Birthdays in History in 1956

  • Jan 1 Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russia, lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • Jan 1 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Jan 1 Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris
  • Jan 2 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist
  • Jan 5 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef
  • Jan 9 Mike Walczewski, American Public Address Announcer at Madison Square Garden
  • Jan 10 Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish writer
  • Jan 15 Mayawati, Indian politician
  • Jan 16 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20 John McNally, Naha Okinawa, US rapid fire pistol (Oly-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • Jan 20 Maria Larsson, Swedish politician
  • Jan 26 Simon Howard, English large landowner (Castle Howard)
  • Jan 31 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • Feb 5 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • Feb 12 Ad P Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- )
  • Feb 13 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member
  • Feb 15 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara, Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
  • Feb 19 George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
  • Feb 20 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 24 Judith Butler, American philosopher
  • Feb 29 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • Feb 29 Bob Speller, Canadian politician
  • Feb 29 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 29 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
  • Mar 5 Mark Handley, writer (Nell)
  • Mar 9 Shashi Tharoor, Indian author & United Nations Under-Secretary General
  • Mar 9 David Willetts, UK Shadow Secretary for Education (Conservative)
  • Mar 11 Curtis L Brown Jr, NC, astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95)
  • Mar 14 Natalya Dmitriyevna Kuleshova, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Mar 17 Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
  • Mar 18 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Mar 19 Alina Castro, Havanna Cuba, daughter of Fidel
  • Mar 19 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician and economist.
  • Mar 20 Phillip Oppenhein, British MP
  • Mar 22 Generosa Ammon, widow of Ted Ammon (d. 2003)
  • Mar 23 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • Mar 23 Laura Thorne, chef (named one of 10 best American chefs)
  • Mar 23 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission
  • Mar 28 April Margera, Bam Margera's mother
  • Mar 29 Lisa J Allen, TV reporter/lawyer
  • Mar 30 Bill Butler, Scottish politician
  • Apr 3 Boris Miljkovic, Serbian director
  • Apr 4 Evelyn Hart, prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet)
  • Apr 4 Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)
  • Apr 7 Annika Billström, Swedish politician
  • Apr 7 Christopher Darden, American O.J. Simpson prosecutor
  • Apr 15 Gregory J Harbaugh, astronaut (STS 39, 54, 71, 82), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 16 David M Brown, Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Apr 16 Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier
  • Apr 17 Faye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • Apr 17 Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • Apr 17 Pillow, [Therese Joan Bell], California, bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • Apr 20 Beatrice Ask, Swedish politician
  • Apr 21 Phillip Longman, American demographer
  • Apr 28 Paul S Lockhart, Amarillo Tx, Major USAF/astronaut
  • May 3 Marc Bellemare, French Canadian lawyer and politician
  • May 4 Michael L Gernhardt, Mansfield OH, astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100)
  • May 4 David Guterson, American author
  • May 7 Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • May 10 Vladislav Listyev, Russian television anchor and journalist (d. 1995)
  • May 11 Theresa Burke, Canadian journalist
  • May 13 Aleksandr Yuriyevich Kaleri, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14)
  • May 13 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation
  • May 14 Gillian [Marucha] Bradshaw, US, sci-fi author (Hawk of May)
  • May 14 Steve Hogarth, Kendal England, vocals (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • May 17 Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist
  • May 19 Althea Gwyn, WBL center (NY Stars)
  • May 20 Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian author
  • May 20 William Michaelian, American novelist and poet
  • May 23 Ursula Plassnik, Austrian politician
  • May 24 Michael Jackson, Northern Irish clergyman
  • May 26 Frédéric Dutoit, French politician
  • May 27 Cynthia McFadden, American television anchor
  • May 28 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • May 28 Mark Alexander Lees, rowing Coach
  • May 30 Jonathan Idema, Poughkeepsie, New York, torturer, kidnapper and con artist (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Mark L Polansky, pilot/astronaut, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jun 2 Malcolm Garrett, English graphic designer
  • Jun 4 Martin Adams, English darts player
  • Jun 4 John Hockenberry, American journalist
  • Jun 5 Richard A Searfoss, Mount Clemons Mich, Astronaut (STS 58, 76, sk 90)
  • Jun 6 Jay C Buckey, American physician/astronaut (STS 58 alt, sk: 90), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 9 Patricia Cornwell, American author
  • Jun 10 Georg Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Jun 22 Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistani Politician and Foreign Minister
  • Jun 25 Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia (d. 2004)
  • Jun 25 Anthony Bourdain, Chef and author
  • Jun 25 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, Vryheid, Natal, South African artist
  • Jun 26 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish/South African leader (United Democratic Front)
  • Jun 26 Bernard A Harris Jr, Temple Texas, MD/Astronaut (STS 55, 63)
  • Jun 27 Ted Haggard, American evangelical preacher
  • Jun 28 Noel Mugavin, Australian Rules Football player
  • Jun 29 Pedro Santana Lopes, former Prime Minister of Portugal
  • Jul 3 Montel Williams, TV talk show host (Montel)
  • Jul 3 Don Vito, American Viva La Bam castmember
  • Jul 10 Tom McClintock, American politician
  • Jul 16 Tony Kushner, American playwright
  • Jul 20 Jim Prentice, Canadian politician
  • Jul 21 Michael Connelly, American author
  • Jul 24 Charles Crist, Governor of Florida
  • Jul 29 Ronnie Musgrove, Former Governor of Mississippi
  • Jul 30 Anita Hill, professor of law, Clarence Thomas' nemesis
  • Jul 30 Soraida Martinez, American Painter, Creator of Verdadism.
  • Jul 31 Deval Patrick, 71st Governor of Massachusetts
  • Aug 1 Tom Leykis, American radio personality
  • Aug 2 Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author
  • Aug 3 Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai politician
  • Aug 7 Kent V Rominger, Del Norte Colo, US Navy /astronaut (STS 73, 80, 85)
  • Aug 11 Pierre-Louis Lions, French mathematician
  • Aug 15 Gordon Bruks, England, Dr/cosmonaut
  • Aug 23 David A Wolf, MD/astronaut (STS 58, sk: 89/91), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 23 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (d. 1991)
  • Aug 23 Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norwegian politician
  • Aug 24 John Culberson, American politician
  • Aug 31 Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer
  • Sep 2 Angelo Fusco, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • Sep 3 Patrick McGeown, politician
  • Sep 6 Bill Ritter, American politician
  • Sep 8 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • Sep 9 Anatoli Pavlovich Artsebarsky, Russia, colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)
  • Sep 12 Sam Brownback, American politician
  • Sep 14 Kostas Karamanlis, Greek prime-minister
  • Sep 14 Lefteris Zagoritis, Greek politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 16 David Copperfield [Kotkin], American magician, born in Metuchen, New Jersey

