Birthdays in History on March 8

  • 1075 Abu 'l-Kasim Mahmud ibn Omar al-Zamachshari, Arab theologist
  • 1286 John III, Duke of Brittany (d. 1341)
  • 1293 Beatrice of Castile, queen of Portugal (d. 1359)
  • 1495 John of God, Portuguese-born friar and saint (d. 1550). Founder of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God.
  • 1514 Amago Haruhisa, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1562)
  • 1659 Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor (d. 1738)

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1702 Anne Bonny, Irish pirate (date of birth is approximate), born in Kinsale, Ireland (d. 1782)

Pirate Anne Bonny
Pirate
Anne Bonny
  • 1712 John Fothergill, English physician (d. 1780)
  • 1726 Richard Howe, British admiral (d. 1799)
  • 1746 André Michaux, French botanist (d. 1802)
  • 1748 William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic
  • 1783 Hannah Hoes Van Buren, NY, wife of pres Martin (1837-41), (d. 1819)

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1787 Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1840)

  • 1799 Simon Cameron, Secy War (Union), (d. 1889)
  • 1804 Alvan Clark, Ashfield Massachusetts, American Astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, Old University of Chicago, the largest telescope in the world at the time
  • 1814 Ede Szigligeti, Hungarian dramatist (d. 1878)
  • 1822 Ignacy Lukasiewicz, Polish inventor (d. 1882)
  • 1827 Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (d. 1875)
  • 1830 João de Deus, Portuguese poet (d. 1896)
  • 1836 Matthew Calbraith Butler, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1839 James Mason Crafts, US chemist (Friedel-Crafts-synthesis)
  • 1839 Josephine Cochrane, American inventor (automatic dishwasher), born in Ashtabula County, Ohio (d. 1913)

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1841 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1847 Karl von Bach, German engineer (Maschinenelemente)
  • 1856 Bramwell Booth, the 2nd General of The Salvation Army (d. 1929)
  • 1856 Tom Roberts, Australian artist (d. 1931)
  • 1859 Kenneth Grahame, Scottish author (The Wind in the Willows), born in Edinburgh (d. 1932)
  • 1862 Joseph Lee, helped develop playgrounds
  • 1865 Frederick William Goudy, American printer/type designer
  • 1879 Mechtilde Lichnowsky, German writer, born in Pocking, bavaria (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Otto Hahn, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 44, radiothorium/actinium)
  • 1886 Anton Portielje, Dutch radio host/zoo director (Artis)
  • 1886 Edward Kendall, chemist, isolated cortisone (Nobel 1950)
  • 1888 Stuart Chase, NH, writer/economist (Tragedy of Waste)
  • 1889 Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business)
  • 1890 Oswald von Nell-Breuning, German theologist/philosopher
  • 1892 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian party leader/premier (1952-53)
  • 1896 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Eric Linklater, Scotland, novelist/poet (Blue Swallows)
  • 1899 Elmer Keith, Firearms enthusiast and Author (d. 1984)
  • 1900 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Jennings Randolph, (Sen)
  • 1907 Constantine Karamanlis, Greek politician, President of Greece (d. 1998)
  • 1909 Hugh Murphy, English multi-millionaire
  • 1910 Bernard Benjamin, statistician, actuary and demographer (d. 2002)
  • 1911 Elsie Agnes Giorgi, physician/humanitarian
  • 1912 Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Jacob B Bakema, urban developer (St Louis Missouri)
  • 1914 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (d. 1987)
  • 1915 Vivien John, English painter and daughter of Augustus John, born in Dorset (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1986)

  • 1916 John Seybold, American economist and computer typesetting pioneer (d. 2004)
  • 1917 A Marja, [ATE Mooy], Dutch literary (Shreds on the River)
  • 1922 Carl Furillo, Brooklyn Dodger (NL Batting Champ 1953)
  • 1922 Heinar Kipphardt, German writer and playwright (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer), born in Heidersdorf, Lower Silesia (d. 1982)
  • 1922 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), born in Sakaiminato, Tittori (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Ralph Baer, Creator of the first video game console
  • 1923 Juan M G "Wancho" Evertsz, premier of Dutch Antilles (NVP, 1973-77)
  • 1924 Victor "Toby" Neuberg, teacher/writer
  • 1925 Petrus Steenkamp, Dutch politician (KVP/CDA)
  • 1927 Stanisław Kania, Polish politician
  • 1931 John McPhee, author (Back to ----)
  • 1931 Neil Postman, American cultural critic (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Ron Taylor, Australian cinematographer (Those Amazing Animals), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Juvenal Hayarimana, president of Rwanda (1973-94)
  • 1937 Pamela McEvoy-Johnston, psychotherapist-board member (WIC)

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1937 Juvénal Habyarimana, Rwandan General, Dictator and President of Rwanda (1973-94) who was assassinated at the start of the Rwandan genocide, born in Ruanda-Urundi, Belgian Colonial Empire (d. 1994)

Dictator and President of Rwanda Juvénal Habyarimana
Dictator and President of Rwanda
Juvénal Habyarimana
  • 1939 George William Reed, astronomy writer/cartoonist (Dark Sky Legacy)
  • 1939 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97 ), born in St. John, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Leslie Isben Rogge, one of FBI's most wanted
  • 1942 Ralph Ellis, England, rhythm (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • 1944 Buzz Hargrove, Canadian labour leader
  • 1945 Jim Chapman, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1985-1997), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1945 Anselm Kiefer, German painter
  • 1947 Florentino Pérez, Spanish football executive
  • 1952 Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-14)
  • 1952 George Felix Allen, American politician
  • 1965 Fátima Lopes, Portuguese fashion designer
  • 1966 Holly Ann Salo, Keani Alaska, Miss Alaska-America (1991)
  • 1968 Ellen Forney, American cartoonist
  • 1980 Stephen Milne, Australian rules footballer
  • 1982 Kat Von D, Mexican-American tattoo artist