On This Day

Famous Birthdays on March 21

  • 1466 French van Brederode, leader Hoeksen
  • 1474 Angela Merici, Italian monastery founder/saint
  • 1521 Maurice, Duke and later Elector of Saxony (1547-53), (d. 1553)
  • 1527 Hermann Finck, German composer, born in Pirna (d. 1558)
  • 1624 Francois Roberday, composer
  • 1642 Georg Schmezer, German composer and musician, born in Augsburg (d. 1697)
  • 1708 Caspar Ruetz, German composer, born in Wismar (d. 1755)
  • 1713 Francis Lewis, signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1716 Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, composer
  • 1763 Jean Paul, German romantic writer (Titan), born in Wunsiedel, Franconia (d. 1825)
  • 1765 Henry Fagel, Dutch/English baron/diplomat
  • 1768 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier, mathematician/Egyptologist
  • 1779 Alexis Garaude, composer
  • 1801 Maria Theresa of Tuscany, Queen of Sardinia (d. 1855)
  • 1806 Benito Pablo Juarez, president of Mexico (1858-72), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 1811 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (d. 1891)
  • 1813 James Jesse Strang, King of Mormons on Beaver Is, MI (1850-56)
  • 1820 Frank Mori, English composer, born in London (d. 1873)
  • 1835 Thomas Hayward, English cricketer (d. 1876)
  • 1836 Jesus Monasterio, composer
  • 1839 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Karevo, Russian composer (Boris Gudunov, Night on Bald Mt) [NS]
  • 1854 Alick Bannerman, Australian cricket batsman (28 Tests, 8 x 50s; NSW 1876–94), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1924)

Henry Ossian Flipper

1856 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877, born in Thomasville, Georgia (d. 1940)

  • 1863 Hugo Kaun, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1932)
  • 1863 George Owen Squier, American inventor and Major General in U.S. Signal Corp (d. 1934)
  • 1865 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1940)
  • 1866 Antonia Caetana de Paiva Pereira Maury, astronomer

Albert Kahn

1869 Albert Kahn, American architect known as the "architect of Detroit", born in Rhaunen, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1942

