Historical Figures Born in 1954

  • Jan 1 Bob Menendez, American politician (Senator-D-New Jersey 2006-), born in New York City
  • Jan 2 Henry Bonilla, American politician (US House of Representatives (R) from Texas, 1993-2007), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 3 Ned Lamont, American businessman and politician, Governor of Connecticut (2019-), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 6 Hans Robert Hiegel, German architect, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Jan 15 Jose Dalisay Jr., Filipino writer, born in Romblon, Philippines
  • Jan 16 Morten Meldal, Danish chemist (2022 Nobel Prize for click chemistry), born in Denmark
  • Jan 17 Robert F Kennedy Jr., American attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 17 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer & judge, born in Cairns, Australia
  • Jan 19 Cindy Sherman, American photographer & director, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 Peter Pilz, Austrian politician, born in Kapfenberg, Austria
  • Jan 25 Kim Gandy, American feminist, born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Jan 26 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • Jan 27 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist, born in Yawatahama, Ehime, Japan
  • Jan 27 Peter Laird, American comic-book artist (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), born in North Adams, Massachusetts
  • Jan 28 Rick Warren, American pastor and author
  • Feb 7 Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • Feb 9 Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur
  • Feb 9 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Feb 9 Kevin Warwick, Cyborg Scientist
  • Feb 9 Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • Feb 9 Ulrich Walter, German FR, cosmonaut
  • Feb 12 Philip Zimmermann, American cryptographer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Feb 15 Brad Little, American politician, Governor of Idaho (2019-), born in Emmett, Idaho
  • Feb 16 Iain [Menzies] Banks, UK, sci-fi author (Wasp Factory), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 17 Brian Houston, New Zealand-Australian founder of megachurch Hillsong, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Patty HearstPatty Hearst (68 years old)

Feb 20 American kidnap hostage of the Symbionese Liberation Army which she later joined and convicted bank robber, born in San Francisco, California

  • Feb 20 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Russian colonel and cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25), born in Orekhovka, Crimea, USSR
  • Feb 22 Jean-Philippe Vassal, French architect (Lacaton & Vassal, Pritzker Prize 2021), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Feb 23 Viktor Yushchenko, Ukrainian politician (President of Ukraine, 2005-10; Prime Minister of Ukraine, 1999-2001), born in Khoruzhivka, Sumy Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
  • Feb 24 Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby

Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan (68 years old)

