On This Day

Famous Birthdays on March 24

  • 1188 Ferrand of Portugal, earl of Flanders/son of Sancho I
  • 1441 Ernst I, elector of Saxon (1464-86)
  • 1494 Georgius Agricola, German mineralogist (De Re Metallica), born in Glauchau, Saxony (d. 1555)
  • 1607 Michiel A de Ruyter, Dutch rear admiral (St Vincent, Dune)
  • 1628 Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1685)
  • 1630 José Saenz d'Aguirre, Spanish cardinal, born in Logro, Old Castile (d. 1699)
  • 1657 Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (d. 1725)
  • 1693 John Harrison, English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer to calculate longitude while at sea, born in Foulby, Yorkshire, England (d. 1776)
  • 1703 Jose F de Isla [Francisco de Salazar], Spanish Jesuit/writer
  • 1714 Carlo Giovanni Testori, Italian composer (d. 1782)
  • 1725 Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)
  • 1725 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)
  • 1732 Gian Francesco de Majo, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1770)

Joseph Priestley

1733 Joseph Priestley, English chemist, theologian and author who discovered oxygen and carbonated water, born in Birstall, England (1804)

  • 1740 John Antes, American composer and missionary, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania (d. 1811)
  • 1749 Bernard Jumentier, French composer, primarily of sacred music, born in Lèves, France (d. 1829)
  • 1755 Rufus King, American politician and framer of US constitution, born in Scarborough, Massachusetts (d. 1827)
  • 1762 Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, Portuguese opera composer (Portogallo)
  • 1782 Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (d. 1836)
  • 1796 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (d. 1878)
  • 1797 Antonio Rosmini-Serbati, philosopher/founder (Institute of Charity)
  • 1802 Jacob van Lennep, Dutch poet and novelist
  • 1808 Maria Malibran, Spanish-French singer (d. 1836)
  • 1809 Joseph Liouville, French discover of transcendental numbers
  • 1814 Galen Clark, American naturalist/discovered Mariposa Grove
  • 1817 Aimé Maillart, French opera composer (Les Dragons de Villars), born in Montpellier, Hérault, France (d. 1871)
  • 1820 Edmond Becquerel, French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics (photovoltaic effect), born in Paris, France (d. 1891)
  • 1820 Fanny Crosby, American hymnist known as the "Queen of Gospel Song Writers", born in Brewster, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1821 Elisa Felix [Rachel], tragedienne
  • 1821 [George] Hector Tyndale, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1880)
  • 1829 George Francis Train, American businessman (d. 1904)
  • 1829 Ignacio Zaragoza, Mexican general (d. 1862)
  • 1830 Robert Hamerling, Austrian poet (d. 1889)
  • 1834 John Wesley Powell, American geologist/explorer/ethnologist
  • 1834 William Morris, England, designer/craftsman/poet/socialist
  • 1835 Josef Stefan, Austrian physicist (Stefan-Boltzmann law)
  • 1837 Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and son of Leopold I, born in Royal Castle of Laeken, Belgium (d. 1905)
  • 1848 Honoré Beaugrand, Quebec journalist and newspaper publisher (La Patrie) (d. 1906)
  • 1850 Silas Hocking, British novelist and preacher (d. 1935)

Andrew Mellon

1855 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

  • 1855 Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)
  • 1866 Jack McAuliffe, US lightweight boxing champ, hall of famer
  • 1871 Leslie Gay, English cricket wicket-keeper (1 Test; Cambridge Uni, Hampshire CCC) and soccer goalkeeper (3 caps; Cambridge Uni), born in Brighton, Sussex (d. 1949)

Harry Houdini

1874 Harry Houdini [Erich Weiss], Famous magician and escape artist, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1926)

