Birthdays in History in 1956

About 1956

How Old? 61 or 62 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep (Jan 1 - Feb 11), Monkey (Feb 12 - Dec 31)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russian lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • Jan 1 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Jan 2 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist
  • Jan 5 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef
  • Jan 9 Mike Walczewski, American Public Address Announcer at Madison Square Garden
  • Jan 10 Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish writer (Royal Spanish Academy), born in Úbeda, Jaén, Spain
  • Jan 15 Mayawati, Indian politician
  • Jan 16 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Saadeddine Othmani, Moroccan politician and Prime Minister of Morocco (2017-present), born in Inezgane, Morocco
  • Jan 20 Maria Larsson, Swedish politician
  • Jan 26 Simon Howard, English large landowner (Castle Howard)
  • Jan 31 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • Feb 5 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • Feb 12 Ad P Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- ), born in Gouda, Netherlands
  • Feb 13 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member

  • Feb 15 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara, Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
  • Feb 19 George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate

Person of interestJeffrey Robert Immelt

Feb 19 Jeffrey Robert Immelt, American chairman of General Electric, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Chairman of General Electric Jeffrey Robert Immelt
Chairman of General Electric
Jeffrey Robert Immelt
  • Feb 20 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 24 Judith Butler, American philosopher
  • Feb 29 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • Feb 29 Bob Speller, Canadian politician
  • Feb 29 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 29 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
  • Mar 5 Mark Handley, writer (Nell)
  • Mar 9 Shashi Tharoor, Indian politician and diplomat (United Nations Under-Secretary General), born in London
  • Mar 9 David Willetts, English Conservative Party politician, born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 11 Curtis L Brown Jr, NC, astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95)

Person of interestJamie Dimon

Mar 13 Jamie Dimon, American business executive and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, born in NYC, New York

CEO of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon
CEO of JPMorgan Chase
Jamie Dimon
  • Mar 14 Natalya Dmitriyevna Kuleshova, Russian cosmonaut
  • Mar 14 Alexey Pajitnov, Russian video game designer (Tetris), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Mar 17 Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
  • Mar 18 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Mar 19 Alina Castro, Havanna Cuba, daughter of Fidel
  • Mar 19 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician and economist.
  • Mar 20 Phillip Oppenhein, British MP
  • Mar 22 Generosa Ammon, widow of Ted Ammon (d. 2003)
  • Mar 23 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • Mar 23 Laura Thorne, chef (named one of 10 best American chefs)

  • Mar 23 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission
  • Mar 29 Lisa J Allen, TV reporter/lawyer
  • Mar 30 Bill Butler, Scottish politician
  • Apr 3 Boris Miljković, Serbian TV and theatre director, writer and lecturer, born in Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
  • Apr 4 Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)
  • Apr 7 Annika Billström, Swedish politician
  • Apr 7 Christopher Darden, American O.J. Simpson prosecutor
  • Apr 15 Gregory J Harbaugh, astronaut (STS 39, 54, 71, 82), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 16 David M Brown, Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Apr 16 Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier
  • Apr 17 Faye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • Apr 17 Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • Apr 17 Pillow, [Therese Joan Bell], California, bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • Apr 20 Beatrice Ask, Swedish politician (Moderate Party), born in Sveg, Sweden
  • Apr 21 Phillip Longman, American demographer
  • Apr 28 Paul S Lockhart, Amarillo Tx, Major USAF/astronaut
  • May 3 Marc Bellemare, French-Canadian lawyer and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec

Person of interestAkio Toyoda

May 3 Akio Toyoda, Japanese president of Toyota Motor Corporation, born in Nagoya, Japan

President of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda
President of Toyota Motor Corporation
Akio Toyoda
  • May 4 Michael L. Gernhardt, American NASA astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • May 4 David Guterson, American author (Snow Falling on Cedars), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 7 Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002-10), born in Biezelinge, Netherlands
  • May 10 Vladislav Listyev, Russian television anchor and journalist (d. 1995)
  • May 11 Theresa Burke, Canadian journalist
  • May 13 Aleksandr Yuriyevich Kaleri, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14)
  • May 13 Ravi Shankar [Sri Sri], Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, born in Papanasam, India
  • May 14 Gillian [Marucha] Bradshaw, American sci-fi author (Hawk of May)
  • May 14 Steve Hogarth, Kendal England, vocals (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • May 17 Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist
  • May 19 Althea Gwyn, WBL center (NY Stars)
  • May 20 Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian author (Elling tetralogy, Brødre i blodet), born in Tønsberg, Norway
  • May 20 William Michaelian, American novelist and poet
  • May 22 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • May 23 Ursula Plassnik, Austrian politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-8), born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • May 24 Michael Jackson, Northern Irish clergyman
  • May 26 Frédéric Dutoit, French politician
  • May 27 Cynthia McFadden, American television anchor
  • May 28 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • May 28 Mark Alexander Lees, rowing Coach
  • May 30 Jonathan Idema, Poughkeepsie, New York, torturer, kidnapper and con artist (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Mark L Polansky, pilot/astronaut, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jun 2 Malcolm Garrett, English graphic designer
  • Jun 4 John Hockenberry, American journalist
  • Jun 5 Richard A Searfoss, Mount Clemons Mich, Astronaut (STS 58, 76, sk 90)
  • Jun 6 Jay C Buckey, American physician/astronaut (STS 58 alt, sk: 90), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 9 Patricia Cornwell, American author
  • Jun 10 Georg Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Jun 22 Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistani Politician and Foreign Minister
  • Jun 25 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, born in Monospitovo, Strumica, SR Macedonia, Yugoslavia (d. 2004)
  • Jun 25 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, South African artist, born in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Jun 26 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish-South African leader (United Democratic Front), born in Scotland
  • Jun 26 Bernard A. Harris Jr., African American astronaut (STS 55, 63), born in Temple, Texas
  • Jun 27 Ted Haggard, American evangelical preacher (New Life Church, Colorado), born in Yorktown, Indiana
  • Jun 28 Noel Mugavin, Australian Rules Football player
  • Jun 29 Pedro Santana Lopes, former Prime Minister of Portugal
  • Jul 3 Montel Williams, TV talk show host (Montel)
  • Jul 3 Don Vito, American Viva La Bam castmember
  • Jul 10 Tom McClintock, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in White Plains, New York
  • Jul 17 Julie Bishop, Australian Liberal Party politician and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2013-present), born in Lobethal, South Australia
  • Jul 17 Julie Bishop, Australian politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (2017-), born in Lobethal, Australia
  • Jul 20 Jim Prentice, Canadian politician
  • Jul 21 Michael Connelly, American author
  • Jul 24 Charles Crist, Governor of Florida
  • Jul 25 Frances Arnold, American Chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2018), born in Edgewood, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 29 Ronnie Musgrove, Former Governor of Mississippi
  • Jul 30 Anita Hill, American academic and attorney, accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, born in Lone Tree, Oklahoma
  • Jul 30 Soraida Martinez, American painter and creator of Verdadism, born in Manhattan, New York City
  • Jul 31 Deval Patrick, 71st Governor of Massachusetts (2007-15), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 1 Tom Leykis, American radio personality (The Tom Leykis Show), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 2 Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author
  • Aug 3 Abhisit Vejjajiva, 27th Prime Minister of Thailand (2008-11), born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England

  • Aug 7 Kent V Rominger, Del Norte Colo, US Navy /astronaut (STS 73, 80, 85)
  • Aug 11 Pierre-Louis Lions, French mathematician
  • Aug 15 Gordon Bruks, England, Dr/cosmonaut
  • Aug 23 David Wolf, American astronaut (STS 58, sk: 89/91), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 23 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (Floer homology), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Aug 23 Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norwegian politician, born in Kvam, Norway
  • Aug 24 John Culberson, American politician
  • Aug 31 Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer
  • Sep 2 Angelo Fusco, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • Sep 3 Patrick McGeown, politician
  • Sep 6 Bill Ritter, American politician (41st Governor of Colorado), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Sep 8 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • Sep 9 Anatoli Pavlovich Artsebarsky, Russian colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)
  • Sep 12 Sam Brownback, American attorney and politician (46th Governor of Kansas), born in Garnett, Kansas
  • Sep 13 Alain Ducasse, French-born Monégasque chef, born in Orthez, France
  • Sep 14 Kostas Karamanlis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece 2004-09), born in Athens, Greece
  • Sep 14 Lefteris Zagoritis, Greek lawyer and politician, born in Rhodes, Greece

