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Birthdays in History in August 1950

  • Aug 1 Doug Tracht, American radio DJ (Greaseman), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 2 Lance Ito, American judge (O.J. Simpson trial), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 2 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 John Landis, American director (Animal House, Michael Jackson's Thriller video), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 6 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida

Person of interestChris Haney

Aug 9 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • Aug 10 A L Harris, clinicaloncologist

Person of interestSteve Wozniak

Aug 11 Steve Wozniak, American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and co-founder of Apple Computer, born in San Jose, California

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
  • Aug 11 Gennidy Nikonov, Russian weapons inventor

Person of interestGary Larson

Aug 14 Gary Larson, American cartoonist (The Far Side), born in Tacoma, Washington

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • Aug 16 Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • Aug 21 Arthur Bremer, American criminal who shot George Wallace in May 1972 leaving him paralyzed, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 22 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and convicted felon, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Aug 24 Tim White, American paleoanthropologist best known for leading the team which discovered Ardi, the type specimen of Ardipithecus ramidus, a 4.4 million-year-old likely human ancestor, born in Los Angeles County, California
  • Aug 27 Edmund Weiner, British lexicographer (Oxford English Dictionary), philologist, and co-author (The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary), born in Oxford, England
  • Aug 29 Dave Reichert, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington) and sheriff, born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • Aug 30 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England

About August 1950

How Old? 71 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Signs: Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22), Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22)