Birthdays in History in 1940

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 261

  • Jan 2 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • Jan 4 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • Jan 4 Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • Jan 4 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 5 Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician
  • Jan 5 General Sir Michael Rose, UK military officer, prominent in Bosnia
  • Jan 6 Ed Zschau, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 6 Penny Lernoux, American journalist (d. 1989)
  • Jan 7 William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • Jan 9 Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician
  • Jan 10 Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • Jan 10 Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician
  • Jan 13 Edmund White, American author
  • Jan 14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • Jan 19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )
  • Jan 19 Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • Jan 21 Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 24 Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 28 Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman
  • Feb 2 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, US, sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 5 H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 8 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • Feb 10 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 12 Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • Feb 14 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15 Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 16 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
  • Feb 19 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • Feb 21 John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Feb 22 Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
  • Feb 22 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 23 Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • Feb 24 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
  • Feb 25 George Paul, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Feb 25 Hector MacKenzie, trade unionist
  • Feb 27 Barbara Kelly, CEO (Scottish Consumer Council)
  • Feb 29 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
  • Mar 1 Robert Grossman, American illustrator
  • Mar 2 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Mar 3 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • Mar 4 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • Mar 5 Mary Rose Oakar, (Rep)
  • Mar 7 Harald Gerlach, writer
  • Mar 7 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • Mar 7 Viktor Petrovich Savinykh, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5)
  • Mar 8 Leslie Isben Rogge, one of FBI's most wanted
  • Mar 10 David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)
  • Mar 15 Frank Dobson, British politician
  • Mar 15 Margo Coleman, American advice columnist
  • Mar 16 Bernardo Bertolucci, Parma Italy, director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor)
  • Mar 16 Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)
  • Mar 16 Jan P Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 16 Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • Mar 17 Mark White, American politician
  • Mar 20 Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer (Momo), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2012)
  • Mar 22 William Ritchie, vice-chancellor (Lancaster U)
  • Mar 24 Bob Mackie, Monterey Parks California, designer (Streisand, Cher)
  • Mar 26 Bill Ind, Bishop-designate (Truro)
  • Mar 26 Nancy Pelosi, (Rep-D-California)
  • Mar 26 Servaes [J S] Huys, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Mar 31 Barney Frank, (Rep-D-MA, 1981- )
  • Mar 31 Patrick J Leahy, (Sen-D-VT, 1975- )
  • Apr 1 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Apr 2 Peter Haining, writer/editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft)
  • Apr 3 R S Burman, CEO (Association of British Chambers of Commerce)
  • Apr 4 Bijan, Iran, mens apparel designer (Beverly Hills, American London), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 4 Robby Mueller, cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak)
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Timofeyevich Isakov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Apr 6 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • Apr 9 Vasily Dmiotriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Apr 12 John Hagee, American pastor and televangelist
  • Apr 15 Jeffrey Archer, England, (Tory-Commons)/author (Matter of Honor)
  • Apr 15 Robert Lacroix, French Canadian professor of economics
  • Apr 16 Lord Camoys, deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • Apr 16 Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark (1972- )
  • Apr 16 Benoît Bouchard, French-Canadian politician
  • Apr 18 Ira von Furstenberg, [Virginia Caroline] Princess (Monaco), born in Rome, Italy
  • Apr 18 Joseph L Goldstein, Sumter SC, physician (Nobel-1985)
  • Apr 19 Algy Cluff, CEO (Spectator, Cluff Resources)
  • Apr 20 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer/sculptor (I, John Cremer)
  • Apr 20 Pilar Miro, director (Wether, Beltenebros)
  • Apr 21 Souleymane Cisse, director (Waati, Yeelen, Finye, Baara)
  • Apr 22 Peter Goldstein, joint founder (Superdrug)
  • Apr 23 Richard Monaco, US, sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest)
  • Apr 23 Michael Copps, American Federal Government official
  • Apr 24 Sue Grafton, American author
  • May 1 Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • May 2 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • May 3 David Koch, American businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries), - 6th= richest person in the world (2015), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • May 4 Dick Curl, Chester Pa, offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 4 Robin Cook, American novelist
  • May 6 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi)
  • May 7 Angela Carter, English novelist and journalist (d. 1992)
  • May 7 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • May 8 James Blyth, CEO (Boots)

