Birthdays in History in 1950

  • Jan 1 Svetlana Georgievna Beregovkina, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Yevgeni Vladimirovich Saley, cosmonaut
  • Jan 5 Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian-born professor (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 John Manley, Canadian politician
  • Jan 5 Charlie Richmond, Canadian entrepreneur
  • Jan 6 Louis Freeh, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jan 12 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Jan 12 Marilyn R Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • Jan 12 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician
  • Jan 12 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician
  • Jan 12 Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland
  • Jan 12 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • Jan 16 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 17 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • Jan 19 Grant Nordman, Canadian politician
  • Jan 20 Edward Hirsch. American poet
  • Jan 20 Mahamane Ousmane, President of Niger
  • Jan 21 Joseph R Tanner, Danville Ill, astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97)
  • Jan 24 Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer
  • Jan 25 Gloria Naylor, US author (Women of Brewster Place), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jan 26 Jorg Haider, Austrian polical leader (Austrian Freedom Pary)
  • Jan 27 Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician
  • Jan 27 Derek Acorah, English spirit medium
  • Jan 28 David Carl Hilmers, Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42)
  • Jan 28 Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, King of Bahrain
  • Feb 3 Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • Feb 8 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuba, cosmonaut
  • Feb 9 Andrew N Meltzoff, developmental psychologist
  • Feb 9 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator
  • Feb 9 Richard F. Colburn, American politician, Senator (R) Maryland (1995-2015), born in Easton, Maryland
  • Feb 10 Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)
  • Feb 11 Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • Feb 15 Donna Hanover Giuliani, TV news anchor (WPIX)/wife of Mayor Giuliani
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Feb 16 Peter Hain, British MP
  • Feb 18 Michel Gauthier, Quebec politician
  • Feb 24 G J M Gazdar, computational linguist
  • Feb 25 Anthony Lloyd, British MP
  • Feb 25 Neil Jordan, Irish director (Crying Game) and novelist, born in Sligo
  • Feb 25 Néstor Kirchner, Argentine politician, President of Argentina 2003-2007), born in Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz (d. 2010)
  • Feb 25 Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (d. 2006)
  • Feb 27 Franco Moschino, fashion Designer
  • Feb 27 Julia Neuberger, British Rabbi
  • Mar 2 Jeffrey Chodorow, American restaurateur and financier
  • Mar 4 Rick Perry, American politician, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
  • Mar 11 Jerry Zucker, director (Airplane, Naked Gun), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 13 Charles Krauthammer, American political commentator
  • Mar 14 Michael Ford, son of US President Gerald & Betty Ford
  • Mar 18 Richard Kretchmer, English artist and historian
  • Mar 22 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (world champion 1982, 1989), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 23 P R Scott, Headmaster (Bancroft's School, Woodford Green)
  • Mar 27 Petros Efthimiou, Greek politician
  • Mar 30 Dave McCurdy, (Rep-D-OK, 1981- )
  • Mar 31 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner
  • Apr 1 Ed[uardus] HTM Nijpels, Dutch minister of Environment (VVD)
  • Apr 1 Leonard van Spirit, Dutch/British fruit/food magnate
  • Apr 1 Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Apr 5 Franklin R Chang-Diaz, Costa Rica, astro (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75, sk:91)
  • Apr 6 Dennis E Eckart, (Rep-D-OH, 1981- )
  • Apr 9 Kenneth D Cockrell, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 10 Barry M. Riemer, American author
  • Apr 12 Kari Palaste, Finnish architect
  • Apr 12 Flavio Briatore, Italian businessman and F1 team principal (Renault F1)
  • Apr 12 Joyce Banda, President of Malawi (2012-2014), born in Malemia, Nyasaland
  • Apr 14 Francis Collins, American scientist
  • Apr 18 Bill Sudderth III, trumpeteer (Atlantic Star-Touch 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 20 Itumeleng J Mosala, South African president (Azanian People's Org)
  • Apr 20 Steve Erickson, American novelist
  • Apr 20 Chandra Babu Naidu, Indian politician
  • Apr 22 Lewis Biggs, curator (Tate Gallery-North Liverpool)
  • Apr 29 Debbie Stabenow, American politician
  • May 2 Duncan Gay, Australian politician
  • May 12 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • May 14 Jill Stein, American physician, activist and Green Party nominee for President (2016), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 16 Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • May 16 Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer, born in Arles
  • May 17 Alan Johnson, British politician (Home Secretary 2009-10), born in London
  • May 17 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian politician
  • May 18 Thomas Gottschalk, Bamberg Germany, (Telespiele)
  • May 22 Alekos Alavanos, Greek politician
  • May 23 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, born in Derry (d. 2017)
  • May 24 Larry Seidlin, American judge
  • May 28 Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
  • May 30 Bertrand Delanoë, French politician
  • May 31 Edward Barker, cartoonist
  • Jun 1 Annemarie Jorritsma-Lebbink, Dutch minister of Traffic (VVD)
  • Jun 1 Gennadi Mikhailovich Manakov, colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-10, TM-16)
  • Jun 3 Christos Verelis, Greek politician
  • Jun 14 Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Jun 15 Lakshmi Mittal, Indian industrialist
  • Jun 21 Anne Carson, Canadian poet
  • Jun 23 Douglas C. Lord, Canadian businessman
  • Jun 24 Leon J P M Frissen, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jun 24 Mercedes R Lackey, US, sci-fi author (Arrow's Fall, Magic's Pawn)
  • Jun 25 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33)
  • Jun 28 Mauricio Rojas, Swedish politician
  • Jun 30 Donna Jean Willmott, FALN member (FBI most wanted), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jul 1 David Duke, American politician, K.K.K. member
  • Jul 3 James Hahn, American politician
  • Jul 6 John Byrne, American comic book author & artist
  • Jul 6 Hélène Scherrer, Canadian politician
  • Jul 10 Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Greek politician
  • Jul 11 Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani nuclear physicist
  • Jul 13 George D "Pinky" Nelson, Iowa, PhD/astro (STS 41C, STS 61-C, STS-26)
  • Jul 13 Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China, former mayor of Taipei, former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT)
  • Jul 14 Bruce Oldfield, British mode-designer
  • Jul 15 Colin Barnett, Australian politician

