Birthdays in History in 1954

  • Jan 1 Bob Menendez, American politician
  • Jan 2 Henry Bonilla, American politician
  • Jan 3 Ned Lamont, American businessman
  • Jan 6 Hans Robert Hiegel, German architect
  • Jan 6 Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer

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Jan 12 Howard Stern, Roosevelt NY, "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK)

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Jan 15 Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer
  • Jan 17 Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • Jan 17 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
  • Jan 19 Cindy Sherman, American artist
  • Jan 22 Peter Pilz, Austrian politician
  • Jan 25 Kim Gandy, American feminist
  • Jan 26 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • Jan 27 Peter Laird, American comic-book artist
  • Jan 27 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist
  • Jan 28 Rick Warren, American pastor and author
  • Feb 7 Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • Feb 9 Ulrich Walter, German FR, cosmonaut
  • Feb 9 Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • Feb 9 Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur
  • Feb 9 Kevin Warwick, Cyborg Scientist
  • Feb 9 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Feb 12 Philip Zimmermann, American cryptographer
  • Feb 16 Iain [Menzies] Banks, UK, sci-fi author (Wasp Factory), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 20 Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)
  • Feb 20 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Rus col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)
  • Feb 23 Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • Feb 24 Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby
  • Feb 26 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey
  • Mar 2 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • Mar 4 Catherine O'Hara, comedienne (Beetlejuice, SCTV), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 4 Mark Chorvinsky, American author and editor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 4 François Fillon, French politician, Prime Minister of France
  • Mar 4 Willie Thorne, English snooker player
  • Mar 9 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA member and leader of the hunger strike at Maze Prison where he died in 1981
  • Mar 11 Gale Norton, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • Mar 12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai
  • Mar 13 Robin Duke, comedienne (SNL, SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 16 Colin Ireland, Kent, England, serial killer ('Gay Slayer'/ Coleherne killer), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 18 James F Reilly II, Mt Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut (STS 89, sk:100)
  • Mar 19 Indu Shahani, Indian educationist and Sheriff of Mumbai
  • Mar 20 Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
  • Mar 24 Irina Ratushinskaya, Odessa Ukraine, disident poet (Beyond the Limit)
  • Mar 26 Piers Gardner, director (British Institute of Intl & Comparative Law)
  • Mar 28 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer (d. 1985)
  • Mar 29 Karen Anne Quinlan, NJ, famous comatose patient (right to die case)
  • Apr 5 Michael W Butler, computer programmer (created TODAY program)
  • Apr 8 G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 Iain Duncan Smith, British politician
  • Apr 13 Barbara Roche, British politician (L), immigration minister
  • Apr 14 Bruce Sterling, US, sci-fi author (Involution Ocean, Schismatrix)
  • Apr 24 Mumia Abu-Jamal, American death-row inmate
  • Apr 29 Bill Paxon, (Rep-R-New York)
  • May 1 Joel Rosenberg, science fiction author
  • May 2 Bulelani T Ngcuka, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • May 6 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russia, cosmonaut
  • May 6 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • May 7 Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist
  • May 7 Amy Heckerling, American director
  • May 10 Jeff Apple, producer (In the Line of Fire), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 14 Jens Sparschuh, German writer
  • May 15 Robert P. Harrison, American thinker
  • May 16 [Dafydd] Rhys Williams, Saskatoon Canada, MD/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • May 17 John Iles, dolby supervisor (Elephant Man, Richard III)
  • May 20 Galina Vasilyevna Amelkina, Russia, doctor/cosmonaut
  • May 20 David Paterson, American politician
  • May 20 Cindy Hensley McCain, wife of John McCain
  • May 20 Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
  • May 25 Alison Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern (Private Parts)
  • May 26 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • May 26 Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • May 27 Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
  • May 28 George E Mahlberg, Astrophysicist, Mt Palomar/Mt Wilson CA (1974-78)
  • May 28 John Tory, Canadian politician
  • Jun 6 Harvey Fierstein, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 6 Cynthia Rylant, American author
  • Jun 7 Louise Erdrich, American author
  • Jun 8 Sergei Storchak, Russian deputy finance minister
  • Jun 9 George Pérez, American comic book artist
  • Jun 9 Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer
  • Jun 12 Neil Oatley, English engineer
  • Jun 13 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician
  • Jun 13 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian economist (Minister of Finance 2011-15), born in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State
  • Jun 15 Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager
  • Jun 16 Jeffrey S Ashby, astronaut (sk: STS 85), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 19 Jim Cooper, (Rep-D-TN, 1983- )
  • Jun 19 Michael O'Brien, British MP
  • Jun 20 Ilan Ramon, Israeli combat pilot and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • Jun 21 Mark Kimmitt, US Army general
  • Jun 21 Robert Menasse, Austrian writer
  • Jun 22 Charles T Canady, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Jun 30 Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (d. 2004)
  • Jul 5 Leni Björklund, Swedish politician
  • Jul 7 Steve Gilchrist, Canadian politician (Cabinet Minister and Member of Provincial Parliament, in Ontario), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 15 Boris Polak, Israel, Men's 50M Free Rifle 3 Positions (Oly-20-1996)
  • Jul 16 Jeanette Mott Oxford, American politician

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Jul 17 Angela Merkel, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (2005-), born in Hamburg, West Germany

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Jul 17 J. Michael Straczynski, American author
  • Jul 19 Srđa Trifković, Serbian-American journalist
  • Jul 26 Lawrence Watt-Evans, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Sword of Bheleu)
  • Jul 27 G. S. Bali, Indian politician

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Jul 28 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (1998-2013), born in Sabaneta, Barinas State, Venezuela (d. 2013)

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Jul 28 Gerd Faltings, German mathematician
  • Aug 2 James Charles Kopp, American citizen who murdered Barnett Slepian
  • Aug 3 Denise Craig, WBL forward (Dayton Rockettes, NY Stars)
  • Aug 5 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, Bx NY, (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It)
  • Aug 6 Carl C Perkins, (Rep-D-KY, 1984- )

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Aug 12 François Hollande, 24th President of France (Socialist: 2012-), born in Rouen, France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • Aug 13 Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Aug 13 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player (d. 2001)
  • Aug 14 Monica Baltodano, Leon, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution commander
  • Aug 15 Mary Jo Salter, American poet

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Aug 15 Stieg Larsson [Karl Stig-Erland Larsson], Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden (d. 2004)

  • Aug 18 Umberto Guidoni, PhD/astronaut (STS 75), born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 20 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (d. 2007)
  • Aug 26 Efren Reyes, Filipino pool player
  • Aug 27 Mike Kelley, Wayne, Michigan, artist (More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid), (d. 2012)
  • Aug 28 George Church, American geneticist
  • Aug 29 Michael P[aul] Kube-McDowell, US, sci-fi author (Enigma, Empery)
  • Aug 30 Gerard Hadders, Dutch postage stamp designer (1991 children stamp)
  • Aug 30 Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  • Aug 31 Tula, [Barry Kenneth Cossey], England, transsexual (For Your Eyes Only)
  • Sep 1 Gabor Ormai, viola Player
  • Sep 5 Frederick Kempe, American author, journalist, and executive
  • Sep 6 Jon Erikson, US, 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981)
  • Sep 6 Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and political (R) candidate, born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 8 Mark Foley, American politician (R) (US Rep Florida 1995-2006), resigned after texting scandel
  • Sep 12 Russell G. Alexander, creator of Today In History v1.2
  • Sep 12 Jeff Jarvis, American journalist
  • Sep 15 7th marquess of Bristol, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Sep 15 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (d. 2007)
  • Sep 18 Murtaza Bhutto, politician
  • Sep 18 Takao Doi, astronaut (STS 87), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 20 Anne Mcintosh, British member European parliament
  • Sep 20 Brinke Stevens, [Charlene Brinkman] Ca, actress (Slumber Party Massacre)

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Sep 21 Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-), born in Nagato

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Sep 24 Stephen Jones, art historian
  • Sep 27 Ray Hadley, Australian radio broadcaster
  • Sep 29 Stephen Platt, editor (New Statesman & Society)

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Oct 3 Al Sharpton [Alfred Charles], minister and civil rights activist (Keepin' It Real), born in Brooklyn, New York

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • Oct 10 "Maestro" Jimmy Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues)
  • Oct 12 Tom Blomberg, Dutch radio host/producer (Evening Rush Hour)
  • Oct 13 Mordechai Vanunu, Israeli nuclear technician
  • Oct 13 Claude Ribbe, French historian
  • Oct 14 Carole Malone, English newspaper columnist
  • Oct 19 Deborah Blum, American writer
  • Oct 20 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist
  • Oct 21 Brian Tobin, Canadian premier of Newfoundland
  • Oct 22 Carla Dunlap, bodybuilder (Pumping Iron 2), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 24 Jaap J Feenstra, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Oct 24 Brad Sherman, American politician
  • Oct 24 Thomas J. Mulcair, Quebec politician
  • Oct 24 Mike Rounds, American politician
  • Oct 27 Jan Duursema, American comic book artist
  • Oct 30 Mario Testino, Peruvian-born English fashion photographer
  • Nov 2 Pat Croce, American entrepreneur
  • Nov 3 Godzilla, Japanese monster (Godzilla)
  • Nov 3 Kevin P Chilton, Lt Col USAF/Astronaut (STS 49, 59, 76), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 6 Catherine Crier, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 8 Michael D. Brown, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency director
  • Nov 8 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author
  • Nov 11 Mary Gaitskill, American novelist
  • Nov 13 Scott McNealy, American CEO of Sun Microsystems

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Nov 14 Condoleezza Rice, 1st female African-American U.S. Secretary of State (2005-09), born in Birmingham, Alabama

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
  • Nov 15 Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Białogard Poland, politician and President of Poland (1995-2005)
  • Nov 16 Andrea Barrett, American author
  • Nov 16 Dick Gross, Australian politician
  • Nov 17 Mark Brandon Read, Australian criminal
  • Nov 18 Guy Innes-Ker duke of Roxburghe, English large landowner
  • Nov 20 Steve Dahl, California, Chicago's anti-disco DJ (WLS-FM)
  • Nov 20 Berit Andnor, Swedish politician
  • Nov 23 Ferry Hoogendijk, Dutch editor in chief (Elsevier Magazine)
  • Nov 26 Roz Chast, American cartoonist
  • Nov 26 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan militant leader
  • Dec 3 Grace Andreacchi, American author
  • Dec 7 Gianfranco Jannuzzo, Italian entertainer
  • Dec 7 Mark Hofmann, American forger and bomber
  • Dec 8 Harold Hongju Koh, Korean-American Dean of Yale Law School
  • Dec 9 Herman Finkers, Dutch cabaret performer
  • Dec 11 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic engineer
  • Dec 11 Santiago Creel, Mexican politician
  • Dec 12 Liz Claman, American television anchor
  • Dec 13 Tamora Pierce, American author
  • Dec 14 Hans William Schlegel, Oberlingen Germany, Astronaut (STS 55)
  • Dec 14 Steven Glenwood MacLean, astronaut (STS 52), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 15 Alex Cox, director (Repo Man)
  • Dec 15 Mike Ratledge, author (2DAY & NEWDAY)/ratledgm@spawar.navy.mil
  • Dec 20 Sandra Cisneros, American writer
  • Dec 22 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader

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Dec 25 Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Mexican drug lord and escape artist, born in La Tuna, Sinaloa, Mexico (or April 4th, 1957)

  • Dec 29 Prince Takamado of Japan (d. 2002)
  • Dec 31 Alex Salmond, Scottish politician
  • Dec 31 Hermann Tilke, German racing circuit architect