13 March


1733

 Joseph Priestley
Joseph Priestley FRS (13 March 1733 – 6 February 1804) was an 18th-century English theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, chemist, educator, and Liberal political theorist who published over 150 works. He is usually credited with the discovery of oxygen. Born in Birstall, near Batley, West Yorkshire. (d. 1804)

1764

 Earl Grey
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, KG PC (13 March 1764 – 17 July 1845), known as Viscount Howick between 1806 and 1807, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 22 November 1830 to 16 July 1834. In addition to his political achievements, he has come to be associated with Earl Grey tea. Born in Fallodon, Northumberland, England. (d. 1845)

1770

 Daniel Lambert
Daniel Lambert (13 March 1770 – 21 June 1809) was a gaol keeper and animal breeder from Leicester, England, famous for his unusually large size. At the time of his death, he weighed 52 stone 11 lb. Born in Blue Boar Lane, Leicester. (d. 1809)

1855

 Percival Lowell
Percival Lawrence Lowell (March 13, 1855 – November 12, 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. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. (d. 1916)

1884

 Sir Hugh Walpole
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE (13 March 1884 – 1 June 1941) was a New Zealand–born English novelist. Born in Auckland, New Zealand. (d. 1941)

1911

 L. Ron Hubbard
Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard was an American author and the founder of the Church of Scientology. Born in Tilden, Nebraska. (d. 1986)

1913

 Tessie O’Shea
Teresa Mary “Tessie” O’Shea (13 March 1913 – 21 April 1995) was a Welsh entertainer and actress. Born in Cardiff. (d. 1995)

1921

 Al Jaffee
Abraham Jaffee (born March 13, 1921), known as Al Jaffee, is an American cartoonist. He is notable for his work in the satirical magazine Mad, including his trademark feature, the Mad Fold-in. Born in Savannah, Georgia.

1933

 Mike Stoller
Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) and Jerry Leiber were American songwriting and record producing partners. Stoller was the composer and Leiber the lyricist. Leiber and Stoller wrote hits for Elvis Presley including “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock” and “King Creole”. Other hits include: “Yakety Yak”, “Poison Ivy” and “Love Potion No. 9”.

1935

 Leslie Parrish
Leslie Parrish (born March 13, 1935) is an American actress. She worked under her birth name, Marjorie Hellen, until she changed it in 1959. Her two most significant roles are as lithe Daisy Mae in Li’l Abner (1959) and as the doomed Jocelyn Jordan in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Born in Melrose, Massachusetts.
 David Nobbs
David Nobbs (13 March 1935 – 9 August 2015) was an English comedy writer, best known for writing the 1970s series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, adapted from his own novels. Nobbs also wrote the comedy/drama series A Bit of a Do (1989) and the Henry Pratt series of novels. Born David Gordon Nobbs in Petts Wood, London. (d. 2015)

1939

 Neil Sedaka
Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop/rock singer, pianist, and composer. Since his music career began in 1957, he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and others. His hits include: “Calendar Girl”, “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen”, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”,”Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Laughter in the Rain”. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1940

 Christopher Gable
Christopher Michael Gable, CBE (13 March 1940 – 23 October 1998) was an English ballet dancer, choreographer and actor. In 1982, Gable founded the Central School of Ballet with Ann Stannard. Five years later he was appointed Artistic Director of Northern Ballet Theatre. He transformed the small regional troupe into a company of national renown. Born in London. (d. 1998)
 Candi Staton
Candi Staton (born March 13, 1940) is an American soul and gospel singer, best known for her 1976 disco chart-topper “Young Hearts Run Free” and the anthemic “You Got the Love”. Born Canzetta Maria Staton in Hanceville, Alabama.

1942

 Dave Cutler
David Neil “Dave” Cutler, Sr. (born March 13, 1942) is an American software engineer, designer and developer of several operating systems including Windows NT at Microsoft and RSX-11M, VMS and VAXELN at Digital Equipment Corporation. Born in Lansing, Michigan.
 Geoffrey Hayes
Geoffrey Hayes (born 13 March 1942) is an English television presenter and actor, best known as the host of Thames Television’s top-rated children’s show Rainbow from 1973 to 1991. Born in Stockport, Cheshire, England.

1949

 David Neilson
David Neilson (born 13 March 1949) is an English actor best known for portraying Roy Cropper in the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1995 onwards. Born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.

1950

 William H. Macy
William Hall Macy, Jr. (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor, screenwriter, teacher and director in theater, film and television. Macy was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo. He has won two Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards in total. He is also a four-time Golden Globe Award nominee. Born in Miami, Florida.

1953

 Deborah Raffin
Deborah Iona Raffin (March 13, 1953 – November 21, 2012) was an American film and television actress, who later became an audiobook publisher. Raffin appeared in several 1970s Hollywood films. Born in Los Angeles, California. (d. 2012)

1956

 Dana Delany
Dana Welles Delany (born March 13, 1956) is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, presenter, and health activist. She achieved wide fame in 1988–1991 as Colleen McMurphy on the ABC television show China Beach, for which she won two Emmy Awards. Since the mid-1990s, Delany has served on the board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. From 2007 to 2010 Delany played Katherine Mayfair on the ABC series Desperate Housewives. From 2011 to 2013 she played the lead role of Megan Hunt on the ABC drama series Body of Proof. Delany is also a voice-actress. She played Lois Lane in the DC animated universe, as well as in The Batman animated series. Born in New York City.

1958

 Linda Robson
Linda Patricia Mary Robson (born 13 March 1958) is an English actress and presenter, best known for playing Tracey Stubbs in the sitcom Birds of a Feather between 1989 and 1998 and 2014 onwards. Born in Islington, North London, England.

1989

 Peaches Geldof
Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof (13 March 1989 – 7 April 2014) was an English television presenter and model. Born in London. (d. 2014)

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