On This Day

Famous Birthdays on March 20

  • 43 BC Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso], Roman poet (Metamorphoses)(d. 17)
  • 1469 Princess Cecily of York (d. 1507)
  • 1477 Jerome Emser, German theologian (d. 1527)
  • 1502 Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)
  • 1634 Balthasar Bekker, Frisian theologist (Examiner of Comets)
  • 1644 Ivan Mazepa, Cossack Hetman of the Hetmanate (d. 1709)
  • 1680 Baron Emanuele d' Astorga, Italian composer (Stabat mater)
  • 1725 Abdul Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1789)
  • 1728 Franciscus L Kersteman, Dutch lawyer/astrologist
  • 1735 Torbern Bergman, Swedish chemist (d. 1784)
  • 1737 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (d. 1809)
  • 1739 Eligio Celestino, composer
  • 1741 Jean Antoine Houdon, French sculptor (d. 1828)
  • 1750 Martinus van Marum, Dutch chemist/physicist (Homo Diluvii Testus)
  • 1770 Friedrich Hölderlin, German writer (d. 1843)
  • 1774 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, born in London (d. 1856)
  • 1799 Karl August Nicander, Swedish poet (d. 1839)
  • 1804 Neal Dow, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1897)
  • 1811 George Caleb Bingham, American politician/painter (Country Election)
  • 1811 Napoleon FKJ Bonaparte II, Napoleon's son/King of Rome
  • 1812 George Bibb Crittenden, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • 1813 Matthias Keller, German hymn writer (O Farther un High), born in Ulm, Württemberg (d. 1875)
  • 1820 Alexander J Cuza, monarch of Moldavia/Wallachia/Romania
  • 1823 John Echols, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1823 Ned Buntline, American publisher (d. 1886)
  • 1825 William Nelson Rector Beall, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1826 Carel Vosmaer, Dutch art historian/poet/editor

Henrik Ibsen

1828 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler), born in Skien, Norway (d. 1906)

  • 1829 Charles Albert White, composer
  • 1830 Eugene Asa Carr, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hamburg, New York (d. 1910)
  • 1831 Solomon L. Spink, U.S. Congressman (d. 1881)
  • 1833 Henry Southwick Perkins, composer
  • 1834 Charles William Elliot, President of Harvard (1869-1909), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1836 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American military officer and politician (US Representative from New York 1881-83), born in Delhi, New York (d. 1886)
  • 1836 Edward Poynter, British painter, President of the Royal Academy, born in Paris, France (d. 1919)
  • 1840 Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (d. 1894)
  • 1853 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts

Frederick Winslow Taylor

1856 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1915)

  • 1856 Sir John Lavery, Irish artist (d. 1941)
  • 1863 Ernesto Nazareth, composer
  • 1866 Robert Poore, Irish cricket batsman (3 Tests for South Africa; Hampshire), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1938)
  • 1868 Obe Postma, Frisian poet/geography/historian (Frisian Clay Farm)
  • 1870 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Prussian general and politician (East Africa)
  • 1871 Joe McGinnity, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905; 5 × NL wins leader; NL ERA leader 1904; Baltimore Orioles, NY Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1872 Bernhard Seklas, composer
  • 1872 Karin Michaelis, writer
  • 1873 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-American piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer (Aleko; Piano Concerto No. 3), born in Oneg or Semyonovo, Russian Empire (d. 1943) [NS=Apr 1]
  • 1874 Börries von Münchhausen, German poet (d. 1945)
  • 1876 Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1927)
  • 1879 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (d. 1960)
  • 1881 Eugène Schueller, French chemist, founder of L'Oréal, born in Paris, France (d. 1957)
  • 1882 René Coty, Le Harve France, president of France (1953-58)
  • 1883 Colin Campbell, Scottish actor (High Bright Sun, Leather Boys), born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 1966)
  • 1883 Karl Hasse, German composer, born in Dohna (d. 1960)
  • 1885 Eugen Herrigel, German philosopher/early pioneer of Zen in Europe
  • 1885 Hendrik A de Fish [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological/sociologist
  • 1888 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, born in Gut Blumbergshof, Latvia (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1973)
  • 1895 Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (d. 1981)
  • 1896 Hal Walker, director (I Married Joan), born in Ottumwa, Iowa
  • 1896 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1902 Kathryn Forbes, short story writer (mama's bank account)
  • 1903 Edgar Buchanan, American actor (Petticoat Junction), born in Humansville, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1903 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1904 B F Skinner, American psychologist (Skinner Box), born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Jean Galia, French rugby footballer (d. 1949)
  • 1906 Abraham Beame, (Mayor-D-NYC), NYC's 1st Jewish mayor
  • 1906 Oswald "Ozzie" Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1906 Pavel P Parenago, Russian astronomer
  • 1908 Frank Stanton, Muskegon Mich, broadcasting executive (CBS)
  • 1908 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Browning Version, Lady Vanishes), born in Bristol (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Mieke Verstraete [Maria Augustina De Graef], Belgian-Dutch actress (Pleasantly Settled), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • 1911 Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Judith Evelyn [Evelyn Morris], American actress (13th Letter, Tingler, Rear Window), born in Seneca, South Dakota (d. 1967)
  • 1914 Wendell Corey, American actor (Rear Window, 11th Hour, Peck's Bad Girl), born in Dracut, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1914 William Baddeley, rector (St James's Piccadilly)
  • 1915 Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Rudolf Kirchschläger, President of Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Stan Spence, American baseball center fielder (MLB All-Star 1942, 44, 46, 47; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns), born in South Portsmouth, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1915 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [Nubin], American gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist ("This Train"; "Down By The Riverside"), born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Pierre Messmer, PM (France)
  • 1917 Dolf Verspoor, literary/interpreter (M Nijhoff Prize 1958)
  • 1917 Peter Caddy, founder (Findhorn Community)
  • 1917 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)
  • 1918 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers; Requiem), born in Bliesheim, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1918 Jack Barry, Lindenhurst NY, game show emcee (Joker's Wild)
  • 1918 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist and radio broadcaster (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), born in Slough, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • 1918 Donald Featherstone, British writer and wargamer
  • 1920 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician
  • 1921 Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Senegal, director general (UNESCO)
  • 1921 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • 1922 Arnold Burgen, college president (Academia Europaea)

