Historical Figures Born in 1918

  • Jan 1 Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2000)
  • Jan 2 Willi Graf, German anti-Nazi activist (d. 1943)
  • Jan 7 Alessadro Natta, Italian political leader (Communist Party), born in Imperia, Italy (d. 2001)
  • Jan 7 Irene Vorrink, Dutch politician (Minister of Health), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Jan 10 Arthur Chung, President of Guyana, born in Windsor Great Park, United Kingdom (d. 2008)

Maharishi Mahesh YogiMaharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008)

Jan 12 Indian guru who developed Transcendental Meditation, born in Jabalpur, India

  • Jan 15 André Donner, Dutch jurist (constitutional law), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)

Gamal Abdel NasserGamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970)

Jan 15 Egyptian revolutionary and politician (Acting President, 1954-56; President, 1956-70), born in Bakos, Egypt

  • Jan 15 João Figueiredo, President of Brazil, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1999)
  • Jan 16 Clem Jones, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Nel Benschop, Dutch poet (d. 2005)
  • Jan 17 Joseph W. Barr, American banker and politician (Secretary of the Treasury), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1996)
  • Jan 18 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, Brazilian priest, born in Aracaju, State of Sergipe, Brazil (d. 1996)
  • Jan 18 Gustave Gingras, French Canadian physician, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1996)
  • Jan 19 John H. Johnson, African-American publisher (Negro Digest, Ebony, Jet), born in Arkansas City, Arkansas (d. 2005)
  • Jan 21 Geoffrey Dawes, English physiologist (fetal and neonatal physiology.), born in Mackworth, England (d. 1996)
  • Jan 21 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy ensign, Medal of Honor recipient, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1941)
  • Jan 21 Richard Winters, American army officer and war hero (commanded 'Easy Company' during Normandy Invasion portrayed in "Band of Brothers"), born in New Holland Pennsylvania (d. 2011)

Gertrude B. ElionGertrude B. Elion (1918-1999)

Jan 23 American biochemist and drug researcher who developed groundbreaking leukemia and herpes drug treatments (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1988), born in NYC, New York

  • Jan 24 Oral Roberts, American Televangelist, founder Oral Roberts College, born in Pontotoc County Oklahoma (d. 2009)

Nicolae CeausescuNicolae Ceausescu (1918-1989)

Jan 26 Communist dictator of Romania (1967-89), born in Scornicești, Romania

  • Jan 26 Philip José Farmer, American sci-fi writer (Riverworld), born in Terre Haute Indiana (d. 2009)
  • Jan 27 William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (d. 2005)
  • Jan 28 Harry Corbett, English puppeteer (Sooty), TV presenter and magician, born in Bradford, England (d. 1989)
  • Jan 28 Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, Uruguayan politician, human rights activist who ran for President (d. 1988)
  • Jan 30 Jarl Andre Bjerke [Bernhard Borge], Norwegian poet & writer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1985)
  • Feb 1 Maurice Laing, English builder (John Laing & Son), born in Carlisle, England (d. 2008)

Muriel SparkMuriel Spark (1918-2006)

Feb 1 Scottish author (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Feb 2 Hella [S Lelyveld-]Haasse, Dutch author (Cider for Poor People)
  • Feb 3 Joey Bishop [Gottlieb], American TV talk show host (Joey Bishop Show) and member of the "Rat Pack" group of entertainers, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2007)
  • Feb 4 Luigi Pareyson, Italian philosopher (d. 1991)
  • Feb 6 Lothar-Günther Buchheim, German author, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 2007)
  • Feb 7 Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)
  • Feb 8 Max Rayne, English property developer /multi-millionaire (d. 2003)
  • Feb 10 Gordon Pirie, English Group Captain and politician, born in Oxford (d. 2003)
  • Feb 10 Idwal Pugh, British ombudsman
  • Feb 11 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the beehive hairstyle, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Feb 12 Julian Schwinger, US physicist (1965 Nobel Prize in Physics for quantum electrodynamics), born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • Feb 17 Charles Hayes, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1983-93), born in Cairo, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • Feb 17 Olive Gibbs, British politician, anti-nuclear activist and peace campaigner, born in Oxford, England (d. 1995)
  • Feb 18 Jane Loevinger, American psychologist (d. 2008).
  • Feb 20 Leonore Annenberg American Billionaire

Al GrossAl Gross (1918-2000)

