Famous Birthdays on March 12

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 286

  • 1270 Prince Charles, Count of Valois (1284-1325), son of King Philip III of France, founder of the House of Valois, born in France (d. 1325)
  • 1336 Edward, Duke of Guelders (1361-71) and Count of Zutphen (d. 1371)
  • 1479 Giuliano de' Medici, Italian ruler of Florence (1513-16), born in Florence (d. 1516)
  • 1515 Caspar Othmayr, German composer and Lutheran pastor, born in Amberg (d. 1553)
  • 1607 Paul Gerhardt, German Luthern hymnist, born in Gräfenhainichen, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1676)
  • 1613 André Le Nôtre, French landscape architect (d. 1700)
  • 1620 Johann Heinrich Hottinger, Swiss philologist and theologian (d. 1667)
  • 1626 John Aubrey, English antiquary and writer (d. 1697)
  • 1637 Anne Hyde, wife of James II of England (d. 1671)
  • 1647 Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (d. 1727)

Richard Steele (1672-1729)

Irish writer, playwright (The Conscious Lovers) and Whig politician who co-founded "The Spectator" magazine, born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1685 George Berkeley, Irish philosopher and bishop of Cloyne who defended idealism, Berkeley, California named after him), born near Kilkenny, Ireland (d. 1753) [1]

Thomas Arne (1710-1778)

British composer (Rule Britannia, A-Hunting We Will Go), born in London

  • 1718 Joseph Damer, English politician (d. 1798)
  • 1755 Georges Couthon, French politician and lawyer during French Revolution (worked closely with Robespierre in Legislative Assembly), born in Orcet, France (d. 1794)
  • 1758 Leopold Karel, Count of Limburg Stirum, Dutch general and politician (part of 1812 Triumvirate in Netherlands), born in Hoogeveen, Netherlands (d. 1840)
  • 1768 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1846)
  • 1776 Hester Stanhope, English aristocrat, traveller and archaeologist, born in Chevening, England (d. 1839)
  • 1781 Frederica of Baden, Queen of Sweden (d. 1826)
  • 1788 Pierre-Jean David d'Angers], French sculptor (Panthéon in Paris), born in Angers, France (d. 1856)
  • 1793 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, Belgian military officer, painter, composer, and librettist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1876)
  • 1795 William Lyon Mackenzie, Canadian-American newspaper publisher, politician, and failed rebel leader, born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1861)
  • 1800 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian (National Archives of Belgium), born in Paris, France (d. 1885)
  • 1806 Jane Appleton Pierce, American 1st lady (1853-57) and wife of Franklin Pierce, born in Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1863)
  • 1808 Gerrit van der Linde, "The Schoolmaster", Dutch poet, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1858)
  • 1816 David Stuart, American politician, Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1868)
  • 1818 John Lorimar Worden, Capt (Union Navy), (d. 1897)

John Abbott (1821-1893)

3rd Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1891-92), born in Saint-Andre, Quebec

  • 1821 Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria (regent for nephews King Ludwig II and King Otto), born in Würzburg, Bavaria (d. 1912)
  • 1823 William Flank Perry, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1824 Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (spectroscopy, coined "black body" radiation), born in Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1887)
  • 1826 Robert Lowry, American hymn composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1899)
  • 1827 John Robert Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1827 William Richard Terry, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1830 William Felix Brantley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1870)
  • 1831 Clement Studebaker, American manufacturer (horse-drawn vehicles, later made early automobiles), born in East Berlin, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1832 Charles Boycott, Irish estate manager (whose workers refused to work for him amid Irish rent and land issues, origin of the term "boycott"), born in Burgh St. Peter, England (d. 1897)
  • 1835 Simon Newcomb, Canadian-American scientist, mathematician and astronomer (calculated extremely accurate tables for the solar system), born in Wallace, Nova Scotia (d. 1909)
  • 1837 Alexandre Guilmant, French organist (La Trinitié, 1871-901), composer and pedagogue (Schola Cantorum, 1894-1911), born in Meudon, France (d. 1911)
  • 1838 William Perkin, English chemist (discovered aniline dyes), born in London, England (d. 1907)
  • 1855 John White, American composer (d. 1902)
  • 1859 Abraham H. Cannon, Mormon apostle (d. 1896)
  • 1859 Josef Cyril Sychra, Czech composer and choirmaster, born in Ústí nad Orlicí (d. 1935)
  • 1860 Salvatore Di Giacomo, Italian poet and songwriter during "Golden Age of Neapolitan Song", born in Naples, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (now Italy) (d. 1934)
  • 1862 Jane Delano, American nurse and educator (Red Cross Nursing Service during WWI), born in Montour Falls, New York (d. 1919)

Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863-1938)

Italian poet, writer (Il fuoco, Intruder), playwright and military hero as part of the elite Arditi storm troops, born in Pescara, Italy

  • 1863 Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (d. 1945)
  • 1864 W. H. R. Rivers, British psychiatrist (d. 1922)
  • 1874 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, mostly of operettas (Bruder Straubinger; The Golden Mistress), born in Hernals, Austria (d. 1949)
  • 1875 Julio Garreta, Spanish composer (Sardanes), born in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain (d. 1925)
  • 1877 Wilhelm Frick, German leading Nazi official and war criminal (Minister of the Interior, responsible for concentration camps), born in Alsenz, German Empire (d. 1946)
  • 1878 Gemma Galgani, Italian saint and mystic, born near Lucca, Italy (d. 1903)
  • 1878 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, German violinist, conductor, composer (Max und Moritz) and pedagogue, born in Brno, Bohemia (d. 1944)
  • 1880 Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (d. 1952)
  • 1880 House Peters, British silent film actor (This Is the Life, Kansas Territory), born in Bristol, England (d. 1967)
  • 1880 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Daniel Hoan, American politician (longest Socialist administration in the US as Mayor of Milwaukee 1916-40), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Gunnar Nordström, Finnish physicist (d. 1923)
  • 1883 Judge Jackson, American sacred harp composer, songwriter, and educator (The Colored Sacred Harp), born in Montgomery County, Alabama (d. 1958)
  • 1883 Zoltán Meskó, Hungarian Nazi (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Raphaël Verwilghen, Belgian architect, and urban planner, born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium (d. 1963)
  • 1888 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1889 Philip Guedalla, English barrister & historian, born in London, England (d. 1944)
  • 1889 Þórbergur Þórðarson, Icelandic author (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Evert Axel Taube, Swedish ballad singer and composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1976)
  • 1890 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian legendary ballet dancer (Petroesjka - Ballets Russes) and choreographer, born in Kyiv, Russian Empire (d. 1950) [OS=Feb 28]
  • 1890 William Dudley Pelley, American leader of the Silver Legion (d. 1965)
  • 1891 George W. Mason, American industrialist (d. 1954)
  • 1891 Michael Polanyi, Hungarian-English chemist, economist and philosopher (claimed all knowledge relied on personal judgments), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1976)
  • 1895 William C. Lee, U.S. Army general (d. 1948)
  • 1896 Jesse Fuller, American one-man blues band ("San Francisco Bay Blues"), born in Jonesboro, Georgia (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Zoltán Vásárhelyi, Hungarian violinist, teacher, and choral conductor, born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Ken James, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (11 Tests, 16 dismissals; Wellington, Northamptonshire CCC), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Arthur Hewlett, British actor (The Pied Piper), born in Southampton, England (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Dorrit Hoffleit, American astronomer (d. 2007)
  • 1908 David Marshall, Singaporean politician (Chief Minister of Singapore 1955-56, pushed self-governance for Singapore), born in Singapore (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Max Wall [Lorimer], British music hall, screen, and stage comic and actor (Professor Wallofski), born in Stockwell, England (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
  • 1910 Masayoshi Ohira, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1980)
  • 1910 Roger L. Stevens, American real estate magnate, Broadway theater producer (West Side Story) and fundraiser (John F. Kennedy Center), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1998) [1]
  • 1910 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American heavyweight boxer and actor (On the Waterfront), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Mexican politician (President of Mexico 1964-70), born in San Andrés Chalchicomula, Mexico (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (d. 2006)
  • 1912 Kylie Tennant, Australian novelist (Battlers, Lost Haven), born in Manly, Australia (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), born in Pola, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2010)
  • 1913 Harold Butler, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 12 wickets; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Clifton, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1991)
  • 1914 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1988)
  • 1915 Alberto Burri, Italian abstract painter, born in Città di Castello, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Red Byron, American auto racer (NASCAR Strictly Stock Series C'ship 1949), born in Plasterco, Virginia (d. 1960)
  • 1917 Googie Withers, English actress and dancer (The Lady Vanishes), born in Karachi, British India (d. 2011)
  • 1917 Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czyż], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), born in Motal, Poland (now Belarus) (d. 1969)
  • 1918 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Frank Overton, American actor (Fail Safe; 12 O'Clock High (TV series, not film)), born in Babylon, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1921 (Giovanni) "Gianni"Agnelli, Italian industrialist, executive (President of Fiat Automobiles, 1966-96), and Italian Senator-for-life (1991-), born in Turin, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1921 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!; Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator
  • 1921 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy; Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (d. 2007)