  • 1869 Florenz Ziegfeld, producer (Ziegfield Follies)
  • 1876 John Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
  • 1878 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer
  • 1880 Hans Hofmann, German/American painter (Search for the Real)
  • 1880 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist
  • 1880 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1881 Hermann Sandby, composer
  • 1883 Jules van Nuffel, composer
  • 1884 George D Birkhoff, American mathematician (Aesthetic measure)
  • 1887 Edwin Scharff, German "entartet" painter/sculptor
  • 1889 Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat and genealogist, born in Vienna (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Jonathan Hale, actor (Saint's Double Trouble, Saint Strikes Back)
  • 1893 Geoffrey Dearmer, poet
  • 1895 Zlatko Baloković, Croatian violinist (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Eugenie Leontovitch, Russian actress (Homicidal, The Rains of Ranchipur), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1900 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1901 Carmelita Geraghty, American actress (My Best Girl, Texas Ranger), born in Rushville, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • 1901 Richard Leslie Hill, historian
  • 1901 Karl Arnold, German politician (d. 1958)
  • 1902 Carl Jaffe, German actor (1st Man in Space, Escapement), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), born in Lyons, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • 1902 William Downie Forrest, journalist
  • 1904 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer
  • 1904 Forrest Mars Sr., American candymaker (d. 1999)
  • 1905 Phyllis McGinley, American poet (Pulitzer 1961, Love Letters)
  • 1906 John D. Rockefeller III, billionaire philanthropist (oil)
  • 1906 Jim Thompson, American designer and businessman
  • 1909 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, bjorn in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1988)
  • 1910 Nick Castle, American choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1910 M S Khan, Bangladeshi intellectual (d. 1978)
  • 1911 John Paxton, screenwriter (On The Beach, Kotch, Farewell My Lovely)
  • 1912 Peter Bull, British actor and author (The African Queen, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1913 George Ghita Ionescu, academic
  • 1913 Max Youngstein, American producer (United Artists), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 George Abecassis, English race car driver (d. 1991)
  • 1914 Herman Siles Zuazo, politician
  • 1914 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Joe Carveth, NHL forward (scored 20 or more goals in 3 seasons)
  • 1919 Geoffrey Pinnington, journalist
  • 1919 Lois Collier [Madelyn Earle Jones], American actress (A Night in Casablanca, Boston Blackie, Slave Girl), born in Salley, South Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (d. 1975)
  • 1920 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and songwriter (d. 1970)
  • 1921 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • 1921 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • 1921 Logan Ramsey, American actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician and President of Iraq (1963-66), born in Baghdad, Mandatory Iraq (d. 1966)
  • 1922 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), born in San Leandro, California (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Mort Lindsey [Lippman], American pianist, arranger, musical director (Judy Garland, 1961-64; Merv Griffin Show, 1962-86; Barbra Streisand, 1968), and composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Shri Mataji Nirmala Srivastava, Founder of Sahaja Yoga
  • 1924 Philip Abbott, American character actor (The FBI; Sweet Bird of Youth), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Karl Heinz Fussl, Austrian composer, musicologist, publisher, and music critic, born in Jablonec, Czechoslovakia (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Otis Spann, American blues pianist and singer (The Blues Never Die!), born in Belzoni, Mississippi [or, perhaps, 1930 in Jackson, Mississippi] (d. 1970)
  • 1925 John E Grotberg, (Rep-R-IL, 1985-86)
  • 1925 Peter Brook, English theater and film director (Marat/Sade), born in London
  • 1925 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
  • 1925 Harold Ashby American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1926 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (Benvenuta), born in Heverie, Belgium (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Virginia Weidler, American child actress (Babes on Broadway, All This & Heaven Too), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1968)
  • 1927 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, born in Reideburg (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), born in Kalispell, Montana (d.2019)
  • 1928 James W Kinnear, CEO (Texaco), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1928 Peter Hacks, German playwright (Tie Windloch)
  • 1929 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • 1930 James Coco, American character actor (Only When I Laugh; Murder by Death), and singer (Man of La Mancha), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1931 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist
  • 1932 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1955-84), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1933 John Hall, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Michael Heseltine, UK Secretary of State for Defence (1986)/MP
  • 1934 Al Freeman Jr, Tx, actor (One Life to Live, My Sweet Charlie), (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Lister Carney, Bellaire Oh, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1935 Brian Clough, English football player and manager, born in Middlesborough, England (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Hubert Fichte, German writer, born in Perleberg (d. 1986)
  • 1935 Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Marek Stachowski, composer
  • 1936 Ed Broadbent, Canadian politician
  • 1937 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1938 Grahame Thomas, Australian cricket batsman (8 Tests, 3 x 50s; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938 Wilf Corrigan, English/US electronic manufacturer (LSI Logic)
  • 1939 Kathleen Widdoes, actress (Without a Trace), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1939 Martha Hudson, Eastman Ga, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1940 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer ("Cry To Me"; Diamond In Your Mind"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Chip Taylor [James Voight], American songwriter ("Angel of the Morning"; "Wild Thing"), singer, and producer, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1941 Dirk D Frimout, Belgian cosmonaut
  • 1941 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • 1941 John Boylan, American record producer (Pure Prairie League; Commander Cody; Little River Band), born in New York City
  • 1942 Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni politician and 1st President of Yemen (1990-2012), born in Bait el-Ahmar, Kingdom of Yemen (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Antal Dunai, Hungarian soccer player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1943 (Victor) "Vivian" Stanshall, British singer and comic songwriter (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - "I'm The Urban Spaceman"; Magical Mystery Tour), born in Shillingford, England (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
  • 1943 Alan Kalter, American television announcer (Late Show with David Letterman, 1995-2015), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Charles Edward Greene, Pine Bluff Ark, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Henrik Colding-Jorgensen, composer
  • 1944 Jamary Oliveira, composer
  • 1944 Marie-Christine Barrault, actress (Stardust Memories), born in Paris, France
  • 1944 David Lindley, American musician (The Kaleidoscope), born in San Marino, California
  • 1944 Gaye Adegbalola [Todd], American blues singer and guitarist (Sapphire, The Uppity Blues Women - "Middle Age Blues Boogie"), teacher, and activist, born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1945 Rosemary Stone, American funk and rock vocalist, and pianist (Sly & Family Stone - "Everyday People"; "Dance to The Music"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945 Vernon Guy, American R&B and gospel singer (Cool Sounds, Sharpees), born in St. Louis Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Ray Dorset, British rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Mungo Jerry - "In The Summertime"), born in Ashford, England
  • 1946 Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor (James Bond), born in Colwyn Bay, Wales
  • 1947 Franco Mussida, Italian progressive rock musician (Premiata Forneria Marconi), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1949 Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter ("Two Tickets To Paradise"; 'Take Me Home Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Alvin Kallicharran, West Indian cricket batsman (66 Tests 1972-81 @ 44.43), born in Port Mourant, British Guiana
  • 1949 Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher and cultural critic, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1949 Rolf-Dieter Amend, German canoeist (Olympic gold GDR C-2 slalom 1972), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1950 Roger Hodgson, British rock singer-songwriter (Supertramp - "Take The Long Way Home"; "Breakfast In America"), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1950 Elena Firsova, Russian classical omposer (The Scent of Absence; Requiem), born in Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
  • 1951 Russell Thompkins Jr, American soul tenor, lead singer (Stylistics - "Betcha by Golly, Wow"; "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Conrad Lozano, American rock bass player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Carl Wolfson, comedian (Thicke of the Night), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953 Robert "Shotgun" Johnson, American rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band - "That's The Way I Like It")
  • 1955 Barbel Wockel-Eckert, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-4 gold-1976, 80)
  • 1955 Jean Marie Hon, actress (Jane-Man From Atlantis), born in San Francisco, California

Jair Bolsonaro

1955 Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian politician, President of Brazil (2019-), born in Glicério, Brazil

  • 1955 Haakon Graf , Norwegian jazz keyboard player, composer, arranger and producer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1956 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian long distance athlete (World C'ship gold 10,000m 1987; WR 5,000m, 10,000m, marathon; NYC 1989; Boston Marathon 1986, 89), born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1957 Sabrina Le Beauf, actress (Sondra-Crosby Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1958 Brad Hall, comedian (SNL), born in Santa Barbara, California

Gary Oldman

1958 Gary Oldman, English actor (Sid & Nancy, The Darkest Hour), born in London, England

  • 1958 Marlies Göhr, East German sprinter (Olympic gold 100m relay 1976, 80, World Champion 100m 1983), born in Gera, Germany
  • 1958 [Jonathan] Butch Norton, American drummer (Eels), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1959 Sarah Jane Morris, English pop-jazz-R&B singer-songwriter, born in Southampton, England
  • 1959 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer

Ayrton Senna

1960 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)

  • 1960 Guy Chadwick, English singer/songwriter (House of Love)
  • 1960 Robert Sweet, American drummer
  • 1961 Slim Jim Phantom [McDonnell], American rock drummer (Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Kassie Wesley, American actress (Evil Dead 2; One Life to Live - "Blair"), born in Kentucky
  • 1961 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • 1961 Lothar Matthäus, German footballer

Matthew Broderick

1962 Matthew Broderick, American actor (WarGames, Biloxi Blues), born in NYC, New York

Rosie O'Donnell

1962 Rosie O'Donnell, comedienne, actress (A League of Their Own; Flintstones), and TV host (Rosie), born in Commack, New York

  • 1962 Mark Waid, American comic book writer
  • 1963 Ronald Koeman, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, PSV, Barcelona, Feyenoord)
  • 1963 Sharon "Share" Ross (Pederson) American rock bassist (Vixen - "Rev It Up"), born in Glencoe, Minnesota
  • 1963 Shawon Dunston, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2020)
  • 1964 Jesper Skibby, Danish professional cyclist
  • 1965 Xavier Bertrand, French politician
  • 1966 Al Iafrate, American NHL defenseman (799 career NHL games, 152 goals, 311 assists for 463 points), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • 1966 Karen Lunn, Australian golfer (British Open 1993; LET Order of Merit 1993), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • 1966 Matthew Maynard, cricketer (big hitting Glamorgan & England player)
  • 1966 Kenny Bräck, Swedish auto racer (Indy Racing League 1998; Indianapolis 500 1999), born in Arvika, Sweden
  • 1967 Elaina Oden, Orange CA, volleyball middle blocker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1967 Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Swedish musician, songwriter, and producer (Ace of Base -"All That She Wants"), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1967 Adrian Chiles, British television and radio presenter
  • 1967 Maxim Reality, British MC (The Prodigy)
  • 1968 Vincent Courtois, French classically trained jazz cellist, born in Paris, France
  • 1968 Erwin Vanderbroeck, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1968 Jeff Lazaro, Waltham Mass, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994)
  • 1968 Johan Garpenlov, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Scott Williams, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1968 DJ Premier (Preemo), hip hop producer
  • 1969 Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
  • 1971 Hason Graham, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 Boris Mironov, Russian ice hockey defenseman (Olympic silver 1998, bronze 2002; Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1972 Kristen Anderson-Lopez, American songwriter (Frozen), born in New York City
  • 1972 Large Professor [William Mitchell], American hip hop artist (Main Source), born in New York City
  • 1972 Chris Candido, American professional wrestler, born in Edison, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1973 Larry Bowie, running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Ananda Lewis, American model and television personality
  • 1973 Stuart Nethercott, English footballer
  • 1973 Jerry Supiran, American actor
  • 1974 Laura Allen, American actress
  • 1974 Jose Clayton, Tunisian footballer
  • 1975 Vitaly Potapenko, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1975 Mark Williams, Welsh snooker player (World C'ship 2000, 03, 18; Triple Crown 2002-03), born in Cwm, Blaenau Gwent, Wales
  • 1978 Charmaine Dragun, Australian news anchor (d.2007)
  • 1978 Kevin Federline, American dancer/hip hop artist
  • 1978 Cristian Guzmán, Dominican baseball player