Mitchell Parish was born as Michael Hyman Pashelinsky on July 10, 1900 in Lithuania. He wrote the lyrics for the songs Stardust, Deep Purple, Moonlight Serenade, and Sleigh Ride. Mr. Parish died on March 31, 1993 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
O’Kelly Isley, Jr. was born on December 25, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He helped to found the singing group The Isley Brothers. He co-wrote the song Shout. Mr. Isley died on March 31, 1986 in Alpine, New Jersey.
Isaac Newton was born on January 4, 1643 in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, England. He wrote the book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. Mr. Newton died on March 31, 1727 in Kensington, Middlesex, England.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Jeanine Deckers, best known as The Singing Nun, was born as Jeanne-Paule Marie Deckers on October 17, 1933 in Wavre, Wallonia, Belgium. She sang the song Dominique. Ms. Deckers died on March 29, 1985 in Wavre, Wallonia, Belgium.
Charles Wesley was born on December 18, 1707 in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. He was the lyricist for the songs Jesus, Lover of My Soul and O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing. Mr. Wesley died on March 29, 1788 in London, England.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Peter Alexander Ustinov was born on April 16, 1921 in London, England. He acted in the movies Spartacus and Lorenzo’s Oil. Mr. Ustinov died on March 28, 2004 in Genolier, Vaud, Switzerland.
Maria Augusta von Trapp was born on January 26, 1905 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. She was the “leading lady” of the Trapp Family Singers. Her family’s story was featured in the musical The Sound of Music. Ms. von Trapp died on March 28, 1987 in Morrisville, Vermont.
Dick Haymes was born as Richard Benjamin Haymes on September 13, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He sang the songs How Are Things in Glocca Morra? and Laura. Mr. Haymes died on March 28, 1980 in Los Angeles, California.
Dorothy Fields was born on July 15, 1905 in Allenhurst, New Jersey. She wrote the lyrics to the songs On the Sunny Side of the Street and The Way You Look Tonight. Ms. Fields died on March 28, 1974 in New York City, New York.
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was born on April 1, 1873 in Semyonovo, Russia. He composed the Prelude in C sharp minor and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Mr. Rachmaninoff died on March 28, 1943 in Beverly Hills, California.
Virginia Woolf was born as Adeline Virginia Stephen on January 25, 1882 in London, England. She wrote the novels Mrs Dalloway and Orlando: A Biography. Ms. Woolf died on March 28, 1941 near Lewes, East Sussex, England.
Friday, March 27, 2009
M.C. Escher was born as Maurits Cornelis Escher on June 17, 1898 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. He created Metamorphosis I, Sky and Water I, Drawing Hands, House of Stairs, Ascending and Descending, Waterfall, and many more. Mr. Escher died on March 27, 1972 in Laren, the Netherlands.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Jan Berry was born as William Jan Berry on April 3, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. He was in the singing duo Jan and Dean. They sang the song Heart and Soul. Mr. Berry died on March 26, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.
Marshall Applewhite was born as Marshall Herff Applewhite, Jr. on May 17, 1931 in Spur, Texas. He was the leader of the Heaven’s Gate group. Mr. Applewhite died on March 26, 1997 in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. He wrote the Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op.13 (the “Sonata Pathétique”) and the Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor (the “Moonlight” Sonata). Mr. Beethoven died on March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Buck Owens was born as Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. on August 12, 1929 in Sherman, Texas. He was the lead vocalist in the group The Buckaroos. They sang the song Act Naturally. Mr. Owens co-hosted the TV show Hee Haw. Mr. Owens died on March 25, 2006 in Bakersfield, California.
Paul Henning was born on September 16, 1911 in Independence, Missouri. He created the TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies and created its theme song The Ballad of Jed Clampett. Mr. Henning died on March 25, 2005 in Burbank, California.
Claude Debussy was born as Achille-Claude Debussy on August 22, 1862 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Paris, France. He wrote Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and the Suite bergamasque for the piano. Mr. Debussy died on March 25, 1918 in Paris, France.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Harold Melvin was born on June 25, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the lead vocalist in the singing group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. The group sang the song If You Don’t Know Me by Now. Mr. Melvin died on March 24, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Enrique Granados was born as Pantaléon Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña on July 27, 1867 in Lleida, Spain. He wrote the piano suite Goyescas. Mr. Granados died on March 24, 1916 while on a ferry crossing the English Channel.
Jules Gabriel Verne was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. He wrote the novels Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Mr. Verne died on March 24, 1905 in Amiens, France.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on February 27, 1807 in Portland, Maine. He wrote the poems The Song of Hiawatha and Evangeline. Mr. Longfellow died on March 24, 1882 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friedrich Hayek was born as Friedrich August von Hayek on May 8, 1899 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He wrote the books The Road to Serfdom and The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism. Mr. Hayek died on March 23, 1992 in Freiburg, Germany.
