Historical Figures Born in 1937

  • Jan 1 Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg, Polish author (d. 1995)
  • Jan 2 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • Jan 9 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2001)
  • Jan 10 Thomas Penfield Jackson, American judge, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • Jan 12 Liliana Cavani, Italian director (Berlin Affair), born in Carpi, Italy
  • Jan 18 John Hume, Northern Irish politician (jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Good Friday Agreement), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 2020) [1]
  • Jan 21 Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
  • Jan 22 Edén Pastora, Nicaraguan rebel leader
  • Jan 22 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25 Ange-Félix Patassé, President of the Central African Republic, born in Paoua, Central African Republic (d. 2011)
  • Jan 25 Kathleen Tynan Halton, Canadian-British journalist & author, born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • Jan 26 Gerrit Gerritse, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • Jan 26 Joseph Saidu Momoh, gen/president (Sierra Leone)
  • Jan 28 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jan 31 Andrée Boucher, Canadian politician (mayor of Quebec City), born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • Jan 31 Steve Karmen, American jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 5 Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist, born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China (d. 2006)
  • Feb 8 David Montgomery, American born photographer known for his images of the 1960s, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 10 Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Feb 11 Marilyn Butler, Rector (Exeter College-Oxford)
  • Feb 13 Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer, born in Omdurman, Sudan (d. 1992)
  • Feb 13 Sigmund Jaehn, German cosmonaut (Soyuz 31/29), born in Muldenhammer, Germany
  • Feb 14 John MacGregor, British MP
  • Feb 15 Gregory Mcdonald, American author
  • Feb 15 Terry Everett, American politician (Rep-R-Alabama 1993-2009), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • Feb 16 Paul Bailey, English novelist and biographer, born in London
  • Feb 16 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, Russian cosmonaut who died during training in a surdobar chamber, born in Kharkov. (d. 1961)
  • Feb 20 Robert Huber, biochemist (Nobel 1988), born in Munich. Germany
  • Feb 21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present), born in Akershus, Norway
  • Feb 22 Joanna Russ, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 22 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer & multi-millionaire
  • Feb 23 David Ward, president (Law Society)
  • Feb 23 Lord Tugendhat, British politician (Conservative party)
  • Feb 24 Jerry Wiggin, British MP (cash for amendments scandal), born in Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • Feb 25 Basia Johnson, maid (inherited Johnson & Johnson fortune)
  • Feb 27 Barbara Babcock, American actress (Dr Quinn,; Dallas; Hill Street Blues), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Feb 27 Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise), born in Griffith, Australia (d. 1977)

Abdelaziz BouteflikaAbdelaziz Bouteflika (1937-2021)

Mar 2 Algerian politician, President of Algeria (1999-2019), born in Oujda, Morocco

  • Mar 4 Leslie Gelb, American foreign policy advisor
  • Mar 4 Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 5 Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ, President of Nigeria
  • Mar 5 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur
  • Mar 6 Ivan Boesky, stockbroker inside trading, born in Detroit, Michigan

Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova (85 years old)

Mar 6 Soviet cosmonaut and 1st woman in space (Vostok 6), born in Maslennikovo, Russia

  • Mar 7 Don Bonker, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1975-89), born in Denver, Colorado

Juvénal HabyarimanaJuvénal Habyarimana (1937-1994)

Mar 8 Rwandan General, Dictator and President of Rwanda (1973-94) who was assassinated at the start of the Rwandan genocide, born in Ruanda-Urundi, Belgian Colonial Empire

