Birthdays in History in 1961

  • Jan 7 Andrew Thomson, Australian politician
  • Jan 7 John Thune, American politician
  • Jan 8 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh
  • Jan 11 Jasper Fforde, British author
  • Jan 14 Robert Edwin Hall, mountaineer/businessman
  • Jan 17 Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ
  • Jan 23 Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted terror fugitive
  • Jan 24 Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut
  • Jan 24 Vince Russo, American writer
  • Jan 25 Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician
  • Jan 27 Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • Jan 27 Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer
  • Jan 31 Lloyd Cole, guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)
  • Feb 1 Daniel M Tani, Ridley Park MD, astronaut
  • Feb 4 Stewart O'Nan, American author
  • Feb 6 Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko, Russian major/cosmonaut (Mir, Soyuz TM-23)
  • Feb 10 George Stephanopoulos, presidential adviser (Clinton)
  • Feb 12 Jim Harris, Canadian politician
  • Feb 14 Phillip Hamilton, American author
  • Feb 20 Claudia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 4th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Mar 10 Laurel B Clark, Ames Iowa, Lt cmdr USN/astronaut
  • Mar 12 Joseph Facal, Quebec politician
  • Mar 14 Gary Dell'Abate, producer (Howard Stern Show)
  • Mar 14 Grigoriy Kornev, Russian speed walker (world record 5 km)
  • Mar 18 Mark Van Thillo, Wilrijk Belgium, co-capt (Biosphere 2)
  • Mar 21 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • Mar 26 Leigh Bowery, designer
  • Mar 26 William Hague, Secretary of State for Wales
  • Apr 5 Jim LeRoy, Airshow Pilot
  • Apr 6 Rory Bremner, impressionist
  • Apr 10 Joe Cole (roadie), American roadie (d. 1991)
  • Apr 17 Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
  • Apr 18 Pamella Bordes, New Dehli India, British parliament prostitute
  • Apr 19 Richard Phelps, British pentathelete
  • Apr 25 Dinesh D'Souza, American author
  • Apr 28 Futoshi Matsunaga, Japanese serial killer
  • Apr 29 Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese seiyū
  • May 1 Marilyn Milian, current judge on The People's Court
  • May 2 Phil Vickery, English celebrity chef
  • May 3 Joe Murray, American cartoonist
  • May 3 David Vitter American politician
  • May 4 Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) Poet
  • May 8 Bill de Blasio, American politician New York City Mayor (2013-), born in Manhattan, New York
  • May 19 Lisa Rathgber Wagner, bowler (3-time LPBT Player of Year, Bowler of Decade), born in Hillsboro Illinois
  • May 20 Nick Heyward, guitar/vocals (Haircut 100-Favourite Shirts)
  • May 21 Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • Jun 3 Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
  • Jun 4 Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungary prime minister
  • Jun 6 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer
  • Jun 9 Aaron Sorkin, American writer
  • Jun 12 Jim Goad, American author

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Jun 21 Joko Widodo, Indonesian politician (President of Indonesia 2014), born in Surakarta

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • Jun 23 Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist

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Jul 1 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, born in Sandringham, England (d. 1997)

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Jul 1 Kalpana Chawla, Karnal India, astronaut (STS 87)
  • Jul 4 Richard Allen Garriott, computer game designer (Origin), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jul 13 Tim Watson, Australian rules footballer
  • Jul 15 Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector in Iraq
  • Jul 27 Daniel C Burbank, Lt cmdr USCG/astronaut, born in Manchester, Connecticut
  • Jul 28 Scott E Parazynski, Little Rock Ark, MD/astronaut (STS 66, 86, sk:95)

