Monday, March 31, 2008

Where Did this Month Go?

I have had almost no time to blog this month, although I should say I started a project on a blog of biographies because I like the idea of a central place to learn about people in the news, and as you know by now I'm a baseball nut so I had to start a baseball blog, I'm so excited that the season finally starts today!
(that trip to Japan to have the Red Sox and the A's play a week early is just dumb, but creating a truly international league with a true "world series" would be awesome, especially if we can use sports to end our differences).

Anyhow, I know I missed a lot of good stories I would have liked to blog about like the Kristen Davis sextapes. Oh my god I thought she was the hottest of the Sex in the City Cast and if she has a sextape I thought wow! I simply have to see it. (ok, the only thing hotter would be Kim Cattrall sex tapes). (Well on that show I mean, give me Jennifer Aniston tapes any day).

Of course that wasn't the only Kristen in the news, as the people of New York know too well. I can't wait to hear more details from that whole story. What was it the news reported? The prostitutes supposedly said something about dangerous sex? I guess that would have to be something like auto erotic asphyxiation, which I never understood, and apparently Mrs. Spitzer didn't either. That's all speculation based on news reports though, so don't take my word for it. All I'll say, however, is that I think Silda Spitzer is super hot and I'd so her. Let's see Silda Spitzer nude in a sex tape, ooo, with Kim Cattrall!

Let's see, the march madness tournament has been a lot of fun. I loved Stephen Curry and Davidson and wanted to see them beat Kansas yesterday (and if their coach had actually drawn up a play for the end of the game I think they could have. He should have had Curry get a better screen for a three, or feint to Curry and get the ball to Bryant Barr who had been knocking down threes earlier. Playing for the win, not the tie, was a smart move, I'm not sure how much gas those guys had left in the tank.

The Jonas Brothers concerts have started selling tickets. This whole area is far too big (my god, will the Disney Channel and Nick PLEASE give parents a break between these fake teen idol heart throbs? Most families are recovering from Miley Cyrus tickets, and now we have a summer tour with the Jonas Brothers, who I mix up with the Naked Brothers (making the Naked Jonas Brothers in my head, ewwww). There is a recession on and the vast majority of people who have kids that watch your crap and buy your tix are hurting. PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK!

How about that economy. Thanks George. I think if you look back into history, giving huge tax breaks to the rich always leads to huge economic slowdown and or recession.
Look at Andrew Mellon's handling of the economy under Harding in the 1920s and then at Ronald Reagan tax policy in the 1980s and Goober Bush's now. Huge tax break leads to massive growth, which leads to massive down turn. Too bad Goober didn't get the massive growth part, probably shouldn't have played up that "war on terror" thing so much George and attacked Iraq too, you might have at least reaped some points for a good economy for a couple of years, but instead the super rich got super richer and the rest of us got screwed.

Ok, more later I hope.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Political Ramblings

It is a pretty sad nation that has to get its relevant and controversial news from a comedy show, but such is the status of early 21st century USA. Last week, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart broadcast a bit from an interview that Marta Raddatz of ABC News conducted on March 19 with Vice President Dick Cheney, on the occasion of the fifth (gasp!) anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq (the very same one that, according to Bush, was won a few weeks after the invasion, the infamous “mission accomplished” charade). Here is the relevant piece of dialog:

Interviewer: “Two thirds of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.”
Dick: “So?”
Interviewer: “You don’t care what the American people think?”
Dick: “No, I think we cannot be [pause to look for the right words to avoid making a bad situation worse] blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.”

Now, besides the fact that, as Stewart pointed out, this is the same Dick who was bragging about positive polls when the polls where positive (hey, consistency is the last refuge of small minds, as we all know), the stunning “so?” response should have provoked an uproar among the American population.

At the very least it shows that Cheney isn’t even a good politician, in the diminutive sense of the term (i.e., someone who can fool most of the people most of the times). Even if the VP of the United States of America thinks that the opinion of the people who elected him (sort of) isn’t worth shit, he should have better sense than actually saying so on national television.

But of course the real scandal is that this is an administration which, in the name of spreading democracy throughout the world, has gotten so casual with democracy at home to actually admit that it does not give a damn about what Americans think. Pause for a moment and try to digest the implications of that simple word, “so?” (It helps if you actually watch the video, where you can clearly see the smirk on Cheney’s face.) In a real and mature democracy, that single comment should have caused a national uproar, with people forcefully asking for an apology from the President, as well as for Dick’s immediate resignation. Instead, we all went to the movies during the weekend, and spent $24,590,596 to go see “Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!” Who says the economy is in trouble and we are in a recession? Not Dick, who in the same ABC News interview said that we are simply hitting “a rough patch.” You know, just like the insurgency in Iraq is “in its last throes.” Oh, wait, that was March 2005.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

March 11 Birthdays!

Today's Birthday list is awesome! Joey Buttafuoco, (who is listed in Wikipedia's list as being "American Statutory Rapist") the superhot Nina Hartley, Eric the midget aka eric the astronaut, aka eric the actor, Heidi Cortez, johnny knoxville! wow, what a birthday list!


