Historical Figures Born in 1953

  • Jan 1 Gary Johnson, American businessman, politician and Libertarian Party nominee for President in 2016, born in Minot, North Dakota
  • Jan 5 George Tenet, American CIA director, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 5 Mike Rann, Australian politician, born in Sidcup, United Kingdom
  • Jan 9 Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author, born in Sleaford, United Kingdom
  • Jan 11 Anna Marchesini, Italian voice actress and entertainer (Il Trio), born in Orvieto, Italy (d. 2016)
  • Jan 15 Kent Hovind, American evangelist
  • Jan 16 Robert Jay Mathews, American neo-Nazi, born in Marfa, Texas (d. 1984)
  • Jan 22 Jim Jarmusch, American director (Only Lovers Left Alive), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 23 Antonio Villaraigosa [Villar], Hispanic-American politician (Mayor of Los Angeles, 2005-13; California Assemblyman, 1994-2000), born in East Los Angeles, California

Pavlo LazarenkoPavlo Lazarenko (70 years old)

Jan 23 Prime Minister of Ukraine (1996-97), born in Karpivka, Ukraine

Moon Jae-inMoon Jae-in (70 years old)

Jan 24 South Korean politician, President of South Korea (2017-), born in Geoje, South Korea

  • Jan 25 Mark Weil, Uzbekistani theatre director, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (d. 2007)
  • Jan 26 Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, born in Ginnerup, Denmark
  • Jan 26 Andrée van Es [Andrée Christine of Es], Dutch politician (PSP), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • Jan 29 Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist and stem cell researcher, born in Buyeo-gun, South Korea
  • Jan 30 Fred Hembeck, American cartoonist, born in Yaphank, New York
  • Feb 2 Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • Feb 2 James Mndaweni, South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)
  • Feb 3 Savvas Tsitouridis, Greek politician
  • Feb 4 Jerome Powell, American Chair of the US Federal Reserve (2018-), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 4 Svetlana Ulmasova, USSR, 3K (world title 1978)
  • Feb 9 Gary Franks, American politician (Rep-R-Connecticut 1991-97), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Feb 10 John Shirley, American sci-fi author (Eclipse Penumbra, Eclipse Corona), born in Houston, Texas

Jeb BushJeb Bush (69 years old)

Feb 11 American politician (Governor of Florida (R) 1999-2007), born in Midland, Texas

  • Feb 11 Stephen Thorne, American naval officer, born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Feb 15 Derek Conway, British MP
  • Feb 19 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina (2007-2015), born in La Plata, Buenos Aires
  • Feb 20 Carol Cummins, Clintwood Va, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 23 Sallie L Baliunas, astrophysicist
  • Feb 25 José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain

Paul KrugmanPaul Krugman (69 years old)

Feb 28 American economist and New York Times columnist (Nobel Prize in Economics 2008), born in Albany, New York

  • Mar 3 Aleksandr Viktorovich Borodin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 4 Chris Smith, American politician (Rep-R-NJ, 1981-), born in Rahway, New Jersey
  • Mar 5 Russel D Feingold, (Sen-D Wisconsin)
  • Mar 5 Valery Grigoriyevich Korzun, Russian colonel/cosmonaut (TM-24)
  • Mar 6 Jan Kjærstad, Norwegian author
  • Mar 12 Carl Hiaasen, American journalist and author
  • Mar 12 Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepalese politician
  • Mar 15 Richard Bruton, Irish politician
  • Mar 16 Richard Stallman, American free software activist
  • Mar 17 Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
  • Mar 18 Helmer C Koetje, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • Mar 18 Margaret L. Augustine, project manager (Biosphere 2), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Mar 22 Thomas H. Andrews, American politician (Rep-D-Maine 1991-95), born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • Mar 23 Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, British MP
  • Mar 26 Elaine Chao, American politician (U.S. Secretary of Transportaion, 2017-21; U.S. Secretary of Labor, 2001-2009), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Mar 26 Lincoln Chafee, American politician (Governor of Rhode Island, 2011-15; US Senator (R) - Rhode Island, 1999-2007), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 26 Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (d. 2002)
  • Mar 28 Melchior Ndadaye, 1st Hutu President of Burundi (1993), born in Nyabihanga, Burundi (d. 1993)
  • Mar 28 Nydia M Velazquez, Puerto Rican politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York, born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 1 Barry Sonnenfeld, director (Get Shorty, Men in Black), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 2 Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician, born in Listooder, Crossgar, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 4 Robert Bertrand, Canadian politician (Liberal Party of Canada), born in Fort-Coulonge, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 9 Dominique Perrault, French architect (National Library of France), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Apr 11 Andrew Wiles, British mathematician (number theory, proved Fermat's last theorem), born in Cambridge, England
  • Apr 11 Guy Verhofstadt, 47th Prime Minister of Belgium (1999-2008), born in Dendermonde, Belgium
  • Apr 13 Brigitte Macron, French teacher and wife of politician Emmanuel Macron, born in Amiens, France
  • Apr 13 Stephen Byers, British politician (L), (MG Rover Group controversy), born in Wolverhampton
  • Apr 14 David Buss, American Evolutionary psychologist
  • Apr 16 J. Neil Schulman, American writer (Alongside Night), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • Apr 20 Sebastian Faulks, British novelist (The Girl at the Lion d'Or), born in Donnington, Berkshire
  • Apr 23 Fred Upton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), born in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Apr 24 John P. Hiler, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1981-91), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 25 Ron Clements, American animation director (Moana), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Apr 27 Ellen S. Baker, American physician and NASA astronaut (STS 34, 50, 71), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Apr 28 Roberto Bolaño, Chilean author and poet (2666), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2003)
  • Apr 29 Nikolai Nikolayevich Budarin, Russian cosmonaut (STS 71, TM-27), born in Kirya, Russia
  • May 6 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician

Tony BlairTony Blair (69 years old)

May 6 British Prime Minister (Labour: 1997-2007), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • May 7 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient), born in Wortley, South Yorkshire, England (d. 1982)
  • May 7 Pat McInally, American National Football League player, born in Villa Park, California
  • May 8 Devi Shetty, Indian surgeon and health entrepreneur (Narayana Health), born in Dakshina Kannada, India
  • May 9 Scott McInnis, American politician who apologised for plagiarism (Rep-R-Colorado 1993-2005), born in Glenwood Springs
  • May 10 John Diamond, English journalist, born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • May 14 Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
  • May 16 David Maclean, British minister of state
  • May 17 Nicholas Bacon, premier baronet of England
  • May 18 Helen Chadwick, English artist, born in Croydon, England (d. 1996)
  • May 19 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
  • May 19 Henry Lascelles, English grandson of princess Mary
  • May 20 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • May 22 Doris Barnett, German politician, born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, West Germany
  • May 22 John Edward Stevens, American bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Prime Minister of Rwanda (1993-94) and one of the 1st female political figures in Africa, born in Nyaruhengeri, Rwanda (d. 1994)
  • May 25 Eve Ensler, American playwright (The Vagina Monologues), born in NYC, New York
  • May 25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • May 26 Michael Portillo, British politician
  • Jun 1 David Berkowitz, American serial killer (Son of Sam)
  • Jun 4 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser), born in Shikama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • Jun 6 Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greek politician
  • Jun 6 Ken Calvert, American politician (Rep-R-California 1993-), born in Corona, California
  • Jun 10 John Edwards, American politician and lawyer (Senator (R) North Carolina 1999-2005), born in Seneca, South Carolina
  • Jun 12 Allan Weiner, American pirate radio station owner, born in Yonkers, New York
  • Jun 14 Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician (Member of the New Zealand Parliament for East Coast), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Xi JinpingXi Jinping (69 years old)

Jun 15 General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (2012-) and President of the People's Republic of China (2013-), born in Beijing

  • Jun 20 Brian J Duffy, American USAF Major and astronaut (STS-45, -57, -72), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 20 Willy Rampf, German F1 technical director (BMW Sauber)

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto (1953-2007)

Jun 21 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan and 1st female leader of a Muslim nation, born in Karachi, Pakistan

  • Jun 24 Ivo Lill, Estonian artist
  • Jul 1 Henry Percy, 11th duke of Northumberland and godchild of Elizabeth II (d. 1995)
  • Jul 3 Alynne Amkraut, American entertainer, born in Amityville, New York
  • Jul 9 Dave Camp, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Jul 9 Irina D Latysheva, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 9 Thomas Ligotti, American author (Songs of a Dead Dreamer), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 10 Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, French author and L'Oréal heiress (richest woman in the world 2019-), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Jul 13 Milica "Mila" Mulroney (née Pivnički), wife of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, born in Sarajevo, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia.
  • Jul 15 Jean-Bertrand Aristide, president of Haiti (1991, 1994- )
  • Jul 15 John Denham, Seaton, Devon, England, MP (Labour)
  • Jul 16 Douglas J. Feith, American Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 Peter Greenall, 4th Baron Daresbury, British aristocrat and businessman, born in Marylebone, London
  • Jul 19 Howard Schultz, American businessman, CEO of Starbucks, born in New York City
  • Jul 20 Thomas Friedman, American journalist

