Birthdays in History on March 10

  • 1415 Vasili II 'the Blind' Grand Prince of Moscow (1425-62) (d. 1462)

Ferdinand II of AragonFerdinand II of Aragon (1452-1516)

King of Aragon (1479-1516), King of Naples (1504-16), born in Sada Palace, Sos, Aragon

  • 1503 Ferdinand I, German emperor (1558-64)
  • 1538 Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk; executed by Queen Elizabeth (1572)
  • 1628 Constantine Huygens Jr, Dutch poet/painter/cartoonist
  • 1628 Marcello Malpighi, Italian physician who founded the science of microscopic anatomy, born in Crevalcore, near Bologna, Papal States (d. 1694)
  • 1656 Adolf H van Rechteren, Dutch diplomat/politician
  • 1709 Georg Steller, German naturalist (d. 1746)
  • 1745 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (d. 1807)
  • 1748 John Playfair, Scottish clergyman, geologist and mathematician, born in Benvie, Scotland (d. 1819)
  • 1769 Joseph Williamson, English philanthropist and tunnel builder (Williamson tunnels in Liverpool), born in West Riding, England (d. 1840)
  • 1771 Georg Friedrich Creuzer, German classical scholar (Idea und Probe), born in Marburg an der Lahn, Hesse (d. 1858)
  • 1772 Friedrich von Schlegel, German romantic writer/critic (Lucinde)
  • 1776 Louise, Queen of Prussia, wife of Frederick William III (famously pleaded with Napoleon), born in Hanover (d. 1810)
  • 1787 William Etty, English painter of historical nudes, born in York, England (d. 1849)
  • 1788 Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, German poet (Das Marmorbild)
  • 1796 José María Vargas, Venezuelan doctor, botanist and 2nd President of Venezuela (1835-36), born in La Guaira, Venezuela (d. 1854)
  • 1809 William David Porter, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1864)
  • 1810 John McCloskey, 1st American cardinal and Archbishop of New York, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1885)
  • 1810 Samuel Ferguson, Irish poet (d. 1886)
  • 1812 Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/min of Justice
  • 1818 George Wythe Randolph, American Secretary of War for the Confederacy, born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1867)
  • 1822 Willem Roelofs, Dutch painter and lithographer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1897)
  • 1824 Thomas James Churchill, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1905)
  • 1832 William Henry Penrose, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born at Madison Barracks in Sackett's Harbor, New York (d. 1903)
  • 1842 Ina Coolbrith, American poet laureate of California (1st poet laureate of any US state), born in Nauvoo, Illinois (d. 1928)
  • 1846 Edward Baker Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (d. 1850)

Kate SheppardKate Sheppard (1847-1934)

New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, born in Liverpool, England

  • 1850 Mary Mills Patrick, American author and 1st President of Istanbul Woman's College, born in Canterbury, New Hampshire (d. 1940)
  • 1867 Hector Guimard, French Art Nouveau architect and designer (entrances to Paris Metros), born in Lyon (d. 1942)

Lillian WaldLillian Wald (1867-1940)

American pioneering nurse and social activist who started American community nursing with the Henry Street Settlement in NYC, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 1873 Jakob Wassermann, German novelist (My Life as German & Jew)
  • 1876 Edvard Eriksen, Danish-Icelandic sculptor, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1959)
  • 1877 David M Chumaceiro, Curacao, poet
  • 1878 Karel van de Woestijne, Flemish writer/poet (God at Sea)
  • 1885 Hans Luther, German politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), born in Berlin (d. 1962)
  • 1887 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese martial artist and Grandmaster of Ninjutsu (d. 1972)
  • 1891 Jacob van Gelderen, Dutch economist/sociologist and politician (SDAP)
  • 1892 Gregory La Cava, American director (d. 1952)
  • 1896 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, born in London (d. 1965)
  • 1896 Sherman Billingsley, American bootlegger and nightclub owner (Stock Club- NYC), born in Enid, Oklahoma Territory (d. 1966)
  • 1899 Robert Meier, German WW1 veteran, formerly Germany's oldest man. (d. 2007)
  • 1909 Gerard Croiset, Dutch parapsychologist, born in Laren, Netherlands
  • 1915 Harry Bertoia, Italian-born American artist and furniture designer (d. 1978)
  • 1917 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII
  • 1918 Günther Rall, German ace fighter pilot, born in Gaggenau, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Alfred Peet, Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Paul Coates, American columnist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photographer (Een liefdesgeschiedenis), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1900)
  • 1925 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Sef Imkamp, Dutch politician (D66)
  • 1927 Paul Wunderlich, German lithographer/painter/sculptor

James Earl RayJames Earl Ray (1928-1998)

American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Alton, Illinois

  • 1935 Graham Farmer, Australian rules footballer
  • 1935 Ivan Calin, Moldavian President and Prime Minister 1980-1990), born in Ribneta, Moldova (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Oscar Abrams, Guyanese-born architect and community organizer (Keskidee Centre) (d. 1996)
  • 1940 David Rabe, American playwright (Streamers), born in Dubuque, Iowa
  • 1941 George Smith, American Chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2018), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1945 Birgitta Sellén, Swedish politician
  • 1945 Elizabeth Brumfiel [Elizabeth Stern], American feminist archaeologist, former president of the American Anthropological Association
  • 1947 Bob Greene, American journalist (Chicago Tribune), born in Bexley, Ohio
  • 1947 Laurie Langenbach, Dutch author
  • 1947 Paul Condon, Baron Condon, British law enforcement officer (Metropolitan Police Commissioner, 1993-2000)

Kim CampbellKim Campbell (75 years old)

1947 Canada's 1st female Prime Minister and 19th overall (1993), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

  • 1948 Ed Grundy, American rocker (Bloodrock)
  • 1952 Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe politician
  • 1952 Oupa J. Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)

Osama bin LadenOsama bin Laden (1957-2011)

Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda, born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • 1961 Laurel Clark, American naval officer and NASA astronaut (died in Columbia space shuttle disaster), born in Ames, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • 1964 David Faber, American television reporter

Prince EdwardPrince Edward (58 years old)

1964 Prince of Britain and son of Elizabeth II, born in Buckingham Palace, London

  • 1967 Omer Tarin [Omer Salim Khan], Pakistani poet, scholar and activist, born in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 1968 Felice Arena, Australian children's author (Specky Magee), born in Kyabram, Australia
  • 1968 Thio Li-ann, Singaporean law academic and Nominated Member of Parliament
  • 1972 Takashi Fujii, Japanese television performer (Matthew's Best Hit TV), born in Toyonaka, Japan
  • 1975 Lyne Bessette, Quebec professional cyclist
  • 1977 Colin Murray, British radio DJ
  • 1983 Reena Virk, Canadian murder victim (d. 1997)
  • 1985 Kim Leclerc, Canadian politician