Birthdays in History in May 1939

  • May 2 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist
  • May 4 Amos Oz, Jerusalem, Israel, author (My Michael)
  • May 5 James R Jones, (Rep-D-OK, 1973- )
  • May 6 Anthony Blacker, master-general of Ordnance
  • May 6 Zhanna Dmitriyevna Yerkina, Russian cosmonaut
  • May 7 Rudolphus FM "Ruud" Lubbers, director Dutch/CDA-premier (1982-94)
  • May 7 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden
  • May 7 Sidney Altman, Canadian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate
  • May 9 Kenneth Warby, fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
  • May 12 Ronald Ziegler, press secretary (Nixon)
  • May 12 Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician
  • May 13 William W Cobey Jr, (Rep-R-NC, 1985-87)
  • May 14 M N Fathulin, cosmonaut
  • May 15 Brian Hartley, mathematician
  • May 17 Wim de Bie, CEO (Simplistic Covenant)
  • May 17 Gary Paulsen, American author
  • May 18 Patrick Cormack, British politician (C), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  • May 18 Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • May 18 Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician
  • May 19 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut (STS 41C, 51L-Chal disaster)
  • May 20 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway, PM/feminist/conservatist
  • May 24 Gert J Schutte, Dutch MP (GPV)
  • May 26 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • May 26 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • May 27 Earl Cairns, CEO (S G Warburg & Co)
  • May 27 Socratis Kokkalis, Greek businessman
  • May 29 Martin Garrod, Commandant General Royal Marines
  • May 31 Terry Waite, English Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage, born in Bollington, Cheshire