Person of interestDavid Copperfield

Sep 16 David Copperfield [Kotkin], American magician, born in Metuchen, New Jersey

  • Sep 16 Kevin R Kregel, Pilot/astronaut (STS 70, 78, 87), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 16 Mark Daniel Gearan, Gardner Mass, campaign manager (Al Gore)
  • Sep 16 Nick Banton, founder (Body Positive)
  • Sep 17 Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter and publisher
  • Sep 18 Chris Hedges, American journalist and author
  • Sep 23 Peter David, American writer
  • Sep 25 Jamie Hyneman, American visual effects technician (MythBusters), born in Marshall, Michigan
  • Sep 29 James Donald Halsell Jr, American retired USAF officer and astronaut (STS 65, 74, 83, 94), born in West Monroe, Louisiana
  • Sep 30 Maria Esmeralda, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III/Lilian Baels

Person of interestTheresa May

Oct 1 Theresa May, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2016-), born in Eastbourne, England

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Oct 1 Gina Haspel, American intelligence officer, First female director of the US CIA, born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • Oct 2 Murphy Morobe, South Afr UDF leader (spent 3 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • Oct 6 Kathleen Webb, American comic book writer and artist
  • Oct 7 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer (Paper Airplane), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • Oct 8 Scott Michael Pellaton, barefoot water ski champ
  • Oct 8 Janice Voss, American astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • Oct 11 Nicanor Frutos, 47th President of Paraguay (2003-08), born in Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay
  • Oct 16 James H Newman, Trust Territory of Pacific, PhD/Astronaut (STS 51, 69)

Person of interestMae Jemison

Oct 17 Mae Jemison, 1st African American woman in space (STS 47), born in Decatur, Alabama

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • Oct 17 Robin LO Linschoten, Dutch ass. secretary of Social Affairs (VVD)
  • Oct 18 Jim Talent, Des Peres, Missouri, American politician (Rep-R-Missouri)
  • Oct 24 Dale Maharidge, American author
  • Oct 25 Danny Gans, American entertainer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • Oct 26 Stephen Gumley, Australian businessman
  • Oct 26 Regina Benjamin, 18th US Surgeon General (2009-13), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Oct 27 Jaq D. Hawkins, British author, occultist and lecturer, born in California

Person of interestMahmoud Ahmadinejad

Oct 28 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran (2005-13), born in Aradan, Iran

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Oct 30 Tim Roemer, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • Oct 31 Anders Lago, Swedish Social Democratic politician, born in Jönköping, Sweden
  • Nov 1 Charles Moore, British editor-in-chief (Sunday Telegraph)
  • Nov 10 Mohsen Badawi, Egyptian entrepreneur and activist
  • Nov 14 Kenneth D Bowersox, Portsmouth Va, USN/astro (STS 50, 61, 73, 82)
  • Nov 15 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (d. 2003)
  • Nov 19 Eileen Marie Collins, Elmira NY, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 63, 84)
  • Nov 19 Ann Curry, American journalist
  • Nov 20 Sergei Gayevich Severin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Nov 21 Mariana Simionescu, Tirgu Neamt Romania, 1st wife of Bjorn Borg
  • Nov 25 Ena Heese, South African costume designer (Willem of Orange)
  • Nov 25 Hélène Goudin, Swedish politician
  • Nov 26 Nico Slothouwer, Dutch poet (Man & his Bag)
  • Dec 10 Michael VerMeulen, journalist
  • Dec 11 Lani Brockman, American actress and theatre director, born in Seattle
  • Dec 18 Reinhold Ewald, German cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)
  • Dec 20 Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Mauritanian 8th President of Mauritania (2009-present), born in Akjoujt, French West Africa
  • Dec 26 Gail Tatterson, WBL center (NY Stars)
  • Dec 26 Karen Smith, WBL forward (NY Stars)
  • Dec 26 David Sedaris, American essayist
  • Dec 30 "Cherie" Samba (Mbimba N'zinga), Zaire painter (Pitie la prostituee)
  • Dec 31 Martin Joseph Fettman, American PhD/astronaut (STS 58), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 31 Steve Rude, American comics artist