Birthdays in History on March 30

  • 1135 Maimonedes, philosopher (d. 1204)
  • 1326 Ivan II of Russia, Grand Duke of Muscovy (d. 1359)
  • 1432 Mehmed II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1481)

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1649 John Trenchard, English radical Whig politician and statesman, born in Lytchett Matravers, Dorset (d. 1695)

English Politician John Trenchard
English Politician
John Trenchard
  • 1674 Jethro Tull, agricultural writer (Basildon), baptised
  • 1681 Pieter Snyers, Flemish painter/engraver
  • 1697 John-Baptist Xavery, Flemish sculptor
  • 1746 Francisco Jose de Goya, Fuendetodos Spain, painter/etcher (Naked Maja)
  • 1790 Joseph Smith, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1877)

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1811 Robert Bunsen, German chemist who invented the Bunsen Burner, born in Göttingen, Westphalia, Rhine Confederation (d. 1899)

Chemist Robert Bunsen
Chemist
Robert Bunsen
  • 1820 Anna Sewell, English author (Black Beauty), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (d. 1878)
  • 1823 Joseph Farmer Knipe, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1901)
  • 1824 Innis Newton Palmer, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1825 Samuel Bell Maxey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1830 Julius F A Bahnsen, German philosopher
  • 1836 Karl Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg, German industrialist/politician
  • 1842 John Fiske, [Edmund Fisk Green], US historian/philosopher
  • 1844 Paul M Verlaine, France, lyric poet (Sagesse Bonbeur)

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1853 Vincent van Gogh, Dutch artist, painter and pioneer of Expressionism (The Potato Eaters, Irises), born in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands (d. 1890)

  • 1857 Leon Charles Thevenin, French telegraph engineer (d. 1926)
  • 1864 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist/politician
  • 1865 Heinrich Rubens, German physicist
  • 1876 Clifford Whittingham Beers, US, mental hygiene pioneer
  • 1880 Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright (Juno and the Paycock), born in Dublin (d. 1964)
  • 1882 Melanie Klein, Austrian/British psycho analysis
  • 1883 Jo Davidson, US, sculptor (Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman)
  • 1886 Stanislaw Lesniewski, Poland, logician/mathematician
  • 1887 Albert P Termote, Flemish/Dutch sculptor (Charles the Great)
  • 1892 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian
  • 1892 Fortunato Depero, Italian artist (d. 1960)
  • 1892 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (d. 1972)
  • 1894 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin)
  • 1895 Jean Giono, French writer (World Chant)
  • 1898 Heinz Risse, German writer, born in Dusseldorf (d. 1989)
  • 1899 Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, well known Bengali writer (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (d. 2007)
  • 1903 Sol C Siegel, US, producer (High Society, Gentlemen prefer blondes)
  • 1903 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Albert Pierrepoint, English executioner (d. 1992)
  • 1907 Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte, German Luftwaffe Officer (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Józef Marcinkiewicz, mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1912 Andrew Rodger Waterson, scholar/naturalist
  • 1913 Gottfried Reinhardt, theatre producer
  • 1913 Richard Helms, CIA head (1966-73)
  • 1913 Marc Davis, American animator (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Censu Tabone, President of Malta, (d. 2012)
  • 1918 John Gray, FRS/marine biologist
  • 1919 McGeorge Bundy, national security adviser (JFK), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1921 Countess of Sutherland, English great land owner/multi-millionaire
  • 1922 J F Coates, naval architect
  • 1923 Herbert Asmodi, writer
  • 1923 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (d. 1986)
  • 1925 John Wells, British politician (C)
  • 1926 Lord Rayner [Derek Rayner], Norwich, Norfolk, English businessman and chief executive (Marks & Spencer)
  • 1926 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish businessman, founder of IKEA, born in Pjätteryd
  • 1927 Lord Armstrong of Ilminster [Robert Armstrong], British life peer
  • 1928 Richard Trant, British general
  • 1928 Tom Sharpe, English historian/author (Riotous Assembly, Want), (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Lord Browne-Wilkinson [Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson], Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (UK)
  • 1930 Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist and entertainer, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1931 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1932 A J Zuckerman, Dean (Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine)
  • 1932 Ted Morgan, Swiss-born writer
  • 1934 Lord Tanlaw [Simon Mackay], crossbench member of the House of Lords
  • 1935 Alan Jackson, CEO (BTR)
  • 1936 Mark Burns, British director (Juggernaut)
  • 1936 Richard Baker, Santa Fe NM, Zen teacher (Dharma Sangha)
  • 1937 J S Jennings, CEO (Shell Transport & Trading Co)
  • 1937 Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth [Ian MacLaurin], Blackheath, Kent, British businessman and chairman (Vodafone)
  • 1938 Martin Dunne, Lord-Lt (Warwickshire)
  • 1941 Brendan O'Friel, CEO (Prison Governors Association)
  • 1941 Robert C Smith, (Rep-R-NH, 1985- )
  • 1941 Ron Johnston, Vice-Chancellor (Essex U)
  • 1941 Bob Smith, former American politician
  • 1942 George Esson, Chief Constable (Dumfries & Galloway)
  • 1944 Gerrit Komrij, Dutch poet/essayist (Happy Schizo)
  • 1945 Johnnie Walker [Peter Dingley], British radio DJ, born in Birmingham
  • 1947 Ryszard Kotla, Polish travel writer and activist, tour guide, journalist, academic teacher, engineer
  • 1948 Mervyn King, English economist, Governor of the Bank of England (2003-13), born in Chesham Bois
  • 1948 Nigel Jones, British MP
  • 1948 Eddie Jordan, Irish motorsport F1 boss and TV commentator, born in Dublin
  • 1949 Liza Frulla, Quebec politician
  • 1950 Dave McCurdy, (Rep-D-OK, 1981- )
  • 1951 Yves Séguin, Quebec politician
  • 1956 Bill Butler, Scottish politician
  • 1957 Elena V Kondakova, cosmonaut (STS 84), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1957 Yelena Vladimirovna Kondakova, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM 20, STS 84)
  • 1959 Peter Ellis, convicted child abuser
  • 1965 Piers Morgan, editor (Daily Mirror)
  • 1966 Efstratios Grivas, Greek chess grandmaster and author
  • 1973 Caroline Ramagos, Miss Mississippi USA (1996)
  • 1973 Matthew Pritchard, Welsh Stuntman