Historical Figures Born in 1938

  • Jan 1 Bill Emerson, American politician (Rep-R-MO, 1981-96), born in Saint Louis Missouri (d. 1996)
  • Jan 1 Fuad Masum, 7th President of Iraq (2014-2018), born in Koya, Kingdom of Iraq
  • Jan 1 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (d. 2005)
  • Jan 2 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • Jan 2 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), born in Glasgow (d. 2017)

Juan Carlos IJuan Carlos I (85 years old)

Jan 5 King of Spain (1975-2014), born in Rome, Italy

  • Jan 5 Leo Avery, Abbot of Quarr Abbey, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Jan 5 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer, born in Kamirithu
  • Jan 6 Mario Rodríguez Cobos (aka Silo), Argentine writer and spiritual leader, born in Mendoza, Argentina (d. 2010)
  • Jan 6 Prof Adrienne Clarke, Australian botanist, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 7 Jasperina de Jong, Dutch cabaret performer (Jan Rao en z'n Maat)
  • Jan 7 Roland Topor, French illustrator (d. 1997)
  • Jan 9 Aad Kosto, Dutch Labour Party politician who had his house blown up in a failed assassination attempt, born in Oegstgeest, Netherlands
  • Jan 10 Donald Knuth, American mathematician & computer scientist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jan 11 Arthur Scargill, British Marxist & trade unionist (National Union of Mineworkers), born in Barnsley, United Kingdom
  • Jan 11 Fischer S Black Jr, financial theorist
  • Jan 11 Michael Fenn, docker/socialist
  • Jan 13 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), born in Châlons-en-Champagne, France (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 John Bellairs, American sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom), born in Marshall, Michigan (d. 1991)
  • Jan 18 Anthony Giddens, English sociologist, born in Edmonton, London
  • Jan 19 Denny Smith, American politician (Rep-R-OR, 1981-91), bornin Ontario, Oregon
  • Jan 21 Wolfman Jack [Robert Weston Smith], American disc jockey (The Midnight Special), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • Jan 22 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, born in Chicago (d. 2016)
  • Jan 23 Anatoly Marchenko, Soviet dissident, born in Barabinsk, Russia (d. 1986)
  • Jan 25 Betico Croes, Arubian politician (Status Aparte), born in Aruba (d. 1986)
  • Jan 25 Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese creator of anime, born in Kurume, Japan
  • Jan 25 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author, born in Tome, Japan (d. 1998)
  • Jan 26 Margaret Daly, British MEP
  • Jan 27 Timothy Elworthy, Captain of The Queen's Flight
  • Jan 30 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan (1991-2016), born in Samarkand (d. 2016)
  • Jan 30 Marcel van Dam, Dutch politician/CEO (VARA Radio/TV)
  • Jan 31 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • Jan 31 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, former Queen of the Netherlands (1980-2013), born in Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jan 31 James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
  • Feb 2 Nur Hassan Hussein [Nur Adde], Somalian politician, Prime Minister of Somalia (2007-09), born in Mogadishu, Somalia (d. 2020)
  • Feb 3 Randolfe "Randy" Wicker [Charles Gervin Hayden Jr.], American author, LGBT and pro-cloning activist and blogger, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 3 Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 4 Donald W Riegle Jr, (Sen-D-MI, 1976- )
  • Feb 7 S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
  • Feb 12 Judy Blume, American author (Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Feb 15 Jack Tinker, British drama critic (d. 1996)
  • Feb 15 Lord Justice Ward, British judge
  • Feb 17 Mary Frances Berry, American lawyer and activist, head of US Commission on Civil Rights, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Feb 18 Elke Erb, German writer, born in Scherbach
  • Feb 20 Mona Mitchell, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra
  • Feb 21 Beryl Anthony Jr., American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1979-93), born in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • Feb 22 Ishmael Reed, American author (Last Days of Louisiana Red), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Feb 22 Pierre Vallières, French Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1995)
  • Feb 24 Kathleen Richardson (née Fountain), British clergywoman (President of Methodist Conference of Great Britain, 1992-93), born in Chesterfield, England
  • Feb 26 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter, born in Tsada, Cyprus (d. 1957)
  • Feb 28 Martin Olav Sabo, American politician (Rep-D-MN, 1979-2007), born in Crosby, North Dakota (d. 2016)
  • Mar 1 Michael J[oseph] Kurland, American sci-fi author (Infernal Device)
  • Mar 2 Alan Lewis, English textile factory/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 2 Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile
  • Mar 4 Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Polish diplomat and researcher
  • Mar 4 Alpha Condé, Guinean politician (President of Guinea, 2010-21), born in Boke, Lower Guinea
  • Mar 5 Lynn Margulis, American biologist (serial endosymbiotic theory), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Mar 6 Pauline Boty, English artist, born in London (d. 1966)
  • Mar 7 David Baltimore, American biologist (1975 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine), born in New York City
  • Mar 12 Karl Soderlund, Duluth Minn, Mr Sally Jesse Raphael
  • Mar 12 Norman Hogg, British MP
  • Mar 17 Keith O'Brien, Scottish Catholic archbishop (St Andrews & Edinburgh), born in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 18 Kenny Lynch, British entertainer, born in London
  • Mar 20 Frans J. van der Heijden, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • Mar 20 Sergei Petrovich Novikov, Russian Mathematician, Fields Medalist
  • Mar 21 Wilf Corrigan, English/US electronic manufacturer (LSI Logic)
  • Mar 23 Kenneth J Gregory, warden (Goldsmiths' College)
  • Mar 23 Maynard Jackson, first African American mayor of Atlanta (d. 2003)
  • Mar 24 David Irving, British historian
  • Mar 25 Daniel Buren, French conceptual artist, born in Paris, France
  • Mar 26 Anthony James Leggett, English physicist, (Nobel Prize for Physics 2013 for superfluidity), born in London, England
  • Mar 27 A J Bellingham, British haematologist and president (Royal College of Pathologists)
  • Mar 27 Jock Slater, British Admiral, First Sea Lord (1995-1998)
  • Mar 29 Bert de Vries, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (CDA), born in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Mar 31 Bill Hicke, Canadian NHL right wing (3-time NHL All Star), born in Regina, Saskatchewan (d. 2005)
  • Mar 31 David Steel, Scottish politician
  • Mar 31 Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi
  • Apr 2 John Larsson, Swedish writer and 17th General of The Salvation Army, born in Sweden
  • Apr 5 Nancy Holt, American artist (land art), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Apr 6 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • Apr 6 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), born in South Bank, Yorkshire (d. 2016)

