On This Day

Famous People Born in 1939 (Part 2)

Birthdays 201 - 400 of 744

  • Apr 7 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who co-founded The Record Plant studios, born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • Apr 9 Michael Learned, American actress (Olivia in The Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 10 Alan Rothenberg, American lawyer and sports executive, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 10 Daniel Oliver, American CEO (Federal Trade Commission), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 10 Penny Vincenzi [Hannaford], British novelist (An Absolute Scandal, Spoils of Time trilogy), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 11 Louise Lasser, American actress (Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Alan Ayckbourn, English playwright and director, born in London, England
  • Apr 12 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Revesby, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 13 Barbara-Rose Collins, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 13 Paul Sorvino, American actor (Chiefs, Dick Tracy), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

Apr 13 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), born in Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)

  • Apr 13 Wijnie Jabaaij, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • Apr 14 Jennifer Fowler, British composer, born in Bunbury, Austrtalia
  • Apr 15 Marty Wilde, English singer, songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • Apr 16 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, born in Scotland (d. 2009)
  • Apr 16 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London (d. 1999)

  • Apr 16 John DeLaFose, American French speaking zydeco musician, born in Duralde, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Apr 16 Margaretha de Boer, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in Amsterdam
  • Apr 16 Reinier Lucassen, Dutch painter (Kuifje contra James Union), born in Amsterdam
  • Apr 16 Boris Dvornik, Croatian actor, born in Split, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
  • Apr 18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • Apr 18 Von McDaniel, American baseball player, born in Hollis, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • Apr 18 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1987-2010), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 2010)
  • Apr 19 Clay Shaw, American politician (Rep-R-FL, 1981-2007), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2013)
  • Apr 19 Ellen Weston, American actress (Betty-SWAT), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Michael Macaulay, South African cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr), born in Durban, Natal

Person of interestAli Hosseini Khamenei

Apr 19 Ali Khamenei [Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei], 2nd Supreme Leader of Iran (1989-) and the 3rd President of Iran (1981-89), born in Mashhad, Khorasan, Iran

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • Apr 20 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister (1981-82, 1986-89, 1990-96) and Director-General of the World Health Organisation, born in Bærum, Norway
  • Apr 20 Peter S. Beagle, American novelist and screenwriter (The Last Unicorn), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 21 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 21 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • Apr 22 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Apr 22 John Foley, Bristish Lieutenant General
  • Apr 23 David Birney, American actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 23 Ray Peterson, American singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Bill Hagerty, British editor (People), born in Ilford, London

  • Apr 23 Lee Majors [Harvey Lee Yeary], American film and TV actor ($6,000,000 Man, The Fall Guy), born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • Apr 23 Patrick Williams, American composer, arranger, and conductor, born in Bonne Terre, Missouri
  • Apr 25 Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, English photographer (d. 2005)
  • Apr 25 Ted Kooser, American poet and US Poet Laureate, born in Ames, Iowa
  • Apr 27 Judy Carne, English comedienne and actress (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop), born in Northampton, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 27 Jerry Mercer, Canadian rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 27 Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Kraków, born in Raba Wyżna, Poland
  • Apr 30 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, American composer (1st woman composer to win Pulitzer Prize - 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 30 Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • May 1 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestMax Robinson

May 1 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1988)

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • May 1 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 1 Frank Beard, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles; US Open 1965, 75 3rd), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 2 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist, born in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • May 2 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), born in Crestline, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • May 3 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Amos Oz, Israeli author (My Michael), born in Jerusalem
  • May 4 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • May 5 James R. Jones, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Ambassador to Mexico), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • May 5 Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams, born in Turin, Italy
  • May 6 Anthony Blacker, Master-General of Ordnance
  • May 6 Herbie Cox, American rocker (Cleftones), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 6 Zhanna Yorkina, Russian cosmonaut, born in Soltsy, Russia (d. 2015)
  • May 6 Chet Allen, American child actor (Amahl and the Night Visitors), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 1984)
  • May 7 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • May 7 Marco St John, American actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 7 Ruud Lubbers, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1982-94), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • May 7 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden, Germany
  • May 7 Sidney Altman, Canadian-American molecular biologist (Nobel 1989), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 8 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • May 8 János Göröcs, Hungarian soccer midfielder (62 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, Tatabányai Bányász), born in Gánt, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • May 9 Bruce Mather, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 9 Herbert Hippauf, baseball player
  • May 9 Kenneth Warby, fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
  • May 9 Ralph Boston, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1960; first to break 27 feet [8.2m] barrier), born in Laurel Mississippi
  • May 9 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (d. 1988)
  • May 9 Ion Ţiriac, Romanian tennis manager
  • May 11 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • May 11 Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • May 12 Ronald Ziegler, White House press secretary for Nixon
  • May 12 Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician
  • May 12 Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame centre and captain (36 Tests; 3 World Cup; St. George), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2014)
  • May 13 Harvey Keitel, actor (Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs)
  • May 13 William W Cobey Jr, (Rep-R-NC, 1985-87)
  • May 13 Hildrun Claus, German athlete
  • May 14 M N Fathulin, cosmonaut
  • May 14 Troy Shondell, American singer (This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • May 15 Brian Hartley, British mathematician (group theory) (d. 1994)
  • May 15 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1998)
  • May 17 Wim de Bie, CEO (Simplistic Covenant)
  • May 17 Gary Paulsen, American author of young adult literature, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 18 Patrick Cormack, British politician (C), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  • May 18 Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • May 18 Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 18 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)

