Historical Figures Born in 1926

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 301

  • Jan 5 Hosea Williams, American activist, born in Attapulgus, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • Jan 5 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singaporean opposition leader and former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party, born in Jaffna, British Ceylon (d. 2008)
  • Jan 5 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons, born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • Jan 7 Kim Jong-pil, South Korean Prime Minister (1971-75, 1998-2000) and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (now the National Intelligence Service), born in Buyeo County, Japanese Korea (d. 2018)
  • Jan 9 Jean-Pierre Côté, Canadian politician, Lieutenant governor of Quebec (d. 2002)
  • Jan 10 Musallam Bseiso, Palestinian journalist, thinker, and politician, born in Beit She'an, Israel (d. 2017)
  • Jan 11 Lev Stepanovich Demin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
  • Jan 13 Carolyn Heilbrun [Amanda Cross], author (Lady Ottoline's Album)
  • Jan 13 Michael Bond, British writer
  • Jan 13 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/author (Change of Use)
  • Jan 14 Harold Wolpe, South African lawyer & sociologist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • Jan 14 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer & activist, born in Dhaka, British India (d. 2016)
  • Jan 15 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1996)
  • Jan 16 John "Jack" Layden, local politician
  • Jan 17 Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
  • Jan 19 Libera Carlier, Flemish author (Action Station Go!)
  • Jan 20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet & writer, born in New Delhi, India (d. 2015)
  • Jan 20 Qurratulain Hyder, Indian Urdu novelist & writer, born in Aligarh, India (d. 2007)
  • Jan 22 Lord Erskine of Rerrick, peer
  • Jan 22 Tom Blackburn, writer
  • Jan 24 Robert Delpire, French publisher, editor and photographer, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Jan 26 Charles Henderson Tidbury, British brewing executive (Whitbread & Co), born in Camberley, Surrey, England (d. 2003)
  • Jan 26 Farman Fatehpuri [Syed Dildar Ali], Urdu scholar, linguist, critic and author, born in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 2013)
  • Jan 26 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal), born in Valencia de Alcántara, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Jan 29 Abdus Salam, Pakistani theoretical physicist (1979 Noble Prize for Physics - electroweak unification theory), born in Jhand, British India (d. 1996)
  • Jan 30 Vasily Arkhipov, Soviet-Russian naval officer who saved the world by refusing to launch a nuclear torpedo from submarine B-59 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, born in Zvorkovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1998)
  • Jan 31 Prunella Briance, founder (National Childbirth Trust)
  • Feb 1 Douglas Johnson, British historian, born in Edinburgh (d. 2005)
  • Feb 1 Peter Crill, Bailiff of Jersey
  • Feb 1 Vivian Maier, American street photographer unknown until her death, born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • Feb 2 Miguel Cardinal Obando y Bravo, 1st Cent American cardinal (Nicaragua)
  • Feb 2 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French politician, President of France (1974-81), born in Koblenz, French-occupied Germany (d. 2020)
  • Feb 3 Glen Tetley, US choreographer
  • Feb 3 Hans-Jochen Vogel, leader of West Germany's Social Democrats (SPD)
  • Feb 3 J. Roy Rowland, American politician (Rep-D-GA, 1983-95), born in Wrightsville, Georgia (d. 2022)
  • Feb 4 John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer
  • Feb 5 Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, American publisher (NY Times), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 7 Konstantin Petrovich Feokistov, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod I)
  • Feb 7 Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut (Voskhod 1 - 1st to carry three members), born in Voronezh, Russia (d. 2009)
  • Feb 8 Neal Cassady, American writer (d. 1968)
  • Feb 9 Garret FitzGerald, Prime Minister of Ireland
  • Feb 11 Paul Bocuse, French great chef (Legion of Honor), born in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France (d. 2018)
  • Feb 12 Charles Van Doren, American quiz show contestant (Twenty-One), born in New York City
  • Feb 12 Paul Hamlyn, English publisher/multi-millionaire (Octopus)
  • Feb 16 David Austin, English rose breeder (Austin roses), born in Albrighton, England (d. 2018)
  • Feb 16 Jack Levy, English mechanical engineer, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • Feb 16 John Schlesinger, English director (Midnight Cowboy, Darling), born in London, England
  • Feb 20 Cameron Rusby, British Vice-Admiral
  • Feb 20 Kenneth H Olsen, American electrical engineer, and co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • Feb 20 Richard Matheson, American author, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 21 Hans Andreus [Johan W van der Zant], Dutch poet (Animal Language)
  • Feb 24 Reginald Freeson, British MP
  • Feb 25 Harvey McGregor, QC/warden (New College-Oxford)
  • Feb 27 David H. Hubel, Canadian neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 27 Peter Emery, British MP
  • Feb 28 Svetlana Alliluyeva, Russian-born daughter of Joseph Stalin who later defected to the West and author (My Life), born in Moscow (d. 2011)
  • Mar 2 Murray Rothbard, American economist, and libertarian, born in The Bronx, NYC (d. 1995)
  • Mar 3 James Ingram Merrill, American poet/author (Scripts for the Pageant)
  • Mar 3 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American clergyman (Roman Catholic Bishop of Honolulu , 1982-93), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Mar 4 James J. Eagan, Former Mayor of Florissant, Missouri (d. 2000)

