What generation is 1942?

Anyone born in 1942 is a part of the Silent Generation. This name was chosen because the generation's members became adults in the time of political repression. Many of them instead of speaking out their opinion preferred to keep silence. It is a relatively small generation because of the decreased birth rate during the Great Depression and World War II.

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Famous Silent Generation people born in 1942:

  • BOB ROSS, Painter.
    Born on the 29th of October, 1942 (Scorpio) in Daytona Beach, FL. Died on the 4th of July, 1995, at the age of 52.

  • STEPHEN HAWKING, Physicist.
    Born on the 8th of January, 1942 (Capricorn) in Oxford, England. Died on the 14th of March, 2018, at the age of 76.

  • MUHAMMAD ALI, Boxer.
    Born on the 17th of January, 1942 (Capricorn) in Louisville, KY. Died on the 3rd of June, 2016, at the age of 74.

  • PAUL MCCARTNEY, Rock Singer.
    Born on the 18th of June, 1942 (Gemini) in Liverpool, England.

  • HARRISON FORD, Movie Actor.
    Born on the 13th of July, 1942 (Cancer) in Chicago, IL.

  • ARETHA FRANKLIN, Soul Singer.
    Born on the 25th of March, 1942 (Aries) in Memphis, TN. Died on the 16th of August, 2018, at the age of 76.

  • JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN, TV Show Host.
    Born on the 21st of October, 1942 (Libra) in Brooklyn, NY.