March 9th

by Milos Itic on March 9, 2011

10 people born on this day (March 9th):

  1. “Bobby” Fischer (1943) – American chess player and the eleventh World Chess Champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. Fischer was also a best-selling chess writer. After ending his competitive career, he proposed a new variant of chess, and a modified chess timing system; both of these ideas have received some support in recent years
  2. Samuel Osborne Barber II (1910) – American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. His Adagio for Strings is his most popular composition and widely considered a masterpiece of modern classical music. He was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, for his opera Vanessa and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. His Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a work for soprano and orchestra, was an acclaimed setting of prose by James Agee
  3. Juliette Binoche (1964) – French actress, who has appeared in more than 40 films since 1983
  4. Johnny Kelly (1968) – Drummer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative from Brooklyn, New York. He is the current drummer for the metal band Danzig
  5. Shannon Leto (1970) – American drummer and an occasional actor. He is the older brother of musician and actor Jared Leto, both are part of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars
  6. Robin Trower (1945) – English rock guitarist who achieved success with Procol Harum during the 1960s, and then again as the bandleader of his own power trio
  7. Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934) РHero of the Soviet Union, was a Soviet cosmonaut who on 12 April 1961 became the first human to journey into outer space
  8. Amerigo Vespucci (1454) – Italian explorer, navigator and cartographer. The Americas are generally believed to have derived their name from the feminized Latin version of his first name
  9. Ornette Coleman (1930) – American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s
  10. Frank Morrison Spillane (1918) – Better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American author of crime novels, many featuring his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. In 1980, Spillane was responsible for seven of the top 15 all-time best-selling fiction titles in the U.S

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