Peter Lorre was born as László Löwenstein on June 26, 1904 in Rózsahegy (now Ružomberok), Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia). He acted in the movies Casablanca and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Mr. Lorre died on March 23, 1964 in Los Angeles, California.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Dave Guard was born as Donald David Guard on October 19, 1934 in San Francisco, California or Hawaii. He was in the singing group The Kingston Trio. Mr. Guard died on March 22, 1991 in Rollinsford, New Hampshire.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Leo Fender was born as Clarence Leonidas Fender on August 10, 1909 in Fullerton, California. He founded the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company. Mr. Fender died on March 21, 1991 in Fullerton, California.
Robert Preston was born as Robert Preston Meservey on June 8, 1918 in Newton, Massachusetts. He acted in the movies The Music Man, Mame, and Victor Victoria. Mr. Preston died on March 21, 1987 in Montecito, California.
Michael Redgrave was born as Michael Scudamore Redgrave on March 20, 1908 in Bristol, Glouchestershire, England. He was the father of actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave. He was the grandfather of the recently-deceased actress Natasha Richardson. Mr. Redgrave acted in the movie The Importance of Being Earnest. Mr. Redgrave died on March 21, 1985 in Buckinghamshire, England.
Pocahontas was born around 1595 in Werowocomoco, Powhatan Confederacy, North America. She was the Native American who married the Englishman John Rolfe. Pocahontas died on March 21, 1617 in Gravesend, Kent, England.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
John Phillips was born as John Edmund Andrew Phillips on May 1, 1935 in Parris Island, South Carolina. He was in the singing group The Mamas & The Papas. Mr. Phillips died on March 18, 2001 in Los Angeles, California.
Kenneth Ewart Boulding was born on January 18, 1910 in Liverpool, England. He founded evolutionary economics. He said, “Mathematics brought rigor to Economics. Unfortunately, it also brought mortis.” and “Economists are like computers. They need to have facts punched into them.” Mr. Boulding died on March 18, 1993 in Boulder, Colorado.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Terry LaVerne Stafford was born on November 22, 1941 in Hollis, Oklahoma. He sang the song Suspicion. He wrote the lyrics to the song Amarillo by Morning. Mr. Stafford died on March 17, 1996 in Amarillo, Texas.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thora Hird was born on May 28, 1911 in Morecambe, Lancashire, England. She acted in the British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. Ms. Hird died on March 15, 2003 in Twickenham, London, England.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Susan Hayward was born as Edythe Marrenner on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. She acted in the movie My Foolish Heart. Ms. Hayward died on March 14, 1975 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Maureen Stapleton was born as Lois Maureen Stapleton on June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York. She acted in the movies The Electric Grandmother and Cocoon. Ms. Stapleton died on March 13, 2006 in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Lynne Thigpen was born as Cherlynne Theresa Thigpen on December 22, 1948 in Joliet, Illinois. She acted and sang in the movie Godspell. Ms. Thigpen died on March 12, 2003 in Marina del Rey, California.
Maurice Herbert Evans was born on June 3, 1901 in Dorchester, Dorset, England. He acted as “Maurice” in the TV sitcom Bewitched. He also acted as “Dr. Zaius” in the movie Planet of the Apes. Mr. Evans died on March 12, 1989 in Rottingdean, East Sussex, England.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Betty Hutton was born as Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan. She sang the song It Had to Be You. She acted in the movie The Greatest Show on Earth. Ms. Hutton died on March 11, 2007 in Palm Springs, California.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
John Inman was born as Frederick John Inman on June 28, 1935 in Preston, Lancashire, England. He acted as “Mr. Humphries” in the British sitcom Are You Being Served? Mr. Inman died on March 8, 2007 in London, England.
Robert Joseph Pastorelli was born on June 21, 1954 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He acted as the perpetual house painter “Eldin Bernecky” on the TV series Murphy Brown. Mr. Pastorelli died on March 8, 2004 in Hollywood Hills, California.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Paul Edward Winfield was born on May 22, 1939 in Los Angeles, Calfornia. He acted in the movie Sounder. He also acted as “The Mirror” in the TV sitcom The Charmings. Mr. Winfield died on March 7, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.
Stanley Kubrick was born on July 26, 1928 in New York City, New York. He co-wrote, directed, and produced the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Mr. Kubrick died on March 7, 1999 in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Ayn Rand was born as Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She wrote the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. She also wrote the books The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Ms. Rand died on March 6, 1982 in New York City, New York.
Dana Reeve was born as Dana Charles Morosini on March 17, 1961 in Teaneck, New Jersey. She had been married to actor Christopher Reeve (who had died earlier on October 10, 2004). Mrs. Reeve died on March 6, 2006 in New York City, New York.
Elvia Allman was born on September 19, 1904 in Enochville, North Carolina. She acted in the TV sitcom I Love Lucy in a very humorous skit in a chocolate candy factory (see below). Ms. Allman died on March 6, 1992 in Santa Monica, California.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Patsy Cline was born as Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. She sang the songs I Fall to Pieces, Crazy, and Sweet Dreams. Ms. Cline died in a plane crash on March 5, 1963 by Camden, Tennessee.