Historical Figures Born in 1955

  • Jan 1 Mary Beard, English classical scholar (University of Cambridge), born in Much Wenlock, England
  • Jan 5 Mamata Banerjee, Indian politician (Chief Minister of West Bengal 2011-), born in Calcutta, India
  • Jan 9 Michiko Kakutani, American literary critic, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 10 Luci Martin, American vocalist (Chic - "Le Freak"), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 13 Jay McInerney, American novelist (Bright Lights, Big City), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jan 13 Titus M Mafolo, South African journalist/ANC-leader
  • Jan 16 Jerry M. Linenger, American astronaut (STS 81/84), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • Jan 20 Joe Doherty, Irish IRA activist (jailed in US), born in Belfast, Ireland
  • Jan 21 Jeff Koons, American artist (balloon animals), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 22 Thomas David Jones, United States astronaut (STS 59, 68, 80, sk: 98), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 22 Timothy R. Ferguson, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 27 Alexander Stuart, British author
  • Jan 27 John G Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States, born in Buffalo, New York

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy (67 years old)

Jan 28 23rd President of France (2007-12), born in Paris, France

  • Jan 30 Judith Tarr, American sci-fi author (Isle of Glass, Ars Magica), born in Augusta, Maine
  • Feb 1 Kate Ashbrook, British general secretary of the Open Spaces Society
  • Feb 3 Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • Feb 3 Stephen Euin Cobb, American novelist
  • Feb 4 Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime minister

John GrishamJohn Grisham (67 years old)

Feb 8 American writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief), born in Jonesboro, Arkansas

  • Feb 13 Joe Birkett, American lawyer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 14 Carol Kalish, American publishing executive (Marvel Comics) (d. 1991)
  • Feb 14 Jeremy Lascelles, British grandson of English princess Mary
  • Feb 15 Bev Francis, Australia, world women's power-lifting champion
  • Feb 15 Clive Aslet, British editor (Country Life)
  • Feb 16 Guy Gallo, writer (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Mo YanMo Yan (67 years old)

Feb 17 Chinese novelist and nobel laureate (Red Sorghum Clan, The Republic of Wine), born in Gaomi, Shandong, China

  • Feb 18 Miles Tredinnick, English playwright, born in Warrington, United Kingdom

Steve JobsSteve Jobs (1955-2011)

Feb 24 American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, born in San Francisco, California

  • Mar 1 Denis Mukwege, Congolese gynecologist, founded Panzi Hospital (Noble Peace Prize 2018), born in Bukavu, Belgian Congo
  • Mar 2 Dale Bozzio, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 2 Ken Salazar, American politician
  • Mar 2 Shoko Asahara [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
  • Mar 4 Khoisan X [Benny Alexander], South African activist (Secretary-General for the Pan-Africanist Movement), born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • Mar 6 Cyprien Ntaryamira, 5th President of Burundi (1994) who was assassinated at the start of the Rwandan genocide, born in Mubimbi, Bujumbura Rural Province, Burundi (d. 1994)
  • Mar 13 Patricia J. Engfer, General manager (Hyatt Regency-Orlando), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Mar 17 Cynthia McKinney, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia, Green Party presidential candidate 2008), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 18 Francis Slay, American politician, Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri (2001-17), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Jair BolsonaroJair Bolsonaro (67 years old)

Mar 21 Brazilian politician and President of Brazil (2019-22), born in Glicério, São Paulo, Brazil

