On This Day

Historical Figures Born in 1943

  • Jan 1 Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, Indian scientist
  • Jan 1 Tony Knowles, 9th Governor of Alaska

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Jan 4 Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and writer (Team of Rivals, No Ordinary Time), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Jan 6 Osvaldo Soriano, Argentine journalist & writer, born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 1997)
  • Jan 7 Sadako Sasaki, Japanese child hibakusha (victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb), born in Hiroshima, Japan (d. 1955)
  • Jan 9 Robert Drewe, Australian author, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 9 Elmer MacFadyen, Canadian politician, born in Charlottetown, Canada (d. 2007)
  • Jan 14 Shannon Lucid, Chinese astronaut (STS 51G, 34, 43, 58, 76/79), born in Shanghai, China
  • Jan 17 Daniel Charles Brandenstein, American astronaut (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49), born in Watertown, Wisconsin

René Préval

Jan 17 René Préval, President of Haiti (1996-2001, 2006-2011), born in Port-au-Prince (d. 2017)

  • Jan 18 Kay Granger, American politician, born in Greenville, Texas
  • Jan 19 Margriet Francisca, Dutch Princess
  • Jan 22 H James "Jim" Saxton, (Rep-R-NJ, 1984- )
  • Jan 23 Bill Gibb, Scottish fashion designer, born in New Pitsligo, Scotland (d. 1988)
  • Jan 26 Sherian Grace Cadoria, brigadier general
  • Jan 27 A H Harper, CEO (Baltic Exchange)
  • Jan 29 Charles Fitzgerald-Lombard, Irish-born Abbot of Downside Abbey, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 30 Marta Minujín, Argentine artist (Parthenon of Banned Books), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Feb 1 Josceline Dimbleby, cookery writer
  • Feb 4 Alberto João Jardim, Portuguese president of the regional government of Madeira
  • Feb 4 Ken Thompson, American computer scientist

Nolan Bushnell

Feb 5 Nolan Bushnell, American electrical engineer (founded Atari, created Pong), born in Clearfield, Utah

  • Feb 8 Pirzada Qasim, Pakistani poet and VC of Karachi University, born in Delhi, British India

Joseph Stiglitz

Feb 9 Joseph Stiglitz, American economist and Nobel laureate (asymmetric information), born in Gary, Indiana

  • Feb 11 Iain Cameron, British brigadier
  • Feb 13 Friedrich Christian Delius, German writer, born in Rome, Italy
  • Feb 13 Leo Frankowski, American sci-fi author (High Tech Knight, Flying Warlord), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • Feb 14 Israël "Ischa" Meijer, Dutch journalist, critic and author (Een Dik Uur Ischa, Boezemvriend), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • Feb 16 James Beaton, British police officer (awarded George Cross for saving Princess Anne), born in St Fergus, Aberdeenshire
  • Feb 18 Graeme Garden, Scottish writer (The Goodies), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Feb 19 Homer Hickam, American author (Rocket Boys) and retired NASA engineer, born in Coalwood, West Virgina
  • Feb 19 Tim Hunt, British biochemist, (Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for discovery of protein molecules), born in Neston, England
  • Feb 20 Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)
  • Feb 20 Lord McNally, British Minister of State for Justice
  • Feb 21 Roberto Faenza, Italian director (Copkiller, Corrupt), born in Turin, Italy
  • Feb 22 David Skaggs, American politician (Rep-D-Colorado), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 22 Horst Köhler, German politician, born in Skierbieszów, Poland
  • Feb 24 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer
  • Feb 24 Terry Semel, American business executive
  • Feb 26 Bob van Reeth, Flemish architect, born in Temse, Belgium
  • Feb 26 Dante Ferretti, Italian art director & costume designer, born in Macerata, Italy
  • Feb 28 Hans Dijkstal, Dutch minister of the Interior (VVD, 1994-98)
  • Mar 1 Franz Hohler, Swiss writer, born in Biel
  • Mar 1 Gil Amelio, American venture capitalist
  • Mar 1 Richard H. Price, American physicist
  • Mar 1 Rashid Sunyaev, Russian physicist
  • Mar 2 Gordon Black, English industrialist
  • Mar 2 Rosa DeLauro, American politician (Rep-D-Connecticut, 1991-present), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Mar 2 Peter Straub, American award-winning fantasy and horror author, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 9 Charles Gibson, American television journalist (Good Morning America), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Mar 15 David Cronenberg, director (Shivers, Fly, Brood), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 16 Ursula Goodenough, American biologicst, Evolutionary Scholar, author and educator, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 18 Nobuko Imai, Japanese classical solo and chamber violist, and educator, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Mar 19 Mario Molina, Mexican chemist, 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (CFC's effect on the ozone layer), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Mar 19 Mario Monti, Italian politician
  • Mar 20 Gerard Malanga, American poet and photographer
  • Mar 20 Naima Neidre, Estonian graphic artist
  • Mar 23 Mohammad al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader who called for government reform, born in al-Kazimiya, Iraq (d. 1999) [1]
  • Mar 24 H Martin Lancaster, (Rep-D-NC)

Bob Woodward

Mar 26 Bob Woodward, American author and investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes), born in Geneva Illinois

  • Mar 27 Milton Robert Carr, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1975-81, 83-95), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Mar 27 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (Farley, The Elderberries comics), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)

John Major

Mar 29 John Major, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1990-97), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England

  • Apr 3 Doreen Tracey, British-born American performer (Mickey Mouse Club-Mouseketeer), born in St Pancras, London (d. 2018)
  • Apr 4 Ian Robertson, British museum director (National Army Museum)
  • Apr 6 Harry Conroy, trade unionist
  • Apr 8 Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (Chorus Line), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • Apr 8 Tony Banks, English politician (Labour), born in Belfast (d. 2006)
  • Apr 8 William Garth Morrison, British Chief scout of UK and Overseas territories (d. 2013)
  • Apr 8 James Herbert, English horror writer (The Rats), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Apr 11 Egbert Dommering, Dutch lawyer
  • Apr 11 John Montagu, 11th Earl of Sandwich, British entrepreneur, politician and nobleman
  • Apr 13 Billy Kidd, American skier, born in Burlington, Vermont
  • Apr 14 Clarice Elaine Gaylord, American director of research grants (EPA)
  • Apr 14 Yvonne Vriens-Auerbach, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • Apr 15 Hugh Thompson Jr., American Vietnam War veteran who played a major role in ending the 1968 My Lai massacre, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2006)

Robert Lefkowitz

Apr 15 Robert Lefkowitz, American physician (Nobel Prize for Chemistry), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 16 Ewald Vanvugt, Dutch author (Kiss of Delight, Seed of Love), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • Apr 20 Ian Watson, British sci-fi author (Book of Being, Whores of Babylon), born in North Shields, England
  • Apr 22 Louise Glück, American poet and 12th US Poet Laureate (2020 Nobel Prize for Literature), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 23 Carmen von Thyssen, Spanish philanthropist and art collector, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Apr 26 Peter Zumthor, Swiss architect (Royal Gold Medal 2013), born in Basel, Switzerland
  • Apr 28 John Oliver Creighton, American NASA astronaut (STS 51G, 36, 48), born in Orange, Texas

Ian Kershaw

Apr 29 Ian Kershaw, English historian (wrote seminal biographies of Adolf Hitler), born in Oldham, England

  • Apr 30 Bob Livingston, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Apr 30 Frederick Chiluba, 2nd President of Zambia (1991-2001), born in Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia (d. 2011)
  • Apr 30 David King, British graphic designer (album covers for Jimi Hendrix and The Who), photographer (I Am King), and historian (The Commissar Vanishes), born in Isleworth, England (d. 2016)
  • May 3 John Costello, British military historian, born in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • May 4 Mihail Chemiakin, Russian painter, born in Moscow

Andreas Baader

May 6 Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant and leader of the Red Army Faction, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1977)

  • May 6 James Turrell, American artist (Roden crater), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 7 Peter Carey, Australian author (True History of the Kelly Gang), born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
  • May 10 James Earl Chaney, US civil rights activist
  • May 10 Richard Darman, American economist and civil servant, boern in Charlotte North Carolina (d. 2008)
  • May 14 Alan B Mollohan, (Rep-D-WV, 1983- )
  • May 14 Elizabeth Ray, Marshall NC, congressman Wayne Hays' lover
  • May 14 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
  • May 16 Dan Coats, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1981-89, Sen-R-IN 1989-99, 2011-17, Director of National Intelligence 2017-19), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • May 16 Jon Jost, director (All the Vermeers in NY)
  • May 20 Iain Vallance [Baron Vallance of Tummel], CEO (British Telecom)
  • May 20 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), born in Hereford (d. 2015)
  • May 20 Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • May 22 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist (Nobel Peace Prize 1976), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • May 22 Gesine Schwan, German politician (Social Democratic Party of Germany) and professor, born in Berlin
  • May 23 Lars-Ake Nilsson, diplomat
  • May 23 Peter Kenilorea, PM Solomon Islands
  • May 25 Wynand Charl Malan, South African lawyer and politician, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • May 28 Ray Mitchell, governor (Albany Prison, England)
  • May 29 Robert W. Edgar, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • May 29 E. Thomas Coleman, American politician (Rep-R-MO, 1976-93), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jun 2 John Lilipaly, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA)
  • Jun 2 Maarten B Engwirda, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (D66)
  • Jun 3 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, Born in Downpatrick (d. 2013)
  • Jun 4 Joyce Meyer, American Charismatic Christian author and speaker, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 5 Ann Craft, British researcher and writer and disabilities advocate (NAPSAC)
  • Jun 5 Matthew Lesko, American author, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 7 Mel Levine, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-93), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 7 Nikki Giovanni, American poet (LHJ Woman of the Year 1973), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jun 8 William Calley Jr., American war criminal, convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre, born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 9 Charles Saatchi, Iraqi English magnate and art collector (founded advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi), born in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Jun 9 Joe Haldeman, American sci-fi author (The Forever War), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jun 10 Simon Jenkins, British author and newspaper editor (Evening Standard, The Times), born in Birmingham, England

Henry Hill

Jun 11 Henry Hill Jr., American mobster and FBI informant (inspired Goodfellas), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

  • Jun 14 Jim Sensenbrenner, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 14 Billy Tauzin, American politician and lobbyist (Rep-D-LA, 1980-2005), born in Chackbay, Louisiana
  • Jun 15 Xaveria Hollander [Vara de DeVries], Dutch author (The Happy Hooker), born in Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies

Newt Gingrich

Jun 17 Newt Gingrich, American politician (Rep-R-GA, 1979-99) and Speaker of the House (1995-97), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

  • Jun 17 Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer, born in Estacada, Oregon
  • Jun 22 Eumir Deodato, Brazilian artist, producer and arranger
  • Jun 23 Vinton (Vint) Cerf, American Internet pioneer, Turing Award laureate
  • Jun 25 Gerrit "Ger" Zijlstra, Dutch sculptor, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jun 25 Bill Moggridge [William], British designer (1st laptop computer), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • Jun 28 Ed Pastor, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), born in Claypool, Arizona
  • Jun 28 Klaus von Klitzing, German physicist (discovery of the integer quantum Hall effect, Nobel 1985), born in Schroda, Reichsgau Posen, Germany
  • Jul 3 Norman Thagard, American scientist and astronaut (STS 7, 51-B, 30, 42, 71, Mir), born in Marianna, Florida
  • Jul 8 Faye Wattleton, sociologist/pres (Planned Parenthood), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 9 John H. Casper, USAF and astronaut (STS 36, 54, 62, 77), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Jul 11 Richard Carleton, Australian television news journalist, born in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2006)
  • Jul 15 Diligenti quintuplets, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Jul 15 Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Irish astrophysicist (discovered radio pulsars), born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland

  • Jul 16 Stanley Gebler Davies, journalist/drinker
  • Jul 16 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet and novelist (Pentagonia), born in Aguas Claras, Holguín Province, Cuba (d. 1990)
  • Jul 19 Roy D. Bridges Jr, American pilot and astronaut (STS 51-F, 61-F), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 22 Yoran Ben Ami, Israel, producer/president (Triumph Pictures)
  • Jul 22 Kay Bailey Hutchison, American politician (U.S. Senator from Texas, 1993-2013; NATO Ambassador, 2017-2021), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Jul 23 Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate, born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • Jul 24 Henk Vos, chemical analyst/Dutch politician (PvdA) 2nd Chamber
  • Jul 30 Henri-François Gautrin, Quebec politician, born in Béthune, France
  • Jul 31 Stephanie Forrester, fictional character (The Bold and the Beautiful)
  • Jul 31 William Bennett, US Secretary of Education (1985-88)/drug tsar
  • Aug 2 Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in Noordwolde, Netherlands
  • Aug 2 Rose Tremain, British novelist and playwright (Restoration), born in London, England
  • Aug 3 Masato Sagawa, Japanese engineer (invented world's strongest magnet - Nd-Fe-B), born in Tokushima, Japan
  • Aug 4 Michael J. McCulley, American naval officer, aviator and astronaut (STS-34), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 4 Milan Máčala, Czech football coach, born in Biskupice, Czech Republic
  • Aug 6 Jon Postel, American computer scientist (d. 1998)
  • Aug 7 Alain Corneau, French director (Choice of Arms), born in Meung-sur-Loire, France (d. 2010)
  • Aug 9 Lorenzo Sanz, Spanish businessman and football executive (president Real Madrid 1995-2000; owner Málaga CF), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2020)
  • Aug 11 Abigail Folger, American heiress and Manson murder victim (d. 1969)

