Birthdays in History on March 21

TaizuTaizu (927-976 AD)

Founder and 1st Emperor of the Song Dynasty (960-976) who reunified most of China by conquering the states of Southern Tang, Later Shu, Southern Han and Jingnan, born in Luoyang, Henan, China

  • 1466 French van Brederode, leader Hoeksen
  • 1474 Angela Merici, Italian monastery founder/saint
  • 1521 Maurice, Duke and later Elector of Saxony (1547-53), (d. 1553)
  • 1713 Francis Lewis, signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1763 Jean Paul, German romantic writer (Titan), born in Wunsiedel, Franconia (d. 1825)
  • 1765 Henry Fagel, Dutch/English baron/diplomat
  • 1768 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier, mathematician/Egyptologist
  • 1801 Maria Theresa of Tuscany, Queen of Sardinia (d. 1855)
  • 1806 Benito Pablo Juarez, president of Mexico (1858-72), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 1811 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (d. 1891)
  • 1813 James Jesse Strang, King of Mormons on Beaver Is, MI (1850-56)

Henry Ossian FlipperHenry Ossian Flipper (1856-1940)

American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877, born in Thomasville, Georgia

  • 1863 George Owen Squier, American inventor and Major General in U.S. Signal Corp (d. 1934)
  • 1865 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1940)
  • 1866 Antonia Caetana de Paiva Pereira Maury, astronomer

Albert KahnAlbert Kahn (1869-1942)

American architect known as the "architect of Detroit", born in Rhaunen, Kingdom of Prussia

  • 1869 Florenz Ziegfeld, producer (Ziegfield Follies)
  • 1880 Hans Hofmann, German/American painter (Search for the Real)
  • 1880 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist
  • 1884 George D Birkhoff, American mathematician (Aesthetic measure)
  • 1887 Edwin Scharff, German "entartet" painter/sculptor
  • 1889 Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat and genealogist, born in Vienna (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Geoffrey Dearmer, poet
  • 1900 Eugenie Leontovitch, Russian actress (Homicidal, The Rains of Ranchipur), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1901 Karl Arnold, German politician (d. 1958)
  • 1901 Richard Leslie Hill, historian
  • 1902 William Downie Forrest, journalist
  • 1904 Forrest Mars Sr., American candymaker (d. 1999)
  • 1905 Phyllis McGinley, American poet (Pulitzer 1961, Love Letters)
  • 1906 Jim Thompson, American designer and businessman
  • 1906 John D. Rockefeller III, billionaire philanthropist (oil)
  • 1910 M S Khan, Bangladeshi intellectual (d. 1978)
  • 1910 Nick Castle, American choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1913 George Ghita Ionescu, academic
  • 1913 Max Youngstein, American producer (United Artists), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Herman Siles Zuazo, politician
  • 1917 Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Geoffrey Pinnington, journalist
  • 1920 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (d. 1975)
  • 1921 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician and President of Iraq (1963-66), born in Baghdad, Mandatory Iraq (d. 1966)
  • 1921 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Shri Mataji Nirmala Srivastava, Founder of Sahaja Yoga
  • 1925 John E. Grotberg, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1985-86), born in Winnebago, Minnesota (d. 1986)
  • 1927 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, born in Reideburg (d. 2016)
  • 1928 James W Kinnear, CEO (Texaco), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1928 Peter Hacks, German playwright (Tie Windloch)
  • 1931 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist
  • 1933 John Hall, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Michael Heseltine, UK Secretary of State for Defence (1986)/MP
  • 1935 Hubert Fichte, German writer, born in Perleberg (d. 1986)
  • 1936 Ed Broadbent, Canadian politician
  • 1938 Wilf Corrigan, English/US electronic manufacturer (LSI Logic)
  • 1941 Dirk D Frimout, Belgian cosmonaut
  • 1942 Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni politician and 1st President of Yemen (1990-2012), born in Bait el-Ahmar, Kingdom of Yemen (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher and cultural critic, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1950 Elena Firsova, Russian classical omposer (The Scent of Absence; Requiem), born in Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Sergey LavrovSergey Lavrov (72 years old)

1950 Russian politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-), born in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union

Jair BolsonaroJair Bolsonaro (67 years old)

1955 Brazilian politician and President of Brazil (2019-22), born in Glicério, São Paulo, Brazil

  • 1962 Mark Waid, American comic book writer
  • 1965 Xavier Bertrand, French politician
  • 1967 Adrian Chiles, British television and radio presenter, and sportscaster, born in Quinton, Birmingham, England
  • 1968 DJ Premier (Preemo), hip hop producer
  • 1972 Large Professor [William Mitchell], American hip hop artist (Main Source), born in New York City
  • 1978 Charmaine Dragun, Australian news anchor (d. 2007)
  • 1978 Kevin Federline, American dancer/hip hop artist
  • 2004 Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg