On This Day

Famous People Born in April 1945

  • Apr 1 Heather Young, American actress (Land of the Giants), born in Bremerton
  • Apr 1 John Barbata, American drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Elenore), born in Passiac, New Jersey
  • Apr 1 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • Apr 2 Don Sutton, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1972, 73, 75, 77; MLB ERA leader 1980; LA Dodgers), born in Clio, Alabama
  • Apr 2 Linda Hunt, American actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Apr 2 Roger Bootle-Wilbraham, 7th Baron Skelmersdale, British politician
  • Apr 2 Anne Waldman, American poet, born in Millville, New Jersey
  • Apr 2 Reggie Smith, American baseball outfielder (7 x MLB All Star; World Series 1981; Gold Glove Award 1968; Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, LA Dodgers), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 3 Catherine Spaak, French actress (Libertine, Hotel, Circle of Love), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
  • Apr 3 Wim Deetman, Dutch politician, Minister of Education, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 4 Bryan Andrews, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-pacer, toured Australia 1973-74), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Apr 4 Caroline McWilliams, American actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 4 Walter Charles, American actor (Fletch Lives, Weeds), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Tommy Smith, English soccer defender (1 cap; Football League Div 1 1966, 73, 76, 77; FA Cup 1965, 74; European Cup 1977; Liverpool 467 games), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2019)
  • Apr 6 Rodney Bickerstaffe, English trade unionist (National Union of Public Employees), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 6 Neal Boortz, American radio host (The Neal Boortz Show), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

  • Apr 7 Martin Lewis, British newsreader
  • Apr 7 Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter and writer
  • Apr 7 Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), born in Poitiers, France (d. 2018)
  • Apr 8 Derrick Walker, Scottish auto racing team owner (President of operations and competition of IndyCar), born in Leven, Scotland
  • Apr 9 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • Apr 10 Vera Misevich, Ukrainian equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1980), born in Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • Apr 12 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 12 Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization, born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2006)
  • Apr 12 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • Apr 13 Carlos Gimenez, Argentine-Venezuelan founder (Theater festival of Caracas) (d. 1993)
  • Apr 13 Ed Caruthers Jr, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Apr 13 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Little Feat - Dixie Chicken), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1979)
  • Apr 13 Stacy Johnson, American singer (Sharpees-Tired of Being Alone)
  • Apr 13 Tony Dow, American actor and director (Wally-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 13 Bob Kalsu, American football player, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1970)

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Apr 14 Ritchie Blackmore, English guitarist (Rainbow-Stone Cold, Deep Purple), born in Weston-super-Mare, England

  • Apr 14 Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, 8th Prime Minister of Samoa
  • Apr 15 Jos van Rey, Dutch businessman and politician (VVD), born in Roermond, Netherlands
  • Apr 16 Stefan Grossman, American country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 16 Tom Allen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine), born in Portland, Maine

  • Apr 17 Vincent van der Burg, Dutch scientist, lawyer, and politician (CDA), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • Apr 18 Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker in Iraq, born in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 2004)
  • Apr 19 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), born in Pendleton, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • Apr 19 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer and co-founder and guitarist for We Five, born in Riverside County, California (d. 2002)
  • Apr 20 Jimmy Winston [James Langwith], British organist and actor (Doctor Who, Small Faces), born in London, England
  • Apr 20 Michael Brandon, American actor (Dempsey and Makepeace), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 20 Steve Spurrier, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1966, Florida; NFL: SF 49ers) and coach (Florida, South Carolina; NFL: Washington Redskins), born in Miami Beach, Florida
  • Apr 21 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)
  • Apr 22 Alan Dukes, Irish Fine Gael politician, born in Drimnagh, Dublin, Ireland
  • Apr 22 Donald E. Graham, American businessman (Graham Holdings Company, Facebook), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 22 Gielijn Escher, Dutch postage stamp artist, born in Oegstgeest, Netherlands
  • Apr 22 Robert Key, British Conservative Party politician (MP for Salisbury), born in Plymouth, Devon, England
  • Apr 24 Doug Clifford, American rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Apr 24 Eugene O'Brien, American composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Apr 24 Robert Knight, American singer (Everlasting Love), born in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Apr 24 Larry Tesler, American computer scientist (invented copy, cut, paste), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)
  • Apr 25 Björn Ulvaeus, Swedish songwriter, producer and singer (ABBA), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 25 Michael Kogel, German musician, born in Berlin
  • Apr 25 Stu Cook, American rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 25 Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1985)
  • Apr 26 Sylvain Simard, Canadian politician (Parti Québécois), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 26 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 26 Michael "Mike" Finnigan, American keyboard player and vocalist, born in Troy, Ohio
  • Apr 27 August Wilson, American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • Apr 28 Ajit Manohar Pai, cricketer (one Test India v NZ 1969)
  • Apr 29 Hugh Hopper, rocker (Soft Machine)
  • Apr 29 Richard Warwick, actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If)
  • Apr 29 Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], singer (Ain't No Mountain High Enough), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • Apr 30 Annie Dillard, American writer (An American Childhood), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 30 Claude van de Berge, Flemish writer (Graph Theory), born in Assenede, Belgium
  • Apr 30 Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (51L-Challenger disaster), born in Beaufort, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • Apr 30 Mimi Fariña, American rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind), born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2001)

About April 1945

How Old? 75 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Signs: Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19), Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)