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Jul 15 Arianna Huffington, Greek-American author, syndicated columnist and creator of The Huffington Post, born in Athens, Greece

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington
  • Jul 16 Valery Yevgenyevich Maksimenko, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jul 16 Pierre Paradis, Quebec politician
  • Jul 16 Dennis Priestley, English darts player
  • Jul 18 Jack Layton, Canadian politician
  • Jul 19 Per-Kristian Foss, Norwegian Minister of Finance
  • Jul 23 Alex Kozinski, Romanian-born American judge
  • Jul 24 Goutam Ghose, director (Patang, Voyage Beyond, Paar)
  • Jul 26 Paul McHale, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
  • Jul 28 Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian poet
  • Aug 1 Doug Tract, radio DJ (Greaseman), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 2 Lance Ito, judge (O.J. Simpson trial)
  • Aug 2 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 John Landis, director (Animal House, Michael Jackson's Thriller video), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 6 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida

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Aug 9 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • Aug 10 A L Harris, clinicaloncologist

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Aug 11 Steve Wozniak, American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and co-founder of Apple Computer, born in San Jose, California

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
  • Aug 11 Gennidy Nikonov, Russian weapons inventor

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Aug 14 Gary Larson, cartoonist (Far Side), born in Tacoma, Washington

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • Aug 16 Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • Aug 19 Jennie Bond, British journalist
  • Aug 21 Arthur Bremer, American criminal who shot George Wallace in May 1972 leaving him paralyzed, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 22 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and convicted felon, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Aug 24 Tim White, American anthropologist
  • Aug 29 Dave Reichert, American politician and sheriff
  • Aug 30 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England
  • Sep 5 Cathy Guisewite, US cartoonist (Cathy)
  • Sep 5 Paul William Roberts, Canadian writer
  • Sep 6 Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Sep 7 Peggy Noonan, author (What I Saw at the Revolution)
  • Sep 8 Mike Simpson, American politician
  • Sep 11 Barry Sheene, British auto maker
  • Sep 13 Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Polish politician
  • Sep 14 Michael Nifong, American attorney

