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Birthdays in History in May 1929

  • May 3 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral
  • May 3 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India (d. 1994)
  • May 4 Sydney M. Lamb, American linguist (Stratificational grammar), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 6 John P. Allen, American engineer, inventor and CEO (Biosphere 2), born in Carnegie, Oklahoma
  • May 6 John Taylor, British bishop (St Albans) and Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • May 6 Rosemary Camp, British archaeologist (Council for British Archaeology)
  • May 6 Hans Beck, German inventor of Playmobil toys, born in Greiz, Germany (d. 2009)
  • May 7 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 7 Gisèle Rabesahala, Malagasy politician (1st female minister) and human righter activist, born in Antananarivo, Magaascar (d. 2011)
  • May 8 Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress (Katsumi-Sayonara, Mrs Livingston-Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in Otaru, Japan (d. 2007)
  • May 8 V N M Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
  • May 8 Claude Castonguay, Quebec politician
  • May 9 Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • May 10 Brian Corby, CEO (Prudential)
  • May 10 Robin Hill, 8th Marquess of Downshire, Irish peer and the Hereditary Constable of Hillsborough Fort
  • May 11 Edward Anson, British vice-admiral

  • May 12 Sam Nujoma, Namibian revolutionary and politician, first President of Namibia (1990-2005), born in Ongandjera, Soutwest Africa
  • May 14 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, (d. 2013)
  • May 15 Frank Evans Heart, American computer engineer (worked on first routing computer for ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2018)
  • May 16 Adrienne Rich, American feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • May 16 John Conyers, American politician (Rep-D-MI, 1965-2017), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • May 16 Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • May 17 Raymond Hide, geophysicist
  • May 17 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 18 Johan N Block, aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia/Air Holland)
  • May 18 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • May 19 Harvey Cox, US theologist (Secular City)
  • May 19 John Stroger Chicago politician
  • May 20 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • May 21 Robert Welch, English designer, silversmith (Robert Welch flatware), born in Hereford, England (d. 2000)
  • May 23 Joe Modise, South African commandant of Umkhonto we Sizwe (1965- )
  • May 25 David Sturtevant Ruder, 23rd chairman of Security & Exchange Commission, born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • May 26 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2013)
  • May 28 Patrick McNair-Wilson, MP
  • May 29 Anthony Grant, British MP
  • May 29 Peter Higgs, Newcastle upon Tyne, British theoretical physicist (Nobel, 2013)
  • May 31 Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)

About May 1929

How Old? 91 or 92 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Signs: Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20), Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)