Historical Figures Born in 1928

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  • Jan 1 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philanthropist (Edhi Foundation), born in Bantva, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • Jan 2 Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • Jan 2 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer
  • Jan 2 Dan Rostenkowski, American politician (Rep-D-Il, 1959-94), convicted of mail fraud, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Jan 2 Gerhard Amanshauser, writer
  • Jan 2 Harry Hyams, English immovable goods owner (Center Point)
  • Jan 2 Oskar Rabin, Russian painter and dissident during Soviet era, born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • Jan 2 Vaughn Beals, CEO (Harley Davidson motorcycle), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 5 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and vice premier, born in Tianjin (d. 2017)

Walter MondaleWalter Mondale (1928-2021)

Jan 5 American politician (US Senator from Minnesota (D), 1964-76 ; 42nd Vice President, 1977-81), born in Ceylon, Minnesota

  • Jan 5 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, 4th President and 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan, born in Ratodero Taluka, Pakistan (d. 1979)
  • Jan 6 George H. Ross, American businessman, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 8 Gaston Miron, Quebec poet & editor, born in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Canada (d. 1996)
  • Jan 9 Fernand St Germain, American politician (Rep-D-RI, 1961-89), born in Blackstone, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • Jan 9 Judith Krantz, Jewish-American novelist (Scruples, Princess Daisy, Dazzle), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Donald Brooks, American fashion designer (Emmy 1983), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • Jan 10 Philip Levine, American poet, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 David L Wolper, producer (Devil's Brigade)
  • Jan 14 Garry Winogrand, American photographer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • Jan 16 John William Fozard, aircraft designer
  • Jan 16 William Kennedy, American writer

Vidal SassoonVidal Sassoon (1928-2012)

Jan 17 British-American hair stylist and CEO of Vidal Sasson, born in London

  • Jan 19 Dainin Katagiri, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jan 21 Reynaldo Bignone, Argentine politician and human rights violator, 41st President (1982–1983), born in Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2018)
  • Jan 22 Birch Bayh, American politician, Senator (D) Indiana (1963-81), wrote 2 amendments to US constitution, born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Jan 22 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian (d. 2004)
  • Jan 24 Desmond Morris, English zoologist (Human Ape, Body Language), born in Purton, United Kingdom

Eduard ShevardnadzeEduard Shevardnadze (1928-2014)

Jan 25 President of Georgia (1995-2003) and Soviet Foreign Minister (1985-90), born in Mamati, Georgia

  • Jan 25 Jérôme Choquette, Quebec lawyer and politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 26 Gene Snyder, American politician (Rep-R-KY, 1963-65, 67-87), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • Jan 26 Roger Vadim, French director (And God Created Women, Barbarella)
  • Jan 27 Hans Modrow, a German politician, premier of East Germany
  • Jan 28 Martin Sinnatt, Major-General/secretary (Kennel Club)
  • Jan 28 MG Falcon, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Jan 28 Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA, 1981-87, 1989-2001), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Jan 29 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician
  • Jan 31 Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
  • Jan 31 Richard Buckley, royal equerry
  • Jan 31 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, born in Bridgwater, Somerset
  • Jan 31 S. Newman Darby, American inventor of the sailboard, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Feb 1 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, born in Tenby, Wales (d. 1996)
  • Feb 1 Peter Gordon Dorrell, British archaeologist and photographer (d. 1996)
  • Feb 1 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Feb 1 Tom Lantos, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1981-2008), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2008)
  • Feb 2 Luigi Ciriaco De Mita, Prime Minister of Italy (1988-89)
  • Feb 5 Andrew M Greeley, author/reverend
  • Feb 5 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, Middle Eastern scholar (d. 1997)
  • Feb 8 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, American lawyer and civil rights activist (challenged University of Oklahoma segregation laws in Supreme Court and won), born in Chickasha, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • Feb 9 Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
  • Feb 10 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973-89), born in Sarcoxie, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • Feb 11 Archibald Forster, CEO (Esso UK)
  • Feb 14 Ben Garrido Blaz, American politician (Rep-R-Guam, 1985-93), born in Agana, Guam (d. 2014)
  • Feb 14 Juan Garcia Hortelano, Spanish author (Tormenta de verano)
  • Feb 20 Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
  • Feb 23 David Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort, British peer
  • Feb 23 Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, Siberia USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A)
  • Feb 24 Michael Harrington, socialist/author (Fragments of Century), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 25 Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
  • Feb 25 Richard Stern, American writer
  • Feb 26 Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16), born in Davydovka, USSR

