Historical Figures Born in 1940

  • Jan 2 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • Jan 4 Brian Josephson, Welsh physicist (Nobel Prize, 1973), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Jan 4 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate, years), born in Ganzhou, China
  • Jan 4 Helmut Jahn, German-American architect who designed the O'Hare United Airlines Terminal and the Thompson Center in Chicago and One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 2021) [1] [2]
  • Jan 5 Michael Rose, British army officer, born in British India
  • Jan 5 Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Jan 6 Ed Zschau, American politician (Rep-R-CA, 1983- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 6 Penny Lernoux, American journalist, born in California (d. 1989)
  • Jan 9 Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician (President of Switzerland, 1999; Vice-President of Switzerland, 1998), born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Jan 10 Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician, born in Québec, Canada
  • Jan 10 Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • Jan 13 Edmund White, American author
  • Jan 14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader & politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • Jan 17 Tabaré Vázquez, Uruguayan politician and physician, President of Uruguay (2005-10, 2015-20), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2020) [1]
  • Jan 19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )
  • Jan 19 Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • Jan 21 Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, English peer (Woburn Abbey, Country House TV series), born at the Ritz, London (d. 2003)
  • Jan 27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Carlos SlimCarlos Slim (82 years old)

Jan 28 Mexican business magnate (América Móvil) once ranked as the richest person in the world, born in Mexico City, Mexico

  • Feb 2 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, American sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 4 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 5 H. R. Giger, Swiss artist and special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich (d. 2014)
  • Feb 8 Averil Cameron, British historian, born in Leek, England
  • Feb 9 J. M. Coetzee, South African novelist, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 10 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 12 Hank Brown, American politician (Senator-R-CO 1991-97, Rep-R-CO, 1981-91), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 14 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15 Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 19 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)

John LewisJohn Lewis (1940-2020)

Feb 21 American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), born in Troy, Alabama

  • Feb 22 Billy Name [William Linich Jr.], American photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 22 Johnson Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Feb 23 Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • Feb 24 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
  • Feb 25 George Paul, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Feb 25 Hector MacKenzie, trade unionist
  • Feb 27 Dame Barbara Kelly, Scottish civic activist & former CEO (Crichton Foundation, Scottish Consumer Council), born in Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
  • Feb 29 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (1991- ), born in Zeytinliköy, Imbros, Turkey
  • Mar 1 Robert Grossman, American illustrator, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)
  • Mar 2 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Mar 3 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • Mar 4 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • Mar 5 Mary Rose Oakar, American politician (Rep-D-Ohio 1977-93), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 5 Tetsuya Noda, Japanese artist, photographer and printmaker (Diary series), born in Uki, Japan
  • Mar 7 Harald Gerlach, German writer, born in Bolesławiec, Poland (d. 2001)
  • Mar 7 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • Mar 7 Viktor Savinykh, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5), born in Berezkiny, Kirov
  • Mar 8 Leslie Isben Rogge, one of FBI's most wanted
  • Mar 10 David Rabe, American playwright (Streamers), born in Dubuque, Iowa
  • Mar 15 Frank Dobson, British politician
  • Mar 15 Margo Coleman, American advice columnist
  • Mar 16 Jan P. Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 16 Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • Mar 17 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), born in Henderson, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Mar 20 Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer (Momo), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2012)
  • Mar 24 Robert "Bob" Mackie, American fashion designer (RuPaul, Tina Turner, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Barbra Streisand, Cher), born in Monterey Park, California

Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi (82 years old)

Mar 26 American politician (Rep-D-California 1987-), 1st female Speaker of the House (2007-11, 2019-), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Mar 26 Servaes Huys, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 31 Barney Frank, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1981-2013), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Mar 31 Patrick Leahy, American politician (Senator-D-Vermont, 1975-), born in Montpelier, Vermont

Wangari MaathaiWangari Maathai (1940-2011)

Apr 1 Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2004) and Indira Gandhi Peace Prize (2006), born in Ihithe village, Kenya

