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Birthdays in History in 1948

  • Jan 1 Pavel Grachev, Russian general
  • Jan 2 Kerry Minnear, Dorset, English rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • Jan 4 Eugeniusz Wycisło, Polish politician
  • Jan 5 Thom Mooney, American rocker (Nazz), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 Guy Gardner, US Air Force officer & astronaut (STS 27, STS 35), born in Altavista, Virginia
  • Jan 6 Bob Wise, American politician (Rep-D-WV, 1983- ), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 9 Paul King, English rocker (Blue Oyster Cult), born in Dagenham, Essex
  • Jan 11 Terry Goodkind, American epic fantasy novelist (The Sword of Truth), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2020)
  • Jan 12 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Jan 12 William Nicholson, English writer, born in Lewes, United Kingdom
  • Jan 13 Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur
  • Jan 15 Dini Petty, Canadian talk show host (CITY-TV), born in Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-5,9,15,26, STS 71), born in Riga, Latvia
  • Jan 16 Dalvanius Prime, New Zealand entertainer, born in Patea, New Zealand (d. 2002)
  • Jan 16 Ruth Reichl, American magazine editor, born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • Jan 17 Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader, born in Cape Town, South Africa

  • Jan 20 Jerry Ross, American Air Force officer & NASA astronaut (STS 61B, 27, 37, 55, 74, sk:88), born in Crown Point, Indiana
  • Jan 20 Natan Sharansky, Israeli politician & human rights activist, born in Donetsk, Ukraine
  • Jan 20 Nancy Kress, American science fiction writer, born in Buffalo, New york
  • Jan 24 Elliott Abrams, American ass. secretary of state/supplied arms to the Contras, born in New York
  • Jan 25 Gueorgui Chichkine, Russian painter, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • Jan 25 Ros Kelly, Australian politician, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 28 Mamoru Mohri, Yoichi-machi Hokkaido Japan, astronaut (STS 47)
  • Jan 28 Charles Taylor, President of Liberia
  • Jan 30 Paul Magee, Provisional IRA member, born in Belfast, Ireland
  • Jan 30 Akira Yoshino, Japanese chemist (lithium-ion battery), 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, born in Suita, Japan
  • Jan 31 Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Feb 2 Alan McKay, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Boogie Wonderland)
  • Feb 2 Tony DeMeur, rocker (Fabulous Poodles-Anna Rexia, Suicide Bridge)
  • Feb 3 Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timor politician, Nobel Peace laureate
  • Feb 3 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • Feb 4 Robert Coover, novelist (Pricksongs & Descants)
  • Feb 4 Rod Grams, (Rep-R-Minnesota), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 5 Elco Brinkman, Dutch politician, born in Dirksland, Netherlands
  • Feb 5 Errol Morris, American documentary film director (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara), born in Hewlett, New York
  • Feb 8 Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)

  • Feb 10 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • Feb 12 Raymond Kurzweil, American inventor and author (Kurzweil reading machine, text-to-speech synthesis), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Allan Legere, Canadian serial killer (Monster of the Miramichi), born in Chatham, Canada

Person of interestTeller

Feb 14 Teller [Raymond Joseph Teller], American magician (Penn & Teller) and illusionist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Magician and Illusionist Teller
Magician and Illusionist
Teller
  • Feb 15 Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
  • Feb 16 Eckhart Tolle, Author and spiritual teacher
  • Feb 16 Séamus Brennan, Irish Fianna Fáil politician and Minister, born in Salthill, Galway, Ireland (d. 2008)
  • Feb 18 Carolyn B. Maloney, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 19 Byron K. Lichtenburg, American astronaut (STS 9, STS 45), born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 19 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (d. 2002)
  • Feb 20 A C Fabian, astronomer
  • Feb 20 John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company
  • Feb 23 Bill Alexander, theatre director
  • Feb 23 Doug Moench, American comic book writer
  • Feb 24 Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett
  • Feb 25 G B Warren, British biochemist
  • Feb 25 Aldo Busi, Italian writer
  • Feb 28 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Feb 28 Mike Figgis, English director
  • Feb 29 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, American sci-fi author (Fool's Run)