1544 - Torquato Tasso, Italian poet (d. 1595)
1725 - Henry Benedict Stuart, pretender to the throne of Great Britain (d. 1807)
1785 - John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1861)
1787 - Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (d. 1852)
1811 - Urbain Le Verrier, French mathematician (d. 1877)
1818 - Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer and choreographer (d. 1910)
1822 - Joseph Louis François Bertrand, French mathematician (d. 1900)
1863 - Andrew Stoddart, English cricketer (d. 1915)
1873 - David Horsley, English-born film executive (d. 1933)
1876 - Carl Ruggles, American composer (d. 1971)
1870 - Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (d. 1946)
1880 - Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenecist (d. 1943)
1884 - Lewi Pethrus, Swedish politician (d. 1974)
1885 - Malcolm Campbell, English race car driver (d. 1948)
1887 - Raoul Walsh, American film director (d. 1980)
1890 - Vannevar Bush, American engineer and politician (d. 1974)
1897 - Henry Cowell, American composer, musical theorist, pianist, teacher, publisher, and impresario (d. 1965)
1898 - Dorothy Gish, American actress (d. 1968)
1899 - Frederick IX of Denmark, Danish King (d. 1972)
1903 - Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian (d. 1989)
1903 - Lawrence Welk, American musician (d. 1992)
1907 - Jessie Matthews, English actress (d. 1981)
1910 - Robert Havemann, German chemist (d. 1982)
1915 - Vijay Hazare, Indian cricketer (d. 2004)
1915 - Hans Peter Keller, German writer (d. 1988)
1915 - J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer (d. 1990)
1916 - Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1995)
1916 - Ezra Jack Keats, children's literature author (d. 1983)
1920 - Nicolaas Bloembergen, Dutch physicist, Nobel laureate
1921 - Frank Harary, American mathematician (d. 2005)
1921 - Ástor Piazzolla, Argentine composer (d. 1992)
1922 - Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist (d. 1997)
1922 - José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor
1926 - Reverend Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (d. 1990)
1926 - İlhan Mimaroğlu, Turkish musician and composer
1927 - Robert Mosbacher, United States Secretary of Commerce
1928 - Albert Salmi, American actor (d. 1990)
1929 - Timothy Carey, American actor (d. 1994)
1930 - Claude Jutra, Quebec film actor and director (d. 1986)
1931 - Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born entrepreneur
1932 - Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
1934 - Sam Donaldson, American reporter
1935 - Sandra Milo, Italian actress
1936 - Antonin Scalia, American Supreme Court Justice
1937 - Carlos Larrañaga, Spanish actor
1939 - Lorraine Hunt, former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
1939 - Flaco Jiménez, American musician
1940 - Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
1942 - Charles Swan, American actor
1945 - Dock Ellis, American baseball player
1945 - Harvey Mandel, American musician
1947 - Tristan Murail, French composer
1948 - Roy Barnes, 80th Governor of Georgia
1948 - César Gerónimo, Dominican baseball player
1948 - Dominique Sanda, French actress
1950 - Bobby McFerrin, American singer
1950 - Jerry Zucker, American director
1952 - Douglas Adams, English writer (d. 2001)
1953 - Bernie LaBarge, Canadian musician
1954 - Gale Norton, United States Secretary of the Interior
1955 - Nina Hagen, German singer
1956 - Joey Buttafuoco, guy who messed with Amy Fisher
1956 - D. J. MacHale, American author and television writer
1956 - Rob Paulsen, American voice actor
1956 - Helen Rollason, British sports journalist and television presenter (d. 1999)
1957 - Lady Chablis, American entertainer
1957 - Cheryl Lynn, American singer
1958 - Anissa Jones, American actress (d. 1976)
1958 - Jim Pinkerton, American pundit
1958 - Flemming Rose, Danish journalist
1958 - Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, interim President of Iraq
1959 - Nina Hartley, American porn star
1960 - Christophe Gans, French film director
1961 - Elias Koteas, Canadian actor
1962 - Jeffrey Nordling, American actor
1963 - Alex Kingston, English actress
1964 - Peter Berg, American film actor, director and producer
1964 - Vinnie Paul, American drummer (Pantera)
1964 - Shane Richie, British actor
1965 - Nigel Adkins, English football manager
1965 - Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician
1965 - Wallace Langham, American actor
1965 - Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, British television presenter
1967 - John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor
1967 - Brad Carson, American politician
1968 - Lisa Loeb, American singer-songwriter
1969 - Terrence Howard, American actor
1969 - Soraya, Colombian-American singer (d. 2006)
1970 - Delia Gallagher, American journalist
1971 - Johnny Knoxville, American television personality
1971 - Martin Ručinský, Czech ice hockey player
1973 - Martin Hiden, Austrian footballer
1974 - Bobby Abreu, Major League Baseball player
1974 - Jon Dalton, the infamous "Jonny Fairplay" from Survivor
1975 - Eric the Midget, American radio personality
1976 - Thomas Gravesen, Danish soccer player
1977 - Becky Hammon , WNBA player
1978 - Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast soccer player
1978 - Albert Luque, Spanish soccer player
1978 - Christopher Rice, American author
1979 - Elton Brand, American basketball player
1979 - Fred Jones, American basketball player
1979 - Benji Madden, American guitarist (Good Charlotte)
1979 - Joel Madden, American singer (Good Charlotte)
1980 - Paul Scharner, Austrian footballer
1980 - Dan Uggla, American baseball player
1981 - David Anders, American actor
1981 - Heidi Cortez, American erotic broadcaster
1981 - Lee Evans, National Football League player
1981 - Russell Lissack, English musician (Bloc Party)
1981 - LeToya Luckett, American singer (ex-Destiny's Child)
1981 - Paul Wall, American rapper
1982 - Brian Anderson, Major League Baseball player
1982 - Thora Birch, American actress
1982 - Lindsey McKeon, American actress
1984 - Marc-André Grondin, French Canadian actor
1984 - Tom James, British rower
1984 - Anna Tsuchiya, Japanese model, actress and singer
1985 - Derek Schouman, National Football League tight end
1985 - Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian soccer player
1987 - Marc-Andre Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player
1989 - Anton Yelchin, Russian-born actor

Manson is Ned on Bubba the Love Sponge and Bubba Sucks Ass

I was listening to Bubba the Love Sponge on Sirius yesterday and they played an OLD phone call where Ned (Ned Schnitt, Nedley Mandingo) called the Red Neck store. It was clearly Manson. They said the phone call was from 1997 or 1998 and it was so clearly Manson that Bubba even stopped the call to say "Listen to how young you sound Ned!" Well, yeah, they've gotten better at using compression and digital effects to lower Manson's redneck voice and make him sound like this character.

There's some irony here. As I was driving and listening I had been thinking that "maybe Ned isn't Manson" but then they played that old phone call, and once and for all I've made up my mind. I think that Bubba realizes the people are starting to catch on, because I've been hearing Manson laugh a lot more. My guess is that they've recorded Manson laughing, and play them when he's making Ned talk. (Or, ALL of Ned's parts are pre taped, which seems like it would be pretty hard to do and sound like actual conversation).

I read on another website that when they do public appearances, Ned is played by Manson's father in law, and on stage, it's Manson in costume. I think it's a pretty crappy way to treat fans, actually. I listened to Bubba back when he was on Clearchannel poser crapfest WEBN, and I thought his "schtick" of just shocking people by talking about lesbians and sex on the public airwaves was pretty cheesey. Howard Stern did all that, but did it with substance. Then I learned that he was a huge fat guy who couldn't even wipe his own butt, and I never listened again. I gave him a chance again when Howard Stern hired him, and honestly I was really entertained, but this work of his (to use one of his words) is really pretty crappy. Ned is beloved by his trucker fans, to treat them like morons by lying to them is awful.

Also, one of the things about Bubba the Love Sponge (todd clem) is the vocab he uses. On the chip, a work, a shoot, a mark...these are all part of his vernacular. I'm willing to bet though that these words all come from his friend Hulk Hogan and there's not an original idea in this guy's head.

I haven't had a chance to ask about it in detail, but friends of mine went to Bubbapalooza in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. (Original name, huh). Well, I was interested to see what this would be like. I remember Bubba saying that tickets would sell out in minutes, and then hearing him saying (for weeks) that people should get their tickets because they were sure to sell out. My friends got theirs (four together) the week of the show. I asked about the show the next day via text message and he said they left 45 minutes into the show and was going to complain to the Hard Rock about having such a horrible show and charging so much for it. Like I said, I haven't heard the details, but um, that may be the final nail in my Bubba coffin.

Yeah, the more I write, the more I'm sure I'm done listening to Bubba. I may forward this link to Sirius as he's whining about his contract and keeping us all in suspense again about whether he'll renew his contract. Meanwhile, his show is increasingly content thats very very old (here's a phone call from 1997 we played on a different station!) and stuff he steals from Howard. (He has a retarded guy with a speech impediment who calls in named B.Fudd or something. Gary the Retard is way more entertaing, B.Fudd is just boring. Bubba has his mother call in all the time too).

I hope Brent and Spice Boy and Manson do ok, well, maybe not Manson, as he's the guy behind pretending to be Ned, but Bubba Clem can sit and spin for all I care now.

March Madness- The Brackets 2008

The best time of the year is on its way. I love the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament. The office brackets, the exciting games, it's all good, and this year's tournament looks to be great already. UNC and Duke battled it out the other night in a game that went to the wire, Georgetown won the Big East, Kentucky beat Florida- all the big powers are looking to go in hot, and the little mid major teams that are often surprise and Cinderella stories will soon rock the house. Watch out for George Mason, Winthrop and Drake!

