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Historical Figures Born in 1947

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 330

  • Jan 1 Alexei Ivanovich Bobrov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Peter Lankhorst, Dutch politician (PPR), born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Jan 1 Vladimir Georgiyevich Titov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-8, TM-4, STS 63)
  • Jan 1 Jon Corzine, American financial executive and politician (United States Senator from New Jersey, 2001-06; Governor of New Jersey, 2006-10), born in Taylorville, Illinois
  • Jan 2 Jack Hanna, American zoologist
  • Jan 3 Sergey Filipovich Protchenko, Russian cosmonaut, born in Senitsky, Bryansk, USSR
  • Jan 5 Mike DeWine, American politician, senator-R-Ohio (1995-2007), Governor of Ohio (2019-), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Jan 7 Shobha De, Indian columnist & novelist, born in Satara, India
  • Jan 8 Don Bendell, American author & former Green Beret, born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 8 Samuel Schmid, Swiss politician, born in Rüti bei Büren, Switzerland
  • Jan 9 Ronnie Landfield, American abstract painter, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 10 George Alec Effinger, American sci-fi author (Nick of Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2002)
  • Jan 10 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, born in Lumberton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • Jan 13 Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Kraków
  • Jan 15 Andrea Martin, American comedienne (SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Portland, Maine
  • Jan 16 Georgette Mosbacher, American CEO (La Prairie cosmetics), born in Highland, Indiana
  • Jan 16 Magdalen Nabb, British author, born in Lancashire, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Harvey Proctor, British politician, born in Pontefract, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur, born in Albany, Georgia
  • Jan 20 Stephen A. Schwarzman, American CEO of The Blackstone Group & Chairman of President Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, born in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 23 Tom Carper, American politician (D-Delaware, Senator 2001-, Governor of Delaware 1993-2001, REP 1983-93), born in Beckley, West Virginia
  • Jan 23 Megawati Sukarnoputri, 5th President of Indonesia, born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Jan 23 Gatewood Galbraith, American author & attorney, born in Carlisle, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • Jan 24 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara (d. 1996)
  • Jan 27 Vyron Polydoras, Greek politician
  • Jan 28 MJ Ainsworth, CEO (Institute of Chartered Secretaries)
  • Jan 28 Valerie Bragg, principal (City Technology College-Kingshurst)
  • Jan 29 Israel Wetrin, German-born businessman (Elonex)
  • Jan 29 Linda B. Buck, American scientist, (2004 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - olfactory receptor), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 30 Les Barker, English poet, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Feb 1 Adam Ingram, British politician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Feb 4 James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, USA (Sen-R-Ind, 44th Vice President 1989-93), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 4 Sanford Bishop, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Feb 5 Mary Louise Cleave, American engineer and NASA astronaut (STS 61-B, STS 30), born in Southampton, New York
  • Feb 7 Joe Shea, American journalist
  • Feb 9 Carla Del Ponte, Swiss UN prosecutor
  • Feb 10 Louise Arbour, Canadian judge
  • Feb 10 Nicholas Owen, English newsreader
  • Feb 12 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indian leader of Damdami Taksal (d. 1984)
  • Feb 14 Judd Gregg, American politician (Senator-R-NH 1993-2011, Governor of NH 1989-93 Rep-R-NH, 1981-89), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Feb 14 Pham Tuan, Vietnam, cosmonaut (Soyuz 37/36)
  • Feb 16 Franz West, artist (Flause), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Eliot Engel, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in New York City
  • Feb 18 Princess Maria Christina [Marijke], of Netherlands
  • Feb 19 Peter Bird, British ocean rower (1st to row non-stop solo across the Pacific), (d. 1996)
  • Feb 19 Tim Shadbolt, New Zealand politician (Mayor of Invercargill), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 19 Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), born in Khulna District, British India (d. 2018)
  • Feb 20 Andre van Duin [Kyvon], Dutch entertainer (Bloemkoole)
  • Feb 20 Eggert Magnusson, Icelandic football executive
  • Feb 21 Olympia Snowe, American politician (Rep-R-Maine, 1979-95, Senator-R-Maine 1995-2013), born in Augusta, Maine
  • Feb 21 Victor Sokolov, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
  • Feb 22 John Bryant, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1983- ), born in Lake Jackson, Texas
  • Feb 23 Anton Mosimann, Swiss chef (Dorchester Hotel), born in Solothurn, Swiss Jura
  • Feb 23 Colin Sanders, British computer engineer (Solid State Logic), born in England (d. 1998)
  • Feb 23 John McWethy, American journalist (d. 2008)
  • Feb 23 Pia Kjærsgaard, Danish politician
  • Feb 25 Lewis Moonie, British MP
  • Feb 26 Sandie Shaw [Sandra Goodrich], English rocker (Girl Don't Come), born in Essex, England
  • Feb 28 Stephanie Beacham, England, (Devil's Widow, Schizo, Dallas, Colbys)
  • Mar 3 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2006)
  • Mar 3 Clifton Snider, American poet and writer
  • Mar 6 Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author
  • Mar 7 Robert O'Neill Crossman, politician
  • Mar 8 Florentino Pérez, Spanish football executive
  • Mar 8 Don Brooks, American session and touring harmonica player (Waylon Jennings; Ken Burns' "The Civil War"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2000)
  • Mar 9 Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist, poet and short-story writer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Kim Campbell