Pervez Musharraf

Aug 11 Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani general and politician, 10th President of Pakistan (2001-2008), born in Delhi, British India

  • Aug 13 Yuri Fedorovich Isaulov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Omsk, Russia
  • Aug 14 Jon Andrew McBride, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 41G), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Aug 14 Keith Hampson, British politician (C), arrested, not charged for sexual assault
  • Aug 15 Eni Faleomavaega, American-Samoan politician (3rd Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa), born in Vailoatai, American Samoa (d. 2017)
  • Aug 22 Alun Michael, British Labour and Co-operative politician, born in Bryngwran, Anglesey
  • Aug 22 Masatoshi Shima, Japanese computer scientist, born in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 23 Dale Campbell-Savours, British Labour Party politician
  • Aug 23 Peter Lilley, British Conservative Party politician and Secretary of state for British social security, born in Hayes, Kent, England
  • Aug 23 Nelson DeMille, American action adventure and suspense novels author (Plum Island), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York
  • Aug 24 Pini Zahavi, Israeli football agent, born in Ness Ziona, Israel
  • Aug 27 Bob Kerrey, (Sen-D Nebraska)
  • Aug 28 Surayud Chulanont, 24th Prime Minister of Thailand (2006-08), born in Prachinburi, Thailand
  • Aug 29 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, born in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya (d. 1996)
  • Aug 30 Altovise Davis [née Gore], American entertainer, and final wife of Sammy Davis, Jr., born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • Aug 31 Leonid Ivashov, Russian general
  • Sep 3 Michael D. Barnes, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 3 Mick Farren, English sci-fi author (Synaptic Manhunt, Citizen Phaid), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • Sep 5 Dulce Saguisag, Filipino politician and former DSWD Secretary (d. 2007)
  • Sep 6 Richard J. Roberts, English biochemist and molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, born in Derby, England
  • Sep 7 Beverley McLachlin, Canadian jurist (17th Chief Justice of Canada), born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada
  • Sep 8 Adelaide C. Eckardt, American politician, born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 10 Neale Donald Walsch, American author (Conversations with God), born in Milwaulkee, Wisconsin
  • Sep 11 Raymond Villeneuve, Canadian terrorist (founding member of the Front de libération du Québec)
  • Sep 12 Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lankan-Canadian poet and writer, born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • Sep 16 David Wilshire, British MP (C) (Section 28, Parliamentary expenses scandal), born in Bristol, England
  • Sep 16 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • Sep 17 Samuel T. Durrance, American scientist and astronaut (STS 35, STS 67), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Sep 17 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator (d. 1997)
  • Sep 19 Christopher Joyce, British photographer, born in Turnbridge Wells, England (d. 1994)

Sani Abacha

Sep 20 Sani Abacha, de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), born in Kano, Nigeria (d. 1998)

  • Sep 23 Bob Clement, (Rep-D-Tennessee)
  • Sep 25 Robert Gates, American statesman (22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Sep 27 Anna Gael [Gyarmarthy], Lady Weymouth, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Sep 27 Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat
  • Sep 28 Mike Kreidler, (Rep-D-Washington)
  • Sep 28 Warren Lieberfarb, American media executive

Lech Wałęsa

Sep 29 Lech Wałęsa, Polish Solidarity movement leader (Nobel Peace Prize 1983) and President of Poland (1990-95), born in Popowo, Poland

  • Sep 29 Peter Rigby, British businessman and one of UK richest (Specialist Computer Holdings)
  • Sep 29 Mohammad Khatami, Iranian politician, President of Iran (1997-2005), born in Ardakan, Iran
  • Sep 29 Gary Boyd Roberts, American genealogist

About 1943

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