On This Day

Famous People Born in March 1917

Person of interestDinah Shore

Mar 1 (Fannye) "Dinah" Shore, American singer ("Buttons and Bows"), and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show), born in Winchester, Tennessee (d. 1994)

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • Mar 1 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Lord Weary's Castle, Near the Ocean), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestDesi Arnaz

Mar 2 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor and singer (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), born in Santiago de Cuba (d. 1986)

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • Mar 2 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (MLB All Star 1950; NL MVP 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Strykersville, New York (d. 1976)
  • Mar 2 John Gardner, English classical composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 2011)
  • Mar 2 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • Mar 2 Alex Graham, Scottish cartoonist who created the comic strip "Fred Basset", born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1991)
  • Mar 3 Bert van Aerschot, Flemish writer (Elevator, Women)
  • Mar 3 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)
  • Mar 4 Clyde McCullough, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • Mar 6 J A Mommersteeg, Dutch asst sect of Defense (KVP)
  • Mar 6 Roy Scott, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1947, 18, 1-74)
  • Mar 6 Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
  • Mar 6 Frankie Howerd, English comedian (d. 1992)
  • Mar 7 Davis Roberts, American actor (Westworld, Star Trek, The Killers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • Mar 7 Janet Collins, American ballerina, choreographer, and teacher born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2003)

  • Mar 7 Robert Erickson, American composer, born in Marquette, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • Mar 8 A Marja [ATE Mooy], Dutch literary (Shreds on the River)
  • Mar 9 Dante Fascell, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Bridgehampton, New York (d. 1998)
  • Mar 10 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII.
  • Mar 11 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Googie Withers, actress (1 of Our Aircraft is Missing), born in Karachi, India
  • Mar 12 Tom Normanton, British MP
  • Mar 12 Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czy┼╝], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), born in Motal, Poland (now Belarus) (d. 1969)
  • Mar 13 Maria Vlamynck, Flemish author
  • Mar 14 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet
  • Mar 16 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • Mar 17 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist
  • Mar 17 Brian Boydell, composer
  • Mar 19 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, born in Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1950)
  • Mar 19 Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian chess player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 20 Dolf Verspoor, literary/interpreter (M Nijhoff Prize 1958)
  • Mar 20 Peter Caddy, founder (Findhorn Community)
  • Mar 20 Vera Lynn, British popular music singer, known as 'the Forces' Sweetheart' ("We'll Meet Again"; "The White Cliffs of Dover"), born in East Ham, London (d. 2020)
  • Mar 21 Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • Mar 22 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress and director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1989)

  • Mar 22 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Virginia Grey, American actress (Another Thin Man, Idiot's Delight, Idaho), born in Edendale, California (d. 2004)
  • Mar 23 Kenneth Tobey, American actor (The Thing from Another World, Innerspace, Whirlybirds), born in Oakland, California (d. 2002)
  • Mar 23 H C Allen, American historian
  • Mar 23 Johnny Guarnieri, American stride and jazz stride pianist, and harpsichordist (The Gramercy Five; The Morey Amsterdam Show), born in New York City (d. 1985) (d. 1985)
  • Mar 23 Patricia Burke, actress (Forbidden), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 24 John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • Mar 24 Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 24 Ed Furgol, American golfer (US Open 1954), born in New York Mills, NY (d. 1997)
  • Mar 25 Nancy Barbato Sinatra, first wife and life-long friend of Frank Sinatra, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • Mar 26 Jean Graham Hall, English circuit court judge
  • Mar 26 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), born in Cayce, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Mar 27 Cyrus Vance, US Secretary of State (1977-80), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2002)
  • Mar 27 Harry West, Irish politician, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (1974-79), born in Enniskillen, Ireland (d. 2004)
  • Mar 29 Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds), born in London (d. 2003)
  • Mar 29 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes 1920), foaled at Nursery Stud, Kentucky (d. 1947)
  • Mar 29 Tommy Holmes, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1945, 48; NL HR leader 1945; Boston Braves) and manager (Boston Braves), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • Mar 30 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • Mar 30 Herbert Anderson, American character actor (Dennis The Menace, Battleground), born in Oakland, California (d. 1994)
  • Mar 30 Rudolf Bruci, composer

About March 1917

How Old? 104 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Signs: Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20), Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)