On This Day

Famous People Born in 1939 (Part 4)

Birthdays 601 - 741 of 741

  • Oct 10 Joe Pitts, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Oct 11 Franklin Sonn, South African union leader (South African workers), born in Vosburg, South Africa

Person of interestMaria Bueno

Oct 11 Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2018)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Oct 11 Woytec Lowski [Woiciech Wiesidlowski], Polish dancer and ballet master, born in Brzesc, Poland (d. 1995)
  • Oct 12 Carolee Schneemann, American performance artist, born in Fox Chase, Philadelphia
  • Oct 13 Melinda Dillon, American actress (Close Encounters, Slap Shot), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • Oct 13 T. J. Cloutier, American poker player, born in Albany, California

Person of interestRalph Lauren

Oct 14 Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer (Chaps, Polo Ralph Lauren), born in The Bronx, New York

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren
Fashion Designer
Ralph Lauren
  • Oct 15 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)

Person of interestLee Harvey Oswald

Oct 18 Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of JFK, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald

Person of interestMike Ditka

Oct 18 Mike Ditka, NFL coach and tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961), born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Oct 18 Flavio Cotti, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • Oct 20 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 20 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • Oct 22 Joaquim Chissano, president of Mozambique (1986- )
  • Oct 22 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)

  • Oct 22 Tony Roberts, actor (Annie Hall, Edge of Night, Lucie Arnaz Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 22 George Cohen, English footballer (1966 World Cup), born in London, England
  • Oct 23 Charlie Foxx, US songwriter/soul singer (Mockingbird)
  • Oct 24 Uri Sharvit, Israeli composer, born in Jerusalem

Person of interestF. Murray Abraham

Oct 24 F. Murray Abraham, American actor (All the President's Men and Amadeus), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Oct 25 Robin Spry, Canadian filmmaker and producer (Action: The October Crisis of 1970), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • Oct 25 Zelmo Beaty, American basketball player (St Louis Hawks, Utah Stars), born in Hillister, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Oct 26 Vladimir Mikhailovich Beloborodov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Oloviyanna, Chita Region, Russia

Person of interestJohn Cleese

Oct 27 John Cleese, English actor and comedian (Monty Python), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Oct 28 Jane Alexander, American actress (Betsy, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 28 Miroslav Cerar, Yugoslav gymnast (Olypmics gold 1964, 68), born in Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • Oct 30 Eddie Holland, American singer and songwriter (Jamie, Leaving Here), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 30 Grace Slick, American rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Oct 30 Norman West, American singer (Soul Children, Hearsay, Give 'em Love)
  • Oct 30 Leland H. Hartwell, American scientist (Nobel 2001 - discoveries of protein molecules that control the division (duplication) of cells), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 30 Emily Howell Warner, American pilot, 1st woman to captain a commercial American airline plane, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2020)
  • Oct 31 Ron Rifkin, American actor (Arvin Sloane-Alias, L.A. Confidential), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 31 Tom O'Connor, English comedian, born in Bootle, Merseyside, England
  • Oct 31 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, born in Timbuktu Region, Mali
  • Nov 1 Barbara Bosson, American actress (Fay-Hill St Blues, Hooperman), born in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania

  • Nov 2 Howard Wolpe, American politician (Rep-D-MI, 1979-93), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 2 Pauline Neville-Jones, English diplomat, born in Birmingham
  • Nov 2 Richard Serra, American sculptor and video artist, born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 2 Tom Thacker, American basketball forward (only player to play on NCAA, ABA and NBA C'ship teams), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • Nov 3 Terrence McNally, American playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in St Petersburg, Florida (d. 2020)
  • Nov 3 Frits Flinkevleugel, Dutch soccer defender (11 caps; DWS, FC Amsterdam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Nov 5 Kenneth Walter, South African cricket pace bowler (1961-62 series v NZ), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Nov 6 Michael Schwerner, American civil rights activist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • Nov 6 Leonardo Quisumbing, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, born in Masbate, Philippines
  • Nov 6 Pat Dye, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn; record 153–62–5), born in Blythe, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Nov 7 Daniel Manneke, Dutch composer and organist, born in Kruiningen, Netherlands
  • Nov 9 Paul Cameron, American psychologist and sex researcher, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 10 Tommy "Bubba" Facenda, American rock and roll artist (High School U.S.A.), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Nov 10 Russell Means, Native American activist, actor, writer, and musician, born in Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2012)
  • Nov 11 Claudia Boyarskikh, USSR, 5K/10K cross country (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Nov 11 Denise Alexander, American actress (Mary McKinnon-Another World, Lesley Webber-General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 12 Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • Nov 13 Karel Brückner, Czech football manager, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Nov 13 Idris Muhammad [Leo Morris], American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • Nov 13 Robert Whitaker, British photographer, born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England
  • Nov 14 [Walter] Wendy Carlos, American musician and composer (Switched-On Bach), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Nov 15 Yaphet Kotto, African-American actor (Alien, Homicide: Life on the Street), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 15 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), born in Randers, Denmark (d. 2014)
  • Nov 15 Thalmus Rasulala, [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 17 Auberon Waugh, British author (d. 2001)
  • Nov 18 Brenda Vaccaro, American actress (Cactus Flower, Sara, Paper Dolls), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 18 John Cheek, Falkland Islands advocate

