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Day History: March-26

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Famous Birthdays


1031- Malcolm III of Scotland -(d. 1093)

1516- Conrad Gessner -Swiss botanist and zoologist (d. 1565)

1554- Charles, Duke of Mayenne -(d. 1611)

1634- Domenico Freschi -Italian priest and composer (d. 1710)

1687- Sophia Dorothea of Hanover -(d. 1757)

1698- Prokop Diviš -Czech scientist, invented the lightning rod (d. 1765)

1749- William Blount -American politician (d. 1800)

1753- Benjamin Thompson -American-French physicist (d. 1814)

1773- Nathaniel Bowditch -American mathematician and navigator (d. 1838)

1794- Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld -German painter (d. 1872)

1814- Charles Mackay -Scottish poet, journalist, author and anthologist (d. 1889)

1845- Juhan Maaker -Estonian bagpipe player (d. 1930)

1854- Maurice Lecoq -French target shooter (d. 1925)

1856- William Massey -New Zealand politician, 19th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1925)

1859- A. E. Housman -English poet and scholar (d. 1936)

1859- Adolf Hurwitz -German mathematician (d. 1919)

1866- Fred Karno -English producer and manager (d. 1941)

1868- Fuad I of Egypt -(d. 1936)

1871- Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole -of Hawaii (d. 1922)

1874- Robert Frost -American poet and playwright (d. 1963)

1875- Max Abraham -German physicist (d. 1922)

1875- Syngman Rhee -South Korean politician, 1st President of South Korea (d. 1965)

1876- William, Prince of Albania -(d. 1945)

1879- Othmar Ammann -Swiss-American engineer, designed the George Washington Bridge and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (d. 1965)

1879- Waldemar Tietgens -German rower (d. 1917)

1880- André Prévost (tennis)|André Prévost -French tennis player (d. 1919)

1881- Guccio Gucci -Italian fashion designer, founded Gucci (d. 1953)

1882- Hermann Obrecht -Swiss politician (d. 1940)

1884- Wilhelm Backhaus -German pianist (d. 1969)

1886- Hugh Mulzac -Vincentian-American marine (d. 1971)

1888- Elsa Brändström -Swedish nurse (d. 1948)

1893- James Bryant Conant -American chemist, academic, and diplomat, 1st United States Ambassador to West Germany (d. 1978)

1893- Dhirendra Nath Ganguly -Indian actor and director (d. 1978)

1893- Palmiro Togliatti -Italian politician (d. 1964)

1894- Viorica Ursuleac -Romanian soprano (d. 1985)

1898- Rudolf Dassler -German businessman, founded Puma SE (d. 1974)

1898- Charles Shadwell (musician)|Charles Shadwell -English conductor and bandleader (d. 1979)

1904- Joseph Campbell -American author (d. 1987)

1904- Emilio Fernández -Mexican actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1986)

1904- Xenophon Zolotas -Greek economist and politician, 177th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2004)

1905- Monty Berman -English cinematographer and producer (d. 2006)

1905- André Cluytens -Belgian-French conductor (d. 1967)

1905- Viktor Frankl -Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (d. 1997)

1906- Rafael Méndez -Mexican trumpet player (d. 1981)

1907- Azellus Denis -Canadian politician (d. 1991)

1907- Mahadevi Varma -Indian poet (d. 1987)

1908- Franz Stangl -Austrian-German SS officer (d. 1971)

1908- Henry (Hank) Sylvern -American organist and composer (d. 1964)

1910- K. W. Devanayagam -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 10th Minister of Justice (Sri Lanka)|Sri Lankan Minister of Justice (d. 2002)

1911- J. L. Austin -English philosopher and academic (d. 1960)

1911- T. Hee -American animator and director (d. 1988)

1911- Bernard Katz -German-English biophysicist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)

1911- Tennessee Williams -American playwright, author, and poet (d. 1983)

1913- Jacqueline de Romilly -French philologist, author, and scholar (d. 2010)

1913- Paul Erdős -Hungarian mathematician (d. 1996)

1913- Salme Rootare -Estonian chess player (d. 1987)

1914- Toru Kumon -Japanese mathematician and educator (d. 1995)

1914- William Westmoreland -American general (d. 2005)

1915- Hwang Sun-won -North Korean author and poet (d. 2000)

1916- Christian B. Anfinsen -American chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)

1916- Bill Edrich -English cricketer (d. 1986)

1916- Sterling Hayden -American actor and author (d. 1986)

1916- Harry Rabinowitz -South African-American composer and conductor

1917- Ed Peck -American actor (d. 1992)

1919- Roger Leger -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1965)

1919- Strother Martin -American actor (d. 1980)

1920- Sergio Livingstone -Chilean footballer and journalist (d. 2012)