Feb 22 American inventor (invented the walkie-talkie), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • Feb 22 Robert Wadlow, American who was tallest known human (2.72 m, 8' 11.1"), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • Feb 23 Richard G. Butler, American fascist (d. 2004)
  • Feb 26 Otis Bowen, American politician, US Sec of Health & Human Services (1985-89), born in near Rochester, Indiana (d. 2013)
  • Feb 26 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1985)
  • Mar 1 Gladys Noon Spellman, American politician (d. 1988)
  • Mar 3 Arnold Newman, photographer (Faces USA)
  • Mar 3 Arthur Kornberg, US biochemist (Nobel 1959)
  • Mar 3 San Yu, Burmese General and the 5th President of Burma (1981-88), born in Thegon, Pegu Province, British Burma, British India (d. 1996)
  • Mar 4 Alfred Judson Force Moody, US Army Brigadier General, WWII and Vietnam veteran, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1967)
  • Mar 5 Halsey S. Colchester, British SAS officer, spy (MI6) and priest (d. 1995)
  • Mar 5 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • Mar 7 June Wayne, American artist, lithographer and teacher (Tamarind Lithography Workshop), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Mar 8 Poon Lim, Chinese sailor who survived 133 days adrift at sea, born in Hainan, China (d. 1991)
  • Mar 9 Mickey Spillane [Frank Morrison Spillane], American mystery writer (I the Jury), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • Mar 10 Günther Rall, German ace fighter pilot, born in Gaggenau, Germany (d. 2009)
  • Mar 12 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (d. 1989)
  • Mar 15 Janet Leach, potter, born in Grand Saline, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Mar 15 Richard Ellmann, American literary scholar and biographer (Oscar Wilde), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • Mar 16 Aldo E.van Eyck, Dutch architect (City Hall)
  • Mar 17 Józef Franczak, Polish soldier and anti-communist resistance fighter who was the last cursed soldiers, born in Kozice Górne, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1963)
  • Mar 17 Wilhelmus Russell, Dutch attorney and Member of 1st chamber (KVP/CDA)
  • Mar 18 Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Bodaybo, Irkutsk, Soviet Union, fighter pilot, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 20 Donald Featherstone, British writer and wargamer
  • Mar 20 Jack Barry, Lindenhurst NY, game show emcee (Joker's Wild)
  • Mar 22 Cheddi Jagan, Guyanese politician, Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) 'Father of the Nation', born in Port Mourant, Guiana (d. 1997)
  • Mar 24 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter
  • Mar 29 John Read, British businessman, CEO (TSB Group), born in Brighton (d. 2015)

Sam WaltonSam Walton (1918-1992)

Mar 29 American businessman (founder and CEO of Walmart and Sam's Club), born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma

  • Mar 31 Ted Post, Dir (Peacemaker, Beneath the Planet of the Apes)
  • Apr 2 Charles White, American artist (The Contribution of the Negro to American Democracy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • Apr 4 George Jellicoe, Earl Jellicoe, British naval commander and member of the House of Lords (1939-2007), born in Hatfield (d. 2007)
  • Apr 6 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president (d. 1982)
  • Apr 6 Joan Bernard, Principal (Trevelyan College, Durham)

Betty FordBetty Ford (1918-2011)

Apr 8 First Lady of the United States (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Apr 8 Glendon Swarthout, American novelist (Where The Boys Are; The Shootist), born in Pickney, Massachusetts (d. 1992)
  • Apr 11 Jean-Claude Servan-Schreiber, French journalist, born in Paris
  • Apr 11 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), born in Leeds (d. 2003)
  • Apr 13 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, born in St Pauls Cray, Kent, England (d. 2002)
  • Apr 18 Cliff Hillegass, American publisher (Cliffsnotes), born in Rising City, Nebraska (d. 2001)
  • Apr 18 Roger de Grey, British landscape painter and President of Royal Academy (1984-93) (d. 1995)
  • Apr 23 Gordon Hirabayshi, American civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent (Hirabayshi v. United States), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2012)
  • Apr 23 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • Apr 25 Gérard de Vaucouleurs, French astronomer, born in Paris (d. 1995)
  • Apr 27 John Alfred Scali, American journalist and diplomat, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • Apr 27 Sten Rudholm, Swedish jurist, member of the Swedish Academy, born in Karlstad, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • May 1 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
  • May 2 Frederick Archibald Warner, British diplomat, born in Blagdon, England (d. 1995)
  • May 4 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking, born in Kariwa, Japan (d. 1993)
  • May 4 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist, born in Randwick, Australia (d. 2004)

Zayed bin Sultan Al NahyanZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004)

May 6 1st President of the United Arab Emirates, born in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, birth date disputed

  • May 9 Orville Freeman, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 10 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, born in Wawaset Park, Delaware (d. 1954)
  • May 11 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist, born in Queens, New York (d. 1988)

Julius RosenbergJulius Rosenberg (1918-1953)

May 12 1st American civilian executed for espionage after he and his wife were convicted of passing secret radar, jet and nuclear information to the Soviet Union, born in NYC, New York