  • Mar 22 Pete Sessions, American politician (REP-R-Texas 1997-209, 2021-), born in Waco, Texas
  • Mar 22 Valdis Zatlers, Latvian politician 7th President of Latvia, born in Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR
  • Mar 25 Daniel Boulud, French chef and restaurateur
  • Mar 27 Mariano Rajoy, Spanish politician, Prime Minister of Spain (2011-18), born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Mar 27 Patrick McCabe, Irish novelist (The Butcher Boy), born in Clones, County Monaghan
  • Mar 28 John Alderdice, Northern Irish politician, born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 1 Gregg Jarrett, American television anchor
  • Apr 2 Michael Stone, British terrorist (Ulster Defence Association), born in Harborne, Birmingham
  • Apr 3 Aleksandr Nikolayevich Yablontsev, Russian lt-colonel and cosmonaut, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2012)
  • Apr 5 Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga artist, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Apr 5 Janice Long, British radio host (Crash FM), born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England
  • Apr 6 Keith Hunter Jesperson, Canadian-born serial killer
  • Apr 7 Andrea Fisher, American artist, born in New York (d. 1997)
  • Apr 8 Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist (The Poisonwood Bible), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Apr 8 David Wu, Taiwanese-born American politician (Rep-D-Ore 1999-2011), born in Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • Apr 8 Ron Johnson, American politician (Senator-R-Wisconsin 2011-), born in Mankato, Minnesota
  • Apr 9 Joolz Denby, English poet and novelist, born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • Apr 9 Kate Heyhoe, American editor and food writer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 11 Kevin Brady, American politician (Rep Texas (R) 1997-), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Apr 11 Piers J Sellers, English astronaut and climate scientist, born in Sussex (d. 2016)
  • Apr 13 Ole von Beust, German politician and Mayor of Hamburg, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Apr 15 Dodi Fayed, Egyptian businessman who died in a car crash in Paris with Diana. Princess of Wales, born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1997)
  • Apr 16 Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (2020-), born in Castle Betzdorf, Betzdorf, Luxembourg
  • Apr 18 Amschel Rothschild, British banker (executive chairman of Rothschild Asset Management of the Rothschild banking family of England), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • Apr 20 Donald Pettit, American chemical engineer and NASA astronaut, born in Silverton, Oregon
  • Apr 20 Svante Pääbo, Swedish geneticist (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2022 - work on genomes of extinct hominins), born in Stockholm, Sweden [1]
  • Apr 23 Mike Smith, English TV and radio presenter, born in Romford, Essex (d. 2014)
  • Apr 24 Jack Kingston, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia (1993-2015), born in Bryan, Texas
  • Apr 24 John de Mol Jr., Dutch media businessman, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 28 Nicky Gumbel, British author and priest (Alpha Course), born in London, England
  • Apr 30 Dimitra Papandreau, Greece, wife of Greek PM Andreas Papandreau
  • Apr 30 Nicolas Hulot, French journalist
  • May 2 Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer, born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy
  • May 4 Renate Bruemmer, Swiss cosmonaut, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • May 5 Robert Feld, National Scrabble Champion (1990), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 6 Donald A Thomas, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 6 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • May 6 Tom Bergeron, American game show host
  • May 7 Kevin Reed, American Presbyterian theologian
  • May 9 Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian politician (President, 1991-95; Prime Minister, 1995-2012), born in Adwa, Ethiopian Empire (d. 2012)
  • May 10 Mark David Chapman, American assassin (John Lennon), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • May 11 John DeStefano, Jr., American politician
  • May 19 Pierre J Thuot, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 36, 49, 62), born in Groton, Connecticut
  • May 20 Nigel Griffiths, MP (Labour)
  • May 22 Philip Dybvig, American economist (2022 Nobel Prize - for research on banks and financial crises)
  • May 22 Sam Coppersmith, American attorney and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 1st district), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • May 25 Alistair Burt, British Conservative Party politician, born in Bury, Lancashire, England
  • May 26 Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • May 29 John Hinckley Jr., American man who attempted to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan in 1981, born in Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • May 29 Sut Jhally, Kenyan-born American educator

Brian KobilkaBrian Kobilka (67 years old)

May 30 American physiologist who won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (G protein-coupled receptors), born in Little Falls, Minnesota

  • May 31 Ben de Lisi, American-British fashion designer, born in New York City
  • Jun 2 Chantal Hochuli, Swiss-born socialite
  • Jun 4 Paul Stewart, British writer (The Edge Chronicles, Far Flung Adventures), born in London, England
  • Jun 7 Bill Koch, American skier, born in Brattleboro, Vermont

Tim Berners-LeeTim Berners-Lee (67 years old)

Jun 8 English inventor (World Wide Web), born in London, England

  • Jun 10 Stanislav Kropilák, Slovak basketball power forward-center (4 × FIBA European Selection; 5 × Czech Player of the Year; BK Inter Bratislava), born in Kremnica, Slovakia (d. 2022)
  • Jun 11 Tony Allcock, English bowls player (World Singles Champion (1986-87, 2002), born in Leicestershire
  • Jun 14 Larry Burrows, fictional character (Mr Destiny)
  • Jun 14 Michael D. Duvall, American politician (Member of the California State Assembly from the 72nd district), born in Alameda County, California
  • Jun 15 Sally E Silverstone, Walthamstow England, Co-Captain (Biosphere 2)
  • Jun 16 Simon Bailey, priest, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • Jun 17 Gail Jones, Australian author (Dreams of Speaking), born in Harvey, Western Australia
  • Jun 23 Pierre Corbeil, Canadian politician
  • Jun 24 Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Guru of Siddha Yoga
  • Jun 27 Frank de Grave [Franciscus Hendrikus Gerardus de Grave], Dutch politician (VVD), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jun 29 Charles J. Precourt, American NASA astronaut (STS 55, 71, 84, sk:91), born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Jun 29 Terence M. O'Sullivan, American labor union activist who is president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), born in San Francisco, California

