1979 – Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the German-American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by "off the scale" gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.
1963 – American country music stars Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and their pilot Randy Hughes are killed in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee.
1936 – First flight of K5054, the first prototype Supermarine Spitfire advanced monoplane fighter aircraft in the United Kingdom.
1912 – Italo-Turkish War: Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, employing them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.
1906 – Moro Rebellion: United States Army troops bring overwhelming force against the native Moros in the First Battle of Bud Dajo, leaving only six survivors.
1872 – George Westinghouse patents the air brake.
1836 – Samuel Colt patents the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber.
1824 – First Anglo-Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma.
1770 – Boston Massacre: Five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, are fatally shot by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence) five years later.
1766 – Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.
1616 – Nicolaus Copernicus's book On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres is added to the Index of Forbidden Books 73 years after it was first published.
1496 – King Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.
1994 – Kyle Schwarber, American baseball player. Kyle Joseph Schwarber (born March 5, 1993) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB).
1993 – Joshua Coyne, American violinist and composer. Joshua Coyne (born March 5, 1993) is an American musician and composer.
1981 – Paul Martin, American ice hockey player. Paul Edgar Philippe Martin PC CC QC (born August 28, 1938), also known as Paul Martin Jr., is a Canadian politician who served as the 21st prime minister of Canada from December 12, 2003, to February 6, 2006.
1980 – Shay Carl, American businessman, co-founded Maker Studios. Shay Carl Butler (born March 5, 1980), known professionally as Shay Carl, is an American vlogger, author and YouTube personality.
1978 – Kimberly McCullough, American actress, singer, and dancer. McCullough later returned to the show in 2005 as a doctor and departed in 2012.
1978 – Mike Hessman, American baseball player and coach. Michael Steven Hessman (born March 5, 1978) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and third baseman.
1977 – Bryan Berard, American ice hockey player. Bryan Wallace Berard (born March 5, 1977) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman.
1977 – Mike MacDougal, American baseball player. Robert Meiklejohn MacDougal (born March 5, 1977) is a former relief pitcher in professional baseball.
1977 – Wally Szczerbiak, American basketball player and sportscaster. Walter Robert Szczerbiak (/ˈsɜːrbi.æk/ SUR-bee-ak; born March 5, 1977) is a Spanish born American former basketball player and current color analyst for the New York Knicks on MSG Network.
1976 – Paul Konerko, American baseball player. Paul Henry Konerko (/kəˈnɛərkoʊ/; born March 5, 1976) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and, for most of his career, the Chicago White Sox.
1974 – Eva Mendes, American model and actress. Eva de la Caridad Méndez, known professionally as Eva Mendes (/ˈmɛndɛz/; born March 5, 1974), is an American actress and businesswoman.
1973 – Ryan Franklin, American baseball player. Ryan Ray Franklin (born March 5, 1973), is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and St.
1971 – Jeffrey Hammonds, American baseball player and scout. Before playing professionally, Hammonds played for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and Stanford University.
1971 – Yuri Lowenthal, American voice actor, producer, and screenwriter. Some of his prominent roles in animations and anime include Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto, teenage Ben Tennyson in Ben 10, Jinnosuke in Afro Samurai, Simon in Gurren Lagann and Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass.
1970 – John Frusciante, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. John Anthony Frusciante (/fruːˈʃɑːnteɪ/ (listen); born March 5, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers across three stints (1988–1992, 1998–2009, 2019–present).
1966 – Aasif Mandvi, Indian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Aasif Hakim Mandviwala (born March 5, 1966), known professionally as Aasif Mandvi (/ˈɑːsɪf ˈmɑːndvi/, AH-sif MAHND-vee), is a British-American actor and comedian.
1966 – Michael Irvin, American football player, sportscaster, and actor. Irvin was nicknamed "The Playmaker" due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during his college and pro careers.
1963 – Joel Osteen, American pastor, author, and television host. As of 2008, Osteen's televised sermons were seen by approximately 7 million viewers in 100 countries.
1958 – Bob Forward, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Forward is the production director and president of his independent company, Detonation Films. Forward has been the writer of many animated television series, as well as a film, The Owl, based on his novel of the same name, which has just been republished, along with the sequel "The Owl: Scarlet Serenade," by Brash Books
1957 – Ray Suarez, American journalist and author. Most recently, Suarez was the host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America Story, a daily news program on Al Jazeera America, until that network ceased operation in 2016.
1956 – Teena Marie, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2010). She was known by her childhood nickname Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie and later acquired the nickname Lady Tee (sometimes spelled Lady T), given to her by her collaborator and friend, Rick James.
1955 – Penn Jillette, American magician, actor, and author. Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American magician, actor, musician, inventor, television personality, and best-selling author best known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller.
1954 – Marsha Warfield, American actress. She is best known for her 1986–92 role of Roz Russell on the Top 10 rated NBC sitcom Night Court.
1953 – Michael J. Sandel, American philosopher and academic. He is the Anne T. and Robert M.
1952 – Mike Squires, American baseball player and scout. Michael Lynn Squires (born March 5, 1952) is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the Chicago White Sox primarily as a first baseman from 1975 and 1977 to 1985.
1951 – Willis Alan Ramsey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Ramsey graduated from Highland Park High School in 1969, and was a prominent baritone in the school's Lads and Lassies Choir.
1949 – Tom Russell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Many of his songs have been recorded by other artists, including Johnny Cash, The Texas Tornados, k.d. lang, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Jason Boland, Nanci Griffith, Katy Moffatt, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Sailcat, Iris Dement, Dave Alvin, and Suzy Bogguss.
1947 – Kent Tekulve, American baseball player and sportscaster. Kenton Charles "Teke" Tekulve (born March 5, 1947), is an American former professional baseball right-handed relief pitcher, who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1944 – Roy Gutman, American journalist and author. Roy Gutman (born March 5, 1944) is Istanbul-based American journalist and author.
1938 – Fred Williamson, American football player, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Frederick Robert Williamson (born March 5, 1938), also known as The Hammer, is an American actor and former professional American football defensive back who played mainly in the American Football League during the 1960s.
1938 – Lynn Margulis, American biologist and academic (d. 2011), was an American evolutionary theorist and biologist, science author, educator, and popularizer, and was the primary modern proponent for the significance of symbiosis in evolution. Historian Jan Sapp has said that "Lynn Margulis's name is as synonymous with symbiosis as Charles Darwin's is with evolution." In particular, Margulis transformed and fundamentally framed current understanding of the evolution of cells with nuclei – an event Ernst Mayr called "perhaps the most important and dramatic event in the history of life" – by proposing it to have been the result of symbiotic mergers of bacteria.
1936 – Dale Douglass, American golfer. Dale Dwight Douglass (born March 5, 1936) is an American professional golfer who has won tournaments at both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour level.
1936 – Dean Stockwell, American actor. Robert Dean Stockwell (born March 5, 1936) is an American actor of film and television, with a career spanning over 70 years.
1935 – Paul Sand, American actor. Paul Sand (born Paul Stone Sanchez; March 5, 1932) is an American actor and comedian.
1935 – Philip K. Chapman, Australian-American astronaut and engineer, was the first Australian-born American astronaut, serving for about five years in NASA Astronaut Group 6 (1967).
1934 – Daniel Kahneman, Israeli-American economist and psychologist, Nobel Prize laureate, was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (shared with Vernon L. Smith).
1930 – Del Crandall, American baseball player and manager. Considered one of the National League's top catchers during the 1950s and early 1960s, he led the league in assists a record-tying six times, in fielding percentage four times and in putouts three times.
1929 – J. B. Lenoir, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1967). His surname, which is French, is sometimes pronounced as the French "L'n WAHR", but he pronounced it "La NOR".
1928 – J. Hillis Miller, American academic and critic. Joseph Hillis Miller Jr. (born March 5, 1928) is an American literary critic who has been heavily influenced by—and who has heavily influenced—deconstruction.
1927 – Jack Cassidy, American actor and singer (d. 1976). He was a Tony Award recipient and father of teen idols David Cassidy and Shaun Cassidy.
1923 – Laurence Tisch, American businessman, co-founded the Loews Corporation (d. 2003), was an American businessman, Wall Street investor and billionaire. He was the CEO of CBS television network from 1986 to 1995.
1921 – Elmer Valo, American baseball player and coach (d. 1998), was a Slovak American professional baseball right fielder, coach, and scout in Major League Baseball (MLB). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
1920 – Virginia Christine, American actress (d. 1996), was an American stage, radio, film, television, and voice actress. Though Christine had a long career as a character actress in film and television, she is probably best remembered as "Mrs.
