This Day in History

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Day History: March-24

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Famous Birthdays


1494- Georgius Agricola -German mineralogist and scholar (d. 1555)

1607- Michiel de Ruyter -Dutch admiral (d. 1667)

1628- Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg -(d. 1685)

1657- Arai Hakuseki -Japanese politician (d. 1725)

1693- John Harrison -English carpenter and clockmaker, invented the Marine chronometer (d. 1776)

1725- Samuel Ashe (North Carolina)|Samuel Ashe -American politician, 9th Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)

1725- Thomas Cushing -American lawyer and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)

1740- John Antes -American missionary and composer (d. 1811)

1755- Rufus King -American lawyer and politician, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (d. 1827)

1762- Marcos Portugal -Portuguese composer (d. 1830)

1775- Muthuswami Dikshitar -Indian poet and composer (d. 1835)

1782- Orest Kiprensky -Russian-Italian painter (d. 1836)

1796- John Corry Wilson Daly -Canadian politician (d. 1878)

1803- Egerton Ryerson -Canadian minister, educator, and politician (d. 1882)

1808- Maria Malibran -Spanish-French soprano (d. 1836)

1809- Mariano José de Larra -Spanish journalist and author (d. 1837)

1809- Joseph Liouville -French mathematician (d. 1882)

1820- A. E. Becquerel -French physicist (d. 1891)

1820- Fanny Crosby -American composer and songwriter (d. 1915)

1823- Thomas Spencer Baynes -English philosopher and critic (d. 1887)

1826- Matilda Joslyn Gage -American activist (d. 1898)

1828- Horace Gray -American jurist (d. 1902)

1829- George Francis Train -American businessman (d. 1904)

1829- Ignacio Zaragoza -Mexican general (d. 1862)

1830- Robert Hamerling -Austrian poet and playwright (d. 1889)

1834- William Morris -English poet and designer (d. 1896)

1834- John Wesley Powell -American soldier, geologist, and explorer (d. 1902)

1835- Joseph Stefan -Austrian physicist (d. 1893)

1848- Honoré Beaugrand -Canadian journalist and politician, 18th Mayor of Montreal (d. 1906)

1850- Silas Hocking -English minister and author (d. 1935)

1855- Andrew W. Mellon -American banker, financier, and diplomat, 49th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1937)

1855- Olive Schreiner -South African author (d. 1920)

1869- Émile Fabre -French author and playwright (d. 1955)

1874- Luigi Einaudi -Italian economist and politician, 2nd President of the Italian Republic (d. 1961)

1874- Harry Houdini -Hungarian-American magician and actor (d. 1926)

1875- William Burns (lacrosse)|William Burns -Canadian lacrosse player (d. 1953)

1882- Marcel Lalu -French gymnast (d. 1951)

1884- Peter Debye -Dutch-American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1966)

1884- Eugène Tisserant -French cardinal (d. 1972)

1886- Edward Weston -American photographer (d. 1958)

1887- Roscoe Arbuckle -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1933)

1888- Viktor Kingissepp -Estonian politician (d. 1922)

1889- Albert Hill (athlete)|Albert Hill -English runner (d. 1969)

1890- Agnes Macphail -Canadian politician (d. 1954)

1891- Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov -Russian physicist (d. 1951)

1892- Marston Morse -American mathematician (d. 1977)

1893- Walter Baade -German astronomer (d. 1960)

1893- George Sisler -American baseball player (d. 1973)

1897- Wilhelm Reich -Austrian-American psychotherapist (d. 1957)

1901- Ub Iwerks -American animator (d. 1971)

1902- Thomas E. Dewey -American politician, 47th Governor of New York (d. 1971)

1903- Adolf Butenandt -German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)

1903- Malcolm Muggeridge -English journalist, author, and scholar (d. 1990)

1905- Pura Santillan-Castrence -Filipino author and diplomat (d. 2007)

1906- Klavdiya Shulzhenko -Ukrainian-Russian singer (d. 1984)

1907- Paul Sauvé -Canadian lawyer and politician, 17th Premier of Quebec (d. 1960)

1909- Clyde Barrow -American criminal (d. 1934)

1910- Richard Conte -American actor (d. 1975)

1911- Joseph Barbera -American animator, director, and producer, co-founded Hanna-Barbera (d. 2006)

1912- Dorothy Height -American educator and activist (d. 2010)

1915- Gorgeous George|George Wagner -American wrestler (d. 1963)

1916- Donald Hamilton -Swedish-American author (d. 2006)

1916- Harry B. Whittington -English palaeontologist (d. 2010)

1917- Constantine Andreou -Brazilian-Greek painter and sculptor (d. 2007)

1917- John Kendrew -English biochemist and crystallographer, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

1919- Lawrence Ferlinghetti -American poet and publisher, co-founded City Lights Bookstore

1919- Robert Heilbroner -American economist and historian (d. 2005)

1920- Bill Irwin (skier)|Bill Irwin -Canadian skier (d. 2013)

