On This Day

Famous Birthdays on March 19

  • 1434 Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Japanese shogun (d. 1443)
  • 1488 Johannes Magnus, last Catholic Archbishop of Sweden (d. 1544)
  • 1503 Benedetto Varchi, Italian humanist/historian (Storia Fiorentina)

William Bradford

1589 William Bradford, English separatist, Governor of Plymouth colony for 30 years (baptized), born in Austerfield, England (d. 1657)

  • 1593 Georges de la Tour, French painter
  • 1601 Alonzo Cano, Spanish painter/sculptor (Cathedral Granada)
  • 1604 Johan IV, composer/king of Portugal (1640-56)
  • 1610 Hasegawa Tohaku, Japanese painter
  • 1629 Aleksei M Romanov, 1st Romanov tsar of Russia
  • 1668 Francesco Gasparini, Italian baroque composer (Ambleto; Missa Canonica), born in Camaiore, Lucca (now Italy) (d. 1727)
  • 1673 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer and poet, born in Campo Maior, Portugal (d. 1736)
  • 1684 Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (d. 1766)
  • 1715 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, South Netherlands organist and composer, born in Belgium (d. 1790)
  • 1721 Tobias Smollett, Scottish writer, baptized
  • 1728 Pieter-Jozef Verhaghen, Flemish (court)painter
  • 1734 Thomas McKean, US attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence) [or Apr 19]
  • 1739 Charles-François Lebrun, duc de Plaisance, Third Consul of France (d. 1824)
  • 1740 Johann Georg Roser, composer
  • 1742 Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch literary/poet
  • 1742 Tupac Amaru II, Incan revolutionary (d. 1781)
  • 1745 Nicolas Sejan, composer
  • 1749 Princess Louisa Anne of Wales (d. 1768)
  • 1752 Jose Mauricio, composer
  • 1767 Leonhard von Call, composer
  • 1777 Anton R Falck, Dutch minister of Education/diplomat
  • 1778 Edward Pakenham, British general (d. 1815)
  • 1785 Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, composer
  • 1809 Fredrik Pacius, composer

David Livingstone

1813 David Livingstone, Scottish explorer (found by Stanley in Africa), born in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1873)

  • 1816 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer
  • 1817 Lewis Henry Little, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • 1819 David Henry Williams, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (d. 1891)
  • 1821 Francis Barretto Spinola, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Old Field, New York (d. 1891)

Richard Francis Burton

1821 Richard Burton, English explorer and translator (Arabian Nights), born in Torquay, Devon (d. 1890)

  • 1821 William Allingham, Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Irish poet (The Fairies, Laurence Bloomfield in Ireland)
  • 1823 Cornelis A van Sypesteyn, Dutch governor of Surinam (1873-82)
  • 1823 Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria d. 1914
  • 1827 Alexander Shaler, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1911)
  • 1829 Carl Frederik Tietgen, Danish financier and industrialist (d. 1901)
  • 1837 Robert Daniel Johnston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1919)
  • 1844 Minna Canth, Finland, playwright (The Pastor's Family) and social activist
  • 1845 Willem H de Beaufort, Dutch historian/politician
  • 1847 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), born in Blejoi, Romania (d. 1928)

Wyatt Earp

1848 Wyatt Earp, American frontiersman and marshal who participated in the gunfight at the OK Corral, born in Monmouth, Illinois (d. 1929)

  • 1849 Alfred von Tirpitz, German architect of the Imperial Navy (Tirpitz Plan, Unrestricted U-boat Warfare) and World War I Grand Admiral, born in Küstrin, Province of Brandenburg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1930)
  • 1851 Roque Saenz Pena, President of Argentina (1910-14)
  • 1851 William Henry Stark, American business leader (d. 1936)
  • 1859 Edward J. McKeever, American baseball executive (co-owner Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1925)

William Jennings Bryan

1860 William Jennings Bryan, American orator and statesman known as "The Great Commoner", born in Salem, Illinois (d. 1925)

  • 1861 Lomer Gouin, Quebec politician (d. 1929)
  • 1864 Charles Marion Russell, American artist (d. 1926)
  • 1865 William Morton Wheeler, American entomologist, myrmecologist, pioneer in ethology (d. 1937)
  • 1871 Schofield Haigh, cricketer ("Sunshine of the Yorkshire 11")
  • 1872 Sergei Diaghilev, Russian ballet director (founder of the Ballets Russes), born in Gruzino Novgorod, Russia (d. 1929)
  • 1872 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), born in Warsaw (d. 1918)
  • 1873 Max Reger, German concert pianist, organist, composer (Hebbel Requiem), and professor (Royal Conservatory - Leipzig, 1907-16), born in Brand, Bavarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1873 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), born in Georgetown, Colorado (d. 1953)
  • 1879 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich, Totenmesse), born in Maihingen, Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1882 Gaston Lachaise, American sculptor (Standing Woman), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • 1883 Josef Matthias Hauer, composer
  • 1883 Joseph W Stilwell, US general (China)
  • 1883 Sir Walter Norman Haworth, British chemist (Nobel Prize, 1937) born at Chorley, Lancashire, England (d. 1950)
  • 1888 Josef Albers, German/US graphic artist/painter/writer (Bauhaus)
  • 1888 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (d. 1969)
  • 1889 Manoel II, last king of Portugal (1908-10)

