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Day History: March-29

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Famous Birthdays


1553- Vitsentzos Kornaros -Greek poet (d. 1614)

1584- Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Lord Fairfax of Cameron -English general and politician (d. 1648)

1602- John Lightfoot -English academic and scholar (d. 1675)

1713- John Ponsonby (politician)|John Ponsonby -Irish politician (d. 1789)

1735- Johann Karl August Musäus -German author (d. 1787)

1747- Johann Wilhelm Hässler -German pianist and composer (d. 1822)

1751- Supply Belcher -American singer-songwriter (d. 1836)

1769- Nicolas Jean-de-Dieu Soult -French general and politician, 12th Prime Minister of France (d. 1851)

1790- John Tyler -American lawyer and politician, 10th President of the United States (d. 1862)

1799- Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1869)

1815- Costache Caragiale -Romanian actor and manager (d. 1877)

1816- 10th Dalai Lama -(d. 1837)

1819- Edwin Drake -American oil entrepreneur and businessman (d. 1880)

1824- Ludwig Büchner -German physiologist, physician, and philosopher (d. 1899)

1826- Wilhelm Liebknecht -German journalist and politician (d. 1900)

1862- Adolfo Müller-Ury -Swiss-American painter (d. 1947)

1867- Cy Young -American baseball player and manager (d. 1955)

1869- Aleš Hrdlička -Czech anthropologist (d. 1943)

1870- Pavlos Melas -French-Greek captain (d. 1904)

1873- Tullio Levi-Civita -Italian mathematician (d. 1941)

1874- Lou Henry Hoover -American wife of Herbert Hoover, 33rd First Lady of the United States (d. 1944)

1876- Friedrich Traun -German tennis player (d. 1908)

1878- Albert Von Tilzer -American songwriter (d. 1956)

1885- Dezső Kosztolányi -Hungarian author and poet (d. 1936)

1888- Enea Bossi, Sr. -Italian-American engineer, designed the Budd BB-1 Pioneer and Bossi-Bonomi Pedaliante (d. 1963)

1889- Warner Baxter -American actor (d. 1951)

1891- Yvan Goll -French-German poet (d. 1950)

1891- Alfred Neubauer -Czech race car driver and manager (d. 1980)

1892- József Mindszenty -Hungarian cardinal (d. 1975)

1895- Ernst Jünger -German author (d. 1998)

1899- Lavrentiy Beriya -Abkhazian-Russian politician (d. 1953)

1900- Bill Aston -English race car driver (d. 1974)

1900- John McEwen -Australian politician, 18th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1980)

1901- Andrija Maurović -Croatian author and illustrator (d. 1981)

1902- Marcel Aymé -French author (d. 1967)

1902- Don Miller (American football)|Don Miller -American football player and coach (d. 1979)

1902- William Walton -English composer (d. 1983)

1903- Douglas Harkness -Canadian politician (d. 1999)

1903- Arthur Negus -English television host (d. 1985)

1905- Philip Ahn -American actor (d. 1978)

1906- E. Power Biggs -English-American organist (d. 1977)

1907- Braguinha (composer)|Braguinha -Brazilian singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2006)

1908- Arthur O'Connell -American actor (d. 1981)

1908- Dennis O'Keefe -American actor (d. 1968)

1911- Tito Arévalo -Filipino actor (d. 2000)

1911- Brigitte Horney -German actress (d. 1988)

1912- Hanna Reitsch -German pilot (d. 1979)

1913- R. S. Thomas -Welsh priest and poet (d. 2000)

1914- Phil Foster -American actor (d. 1985)

1914- Chapman Pincher -Indian-English historian, journalist, and author (d. 2014)

1916- Peter Geach -English philosopher and academic (d. 2013)

1916- Eugene McCarthy -American poet and politician (d. 2005)

1917- Man o' War -American race horse (d. 1947)

1918- Pearl Bailey -American actress and singer (d. 1990)

