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  • In 2019 - Karen Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win the Abel Prize for outstanding contributions to mathematics.
  • 1979 – The United States House of Representatives begins broadcasting its day-to-day business via the cable television network C-SPAN.
  • 1966 – Texas Western becomes the first college basketball team to win the Final four with an all-black starting lineup.
  • 1965 – The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000 and said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is discovered by teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence, exactly 102 years after its destruction.
  • 1962 – Highly influential artist, Bob Dylan releases his first album, Bob Dylan, for Columbia Records.
  • 1954 – Joey Giardello knocks out Willie Tory in round seven at Madison Square Garden in the first televised prize boxing fight shown in colour.
  • 1941 – World War II: The 99th Pursuit Squadron also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the US Army Air Corps, is activated.
  • 1920 – The United States Senate rejects the Treaty of Versailles for the second time (the first time was on November 19, 1919).
  • 1895 – Auguste and Louis Lumière record their first footage using their newly patented cinematograph.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Battle of Bentonville begins. By the end of the battle two days later, Confederate forces had retreated from Four Oaks, North Carolina.
  • 1861 – The First Taranaki War ends in New Zealand.
  • 1563 – The Edict of Amboise is signed, ending the first phase of the French Wars of Religion and granting certain freedoms to the Huguenots.


  • 1988 – Clayton Kershaw, American baseball player. Clayton Edward Kershaw (born March 19, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1982 – Jonathan Fanene, American football player. He played college football at College of the Canyons and Utah.
  • 1979 – Hee-seop Choi, South Korean-American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, and Los Angeles Dodgers and in the KBO League for the Kia Tigers.
  • 1976 – Andre Miller, American basketball player. Currently, he ranks eleventh all-time in NBA career assists and only missed three games to injury in his 17-year career.
  • 1973 – Brant Bjork, American drummer. Brant Bjork (born March 19, 1973) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Palm Desert, California.
  • 1969 – Gary Jules, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Gary Jules Aguirre Jr. (born 19 March 1969), known as Gary Jules, is an American singer-songwriter, known primarily for his cover version of the Tears for Fears song "Mad World", which he recorded with his friend Michael Andrews for the film Donnie Darko.
  • 1968 – Tyrone Hill, American basketball player and coach. Tyrone Hill (born March 19, 1968) is an American retired basketball player and, since 2008–09, assistant coach for the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks.
  • 1967 – Vladimir Konstantinov, Russian-American ice hockey player. Vladimir Nikolaevich Konstantinov (Russian: Владимир Николаевич Константинов; born March 19, 1967) is a Russian-American retired professional ice hockey player who played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Detroit Red Wings.
  • 1963 – Mary Scheer, American actress, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. She voiced Alice the Zookeeper on Nickelodeon animated series The Penguins of Madagascar, and was part of the original cast on the sketch comedy show MADtv.
  • 1963 – Neil LaBute, American director and screenwriter. He is best-known for a play that he wrote and later adapted for film, In the Company of Men (1997), which won awards from the Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the New York Film Critics Circle.
  • 1962 – Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican-American baseball player (d. 2003). Iván Calderón can refer to:
  • 1958 – Andy Reid, American football player and coach. Andrew Walter Reid (born March 19, 1958) is an American football head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1956 – Yegor Gaidar, Russian economist and politician, First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia (d. 2009), was a Soviet and Russian economist, politician, and author, and was the Acting Prime Minister of Russia from 15 June 1992 to 14 December 1992.
  • 1955 – Bruce Willis, German-American actor and producer. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage in the 1970s.
  • 1953 – Billy Sheehan, American bass player and songwriter. William "Billy" Sheehan (born March 19, 1953), is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr.
  • 1952 – Chris Brubeck, American pianist and composer. The son of noted jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, in 1972 he joined his father and brothers Darius and Daniel in The New Brubeck Quartet.
  • 1952 – Harvey Weinstein, American director and producer. Weinstein won an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love, and garnered seven Tony Awards for a variety of plays and musicals, including The Producers, Billy Elliot the Musical, and August: Osage County.
  • 1950 – James Redfield, American author, screenwriter, and producer. He is notable for his novel The Celestine Prophecy.
  • 1949 – Blase J. Cupich, American theologian and cardinal. Blase Joseph Cupich (/ˈsuːpɪtʃ/ SOO-pitch; March 19, 1949) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church, a cardinal who serves as the ninth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
  • 1948 – David Schnitter, American saxophonist and educator. David Schnitter (born March 19, 1948 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.
  • 1947 – Glenn Close, American actress, singer, and producer. A seven-time Academy Award nominee, she holds the record as the actress to have the most nominations without a win.
  • 1947 – Joe Dolce, American-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist. Joseph Dolce (born October 13, 1947) (/ˈdoʊltʃeɪ/, originally /ˈdoʊlts/) is an American-Australian singer/songwriter, poet and essayist who achieved international recognition with his multi-million-selling song, "Shaddap You Face", released under the name of his one-man show, Joe Dolce Music Theatre, worldwide, in 1980–1981.