  • Apr 2 Peter Haining, British writer and editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft), born in Enfield, Middlesex (d. 2007)
  • Apr 3 Roger Burman, English head of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, born in Birmingham, England
  • Apr 4 Bijan, Iranian men's apparel designer (Bijan), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2011)
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Timofeyevich Isakov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Zilair, Russia
  • Apr 6 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • Apr 9 Vasily Dmitriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Melovashka, Ukraine (d. 1973)
  • Apr 12 John Hagee, American pastor and televangelist, born in Goose Creek, Texas
  • Apr 15 Jeffrey Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare, English novelist, born in Finsbury, London
  • Apr 16 Benoît Bouchard, French Canadian public official and former politician, born in Roberval, Quebec

Margrethe IIMargrethe II (82 years old)

Apr 16 Queen of Denmark (1972 - present), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Apr 16 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), born in Venlo, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 16 Thomas Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys, British banker and deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd), born in England
  • Apr 18 Joseph L. Goldstein, American biochemist and physician (Nobel-1985), born in Kingstree, South Carolina
  • Apr 20 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer (I, John Cremer), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • Apr 21 Souleymane Cisse, director (Waati, Yeelen, Finye, Baara)
  • Apr 23 Michael Copps, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 23 Richard Monaco, American sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 24 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • May 1 Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • May 2 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch governor and politician (VVD), born in Goes, Netherlands
  • May 3 David Koch, American businessman and philanthropist (Koch Industries billionaire), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • May 4 Robin Cook, American physician and novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • May 6 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi), born in Aruba
  • May 7 Angela Carter, English novelist (Magic Toyshop) and journalist, born in Eastbourne, England (d. 1992)
  • May 7 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • May 8 Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician (Attorney General of Canada 2003-6), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 8 James Blyth, Baron Blyth of Rowington, British businessman (CEO of Boots)

Peter BenchleyPeter Benchley (1940-2006)

May 8 American novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York

  • May 10 Bill Cash, British politician (C), born in London
  • May 10 Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • May 10 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Your Erroneous Zones; Universe Within You), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • May 13 Bruce Chatwin, English travel writer and novelist (In Patagonia, On the Black Hill), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1989)
  • May 14 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 14 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • May 16 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)

Alan KayAlan Kay (82 years old)

May 17 American computer scientist (GUI design and object-oriented programming), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

  • May 18 Marshall Stoneham, British physicist, born inn Barrow-in-Furness, England (d. 2011)
  • May 19 Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • May 20 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • May 24 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), born in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1996)
  • May 26 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician

Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz (1940-1997)

May 28 American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, born in Pinehurst, Georgia

  • May 28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), born in Dalkey, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • May 28 Tom Petri, American politician (Rep-R-WI, 1979-2015), born in Marinette, Wisconsin
  • May 29 Farooq Leghari, 8th President of Pakistan (1993-97), born in Choti Zareen, British India (d. 2010)
  • May 31 Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator
  • Jun 1 Kip Thorne, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2017, LIGO), born in Logan, Utah
  • Jun 2 Constantine II, deposed King of Greece (1964-73)
  • Jun 4 Gerrit Terpstra, Dutch economist and 2nd Chamber member (CDA), born in Buitenpost, Netherlands
  • Jun 4 Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Linz, born in Most pri Bratislave, Slovakia
  • Jun 11 Michael Wilkes, British commander (UK Field Army), born in Steep, Hampshire (d. 2013)
  • Jun 14 William P. Baker, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Oakland, California
  • Jun 16 Hans Dorrestijn, Dutch cabaret performer
  • Jun 16 Neil Goldschmidt, American politician (Governor of Oregon 1987-91), born in Eugene, Oregon

George AkerlofGeorge Akerlof (82 years old)

