Famous Birthdays on this Day, March 26:

603 - Pacal II ruler of the Maya polity of Palenque
1479 - Vasili III, great prince of Moscow (1505-33)/son of Ivan III
1516 - Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist (d. 1565)
1554 - Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Mayenne, French military leader (d. 1611)
1577 - Elisabeth of Nassau, daughter of Willem I & Charlotte of Bourbon
1659 - William Wollaston, Coton England, philosopher
1671 - Giacomo Cesare Predieri, composer
1684 - Johann Graf, composer
1698 - Václav Prokop Divis, Czech theologian and natural scientist (d. 1765)
1717 - Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer
1749 - William Blount, American Statesman (d. 1800)
1753 - Benjamin Thompson, physicist (Royal Inst of Great Britain, Woburn MA)
1758 - Johann Daniel Ferstenberg, composer
1773 - Nathaniel Bowditch, mathematician/astronomer/author (Marine Sextant)
1783 - Johann Baptist Weigl, composer
1794 - Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter (d. 1872)
1806 - Josef Slavik, composer
1813 - Thomas West Sherman, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1879
1817 - Herman Haupt, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1905
1819 - Francisco Eduardo da Costa, composer
1819 - Louise Otto, Germany, author/feminist
1821 - Earnest Angel, German statistician (Law of Angel)
1827 - Emanuel Kania, composer
1830 - Eliza Laurillard, Dutch vicar/poet/writer
1830 - John Rogers Thomas, composer
1833 - Betsy Perk, [Christina E], Dutch journalist/writer/feminist
1840 - Carli Zoeller, composer
1840 - George Smith, London England, assyriologist (cuneiform (script))
1850 - Edward Bellamy, author (Looking Backward)
1854 - Braulio Dueno Colon, composer
1856 - David Alfred Thomas, Glamorganshire UK, 1st Viscount Rhondda
1859 - A[lfred] E[dward] Housman, England, poet (Shropshire Lad)
1859 - Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, composer
1859 - Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (d. 1919)
1862 - George William Louis Marshall-Hall, composer
1868 - Fuad I, king of Egypt (1922-36)
1871 - Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole of the Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1922)
1873 - [Louise] Sophie de Vries, actress (On Hope of Blessing)
1874 - Gerald du Maurier, London Engld, actor (Power, Escape, Masks & Faces)
1874 - Oskar Nedbal, composer
1874 - Robert Frost, SF, poet (Mending Wall, Road Not Taken)
1875 - Syngman Rhee, pres of South Korea (1948-60) [or Apr 26]
1876 - Prince William of Wied (d. 1945)
1879 - Othmar Ammann, Swiss bridge engineer (d. 1965)
1880 - Duncan Hines, US, restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens)
1882 - Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist (d. 1940)
1884 - Wilhelm Backhaus, Leipzig Germany, pianist (Rubinstein 1905)
1885 - Julius Harrison, composer
1885 - Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer
1886 - Hugh Mulzac, America military officer (d. 1971)
1888 - Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse (d. 1948)
1889 - Vaclav Kapral, composer
1890 - Jozef Arras, Flemish writer
1893 - Palmiro Togliatti, founder (Communist Party of Italy)
1894 - Will Wright, SF CA, actor (Living Christ Story)
1894 - Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
1896 - Richard Flury, composer
1896 - Rudolf Dassler, Founder of PUMA AG (d. 1974)
1898 - Renzo Massarani, composer
1898 - Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (d. 1979)
1899 - James B Connant, chemist/college president (Yale)
1899 - William Baines, composer
1900 - Isadore Freed, composer
1902 - Leslie Melville, economist
1904 - Emilio Fernandez, El Seco Mexico, director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre)
1904 - Hermann Schroeder, composer
1904 - Joseph Campbell, mythologist (Mythic Image)
1904 - Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2004)
1905 - Pablo Garrido, composer
1905 - Viktor Emil Frankl, pyschiatrist (Man's Search for Meaning)
