Birthdays in History on March 26

  • 1479 Vasili III, great prince of Moscow (1505-33)/son of Ivan III
  • 1516 Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist (d. 1565)
  • 1554 Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Mayenne, French military leader (d. 1611)
  • 1577 Elisabeth of Nassau, daughter of Willem I & Charlotte of Bourbon
  • 1659 William Wollaston, Coton England, philosopher
  • 1698 Václav Prokop Diviš, Czech theologian and natural scientist (d. 1765)
  • 1749 William Blount, American Statesman (d. 1800)
  • 1753 Benjamin Thompson, physicist (Royal Inst of Great Britain, Woburn MA)
  • 1773 Nathaniel Bowditch, mathematician/astronomer/author (Marine Sextant)
  • 1794 Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter (d. 1872)
  • 1813 Thomas West Sherman, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1879)
  • 1817 Herman Haupt, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1905)
  • 1819 Louise Otto, German author/feminist
  • 1821 Earnest Angel, German statistician (Law of Angel)
  • 1830 Eliza Laurillard, Dutch vicar/poet/writer
  • 1833 Betsy Perk, [Christina E], Dutch journalist/writer/feminist
  • 1840 George Smith, Archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform (script)), born in London, England
  • 1850 Edward Bellamy, author (Looking Backward)
  • 1856 David Alfred Thomas, Glamorganshire UK, 1st Viscount Rhondda
  • 1859 A[lfred] E[dward] Housman, England, poet (Shropshire Lad)
  • 1859 Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (d. 1919)
  • 1868 Fuad I, king of Egypt (1922-36)
  • 1871 Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana'ole of the Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1922)

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1874 Robert Frost, American poet (Mending Wall, Road Not Taken), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)

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1875 Syngman Rhee, First President of South Korea (1948-60), born in Haeju, North Korea (d. 1965)

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • 1876 Prince William of Wied (d. 1945)
  • 1879 Othmar Ammann, Swiss bridge engineer (d. 1965)
  • 1880 Duncan Hines, American restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens)
  • 1881 Guccio Gucci, Italian founder of Gucci fashion house, born in Florence (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist (d. 1940)
  • 1885 Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer
  • 1886 Hugh Mulzac, America military officer (d. 1971)
  • 1888 Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse (d. 1948)
  • 1890 Jozef Arras, Flemish writer
  • 1893 Palmiro Togliatti, founder (Communist Party of Italy)
  • 1896 Rudolf Dassler, Founder of PUMA AG (d. 1974)
  • 1899 James B Connant, chemist/college president (Yale)
  • 1902 Leslie Melville, economist
  • 1904 Emilio Fernandez, El Seco Mexico, director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre)
  • 1904 Joseph Campbell, mythologist (Mythic Image)
  • 1904 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2004)
  • 1905 Viktor Emil Frankl, pyschiatrist (Man's Search for Meaning)
  • 1906 Rafael Mendez, Mexican trumpetist (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Betty MacDonald, [Anne E Campbell Bard], American writer (Egg & I)
  • 1908 Kenneth Mellanby, entomologist
  • 1908 Robert William Paine, architect
  • 1911 Bernard Katz, biophysicist

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1911 Tennessee Williams, American playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • 1911 T. Hee, American animator (d. 1988)
  • 1913 Paul Erdos, mathematician
  • 1914 Ian McGeoch, Vice-Admiral

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1914 William Westmoreland, American general (commander of American forces in the Vietnam War, 1964-68) born in Saxon, South Carolina (d. 2005)

  • 1914 Toru Kumon, Japanese educator (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Christian B Anfinsen, US chemist (cell physiology, Nobel 1972)
  • 1916 Mort Abrahams, producer (Dr Doolittle, Planet Of Apes)
  • 1917 Jean Graham Hall, circuit court judge (England)
  • 1920 George E Brown Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1963-71, 73- )
  • 1921 George Jefferson, CEO (British Telecom)
  • 1921 Peter Horsley, CEO (Osprey Aviation)
  • 1922 Oscar Sala, Italian-born physicist
  • 1923 Clifton Williams, Traskwood Arkansas, band master (Sinfonians)
  • 1923 Elizabeth Jane Howard, British novelist (After Julius), (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Gert Bastian, German politician (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Lord Graham of Edmonton, House of Lords (chief opposition whip)
  • 1925 Baron Hooson [Hugh Emlyn], British politician and peer (MP for Montgomeryshire 1962-79), (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Jonathan Tod, Vice-Admiral (England)
  • 1929 Edwin Turney, American businessman
  • 1930 Gregory Corso, beat poet (Happy Birthday of Death, Long Live Man)
  • 1930 Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman Supreme Court Justice (1981- 2006), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1932 Dick Nolan, football coach
  • 1934 G T Pryce, CEO (Dalgety)
  • 1935 Mahmoud Abbas, 2nd President of the Palestine National Authority (2005-present), born in Safed, Mandatory Palestine
  • 1938 Anthony James Leggett, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1939 Colin Webb, general manager (Press Association)
  • 1939 Stuart Sutherland, Professor Emeritus (Sussex U)
  • 1940 Bill Ind, Bishop-designate (Truro)
  • 1940 Nancy Pelosi, (Rep-D-California)
  • 1940 Servaes Huys, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1941 Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist
  • 1941 Yvon Marcoux, Quebec politician
  • 1942 Erica Jong, [Mann], American author (Fear of Flying), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Robert "Bob" Woodward, Geneva Illinois, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes)
  • 1946 Alain Madelin, French politician
  • 1947 Dar Robinson, American stuntman (d. 1986)
  • 1949 Baroness Hayman [Hélène Hayman], Wolverhampton, West Midlands, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords
  • 1949 Patrick Süskind, German writer
  • 1952 David Amess, British politician (C), born in London
  • 1953 Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • 1953 Lincoln Chafee, American Senator from Rhode Island
  • 1953 Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (d. 2002)
  • 1954 Piers Gardner, director (British Institute of Intl & Comparative Law)
  • 1959 Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent
  • 1961 Leigh Bowery, designer
  • 1961 William Hague, Secretary of State for Wales
  • 1962 Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko, Russian lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1963 Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Japanese writer
  • 1969 Beth Howell, Clinton Mississippi, Miss Mississippi-America (1991)
  • 1971 Behzad Ghorbani, Iranian zoologist and sociobiologist

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1973 Larry Page, American computer scientist and businessman (co-founded Google with Sergey Brin), born in East Lansing, Michigan

Computer Scientist, Google Co-founder Larry Page
Computer Scientist, Google Co-founder
Larry Page
  • 1983 David Bennett, Canadian powerlifter and steamfitter
  • 1986 Jessica McClure, baby trapped in Texas well in 1988