On This Day

Famous People Born in 1940 (Part 2)

Birthdays 201 - 400 of 752

  • Mar 30 Norman Gifford, cricketer (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73)
  • Mar 30 Jim Criner, American college football coach (Boise State, Iowa State, Scottish Claymores), born in Lurton, Arkansas
  • Mar 31 Barney Frank, (Rep-D-MA, 1981- )
  • Mar 31 Patrick Leahy, American politician (Senator-D-Vermont, 1975- ), born in Montpelier, Vermont

Person of interestWangari Maathai

Apr 1 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2004) and Indira Gandhi Peace Prize (2006), born in Ihithe village, Kenya (d. 2011)

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai
  • Apr 1 Annie Nightingale, English broadcaster, 1st BBC Radio 1 female presenter, born in London
  • Apr 2 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Apr 2 Peter Haining, British writer and editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft), born in Enfield, Middlesex (d. 2007)
  • Apr 2 Mike Hailwood, MBE GM, British motorcycle road racer (World C'ships: 250cc – 1961, 66, 67; 350cc – 1966, 67; 500cc –1962, 63, 64, 65; 76 Grand Prix wins), born in Great Milton, England (d. 1981)
  • Apr 2 Don Jackson, CM OOnt, Canadian figure skater (World C'ship gold singles 1962; first triple lutz in international competition; Olympic bronze singles 1960), born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • Apr 3 R S Burman, CEO (Association of British Chambers of Commerce)
  • Apr 4 Bijan, Iranian mens apparel designer (Bijan), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2011)
  • Apr 4 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), born in Willemstad, Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Timofeyevich Isakov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Zilair, Russia
  • Apr 4 Richard Attwood, British racing driver, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
  • Apr 4 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)

  • Apr 5 Aliza Kashi, Israeli actress and singer (Merv Griffin regular), born in Israel
  • Apr 6 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • Apr 6 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy, One More Night), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Apr 7 Jan Wilhelm Morthenson, Swedish composer, born in Örnsköldsvik
  • Apr 8 John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (8-time NBA champion-Boston Celtics; 13-time NBA All Star), born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • Apr 9 Vasily Dmitriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Melovashka, Ukraine (d. 1973)
  • Apr 9 Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Gloria Hunniford [Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford], British broadcaster and actress (Old Curiosity Shop), born in Portadown, Northern Ireland

Person of interestHerbie Hancock

Apr 12 Herbie Hancock, American pianist (I Thought it Was You), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
  • Apr 12 John Hagee, American pastor and televangelist, born in Goose Creek, Texas
  • Apr 12 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player, born in Ewing, Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • Apr 13 Lester Chambers, American vocalist (Chamber Brothers-Time Has Come Today), born in Mississippi
  • Apr 13 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1988)
  • Apr 13 Jim McNab, Scottish footballer, born in Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • Apr 14 Patricia Bruder, American actress (Ellen-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 15 Edy Hubacher, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972), born in Bern, Switzerland
  • Apr 15 Jeffrey Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare, English novelist, born in Finsbury, London
  • Apr 15 Robert Walker Jr, American actor (Ceremony, Ms Don Juan, Ensign Pulver), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestWillie Davis

Apr 15 Willie Davis, American MLB center fielder (LA Dodgers), born in Mineral Springs, Arkansas (d. 2010)

Baseball Star Willie Davis
Baseball Star
Willie Davis
  • Apr 16 David Holford, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests), born in Upper Collymore Rock, Saint Michael, Barbados

  • Apr 16 Thomas Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys, British banker and deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd), born in England

Person of interestMargrethe II

Apr 16 Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark (1972 - present), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Queen of Denmark Margrethe II
Queen of Denmark
Margrethe II
  • Apr 16 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), born in Venlo, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 16 Benoît Bouchard, French-Canadian public official and former politician, born in Roberval, Quebec
  • Apr 17 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (When Will You Say I Love You), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • Apr 17 Anja Silja, German soprano, born in Berlin
  • Apr 17 Claire Bretécher, French cartoonist (Les Frustrés), born in Nantes, France (d. 2020)
  • Apr 17 John McCririck, English horse racing broadcaster, born in Surbiton, England (d. 2019)
  • Apr 18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Apr 18 Ira von FFürstenberg, European socialite and actress (I Killed Rasputin), born in Rome, Italy
  • Apr 18 Joseph L. Goldstein, American biochemist and physician (Nobel-1985), born in Kingstree, South Carolina
  • Apr 18 Skip Stephenson, American comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • Apr 18 Mike Vickers, British rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Southampton, Hampshire
  • Apr 19 Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive), born in Łódź, Poland
  • Apr 20 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), born in Newman, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Apr 20 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer (I, John Cremer), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • Apr 20 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1997)
  • Apr 20 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Apr 20 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • Apr 21 Souleymane Cisse, director (Waati, Yeelen, Finye, Baara)
  • Apr 23 Richard Monaco, American sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 23 Michael Copps, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 24 Michael Parks, American actor (Tusk, Then Came Bronson), born in Corona California (d. 2017)
  • Apr 24 David Larter, Scottish cricketer (two-metre tall England pace bowler), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Apr 24 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2017)

