On This Day

Historical Figures Born in 1941

  • Jan 4 Maureen Reagan, 1st daughter of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 7 Ann Hills, British journalist (d. 1997)
  • Jan 7 Frederick Drew Gregory, American Colonel USAF/astronaut (STS 51-B, 33, 44), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 7 John Walker, English chemist (1997 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for adenosine triphosphate), born in Halifax, England
  • Jan 8 Boris Vallejo, Peruvian illustrator, born in Lima, Peru
  • Jan 9 Gilles Vaillancourt, Canadian politician, born in Laval-des-Rapides, Quebec
  • Jan 12 Jaime Fuster, American politician (Rep-D-PR, 1985- ), born in Guayama, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)
  • Jan 13 Pasqual Maragall, Spanish politician
  • Jan 14 Milan Kučan, Slovenian statesman, born in Križevci, Gornji Petrovci, Slovenia
  • Jan 19 Colin Gunton, British theologian (d. 2003)
  • Jan 20 Richard Friedman, American psychoanalyst who proved sexual orientation was biological, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2020)

Dick Cheney

Jan 30 Dick Cheney, American politician (Vice President: 2001-2009), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Jan 30 Gregory Benford, American author & scientist, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jan 31 George S Mickelson, (Gov-SD)
  • Jan 31 Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • Jan 31 Eugène Terre'Blanche, South African white supremacist and leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, born in Ventersdorp, Transvaal Province, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • Feb 1 Robert Walmsley, British Vice-Admiral
  • Feb 1 Jerry Spinelli, children's author
  • Feb 3 Neil Bogart, American record executive (d. 1982)
  • Feb 5 Stephen J. Cannell, American TV producer (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street) and writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • Feb 5 Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • Feb 7 Peter Foxhall, Australian evangelist
  • Feb 11 Glenn Randall Jr, stuntman (Species, Mrs Soffel, Return of the Jedi)
  • Feb 11 Jeremy Mackenzie, general
  • Feb 12 Naomi Uemura, Japanese mountain climber (1st Japanese to scale Everest)
  • Feb 12 Dennis Sullivan, American mathematician (2022 Abel prize for work on topography), born in Port Huron, Michigan
  • Feb 13 Andrea Conte, First Lady of Tennessee, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 13 Sigmar Polke, German painter, born in Oleśnica, Poland (d. 2010)
  • Feb 14 Paul Tsongas, American politician (Sen-D-Mass), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Feb 14 Donna Shalala, American educator
  • Feb 19 Stephen Dobyns, American author and poet (Cold Dog Soup), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Feb 22 Hipólito Mejía, Dominican politician, born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 23 Frank Gerstenberg, Edinburgh, principal (George Watson's College)
  • Feb 25 Stewart Sutherland, Principal/Vice-Chancellor (Edinburgh University)
  • Feb 27 Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), born in New Delhi, British Raj (d. 2018)
  • Feb 27 Andrew "Sandy" Wilson, Royal Air Force officer (1962–1995)
  • Feb 28 Alice May Brock, American author
  • Mar 1 Michael Lampton, American astronaut and founder of the optical ray tracing company "Stellar Software", born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 2 David Satcher, Amdniral and 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2001), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • Mar 6 Ann Winterton, British MP
  • Mar 9 Ger van Elk, Dutch sculptor, born in Amsterdam (d. 2014)
  • Mar 9 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, born in Mesa, Arizona (d. 1976)
  • Mar 10 George Smith, American Chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2018), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Mar 13 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, born in al-Birwa, Galilee (d. 2008)
  • Mar 16 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (d. 2002)
  • Mar 17 Wang Jin-pyng, Taiwanese politician
  • Mar 18 Wolfgang Bauer, writer
  • Mar 18 John W. Derr, American politician
  • Mar 19 Lord Vestey, British food magnate/billionaire (Union International)
  • Mar 21 Dirk D Frimout, Belgian cosmonaut
  • Mar 22 Billy Collins, American poet (Poet Laureate of the United States 2001-2003), born in New York City
