Birthdays in History in 1931

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 309

  • Jan 1 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist
  • Jan 2 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • Jan 4 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • Jan 5 Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician
  • Jan 6 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), born in The Bronx, New York (d.2015)
  • Jan 7 Mack Mattingly, (Sen-R-GA, 1981-86)
  • Jan 9 Algi[rda]s [Jonas] Budrys, Prussia, sci-fi author (Man of Earth)
  • Jan 9 Geoffrey Wragg, British(?) reorganizer
  • Jan 10 Alexander L "Alex" Boraine, South Africa vicar/MP
  • Jan 10 Ron Galella, celebrity photographer (sued by Jackie O)
  • Jan 10 Peter Barnes, English writer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 11 Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
  • Jan 14 Frank Costigan, Australian lawyer
  • Jan 15 Derek Meddings, special effects technician
  • Jan 15 Thomas Hoving, American news correspondent (20/20), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 16 Vladimir Skutina, writer playwright/journalist
  • Jan 16 Johannes Rau, German politician (d. 2006)
  • Jan 17 Douglas Wilder, American politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 19 Ron Packard, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife)
  • Jan 20 Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator
  • Jan 25 Paavo J Haavikko, finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio
  • Jan 27 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
  • Jan 27 Nigel Vinson, British Lord and inventor, born in Kent, England
  • Jan 27 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jan 28 Timothy Kitson, former MP
  • Jan 30 Jack Bowman, Chief Constable (Tayside)
  • Jan 30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney (d. 2016)
  • Jan 30 Stewart B McKinney, (Rep-R-CT, 1971- )
  • Jan 30 John Crosbie, Canadian politician
  • Jan 30 Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author
  • Jan 31 Jean Burroughs, educationalist
  • Jan 31 Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat

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Feb 1 Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician and President of Russian Federation (1991-1999), born in Butka, Sverdlovsk, (d. 2007)

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Feb 1 Mark Richmond, CEO (Science & Engineering Research Council)
  • Feb 2 Dries van Agt, Dutch Prime Minister (CDA, 1977-82), born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • Feb 2 Judith Viorst, American author
  • Feb 4 Isabel Martínez de Perón, [Maria Martinez], wife of Juan Perón and President of Argentina (1974-76), born in La Rioja, Argentina
  • Feb 9 Robert Morris, American sculptor and painter, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Feb 10 Thomas Bernhard, writer
  • Feb 12 Constance A Morella, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • Feb 12 Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch author
  • Feb 15 W K Reid, British ombudsman
  • Feb 15 Geoff Edwards, American television game show host, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 16 Alfred Kolleritsch, Austrian writer, born in Eichfeld
  • Feb 16 George E Sangmeister, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • Feb 18 Johnny Hart, cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), born in Endicott, New York (d. 2007)
  • Feb 18 Maxwell Thurman, US General
  • Feb 18 Swraj Paul, Indian/British industrial/multi-millionaire (Caparo)
  • Feb 18 Toni Morrison, Ohio, novelist (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon)

  • Feb 23 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist and sculptor (Great American Nudes) (d. 2004)
  • Feb 24 Inge Bernstein, British judge
  • Feb 24 Lev Vasilyevich Vorobyov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 24 Maezumi Hakuyu Taizan Koun, teacher Rinzai/Soto lines of Zen Buddhism
  • Feb 24 Marta Marzotto, Italian countess and designer, born in Reggio Emilia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 Edward Kellett-Bowman, British MEP
  • Feb 25 J R Stephenson, Lt-col/secretary (MCC)
  • Feb 27 Andrew Sloan, Chief Constable (Strathcourt)
  • Feb 28 Gustav Thoni, Italian skiier (World Cup-1971, 72, 73, 75)
  • Feb 28 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, born in Beaucaire (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bikrampur, British Raj, President (Bangladesh, 2002-2009), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 2 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)

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Mar 2 Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91), born in Stavropol, Russia