1906 - Rafael Mendez, Mexican trumpetist (d. 1981)
1907 - Leigh Harline, composer
1907 - Louis Saguer, composer
1908 - Betty MacDonald, [Anne E Campbell Bard], US writer (Egg & I)
1908 - Hank Sylvern, Bkln NY, orch leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen)
1908 - Hilda Krahwinkel Sperling, Essen Germany, tennis star (French 1935)
1908 - Kenneth Mellanby, entomologist
1908 - Robert William Paine, architect
1909 - Chips Rafferty, Broken Hill Australia, actor (Desert Rats)
1909 - Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer
1911 - Bernard Katz, biophysicist
1911 - Tennessee Williams, Columbus Miss, playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
1911 - T. Hee, American animator (d. 1988)
1913 - Paul Erdos, mathematician
1914 - Ian McGeoch, Vice-Admiral
1914 - William Westmoreland, Saxon SC, army general (Vietnam era)
1914 - Toru Kumon, Japanese educator (d. 1995)
1916 - Bill Edrich, cricketer (Middlesex & England bat, Compton's mate)
1916 - Christian B Anfinsen, US chemist (cell physiology, Nobel 1972)
1916 - Mort Abrahams, producer (Dr Doolittle, Planet Of Apes)
1916 - Sterling Hayden, NJ, actor (Dr Strangelove, Asphalt Jungle, Cobra)
1916 - Vic Schoen, Bkln NY, orch leader (Patti Page Olds Show)
1917 - Jean Graham Hall, circuit court judge (England)
1917 - Rufus Thomas, Miss, singer (Walking the Dog)
1919 - Strother Martin, Kokomo Ind, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot)
1919 - Roger Leger, Quebec ice hockey player (d. 1965)
1920 - George E Brown Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1963-71, 73- )
1921 - George Jefferson, CEO (British Telecom)
1921 - Joe Loco, [Jose Esteves, Jr], musician
1921 - Peter Horsley, CEO (Osprey Aviation)
1922 - William Milliken, actor (Drive-in)
1922 - Oscar Sala, Italian-born physicist
1923 - Bob Elliot, Boston Mass, comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life)
1923 - Clifton Williams, Traskwood Arkansas, band master (Sinfonians)
1923 - Elizabeth Jane Howard, British novelist (After Julius)
1923 - Gert Bastian, German politician (d. 1992)
1923 - Bob Elliott, American comedian
1925 - Claudio Spies, composer
1925 - Lord Graham of Edmonton, House of Lords (chief opposition whip)
1925 - Lord Hooson QC, crown court recorder
1925 - Maqsood Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 16 Tests 1952-56)
1925 - Pierre Boulez, Montbrison France, composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial)
1926 - Ann Curtis, US, 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)
1927 - Jonathan Tod, Vice-Admiral (England)
1928 - Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men)
1929 - Maurice Simon, jazz musician
1929 - Edwin Turney, American businessman
1930 - Cristobal Halffter, composer
1930 - Gregory Corso, beat poet (Happy Birthday of Death, Long Live Man)
1930 - Sandra Day O'Connor, Texas, 1st woman Supreme Court Justice (1981- )
1931 - Leonard Nimoy, Boston, actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible)
1932 - Dick Nolan, football coach
1934 - Alan Arkin, NYC, actor (Catch 22, In-Laws, Simon, Wait Until Dark)
1934 - G T Pryce, CEO (Dalgety)
1934 - Gino Cappelletti, ORFU, AFL running back (AFL Player of Year 1964)
1935 - Earl of Kinnoull
1935 - Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestine National Authority
1936 - Erich Urbanner, composer
1936 - Fred Paris, rocker (Five Satins)
1937 - Barbara Pearl Jones, Chic Ill, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1952, 60)
1937 - Lord Chetwode
1937 - Wayne Embry, holder of 7 basketball records (Miami of Ohio)
1938 - Anthony James Leggett, American physicist, Nobel laureate
1939 - Colin Webb, general manager (Press Assn)
1939 - James Caan, Bronx NY, actor (Brian's Song, Killer Elite, Godfather)
1939 - Phillip R Allen, Pitts, actor (Harry-Hardy Boys Mystery, Mitch-Alice)
1939 - Stuart Sutherland, Professor Emeritus (Sussex U)
1940 - Bill Ind, Bishop-designate (Truro)
1940 - Braulio Baeza, jockey (National Horse Racing Hall of Famer)
