This Day in History

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Day History: March-23

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Famous Birthdays


1336- Emperor Go-Kōgon -of Japan (d. 1374)

1430- Margaret of Anjou -(d. 1482)

1599- Thomas Selle -German composer (d. 1663)

1699- John Bartram -American botanist and explorer (d. 1777)

1732- Princess Marie Adélaïde of France -(d. 1800)

1749- Pierre-Simon Laplace -French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1827)

1750- Johannes Matthias Sperger -Austrian bassist and composer (d. 1812)

1754- Jurij Vega -Slovenian mathematician and physicist (d. 1802)

1769- Augustin Daniel Belliard -French general (d. 1832)

1769- William Smith (geologist)|William Smith -English geologist and cartographer (d. 1839)

1823- Schuyler Colfax -American politician, 17th Vice President of the United States (d. 1885)

1826- Ludwig Minkus -Austrian violinist and composer (d. 1917)

1834- Julius Reubke -German pianist and composer (d. 1858)

1842- Friedrich Amelung -Baltic German historian, businessman and chess endgame composer (d. 1909)

1858- Ludwig Quidde -German activist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)

1862- Nathaniel Reed -American criminal (d. 1950)

1868- Dietrich Eckart -German journalist and politician (d. 1923)

1869- Calouste Gulbenkian -Turkish-Armenian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1955)

1869- Emilio Aguinaldo -Filipino general and politician, 1st President of the Philippines (d. 1964)

1871- Heinrich Schroth -German actor (d. 1945)

1872- Michael Joseph Savage -New Zealand politician, 23rd Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1940)

1874- J. C. Leyendecker -German-American painter and illustrator (d. 1951)

1878- Franz Schreker -Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1934)

1880- Heikki Ritavuori -Finnish lawyer and politician (d. 1922)

1881- Lacey Hearn -American sprinter (d. 1969)

1881- Roger Martin du Gard -French author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)

1881- Hermann Staudinger -German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

1882- Emmy Noether|Amalie Emmy Noether -German mathematician (d. 1935)

1884- Joseph Boxhall -English 4th officer on the RMS Titanic (d. 1967)

1887- Josef Čapek -Czech painter and poet (d. 1945)

1887- Juan Gris -Spanish painter and sculptor (d. 1927)

1887- Sidney Hillman -Lithuanian-American labor leader (d. 1946)

1887- Felix Yusupov -Russian assassin of Grigori Rasputin (d. 1967)

1893- Cedric Gibbons -Irish-American production designer (d. 1960)

1893- Gopalswamy Doraiswamy Naidu -Indian engineer (d. 1974)

1894- Arthur Grimsdell -English footballer and cricketer (d. 1963)

1895- Encarnacion Alzona -Filipino historian and educator (d. 2001)

1895- Dane Rudhyar -French-American astrologer, author, and composer (d. 1985)

1899- Dora Gerson -German actress and singer (d. 1943)

1900- Erich Fromm -German psychologist and sociologist (d. 1980)

1902-Blessed Józef Cebula -Beatification|beatified Polish priest, murdered at Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp|concentration camp (d. 1942)

1904- Joan Crawford -American actress (d. 1977)

1904- H. Beam Piper -American author (d. 1964)

1905- Lale Andersen -German singer-songwriter (d. 1972)

1907- Daniel Bovet -Swiss-Italian pharmacologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)

1909- Charles Werner -American cartoonist (d. 1997)

1910- Akira Kurosawa -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1998)

1912- Eleanor Cameron -Canadian-American author and critic (d. 1996)

1912- Neil McCorkell -English-South African cricketer and coach (d. 2013)

1912- Wernher von Braun -German physicist and engineer (d. 1977)

1914- Milbourne Christopher -American magician and author (d. 1984)

1915- Mary Innes-Ker, Duchess of Roxburghe -(d. 2014)

1915- Tom Pashby -Canadian ophthalmologist (d. 2005)

1915- Vasily Zaytsev -Russian captain (d. 1991)

1917- Kenneth Tobey -American actor (d. 2002)

1918- Stanley Armour Dunham -American sergeant (d. 1992)

1918- Helene Hale -American politician (d. 2013)

1919- Carl Graffunder -American architect and educator (d. 2013)

1920- Neal Edward Smith -American pilot and politician

1920- Tetsuharu Kawakami -Japanese baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

1921- Donald Campbell -English race car driver (d. 1967)

1922- Marty Allen -American comedian and actor

1922- Ugo Tognazzi -Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1990)

1923- Angelo Ingrassia -American judge (d. 2013)

1924- Rodney Mims Cook, Sr. -American politician (d. 2013)

1924- Bette Nesmith Graham -American inventor, invented Liquid Paper (d. 1980)

1924- Olga Kennard -English crystallographer

1925- David Watkin (cinematographer)|David Watkin -English cinematographer (d. 2008)

