Birthdays in History in 1959

  • Jan 1 Abdul Ahad Mohmand, Afghanistan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-6)
  • Jan 1 Azali Assoumani, Comorian president
  • Jan 4 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese pop artist
  • Jan 6 John Singleton, director (Boyz n The Hood), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 9 Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • Jan 12 Lasana M. Sekou, Saint Martin, Caribbean, poet/author (The Salt Reaper
  • Jan 15 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber (d. 2008)
  • Jan 16 Juanita Bynum, American televangelist
  • Jan 24 David Mills, American author
  • Jan 27 Göran Hägglund, Swedish politician
  • Jan 27 Keith Olbermann, American news presenter
  • Jan 28 Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality
  • Feb 4 Zenani Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • Feb 5 Jennifer Granholm American Politician
  • Feb 8 Mauricio Macri, Argentine politician (President of Argentina 2015-), born in Tandil, Buenos Aires
  • Feb 10 Lisa McPherson, Former Scientologist (d. 1995)
  • Feb 12 Nancy Remy, reporter (NYC's Shadow Traffic)
  • Feb 13 Gaston Gingras, National Hockey League defenceman
  • Feb 17 Aryeh Deri, Israeli rabbi and politician
  • Feb 20 Joel Rifkind, NY serial killer
  • Feb 22 Jiří Čunek, Czech politician
  • Feb 28 Sydney P Mufamadi, South African leader (SACP)
  • Mar 4 Rick Ardon, Australian news presenter
  • Mar 5 Vazgen Sargsyan, Armenian politician (d. 1999)
  • Mar 6 Saul Anuzis, American politician
  • Mar 13 Kathy Hilton, socialite-Hilton Hotels, mother of Nikki Hilton and Paris Hilton
  • Mar 15 Lisa Holton, American writer
  • Mar 16 Michael J Bloomfield, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 86), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Mar 16 Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway
  • Mar 17 Terry Hall (Specials, Fun Boy 3)
  • Mar 18 Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
  • Mar 26 Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent
  • Mar 29 Barry Blanchard, Canadian mountaineer
  • Mar 30 Peter Ellis, convicted child abuser
  • Apr 6 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • Apr 10 Yvan Loubier, Quebec politician
  • Apr 16 Scott McKinsey, American television director
  • Apr 21 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • Apr 24 Yvonne D Cagle, West Point NY, MD/astronaut
  • Apr 24 Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer

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Apr 30 Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-15), born in Toronto, Ontario

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Apr 30 W. Thomas Smith, Jr, American author and columnist
  • May 3 Uma Bharati, Indian politician
  • May 6 Charles Hendry, Cuckfield Sussex, British Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Eric D Fingerhut, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • May 7 Tamara E Jernigan, Chattoonaga, PhD/astro (STS 40, 52, 67, 80)
  • May 19 Nicole Brown Simpson, German-American ex-wife of O.J. Simpson who was later murdered, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1994)
  • May 20 Peter Greene, American producer (After Midnight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 21 Brisn Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister, born in Dublin (d. 2011)
  • May 25 Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician
  • May 28 John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
  • May 30 Frank Vanhecke, Belgian politician
  • May 30 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • Jun 4 Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)
  • Jun 6 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician

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Jun 7 Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 2017-) and Governor of Indiana (2013-16), born in Columbus, Indiana

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • Jun 9 Christian Wulff, German politician, currently prime minister of Lower Saxony.
  • Jun 10 Eliot Spitzer, American politician (Governor of New York 2007-8), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jun 10 Carlo Ancelotti, A.C. Milan coach
  • Jun 12 Jervis Johnson, Games Designer for Games Workshop, Nottingham
  • Jun 13 Steve Georganas, Australian politician
  • Jun 19 Kimberley Leston, journalist
  • Jun 27 Dan Jurgens, American comic book writer
  • Jun 29 Larry Parham, 4th victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (1st to die)
  • Jul 2 Wendy B Lawrence, astronaut (STS 67, 86, sk:91), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 5 Veronica Guerin, journalist
  • Jul 7 Ben Linder, American engineer (d. 1987)
  • Jul 9 Clive Stafford Smith, British human-rights lawyer
  • Jul 12 Rolonda Watts, talk show hostess (Rolanda)
  • Jul 13 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL, Little Man Tate, Limit Up)
  • Jul 14 Susana Martinez, American politician (Governor of New Mexico) 1st female Hispanic US governor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 16 Doug Herzog, American television executive
  • Jul 17 Janet Lynn Kavandi, Springfield Mo, PhD/astronaut (sk:STS 91)
  • Jul 26 Rick Bragg, American writer
  • Jul 29 Ruud Janssen, Dutch writer and artist
  • Aug 3 Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist, Nobel laureate
  • Aug 4 John Gormley, Irish politician
  • Aug 4 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Ronald Weigel, German DR speed walker (5 km indoor)
  • Aug 9 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • Aug 10 Mark Price, bass/vocals (All About Eve, Tin Huey-Contents Dislodged)
  • Aug 11 Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
  • Aug 15 Scott D Altman, Lincoln Ill, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • Aug 17 David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)
  • Aug 17 Jonathan Franzen, American author
  • Aug 19 Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer
  • Aug 22 Pia Gjellerup, Danish politician
  • Aug 26 Kathryn P Hire, Mobile Alabama, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • Aug 27 Juan Fernando Cobo, Colombian artist