Earl Warren

1891 Earl Warren, Governor of California and 14th US Supreme Court Chief Justice (1953-69), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1974)

  • 1892 Robert Denzler, composer
  • 1892 Siegfried T Bok, neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica)
  • 1892 James Van Fleet, American general (d. 1992)
  • 1894 Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Brevard SC, comedienne (Merv Griffin Show)
  • 1897 Betty Compson, American actress (Big City, Docks Of New York), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1974)
  • 1897 Liam O'Flaherty, Irish writer, born in Inishmore, Aran Islands (d. 1984)
  • 1900 [Jean] Frederic Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1935)
  • 1901 Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, Dutch Min of Justice (Nobel 1954)
  • 1901 Jo Mielziner, set designer (Carousel, Death of a Salesman), born in Paris, France
  • 1903 Benjamin M Telders, president of Dutch Liberal States Party
  • 1903 Jim Bullock, English colliery manager, unionist and pit reformist, born in Bower's Row, England (d.

John Sirica

1904 John Sirica, American federal judge (Watergate hearings), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1992)

  • 1904 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, born in Lviv, Poland (d. 1957)

Albert Speer

1905 Albert Speer, German architect and Nazi leader (Reich Minister for Armaments and War Production), born in Mannheim, German Empire (d. 1981)

  • 1906 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)

Adolf Eichmann

1906 Adolf Eichmann, German Nazi officer (SS-Obersturmbannführer, Holocaust organizer), born in Solingen, German Empire (d. 1962)

  • 1906 Normand Lockwood, composer
  • 1907 Elizabeh LeFanu Maconochy, composer
  • 1907 Kent Smith, American actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Marc Vaubourgoin, composer
  • 1907 Nakagawa Soen, Formosa, Zen teacher (Rinzai line)
  • 1909 Louis Hayward, British-American actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Attilio Demaria, Argentinian footballer (d. 1990)
  • 1910 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, cosmonaut
  • 1910 Joseph F. Carroll, US Air Force Lt. Gen. and Founding Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (d. 1991)
  • 1911 Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman
  • 1912 Adolf Galland, fighter Pilot
  • 1912 Russ Case, America orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), born in Hamburg, Iowa
  • 1912 Lavere "Buster" Harding, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Count Basie; Dizzy Gillespie; Billie Holiday), born in North Buxton, Ontario (d. 1965)
  • 1913 William Chatterton, cricketer (48 in only Test for England 1892)
  • 1914 Fred Clark, American actor (Burns & Allen, Auntie Mame, Hazard), born in Lincoln, California (d. 1968)
  • 1914 Jay Berwanger, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st Heisman Trophy winner 1935, Chicago), born in Dubuque, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Patricia Morison, American actress (Peyton Place, Dressed to Kill, Kiss Me, Kate The King and I), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Leonidas Alaoglu, Greek-Canadian mathematician (d. 1981)

Jiang Qing

1914 Jiang Qing [Madame Mao], Chinese communist and wife of Mao Zedong, born in Zhucheng, Shandong, China (d. 1991)

  • 1914 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Norman Yardley, English cricket batsman and captain (20 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1948), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire (d. 1989)
  • 1915 Robert G. Cole, American Paratrooper of the 101st, 502nd division (d. 1944)
  • 1916 Irving Wallace, author (People's Almanac, The Man) [or Mar 18]
  • 1916 Eric Christmas, British actor (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, born in Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1950)
  • 1917 Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian chess player (d. 1998)
  • 1919 Cornelis Berkhouwer, Member of 2nd chamber (Dutch Liberal Party)
  • 1919 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1920 Tige Andrews, American character actor (Mod Squad, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1921 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1923 Janine Dacosta, French pianist
  • 1923 Henry Morgentaler, Canadian gynecologist
  • 1923 Bobby Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Rangers, Falkirk) and manager (St Johnstone; Scottish national team 1967-71), born in Dunipace, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1924 Mary Wimbush, British actress (Oh! What a Lovely War, The Archers), born in Kenton, Middlesex, England (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Brent Scowcroft, Lt Gen (USAF)/National Security Council, born in Ogden, Utah

Richie Ashburn

1927 Richie Ashburn, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (6 × MLB All-Star; NL batting champion 1955, 58; Philadelphia Phillies) and sportscaster (Phillies TV 1963-71), born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1997)