  • Mar 23 Jim Trelease, American educator and children's literature author
  • Mar 25 Gudmund Hernes, Norwegian politician
  • Mar 26 Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist (The God Delusion), born in Nairobi, Kenya Colony
  • Mar 26 Yvon Marcoux, Quebec politician, born in Lévis, Quebec
  • Mar 27 Charles Pashayan Jr., U.S. House of Representatives from California, born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 27 Ivan Gašparovič, President of Slovakia (2004-14), born in Poltár, Slovak Republic
  • Mar 30 Brendan O'Friel, CEO (Prison Governors Association)
  • Mar 30 Bob Smith, American politician (Senator New Hampshire 1990-2003, Rep New Hampshire 1985-90), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Mar 30 Ron Johnston, English geographer, born in Swindon, England (d. 2020)
  • Apr 6 Hans W Geissendorfer, Augsburg Germany, director (Sternsteinhof)
  • Apr 8 Vivienne Westwood [Dame], English fashion designer (Vivienne Westwood), born in Tintwistle, England
  • Apr 10 Paul Theroux, American travel book writer and novelist (Mosquito Coast), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Apr 11 Frederick "Rick" Hauck, American astronaut (STS-7, STS 51-A, STS-26), born in Long Beach, California
  • Apr 11 Ellen Goodman, American political columnist (Pulitzer 1980), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Apr 13 Michael Stuart Brown, American geneticist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1985), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 15 Roman Balayan, Ukrainian-Armenian director (Filer, Biryuk), born in Nerkin Horatagh, Nagorno-Karabakh AO, Azerbaijan
  • Apr 15 Howard Berman, American attorney and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 16 Cliff Stearns, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 17 Max Stafford-Clark, English artistic director (Royal Court Theatre), born in Cambridge, England
  • Apr 18 Michael D. Higgins, Irish politician (9th President of Ireland 2011-), born in Limerick, Ireland
  • Apr 19 Michel Roux, French chef and restaurateur (Le Gavroche, 1st Michelin three-starred restaurant in Britain), born in Charolles, Saône-et-Loire, Vichy France (d. 2020)
  • Apr 20 Joni Evans, American publisher (Simon & Schuster, Random House), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 21 David Lyle Boren, American politician, Governor and Senator from Oklahoma, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 23 Hal Daub, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska, born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Apr 23 Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland (1995-2003), born in Turtola, Finland
  • Apr 23 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 25 Lawrence J. Smith, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Florida (1983-93), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 25 Princess Muna al-Hussein, mother of King Abdullah II of Jordan, born in Chelmondiston, Suffolk, England
  • Apr 27 Jennings Michael Burch, American writer (They Cage the Animals at Night), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2013)
  • Apr 28 K. Barry Sharpless, American chemist (Nobel 2001-developing the first chiral catalysts), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 28 Iryna Zhylenko, Ukrainian poet (An Evening Party in an Old Winery), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Apr 29 Jonah Barrington, British World champion squash player (1966-73)
  • May 2 Jules Wijdenbosch, Surinamese politician, President of Suriname (1996-2000), born in Paramaribo, Surinam
  • May 3 Edward Malloy, 16th president of the University of Notre Dame, born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 4 George Will, American political analyst (Night Line), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • May 6 Fred J. Eckert, American politician (U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati & Tonga), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 8 James A Traficant Jr, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1985-2002), born in Youngstown, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • May 8 Maurice Lindsay, British sports administrator (chairman Preston North End FC, Wigan Warriors RLFC; CEO RFL 1992-99), born in Horwich, England (d. 2022)
  • May 9 Jan Dibbets, sculptor/artist (Dutch Mountains)
  • May 10 Win Bischoff, CEO (Schroders)

Aldrich Ames

May 16 Aldrich Ames, American CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union, born in River Falls, Wisconsin