  • Feb 29 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist (Ghost Train), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Mar 2 Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
  • Mar 3 Reed Hundt, FCC chairman
  • Mar 4 Lindy Chamberlain, Australian author
  • Mar 4 James Ellroy, American writer
  • Mar 4 Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)
  • Mar 5 Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1984)
  • Mar 6 James FCS "Jim" Woude, cartoonist
  • Mar 9 Jaime Lyn Bauer, American actress (Young & Restless, Centerfold Girls), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Mar 9 Emma Bonino, Italian politician, Senator for Rome, born in Bra, Italy
  • Mar 10 Ed Grundy, American rocker (Bloodrock)
  • Mar 11 Roy Barnes, 80th Governor of Georgia
  • Mar 12 Kent Conrad, (Sen-D North Dakota)
  • Mar 12 Virginia Bottomley, British minister of health and heritage
  • Mar 14 Tom Coburn, American politician (Sen-R-Oklahoma 2005-2015, Rep-R-Oklahoma 1995-2001), born in Casper, Wyoming (d. 2020)
  • Mar 15 Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (d. 2003)
  • Mar 15 Kate Bornstein, American author
  • Mar 16 Margaret [Edith] Weis, American sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)
  • Mar 17 Pat Lloyd, rocker (The Equals), born in London
  • Mar 17 Robert Braunwart, who added thousands of dates to this database
  • Mar 17 William [Ford] Gibson, Canadian sci-fi author (Neuromancer, Count Zero)
  • Mar 17 Alexander Nelson Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport, British-born investment banker
  • Mar 18 Lockwood Phillips, American radio host
  • Mar 20 Pamela Sargent, American sci-fi author (Venus of Dreams, Cloned Lives), born in Ithaca, New York
  • Mar 25 Michael Stanley [Gee], American rocker (Michael Stanley Band - "My Town"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021)

  • Mar 28 Gerry House, American radio personality (Gerry House and the House Foundation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 30 Mervyn King, English economist, Governor of the Bank of England (2003-13), born in Chesham Bois
  • Mar 30 Nigel Jones, British MP

Person of interestAl Gore

Mar 31 Al Gore, American politician and environmentalist (Vice President: 1993-2001), born in Washington, D.C.

45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore
  • Mar 31 David Eisenhower, author and grandson of President Eisenhower (married Julie Nixon), born in West Point, New York
  • Apr 2 Joan D. Vinge, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Dune), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 3 Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch politician (CDA), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Apr 3 Arlette Cousture, French-Canadian writer (Les filles de Caleb), born in Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 4 Dan Simmons, American sci-fi and horror writer (Song of Kali), born in Peoria, Illinois

Person of interestRobert Allen Litchfield

Apr 8 Robert A. Litchfield, American bank robber who was on the FBI most wanted list in the 1980s

  • Apr 8 Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate
  • Apr 10 Tom Spencer, British politician (Conservative)
  • Apr 11 Marcello Lippi, Italian football coach, born in Viareggio, Italy
  • Apr 12 Joschka Fischer, German politician and Foreign Minister of Germany (1998-2005), born in Gerabronn, Germany
  • Apr 13 Sue Doughty, British politician (MP for Guildford), born in York, England
  • Apr 13 Nam Hae-il, 25th Chief of Naval Operations of Republic of Korea Navy
  • Apr 14 Chester G. Atkins, American politician (Rep-D-Mass 1985-93)
  • Apr 14 Anastasios Papaligouras, Greek lawyer and politician
  • Apr 16 Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant, born in London
  • Apr 20 Rémy Trudel, French Canadian politician, born in Sainte-Thècle, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 21 Gary A Condit, (Rep-D-California)
  • Apr 21 Max Wyndham, 2nd Baron Egremont, English peer and author
  • Apr 23 Pascal Quignard, French author (Les Ombres), born in Verneuil-sur-Avre, Eure, France
  • Apr 24 Benzion Freshwater, English multi-millionaire property investor, born in Sassov, Galicia, Poland
  • Apr 24 Paul Cellucci, American politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, born in Hudson, Massachusetts (d. 2013)

