Historic Birthdates in March

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Our selection of historic birthdates in March, including King Henry II, Dr David Livingstone and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The picture on the left is of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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1 March.

1910

David Niven, Scottish-born film actor whose films included The Pink Panther and The Guns of Navarone.

2 March.

1545

Thomas Bodley, scholar, diplomat and founder of Oxford's famous Bodleian Library.

3 March.

1847

Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born inventor of the telephone, photo phone, graphophone, microphone and a host of other really useful phones.

4 March.

1928

Alan Sillitoe, author and playwright whose books included Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

5 March.

1133

King Henry II, son of Matilda and Geoffrey of Anjou who was to become the first Plantagenet king of England.

6 March.

1806

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Victorian poet whose works including Sonnets from the Portuguese, are perhaps now overshadowed by her more famous husband Robert Browning.

7 March.

1802

Edwin Henry Landseer, painter and sculptor of the lions in London's Trafalgar Square.

8 March.

1859

Kenneth Grahame, Scottish author of the children's book The Wind in the Willows.

9 March.

1763

William Cobbett, radical author, politician and journalist who championed the cause of the underprivileged and wrote the Rural Rides in 1830.

10 March.

1964

Prince Edward, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II.

11 March.

1885

Sir Malcolm Campbell, holder of the world speed records on land and sea.

12 March.

1710

Thomas Arne, English composer who wrote Rule Britannia.

13 March.

1733

Dr Joseph Priestley, scientist who, luckily for us all, discovered oxygen in 1774.

14 March.

1836

Mrs Isabella Beeton, author of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management - everything a Victorian middle class woman should know!.

15 March.

1779

William Lamb, Viscount Melbourne, twice British Prime Minister in the early 1800's. His wife Lady Caroline, scandalised London society with her affair with Lord Byron.

16 March.

1774

Mathew Flinders, English explorer after whom the Flinders mountain range and Flinders River in Australia are named.

17 March.

1939

Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world.

18 March.

1869

Neville Chamberlain, British prime minister who tried unsuccessfully to make peace with Hitler. He returned from Munich in 1938 claiming 'peace in our time'. Within a year, Britain was at war with Germany.

19 March.

1813

Dr David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer, the first white man to see the Victoria Falls. His missionary work was less successful - apparently he only ever made one convert.

20 March.

1917

Dame Vera Lynn was born in London and by the age of seven, was singing on a regular basis in working men's clubs. She made her first broadcast in 1935. During the Second World War Vera found fame as the "Forces Sweetheart", keeping up the spirits of the public with such songs as "We'll Meet Again" and "White Cliffs of Dover". These songs, and some films, catapulted Vera Lynn into what would now be referred to as superstardom.

21 March.

1925

Peter Brook, director of stage and film.

22 March.

1948

Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of musicals including Cats, Evita and Phantom of the Opera, to name but a few.

23 March.

1929

Dr Roger Bannister, who, as a medical student, was the first person in the world to run a mile in under four minutes (3 min 59.4 sec)

24 March.

1834

William Morris, socialist, poet and craftsman who was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

25 March.

1908

David Lean, film director responsible for such greats as Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago and Bridge over the River Kwai.

26 March.

1859

Alfred Edward Housman, scholar, poet. and author of A Shropshire Lad.

27 March.

1863

Sir Henry Royce, car designer and manufacturer who co-founded, with C.S.Rolls the Rolls-Royce motor company.

28 March.

1660

George I, King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1714. Became king following the death of Queen Anne. He spent most of his reign in Hanover, never having mastered the English language.

29 March.

1869

Edwin Lutyens, architect known as the last English designer of country houses. Other works include the cenotaph, vice-regal palace in New Delhi and Roman catholic cathedral (Paddy's wig-wam) in Liverpool.

30 March.

1945

Eric Clapton, songwriter and guitarist.

31 March.

1621

Andrew Marvell, poet, political writer and buddy of John (Paradise Lost) Milton.

  

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