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Day History: March-21

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Famous Birthdays


1417- Nicholas of Flüe -Swiss monk and saint (d. 1487)

1474- Angela Merici -Italian religious leader and saint (d. 1540)

1521- Maurice, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1553)

1527- Hermann Finck -German composer (d. 1558)

1672- Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino -Italian poet (d. 1742)

1713- Francis Lewis -Welsh-American politician (d. 1803)

1716- Josef Seger -Bohemian organist, composer, and educator (d. 1782)

1763- Jean Paul -German author (d. 1825)

1768- Joseph Fourier -French mathematician and physicist (d. 1830)

1801- Maria Theresa of Austria (1801–1855)|Maria Theresa of Austria -(d. 1855)

1806- Benito Juárez -Mexican lawyer and politician, 25th President of Mexico (d. 1872)

1811- Nathaniel Woodard -English priest and educator (d. 1891)

1825- Alexander Mozhaysky -Russian navy officer (d. 1890)

1835- Thomas Hayward (cricketer)|Thomas Hayward -English cricketer (d. 1876)

1839- Modest Mussorgsky -Russian composer (d. 1881)

1854- Alick Bannerman -Australian cricketer (d. 1924)

1857- Alice Henry -Australian journalist and activist (d. 1943)

1859- Daria Pratt -American golfer (d. 1938)

1865- George Owen Squier -American general (d. 1934)

1867- Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. -American director and producer (d. 1932)

1869- David Robertson (golfer)|David Robertson -Scottish golfer (d. 1937)

1876- Walter Tewksbury -American runner (d. 1968)

1877- Maurice Farman -French race car driver and pilot (d. 1964)

1880- Broncho Billy Anderson -American actor, director, and producer (d. 1971)

1880- Hans Hofmann -German-American painter (d. 1966)

1882- Aleksander Kesküla -Estonian politician (d. 1963)

1882- Bascom Lamar Lunsford -American singer and lawyer (d. 1973)

1885- Pierre Renoir -French actor and director (d. 1952)

1887- M. N. Roy -Indian philosopher and politician (d. 1954)

1889- Jock Sutherland -American football player and coach (d. 1948)

1891- Jonathan Hale -Canadian-American actor (d. 1966)

1895- Zlatko Baloković -Croatian-American violinist (d. 1955)

1897- Sim Gokkes -Dutch-Jewish composer (d. 1943)

1897- Salvador Lutteroth -Mexican wrestling promoter, founded Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (d. 1987)

1901- Karl Arnold -German politician (d. 1958)

1902- Son House -American singer and guitarist (d. 1988)

1902- Santo Pecora -American trombonist (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (d. 1984)

1904- Jehane Benoît -Canadian journalist and author (d. 1987)

1904- Forrest Mars, Sr. -American candy maker, created M&M's and Mars (chocolate bar)|Mars bar (d. 1999)

1904- Nikos Skalkottas -Greek composer (d. 1949)

1905- Phyllis McGinley -American author and poet (d. 1978)

1906- John D. Rockefeller III -American philanthropist (d. 1978)

1906- Jim Thompson (designer)|Jim Thompson -American businessman (d. 1967)

1910- Julio Gallo -American businessman, co-founded E & J Gallo Winery (d. 1993)

1910- Muhammad Siddiq Khan -Bangladeshi librarian and educator (d. 1978)

1912- André Laurendeau -Canadian journalist, playwright, and politician (d. 1968)

1913- George Abecassis -English race car driver (d. 1991)

1914- Paul Tortelier -French cellist and composer (d. 1990)

1916- Bismillah Khan -Indian shehnai player (d. 2006)

1916- Ken Wharton -English race car driver (d. 1957)

1917- Frank Hardy -Australian author (d. 1994)

1917- Yigael Yadin -Israeli archeologist, general, and politician, Deputy leaders of Israel|Deputy Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1984)

1918- Patrick Lucey -American captain and politician, 38th Governor of Wisconsin (d. 2014)