Richard DeVosRichard DeVos (1926-2018)

Mar 4 American businessman who co-founded Amway, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan (96 years old)

Mar 6 American economist, presidential advisor and Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States (1987-2006), born in NYC, New York

  • Mar 6 Elwood Hillis, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1971-87), born in Kokomo, Indiana
  • Mar 9 Gerrit A. Kooy, Dutch sociologist (Apartheid & work in South Africa), born in Kedichem, The Netherlands
  • Mar 11 Adrienne Keith Cohen, travel editor
  • Mar 11 Patricia Tindaole, England, architect

Ralph AbernathyRalph Abernathy (1926-1990)

Mar 11 American civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), born in Linden, Alabama

  • Mar 11 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • Mar 12 David Oliver Williams, trade unionist (COHSE)
  • Mar 12 George R Ariyoshi, (Gov-D-Hawaii)
  • Mar 12 John C[lellon] Holmes, American writer (Horn)
  • Mar 12 Ronald Alley, art gallery manager (Tate Gallery)
  • Mar 13 F. H. McClintock, British criminologist, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • Mar 15 Tim Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Mar 16 Charles Goodell, American politician (d. 1987)
  • Mar 17 Siegfried Lenz, German writer (Ein Kriegsende)
  • Mar 22 Julius Marmur, American biochemist and geneticist (DNA research), born in Bialystok, Poland (d. 1996)
  • Mar 24 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), born in Sangiano (d. 2016)
  • Mar 25 Hans Rausing, Swedish British industrial billionaire (Tetra Pak)
  • Mar 27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • Mar 27 Louis Blom-Cooper, barrister specialising in public and administrative law and co-editor of The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009, born in London
  • Mar 28 Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, born in Madrid (d. 2014)

Ingvar KampradIngvar Kamprad (1926-2018)

Mar 30 Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), born in Pjätteryd, Sweden

  • Mar 30 Lord Rayner [Derek Rayner], English businessman and chief executive (Marks & Spencer), born in Norwich, Norfolk
  • Mar 31 John Fowles, British novelist (Collector, French Lieutenant's Woman), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2005)

Anne McCaffreyAnne McCaffrey (1926-2011)

Apr 1 American sci-fi author (Dragonflight, Dragondrums), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Apr 2 Michael Rizzello, English sculptor and coin designer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • Apr 3 Virgil Grissom, US Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut (Mercury-Redstone 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1), born in Mitchell, Indiana (d. 1967)
  • Apr 6 Gil Kane, Latvian-born cartoonist (d. 2000)

Ian PaisleyIan Paisley (1926-2014)

Apr 6 First Minister of Northern Ireland (Democratic Unionist Party: 2007-08), loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader, born in Armagh, Northern Ireland

  • Apr 7 Johannes Rood, Dutch immunologist (Eurotransplant)
  • Apr 8 Henry N. Cobb, American architect (Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • Apr 8 Jürgen Moltmann, German Reformed theologian, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Apr 9 Gerry Fitt, Northern Irish politician (Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party), born in Beechmount, Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2005)
  • Apr 9 Graham Hills, English physical scientist and principal (Strathclyde University, England), born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex (d. 2014)
  • Apr 9 Harris Wofford, American politician (Sen-D-Pennsylvania 1991-94), head of AmeriCorps, born in New York City (d. 2019)

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner (1926-2017)