  • May 13 John Johnston, British diplomat (Rhodesia, Malaysia)
  • May 16 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert
  • May 16 Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Paramo)
  • May 16 Kevin Skelton, Bishop (Lichfield)
  • May 19 Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist (d. 2000)
  • May 20 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • May 21 Leonard Mullens, British rubber physicist (Mullins effect) (d. 1997)
  • May 22 David Land, impresario and theatre producer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • May 24 Coleman Young, 1st African American Mayor of Detroit, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1997)
  • May 27 Yasuhiro Nakasone, Japanese politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1982-87), born in Takasaki, Japan (d. 2019)
  • May 30 Bob Evans, American restaurateur (d. 2007)
  • May 30 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (d. 2000)
  • Jun 2 Robert Manry, American copy editor of the Cleveland newspaper editor who sailed the Atlantic (Tinkerbelle), born in Landour, India (d. 1971)
  • Jun 2 Ruth Atkinson, American cartoonist (d. 1997)
  • Jun 3 Lili St. Cyr [Marie Van Schaack], American striptease performer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1999)
  • Jun 6 Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither's Keenin), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • Jun 8 John D. Roberts, American chemist, received American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2013), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jun 13 Helmut Lent, German night-fighter ace in World War II, born in Pyrehne, Landsberg (d. 1944)
  • Jun 15 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader

François TombalbayeFrançois Tombalbaye (1918-1975)

Jun 15 Dictator and 1st President of Chad (1960-75), born in Bessada, Moyen-Chari French Chad

  • Jun 17 Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist meditation master, born in Ubon, Thailand (d. 1992)
  • Jun 17 Maldwyn Thomas, Welsh businessman and Liberal Party politician (d. 2002)
  • Jun 18 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), born in Glanerbrug, Overijssel (d. 1996)
  • Jun 19 Evelle Jansen Younger, American prosecutor (Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan), born in Stamford, Nebraska (d. 1989)
  • Jun 20 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer, born in Magyarcsaholy, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • Jun 21 James Bysse Joll, British historian, born in Bristol, England (d. 1994)

Cicely SaundersCicely Saunders (1918-2005)

Jun 22 English nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice, born in Barnet, England

  • Jun 29 Jack Harkness, British rose grower (R. Harkness & Co. Ltd) (d. 1994)
  • Jul 2 WiBo [Willem Boost], Dutch cartoonist, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • Jul 3 Fred Mulley, British Labour politician, born in Leamington Spa, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Abigail Van Buren [Pauline Phillips], American columnist and radio show host known for "Dear Abby" advice column, twin sister of fellow advice columnist Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • Jul 4 Ann Landers [Eppie Lederer], American advice columnist "Ask Ann Landers," twin sister of fellow advice columnist "Dear Abby" (Abigail Van Buren), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • Jul 4 Buster Davis, American choral director (Garry Moore Show), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Jul 4 Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (1965-2006), born in Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa, Tonga (d. 2006)
  • Jul 6 Bert Voeten, Dutch journalist and poet (Crossing), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Jul 9 Rowley Israel Arenstein, South African attorney and communist
  • Jul 11 Venetia Burney [Phair], British woman credited with naming Clyde Tombaugh's discovered planet "Pluto" (1930), born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 2009)
  • Jul 14 Jay Forrester, Engineer, invented random-access magnetic core memory, born near Anselmo, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • Jul 16 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • Jul 17 Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (d. 2003)

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Jul 18 South African anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and President of South Africa (1994-99), born in Mvezo, Umtatu, South Africa

  • Jul 22 Pim [Albrecht W] Lyre, Dutch lawyer/son of prince Henry
  • Jul 25 Jane Frank, American artist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1986)
  • Jul 29 Vladimir Dudintsev, Soviet writer (Not by Bread Alone), born in Kupyansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 1998)
  • Jul 31 Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate for research on the "enzymatic mechanism underlying the biosynthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" (1997), born in Provo, Utah (d. 2018)
  • Aug 1 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, born in Carmarthenshire (d. 1999)
  • Aug 3 James MacGregor Burns, American political writer (The Lion & the Fox), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • Aug 3 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1999)
  • Aug 4 Iceberg Slim (a.k.a. Robert Beck), African-American author, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • Aug 7 C. Buddingh', Dutch poet, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • Aug 10 Eugene Wilkinson, naval officer (first nuclear sub commander), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2013)

Guy GibsonGuy Gibson (1918-1944)

Aug 12 British aviator who led the Dambusters Raid (Victoria Cross), born in Simla, India

  • Aug 12 Margaret Burbidge, British-American astronomer & educator, born in Davenport, England
  • Aug 13 Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1997)
  • Aug 13 Frederick Sanger, British biochemist (worked out structure of insulin, developed Sanger sequencing to sequence complete genome, Nobel Prize 1958, 1980), born in Rendcomb, Gloucestershire, England (d. 2013)
  • Aug 13 John Bunting, Australian diplomat and senior civil servant, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 1995)
  • Aug 15 Fay Honey Knopp, American activist (founded a Quaker ministry for men and women in prisons), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1995)
  • Aug 19 Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian politician, ninth President of India (1992-97), born in Bhopal, British India (d. 1999)