Ariel SharonAriel Sharon (1928-2014)

Feb 26 Israeli general, politician and Prime Minister of Israel (2001-06), born in Kfar Malal, Mandatory Palestine

  • Feb 29 Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer
  • Feb 29 Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner
  • Mar 1 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, born in Pretoria (d. 2016)
  • Mar 2 Father John Romanides, Greek priest and professor (d. 2001)
  • Mar 3 Gudrun Pausewang, Eastern Bohemia, German writer
  • Mar 9 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer and engineer, born in North Bay, Ontario (d. 1990)

James Earl RayJames Earl Ray (1928-1998)

Mar 10 American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Alton, Illinois

  • Mar 11 Peter Roger Hunt, English director (Dr No), born in London, England

Edward AlbeeEdward Albee (1928-2016)

Mar 12 American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), born in Virginia

  • Mar 12 Roland Moyle, British deputy chairman (Police Complaints Authority)
  • Mar 12 Thérèse Lavoie-Roux, Quebec politician and senator

Frank BormanFrank Borman (94 years old)

Mar 14 American astronaut (Gemini 7, Apollo 8) and CEO of Eastern Air Lines (1975-86), born in Gary, Indiana

  • Mar 17 William John McKeag, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • Mar 18 Fidel V. Ramos, Filipino general and 12th President of the Philippines (1992-98), born in Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines (d. 2022) [1]
  • Mar 18 Julia Mullock, Princess of Korea
  • Mar 19 Hans Küng, Swiss theologian
  • Mar 20 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), born in Sale, Cheshire (d. 2008)
  • Mar 21 James W Kinnear, CEO (Texaco), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 21 Peter Hacks, German playwright (Tie Windloch)
  • Mar 22 Betty Callaway, English figure skating coach (Torvill & Dean, Regőczy & Sallay), born in Reading, England (d. 2011)
  • Mar 22 Bill Archer, American politician (Rep-R-TX, 1971-2001), born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 22 Carrie Donovan, American fashion editor (d. 2001)
  • Mar 22 Dmitri Volkogonov, Russian historian (biographies of Stalin and Lenin) and colonel general, born in Chita, USSR (d. 1995)
  • Mar 22 E.D. Hirsch. American social commentator, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 23 Alfred Morris, British MP
  • Mar 25 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, born in Gloucester, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Mar 25 James A. Lovell Jr, American astronaut (Gemini 7, 12, Apollo 8, 13), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 26 G. Harry Stine, American science fiction writer (d. 1997)
  • Mar 27 Douglas Applegate, American politician (US Representative from Ohio, 1977-95), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • Mar 28 Alexander Grothendieck, German-French mathematician, born in Berlin (d. 2014)
  • Mar 28 Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor (Carter), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2017)
  • Mar 29 Vincent Gigante, Italian-American mafioso, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2005)
  • Mar 30 Richard Trant, British general (d. 2007)
  • Mar 30 Tom Sharpe, English historian and author (Riotous Assembly, Want), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 1 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Dutch writer/director (Hadimassa)
  • Apr 2 Joseph Bernardin, American Cardinal of the Catholic Church, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • Apr 5 Peter Moore, British academic (Professor of Statistics at London Business School) (d. 2010)

James WatsonJames Watson (94 years old)

Apr 6 American molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure, with Francis Crick (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1962), geneticist and zoologist, born in Chicago, Illinois [1] [2]

  • Apr 7 Alan J Pakula, director (All the President's Men, Klute)
  • Apr 7 James White, UK, sci-fi author (Star Surgeon, Star Healer)
  • Apr 8 Leah Rabin (nee Schloßberg), wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, born in Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia) (d. 2000)
  • Apr 8 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch CEO (NVSH - Dutch Association for Sexual Reform), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • Apr 9 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 9 Floyd Spence, American attorney and politician (Rep-R-SC, 1971-2001), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2001)