Carl Reiner

1922 Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor and writer (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)

  • 1922 Doug Barnard Jr, (Rep-D-GA, 1977- )
  • 1922 Jack Kruschen, Canadian character actor (The Apartment, Busting Loose), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Ray Goulding, comedian (Bob & Ray), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1923 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani Author, Journalist and Political Activist (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (The Shop on Main Street), born in Staškov, Slovakia (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Hermann Guggiari, Paraguay, engineer and sculptor (Rejas, NNUU)(d.2012)
  • 1925 John D Erlichman, Politician (Nixon aide, Watergate)
  • 1925 David Warren, Australian scientist and inventor (Flight Data Recorder; Cockpit Voice Recorder - "the black box"), born in Groote Eylandt, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 1927 John Joubert, British South African composer (The Raising of Lazarus; An English Requiem), and educator, born in Cape Town, Union of South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1928 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), born in Sale, Cheshire (d. 2008)

Fred Rogers

1928 Fred Rogers, American children's TV host (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)

  • 1928 Jerome Cousins Biffle, long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1929 Germán Robles, Spanish-Mexican film, theater, television, and voice actor (El Vampiro), born in Gijón, Asturias, Spain (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Michel Magne, composer
  • 1931 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • 1931 Hal Linden [Harold Lipshitz], American actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic), director, and musician, born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1931 John Rae, British educator (Conscience & Politics)
  • 1932 Tod Dockstader, composer
  • 1933 Jacquez Guyonnet, Swiss composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1933 George Altman, American MLB player, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1933 Alexander Gorodnitsky, Russian geologist and poet
  • 1933 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain and coach (25 Tests; St. George), born in Bogan Gate, New South Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Eric Hebborn, artist/faker
  • 1934 Marion Conti, arch bishop (Aberdeen England)
  • 1934 Willie Brown, American Democratic politician and 41st Mayor of San Francisco (1996-2004), born in Mineola, Texas
  • 1934 David Malouf, Australian author
  • 1935 Ted Bessell, American director and actor (Don-That Girl, Gomer Pyle- Frankie), born in Flushing, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1935 Sam Lay, American drummer and vocalist (Original Thunderbirds, Howlin' Wolf Tribute), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1936 Lee "Scratch" Perry [Rainford Hugh Perry], Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and producer (The Upsetters), born in Kendal, Jamaica (d. 2021)

Vaughn Meader

1936 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, born in Waterville, Maine (d. 2004)

