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, Moscow Russia, cosmonaut (Voshkod I Soyuz 1)
  • 1931 Don Richard Carpenter, novelist
  • 1932 Ronnie Walter Cunningham, Creston Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (Apollo 7)

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1933 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, born in Brooklyn, New York

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • 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
  • 1989 Peaches Geldof, English Dosser
  • 1991 Wolfgang Van Halen, son of Eddie Van Halan & Valerie Bertinelli