Historical Figures Born 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 10 Chris Van Hollen, American politician (Senator-D-Maryland 2017-, Rep-D-Maryland 2003-17), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 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 Bernard Tyson, American healthcare advocate & 1st African American CEO of Kaiser Permanente, born in San Francisco Bay Area, California
  • 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 27 Göran Hägglund, Swedish politician
  • Jan 27 Keith Olbermann, American news presenter
  • Jan 28 Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality
  • Feb 4 Tsitsi Dangarembga, Zimbabwean writer (Nervous Conditions) and playwright, born in Mutoko, Southern Rhodesia
  • 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 9 Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon (2009-), born in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa
  • 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 Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian politician (Prime Minister of Norway, 2000-1, 2005-13), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Mar 16 Michael J Bloomfield, American USAF Major USAF and NASA astronaut (STS 86), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Mar 18 Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
  • Mar 29 Barry Blanchard, Canadian mountaineer, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 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 17 Peter Doig, Scottish painter (White Canoe), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Apr 21 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • Apr 24 Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer (Jaguar Racing), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 24 Yvonne Cagle, American astronaut and physician, born in West Point, New York
  • Apr 26 Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico politician, Governor of Puerto Rico (2019-), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Stephen HarperStephen Harper (63 years old)

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

  • 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 10 Cindy Hyde-Smith, American politician (Senator-R-Mississippi 2018-), born in Brookhaven, Mississippi
  • 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 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • May 30 Frank Vanhecke, Belgian politician, born in Bruges, Belgium
  • Jun 4 Anil Ambani, Indian businessman (Reliance Group), born in Bombay, Maharashtra State, India
  • Jun 4 Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)
  • Jun 6 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician

Mike PenceMike Pence (63 years old)

Jun 7 48th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 2017-21) and Governor of Indiana (2013-16), born in Columbus, Indiana

  • Jun 9 Benny Gantz, Israeli soldier, politician and Alternate Prime Minister of Israel (Blue and White: 2020-), born in Kfar Ahim, Israel
  • 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 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 Anne Hidalgo, French Spanish politician, 1st female Mayor of Paris (2014-), born in San Fernando, Spain
  • Jun 19 Kimberley Leston, British journalist (d. 1995)
  • 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 12 Tupou VI, King of Tonga (2012-), born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • 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 Prize in Chemistry, 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 Kim Reynolds, American politician, 1st female Governor of Iowa (2017-), born in St. Charles, Iowa
  • Aug 4 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England
  • 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 14 Bill Hagerty, American politician (Senator-R-Tennessee 2021-), born in Gallatin, Tennessee
  • Aug 15 Scott D. Altman, American Naval officer and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • Aug 17 David Koresh, American cult leader (Branch Davidians sect), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Aug 17 Jonathan Franzen, American author (The Corrections), born in Western Springs, Illinois
  • Aug 19 Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer, born in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Aug 22 Pia Gjellerup, Danish Social Democrat politician, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Aug 26 Kathryn P Hire, American Lt Commander 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 David Bawden [Pope Michael], American anti-pope, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Sep 24 Theo Paphitis, Cypriot-born British businessman (Dragon's Den, Millwall Football Club), born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Sep 30 Xiomara Castro, Honduran politician (1st female President of Honduras 2022-), born in Santa Bárbara, Honduras
  • Oct 3 Carmen Russo, Miss Teenage Italy (1972), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Oct 5 David Shannon, American Caldecott Medal-winning children's book writer and illustrator (No, David!), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 5 Maya Lin, American designer (Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Civil Rights Memorial), born in Athens, Ohio
  • Oct 6 Brian Higgins, American politician (US Representative for New York, 2005-present), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Oct 6 Walter Ray Williams Jr, bowler (twice Player of the Year)
  • Oct 7 Jean-Marc Fournier, French Canadian politician, born in Châteauguay, Canada
  • Oct 7 Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician, born in Lima, Peru
  • Oct 8 Carlos I. Noriega, Peruvian-American astronaut (STS 84, sk 97), born in Lima, Peru
  • Oct 9 Bill Lee, American politician, Governor of Tennessee (2019-), born in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Oct 9 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, born in Sochi, Soviet Union (d. 2015)
  • 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 Emeril Lagasse, American chef (Emeril Live), born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Oct 15 Sarah Margaret Ferguson, English Duchess of York, born in London, England
  • Oct 17 Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • Oct 17 Ron Drummond, American writer
  • 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

Evo MoralesEvo Morales (63 years old)

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

  • Oct 29 John Magufuli, Tanzanian politician (President of Tanzania (2015-2021), born in Chato, Tanganyika (d. 2021)
  • 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 (8x Mr. Olympia), born in Fairburn, Georgia

Bryan StevensonBryan Stevenson (63 years old)

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

  • Nov 19 Jean-Francois Clervoy, French engineer and astronaut (STS 66, 84), born in Longeville, France
  • Nov 20 James P. McGovern, American politician (Rep-D-Mass 1997-), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Nov 24 Alejandro Mayorkas, American lawyer, Secretary of Homeland Security (2021-), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 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 29 Rahm Emanuel, American politician (Mayor of Chicago 2011-19; White House Chief of Staff 2009-10; U.S Representative from Illinois, 2003-09), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 30 Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist
  • Dec 1 Rick Leventhal, American broadcast journalist
  • Dec 5 Nikki Gianulias, American ten-pin bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1979), born in Vallejo, California
  • 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? 62 or 63 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Dog (Feb 18, 1958 - Feb 7, 1959),
Pig (Feb 8, 1959 - Jan 27, 1960)