Historical Figures Born in 1951

  • Jan 1 Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet
  • Jan 1 Frans Kellendonk, author (Ruin, The Good for Nothing)
  • Jan 2 Alexander Pogrebinsky, Russian painter
  • Jan 3 Frank Chikane, Secretary-General of South African Council of Churches
  • Jan 3 Gary Nairn, Australian politician
  • Jan 7 Mike Ward, American politician, born in White Plains, New York
  • Jan 7 Talgat Musabayev, Kazakh test pilot & cosmonaut (TM-19, TM-27), born in Kargaly, Kazakhstan
  • Jan 8 Kenny Anthony, Saint Lucian politician, born in Laborie, Saint Lucia
  • Jan 12 Ann Althouse, American law professor, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jan 18 Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist, born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (d. 1982)
  • Jan 18 Elijah Cummings, American politician (Rep-Maryland (D) 1996-2019), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • Jan 20 Magomed Omarovich Tolboyev, Russian cosmonaut & test-pilot, born in Sogratl', Russia

Eric HolderEric Holder (71 years old)

Jan 21 American lawyer and judge (1st African American US Attorney General 2009-2015), born in The Bronx, New York

Chesley SullenbergerChesley Sullenberger (71 years old)

Jan 23 American pilot (successfully executed emergency landing US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River), born in Denison, Texas

  • Jan 28 Brian Bilbray, American politician
  • Jan 28 Gordon Prentice, British MP
  • Jan 28 Leonid Konstantinovich Kadenyuk, Kkishkov Ukraine, astronaut (STS 87)
  • Jan 31 Presiley Baxendale, British QC, born in London, England
  • Feb 1 Andrew Smith, British politician, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 3 Blaise Compaoré, Burkinabé politician (President of Burkina Faso 1987-2014), born in Ziniare, Burkina Faso
  • Feb 6 Maria Christina, Belgian princess & daughter of Leopold III, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Feb 8 Z'EV, American text/sound artist (born Stefan Weisser)
  • Feb 9 Jay Inslee, American politician, Governor of Washington (2013-), Rep-D-Washington (1993-5, 1999-2012), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 10 Roxanne Pulitzer, author (Prize Pulitzer), born in Glendale, California
  • Feb 10 Zeudi Araya, Asmara Ethiopia, Miss Ethiopia (1969)
  • Feb 12 Steven Parent, Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
  • Feb 18 Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Feb 19 Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (Db), Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar

Gordon BrownGordon Brown (71 years old)

Feb 20 British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10), born in Giffnock, Scotland

