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Famous Birthdays on March 18

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 295

  • 1075 Abu al-Qasim Mahmud ibn Umar al-Zamakhshari, Muslim scholar of Persian origin, born in Zamakhshar, Khwarezmia (d. 1144)
  • 1380 Lidwina, Dutch mystic (Christ's Bride) and saint, born in Schiedam, Netherlands (d. 1433)
  • 1395 John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter, English military leader during the Hundred Years' War, born in Dartington, Devonshire, England (d. 1447)
  • 1496 Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England and queen consort of Louis XII of France (d. 1533)
  • 1548 Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter/poet
  • 1556 Francois of Valois, French duke of Anjou, youngest son of French King Henry II and Catherine de' Medici, Duke of Brabant, (d. 1584)
  • 1578 Adam Elsheimer, German painter/cartoonist/etcher, baptized
  • 1590 Manuel de Faria e Sousa, Portuguese historian and poet (d. 1649)
  • 1602 Jacques de Billy, French mathematician (d. 1679)
  • 1603 Simon Bradstreet, Massachusetts Bay colonist (d. 1693)
  • 1609 Frederick III, King of Denmark and Norway (1648-70), born in Haderslev, Denmark (d. 1670)
  • 1640 Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1719)
  • 1644 Gottfried Wegner, composer
  • 1657 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer
  • 1679 Matthew Decker, English merchant and writer (d. 1759)
  • 1685 Ralph Ersine, Scottish minister (d. 1752)
  • 1690 Christian Goldbach, German mathematician (Goldbach position)
  • 1701 Niclas Sahlgren, Swedish merchant and philanthropist (d. 1776)
  • 1734 Joseph Schmitt, composer
  • 1756 Johann Christoph Vogel, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1765 David H Chasse, Dutch baron/general (fought Napoleon at Waterloo)
  • 1780 Milos Obrenovic, Leader of The Second Serbian Uprising and Prince of Serbia (d. 1860)
  • 1781 Gustave Vogt, French composer, born in Strasbourg (d. 1870)

John C. Calhoun

1782 John C. Calhoun, Andrew Jackson's Vice President (1825-32), born in Abbeville, South Carolina (d. 1850)

  • 1813 Friedrich Hebbel, writer
  • 1828 William Randal Cremer, English politician and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1908)
  • 1829 William R Boggs, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and chief of engineers, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1911)
  • 1830 Numa D Fustel de Coulanges, French historian/sociologist

Grover Cleveland

1837 Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th US President (1885-89, 1893-97), born in Caldwell, New Jersey (d. 1908)

  • 1838 Jan B Stobbaerts, Flemish painter
  • 1838 Randal Cremer, Britain, trade unionist, pacifist (Nobel 1903)
  • 1839 Francis Fessenden, American lawyer, politician, and Major General (Union Army), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1906)
  • 1840 William Cosmo Monkhouse, English poet and critic (d. 1901)
  • 1842 Stéphane Mallarmé, French poet (d. 1898)
  • 1843 Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899)
  • 1844 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (Scheherazade), born in Tikhvin (d. 1908) (OS 6 Mar)
  • 1848 Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
  • 1848 Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)

Rudolf Diesel

1858 Rudolf Diesel, French-born German engineer (invented the diesel engine), born in Paris, France (disappeared 1913)

  • 1864 Karl M Lybeck, Finnish/Swedish language poet (Samlade Arbeten)
  • 1866 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer
  • 1866 John Loudon, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs (1913-18)
  • 1867 Michael G de Boer, historian (Harbor of Amsterdam)
  • 1870 Frank Hoyt Losey, American composer, arranger of band and orchestral music, and advisor to Edison Phonograph Company, born in Rochester, New Jersey (d. 1931)
  • 1874 Nikolai Berdyaev, Russian philosopher, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1948)
  • 1874 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago WS; first AL no-hitter 1902), born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (d. 1934)
  • 1877 Clem Hill, cricketer (all-time great Australian batsman)
  • 1877 Edgar Cayce, American psychic (d. 1945)

Cluny MacPherson

1879 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian doctor and inventor of the gas mask, born in St. John's, Newfoundland (d. 1966)

  • 1881 Oliver Seibert, Canadian hall of fame hockey player (elected 1963), born in Berlin, Ontario (d. 1944)
  • 1881 Paul Le Flem, French composer and music critic, born in Radon, France (d. 1984)
  • 1882 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer
  • 1884 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (d. 1968)
  • 1886 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1886 Kurt Koffka, German Gestalt psychologist
  • 1886 Marianne [Goudeket-]Philips, Dutch author (Between Heaven & Earth)
  • 1887 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1888 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor
  • 1889 F Rijkens, oldest living person in Netherlands
  • 1890 Gerardus van der Leeuw, Dutch religion historian/minister of Education
  • 1892 Robert P.T. Coffin, American poet ("Strange Holiness", Pulitzer Prize, 1936), writer, and editor (Yankee Magazine), born in Brunswick, Maine (d. 1955)

Wilfred Owen

1893 Wilfred Owen, English soldier and anti-war poet (Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility), born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England (d. 1918)

  • 1893 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist, born in Novi Ligure, Italy (d. 1978)
  • 1893 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Otto Jochum, German composer, born in Babenhausen (d. 1969)
  • 1898 Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (d. 1960)
  • 1901 William H. Johnson, African-American artist of the Harlem Renaissance (d. 1970)
  • 1904 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (d. 1926)
  • 1905 John Kirkpatrick, American pianist (Concord Sonata), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905 Mollie Parnis, American fashion designer (Mollie Roberts Collection), born in NYC, New York

Robert Donat

1905 Robert Donat, English actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Citadel), born in Manchester, England (d. 1958)

  • 1905 Thomas Townsend Brown, American scientist (d. 1985)
  • 1906 Roy L Johnson, US admiral (WW II-Pacific Ocean)
  • 1907 Betty Compton [Violet Halling Compton], British actress (Too Many Millions), born in Isle of Wight, England (d. 1944)
  • 1908 Louis "Loulou" Gasté, French songwriter ("Pour Toi" / "Feelings"), born in Paris (d, 1995)
  • 1909 Ljubica Marić, Serbian composer (Songs Of Space), born in Kragujevac, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Chiang Ching-huo, son of Chinese president Chiang Kai-shek/President (1978-88)
  • 1911 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), born in Summum, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1913 Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/Rhine
  • 1913 Rene Clement, director/writer (Is Paris Burning), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1913 William Hutchinson Murray, Scottish mountaineer and author, born in Liverpool (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Reinhard Hardegen, German U-Boat commander
  • 1914 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), born in Petrópolis, Brazil (d. 1993)
  • 1914 James Pack, naval officer museum curator
  • 1915 Richard Condon, American author (The Manchurian Candidate), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Louis Toebosch, Dutch composer, born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Jody Gilbert, American actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1918 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Bodaybo, Irkutsk, Soviet Union, fighter pilot, (d. 2013)
  • 1919 Laila Schou Nilsen, Norwegian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1919 Len Johnson, cricketer (Australian fast bowler played Test in 1948)
  • 1919 Christopher Challis, British cinematographer
  • 1920 Eric Halsall, sheepdog trial commentator
  • 1922 Egon Bahr, German journalist/politician, born in Treffurt, Thuringia (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Andy Granatelli, American motorsports entrepreneur
  • 1924 Madhussudan Rege, cricketer (15 runs in only Test India v WI 1948-49)
  • 1924 Dom Alexandre José Maria dos Santos, Mozambican Roman Catholic Cardinal, Mozambique's 1st black priest, born in Zavala, Mozambique (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1925 James Pickles, English judge and columnist, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Don Paul, American football player (LA Rams), (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Dick Littlefield, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • 1927 George Plimpton, sports writer (Paper Lion), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1927 Lillian Vernon, founder and CEO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation (first company listed on US stock exchange started by a woman), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, born near Pleasant Grove, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Fidel V. Ramos, Filipino general and 12th President of the Philippines (1992-98), born in Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines
  • 1928 Julia Mullock, Princess of Korea
  • 1928 Miguel Poblet, Spanish cyclist
  • 1929 Christa Wolf, German novelist (Divided Heaven)
  • 1929 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer, born in Zábřeh, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • 1929 John Macurdy, American bass
  • 1930 Maurice Peress, American conductor (Kansa City Philharmonic, 1974-80), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Pat Halcox, British jazz trumpeter (Chris Barber Jazz Band, 1954-2008), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Jürgen Schadeberg, German-born South African photographer who photographed apartheid struggle, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2020)