1940 - Nancy Pelosi, (Rep-D-California)
1940 - Rod Lauren, rocker (If I Had a Girl)
1940 - Servaes [J S] Huys, Dutch MP (PvdA)
1941 - Barclay Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Bob Plager
1941 - Bob Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Barclay Plager
1941 - Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist
1941 - Yvon Marcoux, Quebec politician
1942 - Erica Jong, [Mann], NYC, author (Fear of Flying)
1943 - Robert Woodward, investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes)
1943 - Bob Woodward, American journalist
1944 - Diana Ross, [Earle], Detroit, (Supremes, Lady Sings Blues, Mahogany)
1945 - Mikhail Voronin, USSR, horse vault gymnist (Olympic-gold-1968)
1946 - Johnny Crawford, LA Calif, actor (Mark-The Rifleman)
1946 - Alain Madelin, French politician
1947 - Carmen Krolis, Suriname/Neth singer
1947 - Dar Robinson, American stuntman (d. 1986)
1948 - Kyung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, violinist (Chung Sisters)
1948 - Richard Tandy, rock bassist (ELO)
1948 - Steven Tyler, NYC, rock vocalist (Aerosmith-Janie Got a Gun)
1949 - Baroness Hayman
1949 - Fran Sheehan, rock bassist (Boston-More than a Feeling)
1949 - Vicki Lawrence, Inglewood Ca, actress (Carol Burnette, Mama's Family)
1949 - Patrick Süskind, German writer
1950 - Ernest Thomas, Gary Ind, actor (Roger-What's Happening!!)
1950 - Graham Barlow, cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1976-77)
1950 - Martin Short, Hamilton Ontario, comedian (SNL, SCTV, 3 Amigos)
1950 - Ronnie McDowell, Fountain Head Tn, country singer (King is Gone)
1950 - Teddy Pendergrass, Phila, singer (Turn Off the Lights)
1950 - Tony Papenfuss, Minneapolis Minn, (Daryl-Newhart)
1950 - Alan Silvestri, American film score composer
1951 - Richard B Shull, US actor (Hail to the Chief, Big Bus)
1952 - David Amess, MP
1952 - Didier Pironi, French Formula One driver (d. 1987)
1953 - Michael Bonagura, Newark NJ, country singer (Baille & Boys-Oh Heart)
1953 - Tatyana Providokhina, Russian 1K runner (world record)
1953 - Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor
1953 - Lincoln Chafee, American Senator from Rhode Island
1953 - Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (d. 2002)
1954 - Curtis Sliwa, founder (Guardian Angels)/radio personality (WABC)
1954 - Piers Gardner, director (Brit Institute of Intl & Comparative Law)
1954 - Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
1955 - Dean Dillon, Lake City TN, country singer (Chair)
1955 - Danny Arndt, Canadian ice hockey player
1956 - Charly McClain, Jackson Tn, country singer (Radio Heart)
1956 - Tatyana Kochergina, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
1957 - Leeza Gibbons, SC, TV host (Entertainment Tonight, Leeza)
1957 - Walter Rohlfing, Dusseldorf, WLAF defensive line coach (Rhein Fire)
1958 - Chris Codiroli, American baseballer
1959 - David Delong, Portland Ore, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 BC Open)
1959 - Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent
1960 - Billy Warlock, Hawthorne Calif, actor (Flip-Happy Days, Baywatch)
1960 - Debbie Hall, LPGA golfer
1960 - Marcus Allen, NFL running back (LA Raiders, KC Chiefs, Heisman 1981)
1960 - Michael Evans, Fontana CA, US water polo player (Olympic-silver-88)
1961 - Leigh Bowery, designer
1961 - William Hague, Secretary of State for Wales
1962 - John Stockton, Spokane Wash, NBA guard (Utah Jazz, Olympics-gold-96)
1962 - Kevin Seitzer, Springfield IL, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
1962 - Maarten de Young, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
1962 - Richard Coles, rocker (Communards-Don't Leave Me This Way)
1962 - Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko, Russia, lt-colonel/cosmonaut
1963 - Paul de Leeuw, Dutch TV host (Cry of the Lion)
1963 - Rebecca Twigg, Seattle Wash, 79K cyclist (Olympic-silver-1984, 92, 96)
1963 - Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Japanese writer