Feb 26 Turkish politician (President of Turkey, 2014-present; Prime Minister of Turkey, 2003-14), born in Kasımpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Mar 2 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • Mar 4 François Fillon, French politician and Prime Minister of France (2007-12), born in Le Mans, Sarthe, France
  • Mar 4 Mark Chorvinsky, American author, editor and publisher of "Strange Magazine", born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • Mar 5 João Lourenço, Angolan politician (President of Angola 2017-), born in Luanda, Angola
  • Mar 9 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA member and leader of the hunger strike at Maze Prison where he died, born in Newtownabbey, Northern Abbey (d. 1981)
  • Mar 9 Carlos Ghosn, French Brazilian automobile executive (Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors), born in Porto Velho, Brazil
  • Mar 11 Gale Norton, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • Mar 12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai, India
  • Mar 12 Joseph Ngute, Cameroonian politician (Prime Minister of Cameroon 2019-), born in Bongong Barombi, Cameroon
  • Mar 16 Colin Ireland, Kent, England, serial killer ('Gay Slayer'/ Coleherne killer), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 18 James F Reilly II, Mt Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut (STS 89, sk:100)
  • Mar 19 Indu Shahani, Indian educationist and Sheriff of Mumbai
  • Mar 20 Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
  • Mar 20 Louis Sachar, American Newberry Medal winning young-adult author (Holes; Wayside School; Marvin Redpost series), born in East Meadow, New York
  • Mar 24 Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet dissident poet (Beyond the Limit), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2017)
  • Mar 24 Mike Braun, American politician (Senator-R-Indiana 2019-), born in Jasper, Indiana
  • Mar 26 Piers Gardner, British human rights lawyer (British Institute of Intl & Comparative Law)
  • Mar 28 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer (d. 1985)
  • Mar 29 Karen Ann Quinlan, American famous comatose patient (right to die case), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Michael W Butler, computer programmer (created TODAY program)
  • Apr 8 G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 Iain Duncan Smith, British politician, Leader of the Conservative Party (2001-03), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Apr 13 Barbara Roche, British Labour Party politician
  • Apr 14 Bruce Sterling, American sci-fi author (Involution Ocean, Schismatrix)
  • Apr 24 Mumia Abu-Jamal, American journalist and political activist sentenced to death and then to life in prison, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 27 Frank Bainimarama, Fijian politician (President of Fiji 2007-2022), born in Kiuva, Fiji
  • Apr 29 Bill Paxon, American politician (Rep-R-New York 1989-99), born in Arkon, New York
  • May 1 Joel Rosenberg, sci-fi author
  • May 2 Bulelani Ngcuka, South African attorney and leader (UDF), born in Middlerift, South Africa
  • May 4 Doug Jones, American attorney and politician (Rep-D-Alabama 2017-), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • May 6 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • May 6 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russian cosmonaut
  • May 14 Jens Sparschuh, German writer
  • May 15 Robert P. Harrison, American thinker
  • May 16 Dafydd "Dave" Williams, Canadian physician and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • May 16 Joseph Polchinski, American leading theoretical physicist (multiverse), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2018)
  • May 20 Cindy Hensley McCain, American businesswoman, wife of politician John McCain, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 20 David Paterson, American politician
  • May 20 Galina Vasilyevna Amelkina, Russian doctor/cosmonaut
  • May 22 Shuji Nakamura, Japanese-born American electronic engineer (invented the Blue LED), born in Ikata, Japan
  • May 25 Alison Stern, American wife of radio personality Howard Stern (Private Parts), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • May 26 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • May 26 Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • May 27 Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
  • May 28 John Tory, Canadian lawyer and politician (Mayor of Toronto, 2016-present), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 29 Jerry Morgan, American politician (Senator-R-Kansas 2011-), born in South Bend, Kansas
  • Jun 6 Cynthia Rylant, American author
  • Jun 6 Harvey Fierstein, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 7 Louise Erdrich, American author (Love Medicine, The Bingo Palace), born in Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Jun 8 Sergei Storchak, Russian deputy finance minister
  • Jun 9 George Pérez, American comic book artist (The Avenger; Teen Titans), born in New York City (d. 2022)
  • Jun 9 Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer (Wicked), born in Albany, New York
  • Jun 12 Neil Oatley, English engineer, born in Camberwell, London
  • Jun 13 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician (Deputy Prime Minister of Poland), born in Stowięcino, Poland (d. 2011)
  • Jun 13 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian economist (Minister of Finance 2011-15), born in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State
  • Jun 15 Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager
  • Jun 16 Jeffrey S. Ashby, American astronaut (sk: STS 85), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 19 Jim Cooper, American politician (Rep-D-TN, 1983- ), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 19 Michael O'Brien, British MP
  • Jun 20 Ilan Ramon, Israeli combat pilot and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • Jun 21 Mark Kimmitt, American Army general, 16th Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2008-9), born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  • Jun 21 Robert Menasse, Austrian writer (Die Vertreibung aus der Hölle), born in Vienna
  • Jun 22 Charles T. Canady, American attorney, judge and politician (Chief Justice Florida Supreme Court 2018-, Rep-R-Florida 1993-2001), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Jun 25 Sonia Sotomayor, American judge (1st woman of color on the US Supreme Court 2009-), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 28 A. A. [Adrian Anthony] Gill, British critic (The Sunday Times), born in Edinburgh (d. 2016)
  • Jun 30 Pierre Charles, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica, born in Grand Bay, Dominica (d. 2004)
  • Jun 30 Serzh Sargsyan, Armenian politician, President of Armenia (2008-18), born in Stepanakert, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
  • Jul 1 Chip Hanauer, American hydroplane racer (world champion 1982), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jul 5 Leni Björklund, Swedish politician (Minister for Defence, 2002-06), born in Örebro, Sweden
  • Jul 7 Steve Gilchrist, Canadian politician (Cabinet Minister and Member of Provincial Parliament, in Ontario), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 16 Jeanette Mott Oxford, American activist and politician, born in Eldorado, Illinois

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel (68 years old)

Jul 17 German politician, Chancellor of Germany (2005-2021), born in Hamburg, West Germany

  • Jul 19 Srđa Trifković, Serbian-American journalist and foreign affairs editor (Chronicles), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Jul 26 Lawrence Watt-Evans, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Sword of Bheleu), born in Arlington, Massachusetts
  • Jul 27 G. S. Bali, Indian politician, born in Kangra, India
  • Jul 28 Gerd Faltings, German mathematician, born in Buer, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Hugo ChávezHugo Chávez (1954-2013)

Jul 28 President of Venezuela (1998-2013), born in Sabaneta, Barinas State, Venezuela

  • Aug 2 James Charles Kopp, American citizen who murdered Barnett Slepian, born in Pasadena, California
  • Aug 6 Carl C. Perkins, American politician (Rep-D-KY, 1984-93), born in Washington, D.C.