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May 8 Peter Benchley, American novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • May 8 Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • May 10 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)
  • May 10 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • May 10 Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • May 13 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • May 14 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • May 14 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 16 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)
  • May 17 Alan Kay, American computer scientist
  • May 18 A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • May 19 Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • May 20 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • May 24 Joseph Brodsky, USSR, author (Less than 1, Nobel 1987)
  • May 26 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • May 28 Betty Shabazz, educator/talk show hostess/widow (Malcolm X)
  • May 28 Thomas E Petri, (Rep-R-WI, 1979- )
  • May 28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Dalkey, Ireland, novelist (Light a Penny Candle), (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Farooq Leghari, President of Pakistan
  • May 31 Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
  • May 31 Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator
  • Jun 1 Kip Thorne, American physicist
  • Jun 2 Constantine II, deposed King of Greece (1964-73)
  • Jun 4 Gerrit H Terpstra, economist/Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • Jun 4 Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian bishop
  • Jun 14 Bill Baker, (Rep-R-California)
  • Jun 16 Hans Dorrestijn, Dutch cabaret performer
  • Jun 16 Neil Goldschmidt, Governor of Oregon
  • Jun 17 Tony Marlow, MP (Conservative)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 17 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Economist George Akerlof
Economist
George Akerlof
  • Jun 18 Bob Duncan, prison warden (Gartree Prison in UK)
  • Jun 20 Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • Jun 21 Michael Ruse, Canadian philosopher
  • Jun 23 Alexander Irvine, Lord Chanceller of UK (1997- )
  • Jun 24 Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer (Taxi, Little Buddha, Dick Tracy)
  • Jun 25 A.J. Quinnell, British writer (d. 2005)
  • Jun 28 Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi banker, economist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Jun 28 Roderick Wright, ex-Scottish bishop (d. 2005)
  • Jun 29 Louise S Groenman, Dutch MP (D66)
  • Jul 1 Kenneth Clarke, British minister
  • Jul 3 Heather Steel, British judge
  • Jul 3 Lamar Alexander, American politician
  • Jul 4 Joost P van Iersel, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jul 5 Karen Shepherd, (Rep-D-Utah)
  • Jul 5 Chuck Close, American painter and photographer
  • Jul 6 Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
  • Jul 7 Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )
  • Jul 10 Dawid J "Dawie" de Villiers, South African minister of energy (1989- )
  • Jul 10 Tom Farmer, Scottish entrepreneur
  • Jul 11 Terry Patchett, politician
  • Jul 11 Yvon Charbonneau, French Canadian union leader and politician
  • Jul 13 Paul Prudhomme, cajun chef (K-Paul), born in Opelousas. Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Jul 14 Susan Howatch, English author
  • Jul 20 Tony Oliva, ball player, batting champ (AL Rookie of Year 1964)
  • Jul 21 James E Clyburn, (Rep-D-South Carolina)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 22 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Jul 22 Judith Walzer Leavitt, American college professor
  • Jul 24 Carroll A Campbell Jr, (Rep-R-SC, 1979-86)
  • Jul 24 Stanley Hauerwas, American theologian
  • Jul 26 Brian Mawhinney, chairman (British Conservative Party)
  • Jul 26 Mary Jo Kopechne, Ted Kennedy's car passenger
  • Jul 30 Clive Sinclair, British computer inventor (ZX Spectrum)
  • Jul 30 Patricia Schroeder, (Rep-D-Colorado, 1973- )
  • Jul 30 Pat Schroeder, American politician
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jaffe, producer (Fatal Attraction)
  • Aug 3 John W Carlin, (Gov-D-KS)
  • Aug 4 Karel Vachek, director (Moravska Hellas, Elective Affinities)
  • Aug 4 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia
  • Aug 6 Mukhu Aliyev, Russian politician, President of Dagestan
  • Aug 7 Tom Barlow, (Rep-D-Kentucky)
  • Aug 7 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France, (d. 2014)
  • Aug 10 Barbara Mills, QC, British Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Aug 10 Richard Wells, Chief Constable (South Yorkshire)
  • Aug 10 Sid Waddell, Darts Commentator for the PDC
  • Aug 13 Ann Armstrong Dailey, founder (Children's Hospice Intl)
  • Aug 13 Timothy Wood, British government asst whip
  • Aug 15 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist
  • Aug 16 Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)
  • Aug 17 David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • Aug 20 Rubén Hinojosa, American politician
  • Aug 21 Ana Isabel Anderson-Imbert, physician, rheumatologist
  • Aug 22 Antony Crosthwaite-Eyre, English publisher/multi-millionaire
  • Aug 22 John Banham, director-general (CBI)
  • Aug 24 Francine Lalonde, Quebec politician
  • Aug 27 David Hart, gen-sect (National Association of Head Teachers)
  • Aug 28 William Cohen, US Secretary of Defense (1997-2001), (Sen-R Maine, 1979-97), born in Bangor, Maine
  • Aug 28 Roger Pingeon, French cylist
  • Aug 29 James Brady, US press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt)
  • Sep 3 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, born in Montevideo
  • Sep 7 Dario Argento, director (Creepers, Deep Red, Tenebrae)
  • Sep 8 Quentin L. Cook, LDS apostle
  • Sep 10 Yevgeni Nikolayevich Khludeyev, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Sep 11 Theodore Olson, U.S. Solicitor General
  • Sep 11 Robert Palmer, last CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation
  • Sep 12 Roger K Crouch, Jamestown Tenn, astronauts (STS 83, 94)
  • Sep 12 Stephen J Solarz, (Rep-D-NY, 1975-93)
  • Sep 13 Óscar Arias, Costa Rican politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Sep 14 Leo H Ferrier, Suriname writer (Atman)
  • Sep 15 Norman [Richard] Spinrad, US, sci-fi author (Child of Fortune)
  • Sep 17 Jan Eliasson, Swedish diplomat
  • Sep 20 Joseph J DioGuardi, (Rep-R-NY, 1985- )