1920- Gene Nelson -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1920- Mary Stolz -American author (d. 2006)

1921- Franciszek Blachnicki -Polish priest (d. 1987)

1921- Vasily Smyslov -Russian chess player (d. 2010)

1922- T. M. Soundararajan -Indian singer (d. 2013)

1922- Onna White -Canadian dancer and choreographer (d. 2005)

1923- Murray Hamilton -American actor (d. 1986)

1923- Michael Legat -England author (d. 2011)

1924- Norman Fell -American actor (d. 1998)

1925- Puig Aubert -French rugby player (d. 1994)

1926- Desmond Connell -Irish cardinal

1926- Dario Fo -Italian actor, director, composer, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1926- Ventsislav Yankov -Bulgarian pianist

1927- John Woodland Hastings -American biochemist and academic (d. 2014)

1927- Martin Walser -German author and playwright

1928- Byron Janis -American pianist

1930- David Dacko -Central African politician, 1st President of the Central African Republic (d. 2003)

1930- Agustín González -Spanish actor (d. 2005)

1930- Steve McQueen -American actor (d. 1980)

1931- Hanno Drechsler -German politician, List of mayors of Marburg|Mayor of Marburg (d. 2003)

1931- Connie Hines -American actress (d. 2009)

1933- William Smith (actor)|William Smith -American actor

1935- Peret -Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

1935- Mary Berry (food writer)|Mary Berry -English television host and author

1935- Carol Kaye -American bass player

1935- Peter Bichsel -Swiss-German journalist and author

1936- David Suzuki -Canadian environmentalist and academic

1937- Billy Stewart -American singer and pianist (d. 1970)

1938- Holger Czukay -German bass player (Can (band)|Can)

1938- David Irving -English historian and author

1940- Don Jardine -Canadian wrestler (d. 2006)

1940- Bob Mackie -American fashion designer

1944- R. Lee Ermey -American actor

1944- Vojislav Koštunica -Serbian politician, 8th Prime Minister of Serbia

1945- Robert T. Bakker -American paleontologist

1945- Curtis Hanson -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1945- Patrick Malahide -English actor

1946- Klaus Dinger -German guitarist and songwriter (Neu!, La Düsseldorf, and Kraftwerk) (d. 2008)

1947- Dennis Erickson -American football player and coach

1947- Christine Gregoire -American politician, 22nd Governor of Washington

1947- Mick Jones (footballer, born 1947)|Mick Jones -English footballer and coach

1947- Meiko Kaji -Japanese actress and singer

1947- Gary Howard Klar -American actor

1947- Alan Sugar -English businessman

1948- Javier Díez Canseco -Peruvian politician (d. 2013)

1948- Anatoli Krikun -Estonian basketball player and coach

1948- Jerzy Kukuczka -Polish mountaineer (d. 1989)

1948- Lee Oskar -Danish harmonica player and songwriter (War (band)|War and Lowrider Band)

1949- Tabitha King -American author

1949- Ruud Krol -Dutch footballer and coach

1949- Steve Lang -Canadian bass player (April Wine and Mashmakhan)

1949- Nick Lowe -English singer-songwriter and producer (Rockpile and Little Village)

1949- Ali Akbar Salehi -Iranian academic and politician, 36th Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran

1949- Ranil Wickremasinghe -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 13th List of Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka|Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

1950- Gary Wichard -American football player and agent (d. 2011)

1951- Peter Boyle (footballer born 1951)|Peter Boyle -Scottish-Australian footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1951- Pat Bradley (golfer)|Pat Bradley -American golfer

1951- Tommy Hilfiger -American fashion designer, founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation

1951- Dougie Thomson -Scottish bass player (Supertramp and The Alan Bown Set)

1952- Greg McCrary -American football player (d. 2013)

1953- Anita L. Allen -American lawyer, philosopher, and academic

1953- Louie Anderson -American comedian, actor, and game show host

1954- Robert Carradine -American actor

1954- Donna Pescow -American actress and director

1955- Doug Jarvis -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1955- Mart Kadastik -Estonian journalist

1955- Pat Price (ice hockey)|Pat Price -Canadian ice hockey player

1956- Steve Ballmer -American businessman

1956- William Wray (artist)|Bill Wray -American cartoonist and landscape painter

1957- Gilles Baril (PQ)|Gilles Baril -Canadian politician

1957- Pierre Harvey -Canadian cyclist and skier

1958- Mike Woodson -American basketball player and coach

1959- Derek Statham -English footballer

1960- Nena -German singer-songwriter and actress (Nena (band)|Nena)