  • Apr 25 Yu Shyi-kun, Premier of the Republic of China (2002-05), born in Dongshan, Yilan County, China
  • Apr 26 Gerry Sikorski, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota), born in Breckenridge, Minnesota
  • Apr 27 Frank William Abagnale, Jr., American con artist turned security consultant, born in Bronxville, New York
  • Apr 27 Amrit Kumar Bohara, Nepalese politician, leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)

Person of interestTerry Pratchett

Apr 28 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (d. 2015)

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • Apr 29 Bruce Cutler, American attorney (defended John Gotti)
  • May 4 George Tupou V, King of Tonga (2006-2012), born in Tongatapu, Tonga (d. 2012)
  • May 8 John Reid, British politician (L), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • May 9 Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician
  • May 10 Christopher Gent, CEO (Vodafone Group)
  • May 11 Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • May 13 Jeffrey Evans, Lord Mayor of London (2015-16), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • May 19 Jean-Pierre Haignere, French cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17)
  • May 20 John Amiel, director (Queen of Hearts, Tune in Tomorrow)
  • May 20 John R McKernan Jr, (Rep-R-ME, 1983-86/Gov-Maine)
  • May 20 Samuel Gejdenson, (Rep-D-Connecticut, 1981- )
  • May 22 Richard Baker, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana's 6th district), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 27 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-8, T-14, TM-7)
  • May 31 Duncan L Hunter, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- 2009), born in Riverside, California
  • May 31 Svetlana Alexievich, journalist and author (Noble Prize for Literature 2015), born in Stanislav, Ukraine
  • Jun 1 Tomáš Halík, Czech priest and public intellectual
  • Jun 5 Frank Esler-Smith, English Australian rocker (Air Supply), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • Jun 9 Gudrun Schyman, Swedish politician (Feminist Initiative), born in Täby, Sweden
  • Jun 11 Anthony Nelson, British Labour politician, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 12 Barry Bailey, American rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Decatur, Georgia

  • Jun 20 Nigel Morris, rocker (Isotope)
  • Jun 20 Ludwig Scotty, President of Nauru
  • Jun 21 Ian McEwan, English writer (Atonement), born in Aldershot, England
  • Jun 21 Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish writer (The Witcher), born in Łódź, Poland

Person of interestClarence Thomas

Jun 23 Clarence Thomas, 108th US Supreme Court Justice (1991- ), born in Savannah, Georgia

108th US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
108th US Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas
  • Jun 23 Darhyl S. Ramsey, American author
  • Jun 23 Joaquin Avila, American lawyer and civil rights champion who advocated against voter discrimination, born in Compton, California (d. 2018)
  • Jun 29 Charles McCorquodale, art historian, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • Jul 1 Wang Qishan, Chinese Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • Jul 3 Tarmo Koivisto, Finnish comics artist (Mämmilä), born in Orivesi, Finland
  • Jul 5 Julie Nixon Eisenhower, American author and the youngest daughter of Richard Nixon, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 6 Wadih Sa'adeh, Lebanese-Australian poet (Laysa Lil Massa’ Ikhwah), born in Lebanon
  • Jul 6 Tom Curley, American media executive (President of the Associated Press), born in Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 9 Hassan Wirajuda, Indonesian politician (15th Foreign Minister of Indonesia), born in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia
  • Jul 12 Richard Simmons, American exercise guru (CHiPs, Deal-a-Meal), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jul 12 Ben Burtt Jr., American sound designer, born in Jamesville, New York
  • Jul 13 Linda Ann Simon, airline capt
  • Jul 13 Robert Underwood, (Rep-D-Guam)
  • Jul 13 Ronald K Machtley, (Rep-R-Rhode Island)
  • Jul 17 Phillip Harris, rocker
  • Jul 18 Phil Harris, British rocker (Ace), born in Muswell Hill, London
  • Jul 18 Hartmut Michel, German chemist (Nobel 1988 - determination of the structure of certain proteins that are essential for photosynthesis), born in Ludwigsburg, Germany
  • Jul 20 Richard H Lehman, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )
  • Jul 21 Garry Trudeau, American political cartoonist (Doonesbury), born in New York City
  • Jul 22 S. E. Hinton, American author

