Subscribe to the Famous Daily to get the Born Today Email

Hannah Cowley "Every body about me seem'd happy but every body seem'd in a hurry to be happy somewhere else."

Hannah Cowley
(03/14/1743 – 03/11/1809)
US writer (died near her birthday)
"A belief may be larger than a fact."

Vannevar Bush
(03/11/1890 – 06/28/1974)
US engineer
Henry Drummond "You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."

Henry Drummond
(12/17/1851 – 03/11/1897)
Scottish evangelist, writer
Dorothy Gish "I'd like to make people who see me in comic pantomime on the screen feel the way Mark Twain makes his readers feel."

Dorothy Gish
(03/11/1898 – 06/04/1968)
US actor (sister of Lillian)
Lawrence Welk "This is the best biography by me I have ever read."

Lawrence Welk
(03/11/1903 – 05/17/1992)
US (yep, South Dakota!) bandleader, TV host
"The main essentials of a successful prime minister are sleep and a sense of history."

Sir Harold Wilson
(03/11/1916 – 05/24/1995)
British PM (46) (see other British PMs)
Ralph Abernathy "He told us he was going to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn White House."

Ralph Abernathy
(03/11/1926 – 04/17/1990)
US clergyman, activist , on Richard Nixon
Antonin Scalia "There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all."

Antonin Scalia
(03/11/1936 – )
US Supreme Court (see other Supreme Court justices)
Douglas Adams "A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

Douglas Adams
(03/11/1952 – 05/11/2001)
English writer
Richard E. Byrd "A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no longer indispensable."

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd
(10/25/1888 – 03/11/1957)
US explorer
"If you started to write, you did it because you had an urge to express yourself. That urge is a part of you."

Erle Stanley Gardner
(07/17/1889 – 03/11/1970)
US writer
Philo T. Farnsworth "There's nothing on it worthwhile, and we're not going to watch it in this household, and I don't want it in your intellectual diet."

Philo T. Farnsworth
(08/19/1906 – 03/11/1971)
US inventor (first television broadcast) , to his son, on television
Whitney M. Young "It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared."

Whitney M. Young, Jr.
(07/31/1921 – 03/11/1971)
US writer
Elizabeth June Thornburg "I worked out of desperation. I used to hit fast and run in hopes that people wouldn't realize that I really couldn't do anything."

Betty Hutton
(02/26/1921 – 03/11/2007)
US actor