Birthdays in History on March 16

  • 1338 Thomas de Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick (d. 1401)
  • 1445 Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, Swiss-born preacher (d. 1510)
  • 1473 Henry IV the Pious, Duke of Saxony (d. 1541)
  • 1581 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch historian and writer (d. 1647)
  • 1585 Gerbrant A Bredero, Holland, poet/playwright (Klucht van de Koe)
  • 1631 René Le Bossu, French critic (d. 1680)
  • 1634 Contessa Marie Madeleine La Fayette, novelist
  • 1654 Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (d. 1704)
  • 1687 Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, queen consort in Prussia (d. 1757)
  • 1729 Georg W "Franz" Panzer, German vicar/librarian (Annales typographic)
  • 1739 George Clymer, US merchant (signed Declaration of Independence, Constitution)
  • 1750 Caroline Herschel, pioneering female astronomer, (comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet), born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1848)

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1751 James Madison, 4th US President (1809-17), born in Port Conway, Virginia (d. 1836)

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • 1757 Bengt Lidner, Swedish poet (Medea, Yttersa Domen)
  • 1773 Juan Ramón Balcarce, Argentine military leader and politician (d. 1836)
  • 1774 Matthew Flinders, English navigator/cartographer (coast Australia)
  • 1776 Johan G Verstolk van Soelen, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1787 Georg Simon Ohm, Erlangen, Brandenburg-Bayreuth, German physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
  • 1794 Ami Boué, Austrian geologist (d. 1881)

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1799 Anna Atkins, English botanist, photographer and the 1st person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1871)

Botanist and Photographer Anna Atkins
Botanist and Photographer
Anna Atkins
  • 1800 Emperor Ninko of Japan (d. 1846)
  • 1802 George Archibald McCall, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1868)
  • 1805 Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (d. 1861)
  • 1806 Norbert Rillieux, inventor (sugar refiner)
  • 1812 Henry Dwight Terry, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1869)
  • 1821 Ernest Feydeau, French author (Georges Feydeau)
  • 1822 John Pope, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • 1822 Rosa Bonheur, French landscape painter (Buffalo Bill)
  • 1832 Charles Camp Doolittle, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteer)
  • 1834 James Hector, Scottish geologist (d. 1907)
  • 1836 Andrew Smith Hallidie, American inventor (cable car), born in London (d. 1900)
  • 1839 René F Armand Sully-Prudhomme, France, poet, 1st Nobel winner (1901)
  • 1840 Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (d. 1931)
  • 1846 Gösta Mittag-Leffler, Swedish mathematician (d. 1927)
  • 1849 James E Smith, became father at 100 with woman 64 years younger
  • 1851 Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (d. 1931)
  • 1856 E Louis YY Napoleon Bonaparte, French/English prince
  • 1857 Charles Harding Firth, British historian (d. 1936)
  • 1859 Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (d. 1906)
  • 1869 F. A. Forbes, Scottish author (d. 1936)
  • 1873 Hippoliet Daeye, Flemish painter (Sereniteit)
  • 1878 Clemens A Graaf von Galen, cardinal/bishop of Munster/anti-nazi
  • 1883 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (d. 1958)
  • 1892 Caesar Vallejo, Peruvian/French poet (Los Heraldos Negros)
  • 1902 Lucie Rie, Austrian-born British potter, born in Vienna (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Mike Mansfield, (Sen-D-Mont) majority whip
  • 1906 Francisco Ayala, writer
  • 1910 Andrew Miller-Jones, British TV pioneer
  • 1910 Martijn Lijnema, boer/resistance fighter (WW II)
  • 1911 Dr. Josef Mengele, German, accused Nazi war criminal (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Pierre Harmel, Belgian politician
  • 1912 Patricia Nixon, [Thelma Catherine], Ely Nevada, 1st lady (1968-74)
  • 1916 Lloyd McBride, union president (United Steelworkers)
  • 1917 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • 1918 Aldo E van Eyck, Dutch architect (City Hall)
  • 1920 Traudl Junge, Hitler's secretary (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (d. 1947)
  • 1920 Sid Fleischman, American author
  • 1921 Anne Truitt (born Anne Dean), Baltimore USA, American artist
  • 1921 Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005), born in Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Geoffrey Freeman Allen, railway writer
  • 1922 Harding Lemay, North Bangor NY, headwriter (Another World)
  • 1925 Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Charles Goodell, American politician (d. 1987)
  • 1927 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, US ambassador to UN/(Sen-D-NY, 1977- )
  • 1927 Vladimir M Komarov, cosmonaut (Voshkod I Soyuz 1), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1931 Don Richard Carpenter, novelist
  • 1932 Ronnie Walter Cunningham, Creston Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (Apollo 7)
  • 1933 Sandy Weill, American financier and philanthropist
  • 1934 Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Amos Tversky, Israeli psychologist (d. 1996)
  • 1939 Carlos Bilardo, Argetinian football coach
  • 1940 Bernardo Bertolucci, Parma Italy, director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor)
  • 1940 Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)
  • 1940 Jan P Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1940 Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • 1941 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (d. 2002)
  • 1942 James Soong, Taiwanese politician
  • 1943 Ursula Goodenough, Evolutionary Scholar, Cell Biologist
  • 1947 Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist
  • 1948 Margaret [Edith] Weis, US, sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)
  • 1949 Bertha Knox Gilkey, welfare & tenament rights for urban women
  • 1952 Philippe Kahn, French-American entrepreneur
  • 1953 Richard Stallman, American free software activist
  • 1954 Colin Ireland, Kent, England, serial killer ('Gay Slayer'/ Coleherne killer), (d. 2012)
  • 1957 Pearl Moore, WBL guard (NY Stars)

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1958 Jorge Ramos, Mexican TV anchor, born in Mexico City

News Anchor Jorge Ramos
News Anchor
Jorge Ramos
  • 1958 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (d. 2004)
  • 1959 Michael J Bloomfield, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 86), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1959 Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway
  • 1963 Phung Vuong, Saigon Vietnam, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1977 Donal Óg Cusack, Irish hurler
  • 1979 Rashad Moore, National Football League player
  • 1991 Wolfgang Van Halen, son of Eddie Van Halan & Valerie Bertinelli