Jerry BrownJerry Brown (84 years old)

Apr 7 American politician and Governor of California (Democrat: 1975-83, 2011-19), born in San Francisco, California

Kofi AnnanKofi Annan (1938-2018)

Apr 8 Ghanaian diplomat and 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), born in Comassie, Gold Coast

  • Apr 9 Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian politician (Prime Minister of Russia), born in Chernyy Otrog, Russia (d. 2010)
  • Apr 11 Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff, born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 13 John Weston, British diplomat, representative for NATO (1992-95) and UN (1995-98)
  • Apr 14 Gloria Randle Scott, American educator/President of Beaumont College, born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 15 Hso Khan Pha, 1st President of the democratic and newly independent Union of Burma from 1948-52, born in Yawnghwe State, British Burma (d. 2016)
  • Apr 16 Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician (Leader of the Scottish National Party), born in Govan, Glasgow (d. 2017)
  • Apr 17 Ben Barnes, American politician (36th Lieutenant Governor of Texas), born in Gorman, Texas
  • Apr 17 David Dilks, British historian and vice-chancellor (Hull U), born in Foleshill, Coventry
  • Apr 17 Kerry Wendell Thornley, Co-founder of Discordianism, born in California (d. 1998)
  • Apr 18 Andreas Liebenberg, South African military commander, born in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • Apr 22 Adam Raphael, English journalist and author
  • Apr 22 Issey Miyake, Japanese avant-garde fashion designer, born in Hiroshima, Japan (d. 2022) [1]
  • Apr 23 Leonard Ernest John Chant, English social worker, born in Yeovil, Somerset (d. 1995)
  • Apr 23 Steve Symms, American politician, (Senator-R-Idaho 1981-93, Rep-R-Idaho 1973-81), born in Nampa, Idaho
  • Apr 25 Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist (anticipated challenger disaster), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Apr 25 Ton Schulten, Dutch painter (landscapes using bright blocks of colour), born in Ootmarsum, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • Apr 26 Willie Wood, Scottish bowls player, born in Haddington, East Lothian
  • Apr 27 Earl Anthony, American professional bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2001)

Bernie MadoffBernie Madoff (1938-2021)

Apr 29 American fraudster and financier who committed the largest fraud in US history, born in Queens, New York

