On This Day

Historical Figures Born in 1965

  • Jan 4 Jergus Baca, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, IHL defenseman (Team Slovakia 98)
  • Jan 6 Bjorn Lomborg, Danish mathematician, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Jan 6 Muhammed al-Ahari, American Muslim writer
  • Jan 11 Karl Van Calcar, 3k steeplechase, born in Torrance, California
  • Jan 12 Biram Dah Abeid, Mauritanian politician & slavery abolitionist advocate, born in Rosso, Trarza
  • Jan 14 Shamil Basayev, Chechen rebel, born in Dyshne-Vedeno, Russia (d. 2006)
  • Jan 14 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, British TV chef (River Cottage), writer and environmental activist, born in London, England
  • Jan 19 J. B. Pritzker, American businessman (Pritzker Group), and politician (Governor of Illinois, 2019- present), born in Atherton, California
  • Jan 21 Jam Master Jay, American disc jockey (d. 2002)
  • Jan 26 Kevin McCarthy, American politician (Rep-R-California 2007-), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Jan 26 Thomas Östros, Swedish politician, born in Malmberget, Sweden
  • Feb 1 Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, born in the Prince's Palace of Monaco, Monaco
  • Feb 3 Karlous Marx Shinohamba, Namibian politician
  • Feb 9 Igor Babailov, Russian-born American portrait and figurative painter, born in Udmurtia, Russia
  • Feb 12 Brett Kavanaugh, American judge, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 16 Dave Lombardo, Cuban drummer (Slayer)
  • Feb 16 Adama Barrow, Gambian politician, President of Gambia (2017-), born in Mankamang Kunda, Gambia
  • Feb 20 Federica Moro, Carate Brianza Italy, Miss Italy (1982)

Michael Dell

Feb 23 Michael Dell, American computer manufacturer (Dell Technologies), born in Houston, Texas

  • Feb 23 Robert "Bob" Ferguson, American politician (Democratic Party) and Attorney General of Washington, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 24 Jane Swift, former acting Governor of Massachusetts
  • Mar 2 Lembit Öpik, British politician

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Mar 3 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopian politician and heath official (first African Director-General of the World Health Organization), born in Asmara, Eritrea

  • Mar 4 Jonathan Shearer, Scottish winner of reality series Castaway
  • Mar 8 Fátima Lopes, Portuguese fashion designer
  • Mar 11 Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician (US House of Representative from Illinois, 1995-2012), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Mar 16 Mark Carney, Canadian economist, Governor of the Bank of England, and Chairman of the G20's Financial Stability Board, born in Fort Smith, Canada
  • Mar 21 Xavier Bertrand, French politician
  • Mar 23 Gary Whitehead, American poet
  • Mar 29 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist, born in Kiato, Greece (d. 2005)
  • Mar 29 William Oefelein, American astronaut (STS-116 Space Shuttle), born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • Mar 31 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer best known for his solo self-rescue on Annapurna with a broken arm, born in Gap, Hautes-Alpes (d. 2006)

Rodney King

Apr 2 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cops, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)

  • Apr 7 Alison Lapper, British artist
  • Apr 9 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted mass murderer (d. 2002)
  • Apr 10 Tim Alexander, American funk metal drummer (Primus-Pork soda), born in Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • Apr 10 Diébédo Francis Kéré, Burkina Faso architect (Gando Primary School), born in Gando, Burkina Faso
  • Apr 13 Patricio Pouchulu, Argentine architect, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 15 Soichi Noguchi, japanese astronaut, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Apr 17 Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner and Sayako Kuroda's husband, born in Tokyo
  • Apr 18 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey (Stenders Latevermaak & RobRadio), born in Oisterwijk, Netherlands
  • Apr 20 Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek politician (New Democracy Party), born in Rethymno, Greece
  • Apr 20 Adrian Fernández, Mexican racing driver and co-owner of the Fernandez Racing team, born in Mexico City
  • Apr 21 Fiona Kelleghan, American academic and critic
  • Apr 23 Leni Robredo (née Gerona), Filipina lawyer, social activist, and politician (Vice President of the Philippines, 2016-present), born in Naga, Camarines Sur, Philippines
  • May 9 Ken Nomura, Japanese auto racer (D1 Grand Prix 2006, 08 runner-up), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • May 13 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (d. 2006)
  • May 13 Natalie Massenet, entrepreneur and founder of Net-a-Porter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 14 Eoin Colfer, Irish writer
  • May 17 Richard Baumhammers, American spree killer
  • May 24 Shinichirō Watanabe, Japanese anime director (Samurai Champloo), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Jun 2 Jim Knipfel, American autobiographer and journalist (Slackjaw, Quitting the Nairobi Trio), born in Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Jun 3 Suzan Kaminga, bodybuilder, born in Austin, Texas
  • Jun 4 Adi Utarini, Indonesian medical researcher (Dengue Fever), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Jun 7 Damien Hirst, English artist (animals in formaldehyde artworks), born in Bristol, England
  • Jun 11 Manuel Uribe Garza, Mexican man who suffered from morbid obesity (peak weight of 600 kg), born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico (d. 2014)
  • Jun 13 Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, younger daughter of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía, born in Our Lady of Loreto Clinic, Madrid, Spain
  • Jun 15 Annelies Bredael, Belgian rower
  • Jun 15 Adam Smith, American politician (D-Wash), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 16 Andrea M. Ghez, American astronomer (2020 Nobel Prize for Physics for work on black holes), born in New York City
  • Jun 19 Luc Donckerwolke, Belgian car designer
  • Jun 21 Yang Liwei, Chinese astronaut (Shenzhou 5), born in Suizhong County, Huludao, China
  • Jun 23 Dawn Whiteham, bodybuilder (Penthouse Nov 1995), born in New London, Connecticut
  • Jun 23 Barbara Lufthansa Herzog, born during Lufthansa Frankfurt-NY flight
  • Jul 4 Jo Whiley, English radio DJ, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • Jul 9 Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (d. 2006)
  • Jul 10 Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark
  • Jul 10 Peter Duncan, Scottish politician (Member of Parliament (C), 2001-05), born in Saltcoats, Scotland
  • Jul 15 David Miliband, British politician
  • Jul 29 Chang-Rae Lee, Korean-born American author and teacher

J. K. Rowling

Jul 31 J. K. Rowling, English writer (Harry Potter novels), born in Yate, Gloucestershire

  • Aug 4 Dennis Lehane, American crime writer (Mystic River), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 4 Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish politician
  • Aug 8 Kate Langbroek, Australian media personality
  • Aug 11 Shinji Mikami, Japanese video game designer (Resident Evil)
  • Aug 15 Rob Thomas, American writer, screenwriter and director (Veronica Mars), born in Sunnyside, Washington
  • Aug 28 Satoshi Tajiri, Japanese video game designer (Game Freak, creator of the Pokémon franchise), born in Setagaya, Japan
  • Sep 5 César Rincón, Colombian matador, born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Sep 6 Christopher Nolan, Irish handicapped writer (Under Eye of Clock), born in Mullingar, Ireland (d. 2009)

Bashar al-Assad

Sep 11 Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria (2000-present), born in Damascus, Syria

  • Sep 13 Annie Duke, American poker player, born in Concord, New Hampshire

Dmitry Medvedev

Sep 14 Dmitry Medvedev, Russian politician (President and Prime Minister of Russia), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union

  • Sep 17 Yuji Naka, Japanese video game programmer
  • Sep 17 Bryan Singer, American film and television director (The Usual Suspects), born in New York City

Petro Poroshenko

Sep 26 Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian candy maker, businessman and President of Ukraine (2014-19), born in Bolhrad, Ukraine, Soviet Union

  • Sep 27 Alexis Stewart, American radio personality, born in New York City
  • Sep 27 Bernard Lord, Premier of New Brunswick
  • Sep 28 Joel Rane, author (Step on Up)
  • Oct 1 Chris Reason, Australian journalist
  • Oct 1 Mia Mottley, Barbadian politician, Prime Minister of Barbados (2018-), born in Barbados
  • Oct 4 "Stuttering John" Melendez, interviewer (Howard Stern Show)
  • Oct 6 Jim "Razor" Sharp, American rodeo rider (Las Vegas 1988), Kermit, Texas
  • Oct 10 Steve Scalise, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 12 Scott O'Grady, American Air Force fighter pilot, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 12 Hirokazu Yasuhara, Japanese video game designer (Sonic the Hedgehog), born in Japan
  • Oct 14 Jüri Jaanson, Estonian rower
  • Oct 23 Augusten Burroughs [Christopher Richter Robison], American writer (Running with Scissors), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 24 Kyriakos Velopoulos, Greek politician, born in Essen, Ruhr, West Germany
  • Oct 28 Luigi Miraglia, Italian Latinist
  • Nov 5 Kubrat, Prince of Panagyurishte, titular Bulgarian royal family, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Nov 11 Brian Wilson, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 23 Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet and historian, born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Nov 28 Erwin Mortier, Belgian author
  • Nov 29 Wallis Buchanan, British rock didgeridoo player (Jamiroquai - "When You Gonna Learn"), born in London, England
  • Nov 30 Lee Klein, American Writer
  • Nov 30 Prince Akishino of Japan
  • Dec 9 Vecepia Towery, American Survivor contestant
  • Dec 13 Marko Mäetamm, Estonian artist, born in Viljandi, Estonia
  • Dec 16 Melanie Sloan, American attorney
  • Dec 27 Chris Mainwaring, Australian Rules Football wing (All Australian 1991, 96; West Coast Eagles), born in Geraldton, Western Australia (d. 2007)
  • Dec 28 Martine Robine, French journalist and Miss France 1984, born in Comines, Nord, France
  • Dec 30 Heidi Fleiss, American madam
  • Dec 31 Julie Doucet, Canadian underground cartoonist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 31 Nicholas Sparks, American author (The Notebook), born in Omaha, Nebraska

About 1965

How Old? 56 or 57 years old
Generation: Generation X

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon (Jan 1 - Feb 1), Snake (Feb 2 - Dec 31)