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

American novelist and poet of the Beat Generation (On the Road, Mexico Blues), born in Lowell, Massachusetts

  • 1922 Lane Kirkland, union president (AFL-CIO)
  • 1922 Thomas Hugh Eastwood, British composer, born in Hawley, Blackwater, England (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Helen Parrish, American actress (Hour Glass, Three Smart Girls Grow Up), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1959)
  • 1923 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian 1500, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1952), (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Mae Young, American professional wrestler and one of the pioneers in women's wrestling (National Wrestling Alliance, WWF), born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Norbert Brainin, Austrian-British violinist (Amadeus Quartet, 1947-87), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Walter "Wally" Schirra Jr, American US Navy Captain and NASA astronaut (Mercury 8, Gemini 6, Apollo 7), born in Hackensack, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1925 G. William Whitehurst, American politician (Rep-R-VA 1969-87), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1925 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon; A Little Romance), born in Roubaix (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, UK, sci-fi author (Deathworld Trilogy), (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Leo Esaki [Esaki Reona], Japan, physicist (Tunnel effect-Nobel 1973)
  • 1925 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, France (d. 1983)
  • 1926 David Nadien, American concert and session violin virtuoso, born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2014)
  • 1926 David Oliver Williams, trade unionist (COHSE)
  • 1926 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1926 George R Ariyoshi, (Gov-D-Hawaii)
  • 1926 Gudrun Ure, Scottish actress (Super Gran, Lady MacBeth, BBC Sorcerer), born in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland
  • 1926 Hildy Parks, American stage and screen actress, and Emmy Award-winning producer and writer (Tony Award presentations), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2004)
  • 1926 John C[lellon] Holmes, American writer (Horn)
  • 1926 Rolv Berger Yttrehus, American classical music composer, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Ronald Alley, art gallery manager (Tate Gallery)
  • 1927 Raúl Alfonsín, President of Argentina (1983-89), born in Chascomús, Buenos Aires (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestral conductor, born in Valencia, Venezuela (d. 2007)

Edward Albee (1928-2016)

American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), born in Virginia

  • 1928 Roland Moyle, British deputy chairman (Police Complaints Authority)
  • 1928 Thérèse Lavoie-Roux, Quebec politician and senator
  • 1929 Bernard Costello, American double sculls (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1929 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, born in Huánuco, Peru (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Lupe Anguiano, Mexican-American civil rights activist
  • 1929 U Win Tin, jailed Burmese journalist
  • 1930 Antony Acland, provost of Eton/British ambassador (to US)
  • 1930 Robin Cavendish, English campaigner for the disabled, born in Middleton (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Scoey Mitchell [Roscoe Mitchill],, American TV writer, director, and actor (Barefoot in the Park; Rhoda), born in Newburgh, New York (d. 2022)
  • 1930 Stanko Horvat, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer, and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Geoffrey de Bellaigue, director (Royal Collection)
  • 1931 Herbert Kelleher, Southwest Airlines co-founder
  • 1931 William "Billie" Thomas, American child actor (Buckwheat- Our Gang), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1980)
  • 1932 Andrew Young, US ambassador to UN (1977-79)/(Mayor-D-Atlanta)
  • 1933 Barbara Feldon, American actress (Get Smart - "Agent 99"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Rudolph Agner, CEO (Consolidated Gold Fields)
  • 1935 Arnold Margolin, American television writer and producer (Love American Style), born in Illinois
  • 1935 Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome; Lulu), born in Schöningen, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1935 John Gross, author (Age of Kipling, Dickens & 20th Century)
  • 1936 Anthony Loehnis, vice chairman (S G Warburg & Co)
  • 1936 Eddie Sutton, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State; first coach to take 4 schools to NCAA tournament), born in Bucklin, Kansas (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Ernie Zampese, American football coach (San Diego State University 1967–75; SD Chargers asst. head coach 1983-85), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 2022)
  • 1936 Keith Slater, Australian cricket all-rounder (1 Test; WACA) and Australian Rules ruckman (WA 20 games; Swan Districts, Subiaco), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1936 Lloyd Dobbins, newscaster (NBC News Overnight), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1936 Patrick Procktor, painter
  • 1937 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor/Victoria), born in Llanfyllin, Wales
  • 1938 Dimitri Terzakis, Greek composer (Die Farben des Ozeans), born in Athens
  • 1938 Johnny Rutherford, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1974, 76, 80), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1938 Karl Soderlund, Duluth Minn, Mr Sally Jesse Raphael
  • 1938 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1938 Ron Tutt, American session and touring drummer (Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris; Jerry Garcia; Neil Diamond), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, composer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 1938 Vijay Mehra, cricketer (Indian Test batsman from age 17)
  • 1939 David Mlinaric, British interior director
  • 1939 John Paul Sr, Dutch-American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1978; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), born in Netherlands (disappeared 2001)
  • 1940 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer ("Breaking Away"; "We're In This Love Together"; "Moonlighting"), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Albert Johanneson, soccer star
  • 1940 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • 1942 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), born in Liverpool (d. 1999)
  • 1942 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Astros, LA Dodgers), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2020)

