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Historical Figures Born in April 1937

  • Apr 1 Yilmaz Güney, Kurdish film director (Yol; Arkadaş; Baba; Ağit), born in Yenice, Karataş, Turkey
  • Apr 2 Paul Kanjorski, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 4 Ian St James, novelist (Balfour Conspiracy, Vengeance, Money Stones)
  • Apr 4 Hans van den Doel, Dutch politician and economist (PvdA), born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. 2012)

Colin Powell

Apr 5 Colin Powell, American General and 1st Black US Secretary of State (2001-05), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021) [1]

  • Apr 5 Stuart May, senior partner (Theodore Goddard)
  • Apr 5 Allan R. Thieme, American inventor (first Power operated vehicle/scooter), born in Bridgeport, Michigan
  • Apr 8 Tony Clegg, English property trader (Montleigh), born in Littleborough, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 8 Seymour Hersh, award-winning investigative reporter (NY Times)
  • Apr 9 Simon Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.K.
  • Apr 9 Barrington J. Bayley, English sci-fi author (Collision Course), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2008)
  • 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 Hussein

Apr 28 Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq (1979-2003), born in Al-Awja, Iraq (d. 2006)

  • Apr 29 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer (Peter Wimsey series, Knowledge of Angels), born in London, England (d. 2020) [1]

About April 1937

How Old? 84 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Signs: Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19), Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)