March 31st

by Milos Itic on March 31, 2011

10 people born on this day (March 31st):

    1. Franz Joseph Haydn (1732) – Also known as Joseph Haydn was an Austriancomposer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet” because of his important contributions to these forms. He was also instrumental in the development of the piano trio and in the evolution of sonata form
    2. René Descartes (1596) – Natural philosopher and writer who spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic. He has been dubbed the “Father of Modern Philosophy”, and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day. In particular, his Meditations on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university philosophy departments. Descartes’s influence in mathematics is also apparent; the Cartesian coordinate system—allowing geometric shapes to be expressed in algebraic equations—was named after him. He is credited as the father of analytical geometry. Descartes was also one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution
      John Robert Fowles (1926) – English novelist and essayist. In 2008, The Times newspaper named Fowles among their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945″
      Borisav “Bora” Stanković (1876) – Serbian writer belonging to the school of realism. His novels and short stories depict the life of people from Southern Serbia
      Christopher Walken (1943) – American stage and screen actor. He has appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows, including Joe Dirt, Annie Hall, The Deer Hunter, The Prophecy, The Dogs of War, Sleepy Hollow, Brainstorm, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill, At Close Range, King of New York, True Romance, Catch Me If You Can, Pulp Fiction, Wedding Crashers, Balls of Fury, Click, and Hairspray as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna, Journey and Fatboy Slim
      Ewan Gordon McGregor (1971) – Scottish actor. He has had success in mainstream, indie and art house films. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Mark Renton in the 1996 film Trainspotting, the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Christian in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!
      Angus McKinnon Young (1955) – Scottish-born Australian musician, and the lead guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the rock and roll band AC/DC. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other members of AC/DC in 2003 and is known for his energetic performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits, and his popularization of Chuck Berry’s duckwalk
      Michael Geoffrey “Mick” Ralphs (1944) – English guitarist and songwriter, who was a founding member of rock bands, Mott the Hoople and Bad Company
      Arthur B. Rubinstein (1938) – Composer and behind in particular several TV series soundtracks, but also occasional film scores, possibly most notably work such as Video Fever and Edge of the World in the film WarGames. During the making of these soundtracks, he was a member of the band The Beepers. He has frequently been hired by film director John Badham, and the majority of his movie soundtracks are to be found in Badham’s work
      Herbert “Herb” Alpert (1935) – American musician most associated with the group variously known as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass or TJB. He is also a recording industry executive — he is the “A” of A&M Records (a recording label he and business partner Jerry Moss founded and eventually sold)

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