François HollandeFrançois Hollande (68 years old)

Aug 12 24th President of France (Socialist: 2012-17), born in Rouen, France

  • Aug 13 Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Cuban-American attorney and politician (Rep-R-Florida), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Aug 14 Monica Baltodano, Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution commander, born in Leon, Nicaragua
  • Aug 15 Mary Jo Salter, American poet and co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Stieg LarssonStieg Larsson (1954-2004)

Aug 15 Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden

  • Aug 18 Umberto Guidoni, Italian astrophysicist and writer (STS 75), born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 23 Halimah Yacob, Singaporean politician (1st female President of Singapore (2017-), born in Singapore
  • Aug 26 Efren Reyes 'The Magician', Filipino professional pool player, born in Mexico, Philippines
  • Aug 27 Mike Kelley, Wayne, Michigan, artist (More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid), (d. 2012)
  • Aug 28 George Church, American geneticist and synthetic biologist, born in MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
  • Aug 29 Michael P. Kube-McDowell, American sci-fi author (Enigma, Empery), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko (68 years old)

Aug 30 1st and only President of Belarus, born in Kopys, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

  • Aug 30 Gerard Hadders, Dutch postage stamp designer (1991 children stamp), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Sep 1 Gábor Ormai, Hungarian violist (Takács Quartet, 1975-95), and pedagogue, born in Hungary (d. 1995)

Andrej BabišAndrej Babiš (68 years old)

Sep 2 Czech businessman and politician, Prime Minister of Czech republic (2017-), born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

  • Sep 5 Frederick Kempe, American author, journalist, and executive, born in Utah
  • Sep 6 Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and political (R) candidate, born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 8 Mark Foley, American politician (Rep-(R)-Florida 1995-2006), resigned after texting scandal, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Sep 8 Ruby Bridges, American civil rights activist (child who ended segregation of a Louisiana school), born in Tylertown, Mississippi
  • Sep 10 Cynthia Lummis, American politician, (Rep-R-WYO) first woman representative from Wyoming, born in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Sep 12 Jeff Jarvis, American journalist (This Week in Google) and advocate for the Open Web
  • Sep 12 Russell G. Alexander, creator of Today In History v1.2
  • Sep 15 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian journalist and newspaper editor (Agos), born in Malatya, Turkey (d. 2007)
  • Sep 15 John Hervey, 7th marquess of Bristol, English flamboyant peer who lost his fortune to drug addiction, born in Bury St Edmunds, England (d. 1999)
  • Sep 18 Murtaza Bhutto, Pakistani politician, born in Karachi, Pakistan (d. 1996)
  • Sep 18 Steven Pinker, Canadian American cognitive psychologist and author, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Sep 18 Takao Doi, Japanese astronaut (STS 87), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 20 Anne Mcintosh, British member of European parliament, born in Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland
  • Sep 20 Brinke Stevens [Charlene Brinkman], American actress (Slumber Party Massacre), born in San Diego, California

Lloyd BlankfeinLloyd Blankfein (68 years old)

Sep 20 American CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs, born in NYC, New York

  • Sep 21 Julia Grant [previously George Roberts], British transgender activist featured in "A Change of Sex", born in Blackpool, England (d. 2019)

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe (1954-2022)

Sep 21 Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-2020), born in Nagato, Japan

  • Sep 23 Cherie Blair [née Booth], English wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, born in Bury, England
  • Sep 24 Ashton Carter, American military civilian official (Secretary of Defense, 2015-17), and academic administrator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)
  • Sep 24 Stephen Jones, English art historian, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 27 Ray Hadley, Australian radio broadcaster
  • Sep 29 Steve Platt, British journalist and magazine editor (New Statesman & Society)
  • Oct 1 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", born in Murgon, Queensland (d. 1999)

Al SharptonAl Sharpton (68 years old)