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Mar 2 Tom Wolfe, journalist and author (Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 3 Henk Knol, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • Mar 3 Piet [van] Bambergen, Dutch cabaretier (Mounties, Sherlock Jones)
  • Mar 4 Han Jansen, Dutch painter
  • Mar 4 Alice Rivlin, American economist
  • Mar 5 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symph Orch 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 5 Fred Othon Aristidès, French comics artist
  • Mar 6 David Haddon Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack)
  • Mar 6 Hal Needham, American stuntman, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 7 Cornelis T "Cor" van de Molen, director Social Businesses of Press
  • Mar 8 John McPhee, author (Back to ----)
  • Mar 8 Neil Postman, American cultural critic (d. 2003)
  • Mar 9 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (d. 2007)
  • Mar 11 Peter Walters, CEO (Midland Bank)

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Mar 11 Rupert Murdoch, Australian media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • Mar 12 Geoffrey de Bellaigue, director (Royal Collection)
  • Mar 12 Herbert Kelleher, Southwest Airlines co-founder
  • Mar 13 Marc Dessauvage, Flemish architect
  • Mar 16 Don Richard Carpenter, novelist
  • Mar 17 David Peakall, British scientist (d. 2001)
  • Mar 18 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Mar 20 David Montgomery, chairman (British Forestry Commission)
  • Mar 20 John Rae, British educator (Conscience & Politics)
  • Mar 21 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist
  • Mar 22 Igor Hajek, translator/writer
  • Mar 22 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), born in Newport (d. 2014)
  • Mar 23 Norman F Lent, (Rep-R-NY, 1971- 93 ), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 23 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Gorno-Altaysk, Russia (d. 2013)
  • Mar 27 R P Bauman, CEO (British Aerospace)
  • Mar 29 Evelyn de Rothschild, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 29 James Weatherhead, moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland)
  • Mar 29 Lord Tebbit, British CH
  • Mar 29 Sylvia Law, British town planner
  • Mar 30 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Apr 1 Rolf Hochhuth, German playwright (Deputy)
  • Apr 1 Charles Price, American Businessman and diplomat, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Apr 4 Denis Frank Owen, Natural historian
  • Apr 4 Harold L Volkmer, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • Apr 4 Bobby Ray Inman, American admiral and intelligence director
  • Apr 5 Denis Lawton, director (London University Institute of Educ)
  • Apr 7 Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblower (Pentagon Papers)/patriot
  • Apr 7 Donald Barthelme, American writer (Snow White, Sadness), born in Philadelphia, Pa (d. 1989)
  • Apr 9 Martin Rogers, director (Farmington Institute for Christian Studies)
  • Apr 9 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (d. 1991)
  • Apr 10 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet
  • Apr 13 Beverley Cross, playwright
  • Apr 15 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • Apr 16 Piet de Visser, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Apr 17 Joan Clague, director of nursing services (Marie Curie Foundation)
  • Apr 17 John Chalstrey, alderman/Lord Mayor (London)
  • Apr 17 Joyce Molyneux, British chef and author
  • Apr 17 Ruth Etchells, principal (St John's College-Durham)
  • Apr 19 Denis Henry, British high court judge
  • Apr 19 Hendrick J "Kobie" Coetsee, South Africa minister of Defense/Justice
  • Apr 19 Walter Stewart, Canadian journalist (d. 2004)
  • Apr 20 Lee H Hamilton, Daytona Beach Fla, (Rep-D-Ind, 1965- )
  • Apr 22 Henk Gortzak, Dutch carpenter, communist leader, and politician (CPN/PSP)
  • Apr 22 Ronald Hynd, British choreographer (English National Ballet)
  • Apr 24 Bridget Riley, British painter (op-art), born in Norwood London, England
  • Apr 25 David Shepherd, painter
  • Apr 25 Felix Berezin, Russian mathematician (d. 1980)
  • Apr 29 Aleksei Aleksandrovich Gubarev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 28)
  • Apr 29 Frank Auerbach, German-born British painter
  • Apr 30 William L [Bill] Clay, (Rep-D-MO, 1969- )
  • May 3 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • May 4 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and writer
  • May 5 Greg, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d, 1999)
  • May 6 Marvin Leath, (Rep-D-TX, 1979- )
  • May 7 Gene [Rodman] Wolfe, American sci-fi author (Soldier of Arete)
  • May 7 Nel J Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD)
  • May 9 Vance DeVoe Brand, astro (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35), born in Longmont, Colorado
  • May 10 Lord Michael Mustill, of Pateley Bridge, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • May 11 Stephen Smalley, rev/dean (Chester)
  • May 12 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish vice-president of Dutch One
  • May 13 Eileen Diss, theatrical designer (August, Secret Places, Betrayal)