Mar 10 [Avril] Kim Campbell, Canada's 1st female Prime Minister and 19th overall (1993), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

  • Mar 10 Laurie Langenbach, Dutch author
  • Mar 10 Paul Condon, Baron Condon, former Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police
  • Mar 10 Bob Greene, American journalist (Chicago Tribune), born in Bexley, Ohio
  • Mar 11 Geoffrey Hunt, Australia, world-champion squash player

Mitt Romney

Mar 12 Mitt Romney, 70th Republican Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate, born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Mar 12 Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (d. 1987)
  • Mar 14 Jan at Veldhuis, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • Mar 14 William J. Jefferson, American politician (Rep-D-Louisiana), convicted of bribery, born in New Providence, Louisiana
  • Mar 15 Larisa Grigoriyevna Pozharskaya, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 17 James K. Morrow, American author (The Last Witchfinder), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 17 Jan Andersson, Swedish politician
  • Mar 18 Steven Schiff, American politician (Rep-R-New Mexico 1989-98), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Mar 18 Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
  • Mar 19 John Beckwith, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 20 John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist

James Patterson

Mar 22 James Patterson, American author (Alex Cross, Witch and Wizard), born in Newburgh, New York

  • Mar 24 Paul McCandless, rocker (Torches on the Lake)
  • Mar 24 Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • Mar 24 Christine Gregoire, American politician, current governor of Washington
  • Mar 25 Claudine Schneider, American politician (Rep-R-RI, 1981-91), born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 26 Dar Robinson, American stuntman, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1986)
  • Mar 27 Daphne Todd, English artist and president (Royal Society of Portrait Painters), born in York
  • Mar 27 Walt Mossberg, American journalist, the highest-paid journalist at the Wall Street Journal, born in Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Mar 28 Bruce Gilbert, English producer (China Syndrome, 9 to 5, On Golden Pond), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Mar 28 John Landecker, American disk jockey, born in Michigan
  • Mar 29 Aleksandr Stepenovich Viktorenko, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3, 8, 14, 20), born in Olginka, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
  • Mar 29 Bobby Kimball American rocker (Toto-Roseann), born in Orange, Texas
  • Mar 29 Peter Hinchcliffe, British businessman (co-founder of Iceland Frozen Foods)
  • Mar 30 Ryszard Kotla, Polish travel writer and activist, tour guide, journalist, academic teacher, engineer
  • Mar 31 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo, president (Colombia, 1990-94)
  • Mar 31 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 1 Alain Connes, French mathematician
  • Apr 2 Camille Paglia, American author and social critic, born in Endicott, New York
  • Apr 4 Wiranto, Indonesian army general (Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Apr 6 Jan-Kees Wiebenga, Dutch politician (VVD), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Apr 7 Eliseo Soriano, Filipino televangelist, born in Pasay, Philippines
  • Apr 8 Hsiao-hsien Hou, Taiwanese director (Cheerful Wind, City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster), born in Mei County, China
  • Apr 8 Tom DeLay, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006), born in Laredo, Texas
  • Apr 8 Robert Kiyosaki, American investor (Rich Dad Company), born in Hilo, Hawaii
  • Apr 11 Michael Hindley, British politician, Member of the European Parliament, born in Blackburn, England
  • Apr 11 Michael Wright, British academic, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University
  • Apr 11 Lev Bulat, Russian physicist, born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine
  • Apr 12 Tom Clancy, American author (Rainbow Six, The Hunt for Red October), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • Apr 12 Antonin Kratochvil, Czech-American photojournalist (VII Photo Agency), born in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 15 Cristina Husmark Pehrsson, Swedish politician, born in Uddevalla, Sweden
  • Apr 18 Kathy Acker, American experimental novelist (Blood and Guts in High School), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • Apr 18 Herbert Mullin, American serial killer (killed thirteen people in California in the early 1970s), born in Salinas, California
  • Apr 19 Frits Castricum, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA), born in Boxtel, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Apr 20 Andrew Tobias, American journalist and author (The Best Little Boy in the World), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 21 Alan Warner, rocker (Foundations)
  • Apr 23 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Irish political activist, born in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 24 Josep Borrell, 22nd President of the European Parliament (2004-07), born in La Pobla de Segur, Lérida, Spain