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Aug 4 Barack Obama, 44th United States President (Democrat) and first African--American president, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 6 Bruce Matthews, center/guard (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Aug 6 Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
  • Aug 8 Charmaine Crooks, Jamaica, Canadian 4X400m relayer (Oly-silver-1984)
  • Aug 9 John Key, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), born in Auckland
  • Aug 11 Frederick W Sturckow, USMC capt/astronaut (sk: STS 88), born in La Mesa, California
  • Aug 13 Tom Perrotta, American novelist
  • Aug 15 Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
  • Aug 18 Bob Woodruff, American journalist, anchor
  • Aug 20 Greg Egan, Australian author
  • Aug 21 Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
  • Aug 24 Ingrid Berghmans, Belgian judoka
  • Aug 27 Tom Ford, American fashion designer
  • Sep 6 Simon Reeve, Australian journalist
  • Sep 8 Paul Zanetti, Australian political cartoonist
  • Sep 11 Philip Ardagh, British writer
  • Sep 13 Peter Roskam, Republican Congressman from Illinois
  • Sep 14 Antonia De Sancha, lover of British MP David Mellor, born in London, England
  • Sep 16 Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Italian entertainer
  • Sep 17 Pamela Ann Melroy, Palo Alto California, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92)
  • Sep 21 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena)
  • Sep 22 Dr. Liam Fox, British Conservative politician
  • Sep 23 William C McCool, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 26 Will Self, English author
  • Sep 27 Irvine Welsh, Scottish writer
  • Sep 28 Anne White, Charleston WV, tennis (Wore spandex in '85 Wimbledon)
  • Sep 28 Quentin Kawananakoa, pretender to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii
  • Sep 29 Julia Gillard, Australian politician, 1st female Prime Minister (2010-2013), born in Barry, Wales
  • Oct 1 Gary Ablett, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 4 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • Oct 5 Matthew Kauffman, American journalist and George Polk Award winner
  • Oct 7 Matthew Roloff, American reality star
  • Oct 10 Brian Lee Diemer, steeplechase (Olymp-bronze-1984), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Oct 14 Isaac Mizrahi American fashion designer
  • Oct 16 Marc Levy, French novelist
  • Oct 21 Mark Finch, film festival organiser
  • Oct 23 Laurie Halse Anderson, American writer
  • Oct 24 Susan Leigh Still, lt cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Oct 24 Mary Bono, American politician
  • Oct 24 Dave Meltzer, American wrestling journalist
  • Nov 1 Louise Boije af Gennäs, Swedish writer and novelist
  • Nov 3 David AC viscount Linley, son of English princess Margaret/mystic
  • Nov 5 Charles O Hobaugh, Bar Harbor ME, Capt USMC/astronaut
  • Nov 6 Kazuhiko Aoki, Japanese game creator
  • Nov 10 Rudolf Grimm, Austrian physics professor
  • Nov 10 John Walton, English darts player
  • Nov 13 Edwin "Rick" Bakker, Dutch author: Rick's Report, AIDS Diary
  • Nov 15 Ian Reid, Australian educator
  • Nov 17 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (d. 1985)

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Nov 17 Chanda Kochhar, Indian business woman (CEO of ICICI Bank), born in Jodhpur, India

Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar
Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank
Chanda Kochhar
  • Nov 22 Randal L. Schwartz, American computer programmer
  • Nov 23 Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author
  • Nov 24 Carlos Carnero, Spanish member of parliament
  • Nov 24 Arundhati Roy, Indian activist and writer (The God of Small Things), born in Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Dec 1 Armin Meiwes, German cannibal
  • Dec 8 Ann Coulter, American author, political commentator, and attorney
  • Dec 10 Mark McKoy, Canadian track star (world record 50m indoor)
  • Dec 11 Marco Pierre White, English chef and restaurateur
  • Dec 15 Reginald Hudlin, director (House Party)
  • Dec 15 Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist
  • Dec 18 Thomas Strittmatter, writer
  • Dec 22 Yuri Ivanovich Malinchenko, Russian lt-col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-19)
  • Dec 22 Andrew Fastow, American businessman
  • Dec 24 Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan Republic
  • Dec 24 Mary Barra, American CEO of General Motors (1st woman to head a global automotive company), born in Waterford, Michigan
  • Dec 25 Ingrid Betancourt, Colombian senator
  • Dec 29 Robert Louis Tewdwr Moss, journalist/travel writer
  • Dec 30 Douglas Coupland, Canadian author