1918- Lê Văn Thiêm -Vietnamese mathematician (d. 1991)

1918- Sam Walton -American businessman, founded Walmart and Sam's Club (d. 1992)

1919- Eileen Heckart -American actress (d. 2001)

1920- John M. Belk -American businessman and politician (d. 2007)

1920- Clarke Fraser -American-Canadian geneticist and academic

1920- Pierre Moinot -French author (d. 2007)

1920- Theodore Trautwein -American judge (d. 2000)

1923- Geoff Duke -English motorcycle racer

1923- Betty Binns Fletcher -American lawyer and judge (d. 2012)

1923- Bob Haymes -American singer-songwriter, and actor (d. 1989)

1926- Moshe Sanbar -Hungarian-Israeli economist (d. 2012)

1927- John McLaughlin (host)|John McLaughlin -American journalist and producer

1927- John Vane -English pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1928- Romesh Bhandari -Pakistani-Indian politician, 13th Foreign Secretary (India)|Foreign Secretary of India (d. 2013)

1928- Keith Botsford -Belgian-American journalist, author, and academic

1928- Vincent Gigante -American boxer and mobster (d. 2005)

1929- Utpal Dutt -Indian actor, director, and playwright (d. 1993)

1929- Sheila Kitzinger -English activist, author, and academic

1929- Richard Lewontin -American biologist and geneticist

1929- Lennart Meri -Estonian director and politician, 2nd President of Estonia (d. 2006)

1930- Anerood Jugnauth -Mauritian politician, 4th President of Mauritius

1931- Ștefan Andrei -Romanian politician, 87th Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Romania)|Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2014)

1931- Sopubek Begaliev -Kyrgyzstani economist and politician (d. 2002)

1931- Aleksei Gubarev -Russian general, pilot, and astronaut

1931- Norman Tebbit -English politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

1933- Jacques Brault -Canadian poet and academic

1935- Ruby Murray -English singer and actress (d. 1996)

1936- Richard Rodney Bennett -English-American composer and educator (d. 2012)

1936- Mogens Camre -Danish politician

1936- John A. Durkin -American politician (d. 2012)

1936- Judith Guest -American author and screenwriter

1936- Joseph P. Teasdale -American lawyer and politician, 48th Governor of Missouri (d. 2014)

1937- Billy Carter -American businessman and politician (d. 1988)

1937- Roberto Chabet -Filipino painter and sculptor (d. 2013)

1937- Smarck Michel -Haitian politician, 6th Prime Minister of Haiti (d. 2012)

1938- Barry Jackson (actor)|Barry Jackson -English actor and stuntman (d. 2013)

1939- Roland Arnall -French-American businessman and diplomat, 63rd United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (d. 2008)

1939- Terence Hill -Italian actor

1940- Ray Davis (musician)|Ray Davis -American singer (The Parliaments, Parliament (band)|Parliament, and Funkadelic) (d. 2005)

1940- Astrud Gilberto -Brazilian singer-songwriter

1940- John Suchet -English journalist

1941- Violeta Andrei -Romanian actress

1941- Eden Kane -Indian-English singer and actor

1941- Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr. -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1942- Julie Goodyear -English actress

1942- Bob Lurtsema -American football player

1942- Scott Wilson (actor)|Scott Wilson -American actor

1943- Vangelis -Greek keyboard player and songwriter (Aphrodite's Child and Jon and Vangelis)

1943- Chad Allan (musician)|Chad Allan -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Guess Who and Brave Belt)

1943- Eric Idle -English actor and singer

1943- John Major -English banker and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1944- Terry Jacks -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Poppy Family)

1944- Denny McLain -American baseball player

1945- Walt Frazier -American basketball player and sportscaster

1945- Speedy Keen -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Thunderclap Newman) (d. 2002)

1945- Willem Ruis -Dutch game show host (d. 1986)

