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  • 2008 – Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.
  • 1991 – The United States Department of Justice announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
  • 1954 – First Indochina War: Viet Minh forces under Võ Nguyên Giáp unleashed a massive artillery barrage on the French to begin the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ, the climactic battle in the First Indochina War.
  • 1930 – The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate States of America agree to the use of African-American troops.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The U.S. federal government forbids all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • 1781 – William Herschel discovers Uranus.


  • 1987 – Marco Andretti, American race car driver. Marco Michael Andretti (born March 13, 1987) is an American auto racing driver who drives the No. 98 car for Andretti Herta Autosport in the IndyCar Series.
  • 1985 – Emile Hirsch, American actor. He has starred in other notable films such as The Girl Next Door (2004), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Speed Racer (2008), Milk (2008), Lone Survivor (2013) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).
  • 1983 – Kaitlin Sandeno, American swimmer. Kaitlin Shea Sandeno (born March 13, 1983) is an American former competition swimmer who is an Olympic gold medalist, world champion and former world record-holder.
  • 1982 – Nicole Ohlde, American basketball player. She most recently played for the Phoenix Mercury and the Tulsa Shock of the Women's National Basketball Association.
  • 1980 – Caron Butler, American basketball player. Butler is a two-time NBA All-Star and was the 2002 Big East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, while playing for the Connecticut Huskies.
  • 1979 – Johan Santana, Venezuelan-American baseball player. A two-time Cy Young Award winner with the Twins, Santana is a four-time All-Star and earned a pitching triple crown in 2006.
  • 1978 – Kenny Watson, American football player. Kenneth Dwight Watson (born March 13, 1978) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1978 – Tom Danielson, American cyclist. Thomas "Tom" Danielson (born March 13, 1978) is an American former professional road racing cyclist who competed professionally between 2002 and 2015 for the Mercury Cycling Team (2002), the Saturn Cycling Team (2003), Fassa Bortolo (2004), Discovery Channel (2005–2007) and Cannondale–Garmin (2008–2015).
  • 1976 – Danny Masterson, American actor and producer. Masterson played the roles of Steven Hyde in That '70s Show (1998–2006) and Jameson "Rooster" Bennett in The Ranch (2016–2018).
  • 1976 – James Dewees, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player. James Matthew Dewees (born March 13, 1976) is an American musician best known for his work with The Get Up Kids, Reggie and the Full Effect and My Chemical Romance.
  • 1976 – Troy Hudson, American basketball player and rapper. He averaged a career-high 14.2 points per game with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2002–03.
  • 1973 – Bobby Jackson, American basketball player and coach. Bobby Jackson (born March 13, 1973 East Spencer, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball coach and former player.
  • 1971 – Annabeth Gish, American actress. On television, she played Special Agent Monica Reyes on The X-Files, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin on The West Wing, Diane Gould on Halt and Catch Fire, Eileen Caffee on Brotherhood, Charlotte Millwright on The Bridge and Sheriff Althea Jarry on the final season of Sons of Anarchy.
  • 1970 – Tim Story, American director and producer. He is the founder of The Story Company, an entertainment production company that he started with his wife in 1996.
  • 1964 – Will Clark, American baseball player. William Nuschler Clark Jr. (born March 13, 1964) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball best known for his years with the San Francisco Giants from 1986 to 1993.
  • 1963 – Vance Johnson, American football player, was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1985 NFL Draft. A 5'11", 174 lb. wide receiver from the University of Arizona, Johnson played his entire NFL career for the Broncos from 1985 to 1995.
  • 1962 – Terence Blanchard, American trumpet player and composer. He has composed more than forty film scores and performed on more than fifty.
  • 1960 – Joe Ranft, American animator, screenwriter, and voice actor (d. 2005), was an American screenwriter, animator, storyboard artist, director, voice actor and magician, who worked for Pixar Animation Studios and Disney at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Television Animation. His brother, Jerome Ranft, is a sculptor who also worked on several Pixar films.