  • Feb 22 Harley O. Staggers Jr., American politician (Rep-D-WV, 1983-93), born in Washington, D.C
  • Feb 23 Nicholas Kenyon, controller (BBC Radio 3)
  • Feb 27 Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee Chairman (1989-91), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • Mar 1 Barbara DeAngelis, talk show hostess (Barbara DeAngelis Show)
  • Mar 1 Deb Fischer, American politician (Senator-R-Nebraska 2013-), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Mar 1 Paula Sperber-Carter, American bowler (US Open 1971; USBC Hall of Fame), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 3 Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 4 Edelgard Bulmahn, German politician
  • Mar 4 Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, American novelist (Dictee), born in Busan, South Korea (d. 1982)
  • Mar 9 Helen Zille, South African politician, born in Johannesburg
  • Mar 9 Michael Kinsley, American journalist and editor, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 14 Jerry Greenfield, American businessman and co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 17 Donald Findlay, Scottish lawyer, born in Cowdenbeath, Scotland
  • Mar 18 Ben Cohen, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 20 Curt Smith, American author and media host
  • Mar 22 Musa Manarov, Soviet cosmonaut who spent 541 days in space (Soyuz TM-4, TM-11), born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR
  • Mar 24 Kenneth S Reightler Jr, Patuxent R Md, Cmdr USN/astro (STS 48, 60)
  • Mar 24 Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer, born in Elmira, New York
  • Mar 28 Chip Reese, American poker player (3 x World Series of Poker bracelets), born in Centerville, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Mar 30 Yves Séguin, Quebec politician
  • Apr 1 John Philip Abizaid, U.S. Army General, former CENTCOM commander
  • Apr 2 Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, born in Tokyo
  • Apr 4 Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, born in Kampong Cham, Cambodia
  • Apr 5 Dean Kamen, American engineer and inventor (Segway), born in Long Island, New York
  • Apr 5 Roosevel Ferguson, Arkansas, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • Apr 10 David Helvarg, American journalist and environmental activist, born in Long Island, New York
  • Apr 10 Mark Roth, American pro bowler (4 x PBA Player of Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 11 Doris Angleton, American socialite and murder victim (d. 1997)
  • Apr 11 James Patrick Kelly, American sci-fi author (Think Like a Dinosaur), born in Mineola, New York
  • Apr 13 Jack Quinn, American politician (US House of Representatives from New York (R), 1993-2005), and college president (Erie Community, 2008-17), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 14 Gregory "Greg" Winter, British biochemist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018) known for the therapeutic use of antibodies, born in Leicester, England
  • Apr 15 Heloise [Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse Evans], American writer and columnist (Heloise's Helpful Hints), born in Waco, Texas
  • Apr 15 John L. Phillips, NASA astronaut, born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • Apr 15 Marsha S. Ivins, American astronaut (STS 32, 46, 62, 81), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 16 Ioan Mihai Cochinescu, Romanian writer and photographer, born in Timişoara, Romania
  • Apr 16 Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, French photographer, born in Orbec, Normandy, France
  • Apr 17 Börje Salming, Swedish Hockey HOF defenceman (first European born & trained player to appear in 1,000 career NHL games; Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings; NHL All Star First Team 1977), born in Kiruna, Sweden (d. 2022) [1]
  • Apr 18 Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian politician (Minister for International Trade), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 19 Jóannes Eidesgaard, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (2004-08), born in Tvøroyri, Suðuroy
  • Apr 21 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laveykin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-2)
  • Apr 21 Michael Hartley Freedman, American mathematician
  • Apr 22 Ana María Shua, Argentine poet
  • Apr 24 Andrew John Fairclough, trade union educator
  • Apr 25 Ian McCartney, British MP for Makerfield (1987-10), born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • Apr 27 Jim Justice, American businessman and politician, Governor of West Virginia (2017-), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • May 1 Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef
  • May 3 Tatyana Tolstaya, Russian writer, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • May 6 Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • May 10 Steve Gunderson, American politician (Rep-R-WI, 1981-97), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • May 13 Jim Douglas, American politician, Governor of Vermont (2003-11), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • May 15 Frank Wilczek, American Physicist (2004 Nobel Prize), born in Mineola, New York
  • May 16 Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer, born in Arles, France
  • May 17 I R Evans, CEO (Hyder, Welsh Water)
  • May 17 Simon Hughes, British politician and government minister (SD)
  • May 20 Mike Crapo, American politician (Senator-R-Idaho 1999-, Rep-R-Idaho 1993-99), born in Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • May 20 Thomas D Akers, American former astronaut (STS 41, 49, 61, 79), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • May 23 Antonis Samaras, Greek politician
  • May 24 Ronald Parise, Italian-American astronaut (STS 35, STS 67), born in Warren, Ohio
  • May 26 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician
  • May 26 Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3)

Sally RideSally Ride (1951-2012)

May 26 American astronaut (first American woman to go to space), born in Los Angeles, California

  • May 27 Norma Jean Almodovar, American author (Cop to Call Girl) and sex worker activist, born in Binghampton, New York
  • May 29 Peter Chernin, American businessman, President of News Corporation, born in Harrison, New York
  • May 30 Fernando Lugo, Paraguayan politician
  • Jun 2 Gilbert Baker, American gay activist who designed the rainbow flag, born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • Jun 3 Jill Biden, American first lady and educator, born in Hammonton, New Jersey
  • Jun 4 Wendy Pini, American comic book writer (Elfquest), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 4 Yvonne van Rooy, Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Jun 11 Mark D. Siljander, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan (1981-87), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 11 Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jun 12 Andranik Margaryan, 14th Prime Minister of Armenia (2000-07), born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 2007)
  • Jun 14 Paul Boateng, British Labour politician 9British High Commissioner to South Africa), born in Hackney, England
  • Jun 19 Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian leader of al-Qaeda, born in Maadi, Cairo
  • Jun 20 Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
  • Jun 27 Mary McAleese, 8th President of Ireland (1997-2011), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 27 Sidney M. Gutierrez, Mjr USAF and NASA astronaut (STS 40, 59), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jun 28 Tomás Boy, Mexican football midfielder and manager (52 caps; Tigres UANL 413 games), born in Ciudad de México, Mexico (d. 2022)
  • Jun 29 Don Rosa, American comic book writer and illustrator (Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jun 30 Stephen S. Oswald, American NASA astronaut (STS 42, 56, 67), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jul 2 Michele Santoro, Italian TV journalist
  • Jul 2 Sylvia Rivera, American gay liberation and transgender activist and drag queen, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