1918 – James Tobin, American economist and academic (d. 2002), was an American economist who served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and taught at Harvard and Yale Universities. He developed the ideas of Keynesian economics, and advocated government intervention to stabilize output and avoid recessions.
1910 – Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese businessman, founded Nissin Foods (d. 2007), was a Taiwanese-Japanese inventor and businessman who founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd.. He is known as the inventor of instant noodles and the creator of the brands Top Ramen and Cup Noodles.
1908 – Irving Fiske, American author and playwright (d. 1990). Fiske (born Irving Louis Fishman; March 5, 1908 – April 25, 1990) was an American playwright, writer, and public speaker.He worked for the Federal Writer's Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s, where he was a writer and rewrite man on The WPA Guide to New York City, in print today.
1905 – László Benedek, Hungarian-American director and cinematographer (d. 1992), was a Hungarian-born film director and cinematographer, most notable for directing The Wild One (1953).
1894 – Henry Daniell, English-American actor (d. 1963), was an English actor who had a long career on stage as well as in films. He is perhaps best-known for his villainous roles in films like The Great Dictator, The Philadelphia Story and The Sea Hawk.
1876 – Elisabeth Moore, American tennis player (d. 1959), was an American tennis champion who was active at the beginning of the 20th century. Moore won the singles title at the U.S.
1874 – Henry Travers, English-American actor (d. 1965), was an English film and stage character actor. His most famous role was the guardian angel Clarence Odbody in the 1946 film classic It's a Wonderful Life.
1870 – Frank Norris, American journalist and author (d. 1902), was an American journalist and novelist during the Progressive Era, whose fiction was predominantly in the naturalist genre. His notable works include McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (1899), The Octopus: A Story of California (1901) and The Pit (1903).
1853 – Howard Pyle, American author and illustrator (d. 1911), was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people. He was a native of Wilmington, Delaware, and he spent the last year of his life in Florence, Italy.
1794 – Robert Cooper Grier, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1870), was an American jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States. A Jacksonian Democrat from Pennsylvania who served from 1846 to 1870, Grier weighed in on some of the most important cases of the 19th century.
1739 – Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, American colonel and physician (d. 1819), was an American physician, lawyer, farmer, and military officer who served as a colonel in the Massachusetts militia during the American Revolutionary War. Woodbridge was a commander at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and also owned a rum still, a wood lot, a grazing meadow, and a mill, and came to be the wealthiest man in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
2016 – Al Wistert, American football player and coach (b. 1920)
2016 – Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer and engineer (b. 1941)
2015 – Edward Egan, American cardinal (b. 1932)
2014 – Geoff Edwards, American actor and game show host (b. 1931)
2013 – Duane Gish, American biochemist and academic (b. 1921)
2013 – Paul Bearer, American wrestler and manager (b. 1954)
2012 – Robert B. Sherman, American songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1925)
2012 – William O. Wooldridge, American sergeant (b. 1922)
2010 – Charles B. Pierce, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1938)
1999 – Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (b. 1922)
1997 – Samm Sinclair Baker, American writer (b. 1909)
1996 – Whit Bissell, American character actor (b. 1909)
1990 – Gary Merrill, American actor and director (b. 1915)
1984 – William Powell, American actor (b. 1892)
1982 – John Belushi, American actor (b. 1949)
1981 – Yip Harburg, American songwriter and composer (b. 1896)
1980 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian-American actor (b. 1912)
1974 – Billy De Wolfe, American actor (b. 1907)
1974 – Sol Hurok, Ukrainian-American businessman (b. 1888)
1971 – Allan Nevins, American journalist and author (b. 1890)
1967 – Mischa Auer, Russian-American actor (b. 1905)
1965 – Pepper Martin, American baseball player and manager (b. 1904)
1963 – Cowboy Copas, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1913)
1963 – Hawkshaw Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1921)
1963 – Patsy Cline, American singer-songwriter (b. 1932)
1953 – Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1897)
1950 – Edgar Lee Masters, American poet, author, and playwright (b. 1868)
1945 – Lena Baker, African American maid and murderer (b. 1900)
1929 – David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick (b. 1854)