1918- Charles Thompson (jazz)|Charles Thompson -American pianist

1919- Douglas Warren (bishop)|Douglas Warren -Australian bishop (d. 2013)

1920- Manolis Chiotis -Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player (d. 1970)

1920- Georg Ots -Estonian opera singer (d. 1975)

1921- Arthur Grumiaux -Belgian violinist and pianist (d. 1986)

1921- Antony Hopkins -English pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2014)

1921- Logan Ramsey -American actor (d. 2000)

1921- Joe Sutter -American engineer

1922- Russ Meyer -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1923- Philip Abbott -American actor (d. 1998)

1923- Louis-Edmond Hamelin -Canadian geographer, author, and educator

1923- Nizar Qabbani -Syrian diplomat, poet, and publisher (d. 1998)

1923- Nirmala Srivastava -Indian religious leader, founded Sahaja Yoga (d. 2011)

1924- Dov Shilansky -Israeli politician (d. 2010)

1925- Harold Ashby -American saxophonist (d. 2003)

1925- Peter Brook -English-French director and producer

1925- Hugo Koblet -Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)

1926- André Delvaux -Belgian director and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1927- Halton Arp -American-German astronomer and critic (d. 2013)

1927- Hans-Dietrich Genscher -German politician, Vice-Chancellor of Germany

1929- Maurice Catarcio -American wrestler (d. 2005)

1930- James Coco -American actor (d. 1987)

1930- Otis Spann -American singer and pianist (d. 1970)

1931- Toyonobori -Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 1998)

1931- Clark L. Brundin -American academic

1931- Catherine Gibson -Scottish swimmer (d. 2013)

1931- Al Williamson -American illustrator (d. 2010)

1932- Walter Gilbert -American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1932- Joseph Silverstein -American violinist and conductor

1933- John Hall (businessman)|John Hall -English businessman

1933- Michael Heseltine -Welsh businessman and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1934- Al Freeman, Jr. -American actor and director (d. 2012)

1934- Ved Mehta -Indian author

1935- Brian Clough -English footballer and manager (d. 2004)

1936- Ed Broadbent -Canadian pilot and politician

1936- Brian Dee -English pianist

1936- Mike Westbrook -English pianist and composer (The Orckestra)

1937- Ann Clwyd -Welsh politician

1937- Tom Flores -American football player and coach

1937- Pierre-Jean Rémy -French diplomat and author (d. 2010)

1938- Michael Foreman (author/illustrator)|Michael Foreman -English author and illustrator

1939- Kathleen Widdoes -American actress

1940- Solomon Burke -American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1942- Françoise Dorléac -French actress (d. 1967)

1942- Kostas Politis -Greek basketball player and coach

1942- Amina Claudine Myers -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1943- István Gyulai -Hungarian sprinter and sportscaster (d. 2006)

1943- Hartmut Haenchen -German conductor

1943- Vivian Stanshall -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and painter (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and Grimms) (d. 1995)

1944- Marie-Christine Barrault -French actress

1944- Janet Daley -American-English journalist

1944- Timothy Dalton -Welsh-English actor

1944- Hideki Ishima -Japanese guitarist (Flower Travellin' Band)

1944- Mike Jackson -English general

1944- David Lindley (musician)|David Lindley -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Kaleidoscope (US band)|Kaleidoscope)

1944- Gaye Adegbalola -American singer and guitarist (Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women)

1945- Anthony Grabiner, Baron Grabiner -English lawyer

1945- Rose Stone -American singer and keyboard player (Sly and the Family Stone)

1946- Ray Dorset -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mungo Jerry)

1948- Scott Fahlman -American computer scientist and academic

1949- Alvin Kallicharran -Guyanese cricketer and coach

1949- Andy Love -Scottish politician

1949- Eddie Money -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949- Slavoj Žižek -Slovenian sociologist and critic

1950- Roger Hodgson -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Supertramp)