It's March Madness baby!

Teams that are already in:
Atlantic Sun Nashville, Tenn. March 5-8 Belmont (25-8)
Big South Campus sites March 4, 6, 8 Winthrop (22-11)
Colonial Richmond, Va. March 7-10 Sienna (22-10)
Ivy League No Tournament Cornell (22-5)
MAAC Albany, N.Y. March 6-10 George Mason (23-10)
Missouri Valley St. Louis March 6-9 Drake (28-4)
Ohio Valley Nashville, Tenn. March 4, 7-8 Austin Peay (24-10)
Southern Charleston, S.C. March 7-10 Davidson (26-6)
West Coast San Diego March 7-10 San Diego (21-13)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Amy Fisher on Howard Stern

Amy Fisher walked off the Howard show yesterday morning, and then later her husband called to complain that she'd been "ambushed" because Howard's first caller was Mary Jo Buttafuco's daughter. It was a riot. Amy was there to promote her new Amy Fisher Sex Video. Howard said that in the video she looks more like a victim than anything, and the tape is, according to Howard, really graphic and not very good. He asked her how come she made it, whether she's getting paid well. You could hear her thinking that the interview to sell the Amy Fisher video might not be worth it. One of the best questions Howard asked was what she'll tell her kids when they're old enough to know. Later on, Gary Delabate led the charge to say she's just flat out not a good person, while Fred said she's a victim of Joey Buttafuoco and needs some serious counseling. Apparently she's had huge breast implants too. It was great radio.

I especially loved how the husband called in to say she doesn't want to talk about shooting Mary Jo all those years ago. Howard replied "what else is she known for? why else would she get time on a show like this?"

Later in the show Henry Hill, the person that Goodfellas is based on, was on with his new girlfriend. She sounds very nice and I wish them both the best

The Hail Mary in Latin, English, French, Cree, German, Spanish, Finnish

Latin

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum,
benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus.
Sancta Maria mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen

English

Hail Mary, full of grace,
our Lord is with thee,
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now, and in
the hour of our death.
Amen.

French

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce.
Le Seigneur est avec vous.
Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
et Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu,
Priez pour nous, pauvres pécheurs,
maintenant et à l'heure de notre mort.
Amen

Cree

Kit'atamiskâtin Marie, siyâkaskineskâkuyan Manito o sâkihituwin, kitehîk ayâw Kise-Manito. Ispitchi kakkiyaw iskwewok kiya ayiwâk kit'iteyittâkusin ayiwâk mina iteyittâkusin Jesus ka ki kikiskawat.
Kitchitwa Marie Kise-Manito Wekâwimisk ayamihestamâwinân, piyâstâhuyâk, anotch mina wi nipiyâki. Pitane ekusi ikkik.
Amen

German

Gegrüßet seist du, Maria, voll der Gnade,
der Herr ist mit dir.
Du bist gebenedeit unter den Frauen, und gebenedeit ist die Frucht deines Leibes, Jesus. Heilige Maria,
Mutter Gottes,
bitte für uns Sünder jetzt und in der Stunde
unseres Todes.
Amen

Spanish

Dios te salve, María, llena eres de gracia,
el Señor es contigo.
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres,
y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús.
Santa María, Madre de Dios,
ruega por nosotros, pecadores,
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.
Amen

Italian

Ave Maria, piena di grazia,
il Signore è con te.
Tu sei benedetta fra le donne
e benedetto è il frutto del tuo seno, Gesú.
Santa Maria, Madre di Dio,
prega per noi peccatori,
adesso e nell'ora della nostra morte.
Amen

Portuguese

Avé Maria, cheia de graça,
o Senhor é convosco.
Bendita sois vós entre as mulheres;
bendito é o fruto do vosso ventre, Jesus.
Santa Maria, mãe de Deus,
rogai por nós, pecadores,
agora e na hora da nossa morte.
Amen

Tagalog

(Phillipines) Aba Ginoong Maria, napupuno ka ng grasiya,
Ang Panginoong Diyos ay sumasaiyo.
Bukod kang pinagpala sa babaeng lahat
At pinagpala rin naman ang anak mong si Hesus.
Santa Maria, Ina ng Diyos
Ipanalangin mo kaming makasalanan
Ngayon at kung kami'y mamamatay.
Amen

Indonesian

Salam Maria penuh rahmat Tuhan besertamu,
Terpujilah engkau diantara wanita,
dan terpujilah buah tubuhmu Yesus,
Santa Maria Bunda Allah,
Doakanlah kami yang berdosa ini,
sekarang dan selama-lamanya.
Amin

Dutch

Wees gegroet, Maria, vol van genade.
de Heer is met u.
Gij zijt de gezegende onder de vrouwen,
en gezegend is Jezus, de vrucht van uw schoot.
Heilige Maria, Moeder van God.
Bid voor ons zondaars,
nu en in het uur van onze dood.
Amen

Finnish

Terve, Maria, armoitettu,
Herra sinun kanssasi;
Siunattu sinä naisten joukossa ja
siunattu kohtusi hedelmä Jeesus.
Pyhä Maria, Jumalan äiti,
rukoille meidän syntisten puolesta
nyt ja kuolemamme hetkellä.
Aamen

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Podcasts Wanted

So, obviously, I know about your own podcasts. But I was wondering if anyone could recommend some other podcasts that are worth a click. In particular, non-mainstream media podcasts.

One of the reasons I got interested in the net and online media was because it offered an alternative to the mainstream. That's why I was drawn to blogging - because at first, at least, the kind of people who were blogging weren't traditional journalists. So you didn't get the same old perspectives and ideas.

It seems to me that, at first, the whole podcasting thing had a similar alternative feel. But in the last couple of years, all the grassroots/experimental work done by ordinary people has been swamped the work of the big broadcasters. When you go on iTunes now, the podcasts that you're most likely to be exposed to are by well known media companies. The more individual stuff just doesn't appear.

Now podcasting is clearly brilliant as a distribution tool - it lets you listen to mainstream radio on demand, when you want. And it broadens the range of radio you can listen to - for example, have a look round the podcast directory put up by National Public Radio in the States - there are loads of interesting shows available for download.

That's all great. But what about the idea that podcasting can provide a different take on radio, a more experimental approach to using audio as a tool for recording and reporting the world? Perhaps I just don't know the right places to go.