  • 1874 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president of Italy (1948-55)
  • 1878 Top Naeff [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N-Naeff], Dutch writer
  • 1883 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist and bishop (Liberal Catholic Church), born in London (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Gino Marinuzzi, Italian opera conductor (Wagner; Puccini), and composer (Symphony in A), born in Palermo, Sicily, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1884 Peter Debye, Holland, physical chemist (Nobel 1936)
  • 1885 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08)
  • 1886 Athenagoras I, Greek Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • 1886 Edward Weston, American photographer (d. 1958)
  • 1887 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), born in Smith Center, Kansas (d. 1933)
  • 1888 Jameson Thomas, British actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), born in London, England (d. 1939)
  • 1888 Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (d. 1922)
  • 1889 Albert Hill, British athlete (d. 1969)
  • 1890 John Rock, American obstetrician and gynecologist who co-developed the 1st birth control pill, born in Marlborough, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1891 Annie "Charley" Toorop, Dutch painter (3 Generations)
  • 1891 John Knittel, Swiss writer, born in Dharwar, India (d. 1970)
  • 1891 Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)
  • 1893 George Sisler, American baseball player (d. 1973)
  • 1895 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1896 Gianna Manzini, writer
  • 1897 Charles Eyck, Dutch painter and sculptor
  • 1897 Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-US psycho analysist (character analysis)
  • 1897 Lucia Chase, American ballerina and co-founder of American Ballet Theater, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Dorothy Stratton, organizer (SPARS-women's branch of US Coast Guard)
  • 1898 George Alpert, railroad executive
  • 1900 Algeria Junius "June" Clark, American jazz trumpeter and cornetist, born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Ub Iwerks, American cartoonist (d. 1971)

Thomas E. Dewey

1902 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1971)

  • 1903 Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939)
  • 1903 Patrick Ludlow, British actor (Naughty Husbands, Evergreen and Modesty Blaise), born in Kensington, London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1903 Malcolm Muggeridge, English writer (Observer of Life)
  • 1904 Martin Kosleck, German actor (Pursuit to Algiers, Agent for H.A.R.M.), born in Barkotzen, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Andre Christiaens, Flemish writer (Unfindable Country)
  • 1905 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (d. 2007)
  • 1906 Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet jazz and pop singer ("Let's Smoke"), born in Kharkiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1984)
  • 1907 Janet Harmon Bragg, US pilot/columnist (Chicago Defender)
  • 1907 Lauris Norstad, US gen (NATO commander)/CEO (Owens-Corning Fiberglass)
  • 1907 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer
  • 1907 Paul Sauvé, Quebec politician (d. 1960)

Clyde Barrow

1909 Clyde Barrow, American bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1934)

  • 1909 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), born in Streatham, London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Jacques Chailley, French musicologist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Richard Conte, American actor (The Godfather, Tony Rome, Hotel), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Herman W "Fritz" Liebert, US OSSer/librarian (Yale curator)
  • 1911 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, born in Croydon (d. 1996)

Joseph Barbera

1911 Joseph Barbera, American animator (Hanna-Barbera - Tom and Jerry), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2006)

Dorothy Height

1912 Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist (National Council of Negro Women), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2010)

  • 1915 Gorgeous George, American professional wrestler (d. 1963)
  • 1916 Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
  • 1917 John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Ed Furgol, American golfer (US Open 1954), born in New York Mills, NY (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter
  • 1919 Lawrence Ferlinghetti, American beat poet (Coney Island of the Mind), born in Bronxville, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1919 John J Duncan Jr, (Rep-R-TN, 1965- )
  • 1919 Robert Heilbroner, American economist (d. 2005
  • 1920 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock:; Jonestown; The Ghost of Memory), born in New Amsterdam, British Guiana (d. 2018)
  • 1922 Dave Appell, American musician, arranger, musical director (Ernie Kovacs), record producer (Charlie Gracie; The Orlons; Tony Orlando and Dawn), and songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Edna Jo Hunter, expert on military families & prisoners of war
  • 1923 Murray Hamilton, American character actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Anatomy of a Murder), born in Washington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), born in Huntington Park, California (d. 1968)
  • 1924 Norman Fell, American actor (Three's Company, The End, Graduate), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Eric Parkin, British classical pianist and champion of British composers, born in Stevenage, England (d. 2020)
  • 1924 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Duncan Wood, TV director and producer
  • 1925 Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), born in Sangiano (d. 2016)
  • 1927 János Decsényi, Hungarian composer (Farewell to a Vanished Century), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1927 Martin Walser, German writer, born in Wasserburg am Bodensee
  • 1928 Byron "Yanks" Janis, American concert pianist (debut with NBC Symphony Orchestra at age 15), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • 1928 Vanessa Brown [Smylla Brind], Austrian-born American actress (My Favorite Husband), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Cuan McCarthy, cricketer (36 Test wkts for South Africa, 1 career no-ball)
  • 1930 Kenneth Nelson, American actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1993)