F. W. de Klerk

1932 F. W. de Klerk, South African President (1989-94) and winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa

  • 1932 John Updike, Shillington Pa, poet/novelist (Rabbit Run)
  • 1933 Unita Blackwell, 1st African American mayor in Mississippi
  • 1933 Dayton "Bones" Howe, American record producer and sound engineer (The 5th Dimension; The Association; Tom Waits), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1934 Pavle Despalj, Croatian composer & conductor (Zagreb; Miami; Tokyo), born in Blato, Korčula
  • 1934 Roy Chapman, English footballer & manager, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom (d. 1983)
  • 1934 Pietro Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian politician (Senator for Repentigny, Quebec, 1976-97), born in Cattolica Eraclea, Sicily, Italy (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Ole Barndorff-Nielsen, Danish mathematician
  • 1936 Hans Peter Bleuel, German writer (Sex and Society In Nazi Germany), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1936 Robert Lee Smith, American singer (Tams - "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy")
  • 1936 Tony Nash, English bobsledder (Olympic gold two-man 1964), born in Amersham, England
  • 1937 Mark Donohue, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1972), born in Haddon Township, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1937 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • 1938 Carl Gottlieb, American comedian and script writer (Ken Berry Wow Show, Jaws, The Jerk), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1938 Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat & Dust), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Kenny Lynch, British entertainer, born in London
  • 1938 Bob Nevin, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1962, 63; Toronto Maple Leafs; NY Rangers; 1,128 career NHL games), born in Timmins, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
  • 1939 Ron Atkinson, English soccer wing half, manager (Oxford United, Manchester United, Sheffield Wed, Aston Villa), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1939 Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
  • 1940 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2019)

Wilson Pickett

1941 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer ("In The Midnight Hour"; "Funky Broadway"), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

  • 1941 Wolfgang Bauer, writer
  • 1941 John W. Derr, American politician
  • 1942 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • 1943 Kevin Dobson, American actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon), born in Queens, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Toula Grivas, Greek actress
  • 1943 Nobuko Imai, Japanese classical solo and chamber violist, and educator, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1944 Dick Smith, Australian Adventurer and Businessman
  • 1944 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Israeli military leader and politician, (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Aleksey Vakhonin, USSR, bantam weight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1945 Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist and actress, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1945 Hiroh Kikai, Japanese photographer (Asakusa Portraits) , born in Daigo, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow (d. 2009)
  • 1945 John Jacobs, American golfer (PGA Senior C’ship 2003), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Michael Reagan, talk show host, and son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan
  • 1946 Michel Leclère, French racing driver
  • 1947 Barry Wilson, British rock drummer (Procol Harum - "Whiter Shade of Pale"), born in Edmonton, London (d. 1990)
  • 1947 David Lloyd, cricketer (England opener, 214 v India 1974)
  • 1947 Steven H Schiff, (Rep-R-New Mexico)
  • 1947 Patrick Chesnais, French actor
  • 1947 Patrick Barlow, English actor, comedian and playwright
  • 1947 Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
  • 1947 Elliot Ray Scheiner, American Grammy winning music producer, mixer and engineer (History of the Eagles), born in the US
  • 1948 Eknath Solkar, cricketer (India 1969-77, brilliant short-leg fielder)
  • 1948 Lockwood Phillips, American radio host
  • 1948 Brian Lloyd, Welsh footballer
  • 1948 Robert "Bobby" Whitlock, American singer, songwriter and musician (Derek and the Dominos), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1948 Jessica B. Harris, American culinary historian (High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America), born in Queens, New York
  • 1949 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2x world-champ), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Starr Danias, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • 1949 Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
  • 1949 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), born in Carvin, France (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Brad Dourif, American actor (Eyes of Laura Mars, Fatal Beauty, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • 1950 James Conlon, American conductor (Los Angeles opera, 2006-present; Cincinnati May Festival, 1979-2016; Ravinia Festival, 2005-15), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1950 John Hartman, American rock drummer (Doobie Brothers, 1970–79 & 1987–92 - "China Grove" ), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • 1950 Richard Kretchmer, English artist and historian
  • 1950 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
  • 1951 Ben Cohen, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 (Patrick) "Paul" Barber, English stage and screen actor (The Full Monty; Only Fools and Horses - "Denzil"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1951 Bill Frisell, American jazz guitarist, composer, and band leader, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1952 Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (11 x British flat racing Champion Jockey; 3 x Epsom Derby), born in Newbridge, Republic of Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Helmer C Koetje, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • 1953 Jamie West-Oram, British rock guitarist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero")
  • 1953 Margaret L. Augustine, project manager (Biosphere 2), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1953 Nicholas Wisdom, cricketer (son of comic Norman, 2 games Sussex 1974)
  • 1954 James F Reilly II, Mt Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut (STS 89, sk:100)
  • 1955 Francis Slay, American politician, Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri (2001-17), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1956 "The Model" Rick Martel [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • 1956 Ingemar Stenmark, Swedish alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1980), born in Joesjö, Sweden
  • 1956 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1957 Christer Fuglesang, physicist/astronaut (Mir backup), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1957 Melvin Gentry, American R&B singer and guitarist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • 1957 György Pazdera, Hungarian bassist (Pokolgép)
  • 1958 Andreas Wenzel, Liechtenstein, skier (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1959 Irene Cara [Escalera], American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Fame"; Flashdance...What A Feeling"), and actress (Fame: D.C. Cab), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1959 Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
  • 1960 Claudia Udy, actress (Out of Control, Nightforce), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1960 Guy Carbonneau, Sept-iles, NHL center (Dallas Stars)