So can you recommend anywhere? Have you found particularly interesting podcasts you want to share?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

March 5 Birthdays

1133 - King Henry II of England (d. 1189)
1324 - King David II of Scotland (d. 1371)
1512 - Gerardus Mercator, Flemish cartographer (d. 1594)
1563 - John Coke, English politician (d. 1644)
1575 - William Oughtred, English mathematician (d. 1660)
1585 - John George I, Elector of Saxony (d. 1656)
1658 - Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, French explorer (d. 1730)
1693 - Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (d. 1754)
1696 - Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian painter (d. 1770)
1703 (N.S.) - Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (d. 1768)
1723 - Princess Mary of Great Britain (d. 1773)
1739 - Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (d. 1819)
1748 - Jonas C. Dryander, Swedish botanist (d. 1810)
1748 - William Shield, English musician (d. 1829)
1750 - Jean-Baptiste Gaspard d'Ansse de Villoison, French classical scholar (d. 1805)
1794 - Jacques Babinet, French physicist (d. 1872)
1794 - Robert Cooper Grier, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1870)
1814 - Wilhelm von Giesebrecht, German historian (d. 1889)
1815 - John Wentworth, American politician (d. 1888)
1817 - Austen Henry Layard, English archaeologist (d. 1894)
1836 - Charles Goodnight, American cattle rancher (d. 1929)
1853 - Howard Pyle, American author and illustrator (d. 1911)
1867 - Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, Premier of Quebec (d. 1952)
1869 - Michael von Faulhaber, German cardinal and archbishop (d. 1952)
1870 - Frank Norris, American writer (d. 1902)
1871 - Rosa Luxemburg, Socialist revolutionary (d. 1919)
1873 - Olav Bjaaland, Norwegian explorer and cross-country skier (d. 1961)
1874 - Henry Travers, British actor (d. 1965)
1879 - Sir William Beveridge, British economist (d. 1963)
1883 - Marius Barbeau, French Canadian ethnographer and folklorist (b. 1969)
1886 - Dong Biwu, High-ranking member of the Communist Party of China (d. 1975)
1887 - Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer (d. 1959)
1897 - Set Persson, Swedish communist politician (d. 1960)
1898 - Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1976)
1898 - Soong May-ling, Chinese wife of Chiang Kai-Shek (d. 2003)
1904 - Karl Rahner, German theologian (d. 1984)
1908 - Irving Fiske, American writer, playwright, (d. 1990)
1908 - Sir Rex Harrison, English actor (d. 1990)
1914 - Philip Farkas, American horn player and teacher (d. 1992)
1915 - Laurent Schwartz, French mathematician (d. 2002)
1918 - Milt Schmidt, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and manager
1918 - Red Storey, Canadian football player and ice hockey referee (d. 2006)
1918 - James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
1920 - José Aboulker, Algerian anti-Nazi resistance fighter
1920 - Virginia Christine, American actress (d. 1996)
1921 - Elmer Valo, American baseball player (d. 1998)
1922 - James Noble, American actor
1922 - Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian writer and film director (d. 1975)
1923 - Laurence Tisch, American investor
1927 - Jack Cassidy, American actor (d. 1976)
1929 - Erik Carlsson, Swedish rally driver
1930 - Del Crandall, American baseball player
1931 - Fred Othon Aristidès, French comics artist
1931 - Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn virtuoso
1933 - Tommy Tucker, American blues singer and pianist (d. 1982)
1934 - Daniel Kahneman, Israeli economist, Nobel laureate
1934 - James B. Sikking, American actor
1936 - Canaan Banana, first President of Zimbabwe (d. 2003)
1936 - Dean Stockwell, American actor
1937 - Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ, President of Nigeria
1938 - Paul Evans, American singer and songwriter
1938 - Fred Williamson, American football player and actor
1939 - Samantha Eggar, English actress
1939 - Peter Woodcock, Canadian serial killer
1939 - Pierre Wynants, Belgian chef
1940 - Malcolm Hebden, English actor
1942 - Felipe González, Prime Minister of Spain
1942 - Mike Resnick, American science fiction author
1943 - Billy Backus, American boxer
1944 - Lucio Battisti, Italian singer (d. 1998)
1944 - Roy Gutman, American journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
1946 - Murray Head, British actor and singer
1947 - Eddie Hodges, American actor and singer
1947 - Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer
1947 - Kent Tekulve, American baseball player
1948 - Eddy Grant, Guyana-born singer
1948 - Richard Hickox, English musical conductor
1948 - Elaine Paige, English singer and actress
1948 - Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1984)
1949 - Franz Josef Jung, Commander-in-chief of the German Bundeswehr
1951 - Giorgos Ninios, Greek actor
1952 - Alan Clark, English keyboardist (Dire Straits)
1954 - Marsha Warfield, American actress, comedienne
1955 - Penn Jillette, American magician and comedian
1956 - Adriana Barraza, Mexican actress
1956 - Teena Marie, American singer
1957 - Mark E. Smith, English singer (The Fall)
1958 - Andy Gibb, English-born Australian singer and teen idol (d. 1988)
1959 - Vazgen Sargsyan, Armenian politician (d. 1999)
1959 - David Fury, American television writer and producer
1960 - David Tibet, English musician (Current 93)
1962 - Jonathan Penner, American reality show contestant
1962 - Charlie and Craig Reid, Scottish musicians (The Proclaimers)
1966 - Michael Irvin, American football player
1966 - Bob Halkidis, Canadian hockey player
1966 - Aasif Mandvi, Indian-born American actor and comedian
1969 - Paul Blackthorne, British actor
1969 - Moussa Saïb, former Algerian footballer
1969 - MC Solaar, French rapper
1970 - John Frusciante, American musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
1970 - Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress
1971 - Jeffrey Hammonds, American baseball player
1971 - Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
1971 - Yuri Lowenthal, American actor/author/painter
1972 - Luca Turilli, Italian musician (Rhapsody)
1973 - Yannis Anastasiou, Greek footballer
1973 - Ryan Franklin, American baseball player
1974 - Kevin Connolly, American television actor and comedian
1974 - Jens Jeremies, German footballer
1974 - Matt Lucas, English comedian
1974 - Eva Mendes, American actress
1975 - Jolene Blalock, American actress
1975 - Sasho Petrovski, Australian soccer player
1975 - Niki Taylor, American model
1975 - Luciano Burti, Brazilian racing driver
1976 - Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Lithuanian basketball player
1976 - Paul Konerko, American baseball player
1976 - Katerina Matziou, Greek actress
1977 - Bryan Berard, American ice hockey player
1977 - Mike MacDougal, American baseball player
1977 - Wally Szczerbiak, American basketball player
1978 - Mike Hessman, American baseball player
1978 - Kimberly McCullough, American actress
1979 - Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter
1981 - Andreas Wiig, Norwegian snowboarder
1981 - Paul Martin, American ice hockey player
1981 - Shugo Oshinari, Japanese actor
1982 - Daniel Carter, New Zealand Rugby player
1982 - Giorgia Palmas, Italian television personality and model
1985 - Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Japanese actor
1986 - Matty Fryatt, English footballer
1988 - Trevor Carson, Northern Irish footballer
1988 - Bjarni Viðarsson, Icelandic footballer
1989 - Jake Lloyd, American actor