1963 - Amparo Larrañaga, Spanish actress
1964 - Ab Plugboer, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
1964 - Ulf Samuelsson, Fagersta SWE, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, NY Rangers)
1964 - Martin Donnelly, Irish racecar driver
1964 - Baz Warne, English Guitarist (The Stranglers)
1966 - Lee Porter, Greensboro NC, Nike golfer (1992 Texarkana Open-5th)
1966 - Mike Remlinger, Middletown NY, pitcher (Cin Reds)
1966 - Wesley Walls, NFL tight end (NO Saints)
1966 - Michael Imperioli, American actor
1967 - Mark Carroll, Australian rugby league footballer
1968 - Edward Kaminski, KC Kansas, javelin thrower
1968 - Ian Hutchings, Zimbabwe, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Klondike Klassic)
1968 - Jose Vizcaino, San Cristobal Dom Rep, infielder (NY Mets)
1968 - Kari Gronroos, WLAF kicker (Scotland Claymores)
1968 - Mike Trevathan, CFL slot back (BC Lions)
1968 - Shane Reynolds, Bastrop LA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
1968 - Kenny Chesney, American singer
1968 - James Iha, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle)
1968 - Laurent Brochard, French cyclist
1969 - Beth Howell, Clinton Mississippi, Miss Mississippi-America (1991)
1969 - Luke Richardson, Ottawa, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
1969 - Vikram Rathour, cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman 1996-)
1970 - Evan Richards, LA Calif, actor (Frankie-Mama Malone)
1970 - Paul Bosvelt, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles/FC Twente)
1970 - Martin McDonagh, Anglo-Irish playwright and film director
1971 - Dave DeGraaf, Lansing Mich, team handball circle (Olympics-1996)
1971 - Jesus Tavarez, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
1971 - Rennae Stubbs, Sydney Australia, tennis star
1971 - Tommy Fagan, CFL/NFL defensive end (Atl Falcons, Winn Blue Bombers)
1971 - Behzad Ghorbani, Iranian zoologist and sociobiologist
1972 - Naoko Kijimuta, Yokohama Kanagawa Japan, tennis star (1996 Jakarta)
1972 - Steve Anderson, CFL defensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
1972 - Jon Reep, American comedian and actor
1973 - Marshall Faulk, running back (Indianapolis Colts)
1973 - Heather Goldenhersh, American actress
1973 - Lawrence E. Page, American search engine pioneer
1973 - T.R. Knight, American actor
1973 - Matt Burke, Australian rugby player
1974 - Alfred Shipman, CFL slot back (BC Lions)
1974 - Hakeem Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
1974 - Irina Spirlea, Bucharest Romania, tennis star (1996 Amelia Island)
1974 - Mike Peca, Toronto, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
1976 - Amy Smart, American actress
1976 - Natalia Livingston, American actress
1976 - Nurgül Yesilçay, Turkish actress
1976 - Ufuk Talay, Australian soccer player
1977 - Kevin Davies, English footballer
1977 - Sylvain Grenier, Canadian professional wrestler
1978 - Anastasia Kostaki, Greek basketball player
1979 - Heidi Zeigler, actress (Sherry-Just the 10 of Us)
1979 - Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist
1979 - Pierre Wome, Cameroonian footballer
1979 - Nacho Novo, Spanish footballer
1980 - Son Ho Young, Korean singer
1981 - Baruch Dego, Israeli football player
1981 - Jay Sean, British Asian R&B singer
1981 - Josh Wilson, American baseball player
1982 - Mikel Arteta, Spanish footballer
1983 - David Bennett, Canadian powerlifter and steamfitter
1983 - Michael Brendli, American professional wrestler
1984 - Gregory Strydom, Zimbabwean crickaeter
1984 - Sara Jean Underwood, American model
1984 - Stéphanie Lapointe, French-Canadian singer
1985 - Keira Knightley, English actress
1985 - Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricket captain
1985 - Jonathan Groff, American stage actor
1986 - Jessica McClure, baby trapped in Texas well in 1988
1987 - Yui, Japanese musician
1988 - Jose Vizcaino, San Cristobal Dom Rep, infielder (NY Mets)
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