Steve McQueen

1930 Steve McQueen, American actor called "The King of Cool" during the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), born in Beech Grove, Indiana (d. 1980)

  • 1931 Thelma Kalama, American 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1931 Connie Hines, American actress (Mister Ed), born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • 1932 William Smith, Columbia Mo, actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Any Which Way You Can, Hawaii 5-0), born in Columbia, Missouri
  • 1932 Yuri Anatoyevich Ponomaryov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 18 backup)
  • 1933 David Harries, Welsh composer (Epithalamium), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Peter Bichsel, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Bellach
  • 1935 Carol Kaye, American session bassist (Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkel), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1935 Mary Berry, English food writer and TV presenter (The Great British Bake Off), born in Bath, England
  • 1936 Fredrick Kaufman, American jazz trumpeter (Woody Herman), classical composer ( Mother of Exiles; Kaminarimon), and educator (born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936 David Suzuki, Canadian scientist and environmentalist
  • 1936 Don Covay [Randolph], American R&B musician and songwriter ("Chain of Fools"), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Alex Olmedo, American/Peruvian tennis player (Australian C'ships, Wimbledon 1959), born in Arequipa, Peru (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Benjamin Luxon, British operatic baritone (Owen Wingrave), born in Redruth, England
  • 1937 Billy Stewart, American R&B singer ("I Do Love You"; "Summertime"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • 1937 Erskine Sandiford, Premier of Barbados, 1987-94)
  • 1938 Larry Wilson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Rigby, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Holger Czukay [Schüring], German musician (Can), born in Danzig, Poland (d. 2017)
  • 1938 David Irving, British historian
  • 1939 [Lilian] Lynda Baron, British actress, comedian, and singer (Open All Hours - "Nurse Gladys"; Come Inside - "Auntie Mabel"), born Urmston, Lancashire, England
  • 1940 Robert "Bob" Mackie, American fashion designer (RuPaul, Tina Turner, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Barbra Streisand, Cher), born in Monterey Park, California
  • 1940 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1943 H Martin Lancaster, (Rep-D-NC)
  • 1943 Jesus Alou, baseball outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 1943 Marika Kilius, German FR, ice skating pair (Olympic silver 1960, 64)
  • 1944 R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Vojislav Koštunica, Serbian Prime Minister
  • 1945 Robert T. Bakker, American paleontologist
  • 1945 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Patrick Malahide [Duggan], British actor (Inspector Alleyn Mysteries; Minder; Game Of Thrones), born in in Reading, England
  • 1946 Lee Oskar [Levitin], Danish rock and soul harmonica player (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1946 Klaus Dinger, German musician (Kraftwerk; Neu!), born in Scherfede, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1946 Kitty O'Neil, American stuntwoman (The Bionic Woman) & racer (female land speed record), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2018)

Alan Sugar

1947 Alan Sugar, English computer manufacturer (Amstrad; chairman / part-owner Tottenham Hotspur FC 1991-2001) and television celebrity (The Apprentice), born in London, England

  • 1947 Mike Kellie, British session and touring rock drummer (Spooky Tooth; The Only Ones), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Paul McCandless, rocker (Torches on the Lake)
  • 1947 Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • 1947 Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington
  • 1947 Meiko Kaji [Masako Ohta], Japanese film actress and singer (Lady Snowblood), born in Kanda, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1949 Steve Lang, Canadian rock bassist (April Wine, 1976-84 - "Just Between You And Me"), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Nick Lowe, British rock bassist, singer, songwriter (Brinsley Schwarz - "What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding"; Rockpile - "Teacher, Teacher"; solo-"Cruel To Be Kind"), and producer (Elvis Costello; Graham Parker), born in , Walton-on-Thames, England
  • 1951 Dougie Thompson, Scottich bassist (Supertramp - "Bloody Well Right"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1951 Earl Williams, American-Israeli NBA player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Kenneth S Reightler Jr, Patuxent R Md, Cmdr USN/astro (STS 48, 60)

Pat Bradley

1951 Pat Bradley, American golfer (6 LPGA major titles; US Open 1981), born in Westford, Massachusetts

  • 1951 Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer, born in Elmira, New York
  • 1952 Nicholas Campbell, actor (Nick-Insiders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1952 Reinhard Genzel, German astrophysicist (2020 Nobel Prize for Physics for work on black holes), born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, West Germany
  • 1952 Dolora Zajick, American mezzo-soprano (Verdi), and educator (Institute for Young Dramatic Voices), born in Salem, Oregon
  • 1953 Louie Anderson, American comedian, Emmy Award-winning actor (Baskets; Life With Louie; Coming To America), TV game show Host (Family Feud, 1999-2002), and writer, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2022)
  • 1954 Donna Pescow, actress (Angie, Out of this World, Rainbow), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet dissident poet (Beyond the Limit), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2017)
  • 1954 Robert Carradine, actor (Slim-The Cowboys, Wavelength), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Hank Roberts, American electric and acoustic jazz cellist (Bill Frissell Quartet; Arcado String Trio), born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 1955 Doug Jarvis, Canadian ice hockey forward (record for most consecutive NHL games 964; Stanley Cup 1976-79 Montreal Canadiens), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • 1956 Ijaz Faqih, cricketer (Pakistan off-spin all-rounder in 5 Tests 80-88)
  • 1957 Scott J Horowitz, PhD/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 75, 82), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Renaldo Nehemiah, American hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • 1960 Kelly LeBrock, American actress (Weird Science, Woman in Red), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Barry Horowitz, American professional wrestler
  • 1960 Nena [Gabrielle Kerner], German pop singer ("99 Luftballons"- "99 Red Balloons"), born in Hagen, West Germany
  • 1960 Grayson Perry, English cross-dressing artist (Turner Prize 2003), born in Chelmsford
  • 1961 Dean Jones, Australian cricket batsman and broadcaster (52 Tests @ 46.55; 164 ODIs; Victoria), born in Coburg, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Jim Gallagher Jr, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1992 runner-up), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Penny Hammel, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1962 Star Jones, American attorney and legal analyst (NBC; Inside Edition), TV host (The View, 1997-2006), and author, born in Badin, North Carolina
  • 1962 Angèle Dubeau, Canadian classical violinist, born in Saint-Norbert, Quebec
  • 1962 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Morehead City, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1963 Raimond van der Gouw, Dutch soccer goalie (Vitesse, Manchester)
  • 1963 Sammy Giammatva, tennis star, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1964 Hans Schwaier, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1964 Patterson Hood, American rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera; The Unraveling), born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • 1965 Angela Zuckerman, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965 Jeff Reese, Brantford, NHL goalie (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1965 Peter Jacobson, American actor
  • 1965 Gurmit Singh, Singaporean actor
  • 1965 The Undertaker, American professional wrestler
  • 1966 Penny Toler, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • 1966 Tatjana Patitz, model/actress (Rising Sun), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1967 Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel, Fla, tennis player (Virginia Slims of Ark 1987)
  • 1967 Richard Gillam, pairs skater (with partner Erin Moorad), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969 Yoko Zetterlund, volleyball setter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in San Francisco, California