- Seeing the people, born the same year, in the same cohort, who would have been in the same class at school if they'd lived in the same place, and had the same world events shape their lives. Yet they have different talents and different interests and they become known for different things.
- Contemplating mortality. I order their bios in order of death. Even though they were all born they same year, they lived from 46 years to, well, two are still alive. The life lottery beguiles me. Why do some people only get a short time on earth and others longer? (And, of course, a human lifetime is is just a moment in the history of the world.)
- Looking into their backgrounds, their family lives, their failures and triumphs. It raises questions for me about what we think of as important and unimportant in the greater scheme of things. Unfortunately, this year, it has been hard to find details of early upbringing and personal lives of many of the subjects.
This post has video of the two that appear to still be alive, both opera singers, Risë Stevens and Licia Albanese. You can listen to them as you go through the table with the list in birth order. When you think about it, as kids, six months age difference means a lot, so for the first 20 years or so, the age difference among them might have been significant. And then, it means nothing. Especially as those who were older die and their age freezes in time and the younger ones go on living and getting older.
Finally, I'll have two or three more posts with more information about each person. Looking at their lives, trying to find commonalities and seeing the differences, hopefully finding some insights. As always, these lists tend to be heavy with white, Western, males, reflecting who has had power and fame - certainly during the lifetime of these folks - in the west.
This list seems to have more unsavory characters than past lists.
Two people on the list appear to still be alive:
And Licia Albanese
|People Born 1913 From Oldest to Youngest|
|Jan 4||Rosa Parks||Civil Rights||June 14||Gerald Ford||US President|
|Jan 6||Loretta Young||Actor||June 18||Sammy Cahn||Songwriter|
|Jan 6||Mary Leaky||Anthropologist||June 18||Red Skelton||Comic|
|Jan 9||Richard Nixon||US President||July 22||Licia Albanese*||Soprano|
|Jan 13||Mel Allen||Sportscaster||Aug 16||Menachem Begin||Israeli PM|
|Jan 14||Woody Hayes||Football Coach||Aug 25||Walt Kelly||Cartoonist|
|Jan 14||Jimmy Hoffa||Teamsters Boss||Sep 3||Alan Ladd||Actor|
|Jan 18||Danny Kaye||Actor||Sep 9||Bear Bryant||Football Coach|
|Feb 25||Jim Backus||Mr. Magoo||Sep 12||Jesse Owens||Track Star|
|Mar 13||William Casey||CIA Head||Sep 27||Albert Ellis||Psychologist|
|Mar 22||Lew Wasserman||Film Exec||Sep 29||Stanley Kramer||Film Director|
|Mar 26||Paul Erdos||Nobel Prize Math||Oct 10||Klaus Barbie||Nazi War Criminal|
|Mar 30||Richard Helms||CIA Head||Nov 2||Burt Lancaster||Actor|
|Apr 11||Oleg Cassini||Fashion Designer||Nov 5||Vivien Leigh||Actor|
|May3||William Inge||Playwright||Nov 7||Albert Camus||Novelist|
|May 16||Woody Herman||Jazz Clarinet||Nov 9||Hedy Lamarr||Actor|
|May 20||William Hewlett||Tech Exec||Nov 22||Benjamin Britten||Composer|
|June 11||Vince Lombardi||Football Coach||Dec 1||Mary Martin||Actor|
|June 11||Risë Stevens||Mezzo-Soprano||Dec 12||Delmore Schwartz||Poet|
|June 12||Willis Lamb||Physicist||Dec 18||Willy Brandt||German PM|
|June 13||Maersk McKinny Møller||Shipping Exec|
Part 3: The list, with bios and pics, starting with the youngest one to die - Albert Camus.