  • Apr 30 Larry Niven, American sci-fi author (5 Hugo, Neutron Star), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 2 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), born in Morija, Lesotho (d. 1996)
  • May 4 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer and political activist, born in Mexico City
  • May 4 William J. Bennett, American politician, U.S. Secretary of Education (1985-88), born in NYC, New York
  • May 6 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician, born in Saint-Michel, Quebec (d. 2014)
  • May 6 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), born in Dublin
  • May 8 - Algerian-French Catholic Bishop of Oran (murdered by Islamic extremists in Algeria, born in Bab El Oued, Algeria (d. 1996)
  • May 8 Jean Giraud, French comic artist (Alien, Tron), born in Val-de-Marne, French (d. 2012)
  • May 9 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • May 9 Geoffrey Holland, civil servant
  • May 11 Carla Bley [Carla Borg], American musician (Escalator Over the Hill), born in Oakland, California
  • May 12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer and dissident (Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984), born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 1980)
  • May 13 Giuliano Amato, Italian politician (Prime Minister of Italy 1992-93, 2000-01), born in Turin, Italy
  • May 13 Laurent Beaudoin, French Canadian businessman (Bombardier)

Ivan SutherlandIvan Sutherland (84 years old)

May 16 American computer scientist (Sketchpad), born in Hastings, Nebraska

  • May 17 Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)
  • May 18 Janet Fish, American realist artist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 19 James Bilbray, American lawyer and politician (Rep-D-Nevada 1987-95), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 19 Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader, born in Fahinihan, East Timor (d. 1989)
  • May 20 Alan Smithers, British professor
  • May 21 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, born in Basel (d. 2014)
  • May 23 John Miller, American politician (Rep-R-WA, 1985-93), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • May 23 Peter Preston, editor (Guardian)
  • May 24 David Viscott, American psychiatrist and media personality, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • May 25 Raymond Carver, American poet and short story writer (Furious Season), born in Clatskanie, Oregon (d. 1988)
  • May 26 Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
  • May 26 Pauline Parker, New Zealand murderess (Parker–Hulme murder case), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • May 30 Wilfried de Pree, Dutch politician and theologian (PvdA)/theologist, born in Amstelveen, North Holland, Netherlands
  • May 31 John Prescott, British Labour MP (Deputy PM 1997-2007), born in Prestatyn, Wales
  • Jun 2 Frits Wols [Eugene W Wong Loi Sing], Suriname, Secretary-General (UNESCO)
  • Jun 5 Marion Chapman, smallest known premature baby to survive (280 g), born in South Shields, England
  • Jun 6 Prince Luís of Orléans-Braganza, pretender to the Brazilian throne, born in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France
  • Jun 7 Judy Ann Scott-Fox, literary agent, born in Devon, England (d. 1994)

Martin LeeMartin Lee (84 years old)

Jun 8 Hong Kong politician (Democratic Party: 1985-2008) and barrister known as the "Father of Democracy" in Hong Kong, born in British Hong Kong

  • Jun 9 Jeremy Hardie, British economic and businessman (W H Smith Group, Monopoly and Mergers Commission)
  • Jun 9 Peter Sanders, British head of the Commission for Racial Equality
  • Jun 9 Roger Hurn, British businessman (Smith's Industries)
  • Jun 16 Joyce Carol Oates, American novelist (Garden of Earthly Delights), born in New York
  • Jun 16 Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer (The Way of a Serpent), born in Norsjö, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • Jun 17 Peter Michael, English electronic manufacturer (UEI, Paintbox)
  • Jun 18 Joop Worrell, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Jun 18 Kevin Murray, Australian rules footballer
  • Jun 19 Charles Gwathmey, architect (5 Architects)
  • Jun 19 John Sheil, Northern Irish High Court judge
  • Jun 21 Dan Burton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jun 24 Lawrence Block, American writer
  • Jun 26 Gerald North, American climatologist, born in Sweetwater, Tennessee
  • Jun 26 Neil Abercrombie, American politician (Rep-D-Hawaii, 1986-88), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jun 27 Bruce Babbitt, American attorney and politician (47th United States Secretary of the Interior), born in Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Jun 28 Leon Panetta, American politician (23rd United States Secretary of Defense), born in Monterey, California
  • Jun 28 Moy Yat, Chinese martial artist (student of Yip Man) (d. 2001)
  • Jul 8 Julia Carson, American politician (Rep Indiana (D) 1997-2007), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2007) [1]
  • Jul 10 Paul Andreu, French architect, born in Gironde, France
  • Jul 12 Eiko Ishioka, Costume Designer (Academy Award, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2012)
  • Jul 14 Jerry Rubin, American activist (Chicago 7), stockbroker, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Jul 14 Moshe Safdie, Israel-Canadian-American architect (National Gallery of Canada), born in Haifa, British Palestine
  • Jul 15 Carmen Callil, publisher
  • Jul 19 Jayant Narlikar, Indian astrophysicist (Hoyle–Narlikar theory), born in Maharashtra, India
  • Jul 19 Nicholas Bethell, 4th Baron Bethell, British historian, born in London (d. 2007)
  • Jul 21 Janet Reno, first woman US Attorney General (1993-2001), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2016)
  • Jul 21 Les Aspin, American politician (Rep-D-Wisc, 1971-93), Minister of Defense (1993-94), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1995)
  • Jul 23 Bert Newton, Australian radio, television, and stage personality (Good Morning Australia; Logie Award ceremonies; 20-1), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Jul 23 Charles Harrelson, American organized crime figure, born in Lovelady, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Jul 24 Colin Southgate, CEO (Thorn EMI)
  • Jul 24 Eugene J. Martin, American painter, artist
  • Jul 26 Keith Peters, Welsh physician, born in Baglan, Glamorgan
  • Jul 27 Gary Gygax, American role-playing games creator (Dungeons & Dragons) and fantasy author, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

