Historical Figures Born in 1961

  • Jan 3 Lynn Hill, American rock climber (IFSC Climbing World Cup gold 1990), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 7 Andrew Thomson, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 7 John Thune, American politician (Senator-R-Kentucky 2004-), born in Pierre, South Dakota
  • Jan 8 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 11 Jasper Fforde, British author
  • Jan 14 Robert Edwin Hall, New Zealand mountaineer & businessman, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • Jan 21 Kevin Cramer, American politician (Senator-R-North Dakota 2019-, Rep-R-2013-19), born in Rolette, North Dakota
  • Jan 23 Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted terror fugitive, born in Kendal Regency, Indonesia
  • Jan 24 Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov, Soviet cosmonaut, born in Varna, Bulgaria
  • Jan 24 Vince Russo, American writer, born in Long Island, New York
  • Jan 25 Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician, born in Singapore
  • Jan 27 Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jan 31 Fatou Bensouda, Gambian lawyer & Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, born in Banjul, Gambia
  • Feb 1 Daniel M. Tani, American astronaut, born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 2 Max Vadukul, Indian-British photographer (The New Yorker; Rolling Stone; Vogue), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Feb 4 Stewart O'Nan, American author (Snow Angels, The Names of the Dead), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 6 Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko, Russian cosmonaut (Mir, Soyuz TM-23), born in Ryasne, Ukraine
  • Feb 10 George Stephanopoulos, American journalist, political commentator, and political advisor (Clinton), born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Feb 12 Jim Harris, Canadian author, environmentalist, and politician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 14 Phillip Hamilton, American author, born in Albany, New York
  • Feb 18 Armin Laschet, German politician (CDU), born in Aachen, West Germany
  • Feb 20 Claudia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 4th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 21 Abhijit Banerjee, American economist, 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics, born in Mumbai, India
  • Mar 10 Laurel Clark, American naval officer and NASA astronaut (died in Columbia space shuttle disaster), born in Ames, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • Mar 12 Joseph Facal, Quebec politician
  • Mar 14 Gary Dell'Abate 'Baba Booey', American producer (Howard Stern Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 14 Grigoriy Kornev, Russian speed walker (world record 5 km)
  • Mar 18 Mark Van Thillo, Wilrijk Belgium, co-capt (Biosphere 2)
  • Mar 26 Leigh Bowery, Australian performance artist and designer, born in Sunshine, Australia (d. 1996)
  • Mar 26 William Hague, English politician, Secretary of State, Leader of the Opposition, born in Rotherham, England
  • Apr 5 Jim LeRoy, Airshow Pilot
  • Apr 6 Rory Bremner, impressionist
  • Apr 10 Joe Cole, American roadie (Black Flag, Rollins Band), born in California (d. 1991)
  • Apr 17 Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 18 Pamella Bordes, British parliament escort, former Miss India and photographer, born in New Delhi, India
  • Apr 25 Dinesh D'Souza, Indian-American author (2016: Obama's America), born in Mumbai, India
  • Apr 28 Futoshi Matsunaga, Japanese serial killer, born in Kitakyūshū, Japan
  • May 1 Marilyn Milian, current judge on The People's Court
  • May 2 Phil Vickery, English celebrity chef (This Morning), born in Folkestone, Kent, England
  • May 3 David Vitter, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1999-2005), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 3 Joe Murray, American cartoonist (Rocko's Modern Life), born in San Jose, California
  • May 4 Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Kolkata, India
  • May 5 Mike Dunleavy, American politician, Governor of Alaska (2018-), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • May 6 Frans Timmermans, Dutch politician (First Vice President of the European Commission 2014-), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • May 8 Bill de Blasio, American politician and NYC Mayor (2014-21), born in Manhattan, New York
  • May 19 Lisa Rathgber Wagner, bowler (3-time LPBT Player of Year, Bowler of Decade), born in Hillsboro Illinois
  • Jun 3 Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
  • Jun 4 Ferenc Gyurcsány, Prime Minister of Hungary (2004-09), born in Pápa, Hungary
  • Jun 12 Jim Goad, American author and publisher (ANSWER Me!), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 12 Yuri Rozanov, Russian sports broadcaster (NTV Plus, Match TV; TEFI Award 2012), born in Zagorsk, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Jun 13 Bob Crow, English trade union leader (National Union RMT), born in Epping, Essex, England (d. 2014)

Joko WidodoJoko Widodo (61 years old)

Jun 21 Indonesian politician (President of Indonesia 2014-), born in Surakarta, Indonesia

  • Jun 23 Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
  • Jun 25 Timur Bekmambetov, Russian Kazakh director (Night Watch), born in Guryev, Soviet Union

Diana SpencerDiana Spencer (1961-1997)

Jul 1 English Princess of Wales, born in Sandringham, England

  • Jul 1 Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut (STS 87) and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space, born in Karnal, East Punjab, India (d. 2003)
  • Jul 4 Richard Allen Garriott, English-American computer game designer (Origin), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jul 13 Tim Watson, Australian rules footballer
  • Jul 15 Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector in Iraq
  • Jul 27 Daniel C. Burbank, American astronaut, born in Manchester, Connecticut
  • Jul 28 Scott E Parazynski, American astronaut (STS 66, 86, sk:95), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Aug 1 Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush, born in Mount Holly, New Jersey
  • Aug 1 Imad Khamis, Syrian politician and 67th Prime Minister of Syria (2016-present), born in Saqba, Syria

Barack ObamaBarack Obama (61 years old)

Aug 4 44th United States President (Democrat: 2009-17) and first African-American president, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Aug 6 Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
  • Aug 8 Ron Klain, American attorney, White House Chief of Staff to Joe Biden (2021-), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

John KeyJohn Key (61 years old)

Aug 9 New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), born in Auckland, New Zealand

  • Aug 11 Frederick W Sturckow, USMC capt/astronaut (sk: STS 88), born in La Mesa, California
  • Aug 13 Tom Perrotta, American novelist (Little Children), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Aug 18 Bob Woodruff, American television journalist, born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Aug 20 Greg Egan, Australian science fiction and hard science author, born in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 27 Tom Ford, American fashion designer
  • Sep 8 Paul Zanetti, Australian political cartoonist, born in Wollongong, Australia
  • Sep 11 Philip Ardagh, English children's books author (Eddie Dickens series), born in Kent, England
  • Sep 13 Peter Roskam, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Sep 16 Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Italian entertainer (Lo psicologo di famiglia), born in Rome, Lazio, Italy
  • Sep 17 Pamela Ann Melroy, American Major USAF and astronaut (STS 92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Sep 21 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena)
  • Sep 23 William C. McCool, American US Navy Lt Cmdr, and astronaut (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), born in San Diego, California (d. 2003)
  • Sep 26 Will Self, English author, born in Westminster, London
  • Sep 27 Irvine Welsh, Scottish writer
  • Sep 28 Quentin Kawananakoa, pretender to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii
  • Sep 29 Julia Gillard, Australian politician, 1st Australian female Prime Minister (2010-2013), born in Barry, Wales
  • Oct 1 Gary Ablett Snr, Australian Rules Football forward (All Australian 1992-95; Norm Smith Medal 1989; Coleman Medal 1993-95; Geelong), born in Drouin, Victoria
  • Oct 4 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • Oct 5 Matthew Kauffman, American journalist and George Polk Award winner
  • Oct 7 Matthew Roloff, American reality star, born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 7 Thomas "Tom" Perez, American Chair of the Democratic National Committee, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Oct 16 Marc Levy, French novelist
  • Oct 20 Les Stroud, Canadian survival expert (Survivorman), born in Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Oct 23 Laurie Halse Anderson, American writer (Speak), born in Potsdam, New York
  • Oct 24 Dave Meltzer, American wrestling journalist and sports historian, born in New York
  • Oct 24 Mary Bono, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California 1998-2013), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 24 Susan Kilrain [Still], USN commander and astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Augusta, Georgia

Uhuru KenyattaUhuru Kenyatta (61 years old)

Oct 26 Kenyan Prime Minister (2013-2022) and son of Jomo Kenyatta, born in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Nov 1 Louise Boije af Gennäs, Swedish writer and novelist (Stjärnor utan svindel)
  • Nov 3 David AC viscount Linley, son of English princess Margaret/mystic
  • Nov 5 Charles O. Hobaugh, American NASA astronaut and U.S. Marine Corps officer, born in Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Nov 6 Kazuhiko Aoki, Japanese game creator, born in Japan
  • Nov 10 Rudolf Grimm, Austrian physics professor (Bose–Einstein condensation of molecules), born in Mannheim, West Germany
  • Nov 11 Yuri Milner, Russian physicist and entrepreneur, established the Breakthrough Prize, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Nov 13 Edwin "Rick" Bakker, Dutch author: Rick's Report, AIDS Diary
  • Nov 15 Ian Reid, Australian educator

Chanda KochharChanda Kochhar (61 years old)

Nov 17 Indian business woman (CEO of ICICI Bank), born in Jodhpur, India

  • Nov 17 Pat Toomey, American politician (Senator-R-Pennsylvania 2011-, Rep-R-PA 1999-2005), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Nov 17 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (d. 1985)
  • Nov 20 Mark Bradford, American artist (2016 Venice Biennale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 22 John Schnatter, American businessman (founder of Papa John's Pizza), born in Jeffersonville, Indiana [or November 23]
  • Nov 22 Randal L. Schwartz, American computer programmer
  • Nov 23 Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author, born in Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • Nov 24 Arundhati Roy, Indian activist and writer (The God of Small Things), born in Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Nov 24 Carlos Carnero, Spanish member of parliament
  • Nov 24 Matt Hayes, British TV angler (Discovery Real Time), born in Smethwick, England
  • Dec 1 Armin Meiwes ' the Rotenburg Cannibal', German murder, brn in Essen, West Germany
  • Dec 8 Ann Coulter, American author, political commentator, and attorney
  • Dec 11 Marco Pierre White, English chef and restaurateur (youngest chef ever to have been awarded three Michelin stars), born in Leeds, England
  • Dec 15 Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist
  • Dec 15 Reginald Hudlin, American director (House Party), born in Centreville, Illinois
  • Dec 18 Thomas Strittmatter, writer
  • Dec 22 Andrew Fastow, US convicted criminal and businessman (former CFO of Enron), born in Washington, D.C., United States
  • Dec 22 Yuri Ivanovich Malinchenko, Russian cosmonaut (1st person to marry in space), born in Khrushchev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • Dec 24 Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan Republic, born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Dec 24 Mary Barra, American CEO of General Motors (1st woman to head a global automotive company), born in Waterford, Michigan
  • Dec 25 Ghislaine Maxwell, British socialite and convicted sex offender, born in Maisons-Laffitte, France
  • Dec 25 Ingrid Betancourt, Colombian senator
  • Dec 29 Robert Tewdwr Moss, British journalist, born in Congleton, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Dec 30 Bill English, New Zealand politician and Prime Minister (National: 2016-17), born in Lumsden, New Zealand
  • Dec 30 Douglas Coupland, Canadian author

About 1961

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

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 28, 1960 - Feb 14, 1961),
Ox (Feb 15, 1961 - Feb 4, 1962)