist and author

1971- Manny Alexander -Dominican baseball player

1971- Alexander Chaplin -American actor

1971- Ingrid Kavelaars -Canadian actress

1972- Gonzales (musician)|Gonzales -Canadian-German singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1972- Alex Kapranos -English-Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Franz Ferdinand (band)|Franz Ferdinand, The Yummy Fur, and The Karelia)

1972- Greg Searle -English rower

1972- Marco Sejna -German footballer

1972- Cristel Vahtra -Estonian skier

1973- Magnar Freimuth -Estonian skier

1973- Jane March -English model and actress

1973- Jung Woo-sung -South Korean actor

1973- Cedric Yarbrough -American actor

1974- Paula Garcés -Colombian-American actress

1974- Andrzej Pilipiuk -Polish author

1974- Elo Viiding -Estonian poet

1976- Chester Bennington -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Linkin Park and Dead by Sunrise)

1978- Chris Draper -English sailor

1979- Silvia Abascal -Spanish actress

1979- Shinnosuke Abe -Japanese baseball player

1979- Freema Agyeman -English actress and singer

1979- Molly Jenson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1979- Bianca Lawson -American actress

1979- Keven Mealamu -New Zealand rugby player

1979- Bernard O'Connor -Irish footballer

1979- Fiona Wade -English actress

1980- Jamal Crawford -American basketball player

1980- Mikk Murdvee -Estonian-Finnish conductor and violinist

1980- Robertas Javtokas -Lithuanian basketball player

1980- Ock Joo-hyun -South Korean singer and actress (Fin.K.L)

1980- Aliénor Tricerri -Swiss tennis player

1981- Ian Murray (footballer)|Ian Murray -Scottish footballer

1982- Terrence Duffin -Zimbabwean cricketer

1982- Tomasz Kuszczak -Polish footballer

1982- José Moreira -Portuguese footballer

1984- iJustine -American blogger and actress

1984- Winta -Norwegian singer-songwriter

1984- Valtteri Filppula -Finnish ice hockey player

1984- Markus Niemelä -Finnish race car driver

1984- Christy Carlson Romano -American actress and singer

1984- Fernando Torres -Spanish footballer

1984- Marcus Vick -American football player

1985- Morgan Amalfitano -French footballer

1985- Ronnie Brewer -American basketball player

1985- Nicolas Lombaerts -Belgian footballer

1985- Yoan Merlo -French gamer

1985- Matt Taven -American wrestler

1986- Dean Geyer -South African-Australian singer-songwriter and actor

1986- Julián Magallanes -Argentinian footballer

1986- Vanessa Morley -Canadian actress

1986- Ruby Rose -Australian model, actress, and singer

1987- -Brazilian footballer

1987- Emilia Attías -Argentinian actress, singer, and dancer

1987- Daniel Maa Boumsong -Cameroonian footballer

1987- Patrick Boyle (footballer)|Patrick Boyle -Scottish footballer

1987- Pedro Ken -Brazilian footballer

1987- Sergei Kostitsyn -Belarusian ice hockey player

1988- Louie Vito -American snowboarder

1989- Xavier Dolan -Canadian actor and director

1989- Tamim Iqbal -Bangladeshi cricketer

1990- Oliver Hein -German footballer

1991- Mattia Destro -Italian footballer

1993- Sloane Stephens -American tennis player