Oct 3 American minister and civil rights activist (Keepin' It Real), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Oct 11 Haitham bin Tariq, Sultan of Oman (2020-), born in Muscat, Oman
  • Oct 12 Tom Blomberg, Dutch radio host and producer (Evening Rush Hour), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Oct 13 Claude Ribbe, French historian and writer, born in Paris
  • Oct 13 Mordechai Vanunu, Israeli nuclear technician and peace activist, born in Marrakesh, French Morocco
  • Oct 14 Carole Malone, English newspaper columnist
  • Oct 19 Deborah Blum, American writer
  • Oct 21 Brian Tobin, Canadian premier of Newfoundland
  • Oct 22 Carla Dunlap, bodybuilder (Pumping Iron 2), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 24 Brad Sherman, American politician, born in Los Angeles, California

Malcolm TurnbullMalcolm Turnbull (68 years old)

Oct 24 Australian politician, Prime Minister (2015-18), born in Sydney, Australia

  • Oct 24 Mike Rounds, American politician (31st Governor of South Dakota), born in Huron, South Dakota
  • Oct 24 Tom Mulcair, Quebec politician (Leader of the New Democratic Party 2012-17), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 24 Wang Jianlin, Chinese businessman and founder of Dalian Wanda Group, born in Cangxi County, Sichuan Province
  • Oct 26 Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, Mozambican politician, Prime Minister of Mozambique (2015-), born in Maxixe, Mozambique
  • Oct 29 Lee Child [James Grant], English author (Jack Reacher novels), born in Coventry, England
  • Oct 30 Mario Testino, Peruvian-born English fashion photographer, born in Lima, Peru
  • Nov 3 Godzilla, Japanese monster (Godzilla)
  • Nov 3 Kevin P Chilton, American General, test pilot and NASA astronaut (STS 49, 59, 76), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 6 Catherine Crier, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 8 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author (An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans), born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • Nov 8 Michael D. Brown, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency director (2003-05), born in Guymon, Oklahoma
  • Nov 11 Mary Gaitskill, American writer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Nov 13 Scott McNealy, American CEO of Sun Microsystems

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice (68 years old)

Nov 14 1st female African-American U.S. Secretary of State (2005-09), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • Nov 15 Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Polish, politician (President of Poland, 1995-2005), born in Białogard, Poland
  • Nov 16 Andrea Barrett, American novelist (Servants of the Map), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 16 Dick Gross, Australian politician
  • Nov 17 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • Nov 19 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian politician, 6th President of Egypt (2014-), born in Zagazig, Cairo
  • Nov 20 Berit Andnor, Swedish politician, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Nov 20 Steve Dahl, American radio host, Chicago's anti-disco DJ (WLS-FM), born in Pasadena, California
  • Nov 22 Paolo Gentiloni, Italian politician, Prime Minister (2016-2018), born in Rome, Italy
  • Nov 23 Ferry Hoogendijk, Dutch editor in chief (Elsevier Magazine)
  • Nov 26 Roz Chast, American cartoonist (Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 26 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, born in Valvettithurai, Dominion of Ceylon (d. 2009)
  • Dec 3 Grace Andreacchi, American author
  • Dec 7 Bertín Osborne, Italian entertainer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 7 Gianfranco Jannuzzo, Italian entertainer, born in Agrigento, Italy
  • Dec 7 Mark Hofmann, American forger, bomber and convicted murderer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dec 8 Harold Hongju Koh, Korean-American Dean of Yale Law School
  • Dec 9 Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg politician, President of the European Commission (2014-), born in Redange, Luxembourg
  • Dec 11 Santiago Creel, Mexican politician (Secretary of the Interior), born in Mexico City
  • Dec 12 Liz Claman, American television anchor (Countdown to the Closing Bell), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • Dec 13 Tamora Pierce, American author of fantasy fiction (The Song of the Lioness), born in South Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 14 Steve MacLean, Canadian astronaut (STS 52), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 15 Alex Cox, English director (Repo Man), born in Bebington, England
  • Dec 15 Mark Warner, American politician (Senator-D-Virginia 2009-), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec 17 Kenneth Frazier, American executive (1st African American to head major pharmaceutical company - Merck), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 20 Sandra Cisneros, American writer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 22 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader, born in Durban, South Africa

Annie LennoxAnnie Lennox (68 years old)

Dec 25 Scottish vocalist (Eurythmics - "Sweet Dreams"; solo - "Why"), born in Aberdeen, Scotland


About 1954

How Old? 68 or 69 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Snake (Feb 14, 1953 - Feb 2, 1954),
Horse (Feb 3, 1954 - Jan 23, 1955)