In Italian, to say when I was born, I would use the present tense followed by the past participle.
Sono nato il 18 marzo 1970. (I was born on 3/18/1970.)
The reasoning behind that is that I am talking about a fact that is still relevant nowadays (i.e., I am still alive).
The same would be true if I say about somebody's death: For example, talking about J.F. Kennedy, I would say J.F. Kennedy è morto il 22 novembre 1963.
In English, what tense should I use when talking about somebody's date of death, the simple past, the present perfect, or the simple present?