Najib RazakNajib Razak (69 years old)

Jul 23 Malaysian politician (Prime Minister of Malaysia, 2009-2018), born in Kuala Lipis, Malaya

  • Jul 24 Claire McCaskill, American politician (US Senator from Missouri (D), 2007-19), born in Rolla, Missouri
  • Jul 27 Wim van de Camp, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA), born in Oss, Netherlands
  • Jul 30 Aleksandr Nikolayevich Balandin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-9), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 31 Ted Baillieu, Australian Politician, Premier of Victoria (2010-13), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Aug 7 Anne Fadiman, American writer, born in New York City, New York
  • Aug 8 Lloyd Austin, American general, 1st black Secretary of Defense (2021-), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 10 Mark Doty, American poet and prose writer
  • Aug 13 Kristalina Georgieva, Bulgarian economist, Head of the IMF (2019-), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Aug 17 Judith Regan, American book publisher, born in Massachusetts
  • Aug 17 Robert Thirsk, Canadian astronaut (STS 78), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • Aug 18 Louie Gohmert, American politician, born in Pittsburg, Texas
  • Aug 19 Mary Matalin, American political consultant (campaign director for George H. W. Bush), born in Burnham, Illinois
  • Aug 23 Klaus-Dietrich Flade, German cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14), born in Büdesheim, Germany
  • Aug 29 James Quesada, Nicaraguan-American anthropologist
  • Aug 30 Ron George, American politician (Member of the Maryland House of Delegates), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Aug 31 György Károly, Hungarian poet and author, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2018)
  • Aug 31 Marcia Clark [Kleks], American LA DA (O.J. Simpson Case), born in Berkeley, California
  • Sep 1 Chuck Orton, US sysop, (Emerald BBS, Oregon)

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud (1953-2001)

Sep 2 Afghan political and military leader who fought the Soviet Union and led the Northern Alliance against the Taliban, born in Bazarak, Panjshir, Afghanistan

  • Sep 2 Gerhard P J Thiele, Brenz Germany, astronaut
  • Sep 3 Munir H. Habib, Syrian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3 backup)
  • Sep 9 Alisher B Usmanov, Russian business magnate and investor, born in Chust, Uzbekistan
  • Sep 11 Jani Allan, South African journalist and media personality, born in London
  • Sep 12 Nancy "Nan" Goldin, American photographer (The Ballad of Sexual Dependency), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 16 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 16 Nancy Huston, Canadian novelist (Cantique des plaines) and essayist, born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Sep 17 Altaf Hussain, Pakistani politician and founder of MQM
  • Sep 17 Rita Rudner, American comedienne (Funny People), born in Miami, Florida
  • Sep 18 Betsy Boze, American academic (9th president of The College of The Bahamas), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Sep 22 Ségolène Royal, French politician (Socialist party), 1st Frenchwoman to be nominated for the Presidency by a major party, born in Dakar, French West Africa
  • Sep 26 Aivars Lembergs, Latvian politician, born in Jēkabpils, Latvia
  • Sep 27 Diane Abbott, British politician (L) 1st black woman elected to UK parliament, born in London
  • Sep 27 Mata Amritanandamayi, Indian religious leader
  • Sep 30 S.M. Stirling, Canadian-American author (Draka series), bon in Metz, France
  • Oct 1 John Hegley, British poet
  • Oct 2 Ernest Bai Koroma, Sierra Leonean politician, President of Sierra Leone (2007-), born in Makeni, Sierra Leone
  • Oct 3 Karen Bass, American politician and social worker (1st woman elected Mayor of Los Angeles 2022-; Rep-(D)-California 2011-2022), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 5 James Lascelles, British grandson of English princess Mary, born in Bayswater, London
  • Oct 5 John Stachniewski, scholar/teacher
  • Oct 6 Klaas Bruinsma, Dutch drug lord (d. 1991)
  • Oct 12 Serge Lepeltier, French politician, born in Le Veurdre, Allier, France
  • Oct 13 Bill Schuette, American lawyer and politician (53rd Attorney General of Michigan), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Oct 14 Marcel Zeeuw, Surinamese soldier (coup 1982), born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2015)
  • Oct 15 Betsy Clifford, Canadian alpine skier, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 21 Peter Mandelson, British politician
  • Oct 22 Roy Ristie, Suriname/Neth radio host (Apintie, Kankantrie)
  • Oct 26 Jennifer Roberson, American sci-fi author (Shapechangers, Sword-Maker), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oct 26 Rosa Monckton, English businesswoman and notable charity fundraiser, born in Westminster, London
  • Oct 27 Michael Baker, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 43, 52, 68, 81), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 28 Pierre Boivin, Canadian businessman and hockey executive
  • Oct 30 Alexander Fedorovich Poleshchuk, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-16), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 30 Desmond Fitzgerald, Irish medical doctor and President of the University of Limerick, born in Dublin
  • Oct 30 Peter Hoekstra, Dutch-American politician (Rep-R-Michigan), born in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Nov 1 Jan Davis, American astronaut (STS 47, 60, 85), born in Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • Nov 4 Carlos Gutierrez, American politician (35th United States Secretary of Commerce 2005-09), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 4 Marvel Williamson, American educator, born in Holton, Kansas
  • Nov 5 Florentino V. Floro, Filipino judge (suspended from the Philippine judiciary in 2006 due to mental illness), born in Manila, Philippines
  • Nov 5 Joyce Maynard, American journalist and novelist (Labor Day), born in Durham, New Hampshire
  • Nov 8 John Musker, American animation director (Moana), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 11 Kostas Skandalidis, Greek politician, born in Kos, Greece

