Birthdays in History on March 21

  • 1466 French van Brederode, leader Hoeksen
  • 1474 Angela Merici, Italian monastery founder/saint
  • 1521 Maurice, Duke and later Elector of Saxony (1547-53), (d. 1553)
  • 1713 Francis Lewis, signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1763 Jean Paul, German romantic writer (Titan), born in Wunsiedel, Franconia (d. 1825)
  • 1765 Henry Fagel, Dutch/English baron/diplomat
  • 1768 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier, mathematician/Egyptologist
  • 1801 Maria Theresa of Tuscany, Queen of Sardinia (d. 1855)
  • 1806 Benito Pablo Juarez, president of Mexico (1858-72), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 1811 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (d. 1891)
  • 1813 James Jesse Strang, King of Mormons on Beaver Is, MI (1850-56)

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1856 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877, born in Thomasville, Georgia (d. 1940)

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • 1863 George Owen Squier, American inventor and Major General in U.S. Signal Corp (d. 1934)
  • 1865 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, born in London (d. 1940)
  • 1866 Antonia Caetana de Paiva Pereira Maury, astronomer

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1869 Albert Kahn, American architect (architect of Detroit), born in Rhaunen, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1942

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • 1869 Florenz Ziegfeld, producer (Ziegfield Follies)
  • 1880 Hans Hofmann, German/US painter (Search for the Real)
  • 1880 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist
  • 1884 George D Birkhoff, US mathematician (Aesthetic measure)
  • 1887 Edwin Scharff, German "entartet" painter/sculptor
  • 1893 Geoffrey Dearmer, poet
  • 1901 Richard Leslie Hill, historian
  • 1901 Karl Arnold, German politician (d. 1958)
  • 1902 William Downie Forrest, journalist
  • 1904 Forrest Mars Sr., American candymaker (d. 1999)
  • 1905 Phyllis McGinley, American poet (Pulitzer 1961, Love Letters)
  • 1906 John D. Rockefeller III, billionaire philanthropist (oil)
  • 1906 Jim Thompson, American designer and businessman
  • 1910 Nick Castle, choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1910 M S Khan, Bangladeshi intellectual (d. 1978)
  • 1913 George Ghita Ionescu, academic
  • 1913 Max Youngstein, American producer (United Artists), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Herman Siles Zuazo, politician
  • 1917 Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Geoffrey Pinnington, journalist
  • 1921 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Shri Mataji Nirmala Srivastava, Founder of Sahaja Yoga
  • 1925 John E Grotberg, (Rep-R-IL, 1985-86)
  • 1927 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, born in Reideburg (d. 2016)
  • 1928 James W Kinnear, CEO (Texaco), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1928 Peter Hacks, German playwright (Tie Windloch)
  • 1931 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist
  • 1933 John Hall, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Michael Heseltine, UK Secretary of State for Defence (1986)/MP
  • 1935 Hubert Fichte, German writer, born in Perleberg (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Ed Broadbent, Canadian politician
  • 1938 Wilf Corrigan, English/US electronic manufacturer (LSI Logic)
  • 1941 Dirk D Frimout, Belgian cosmonaut
  • 1946 Ray Dorset, rocker (Cold Blue Excursion)
  • 1949 Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher and cultural critic, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1961 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • 1962 Mark Waid, American comic book writer
  • 1964 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi international football star
  • 1965 Xavier Bertrand, French politician
  • 1967 Adrian Chiles, British television and radio presenter
  • 1967 Maxim Reality, British MC (The Prodigy)
  • 1968 DJ Premier (Preemo), hip hop producer
  • 1972 Michele Michael, Miss Maryland USA (1996)
  • 1972 Large Professor, hip hop artist
  • 1975 Mark Williams, Welsh snooker player
  • 1978 Charmaine Dragun, Australian news anchor (d.2007)
  • 1980 Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • 2004 Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg