Historical Figures Born in 1942

  • Jan 1 Alassane Ouattara, Former Prime Minister of Ivory Coast
  • Jan 1 Gennadi Vassilyevich Sarafanov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
  • Jan 1 Martin Frost, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1971-2005), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 2 Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Jan 3 John Marsden, Australian lawyer, and gay rights activist, born in Lismore, Australia (d. 2006)
  • Jan 3 László Sólyom, Hungarian lawyer (Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Hungary, 1990-980) and politician (President of Hungary, 2005-10), born in Pécs, Hungary
  • Jan 4 Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait (2011-present), born in Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Jan 5 Terenci Moix, Spanish writer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2003)
  • Jan 8 Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician (Prime Minister, 2001–06), born in Yokosuka, Japan

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Jan 8 English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes), born in Oxford, England

  • Jan 8 Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 23), born in Bor, Russia
  • Jan 9 Lee Kun-hee, Korean business magnate & chairman of Samsung Group, born in Uiryeong County, South Korea
  • Jan 10 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Petrushenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 12 Bernardine Dohrn, former leader of the Weather Underground, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jan 12 Michael Mayor, Swiss astrophysicist (discovered 1st exoplanet), 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jan 12 Vladimir Sergeyevich Kozelsky, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup), born in Aleksandrovskoye Stavropol kray, Soviet Union
  • Jan 14 Amichand Rajbansi, South African politician, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2011)
  • Jan 14 Carol Bellamy, American politician (City Council Pres-D- 1978-85), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 16 James "Jimmy" Grashow, American sculptor and woodcut artist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 16 Tony P. Hall, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1979-2002), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 17 Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist & businesswoman, born in Potts Point, Australia
  • Jan 23 Ivan Ivanovich Bachurin, Soviet cosmonaut, born in Kharkov Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
  • Jan 25 Jens Nygaard Knudsen, Danish toy designer (Lego mini-figure), born in Denmark (d. 2020)
  • Jan 26 Nigel Walmsley, chairman (Carlton UK Television)
  • Jan 26 William McLennan, CEO (Central Statistical Office)
  • Jan 27 Tasuku Honjo, Japanese immunologist (Nobel Prize for medicine 2018), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Jan 29 Arnaldo Tamayo-Méndez, Cuban cosmonaut, first Latin-American in space (Soyuz 38, 1980), born in Baracoa, Guantánamo, Cuba
  • Jan 29 Frank Robinson Hartley, British vice-chancellor (Cranfield University)
  • Jan 29 Richard Needham, British MP (Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland)
  • Feb 2 Satya Paul, Indian fashion designer and entrepreneur who invented the modern sari, born in Layyah, Punjab, British India (d. 2021) [1]
  • Feb 5 Susan Hill, English playwright (Magic Apple Tree)
  • Feb 6 James Loewen, American sociologist & historian, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Feb 6 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • Feb 7 Ton de Kok, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • Feb 10 Michael Bishop, British CEO (British Midland Airways), born in Bowdon, Cheshire
  • Feb 11 Archie Andrews, comic book character (Archie)
  • Feb 12 Chananjit Vohra, Kenyan/British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Feb 12 Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
  • Feb 13 Donald E. Williams, American US naval officer & NASA astronaut (STS 51D, STS 34), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Feb 14 Margaret Wright, chief commissioner (Guide Association)

Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg (80 years old)

Feb 14 American businessman who co-founded Bloomberg L.P., Mayor of New York City (2002-13) and philanthropist, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Kim Jong-ilKim Jong-il (1942-2011)

Feb 16 Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011), born in Vyatskoye, Soviet Union [disputed birthplace and birth date, 1941]

  • Feb 17 Huey P. Newton, African-American activist, revolutionary and co-founder of the Black Panther Party, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1989)
  • Feb 19 Ken Kramer [Kenneth Bentley Kramer], former American Republican member of the House of Representatives, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 20 Claude Miller, director (Garde a Vue, Little Thief, Wild Child), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 20 David O'Dowd, Chief Constable (Northamptonshire)

Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell (80 years old)

Feb 20 American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama

  • Feb 21 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist and newsreader, born in Yass, New South Wales (d. 2008)
  • Feb 23 Beau Boulter, American politician and lobbyist (Rep-R-TX, 1985-89), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Feb 23 John Lewis, Head Master (Eton College)
  • Feb 23 Joop van den Ende, Dutch theatrical producer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 24 David K Williamson, Australian screenplay/playwright (Removalists)
  • Feb 24 Joe Lieberman, (Sen-D Connecticut)
  • Feb 24 Stuart Henry, British disc jockey
  • Feb 26 Adriaan van Dis, Dutch author (Nathan Sid, In Africa), born in Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands
  • Feb 27 Charlayne Hunter-Gault, American journalist & foreign correspondent (McNeil-Lehrer), born in Due West, South Carolina
  • Feb 27 Robert H. Grubbs, American chemist & Nobel Prize laureate, born in Marshall County, Kentucky
  • Feb 28 Bob Collins [Harold Lee], American radio broadcaster (WGN- 720AM, Chicago, 1986-2000), born in Lakeland, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Mar 1 Richard Bowman Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Mar 2 John Irving, American short-story writer (The World According to Garp; The Cider House Rules), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • Mar 2 Kwang Jo Choi, the founder of Choi Kwang- do and is one of the twelve original Masters of Taekwon-Do.
  • Mar 3 Vladimir Vasilyevich Kovolyonok, USR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 29/31, T-4)
  • Mar 4 Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, born at Quantico, Virginia
  • Mar 5 Felipe González, Prime Minister of Spain, 1982-96, born in Seville
  • Mar 5 Michael "Mike" Resnick, American sci-fi author (Sideshow; Eros Ascending), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 7 Charles R. Boutin, American politician (Maryland), born in Troy, New York
  • Mar 7 Paul Preuss, American sci-fi author (Medusa Encounter, Starfire)
  • Mar 7 Tommy F. Robinson, American politician (Rep-D-AR, 1985-91), born in Little Rock, Arkansas

Ratko MladićRatko Mladić (80 years old)

Mar 12 Bosnian Serb general during the Bosnian War (found guilty of war crimes 2017), born in Božanovići, Croatia

  • Mar 13 Dave Cutler, American software engineer, born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Mar 14 John Whittaker, English real estate developer (Peel Holdings)
  • Mar 16 James Soong, Taiwanese politician

John Wayne GacyJohn Wayne Gacy (1942-1994)

Mar 17 American serial killer who killed 33 young men, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Mar 17 Sidney Barthelemy, American politician (Mayor of New Orleans), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 19 David Minge, American judge and politician (Rep-D-Minnesota 1993-2001), born in Clarkfield, Minnesota
  • Mar 21 Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni politician and 1st President of Yemen (1990-2012), born in Bait el-Ahmar, Kingdom of Yemen (d. 2017)
  • Mar 22 Dick Pound, Canadian chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Mar 23 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian and political figure (d. 1980)
  • Mar 26 Erica Jong [Mann], American author (Fear of Flying), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 27 Michael Jackson, British writer and journalist, born in Wetherby, Yorkshire (d. 2007)
  • Mar 27 Raymond J. McGrath, U.S. House of Representatives from New York, born in Valley Stream, New York
  • Mar 27 Sir John E. Sulston, British molecular biologist, co-recipient of 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (roundworm genome sequencing), born in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire (d. 2018)
  • Mar 28 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard, born in Zschochau, Saxony, Nazi Germany (d. 1998)
  • Mar 28 Daniel Dennett, American philosopher, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Neil Kinnock, Leader of the British opposition (Labour Party), born in Tredegar, Wales
  • Mar 29 Larry Pressler, American politician, United States Senator from South Dakota, born in Humboldt, South Dakota
  • Mar 30 George Esson, Scottish Chief Constable (Dumfries & Galloway - headed police investigation into Lockerbie Bombing)
  • Mar 31 Michael Savage [Michael A Wiener], American talk radio host and commentator, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Mar 31 Ulla Hoffmann, Swedish politician
  • Apr 1 Samuel R. Delany Jr, American sci-fi author (Towers of Toron; Neveryona), born in Harlem, New York
  • Apr 2 Graham Bright, British politician private secretary to British PM John Major, born in Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex, England
  • Apr 2 Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef who specializes in French cuisine (Iron Chef), born in Izumi, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Apr 4 Kitty Kelley, American journalist and author (Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Apr 8 Eduard Visser, Dutch writer (Fyffes are now called Chiquita)
  • Apr 9 Earl Hilliard, American politician (Rep-D-Alabama), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 10 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1998)
  • Apr 11 Anatoly Nikolayevich Berezovoi, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-5), born in Enem, Russia (d. 2014)

Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma (80 years old)

Apr 12 South African politician, President of South Africa (2009-18), born in Nkandla, South Africa

  • Apr 13 Ataol Behramoğlu, Turkish poet and writer, born in Çatalca, Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Apr 14 Valentin Lebedev, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 35, T-5), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 15 Francis X. DiLorenzo, American Catholic prelate, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Apr 15 Kenneth Lay, American businessman (CEO and Chairman of Enron, 1985-2001), born in Tyrone, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Apr 19 Bas Jan Ader, Dutch artist and photographer, born in Winschoten, Netherlands (disappeared in 1975).
  • Apr 19 Jack Roush, American racing entrepreneur (founder, CEO, and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • Apr 24 George Vella, Maltese politician, President of Malta (2019-), born in Żejtun, Malta

Richard M. DaleyRichard M. Daley (80 years old)

Apr 24 American politician, 43rd Mayor of Chicago (1989-2011), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Apr 24 Valeri Abramovich Voloshin, Russian pilot cosmonaut, born in Yangiyul, Tashkent
  • Apr 25 Jon Kyl, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona (1987-95), born in Oakland, Nebraska
  • Apr 26 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russian cosmonaut, born in Naifeld, Sumy (d. 1992)
  • Apr 27 Valeri Vladimirovich Polyakov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-6, TM-18), born in Tula, Russia (d. 2022)
  • May 3 Butch Otter, American politician, 32nd governor of Idaho, born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • May 3 Dave Marash, American television journalist, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 6 Rin Kaiho, Taiwanese professional Go player, born in Shanghai, China
  • May 8 Norman Lamont, British politician, (Chancellor of Exchequer), born in Lerwick, Shetland
  • May 9 John D Ashcroft, (Gov-MO)
  • May 10 Youssouf Sambo Bâ, Burkinabé politician
  • May 11 Rachel Billington, British author (A Woman's Age, Bodily Harm), born in Oxford, England
  • May 12 Barry Longyear, American sci-fi author (City of Baraboo), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • May 12 Dumitru Dediu, Romanian cosmonaut (Soyuz 40 backup)
  • May 13 Vladimir Dzhanibekov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 27, 39, T-6, T-12, T-13), born in Iskandar, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
  • May 14 Byron Dorgan, American politician and author (Rep-D-ND, 1981-92, Senator-D-ND 1992-2011), born in Dickinson, North Dakota
  • May 14 Lord McAlpine, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • May 15 Anthony Wayne England, PhD/astronaut (STS 51-F), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • May 15 Doug Lowe, 35th Premier of Tasmania
  • May 17 Caroline Charles, fashion designer
  • May 18 Keith Hellawell, English Chief Constable (West Yorkshire) and government 'drugs czar', born in Kirkburton, England
  • May 18 Simon Isaacs, 4th Marquess of Reading, English aristocrat, banker and philanthropist

Gary KildallGary Kildall (1942-1994)

May 19 American computer scientist and entrepreneur who created the CP/M operating system, born in Seattle, Washington

  • May 19 James Topping, author of CP/M
  • May 20 Carlos Hathcock, American Marine sniper (d. 1999)
  • May 20 Simon Keswick, British financier/merchant (Hong Kong)
  • May 21 David Hunt, British Conservative politician, born in Glyn Ceiriog, Wales
  • May 21 Robert C. Springer, American Army Colonel USMC/astronaut (STS-29, STS-38), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • May 22 Pallo Jordan, South African politician and ANC member, born in Kroonstad, Free State

Ted KaczynskiTed Kaczynski (80 years old)

May 22 American serial killer and terrorist known as the "Unabomber", born in Evergreen Park, Illinois

  • May 23 Gabriel Liiceanu, Romanian philosopher
  • May 27 Lee Baca, American law enforcement official
  • May 27 Roger Freeman, British minister of transport
  • May 28 Stanley B. Prusiner, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • May 29 Pierre Bourque, Canadian politician (40th Mayor of Montreal), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 30 Dan Miller, American politician (Rep-R-Florida 1993-2003), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • May 31 John Daniel, British Vice-Chancellor (Open U)
  • Jun 5 Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea (1979- ), born in Acoacán, Spanish Guinea

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi (1942-2011)

Jun 7 Libyan revolutionary, political theorist and dictator (1969-2011), born in Qasr Abu Hadi, Libya

  • Jun 8 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Tambov, Russia
  • Jun 8 Gael Ramsey, Brigadier commander (HQ Aldershot Garrison)
  • Jun 9 Nicholas Lloyd, British editor (The Daily Express)
  • Jun 10 Preston Manning, Canadian politician
  • Jun 12 Bert Sakmann, German cell physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1991), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jun 12 Homer Neal, African-American particle physicist, born in Franklin, Kentucky (d. 2018)
  • Jun 15 Tony Coelho, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1979-89), born in Los Banos, California
  • Jun 16 Alan "Howling Laud" Hope, British politician and leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party (OMRLP), born in Mytchett, Surrey
  • Jun 16 Giacomo Agostini, Italian world motorcycle race champion, born in Lovere, Italy
  • Jun 17 Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, born in Cairo, Egypt

Thabo MbekiThabo Mbeki (80 years old)

Jun 18 President of South Africa (1999-2008), 1st vice-president (1994-99) and economist, born in Mbewuleni, Eastern Cape

  • Jun 19 Neil Chalmers, director (National History Museum, London)
  • Jun 19 Robert [Bob] W Kasten Jr, (Sen-R-WI, 1981- )
  • Jun 21 Henry S. Taylor, American writer at poet (Pulitzer 1986 for Poetry), born in Lincoln, Virginia
  • Jun 21 Marjorie Margolies, American women's right activist and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 21 Togo West Jr., American attorney and public official (3rd Secretary of Veterans Affairs 1998-2000), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • Jun 21 William Bradford Reynolds, US Assistant Attorney General (1981-88), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Jun 22 Toyohiro Akiyama, Japan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11)
  • Jun 24 Gerhart Roth, Austrian writer, born in Graz
  • Jun 25 Michel Tremblay, Canadian novelist and playwright (Les Belles-Sœurs), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 25 Patrick Michael Mitchell, one of FBI's most wanted, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jun 26 Orin C Smith, American businessman and CEO of Starbucks (2000-05), born in Ryderwood, Washington (d. 2018)
  • Jun 28 (Martin) "Chris" Hani, South African politician (Secretary-General of South African Communist Party, 1991-93), born in Cofimvaba, Transkei, South Africa (d. 1993)
  • Jun 28 Jim Kolbe, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jun 29 Bas van der Vlies, Dutch politician (SGP), born in Sliedrecht, Netherlands
  • Jun 30 Robert Ballard, American explorer and discoverer (discovered Titanic wreck in 1985), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Jul 1 William Carney, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, 1979-87), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jul 2 Georgi Ivanov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33)
  • Jul 2 Vicente Fox, Former Mexican president
  • Jul 4 Michael, English Prince of Kent and paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, born in Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Jul 4 Stefan Meller, Polish diplomat and 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), born in Lyon, France (d. 2008)
  • Jul 6 Raymond Depardon, French photographer, born in Villefranche-sur-Saône, France
  • Jul 8 Phil Gramm, American economist and politician (US Representative for Texas, 1979-85; US Senator from Texas, 1985-2002), born in Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Jul 9 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, born in Menziken, Switzerland (d. 1989)
  • Jul 9 Paul B. Henry, American professor of political science and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Jul 13 Rod Chandler, American politician (Rep-R-WA, 1983-93), born in La Grande, Oregon
  • Jul 14 Javier Solana, Spanish European Union foreign policy chief
  • Jul 15 Henry McCubbin, MEP (Labour)
  • Jul 15 Philip R Sharp, American politician (Rep-D-Indiana, 1975-95), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 16 Frank Field, British Labour politician, born in Edmonton, Middlesex
  • Jul 17 Peter Sissons, British newsreader, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2019)
  • Jul 18 Adolf Ogi, President of Switzerland (2000), born in Kandersteg, Switzerland
  • Jul 18 Prince Alexandre of Belgium, Prince of the Belgians and son of Leopold III, born in Stuyvenberg Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • Jul 20 Ron Bowden, Australian politician
  • Jul 23 Myra Hindley, English murderess (murdered 5 small children with Ian Brady), born in Manchester, England (d. 2002)
  • Jul 23 Sallyanne Atkinson, Australian politician (Lord Mayor of Brisbane 1985-91), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 25 Felix Philipp Ingold, Swiss translator and writer, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • Jul 26 Vladimír Mečiar, 1st and 3rd Prime Minister of Slovakia, born in Zvolen, Slovakia

Isabel AllendeIsabel Allende (80 years old)

Aug 2 Chilean-American author (The House of the Spirits, City of the Beasts), born in Lima, Peru

David LangeDavid Lange (1942-2005)

Aug 4 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (Labour: 1984-89), born in Otahuhu, Auckland

  • Aug 6 George Jung [Boston George], American convicted drug felon whose story was portrayed in the biopic "Blow", born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 10 Betsy Johnson, fashion designer (1971 Winnie Award)

Hissène HabréHissène Habré (1942-2021)

Aug 13 Dictator of Chad (1982-90) and convicted war criminal, born in Faya-Largeau, Chad, French Equatorial Africa [1]

  • Aug 13 Robert Lee Stewart, American Brigadier General and astronaut (STS 41B, 51J), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 15 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Aug 16 John Meulendijks, Dutch cryptogram maker (People's Daily)

About 1942

How Old? 79 or 80 years old
Generation: Silent Generation

Chinese Zodiac: Snake (Jan 27, 1941 - Feb 14, 1942),
Horse (Feb 15, 1942 - Feb 3, 1943)