1946- James Boyle (broadcasting)|James Boyle -Scottish broadcaster

1946- Paul Herman -American actor

1946- Richard Holmes (military historian)|Richard Holmes -English soldier and historian (d. 2011)

1946- Billy Thorpe -English-Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (d. 2007)

1946- Rigo Tovar -Mexican singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2005)

1947- Robert Gordon (musician)|Robert Gordon -American singer and actor

1947- Bobby Kimball -American singer-songwriter (Toto (band)|Toto and Yoso)

1948- Bud Cort -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1949- Michael Brecker -American saxophonist and composer (Steps Ahead and Parliament-Funkadelic) (d. 2007)

1949- Dave Greenfield -English Keyboard player (The Stranglers)

1949- Pauline Marois -Canadian politician, 30th Premier of Quebec

1949- Keith Simpson (politician)|Keith Simpson -English historian and politician

1949- John Spenkelink -American murderer (d. 1979)

1950- Norman Snow -American actor

1951- William Clarke (musician)|William Clarke -American harmonica player (d. 1996)

1952- John Hendricks -American businessman, founded Discovery Communications

1952- Teófilo Stevenson -Cuban boxer (d. 2012)

1953- Tõnis Palts -Estonian politician, 39th Mayor of Tallinn

1954- Dianne Kay -American actress

1954- Karen Ann Quinlan -American medical patient (d. 1985)

1955- Earl Campbell -American football player

1955- Brendan Gleeson -Irish actor

1955- Christopher Lawford -American actor and author

1955- Marina Sirtis -English-American actress

1956- Stephen Cole (broadcaster)|Stephen Cole -English journalist

1956- Patty Donahue -American singer (The Waitresses) (d. 1996)

1956- Kurt Thomas (gymnast)|Kurt Thomas -American gymnast

1957- Elizabeth Hand -American author

1957- Christopher Lambert -American-French actor

1957- Simon Lee (academic)|Simon Lee -English scholar and academic

1958- Pedro Bial -Brazilian journalist and producer

1958- Travis Childers -American politician

1958- Fiona Reynolds -English academic

1958- Nouriel Roubini -American economist and educator

1958- Victor Salva -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1958- Marc Silvestri -American publisher, founded Top Cow Productions

1959- Henry Bellingham (politician)|Henry Bellingham -English politician

1959- Barry Blanchard -Canadian mountaineer

1959- Perry Farrell -American singer-songwriter (Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Psi com, and Satellite Party)

1959- Michael Hayes (wrestler)|Michael Hayes -American wrestler and singer

1959- Brad McCrimmon -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2011)

1960- Jo Nesbø -Norwegian singer-songwriter and author (Di Derre)

1960- Annabella Sciorra -American actress

1961- Gary Brabham -Australian race car driver

1961- Ari Emanuel -American talent agent

1961- Mike Kingery -American baseball player

1961- Amy Sedaris -American actress and author

1961- Michael Winterbottom -English director and producer

1962- Billy Beane -American baseball player and manager

1962- Dan Bittman -Romanian singer-songwriter (Iris (Romanian band)|Iris)

1962- Kongar-ol Ondar -Russian singer (d. 2013)

1964- Michael A. Jackson (sheriff)|Michael A. Jackson -American police officer and politician

1964- Elle Macpherson -Australian model and actress

1964- Ming Tsai -American chef

1965- Jill Goodacre -American model and actress

1965- Emilios T. Harlaftis -Greek astrophysicist (d. 2005)

1965- Dominic Littlewood -English journalist

1965- William Oefelein -American commander, pilot, and astronaut

1965- Voula Patoulidou -Greek runner

1966- Eric Gunderson -American baseball player

1967- Michel Hazanavicius -French director, producer, and screenwriter

1967- Brian Jordan -American baseball player

1967- John Popper -American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (Blues Traveler and The John Popper Project)