  • 1928 Clive Van Ryneveld, cricketer (South African all-rounder 1951-58)
  • 1928 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), born in Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Hans Küng, Swiss theologian
  • 1928 (Allan Thomas) "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips"), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Herman van San, composer
  • 1929 Robert Muczynski, composer
  • 1929 Jim Phelan, American college basketball coach (Mount Saint Mary's University 1954–2003), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • 1930 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer ("Señor Blues"), and actor (Dreams - "Torpedo"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Philip Roth, American novelist (Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1933 Renee Taylor [Wexler], American actress (Jack Paar Show; The Nanny - "Sylvia"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Burt Metcalfe, Saskatchewan Canada, actor/dir (Father of the Bride)
  • 1935 Phyllis Newman, actress (Coming of Age, TW3), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1936 Amancio D'Silva, musician
  • 1936 Ursula Andress, Swiss model, actress and sex symbol (Dr. No, Casino Royale, She, Sensuous Nurse), born in Ostermundigen, Switzerland
  • 1936 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), born in Boggabri, Australia (d. 1988)
  • 1936 Birthe Wilke, Danish pop singer (Eurovision Song Contest, 1957 & 1959), born in Vesterbro, Denmark
  • 1937 Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1937 Egon Krenz, former East German folitician and last communist leader of East Germany (1989), born in Kolberg, Nazi Germany
  • 1939 Abbas Ali Baig, cricketer (Indian bat 112 on debut v England 1959)
  • 1939 Joe Kapp, NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)
  • 1939 Peter Thorburn MNZM, New Zealand rugby union coach (North Harbour, NZ sevens, Bristol RFC, United States), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Lord Vestey, British food magnate/billionaire (Union International)
  • 1942 David Minge, (Rep-D-Minnesota)
  • 1942 Jeff Neighbour, American rock bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1942 Robin Luke, rocker (Susie Darlin')
  • 1943 Mario Molina, Mexican chemist, 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (CFC's effect on the ozone layer), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Mario Monti, Italian politician
  • 1943 Vern Schuppan, Australian racing driver
  • 1944 Joseph Celli, composer
  • 1944 Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, LBJ's daughter
  • 1944 Myung-Wha Chung, Korean concert cellist (Chung Trio), and educator, born in Seoul, Japanese Korea (now South Korea)
  • 1944 Said Musa, Prime Minister of Belize
  • 1944 Sirhan Sirhan, Palestinian-born assassin
  • 1944 Tom Constanten, American rock keyboardist (Grateful Dead, 1968-70 - Aoxomoxoa), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1945 Lisa Nicole Baker, American Playboy playmate (Nov 1966, Playmate of the Year 1967), born in Detroit, Texas
  • 1945 Stefanos Kiriakidis, Greek actor
  • 1946 Bigas Luna, director/writer (Anguish)
  • 1946 Mohammad Ilyas, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in ten Tests 1964-69)
  • 1946 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Cuffley, Hertfordshire (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Ruth Pointer, American singer-songwriter (Pointer Sisters - "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California
  • 1947 Earlie Fires, jockey (Hialeah Park)

Glenn Close

1947 Glenn Close, American actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction), born in Greenwich, Connecticut

  • 1947 John Beckwith, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1947 Marinho Peres, Brazilian football player
  • 1948 Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70's & 80's)
  • 1949 Denny Albee, American actor (Dr Janssen-One Life to Live), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1951 Derek Longmuir, Scottish rock drummer (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1952 Warren Lees, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (late 70's)

Harvey Weinstein

1952 Harvey Weinstein, American film producer (Miramax) and convicted sex offender whose actions helped spark the #MeToo movement, born in NYC, New York

  • 1953 Billy Sheehan, American rock bassist (Talas; Mr Big - "To Be With You"; David Lee Roth), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1953 Hans Rinn, German DR, 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1953 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's - "Rock Lobster"; "Love Shack"), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1954 Indu Shahani, Indian educationist and Sheriff of Mumbai

Bruce Willis

1955 Bruce Willis, American actor (Moonlighting, Die Hard), born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

  • 1956 Alina Castro, Havanna Cuba, daughter of Fidel
  • 1956 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician and economist.
  • 1958 Andy Reid, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles 1999–2012; Kansas City Chiefs 2013–20), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Terry Hall, British rock-ska-pop singer (Specials; Fun Boy Three; Vegas), born in Coventry, England
  • 1959 Shelley Burch, actress (One Life to Live, Identity Crisis), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1960 Eliane Elias, Brazilian jazz pianist, singer, composer and arranger (Dreamer; Around The City), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1961 Jos Lansink, Dutch-Belgian equestrian
  • 1962 Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1991; Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos), born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico (d. 2003)
  • 1962 Jim Korderas, American professional wrestling referee
  • 1964 Yoko Kanno, Japanese keyboard and accordion player, arranger, jazz, pop music (Seatbelts), and soundtrack composer (Cowboy Bebop), born in Sendai, Japan
  • 1964 Jake Weber, British actor
  • 1964 Barbara Lynch, American restaurateur (The Barbara Lynch Gruppo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Andy Sinton, English footballer
  • 1966 James "Big Jim" Wright, American Grammy and Dove Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger, and record producer (Sound of Blackness; Mariah Carey), born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1967 Vladimir Konstantinov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1968 Tyrone Hill, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1968 Mots'eoa Senyane, Lesotho diplomat
  • 1969 Arjan Vermeulen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1969 Michael Bergin, model (Coca-Cola) and actor
  • 1969 Gary Jules, American singer and songwriter
  • 1969 Connor Trinneer, American actor
  • 1970 Errol Refos, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1970 Janne Laukenen, Lahti FIN, NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Senators)