Some interesting if not exactly likable politicians were born on this day. Slavery apologist John Calhoun was born in 1782. Not my favorite president Grover Cleveland was born in 1837. And good man at the wrong time Neville Chamberlain was born in 1869.
George Plimpton, a writer I like more than I should, was born in 1927.
Brad Dourif is 63 today. I find him a very likable actor. He has made me happy in parts as diverse as Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Doc Cochran in Deadwood. He was also really great in Ragtime, which kind of makes up for the incredible job he did as the bigot Deputy Pell in Mississippi Burning.
The man of the day, however, is the last surviving U-boat captain Reinhard Hardegen. He is celebrating his 100th birthday today. After World War II, he spent 32 years as an MP in West Germany as a Christian Democrat. There is one very interesting part of his life story. After the end of World War II, he was arrested because he had the same last name as an SS officer. It took him a year and a half to prove that he was a different guy.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag!
Update (18 March 2013 7:27 pm)
According to Hans in the comments: Hardegen is not the last surviving U-boat captain, just the oldest surviving. I have no way of knowing if he’s right, but given he took the time to comment, I’ll bet he is. So there you go. The main thing is that Hardegen is the only U-Boat captain to turn 100 today. (I haven’t checked, but I feel pretty confident in that one!)