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  • 2006 – Massive protests are mounted against France's First Employment Contract law, meant to reduce youth unemployment.
  • 2003 – In a friendly fire incident, two American A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing one soldier.
  • 1990 – United States President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
  • 1969 – Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
  • 1951 – First Indochina War: In the Battle of Mạo Khê, French Union forces, led by World War II hero Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, inflict a defeat on Việt Minh forces commanded by General Võ Nguyên Giáp.
  • 1946 – Cold War: The United States Department of State releases the Acheson–Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
  • 1933 – The Imperial Airways biplane City of Liverpool is believed to be the first airliner lost to sabotage when a passenger sets a fire on board.
  • 1910 – Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion, after taking off from a water runway near Martigues, France.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: In the Battle of Glorieta Pass, Union forces stop the Confederate invasion of the New Mexico Territory. The battle began on March 26.
  • 1860 – First Taranaki War: The Battle of Waireka begins.
  • 1842 – First concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by Otto Nicolai.
  • 1814 – War of 1812: In the Battle of Valparaíso, two American naval vessels are captured by two Royal Navy vessels of equal strength.
  • 1802 – Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid ever to be discovered.


  • 1988 – Ryan Kalish, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox in 2010 and 2012 and for the Chicago Cubs in 2014 and 2016.
  • 1986 – Bowe Bergdahl, American sergeant, was held captive from 2009 to 2014 by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan after he deserted.
  • 1986 – Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter, dancer, producer, and actress. Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays.
  • 1981 – Edwar Ramírez, American baseball player. After finding himself out of baseball in 2004, Ramírez revitalized his career by developing an effective changeup.
  • 1981 – Julia Stiles, American actress. Her first film role was in I Love You, I Love You Not (1996), followed by a leading role in the thriller Wicked (1998), for which she was awarded the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actress.
  • 1980 – Luke Walton, American basketball player. Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1977 – Lauren Weisberger, American author. Lauren Weisberger (born March 28, 1977) is an American novelist and author of the 2003 bestseller The Devil Wears Prada, a roman à clef of her experience as a put-upon assistant to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
  • 1976 – Dave Keuning, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. David Brent Keuning (born March 28, 1976) is an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for his role as the lead guitarist of the rock band The Killers, which he founded alongside Brandon Flowers in 2001 and with whom he has recorded five studio albums.
  • 1975 – Kate Gosselin, American television personality. She achieved national and international recognition on the US reality TV show Jon & Kate Plus 8, in which she and Jon Gosselin were profiled as they raised their atypical family of sextuplets and twins.
  • 1972 – Keith Tkachuk, American ice hockey player. Keith Matthew Tkachuk (/kəˈtʃʌk/; born March 28, 1972) is an American former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) in a 19-year career with the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, St.
  • 1971 – Christianne Meneses Jacobs, Nicaraguan-American journalist and educator. She is also publisher of Iguana, a Spanish-language magazine for children.
  • 1970 – Jennifer Weiner, Jewish-American journalist and author. Her debut novel, published in 2001, was Good in Bed.
  • 1970 – Vince Vaughn, American actor. Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and comedian.
  • 1969 – Brett Ratner, American director and producer. He was also a producer of several films, including the Horrible Bosses series.
  • 1969 – Rodney Atkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Signed to Curb Records in 1996, he charted his first single on the Billboard country chart in 1997, but did not release an album until 2003's Honesty, which included the number 4 hit "Honesty (Write Me a List)".
  • 1968 – Iris Chang, Chinese-American journalist and author (d. 2004), was an American journalist, author of historical books and political activist. She is best known for her best-selling 1997 account of the Nanking Massacre, The Rape of Nanking.
  • 1966 – Cheryl James, American rapper and actress. Cheryl Renee James (born March 28, 1966), better known by her stage name Salt, is an American rapper and songwriter.
  • 1961 – Byron Scott, American basketball player and coach. As a player, he won three NBA championships with the Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980s.
  • 1959 – Chris Myers, American journalist and sportscaster. Open (golf), the Triple Crown, the Olympics and the Daytona 500.
  • 1958 – Bart Conner, American gymnast and sportscaster. He currently owns and operates the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Oklahoma, along with his wife, Romanian Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comăneci.
  • 1958 – Curt Hennig, American wrestler, manager, and sportscaster (d. 2003), was an American professional wrestler, manager, and color commentator who performed under the name of Curt Hennig for the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (now Impact Wrestling). In the WWF, he found his greatest success as Mr.
  • 1957 – Harvey Glance, American sprinter and coach. Harvey Edward Glance (born March 28, 1957) is a former American track athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
  • 1956 – Susan Ershler, American mountaineer and author. Susan Ershler (born March 1957) is a public speaker, business executive, climber of Mount Everest, and author.
