Birthdays in History on March 9

  • 1213 Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, French crusader (d. 1271)
  • 1285 Emperor Go-Nijō of Japan (d. 1318)

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1454 Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (America), born in Florence (d. 1512)

  • 1564 David Fabricius, Essens Germany, astronomer (discoved variable star)
  • 1568 Aloysius "Luigi" van Gonzaga, Italian prince/jesuit/saint
  • 1629 Tsar Alexis I of Russia (d. 1676)
  • 1720 Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, English politician (d. 1790)
  • 1749 Honore Mirabeau, French writer and politician (d. 1791)
  • 1753 Jean-Baptiste Kleber, French general (d. 1800)
  • 1758 Franz Joseph Gall, German/French physician (frenology)
  • 1763 William Cobbett, English journalist and author (d. 1835)
  • 1777 Alexander Orlowski, Polish painter/cartoonist/graphic artist
  • 1791 George Hayward, US, surgeon, 1st to use ether
  • 1814 Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine, national poet/painter/prof of Kiev [NS]
  • 1815 David Davis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1886)
  • 1820 Samuel Blatchford, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1893)
  • 1824 Leland Stanford, (Gov/Sen)/found Stanford U
  • 1825 Alexander F. Mozhaiski, Russian aviation pioneer (d. 1890)
  • 1833 Frederick A. Schroeder, tobacco industrialist and mayor of Brooklyn (d. 1899)
  • 1839 Felix Huston Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1928)
  • 1839 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer (d. 1908)
  • 1865 Margaret Murray Washington, wife of Booker T/head (NACW 1896..1918)
  • 1877 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist/bio-chemist
  • 1881 Enver Pasja, Turkish general/politician
  • 1881 Ernest Bevin, British minister of Labour/Foreign affairs
  • 1883 Umberto Saba, Italian writer, born in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)
  • 1887 Fritz Lenz, German geneticist (d. 1976)
  • 1890 Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, Soviet foreign minister (UN)

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1891 Jose Paciano Laurel y Garcia, 3rd President of the Philippines (1942-44), born in Tanauan, Batangas (d. 1959)

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • 1892 David Garnett, English novelist and editor (Lady into Fox)
  • 1892 Joseph Weinheber, Austria poet/writer (Adel und Untergang)
  • 1892 Vita Sackville-West, English novelist, poet (The Land) and gardener (Sissinghurst)
  • 1893 Edgar Scauflaire, Belgian muralist/decorator
  • 1894 Frank Arnau, German writer (d. 1976)
  • 1900 Aimone duke of Spoleta/Aosta, Italian king of Croatia (1941-43)
  • 1900 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Edward Durell Stone, US, architect (US Embassy, New Delhi)
  • 1904 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs. (d. 2002)
  • 1905 Félix L V L J Labisse, French painter (libidoscaphes)
  • 1905 Grigori Kozintsev, director (Hamlet, King Lear), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1905 Peter C Quennell, English biographer/critic (Byron in Italy)
  • 1905 Rex Warner, English poet/writer (Wild Goose Chase)
  • 1909 Derk Bodde, American sinologist (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Ed[uard] Hoornik, Dutch writer/poet (Survivor)
  • 1912 Alan David Melville, polymath
  • 1913 Ger[ar]da Brautigam, journalist/Dutch 2nd Chamber (PvdA)
  • 1917 Dante B Fascell, (Rep-D-FL, 1955- )
  • 1918 Mickey Spillane, [Frank], mystery writer (I the Jury), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1923 James Buckley, (Sen-R-NY)
  • 1923 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, born in Pau, French Basque country (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), born in Vienna (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Gerrit A Kooy, Dutch sociologist (Apartheid & work in South Africa)
  • 1928 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer (d. 1990)
  • 1929 Hugh Desmond Hoyte, president (Guyana, 1985-92)
  • 1929 Marie Cardinal, writer
  • 1930 Harrie J B Aarts, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • 1931 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Heere Heeresma, Dutch writer (Han de Wit goes in development aid)
  • 1933 Mel Lastman, Canadian politician

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1934 Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1), born in Klushino, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1968)

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin
  • 1935 Sister Bernard Ncube, South African nun
  • 1935 Andrew Viterbi, American telecommunications scientist and businessman
  • 1937 Bernard Landry, Premier of Quebec from 2001-2003
  • 1941 Ger van Each, sculptor
  • 1941 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant (d. 1976)

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1943 Bobby Fischer, American world chess champion (1972-75), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 1943 Charles Gibson, American television journalist
  • 1944 Trevor Burton, rocker (Move)
  • 1945 Dennis Rader, American serial killer
  • 1946 Gherman Semyonovich Arzamazov, Russian cosmonaut (backup TM-6)
  • 1947 Keri Hulme, New Zealandic writer
  • 1948 Jamie Lyn Bauer, actress (Young & Restless, Centerfold Girls), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948 Emma Bonino, Italian politician
  • 1951 Michael Kinsley, American journalist and editor
  • 1951 Helen Zille, South African politician
  • 1954 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA member and leader of the hunger strike at Maze Prison where he died in 1981
  • 1956 Shashi Tharoor, Indian author & United Nations Under-Secretary General
  • 1956 David Willetts, UK Shadow Secretary for Education (Conservative)
  • 1957 Mona Sahlin, Swedish politician
  • 1964 Herbert Fandel, German football referee
  • 1966 Tony Lockett, Australian Rules Footballer
  • 1966 Michael Patrick MacDonald, American memorist
  • 1970 Melissa Rathburn-Nealy, US soldier (Iraqi POW)
  • 1972 Spencer Howson, Australian radio broadcaster
  • 1976 Thor Halvorssen, human rights activist
  • 1983 Clint Dempsey, American footballer