  • May 17 Ben Nelson. American politician
  • May 18 Malcolm Longair, British physicist (Jacksonian chair at Cavendish Laboratory), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • May 19 Jane Brody, writer/nutritionist
  • May 19 Jimmy Hoffa Jr, son of Jimmy Hoffa/Teamster union leader
  • May 20 Goh Chok Sole, premier of Singapore (1990- )
  • May 21 Anatoly Levchenko, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-4), born in Krasnokutsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (d. 1988)
  • May 22 Menzies Campbell, British politician (Member of Parliament for North East Fife), born in Glasgow
  • May 24 Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham, English Labour politician, born in Plympton, Plymouth (d. 2018)
  • May 24 Martin Mogg, governor (British Durham Prison)
  • May 26 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • May 26 John Kaufman, sculptor
  • May 27 Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/author (Mussert)
  • May 28 Guntram Vesper, writer
  • May 29 Doug Scott, English mountaineer (first ascent of south-west face of Mount Everest), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2020) [1]
  • May 31 June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
  • May 31 Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, (1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for work on nitric oxide), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 31 William Nordhaus, American economist (Nobel Prize 2018, climate change modelling), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jun 2 Oda Mayumi, resident artist (Green Gulch Zen Center), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 6 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, born in Scotland (d. 2012)
  • Jun 7 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, born in Wells (d. 1972)
  • Jun 8 Joop van den Berg, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA), born in Bartlehiem, Netherlands
  • Jun 8 George Pell, Australian Catholic Cardinal and treasurer of the Vatican, convicted, and then acquitted, of child sex abuse, born in Ballarat, Australia
  • Jun 9 Peter Wilson, CEO (Gallaher)
  • Jun 12 Lucille Roybal-Allard, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from California, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 14 John Edgar Wideman, American writer (Brothers and Keepers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 16 Mumtaz Hamid Rao, Pakistani journalist, born in Sialkot, Pakistan (d. 2011)
  • Jun 19 Václav Klaus, Czech politician and former president
  • Jun 19 Conchita Carpio-Morales, Filipino Supreme Court justice and jurist
  • Jun 20 Ulf D Merbold, German physicist/astronaut (STS 9, 42, Soyuz TM-19)
  • Jun 23 Roger McDonald, Australian author
  • Jun 23 Richard M. Richie Roberts, American former Marine and New Jersey Police Detective, Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Jun 24 Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist
  • Jun 26 Yves Beauchemin, Canadian novelist (L'enfirouapé), born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
  • Jun 27 James P. Hogan, British sci-fi author (Giants' Star), born in London (d. 2010)
  • Jun 28 Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (professor of Computer Science at the University of California and University of Oxford) (d. 2006)
  • Jun 29 Kwame Toure [Stokely Carmichael], American activist (Black Power movement), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1998)
  • Jul 1 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist (1994 Nobel laureate for G-protein discoveries), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Jul 1 Myron Scholes, Canadian-American financial economist (Nobel 1997), born in Timmins, Ontario
  • Jul 3 Gloria Allred, American feminist and civil rights attorney, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 3 Wylie Walker Vale, American endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2012)
  • Jul 4 Brian Willson, American peace activist, born in New York
  • Jul 4 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2012)
  • Jul 5 Barbara Frischmuth, Austrian writer, born in Altaussee, Salzkammergut, Austria
  • Jul 7 Michael Howard, British politician
  • Jul 9 James Scott, director (Strike it Rich)
  • Jul 9 Scotty Baesler, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jul 10 Pyotr Ilyich Klimuk, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30), born in Komarovka, Belarus
  • Jul 10 David G. Hartwell, American editor and anthologist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Jul 14 Tatyana Kuznetsova, Soviet cosmonaut (youngest person selected for space training at 20 but never flew), born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • Jul 14 Maulana Karenga, American author and activist, born in Parsonburg, Maryland
  • Jul 14 Andreas Khol, Austrian politician, born in Bergen auf Rügen, Germany
  • Jul 16 George Young, Baron Young of Cookham, British minister of housing & planning, born in Oxford, England
  • Jul 16 Hans Wiegel, Dutch commissioner of the queen (Frisia), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 16 Jan Krajenbrink, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA), born in Oostwold, Netherlands
  • Jul 19 Jennifer Dunn, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • Jul 19 Jerry Huckaby, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in Hodge, Jackson Parish Louisiana
  • Jul 19 Neelie Kroes, Dutch politician (VVD) and Minister of Traffic, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 20 Vladimir Afanasiyevich Lyakhov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 32/34, T-9, TM-6)
  • Jul 21 Jim Bates, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-91) 1st to be censured for sexual harassment, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 23 Sergio Mattarella, Italian politician and President of Italy (2015-), born in Palermo, Italy

Emmett Till

Jul 25 Emmett Till, American lynching victim, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1955)