  • Sep 16 Kevin R Kregel, Pilot/astronaut (STS 70, 78, 87), born in New York City
  • Sep 16 Mark Daniel Gearan, Gardner Mass, campaign manager (Al Gore)
  • Sep 16 Nick Banton, founder (Body Positive)
  • Sep 17 Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter and publisher
  • Sep 18 Chris Hedges, American journalist and author
  • Sep 23 Peter David, American writer
  • Sep 25 Jamie Hyneman, American visual effects technician
  • Sep 29 James Donald Halsell Jr, Monroe La, astronaut (STS 65, 74, 83, 94)
  • Sep 30 Maria Esmeralda, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III/Lilian Baels

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 1 Theresa May, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2016-), born in Eastbourne, England

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Oct 2 Murphy Morobe, South Afr UDF leader (spent 3 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • Oct 6 Kathleen Webb, American comic book writer and artist
  • Oct 8 Janice E Voss Ford, South Bend Ind, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 63, 83, 94)
  • Oct 8 Scott Michael Pellaton, barefoot water ski champ
  • Oct 8 Janice Voss, South Bend, Indiana, astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 11 Nicanor Duarte Frutos, President of Paraguay
  • Oct 16 James H Newman, Trust Territory of Pacific, PhD/Astronaut (STS 51, 69)

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Oct 17 Mae Jemison, 1st African American woman in space (STS 47), born in Decatur, Alabama

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • Oct 17 Robin LO Linschoten, Dutch ass. secretary of Social Affairs (VVD)
  • Oct 18 Craig Bartlett, American animator
  • Oct 18 Jim Talent, Des Peres, Missouri, American politician (Rep-R-Missouri)
  • Oct 24 Dale Maharidge, American author
  • Oct 25 Danny Gans, American entertainer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • Oct 26 Stephen Gumley, Australian businessman
  • Oct 27 Jaq D. Hawkins, British author, occultist and lecturer

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Oct 28 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran (2005-13), born in Aradan, Iran

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Oct 30 Tim Roemer, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • Oct 31 Anders Lago, Swedish Social Democratic politician
  • Nov 1 Charles Moore, British editor-in-chief (Sunday Telegraph)
  • Nov 10 Mohsen Badawi, Egyptian entrepreneur and activist
  • Nov 14 Kenneth D Bowersox, Portsmouth Va, USN/astro (STS 50, 61, 73, 82)
  • Nov 15 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (d. 2003)
  • Nov 19 Eileen Marie Collins, Elmira NY, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 63, 84)
  • Nov 19 Ann Curry, American journalist
  • Nov 20 Sergei Gayevich Severin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Nov 21 Mariana Simionescu, Tirgu Neamt Romania, 1st wife of Bjorn Borg
  • Nov 25 Ena Heese, South African costume designer (Willem of Orange)
  • Nov 25 Hélène Goudin, Swedish politician
  • Nov 26 Nico Slothouwer, Dutch poet (Man & his Bag)
  • Dec 10 Michael VerMeulen, journalist
  • Dec 11 Lani Brockman, playwright
  • Dec 18 Reinhold Ewald, Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)
  • Dec 26 Gail Tatterson, WBL center (NY Stars)
  • Dec 26 Karen Smith, WBL forward (NY Stars)
  • Dec 26 David Sedaris, American essayist
  • Dec 30 "Cherie" Samba (Mbimba N'zinga), Zaire painter (Pitie la prostituee)
  • Dec 31 Martin Joseph Fettman, American PhD/astronaut (STS 58), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 31 Steve Rude, American comics artist