Historical Figures Born in 1949

  • Jan 1 Nikolai Tikhonovich Moskalenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Peter Dormer, arts writer
  • Jan 3 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (d. 1965)
  • Jan 10 James Lapine, American stage director, born in Mansfield, Ohio

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami (74 years old)

Jan 12 Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • Jan 12 James Dietz, American rower, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 12 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist, born in Hamilton City, California
  • Jan 13 Rakesh Sharma, Indian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11), first Indian in space, born in Patiala, India
  • Jan 14 Mary Robison, American writer (Why Did I Ever), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 17 Sandra Mason, Barbadian politician (1st president of Barbados 2021-), born in Saint Philip, Barbados
  • Jan 18 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor (The Marshall Project)
  • Jan 18 Philippe Starck, French designer, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 23 Robert Cabana, American astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 24 Bart Gordon, American politician (Rep-D-TN, 1985-2011), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee,
  • Jan 25 John Cooper Clarke, English performance poet, born in Lancashire, England
  • Jan 26 Jonathan Carroll, American author, born in New York
  • Jan 26 Paul Nurse, English geneticist (Imperial Cancer Research Fund), born in Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Jan 27 Ethan Mordden, American author
  • Jan 28 Jerzy Szczakiel, Polish speedway rider (World Individual C'ship 1973; World Pairs C'ship 1971), born in Grudzicach, Poland (d. 2020)
  • Jan 28 Thomas J. Downey, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1975-93), born in Queens, New York

Peter AgrePeter Agre (74 years old)

Jan 30 American biologist & Nobel laureate, born in Northfield, Minnesota

  • Jan 31 Ken Wilber, American philosopher & writer, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Feb 5 Maidarjabyn Ganzorig, Mongolian scientist & cosmonaut (Soyuz 39 backup), born in Tsetserleg, Mongolia
  • Feb 9 Janet Issaca Ashford, writer
  • Feb 9 Judith Light, (Angela-Who's the Boss, 1 Life to Live), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Feb 14 Richard E. Neal, American politician (Rep-D-Massachusetts)
  • Feb 15 George Howard, 13th Earl of Carlisle, English hereditary peer
  • Feb 16 Dorus Vrede, Surinam poet (Otobanda; the Other Bank)
  • Feb 18 Gary Ridgway, American serial killer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Feb 19 Danielle Bunton Berry [Dan Bunten], American software developer (M.U.L.E), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • Feb 19 William Messner-Loebs, American comics writer and artist (Flash, Wonder Woman), born in Ferndale, Michigan

Marc GarneauMarc Garneau (73 years old)

Feb 23 Canadian astronaut (STS 13, 77), born in Quebec City, Québec

  • Feb 23 Maureen Hicks (née Cutler), British politician (Member of Parliament, Conservative, 1987-92), born in England
  • Feb 26 Elizabeth George, American novelist (Inspector Thomas Lynley mystery novels), born in Warren, Ohio
  • Mar 1 Zoia Ceauşescu, Romanian mathematician and daughter of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu
  • Mar 3 Bonnie J Dunbar, Sunnyside Wash, PhD/astro (STS 61-A, 32, 50, 71, 89)
  • Mar 3 James S Voss, Cordova Alabama, Major USA/astronaut (STS 44, 53, 69)
  • Mar 3 Jüri Allik, Estonian psychologist
  • Mar 5 Bernard Arnault, French businessman (LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton), born in Roubaix, France
  • Mar 5 Franz Josef Jung, Commander-in-chief of the German Bundeswehr
  • Mar 7 Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician, born in Bhalessa, Dominion of India
  • Mar 7 Rex Hunt, Australian TV and radio personality and former Australian rules player, born in Mentone, Australia
  • Mar 12 David Mellor, secretary of the British treasury/MP
  • Mar 14 Michael Stedman, British World War I Historian and Author
  • Mar 16 Bertha Knox Gilkey, welfare & tenament rights for urban women
  • Mar 21 Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher and cultural critic, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Mar 23 Karen English, American politician (Rep-D-Arizona 1993-5), born in Berkeley, California
  • Mar 23 Roland Lee, American Watercolor Artist
  • Mar 24 Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan politician (Prime Minister of Sri Lanka 2022-), born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • Mar 26 Baroness Hayman [Helene Hayman], British politician (Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, 2006-11), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Mar 27 Patrick Deuchar, CEO (Albert Hall)
  • Mar 28 Michael W. Young, American geneticist noted for work studying circadian rhythms (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2017), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 29 Keith Simpson, British politician and military historian, born in Norwich, Norfolk
  • Mar 30 Liza Frulla, Quebec politician
  • Apr 1 Gérard Mestrallet, French businessman (Engie), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 1 Paul Manafort, American political consultant (Trump campaign chairman), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • Apr 2 Paul Gambaccini, American-British disc jockey, born in Bronx, New York
  • Apr 4 Shing-Tung Yau, Hong Kong-born American mathematician, born in Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
  • Apr 5 Judith Arlene Resnik, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Apr 6 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Apr 12 Carol Ross Barney, American architect (1st woman to design US federal building), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 12 Scott Turow, American lawyer and author (Presumed Innocent), born in Chicago, Illinois

Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Apr 13 English author and columnist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman), born in Portsmouth, England

  • Apr 13 Jean-Jacques Favier, French engineer and astronaut (STS 78), born in Kehl, Germany
  • Apr 13 Philippe Petit, French high-wire artist, born in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France
  • Apr 14 DeAnne Julius, American-English economist
  • Apr 19 Larry Walters, American "lawn chair" pilot, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • Apr 19 Paloma Picasso, French-Spanish businesswoman and jewelry designer (Tiffany & Co.), born in Vallauris, France
  • Apr 25 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French economist, lawyer, and politician, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Apr 25 James Fenton, English poet and journalist, born in Lincoln, England
  • Apr 28 Indian Larry, American stuntsman (d. 2004)
  • Apr 28 Jerome "Jay" Apt, American astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

António GuterresAntónio Guterres (73 years old)

Apr 30 114th Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002) and 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations (2017-), born in Lisbon, Portugal

  • May 1 Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers
  • May 3 Albert Sacco Jr., American chemical engineer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 3 Ron Wyden, American politician (Senator-D-Oregon 1996-, Rep-D-Oregon 1981-96), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • May 4 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • May 6 David Leestma, American astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • May 9 Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)
  • May 10 Michael Larson, American "Press Your Luck" scandal big-winning contestant, born in Lebanon, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • May 10 Miuccia Prada, Italian fashion designer (Prada), born in Milan, Italy
  • May 15 Frank L Culbertson Jr, American US Navy officer and NASA astronaut (STS-38), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • May 17 Timothy Cordy, British director (Town/Country Planning Association)
  • May 18 Stuart Gannes, American writer (Fortune), born in Detroit, Michigan

Ashraf GhaniAshraf Ghani (73 years old)

May 19 Afghan economist and President of Afghanistan (2014-21), born in Logar, Afghanistan

  • May 20 Nick Rahall II, American politician (Rep-D-WV, 1977-2015), born in Beckley, West Virginia
  • May 21 Andrew Neil, Scottish newspaper editor, (Sunday Times), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • May 23 Alan García, President of Peru (Peruvian Aprista Party: 1985-90, 2006-11), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2019)
  • May 25 Jamaica Kincaid [Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardsonn], Antiguan-American journalist (NYer), born in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
  • May 26 Jeremy Corbyn, British politician (Labour Party leader 2015-20), born in Chippenham, England
  • May 26 Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor (the wiki), born in Michigan City, Indiana
  • May 28 Steve King, American politician (Rep (R) Iowa 2003-21) rebuked for racist comments, born in Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Jun 2 Heather Couper, British astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night), born in Wallesey, England (d. 2020)
  • Jun 3 David Evennett, British politician (Conservative), born in Romford, England

Ken FollettKen Follett (73 years old)

Jun 5 Welsh spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions), born in Cardiff, Wales

  • Jun 10 John Sentamu, Ugandan-British bishop (Archbishop of York), born near Kampala, Uganda
  • Jun 11 Benjamin Vasserman, Estonian graphic artist, born in Sovetsky, Kirov Oblast, Russia
  • Jun 11 George Willig, American stuntman (The Human Fly, Spiderman) who climbed the World Trade Center in 1977, born in Queens, New York City
  • Jun 12 Yuri Baturin, Russian cosmonaut (SK:Soyuz TM-28), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jun 14 Bob Frankston, American programmer (VisiCalc), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 14 Harry Turtledove, American author (The Guns of the South), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 18 Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator
  • Jun 18 Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Polish lawyer and politician (head of Law and Justice party), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jun 18 Lech Kaczyński, Polish president (2005-10), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jun 18 William Randolph Hearst III, American publisher and editor
  • Jun 20 Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan politician (President of Sri Lanka 2019-22), born in Palatuwa, Ceylon
  • Jun 21 Jim Bacchus, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren (73 years old)