Apr 9 American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Apr 9 Michael Ogden, British barrister (Ogden Tables), born in London (d. 2003)
  • Apr 10 Johnnie Tillmon, civil rights activist (National Welfare Rights Association), born in Scott, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • Apr 12 James Hillman, American psychologist, and educator (C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • Apr 13 John Spencer-Churchill, 11th duke of Marlborough, English large landowner, born in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England (d. 2014)
  • Apr 14 Barbara Anderson, New Zealand author, born in Hastings, New Zealand (d. 2013)
  • Apr 14 Frank Daniel, Czech-born writer, director and teacher (d. 1996)
  • Apr 16 Barbara Tizard, British educator and author, born in London (d. 2015)
  • Apr 17 Arthur Hockaday, Director-General (Commonwealth War Graves Commission), born in Plymouth
  • Apr 19 Kim Bok-dong, Korean sex slave activist, born in Yangsan, Korea (d. 2019)
  • Apr 20 Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1998-88), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2015)

Elizabeth IIElizabeth II (1926-2022)

Apr 21 Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (country's longest reigning monarch 1952-2022), born in London

  • Apr 22 James Stirling, Scottish architect, born in Glasgow (d. 1992)
  • Apr 23 J. P. Donleavy, American novelist (Ginger Man, Onion Eaters), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 24 Thorbjorn Falldin, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (1976-78, 79-82) and sheep farmer, born in Hogsjo (d. 2016)
  • Apr 25 Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (Social Democratic Party of Austria), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2008)
  • Apr 26 Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator, born in Amberg, Bavaria (d. 2003)
  • Apr 27 Ernest McCulloch, Canadian stem cell research pioneer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)

Harper LeeHarper Lee (1926-2016)

Apr 28 American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama

  • Apr 29 Carrie Meek, American politician (Rep-D-Florida 1993-2003), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2021)
  • Apr 30 Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi author (Seed of Light, All Fool's Day), born in Marple, Greater Manchester, England (d. 1982)
  • May 1 Peter Lax, Hungarian Mathematician
  • May 2 Gérard D. Levesque, Canadian politician, born in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Canada (d. 1993)
  • May 4 Gerlind Reinshagen, German writer, born in Konigsberg, Germany
  • May 4 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • May 6 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician (co-founder of the Parti Québécois), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • May 6 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises) and British Major-General
  • May 8 Ronald Waterhouse, British high court judge (d. 2011)
  • May 9 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • May 9 Joshua Hassan, chief minister (Gibralter)
  • May 9 Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)
  • May 10 Duncan Watson, president (World Blind Union)
  • May 10 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (d. 2002)
  • May 11 Ernest Harrison, CEO (Racal Electronics)
  • May 12 Earl Hutto, American politician (Rep-D-Florida, 1979-95), born in Panama City, Florida (d. 2020)
  • May 12 Mervyn Dymally, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1981-93), born in Cedros, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2012)
  • May 13 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, born in Crump, Tennessee (d. 1968)
  • May 13 Wallace Breem, British author (Eagle in the Snow), born in Kingston, England (d. 1990)
  • May 15 Anthony Shaffer, Engish playwright (Sleuth), twin brother to Peter, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)

Peter ShafferPeter Shaffer (1926-2016)

May 15 English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, born in Liverpool

  • May 17 Cicely Berry, British theatre director (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • May 17 David Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie, Scottish peer, Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth, born in London
  • May 17 David Young, Lt-Gen/CEO (Cairn Tech)
  • May 17 Geoffrey Caston, vice chancellor (U of South Pacific)
  • May 19 Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
  • May 20 John Lucarotti, scriptwriter
  • May 21 Robert Creeley, American, poet and novelist (Island), born in Arlington, Massachusetts (d. 2005)
  • May 26 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2009)
  • May 29 Abdoulaye Wade, Senegalese politician (President of Senegal, 2000-12; Secretary-General of Senegalese Democratic Party, 1974-present), born in Kébémer, Senegal
  • May 30 Christine Jorgensen, pioneer transsexual (born George William Jorgensen, Jr)
  • May 30 James Whitman McLamore, businessman
  • May 31 Derek Birley, English founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster and sports writer, born in West Yorkshire (d. 2002)
  • May 31 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man (d. 2008)

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

Jun 3 American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, born in Newark, New Jersey

  • Jun 3 Hamilton Fish IV, American politician (Rep-R-NY, 1969-95), born in Washington D.C. (d. 1996)
  • Jun 3 Roscoe Bartlett, American politician (Rep-R-Maryland), born in Moorland, Kentucky
  • Jun 4 Robert Earl Hughes, American man who became heaviest known human (485 kg), born in Monticello, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • Jun 6 Tom Ryan, American comic strip cartoonist (Tumbleweeds), born in Anderson, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • Jun 8 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C), born in Bexhill (d. 2001)
  • Jun 8 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature
  • Jun 10 Willem Oltmans, Dutch investigative journalist and author (Outlawed; Free as a Bird), born in Huizen, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • Jun 11 John Aspinall, English zoo owner (Howletts; Port Lympne), and gambling club host, born in Delhi, British India (d. 2000)
  • Jun 13 Geoffrey Finsberg, British politician (d. 1996)
  • Jun 13 Jerome Lejeune, French physician and geneticist (discovered chromosome responsible for Downs Syndrome), born in Montrouge, France (d. 1994)
  • Jun 14 Hermann Kant, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 2016)
  • Jun 15 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (d. 2006)

