On This Day

Famous People Born in March 1931

  • Mar 1 ├Źndio, Brazilian soccer striker (7 caps; Flamengo, Corinthians, Espanyol), born in Cabedelo, Brazil (d. 2020)
  • Mar 2 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)

Person of interestMikhail Gorbachev

Mar 2 Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91), born in Stavropol, Russia

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Mar 2 Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (The Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • Mar 3 Henk Knol, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • Mar 3 Piet [van] Bambergen, Dutch cabaretier (Mounties, Sherlock Jones)
  • Mar 4 Han Jansen, Dutch painter
  • Mar 4 Wally Bruner, American journalist and television host (d. 1997)
  • Mar 4 Bob Johnson, American ice hockey coach (d. 1991)
  • Mar 4 Alice Rivlin, American economist
  • Mar 5 Anthony Headges, composer
  • Mar 5 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symph Orch 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 5 Fred Othon Aristid├Ęs, French comics artist
  • Mar 6 Carmen de Lavallade, American actress, dancer and choreographer (Aida), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 6 David Haddon Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack)
  • Mar 6 John Smith, American actor (Cimarron City, Laramie, 7 Angry Men), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

  • Mar 6 Hal Needham, American stuntman, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 6 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Mar 7 C W Stubblefield, American restaurateur and music promoter, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Mar 7 Cornelis T "Cor" van de Molen, director Social Businesses of Press
  • Mar 8 John McPhee, author (Back to ----)
  • Mar 8 Neil Adcock, South African cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 104 wickets @ 21.10), born in Cape Town, Western Cape (d. 2013)
  • Mar 8 Neil Postman, American cultural critic (d. 2003)
  • Mar 9 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer, born in Hallstahammar, Sweden (d. 2007)
  • Mar 10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • Mar 11 Peter Walters, CEO (Midland Bank)

Person of interestRupert Murdoch

Mar 11 Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born American media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Mar 12 Geoffrey de Bellaigue, director (Royal Collection)
  • Mar 12 William "Billie" Thomas, American child actor (Buckwheat- Our Gang), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1980)
  • Mar 12 Herbert Kelleher, Southwest Airlines co-founder
  • Mar 13 Marc Dessauvage, Belgian architect, born in Moorslede, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • Mar 13 Rosalind Elias, American mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde-Die Walkuere), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Mar 13 Wolfgang Kohlhaase, German actor, director and writer (Solo Sunday), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Mar 14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • Mar 15 [Dominic Joseph] D. J. Fontana, American drummer (drummer for Elvis), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • Mar 16 Betty Johnson, American pop and cabaret singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed), born in Guilford County, North Carolina

  • Mar 16 Don Richard Carpenter, American writer (Hard Rain Falling), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • Mar 17 David Peakall, British scientist (d. 2001)
  • Mar 18 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Mar 20 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • Mar 20 Hal Linden [Harold Lipshitz], American director, musician and actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Mar 20 John Rae, British educator (Conscience & Politics)
  • Mar 21 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist
  • Mar 22 Igor Hajek, translator/writer
  • Mar 22 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), born in Newport (d. 2014)

Person of interestWilliam Shatner

Mar 22 William Shatner, Canadian author, director and actor (Star Trek, T J Hooker), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • Mar 22 Billy Vessels, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1952, University of Oklahoma), born in Cleveland, Oklahoma (d. 2001)
  • Mar 23 Norman F Lent, (Rep-R-NY, 1971- 93 ), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 23 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Gorno-Altaysk, Russia (d. 2013)
  • Mar 23 Yevgeni Grishin, Russian speed skater (4 Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tula, Russia (d. 2005)
  • Mar 24 Thelma Kalama, American 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Mar 24 Connie Hines, American actress (Mister Ed), born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • Mar 25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer

Person of interestLeonard Nimoy

Mar 26 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • Mar 27 Burt Collins, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Mar 27 Bob Bauman, CEO (British Aerospace)
  • Mar 27 Yoriaki Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • Mar 28 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-American chess player (Grandmaster 1968; World Chess Hall of Fame), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2018)
  • Mar 29 Evelyn de Rothschild, English banker and multi-millionaire, born in Westminster, London
  • Mar 29 James Weatherhead, moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland), born in Dundee (d. 2017)
  • Mar 29 Norman Tebbit, British Conservative party politician, cabinet minister and life peer, born in Ponders End, England
  • Mar 29 Sylvia Law, British town planner (President of the Royal Town Planning Institute), born in Southport, Lancashire
  • Mar 30 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 30 Harold Burrage, American singer/pianist (Hi Yo Silver)
  • Mar 30 Sandor Szokolay, composer
  • Mar 31 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA Tour; 3 US Senior Open titles), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)

About March 1931

How Old? 89 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

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