Birthdays in History on March 27

  • 972 King Robert II of France (d. 1031)
  • 1554 Everhardus van Bronchorst, Dutch lawyer
  • 1627 Stephen Fox, English politician (d. 1716)
  • 1665 Benjamin Neukirch, German poet (Herrn von Hofmannswaldau)
  • 1676 Francis II Rákóczi, leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburg (d. 1735)
  • 1696 Antoine Court, French Huguenot minister (d. 1760)
  • 1712 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (d. 1779)
  • 1714 Francesco Antonio Zaccaria, Italian theologian and historian (d. 1795)
  • 1730 Thomas Tyrwhitt, English classical scholar (d. 1786)
  • 1746 Carlo Bonaparte, Corsican attorney and father of emperor Napoleon
  • 1746 Michael Bruce, Scottish poet (d. 1767)
  • 1765 Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher/theologist
  • 1780 August L Crelle, German inventor/mathematician (1st Prussian Railway)
  • 1785 Louis XVII Charles, king of France (1793-95)
  • 1797 Alfred V Comte de Vigny, French musketeer/writer (Moise, Chatterton)
  • 1809 Georges Eugene Haussmann, French architect, born in Paris
  • 1810 Adolf Glassbrenner, German satirical writer, born in Berlin (d. 1876)
  • 1810 William Hepworth Thompson, English classical scholar (d. 1886)
  • 1813 Nathaniel Currier, lithographer (Currier & Ives)
  • 1817 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss biologist (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Samuel Kosciusko Zook, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers)
  • 1839 John Ballance, Glenavy, Ulster, Ireland, 14th Premier of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party
  • 1844 Alophus Washington Greely, US, Arctic explorer

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1845 Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901), born in Lennep, Rhine Province

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen
  • 1847 Otto Wallach, Germany, chemist (Nobel 1910)
  • 1855 Alfred Ewing [James Alfred Ewing], Dundee, Scottish Physicist (magnetic properties of metals, hysteresis)
  • 1857 Karl Pearson, mathematician, born in London, England
  • 1860 Frank Frost Abbott, American classical scholar (d. 1924)
  • 1863 Henry Royce, automobile founder (Rolls-Royce)
  • 1869 James McNeill, Irish politician (d. 1938)
  • 1871 Heinrich Mann, German novelist and essayist (Professor Unrat); brother of Thomas, born in Lübeck (d. 1950)
  • 1871 Petrus J M Aalberse, Dutch minister of Labor (1918-25)
  • 1879 Edward Steichen, pioneered American photography
  • 1883 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet (d. 1980)
  • 1886 Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, German/US architect (Bauhaus)
  • 1886 Sergey Kirov, Russian bolshevik leader (d. 1934)
  • 1889 Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Turkish writer/diplomat
  • 1892 Thorne Smith, author (Topper, Rain in the Doorway, Stray Lamb)
  • 1893 Dragoljub "Draza" Mihailovic, Yugoslavian general/nazi collaborator
  • 1893 Karl Mannheim, Hung/German/British sociologist (Ideology & Utopia)
  • 1897 Douglas Hartree, English mathematician and physicist
  • 1897 Carlo Mierendorff, German politician/anti-fascist
  • 1901 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician (SPD)
  • 1901 Sato Eisaku, (Lib) Japanese PM (1964-72) (Nobel 1974)
  • 1901 Wilhelm Conrad von Roentgen, physicist (Nobel)
  • 1901 Carl Barks, American illustrator (d. 2000)
  • 1902 Mary Armour, Scottish painter, born in Blantyre (d. 2000)
  • 1902 Charles Lang, American cinematographer (d. 1998)
  • 1905 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer (d. 1980)
  • 1905 John Fleming (Jack) Brock, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, one of South Africa’s most distinguished nutritional scientists and medical educators
  • 1908 Jacques [Izaak] den Haan, Dutch writer (Dangerous Book)
  • 1909 Golo Mann, [Gottfried], German/US historian (Antisemitism)
  • 1910 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, born in Jinhua, Zhejiang province (d. 1996)

