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Birthdays in History in 1959

  • Jan 1 Abdul Ahad Mohmand, Afghanistan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-6)
  • Jan 1 Azali Assoumani, Comorian president (2016 - present), born in Mitsoudjé, Comoros
  • Jan 4 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese pop artist
  • Jan 9 Rigoberta Menchú, K'iche' political activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1992), born in Chimel, Guatemala
  • Jan 12 Lasana M. Sekou, Caribbean poet & author (The Salt Reaper), born in Aruba
  • Jan 15 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber, born in Setnica, Slovenia (d. 2008)
  • Jan 16 Juanita Bynum, American televangelist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 20 Joel Rifkin, American serial killer believed to have killed up to 17 victims between 1989 and 1993 in NYC and Long Island, born in New York
  • Jan 20 Bernard Tyson, American healthcare advocate & 1st African American CEO of Kaiser Permanente, born in San Francisco Bay Area, California
  • Jan 27 Göran Hägglund, Swedish politician
  • Jan 27 Keith Olbermann, American news presenter
  • Jan 28 Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality
  • Feb 4 Zenani Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • Feb 5 Jennifer Granholm, Canadian-American politician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 8 Mauricio Macri, Argentine politician and President of Argentina (2015-present), born in Tandil, Buenos Aires
  • Feb 10 Lisa McPherson, former Scientologist (d. 1995)

  • Feb 12 Nancy Remy, reporter (NYC's Shadow Traffic)
  • Feb 17 Aryeh Deri, Israeli rabbi and politician
  • Feb 22 Jiří Čunek, Czech politician, born in Zlín, Czechia
  • Feb 28 Sydney P Mufamadi, South African leader (SACP)
  • Mar 4 Rick Ardon, Australian news presenter
  • Mar 5 Vazgen Sargsyan, Armenian politician (d. 1999)
  • Mar 6 Saul Anuzis, American politician
  • Mar 13 Kathy Hilton, American socialite-Hilton Hotels, mother of Nikki Hilton and Paris Hilton, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 15 Lisa Holton, American writer
  • Mar 16 Michael J Bloomfield, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 86), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Mar 16 Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian politician and former Prime Minister of Norway (2000-1, 2005-13), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Mar 18 Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
  • Mar 26 Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent
  • Mar 29 Barry Blanchard, Canadian mountaineer, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Mar 30 Peter Ellis, convicted child abuser
  • Apr 6 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • Apr 10 Yvan Loubier, Canadian politician and one of founders of the Bloc Québécois, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 16 Scott McKinsey, American television director, born in California
  • Apr 21 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • Apr 24 Yvonne Cagle, American astronaut and physician, born in West Point, New York

  • Apr 24 Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer (Jaguar Racing), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 26 Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico politician, Governor of Puerto Rico (2019-), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Person of interestStephen Harper

Apr 30 Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-15), born in Toronto, Ontario

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Apr 30 W. Thomas Smith, Jr, American author and columnist
  • May 3 Uma Bharati, Indian politician, Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation, born in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • May 6 Charles Hendry, British Conservative Party politician, born in Cuckfield, England
  • May 6 Eric D Fingerhut, American businessman and politician (Rep-D-Ohio 1993-95), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 7 Tamara E. Jernigan, American astronaut (STS 40, 52, 67, 80), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • May 19 Nicole Brown Simpson, German-American ex-wife of O.J. Simpson who was later murdered, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1994)
  • May 20 Peter Greene, American producer (After Midnight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 21 Brisn Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister, born in Dublin (d. 2011)
  • May 25 Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician (Minister for Mercantile Marine), born in Heraklion, Greece
  • May 27 Donna Strickland, Canadian physicist (Nobel Prize 2018 laser beams), born in Guelph, Ontario
  • May 28 John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
  • May 30 Frank Vanhecke, Belgian politician, born in Bruges, Belgium
  • May 30 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • Jun 4 Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)
  • Jun 4 Anil Ambani, Indian businessman (Reliance Group), born in Bombay, Maharashtra State, India
  • Jun 6 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician

Person of interestMike Pence

Jun 7 Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 2017-) and Governor of Indiana (2013-16), born in Columbus, Indiana

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • Jun 9 Christian Wulff, German politician, prime minister of Lower Saxony (2003-10) and President of Germany (2010-12), born in Osnabrück, West Germany
  • Jun 10 Eliot Spitzer, American politician (Governor of New York 2007-8), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jun 10 Carlo Ancelotti, A.C. Milan coach
  • Jun 12 Jervis Johnson, Games Designer for Games Workshop, Nottingham, born in London
  • Jun 13 Steve Georganas, Australian politician (MP for Adelaide), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Jun 19 Kimberley Leston, journalist
  • Jun 27 Dan Jurgens, American comic book writer (The Death of Superman), born in Ortonville, Minnesota
  • Jun 29 Larry Parham, 4th victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (1st to die)
  • Jul 2 Wendy B Lawrence, astronaut (STS 67, 86, sk:91), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 5 Veronica Guerin, Irish crime journalist, born in Dublin (d. 1996)
  • Jul 7 Ben Linder, American engineer, born in California (d. 1987)
  • Jul 9 Clive Stafford Smith, British human-rights lawyer, born in Cambridge
  • Jul 12 Rolonda Watts, talk show hostess (Rolanda)
  • Jul 13 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL, Little Man Tate, Limit Up)
  • Jul 14 Susana Martinez, American politician (Governor of New Mexico) 1st female Hispanic US governor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 17 Janet Lynn Kavandi, American scientist and NASA astronaut (sk:STS 91), born in Carthage, Missouri
  • Jul 26 Rick Bragg, American journalist and writer, born in Piedmont, Alabama
  • Jul 29 Ruud Janssen, Dutch writer and artist
  • Jul 30 Abdullah of Pahang, sixth Sultan of Pahang, King of Malaysia (2019-), born in Pekan, Malaya
  • Aug 3 Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist (Nobel 2002), born in Toyama, Japan
  • Aug 4 John Gormley, Irish politician, Leader of the Green Party, Mayor of Dublin (1994-95), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 4 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England
  • Aug 4 Kim Reynolds, American politician, 1st female Governor of Iowa (2017-), born in St. Charles, Iowa
  • Aug 9 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • Aug 10 Mark Price, bass/vocals (All About Eve, Tin Huey-Contents Dislodged)
  • Aug 11 Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
  • Aug 15 Scott D Altman, American Naval officer and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • Aug 17 David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)
  • Aug 17 Jonathan Franzen, American author
  • Aug 19 Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer
  • Aug 22 Pia Gjellerup, Danish Social Democrat politician, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Aug 26 Kathryn P Hire, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 27 Juan Fernando Cobo, Colombian artist
  • Aug 27 Leila de Lima, Filipino lawyer, Senator, Chair of the Philippine Senate Electoral Reforms and People's Participation Committee, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • Aug 29 Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut (STS 74, sk: 99), born in Sarnia, Ontario

  • Sep 2 Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil
  • Sep 4 Armin Kogler, Austrian skier (2-time winner of jumping World Cup), born in Schwaz, Austria
  • Sep 4 William Kennedy Smith, American physician and member of the Kennedy family (accused of rape in Florida, 1991), born in Brighton, Massachusetts
  • Sep 13 Ralph Northam, American politician, Governor of Virginia (2018-), born in Nassawadox, Virginia
  • Sep 22 Pope Michael, American anti-pope
  • Sep 24 Theo Paphitis, Cypriot-born British businessman (Dragon's Den, Millwall Football Club), born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Sep 28 Billy Montana, Country/Western performer (No Yesterday, Angelia)
  • Oct 3 Carmen Russo, Miss Teenage Italy (1972), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Oct 5 Maya Lin, American designer (Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Civil Rights Memorial), born in Athens, Ohio
  • Oct 6 Walter Ray Williams Jr, bowler (twice Player of the Year)
  • Oct 6 Brian Higgins, American politician, Member of US House of Representatives
  • Oct 7 Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician, born in Lima, Peru
  • Oct 7 Jean-Marc Fournier, French-Canadian politician, born in Châteauguay, Canada
  • Oct 8 Carlos I. Noriega, Peruvian-American astronaut (STS 84, sk 97), born in Lima, Peru
  • Oct 9 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, born in Sochi, Soviet Union (d. 2015)
  • Oct 9 Bill Lee, American politician, Governor of Tennessee (2019-), born in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Oct 11 Bob Inglis, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Oct 12 Abigail Kingsley Alling, American executive (Biosphere 2), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 12 Anna Escobedo Cabral, 42nd Treasurer of the United States, born in San Bernardino, California
  • Oct 15 Sarah Margaret Ferguson, Duchess of York, born in London, England
  • Oct 15 Emeril Lagasse, American chef (Emeril Live), born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Oct 17 Ron Drummond, American writer
  • Oct 17 Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • Oct 18 Kirby Chambliss, Aerobatic pilot and Red Bull Air Racer
  • Oct 18 Steve Swayne, Dartmouth Professor
  • Oct 20 Shuping Wang, Chinese doctor who exposed China's HIV crisis, born in Fugou County, Henan, China (d, 2019)
  • Oct 22 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (d. 2005)
  • Oct 24 Michelle Lujan Grisham, American politician, Governor of New Mexico (2019-), born in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Person of interestEvo Morales

Oct 26 Evo Morales, Bolivian politician and 80th President of Bolivia (2006-2019), born in Isallawi, Bolivia

1st Indigenous President of Bolivia Evo Morales
1st Indigenous President of Bolivia
Evo Morales
  • Oct 31 Neal Stephenson, American author, born in Fort Meade, Maryland

  • Nov 9 Nick Hamilton, American wrestling referee, born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Nov 11 Lee Haney, American bodybuilder

Person of interestBryan Stevenson

Nov 14 Bryan Stevenson, American social justice activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, born in Milton, Delaware

Lawyer and Social Justice Activist Bryan Stevenson
Lawyer and Social Justice Activist
Bryan Stevenson
  • Nov 19 Jean-Francois Clervoy, Longeville France, astronaut (STS 66, 84)
  • Nov 20 James P. McGovern, American politician
  • Nov 25 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Nov 28 R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • Nov 28 Stephen Roche, bicylist
  • Nov 30 Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist
  • Dec 1 Rick Leventhal, American broadcast journalist
  • Dec 4 Susan W. Krebs, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 5 Nikki Gianulias, American ten-pin bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1979), born in Vallejo, California
  • Dec 6 Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido (d. 2015)
  • Dec 8 Jim Yong Kim, South Korean-American physician, anthropologist and President of the World Bank, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Dec 11 Lisa Gastineau, American reality show star, born in Rockland County, New York
  • Dec 12 Scott D. Vangen, American astronaut, born in Granite Falls, Minnesota
  • Dec 14 Bob Paris, Canadian-American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate, born in Columbus, Indiana
  • Dec 20 Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland, born in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
  • Dec 23 Geoff Willis, British engineer, born in Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Dec 25 Michael P Anderson, Plattsburgh NY, major USAF/astronaut (STS 89)
  • Dec 27 Gerina Dunwich, American author
  • Dec 30 Josée Verner, French Canadian politician
  • Dec 31 Phill Kline, American politician, born in Kansas City, Kansas

About 1959

How Old? 60 or 61 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Dog (Jan 1 - Feb 7), Pig (Feb 8 - Dec 31)