  • May 19 Henry Herbert, 17th earl of Pembroke, English peer and director (Emily) (d. 2003)
  • May 19 Dick Scobee, American pilot and astronaut (STS 41C, killed commanding Space Shuttle Challenger), born in Cle Elum, Washington (d. 1986)
  • May 19 James Fox, English actor (The Servant), born in London, England
  • May 19 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong-born American actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), born in Hong Kong
  • May 19 Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, American composer, born in New York City
  • May 19 Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1988)
  • May 19 Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • May 19 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • May 19 Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), born in Jelgava, Latvia (d. 2020)
  • May 21 Heinz Holliger, Swiss composer, oboist and conductor, born in Langenthal, Switzerland
  • May 22 Ian Underwood, American musician (Frank Zappa), born in New York City
  • May 22 Árni Egilsson, Icelandic classical and jazz bassist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • May 23 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • May 24 Gert Schutte, Dutch politician (GPV), born in Nieuwpoort, Netherlands
  • May 25 Dixie Carter, American actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), born in McLemoresville, Tennessee (d. 2010)

Person of interestIan McKellen

May 25 Sir Ian McKellen, English film and theatre actor (Lord of the Rings, X-Men), born in Burnley Lancashire

  • May 25 Gene A. Budig, American baseball executive (last American League [AL] president 1994-99), born in McCook, Nebraska (d. 2020)
  • May 26 Brent Musburger, American sportscaster (CBS Sports, The NFL Today; ESPN, ABC; VSiN; radio play-by-play Las Vegas Raiders), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 26 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • May 26 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • May 27 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • May 27 Earl Cairns, CEO (S G Warburg & Co)
  • May 27 Socratis Kokkalis, Greek businessman
  • May 27 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • May 29 Al Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1970-71, 78, 87), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • May 30 Michael J Pollard, actor (Bonny & Clyde, Roxanne), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • May 30 Dieter Quester, Austrian racing driver
  • May 31 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • May 31 Terry Waite, English Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage, born in Bollington, Cheshire
  • Jun 1 Cleavon Little, actor (Blazing Saddles, Toy Soldiers), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 1992)

  • Jun 2 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)
  • Jun 3 David Frederick Stock, composer
  • Jun 3 Ian Hunter, English rock musician (Mott the Hoople), born in Oswestry, England
  • Jun 3 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2020)

Person of interestJoe Clark

Jun 5 Joe Clark [Charles Joseph], 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-80), born in High River, Alberta