Ethel KennedyEthel Kennedy (94 years old)

Apr 11 American human-rights campaigner (wife of Bobby Kennedy), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Apr 12 Brooklyn Supreme, Belgian stallion, heaviest known horse (1450 kg)
  • Apr 12 Russell L. Rogers, American electrical engineer and astronaut (X-20), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1967)
  • Apr 12 Uwe Kitzinger, President (Templeton College, Oxford), born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • Apr 13 Alan Clark, English politician (Minister for Defence Procurement), born in Paddington, London (d. 1999)
  • Apr 15 Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st African-American woman architect in NY & California, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Richard Evans, British diplomat, ambassador to the People's Republic of China (1984-88), born in England (d. 2012)
  • Apr 17 Cynthia Ozick, American author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 18 Howard S. Becker, American sociologist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 19 John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College), born in Edmonton, Middlesex (d. 2015)
  • Apr 19 William Klein, American-French photographer (1957 Prix Nadar), born in New York City
  • Apr 20 Gerald S. Hawkins, English-American astronomer (archaeoastronomy), born in Great Yarmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • Apr 20 Muhammadu Maccido, 19th Sultan of Sokoto (1996-2006) in Nigeria, born in Dange Shuni, Nigeria (d. 2006)
  • Apr 23 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Apr 28 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • Apr 28 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, born in Nice, France (d. 1962)
  • Apr 30 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • May 1 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • May 1 Raoul Servais, Belgian cartoonist/pres (l'ASIFA)

Hosni MubarakHosni Mubarak (1928-2020)

May 4 Egyptian president (1981-2011) who was ousted during the Arab spring, born in Kafr-El Meselha, Egypt

  • May 6 Robert Poujade, French politician (Mayor of Dijon 1971-2001), born in Moulins, France
  • May 7 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • May 8 Theodore Sorenson, American presidential advisor to JFK and author (Kennedy), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 2010)
  • May 9 Ralph Goings, American painter
  • May 10 Arnold Rüütel, Estonian president
  • May 11 Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary
  • May 11 Yaacov Agam, Israeli sculptor
  • May 12 Manuel Lujan Jr, American politician (Rep-R-NM, 1969-89), born in San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico (d. 2019)
  • May 13 Enrique Bolaños, President of Nicaragua (2002-07), born in Masaya, Nicaragua (d. 2021)
  • May 13 Jim Shoulders, American champion rodeo cowboy, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Frederik H. Kreuger, Dutch scientist and inventor
  • May 16 Hiroshi Nakajima, Chiba, Japan, doctor (WHO Director-General, 1988-98), (d. 2013)
  • May 16 Reginald Askew, dean (King's College London)
  • May 17 Donald Cameron Watt, historian
  • May 17 Ian Griggs, bishop (Ludlow)
  • May 17 Vivian Moses, biotechnologist
  • May 18 Peter Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral who served on submarines, born in Stoke-on-Trent, England (d. 2020)
  • May 19 Colin Chapman, English automotive engineer and founder of Lotus Cars, born in Richmond (d. 1982)
  • May 20 David Berriman, CEO (Rose Thomson Young group of Lloyds Trustees)

T. Boone PickensT. Boone Pickens (1928-2019)

May 22 American business person and oil tycoon (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co) known as the 'Oracle of Oil', born in Holdenville, Oklahoma

  • May 24 Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
  • May 24 William Trevor, Irish writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), born in Mitchelstown, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • May 25 Mary Tuck, British social researcher and civil servant (d. 1996)

Jack KevorkianJack Kevorkian (1928-2011)