  • 1946 – Ruth Pointer, American singer-songwriter and producer. Ruth Esther Pointer (born March 19, 1946) is an American R&B/Soul singer and eldest member of the vocal group The Pointer Sisters.
  • 1942 – Richard Dobson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, was an American singer-songwriter and author. Dobson was part of the outlaw country movement and spent time in the 1970s with Townes Van Zandt, Mickey White, Rex "Wrecks" Bell, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and "Skinny" Dennis Sanchez.
  • 1938 – Joe Kapp, American football player, coach, and actor. Kapp played professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Calgary Stampeders and the BC Lions and then in the National Football League (NFL) with the Minnesota Vikings and the Boston Patriots.
  • 1937 – Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American R&B singer and pianist. Clarence Henry II (born March 19, 1937), known as Clarence "Frogman" Henry, is an American rhythm and blues singer and pianist, best known for his hits "Ain't Got No Home" (1956) and "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" (1961).
  • 1935 – Burt Metcalfe, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter. Burt Metcalfe (born March 19, 1935 in Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Canadian American television and film producer, director, actor, and writer.
  • 1935 – Nancy Malone, American actress, director, and producer (d. 2014), was an American television actress from the 1950s to 1970s, who later moved into producing and directing in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • 1933 – Philip Roth, American novelist, was an American novelist and short-story writer.
  • 1933 – Phyllis Newman, American actress and singer. She won the 1962 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Martha Vail in the Broadway-theatre production of Subways Are for Sleeping and was nominated twice for the Drama Desk Award.
  • 1933 – Renée Taylor, American actress, producer, and screenwriter. She also played Sylvia Fine on the television sitcom The Nanny (1993–1999).
  • 1932 – Gail Kobe, American actress and producer (d. 2013), was an American actress and television producer.
  • 1932 – Gay Brewer, American golfer (d. 2007), was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and won the 1967 Masters Tournament.
  • 1928 – Patrick McGoohan, Irish-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2009), was an Irish-American actor, screenwriter and director. He began his career in the United Kingdom in the 1950s, relocating to the United States in the 1970s.
  • 1927 – Richie Ashburn, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1997), was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball. (Some sources give his full middle name as "Richie".) He was born in Tilden, Nebraska. From his youth on a farm, he grew up to become a professional outfielder and veteran broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies and one of the most beloved sports figures in Philadelphia history.
  • 1925 – Brent Scowcroft, American general and diplomat, 9th United States National Security Advisor, was a two-time United States National Security Advisor - first under U.S. President Gerald Ford and then under George H.
  • 1923 – Pamela Britton, American actress (d. 1974), was an American actress best known for appearing as Lorelei Brown in the television series My Favorite Martian (1963–1966). Throughout her acting career, Britton appeared often on Broadway and in several Hollywood and TV movies.
  • 1922 – Guy Lewis, American basketball player and coach (d. 2015). He served as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Houston from 1956 to 1986.
  • 1919 – Lennie Tristano, American pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1978), was an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and teacher of jazz improvisation.
  • 1916 – Irving Wallace, American journalist, author, and screenwriter (d. 1990), was an American best-selling author and screenwriter. He was known for his heavily researched novels, many with a sexual theme.
  • 1915 – Patricia Morison, American actress and singer, was an American stage, television and film actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood and mezzo-soprano singer. She made her feature film debut in 1939 after several years on the stage, and amongst her most renowned were The Fallen Sparrow, Dressed to Kill opposite Basil Rathbone and the screen adaptation of The Song of Bernadette.
  • 1915 – Robert G. Cole, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1944), was an American soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the days following the D-Day Normandy invasion of World War II.
  • 1914 – Jay Berwanger, American football player and coach (d. 2002), was an American college football player and referee. He was the first winner of the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy in 1935 (the following year the award was renamed the Heisman Trophy); the trophy is awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding college football player.
  • 1914 – Leonidas Alaoglu, Canadian-American mathematician and theorist (d. 1981), was a mathematician, known for his result, called Alaoglu's theorem on the weak-star compactness of the closed unit ball in the dual of a normed space, also known as the Banach–Alaoglu theorem.
  • 1909 – Louis Hayward, South African-born American actor (d. 1985), was a Johannesburg-born, British-American actor.
  • 1905 – Joe Rollino, American weightlifter and boxer (d. 2010), was a decorated World War II veteran, weightlifter, and strongman. The son of Italian immigrants, Rollino dubbed himself the world's strongest man in the 1920s, moving 3,200 pounds (1,500 kg) with his back during the prime of his career.
  • 1904 – John Sirica, American lawyer and judge (d. 1992), was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, where he became famous for his role in the trials stemming from the Watergate scandal. He rose to national prominence when he ordered President Richard Nixon to turn over his recordings of White House conversations.
  • 1901 – Jo Mielziner, French-American set designer (d. 1976), was an American theatrical scenic, and lighting designer born in Paris, France. He was described as "the most successful set designer of the Golden era of Broadway", and worked on both stage plays and musicals.