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1912 James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1976-79), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2005)

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • 1913 Theodor Dannecker, SS officer (d. 1945)
  • 1915 Richard Sharp, civil servant
  • 1915 Selma Rubin, Toledo, Ohio, environmental activist (Earth Day co-founder), (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Cyrus Vance, US Secretary of State (1977-80), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Harry West, Unionist party leader (Unionist)
  • 1919 Julian Amery, British conservative politician and minister, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Robin Jacques, illustrator (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Tom Bevill, (Rep-D-AL, 1967- )
  • 1922 Margaret Stacey, sociologist
  • 1922 Stefan Wul, French author (d. 2003)
  • 1923 Louis Simpson, Jamaican/US poet (Good News of Death), (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Shūsaku Endō, writer ("Silence"), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1923 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orch)
  • 1925 Lord Plumb [Charles Henry Plumb], Member of the European Parliament
  • 1925 R P Cohan, choreographer
  • 1925 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Louis Blom-Cooper QC/press arbiter
  • 1926 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1927 Anthony Lewis, New York USA, American columnist (NY Times) and author (Gideon's Trumpet)
  • 1927 Lord Fanshawe of Richmond [Anthony Henry Fanshawe Royle], Member of Parliament
  • 1928 Douglas Applegate, (Rep-D-OH, 1977- )
  • 1930 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist/writer (Bird Watching)
  • 1931 R P Bauman, CEO (British Aerospace)
  • 1933 DRG Andrews, CEO (Land Rover-Leyland)
  • 1933 Frank Taylor, Chief Constable (Durham)
  • 1933 J Geoffrey Parker, high master (Manchestrer Grammar School)
  • 1934 David Hancock, secretary (British Department of Education & Science)
  • 1934 Istvan Csurka, politician and writer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire
  • 1935 Abelardo Castillo, Argentine writer
  • 1935 Fr. Stanley Rother, Roman Catholic Priest, Martyr and Missionary to Guatemala (d. 1981)
  • 1937 Thomas Aquinas Daly, American painter
  • 1938 A J Bellingham, president (Royal College of Pathologists)
  • 1938 Jock Slater, British Admiral, First Sea Lord (1995-1998)
  • 1938 P Daubeny, CEO (Electricity Association)
  • 1939 Jay C Kim, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1939 Lord Lyell [Charles Lyell], British politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords
  • 1939 Ruth Ashton, general secretary (Royal College of Midwives)
  • 1941 Charles Pashayan Jr, (Rep-R-CA, 1979- )
  • 1941 Ivan Gašparovič, President of Slovakia
  • 1942 Raymond J McGrath, (Rep-R-NY, 1981- )
  • 1942 John E. Sulston, British chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1942 Michael Jackson, English writer (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Milton Robert Carr, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1975-81, 83-95), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • 1943 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • 1947 Daphne Todd, president (Royal Society of Portrait Painters)
  • 1947 Dough Wilkerson, football
  • 1947 Walt Mossberg, the highest-paid journalist at the Wall Street Journal
  • 1949 Patrick Deuchar, CEO (Albert Hall)
  • 1950 Petros Efthimiou, Greek politician
  • 1955 Patrick McCabe, Clones County Monaghan, Irish novelist
  • 1957 Nicholas Hawkins, British politician (Conservatives 1992-2005)
  • 1958 Susan Molinari, (Rep-R-NY)
  • 1960 Clare Lucy Madeleine Evans, historian
  • 1967 Paul Adams, American celebrity
  • 1968 Irina Belova, Russian pentathelete (world record 1992)
  • 1970 Princess Leila of Iran (d. 2001)
  • 1981 Carey Davis, National Football League fullback
  • 1986 Melissa Stern, [Baby M]/[Sara Whitehead], surrogate baby
  • 1990 Scott Selwood, Australian rules footballer