May 26 American pathologist and right-to-die activist, born in Pontiac, Michigan

  • May 28 Albert Booth, British government minister
  • May 29 Felix Rohatyn, American investment banker (NY Big MAC Bonds), born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 30 Agnès Varda, Belgium-born French director (Vagabond), born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 2019)
  • May 30 John Keith Wright, English economist, Assistant Secretary of State (1971-84)
  • May 30 Pro Hart, Australian artist (d. 2006)
  • Jun 1 Georgi Timofeyevich Dobrovolsky, Odessa, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11)
  • Jun 2 John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher
  • Jun 3 Donald Judd, American minimalist sculptor and artist, born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • Jun 4 Paul Greening, Royal Navy officer and master of Queen's household, born in Steyning, Sussex, England (d. 2008)
  • Jun 4 Ruth Westheimer, German-American sex therapist and media personality (Dr Ruth), born in Wiesenfeld, Germany
  • Jun 5 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), born in Rickenbach (d. 1994)
  • Jun 6 George Deukmejian, American politician, 35th Governor of California (1983-91), born in Menands, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 7 Anthony Nicholas Maria Wahl, American historian, born in New York (d. 1996)
  • Jun 7 David Malcolm Lewis, English historian, expert in Greek Epigraphy, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jun 7 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), born in Maple Lake, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • Jun 8 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Jun 9 Geraint Gruffydd, Welsh scholar (University of Wales), born in Tal-y-bont, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Jun 10 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator (Where The Wild Things Are), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jun 11 Gerard van Leijenhorst, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior (CDA), born in Ede, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • Jun 11 Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Spanish Queen of Belgium, born in Zurbano Palace, Madrid, Spain (d. 2014)
  • Jun 12 Michael Wishart, British figurative painter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Jun 13 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, born in Zurich (d. 2006)

Che GuevaraChe Guevara (1928-1967)

Jun 14 Argentine Marxist revolutionary (Cuban Revolution), author and physician, born in Rosario, Argentina

  • Jun 18 David T. Lykken, American behavioral geneticist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2006)
  • Jun 18 Michael Blakemore, British theater director (Country Life)
  • Jun 19 Raymond Powell, British MP
  • Jun 20 David Mitchell, British MP, born in rural Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2014)
  • Jun 20 Jean-Marie le Pen, French leader (National Front party)
  • Jun 21 Valentin Gavriyilovich Yershov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jun 23 Michael Shaara, American writer (Killer Angels), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • Jun 25 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), born in Moscow (d. 2017)
  • Jun 25 Peyo [Pierre Culliford], Belgian cartoonist (The Smurfs; Johan et Pirlouit), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • Jun 26 Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 27 Rudy Perpich, American politician, 34th & 36th Governor of Minnesota, born in Carson Lake, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • Jun 28 Cyril Smith, British Liberal Member of Parliament and alleged serial sex offender, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • Jun 28 Hans Blix, Swedish head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission 2000-2003, born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • Jun 28 Harold Evans, English-American journalist and writer (editor of The Sunday Times), born in Patricroft, England
  • Jun 28 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1989)
  • Jun 28 Ronald Alfred Gardyne "Rags" Butler, British sailor (d. 1996)
  • Jun 30 Frank Marcus, German playwright and critic, born in Breslau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Jul 3 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance), born in London (d. 2018)
  • Jul 3 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1977)
  • Jul 3 John Wills, Lord-Lieutenant of Avon 1974-96, born in Bristol (d. 1998)
  • Jul 4 Patrick Tilley, British sci-fi author (1st Family, Blood River)
  • Jul 4 Paul de Wispelaere, Flemish writer and critic, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2016)
  • Jul 4 Sylvius Gerald Marie Rozendal, Premier of Netherlands Antilles, born in Willemstad, Curacao (d. 2003)
  • Jul 5 Pierre Mauroy, Prime Minister of France (1981-84), born in Cartignies, Nord, France (d. 2013)
  • Jul 7 Ali Sadikin, Indonesian politician and governor of Jakarta (1966-77), born in Sumedang, West Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2008)
  • Jul 8 Carol Henry, American choreographer (Garry Moore Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jul 10 Bernard Buffet, French painter (Expressionism), born in Paris (d. 1999)
  • Jul 10 Moshe Greenberg, American-Israeli Bible scholar, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)

About 1928

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit (Feb 2, 1927 - Jan 22, 1928),
Dragon (Jan 23, 1928 - Feb 9, 1929)