On This Day

Famous People Born in August 1949

  • Aug 1 Nigel Finch, English TV director and film-maker, born in Tenterden, Kent (d. 1995)
  • Aug 1 Kurmanbek Bakiyev, 2nd President of Kyrgyzstan (2005-10), born in Masadan, Kyrgyzstan
  • Aug 2 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band) (d. 1987)
  • Aug 2 Bertalan Farkas, Hungarian cosmonaut (Soyuz 36/35), born in Gyulaháza, Hungary
  • Aug 2 Madeleine Smith, English actress (Vampire Lovers), born in Sussex, England
  • Aug 2 James Fallows, American writer and journalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 3 Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?","Low Rider"), born in Torrence, California
  • Aug 3 Reed Waller, American comic book author (Omaha the Cat Dancer)
  • Aug 3 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold), born in Gorky, Soviet Union (d. 2012)
  • Aug 4 John Riggins, NFL running back (NY Jets, Wash Redskins)
  • Aug 6 Joyce McKinney, Avery County NC, Miss Wyoming (1972)
  • Aug 6 Dino Bravo, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1993)
  • Aug 6 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • Aug 6 Clarence Richard Silva, Catholic Bishop of Honolulu
  • Aug 7 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxophone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2010)
  • Aug 7 Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader, born in Moukhtara, Lebanon

  • Aug 7 Tim[othy] Renwick, British rock guitarist (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver), born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Aug 8 Airrion Love, American singer (Stylistics-16 Bars)
  • Aug 8 Bela Magyari, Hungarian cosmonaut
  • Aug 8 Keith Carradine, San Mateo California, actor (Young Guns, Pretty Baby)
  • Aug 8 Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • Aug 9 Brie Howard-Darling, American musician, artist and cake designer (Boxing Gandhis, Fanny), born in Stockton, California
  • Aug 9 Jonathan Kellerman, American writer
  • Aug 10 Gene Johnson, Sugar Grove Pa, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • Aug 11 Eric Carmen, rocker (All by Myself), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 11 Ian Charleson, actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Aug 11 Tim Hutchinson, American politician (Rep-R-Arkansas 1997-2003), born in Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Aug 12 Anthony Akerman, South Africa, director
  • Aug 12 Fernando Collor de Mello, president of Brazil (1990-92)
  • Aug 12 Mark Knopfler, British musician (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 12 Panagiotis Chinofotis, Greek politician
  • Aug 13 Bobby Clarke, NHL player and coach (Philadelphia Flyer), born in Flin Flon, Manitoba
  • Aug 13 Peter Visclosky, American politician (Rep-D-Indiana, 1985- ), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Aug 13 Sheralee, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Aug 14 John Tarrant, 1st Australian born Zen teacher, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • Aug 14 Bob Backlund, American wrestler, born in Princeton, Minnesota

  • Aug 15 Ann Ryerson, American actress (Pvt Carol Winter-Pvt Benjamin), born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Aug 15 Carlien Brouwer, translator/missing since Jan 6, 1994
  • Aug 15 Kate Taylor, American singer and songwriter (It's In His Kiss), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 15 Beverly Burns, American pilot and 1st woman to captain a Boeing 747, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 15 Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor, born in Bangor, Wales
  • Aug 16 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Aug 16 Naseeruddin Shah, Indian actor (Zinda Bhaag, Masoom, Paar), born in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
  • Aug 17 Sib Hashian, American rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 17 Norm Coleman, American politician (Senator(R)-Minnesota 2003-09), born in New York City
  • Aug 18 Nigel Griggs, English musician (Split Enz), born in Hatfield, United Kingdom
  • Aug 18 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 20 Phil Lynott, Irish rock singer and bass player (Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back In Town"), born in West Bromwich, England. (d. 1986)
  • Aug 20 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1988)
  • Aug 20 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer, born in Que, Que, Southern Rhodesia
  • Aug 20 Alan Hardwick, English TV presenter, born in Staveley, Derbyshire, England
  • Aug 20 Katiana Balanika [Aikaterini Athaniti], Greek actress (On Air) and singer
  • Aug 21 Loretta Devine, American actress (Boston Public), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 22 Diana Nyad, American journalist and long-distance swimmer (1st to swim Bahamas to Fla-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 22 Doug Bair, American baseball player, born in Defiance, Ohio
  • Aug 22 Þórarinn Eldjárn, Icelandic writer (The Blue Tower), born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Aug 22 Alfred Musema, Rwandan genocidaire, born in Byumba, Rwanda
  • Aug 23 Rick Springfield [Springthorpe], Australian singer ("Speak to the Sky"; "Jessie's Girl") and actor (General Hospital), born in Balmain, New South Wales
  • Aug 23 Christopher Blake, English actor (Alexa), born in Chingford, London
  • Aug 23 Geoff Capes, British shot putter, born in Holbeach, England
  • Aug 23 John Bauldie, British music journalist, born in Bolton, England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 23 Norah Ellen O'Neill, first woman pilot for Alaska Central Air (1974), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 23 Shelley Long, American actress (Diane in Cheers, Money Pit), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Aug 23 Woody Paul [Paul Chrisman], American singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 24 Anna Lee Fisher [Tingle], American chemist, emergency physician and astronaut (STS 51-A), born in St Albans, New York
  • Aug 24 Joe Regalbuto, American actor (Knots Landing, Frank-Murphy Brown), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 24 Stephen Harrison Paulus, American composer, born in Summit, New Jersey
  • Aug 25 Gene Simmons [Chaim Witz], Israeli-American rock guitarist (KISS, Rock and Roll All Nite), born in Tirat Carmel, Israel
  • Aug 25 John Savage, American actor (The Deer Hunter, Maria's Lovers), born in Old Bethpage, New York
  • Aug 25 Martin Amis, English novelist (London Fields), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Aug 25 Fariborz Lachini, Iranian-Canadian composer, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Aug 25 Henry Paul, American southern rock and county guitarist and singer (Outlaws - "Green Grass And High Tides"; Blackhawk), born in Kingston, New York
  • Aug 26 John Baldwin, light middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 26 Robert (Bob) Cowsill, (The Cowsills - Hair, We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Aug 26 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2019)
  • Aug 27 Andrew McKay, conservative MP
  • Aug 27 Doug Tewell, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 2000, The Tradition 2001), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Aug 27 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist and educator, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • Aug 27 Edmund Weiner, English lexicographer (Oxford English Dictionary), born in Oxford, England
  • Aug 27 Jeff Cook, American country guitarist, singer and fiddler (Alabama - Mountain Music), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • Aug 28 Hugh Cornwell, English rocker (The Stranglers-Dreamtime), born in Tufnell Park, North London, England
  • Aug 28 Charles Rocket, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live), born in Bangor, Maine (d. 2005)
  • Aug 28 Dennis Davis, American drummer (David Bowie), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • Aug 29 Peter Wiegold, British composer (Earth & Stars; Kafka's Wound), born in Ilford, Essex, England
  • Aug 30 Peter Maffay, Romanian-German musician, born in Brașov, Romania
  • Aug 30 Ted Ammon, American financier and investment banker, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Aug 30 Christopher Collins, American actor (True Identity), voice actor (Cobra Commander-G.I. Joe) and comedian, born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • Aug 30 Don Boudria, Canadian politician (MP for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell), born in Hull, Quebec, Canada

Person of interestRichard Gere

Aug 31 Richard Gere, actor (Breathless, Cotton Club, Pretty Woman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Aug 31 Rick Roberts, American singer-songwriter (Flying Burrito brothers; Firefall - "You Are The Woman"), born in Clearwater, Florida

About August 1949

How Old? 71 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

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