Jean-Claude DuvalierJean-Claude Duvalier (1951-2014)

Jul 3 Haitian dictator and deposed Haitian president-for-life (1971-86) infamous for his brutality, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

  • Jul 4 Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, American Democratic politician and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland (1995-2003), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Jul 5 Roger Wicker, American politician (Senator-R-Mississippi 2007-), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi
  • Jul 11 Lawrence J Delucas, PhD/astronaut (STS 50), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jul 13 Rob Bishop, American politician
  • Jul 14 Esther Dyson, computer publisher (Release 1.0), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jul 16 Esther Friesner, American sci-fi author (Witchwood Cradle), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 16 Jean-Luc Mongrain, French Canadian journalist, born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 18 Elio Di Rupo, Belgian social-democratic politician (50th Prime Minister of Belgium), born in Morlanwelz, Belgium
  • Jul 21 Diana Dennis, body builder (Women Physique World), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 24 Chris Smith, New Zealand politician (Labour), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 26 William S. McArthur Jr., American astronaut (STS 58, 74, sk: 92), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • Jul 28 Anthony A. Williams, American politician (Mayor of the District of Columbia, 1999-2007), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • Jul 28 Santiago Calatrava, Spanish architect (Milwaukee Art Museum), born in Valencia, Spain
  • Aug 1 David Jasper, British theologian (University of Glasgow)
  • Aug 2 Per Westerberg, Swedish politician (Speaker of the Riksdag), born in Nyköping, Sweden
  • Aug 3 Hans Schlegel, German astronaut (STS 55), born in Überlingen, Germany
  • Aug 4 Lane Evans, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1983-2007), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • Aug 8 Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian politician, President of Egypt (2012-13), leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, born in El Adwah, Egypt (d. 2019)
  • Aug 8 Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (2010-present) and Nobel laureate (2016), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Aug 11 Donald DeCicco, Brockton Mass, fictional ID of Beldar in Coneheads
  • Aug 12 Charles E Brady Jr, Pinehurst NC, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 78)
  • Aug 12 Willie Horton, American murderer and rapist
  • Aug 15 Daba Diawara, Malian politician, born in Bamako, Mali
  • Aug 16 Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • Aug 20 Greg Bear, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 20 Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Aug 21 Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist, born in Antofagasta, Chile
  • Aug 21 Margo Kane, Canadian playwright, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 22 Chandra Prakash Mainali, Nepalese politician, born in Chokpur, Taplejung District, Nepal
  • Aug 23 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, born in Karaganda, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2004)
  • Aug 23 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 24 Orson Scott Card, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Ender's War), born in Richland, Washington
  • Aug 24 Oscar Hijuelos, American novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Aug 26 Robert Torricelli, American politician (Rep-D-New Jersey, 1983-97, Senator-New Jersey 1997-2003), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Sep 1 Timothy Zahn, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Cobra Strike)
  • Sep 2 Jim DeMint, American politician
  • Sep 3 Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lankan politician, President of Sri Lanka (2015-), born in Yagoda, Sri Lanka
  • Sep 4 Marita Ulvskog, Swedish politician, born in Luleå, Sweden
  • Sep 4 Nicu Ceaușescu, youngest child of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and considered the President's heir apparent, born in Scornicești, Romania
  • Sep 6 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), born in London (d. 1996)
  • Sep 8 Randy Odle, American astronaut, born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • Sep 9 Alexander Downer, Australian politician
  • Sep 10 Albert R. Wynn, American politician (Rep-D-Maryland 1993-2008), born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 11 Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician, born in Redhill, Surrey
  • Sep 12 Berty Ahern, Prime Minister of Ireland (1997-2008), born in Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 12 Gerald Stano, American serial killer (confessed to killing 41 people), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1998)
  • Sep 14 Eugene H. Trinh, Vietnamese-American astronaut (STS 50), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • Sep 18 Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon, Republican politician and US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 20 Javier Marías, Spanish translator and novelist (Corazón Tan Blanco - A Heart So White), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2022) [1]
  • Sep 21 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen rebel leader (d. 2005)
  • Sep 21 Bob Franks, American politician (Rep-R-NJ 1993-2001), born in Hackensack, New Jersey (d. 2010)
  • Sep 23 Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistani politician (Prime Minister of Pakistan 2022-), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Sep 24 Douglas Kmiec, American legal scholar and ambassador
  • Sep 27 Jim Shooter, American comic book writer
  • Sep 27 Paul Craig, British law professor
  • Sep 28 Wei Chen, Canadian journalist (Canada AM), born in Taiwan
  • Sep 29 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (¡Que viva la música!), born in Cali, Colombia (d. 1977)

