On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1951

  • May 2 John "Jo" Callis, British punk-rock songwriter and musician (The Rezillos; The Human League), born in Rotherham, England
  • May 3 Christopher Cross [Geppert], American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"; "Think Of Laura"; "Sailing"), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • May 3 Tatyana Tolstaya, Russian writer, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • May 4 (Sigmund) "Jackie" Jackson, American pop singer and songwriter (Jackson 5 - "ABC"; "I Want You Back"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 4 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel), born in London
  • May 4 Mick Mars [Robert Alan Deal], guitarist (Mötley Crüe), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (alternative date 4 April 1955)
  • May 5 Rex Goh, Singaporean-Australian rock guitarist (Air Supply -"The One That You Love"), born in Singapore
  • May 6 Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • May 6 Davey Johnstone, Scottish guitarist, and musical director (Elton John's band, 1971–1977, 1982–present), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • May 6 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), born in Tegistik, Kazakhstan (d. 2020)
  • May 7 Robert Hegyes, American actor (Underground Aces; Welcome Back, Kotter - "Juan Epstein"), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • May 7 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • May 7 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • May 8 Chris Frantz, American rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • May 8 Deborah Harmon, American actress (Ted Knight Show; M*A*S*H; Just the 10 of Us), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 8 Philip Bailey, American R&B and pop singer (Earth Wind & Fire - "Shining Star"; solo - "Easy Lover"), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 8 Mike D'Antoni, American-Italian basketball guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets 2016-19; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix), born in Mullens, West Virginia
  • May 9 Alley Mills, actress (Norma Arnold-Wonder Years), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 9 Joy Harjo, American poet and musician (first Native American US Poet Laureate, 2019-), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 10 Ron Banks, American R&B singer and songwriter (Dramatics - "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • May 10 Steve Gunderson, (Rep-R-WI, 1981- )
  • May 11 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (32 caps; British and Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)
  • May 12 Gunnar Larrson, Swedish 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • May 13 Paul Thompson, British rock drummer (Roxy Music - "Love Is The Drug")
  • May 13 Selina Scott, TV newscaster (West 57th)
  • May 13 Jim Douglas, American politician, Governor of Vermont (2003-11), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • May 14 Jay Beckenstein, American saxophonist (Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 14 Season Hubley [Susan], American actress (Vice Squad, Hardcore), born in NYC, New York
  • May 15 Dennis Frederiksen, rocker (Toto-Roseanna, Africa), (d. 2014)
  • May 15 Frank Wilczek, American Physicist (2004 Nobel Prize), born in Mineola, New York
  • May 16 Jonathan Richman, American rock singer-songwriter (Modern Lovers - "Road Runner"), born in Natick, Massachusetts
  • May 16 Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer, born in Arles, France
  • May 17 I R Evans, CEO (Hyder, Welsh Water)
  • May 17 Simon Hughes, British politician and government minister (SD)
  • May 18 Angela Voigt, East German long jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Weferlingen, East Germany (d. 2013)
  • May 18 Denny Dillon, American comedian (SNL, Dream On), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 18 James Stephens, American actor (Paper Chase, Devil's Island), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • May 18 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer (British Open runner-up 1997), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 18 Jim Sundberg, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Galesburg, Illinois
  • May 18 Mike Baird, American session drummer (Donna Summer; Rick Springfiel; Eddie Money; Richard Marx; Kenny Rogers), born in South Gate, California
  • May 19 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World") (d. 2001)
  • May 19 Dick Slater, American professional wrestler
  • May 19 James Boyer, American audio engineer and record producer (Peter Cetera; Billy Joel; George Benson), born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • May 20 Michael D Crapo, (Rep-R-Idaho)
  • May 20 Thomas D Akers, American former astronaut (STS 41, 49, 61, 79), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • May 20 William Cullen Bryant, actor (Hell Squad)
  • May 21 Al Franken, US politician (Senate-D-Minnesota 2009-18) comedian, writer, actor (SNL, 1975-80; 1985-90), born in NYC, New York
  • May 21 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1992)

Person of interestAnatoly Karpov

May 23 Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player (world champion 1975-85, 93-99), born in Zlatoust, Russia

Chess Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov
Chess Grandmaster
Anatoly Karpov
  • May 23 Judy Rodman, American country singer ("Girls Ride Horses Too"), born in Riverside, California
  • May 23 Antonis Samaras, Greek politician
  • May 23 Don Warrington [Donald Williams], Trinidadian-born British actor (Rising Damp), born in Trinidad
  • May 24 Rob Baker, Canadian rock drummer (Red Rider, 1975-85 - "Lunatic Fringe"; "White Hot"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 24 Ronald Parise, Italian-American astronaut (STS 35, STS 67), born in Warren, Ohio
  • May 25 Bob Gale, American screenwriter (Back to the Future), born in University City, Missouri
  • May 25 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Edgar Winter Group - "Frankenstein"), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2011)
  • May 26 Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3)
  • May 26 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician

Person of interestSally Ride

May 26 Sally Ride, American astronaut (first American woman to go to space), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • May 27 John Conteh, British boxer, WBC Light Heavyweight crown (1974-77), born in Liverpool
  • May 27 Norma Jean Almodovar, American author (Cop to Call Girl) and sex worker activist, born in Binghampton, New York
  • May 29 Peter Chernin, American businessman, President of News Corporation, born in Harrison, New York
  • May 29 Ron Levy [Reuvin Levi], American blues Hammond organist, and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • May 30 Stephen Tobolowsky, Tx, actor (Single White Female, Thelma & Louise)
  • May 30 Fernando Lugo, Paraguayan politician
  • May 30 Zdravko Čolić, Yugoslav-Bosnian singer, born in Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia

About May 1951

How Old? 70 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Signs: Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20), Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)