1922- Oscar Sala -Italian-Brazilian physicist (d. 2010)

1923- Gert Bastian -German general and politician (d. 1992)

1923- Bob Elliott (comedian)|Bob Elliott -American comedian and actor

1925- Pierre Boulez -French pianist, composer, and conductor

1925- Edward Graham, Baron Graham of Edmonton -English politician

1925- Ben Mondor -Canadian-American businessman (d. 2010)

1925- James Moody (saxophonist)|James Moody -American saxophonist and composer (d. 2010)

1926- T. Sivasithamparam -Sri Lankan politician (d. 1992)

1927- Harold Chapman -English photographer

1929- Edwin Turney -American businessman, co-founded Advanced Micro Devices (d. 2008)

1930- Gregory Corso -American poet (d. 2001)

1930- Sandra Day O'Connor -American lawyer and jurist

1931- Leonard Nimoy -American actor, singer, and director

1932- Leroy Griffith -American theater and nightclub owner, and burlesque and film producer

1933- Vine Deloria, Jr. -American historian, author, and theologian (d. 2005)

1933- Acharya Kuber Nath Rai -Indian poet and scholar (d. 1996)

1934- Alan Arkin -American actor, singer, and director

1935- Mahmoud Abbas -Palestinian politician, 2nd President of the State of Palestine

1936- Giora Feidman -Argentinian-Israeli clarinet player

1936- Harry Kalas -American sportscaster (d. 2009)

1937- Wayne Embry -American basketball player and manager

1937- James Lee (Canadian politician)|James Lee -Canadian politician, 26th Premier of Prince Edward Island

1938- Norman Ackroyd -English painter and illustrator

1938- Anthony James Leggett -English-American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1940- James Caan -American actor

1940- Nancy Pelosi -American politician, 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

1941- Richard Dawkins -Kenyan-English biologist

1941- Yvon Marcoux -Canadian politician

1942- Erica Jong -American author and poet

1943- Bob Woodward -American journalist and author

1944- Igor Mitoraj -German-Polish sculptor (d. 2014)

1944- Diana Ross -American singer and actress (The Supremes)

1945- Mikhail Voronin -Russian gymnast (d. 2004)

1946- Johnny Crawford -American actor and singer

1946- Jiří Kabeš -Czech singer-songwriter and violinist (The Plastic People of the Universe)

1946- Alain Madelin -French politician

1947- Dar Robinson -American stuntman and actor (d. 1986)

1948- Nash the Slash -Canadian violinist and mandolin player (FM (Canadian band)|FM) (d. 2014)

1948- Richard Tandy -English keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra)

1948- Steven Tyler -American singer-songwriter and actor (Aerosmith and Chain Reaction (1960s band)|Chain Reaction)

1948- Kyung-wha Chung -South Korean violinist

1949- Rudi Koertzen -South African cricketer and umpire

1949- Vicki Lawrence -American actress and singer

1949- Fran Sheehan -American bass player (Boston (band)|Boston)

1949- Patrick Süskind -German author and screenwriter

1949- Ernest Lee Thomas -American actor

1950- Teddy Pendergrass -American singer-songwriter (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes) (d. 2010)

1950- Martin Short -Canadian-American actor, screenwriter, and producer

1950- Alan Silvestri -American composer and conductor

1951- Carl Wieman -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1952- T. A. Barron -American author

1952- Didier Pironi -French race car driver (d. 1987)

1953- Lincoln Chafee -American politician, 74th Governor of Rhode Island

1953- Elaine Chao -American politician, 24th United States Secretary of Labor

1953- Youssouf Togoïmi -Chadian politician (d. 2002)

1954- Kazuhiko Inoue -Japanese voice actor

1954- Clive Palmer (businessman)|Clive Palmer -Australian businessman

1954- Curtis Sliwa -American talk show host and activist, founded Guardian Angels

1955- Danny Arndt -Canadian ice hockey player

1956- Charly McClain -American singer

1956- Park Won-soon -South Korean lawyer and politician, 35th Mayor of Seoul

1957- Fiona Bruce (politician)|Fiona Bruce -Scottish lawyer and politician

1957- Leeza Gibbons -American talk show host

1957- Paul Morley -English journalist, producer, and author

1958- Chris Codiroli -American baseball player

1958- Elio de Angelis -Italian race car driver (d. 1986)

1959- Chris Hansen -American journalist

1960- Marcus Allen -American football player and sportscaster

1960- Jennifer Grey -American actress

1960- Øystein Mæland -Norwegian psychiatrist and politician

1960- Axel Prahl -German actor

1961- Leigh Bowery -Australian actor, singer, and fashion designer (d. 1994)