Ratko Mladić (81 years old)

1942 Bosnian Serb general during the Bosnian War (found guilty of war crimes 2017), born in Božanovići, Croatia

  • 1945 George Jackson, American rhythm & blues, rock, and southern soul songwriter (One Bad Apple; Old Time Rock and Roll), and singer, born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Hans van Emden, Dutch rock guitarist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad")
  • 1945 Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, American mobster who testified against John Gotti, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Frank Welker, American voice actor (Scooby-Doo, Curious George), born in Denver, Colorado

Liza Minnelli (77 years old)

1946 American singer and actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

  • 1946 Peter Whalley, British television writer and author
  • 1947 Jill O'Hara, American Broadway actress (Promises! Promises!), born in Warren, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (d. 1987)

Mitt Romney (76 years old)

1947 American politician (Senator-R-Utah 2019-, 70th Governor of Massachusetts 2003-07, 2012 presidential candidate), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1948 Dana Walden, American R&B keyboardist (Champaign - "How 'Bout Us"), born in Champaign, Illinois

James Taylor (75 years old)

1948 American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Fire And Rain"; "You've Got A Friend"; "Shower The People"), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1948 Kent Conrad, (Sen-D North Dakota)
  • 1948 Les Holroyd, British progressive rock musician (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham England
  • 1948 Virginia Bottomley, British minister of health and heritage, born in Dunoon, Scotland
  • 1949 Bill Payne, American rock keyboardist (Little Feat - "Time Loves a Hero"), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949 David Mellor, secretary of the British treasury/MP
  • 1949 Mary Alice Williams, American television news reporter and anchor (CNN; NBC; WNET; CBS; NJN), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1949 Mike Gibbins, Welsh musician and drummer (Badfinger - "Come and Get It"; "No Matter What"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1949 Moctesuma Esparza, Mexican-American producer & filmmaker
  • 1949 Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • 1949 Sara Lane, American actress (Elizabeth Grainger-The Virginian), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Javier Clemente, Spanish soccer manager (Spain 1992-98; Athletic Bilbao, Español, Atlético Madrid, Marseille; Serbia, Cameroon, Libya, Basque Country), born in Barakaldo, Spain
  • 1950 Jon Provost, actor (Timmy-Lassie)
  • 1950 Wheeler Winston Dixon, American filmmaker, critic and author
  • 1950 Willie Duggan, rugby football player
  • 1951 Caren Kaye, actress (My Tutor, Bambi-Blansky's Beauties), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Jack Green, Scottish musician (T. Rex, 1973-74; The Pretty Things, 1974-76), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1952 Eliézer Niyitegeka, Rwandan journalist, politician and genocidaire
  • 1952 Frank LeMaster, American football linebacker (Pro Bowl 1981 Philadelphia Eagles; SF 49ers), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 2023)
  • 1952 Larry Nickel, Canadian composer (Requiem for Peace), conductor, and music publisher, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1952 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • 1953 Carl Hiaasen, American journalist and author
  • 1953 Labamba [Richard Rosenberg], American rock trombonist (Asbury Jukes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania