On This Day

Famous Birthdays on March 22

  • 841 Bernard Plantapilosa, Count of Auvergne (d. 885)
  • 1212 Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (d. 1235)
  • 1366 Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, English politician (d. 1399)
  • 1459 Maximilian I of Habsburg, German Emperor/archduke of Austria
  • 1503 Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (d. 1583)
  • 1599 Anthony Van Dyck, Flemish painter (Charles I of England), born in Antwerp, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1641)
  • 1609 John II Casimir Vasa [Jan Kazimierz], King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1648-68), born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1672)
  • 1663 August Hermann Francke, German Protestant minister (d. 1727)
  • 1700 Giuseppe Sellitto, Italian opera composer, born in Naples (d. 1777)
  • 1712 Edward Moore, English dramatist (The Gamester) (d. 1757)
  • 1720 Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect who introduced Neoclassical architecture to Denmark, (d. 1799)
  • 1728 Anton Raphael Mengs, German Bohemian painter and one of the precursors to Neoclassical painting, born in Ústí nad Labem, Bohemia (d. 1779)
  • 1728 Giacomo Insanguine, Italian organist and composer, born in Monopoli (d. 1795)
  • 1752 Johann Georg Joseph Spangler, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1802)
  • 1759 Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1818)
  • 1767 Cornelis T. Elout, Dutch minister of Finance
  • 1771 Heinrich D. Zschokke, German Swiss author (Das Goldmacherdorf), born in Magdeburg, Prussia (d. 1848)
  • 1797 Kaiser Wilhelm I, German emperor (1871-88)
  • 1799 Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander, German astronomer, cataloguer of 324,188 stars, born in Memel, Kingdom of Prussia, (d. 1875)
  • 1803 Anthonie Waldrop, Dutch painter and lithographer
  • 1812 Stephen Pearl Andrews, American abolitionist (d. 1886)
  • 1813 Gabriel René Paul, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1886)
  • 1814 Thomas Crawford, US sculptor (Babes in the Wood)
  • 1817 Braxton Bragg, American General (Confederate Army), born in Warrenton, North Carolina (d. 1876)
  • 1818 John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (d. 1846)
  • 1819 William Wirt Adams, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1888)
  • 1822 Ahmed Djevdet Pasha, Turkish minister of Education and Justice
  • 1822 Isaac D. Fransen van de Putte, Dutch premier (1866)
  • 1822 Seth Williams, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Augusta, Maine (d. 1866)
  • 1824 William Henry Chase Whiting, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1865)
  • 1834 Francis Asbury Shoup, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1842 Carl Rosa, German violinist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1889)
  • 1842 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, born in Hrynky, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1912)
  • 1846 Randolph Caldecott, English illustrator (Caldecott Medal namesake), born in Chester, England (d. 1886)
  • 1852 Theodor Birt [Beatus Rhenanus], German classical/writer
  • 1857 Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Along the Meuse)
  • 1857 Paul Doumer, gov-genl of Indo-China/13th President of France (1931-32)
  • 1860 Alfred Ploetz, German physician (d. 1940)
  • 1866 Jack Boyle, American baseball player (d. 1913)
  • 1867 Meijer Linnewiel [Prof Kokadorus], Amsterdam's pitchman
  • 1868 Hamish MacCunn, Scottish composer (The Land of the Mountain and the Flood), and teacher, born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1868 Henry W Methorst, lawyer/director (Dutch Cent Bureau of Statistics)

Robert A. Millikan

1868 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (photoelectric effect; Nobel 1923), born in Morrison, Illinois (d. 1953)

  • 1874 Ellen Glasgow, American novelist (Nobel Prize for Literature 1942), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1945)
  • 1878 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (Olympic gold representing France, marathon 1900), born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (d. 1923)
  • 1880 Ernie Quigley, Canadian-American sports official (d. 1960)
  • 1885 Adriano Lualdi, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1971)
  • 1885 Jēkabs Mediņš, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1971)
  • 1885 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi (d. 1969)
  • 1887 Chico Marx [Leonard Marx], American comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1894 Surya Sen "Master Da", Indian activist for independence (Chittagong armoury raid), born in Chittagong, British India (d. 1934)
  • 1896 Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian actor (Cleopatra, Joseph Schildkraut Presents, Diary of Anne Frank), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • 1896 He Long, Chinese Communist revolutionary, marshal of the People's Liberation Army, born in Sangzhi, Hunan, China (d. 1969)
  • 1899 Ruth Page, US ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev, Pygmalion), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1991)
  • 1901 Greta Kempton, Austrian born American artist (White House artist under Truman), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Ellin Berlin (née MacKay), American heiress, writer (Lace Curtain), and second wife of songwriter Irving Berlin, born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1903 James Sargent Russell, US pilot and admiral (WW II Pacific Ocean), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1903 Jochen Klepper, German writer, born in Beuthen, Silesia (d. 1942)
  • 1905 Carlo Alberto Pizzini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Grigorij Kosinzev, Russian director of film and theater, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1905 Phyllis McGinley, American children's author and poet (Pulitzer Prize 1961), born in Ontario, Oregon (d. 1978)
  • 1907 James Gavin, US 82nd Airborne Division General (Sicily/Normandy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Lúcia Santos, Portuguese nun who claimed to have witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima as a child (d. 2005) or born 28 March
  • 1907 Hugh Mitchell, American politician (Senator-D-Washington 1944-46, Rep-D-Washington 1949-63), born in Great Falls, Montana (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, born in Langenbeutingen (d. 2000)
  • 1908 Louis D L'Amour, American best-selling author (Hondo, Jubal Sackett), born in Jamestown, North Dakota (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Maurice Stans, American Secretary of Commerce (1969-72) and Watergate figure, born in Shakopee, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Urangeline, NSW (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Gabrielle Roy, French Canadian author (The Tin Flute, Street of Riches), born in St. Boniface, Manitoba (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Nicholas Monsarrat, English novelist (The Cruel Sea), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Henri Rousselot, French admiral (submarine commander during WWII), born in Lorraine, France (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Lord Alport [Cuthbert Alport], politician, cabinet minister, and life peer
  • 1912 Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (Hard Day's Night, Steptoe and Son), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco, American Express, A Streetcar Named Desire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1912 Agnes Martin, Canadian-American abstract painter, born in Macklin, Saskatchewan (d. 2004)
  • 1913 James Westerfield, American actor (Jungle Heat, Lucky Johnny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1913 Tom McCall, American politician, Governor of Oregon (d. 1983)
  • 1913 Lew Wasserman, American film studio executive (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist (British Leyland), born in Plymouth, England (d. 2008)
  • 1914 Masao Maruyama, Japanese social scientist, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Forest 'Bud' Sagendorf, American cartoonist (Popeye), born in Wenatchee, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1915 George Cresswell, New Zealand cricketer (3 Tests for NZ aged 35)
  • 1915 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (The Secret Agent's Blunder), born in Petrograd, Russian Empire (d. 2005)
  • 1916 George Wyle [Bernard Weissman], American composer (The Ballad of Gilligan's Island"; "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and orchestra leader (Flip Wilson Show), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress and director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Virginia Grey, American actress (Another Thin Man, Idiot's Delight, Idaho), born in Edendale, California (d. 2004)
  • 1918 Cheddi Jagan, Guyanese politician, Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) 'Father of the Nation', born in Port Mourant, Guiana (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Tauno Pylkkanen, Finnish opera composer, born in Helsinki, Finland(d. 1980)
  • 1920 Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Hogan's Heroes), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Fanny Waterman, English concert pianist and teacher (founder of Leeds International Piano Competition), born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)
  • 1920 Ross Martin [Martin Rosenblatt], Polish-American actor (Mr Lucky, The Wild Wild West), born in Gródek, Lwowskie, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1920 James Brown, American actor (Objective, Burma!, Rin Tin Tin), born in Desdemona, Texas (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Wilhelmus Norbert Schmelzer, Dutch foreign minister (KVP), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi, Italian actor (Between Miracles), born in Castro dei Volsci, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Stewart Stern, American screenwriter (Rebel Without A Cause), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Bryan Clieve Roberts, English lawyer and colonial administrator (instrumental in Malawi transition to independence), born in Southsea, England (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Marcel Marceau, French mime artist and actor (Barbarella, Silent Movie), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Al Neuharth, American newspaper founder (USA Today)
  • 1924 Bill Wendell, American TV announcer (Late Night With David Letterman), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Paul Fussell, American historian (The Great War and Modern Memory), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1925 Colin Spedding, British biologist and animal welfare advocate (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Julius Marmur, American biochemist and geneticist (DNA research), born in Bialystok, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Billy Goodman, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1949, 53; AL batting champion 1950), born in Concord, North Carolina (d. 1984)
  • 1927 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), born in Wyoming, PA (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Betty Callaway, figure skating trainer (coached Torvill and Dean), born in Reading, England (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Bill Archer, American politician (Rep-R-TX, 1971-2001), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1928 Dmitri Volkogonov, Russian historian (biographies of Stalin and Lenin) and colonel general, born in Chita, USSR (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Carrie Donovan, American fashion editor (d. 2001)
  • 1928 E.D. Hirsch. American social commentator, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1930 Lynden Pindling, Bahamas 'Father of the Nation' Prime Minister of Bahamas (1967-92), born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Pat Robertson, American televangelist and media mogul (700 club, Presidential candidate-R-1989), born in Lexington, Virginia

Stephen Sondheim

1930 Stephen Sondheim, American Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning composer and lyricist (West Side Story; Sunday in the Park With George; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021) [1]

  • 1930 Derek Bok, American lawyer and educator (President of Harvard University), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Igor Hajek, Czech translator and writer, born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), born in Newport (d. 2014)

William Shatner

1931 William Shatner, Canadian author, director and actor (Star Trek, T J Hooker), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1931 Billy Vessels, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1952, University of Oklahoma), born in Cleveland, Oklahoma (d. 2001)
  • 1932 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster, author and journalist (5 x US Chess C'ship; 20+ books), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Richard Thomas, British admiral (Royal Navy) and NATO representative, born in Rhyl, Wales (d. 1998)
  • 1933 J. P. McCarthy, American radio personality (WJR Detroit), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1933 Buddy MacKay, American politician (Rep-D-FL, 1983-89), Governor of Florida for 24 days, born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1933 Abolhassan Banisadr, Iranian politician, President of Iran (1980-81), born in Hamadan, Iran
  • 1933 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), born in Leffrinckoucke, France (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Leslie Turnberg, British medical researcher and academic, President of the Royal College of Physicians
  • 1934 Orrin Hatch, American politician (Sen-R-UT, 1977-2019) longest-serving Republican US Senator, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 May Britt, Swedish actress (Young Lions), and wife of Sammy Davis Jr, born in Lidingö, Sweden
  • 1934 Larry Martyn, English comedy actor (d. 1994)
  • 1935 M[ichael] Emmet Walsh, American actor (Wildcats, War Party), born in Ogdensburg New York
  • 1935 Bertil Johansson, Swedish soccer striker (5 caps; IFK Göteborg 267 games) and manager (IFK Göteborg), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2021)
  • 1935 Danny Ray, American MC, stage manager, valet and "cape man" for soul singer James Brown, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Roger Whittaker, Kenyan British country singer ("The Last Farewell"; "Durham Town"), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1936 Ron Carey, American labor leader (International Brotherhood of Teamsters), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player (Dream Theory In Malaya), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1937 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks; The Straight Story; Blue Velvet; Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Armin Hary, German athlete (2 Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1960), born in Quierschied, Germany
  • 1940 Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), born in Samrong Yong, Cambodia (d. 1996)
  • 1941 Bruno Ganz, Swiss actor (Strapless, Wings of Desire), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1941 Jeremy Clyde, English pop singer and guitarist (Chad & Jeremy - "A Summer Song") and actor (The Iron Lady), born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire
  • 1941 Billy Collins, American poet (Poet Laureate of the United States 2001-2003), born in New York City
  • 1942 Jorge Ben, Brazilian musician and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1942 Bernd Herzsprung, German actor (Freunde fürs Leben), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1942 Dick Pound, Canadian chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency
  • 1943 George Benson, American jazz and blues singer and guitarist (Breezin'), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Joseph Schwantner, American composer (Aftertones of Infinity), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), born in Richmond, England (d. 1976)
  • 1944 Tony McPhee, English rocker (The Groundhogs), born in Humberston, England
  • 1944 Chris Stainton, English session and touring bass and keyboard player (Joe Cocker; The Who), born in Woodseats, England
  • 1945 Alan Opie, British Grammy Award-winning baritone (Boughton - Bethlehem; Britten's Peter Grimes "Balstrode"), born in Redruth, Cornwall, England
  • 1945 Chuck Jackson, American R&B singer (The Independents - "Leaving Me"), songwriter and record producer (Natalie Cole; Phyllis Hyman), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1946 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1946 Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
  • 1946 Rudy Rucker, American sci-fi author (Wetware) and one of the founders of cyberpunk, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1946 Serge [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer and guitarist (Saskia & Serge), born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • 1946 José Luiz Carbone, Brazilian soccer midfielder (6 caps; São Paulo, Internacional, Botafogo) and coach (Fluminense, Guarani), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Harry Vanda [Vandenberg], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • 1947 Patrick Olive, Grenadian percussionist (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Grenada

James Patterson

1947 James Patterson, American author (Alex Cross, Witch and Wizard), born in Newburgh, New York

  • 1947 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1989)

Andrew Lloyd Webber

1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber, British theatrical composer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Phantom of the Opera; Cats), born in London, England

  • 1948 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1948 Wolf Blitzer, American television journalist (CNN), born in Augsburg, Germany
  • 1949 Brian Hanrahan, British TV newsman (BBC), born in Middlesex, England (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Fanny Ardant, French actress (The Woman Next Door), born in Saumur, France
  • 1950 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Howard Reitzes, American rocker (Iron Butterfly). born in Southgate, California
  • 1951 Musa Manarov, Soviet cosmonaut who spent 541 days in space (Soyuz TM-4, TM-11), born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR
  • 1952 Bob Costas, American sportscaster and talk show host (Later), born in Queens, New York
  • 1952 Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer, worked with Patti Smith, born in New York City
  • 1953 Thomas H Andrews, American politician (Rep-D-Maine 1991-95), born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Valdis Zatlers, Latvian politician 7th President of Latvia, born in Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR
  • 1955 Pete Sessions, American politician (REP-R-Texas 1997-209, 2021-), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1955 [Waliou] Wally Badarou, French musician (Level 42), born in Paris, France
  • 1956 Lena Olin, Swedish actress (Enemies A Love Story), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1956 Generosa Ammon, American widow of murdered multimillionaire Ted Ammon, suspect in his death, born in Laguna Beach, California (d. 2003)
  • 1957 Stephanie Mills, American singer-songwriter and actress (The Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Joyce Lester, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1958 Pete Wylie, English rocker (Sinful), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1958 Laurie David, American political activist
  • 1958 Fatih Birol, Turkish economist and energy expert (International Energy Agency), born in Ankara, Turkey
  • 1959 Matthew Modine, American actor (Full Metal Jacket), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1959 Carlton Cuse, Mexican-born American TV writer and executive
  • 1959 Avraham Fried [Friedman], Orthodox Jewish Musician, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Juan Aguilera, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1962 Steve Dillon, English comic book artist (Preacher), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1963 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963 Suzanne Sulley, English rocker (The Human League - "Don't You Want Me"), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1963 Tony Elumelu, Nigerian economist and philanthropist (United Bank for Africa, The Tony Elumelu Foundation), born in Jos, Nigeria
  • 1965 Emma Wray, English actress, born in Birkenhead, England
  • 1966 Brian Shaw, American NBA guard and coach (Orlando Magic, SF Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966 Sean Berry, American infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966 Todd Ewen, Canadian NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1966 Artis Pabriks, Latvian politician, born in Jūrmala, Lavtian SSR, USSR
  • 1966 Martha McSally, American politician (Senator Arizona (R) 2019-20), first female American pilot to fly in combat, born in Warwick, Rhode Island
  • 1967 Mario Cipollini, Italian professional road cyclist, born in Luca, Italy
  • 1968 Ramón Martínez, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic