Birthdays in History on March 16

  • 1338 Thomas de Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick (d. 1401)
  • 1445 Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, Swiss-born preacher (d. 1510)
  • 1473 Henry IV the Pious, Duke of Saxony (d. 1541)
  • 1581 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch historian and writer (d. 1647)
  • 1585 Gerbrant A Bredero, Holland, poet/playwright (Klucht van de Koe)
  • 1631 René Le Bossu, French critic (d. 1680)
  • 1634 Contessa Marie Madeleine La Fayette, novelist
  • 1654 Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (d. 1704)
  • 1687 Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, queen consort in Prussia (d. 1757)
  • 1729 Georg W "Franz" Panzer, German vicar/librarian (Annales typographic)
  • 1739 George Clymer, American merchant (signed US Declaration of Independence, Constitution)
  • 1750 Caroline Herschel, German astronomer, (comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet), born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1848)

James MadisonJames Madison (1751-1836)

4th US President (1809-17), born in Port Conway, Virginia

  • 1757 Bengt Lidner, Swedish poet (Medea, Yttersa Domen)
  • 1773 Juan Ramón Balcarce, Argentine military leader and politician (d. 1836)

Matthew FlindersMatthew Flinders (1774-1814)

English explorer, Navigator and cartographer who was 1st to circumnavigate Australia, born in Donington, England [1]

  • 1776 Johan G Verstolk van Soelen, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs

Georg OhmGeorg Ohm (1789-1854)

German physicist and mathematician (Ohm's law), born in Erlangen, Bavaria

  • 1794 Ami Boué, Austrian geologist (d. 1881)

Anna AtkinsAnna Atkins (1799-1871)

English botanist, photographer and the 1st person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, born in Tonbridge, England

  • 1800 Emperor Ninko of Japan (d. 1846)
  • 1802 George Archibald McCall, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)
  • 1805 Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (d. 1861)
  • 1812 Henry Dwight Terry, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1869)
  • 1821 Ernest Feydeau, French author (Georges Feydeau)
  • 1822 John Pope, American Major General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1892)
  • 1822 Marie-Rosalie "Rosa" Bonheur, French animalière painter (The Horse Fair; Buffalo Bill), and sculptor, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1899)
  • 1832 Charles Camp Doolittle, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteer)
  • 1834 James Hector, Scottish geologist (d. 1907)
  • 1836 Andrew Smith Hallidie, American inventor of the cable car, born in London (d. 1900)
  • 1839 René F Armand Sully-Prudhomme, French poet, 1st Nobel winner (1901)
  • 1840 Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (d. 1931)
  • 1846 Gösta Mittag-Leffler, Swedish mathematician (d. 1927)
  • 1849 James E Smith, became father at 100 with woman 64 years younger
  • 1851 Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (1st to coin the name virus), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1931)
  • 1856 Napoléon IV, Prince Imperial, Head of the House of Bonaparte (1873-79), born in Paris, French Empire (d. 1879)
  • 1857 Charles Harding Firth, British historian, born in Ecclesall, Sheffield, England (d. 1936)
  • 1859 Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (d. 1906)
  • 1869 F. A. Forbes, Scottish author (d. 1936)
  • 1873 Hippoliet Daeye, Flemish painter (Sereniteit)
  • 1878 Clemens A Graaf von Galen, cardinal/bishop of Munster/anti-nazi
  • 1883 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (d. 1958)
  • 1892 Caesar Vallejo, Peruvian/French poet (Los Heraldos Negros)
  • 1901 Potti Sreeramulu, Indian revolutionary known as the Father of Andhra for conducting a 56 day hunger strike in support of a separate Telugu-speaking state, born in Nellore District, Madras, British India (d. 1952)
  • 1902 Lucie Rie, Austrian-born British potter, born in Vienna (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Mike Mansfield, American politician (Sen-D-Montana 1953-77) majority whip, born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1906 Francisco Ayala, Spanish writer, born in Granada, Spain (d. 2009)
  • 1910 Andrew Miller-Jones, British TV pioneer (Picture Page, Dressing Up), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Martijn Lijnema, boer/resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1911 Dr. Josef Mengele, German, accused Nazi war criminal (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Pierre Harmel, Belgian politician
  • 1912 (Thelma Catherine) "Pat" Nixon [née Ryan], American First Lady (1969-74), born in Ely, Nevada (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Lloyd McBride, union president (United Steelworkers)
  • 1917 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • 1918 Aldo E.van Eyck, Dutch architect (City Hall)
  • 1920 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (d. 1947)
  • 1920 Sid Fleischman, American author, and screenplay writer (The Whipping Boy; Blood Alley: The Abracadabra Kid), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Traudl Junge, German secretary to Adolf Hitler, born in Munich (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Anne Truitt [Anne Dean], American sculptor, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005), born in Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Geoffrey Freeman Allen, railway writer
  • 1922 Harding Lemay, American writer (Another World), born in North Bangor, New York
  • 1925 Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Charles Goodell, American politician (d. 1987)
  • 1927 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, US ambassador to UN/(Sen-D-NY, 1977- )
  • 1927 Vladimir Komarov, Soviet cosmonaut (Voshkod I, Soyuz 1) and the 1st human to die in a space flight, born in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union (d. 1967)
  • 1931 Don Richard Carpenter, American writer (Hard Rain Falling), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • 1932 Walter Cunningham, American astronaut (Apollo 7), born in Creston, Iowa (d. 2023)
  • 1933 Sandy Weill, American financier and philanthropist
  • 1934 Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Amos Tversky, Israeli cognitive and mathematical psychologist, born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1996)
  • 1939 Carlos Bilardo, Argetinian football coach
  • 1940 Jan P. Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1940 Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • 1941 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (d. 2002)
  • 1942 James Soong, Taiwanese politician
  • 1943 Ursula Goodenough, American biologicst, Evolutionary Scholar, author and educator, born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Margaret [Edith] Weis, American sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)
  • 1949 Bertha Knox Gilkey, welfare & tenament rights for urban women
  • 1952 Philippe Kahn, French-American entrepreneur
  • 1953 Richard Stallman, American free software activist
  • 1954 Colin Ireland, Kent, England, serial killer ('Gay Slayer'/ Coleherne killer), (d. 2012)
  • 1957 Pearl Moore, WBL guard (NY Stars)

Jorge RamosJorge Ramos (64 years old)

1958 Mexican-American Spanish-language new anchor (Noticiero Univision) and journalist, born in Mexico City

  • 1958 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1959 Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian politician (Prime Minister of Norway, 2000-1, 2005-13), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1959 Michael J Bloomfield, American USAF Major USAF and NASA astronaut (STS 86), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1963 Phung Vuong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1965 Mark Carney, Canadian economist, Governor of the Bank of England, and Chairman of the G20's Financial Stability Board, born in Fort Smith, Canada
  • 1973 Zef Eisenberg, British ultra-speed racer (world's fastest motorbike on sand 201.5mph; fastest wheel powered vehicle 210.33mph) and founder Maximuscle, born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1977 Donal Óg Cusack, Irish hurler
  • 1979 Rashad Moore, National Football League player