On This Day

Birthdays in History in August 1918

  • 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 (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)
  • Aug 12 Margaret Burbidge, British-American astronomer & educator, born in Davenport, England

Person of interestGuy Gibson

Aug 12 Guy Gibson, British aviator who led the Dambusters (Victoria Cross), born in Simla, India (d. 1944)

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson
  • Aug 13 Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1997)
  • Aug 13 Frederick Sanger, British biochemist (Sanger sequencing, 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)

Person of interestJacqueline Susann

Aug 20 Jacqueline Susann, American author (Valley of the Dolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)

  • 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)

About August 1918

How Old? 102 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

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