Jacqueline SusannJacqueline Susann (1918-1974)

Aug 20 American author (Valley of the Dolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Aug 22 Mary McGrory, American journalist and columnist, born in Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • Aug 24 Ray McIntire, American chemical engineer, born in Gardner, Kansas (d. 1996)
  • Aug 24 Sikander Bakht, Indian politician, Governor of Kerala, born in Delhi, India (d. 2004)
  • Aug 27 Lord Winstanley, British MP (Labour) (d. 1993)
  • Aug 28 Alejandro Agustín Lanusse, President of Argentina (1971-73), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1996)
  • Aug 29 Jelle Zijlstra, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank (1967-82), born in Oosterbierum, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • Sep 2 Allen Drury, author (Advise & Consent-1960 Pulitzer Prize)
  • Sep 2 Martha Mitchell [nee Beall], wife of US Attorney General John Mitchell, born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • Sep 7 Robin Lorimer, Scottish publisher (New Testament from Greek into Scots), born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • Sep 8 Derek Barton, British organic chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1969), born in Gravesend, Kent (d. 1998)
  • Sep 8 John F. Seiberling, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1971-86), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Sep 9 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian President (1992-99), born in Novara, Italy (d. 2012)
  • Sep 11 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator who led 4th Fighter Group during World War II, born in Fairport Harbor, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Sep 16 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], politician (C), born in Castleford, West Yorkshire (d. 2004)
  • Sep 17 Chaim Herzog, 6th President of Israel (1983-93), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • Sep 22 Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (Die Weisse Rose) (d. 1943)
  • Sep 24 Richard Hoggart, British author (The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life) and warden (Goldsmith's College London), born in Leeds, England (d. 2014)
  • Sep 26 Humphrey van Loo, Dutch news director (ANP/Reuter)
  • Sep 27 Malcolm Shepherd [2nd Baron Shepherd], Politician (L) and Leader of the House of Lords (1974-76), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2001)
  • Sep 27 Martin Ryle, Britain, radio astronomer/astronomer royal (1972-82)
  • Sep 30 Lewis Nixon, American WWII soldier (depicted in "Band of Brothers), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • Oct 4 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • Oct 7 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist
  • Oct 8 Jens Christian Skou, Danish scientist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1997), born in Lemvig, Denmark (d. 2018)
  • Oct 9 E. Howard Hunt, American intelligence officer involved in Watergate break-in, born in Hamburg, New York (d. 2007)
  • Oct 10 Jean Gimpel, French author and medievalist, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • Oct 10 Yigal Allon, Israeli politician, born in Kfar Tavor, Palestine (d. 1980)
  • Oct 14 Marcel Chaput, French Canadian politician, born in Hull, Quebec (d. 1991)
  • Oct 16 Bill Nichols, American politician (Rep-D-AL, 1967-88), born in Monroe County, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • Oct 18 Constantine Mitsotakis [Konstantinos Mitsotakis], Prime Minister of Greece (1990 –1993), born in Halepa, Crete (d. 2017)
  • Oct 18 James Cameron Tudor, politician
  • Oct 18 Willem J "Molly" Geertsema, Dutch liberal/interior minister)
  • Oct 19 Louis Althusser, French philosopher (For Marx, Strangled His Wife)
  • Oct 19 Robert Charles Evans, mountaineer/doctor
  • Oct 20 Robert Lochner, German journalist (help JFK with "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • Oct 26 Kamal El Mallakh, Egyptian archaeologist (King Khufu Solar ship), and journalist, born in Upper Egypt (d. 1987)
  • Oct 27 Paul Dixon, Ohio talk show host (Paul Dixon Show), born in Albia, Iowa (d. 1974)
  • Oct 29 Bernard Gordon, American writer and producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • Oct 31 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American parapsychologist and reincarnation expert, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • Nov 3 Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (one of the first two women to attain the rank of brigadier general), born in Newton, Kansas (d. 2007)
  • Nov 3 Russell B. Long, American politician (Sen-D-LA, 1948-86), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2003)

Billy GrahamBilly Graham (1918-2018)

Nov 7 American Baptist evangelist (Crusades) described as 1 of the 20th century's most influential Christian leaders, born in Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Nov 7 Paul Aussaresses, French Army general, born in Saint-Paul-Cap-de-Joux, France (d. 2013)
  • Nov 8 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), born in Nuremberg (d. 2015)

About 1918

Chinese Zodiac: Snake (Jan 23, 1917 - Feb 10, 1918),
Horse (Feb 11, 1918 - Jan 31, 1919)