1961- William Hague -English historian and politician, First Secretary of State

1961- Billy Warlock -American actor

1962- Richard Coles -English pianist, saxophonist, and priest (The Communards)

1962- Paul de Leeuw -Dutch actor and singer

1962- Eric Allan Kramer -American actor

1962- Kevin Seitzer -American baseball player, and current hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays

1962- John Stockton -American basketball player

1963- Natsuhiko Kyogoku -Japanese author

1963- Roch Voisine -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1964- Todd Barry -American comedian and actor

1964- Martin Donnelly (racing driver)|Martin Donnelly -Irish race car driver

1964- Maria Miller -English politician

1964- Ulf Samuelsson -Swedish ice hockey player and coach

1965- Trey Azagthoth -American guitarist (Morbid Angel)

1966- Lilian Greenwood -English politician

1966- Michael Imperioli -American actor and screenwriter

1966- Nick Wirth -English engineer, founded Wirth Research

1968- Laurent Brochard -French cyclist

1968- Kenny Chesney -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1968- James Iha -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfect Circle, Whiskeytown, and Tinted Windows (band)|Tinted Windows)

1969- Alessandro Moscardi -Italian rugby player

1970- Paul Bosvelt -Dutch footballer

1970- Jelle Goes -Dutch footballer and coach

1970- Thomas Kyparissis -Greek footballer

1970- Martin McDonagh -English-Irish playwright, screenwriter, and director

1971- Behzad Ghorbani -Iranian zoologist and planarialogist

1971- Tommie Sunshine -American DJ and producer

1971- Paul Williams (footballer born 1971)|Paul Williams -English footballer and manager

1972- Leslie Mann -American actress

1972- Jason Maxwell -American baseball player

1972- Jon Reep -American comedian and actor

1973- Matt Burke -Australian rugby player

1973- Heather Goldenhersh -American actress

1973- T. R. Knight -American actor

1973- Larry Page -American computer scientist, co-founder and CEO of Google

1974- Michael Peca -Canadian ice hockey player

1974- Vadimas Petrenko -Lithuanian footballer

1976- Joachim Alcine -Haitian-Canadian boxer

1976- Natalia Livingston -American actress

1976- Amy Smart -American actress

1976- Ufuk Talay -Australian footballer

1976- Nurgül Yeşilçay -Turkish actress

1977- Kevin Davies -English footballer

1977- Sylvain Grenier -Canadian wrestler

1977- Seth Lakeman -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Lakeman Brothers and Equation (band)|Equation)

1978- Anastasia Kostaki -Greek basketball player

1979- Nacho Novo -Spanish footballer

1979- Hiromi Uehara -Japanese pianist and composer

1979- Pierre Womé -Cameroonian footballer

1980- Son Hoyoung -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (g.o.d (South Korean band)|g.o.d)

1980- Niina Kelo -Finnish heptathlete

1980- Richie Wellens -English footballer

1981- Baruch Dego -Ethiopian-Israeli footballer

1981- Massimo Donati -Italian footballer

1981- Jay Sean -English singer-songwriter and producer

1981- Josh Wilson (baseball player)|Josh Wilson -American baseball player

1982- Mikel Arteta -Spanish footballer

1982- Nate Kaeding -American football player

1983- Roman Bednář -Czech footballer

1983- Mike Mondo -American wrestler

1983- Anti Saarepuu -Estonian skier

1984- Jimmy Howard -American ice hockey player

1984- Stéphanie Lapointe -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1984- David McGowan (footballer)|David McGowan -English footballer

1984- Felix Neureuther -German skier

1984- Alberto Schettino -Italian footballer

1984- Annette Schwarz -German porn actress and model

1984- Marco Stier -German footballer

1984- Gregory Strydom -Zimbabwean cricketer

1984- Sara Jean Underwood -American model, actress, and television host

1985- Jonathan Groff -American actor and singer

1985- Keira Knightley -English actress

1985- Prosper Utseya -Zimbabwean cricketer

1986- Jonny Craig -Canadian-American singer-songwriter (Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance, and Isles & Glaciers)

1986- Emma Laine -Finnish tennis player

1986- Misty Stone -American porn actress and model

1987- Yui (singer)|YUI -Japanese singer-songwriter and actress

1987- Jermichael Finley -American football player

1987- Steven Fletcher (footballer)|Steven Fletcher -Scottish footballer

1988- Suvi Koponen -Finnish-American model

1989- Simon Kjær -Danish footballer

1989- Josiah Leming -American singer-songwriter

1990- Yuya Takaki -Japanese singer and actor (Hey! Say! JUMP)

1990- Yūya Yagira -Japanese actor

1992- Haley Ramm -American actress

1994- Mayu Watanabe -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48 and Watarirouka Hashiritai)

1994- Jed Wallace -English football player for Portsmouth F.C.