1950- Ron Oden -American politician, 19th Mayor of Palm Springs

1950- Sergey Lavrov -Russian politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Russia)|Foreign Minister of Russia

1951- Conrad Lozano -American bass player (Los Lobos)

1951- Russell Thompkins, Jr. -American singer (The Stylistics)

1951- Buck Zumhofe -American wrestler

1953- Paul Martin Lester -American photographer, author, and educator

1953- David Wisniewski -English-American author and illustrator (d. 2002)

1955- Fadi Abboud -Lebanese economist and politician

1955- Bob Bennett (singer-songwriter)|Bob Bennett -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1955- Dimitrios Papadimoulis -Greek politician

1956- Guy Chadwick -German-English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The House of Love)

1956- Richard Kirk -English guitarist, keyboard player, composer, and producer (Cabaret Voltaire (band)|Cabaret Voltaire)

1956- Ingrid Kristiansen -Norwegian runner

1958- Brad Hall -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1958- Sabrina Le Beauf -American actress

1958- Gary Oldman -English actor, singer, director, and producer

1959- Sarah Jane Morris (singer)|Sarah Jane Morris -English singer-songwriter (The Happy End)

1959- Yuval Rotem -Israeli diplomat

1959- Nobuo Uematsu -Japanese composer

1960- Benito T. de Leon -Filipino general

1960- Raivo Puusepp -Estonian architect

1960- Ayrton Senna -Brazilian race car driver (d. 1994)

1960- Robert Sweet (musician)|Robert Sweet -American drummer and producer (Stryper, King James (band)|King James, and Blissed (band)|Blissed)

1961- Lothar Matthäus -German footballer and manager

1961- Slim Jim Phantom -American drummer (Stray Cats, Phantom, Rocker & Slick, Dead Men Walking, and The Head Cat)

1962- Matthew Broderick -American actor, singer, and director

1962- Kathy Greenwood -Canadian actress

1962- Rosie O'Donnell -American actress and talk show host

1962- Mark Waid -American author

1963- Shawon Dunston -American baseball player

1963- Ronald Koeman -Dutch footballer and manager

1963- Shawn Lane -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Black Oak Arkansas) (d. 2003)

1963- Share Pedersen -American bassist (Vixen (band))

1964- Ieuan Evans -Welsh rugby player

1964- Ahmed Radhi -Iraqi footballer and politician

1964- Jesper Skibby -Danish cyclist

1965- Xavier Bertrand -French politician

1966- Benito Archundia -Mexican footballer, referee, lawyer, and economist

1966- Matthew Maynard -English cricketer

1966- DJ Premier -American DJ and producer (Gang Starr)

1967- Jonas Berggren -Swedish singer-songwriter and producer (Ace of Base)

1967- Adrian Chiles -English radio and television host

1967- Carwyn Jones -Welsh lawyer and politician, First Minister of Wales

1967- Maxim Reality -English singer-songwriter (The Prodigy)

1968- Cameron Clyne -Australian businessman

1968- Andrew Copeland -American singer and guitarist (Sister Hazel)

1968- Jaye Davidson -American-English actor

1968- Samantha Dorman -American model and actress

1968- Greg Ellis (actor)|Greg Ellis -English actor

1968- Shin Seung-hun -South Korean singer-songwriter

1968- Scott Williams (basketball)|Scott Williams -American basketball player and sportscaster

1969- Viktor Alonen -Estonian footballer

1969- Ali Daei -Iranian footballer and coach

1969- Jonah Goldberg -American journalist and author

1970- Shiho Niiyama -Japanese voice actress (d. 2000)

1970- Cenk Uygur -Turkish-American talk show host

1971- Zsolt Kürtösi -Hungarian decathlete

1972- Chris Candido -American wrestler (d. 2005)

1972- Hain Helde -Estonian canoe racer

1973- Vanessa Branch -English-American model and actress

1973- Ananda Lewis -American television host

1973- Stuart Nethercott -English footballer

1973- Large Professor -American rapper and producer (Main Source)