  • 1959 – Kathy Hilton, American actress and fashion designer. She is the mother of socialite Paris Hilton and fashion designer Nicky Hilton.
  • 1958 – Rick Lazio, American lawyer and politician. Enrico Anthony Lazio (/ˈlæzi.oʊ/; born March 13, 1958) is a former four-term U.S.
  • 1957 – John Hoeven, American banker and politician, 31st Governor of North Dakota. A member of the North Dakota Republican Party, he served as the 31st Governor of North Dakota from 2000 to 2010.
  • 1957 – Moses Hogan, American composer and conductor (d. 2003), was an American composer and arranger of choral music. He was best known for his settings of spirituals.
  • 1956 – Dana Delany, American actress and producer. She received further recognition for her appearances in the films Light Sleeper (1992), Tombstone (1993), Exit to Eden (1994), The Margaret Sanger Story (1995), Fly Away Home (1996), True Women (1997), and Wide Awake (1998).
  • 1956 – Jamie Dimon, American banker and businessman. Dimon was included in Time magazine's 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011 lists of the world's 100 most influential people.
  • 1955 – Glenne Headly, American actress (d. 2017). She was widely known for her roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy, and Mr.
  • 1953 – Andy Bean, American golfer. Thomas Andrew Bean (born March 13, 1953) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.
  • 1951 – Charo, Spanish-American singer, guitarist, and actress. Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza, professionally known simply by her stage name Charo, is a Spanish American actress, singer, comedian, and flamenco guitarist.
  • 1950 – Charles Krauthammer, American physician, journalist, and author, was an American political columnist. A conservative political pundit, in 1987 Krauthammer won the Pulitzer Prize for his column in The Washington Post.
  • 1950 – William H. Macy, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Macy has described himself as "sort of a Middle American, WASPy, Lutheran kind of guy...
  • 1949 – Julia Migenes, American soprano and actress. She is sometimes credited as Julia Migenes-Johnson.
  • 1947 – Lyn St. James, American racing driver. James (born Evelyn Gene Cornwall; March 13, 1947) is an American former racecar driver.
  • 1946 – Yonatan Netanyahu, American-Israeli colonel (d. 1976), was an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer who commanded the elite commando unit Sayeret Matkal during Operation Entebbe, an operation to rescue hostages held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda in 1976. The mission was successful, with 102 of the 106 hostages rescued, but Netanyahu was killed in action—the only IDF fatality during the operation.
  • 1942 – Dave Cutler, American computer scientist and engineer. David Neil "Dave" Cutler Sr. (born March 13, 1942) is an American software engineer, a designer, and a developer of several operating systems in the computer industry.
  • 1941 – Donella Meadows, American environmentalist, author, and academic (d. 2001), was a pioneering American environmental scientist, teacher, and writer. She is best known as lead author of the influential book The Limits to Growth and Thinking in Systems: a Primer.
  • 1939 – Neil Sedaka, American singer-songwriter and pianist. Since his music career began in 1957 as a short-lived founding member of the Tokens, he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and others, collaborating mostly with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.
  • 1938 – Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (d. 2002), was an American gospel and soul singer. Franklin was the elder sister of American singer/musician Aretha Franklin.
  • 1938 – Robert Gammage, American captain and politician (d. 2012), was a Texas politician, having served as a Democrat in the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas State Senate, and the United States House of Representatives.
  • 1934 – Barry Hughart, American author and screenwriter, was an American author of fantasy novels.
  • 1933 – Mike Stoller, American songwriter and producer. Later in the 1950s, particularly through their work with The Coasters, they created a string of ground-breaking hits—including "Young Blood" (1957), "Searchin'" (1957), and "Yakety Yak" (1958)—that used the humorous vernacular of teenagers sung in a style that was openly theatrical rather than personal.
  • 1930 – Blue Mitchell, American trumpet player (d. 1979), was an American jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, rock and funk trumpeter, and composer, who recorded many albums as leader and sideman for Riverside, Blue Note, and Mainstream Records.