  • Apr 24 Roger D. Kornberg, American biochemist (Nobel 2006), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 26 Gervase Jackson-Stops, British architectural adviser to the National Trust (d. 1995)
  • Apr 27 George Kenneth Butterfield, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina, born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • Apr 29 Olavo de Carvalho, Brazilian polemicist and right wing conspiracy theorist, born in Campinas, Brazil
  • Apr 30 Robert Scott, American politician, Rep-D-Virginia (1993-), born in Washington D.C.
  • Apr 30 Tom Køhlert, Danish former player and Brondby IF coach
  • May 1 Carlos Ward, rocker (B T Express)
  • May 1 Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • May 1 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • May 2 Bill Lowery, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California, 1981-93), born in San Diego, California
  • May 3 Doug Henning, Canadian magician, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • May 6 Sandra Fisher, American painter, born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • May 6 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher, born in New York City
  • May 7 Gary Herbert, American politician, Governor of Utah (2009-), born in American Fork, Utah
  • May 8 Phil Sawyer, English rocker (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • May 8 H. Robert Horvitz, American biologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2002 for"genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 10 Paul Nicholas Young, architect
  • May 10 Caroline Cooney, American author
  • May 10 Thomas Tessier, American author
  • May 12 Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician (Leader of the Liberal Party), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 12 Catherine "Cat" Yronwode, American writer and editor-in-chief (Eclipse Comics), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 13 Stephen R. Donaldson, American sci-fi author (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Lord Foul's Bane), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 14 Karin Struck, German feminist writer, born in Groß Kiesow
  • May 18 John Bruton, Irish politician, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland (1994-97), born in, Dunboyle, Ireland
  • May 21 Jiggs Kalra, Indian food writer "Czar of Indian cuisine", born in Punjab region, India (d. 2019)
  • May 23 Ann Hui, director (Boat People)
  • May 23 Bernard Comrie, English linguist
  • May 23 Jane Kenyon, American poet (d. 1995)
  • May 24 Luke Rittner, British art administrator (Arts Council), born in Bath, Somerset, England
  • May 24 Martin Winterkorn, German automotive executive, born in Leonberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • May 24 Cynthia Plaster Caster [Cynthia Albritton], American artist who made plaster casts of celebrity penises and breasts, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 25 Mitch Margo, American rocker (The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 26 Piers Gray, critic/writer
  • May 27 Peter DeFazio, American politician, Rep-D-Oregon (1987-), born in Needham, Massachusetts
  • May 27 Felix Dennis, English publisher and poet (Dennis Publishing), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England (d. 2014)
  • May 27 Henry McMaster, American politician, Governor of South Carolina (2017-), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • May 28 Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Egyptologist
  • May 28 Lynn Johnston, Canadian cartoonist
  • May 29 Mark Nelson, American crew member of Biosphere 2, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 29 Gene Robinson, American Episcopal Bishop and 1st openly gay priest of any Christian denomination, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jun 1 Ron Dennis, British auto racing owner (McLaren F1 team principal 1989-2001; group chairman until 2016), born in Woking, England
  • Jun 3 John Dykstra, American special effects supervisor
  • Jun 4 Viktor Klima, Austrian politician (20th Chancellor of Austria), born in Schwechat, Austria
  • Jun 5 Eric Molobi, South African activist (ANC), born in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2006)
  • Jun 6 David Blunkett, English blind politician, Home Secretary (2001-4), born in Sheffield, England
  • Jun 8 Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist (Nobel 1995), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • Jun 9 John Gurda, American historian (The Making of Milwaukee,), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jun 11 Henry Cisneros, first Hispanic to serve as mayor of a major U.S. city (San Antonio), later Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration
  • Jun 11 Laloo Prasad Yadav, Indian politician (Minister of Railways, 2004-09), born in Gopalganj, Bihar, India
  • Jun 13 Danie Schutte, South African underminister of Justice, born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Jun 13 Jerrold Nadler, American attorney and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Peter Holm, Swedish ex-husband and manager of Joan Collins
  • Jun 14 Neil Stevens, Canadian Hockey HOF, Lacrosse HOF sportswriter (The Canadian Press), born in Port Dalhousie, Ontario (d. 2022)
  • Jun 16 -minu [Hans-Peter Hammel], Swiss columnist and writer, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • Jun 19 James T. Walsh, American politician (Rep-R-NY 1989-2009), born in Syracuse, New York

