Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 31 Birthdays

* 250 – Constantius Chlorus, Roman Emperor (d. 306)
* 1360 – Philippa of Lancaster, queen of Portugal (d. 1415)
* 1425 – Bianca Maria Visconti, Duchess of Milan (d. 1468)
* 1499 – Pope Pius IV (d. 1565)
* 1504 – Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh guru (d. 1552)
* 1519 – King Henry II of France (d. 1559)
* 1536 – Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (d. 1565)
* 1576 – Louise Juliana of Nassau, Regent of Bohemia (d. 1644)
* 1596 – René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician (d. 1650)
* 1621 – Andrew Marvell, English poet (d. 1678)
* 1651 – Karl II, Elector Palatine (d. 1685)
* 1675 – Pope Benedict XIV (d. 1758)
* 1718 – Infanta Mariana Victoria of Spain (d. 1781)
* 1723 – King Frederick V of Denmark (d. 1766)
* 1730 – Étienne Bézout, French mathematician (d. 1783)
* 1732 – Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (d. 1809)
* 1747 – Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, German musician and composer (d. 1800)
* 1777 – Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (d. 1859)
* 1778 – Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (d. 1858)
* 1794 – Thomas McKean Thompson McKennan, American politician and cabinet member (d. 1852)
* 1809 – Edward FitzGerald, English poet (d. 1883)
* 1809 – Otto Lindblad, Swedish composer (d. 1864)
* 1809 – Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, Ukrainian-born Russian writer (d. 1852)
* 1819 – Prince Chlodwig zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, German statesman (d. 1901)
* 1823 – Mary Boykin Chesnut, American author (d. 1886)
* 1847 – Yegor Ivanovich Zolotarev, Russian mathematician (d. 1878)
* 1855 – Alfred E. Hunt, American entrepreneur (d. 1899)
* 1871 – Arthur Griffith, Irish politician (d. 1922)
* 1872 – Alexandra Kollontai, Russian statesman (d. 1952)
* 1872 – Sergei Diaghilev, Russian ballet impresario (d. 1929)
* 1876 – Borisav Stanković, Serbian writer (d. 1927)
* 1878 – Jack Johnson, American boxer (d. 1946)
* 1884 – Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-born American astronomer (d. 1946)
* 1885 – Pascin, Bulgarian painter (d. 1930)
* 1890 – William Lawrence Bragg, English physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
* 1891 – Victor Varconi, Hungarian film actor (d. 1976)
* 1893 – Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (d. 1954)
* 1895 – Vardis Fisher, American author (d. 1968)
* 1906 – Shin'ichiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
* 1907 – Eddie Quillan, American actor (d. 1990)
* 1908 – Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (d. 1999)
* 1911 – Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
* 1912 – William Lederer, American writer (d. 2009)
* 1914 – Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
* 1915 – Albert Hourani, English historian (d. 1993)
* 1915 – Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese military man (d. 1997)
* 1916 – Lucille Bliss, American voice actress
* 1916 – John H. Wood, Jr., American jurist (d. 1979)
* 1919 – Frank Akins, American football player (d. 1993)
* 1920 – Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, English noble
* 1922 – Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (d. 1999)
* 1924 – Leo Buscaglia, American author (d. 1998)
* 1924 – Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (d. 2002)
* 1925 – Jean Coutu, French Canadian actor (d. 1999)
* 1926 – John Fowles, English author (d. 2005)
* 1927 – César Chávez, American labor activist (d. 1993)
* 1927 – William Daniels, American actor
* 1928 – Lefty Frizzell, American singer and songwriter (d. 1975)
* 1928 – Gordie Howe, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1929 – Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (d. 2007)
* 1929 – Bertram Fields, American lawyer
* 1931 – Miller Barber, American golfer
* 1932 – John Jakes, American writer
* 1932 – Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director
* 1933 – Nichita Stănescu, Romanian poet (d. 1983)
* 1934 – Richard Chamberlain, American actor
* 1934 – Shirley Jones, American singer and actress
* 1934 – John D. Loudermilk, American singer and songwriter
* 1934 – Carlo Rubbia, Italian physicist, Nobel Laureate
* 1935 – Herb Alpert, American trumpeter and band leader
* 1935 – Judith Rossner, American author
* 1936 – Marge Piercy, American writer
* 1936 – Bob Pulford, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1936 – Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor
* 1938 – Sheila Dikshit, Indian statesman
* 1938 – Bill Hicke, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)
* 1938 – Michiko Nomura, Japanese voice actor
* 1938 – Arthur B. Rubinstein, American composer
* 1938 – David Steel, Scottish politician
* 1939 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Georgian politician (d. 1993)
* 1939 – Volker Schlöndorff, German film director
* 1939 – Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, German footballer