March 5 in History

363 - Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a campaign which will bring about his own death.
1046 - Naser Khosrow begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama.
1496 - England King Henry VII issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorizing them to explore unknown lands.
1689 - Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham is named Secretary of State for the Northern Department.
1766 - Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.
1770 - Boston Massacre: Five Americans, including a black man named Crispus Attucks, and a boy are killed by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War five years later.
1784 - Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney is named President of the Board of Trade.
1793 - French troops are defeated by Austrian forces and Liège is recaptured.
1824 - First Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma.
1836 - Samuel Colt makes the first production-model revolver (.34-caliber).
1842 - Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.
1848 - Louis Antoine Garnier-Pages is named French minister of Finance.
1850 - The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened.
1860 - Parma, Tuscany, Modena and Romagna vote in referendums to join Kingdom of Sardinia.
1861 - The "Stars and Bars" is adopted as the flag of the Confederate States of America.
1868 - A court of impeachment is organized in the United States Senate to hear charges against President Andrew Johnson.
1868 - Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito premieres at La Scala.
1872 - George Westinghouse patents the air brake.
1894 - Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery becomes First Lord of the Treasury.
1904 - Nikola Tesla, in Electrical World and Engineer, describes the process of ball lightning formation.
1905 - Russian troops begin to retreat from Mukden, Manchuria after losing 100,000 troops in three days.
1907 - The second Duma opens in St. Petersburg, Russia and 40,000 demonstrators have to be dispersed by Russian troops.
1912 - Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.
1915 - World War I: LZ 33, a zeppelin, is damaged by enemy fire and stranded south of Ostend.
1916 - Spanish football club Real Club Deportivo Mallorca is founded.
1918 - Bolshevist Russia moves the national capital from Petrograd to Moscow.
1933 - Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a "bank holiday", closing all United States banks and freezing all financial transactions.
1933 - In Germany, the Nazis win 44 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections.
1936 - First flight of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft.
1940 - Members of Soviet politburo sign an order for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia, including 14,700 Polish POWs, known also as the Katyn massacre.
1943 - First flight of Gloster Meteor jet aircraft in the United Kingdom.
1945 - World War II: "Battle of the Ruhr" begins.
1946 - Winston Churchill uses the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
1946 - Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc.
1949 - The Jharkhand Party is founded in India.
1958 - Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is established.
1958 - Explorer 2 spacecraft launches, fails to reach Earth orbit.
1960 - Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase.
1964 - Ceylon declares emergency crisis due to unrest.
1966 - BOAC Flight 911 crashes on Mount Fuji, Japan, killing 124.
1966 - In Luxembourg, Udo Jürgens wins the eleventh Eurovision Song Contest for Austria.
1968 - U.S. launches Solar Explorer B, aka Explorer 37 from Wallops Island to study the Sun.
1970 - The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations.
1970 - Dubnium atoms are first detected conclusively.
1973 - Donald DeFreeze, future Symbionese Liberation Army leader, escapes from Vacaville Prison.
1974 - Yom Kippur War: Israeli forces withdraw from the west bank of the Suez Canal.
1976 - British pound falls below $2 U.S. for the first time.
1978 - Landsat 3 is launched from Vandenberg AFB in California.
1979 - Detection equipment picks up a gamma ray burst originating from the Large Magellanic Cloud, leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.
1979 - Voyager 1's closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles.
1979 - Earth satellites record gamma rays from remnants of supernova N-49.
1982 - Venera 14, a Soviet satellite arrives at the planet Venus.
1988 - Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
1991 - Iraq releases all Gulf War prisoners.
1998 - NASA announces that the Clementine probe orbiting the Moon has found enough water to support a human colony.
1999 - Paul Okalik is elected first Premier of Nunavut.
2001 - In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
2001 - Santana High School shooting: A student shoots at other students at Santana High School in Santee, California, killing two and wounding thirteen.
2003 - In Haifa, 17 Israeli civilians are killed by a Hamas suicide bomb in the Haifa bus 37 massacre.
2005 - The Burkinabé Party for Democracy and Socialism holds its 1st National Convention