  • Jul 23 John Cushnahan, Northern Irish politician, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jul 25 Brian Stableford, British sci-fi author (Day of Wrath), born in Shipley, Yorkshire, England
  • Jul 28 Sergei Bodrov, Russian director (Katala, Somebody to Love), born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • Jul 31 Leaveil Degree, rocker (Whispers)
  • Aug 1 Bob Spink, British politician (MP for Castle Point in Essex), born in Haworth, Worth Valley, Yorkshire
  • Aug 1 Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of Algeria (2014 - present), born in Constantine, Algeria
  • Aug 2 Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), born in Hythe, England (d. 2009)
  • Aug 4 James C Slattery, (Rep-D-Kansas, 1983- )
  • Aug 6 Michael Peters, choreographer (What's Love Got to Do with It)
  • Aug 7 James Allison, American immunologist (Noble Prize for Medicine 2018), born in Alice, Texas
  • Aug 7 Marty Appel, American public relations executive and author, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 8 Svetlana Y Savitskaya, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-12, T-15A)
  • Aug 11 Don Boyd, Scottish director and producer (Goldeneye, 21, East of Elephant Rock), born in Nairn
  • Aug 11 Jan Palach, Czech student protester (d. 1969)
  • Aug 12 Graham Zellick, principal (Queen Mary & Westfield College London)
  • Aug 13 Mosiuoa Lekota, South African UDF/ANC leader, born in Kroonstad, South Africa
  • Aug 15 George Ryton, British engineer, born in Singapore
  • Aug 16 Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
  • Aug 19 Tipper Gore, wife of US Vice President Al Gore (1993-01)
  • Aug 23 Andrei Pleşu, Romanian writer and essayist, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Aug 23 Daniel Ruettiger "Rudy", University of Notre Dame football legend, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Aug 24 Kim Sung-Il, Chief of Staff of Republic of Korea Air Force, born in Jinhae, South Gyeongsang
  • Aug 28 Fred Cole, American rock artist (The Lollipop Shoppe, Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Aug 29 Charles David Walker, American engineer and astronaut (STS 12 STS 16 STS 23), born in Bedford, Indiana
  • Sep 1 Józef Życiński, Polish archbishop and philosopher

  • Sep 1 James Rebhorn, PA, actor (White Collar, Homeland), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Sep 2 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher who died in Challenger space shuttle disaster, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Sep 3 Tara Singh Varma, Dutch politcian (1st black woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber), born in Springlands, British Guiana
  • Sep 3 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (3rd President of Zambia), born in Mufulira, Zambia (d. 2008)
  • Sep 5 Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Austrian diplomat and politician, born in Salzburg, Austria
  • Sep 7 Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 2nd President of the United Arab Emirates (2004-present), born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Sep 8 Lynn [Lorraine] Abbey, American sci-fi author (Black Flame), born in Peekskill, New York
  • Sep 10 Margaret Trudeau, Canadian 1st lady, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Sep 10 Zhang Chengzhi, Chinese writer (History of the Soul), born in Beijing, China
  • Sep 13 Dimitri Nanopoulos, Greek physicist, born in Athens, Greece
  • Sep 16 Julia Donaldson, English children's writer (The Gruffalo), born in London, England
  • Sep 17 Patricia Kluge, Baghdad Iraq, wife of Billionaire John Kluge
  • Sep 19 Michael Cooper, sodomizer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 20 George R. R. Martin, American fantasy and sci-fi author (A Song of Ice and Fire), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Sep 21 Artis Gilmore, ABA all star (Kentucky Colonels)
  • Sep 22 Mark A P Phillips, British ex of princess Anne
  • Sep 22 Denis Burke, Australian politician
  • Sep 23 Rob van Koningsbruggen, sculptor
  • Sep 24 Bernadette Hingley, British priest, one of the 1st women to be ordained in England, born in Sowerby Bridge, England (d. 1995)

About 1948

How Old? 72 or 73 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 1 - Jan 28), Pig (Jan 22 - Dec 31)