  • Mar 8 Juvénal Hayarimana, president of Rwanda (1973-94)
  • Mar 8 Pamela McEvoy-Johnston, psychotherapist-board member (WIC)
  • Mar 9 Bernard Landry, Premier of Quebec (2001-2003), born in Saint-Jacques, Quebec, Canada
  • Mar 10 Oscar Abrams, Guyanese-born architect and community organizer (Keskidee Centre) (d. 1996)
  • Mar 13 Fofó Iosefa Fiti Sunia, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from American Samoa, born in Fagasá, Pago Pago
  • Mar 15 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember), born in Atalanka, Soviet Union (d. 2015)
  • Mar 16 Amos Tversky, Israeli cognitive and mathematical psychologist, born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1996)
  • Mar 17 Frank Calabrese [Frankie Breeze], American mafia hitman, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Mar 19 Egon Krenz, former East German folitician and last communist leader of East Germany (1989), born in Kolberg, Nazi Germany
  • Mar 20 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor
  • Mar 20 Mark Saville, QC, British high court judge
  • Mar 23 Robert Gallo, American physician
  • Mar 24 Erskine Sandiford, Premier of Barbados, 1987-94)
  • Mar 25 Scot Palmer, Australian sports journalist (The Sun, Sunday Press, Seven Network; President Football Writers Association), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2022)
  • Mar 25 Tom Monaghan, American founder of Dominos pizza, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Mar 27 Thomas Aquinas Daly, American painter, born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 29 Billy Carter, brother of US President Jimmy Carter, born in Plains, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • Mar 29 Smarck Michel, Haitian Prime Minister (1994-95), born in Saint-Marc, Haiti (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth [Ian MacLaurin], British businessman and chairman (Vodafone), born in Blackheath, England
  • Apr 2 Paul Kanjorski, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 4 Hans van den Doel, Dutch politician and economist (PvdA), born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • Apr 4 Ian St James, novelist (Balfour Conspiracy, Vengeance, Money Stones)
  • Apr 5 Allan R. Thieme, American inventor (first Power operated vehicle/scooter), born in Bridgeport, Michigan

Colin PowellColin Powell (1937-2021)

Apr 5 American General and 1st Black US Secretary of State (2001-05), born in Harlem, New York City [1]

  • Apr 5 Stuart May, senior partner (Theodore Goddard)
  • Apr 8 Seymour Hersh, award-winning investigative reporter (NY Times), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 8 Tony Clegg, English property trader (Montleigh), born in Littleborough, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 9 Barrington J. Bayley, English sci-fi author (Collision Course), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2008)
  • Apr 9 Simon Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.K.
  • Apr 10 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (The String, Fever), born in Moscow (d. 2010)
  • Apr 12 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) and test pilot, born in Zmiiv, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • Apr 13 Lanford Wilson, American playwright (Hot L Baltimore), born in Lebanon, Missouri
  • Apr 15 Conrad Russell, 5th Earl Russell, British historian, born in Harting, West Sussex (d. 2004)
  • Apr 17 Brian Sedgemore, British MP (Labour Party 1974-79 and 1983-2005), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • Apr 17 Eduard Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Werkhopeniye, Russia (d. 2015)
  • Apr 17 Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German automotive engineer and executive (Volkswagen Group), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Apr 18 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2009)
  • Apr 21 Charles Lee Herron, Ky, FBI most wanted fugitive (Jan 1 1986)
  • Apr 22 Bobbi Fiedler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2019)
  • Apr 23 Victoria Glendinning, British author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions), born in Sheffield, England

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein (1937-2006)

Apr 28 President of Iraq (1979-2003), born in Al-Awja, Iraq

  • Apr 29 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer (Peter Wimsey series, Knowledge of Angels), born in London, England (d. 2020) [1]
  • May 2 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), born in Nuremberg, Middle Franconia (d. 1992)
  • May 3 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer (The Republic of Dreams), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • May 5 Rob Van Gennep, Dutch publisher, born in Wassenaar, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • May 7 Aviard Gavrilovich Fastovets, Russian cosmonaut, born in Kovrov, Vladimir Oblast, Russia (d. 1991)
  • May 8 Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
  • May 8 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • May 8 Dennis DeConcini, American politician (Sen-D-AZ, 1977-95), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 8 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • May 8 Thomas Pynchon, American novelist (V, Gravity's Rainbow), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • May 9 José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect

Arthur KopitArthur Kopit (1937-2021)

May 10 American playwright ('Wings', 'Nine'), born in NYC, New York

  • May 12 Gerry Studds, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1973-97), first openly gay member of US Congress, born in Mineola, New York (d. 2006)
  • May 13 John Cope, British politician (UK Paymaster General)

Roch CarrierRoch Carrier (85 years old)

May 13 Canadian novelist (The Hockey Sweater), born in Sainte-Justine, Quebec

  • May 13 Roger Zelazny, American poet and sci-fi author (Chronicles of Amber), born in Euclid, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • May 13 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, born in Kilburn, London (d. 2018)

Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright (1937-2022)

May 15 American diplomat (UN Delegate, 1993-97), and 1st female US Secretary of State (1997-2001), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

