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Birthdays in History in 1969

  • Jan 1 Christi Paul, American news anchor
  • Jan 2 Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
  • Jan 12 David Mitchell, English novelist (Cloud Atlas), born in Southport, England
  • Jan 17 Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer & director, born in Lund, Sweden
  • Jan 19 Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American author, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Jan 20 Patrick K. Kroupa, American hacker & activist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese manga artist
  • Jan 28 Linda Sanchez, American politician
  • Jan 30 Carolyn Kepcher, American businesswoman & reality TV show star (The Apprentice), born in Westchester County, New York
  • Feb 1 Andrew Breitbart, American conservative blogger & publisher, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Feb 3 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2015)
  • Feb 10 Joe Mangrum, American artist, born in Florissant, Missouri
  • Feb 12 Darren Aronofsky, American director and writer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 15 Josh Marshall, American journalist and blogger (Talking Points Memo), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 20 Vaginal Davis, American drag queen, author and performance artist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 20 Jason Blum, American producer, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Reader, Split), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Feb 21 Tony Meola, American footballer, born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • Feb 22 Hans Klok, Dutch illusionist, born in Purmerend, Netherlands

Person of interestWang Dan

Feb 26 Wang Dan, Chinese dissident and one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, born in Beijing, China

Chinese Dissident Wang Dan
Chinese Dissident
Wang Dan
  • Mar 12 Jake Tapper, American journalist
  • Mar 15 Rona Ambrose, Canadian politician
  • Mar 17 [Lee] Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, born in London (d. 2010)
  • Mar 20 Thang Thanh Nguyen, Soc Trang Vietnam, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • Mar 20 Mannie Fresh, American producer
  • Mar 31 Nyamko Sabuni, Swedish politician

Person of interestMellody Hobson

Apr 3 Mellody Hobson, American businesswoman (Chairman of Dreamworks Animation), born in Chicago, Illinois

Chairman of Dreamworks Animation Mellody Hobson
Chairman of Dreamworks Animation
Mellody Hobson
  • Apr 6 Jack Canfora, American playwright
  • Apr 18 Sayako Kuroda, Japanese Imperial Shinto priestess and Supreme Priestess of the Ise Grand Shrine who gave up her imperial title for marriage, born in Chiyoda, Tokyo
  • Apr 21 Robin Meade, American reporter
  • Apr 25 Jon Olsen, American 100m freestyle/400m/800m medley (Olymp-gold-1992, 96), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • Apr 27 Cory Booker, American politician, 36th Mayor of Newark (2006-13), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 1 Wes Anderson, American director and writer
  • May 3 Daryl F. Mallett, American writer and editor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 10 John Scalzi, American writer
  • May 16 Tucker Carlson, American television commentator
  • May 24 Jacob Rees-Mogg, British politician, Leader of the House of Commons (2019-), born in London, England

  • May 25 Stacy London, American stylist and fashion consultant, born in NYC, New York
  • May 26 John Baird, Canadian politician, born in Nepean, Ontario
  • Jun 9 Eric Wynalda, American footballer
  • Jun 10 Kate Snow, American TV journalist
  • Jun 18 Christopher Largen, American author, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • Jun 19 Thomas Breitling, American entrepreneur
  • Jun 20 Michael Gerber, American parody author, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Jun 21 Gabriella Paruzzi, Italian skier
  • Jun 29 Tōru Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Mayor of Osaka), born in Tokyo
  • Jun 29 Claude Béchard, Canadian politician (Member of the National Assembly of Quebec), born in Saint-Philippe-de-Néri, Quebec
  • Jul 2 Matthew Cox, American convicted felon
  • Jul 13 Oleg Serebrian, Moldovan politician and political scientist
  • Jul 18 Elizabeth Gilbert, American author (Eat Pray, Love), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Jul 28 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jul 31 Kenneth D. Schisler, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 9 Divine Brown [Estelle Marie Thompson], American prostitute (Hugh Grant), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 14 DJ Uncle Al, American hip-hop DJ, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2001)
  • Aug 19 Emigdio Preciado, Hispanic fugitive on FBI's Most Wanted list
  • Aug 23 Keith Tyson, English artist, born in Ulverston, United Kingdom
  • Aug 27 Cesar Millan, Culiacan Mexico, professional dog trainer

Person of interestSheryl Sandberg

Aug 28 Sheryl Sandberg, American technology executive (COO Facebook) and author (Lean In), born in Washington, D.C.

Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook Executive
Sheryl Sandberg
  • Aug 31 Andrew Phillip Cunanan, serial killer (Gianni Versache)
  • Sep 2 Chris Kuzneski, American bestselling author
  • Sep 6 Michael Davis, American softball player (Solvents, et al)
  • Sep 12 James Frey, American writer (Bright Shiny Morning), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 15 Jim Curtiss, American writer
  • Sep 28 Mark Everett, American fugitive
  • Sep 28 Ben Greenman, American author
  • Oct 1 Agustin Vasquez-Mendoza, Mexican murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • Oct 11 Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, youngest son of Queen Beatrix and Claus von Amsberg, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Oct 11 Ty Murray, American rodeo cowboy (5-time all-around world champion), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 16 Gregory Metcalf, Ellensburg Wash, 3k steeplechase
  • Oct 19 DJ Sammy [Samuel Bouriah], Spanish DJ, born in Mallorca
  • Oct 19 John Edward, American TV Psychic
  • Oct 29 Matthew Whitaker, American lawyer and politician (Acting Attorney General 2018-), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 6 Colson Whitehead, American writer (The Intuitionist, The Underground Railroad), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 12 Ian Bremmer, American political scientist, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 12 Johnny Gosch, American kidnap victim, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 13 Lori Berenson, American criminal
  • Nov 13 Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dutch author
  • Nov 15 Shane Mack, American politician
  • Nov 22 Katrin Krabbe, Neubrandenburg German DR, 100m/200m (World Champ 1991)
  • Nov 22 Marjane Satrapi, Iranian graphic novelist
  • Nov 26 Kara Walker, American artist, born in Stockton, California
  • Dec 5 Sajid Javid, British politician, Home Secretary (2018-), born in Littleborough, England
  • Dec 9 André Heinz, American environmentalist and son of Senator Henry John Heinz III and Teresa Heinz
  • Dec 12 Sophie Kinsella, English author (Confessions of a Shopaholic), born in London, United Kingdom

Person of interestLei Jun

Dec 16 Lei Jun, Chinese Businessman and founder of Xiaomi Inc, born in Xiantao, Hubei

Founder of Xiaomi Inc Lei Jun
Founder of Xiaomi Inc
Lei Jun
  • Dec 17 Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist
  • Dec 24 Ed Milliband, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party, 2010–15), born in Fitzrovia, London
  • Dec 25 Bernhard Jr., Prince of Netherlands, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Dec 27 Sarah Vowell, American author and journalist

Person of interestLinus Torvalds

Dec 28 Linus Torvalds, Finnish-American software engineer (developed Linux operating system), born in Helsinki, Finland

Software Engineer Linus Torvalds
Software Engineer
Linus Torvalds
  • Dec 31 Dominik Diamond, Scottish presenter & newspaper columnist, born in Arbroath, United Kingdom

About 1969

How Old? 50 or 51 years old
Generation: Generation X

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey (Jan 1 - Feb 16), Rooster (Feb 17 - Dec 31)