On this date in 1936, John S. McCain III was born at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father (then a junior US Navy officer, who eventually rose to the rank of four-star admiral) was stationed. After graduating from Annapolis, the younger McCain also served in the Navy, rose to the rank of captain, and while flying over North Vietnam, was shot down and held as a prisoner of war for five and a half years. McCain represented Arizona in the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1987, and has served as a Senator since 1987 (he is currently the 8th most senior Senator). In 2008, he was the Republican nominee for President (he lost to Barack Obama).
On this date in 1938, Robert Rubin was born in New York City. He received degrees from Harvard and Yale, and was the 70th Secretary of the Treasury from January 1995 to July 1999.
On this date in 1940, James Brady was born in Centralia, Illinois. On January 20, 1981, he became the 14th White House Press Secretary, and two months later, he was with President Ronald Reagan when John Hinckley shot them. Reagan recovered, but Brady was left paralyzed for the rest of his life. He kept the title of Press Secretary through the entirety of Reagan’s administration, though he was unable to work. He and his wife, Sarah, were staunch gun control activists until his death in 2014.
On this date in 1955, Jacob Joseph "Jack" Lew was born in New York City. He earned degrees from Harvard and Georgetown, and was the 26th White House Chief of Staff from January 2012 to January 2013. He is currently the 76th Secretary of the Treasury.