  • 1955 – Reba McEntire, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress. While a sophomore in college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall who brought her to Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 1949 – Ronnie Ray Smith, American sprinter (d. 2013), was an American athlete, winner of the gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He attended San Jose State College during the "Speed City" era, coached by Lloyd (Bud) Winter and graduating in sociology.
  • 1948 – Dianne Wiest, American actress. She also received an Academy Award nomination for Parenthood (1989), and won a Golden Globe Award for Bullets over Broadway.
  • 1948 – Milan Williams, American keyboard player (d. 2006). Williams (March 28, 1948 – July 9, 2006) was an American keyboardist and a founding member of The Commodores.
  • 1946 – Henry Paulson, American banker and politician, 74th United States Secretary of the Treasury. He is now the chairman of the Paulson Institute, which he founded in 2011 to promote sustainable economic growth and a cleaner environment around the world, with an initial focus on the United States and China.
  • 1944 – Ken Howard, American actor (d. 2016), was an American actor, best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and as basketball coach and former Chicago Bulls player Ken Reeves in the television show The White Shadow (1978–1981). Howard won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1970 for his performance in Child's Play, and later won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in Grey Gardens (2009).
  • 1944 – Rick Barry, American basketball player and sportscaster. Richard Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1943 – Conchata Ferrell, American actress. For her performance as Berta, she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (in 2005 and 2007).
  • 1942 – Daniel Dennett, American philosopher and academic. Daniel Clement Dennett III (born March 28, 1942) is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science.
  • 1942 – Jerry Sloan, American basketball player and coach. Gerald Eugene Sloan (born March 28, 1942) is an American former National Basketball Association player and head coach, and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • 1942 – Samuel Ramey, American opera singer. Samuel Edward Ramey (born March 28, 1942, Colby, Kansas) is an American operatic bass.
  • 1941 – Alf Clausen, American composer and producer. Clausen has scored or orchestrated music for more than 30 films and television shows, including Moonlighting, The Naked Gun, ALF and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • 1941 – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, American author and academic. In his The Assault on Truth (1984), Masson argues that Freud may have abandoned his seduction theory because he feared that granting the truth of his female patients' claims (that they had been sexually abused) would hinder the acceptance of his psychoanalytic methods.
  • 1934 – Lester R. Brown, American environmentalist, founded the Earth Policy Institute and Worldwatch Institute. BBC Radio commentator Peter Day referred to him as "one of the great pioneer environmentalists."
  • 1933 – Frank Murkowski, American soldier, banker, and politician, 8th Governor of Alaska. He lost re-election to Sarah Palin and John Binkley by finishing in third place.
  • 1930 – Jerome Isaac Friedman, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. He won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Henry Kendall and Richard Taylor, for work showing an internal structure for protons later known to be quarks.
  • 1930 – Robert Ashley, American soldier and composer (d. 2014), was an American contemporary composer, who was best known for his television operas and other theatrical works, many of which incorporate electronics and extended techniques. His works often involve intertwining narratives and take a surreal multidisciplinary approach to sound, theatrics and writing, and have been continuously performed by various interpreters during and after his life, including Automatic Writing (1979) and Perfect Lives (1984).
  • 1928 – Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American political activist and analyst; 10th United States National Security Advisor (d. 2017), was a Polish-American diplomat and political scientist. He served as a counselor to President Lyndon B.
  • 1927 – Theo Colborn, American zoologist and academic (d. 2014), was Founder and President Emerita of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), based in Paonia, Colorado, and Professor Emerita of Zoology at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She was an environmental health analyst, and best known for her studies on the health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals.
  • 1924 – Byrd Baylor, American author. Byrd Baylor Schweitzer (born March 28, 1924) is an American novelist, essayist, and author of picture books for children.
  • 1924 – Freddie Bartholomew, American actor (d. 1992), was an English-American child actor. One of the most famous child actors of all time, he became very popular in 1930s Hollywood films.
  • 1923 – Paul C. Donnelly, American scientist and engineer (d. 2014). 1946–58: Navy Bur. of Ordnance 1958–64: LOD-Cape Canaveral 1964–78: Kennedy Space Center
  • 1923 – Thad Jones, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1986), was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader who has been called "one of the all-time greatest jazz trumpet soloists."
  • 1922 – Grace Hartigan, American painter and educator (d. 2008), was a second-generation American Abstract Expressionist painter and a member of the New York School.
  • 1922 – Joey Maxim, American boxer and actor (d. 2001), was an American professional boxer. He was a World Light Heavyweight Champion.