Andrés Manuel López ObradorAndrés Manuel López Obrador (69 years old)

Nov 13 Mexican politician, President of Mexico (2018-), born in Tepetitán, Mexico

  • Nov 13 Waswo_X._Waswo, American Photographer
  • Nov 14 Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister of France
  • Nov 15 Yuri Viktorovich Prikhodko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Nov 18 Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing), born in Northampton, England
  • Nov 21 Tina Brown, British journalist (New Yorker, Tattler), born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • Nov 22 Billy M. Sprague, American rocket scientist
  • Nov 25 Jeffrey Skilling, American businessman and fraud felon (CEO of Enron, Feb- Aug, 2001), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 26 Hilary Benn, British Labour Party politician, born in Hammersmith, London
  • Nov 26 Shelley Moore Capito, American politician (Senator-R-West Virginia, Rep-R-WV 2001-15), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia
  • Nov 27 Stephen "Steve" Bannon, American advisor to Trump, chair of Breitbart News, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Nov 29 Alex Grey, American artist, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Nov 29 Rosemary West, English serial killer (killed nine with husband Fred West), born in Northam, England
  • Nov 30 (Alphonso) Mike Espy, American lawyer and politician (US Representative for Mississippi, 1987-93 (D); Secretary of Agriculture, 1993-94), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi
  • Dec 2 Meg Griffin, American DJ (WNEW-FM, WPLJ-FM, WKRK-FM)/VJ (V-1)
  • Dec 3 Robert Guédiguian, French director (The Snows of Kilimanjaro; Marius and Jeannette), born in Marseille, France
  • Dec 6 Wil Shriner, American talk show host (Wil Shriner Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 8 Norman Finkelstein, American professor, activist

Ben BernankeBen Bernanke (69 years old)

Dec 13 American economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve (2006-14, 2022 Nobel Prize), born in Augusta, Georgia

  • Dec 13 Thomas E. Sanders, American aerial cameraman (Living Daylights), born in San Pedro, California (d. 2017)
  • Dec 14 Mikael Odenberg, Swedish politician (Minister for Defence), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dec 14 Vangelis Meimarakis, Greek lawyer and politician, born in Athens, Greece
  • Dec 15 J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 18 Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov, Chechen bard
  • Dec 23 Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 24 François Loos, French politician, born in Strasbourg, France
  • Dec 26 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician & President of the Dominican Republic (2004-12), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

About 1953

How Old? 69 or 70 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon (Jan 27, 1952 - Feb 13, 1953),
Snake (Feb 14, 1953 - Feb 2, 1954)