On This Day

Famous Birthdays on March 30

  • 1135 Moses Maimonedes, Jewish philosopher, jurist and physician, born in Córdoba (d. 1204)
  • 1326 Ivan II of Russia, Grand Duke of Muscovy (d. 1359)

Mehmed the Conqueror

1432 Mehmed the Conqueror [Mehmed II], Ottoman Sultan (1444-45 and 1451-81) who conquered Constantinople, born in Edirne, Ottoman Sultanate (d. 1481)

John Trenchard

1649 John Trenchard, English radical Whig politician and statesman, born in Lytchett Matravers, Dorset (d. 1695)

  • 1674 Jethro Tull, agricultural writer (Basildon), baptised
  • 1681 Pieter Snyers, Flemish painter/engraver
  • 1687 Johann Balthasar Freisslich, composer
  • 1697 John-Baptist Xavery, Flemish sculptor
  • 1719 John Hawkins, England, wrote 1st history of music
  • 1727 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Ital's opera composer/band leader (Farnace)
  • 1746 Francisco Jose de Goya, Fuendetodos Spain, painter/etcher (Naked Maja)
  • 1750 John Stafford Smith, composer
  • 1768 Maria Reynolds, American mistress of Alexander Hamilton and part of America's 1st political sex scandal (Reynolds Pamphlet), born in NYC, Province of New York, British Empire (d. 1828)
  • 1772 Johann Wilhelm Wilms, German-Dutch organist and composer (Wien Neêrlands Bloed - Dutch national anthem, 1815-1932), baptized in Witzhelden, Germany (d. 1847)
  • 1790 Joseph Smith, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1877)
  • 1804 Salomon Sulzer, composer
  • 1805 Adrien de La Fage, composer
  • 1811 Angelo Catelani, Italian composer/conductor

Robert Bunsen

1811 Robert Bunsen, German chemist who invented the Bunsen Burner, born in Göttingen, Westphalia, Rhine Confederation (d. 1899)

  • 1815 Wincenty Studzinski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Kraków (d. 1854)
  • 1820 Anna Sewell, English author (Black Beauty), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (d. 1878)
  • 1823 Joseph Farmer Knipe, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1824 Innis Newton Palmer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1825 Samuel Bell Maxey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1830 Auguste Tolbecque, composer
  • 1830 Julius F A Bahnsen, German philosopher
  • 1835 Bernhard Scholz, composer
  • 1836 Karl Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg, German industrialist/politician
  • 1842 John Fiske [Edmund Fisk Green], American historian/philosopher
  • 1844 Paul M Verlaine, French lyric poet (Sagesse Bonbeur)

Vincent van Gogh

1853 Vincent van Gogh, Dutch artist, painter and pioneer of Expressionism (The Potato Eaters, Irises), born in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands (d. 1890)

  • 1857 Leon Charles Thevenin, French telegraph engineer (d. 1926)
  • 1858 Siegfried Alkan, German composer, born in Dillingen, Saarland (d. 1941)
  • 1864 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist/politician
  • 1865 Heinrich Rubens, German physicist
  • 1872 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, composer
  • 1876 Clifford Whittingham Beers, American mental hygiene pioneer, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1943)
  • 1879 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (World Alllround Speed Skating champion 1905), born in Edam. Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1880 Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright (Juno and the Paycock), born in Dublin (d. 1964)
  • 1882 Melanie Klein, Austrian-British author and child psychoanalyst (object relations theory), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Jo Davidson, American sculptor (Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman), born in New York City (d. 1952)
  • 1886 Stanislaw Lesniewski, Polish logician/mathematician
  • 1887 Albert P Termote, Flemish/Dutch sculptor (Charles the Great)
  • 1888 Anna Q Nilsson, Swedish actress (Shenandoah, Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden (d. 1974)
  • 1891 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov)
  • 1892 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian
  • 1892 Fortunato Depero, Italian artist (d. 1960)
  • 1892 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (d. 1972)
  • 1894 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin)
  • 1895 Jean Giono, French writer (World Chant)
  • 1898 Heinz Risse, German writer, born in Dusseldorf (d. 1989)
  • 1898 Joyce Carey, British actress (Brief Encounter, The Cedar Tree), born in Kensington, London (d. 1993)
  • 1899 Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, well known Bengali writer (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Haj Ali Razmara, 33rd Prime Minister of Iran (1950-51), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1951)
  • 1902 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (d. 2007)
  • 1902 Ted Heath, British jazz trombonist, composer, and big band leader, born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Sol C Siegel, American film producer (A Letter To Three Wives, High Society, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in New York City (d. 1982)
  • 1903 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (d. 1984)
  • 1904 Akarova [Marguerite Acarin], Belgian dancer (Les Biches)
  • 1904 Ripper Collins, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1935, 36, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL HR leader 1934; St Louis Cardinals), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • 1905 Mikio Oda, Japan, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1905 Albert Pierrepoint, last and longest serving British executioner (est. 433-608 executed), born in Clayton, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1992)
  • 1907 Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte, German Luftwaffe Officer (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Camille Schmit, Belgian organist, composer, and educator, born in Aubange (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Kurt Bruggemann, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1909 Ernst Gombrich, OM/FBA/director (Warburg Institute)
  • 1910 Józef Marcinkiewicz, mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1911 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician (d. 1995)
  • 1912 (Andrew) Rodger Waterson, Scottish zoologist, specializing in malacology (mollusks) and entomology (insects), born in Ollaberry, Shetland, Scotland
  • 1912 Jack Cowie, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 45 wickets; Auckland CA) and umpire (3 Tests 1956–59), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], American singer ("Jezebel"; "Rawhide"; "Blazing Saddles"), songwriter ("We'll Be Together Again"), and actor (Bring Your Smile Along), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Gottfried Reinhardt, theatre producer
  • 1913 Richard Helms, CIA head (1966-73)
  • 1913 Marc Davis, American animator (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Censu Tabone, President of Malta, (d. 2012)
  • 1914 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician ("Down & Out Blues"), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1917 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Herbert Anderson, American character actor (Dennis The Menace, Battleground), born in Oakland, California (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Rudolf Bruci, composer
  • 1918 John Gray, FRS/marine biologist
  • 1918 Joseph Allen Jr, American actor (The Night Before the Divorce, Motor Madness), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1919 McGeorge Bundy, national security adviser (JFK), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1919 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost; Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Countess of Sutherland, English great land owner/multi-millionaire
  • 1921 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo), born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • 1922 German Germanovich Galinin, composer
  • 1922 J F Coates, naval architect
  • 1922 Peter Jona Korn, composer
  • 1922 Turhan Bey [Sahultavy], Austrian-born actor dubbed "The Turkish Delight" (Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2012)
  • 1922 German Galynin, Russian composer, born in Tula, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1923 Herbert Asmodi, writer
  • 1923 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Milko Kelemen, Croat composer (Archetypon), born in Slatina, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (now Croatia) (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) (d. 2019)
  • 1925 John Wells, British politician (C)
  • 1926 Lord Rayner [Derek Rayner], Norwich, Norfolk, English businessman and chief executive (Marks & Spencer)
  • 1926 Ray McAnally, Irish actor (The Mission, My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian), born in Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1989)
  • 1926 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1963-77; Bangor Symphony, 1981-92), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1926 Sydney Chaplin, American actor and son of Charlie Chaplin (Limelight, Adding Machine), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2009)

Ingvar Kamprad

1926 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), born in Pjätteryd, Sweden (d. 2018)

  • 1927 Lord Armstrong of Ilminster [Robert Armstrong], British life peer
  • 1927 Peter Marshall, TV game show host (Hollywood Squares), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • 1927 Wally Grout, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (51 Tests, 187 dismissals, 3 x 50s), born in Mackay, Australia (d. 1968)
  • 1928 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Richard Trant, British general
  • 1928 Tom Sharpe, English historian/author (Riotous Assembly, Want), (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law, The Last Days of Patton), born near Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Shirley Stoler, American actress (The Honeymoon Killers, Seven Beauties), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Lord Browne-Wilkinson [Nicolas Christopher Henry Browne-Wilkinson], Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (UK)
  • 1930 John Astin, American actor (I'm Dickens, He's Fenster; The Addams Family), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1930 Rolf Harris, Australian-British comedian, actor, painter, singer-songwriter ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport", television personality, and convicted sex offender, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1931 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1931 Harold Burrage, American blues and jazz singer, and pianist (Hi Yo Silver), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931 Sándor Szokolay, Hungarian composer and pedagogue, born in Kunágota, Hungary (d. 2013)
  • 1932 A J Zuckerman, Dean (Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine)
  • 1932 Ted Morgan, Swiss-born writer
  • 1933 Jean-Claude Brialy, Algerian actor and director (Églantine, Circle of Love, Cousins), born in Aumale, Algeria (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Joe Ruby, American animator (co-creator of Scooby-Doo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Lord Tanlaw [Simon Mackay], crossbench member of the House of Lords
  • 1934 Lanny Morgan, American West coast jazz and studio alto saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1935 Alan Jackson, CEO (BTR)
  • 1935 Gordon Mumma, American pianist, composer, and educator (University of California, 1975-94), born in Framingham, Massachusetts
  • 1935 John Charles Eaton, composer
  • 1935 Karl Berger, German jazz pianist, vibraphone player, and musicologist, born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1936 Mark Burns, British director (Juggernaut)
  • 1936 Richard Baker, Santa Fe NM, Zen teacher (Dharma Sangha)
  • 1937 J S Jennings, CEO (Shell Transport & Trading Co)
  • 1937 Jay W Macintosh, American actress (Sons & Daughters), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1937 Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth [Ian MacLaurin], Blackheath, Kent, British businessman and chairman (Vodafone)

Warren Beatty

1937 Warren Beatty, American actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • 1938 Martin Dunne, Lord-Lt (Warwickshire)
  • 1939 Robert Herbin, French soccer defender (23 caps; Saint-Étienne) and manager (Saint-Étienne, Lyon, Strasbourg), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)

Jerry Lucas

1940 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Olympic gold 1960, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