1927- Mato Damjanović -Croatian chess player (d. 2011)

1929- Roger Bannister -English runner, neurologist, and academic

1929- Michael Manser -English architect

1930- Ahmed Ramzy -Egyptian actor (d. 2012)

1931- Yevgeny Grishin (speed skater)|Yevgeny Grishin -Russian speed skater (d. 2005)

1931- Viktor Korchnoi -Russian chess player and author

1931- Yevdokiya Mekshilo -Russian skier (d. 2013)

1932- Don Marshall -Canadian ice hockey player

1933- Norman Bailey (bass-baritone)|Norman Bailey -English-American opera singer

1933- Philip Zimbardo -American psychologist and academic

1934- Ludvig Faddeev -Russian mathematician and physicist

1934- Fernand Gignac -Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006)

1934- Mark Rydell -American actor, director, and producer

1935- Barry Cryer -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1936- Jannis Kounellis -Greek artist

1937- Craig Breedlove -American race car driver

1937- Robert Gallo -American physician

1937- Tony Burton -American actor

1938- Jon Finlayson -Australian actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1938- Irwin Levine -American songwriter (d. 1997)

1938- Dave Pike -American vibraphone player

1939- Robin Herd -English engineer and businessman

1940- Ama Ata Aidoo -Ghanaian author, playwright, and academic

1941- Jim Trelease -American author and educator

1942- Michael Haneke -Austrian director, producer, and screenwriter

1942- Walter Rodney -Guyanese historian, scholar, and activist (d. 1980)

1943- Andrew Crockett (British banker)|Andrew Crockett -English economist and banker (d. 2012)

1943- George P. Lee -American religious leader (d. 2010)

1943- Lee May -American baseball player

1943- Sharon Presley -American libertarian feminist and writer

1943- Nils-Aslak Valkeapää -Finnish singer, author, and director (d. 2001)

1944- B. P. Gavrilov -Russian rugby player (d. 2006)

1944- Tony McPhee -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Groundhogs)

1944- Michael Nyman -English pianist and composer

1945- Franco Battiato -Italian singer-songwriter and director

1945- David Grisman -American mandolin player and composer (Even Dozen Jug Band, Old and in the Way, and David Grisman Quintet)

1946- Alan Bleasdale -English screenwriter and producer

1946- Pepe Lienhard -Swiss singer and bandleader

1947- Barbara Rhoades -American actress

1947- Elizabeth Ann Scarborough -American author

1948- Wasim Bari -Pakistani cricketer

1948- Marie Malavoy -German-Canadian educator and politician

1948- David Olney -American singer-songwriter

1949- Ric Ocasek -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Cars)

1950- Corinne Cléry -French actress

1950- Joseph Connolly (author)|Joseph Connolly -English journalist and author

1950- Anthony De Longis -American actor, stuntman, and choreographer

1950- Ahdaf Soueif -Egyptian author

1951- Ron Jaworski -American football player and sportscaster

1951- Phil Keaggy -American guitarist (Glass Harp and Love Song (band)|Love Song)

1951- Adrian Reynard -English businessman, founded Reynard Motorsport

1952- Villano III -Mexican wrestler

1952- Kim Stanley Robinson -American author

1953- Bo Díaz -Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)

1953- Chaka Khan -American singer-songwriter (Rufus (band)|Rufus)

1953- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw -Indian businesswoman

1954- Geno Auriemma -Italian-American basketball player and coach

1954- Kenneth Cole (designer)|Kenneth Cole -American fashion designer, founded Kenneth Cole Productions

1955- Petrea Burchard -American actress

1955- Moses Malone -American basketball player

1956- José Manuel Barroso -Portuguese politician, 117th Prime Minister of Portugal

1956- Andrew Mitchell -English politician, Secretary of State for International Development

1956- Jeremy Wade -English biologist and author

1957- Teresa Ganzel -American actress

1957- Lucio Gutiérrez -Ecuadorian politician, 52nd President of Ecuador

1957- Robbie James -Welsh footballer and manager (d. 1998)

1957- Amanda Plummer -American actress

1958- Etienne De Wilde -Belgian cyclist

1958- Bengt-Åke Gustafsson -Swedish ice hockey player and coach

1958- Eldon Hoke -American drummer and singer (The Mentors and The Screamers) (d. 1997)

1958- Michael Sorich -American voice actor, director, and screenwriter

1959- Catherine Keener -American actress

1959- Epic Soundtracks -English drummer and songwriter (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, and These Immortal Souls) (d. 1997)

1959- Philippe Volter -Belgian actor (d. 2005)

1960- Haris Romas -Greek actor, composer, and screenwriter

1960- Nicol Stephen, Baron Stephen -Scottish politician, 2nd Deputy First Minister of Scotland

1961- Roger Crisp -British philosopher

1961- Steve Holmes (pornographic actor)|Steve Holmes -Romanian-American porn actor and director