Li KeqiangLi Keqiang (67 years old)

Jul 1 Chinese Premier of the State Council and China's head of government, born in Dingyuan County, Anhui Province

  • Jul 2 Kevin Michael Grace, Canadian journalist
  • Jul 6 Sherif Ismail, Prime Minister of Egypt (2015-2018), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Jul 6 William Wall, Irish writer (This is the Country), born in Cork City, Ireland
  • Jul 9 Lindsey Graham, American politician (Senator-R-South Carolina 2003-), born in Central, South Carolina
  • Jul 9 Sergei Krichevsky, Ukrainian cosmonaut, born in Primorya, Russia
  • Jul 14 L. Brent Bozell, American author and activist
  • Jul 17 Paul Stamets, American mycologist and environmentalist, born in Columbiana, Ohio
  • Jul 18 Bernd Fasching, Austrian painter and sculptor, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jul 18 Vitali Viktorovich Savitsky, biologist/politician
  • Jul 25 Bantubonke Holomisa, South African Minister of Defense of Transkei, born in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape
  • Jul 25 Ritva Elomaa, Finnish bodybuilder and politician, born in Lokalahti, Finland
  • Jul 26 Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistani politician, President of Pakistan (2008-13), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jul 27 Cat Bauer, American novelist (Harley, Like a Person), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Jul 29 Dave Stevens, American illustrator and comic artist (The Rocketeer), born in Lynwood, California (d. 2008)
  • Aug 2 Anne Lacaton, French architect (Lacaton & Vassal, Pritzker Prize 2021), born in Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière, France
  • Aug 2 Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Aug 4 Alberto Gonzales, American U.S. Attorney General
  • Aug 4 Andrew M Allen, Captain USMC/astronaut (STS 46, 62, 75), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 4 Charles D "Sam" Gemar, Yankton SD, army/astronaut (STS 38, 48, 62)
  • Aug 7 Greg Nickels, American politician (Mayor of Seattle, 2002–), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 7 Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer, born in Bykovo, Russia
  • Aug 9 John E. Sweeney, American politician (Rep-R-NY 1999-2007), born in Troy, New York
  • Aug 11 Marc Bureau, French Canadian politician
  • Aug 11 Sylvia Hermon, British politician
  • Aug 12 Ann M. Martin, American author
  • Aug 17 Richard Hilton, American heir, father of Paris and Nicky Hilton, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 18 Taher Elgamal, Egyptian scientist, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Aug 22 Will Shetterly, American writer (Dogland), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Aug 24 Mike Huckabee, American politician (Governor of Arkansas (R) 1996-2007), Presidential candidate, born in Hope, Arkansas
  • Sep 1 Billy Blanks, American martial artist
  • Sep 4 Brian Schweitzer, American politician (Governor of Montana, 2005–13), born in Havre, Montana
  • Sep 6 Carl E. Walz, American NASA astronaut (STS 51, 65, 79), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Efim Zelmanov, Russian-American mathematician, born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • Sep 10 Giannina Facio Franco, Mrs Phillipe Junot, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • Sep 15 Mac Sweeney, American politician (Rep-R-TX, 1985-89), born in Wharton, Texas
  • Sep 15 Renzo Rosso, Italian clothing designer and (Diesel), born in Brugine, Italy
  • Sep 15 Željka Antunović, Croatian politician, 1st female Minister of Defence, born in Virovitica, Yugoslavia
  • Sep 16 Liz Knights, English publisher (Victor Gollancz), born in Hayes Common, England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 17 Mike Parson, American politician (Governor of Missouri, 2018-), born in Wheatland, Missouri
  • Sep 20 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament, born in Coventry, England
  • Sep 21 Mika Kaurismäki, Finnish director
  • Sep 21 Richard J Hieb, astronaut (STS 39, 49, 65), born in Jamestown, North Dakota