1960- Jan Berglin -Swedish cartoonist

1960- Barry Horowitz -American wrestler

1960- Kelly LeBrock -American model and actress

1960- Grayson Perry -English potter

1960- Scott Pruett -American race car driver

1961- Dean Jones (cricketer)|Dean Jones -Australian cricketer and coach

1962- Angèle Dubeau -Canadian violinist

1962- Star Jones -American lawyer, journalist, and talk show host

1963- Raimond van der Gouw -Dutch footballer and coach

1965- Peter Jacobson -American actor

1965- Kaido Kalm -Estonian ice sledge hockey player

1965- Patrick Scales -German bass player and educator

1965- Gurmit Singh -Singaporean actor

1965- The Undertaker -American wrestler

1968- Minarti Timur -Indonesian badminton player

1969- Houston (pornographic actress)|Houston -American porn actress

1970- Lara Flynn Boyle -American actress

1970- Sharon Corr -Irish singer-songwriter and violinist (The Corrs)

1970- Christopher Daniels -American wrestler

1970- Judith Draxler -Austrian swimmer

1970- Erica Kennedy -American journalist and author (d. 2012)

1970- Mike Vanderjagt -Canadian-American football player

1971- Megyn Price -American actress

1972- Christophe Dugarry -French footballer

1972- Steve Karsay -American baseball player and coach

1973- Jacek Bąk -Polish footballer

1973- Philippe Boucher -Canadian ice hockey player

1973- Steve Corica -Australian footballer and coach

1973- Mette Jacobsen -Danish swimmer

1973- Jim Parsons -American actor

1974- Tado (comedian)|Tado -Filipino comedian and actor (d. 2014)

1974- Chad Butler -Dutch-American drummer (Switchfoot)

1974- Alyson Hannigan -American actress

1975- Krisdayanti -Indonesian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1975- Thomas Johansson -Swedish tennis player

1975- Davor Vugrinec -Croatian footballer

1976- Angellica Bell -English radio and television host

1976- Aaron Brooks (American football)|Aaron Brooks -American football player

1976- Aliou Cissé -Senegalese footballer and coach

1976- Athanasios Kostoulas -Greek footballer

1976- Peyton Manning -American football player

1977- Corneille (singer)|Corneille -German-Canadian singer-songwriter

1977- Olivia Burnette -American actress

1977- Jessica Chastain -American actress

1977- Darren Lockyer -Australian rugby player and sportscaster

1978- Michael Braun (footballer)|Michael Braun -Australian footballer

1978- Kaori Mochida -Japanese singer-songwriter (Every Little Thing (band)|Every Little Thing)

1978- Tomáš Ujfaluši -Czech footballer

1979- Lake Bell -American actress and director

1979- Emraan Hashmi -Indian actor

1979- Norris Hopper -American baseball player

1979- Periklis Iakovakis -Greek hurdler

1979- Graeme Swann -English cricketer

1980- Tassos Venetis -Greek footballer

1981- Mike Adams (safety)|Mike Adams -American football player

1981- Ron Hainsey -American ice hockey player

1981- Dirk Hayhurst -American baseball player

1981- Mark Looms -Dutch footballer

1981- Gary Paffett -English race car driver

1982- Epico -Puerto Rican wrestler

1982- Nivea (singer)|Nivea -American singer

1982- Corey Hart (baseball)|Corey Hart -American baseball player

1982- Jimmy Hempte -Belgian footballer

1982- Christian Hug -German rugby player

1982- Dustin McGowan -American baseball player

1982- Jack Swagger -American wrestler

1983- Luca Ceccarelli (footballer born in Gambettola)|Luca Ceccarelli -Italian footballer

1983- T. J. Ford -American basketball player

1983- Kelvin Kwan -Canadian-Chinese singer

1983- Riccardo Musetti -Italian footballer

1983- Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Benoît Assou-Ekotto -French-Cameroonian footballer

1984- Park Bom -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (2NE1)

1984- Chris Bosh -American basketball player

1984- Adrian D'Souza -Indian field hockey player

1985- Haruka Ayase -Japanese actress

1985- Frederico Gil -Portuguese tennis player

1985- Sayaka Hirano -Japanese table tennis player

1986- Kohei Hirate -Japanese race car driver

1986- Tony McMahon -English footballer

1987- Ramires -Brazilian footballer

1987- Shakib Al Hasan -Bangladeshi cricketer

1987- Yuma Asami -Japanese porn actress

1987- Billy Jones (footballer, born 1987)|Billy Jones -English footballer

1987- Josh Zeid -American baseball player

1988- Aiga Grabuste -Latvian heptathlete

1988- Ryan Higgins -Zimbabwean cricketer

1988- Matías Martínez -Argentinian footballer

1988- Kardo Ploomipuu -Estonian swimmer

1988- Sharmin Ratna -Bangladeshi target shooter

1989- Aziz Shavershian -Russian-Australian bodybuilder and model (d. 2011)

1990- Aljur Abrenica -Filipino actor

1990- Keisha Castle-Hughes -New Zealand actress

1990- Starlin Castro -American baseball player

1990- Libby Clegg -English runner

1991- Dalila Jakupović -Slovenian tennis player

1992- Melody Nurramdhani Laksani -Indonesian singer and actress (JKT48)

1992- Jeremy Rosado -American singer

1993- Ryo Ryusei -Japanese actor

1994- Anna Hämäläinen -Russian-Finnish runner

1998- Isabel Suckling -English singer