Birthdays in History on March 23

  • 603 K'inich Janaab' Pakal [Sun Shield], Ajaw of the Maya city-state of Palenque (d. 683)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1430 Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI of England, born in Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France (d. 1482)

Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England Margaret of Anjou
Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England
Margaret of Anjou
  • 1638 Frederik Ruysch, Dutch anatomist
  • 1699 John Bartram, naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, born near Darby, Pennsylvania (d. 1777)
  • 1723 Agha Mohammad Khan Ghajar, King of Iran (d. 1771)
  • 1732 Marie Adélaïde of France, daughter of Louis XV (d. 1800)
  • 1736 Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka (d. 1785)
  • 1749 Pierre-Simon Laplace, mathematician/astronomer/physicist
  • 1754 Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician, physicist, and artillery officer (d. 1802)
  • 1761 John W de Winter, Dutch vice-admiral (Battle at Kamperduin)
  • 1769 William Smith, geologist (Strata Identified by Organized Fossils)
  • 1769 Augustin Daniel Belliard, French general (d. 1832)
  • 1801 Peterus D Regout, Dutch industrialist (Sphinx, Maastricht)
  • 1808 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, sociologist/historian (Statistic yearbook)
  • 1818 Don Carlos Buell, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1898)
  • 1821 Aleksej F Pisemski, Russian writer (Clodhopper)
  • 1823 Schuyler Colfax, (R) 17th VP (1869-73)
  • 1825 Edward Lloyd Thomas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1898)
  • 1831 Eduard Schlagintweit, German writer (d. 1866)
  • 1847 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romania, historian
  • 1854 Alfred Milner, Giessen Germany, British governor (Cape colony)
  • 1857 Fannie Farmer, American culinary figure, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1858 Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel prize 1927)
  • 1862 Nathaniel Reed, American outlaw turned evangelist (d. 1950)
  • 1863 Godfried CE van Daalen, Dutch general/governor of Atjeh
  • 1868 Dietrich Eckart, early supporter of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party and member of Thule Society (d. 1923)
  • 1876 Muirhead Bone, etcher/engraver of architecture, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1880 Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish politician (d. 1922)
  • 1881 Hermann Staudinger, Germany, chemist/plastics researcher (Nobel '53)
  • 1881 Roger Martin du Guard, France, novelist (Les Thibault-Nobel 1937)
  • 1882 C Montague Shaw, Adelaide Australia
  • 1882 Emmy Noether, German mathematician (d. 1935)
  • 1883 Faisal I ibn Hussein ibn Ali, 1st king of Iraq/Syria
  • 1887 Felix Yussupov, Russian aristocrat, best known for participating in the assassination of Grigori Rasputin
  • 1887 Juan Gris, Spain, cubist painter (Still Life Before an Open Window)
  • 1887 Sidney Hillman, union leader (Sidney Hillman Foundation)
  • 1893 Cedric Gibbons, American art director (d. 1960)
  • 1895 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (d. 2001)
  • 1898 Georgios Grivas, Greek general/opposition leader on Cyprus
  • 1900 Erich Fromm, Frankfurt Germany, psychologist (Sane Society)
  • 1901 Jan H de Groot, Dutch resistance fighter/co-founder (Free Netherlands)
  • 1905 Paul Grimault, animator
  • 1905 Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
  • 1907 Daniel Bovet, Switzerland, pharmacologist (Nobel 1957)
  • 1907 Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician
  • 1908 Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate
  • 1911 Denis Wright, diplomat
  • 1911 Edward Warner, diplomat

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1912 Werner von Braun, German rocket scientist (I Aim at the Stars), born in Wirsitz, Germany (now Wyrzysk, Poland) (d. 1977)

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun
  • 1915 Francis Berry, poet/Shakespearean scholar
  • 1915 Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II hero (d. 1991)
  • 1917 H C Allen, American historian
  • 1919 Michael Lyne, British air Vice-marshal
  • 1919 Carl Graffunder, mid-century modernist architect
  • 1920 Neal Smith, (Rep-D-IA, 1959- )
  • 1921 Donald Malcome Campbell, Surrey UK, boat racer (1955 speed records)
  • 1921 Ian Todd, pres (Royal College of Surgeons)
  • 1921 Wolfgang Altendorfer, writer
  • 1924 Peter Godfrey, chartered accountant
  • 1924 Bette Nesmith Graham, American inventor (d. 1980)
  • 1925 Cees de Ruyter, European champion billiards player
  • 1925 David McNee, commissioner (Metropolitan Police)
  • 1925 David Watkin, English cinematographer (d. 2008)
  • 1928 11th duke of Beaufort, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1928 Alfred Morris, British MP
  • 1929 Albert H Crews, astronaut
  • 1929 Michael Manser, English architect, born in Bristol (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Norman F Lent, (Rep-R-NY, 1971- 93 ), (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Gorno-Altaysk, Russia, skier (Oly gld 1964), (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
  • 1933 Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist, known for the Stanford prison experiment
  • 1934 Bryan Bass, headmaster (City of London School)
  • 1934 Ludvig Faddeev, Russian mathematician
  • 1937 Craig Breedlove, American race car champion (613 MPH-Spirit of America), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937 Robert Gallo, American physician
  • 1938 Kenneth J Gregory, warden (Goldsmiths' College)
  • 1938 Maynard Jackson, first African American mayor of Atlanta (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Jim Trelease, American educator and children's literature author
  • 1942 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian and political figure (d. 1980)
  • 1943 Peter Graves, supt minister (Westminster Central Hall)
  • 1943 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish writer (d. 2001)
  • 1946 Alan Bleasdale, English author, playwright and scriptwriter (Are You Lonesome Tonight), born in Liverpool
  • 1948 Michael Gleeson, otolaryngologist
  • 1948 R J Bennett, FBA/geographer
  • 1949 Karen English, (Rep-D-Arizona)
  • 1949 Roland Lee, American Watercolor Artist
  • 1950 P R Scott, Headmaster (Bancroft's School, Woodford Green)
  • 1952 Kim Stanley Robinson, American author

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1952 Rex Tillerson, American businessman (ExxonMobil) and US Secretary of State (2017-), born in Wichita Falls, Texas

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
United States Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson
  • 1953 Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, British MP
  • 1956 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • 1956 Laura Thorne, chef (named one of 10 best American chefs)
  • 1956 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission
  • 1960 Oscar Michael Moore, journalist
  • 1960 Nicol Stephen, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
  • 1965 Gary Whitehead, American poet
  • 1968 Mitch Cullin, American novelist
  • 1976 Dougie Lampkin, English motorcycle trials rider
  • 1976 Jayson Blair, American journalist and author
  • 1977 Jean Carlos Gamarra, Peruvian taekwondo practitioner
  • 1990 Eugenie, Princess of York and daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, born in London
  • 1999 Prince Beltran of Bulgaria