Salman Rushdie

Jun 19 Salman Rushdie, British-Indian novelist (Midnight's Children, Satanic Verses), born in Mumbai, India

  • Jun 20 David French, British director (Deep Sleep, Bingo)
  • Jun 20 Josef Clemens, German bishop and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity
  • Jun 20 Ivo Milazzo, Italian comic book artist
  • Jun 21 Dana Rohrabacher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Coronado, California

Shirin Ebadi

Jun 21 Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and 1st Iranian Muslim woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize (2003), born in Hamadan, Iran

  • Jun 22 Octavia E[stelle] Butler, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Wild Seed)
  • Jun 22 Jerry Rawlings, Ghanaian Head of State (1981-93) and President of Ghana (1993-2001), born in Accra, Gold Coast (d. 2020)
  • Jun 24 Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef (Two Fat Ladies), born in London (d. 2014)
  • Jun 28 Mark Helprin, American writer (A Soldier of the Great War), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Jun 28 Patrick Kincaid, who wrote the TODAY program; send him a card
  • Jun 30 Yuri Petrovich Sheffer, Russian cosmonaut, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Jul 2 Luci Baines Johnson Nugent Turpin, daughter of President LBJ
  • Jul 7 Felix Standaert, Belgian diplomat
  • Jul 7 Howard Rheingold, American author
  • Jul 7 Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal
  • Jul 8 Luis Fernando Figari, Peruvian founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • Jul 8 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jul 11 Bo Lundgren, Swedish politician
  • Jul 12 Richard C. McCarty, American professor of psychology, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Jul 14 Claudia Kennedy, U.S. Army officer (first female three star general in US army), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jul 16 Roelof Petrus Meyer, South African under minister of Law & Order etc, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Jul 16 Alexis Herman, American politician (23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jul 16 Assata Shakur, American activist Black Liberation Army) and wanted by FBI, born in Queens, New York

Camilla Parker Bowles

Jul 17 Camilla Parker Bowles, English wife of Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, born in London, England


About 1947

How Old? 74 or 75 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Dog (Jan 1 - Jan 21), Pig (Jan 22 - Dec 31)