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Aug 29 Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut (STS 74, sk: 99), born in Sarnia, Ontario

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut
Chris Hadfield
  • Aug 29 Timothy Perry Shriver, member of the Kennedy Family
  • Sep 2 Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil
  • Sep 4 Armin Kogler, Austria, skier (2-time winner of jumping World Cup)
  • Sep 4 William Kennedy Smith, Kennedy accused of rape in Florida (1991)
  • Sep 22 Pope Michael, American anti-pope
  • Sep 28 Billy Montana, Country/Western performer (No Yesterday, Angelia)
  • Oct 3 Carmen Russo, Genoa Italy, Miss Teenage Italy (1972)
  • Oct 4 Tony Meo, English billiards champion (snookers)
  • Oct 6 John Mackin, programmer
  • Oct 6 Walter Ray Williams Jr, bowler (twice Player of the Year)
  • Oct 6 Brian Higgins, American politician, Member of US House of Representatives
  • Oct 7 Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician
  • Oct 7 Jean-Marc Fournier, French-Canadian politician
  • Oct 8 Carlos I Noriega, Lima Peru, astronaut (STS 84, sk 97)
  • Oct 9 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, born in Sochi, Soviet Union (assassinated 2015)
  • Oct 11 Bob Inglis, (Rep-R-South Carolina)
  • Oct 12 Abigail Kingsley Alling, American executive (Biosphere 2), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 12 Anna Escobedo Cabral, 42nd Treasurer of the United States
  • Oct 15 Sarah Magaret Fergusson, [Fergie], Duchess of York, born in London, England
  • Oct 15 Emeril Lagasse, American chef
  • Oct 17 Ron Drummond, American writer
  • Oct 17 Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • Oct 18 Kirby Chambliss, Aerobatic pilot and Red Bull Air Racer
  • Oct 18 Steve Swayne, Dartmouth Professor
  • Oct 22 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (d. 2005)
  • Oct 26 Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
  • Oct 31 Neal Stephenson, American author
  • Nov 9 Nick Hamilton, American wrestling referee
  • Nov 11 Lee Haney, American bodybuilder

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Nov 14 Bryan Stevenson, American social justice activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, born in Milton, Delaware

Lawyer and Social Justice Activist Bryan Stevenson
Lawyer and Social Justice Activist
Bryan Stevenson
  • Nov 19 Jean-Francois Clervoy, Longeville France, astronaut (STS 66, 84)
  • Nov 20 James P. McGovern, American politician
  • Nov 25 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Nov 28 R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • Nov 28 Stephen Roche, bicylist
  • Nov 30 Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist
  • Dec 1 Rick Leventhal, American broadcast journalist
  • Dec 4 Susan W Krebs, American politician
  • Dec 5 Nikki Gianulias, Vallejo California, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1979)
  • Dec 6 Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido (d. 2015)
  • Dec 11 Lisa Gastineau, American reality show star
  • Dec 12 Scott D Vangen, Granite Falls MN, astronaut
  • Dec 20 Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland
  • Dec 23 Geoff Willis, British engineer
  • Dec 24 Keith Deller, British darts player
  • Dec 25 Michael P Anderson, Plattsburgh NY, major USAF/astronaut (STS 89)
  • Dec 27 Gerina Dunwich, American author
  • Dec 29 Paula Poundstone, comedienne (Emmy Awards)
  • Dec 30 Josée Verner, French Canadian politician
  • Dec 31 Phill Kline, American politician