  • May 16 James Hunt Jr, American politician (Governor of North Carolina 1993-2001), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • May 17 Hazel R. O'Leary, United States Secretary of Energy
  • May 18 Jacques Santer, Luxembourg politician (President of the European Commission 1995-99), born in Wasserbillig, Lexembourg
  • May 19 Sanne Sannes, Dutch photographer
  • May 27 Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2018)
  • May 29 Charles W. Pickering, American judge (Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • May 30 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow (d. 1994)
  • Jun 1 Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession, The Thorn Birds), born in Wellington, NSW, Australia (d. 2015)
  • Jun 3 Solomon P. Ortiz, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1983-2011), born in Robstown, Texas
  • Jun 4 Mortimer Zuckerman, Canadian-American media proprietor and CEO (US News & World Report, NY Daily News), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 4 Robert Fulghum, American author (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten), born in Waco, Texas
  • Jun 8 Bruce McCandless II, American aviator, electrical engineer and astronaut who made the 1st untethered space walk (STS 41B, STS-31), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • Jun 8 Norma Shaw, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship gold 1981; Indoor C'ship gold 1997), born in Wakefield, England (d. 2009)
  • Jun 9 Harald Rosenthal, German biologist (lobbied against ballast water pollution), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jun 10 Richard Foreman, American theatrical director (Daily Life), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 11 J. Robin Warren, Australian pathologist (Nobel 2005), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jun 12 Antal Festetics, Austrian biologist and zoologist, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 12 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2010)
  • Jun 13 Eleanor Holmes Norton, American lawyer and politician (Rep-D-DC), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 16 August Busch III, American CEO (Anheuser-Busch, St Louis Cards)
  • Jun 16 Erich Segal, American author (Love Story, Oliver's Story), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • Jun 16 Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria (1943-46) Prime Minister of Bulgaria (2001-5), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Jun 18 Gail Godwin, American author (Perfectionists, Odd Woman)
  • Jun 18 Jay Rockefeller, American politician (Sen-D-West Virginia 1985-2015), born in New York City
  • Jun 18 Vitaly Mikhailovich Zholobov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 21)
  • Jun 21 Anna Davies, Italian philologist and Professor of Comparative Philology (Oxford U), born in Milan (d. 2014)
  • Jun 23 Martti Ahtisaari, President of Finland
  • Jun 24 Baron Wolman, American photographer, founding chief photographer for Rolling Stone, born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Jun 25 Marabel Morgan, American author (The Total Woman), born in Crestline, Ohio
  • Jun 26 Bob Thompson, African-American painter, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1966)
  • Jun 26 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist (Nobel 1996), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • Jun 27 Joseph P. Allen, American NASA astronaut (STS-5, STS 51A), born in Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Jul 1 Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, South African ANCer and Umkhonto we Sizwe-leader, born in Durban, South Africa
  • Jul 4 Sonja [Haraldsen], Queen consort of Norway (since 1991), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jul 4 Thomas Nagel, American philosopher and University Professor of Philosophy and Law Emeritus at New York University, born in Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • Jul 5 Brooke Hayward, American author (Haywire), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 5 Frouwke J. Laning-Boersema, Dutch politician (CDA) 2nd Chamber
  • Jul 5 Nita Lowey, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 6 Bessie Head, Botswana writer (When Rain Clouds Gather, Maru, A Question of Power), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1986)
  • Jul 7 Carroll Hubbard Jr, American politician (Rep-D-KY, 1975-93), born in Murray, Kentucky

David HockneyDavid Hockney (85 years old)

Jul 9 English artist (Pop Art), born in Bradford, England

  • Jul 11 Pai Hsien-yung, Taiwanese writer (Taipei People), born in Guilin, China
  • Jul 12 Lionel Jospin, Prime Minister of France (1997-2002), born in Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, France
  • Jul 12 Mickey Edwards, American Republican congressman (Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 12 Robert McFarlane, American Marine Corps veteran and civil servant (National Security Adviser, 1983-85), involved in the Space Defense Initiative, and Iran-Contra Affair, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2022)
  • Jul 14 Yoshirō Mori, Japanese politician, Prime Minister of Japan (2000-01), born in Nomi, Japan
  • Jul 16 Richard Bryan, American attorney and politician (25th Governor of Nevada), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 17 Jose Ignacio Cabrujas, writer

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)

Jul 18 American journalist and author (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), born in Louisville, Kentucky