* 1940 – Barney Frank, American politician
* 1940 – Patrick Leahy, American politician
* 1941 – Franco Bonvicini, also known as Bonvi, Italian comic book artist (Sturmtruppen, Nick Carter) (d. 1995)
* 1942 – Ulla Hoffmann, Swedish politician
* 1942 – Michael Savage, American radio host and political commentator
* 1943 – Christopher Walken, American actor
* 1944 – Pascal Danel, French singer and songwriter
* 1944 – Mick Ralphs, English guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
* 1945 – Valerie Curtin, American actress, writer, and producer
* 1945 – Gabe Kaplan, American actor and comedian
* 1945 – Myfanwy Talog, Welsh actress (d. 1995)
* 1946 – Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)
* 1947 – Kristian Blak, Danish musician and recording executive
* 1947 – César Gaviria Trujillo, Colombian politician
* 1948 – Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States and Nobel laureate
* 1948 – Rhea Perlman, American actress
* 1948 – Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist
* 1950 – András Adorján, Hungarian chess player
* 1950 – Ed Marinaro, American football player and actor
* 1951 – Frankie Sabath, Puerto Rican performer/singer
* 1952 – Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (d. 1998)
* 1955 – Robert Vance, New Zealand cricketer
* 1955 – Angus Young, Scottish-born Australian guitarist (AC/DC)
* 1957 – Alan Duncan, British politician
* 1957 – Marc McClure, American actor
* 1957 – Kyle Secor, American actor
* 1958 – Tony Cox, American actor
* 1959 – Markus Hediger, Swiss poet and translator
* 1959 – Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
* 1960 – Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer (d. 2010)
* 1962 – John Taylor, American football player
* 1963 – Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer
* 1964 – Fez Marie Whatley, American radio host and comedian
* 1964 – Paul Wong Koon-Chung, Hong Kong musician (Beyond)
* 1965 – Tom Barrasso, American ice hockey player
* 1965 – Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer (d. 2006)
* 1965 – Steven T. Seagle, American comic-book writer
* 1966 – Roger Black, English athlete
* 1966 – Nick Firestone, American race car driver
* 1968 – Naoya Ogawa, Japanese professional wrestler
* 1968 – J.R. Reid, American basketball player
* 1969 – Samantha Brown, American television host
* 1969 – Nyamko Sabuni, Swedish politician
* 1969 – Steve Smith, American basketball player
* 1970 – Patrick Lachman, American heavy metal singer/guitarist
* 1971 – Demetris Assiotis, Greek-Cypriot footballer
* 1971 – Pavel Bure, Russian ice hockey player
* 1971 – Craig McCracken, American Animator
* 1971 – Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor
* 1972 – Alejandro Amenábar, Spanish film director
* 1972 – Andrew Bowen, American actor
* 1972 – Ze Frank, American internet personality
* 1972 – Luca Gentili, Italian footballer
* 1972 – Hristos Polihroniou, Greek hammer thrower
* 1974 – Benjamin Eicher, Swiss film director
* 1974 – Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo)
* 1975 – Emma Atkins, English actress
* 1975 – Prodromos Dreliozis, Greek basketball player
* 1975 – Adam Green, American film director
* 1976 – Ashton Moore, American porn actress
* 1976 – Josh Saviano, American actor
* 1977 – Garth Tander, Australian racing driver
* 1977 – Toshiya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
* 1978 – Stephen Clemence, English footballer
* 1978 – Jérôme Rothen, French footballer
* 1978 – Tony Yayo, American rapper
* 1979 – Josh Kinney, American baseball player
* 1980 – Dean Clark, English footballer
* 1980 – Michael Ryder, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1980 – Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor/Singer
* 1980 – Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese baseball player
* 1981 – Ryan Bingham, American singer/songwriter
* 1981 – Gerard McCarthy, British actor
* 1981 – Pa Dembo Tourray, Gambian footballer
* 1981 – Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch swimmer
* 1982 – Audrey Kawasaki, American painter
* 1982 – Ryland Blackinton, American guitarist (Cobra Starship)
* 1982 – Tal Ben Haim, Israeli footballer
* 1982 – Lennon Murphy, American rock singer/songwriter
* 1983 – Vlasios Maras, Greek gymnast
* 1983 – Paddy McCarthy, Irish footballer
* 1984 – Dario Bova, Italian footballer
* 1984 – Alberto Junior Rodríguez, Peruvian footballer
* 1984 – David Clarkson, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1984 – Eddie Johnson, American soccer player
* 1984 – James Jones, American football player
* 1984 – Yanin Vismistananda, Thai actress
* 1985 – Jessica Szohr, American actress
* 1987 – Nordin Amrabat, Dutch footballer
* 1987 – Humpy Koneru, Indian chess grandmaster
* 1987 – Eros Pisano, Italian footballer
* 1988 – Hogan Ephraim, English footballer
* 1988 – Louis van der Westhuizen, Namibian cricketer
* 1989 – Liu Zige, Chinese swimmer

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