  • 1940 Norman Gifford, cricketer (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73)
  • 1940 Jim Criner, American college football coach (Boise State, Iowa State, Scottish Claymores), born in Lurton, Arkansas
  • 1941 Brendan O'Friel, CEO (Prison Governors Association)
  • 1941 Robert C Smith, (Rep-R-NH, 1985- )
  • 1941 Ron Johnston, English geographer, born in Swindon, England (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Sven Hamrin, Swedish road race cycler (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1941 Robert "Bob" Smith, American politician, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1942 George Esson, Chief Constable (Dumfries & Galloway)
  • 1942 Graeme Edge, British rock drummer, and poet (Moody Blues - "The Dream"; "Morning Glory"), born in Rocester, Staffordshire England (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Bob Blewett, cricketer (father of Greg South Aust batsman 1975-79)
  • 1943 Jay Traynor, American pop singer (Jay and the Americans, 1960-62 - "She Cried"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Ken Forssi, American bassist (Love), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1944 Gerrit Komrij, Dutch poet/essayist (Happy Schizo)

Eric Clapton

1945 Eric Clapton, English singer and guitarist (Cream - "Sunshine Of Your Love; Derek & The Dominos - "Layla"; solo -"Tears in Heaven"), born in Ripley, Surrey, England

  • 1945 Johnnie Walker [Peter Dingley], British radio DJ, born in Birmingham
  • 1945 Richard Evans, British graphic designer, album cover designer (The Who; The Doors; Pink Floyd; Louis Armstrong), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire
  • 1947 Ryszard Kotla, Polish travel writer and activist, tour guide, journalist, academic teacher, engineer
  • 1947 Marilyn Crispell, American jazz pianist and composer (Anthony Braxton Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, American rock vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Benton Harbor, Michigan
  • 1948 Justin Deas, actor (As The World Turns, Santa Barbara), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Mervyn King, English economist, Governor of the Bank of England (2003-13), born in Chesham Bois
  • 1948 Eddie Jordan, Irish motorsport F1 boss and TV commentator, born in Dublin
  • 1949 Leslie Joan Corn, theatre producer/director/writer
  • 1949 Sue Cook, British broadcaster
  • 1949 Naomi Sims, American fashion model and businesswoman
  • 1949 Liza Frulla, Quebec politician
  • 1949 Dana (Richenda Antoinette) "Dana" Gillespie, English actress and singer (Jesus Christ Superstar), born in Surrey, England
  • 1949 Lene Lovich, English-American singer, songwriter and musician (Lucky Number), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Dave Ball, British guitarist (Procul Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Dave McCurdy, American lawyer, politician (US Representative for Oklahoma (D), 1981-95 ), and lobbyist, born in Canadian, Texas
  • 1950 Gene Bowen, American guitarist and composer (Wonder's Edge), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 1950 Rupert Greenall, British rock keyboardist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero"), born in Wisbech, England

Robbie Coltrane

1950 Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor (Harry Potter films) and comedian, born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire

  • 1951 Yves Séguin, Quebec politician
  • 1952 Peter Knights, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1953 Cydney Bernard, American film producer
  • 1955 Randy Vanwarmer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Just When I Needed You Most"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2004)
  • 1956 Bill Butler, Scottish politician
  • 1957 Elena V Kondakova, cosmonaut (STS 84), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1957 Paul Reiser, American actor (My 2 Dads, Diner, Aliens, Mad About You), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Yelena Vladimirovna Kondakova, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM 20, STS 84)
  • 1958 Joey Sindelar, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles), born in Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • 1958 Maurice LaMarche, Canadian-American comedian and voice actor (Hey Arnold!), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Peter Ellis, convicted child abuser
  • 1959 Sabine Meyer, German clarinetist
  • 1960 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1961 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)
  • 1962 M C Hammer [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California
  • 1962 Bil Dwyer, American comedian and TV host, born in Evergreen Park, Illinois
  • 1963 Jenny Lidback, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1995), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1963 Lomas Brown, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1963 Eli-Eri Moura, Brazilian composer and conductor
  • 1963 Ximo Tebar, Spanish jazz and flamenco guitarist, and composer (Goes Blue), born in Valencia, Spain
  • 1964 Corey Millen, Cloquet, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1964 Dave Ellett, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1964 Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter (Fast Car; Give Me One Reason), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1964 Vlado Bozinovski, Australian former footballer
  • 1964 Ian Ziering, American actor (Beverly Hills 90210), born in West Orange, New Jersey
  • 1965 Piers Morgan, English newspaper editor and TV personality (Daily Mirror, CNN), born in Newick, England
  • 1966 Joey Castillo, American drummer (Queens of the Stone Age, 2002-12), born in Gardena, California
  • 1966 Efstratios Grivas, Greek chess grandmaster and author, born in Aigio, Greece
  • 1967 Julie Richardson, tennis star (1992 Futures-Canberra), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress and singer

Celine Dion

1968 Celine Dion, Canadian singer ("My Heart Will Go On"; "The Power Of Love"; "Tell Him" ), born in Charlemagne, Quebec

  • 1968 Donna D'Errico, American actress (Baywatch) and Playboy playmate (Sep, 1995), born in Dothan, Alabama