Birthdays in History on March 5

  • 580 Bilal ibn Rabah, Arabic companion of prophet Muhammad, first mu'azzin in history, born in Mecca (d. 640)

Henry II of EnglandHenry II of England (1133-1189)

King of England (1154-89), born in Le Mans, Maine, Kingdom of France

  • 1324 David II, last Scottish ruler from House of Bruce (1329-71), born in Dunfermline Abbey, Scotland (d. 1371)
  • 1326 Louis I [the Great], King of Hungary (1342-82), Poland (1370-82)
  • 1512 Gerardus Mercator, Rupelmonde (Belgium), geographer/mapmaker
  • 1563 John Coke, English politician (d. 1644)
  • 1574 William Oughtred, England, mathematician/inventor (slide rule)
  • 1585 Johann Georg I, elector of Saxon (1611-56) (Peace of Prague)
  • 1637 Jan van der Heyden, Dutch painter and inventor (fire hose; street lighting), born in Gorinchem, South Holland
  • 1658 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, french colonial governor of America
  • 1693 Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (d. 1754)
  • 1696 Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Venetian Rococo painter (Isaac's Sacrifice)
  • 1703 Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (d. 1768)
  • 1723 Princess Mary of Great Britain (d. 1773)
  • 1739 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (d. 1819)
  • 1746 Jacob Wallenberg, Swedish writer/naval chaplain
  • 1748 Jonas C. Dryander, Swedish botanist (d. 1810)
  • 1750 Jean B G d'Ansse de Villoison, French classical (Apollonii Lexicon)
  • 1794 Jacques Babinet, French physicist/mathematician/astronomer
  • 1794 Robert Cooper Grier, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1870)
  • 1814 Wilhelm von Giesebrecht, German historian (d. 1889)
  • 1815 John Wentworth, American politician (d. 1888)
  • 1817 Austen H Layard, British archaeologist/diplomat
  • 1824 Elisha Harris, American physician/found American Public Health Assoc
  • 1824 James Merritt Ives, American lithographer and businessman (Currier and Ives), born in NYC, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1825 John Dunovant, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1825 Joseph Albert, German photographer (albertotype)
  • 1836 Charles Goodnight, American cattle rancher (d. 1929)
  • 1840 Constance Fenimore Woolson, NH, writer (Jupiter Lights)
  • 1852 Isabella Gregory, Irish writer/playwright (Golden Apple)
  • 1853 Howard Pyle, illustrator/painter/author (King Stork)
  • 1867 Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, Premier of Quebec (d. 1952)
  • 1868 Prosper Poullet, Belgian viscount/jurist/minister
  • 1869 Michael von Faulhaber, cardinal/archbishop of Munich
  • 1870 Frank Norris, journalist and writer (McTeague, Octopus), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1902)
  • 1871 Maria do Carmo Geronimo, Brazilian lives to be at least 126
  • 1871 Rosa Luxemburg, Polish-German Marxist revolutionary and founder of the Spartacus League, born in Zamość, Poland (d. 1919)
  • 1874 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch writer (The World a Dancing Party)
  • 1879 Sir William Beveridge, British economist (d. 1963)
  • 1883 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian ethnographer and folklorist (d. 1969)
  • 1886 Dong Biwu, High-ranking member of the Communist Party of China (d. 1975)
  • 1888 Friedrich Schnack, German journalist/writer (Rosewood)
  • 1889 Frits Slomp [Frits de Rover], Dutch vicar/resistance fighter
  • 1893 Emmett J Culligan, founder of water treatment organization
  • 1895 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Eternal Struggle)
  • 1897 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1960)

Soong Mei-lingSoong Mei-ling (1897-2003)

Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), born in Shanghai

Zhou EnlaiZhou Enlai (1898-1976)

Premier of the People's Republic of China, born in Huai'an, China

  • 1901 Julian Przybos, Polish poet (Sruby)
  • 1904 Karl Rahner, German theologian (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Irving Fiske, American writer, playwright, (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47)

Momofuku AndoMomofuku Ando (1910-2007)

Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, born in Wu Baifu, Chiayi County, Taiwan

  • 1915 Laurent Schwartz, French mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Halsey S. Colchester, British SAS officer, spy (MI6) and priest (d. 1995)
  • 1918 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Delbert L. Latta, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1959-89), born in Weston, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1920 José Aboulker, Jewish Communist
  • 1920 Leontine Tg Kelly, 1st African American female bishop (Methodist)
  • 1921 Berkley Bedell, American politician (Rep-D-IA, 1975-87), born in Spirit Lake, Iowa (d. 2019)
  • 1922 Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bologna Italy, director (Teorema, Pigsty)
  • 1931 Fred Othon Aristidès, French comics artist
  • 1932 Earl Woods, American author (father of Tiger Woods; 2 x books about upbringing & coaching), born in Manhattan, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Walter Charles Marshall, scientist

Daniel KahnemanDaniel Kahneman (88 years old)

1934 Israeli economist and Nobel laureate (2002), born in Tel Aviv, Israel

  • 1935 Philip K Chapman, Australian astronaut (Apollo 14 support), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1936 Canaan Banana, 1st President of Zimbabwe (1980-87), born in Essexvale, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2003)
  • 1937 Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ, President of Nigeria
  • 1937 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur
  • 1938 Lynn Margulis, American biologist (serial endosymbiotic theory), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Peter Woodcock, Canadian serial killer
  • 1939 Terry Curry, English multi-millionaire
  • 1940 Mary Rose Oakar, American politician (Rep-D-Ohio 1977-93), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1940 Tetsuya Noda, Japanese artist, photographer and printmaker (Diary series), born in Uki, Japan
  • 1942 Felipe González, Prime Minister of Spain, 1982-96, born in Seville
  • 1942 Michael "Mike" Resnick, American sci-fi author (Sideshow; Eros Ascending), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Roy Gutman, American journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 1948 Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1984)
  • 1949 Bernard Arnault, French businessman (LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton), born in Roubaix, France
  • 1949 Franz Josef Jung, Commander-in-chief of the German Bundeswehr
  • 1953 Russel D Feingold, (Sen-D Wisconsin)
  • 1953 Valery Grigoriyevich Korzun, Russian colonel/cosmonaut (TM-24)
  • 1954 João Lourenço, Angolan politician (President of Angola 2017-), born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1956 Mark Handley, writer (Nell)
  • 1957 Tim Holden, American politician (Rep-D-Pennsylvania 1993-2013), born in St. Clair, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Vazgen Sargsyan, Armenian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1962 Jonathan Penner, American reality show contestant
  • 1962 Robert L Curbeam Jr, astronaut (STS 85, sk: 99), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1966 Feng Congde, Chinese dissident (A Tiananmen Journal: Republic on the Square) and one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, born in Sichuan province, China
  • 1970 Paul Whelan, Canadian-American security officer and marine (imprisoned in Russia for spying), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1976 Tim Sylvia, American mixed martial artist
  • 1985 Whitney Port, Cast member of The Hills TV series