Birthdays in History in May 1940

About May 1940

How Old? 78 years old
Generation: Traditionalist or Silent Generation

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus

Birthdays in History

  • 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 businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries billionaire), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • May 4 Dick Curl, American offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • May 4 Robin Cook, American physician and novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • May 6 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi)
  • 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 James Blyth, CEO (Boots)

Person of interestPeter Benchley

May 8 Peter Benchley, American novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • May 8 Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • May 10 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)
  • May 10 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • May 10 Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • May 13 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • May 14 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)

  • May 14 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 15 Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • May 16 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)

Person of interestAlan Kay

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

Computer Scientist Alan Kay
Computer Scientist
Alan Kay
  • May 18 A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • 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, USSR, author (Less than 1, Nobel 1987)
  • May 26 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician

Person of interestBetty Shabazz

May 28 Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, born in Pinehurst, Georgia (d. 1997)

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz
  • May 28 Thomas E Petri, (Rep-R-WI, 1979- )
  • May 28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), born in Dalkey, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Farooq Leghari, President of Pakistan
  • May 31 Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
  • May 31 Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator