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Famous Birthdays on March 7

Lucilla

148 Lucilla, Rome, Roman noblewoman (daughter of Marcus Aurelius and sister of Commodus) (between 148-150 AD), born in Rome

  • 189 Publius Septimius Geta, Roman Emperor, born in Rome (d. 211)
  • 1481 Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect and painter, born in Siena, Italy (d. 1536)
  • 1543 Johan Casimir, German prince (occupied Gent), born in Simmern, Germany (d. 1592)
  • 1556 Guillaume du Vair, French writer and thinker, born in Paris (d. 1621)
  • 1574 John Wilbye, English madrigal composer, born in Brome, Suffolk (d. 1638)
  • 1621 Georg Neumark, German composer and poet, born in Langensalza (d. 1681)
  • 1663 Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian composer and violinist (d. 1745)

Rob Roy

1671 Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero and outlaw, baptized in Buchanan, Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 1734)

  • 1678 Filippo Juvarra, Italian architect, born in Messina, Italy (d. 1736)
  • 1682 Johan Willem, Duke of Ripperda, Dutch political adventurer, born in Oldehove, Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1737)
  • 1687 Jean Lebeuf, French historian, born in Auxerre, France (d. 1760)
  • 1693 Clement XIII [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), born in Venice (d. 1769)
  • 1707 Stephen Hopkins, American politician who signed the US Declaration of Independence, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1785)
  • 1715 Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist, born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1755)
  • 1715 Ewald Christian von Kleist, German poet (d. 1759)
  • 1730 Baron de Breteuil, French statesman (d. 1807)
  • 1731 Jean-Louis Laruette, French musician and composer of comic opera, born in Paris, France (d. 1792)
  • 1762 Sebastiaan Cornelius Nederburgh, Dutch statesman, director-general East Indies Company, responsible for Nederburgh's Charter), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1811)
  • 1765 Nicéphore Niépce, French inventor of photography (d. 1833)
  • 1769 Josef Alois Ladurner, Austrian composer and priest, born in Algund (d. 1851)
  • 1773 Tommaso Marchesi, Italian composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1852)
  • 1785 Alessandro Manzoni, Italian poet/novelist (Betrothed)
  • 1788 Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist who pioneered the study of electric and luminescent phenomena, born in Châtillon-Coligny, France (d. 1878)

John Herschel

1792 John Herschel, English astronomer and photographer who invented the blueprint and catalogued southern hemisphere stars, born in Slough, England (d. 1871)

  • 1797 Carl Schwencke, German pianist and composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1870)
  • 1799 Frantisek L. Celakovsky, Czech poet (national anthem, folk song)
  • 1807 Franz Graf von Pocci, German founding director of the Munich Marionette Theatre (Punch and Judy), poet, and illustrator of children's literature (Viola Tricolor: In Picture and Rhyme), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1876)
  • 1811 Christian Heinrich Hohmann, German composer, born in Niederwerrn (d. 1861)
  • 1813 Judocus Smits, Dutch Catholic newspaper pioneer/founder (The Time)

James Donnelly

1816 James Donnelly, Irish-Canadian patriarch of the Donnelly family (Black Donnelly massacre), born in Ireland (d. 1880)

  • 1820 Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, German composer and teacher, born in Bnin (d. 1900)
  • 1820 Emilio Faà di Bruno, Italian naval captain, born in Alessandria, Piedmont, Kingdom of Sardinia (now Italy) (d. 1866)
  • 1822 Victor Masse, French composer, born in Lorient, France (d. 1884)
  • 1825 Francesco Faà di Bruno, Italian mathematician, and later Catholic priest and advocate for the poor, born in Alessandria, Piedmont, Kingdom of Sardinia (now Italy) (d. 1888)
  • 1827 Henry DeLamar Clayton, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)
  • 1831 John Bratton [Old Reliable], American physician and Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Winnsboro, South Carolina (d. 1898)
  • 1832 Orlando Metcalfe Poe, American engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Navarre, Ohio (d. 1895)
  • 1837 Henry Draper, American astronomer (Moon, Orion Nebula), born in Prince Edward County, Virginia (d. 1882)
  • 1841 Olegario Victor Andrade, Argentine, journalist and poet (El nido de condores), born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (d. 1882)
  • 1841 William Rockhill Nelson, founder of The Kansas City Star and patron of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (d. 1915)
  • 1844 Anthony Comstock, American anti-vice crusader/philatelist, born in New Canaan, Connecticut (d. 1915)
  • 1845 Daniel David Palmer, Canadian founder of chiropractic (1897 Palmer School of Chiropractic), born in Port Perry, Canada West (d. 1913)
  • 1846 Whitcomb Judson, American inventor (zipper), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1909)

