John Aubrey FRS (12 March 1626 – 7 June 1697), was an English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer. He is perhaps best known as the author of the Brief Lives. He was a pioneer archaeologist who is particularly noted as the discoverer of the Avebury henge monument. The Aubrey holes at Stonehenge are named after him. Born in Kington St Michael, Wiltshire. (d. 1697)
Thomas Augustine Arne (12 March 1710, London – 5 March 1778) was an English composer, best known for the patriotic song Rule, Britannia!. He also wrote a version of God Save the King, which became the British national anthem, and the song A-Hunting We Will Go. Born in London. (d. 1778)
Clement Studebaker (March 12, 1831 – November 27, 1901) was an American wagon and carriage manufacturer. With his brother Henry, he co-founded the H & C Studebaker Company which built Pennsylvania-German Conestoga wagons and carriages during his lifetime, and automobiles after his death. Born in Pinetown, Adams County, Pennsylvania. (d. 1901)
Charles Cunningham Boycott (12 March 1832 – 19 June 1897) was a British land agent whose ostracism by his local community in Ireland gave the English language the verb to boycott. Born in Burgh St Peter, Norfolk. (d. 1897)
Vaslav Nijinsky (12 March 1890 – 8 April 1950) was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer of Polish descent, cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century. Born in Kiev. (d. 1950)
Max Wall (12 March 1908 – 21 May 1990), was an English comedian and actor, whose performing career covered music hall, theatre, films and television. Born Maxwell George Lorimer in Stockwell, London, England. (d. 1990)
Agathe von Trapp
Agathe Johanna Erwina Gobertina von Trapp (12 March 1913 – 28 December 2010) was the eldest daughter of Georg and Agatha (née Whitehead) von Trapp. She was a member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were the inspiration for the play and film The Sound of Music. In the film, she was portrayed as the character “Liesl”. Born in Pola, Istria, Austria-Hungary. (d. 2010)
Georgette Lizette “Googie” Withers CBE, AO (12 March 1917 – 15 July 2011) was a British entertainer who had a lengthy career in theatre, film, and television. During the 1970s, she appeared as Faye Boswell, the governor of a women’s prison, in the television series Within These Walls. Born in Karachi, India. (d. 2011)
Gordon MacRae (March 12, 1921 – January 24, 1986) was an American actor and singer, best known for his appearances in the film versions of two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956). Born in East Orange in Essex County, New Jersey. (d. 1986)
Jack Kerouac (born March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet. He became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement. Born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac in Lowell, Massachusetts. (d. 1969)
Walter Marty “Wally” Schirra, Jr. (March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007), (Capt, USN), was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury. He flew the six-orbit, nine-hour Mercury-Atlas 8 mission on October 3, 1962, becoming the fifth American, and the ninth human, to ride a rocket into space. In the two-man Gemini program, he achieved the first space rendezvous. In October 1968, he commanded Apollo 7, a test of the three-man Apollo Command/Service Module. He was the first person to go into space three times, and the only person to have flown in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, logging a total of 295 hours and 15 minutes in space. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey. (d. 2007)
Vladek Sheybal (born 12 March 1923 – 16 October 1992) was a Polish character actor and director of both television and stage productions. He was well known for his portrayal of the chess grandmaster Kronsteen in the James Bond film From Russia with Love (1963) and Otto Leipzig in Smiley’s People (1982). Born Władysław Rudolf Z. Sheybal in Zgierz, near Łódź, Poland. (d. 1992)
Harry Max Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey; March 12, 1925 – August 15, 2012) was an American science fiction (SF) author, best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and for his novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966). The latter was the rough basis for the motion picture Soylent Green (1973). Harrison was (with Brian Aldiss) the co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, United States. (d. 2012)
Edward Franklin Albee III (born March 12, 1928) is an American playwright who is known for works such as The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962).
Billie ‘Buckwheat’ Thomas
William “Billie” Thomas, Jr. (March 12, 1931 – October 10, 1980) was an American child actor best remembered for portraying the character of Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short films from 1934 until the series’ end in 1944. Born in Los Angeles, California. (d. 1980)
Barbara Feldon (born March 12, 1933) is an American character actress who works mostly in the theatre, but is primarily known for her roles on television. Her most prominent role was that of Agent 99 on the 1960s sitcom Get Smart. Born Barbara Anne Hall in Butler, Pennsylvania.
Geoffrey Lancashire (12 March 1933 – 3 October 2004) was a British television scriptwriter. He is best remembered for writing television comedy series such as The Lovers and The Cuckoo Waltz. Born in Oldham, Lancashire.
Caroline Mortimer (born 12 March 1942) is a British actress. She played Alice Vasavor in six episodes of The Pallisers. Her other television work includes Within These Walls, Marked Personal, Space: 1999, and The Cleopatras (1983).
Ratko Mladić (born 12 March 1942) is a former Bosnian Serb military leader accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Born in Božanovići, Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in the 1972 musical film Cabaret which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Daughter of film actress and singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli. Born in Hollywood, California.
Franklin Wendell “Frank” Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American actor who specializes in voice acting. Due to the large number of films he is able to work on in a given year, films with Frank Welker had grossed more than those of any other actor in Hollywood from 1980 until 2011. He is notable for being cast as Fred Jones across most of the animated Scooby-Doo franchise and Megatron in the Transformers franchise. Born in Denver, Colorado.
Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American politician and businessman who was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Before his presidential bid, he served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Born in Detroit, Michigan.
James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with “You’ve Got a Friend”. Born in Boston, US.
Virginia Bottomley, Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, PC, DL (née Garnett, born 12 March 1948) is a British Conservative Party politician. She was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons from 1984 to 2005. She was raised to the peerage in 2005. Born in Dunoon, Scotland.
David John Mellor QC (born 12 March 1949) is a former British politician, non-practising barrister, broadcaster, journalist and businessman. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Putney from 1979 to 1997. Born in Wareham, Dorset, England.
Lesley A. Manville (born 12 March 1956) is an English actress of film, theatre and television. She is an Olivier Award winner. She frequently collaborates with director Mike Leigh, twice being named British Actress of the Year at the London Film Critics Circle Awards for her performances in his 2002 film All or Nothing and his 2010 film Another Year. For the latter, she also received a BAFTA Award nomination. Other Mike Leigh films she has appeared in include High Hopes (1988), Secrets & Lies (1996), Topsy Turvy (1999), Vera Drake (2004) and Mr. Turner (2014). Born in Brighton, Sussex.
Julian Firth (born 8 January 1961) is an English actor, best known for his roles as troubled inmate Davis in the cinematic version of the film Scum and as Brother Jerome in the long-running television series Cadfael. Born in Bristol.
Darryl Eugene Strawberry, Sr. (born March 12, 1962) is a former American Major League Baseball right fielder and an ordained Christian minister and author. During his 17-year career, he helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships. Born in Los Angeles, California.
Coleen Patricia Nolan (born 12 March 1965) is an English singer, television presenter and author, best known as the youngest member of the girl group The Nolans, in which she sang with her sisters, and for being a panelist on the chat show Loose Women from 2000 to 2011, and then from October 2013 on. Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK.
Peter “Pete” Doherty (born 12 March 1979) is an English musician, writer, actor, poet and artist. He is best known musically for being co-frontman of The Libertines, which he formed with Carl Barât in 1997. His other musical project is indie band Babyshambles. In 2005, Doherty became prominent in tabloids, the news media, and pop culture blogs because of his romantic relationship with model Kate Moss and his frequently-publicised drug addictions. Born in Hexham, Northumberland.