Person of interestMargaret Atwood

Nov 18 Margaret Atwood, Canadian author/poet, born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • Nov 18 Tom Johnson, American composer (Nine Bells), born in Greeley, Colorado
  • Nov 19 Garrick Utley, newscaster (1st Tuesday, NBC Weekend), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 19 Thomas Harkin, (Sen-D-Iowa, 1985- )
  • Nov 19 Warren "Pete" Moore, American singer (Miracles-Tears of a Clown), Detroit MI
  • Nov 20 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 21 Rick Lenz, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Nov 21 R. Budd Dwyer, American politician who committed suicide on TV (d. 1987)
  • Nov 22 Allen Garfield, actor (Candidate, Beverly Hills Cop II), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Nov 22 Tom West, American astrophysicist
  • Nov 22 Mulayam Singh Yadav, Indian politician (Samajwadi Party), born in Etawah district, Uttar Pradesh
  • Nov 23 Betty Everett, American singer (Getting Mighty Crowded)
  • Nov 24 Jim Northrup, baseball player
  • Nov 24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Nov 24 Yoshinobu Miyake, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • Nov 25 Martin Feldstein, American economist (1977 John Bates Clark Medal), chief economic adviser to President Reagan, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2019)
  • Nov 25 Rosanna Schiaffino, actress (Minotaur, Mazzabubu), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Nov 26 Jeremy Boorda, U.S. Navy admiral (25th Chief of Naval Operations), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1996)

Person of interestTina Turner

Nov 26 Tina Turner, [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner
  • Nov 26 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian politician (5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, 2003-09), born in Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
  • Nov 27 Dave Giusti, American baseball player
  • Nov 28 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • Nov 29 Gennadiy Volnov, USSR, basketball player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Nov 29 Meco [Domenico Monardo], American musician and record producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 29 Peter Bergman, American comedian, (d. 2012)
  • Dec 1 Dianne Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 1 Lee Trevino, American golfer (British Open 1971-72; US Open 1968, 71; US PGA 1974, 84), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 2 Yael Dayan, Israeli writer and politician, born in Nahalal, Israel

  • Dec 2 Harry Reid, American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Nevada 1987-2017), born in Searchlight, Nevada
  • Dec 2 Francis Fox, Canadian politician (member of the Senate of Canada), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 5 Frédéric van Rossum, Belgian composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • Dec 5 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • Dec 5 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Dec 6 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 6 Steve Alaimo, American rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 8 James Galway, Irish flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 8 Jerry Butler, American rock vocalist (Never Give You Up), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • Dec 8 Lynn Wilson, contractor and multi-millionaire
  • Dec 9 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2012)
  • Dec 10 Barry Cunliffe, English archaeologist and university professor, born in Portsmouth, England
  • Dec 11 David Gates, American rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dec 11 Thomas McGuane, American writer (Colf Feet, Tom Horn, Missouri Breaks), born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • Dec 11 Tom Hayden, American civil rights and antiwar activist and politician (Rep-D-Ca), born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Dec 14 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), born in New Salem, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • Dec 14 Marilyn Cooper, American actress (Broadway Bound, Survivors), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 15 Cindy Birdsong, American rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Dec 15 Nicolaus A. Huber, German composer, born in Passau, Germany
  • Dec 17 Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
  • Dec 17 James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 17 Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 17 Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 18 Christoffel "Stoffel" van de Merwe, South African minister of Education
  • Dec 18 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • Dec 18 Michael J Moorcock, England, sci-fi author (Alien Heat, Bull & Spear)
  • Dec 18 Sandro Lopopolia, Italian lightweight boxer (Olympic-Silver-1960)
  • Dec 18 Harold E. Varmus, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 20 Kim Weston, American soul singer (It Takes Two), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 20 Dianne Arndt, artist/photographer

  • Dec 20 Klaus Schweizer, composer
  • Dec 20 Kathryn Joosten, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Dec 20 Bill Keith, American banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Dec 21 Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian politician, born in North Battleford, Canada
  • Dec 22 James Gurley, American guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Dec 23 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], American rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), born in London, England
  • Dec 25 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • Dec 25 Christopher Wates, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • Dec 26 Lynn Martin, US secretary of Labor (1991-93)

Person of interestPhil Spector

Dec 26 [Harvey] Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), born in The Bronx, New York

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector
  • Dec 27 John Amos, actor (Good Times, Coming to America), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 28 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • Dec 28 Philip Anschutz, American businessman
  • Dec 29 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Maldivian politician & Islamic scholar, born in Malé, Maldives
  • Dec 29 William Edwin "Ed" Bruce, American country singer (Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • Dec 30 Doeke Eisma, Dutch sociologist and politician (D66)
  • Dec 30 Glenda Adams, Australian author (d. 2007)
  • Dec 31 Afaq Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner in 2 Tests 1961-64), born in Lucknow, India (d. 2002)
  • Dec 31 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), born in Money, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • Dec 31 Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), born in Lydenburg, South Africa (d. 2019)