Luther Burbank

1849 Luther Burbank, American horticulturist who developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, born in Lancaster, Massachusetts (d. 1926)

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

1850 Tomáš Masaryk, Czech philosopher and 1st President of Czechoslovakia (1918-35), born in Hodonín, Austrian Empire (d. 1937)

  • 1850 Champ Clark, American politician, US Speaker of the House (1911-19), born in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky (d. 1921)
  • 1856 Matilde Serao [Tuffolina], Italian writer (Land of Cockayne)
  • 1857 Julius Wagner von Jauregg, Austrian psychiatrist (Nobel 1927)
  • 1858 Nikolai Artzibushev, Russian composer, born in Tsarskoye Selo (d. 1937)
  • 1866 Paul Ernst, German writer, born in Elbingerode, Kingdom of Hanover (d. 1933)
  • 1869 Ernst Cohen, Dutch chemist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1869 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1909)

Piet Mondrian

1872 Piet Mondrian, Dutch abstract painter (Broadway Boogie Woogie), born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1944)

  • 1872 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, Russian composer (Rhapsodie hébraïque; Prince Lake), and teacher, born in Taganrog, Russia (d. 1964)
  • 1873 Madame Sul-Te-Wan [Nellie Crawford], American actress (The Birth of a Nation, Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1959)

Maurice Ravel

1875 Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), born in Ciboure, France (d. 1937)

  • 1876 Edgar Evans, Welsh explorer (part of Robert Scott's Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica), born in Rhossili, Wales (d. 1912)
  • 1878 Boris Kustodiev, Russian painter (d. 1927)
  • 1883 Carl Deis, American composer and organist, born in New York City (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Marion Lord, American actress (Broadway), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1942)
  • 1886 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 1974)
  • 1886 René Thomas, French auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1914), born in Périgueux, France (d. 1975)
  • 1887 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, born in Tartu, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Alidius WLT van Starkenborch Stachouwer, gov of Neth Indies (1936-45)
  • 1888 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Marcel Barger [Meyer Streliskie], Dutch cabaret performer (I keep Susy) (died in Auschwitz 1942)
  • 1893 Milton Avery, American artist, born in Almar, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Juan Jose Castro, Argentine composer, born in Avellaneda, Argentina (d. 1968)
  • 1896 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, born in Ragnit, East Prussia (d. 1958)
  • 1898 Jan Bata, Czech shoe manufacturer
  • 1900 Evald Aav, Estonian composer (Vikerlased), born in Tallinn (d. 1939) [OS 22 Feb]
  • 1900 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter
  • 1900 [Albert] Carel Willink, Dutch painter (magic realism)
  • 1902 Heinz Rühmann, German actor and director (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick), born in Essen, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), born in Lunner, Norway (d. 1969)

Reinhard Heydrich

1904 Reinhard Heydrich, German Nazi leader (head of Bohemia and Moravia and the Reich Main Security Office), born in Halle an der Saale (d. 1942)

  • 1904 Virginia Downing, American actress (The Gig, Butterfield 8), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Vera Fjodorova Panova, Russian author (Sputniki)
  • 1906 Alejandro Garcia Caturla, Cuban composer, born in Remedios, Cuba (d. 1940)
  • 1906 Hans Lachman, German born Dutch Jewish composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Juan Francisco Giacobbe, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1990)

Anna Magnani

1908 Anna Magnani, Italian actress (The Rose Tattoo; Miracle; Wild is the Wind), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1973)

  • 1908 Joop [Joseph] van Santen, Dutch 1st chamber member (CPN)
  • 1908 Tomas de Manzarraga, Spanish composer, born in Igorre, Spain (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Nat Gonella, British big band jazz trumpeter, mellophonist, singer, and bandleader (The Georgians; Oh, Monah), born in Islington, London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1909 Greta Schoon, German poet, born in Spetzerfehn (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Leo Malet, French crime novelist (Nestor Burma novels), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Josef Veselka, Czech choral conductor (Prague Philharmonic Choir, 1959-81), and pedagogue, born in Nové Město na Moravě, Czechoslovaia (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Stefan Kisielewski, Polish composer, writer and politician, born in Warsaw (d. 1991)
  • 1911 Louis Cottrell Jr., Creole-American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist (Heritage Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1914 Morton DaCosta, director (Island of Love; The Music Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1915 Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician, French Prime Minister and President of the National Assembly, born in Paris, France (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Davis Roberts [Robert Davis], American character actor (Westworld; Star Trek; The Killers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Janet Collins, American ballerina, choreographer, and teacher born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Robert Erickson, American composer, born in Marquette, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • 1918 June Wayne, American artist, lithographer and teacher (Tamarind Lithography Workshop), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Jocelyn Hambro, British financier (Hambros Bank), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian writer (Twilight in Jakarta), born in Padang, Dutch East Indies (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Willie Watson, English cricket batsman (23 Tests, 2 x 100s) and soccer midfielder (4 caps; Sunderland), born in Bolton upon Dearne, England (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (fluid dynamics), born in Kologriv, Soviet Russia (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Patrick "Paddy" Clancy, Irish folk singer, harmonic player, and songwriter (The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem - "Carrickfergus"), born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Bobo Holloman, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter on MLB debut 1953; St. Louis Browns), born in Thomaston, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Mahlon Clark, American big band jazz and session clarinetist, born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Eduardo Paolozzi, Scottish sculptor (Hydra), born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Kobo Abe, playwright (Woman, the Dunes), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1925 Richard Vernon, British character actor (A Hard Days Night; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Gandhi), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Rene Gagnon, US Marine shown in photograph of the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1979)
  • 1927 James Broderick, American actor and director (Dog Day Afternoon, Family), born in Charlestown, New Hampshire (d. 1982)
  • 1927 Jean-Paul Desbiens, Quebec writer and teacher (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Henri Landwirth, Belgian-American hotel owner and philanthropist
  • 1929 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Antony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and husband of Princess Margaret, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1931 C W Stubblefield, American restaurateur and music promoter, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Cornelis T "Cor" van de Molen, Dutch journalist (Beehive)
  • 1931 Wálter Taibo, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (30 caps; Huracán, C.A. Peñarol), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), born in Glendale, California (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Jackie Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1934 Nari Contractor, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman & captain), born in Godhra, India
  • 1934 Willard Scott, American weather forecaster (Today Show), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 2021)
  • 1934 Giorgos Katsaros, Greek musician and composer, born in Corfu
  • 1936 Georges Perec, French writer (Seire Noire, Retour a la bien-aimee)
  • 1936 Colin Appleton, English soccer midfielder (Leicester City 277 games) and manager (Hull City, Swansea City, Exeter City), born in Scarborough, England (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Anne Kristen, Scottish actress (Coronation St, Sunset Song), (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Don Bonker, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1975-89), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1938 Homero Blancas, American golfer (US Ryder Cup 1973), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938 Janet Guthrie, American professional race car driver (1st woman to race in Indie 500 and Daytona 500), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1938 David Baltimore, American biologist (1975 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine), born in New York City
  • 1939 Marion Marlowe, American singer (Arthur Godfrey & Friends), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1939 Panajot Pano, Albanian football star known as the "The little Puskás", born in Durrës, Albania (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Daniel J Travanti, American actor (Hill Street Blues - "Capt. Frank Furillo"), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1940 Harald Gerlach, German writer, born in Bolesławiec, Poland (d. 2001)
  • 1940 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • 1940 Viktor Savinykh, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5), born in Berezkiny, Kirov
  • 1942 Michael Eisner, American CEO (Walt Disney), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1942 Paul Preuss, American sci-fi author (Medusa Encounter, Starfire)
  • 1942 Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner), American Christian singer and former wife of Jim Bakker (The PTL Club), born in International Falls, Minnesota (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Tommy F. Robinson, American politician (Rep-D-AR, 1985-91), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1942 U N Kulkarni, Indian cricketer (pace bowler in four Tests 1967-68), born in Alibagh, India
  • 1942 Charles R. Boutin, American politician (Maryland), born in Troy, New York
  • 1943 Chris White, British rock singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1943 Leon Sylvers III, American rocker and producer (The Sylers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1944 Elton Gallegly, American politician (Rep-R-California 1987-2013), born in Huntington Park, California
  • 1944 Jürgen Theobaldy, German writer, born in Strasberg, France
  • 1944 Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter ("Kathleen"; "Loretta"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1944 Stanley Schmidt, American science fiction writer and editor, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1944 Michael Rosbash, American geneticist (Nobel Prize 2017, Drosophila period gene), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1945 Arthur Lee, American rock singer-songwriter (Love - "Forever Changes"; "Vindicator"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1945 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Matthew Fisher, English rock keyboardist (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in London, England
  • 1946 Peter Wolf [Blankenfield], American rock singer (J. Geils Band - "Centerfold"; "Freeze Frame"), born in the Bronx, New York City
  • 1947 Donna Loren, American singer and actress (Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Lewis J Stadlen, American stage and screen actor (Minnie's Boys - "Groucho"; Savages; Windy City; Benson), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Richard Lawson, American actor (Eddie-O'Neills), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1947 Robert O'Neill Crossman, politician
  • 1947 Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver
  • 1949 Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician, born in Bhalessa, Dominion of India
  • 1949 Rex Hunt, Australian TV and radio personality and former Australian rules player, born in Mentone, Australia
  • 1950 Franco Harris, American Hall of Fame NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • 1950 Mark Pinter, American actor (Behind the Screen, Another World), born in Decorah, Iowa
  • 1950 Iris Chacón, Puerto Rican singer, dancer, and TV personality born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1950 J.R. Richard, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; NL ERA leader 1979; NL strikeout leader 1978, 79; Houston Astros), born in Vienna, Louisiana (d. 2021)
  • 1951 (Francis) Rocco Prestia, American funk-rock bassist (Tower of Power),born in Sonora, California (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Ernie Isley, American vocalist and guitarist (The Isley Brothers - "It's Your Thing"; "Heat is On"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1952 Lynn Swann, American College/Pro Football HOF wide receiver (USC; Super Bowl 1974, 75 [MVP], 78, 79; First-team All-Pro 1978; 3 × Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Alcoa, Tennessee