Person of interestAl Pacino

Apr 25 Al Pacino, American actor (And Justice For All, The Godfather, Scorpio), born in NYC, New York

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
  • Apr 25 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Keep your arms around me), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • Apr 25 Frank Foster, English rugby league lock (1 Test GB; Workington Town, Hull Kingston Rovers, Bradford Northern) and coach (Barrow, Whitehaven), born in Maryport, England (d. 2019)
  • Apr 26 Giorgio Moroder, Italian producer, singer and songwriter (Cat People, Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • Apr 26 Cliff Watson, English rugby league front rower (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, GB 30 Tests), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 29 Brian Taber, cricket wicket-keeper (Australian between Grout & Marsh)
  • Apr 30 Burt Young, American actor (Convoy, Rocky), born in NYC, New York
  • May 1 Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • May 2 Bryan Davis, West Indian cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965), born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • May 2 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch governor and politician (VVD), born in Goes, Netherlands
  • May 3 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, born in Hütschenhausen, Germany (d. 1987)
  • May 3 Clemens Westerhof, Dutch football manager, born in Beek, Netherlands
  • May 3 David Koch, American businessman and philanthropist (Koch Industries billionaire), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • May 4 Dick Curl, American offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • May 4 Robin Cook, American physician and novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • May 5 Lance Henriksen, American actor (Aliens, Pumpkinhead, Knights, Hard Target), born in Manhattan, New York
  • May 6 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi), born in Aruba
  • May 6 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 7 Armando Krieger, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 7 John Irvin, English actor (Moment in Time), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
  • May 7 Angela Carter, English novelist (Magic Toyshop) and journalist, born in Eastbourne, England (d. 1992)
  • May 7 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • May 7 Mike Gillespie, American college baseball coach (College World Series 1998, Collegiate Coach of the Year 1998, USC), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • May 8 James Blyth, CEO (Boots)

Person of interestPeter Benchley

May 8 Peter Benchley, American novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley

Person of interestRicky Nelson

May 8 Ricky Nelson [Rick Nelson], American Rock Star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party) and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d.1985)

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • May 8 Cathryn "Toni" Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille) and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • May 8 Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • May 9 Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • May 9 James L Brooks, producer/director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic)

  • May 10 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)
  • May 10 Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter (Lonely Just Like Me), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • May 10 Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 10 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • May 10 Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • May 11 Ronald Anthony Pellegrino, composer
  • May 11 Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • May 12 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), born in New York City (d. 2008)
  • May 13 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • May 13 Richard Brooks, singer (Impressions)
  • May 14 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • May 14 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 14 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), born in Dailly, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • May 15 Paul Ryan Rudd, American stage and screen actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2010)
  • May 15 Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • May 16 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)

Person of interestAlan Kay

May 17 Alan Kay, American computer scientist (GUI design and object-oriented programming), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

Computer Scientist Alan Kay
Computer Scientist
Alan Kay
  • May 18 A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • May 18 Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • May 19 Carlos Diegues, actor (Xica)
  • May 19 Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • May 19 Joan Staley, American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov, 1958), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 19 Mickey Newbury, rocker
  • May 19 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • May 20 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • May 20 Shorty Long [Frederick Earl Long], American soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • May 20 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (4 time NHL scoring leader), born in Sokolče, Slovak Republic (d. 2018)

Person of interestTony Sheridan

May 21 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with The Beatles, born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • May 22 Bernard Shaw, American news correspondant (CBS, CNN), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 22 E. A. S. Prasanna, Indian cricketer (one of India's big four spinners), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India

  • May 22 Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • May 24 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), born in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1996)
  • May 26 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • May 26 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - Up On Cripple Creek), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • May 27 Rene Koering, composer

Person of interestBetty Shabazz

May 28 Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, born in Pinehurst, Georgia (d. 1997)