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

March 4 Birthdays

1188 - Blanche of Castile, wife of Louis VIII of France (d. 1252)
1394 - Henry the Navigator (d. 1460)
1492 - Francesco de Layolle, Italian composer (d. c.1540)
1525 - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer of Renaissance music (d. 1594)
1610 - William Dobson, English portraitist and painter (d. 1646)
1651 - John Somers, 1st Baron Somers (d. 1716)
1665 - Philip Christoph von Königsmarck, Swedish soldier (d. 1694)
1678 - Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer (d. 1741)
1702 - Jack Sheppard, English burglar and escapee (d. 1724)
1706 - Lauritz de Thurah, Danish architect and architectural writer (d. 1759)
1715 - James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, British statesman (d. 1763)
1719 - George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (d. 1777)
1745 - Charles Dibdin, English composer (d.1814)
1746 - Kazimierz Pułaski, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1779)
1756 - Sir Henry Raeburn, Scottish painter (d. 1823)
1781 - Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)
1782 - Johann Rudolf Wyss, Swiss folklorist (d. 1830)
1792 - Samuel Slocum, American inventor (d. 1861)
1793 - Karl Lachmann, German philologist (d. 1851)
1817 - Edwards Pierrepont, American statesman, jurist and lawyer; 34th United States Attorney General (d. 1892)
1819 - Charles Oberthur, German-born harpist (d. 1895)
1822 - Jules Antoine Lissajous, French mathematician (d. 1880)
1826 - John Buford, American Civil War Union cavalry officer (d. 1863)
1826 - Theodore Judah, American railroad engineer (d. 1863)
1835 - John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist (d. 1911)
1847 - Karl Bayer, Austrian chemist (d. 1904)
1854 - Sir Napier Shaw, British meteorologist (d. 1945)
1856 - Toru Dutt, English and French poet and author (d. 1877)
1856 - Alfred William Rich, English painter (d. 1921)
1859 - Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (d. 1905)
1862 - Jacob Robert Emden, Swiss astrophysicist and meteorologist (d. 1940)
1863 - Reginald Innes Pocock, British zoologist (d. 1947)
1863 - Guilląme Furrét, Portuguese playwright and political activist (d. 1937)
1863 - John Henry Wigmore, American jurist and expert in the law of evidence (d. 1943)
1864 - David W. Taylor, U.S. Navy architect (d. 1940)
1870 - Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet (d. 1944)
1871 - Boris Galerkin, Russian mathematician (d. 1945)
1873 - Guy Wetmore Carryl, American humorist and poet (d. 1904)
1873 - John H. Trumbull, 54th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut (d. 1961)
1875 - Mihály Károlyi, former Prime Minister of Hungary and President of Hungary (d. 1955)
1876 - Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (d. 1947)
1876 - Theodore Hardeen, Magician and stunt performer, founder of the Magician's Guild (d. 1945)
1877 - Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, Russian composer (d. 1957)
1877 - Fritz Graebner, German ethnologist (d. 1934)
1877 - Garrett Morgan, American inventor (d. 1963)
1878 - Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
1878 - Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian philosopher (d. 1947)
1878 - Arishima Takeo, Japanese novelist, short-story writer and essayist (d. 1923)
1879 - Josip Murn Aleksandrov, Slovenian poet (d. 1901)
1880 - Channing Pollock, American playwright and critic (d. 1946)
1881 - Todor Aleksandrov, 19th century Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1924)
1881 - Maude Fealy, American actor (d. 1971)
1881 - Thomas Sigismund Stribling, American writer (d. 1965)
1881 - Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (d. 1948)
1882 - Nicolae Titulescu, Romanian diplomat, government minister, and former President of the League of Nations (d. 1941)
1883 - Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (d. 1956)
1884 - Red Murray, American professional baseball player (d. 1958)
1886 - Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
1887 - Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress (d. 1953)
1888 - Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
1888 - Knute Rockne, American football player and coach (d. 1931)
1889 - Oscar Chisini, Italian mathematician (d. 1967)
1889 - Oren E. Long, 10th Territorial Governor of Hawai'i (d. 1965)
1889 - Pearl White, American actress (d. 1938)
1891 - Dazzy Vance, American Major League Baseball pitcher (d. 1961)
1891 - Lois Wilson, founder of Al-Anon (d. 1988)
1895 - Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian violinist (d. 1978)
1895 - Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator (d. 1953)
1895 - Shemp Howard, American comedian (Three Stooges) (d. 1955)
1897 - Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (d. 1969)
1898 - Georges Dumézil, French philologist (d. 1940)
1899 - Emilio Prados, Spanish poet and editor (d. 1962)
1900 - Herbert Biberman, American screenwriter (d. 1971)
1901 - Charles Goren, American bridge player and writer (d. 1991)
1901 - Jean Joseph Rabearivelo, Malagasy/French poet (d. 1937)
1903 - Luis Carrero Blanco, Spanish statesman (d. 1973)
1903 - William C. Boyd, American immunochemist (d. 1983)
1903 - Dorothy Mackaill, British-born actress (d. 1990)
1903 - John Scarne, American magician (d. 1985)
1904 - George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (d. 1968)
1904 - Joseph Schmidt Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (d. 1942)
1904 - Chief Tahachee, American-born Old Settler Cherokee Indian stage and film actor (d. 1978)
1906 - Meindert DeJong American author (d. 1991)
1906 - Georges Ronsse, Belgian national cyclo-cross and world champion road bicycle racer (d. 1969)
1906 - Charles Rudolph Walgreen, Jr., American businessman (d. 2007)
1907 - Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley (d. 2003)
1908 - T.R.M. Howard, American civil rights leader (d. 1976)
1909 - Harry Helmsley, American real estate entrepreneur (d.1997)
1912 - Afro Basaldella, Italian painter (d. 1976)
1912 - Judith Furse, British character actress (d. 1974)
1912 - Carl Marzani, American documentarian (d. 1994)
1913 - Taos Amrouche, Algerian writer and singer (d. 1976)
1913 - John Garfield, American actor (d. 1952)
1913 - Willie Johnson (guitarist), American guitarist (d. 1995)
1914 - Gino Colaussi (Luigi Colaussi), Italian footballer (d. 1991)
1914 - Ward Kimball, American cartoonist (d. 2002)
1914 - Robert R. Wilson, American physicist, sculptor and architect (d. 2000)
1915 - Carlos Surinach, Spanish composer (d. 1997)
1916 - William Alland, American actor, producer, writer and director (d. 1997)
1916 - Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer (d. 2000)
1916 - Hans Eysenck, German-born psychologist (d. 1997)
1917 - Clyde McCullough, American baseball player (d. 1982)
1918 - Margaret Osborne duPont, American tennis player
1919 - Buck Baker, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
1920 - Jean Lecanuet, French politician (d. 1993)
1920 - Alan MacNaughtan, Scottish actor (d. 2002)
1921 - Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-born composer
1921 - Joan Greenwood, English actress (d. 1987)
1921 - Wilson Harris, Guyanese writer
1921 - Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player
1922 - Richard E. Cunha, American cinematographer and film director (d. 2005)
1922 - Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress (d. 1998)
1922 - Dina Pathak (Deena Pathak), Veteran Gujarati theatre and film actress (d. 2002)
1923 - Sir Patrick Moore, British astronomer
1924 - Kenneth O'Donnell, aide to US President John F. Kennedy (d. 1977)
1925 - Paul Mauriat, French musician (d. 2006)
1926 - Richard DeVos, American billionaire, co-founder of Amway
1926 - James J. Eagan, Former Mayor of Florissant, Missouri (d. 2000)
1926 - Pascual Pérez (boxing), Argentine flyweight boxer (d. 1977)
1926 - Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger
1926 - Fran Warren, American singer
1927 - Philip Batt, 29th Governor of the U.S. state of Idaho
1927 - Thayer David, American actor (d. 1978)
1927 - Robert Orben, American magician
1927 - Dick Savitt, American tennis player
1927 - Cy Touff, American jazz musician (d. 2003)
1928 - Samuel Adler, American composer
1928 - Alan Sillitoe, English writer
1929 - Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor
1929 - Josep Mestres Quadreny, Catalan composer
1931 - Wally Bruner, American journalist and television host (d. 1997)
1931 - Bob Johnson, American ice hockey coach (d. 1991)
1931 - William Henry Keeler, American Roman Catholic Archbishop and Cardinal
1931 - Alice Rivlin, American economist
1932 - Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist (d. 2007)
1932 - Miriam Makeba, South African singer
1932 - Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American car designer (d. 2001)
1932 - Frank Wells, American entertainment businessman (d. 1994)
1933 - Ann Burton, Dutch jazz singer (d. 1989)
1933 - John W Mills, British sculptor
1933 - Nino Vaccarella, former Italian sports car racing and Formula One driver
1934 - Mario Davidovsky, Argentinian composer
1934 - John Duffey, American bluegrass musician (d. 1996)
1934 - Anne Haney, American actress (d. 2001)
1934 - Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (d. 2007)
1934 - Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist
1934 - Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident
1935 - Bent Larsen, Danish chess player
1935 - Nancy Whiskey, Scottish folk singer (d. 2003)
