On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1956

  • May 1 Byron Stewart, Baxter Springs Ks, actor (Warren Coolidge-St Elsewhere)
  • May 2 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • May 3 Marc Bellemare, French-Canadian lawyer and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec

Person of interestAkio Toyoda

May 3 Akio Toyoda, Japanese president of Toyota Motor Corporation, born in Nagoya, Japan

President of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda
President of Toyota Motor Corporation
Akio Toyoda
  • May 3 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2017)
  • May 4 Michael L. Gernhardt, American NASA astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • May 4 Ulrike Meyfarth, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1972), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 4 David Guterson, American author (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 4 Ken Oberkfell, American baseball player, born in Highland, Illinois
  • May 4 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • May 5 Dick Kemper, Dutch rock vocalist and bassist (Vandenberg), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • May 6 Tim Simpson, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 7 Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002-10), born in Biezelinge, Netherlands
  • May 7 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • May 7 Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host, born in Bassin, Quebec, Canada (d. 2016)
  • May 8 Jeff Madrigali, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Walnut Creek, California

  • May 9 Wendy Crewson, Canadian actress (Saving Hope), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • May 10 Vladislav Listyev, Russian television anchor and journalist (d. 1995)
  • May 11 Theresa Burke, Canadian journalist
  • May 11 Alex Lester, British broadcaster
  • May 12 Bernie Federko, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 12 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian

Person of interestHomer Simpson

May 12 Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show "The Simpsons", born in Springfield

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
  • May 13 Aleksandr Yuriyevich Kaleri, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14)
  • May 13 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, born in Papanasam, India
  • May 13 Richard Madeley, British TV presenter, journalist, columnist and novelist (Richard & Judy, The Wright Stuff), born in Romford, Essex
  • May 14 Gillian [Marucha] Bradshaw, American sci-fi author (Hawk of May)
  • May 14 Steve Hogarth, Kendal England, vocals (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • May 15 Alice Miller, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1985), born in Marysville, CA
  • May 15 Dan Patrick, American sportscaster
  • May 17 Bob Saget, American comedian (Full House, America's Funniest Home Video), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 17 Sue Carpenter, TV presenter/journalist

Person of interestSugar Ray Leonard

May 17 Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

  • May 17 Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist
  • May 18 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan
  • May 19 Althea Gwyn, WBL center (NY Stars)

  • May 19 Martyn Ware, rocker (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • May 19 Steve Ford, actor (Young & Restless)/son of President Gerald Ford
  • May 20 Andrew Hilditch, cricketer (Australian opening bat 1979-85)
  • May 20 Tomas Smid, Czech, tennis star
  • May 20 Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian author (Elling tetralogy, Brødre i blodet), born in Tønsberg, Norway
  • May 20 Dean Butler, American actor
  • May 20 William Michaelian, American novelist and poet
  • May 20 John Carney, American politician, Governor of Delaware (2017-), born in Willington, Delaware
  • May 22 Douglas Heyes Jr., American actor (Captains & Kings, Aspen), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 22 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • May 22 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • May 23 Ursula Plassnik, Austrian politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-8), born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • May 23 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby union flanker (30 caps; Manawatu, Hawke's Bay), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • May 23 Buck Showalter, American baseball manager (AL Manager of the Year 1994, 2004, 14; NY Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles) and analyst (ESPN, YES network), born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida
  • May 24 Helen Terry, British rocker (Now You're Mine), born in England
  • May 24 Michael Jackson, Northern Irish clergyman (Archbishop of Dublin), born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • May 25 Tatsutoshi Goto, Japanese professional wrestler (WAR/NJPW), born in Tokoname, Aichi, Japan
  • May 25 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott, Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2010)
  • May 25 David P. Sartor, American music composer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 25 Larry Hogan, American politician, Governor of Maryland (2015-), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 26 Frédéric Dutoit, French politician
  • May 27 Lisa Niemi, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 27 Nick Lowery, NFL kicker (NY Jets)
  • May 27 Cynthia McFadden, American television anchor
  • May 28 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • May 28 Jeff Dujon, cricket wicket-keeper (WI 1981-91, their most successful)
  • May 28 Mark Alexander Lees, rowing Coach
  • May 28 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1980)
  • May 29 LaToya Jackson, American singer and model (If You Feel the Funk), posed for Playboy, born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 29 Larry Blackmon, rocker (Cameo-Alligator Woman)
  • May 30 Allison Roe MBE, New Zealand marathon runner (NYC, Boston 1981; Seoul 1982), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 30 Jonathan Idema, Poughkeepsie, New York, torturer, kidnapper and con artist (d. 2012)
  • May 30 David-Maria Sassoli, Italian politician and journalist, European President (2019-), born in Florence, Italy
  • May 31 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • May 31 Yoshiko Sakakibara, Chiba Japan, actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter)
  • May 31 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)

About May 1956

How Old? 64 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: Yes

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