Jun 17 American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • Jun 17 Tony Marlow, British Conservative Party politician, born in Greenwich, London
  • Jun 18 Bob Duncan, prison warden (Gartree Prison in UK)
  • Jun 20 Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • Jun 21 Michael Ruse, British-Canadian philosopher of science (the relationship between science and religion, the creation–evolution controversy), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jun 23 Derry Irvine [Alexander Andrew Mackay Irvine], Scottish politician (Labour Party) and Lord Chanceller of UK (1997-2003), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Jun 25 A. J. Quinnell [Philip Nicholson], English writer (Man on Fire), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England (d. 2005)

Muhammad YunusMuhammad Yunus (82 years old)

Jun 28 Bangladeshi banker (Grameen - microlending), economist (Nobel Peace Prize 2006), born in Chittagong, British India

  • Jun 28 Roderick Wright, Scottish Bishop of Argyll and the Isles (1990-96), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2005)
  • Jun 29 Louise Groenman, Dutch director and politician (D66), born in Meppel, Netherlands
  • Jul 2 Ken Clarke [Kenneth Harry Clarke], British Conservative politician, born in Nottinghamshire, England
  • Jul 3 Lamar Alexander, American politician (U.S. Senator from Tennessee), born in Maryville, Tennessee
  • Jul 5 Chuck Close, American painter and photographer, born in Monroe, Washington
  • Jul 5 Karen Shepherd, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah), born in Silver City, New Mexico

Nursultan NazarbayevNursultan Nazarbayev (82 years old)

Jul 6 1st President of Kazakhstan (1990-2019), born in Chemolgan, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union

