On This Day

Famous People Born in August 1940

  • Aug 1 Mervyn Kitchen, English cricketer and umpire, born in Nailsea, Somerset
  • Aug 3 John W. Carlin, American politician (40th Governor of Kansas), born in Salina, Kansas
  • Aug 3 Joseph Dorfman, Israeli composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2006)
  • Aug 3 Lance Alworth, American NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestMartin Sheen

Aug 3 Martin Sheen [Ramon Estevez], American actor (Badlands, The West Wing), born in Dayton, Ohio

  • Aug 4 Karel Vachek, Czech director (Moravska Hellas, Elective Affinities), born in Tišnov, Czech Republic
  • Aug 4 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (Hurt), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Aug 4 Larry Knechtel, American session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), born in Bell, California (d. 2009)
  • Aug 6 Louise Sorel, actress (BS I Love You, Crimes of Passion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 6 Mukhu Aliyev, Russian politician, President of Dagestan
  • Aug 7 Marlyn Mason, American actress (Making It, Peyton Place), born in San Fernando, California
  • Aug 7 Tom Barlow, American politician (Rep-D-Kentucky), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2017)
  • Aug 7 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France (d. 2014)
  • Aug 8 Dilip Sardesai, cricketer (high scoring Indian batsman of 60's)
  • Aug 9 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • Aug 10 Barbara Mills, QC, British Director of Public Prosecutions

  • Aug 10 Bobby Hatfield, American rocker (Righteous Bros-Unchained Melody), born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Aug 10 Richard Wells, Chief Constable (South Yorkshire)
  • Aug 10 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Grenarda, BBC, Sky Sports), born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England (d. 2012)
  • Aug 11 Kip King, actor (Charlie & Company), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 12 Alexander Yossifov, composer
  • Aug 12 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • Aug 12 Michael Brunson, TV reporter/newscaster/actor (Never Say Die)
  • Aug 12 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2020)
  • Aug 12 Rod Bernard, American "swamp pop" singer ("Allons Danser Colinda"), born in Opelousas, Louisiana. (d. 2020)
  • Aug 13 Ann Armstrong Dailey, American founder (Children's Hospice International), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 13 Timothy Wood, British Conservative Party politician
  • Aug 13 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), born in Cherryville, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • Aug 14 Darrell George "Dash" Crofts, American singer (Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze"), born in Cisco, Texas
  • Aug 14 Galen Hall, American Football Coach (University of Florida, Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 14 Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, born in Oxford, England (d. 2018)
  • Aug 15 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (Founder of Red Army Faction), born in Bartholomä, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Aug 15 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • Aug 16 Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)
  • Aug 17 David Price, American politician, (Rep-D-North Carolina 1987-95, 1997-), born in Erwin, Tennessee
  • Aug 17 Thomas Williams, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)

  • Aug 18 Joan Joyce, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Aug 19 Jan Claire, actor (American Anthem)
  • Aug 19 Jill St John, [Oppenheim], actress (Diamonds are Forever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 19 Johnny Nash, American rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 20 John Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • Aug 20 Rex Sellers, Australian cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests), born in Bulsar, Gujarat, India
  • Aug 20 Rubén Hinojosa, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Edcouch, Texas
  • Aug 21 Ana Isabel Anderson-Imbert, Argentinian rheumatologist, born in Buenos Aires
  • Aug 21 Robert Camac, American horse trainer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Aug 22 Antony Crosthwaite-Eyre, English publisher and multi-millionaire
  • Aug 22 David R. Vance, American horse trainer, born in Logansport, Indiana
  • Aug 22 George Reinholt, American actor (Steve-Another World, One Life to Live), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Aug 22 John Banham, British director-general (CBI)
  • Aug 23 Richard Sanders, American actor (Les Nessman -WKRP), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 23 Tony Bill, American actor (What Really Happened to the Class of '65), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 23 Thomas A. Steitz, American Biochemist (2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ribosome discoveries), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2018)
  • Aug 24 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 24 Francine Lalonde, Canadian politician (Member of Parliament for La Pointe-de-l'Île), born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • Aug 25 José Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Aug 26 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (d. 2008)
  • Aug 27 David Hart, gen-sect (National Association of Head Teachers)
  • Aug 27 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit), born on Ossining, New York (d. 1994)
  • Aug 28 William Cohen, US Secretary of Defense (1997-2001), (Sen-R Maine, 1979-97), born in Bangor, Maine
  • Aug 28 Ken Jenkins, American actor (Scrubs - Dr. Bob Kelso), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug 28 Roger Pingeon, French cylist (Tour de France 1967 champion), born in Hauteville-Lompnes, France (d. 2017)
  • Aug 28 Nik Turner, English musician (Hawkwind), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Aug 29 James Brady, U.S. press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt), born in Centralia, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • Aug 29 Wim Ruska, Dutch judoka champion (Olympic gold 1972), born in Amsterdam
  • Aug 29 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Aug 31 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • Aug 31 Jack Thompson [John Payne], Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River), born in Sydney, New South Wales

About August 1940

How Old? 80 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Signs: Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22), Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22)