John BrennanJohn Brennan (67 years old)

Sep 22 American Director of the CIA (2013-18), born in North Bergen, New Jersey

  • Sep 24 Riccardo Illy, Italian politician and businessman, Born in Trieste, Italy
  • Sep 27 Thelma Aldana, Guatemalan judge and 11th Guatemalan Attorney General, born in Gualán, Zacapa
  • Sep 28 Stéphane Dion, Canadian politician (Liberal Party leader), born in Quebec City
  • Sep 29 Gwen Ifill, American journalist and writer, 1st African American woman to host US public affairs program, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Oct 1 Duško Tadić, Bosnian Serb politician and war criminal, born in Kozarac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Oct 7 Ralph Johnson, American computer scientist
  • Oct 12 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, born in Tkon, Croatia
  • Oct 15 Cathy Ladman, American comedienne (Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead)
  • Oct 17 Georgios Alogoskoufis, Greek politician
  • Oct 17 Kerry James Marshall, American artist whose works seek to challenge the marginalization of African-Americans, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Oct 18 Rita Verdonk, Dutch politician
  • Oct 20 David Profumo, English novelist (Bringing the House Down), born in London, England
  • Oct 20 Sheldon Whitehouse, American politician (Senator-D-Rhode Island 2007-), born in New York City
  • Oct 26 Stephen K Robinson, American PhD, and astronaut (STS 85, sk:95), born in Sacramento, California
  • Oct 27 Debra Bowen, American politician, 31st Secretary of State of California (2007-15), born in Rockford, Illinois

Bill GatesBill Gates (67 years old)

Oct 28 American businessman and billionaire (founder and CEO of Microsoft, richest person in the world), born in Seattle, Washington

  • Oct 28 Indra Nooyi, Indian American businesswoman (CEO of PepsiCo), born in Madras, India
  • Nov 4 David Julius, American physiologist (2021 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for receptors for temperature and touch), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 4 Matti Vanhanen, 40th Prime Minister of Finland (2003-10), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Nov 5 Karan Thapar, Indian journalist, political analyst and commentator, born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Nov 6 Paul Romer, American economist (Nobel Prize 2018, endogenous growth theory), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Nov 9 Bob Nault, French Canadian politician (Member of the Canadian Parliament for Kenora—Rainy River), born in Ste. Anne, Manitoba
  • Nov 10 James Chapman, American novelist (Stet)
  • Nov 11 Jigme Singye Wangchuk, king of Bhutan (1972-2006), born in Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Nov 15 Henry Corra, American documentarian
  • Nov 16 Pierre Larouche, Canadian National Hockey League player
  • Nov 20 Timothy Mace, British cosmonaut, (d. 2014)
  • Nov 23 Mary Landrieu, American politician (US Senator of Louisiana, 1997-2005), born in Arlington, Virgina
  • Nov 23 Steven Brust [Karl Zoltan], American sci-fi author (Yendi, Jhereg), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 24 Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Swedish politician
  • Nov 24 Takashi Yuasa, Japanese lawyer
  • Nov 26 Tracy Hickman, American sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Nov 28 Adem Jashari, Albanian freedom fighter
  • Nov 30 Richard Burr, American politician (Senator-R-North Carolina 2005-, Rep-R-North Carolina 1995-2005), born in Charlottesville, North Carolina
  • Dec 3 Warren Jeffs, American convicted polygamist
  • Dec 7 John Watkins, Australian politician (Deputy Premier of New South Wales), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dec 10 Jacquelyn Mitchard, American journalist and novelist (The Deep End of the Ocean), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 16 Carol M Browner, US Administrator (EPA)
  • Dec 16 Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • Dec 19 Rob Portman, American politician (Senator-R-Ohio 2011-), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 20 Sammy Mitchell, US programmer (Qedit/TSE/Semware)
  • Dec 23 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-19), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dec 26 Evan Bayh, American politician, born in Shirkieville, Indiana
  • Dec 27 Barbara Olson (née Bracher), American political commentator, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2001)

Liu XiaoboLiu Xiaobo (1955-2017)

Dec 28 Chinese writer and human rights activist, born in Changchun, China

  • Dec 31 Dawood Ibrahim, Indian crime boss (D-Company), born in Khed, Ratnagiri, India

About 1955

How Old? 66 or 67 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Horse (Feb 3, 1954 - Jan 23, 1955),
Goat/Sheep (Jan 24, 1955 - Feb 11, 1956)