  • Jul 7 Richard K Armey, American economist and politician (US House of Representatives (R) - Texas, 1985-2003), born in Cando, North Dakota
  • Jul 7 Samuel Little, American serial killer (confessed to 93 murders), born in Reynolds, Georgia (d. 2020) [1]
  • Jul 10 Tom Farmer, Scottish entrepreneur, born in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 11 Terry Patchett, politician
  • Jul 11 Yvon Charbonneau, French Canadian union leader and politician
  • Jul 13 Paul Prudhomme, cajun chef (K-Paul), born in Opelousas. Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Jul 14 Susan Howatch, English author, born in Leatherhead, England
  • Jul 21 James Clyburn, American politician (Rep-D-South Carolina 1993-) House Majority Whip, born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Jul 22 Judith Walzer Leavitt, American college professor
  • Jul 24 Carroll A. Campbell Jr., American politician (Governor South Carolina 1987-95, Rep-R-SC, 1979-87), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • Jul 24 Stanley Hauerwas, American theologian
  • Jul 26 Brian Mawhinney, British Conservative Party politician, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Jul 26 Mary Jo Kopechne, American political campaign specialist and Ted Kennedy's car passenger, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • Jul 30 Clive Sinclair, British consumer electronics inventor (Executive pocket calculator; ZX Spectrum computer), born in Richmond, Surrey, England (d. 2021) [1]
  • Jul 30 Pat Schroeder, American politician (Rep-D-Colorado, 1973-97), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jaffe, American producer (Fatal Attraction), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Aug 3 John W. Carlin, American politician (40th Governor of Kansas), born in Salina, Kansas
  • Aug 4 Karel Vachek, Czech director (Moravska Hellas, Elective Affinities), born in Tišnov, Czech Republic
  • Aug 6 Mukhu Aliyev, Russian politician, President of Dagestan
  • Aug 7 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France (d. 2014)
  • Aug 7 Tom Barlow, American politician (Rep-D-Kentucky), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2017)
  • Aug 10 Barbara Mills, QC, British Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Aug 10 Richard Wells, Chief Constable (South Yorkshire)
  • Aug 13 Ann Armstrong Dailey, American founder (Children's Hospice International), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 14 Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, born in Oxford, England (d. 2018)
  • Aug 15 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (Founder of Red Army Faction), born in Bartholomä, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Aug 16 Bruce Beresford, Australian film director (Driving Miss Daisy; Tender Mercies), born in Paddington, Australia
  • Aug 17 David Price, American politician, (Rep-D-North Carolina 1987-95, 1997-), born in Erwin, Tennessee
  • Aug 20 Rubén Hinojosa, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Edcouch, Texas
  • Aug 21 Ana Isabel Anderson-Imbert, Argentinian rheumatologist, born in Buenos Aires
  • Aug 22 Antony Crosthwaite-Eyre, English publisher and multi-millionaire
  • Aug 22 John Banham, British director-general (CBI)
  • Aug 23 Thomas A. Steitz, American Biochemist (2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ribosome discoveries), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2018)
  • Aug 24 Francine Lalonde, Canadian politician (Member of Parliament for La Pointe-de-l'Île), born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • Aug 27 Brooksley Born, American attorney, first female president of the Stanford Law Review, and public official (Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair, 1996-99; Profiles in Courage Award, 2009), born in San Francisco, California [1]
  • Aug 27 David Hart, gen-sect (National Association of Head Teachers)
  • Aug 28 William Cohen, US Secretary of Defense (1997-2001), (Sen (R) Maine, 1979-97), born in Bangor, Maine
  • Aug 29 James Brady, U.S. press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt), born in Centralia, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • Sep 1 Annie Ernaux (née Duchesne), French writer (Les Années (The Years); Nobel Prize in Literature, 2022), born in Lillebonne, Normandy, France
  • Sep 3 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, born in Montevideo
  • Sep 7 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia, born in Denanyar, East Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2009)
  • Sep 7 Dario Argento, Italian director (Creepers, Deep Red, Tenebrae), born in Rome, Italy
  • Sep 8 Quentin L. Cook, American lawyer and religious leader (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles), born in Logan, Utah
  • Sep 11 Robert Palmer, American businessman and last CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation, born in Gorman, Texas
  • Sep 11 Theodore Olson, American attorney (42nd Solicitor General of the United States, 2001-04), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 11 Tom Gallagher, American diplomat, gay activist, and 1st Foreign Service officer to publicly come out in 1976, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2018)
  • Sep 12 Roger K. Crouch, American astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Jamestown, Tennessee
  • Sep 12 Stephen Solarz, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • Sep 13 Óscar Arias Sánchez, 40th & 45th President of Costa Rica (Nobel Peace Prize 1987), born in Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Sep 14 Leo Ferrier, Surinamese writer (Atman), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Sep 15 Norman [Richard] Spinrad, American sci-fi author (Child of Fortune), born in New York City
  • Sep 17 Jan Eliasson, Swedish diplomat (4th Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sep 20 Joe DioGuardi, American accountant and politician (Rep-R-NY, 1985-89), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 21 Hermann Knoflacher, Austrian civil engineer, born in Villach, Austria
  • Sep 22 Li Zhensheng, Chinese photographer during the Cultural Revolution, born in Dalian, China (d. 2020)
  • Sep 23 Michel Temer [Michel Miguel Elias Temer Lulia], Brazilian lawyer and 37th President of Brazil (2016-18), born in Tietê, Brazil
  • Sep 24 Yves Navarre, French writer (Le Jardin d'acclimatation), born in Condom, France (d. 1994)
  • Sep 25 Tim Severin, British author and explorer who replicated historic voyages, born in Assam, British India (d. 2020)
  • Sep 27 Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of Kuwait
  • Sep 28 Alekander Sergeyevich Ivanchenkov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 29/31, T-6)
  • Sep 28 Aleksandr Y Kalery, Russian cosmonaut
  • Sep 28 George Greenstein, author (Secret of a Jewish Baker)
  • Sep 29 Jimmy Knapp, British trade unionist (National Union of Railwaymen) (d. 2001)
  • Oct 1 Richard F Pieternella, Dutch Antilles' minister plenipotentiary
  • Oct 2 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2015)
  • Oct 4 Alberto Vilar, Cuban-American investor and philanthropist
  • Oct 6 Boris Dmitriyevich Andreyev, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2021)

About 1940

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit (Feb 19, 1939 - Feb 7, 1940),
Dragon (Feb 8, 1940 - Jan 26, 1941)