1973- Jerry Supiran -American actor

1974- Laura Allen -American actress

1974- José Clayton -Brazilian-Tunisian footballer

1974- Rhys Darby -New Zealand comedian and actor

1974- Edsel Dope -American singer-songwriter and producer (Dope (band)|Dope)

1974- Kevin Leahy (musician)|Kevin Leahy -American drummer (BoDeans)

1974- Conor Woodman -Irish-English journalist and author

1975- Yacoub Al-Mohana -Kuwaiti director and producer

1975- Fabricio Oberto -Argentinian-Italian basketball player

1975- Justin Pierce -English-American actor (d. 2000)

1975- Vitaly Potapenko -Ukrainian basketball player

1975- Mark Williams (snooker player)|Mark Williams -Welsh snooker player

1976- Rachael MacFarlane -American voice actress and singer

1976- Iain Percy -English sailor

1976- Tekin Sazlog -German-Turkish footballer

1977- Bruno Cirillo -Italian footballer

1977- Jamie Delgado -English tennis player

1978- Nicholas M. Baines -English keyboard player (Kaiser Chiefs)

1978- Charmaine Dragun -Australian journalist (d. 2007)

1978- Kevin Federline -American dancer, rapper, and actor

1978- Cristian Guzmán -Dominican baseball player

1978- Rani Mukerji -Indian actress

1978- Young Noble -American rapper (Outlawz)

1978- Joyce Jimenez -American-Filipino actress

1980- Ronaldinho -Brazilian footballer

1980- Marit Bjørgen -Norwegian skier

1980- Lee Jin -South Korean singer and actress (Fin.K.L)

1980- Deryck Whibley -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sum 41)

1981- Germano Borovicz Cardoso Schweger -Brazilian footballer

1981- Sébastien Chavanel -French cyclist

1981- Aysun Kayacı -Turkish model and actress

1982- Maria Elena Camerin -Italian tennis player

1982- Aaron Hill (baseball player)|Aaron Hill -American baseball player

1982- Jocie Kwok -Chinese-Singaporean singer

1982- Ermal Mamaqi -Albanian actor, singer, and DJ

1982- Colin Turkington -Irish race car driver

1983- Bonfire (horse)|Bonfire -German race horse (d. 2013)

1983- Jean Ondoa -Cameroonian footballer

1983- Sofía Zámolo -Argentinian model and television host

1984- Tiago dos Santos Roberto -Brazilian footballer

1984- Guillermo Daniel Rodríguez -Uruguayan footballer

1985- Ryan Callahan -American ice hockey player

1985- Jésica Cirio -Argentinian model and dancer

1985- Adrian Peterson -American football player

1986- Michu -Spanish footballer

1986- Romanos Alyfantis -Greek swimmer

1986- Scott Eastwood -American actor and model

1986- Joseph Mawle -English actor

1987- Rocco Nacino -Filipino actor, dancer and model

1988- Lee Cattermole -English footballer

1988- Kateřina Čechová -Czech sprinter

1988- Erik Johnson -American ice hockey player

1988- Eric Krüger -German sprinter

1989- Jordi Alba -Spanish footballer

1989- Rochelle Humes -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (The Saturdays and S Club 8)

1989- Nicolas Lodeiro -Uruguayan footballer

1989- Takeru Satoh -Japanese actor

1990- Mandy Capristo -German singer-songwriter and dancer (Monrose)

1990- Ryann Krais -American runner and heptathlete

1990- Alex Nimo -Liberian-American footballer

1991- Luke Chapman -English footballer

1992- Karolína Plíšková -Czech tennis player

1993- Jake Bidwell -English footballer

1993- Jade Jones (taekwondo)|Jade Jones -Welsh martial artist

1993- Suraj Sharma -Indian actor

1995- Gerli Liinamäe -Estonian figure skater

1995- Diggy Simmons -American rapper (All City Chess Club)