  • 1936 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor
  • 1937 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1937 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • 1937 Mark Saville, QC, British high court judge
  • 1938 Sergei Petrovich Novikov, Russian Mathematician, Fields Medalist
  • 1940 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1940 Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer (Momo), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Glenn Schwartz, American rock guitarist (Pacific Gas & Electric -"Are You Ready?"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • 1941 Pat Corrales, American baseball player
  • 1943 Gerard Malanga, American poet and photographer
  • 1943 Naima Neidre, Estonian graphic artist
  • 1943 Paul Junger Witt, American TV and film producer (Brian's Song; Soap; The Golden Girls; Dead Poets Society), born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Pat Riley, American NBA coach (Lakers, Knicks, Heat), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1945 Henry Bartholomay, American fighter pilot
  • 1945 Jay Ingram, Canadian television host and author
  • 1946 Ranger Doug [Douglas Green], Ill, singer (Riders in Sky-Cowboy Way)
  • 1947 Carl Palmer, drummer (Asia-Heat of the Moment, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
  • 1947 John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist

Bobby Orr

1948 Bobby Orr, Canadian hall of fame NHL defenseman (Boston Bruins), born in Parry Sound, Ontario

  • 1948 John de Lancie, American actor (Star Trek Next Generation - "Q"; Days of Our Lives), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Pamela Sargent, American sci-fi author (Venus of Dreams, Cloned Lives), born in Ithaca, New York
  • 1949 Marcia Ball, American blues singer and pianist (Presumed Innocent), born in Orange, Texas

William Hurt

1950 William Hurt, American actor (Big Chill; Children of a Lesser God; Broadcast News), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1950 Tom Towles, American actor (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1951 Guy Perry [Adrian Peritore], American rock guitarist (Motels, 1982-87 - "Only the Lonely"; "Suddenly Last Summer"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Jimmie Vaughan, American blues-rock guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds - "Wrap It Up"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951 Madan Lal, cricketer (Indian medium pacer in the 70's)
  • 1951 Tanya Boyd, actress (Celeste-Days of our Life), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951 Curt Smith, American author and media host
  • 1951 Mohamed Ben Rehaiem, Tunisian soccer midfielder (35 caps; CS Sfaxien), born in Sfax, Tunisia (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Anand Armitraj, India, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
  • 1952 Geoff Brabham, Australian auto racer (IMSA GT Championship 1988-91), born in Sydney, NSW
  • 1954 Charlie Simmer, Ontario, NHL left winger (LA Kings)
  • 1954 Jim Seales, American country singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Hamilton, Alabama
  • 1954 Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
  • 1956 Alphonso Martin, British reggae percussionist and vocalist (Steel Pulse, 1977-91 - "Prodigal Son"), born in Birmingham, England

Spike Lee

1957 Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1957 Theresa Russell [Paup], actress (Black Widow, Razor's Edge), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957 Vanessa Bell Calloway, American actress
  • 1957 David Foster, Australian woodchopper

Holly Hunter

1958 Holly Hunter, American actress (Broadcast News, The Piano), born in Conyers, Georgia

  • 1958 Rickey Jackson, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 1958 Phil Anderson, Australian cyclist
  • 1959 Dale Reid, Scottish golfer (21 Ladies European Tour wins), born in Ladybank Scotland
  • 1959 Richard Drummie, British rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Go West - "Call Me"; "Don't Look Down"), born in London, England
  • 1959 Steve McFadden, British actor
  • 1959 Sting [Steve Borden], American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961 John Clark Gable, American actor (Bad Jim), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Kathy Baker-Guadagnino, American golfer (US Open 1985), born in Albany, New York
  • 1961 Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer, born in Faxe, Denmark
  • 1962 Stephen Sommers, American film director
  • 1963 Kathleen "Kathy" Ireland, American model and actress (Alien From LA, Side Out), born in Glendale, California
  • 1963 Paul Annacone, tennis star, born in Southampton, New York
  • 1963 Paul Mirkovich, rock keyboardist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • 1963 Ramon Andersson, Middle Swan Australia, canoeist (Olympics-br-92, 96)
  • 1963 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (d. 2007)
  • 1963 Manabu Suzuki, Japanese racing driver and broadcaster

David Thewlis

1963 David Thewlis, English actor (Remus Lupin-Harry Potter series), born in Blackpool, Lancashire

  • 1964 Ruth Davidon, rower (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1964 Natacha Atlas, Belgian singer
  • 1965 Chris Hoiles, Bowling Green OH, catcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1966 Blas Minor, Merced CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1966 Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
  • 1967 Bryan Genesse, actor, (Rocco-Bold & Beautiful, Grady-Street Justice)
  • 1967 Mookie Blaylock, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1967 Nikolay Bukhalov, Bulgarian canoeist (2 x Olympic gold 1992), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1968 Eric Viscaal, Dutch soccer star (PSV/AA Gent)
  • 1968 Ultra Naté, American musician (If You Could Read My Mind), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • 1969 Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker (Olympic silver 1996), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1969 Thang Thanh Nguyen, Soc Trang Vietnam, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • 1969 Mannie Fresh, American producer
  • 1970 Ron George, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)