Alberto FujimoriAlberto Fujimori (84 years old)

Jul 28 President of Peru (1990-2000), born in Lima, Peru

  • Jul 28 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • Jul 29 Jean Rochon, Quebec politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 30 Hervé de Charette, French politician, born in Paris
  • Jul 30 Terry O'Neill, British fashion and celebrity photographer, born in Romford, London, England (d. 2019)
  • Aug 2 Pierre de Bané, French Canadian politician (Senator for De la Vallière, Quebec), born in Haifa, British Mandate for Palestine
  • Aug 4 Ellen Schrecker, American college professor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 7 Helen Caldicott, Australian physician and anti-war activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Aug 9 Leonid Kuchma, 2nd President of Ukraine (1994-2005) and 2nd Prime Minister of Ukraine (1992-93), born in Chaikyne, Ukraine
  • Aug 11 Branko Stanovnik, Slovenian chemist
  • Aug 11 Charles Hugh Shirley, publisher
  • Aug 12 Anthony Joliffe, mayor of London
  • Aug 12 Jean-Paul L'Allier, Canadian Mayor of Quebec
  • Aug 14 Niara Sudarkasa [Gloria Albertha Marshall], American educator and anthropologist (Lincoln College), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2019)
  • Aug 15 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1985)
  • Aug 15 Maxine Waters, American politician (Rep-D-California), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Aug 15 Ottavio Cinquanta, Italian sports executive (President International Skating Union 1994-2016; IOC Executive Committee 2000-08), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2022)
  • Aug 15 Stephen Breyer, American lawyer and Justice of the Supreme Court, born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 16 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Aug 17 Abu Bakar Bashir, Indonesian Muslim cleric, born in Jombang, Dutch East Indies
  • Aug 17 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek politician, born in Eleusis, Greece
  • Aug 18 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2018)
  • Aug 20 Alain Vivien, French Socialist Party politician (MILS, French Mission Interministérielle pour la Lutte contre les Sectes Chairman 1998-2002), born in Melun, France
  • Aug 20 Jean-Loup Chrétien, French cosmonaut (T-6, TM-7, STS 86), born in La Rochelle, France
  • Aug 25 Frederick Forsyth, British author (Day of the Jackal, Deceiver, Odessa File), born in Ashford, Kent, England
  • Aug 28 Maurizio Costanzo, Italian television journalist, born in Rome, Italy

Paul MartinPaul Martin (84 years old)

Aug 28 21st Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 2003-06), born in Windsor, Ontario

  • Aug 29 Robert Rubin, United States Secretary of the Treasury, born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 1 Alan Dershowitz, American attorney (Claus Von Bulow, O.J. Simpson), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 3 Caryl Churchill, English playwright, born in London
  • Sep 3 Ryōji Noyori, Japanese chemist (Nobel Prize 2011), born in Kobe, Japan

About 1938

Chinese Zodiac: Ox (Feb 11, 1937 - Jan 30, 1938),
Tiger (Jan 31, 1938 - Feb 18, 1939)