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Birthdays in History in September 1939

  • Sep 6 Susumu Tonegawa, Japanese molecular biologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1987), born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Sep 6 Dan Cragg, American soldier and author, born in Rochester, New York
  • Sep 7 Stanley David Griggs, American astronaut (STS 51-D), STS 33), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1989)
  • Sep 9 Howard P McKeon, (Rep-R-California)
  • Sep 10 Topham Brinton, English carpet magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Sep 10 Mother Flawless Sabrina [Jack Doroshow], American LGBT activist, drag queen and pioneer for transgender people and drag queens, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Sep 11 Charles Geschke, American inventor and businessman (Adobe Systems Inc.), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 12 Henry Waxman, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 13 Larry Speakes, Acting White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, born in Cleveland, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Sep 13 Bill Janklow, American politician and four-term Governor of South Dakota (Republican: 1979-87, 1995-2003), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Sep 14 Piet Stoffelen, Dutch ambassador and MP (PvdA), born in Oldenzaal, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Sep 15 Breyten Breytenbach, South African poet and painter, born in Bonnievale, South Africa
  • Sep 15 Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • Sep 17 David Souter, American retired 107th Supreme Court Justice (1990-2009), born in Melrose, Massachusetts
  • Sep 18 Bob Whittaker, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas), born in Eureka, Kansas
  • Sep 18 Jorge Sampaio, 18th President of Portugal (Socialist Party: 1996-2006), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sep 20 Robert L. Gerry III, American businessman and petroleum industry executive, born in New York
  • Sep 22 Junko Tabei, Japanese mountain-climber, 1st woman to climb Mount Everest, born in Miharu (d. 2016)
  • Sep 22 Mike Sullivan, American politician (Gov-Wyoming 1987-95), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 22 Timothy Wirth, American politician (Rep-D-CO, 1975-87), President of United Nations Foundation, born in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Sep 22 Gilbert E. Patterson, American minister and presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ (d. 2007)
  • Sep 25 David S. Mann, American Democratic politician (Vice Mayor of Cincinnati), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 25 Leon Brittan, British politician, Home Secretary and member of the European Commission, born in London (d. 2015)
  • Sep 26 Judith Appelbaum, American magazine & newspaper editor and educator, born in New York (d. 2018)
  • Sep 27 Jim Ross Lightfoot, American politician (Rep-R-Iowa, 1985-97), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Sep 27 Nicholas Haslam, English interior designer, born in Amersham
  • Sep 27 Carol Lynn Pearson, American poet and writer
  • Sep 28 Stuart Kauffman, American biologist
  • Sep 29 Eberhard Koellner, German cosmonaut (Soyuz 31 backup), born in German DR
  • Sep 30 Piet Blauw, Dutch politician (VVD)

About September 1939

How Old? 82 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Signs: Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22), Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 22)