Is March 8th your birthday? Was someone special to you born on March 8th? With whom will you choose to celebrate this excellent occasion?
If today is your birthday, then you are in excellent company.
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March 8th was the birth date of several notable (or even notorious) individuals. Here they are:
March 8th Birthdays: Famous Artists
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German classical composer, was born on March 8, 1714. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was the son of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
American jazz pianist and film score composer Dick Hyman was born on March 8, 1927. Dick Hyman’s music has been featured in several motion pictures, including Alan and Naomi, Billy Bathgate, Broadway Danny Rose, Bullets Over Broadway, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Everyone Says ‘I Love You,’ Hannah and Her Sisters, The Lemon Sisters, The Mask, Melinda and Melinda, Moonstruck, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime, Stardust Memories, Sweet and Lowdown, Two Weeks Notice and Zelig.
Italian operatic composer Ruggero Leoncavallo (I Pagliacci and Zaza) was born on March 8, 1857.
Giovanni Battista di Jacopo, Italian Mannerist painter (Deposition from the Cross, Madonna in Glory and Moses Defending the Daughters of Jethro), was born on March 8, 1494. Giovanni Battista di Jacopo was also known as I Rosso (The Red) and Rosso Fiorentino (The Red Florentine).
March 8th Birthdays: Famous Athletes
American professional baseball player Richard Anthony (Dick) Allen (Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals) was born on March 8, 1942.
James Alan (Jim) Bouton, American professional baseball player (Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Seattle Pilots), author (Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times, Home Games, Strike Zone and Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues) and sportscaster, was born on March 8, 1939.
American professional football player Jason Elam (Denver Broncos) was born on March 8, 1970.
Carl Anthony Furillo, American professional baseball player (Brooklyn Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers, was born on March 8, 1922. Carl Anthony Furillo was also known as “The Reading Rifle” and “Skoonj.”
Ann Packer-Brightwell, British runner and Olympic gold medalist (1964), was born on March 8, 1942.
James Edward (Jim) Rice, American professional baseball player (Boston Red Sox), was born on March 8, 1953.
Karl Schnabl, Norwegian ski jumper and Olympic gold medalist (1976), was born on March 8, 1954.
Lydia Skoblikova, Russian speed skater and Olympic gold medalist (1960 and 1964), was born on March 8, 1939.
Korean-American professional football player Hines Ward (Pittsburgh Steelers) was born on March 8, 1976.
David Wilkie, British swimmer and Olympic gold medalist (1996), was born on March 8, 1954.
Buck Williams, American professional basketball player (New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers), was born on March 8, 1960.
March 8th Birthdays: Famous Authors and Journalists
American author Stuart Chase (Men and Machines, A New Deal and The Power of Words
) was born on March 8, 1888. Stuart Chase’s writings inspired U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal Program.
Kenneth Grahame, British banker and author (The Cambridge Book of Poetry for Young People, Dream Days, The Golden Age and The Wind in the Willows), was born on March 8, 1859.
Lester Holt, American television newscaster (The Today Show), was born on March 8, 1959.
American basketball referee and television sportscaster Mendy Rudolph was born on March 8, 1928.
March 8th Birthdays: Famous Business Leaders
William B. Booth, American missionary and Salvation Army general, was born on March 8, 1856.
American railroad industrialist and philanthropist John Crerar was born on March 8, 1827.
Frederic Goudy, American typographer and printer, was born on March 8, 1865.
Raynoma Liles, American music industry executive, was born on March 8, 1937. Raynoma Liles founded Motown Records with her husband, music executive Berry Gordy.
March 8th Birthdays: Famous Performers
American rock guitarist Mike Allsup (Three Dog Night) was born on March 8, 1947.
Margaret Annemarie (Little Peggy March) Battavio, American pop singer, was born on March 8, 1948. Little Peggy March is best remembered for her hit single, “I Will Follow Him.”
American actress Louise Beavers (Beulah, Coquette, Dixie Jamboree, General Spanky, Imitation of Life, The Jackie Robinson Story, Reap the Wild Wind and Tammy and the Bachelor) was born on March 8, 1902.
Garett Buell, American contemporary Christian music percussionist (Caedmon’s Call), was born on March 8, 19–.
British rock drummer Clive Burr (Clive Burr’s Escape, Desperado, Elixir, Gogmagog, Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis, Samson and Trust) was born on March 8, 1957.
Canadian actress Susan Clark (Airport 1975, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Babe, The Choice, Coogan’s Bluff, Night Moves and Webster) was born on March 8, 1944.
Rita (Cheryl Baker) Crudgington, British pop singer (Bucks Fizz, Co-Co and The Main Event) and television personality (Record Breakers), was born on March 8, 1954.
British rock singer Tom Chaplin (Keane) was born on March 8, 1979.
Lew DeWitt, American country music singer (The Statler Brothers), was born on March 8, 1938.
