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Famous People Born in August 1959

  • Aug 1 Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Aug 1 Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician (Ground Zero), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Aug 2 Britt Helfer, American actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat), born in Clearfield, Utah
  • Aug 2 Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 3 Martin Atkins, English drummer (Nine Inch Nails), born in Coventry
  • Aug 3 Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist (Nobel 2002), born in Toyama, Japan
  • Aug 4 John Gormley, Irish politician, Leader of the Green Party, Mayor of Dublin (1994-95), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 4 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England
  • Aug 4 Kim Reynolds, American politician, 1st female Governor of Iowa (2017-), born in St. Charles, Iowa
  • Aug 5 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), born in Bebington (d. 2016)
  • Aug 6 Grant Aleksander, actor (Guiding Light, All My Children), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 6 Joyce Sims, rocker (All & All)
  • Aug 7 Ali Shah, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • Aug 8 Ronald Weigel, German race walker (Olympic silver 20k, 50k 1988; bronze 50k 1992; World C'ship gold 50k 1983), born in Hildburghausen, Germany
  • Aug 9 Diane Williams, American country singer (Girls Next Door - "Slow Boat to China"), born at Hahn Air Force Base, near Kirchberg Germany
  • Aug 9 Kurtis Blow [Walker], American rapper (Krushgroove - "The Breaks"), born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 9 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • Aug 10 Mark Price, bass/vocals (All About Eve, Tin Huey-Contents Dislodged)

Person of interestRosanna Arquette

Aug 10 Rosanna Arquette, actress (Desperately Seeking Susan, After Hours), born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 10 Florent Vollant, Innu-Canadian musician (Kashtin)
  • Aug 11 Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
  • Aug 11 Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian musician (Soda Stereo)
  • Aug 12 Lynette Woodard, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Aug 13 Bruce French, English cricketer (England wicketkeeper in 16 Tests 1986-88), born in Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Aug 13 Danny Bonaduce, American actor (Danny-Partridge Family), born in Broomall, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 13 Mark Nevin, British rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love), born in Ebbw Vale, Wales
  • Aug 13 Tom Niedenfuer, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Person of interestMagic Johnson

Aug 14 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, executive (5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Aug 14 Frank Brickowski, American NBA player (Seattle Supersonics), born in Bayville, New York
  • Aug 14 Marcia Gay Harden, American actress, born in La Jolla, California
  • Aug 15 Scott D Altman, American Naval officer and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • Aug 16 Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 17 David Koresh, American cult leader (Branch Davidians sect), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Aug 17 Jonathan Franzen, American author (The Corrections), born in Western Springs, Illinois
  • Aug 18 Tom Prichard, American wrestler, born in Pasadena, Texas
  • Aug 19 Ricky Pierce, NBA guard/forward (Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks)

  • Aug 19 Steve Grimmett, British heavy metal singer (Grim Reaper), born in Swindon, England
  • Aug 19 Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer
  • Aug 21 Anne Hobbs, English tennis star, born in Nottingham, England
  • Aug 21 Bud Schultz, American tennis star, born in Meriden, Connecticut
  • Aug 21 Jim McMahon, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 22 Denise Curry, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1984; World C'ship gold 1979, 83), born in Fort Benton, Montana
  • Aug 22 Juan Croucier, Cuban-born American heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Aug 22 Pia Gjellerup, Danish Social Democrat politician, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Aug 24 Adrian Kuiper, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Aug 24 Michel Valke, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, Dordrecht '90), born in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands
  • Aug 26 Joanne Gail Abbott, executive (MTV)
  • Aug 26 Kathryn P Hire, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 27 Gerhard Berger, formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)
  • Aug 27 Juan Fernando Cobo, Colombian artist
  • Aug 27 Leila de Lima, Filipino lawyer, Senator, Chair of the Philippine Senate Electoral Reforms and People's Participation Committee, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • Aug 29 Tony Johnson, New Zealand rugby commentator and presenter (Newstalk ZB; TV3; SKY Television), born in Picton, New Zealand
  • Aug 29 Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut (STS 74, sk: 99), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Aug 29 Sadenia "Eddi" Reader, Scottish singer-songwriter (Fairground Attraction - "Find My Love"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 29 Ernesto Rodrigues, Portuguese violinist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Aug 29 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian Telugu actor and producer (Ninne Pelladata), born in Madras, India
  • Aug 29 Timothy Perry Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics and member of the Kennedy Family, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 29 Rebecca De Mornay, American actress (Hand that Rocks Cradle), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Aug 30 Mark Jackson, Australian rules footballer and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Aug 31 Rachel Dennison, actress (Doralee Rhodes-9 to 5), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Aug 31 Tony DeFranco, Canadian pop singer (The DeFranco Family - "Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat"), born in Port Colborne, Ontario

About August 1959

How Old? 61 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

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