1936 - Jim Clark, OBE, Scottish racing driver and two-time F1 world champion (d. 1968)
1936 - Aribert Reimann, German composer
1937 - Graham Dowling, New Zealand cricketer
1937 - Leslie Gelb, American foreign policy advisor
1937 - Yuri Senkevich, Russian cosmonaut (d. 2003)
1937 - Barney Wilen, French jazz saxophonist (d. 1996)
1938 - Angus MacLise, American percussionist (d. 1979)
1938 - Don Perkins, American football player
1938 - Paula Prentiss, American actress
1938 - Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Polish diplomat and researcher
1939 - Jack Fisher, American baseball player
1939 - Carlos Vereza, Brazilian actor
1940 - Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
1941 - John Aprea, American actor
1941 - Adrian Lyne, English film director
1941 - Bobby Shew, American jazz musician
1942 - Gloria Gaither, American gospel songwriter
1942 - Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
1942 - David Matthews, American keyboardist, pianist, and arranger
1943 - Lucio Dalla, Italian singer and songwriter
1943 - Zoltan Jeney, Hungarian composer
1944 - Ulrich Roski, German singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
1944 - Harvey Postlethwaite, English engineer and race car designer (d. 1999)
1944 - Bobby Womack, American singer
1945 - Tara Browne, British socialite (d. 1966)
1945 - Dieter Meier, Swiss singer
1945 - Frank Novak, American actor
1945 - Tommy Svensson, Swedish football manager
1945 - Gary Williams, American basketball coach
1946 - Michael Ashcroft, English entrepreneur
1946 - Haile Gerima, Ethiopian filmmaker
1946 - Harvey Goldsmith, British impresario
1947 - David Franzoni, American screenwriter
1947 - Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
1947 - Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic actor
1947 - Gwen Welles, American actress (d. 1993)
1948 - Lindy Chamberlain, Australian author
1948 - James Ellroy, American writer
1948 - Tom Grieve, American baseball player
1948 - Leron Lee, American baseball player
1948 - Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)
1948 - Chris Squire, English bassist (Yes)
1948 - Shakin' Stevens, Welsh singer
1949 - Carroll Baker, Canadian country singer and songwriter
1950 - Ofelia Medina, Mexican actress and screenwriter
1950 - Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
1951 - Edelgard Bulmahn, German politician
1951 - Kenny Dalglish, Scottish footballer and manager
1951 - Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, American novelist (d. 1982)
1951 - Sam Perlozzo, American Major League Baseball manager (Baltimore Orioles)
1951 - Mike Quarry, American light heavyweight boxer (d. 2006)
1951 - Chris Rea, English singer
1951 - Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer
1952 - Ronn Moss, American actor
1952 - Umberto Tozzi, Italian singer
1953 - Emilio Estefan, Cuban percussionist
1953 - Scott Hicks, Ugandan-born film director
1953 - Paweł Janas, Polish football manager and former footballer
1953 - Kay Lenz, American actress
1953 - Chris Smith, American politician
1954 - Mark Chorvinsky, American author and editor (d. 2005)
1954 - François Fillon, French politician, Prime Minister of France
1954 - Peter Jacobsen, American professional golfer
1954 - Catherine O'Hara, Canadian actress
1954 - Irina Ratushinskaya, Russian writer and dissident
1954 - Willie Thorne, English snooker player
1954 - Adrian Zmed, American actor
1955 - Rowland Charles Gould (Boon Gould) English musician (Level 42)
1955 - Dominique Pinon, French actor
1955 - James Weaver, English race car driver
1956 - Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist
1957 - Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner
1957 - Rick Mast, American NASCAR driver
1958 - Patricia Heaton, American actress
1958 - Lennie Lee, British artist
1959 - Rick Ardon, Australian news presenter
1960 - Mikko Kuustonen, Finnish singer and songwriter
1960 - John Mugabi, Ugandan boxer
1960 - Christina Sussiek, former German athlete
1960 - Mykelti Williamson, American actor
1961 - Sabine Everts, former German track athlete
1961 - Ray Mancini, American boxer
1961 - Steven Weber, American actor
1961 - Roger Wessels, South African golfer
1962 - Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
1962 - Lolo Ferrari, French actress (d. 2000)
1962 - Greg Kragen, American footballer
1962 - David Sparrow, English actor
1963 - Barbara Bubula, Polish politician
1963 - Janey Lee Grace, English singer, author, television presenter and radio disc jockey
1963 - Jason Newsted, American bassist (Metallica)
1963 - Daniel Roebuck, American actor
1964 - Tom Lampkin, American baseball player
1964 - Paolo Virzì, Italian screenwriter and director
1965 - Paul W. S. Anderson, English filmmaker
1965 - Andrew Collins, English journalist, scriptwriter and broadcaster
1965 - Stacy Edwards, American actress
1965 - Gary Helms, American country singer
1965 - Khaled Hosseini, Afghan author and physician
1965 - WestBam (Maximillian Lenz), German rave techno DJ
1965 - Yuri Lonchakov, Russian cosmonaut
1965 - Jonathan Shearer, Scottish castaway
1966 - Daniela Amavia, Greek-American actress and international model
1966 - Steve Bastoni, Italian Australian actor
1966 - Emese Hunyady, Hungarian speed skater
1966 - Kevin Johnson, American basketball player
1966 - Dav Pilkey, American author
1966 - Grand Puba, American rapper
1966 - Wash West, English gay porn film director
1967 - Daryll Cullinan, South African cricketer
1967 - Evan Dando, American musician (The Lemonheads)
1967 - Andrew Osmond, English writer
1967 - Kubilay Türkyılmaz, former Turkish-Swiss footballer
1968 - Giovanni Carrara, Venezuelan baseball player
1968 - Patsy Kensit, English actress
1968 - Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
1969 - Chastity Bono, American actress and gay rights activist
1969 - Pierluigi Casiraghi, Italian football manager
1969 - Annie Shizuka Inoh, Taiwanese actress
1969 - Frank Nicotero, American comedian
1969 - Stina Nordenstam, Swedish experimental pop singer, songwriter and musician
1969 - Patrick Roach, Canadian actor
1969 - Jason Townsend, American artist and record producer
1970 - Andrea Bendewald, American actress
1970 - Àlex Crivillé, Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
1971 - Iain Baird, Canadian soccer player
1971 - Fergal Lawler, Irish drummer (The Cranberries)
1971 - Satoshi Motoyama, Japanese racing driver
1971 - Shavar Ross, American actor-turned film director, writer, film producer and editor
1971 - Nick Stabile, American actor
1971 - Jovan Stanković, Serbian footballer
1972 - Pae Gil-Su, North Korean gymnast
1972 - Ivy Queen, American composer and singer
1972 - Robert Smith, American footballer
1972 - Jos Verstappen, Dutch Formula One driver
1972 - Alison Wheeler, British singer (The Beautiful South)
1973 - Summer Cummings, American actress
1973 - Phillip Daniels, American footballer
1973 - Len Wiseman, American director
1974 - ICS Vortex (Simen Hestnæs), Norwegian vocalist (Arcturus)
1974 - Karol Kučera, Slovak tennis player
1974 - Ariel Ortega, Argentine footballer
1974 - Eric Oellerich, Online Business Developer
1974 - Tommy Phelps, American baseball player
1975 - Kirsten Bolm, German hurdler
1975 - Patrick Femerling, German-born professional basketball player
1975 - Kim Jung-Eun, South Korean actress
1975 - Myrna Veenstra, Dutch field hockey player
1975 - Antti Aalto, Finnish ice hockey player
1975 - Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
1976 - Hiram Bocachica, Puerto Rican baseball player
1976 - Sean Covel, American film producer
1976 - Scott Sturgeon (Stza Crack), American musician (Choking Victim and Leftover Crack)
1976 - Thierry Renaer, Belgian field hockey player
1976 - Vic Wunderle, American archer
1977 - Ana Gabriela Guevara, Mexican athlete
1977 - Juha Helppi, Finnish professional poker player
1977 - Daniel Klewer, German footballer
1977 - Jason Marsalis, American musician
1978 - Nate Ackerman, British-American logician and wrestler
1978 - Pierre Dagenais, Canadian ice hockey player
1978 - Denis Dallan, Italian rugby union footballer
1978 - Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress
1979 - Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
1979 - Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer
1979 - John Lawler (John Fratelli), Scottish singer (The Fratellis)
1980 - Omar Bravo, Mexican footballer
1980 - Jung Da Bin, South Korean actress (d. 2007)
1980 - Jack Hannahan, American baseball player
1980 - Arash Markazi, American sportswriter
1981 - Carol Banawa, Filipino singer and celebrity
1981 - Donny Tourette, English punk rock singer (Towers of London)
1982 - Mariano Altuna, Argentine racing driver
1982 - Landon Donovan, American soccer player
1982 - Charity Rahmer, American actress
1983 - Max Vergara Poeti, Colombian writer
1983 - Ryan Lonie, Australian football player.
1984 - Ai Iwamura, Japanese actress
1984 - Zak Whitbread, American-born English soccer player
1985 - Chinedum Ndukwe, American football player
1986 - Margo Harshman, American actress
1986 - Tom De Mul, Belgian footballer
1986 - Bohdan Shust, Ukrainian footballer
1990 - Andrea Bowen, American actress
1991 - Diandra Newlin, American actress, singer, and fashion model
1992 - Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, daughter of Albert II, Prince of Monaco
1993 - Jenna Boyd, American actress
1993 - Alice Jones, British actress
1993 - Abigail Mavity, American actress
1993 - Yves Michel-Beneche, American actor