  • 1921 – Harold Agnew, American physicist and academic (d. 2013), was an American physicist, best known for having flown as a scientific observer on the Hiroshima bombing mission and, later, as the third director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • 1919 – Jacob Avshalomov, American composer and conductor (d. 2013). Jacob Avshalomov was born on March 28, 1919 in Tsingtao, China.
  • 1919 – Vic Raschi, American baseball player and coach (d. 1988), was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He was one of the top pitchers for the New York Yankees in the late 1940s and early 1950s, forming (with Allie Reynolds and Eddie Lopat) the "Big Three" of the Yankees' pitching staff.
  • 1915 – Jay Livingston, American singer-songwriter (d. 2001), was an American composer best known as half of a songwriting duo with Ray Evans that specialized in songs composed for films. Livingston wrote music and Evans the lyrics.
  • 1914 – Edmund Muskie, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 58th United States Secretary of State (d. 1996), was an American politician who served as the 58th United States Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter, a United States Senator from Maine from 1959 to 1980, the 64th Governor of Maine from 1955 to 1959, a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1946 to 1951, and the Democratic Party's candidate for Vice President of the United States in the 1968 election.
  • 1914 – Edward Anhalt, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2000), was a noted screenwriter, producer, and documentary filmmaker. After working as a journalist and documentary filmmaker for Pathé and CBS-TV he teamed with his wife Edna Anhalt, one of his five wives, during World War II to write pulp fiction.
  • 1914 – Everett Ruess, American explorer, poet, and painter (d. 1934). Everett Ruess (March 28, 1914 – c.
  • 1910 – Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr., American librarian and art collector (d. 2001), was an American businessman and philanthropist.
  • 1910 – Jimmie Dodd, American actor and singer-songwriter (d. 1964), was an American actor, singer and songwriter, best known as the master of ceremonies for the popular 1950s Walt Disney television series The Mickey Mouse Club, as well as the writer of its well-known theme song "The Mickey Mouse Club March." A different version of this march, much slower in tempo and with different lyrics, became the alma mater that closed each episode.
  • 1909 – Nelson Algren, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1981), was an American writer. Algren may be best known for The Man with the Golden Arm (1949), a novel that won the National Book Award and was adapted as the 1955 film of the same name.
  • 1907 – Irving Paul Lazar, American lawyer and talent agent (d. 1993), was an American talent agent and dealmaker, representing both movie stars and authors.
  • 1905 – Marlin Perkins, American zoologist and television host (d. 1986), was an American zoologist best known as a host of the television program Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985.
  • 1905 – Pandro S. Berman, American production manager and producer (d. 1996), was an American film producer.
  • 1903 – Rudolf Serkin, Czech-American pianist and educator (d. 1991), was a Bohemian-born pianist. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Beethoven interpreters of the 20th century.
  • 1900 – Edward Wagenknecht, American critic and educator (d. 2004), was an American literary critic and teacher who specialized in 19th century American literature. He wrote and edited many books on literature and movies, and taught for many years at various universities, including the University of Chicago and Boston University.
  • 1899 – Buck Shaw, American football player and coach (d. 1977). He was the head coach for Santa Clara University, the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco 49ers, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • 1899 – Gussie Busch, American businessman (d. 1989), was an American brewing magnate who built the Anheuser-Busch Companies into the largest brewery in the world by 1957 as company chairman from 1946 to 1975.
  • 1899 – Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, 11th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1973), was an American religious leader and educator who served as the 11th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from July 1972 until his death in December 1973.
  • 1897 – Tillie Voss, American football player (d. 1975), was an American football tackle who played nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL). During his time with the Green Bay Packers, Voss, along with Frank Hanny of the Chicago Bears were the first players to be ejected in a game in league history after exchanging punches.
  • 1895 – Ángela Ruiz Robles, Spanish teacher, writer and inventor, pioneer of the electronic book (d. 1975), was a Spanish teacher, writer, pioneer and inventor of the mechanical precursor to the electronic book. In 1949, Ruiz was awarded Spanish patent 190,698 for the "Mechanical Encyclopedia" (Spanish: la Enciclopedia Mecánica).
  • 1895 – Christian Herter, American politician, 53rd United States Secretary of State (d. 1966), was an American Republican politician who was the 59th Governor of Massachusetts from 1953 to 1957 and United States Secretary of State from 1959 to 1961. His moderate tone of negotiations was confronted by the intensity of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in a series of unpleasant episodes that turned the Cold War even colder in 1960–61.
  • 1895 – Donald Grey Barnhouse, American pastor and theologian (d. 1960), was an American Christian preacher, pastor, theologian, radio pioneer, and writer. He was pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1927 to his death in 1960.
  • 1895 – Spencer W. Kimball, American religious leader, 12th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1985), was an American business, civic, and religious leader, and was the twelfth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The grandson of early Latter-day Saint apostle Heber C.
