March 21

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Timothy Dalton (March 21, 1946) is a British actor best known for playing James Bond, Mr. Rochester, and Rhett Butler. Timothy Leonard Dalton Leggett was born in North Wales but by age four, the family had moved back to England. He began his acting career in the theater and only moved to the big screen after several years on stage. Although considered for the role of James Bond in the seventies, he was not offered the role until 1986.

March 20

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Ovid (March 20, 43 BC – year 17/18 AD) was a Roman poet. His Latin name, Publius Ovidius Naso has been Anglicized to Ovid. He lived during the reign of Augustus and was a contemporary of Virgil and Horace. These three men were the canonical poets of Latin literature. However, one of his poems was apparently an affront to the emperor and he was banished in exile. He is best known today for Metamorphoses, a 15-book mythological tale written in the meter of epic poetry, dactylic hexameter.

March 19

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David Livingstone (March 19, 1813 – May 1, 1873) was a Scottish physician, Congregationalist, and Christian missionary. He worked with and through the London Missionary Society and proselytized and explored in Africa. He became one of the most popular heroes of the Victorian era. He was obsessed with finding the source of the Nile River and hoped that the fame that achievement would bring would help him end the East Africa Arab Swahili slave trade.

March 18

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Ernest Gallo (March 18, 1909 – March 6, 2007) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He founded, along with his brother Julio, the E & J Gallo Winery located in Modesto, California. His parents had immigrated from Italy and his father ran a bar until Prohibition made him change careers to farming. He purchased a 120 acre ranch/vineyard. On June 21, 1933, the senior Gallo shot and killed his wife and then shot himself. Ernest formed the eponymous business after the repeal of Prohibition and the death of his parents using money borrowed from his mother-in-law.

March 17

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Walter Rudolf Hess (March 17, 1881 – August 12, 1972) was a Swiss physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1949. He was given the honor for having worked on mapping the areas of the brain and connecting them to control over internal organs. He shared the Nobel Prize with Egas Moniz. He was also the recipient of the Marcel Benoist Prize in 1932.

March 16

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James Madison (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman, one of the Founding Fathers, and the fourth President of the United States. He was a lawyer, diplomat, philosopher, and is sometimes called the Father of the Constitution due to his contributions on that document and the added Bill of Rights. He co-authored The Federalist Papers and co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party. He was the Secretary of State from 1801 to 1809 and then assumed the role of President from 1809 until 1817.

March 15

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933) is an American lawyer and jurist who has served as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court since taking office on August 10, 1993. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton. She is the second of four women who have served in the highest court in the land. She has spent much of her career advocating for women’s rights and gender equality. She is generally viewed as being part of the liberal wing of the Court.

March 14

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Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) was a German theoretical physicist. His most famous work is that of the theory of relativity, sometimes called the world’s most famous equation. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. His family moved to Italy and he eventually went to Switzerland and then moved to the US. He taught at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. At the time of his immigration, Princeton, Harvard, and Yale all had Jewish quotas and few to no Jewish professors.

March 13

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Percival Lowell (March 13, 1855 – November 12, 1916) was an American businessman, author, mathematician, and astronomer. He was one of the leading proponents of canals on Mars. His interest and influence in astronomy was great. He founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Not always correct about astronomy, it was his influence that led to the discovery of Pluto fourteen years after his death, offsetting his Martian errors.

March 12

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Edward Albee – (March 12, 1928 – September 16, 2016) was an American playwright. Two of his most famous plays are The Sandbox and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He won three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and two Tony Awards for Best Play. He was also awarded the America Award in Literature. His works are considered to be examinations of the modern condition and later, the psychology of maturing in that culture.