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May 13 Jim Jones, American Leader of Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre), born in Randolph County, Indiana (d. 1978)

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • May 13 Sydney Lipworth, CEO (Monopolies & Mergers Commission)
  • May 13 William Utting, chief inspector (British Social Services)
  • May 15 F Korthals Altes, Dutch minister of Justice (VVD)
  • May 16 Lowell P Weicker, (Sen-R-CT, 1971-88/Gov-D-CT)
  • May 16 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • May 16 Natwar Singh, Indian politician
  • May 16 Hana Brady, Jewish Czech Holocaust victim (Hanna's Suitcase), born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • May 18 Don Martin, American cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • May 21 George Vassiliou, president of Cyprus (1988-93)
  • May 25 Aili Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter
  • May 27 Florence Sharples, director (British YWCA)
  • May 27 John Chapple, British chief of General Staff
  • May 27 James Wilson, criminologist ('Zero Tolerance' policing), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • May 28 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • May 29 Carl Toms, stage designer
  • May 31 John Schrieffer, US physicist (Nobel 1972)
  • May 31 Steve Horn, (Rep-R-California)

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Jun 3 Raúl Castro, 18th President of Cuba (2008-) and former revolutionary, born in Biran, Holguin, Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Jun 5 Jacques Demy, French director (Lola, Magic Donkey)
  • Jun 5 John Dellow, commisioner (London Metropolitan Police)
  • Jun 5 Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher, antroposopher
  • Jun 6 Lloyd Lindroth, the Liberace of the Harp
  • Jun 7 Malcolm Morley, English-born painter
  • Jun 8 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, born in Belgrade (d. 1996)
  • Jun 8 James Leander "Leo" Nichols, honorary consul
  • Jun 11 Lord Cameron of Lochbroom, lord advocate
  • Jun 13 Lachlan Macleay, USAF/pilot
  • Jun 13 Irvin D. Yalom, psychotherapist, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University
  • Jun 16 Courtney Alexandre Henriques Laws, community leader
  • Jun 16 Robert F [Bob] Smith, (Rep-R-OR, 1983- )
  • Jun 17 John Baldessari, American artist
  • Jun 18 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil from 1995 to 2002
  • Jun 19 "Against Iain" duke of Atholl, English large landowner
  • Jun 20 Richard Southwood, zoologist/chancellor (Oxford University)
  • Jun 21 Margaret Heckler, US Secretary of Health & Human Services (1983-85)
  • Jun 22 Henk Vonhoff, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • Jun 22 Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukranian politician and diplomat (UN General Assembly President, 1997-98), born in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine (d. 2013)
  • Jun 23 Urs Jaeggi, Swiss sociologist and writer, born in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • Jun 24 Leslie Cochran, peace activist and police critic, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2012)
  • Jun 26 Colin Wilson, author (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 27 Charles Bronfman, CEO (Seagrams, Montreal Expos)
  • Jun 30 Johannes Gruijters, Dutch mayor (D66-Lelystad)
  • Jun 30 Bert Eriksson, Flemish neo-Nazi (d. 2005)
  • Jul 1 Leslie Caron, French-American actress (Gigi, Father Goose), born in Boulogne-Biliancourt, Seine
  • Jul 3 Andres Burnier, [Catharina Dessaur], criminologist/author (Jongensuur)
  • Jul 5 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, criminal
  • Jul 6 Jean Campeau, French Canadian businessman and politician
  • Jul 7 David Eddings, American sci-fi author (Belgariad, Malloreon)
  • Jul 10 Alice Munro, author (Dance of the Happy Shades)
  • Jul 10 Del Insko, harness racer (toothpick in mouth, 1969 money leader)
  • Jul 10 Julian May, American sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat)
  • Jul 11 Hans Klein, politician
  • Jul 11 Herman de Vries, Dutch sculptor
  • Jul 11 Tullio Regge, Italian physicist
  • Jul 12 Bob Traxler, (Rep-D-MI, 1974- )
  • Jul 12 Lord Clinton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jul 14 Donald Eugene Webb, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 15 Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara)
  • Jul 15 Eugene Louw, South African minister of Internal affairs
  • Jul 16 Caroline Blackwood, writer