1968- Sue Foley -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1968- Lucy Lawless -New Zealand actress and singer

1969- Ayano Murasaki -Japanese porn actress

1969- Jimmy Spencer (American football)|Jimmy Spencer -American football player

1970- Ruth England -English actress and producer

1971- Robert Gibbs -American political adviser, 28th White House Press Secretary

1971- Lara Logan -South African-American journalist

1972- Michel Ancel -French game designer, created ''Rayman''

1972- Rui Costa -Portuguese footballer

1972- Alex Ochoa -Cuban-American baseball player and coach

1972- Priti Patel -English politician

1972- Junichi Suwabe -Japanese voice actor and singer

1973- Brandi Love -American porn actress and model

1973- Marc Overmars -Dutch footballer

1973- Sebastiano Siviglia -Italian footballer

1973- Steve Smith (British high jumper)|Steve Smith -English high jumper

1974- Kara Brock -American actress

1974- Kristoffer Cusick -American actor

1974- Marc Gené -Spanish race car driver

1974- Miguel Gómez (photographer)|Miguel Gómez -Colombian-American photographer

1974- Sarah Walker (television presenter)|Sarah Walker -English television host

1975- Jim Mahfood -American comic book creator

1976- Igor Astarloa -Spanish cyclist

1976- Jennifer Capriati -American tennis player

1976- Daisuke Namikawa -Japanese voice actor

1978- Pierre Faber -French-German rugby player

1978- Jeffrey Parazzo -Canadian actor

1978- Aaron Persico -New Zealand-Italian rugby player

1979- Estela Giménez -Spanish gymnast

1979- Lauri Lahesalu -Estonian ice hockey player

1979- Amy Mathews -Australian actress

1979- De'Angelo Wilson -American actor (d. 2008)

1980- Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein -of Jordan

1980- China P. Arnold -American murderer

1980- Chris D'Elia -American comedian and actor

1980- Bill Demong -American skier

1980- Bruno Silva -Uruguayan footballer

1980- Kim Tae-hee -South Korean actress

1981- Megan Hilty -American actress and singer

1981- Jlloyd Samuel -Trinidadian footballer

1981- Brian Skala -American actor

1982- Hideaki Takizawa -Japanese actor and singer (Tackey & Tsubasa)

1983- Donald Cerrone -American mixed martial artist and kick-boxer

1983- Darius Draudvila -Lithuanian decathlete

1983- Luiza -Brazilian guitarist (Cansei de Ser Sexy)

1983- Jamie Woon -English singer-songwriter and producer

1984- Nate Adams -American motocross racer

1984- Mohamed Bouazizi -Tunisian street vendor and activist (d. 2011)

1984- Juan Mónaco -Argentinian tennis player

1984- Mai Satoda -Japanese singer (Country Musume, Ongaku Gatas, and Elegies (J-pop)|Elegies)

1985- Fernando Amorebieta -Venezuelan footballer

1985- Maxim Lapierre -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Mickey Pimentel -American football player

1986- Sylvan Ebanks-Blake -English footballer

1986- Luke Eberl -American actor and director

1986- Yoo So-young -South Korean actress and model

1987- Gianluca Freddi -Italian footballer

1987- Danielle Byrnes -Australian model and actress

1988- Esther Cremer -German runner

1988- Jesús Molina -Mexican footballer

1988- Jürgen Zopp -Estonian tennis player

1989- James Tomkins (footballer)|James Tomkins -English footballer

1990- Carlos Alberto Peña -Mexican footballer

1990- Mark Rajevski -Estonian ice hockey player

1990- Lyle Taylor -English footballer

1991- Fabio Borini -Italian footballer

1991- Hayley McFarland -American actress

1992- Chris Massoglia -American actor

1993- Riin Emajõe -Estonian footballer

1994- Sulli -South Korean actress, singer, and dancer (f(x) (band)|f(x))

1995- Marc Musso -American actor