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Sep 17 Narendra Modi, 15th Prime Minister of India, born in Vadnagar, Gujarat

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Sep 17 Chris Heister, Swedish politician
  • Sep 17 Lawrence Anthony, Johannesberg, South Africa, conservationist and author, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 18 Helene Weijel, author (In the Street Without a Coat)
  • Sep 19 Joan Lunden, Fair Oaks California, news host (Good Morning America)
  • Sep 20 James P[aul] Blaylock, US, sci-fi author (Elfin Ship, Homunculus)
  • Sep 21 Charles Clarke, British politician
  • Sep 30 Victoria Tennant, London England (All of Me, Chiefs, Winds of War)
  • Oct 1 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2015)
  • Oct 5 Edward P. Jones, American writer
  • Oct 7 Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzanian politician
  • Oct 9 Jody Williams, American teacher and aid worker, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 10 Nora Roberts, American novelist
  • Oct 11 Patty Murry, (Sen-D Washington)
  • Oct 11 Thomas J Tauke, (Rep-R-IA, 1979- )
  • Oct 12 Dave Freudenthal, American politician
  • Oct 15 Koos van der Vaart, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Oct 17 Michael Lynn Synar, (Rep-D-Oklahoma, 1979- )
  • Oct 18 Patrick L Swindall, (Rep-R-GA, 1985- )
  • Oct 18 Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright (d. 2006)
  • Oct 21 David H G viscount Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Oct 21 Ronald E McNair, Lake City SC, astr (STS 41B, 51L-Challenger disaster)
  • Oct 28 Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian human rights activist
  • Oct 29 Abdullah Gul, Turkish President (2007-14), born in Kayseri, Anatolia
  • Oct 30 John T Doolittle, (Rep-R-California)
  • Oct 31 Jozef Stolorz, polish art painter
  • Oct 31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2016)
  • Oct 31 Antonio Taguba, US Army Major General
  • Nov 1 Tony Hymphris, political activist
  • Nov 3 Joe Queenan, American writer
  • Nov 3 Massimo Mongai, Italian writer
  • Nov 3 James Rothman, American Biochemist and Nobel Laureate (2013) for work on vesicle vesicle trafficking, born in Haverhill Massachusetts
  • Nov 4 Markie Post, [Marjorie], actress (Christine-Night Court), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Nov 4 Charles Frazier, American author
  • Nov 7 Alexa Canady, Lansing Michigan, 1st African American female neurosurgeon and educator
  • Nov 7 Augusto Gen'un Alcalde, Buenos Aires, 1st South American Zen teacher
  • Nov 11 Mircea Dinescu, Romanian poet
  • Nov 16 Carl J Meade, Illinos, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 38, STS 50, 64)
  • Nov 17 Roland Matthes, German DR, 100m/200m backstroke (Oly-gold-1968, 72)
  • Nov 23 Charles E Schumer, (Rep-D-NY, 1981-1999, Sen-D-NY, 1999 -)
  • Nov 25 Alexis Wright, Australian author
  • Nov 29 Kevin O'Donnell Jr, US, sci-fi author (Caverns, Reefs, Lava)
  • Dec 2 Merrill Ashley, ballerina (NYC Ballet), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Dec 2 Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic
  • Dec 3 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist
  • Dec 8 Rick Baker, American special effects makeup artist (Exorcist), born in Binghamton, New York
  • Dec 11 Christine Onassis [Andreadis], American-born Greek heiress (Aristotle's daughter), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 16 Ieremia Tabai, President of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) (1979-91)
  • Dec 16 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (d. 2007)
  • Dec 17 Laurence F. Johnson, American educator
  • Dec 18 Gillian Armstrong, Australian director (High Tide, Mrs Soffel), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dec 23 Michael C. Burgess, American politician
  • Dec 23 Ilchi Lee, Korean educator and author
  • Dec 24 Dana Gioia, American poet
  • Dec 25 Karl Rove, former American presidential advisor
  • Dec 30 Yunus I Mahomed, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • Dec 30 Lewis Shiner, American sci-fi/fantasy author