  • Jul 30 Count Desmond [Edward Benjamin], Binghamton NY, sword swallower
  • Jul 31 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, born in Surat, India (d. 2004)
  • Jul 31 Heather McKay, Australian squash player (British Open 1962-77, inaugural women's World Open 1976), born in Queanbeyan, NSW
  • Aug 1 Ron Brown, American politician (US Secretary of Commerce, 1993-96; Democratic Party Chairman, 1989-93), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • Aug 4 Ted Strickland, American politician, Governor of Ohio (2007-2011), born in Lucasville, Ohio
  • Aug 5 Leonid Kizim, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-10, T-15), born in rasnyi Lyman, Soviet Union (d. 2010)
  • Aug 6 Lyle Berman, American poker player
  • Aug 7 Thomas F Hartnett, American politician (Rep-R-SC, 1981-86), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Aug 11 Elizabeth Holtzman, Bkln DA (D-Rep-NY, Watergate Committee)
  • Aug 12 Réjean Ducharme, Quebec novelist and playwright
  • Aug 15 Viktor Mikhailovich Pisarev, Russian cosmonaut

Ibrahim Babangida

Aug 17 Ibrahim Babangida, Nigerian Head of State (1985–1993), born in Northern Region, British Nigeria

  • Aug 20 William H. Gray III, American politician (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2013)

Slobodan Milošević

Aug 20 Slobodan Milosevic, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), born in Pozarevac

  • Aug 22 Hannspeter Winter, Austrian plasma physicist, born in Wels (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Michael Aldrich, British inventor (online shopping), born in Brocket Hall, England (d. 2014)
  • Aug 22 Thomas Lovejoy, American conservation biologist who coined the term "biodiversity", born in New York City (d. 2021)
  • Aug 23 Patrick Taylor, Irish-Canadian medical researcher, editor, and novelist (An Irish Country series), born in Bangor, Northern Ireland
  • Aug 25 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1996)
  • Aug 26 Barbet Schroeder, Iranian-Swiss director (Barfly, Single White Female, More), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Aug 27 Yuri Vassilyevich Malyshev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-2, T-11)
  • Aug 31 William DeWitt, Jr., American businessman
  • Sep 3 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer, born in Ufa, Republic of Bashkiria (d. 1990)
  • Sep 4 Marilena Chaui, Brazilian philosopher, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Sep 4 Sushilkumar Shinde, Indian politician (Minister of Home Affairs, 2012-14), born in Solapur, India
  • Sep 6 Willibrord Frequin, Dutch television reporter, born in Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Sep 7 Mogoboya Noko Nelson Ramodike, South African politician in Lebowa (d. 2012)

Bernie Sanders

Sep 8 Bernie Sanders, American politician (Rep-(Independent)-Vermont 1991-2007, Senator-(I)-Vermont 2007-), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Sep 9 Les Braid, England, bass (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • Sep 9 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (created C programming language, helped developed Unix), born in Bronxville, New York (d. 2011)
  • Sep 10 Pyotr I Klimuk, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30)

Stephen Jay Gould

Sep 10 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

  • Sep 10 Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese inventor and video game designer (d. 1997)
  • Sep 13 Tadao Ando, Japanese self-taught architect (Church of the Light), born in Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 13 Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Turkish politician (10th President of Turkey), born in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
  • Sep 15 Mirosław Hermaszewski, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 30), born in Lipniki, Reichskommissariat Ukraine, German-occupied Poland
  • Sep 16 Richard Perle, American political advisor, born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 17 Bob Matsui, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1979-2005), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2005)
  • Sep 18 Clive Burton, British neuropathologist (d. 1996)
  • Sep 19 Umberto Bossi, Italian politician (leader of the Northern League), born in Cassano Magnago, Italy
  • Sep 20 Dale Chihuly, American glass sculptor (Louis Tiffany Award 1967), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Sep 20 John Wismont, American watercolor painter (over 50,000), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 21 R. James Woolsey, Jr., American lawyer and director of Central Intelligence Agency, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 22 Jeremiah Wright, American pastor (f Trinity United Church of Christ), born in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania
  • Sep 27 Serge Ménard, Québécois politician
  • Sep 28 Edmund Stoiber, German politician
  • Sep 29 Frederick "Fred" West, British contractor and serial killer (12 charges of murder), born in Herefordshire, England (d. 1995)

About 1941

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon (Jan 1 - Jan 26), Snake (Jan 27 - Dec 31)