  • 1928 – Ellen Raskin, American author and illustrator (d. 1984), was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 13, 1928. She was an American children's writer and illustrator.
  • 1927 – Robert Denning, American interior designer and art collector (d. 2005), was an American interior designer whose lush interpretations of French Victorian decor became an emblem of corporate raider tastes in the 1980s.
  • 1925 – Roy Haynes, American drummer and composer. Haynes is among the most recorded drummers in jazz, and in a career lasting over 70 years has played in a wide range of styles ranging from swing and bebop to jazz fusion and avant-garde jazz. "Snap Crackle" was a nickname given him in the 1950s.
  • 1921 – Al Jaffee, American cartoonist. As of 2019, Jaffee has been a regular contributor to the magazine for 64 years and is its longest-running contributor.
  • 1920 – Ralph J. Roberts, American businessman, co-founded Comcast (d. 2015), was an American businessman who was the founder of Comcast, serving as its chief executive officer for 46 years. In 2011 he served as founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast's board of directors until his death.
  • 1916 – Jacque Fresco, American engineer and academic (d. 2017), was an American futurist and self-described social engineer. Self-taught, he worked in a variety of positions related to industrial design.
  • 1916 – Lindy Boggs, American educator and politician, 5th United States Ambassador to the Holy See (d. 2013), was a United States politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later as United States Ambassador to the Holy See.
  • 1914 – Edward O'Hare, American lieutenant and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1943), was an American naval aviator of the United States Navy, who on February 20, 1942, became the Navy's first flying ace when he single-handedly attacked a formation of nine heavy bombers approaching his aircraft carrier. Even though he had a limited amount of ammunition, he managed to shoot down five enemy bombers.
  • 1913 – William J. Casey, American politician, 13th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1987), was the Director of Central Intelligence from 1981 to 1987. In this capacity he oversaw the entire United States Intelligence Community and personally directed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
  • 1911 – L. Ron Hubbard, American religious leader and author, founded the Church of Scientology (d. 1986). Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (13 March 1911 – 24 January 1986) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy stories, and the founder of the Church of Scientology.
  • 1910 – Sammy Kaye, American saxophonist, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1987), was an American bandleader and songwriter, whose tag line, "Swing and sway with Sammy Kaye", became one of the most famous of the Big Band Era. His signature tune was "Harbor Lights".
  • 1908 – Myrtle Bachelder, American chemist and Women's Army Corps officer (d. 1997), was an American chemist and Women's Army Corps officer, who is noted for her secret work on the Manhattan Project atomic bomb program, and for the development of techniques in the chemistry of metals.
  • 1908 – Walter Annenberg, American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (d. 2002), was an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, and diplomat. Annenberg owned and operated Triangle Publications, which included ownership of The Philadelphia Inquirer, TV Guide, the Daily Racing Form, A+ Magazine, Essence, Star & Sky Magazine, Elementary Electronics, Playboy, The Saturday Evening Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and Seventeen magazine.
  • 1899 – John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, American physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980). He was co-awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977, for his contributions to the understanding of the behavior of electrons in magnetic solids.
  • 1898 – Henry Hathaway, American director and producer (d. 1985), was an American film director and producer. He is best known as a director of Westerns, especially starring Randolph Scott and John Wayne.
  • 1892 – Janet Flanner, American journalist and author (d. 1978), was an American writer and journalist who served as the Paris correspondent of The New Yorker magazine from 1925 until she retired in 1975. She wrote under the pen name "Genêt".
  • 1886 – Albert William Stevens, American captain and photographer (d. 1949), was an officer in the United States Army Air Corps, balloonist, and aerial photographer.
  • 1886 – Home Run Baker, American baseball player and manager (d. 1963), was an American professional baseball player. A third baseman, Baker played in Major League Baseball from 1908 to 1922, for the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Yankees.
  • 1874 – Ellery Harding Clark, American jumper, coach, and lawyer (d. 1949), was an American track and field athlete and a writer. He was the first modern Olympic champion in high jump and long jump.