American pop drummer and singer Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees) was born on March 8, 1945. Actress Ami Dolenz is Mickey Dolenz’ daughter.
Jimmy Dormire, American country music guitarist (Confederate Railroad), was born on March 8, 1960.
British rock banjo player and singer Ralph Ennis (The Swinging Blue Jeans) was born on March 8, 1942. The Swinging Blue Jeans’ best known singles included “Hippy Hippy Shake” and “You’re No Good.”
Tula Ellice (Cyd Charisse) Finklea, American dancer and actress (Deep in My Heart, East Side, Grand Hotel, Party Girl, Silk Stockings and Singin’ in the Rain), was born on March 8, 1923.
British pop drummer Peter Gill (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) was born on March 8, 1964.
Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (At Sword’s Point, Biff Baker U.S.A., Casey Jones, Gilligan’s Island, The Good Guys, Johnny Dangerously, Lady in the Iron Mask, The Man in the Iron Mask and Wild Boys of the Road), was born on March 8, 1918. Alan Hale, Jr., was the son of actor and film director Alan Hale.
American model and actress Kathy Ireland (Alien from L.A., Mom and Dad Save the World, Mr. Destiny, Necessary Roughness, Once Upon a Christmas, Side Out and Twice Upon a Christmas) was born on March 8, 1963.
Boris Kodjoe, American actor (The Gospel andMadea’s Family Reunion), was born on March 8, 1973.
American actress Sue Ane Langdon Lookoff (Arnie, Bachelor Father, Frankie and Johnny, A Guide for the Married Man, Roustabout and Zapped) was born on March 8, 1940.
Camryn Manheim, American actress (Ghost Whisperer, L.A. Law and The Practice), was born on March 8, 1961.
Irish actor Sean McClory (The Californians, Charade, Fools of Fortune and My Chauffeur) was born on March 8, 1924.
Randy Meisner, American country music and rock singer (The Eagles), was born on March 8, 1946.
Canadian triplet brothers and country music singers Bob Moffatt, Clint Moffatt and Dave Moffatt (The Moffatts) were born on March 8, 1984.
Shawn Mullins, American folk and rock singer (The Thorns), was born on March 8, 1968.
American actress Andrea Parker (ER, JAG, Less Than Perfect and The Pretender) was born on March 8, 1969.
Freddie Prinze, Jr., American actor (Delgo, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scooby-Doo and She’s All That), was born on March 8, 1976. Son of actor and comedian Freddie Prinze, Freddie Prinze, Jr., married actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.
American actor Aidan Quinn (All My Sons, Avalon, Desperately Seeking Susan, Legends of the Fall, Songcatcher and A Streetcar Named Desire) was born on March 8, 1959.
Lynn Redgrave, British actress (Centennial, Chicken Soup, Deeply, Georgy Girl, Getting It Right, Gods and Monsters, The Happy Hooker, House Calls, My Kingdom, Rehearsal for Murder, Tom Jones, Venus and Mars, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and The White Countess), was born on March 8, 1943. Daughter to actor Sir Michael Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave is the sister of actress Vanessa Redgrave.
American rock keyboardist, guitarist and singer Andy Ross (OK Go) was born on March 8, 1979.
Carole Bayer Sager, American pop singer and songwriter, was born on March 8, 1947. Carole Bayer Sager’s most popular songs include “Break It to Me Gently,” “Groovy Kind of Love,” “Looking Through the Eyes of Love,” “Nobody Does It Better,” “That’s What Friends are For,” “When I Need You” and “You’re the Only One.”
American actor James Van Der Beek, Jr. (Dawson’s Creek) was born on March 8, 1977.
Gary Numan Webb, British rock singer (Replicas), was born on March 8, 1958.
American actress (The High and the Mighty, How to Murder Your Wife, Key Largo, Marjorie Morningstar, The Mountain, Stagecoach and The Stripper) and Academy Award winner (1948) Claire Trevor Wemlinger was born on March 8, 1909.
Kameelah Williams, American R&B singer (702), was born on March 8, 1978.
March 8th Birthdays: Famous Scientists
German chemist, radiophysicist and Nobel Prize winner (1944) Otto Hahn was born on March 8, 1879.
American chemist and Nobel Prize winner (1950) Edward Calvin Kendall was born on March 8, 1886.
French archeologist and antiquarian Austin H. Layard was born on March 8, 1817.
March 8th Birthdays: Famous World (and Other) Leaders
Juan (Wancho) Evertsz, Dutch Antilles Premier, was born on March 8, 1923.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, 58th Supreme Court justice and author (Collected Legal Papers, The Common Law and Speeches), was born on March 8, 1841.
Matyas Rakosi, Hungarian Premier, was born on March 8, 1892.
Hannah Hoes Van Buren, wife to 8th U.S. President Martin Van Buren, was born on March 8, 1783. Hannah Van Buren never served as American First Lady, as she died before her husband was elected to the U.S. Presidency.
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Happy Birthday, March 8th.