  • 1894 – Moms Mabley, American comedian and singer (d. 1975), was an American standup comedian. A veteran of the Chitlin' Circuit of African-American vaudeville, she later appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
  • 1892 – James Van Fleet, American general and diplomat (d. 1992), was a U.S. Army officer during World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
  • 1891 – Earl Warren, American lieutenant, jurist, and politician, 14th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1974), was an American politician and jurist who served as the Governor of California from 1943 to 1953 and Chief Justice of the United States from 1953 to 1969. The "Warren Court" presided over a major shift in American constitutional jurisprudence, which has been recognized by many as a "Constitutional Revolution" of the liberal, with Warren writing the majority opinions in landmark cases such as Brown v.
  • 1888 – Josef Albers, German-American painter and educator (d. 1976), was a German-born American artist and educator whose work, both in Europe and in the United States, formed the basis of modern art education programs of the twentieth century.
  • 1883 – Joseph Stilwell, American general (d. 1946). Joseph Warren Stilwell (March 19, 1883 – October 12, 1946) was a United States Army general who served in the China Burma India Theater during World War II.
  • 1882 – Gaston Lachaise, French-American sculptor (d. 1935), was an American sculptor of French birth, active in the early 20th century. A native of Paris, he was most noted for his female nudes such as Standing Woman.
  • 1881 – Edith Nourse Rogers, American social worker and politician (d. 1960), was an American social welfare volunteer and politician who served in the United States Congress. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
  • 1868 – Senda Berenson Abbott, Lithuanian-born Jewish-American basketball player and educator (d. 1954), was a figure of women's basketball and the author of the first Basketball Guide for Women (1901–07). She was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor on July 1, 1985, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • 1865 – William Morton Wheeler, American entomologist, myrmecologist, and academic (d. 1937), was an American entomologist, myrmecologist and Harvard professor.
  • 1864 – Charles Marion Russell, American painter and sculptor (d. 1926). Russell, Charlie Russell, and "Kid" Russell, was an American artist of the Old American West.
  • 1860 – William Jennings Bryan, American lawyer and politician, 41st United States Secretary of State (d. 1925), was an American orator and politician from Nebraska. Beginning in 1896, he emerged as a dominant force in the Democratic Party, running three times as the party's nominee for President of the United States in the 1896, 1900, and 1908 elections.
  • 1848 – Wyatt Earp, American police officer (d. 1929), was an American Old West lawman and gambler in Cochise County, Arizona Territory, and a deputy marshal in Tombstone. He worked in a wide variety of trades throughout his life and took part in the famous gunfight at the O.K.
  • 1847 – Albert Pinkham Ryder, American painter (d. 1917), was an American painter best known for his poetic and moody allegorical works and seascapes, as well as his eccentric personality. While his art shared an emphasis on subtle variations of color with tonalist works of the time, it was unique for accentuating form in a way that some art historians regard as modernist.
  • 1748 – Elias Hicks, American farmer, minister, and theologian (d. 1830), was a traveling Quaker minister from Long Island, New York. In his ministry he promoted unorthodox doctrines that led to controversy, which caused the first major schism within the Religious Society of Friends.
  • 1734 – Thomas McKean, American lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 1817), was an American lawyer and politician from New Castle, in New Castle County, Delaware and Philadelphia. During the American Revolution he was a delegate to the Continental Congress where he signed the United States Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.


  • 2015 – Danny Schechter, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1942)
  • 2015 – Gus Douglass, American farmer and politician (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Fred Phelps, American lawyer, pastor, and activist, founded the Westboro Baptist Church (b. 1929)
  • 2014 – Joseph F. Weis, Jr., American lawyer and judge (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Lawrence Walsh, Canadian-American lawyer, judge, and politician, 4th United States Deputy Attorney General (b. 1912)
  • 2014 – Patrick Joseph McGovern, American businessman, founded IDG (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Robert S. Strauss, American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Russia (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Jim Case, American director and producer (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Ulu Grosbard, Belgian-American director and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2009 – Maria Bergson, Austrian-American architect and interior designer (b. 1914)
  • 2005 – John DeLorean, American engineer and businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company (b. 1925)
  • 2000 – Joanne Weaver, American baseball player (b. 1935)
  • 1997 – Willem de Kooning, Dutch-American painter and educator (b. 1904)
  • 1996 – Virginia Henderson, American nurse, researcher, theorist and author (b. 1897)
  • 1984 – Garry Winogrand, American photographer (b. 1928)
  • 1982 – Randy Rhoads, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1956)
  • 1977 – William L. Laurence, Lithuanian-born American journalist and author (b. 1888)
  • 1973 – Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American tenor and actor (b. 1890)
  • 1950 – Edgar Rice Burroughs, American soldier and author (b. 1875)
  • 1944 – William Hale Thompson, American rancher and politician, 41st Mayor of Chicago (b. 1869)
  • 1942 – Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist, ornithologist, and entomologist (b. 1855)
  • 1919 – Emma Bell Miles, American writer, poet, and artist of Appalachia (b. 1879)
  • 1900 – John Bingham, American lawyer and politician, 7th United States Ambassador to Japan (b. 1815)
  • 1816 – Philip Mazzei, Italian-American physician and philosopher (b. 1730)
  • 1687 – René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, French-American explorer (b. 1643)