Efraín Ríos MonttEfraín Ríos Montt (1926-2018)

Jun 16 Guatemalan general and dictator convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, born in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

  • Jun 17 Alan Walters, British political economist (Chief Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher), born in Leicester, England (d. 2009)
  • Jun 18 Patricia Hutchinson, British ambassador (Uruguay)
  • Jun 18 Tom Wicker, American columnist (covered assassination of JFK for NY Times) and author, born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • Jun 20 Arthur Bell, Director of Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew Gardens), born in Gosforth, Northumberland (d. 2006)
  • Jun 21 Louis Ottens, Dutch engineer, developed the audio cassette tape, and worked on the compact disc, born in Bellingwolde, Netherlands (d. 2021) [1]
  • Jun 25 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), born in Klagenfurt, Austria (d. 1973)
  • Jun 28 Robert Ledley, American scientist (invented the CT scanner), born in Queens, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jun 29 Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, born in Kuwait City (d. 2006)
  • Jun 29 Rex Hunt, British diplomat and Governor of the Falkland Islands (1982-1985), born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England (d. 2012)
  • Jun 30 Paul Berg, American biochemist (development of recombinant DNA techniques, Nobel Chemistry 1980), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 1 Carl Hahn, German automotive executive (Volkswagen Group), born in Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany
  • Jul 1 Robert Fogel, American economic historian (Nobel Prize 1993), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Jul 2 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer, journalist, (d. 2007)
  • Jul 3 Joseph M. Gaydos, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Braddock, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Jul 3 William Roll, German poltergeist researcher and parapsychologist (The Poltergeist, Unsolved Mysteries), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Jul 5 Haya van Someren-Downer, Dutch politician (2nd Member of parliament (Dutch Lib Party)), born in Amsterdam (d. 1980)
  • Jul 6 Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr., American hotel heir and 1st husband of Elizabeth Taylor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1969)
  • Jul 7 Nuon Chea [Lau Kim Korn], Cambodian revolutionary and Khmer Rouge leader 'Brother Number Two', born in Battambang, Cambodia (d. 2019)
  • Jul 8 Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss-American author and psychiatrist (On Death and Dying), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • Jul 8 John Dingell, American politician (D-Michigan, 1955-2015), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • Jul 9 Ben Roy Mottelson, American-Danish physicist (Nobel 1975), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 9 Mathilde Krim, American medical researcher and founding chairman of amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research), born in Como, Italy (d. 2018)
  • Jul 9 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Jul 11 Frederick Buechner, American author
  • Jul 11 Ralph D Abernathy, American president (SCLC)
  • Jul 15 Driss Chraïbi, Moroccan author
  • Jul 15 John Graham, British ambassador to NATO

Leopoldo GaltieriLeopoldo Galtieri (1926-2003)

Jul 15 Argentine general, dictator and President of Argentina (1981-82) who invaded the Falkland Islands, born in Caseros, Argentina [1]

  • Jul 16 Brian Howard, deputy chairman (Marks & Spencer), born in Blackpool, England (d. 2005)
  • Jul 16 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jul 16 Philip Randle, British biochemist (Randle cycle), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire (d. 2006)
  • Jul 18 Margaret Laurence, Canadian writer (The Stone Angel), born in Neepawa, Manitoba (d. 1987)
  • Jul 19 Max Sordam, Suriname warden and writer (Dictionary Sranantongo)
  • Jul 21 Karel Reisz, director (Everybody Wins, Isadora, Who'll Stop the Rain)
  • Jul 21 Norman Jewison, Canadian director (Moonstruck, ...and Justice For All), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 21 Rahimuddin Khan, Pakistani general and Governor, born in Qaimganj, British India
  • Jul 22 Peter Michael Grayson, British showman, born in Manchester (d. 1996)

About 1926

Chinese Zodiac: Ox (Jan 24, 1925 - Feb 12, 1926),
Tiger (Feb 13, 1926 - Feb 1, 1927)