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • Jun 5 Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle's Eye)
  • Jun 6 Gary U.S. Bonds [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 6 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jun 6 Marian Wright-Edelman, American activist and health care president (Children's Defense Fund), born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • Jun 6 Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement), born in Barberton, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • Jun 6 Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965, 66, 67; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Handley, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Jun 8 Bernie Casey, American actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop), born in Wyco, West Virginia (d. 2017)
  • Jun 8 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 8 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • Jun 9 David Hobbs, British racing driver, born in Royal Leamington Spa, England
  • Jun 9 Dick Vitale, American basketball sportscaster (ESPN), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jun 9 Ileana Cotrubaş, Romanian soprano, born in Galați, Romania
  • Jun 9 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2020)
  • Jun 10 Alexandra Stewart, actress (In Praise of Older Women), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 11 Barry Porter, British lawyer and Conservative Party politician (d. 1996)
  • Jun 11 Christina Crawford, American actress and author (Mommie Dearest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 11 Jackie Stewart, Scottish auto racer, analyst (27 Grand Prix wins, World F1 'ship 1969, 71, 73), born in Milton, Scotland
  • Jun 11 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket batter and captain (22 Tests, 23 ODOs; captain winning England team in inaugural Women's World Cup 1973), businesswoman and philanthropist, born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2017)
  • Jun 11 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer, born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2003)
  • Jun 11 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer, born in Elkton, Maryland
  • Jun 12 Frank McCloskey, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1983-95), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Jun 12 Geoff Griffin, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; first RSA Test hat-trick 1960), born in Greytown, Natal Province, South Africa (d. 2006)
  • Jun 13 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Jun 14 Steny Hoyer, American politician (Rep-D-MD, 1981-), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 14 John F. MacArthur, American evangelist and author, born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jun 15 Ward Connerly, American political activist (affirmative action), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • Jun 15 Brian Jacques, British author, born in Liverpool, England (2011)
  • Jun 16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer (Boom Boom Baby, Rub It In), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 17 Donald Anderson, British Labour Party politician, born in Swansea, Wales
  • Jun 17 Hanna Johansen, Swiss writer, born in Bremen, Germany
  • Jun 17 James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jun 18 Lou Brock, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964, 67; 8 × NL stolen base leader; St Louis Cardinals), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • Jun 19 Peter Duffell, Brits lt-general/minister of Defense
  • Jun 19 Al Wilson, American singer (Show and Tell, The Snake), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • Jun 20 Budge Rogers, British rugby player
  • Jun 20 R B Desai, cricketer (effective pace bowler for India in 60s)
  • Jun 21 Charles Boone, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 21 Rubén Berríos, Puerto Rican politician, born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico
  • Jun 22 Bobby Harrison, English rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • Jun 22 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
  • Jun 23 Charlie Spoonhour, American basketball coach (Southwest Missouri State, Saint Louis, UNLV), born in Mulberry, Kansas (d. 2012)
  • Jun 24 Henry Lawrence Garett III, Sect of Navy (1989-92), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 25 Harold Melvin, American singer (Blue Notes), born in Philadelphia (d. 1997)
  • Jun 25 Allen Fox, American tennis player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 26 Ansar Ilgamovich, Russian cosmonaut, born in Satka, Russia
  • Jun 26 Chuck [Charles] Robb, American politician, 64th Governor of Virginia, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jun 26 Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, South African Secretary-General (Bishops' Conference 1983-88), born in Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Jun 27 Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer (Aust pace bowler & late-order bat in 60s), born in Cheltenham, Adelaide, Australia (d. 2000)
  • Jun 27 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1994)
  • Jun 28 Klaus Schmiegel, German-American chemist (invented Prozac), born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • Jun 29 Alan Connolly, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler through 60s), born in Skipton, Victoria, Australia
  • Jun 29 Ron Headley, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; son of WI great George Headley; Worcestershire), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jun 30 Eleanor Smeal, American cofounder of the Feminist Majority Foundation and president (National Organization for Women), born in Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Jun 30 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, born in Livramento de Nossa Senhora, State of Bahia, Brazil (d. 1989)
  • Jun 30 John Fortune [John C. Wood], English satirist and comedian (Bremner, Bird and Fortune), born in Bristol, England (d. 2013)

  • Jul 1 Frank Parker, American actor (Days of our Lives, Never Too Young), born in Darby, Pennsylvania (2018)
  • Jul 1 Charles Floyd Hatcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia), born in Doerun, Georgia
  • Jul 1 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • Jul 1 Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), born in Park Ridge, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Jul 2 John H. Sununu, US Secretary of State (R, 1989-91), Governor of New Hampshire (1983-89), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jul 2 M[ichael] A[nthony] Foster, American sci-fi author (Gameplayers of Zan)
  • Jul 2 Michael N Castle, (Rep-R-Delaware)
  • Jul 2 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • Jul 2 Valeri Vasilyevich Illarianov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jul 2 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek politician and poet
  • Jul 3 Jay Tarses, American actor and writer (Open All Night, Duck Factory), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 4 Ed Bernard, American actor (Joe-Police Woman, Jim-White Shadow), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 5 Booker Edgerson, American football player, born in Baxter County, Arkansas
  • Jul 6 Helena Dupont, American equestrian 3-day even (Olympic-33rd place-1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 6 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Jul 6 Man Mohan Sood, Indian cricketer (scored 0 & 3 in his only Test for India), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • Jul 6 Mary Peters, English pentathlete (Olympic gold 1972), born in Halewood, Lancashire
  • Jul 10 Lawrence Pressman, American actor (Man From Atlantis, Hellstrom Chronicle), born in Cynthiana, Kentucky
  • Jul 10 Ahmet Taner Kışlalı, Turkish politician, journalist, and educator, born in Zile, Tokat, Turkey (d. 1999)