Birthdays in History on March 24

  • 1188 Ferrand of Portugal, earl of Flanders/son of Sancho I
  • 1441 Ernst I, elector of Saxon (1464-86)
  • 1494 Georgius Agricola, German mineralogist (De Re Metallica), born in Glauchau, Saxony (d. 1555)
  • 1607 Michiel A de Ruyter, Dutch rear admiral (St Vincent, Dune)
  • 1628 Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1685)
  • 1630 José Saenz d'Aguirre, Spanish cardinal, born in Logro, Old Castile (d. 1699)
  • 1657 Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (d. 1725)
  • 1693 John Harrison, British clockmaker (d. 1776)
  • 1703 Jose F de Isla, [Francisco de Salazar], Spanish Jesuit/writer
  • 1725 Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)
  • 1725 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)
  • 1733 Joseph Priestley, England, Birstall England, clergyman/scientist (discovered oxygen)
  • 1755 Rufus King, framer of US constitution
  • 1782 Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (d. 1836)
  • 1796 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (d. 1878)
  • 1797 Antonio Rosmini-Serbati, philosopher/founder (Institute of Charity)
  • 1802 Jacob van Lennep, attorney/Dutch MP
  • 1809 Joseph Liouville, France, discover of transcendental numbers
  • 1814 Galen Clark, US, naturalist/discovered Mariposa Grove
  • 1820 Edmond Becquerel, French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics (photovoltaic effect), born in Paris, France (d. 1891)
  • 1820 Fanny Crosby, American hymnist (d. 1915)
  • 1821 Elisa Felix, [Rachel], tragedienne
  • 1821 [George] Hector Tyndale, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1829 George Francis Train, American businessman (d. 1904)
  • 1829 Ignacio Zaragoza, Mexican general (d. 1862)
  • 1830 Robert Hamerling, Austrian poet (d. 1889)
  • 1834 John Wesley Powell, US, geologist/explorer/ethnologist
  • 1834 William Morris, England, designer/craftsman/poet/socialist
  • 1835 Josef Stefan, Austria, physicist (Stefan-Boltzmann law)
  • 1837 Philips, Count of Flanders Belgium
  • 1848 Honoré Beaugrand, Quebec journalist and newspaper publisher (La Patrie) (d. 1906)
  • 1850 Silas Hocking, British novelist and preacher (d. 1935)

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1855 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • 1855 Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)

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1874 Harry Houdini [Erich Weiss], Famous magician and escape artist, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1926)

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1874 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president of Italy (1948-55)
  • 1878 Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N-Naeff], Dutch writer
  • 1883 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist and bishop (Liberal Catholic Church), born in London (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Peter Debye, Holland, physical chemist (Nobel 1936)
  • 1886 Athenagoras I, Greek Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • 1886 Edward Weston, American photographer (d. 1958)
  • 1888 Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (d. 1922)
  • 1891 Annie "Charley" Toorop, Dutch painter (3 Generations)
  • 1891 John Knittel, Swiss writer, born in Dharwar, India (d. 1970)
  • 1891 Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)
  • 1896 Gianna Manzini, writer
  • 1897 Charles Eyck, Dutch painter/sculptor
  • 1897 Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-US psycho analysist (character analysis)
  • 1898 Dorothy Stratton, organizer (SPARS-women's branch of US Coast Guard)
  • 1898 George Alpert, railroad executive
  • 1901 Ub Iwerks, American cartoonist (d. 1971)

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1902 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1971)

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • 1903 Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939)
  • 1903 Malcolm Muggeridge, English writer (Observer of Life)
  • 1905 Andre Christiaens, Flemish writer (Unfindable Country)
  • 1905 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (d. 2007)
  • 1906 John Cameron Swayze, news correspondent/spokesman (Timex) [OS]
  • 1907 Janet Harmon Bragg, US pilot/columnist (Chicago Defender)
  • 1907 Lauris Norstad, US gen (NATO commander)/CEO (Owens-Corning Fiberglass)
  • 1907 Lucia Chase, US ballerina/co-founder (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1907 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer
  • 1907 Paul Sauvé, Quebec politician (d. 1960)

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1909 Clyde Barrow, American bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1934)

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • 1911 Herman W "Fritz" Liebert, US OSSer/librarian (Yale curator)
  • 1911 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, born in Croydon (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Joseph Barbera, animator (Hanna-Barbera)

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1912 Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2010)

Women's and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Women's and Civil Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • 1916 Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
  • 1917 John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter
  • 1919 Lawrence Ferlinghetti, American beat poet (Coney Island of the Mind), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1919 John J Duncan Jr, (Rep-R-TN, 1965- )
  • 1919 Robert Heilbroner, American economist (d. 2005
  • 1921 Wilson Harris, Guayanese author
  • 1922 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Edna Jo Hunter, expert on military families & prisoners of war
  • 1924 Lorraine Gourley, LA CA
  • 1926 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), born in Sangiano (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Martin Walser, German writer, born in Wasserburg am Bodensee
  • 1932 Yuri Anatoyevich Ponomaryov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 18 backup)
  • 1935 Peter Bichsel, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Bellach
  • 1936 David Suzuki, Canadian scientist and environmentalist
  • 1937 Bill Tillman, basebal player
  • 1937 Erskine Sandiford, Premier of Barbados, 1987-94)
  • 1938 David Irving, British historian
  • 1940 Bob Mackie, Monterey Parks California, designer (Streisand, Cher)
  • 1943 H Martin Lancaster, (Rep-D-NC)
  • 1944 Vojislav Koštunica, Serbian Prime Minister
  • 1945 Robert T. Bakker, American paleontologist
  • 1946 Paul Williams, climber

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1947 Alan Sugar, English multi-millionaire/computer manufacturer (Amstrad), born in Hackney, London

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar
  • 1947 Paul McCandless, rocker (Torches on the Lake)
  • 1947 Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • 1947 Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington
  • 1951 Kenneth S Reightler Jr, Patuxent R Md, Cmdr USN/astro (STS 48, 60)
  • 1951 Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer, born in Elmira, New York
  • 1954 Irina Ratushinskaya, Odessa Ukraine, disident poet (Beyond the Limit)
  • 1957 Scott J Horowitz, PhD/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 75, 82), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Grayson Perry, English cross-dressing artist (Turner Prize 2003), born in Chelmsford
  • 1978 Michael Braun, Australian rules footballer