Jun 22 American academic and US Senator (D-Massachusetts 2013-), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Jun 22 Russell Ebert, Australian Rules midfielder (4 x Magarey Medals; 6 x Port Adelaide FC B&F; Australian Football HOF) and coach (SA 1996-98), born in Berri, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Jun 27 Vera Wang, American fashion designer (Vera Wang Fashions), born in New York City
  • Jun 28 Edward Totah, art dealer
  • Jun 29 Ann Veneman, 5th Executive Director of UNICEF and 27th United States Secretary of Agriculture, born in Modesto, California
  • Jun 29 Joan Clos, Spanish politician (116th Mayor of Barcelona & Minister of Industry), born in Parets del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
  • Jun 30 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, born in Hanoi, Vietnam (d. 1981)
  • Jul 8 Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef, born in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria
  • Jul 14 Niel Barnard, South African head of South Africa secret service (NIS), born in Otjiwarongo, South-West Africa
  • Jul 15 Aritana Yawalapiti, Brazilian indigenous cacique (leader) of Yawalapiti people, who sought to preserve the Amazon, born in Brazil (d. 2020)
  • Jul 15 Carl Bildt, Swedish politician ( Prime Minister of Sweden 1991-94), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • Jul 15 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and ruler of the United Arab Emirates (2006-present), born in Al Shindagha, Dubai, Trucial States
  • Jul 16 Cyndy Garvey, wife of Steve Garvey, talk show host (AM LA), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 24 Marjanne Sint, Dutch director and politician (PvdA), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 26 William M Shepherd, American Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut (STS 27, 41, 52), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Jul 29 Marilyn Tucker Quayle, American novelist and wife of Vice President Dan Quayle (1989-93), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 1 Kurmanbek Bakiyev, 2nd President of Kyrgyzstan (2005-10), born in Masadan, Kyrgyzstan
  • Aug 2 Bertalan Farkas, Hungarian cosmonaut (Soyuz 36/35), born in Gyulaháza, Hungary
  • Aug 2 James Fallows, American writer and journalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 3 Reed Waller, American comic book author (Omaha the Cat Dancer)
  • Aug 6 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • Aug 6 Clarence Richard Silva, Catholic Bishop of Honolulu
  • Aug 6 Joyce McKinney, Avery County NC, Miss Wyoming (1972)
  • Aug 7 Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader, born in Moukhtara, Lebanon
  • Aug 8 Bela Magyari, Hungarian cosmonaut
  • Aug 9 Jonathan Kellerman, American writer (Alex Delaware novels), born in New York City
  • Aug 11 Sandra Scheuer, American student, killed by soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard at Kent State University while protesting against US military, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1970)
  • Aug 11 Tim Hutchinson, American politician (Rep-R-Arkansas 1997-2003), born in Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Aug 12 Anthony Akerman, South Africa, director
  • Aug 12 Fernando Collor de Mello, president of Brazil (1990-92)
  • Aug 12 Panagiotis Chinofotis, Greek politician
  • Aug 13 Peter Visclosky, American politician (Rep-D-Indiana, 1985-2021), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Aug 14 John Tarrant, 1st Australian born Zen teacher, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • Aug 15 Beverly Burns, American pilot and 1st woman to captain a Boeing 747, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 15 Carlien Brouwer, translator/missing since Jan 6, 1994
  • Aug 15 Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor, born in Bangor, Wales
  • Aug 17 Norm Coleman, American politician (Senator(R)-Minnesota 2003-09), born in New York City
  • Aug 22 Alfred Musema, Rwandan genocidaire, born in Byumba, Rwanda
  • Aug 22 Þórarinn Eldjárn, Icelandic writer (The Blue Tower), born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Aug 23 Norah Ellen O'Neill, first woman pilot for Alaska Central Air (1974), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 24 Anna Lee Fisher [Tingle], American chemist, emergency physician and astronaut (STS 51-A), born in St Albans, New York
  • Aug 25 Martin Amis, British novelist (London Fields; The Rachel Papers), born in Oxford, England
  • Aug 27 Andrew McKay, conservative MP
  • Aug 30 Don Boudria, Canadian politician (MP for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell), born in Hull, Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 30 Ted Ammon, American financier and investment banker, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Sep 1 P.A. Sangma, Indian politician
  • Sep 3 Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, born in Sichari, Kyrenia District, Cyprus (d. 2004)
  • Sep 6 Mhlabunzima Maphumulo, South African Kwazulu politician (first President of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA)) (d. 1991)
  • Sep 7 Barry Siegel, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize - A Father's Pain, a Judge's Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 9 Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesian politician
  • Sep 15 Joe Barton, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-2019), born in Waco, Texas
  • Sep 18 Jim McCrery, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Sep 18 Mo Mowlam, British Labour Party politician (Member of Parliament for Redcar), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2005)
  • Sep 19 Barry Scheck, American lawyer and co-founder of Innocence Project, born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 22 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist and author (d. 1999)
  • Sep 22 Jim McGinty, Australian politician (Labour), born in Kalgoorlie, Australia
  • Sep 25 Jerry Costello, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Sep 26 Jane Smiley, American novelist (Pulitzer 1991-A Thousand Acres), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 26 Minette Walters, English novelist (The Ice House), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Sep 27 Graham Richardson, Australian politician
  • Sep 30 Michel Tognini, French test pilot and astronaut (Soyuz TM-15, sk: STS 93), born in Vincennes, France
  • Oct 1 Isaac Bonewits, American author
  • Oct 3 Yekaterina Aleksandrowna Ivanova, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15A)
  • Oct 4 Luis Sepúlveda, Chilean writer and political activist (The Old Man Who Read Love Stories), born in Ovalle, Chile (d. 2020)
  • Oct 4 Stephen Gyllenhaal, American director
  • Oct 5 Ralph Goodale, Canadian politician and diplomat (Member of Parliament, 1993-2019; Minister of Public Safety, 2015-19; High Commissioner to UK, 2019-), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Oct 12 Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, Venezuelan international terrorist, born in Michelena, Venezuela
  • Oct 14 Katha Pollitt, American poet and writer, born in Brooklyn Heights, New York
  • Oct 16 André Leon Talley, American fashion expert, former Vogue editor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 19 Jamie McGrigor, British politician

Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin Netanyahu (73 years old)

Oct 21 9th Israeli prime minister (1996-99 and 2009-21), born in Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Oct 21 Jonathon Silver, entrepreneur/arts patron
  • Oct 22 Glenn Ford, American freed death row inmate (wrongly spent 30 years in prison), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Oct 22 Vasilios Magginas, Greek politician
  • Oct 23 Nick Tosches, American writer (bio of Jerry Lee Lewis), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • Oct 24 Robert Pickton, Canadian serial killer charged with the first degree murder of twenty-six women, born in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • Oct 27 Clifford Antone, American businessman, born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Oct 27 Mike Kopetski, American businessman and politician (Rep-D-Oregon), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • Oct 28 Surin Pitsuwan, Thai foreign minister and 12th Secretary General of ASEAN (2008-2012), born in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand (d. 2017)
  • Oct 31 Dumisa Ntsebeza, South African attorney and anti-apartheid activist, born in Transkei, South Africa
  • Oct 31 Michael Parker, American businessman and politician (Rep-D-Mississippi), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • Oct 31 Terrence W. Wilcutt, United States Marine Corps officer and a NASA astronaut, born in Russellville, Kentucky
  • Nov 1 Michael D. Griffin, American aerospace engineer and NASA chief administrator, born in Aberdeen, Maryland
  • Nov 2 Simon Augustini, Albanian politician (Vice Chairman of the Albanian Christian Democratic Party of Kosovo (PSHDK)), born in Sojeva, Uroševac, Yugoslavia

Anna WintourAnna Wintour (73 years old)

Nov 3 English-American magazine editor (Vogue), born in London, England

  • Nov 6 Joseph C. Wilson, Vice Chairman of Jarch Capital, LLC, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Nov 8 Wayne LaPierre, American Executive Vice President of the US National Rifle Association, born in Schenectady, New York
  • Nov 12 Jack Reed, American politician (Senator-D-Rhode Island 1997-, Rep-D-Rhode Island 1991-97), born in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Nov 14 Terry Lee Johnson, Alabama, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • Nov 17 John Boehner, American politician (Rep-R-Ohio 1991-2015, Speaker of the House 2011-15), born in Reading, Ohio
  • Nov 20 Thelma Drake, American politician, US Rep, Virginia (2005-09), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • Nov 22 Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-06), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 23 Gayl Jones, American novelist (Corregidora), and poet (Song for Anninho), born in Lexington, Kentucky

About 1949

How Old? 73 or 74 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Feb 10, 1948 - Jan 28, 1949),
Ox (Jan 29, 1949 - Feb 16, 1950)