1961- Helmi Johannes -Indonesian journalist and producer

1962- Steve Redgrave -English rower

1963- Míchel (footballer)|Míchel -Spanish footballer and manager

1963- Juan Ramón López Caro -Spanish footballer and manager

1964- Hope Davis -American actress

1964- John Pinette -American comedian and actor (d. 2014)

1965- Sarah G. Buxton -American actress

1965- Richard Grieco -American model and actor

1965- Marti Pellow -Scottish singer-songwriter (Wet Wet Wet)

1965- Gary Whitehead -American poet and painter

1966- Beverly Hills (actress)|Beverly Hills -English actress

1966- Marin Hinkle -Tanzanian-American actress

1966- Vasilis Vouzas -Greek footballer and manager

1967- David Ford (kayaker)|David Ford -Canadian canoe racer

1968- Damon Albarn -English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Blur (band)|Blur, Gorillaz, and The Good, the Bad & the Queen)

1968- Mike Atherton -English cricketer and journalist

1968- Mitch Cullin -American author

1968- Fernando Hierro -Spanish footballer

1968- Pierre Palmade -French actor and comedian

1968- Erki Pehk -Estonian conductor

1970- Midajah -American model, trainer, and manager

1970- Melissa Errico -American actress and singer

1970- John Humphrey (drummer)|John Humphrey -American drummer (The Nixons and Seether)

1971- Yasmeen Ghauri -Canadian model

1971- Karen McDougal -American model and actress

1971- Gail Porter -Scottish television host

1971- Alexander Selivanov -Russian ice hockey player

1971- Hiroyoshi Tenzan -Japanese wrestler

1972- Jonas Björkman -Swedish tennis player

1972- Joe Calzaghe -Welsh boxer

1972- Judith Godrèche -French actress and author

1973- Jerzy Dudek -Polish footballer

1973- Wim Eyckmans -Belgian race car driver

1973- Jason Kidd -American basketball player and coach

1973- Kevin Northcutt -American wrestler

1973- Patiparn Pataweekarn -Thai actor

1974- Randall Park -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1976- Jayson Blair -American journalist and author

1976- Chris Hoy -Scottish cyclist

1976- Dougie Lampkin -English motorcycle racer

1976- Michelle Monaghan -American actress

1976- Jeremy Newberry -American football player

1976- Joel Peralta -Dominican baseball player

1976- Keri Russell -American actress and dancer

1976- Travis Tomko -American wrestler

1976- Ricardo Zonta -Brazilian race car driver

1977- Miklos Perlus -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1978- Simon Gärdenfors -Swedish illustrator

1978- Perez Hilton -American blogger

1978- Walter Samuel -Argentinian footballer

1978- David Tom -American actor

1978- Nicholle Tom -American actress

1979- Mark Buehrle -American baseball player

1979- Ray Gordy -American wrestler

1979- Natalia Hadjiloizou -Belarusian-Cypriot swimmer

1979- Misty Hyman -American swimmer

1979- Donncha O'Callaghan -Irish rugby player

1980- Ryan Day -Welsh snooker player

1980- Russell Howard -English comedian and television host

1980- Itay Tiran -Israeli actor

1980- Ambwene Simukonda -Malawian sprinter

1981- Erin Crocker -American race car driver

1981- Tony Peña, Jr. -Dominican baseball player

1981- Shelley Rudman -English bobsledder

1981- Giuseppe Sculli -Italian footballer

1982- José Contreras Arrau -Chilean footballer

1982- Andrea Musacco -Italian footballer

1982- Evgeni Striganov -Estonian ice dancer

1983- Mo Farah -Somalian-English runner

1983- Sascha Riether -German footballer

1983- Jerome Thomas -English footballer

1985- Maurice Jones-Drew -American football player

1986- Patrick Bordeleau -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Andrea Dovizioso -Italian motorcycle racer

1986- Steven Strait -American actor and singer

1987- James Foad -English rower

1987- Kangna Ranaut -Indian actress

1987- Vesna Rožič -Slovenian chess player (d. 2013)

1987- Alan Toovey -Australian footballer

1988- Jason Kenny -English cyclist

1988- Michal Neuvirth -Czech ice hockey player

1989- Nikola Gulan -Serbian footballer

1989- Luis Fernando Silva -Mexican footballer

1990- Jaime Alguersuari -Spanish race car driver

1990- Robert Zickert -German footballer

1991- Gregg Wylde -Scottish footballer

1992- Tolga Ciğerci -German-Turkish footballer

1992- Kyrie Irving -Australian-American basketball player

1992- Vanessa Morgan -Canadian actress and singer

1994- Nick Powell -English footballer

1995- Kevin Kauber -Estonian footballer

1995- Jan Lisiecki -Canadian pianist

1997- Aidan Davis -English dancer