Viv Richards

1952 Viv Richards, Antiguan cricketer and master blaster (West Indies), born in St. Johns, British Leeward Islands

  • 1953 Jules Shear, American rock musician and songwriter ("If She Knew What She Wants"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Kenny Aronoff, American drummer (John Mellencamp), born in Albany, New York
  • 1954 Matt Frenette, Canadian rock drummer (Loverboy)
  • 1955 Tommy Kramer, American football player, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955 Anupam Kher, Bollywood actor (Vijay, Silver Linings Playbook), and Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, born in Shimla, India

Bryan Cranston

1956 Bryan Cranston, American actor (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), born in Canoga Park, California

  • 1957 Robert Harris, British TV reporter, journalist and author (Fatherland, Enigma), born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
  • 1958 Rik Mayall, English comedian & actor (Drop Dead Fred, The Young Ones), born in Epping, Essex, (d. 2014)
  • 1958 Alan Hale, American astronomer (Comet Hale–Bopp), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1959 Tom Lehman, American golfer (British Open 1996; Senior PGA C'ship 2010, Tradition 2011-12), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1959 Donna Murphy, American musical theatre actress (The King and I), born in Queens, New York

Ivan Lendl

1960 Ivan Lendl, American, Czech tennis player (8-time Grand Slam title winner), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

Joe Carter

1960 Joe Carter, American MLB outfielder (MLB All-Star 1991–94, 96; World Series 1992, 93; Silver Slugger Award 1991, 92; Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • 1960 Chris Rodriguez, American pop and country session and touring guitarist and vocalist, and contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1961 Mary Beth Evans, American actress (Katherine-General Hospital), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1961 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1962 Taylor Dayne [Leslie Wunderman], American vocalist ("Tell It To My Heart"; "I'll Always Love You"), born in New York
  • 1962 Peter Manley, English Darts Player (PDC World C'ship runner-up 1999, 2002, 2006), born in London, England
  • 1963 Mike Eagles, Canadian NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Sussex, New Brunswick
  • 1963 Bill Brochtrup, American actor (NYPD Blue), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1964 Jennifer McCarters, American country singer (McCarters - "The Gift"), born in Sevierville, Tennessee
  • 1964 Jeff Criswell, American NFL tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Grinnell, Iowa
  • 1964 Denyce Graves, American mezzo-soprano (Carmen), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 Bret Easton Ellis, American writer (American Psycho), born in Los Angeles, California

Wanda Sykes

1964 Wanda Sykes, American actress and comedienne (Black-ish), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • 1964 Mikhail Popkov, Russian serial killer of 55 people, born in Angarsk, USSR
  • 1965 Cameron Daddo, Australian actor (Brian Petersen-Models Inc), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1965 Jesper Parnevik, Swedish golfer (Ryder Cup 1997, 99, 2002; British Open 2004, 07 runner-up), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1965 Steve Beuerlein, American NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars, Car Panthers), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 [Willie] Flipper Anderson, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Paulsboro, New Jersey
  • 1965 Jack Armstrong, American baseball player, born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1966 Jeff Feagles, American NFL punter (Arizona Cardinals), born in Anaheim, california
  • 1966 Terry Carkner, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Smiths Falls, Canada
  • 1966 Joy Tanner, American actress, born in Rochester, New York