  • 1870 – William Glackens, American painter and illustrator (d. 1938), was an American realist painter and one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American art. He is also known for his work in helping Albert C.
  • 1857 – B. H. Roberts, English-American historian and politician (d. 1933), was a historian, politician, and leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He published a popular six-volume history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and also wrote Studies of the Book of Mormon—published posthumously—which discussed the validity of the Book of Mormon as an ancient record.
  • 1855 – Percival Lowell, American astronomer and mathematician (d. 1916), was an American businessman, author, mathematician, and astronomer who fueled speculation that there were canals on Mars. He founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona and formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto 14 years after his death.
  • 1815 – James Curtis Hepburn, American physician, linguist, and missionary (d. 1911), was an American physician, translator, educator, and lay Christian missionary. He is known for the Hepburn romanization system for transliteration of the Japanese language into the Latin alphabet, which he popularized in his Japanese–English dictionary.
  • 1798 – Abigail Fillmore, American wife of Millard Fillmore, 14th First Lady of the United States (d. 1853), was the First Lady of the United States from 1850 to 1853 and the Second Lady of the United States from 1849 to 1850.
  • 1781 – Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German painter and architect, designed the Konzerthaus Berlin (d. 1841), was a Prussian architect, city planner, and painter who also designed furniture and stage sets. Schinkel was one of the most prominent architects of Germany and designed both neoclassical and neogothic buildings.


  • 2017 – Amy Krouse Rosenthal, American author (b. 1965)
  • 2016 – Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist (b. 1926)
  • 2016 – Martin Olav Sabo, American lawyer and politician (b. 1938)
  • 2015 – Al Rosen, American baseball player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Irwin Hasen, American cartoonist (b. 1918)
  • 2014 – Joseph Bacon Fraser, Jr., American businessman (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Reubin Askew, American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of Florida (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Cartha DeLoach, American FBI agent and author (b. 1920)
  • 2013 – Ducky Detweiler, American baseball player and manager (b. 1919)
  • 2011 – Rick Martin, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1951)
  • 2009 – Alan W. Livingston, American businessman (b. 1917)
  • 2009 – Betsy Blair, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 2007 – Arnold Skaaland, American wrestler and manager (b. 1925)
  • 2006 – Maureen Stapleton, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2006 – Robert C. Baker, American businessman, invented the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • 2001 – John A. Alonzo, American actor and cinematographer (b. 1934)
  • 1999 – Bidu Sayão, Brazilian-American soprano (b. 1902)
  • 1999 – Garson Kanin, American director and screenwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1999 – Lee Falk, American cartoonist, director, and producer (b. 1911)
  • 1998 – Hans von Ohain, German-American physicist and engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1995 – Leon Day, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • 1990 – Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psychologist and author (b. 1903)
  • 1978 – John Cazale, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 1976 – Ole Haugsrud, American sports executive (b. 1900)
  • 1971 – Rockwell Kent, American painter and illustrator (b. 1882)
  • 1965 – Fan S. Noli, Albanian-American bishop and politician, 14th Prime Minister of Albania (b. 1882)
  • 1943 – Stephen Vincent Benét, American poet, short story writer, and novelist (b. 1898)
  • 1941 – Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and author (b. 1881)
  • 1938 – Clarence Darrow, American lawyer and author (b. 1857)
  • 1921 – Jenny Twitchell Kempton, American opera singer and educator (b. 1835)
  • 1912 – Eugène-Étienne Taché, Canadian engineer and architect, designed the Parliament Building (b. 1836)
  • 1912 – Hugo Treffner, German educator, founded the Hugo Treffner Gymnasium (b. 1845)
  • 1911 – John J. Toffey, American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1844)
  • 1906 – Susan B. Anthony, American activist (b. 1820)
  • 1901 – Benjamin Harrison, American general and politician, 23rd President of the United States (b. 1833)
  • 1884 – Leland Stanford, Jr., American son of Leland Stanford (b. 1868)
  • 1873 – David Swinson Maynard, American physician, lawyer, and businessman (b. 1808)
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