Michelle BacheletMichelle Bachelet (71 years old)

Sep 29 Chilean Socialist Party politician (President of Chile, 2006-10 &, 2014-18; U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2018-22), born in Santiago, Chile

  • Sep 30 Barry Marshall, Australian physician, (1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery bacterium Helicobacter pylori causes peptic ulcers), born in Kalgoorlie, Australia
  • Sep 30 Nicholas Yermakov, American sci-fi author (Epiphany, Jehad, Clique)
  • Oct 3 Bernard Cooper, American novelist and short story writer, born in Hollywood, California
  • Oct 3 Kathryn [Kathy] Sullivan, American geologist and astronaut (1st American woman to walk in space), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Oct 4 Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet
  • Oct 8 Jack O'Connell, American politician (Member of the California State Senate), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Oct 10 Epeli Ganilau, Fijian soldier and politician (National Alliance Party of Fiji)
  • Oct 12 Ed Royce, American politician (Rep-R-California), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 15 Hani Al-Mulki, Prime Minister of Jordan (2016-present), born in Amman, Jordan
  • Oct 16 Alan Wheat, American politician (Rep-D-Missouri, 1983-95), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Oct 18 Terry McMillan, American author
  • Oct 19 Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize, born in Athens, Greece
  • Oct 20 Leif Pagrotsky, Swedish politician and diplomat, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Oct 23 David Johnson, English soccer forward (8 caps; Liverpool FC, Ipswich Town, Everton, Manchester City), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2022)
  • Oct 23 Fatmir Sejdiu, Kosovar politician, First President of Kosovo (2006-10), born in Pakashticë, Yugoslavia
  • Oct 27 Carlos Frenk, Mexican-British cosmologist, born in Mexico

Edward Lee HowardEdward Lee Howard (1951-2002)

Oct 27 American CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985, born in Alamogordo, New Mexico

  • Oct 27 Nancy Jacobs, American politician (R), Senator Maryland (1999-2015), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Oct 28 Ron & Don Galyon, American siamese twins (Jerry Springer Show), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 29 Dirk Kempthorne, American politician, Secretary of the Interior (Senator-R Idaho 1993-99), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 30 Frank Pallone, American politician (Rep-D-New Jersey), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • Nov 2 Thomas Mallon, American novelist and critic (Henry and Clara), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Nov 3 Ed Murawinski, American cartoonist, New York Daily News
  • Nov 4 Traian Băsescu, 4th President of Romania (2004-14), born in Basarabi, Romania
  • Nov 5 Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist
  • Nov 5 Tony Evers, American politician, Governor of Wisconsin (2019-), born in Plymouth, Wisconsin
  • Nov 6 Peter Althin, Swedish politician and attorney, born in Lund, Skåne, Sweden
  • Nov 8 Alfredo Astiz, Argentine general and intelligence officer
  • Nov 9 Bill Mantlo, American comic book writer (Micronauts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 9 Hetty de Boer-Jongkind, Dutch medical astrologist and founder (Vakvereniging Medical Astrology), born in Amsterdam (d. 1993)

About 1951

How Old? 70 or 71 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger (Feb 17, 1950 - Feb 5, 1951),
Rabbit (Feb 6, 1951 - Jan 26, 1952)