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Birthdays in History on March 25

  • 1252 Conradin, Duke of Swabia (d. 1268), son of Conradin IV
  • 1259 Andronikos II Palaiologos, Byzantine emperor (d. 1332)
  • 1297 Andronicus III Palaeologus, Byzantine emperor (d. 1341)
  • 1297 Arnost of Pardubice, Archbishop of Prague (d. 1364)
  • 1345 Blanche of Lancaster, English heiress and wife of John of Gaunt (d. 1369) date of birth disputed
  • 1347 Catherine of Siena, Italian saint (d. 1380)
  • 1404 John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, English military leader (d. 1444)
  • 1539 Christopher Clavius, German mathematician (d. 1612)
  • 1541 Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1587)
  • 1593 Jean de Brébeuf, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1594 Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher, Dutch writer
  • 1643 Louis Moréri, French encylopedist (d. 1680)
  • 1661 Paul de Rapin, French historian (d. 1725)
  • 1702 Pieter Teyler Van der Hulst, Dutch silk merchant (Teyler's Museum)
  • 1723 Kaat Mussel [Catharina Mulder], Dutch political protester in Rotterdam, born in Rotterdam
  • 1767 Joachim Murat, marshal of France, King of Naples (1808-15)

  • 1782 Caroline Bonaparte, Queen of Naples (d. 1839) and sister of Napoleon
  • 1786 Giovanni Battista Amici, Italian astronomer, physicist and botanist, born in Modena (d. 1863)
  • 1797 John Winebrenner, American clergyman, founded Church of God
  • 1800 Paulin Paris, French scholar and historian, born in Avenay, France (d. 1881)
  • 1808 Jose de Espronceda y Delgado, Spanish revolutionary and poet (Cortes)
  • 1818 Isaac Ingalls Stevens, American Major General (Union Army), born in North Andover, Massachusetts (d. 1862)
  • 1820 Xavier de Merode, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister to Pope in Rome (d. 1874)
  • 1823 William T. Thompson American Martin, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1910)
  • 1824 Clinton L. Merriam, American politician (Rep-(R)-NY) (d. 1900)
  • 1839 William Bell Wait, American educator of the blind (NY Point system), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 1916)
  • 1840 Myles Keogh, U.S. Soldier in U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment & Irish Soldier of Fortune (d. 1876)
  • 1848 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1863 Simon Flexner, American pathologist (d. 1946)
  • 1865 Pierre Weiss, French physicist (theory of ferromagnetism), born in Mulhouse, France (d. 1940)
  • 1867 John Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor (Mt Rushmore), born in St. Charles, Idaho Territory (d. 1941)
  • 1869 Gustaaf DFL Schamelhout, Flemish physician/writer
  • 1872 Vito Pardo, Italian sculptor (Columbus monument in Argentina)
  • 1873 Rudolf Rocker, German American anarchist, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1958)
  • 1877 Walter Little, Canadian politician (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Louis Dosfel, Flemish lawyer and writer (Assault!)

  • 1881 Mary Webb, English writer (Gone to Earth) born in Leighton, England (d. 1927)
  • 1884 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (d. 1950)
  • 1885 Veit Valentin, German/American historian (Deutsche Revolution)
  • 1886 Athenagoras, Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Marten Baersma [MH Bottema], Friesan author (De ljochte kimen)
  • 1893 Edward Hart, American politician (Rep-D-NJ)/1st chairman of Com on Un-American Activities, born in Jersey City (d. 1961)
  • 1895 Siegfried Handloser, German physician (d. 1954)
  • 1899 Bella Spewack, Hungarian playwright (Kiss Me Kate)
  • 1899 Jacques Audiberti, French poet (Race of Men)
  • 1903 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (d. 1990)

Person of interestA. J. P. Taylor

1906 A.J.P Taylor [Alan John Percival], English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), born in Southport, England (d. 1990)

Historian A. J. P. Taylor
Historian
A. J. P. Taylor
  • 1906 John Howard Pyle, American politician (Gov-R-Az, 1951-55), born in Sheridan, Wyoming, (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, born in London, England (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Willy Anthoons, Flemish sculptor (Mystic verheffing)

Person of interestJack Ruby

1911 Jack Ruby, American assassin who killed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • 1914 Marthe Robert, French essayist and translator who influenced Sigmund Freud, born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (Green Revolution - Nobel Peace Prize 1970), born in Cresco, Iowa (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Nancy Barbato Sinatra, first wife and life-long friend of Frank Sinatra, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1921 Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, Queen of Yugoslavia (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

  • 1923 Lee Hale, American choral director (The Entertainers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1925 Flannery O'Connor, American Southern novelist (A Good Man is Hard to Find), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1964)
  • 1926 Hans Rausing, Swedish British industrial billionaire (Tetra Pak)
  • 1928 James A. Lovell Jr, American astronaut (Gemini 7, 12, Apollo 8, 13), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1928 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, born in Gloucester, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Harris W. Fawell, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1985-99), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestGloria Steinem

1934 Gloria Steinem, American feminist and publisher (Ms Magazine), born in Toledo, Ohio

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Journalist
Gloria Steinem
  • 1937 Tom Monaghan, American founder of Dominos pizza, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1938 Daniel Buren, French conceptual artist, born in Paris, France
  • 1939 Toni Cade Bambara, American director, writer and academic (The Salt Easters), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Gudmund Hernes, Norwegian politician
  • 1944 Terry L Bruce, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1985-93), born in Olney, Illinois
  • 1946 Maurice Krafft, French vulcanologist who pioneered filming volcanic eruptions, born in Mulhouse, France (d. 1991)
  • 1946 Gerard John Schaefer, American serial killer (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Daniel Bensaïd, French philosopher and a leader of the Trotskyist movement in France, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2010)
  • 1947 Claudine Schneider, American politician (Rep-R-RI, 1981-91), born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Michael Stanley [Gee], American rocker (Michael Stanley Band - "My Town"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1952 Antanas Mockus, Colombian mathematician
  • 1955 Daniel Boulud, French chef and restaurateur
  • 1958 Sisy Chen, Taiwanese politician and television commentator
  • 1958 Åsa Torstensson, Swedish politician
  • 1967 Matthew Barney, American media artist
  • 1972 Naftali Bennett, Israeli politician (Prime Minister of Israel 2021-), born in Haifa, Israel
  • 1986 Megan Gibson, American softball player
  • 1989 Chicken Kentucky, 1st partial birth in space (chicken)