On This Day

Famous People Born in July 1918

  • Jul 2 Sheikh Imam, Egyptian singer and composer, born in Giza (d. 1995)
  • Jul 2 WiBo, Dutch cartoonist, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • Jul 3 Fred Mulley, British Labour politician, born in Leamington Spa, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Abigail Van Buren [Pauline Phillips], American columnist and radio show host known for "Dear Abby" advice column, twin sister of fellow advice columnist Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • Jul 4 Alec Bedser, English cricketer (mighty post-war England medium-pacer), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 2010)
  • Jul 4 Ann Landers [Eppie Lederer], American advice columnist "Ask Ann Landers," twin sister of fellow advice columnist "Dear Abby" (Abigail Van Buren), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • Jul 4 Buster Davis, American choral director (Garry Moore Show), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Jul 4 Eric Bedser, English cricketer (bro of Alec, Surrey bowler but not England), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • Jul 4 Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (1965-2006), born in Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa, Tonga (d. 2006)
  • Jul 4 Johnnie Parsons, American race car driver (won the Indianapolis 500 in 1950) (d. 1984)
  • Jul 5 George Rochberg, American composer (Concord Quartet), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Jul 6 Bert Voeten, Dutch journalist and poet (Crossing), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Jul 6 Eugene List, American concert pianist and teacher (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 6 Sebastian Cabot, British actor (Kismet, Family Affair, Time Machine), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • Jul 8 Craig Stevens [Gail Shikles Jr.], American actor (Craig-Dallas, Peter Gunn), born in Liberty, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • Jul 9 Herbert Brün, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2000)

  • Jul 9 Rowley Israel Arenstein, South African attorney and communist
  • Jul 9 Nile Kinnick Jr., American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1939; University of Iowa), born in Adel, Iowa (d. 1943)
  • Jul 11 Venetia Burney [Phair], British woman credited with naming Clyde Tombaugh's discovered planet "Pluto" (1930), born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 2009)
  • Jul 13 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1955)
  • Jul 14 Arthur Laurents, American playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestIngmar Bergman

Jul 14 Ingmar Bergman, Swedish stage and film director (Cries & Whispers), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 2007)

Director and Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director and Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • Jul 14 Jay Forrester, Engineer, invented random-access magnetic core memory, born near Anselmo, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • Jul 15 Lord Buxton of Alsa, CEO (ITV)
  • Jul 16 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], born in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands (d. 1989)
  • Jul 16 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • Jul 17 Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (d. 2003)

Person of interestNelson Mandela

Jul 18 Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and President of South Africa (1994-99), born in Mvezo, Umtatu, South Africa (d. 2013)

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jul 20 Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, born in Mart, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jul 22 Pim [Albrecht W] Lyre, Dutch lawyer/son of prince Henry
  • Jul 23 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), born in Ekron, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • Jul 24 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • Jul 25 Nan Grey [Eschal Miller], American actress (Three Smart Girls, Dracula's Daughters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Jul 25 Jane Frank, American artist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1986)
  • Jul 26 Marjorie Lord [Wollenberg], American actress (Make Room for Daddy, Sherlock Holmes in Washington), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • Jul 27 Eero Sipilä, Finnish composer, born in Hailuoto, Finland (d. 1972)
  • Jul 27 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)
  • Jul 29 Vladimir Dudentzev, Russian writer
  • Jul 30 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, born in Salem, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Jul 31 Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate for research on the "enzymatic mechanism underlying the biosynthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" (1997), born in Provo, Utah (d. 2018)
  • Jul 31 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)

About July 1918

How Old? 102 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Signs: Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22), Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)