  • Jul 18 Roald Hoffmann, Polish-American chemist (Nobel 1981), born in Złoczów, Poland
  • Jul 19 Larry Boxx, founder (Land B Computer Serv)
  • Jul 24 Baroness Blatch, British minister of state for Education
  • Jul 24 Quinlan Terry, architect
  • Jul 25 Colin Renfrew, English archeologist (Anatolian hypothesis), born in Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • Jul 26 Boris Cyrulnik, French doctor, born in Bordeaux, France
  • Jul 27 Anna Dawson, British comedienne (Violet-Keeping Up Appearances), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • Jul 27 Robert Gibb, British zoo and theme park creator (Flamingo Land; Pleasure Island), born in England

Charles SchwabCharles Schwab (85 years old)

Jul 29 American investor and entrepreneur (Charles Schwab Corporation), born in Sacramento, California

  • Jul 29 Daniel McFadden, American economist and Nobel Prize Laureate who developed theory and methods for analyzing discrete choice, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Jul 29 Ryutaro Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1996-98), born in Sōja, Japan (d. 2006)
  • Aug 1 Alhonse "Al" D'Amato, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Senator from New York, 1981-99), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 2 Ronald Brierley, New Zealand investor and company director, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Aug 3 Diane Wakoski, American poet (Motorcycle Betrayal), born in Whittier, California
  • Aug 4 Jacobus H "Koos" van de Merwe, South African attorney/CP parliament leader
  • Aug 5 Brian G. Marsden, British astronomer (Smithsonian's Minor Planet Center (MPC), 1978-2006), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2010)
  • Aug 10 Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician
  • Aug 11 Taki Theodoracopoulos, Greek-British journalist and multi-millionaire
  • Aug 12 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, (d. 2014)
  • Aug 15 Ronnie G. Flippo, American politician (US Representative, Alabama(D), 1977-91), born in Florence, Alabama
  • Aug 16 Andrew J[efferson V] Offutt, American sci-fi author (Undying Wizard)
  • Aug 16 David Anderson, Canadian politician
  • Aug 20 Corrie Moret-de Jong, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • Aug 21 Donald Campbell Dewar, Scottish politician (1st minister of Scotland's first Parliament in almost 300yrs), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • Aug 21 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Aug 22 Max Hebditch, British director (Museum of London), born in Yeovil, England
  • Aug 24 Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Nigerian politician, born in Abeokuta, Nigeria (d. 1998)
  • Aug 27 Mark Potter, British court judge
  • Aug 29 James Florio, American politician and author of federal 'Superfund' legislation (49th Governor of New Jersey, 1990-94; US Representative from New Jersey, 1975-90), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2022) [1]
  • Sep 6 Irina Bayanovna Solovyova, Russian cosmonaut, born in Tula Oblast, Russia
  • Sep 6 Sergio Aragonés, Spanish-born illustrator, born in Sant Mateu, Spain
  • Sep 8 Les Wexner, American businessman (L Brands - Victoria's Secret), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Sep 10 Jared Diamond, American biologist and author (Guns, Germs and Steel), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 11 Paola Ruffo di Calabria, Italian princess and Queen of Belgium (1993-2013), born in Villa Claudia, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
  • Sep 11 Robert Crippen, American astronaut (STS 1, 7, 41C, 41G), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Sep 14 Renzo Piano, Italian architect (Whitney Museum of American Art, The Shard), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Sep 15 Fernando de la Rúa, Argentine politician, 51st President of Argentina (1999-2001), born in, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • Sep 15 Robert Lucas, Jr., American economist (1995 Nobel Prize for Economics for rational expectations theory), born in Yakima, Washington
  • Sep 17 Albertine Sarrazin, French author (L'astragale, La Cavale), born in Algiers, Algeria (d. 1967)
  • Sep 20 Birgitta Dahl, Swedish politician (Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden 1994-2002), born in Råda, Härryda Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
  • Sep 24 Alan Grose, British vice-admiral
  • Sep 26 Valentin Pavlov, Russian politician and Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991), born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2003)
  • Sep 28 Colin Berry, British professor of morbid anatomy
  • Sep 29 Barry Heywood, British director of the British Antarctic Survey (d. 2021)
  • Sep 30 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • Oct 1 Hedy d'Ancona, Dutch minister of WVC (PvdA)

About 1937

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 24, 1936 - Feb 10, 1937),
Ox (Feb 11, 1937 - Jan 30, 1938)