March 4 in History

51 - Nero, later to become Roman Emperor, is given the title princeps iuventutis (head of the youth).
303 or 304 - Martyrdom of Saint Adrian of Nicomedia.
852 - Croatian Duke Trpimir I issued a statute, a document with the first known written mention of the Croats name in Croatian sources.
932 - Translation of the relics of martyr Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, Prince of the Czechs.
1152 - Frederick I Barbarossa is elected King of the Germans.
1215 - King John of England makes an oath to the Pope as a crusader to gain the support of Innocent III.
1238 - The Battle of the Sit River was fought in the northern part of the present-day Yaroslavl Oblast of Russia between the Mongol Hordes of Batu Khan and the Russians under Yuri II of Vladimir-Suzdal during the Mongol invasion of Russia.
1275 - Chinese astronomers observe a total eclipse of the sun.
1351 - Ramathibodi becomes King of Siam.
1386 - Władysław II Jagiełło (Jogaila) was crowned King of Poland.
1461 - Wars of the Roses in England: Lancastrian King Henry VI is deposed by his Yorkist cousin, who then becomes King Edward IV.
1492 - King James IV of Scotland concludes an alliance with France against England.
1493 - Explorer Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal aboard his ship Niña from his discovery voyage to America. He returned to Spain on March 15.
1519 - Hernan Cortes arrives in Mexico in search of the Aztec civilization and their wealth.
1570 - King Philip II of Spain bans foreign Dutch students.
1611 - George Abbot is appointed Archbishop of Canterbury.
1621 - Jakarta, Java is renamed Batavia.
1629 - Massachusetts Bay Colony, which had the role of colonizing the Americas, is granted a Royal charter.
1634 - Samuel Cole opens the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts.
1665 - English King Charles II declares war on The Netherlands which marked the start of the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
1675 - John Flamsteed appointed first Astronomer Royal of England.
1681 - Charles II of England grants a land charter to William Penn for the area that will later become Pennsylvania.
1774 - First sighting of Orion Nebula by William Herschel.
1776 - The American War of Independence: The Americans capture "Dorchester Heights" dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.
1778 - The Continental Congress voted to ratify both the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance with France. The two treaties were the first entered into by the United States government.
1789 - In New York City, the first United States Congress meets, putting the Constitution of the United States into effect.
1790 - France is divided into 83 départements, which cut across the former provinces in an attempt to dislodge regional loyalties based on noble ownership of land.
1791 - Vermont is admitted as the 14th U.S. state.
1791 - A Constitutional Act is introduced by the British House of Commons in London which envisages the separation of Canada into Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario).
1793 - French troops conquer Geertruidenberg, Netherlands.
1794 - The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1797 - In the first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in modern times, John Adams is sworn in as President of the United States, succeeding George Washington.
1804 - The Battle of Vinegar Hill, colony of New South Wales (Australia), when Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland’s Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) led the colony’s only significant convict uprising. [1]
1813 - Russian troops fighting the army of Napoleon reach Berlin in Germany and the French garrison evacuate the city without a fight.
1814 - Americans defeat the British at the Battle of Longwoods between London and Thamesville near present-day Wardsville, Ontario.
1824 - The "National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck" was founded in the United Kingdom, later to be renamed The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1858.
1837 - Chicago becomes incorporated as a city.
1848 - Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the Statuto Albertino that will later represent the first constitution of the Regno d'Italia
1861 - First national flag of the Confederate States of America (the 'Stars and Bars') adopted.
1865 - Third (and last) national flag of the Confederate States of America adopted.
1877 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake premiers at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
1882 - Britain's first electric trams run in East London.
1887 - Gottlieb Daimler unveils his first automobile which he test runs in Esslingen and Cannstatt, Germany.
1890 - The longest bridge in the United Kingdom, the Forth Bridge (railway) (1,710 ft) in Scotland is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII. [2]
1893 - Congo Free State: The army of Francis, Baron Dhanis attacks the Lualaba, enabling him to transport his troops across the Upper Congo and, capture Nyangwe almost without an effort.
1894 - Great fire in Shanghai. Over 1,000 buildings are destroyed.
1899 - Cyclone Mahina sweeps in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 m wave that reaches up to 5 km inland - over 300 dead.
1902 - In Chicago, the American Automobile Association is established.
1904 - Russo-Japanese War: Russian troops in Korea retreat toward Manchuria followed by 100,000 Japanese troops.
1908 - The Collinwood School Fire, Collinwood near Cleveland, Ohio, kills 174 people.
1911 - Victor Berger (Wisconsin) becomes the first socialist congressman in U.S..
1917 - Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives.
1917 - Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia's renunciation of the throne is made public, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia publicly issues his abdication manifesto. The victory of the February Revolution.
1925 - Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to have his inauguration broadcast on radio.
1929 - Charles Curtis becomes the first native-American Vice President.
1930 - Terrible floods ransack Languedoc and the surrounds in south-west France, resulting in twelve departments being submerged by water and causing the death of over 700 people.
1931 - The British Viceroy of India, Governor-General Edward Frederick Lindley Wood and Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) meet to sign an agreement envisaging the release of political prisoners and allowing that salt is freely used by the poorest layers of the population.
1933 - Frances Perkins becomes United States Secretary of Labor, first female member of the United States Cabinet.
1933 - Bertha Wilson is appointed as first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada.
1933 - The Parliament of Austria is suspended because of a quibble over procedure - Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss initiates authoritarian rule by decree (see Austrofascism).
1941 - The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
1941 - Adolf Hitler applies pressure on Yugoslavia to join the Tripartite Pact.
1944 - First U.S. daylight bombing of Berlin and Anti-Germany strikes in northern Italy.
1945 - In the United Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth, later to become Queen Elizabeth II, joins the British Army as a driver.
1945 - Lapland War: Finland declares war on Nazi Germany.
1954 - Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
1957 - The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90.
1959 - U.S. Pioneer 4 misses Moon and becomes the second (U.S. first) artificial planet.
1960 - French freighter 'La Coubre' explodes in Havana, Cuba killing 100. Fidel Castro blames the U.S.
1962 - United States Atomic Energy Commission announces that the first atomic power plant at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is in operation.
1966 - Canadian Pacific Air Lines DC-8-43 explodes on landing at Tokyo International Airport, killing 64 people.
1970 - French submarine Eurydice explodes.
1972 - Libya and the Soviet Union sign a cooperation treaty.
1976 - The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention is formally dissolved in Northern Ireland resulting in direct rule of Northern Ireland from London via the British parliament.
1977 - The 1977 Bucharest Earthquake in southern and eastern Europe kills more than 1,500.
1977 - The first Cray-1 supercomputer is shipped to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.
1979 - The first encyclical written by Pope John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis (Latin for "The Redeemer of Man") is promulgated less than five months after his installation as pope.
1980 - Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister.
1982 - NASA launches "Intelsat V".
1985 - The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States.
1991 - Sheikh Saad Al-Abdallah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, returned to his country for the first time since Iraq's invasion.
1994 - Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16) launches into orbit.
1994 - Bosnia's Croats and Moslems sign an agreement to form a federation in a loose economic union with Croatia.
1997 - US President Bill Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research.
1998 - Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
2001 - 4 March 2001 BBC bombing: a massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring 11 people. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA.
2001 - Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
2002 - Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
2002 - Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
2005 - The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is fired on by US soldiers in Iraq, causing the death of an Italian Secret Service Agent and injuring two passengers.
2005 - United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by the HIV virus in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
2006 - Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response was received.
2007 - Estonian parliamentary election, 2007: Approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, the world's first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting is allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet.
2008 - Green Bay Packers quarterback, Brett Favre, retires after 17 seasons and 3 MVP Awards.