  • 1893 – Spyros Skouras, Greek-American businessman (d. 1971), was a Greek-American motion picture pioneer and movie executive who was the president of the 20th Century Fox from 1942 to 1962. He resigned June 27, 1962, but served as chairman of the company for several years.
  • 1890 – Paul Whiteman, American violinist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1967), was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violist.
  • 1881 – Martin Sheridan, Irish-American discus thrower and jumper (d. 1918), was "one of the greatest athletes the United States has ever known" according to his obituary in the New York Times. He was born in Bohola, County Mayo, Ireland, and died in St.
  • 1878 – Abraham Walkowitz, Russian-born American painter (d. 1965), was an American painter grouped in with early American Modernists working in the Modernist style.
  • 1873 – John Geiger, American rower (d. 1956), was an American rower, born in Philadelphia, who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics.
  • 1842 – William Harvey Carney, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1908), was an African American soldier during the American Civil War. Born as a slave, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1900 for his gallantry in saving the regimental colors (American flag) during the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863.
  • 1836 – Frederick Pabst, German-American brewer, founded the Pabst Brewing Company (d. 1904), was a German-American brewer for whom the Pabst Brewing Company was named.
  • 1832 – Henry D. Washburn, American politician, general and explorer (d. 1871), was a U.S. Representative from Indiana and a colonel and brevet brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
  • 1819 – Joseph Bazalgette, English architect and engineer, designed the Hammersmith Bridge and Battersea Bridge (d. 1891), was a 19th-century English civil engineer. As chief engineer of London's Metropolitan Board of Works his major achievement was the creation (in response to the Great Stink of 1858) of a sewer network for central London which was instrumental in relieving the city from cholera epidemics, while beginning the cleansing of the River Thames.
  • 1818 – Wade Hampton III, American general and politician, 77th Governor of South Carolina (d. 1902), was a Confederate States of America military officer during the American Civil War and politician from South Carolina. He came from a wealthy planter family, and shortly before the war he was one of the largest slaveholders in the Southeast as well as a state legislator.
  • 1811 – John Neumann, Czech-American bishop and saint (d. 1860), was a Catholic priest from Bohemia. He immigrated to the United States in 1836, where he was ordained and later joined the Redemptorist order and became the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia (1852–1860).
  • 1793 – Henry Schoolcraft, American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist (d. 1864), was an American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist, noted for his early studies of Native American cultures, as well as for his 1832 expedition to the source of the Mississippi River. He is also noted for his major six-volume study of Native Americans published in the 1850s.


  • 2015 – Chuck Brayton, American baseball player and coach (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Gene Saks, American actor and director (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Jeremiah Denton, American admiral and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Lorenzo Semple, Jr., American screenwriter and producer (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Art Malone, American race car driver (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Bob Teague, American college football star and television news-reporter (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – George E. P. Box, English-American statistician and educator (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Gus Triandos, American baseball player and scout (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Hugh McCracken, American guitarist, harmonica player, and producer (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – Robert Zildjian, American businessman, founded Sabian (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Harry Crews, American novelist, playwright, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1935)
  • 2010 – June Havoc, American actress, dancer, and director (b. 1912)
  • 2009 – Maurice Jarre, French-American composer and conductor (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Caspar Weinberger, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 15th United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • 2006 – Charles Schepens, Belgian-American ophthalmologist and author (b. 1912)
  • 1993 – Scott Cunningham, American author (b. 1956)
  • 1987 – Maria von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (b. 1905)
  • 1986 – Virginia Gilmore. American actress (b. 1919)
  • 1984 – Carmen Dragon, American conductor and composer (b. 1914)
  • 1980 – Dick Haymes, Argentinian-American actor and singer (b. 1918)
  • 1976 – Richard Arlen, American actor (b. 1898)
  • 1974 – Arthur Crudup, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1905)
  • 1974 – Dorothy Fields, American songwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1969 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, American general and politician, 34th President of the United States (b. 1890)
  • 1965 – Jack Hoxie, American actor (b. 1885)
  • 1958 – W. C. Handy, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1873)
  • 1953 – Jim Thorpe, American football player and coach (b. 1887)
  • 1941 – Marcus Hurley, American basketball player and cyclist (b. 1883)
  • 1929 – Katharine Lee Bates, American poet and songwriter (b. 1859)
  • 1923 – Charles Hubbard, American archer (b. 1849)
  • 1917 – Albert Pinkham Ryder, American painter (b. 1847)
  • 1893 – Edmund Kirby Smith, American general (b. 1824)
  • 1870 – George Henry Thomas, American general (b. 1816)
  • 1866 – Solomon Foot, American lawyer and politician (b. 1802)
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