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz
  • May 28 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • May 28 Thomas E Petri, (Rep-R-WI, 1979- )
  • May 28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), born in Dalkey, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Farooq Leghari, 8th President of Pakistan (1993-97), born in Choti Zareen, British India (d. 2010)
  • May 30 David Ackroyd, actor (I Come in Peace, Memories of Me), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • May 31 August "Augie" Meyers, American singer-songwriter, producer, and record label owner (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • May 31 Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
  • May 31 Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator
  • Jun 1 Rene Auberjonois, American actor and voice artist (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, God of War), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • Jun 1 Kip Thorne, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2017, LIGO), born in Logan, Utah
  • Jun 2 Christopher Bernau, actor (Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jun 2 Constantine II, deposed King of Greece (1964-73)
  • Jun 2 Horace Clarke, baseball 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 2 Jim Maloney, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1965; pitched 2 x no-hitters 1965, 1 in 1969; Cincinnati Reds), born in Fresno, California
  • Jun 2 Yuri Pshenichnikov, Soviet soccer goalkeeper and coach (19 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, CSKA Moscow), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (d. 2019)
  • Jun 3 Richard Edwards, cricketer (WI pace bowler 1968-69 Aust/NZ tour)
  • Jun 4 Dorothy Rudd Moore, African-American composer, born in New Castle, Delaware
  • Jun 4 Gerrit Terpstra, Dutch economist and 2nd Chamber member (CDA), born in Buitenpost, Netherlands
  • Jun 4 Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Linz, born in Most pri Bratislave, Slovakia
  • Jun 5 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • Jun 5 Moira Anderson, Scotland, singer (Loch Lomond)
  • Jun 6 Phillip Rhodes, American composer, born in Forest City, North Carolina
  • Jun 6 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player, born in Toomebridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Person of interestTom Jones

Jun 7 Tom Jones [Thomas John Woodward], Welsh singer (What's New Pussycat), born in Pontypridd, Wales

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones

  • Jun 8 Nancy Sinatra, American singer (Boots are Made for Walkin') and daughter of Frank Sinatra, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jun 8 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • Jun 10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer
  • Jun 11 Joey Dee [DiNicola] American singer (The Starliters), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jun 11 Michael Wilkes, British commander (UK Field Army), born in Steep, Hampshire (d. 2013)
  • Jun 13 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), born in Northern California (d. 2017)
  • Jun 14 Ben Davidson, American actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R) and football player, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Jun 14 William P. Baker, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Oakland, California
  • Jun 14 Jack Bannon, American actor (Art in Lou Grant, Trauma Center), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Jun 14 Dary John Mizelle, American composer, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Jun 15 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, the Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Jun 16 Hans Dorrestijn, Dutch cabaret performer
  • Jun 16 Neil Goldschmidt, Governor of Oregon
  • Jun 17 Bobby Bell, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • Jun 17 Tony Marlow, British Conservative Party politician, born in Greenwich, London

Person of interestGeorge Akerlof

Jun 17 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Economist George Akerlof
Economist
George Akerlof
  • Jun 18 Jim Albus, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1991), born in Staton Island, NY
  • Jun 18 Bob Duncan, prison warden (Gartree Prison in UK)
  • Jun 18 Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • Jun 19 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, American drag racer (1st woman Top Fuel champ), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • Jun 19 Paul Shane, English comedian and actor, born in Thrybergh, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2013)
  • Jun 20 John Mahoney, British-born American actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), born in Manchester, England (d. 2018)
  • Jun 20 Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • Jun 21 Mariette Hartley, American actress (Poloroid spokesperson, Marooned), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 21 Michael Ruse, British-Canadian philosopher of science (the relationship between science and religion, the creation–evolution controversy), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jun 22 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author and director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up, Taste of Cherry), born in Tehran (d. 2016)
  • Jun 22 Esther Rantzen, British TV presenter (That's Life), born in Berkhamsted, England
  • Jun 23 Derry Irvine [Alexander Andrew Mackay Irvine], Scottish politician (Labour Party) and Lord Chanceller of UK (1997-2003), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Jun 23 Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
  • Jun 23 Mike Shrimpton, cricketer (occasional NZ Test batsman 1963-74)

  • Jun 23 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1984), born in Mafikeng, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • Jun 23 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1962)
  • Jun 23 Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (3 Olympic gold 100/200/4x100m 1960), born in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • Jun 23 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • Jun 24 Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer (Taxi, Little Buddha, Dick Tracy)
  • Jun 25 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2004)
  • Jun 25 Mary Beth Peil, American actress and singer (Mirrors, Dawson's Creek, The Stepford Wives), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jun 25 A. J. Quinnell [Philip Nicholson], English writer (Man on Fire), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England (d. 2005)
  • Jun 26 Robert Kramer, American actor and director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • Jun 28 Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi banker (Grameen - microlending), economist (Nobel Peace Prize 2006), born in Chittagong, British India
  • Jun 28 Roderick Wright, Scottish Bishop of Argyll and the Isles (1990-96), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2005)
  • Jun 29 Louise Groenman, Dutch director and politician (D66), born in Meppel, Netherlands
  • Jun 29 Vyacheslav Artyomov, Russian composer, born in Moscow
  • Jun 29 Nancy Ramey, American swimmer (WR 100m butterfly 1:09.1 1959; 200m butterfly 2:40.5 1958; Olympic silver 100m butterfly 1956), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 30 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Jul 1 Craig Brown, Scottish soccer wing half, coach and administrator (Scotland manager 1993-2001), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 2 Ken Clarke [Kenneth Harry Clarke], British Conservative politician, born in Nottinghamshire, England
  • Jul 3 Jerry "The Geator" Blavat, American disc jockey and music promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 3 César Tovar, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1994)