Famous Birthdays on 20th February

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 292

  • 1494 Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)
  • 1507 Gentile Bellini, Italian artist (Sultan Mohammed II)
  • 1523 Jan Blahoslav, Czech humanist/bishop (Bohemian brothers)
  • 1632 Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)
  • 1633 Jan de Baen, portrait painter/etcher
  • 1734 Franz Ignaz Beck, composer
  • 1745 Johann Peter Salomon, composer
  • 1745 Henry James Pye, English poet (d. 1813)
  • 1751 Johann Heinrich Voß, German poet (d. 1826)
  • 1752 Charles Broche, composer
  • 1753 Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (d. 1815)
  • 1757 John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, English philanthropist (d. 1834)
  • 1763 Adalbert Gyrowetz, composer, born in České Budějovice Bohemia
  • 1770 Ferdinando Carulli, composer
  • 1779 Augustus Callcott, landscape painter, Kensington
  • 1784 Adam Black, Edinburgh Scotland, politician/publisher
  • 1791 Carl Czerny, pianist/composer (Schule der Virtuosen), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1794 William Carleton, Irish novelist (d. 1869)
  • 1796 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch military/liberal politician
  • 1802 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer
  • 1803 Friedrich Theodor Frohlich, composer
  • 1805 Angelina Grimke, reformer/abolitionist/politician/lawyer
  • 1808 Daumier, Marseilles France, artist
  • 1809 Albertus J Duymaer van Twist, gov-gen of Neth-Indies
  • 1809 Henry Walton Wessells, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1889)
  • 1816 Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, composer
  • 1819 Alfred Escher, Swiss politician, railroad entrepreneur (d. 1882)
  • 1820 Mahlon Dickerson Manson, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1895)
  • 1827 Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1912)
  • 1835 Allessandro d'Ancona, Italian philologist
  • 1838 James Barbour Terrill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1839 Benjamin Waugh, American minister; founder of the NSPCC (d. 1908)
  • 1844 Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, Austria, physicist (statistical mechanics)
  • 1844 Joshua Slocum, Canadian seaman and adventurer (d. 1909)
  • 1848 Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
  • 1850 Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
  • 1852 Nikolai Garin [Michailovski], Russian author (Tjoma Kartashov)
  • 1854 Louis F M van Westerhoven, actor/singer/opera director (Youth)
  • 1861 Nicolaas van Meeteren, Curacao, folklorist
  • 1866 Carl Westman, Swedish architect and designer (d. 1936)
  • 1867 Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife (d. 1931)
  • 1870 Pieter Cornelis Boutens, Holland, mystic poet/scholar (Verzen)
  • 1874 Mary Garden, Aberdeen Scotland, opera star
  • 1876 Fyodor Akimenko, composer
  • 1880 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French aristocrat and novelist (d. 1923)
  • 1881 Pedro Munoz Seca, Spanish playwright (Vengeanza de Don Mendo)
  • 1883 Shiga Naoya, Japan, novelist (Road Through Dark Night)
  • 1886 Bela Kun, Czehul Romania, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)
  • 1887 David McKinley Williams, composer
  • 1887 Hesketh Pearson, England, biographer/playwright (Writ for Libel)

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1887 Vincent Massey, Governor General of Canada, born in Toronto, Ontario

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1888 Georges Bernanos, France, novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • 1888 Marie Rambert, Warsaw, English ballet producer/director/teacher
  • 1889 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer
  • 1893 Russel Crouse, journalist/novelist/playwright (Life with Father)
  • 1893 Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist (d. 1993)
  • 1895 Freida Geiken, autobiographer (National Historic Taping)
  • 1896 Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist
  • 1897 Ivan Albright, Illinois, painter (Door, Window)
  • 1899 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, LI NY, founder (Pan Am Airways)
  • 1899 Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)
  • 1900 Antonio Veretti, composer
  • 1900 Graham Spry, St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer
  • 1900 Jean Negulesco
  • 1901 Ali Muhammad Naguib, Khartoum, president of Egypt (1952-54)
  • 1901 Cecil H King, Irish/British daily newspaper publisher (Daily Mirror)
  • 1901 Henry Eyring, Mexican/US chemist
  • 1901 Louis I Kahn, Estonia, architect (Bryn Mawr dormitory) [or Dec 20]
  • 1901 René Jules Dubos, France, US microbiologist/author (Health & Disease)

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1902 Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award), born in San Francisco, California

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams
  • 1903 Ella Maillart, explorer
  • 1903 Karel Janacek, composer
  • 1903 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • 1904 Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)
  • 1904 Armin Loos, composer
  • 1904 Bramwell Fletcher, Yorkshire England, actor (White Cargo, Mummy)
  • 1905 Jascha Golowanjuk, Swedish writer (Acrobat)
  • 1907 Malcolm Atterbury, Phila, actor (Jonas-Thicker than Water, Apples Way)
  • 1907 Nadine Conner, California, soprano (Carmen, Pamina-Magic Flute)
  • 1907 Owain Jenkins, company director
  • 1908 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1)
  • 1908 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix
  • 1910 Julian Trevelyan, English Surrealist painter/collage maker
  • 1910 Millicent Fenwick, (Rep-R-NJ 1975-82)
  • 1911 Margot Grahame English actress (The Three Musketeers), born in Canterbury (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Robert Guyn McBride, Tucson Arizona, composer (Mexican Rhapsody)
  • 1912 Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Jozef Kresanek, composer
  • 1913 Mary Durack, author
  • 1913 Rex Tucker, TV writer/director
  • 1914 John Daly, South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)
  • 1914 Marion Kettlewell, British director (WRNS)
  • 1914 Willem J H Baart, Dutch vicar (Cuentanan di Nanzi)
  • 1915 Philip Friend, Horsham England, actor (Vulture, Fur Collar)
  • 1916 Jackie Gleason, American comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1916 Julius Juzeliunas, composer
  • 1916 Paul Tripp, TV host (Mr I Magination), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917 Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
  • 1918 Leonore Annenberg American Billionaire
  • 1920 Armin Schibler, Dutch Swiss composer (Devil in the Winter Palace)
  • 1920 Liesbeth Tonckens, [Wilhelmina], actress/lecturer (Free People)
  • 1920 Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Joseph Albert Walker, test pilot (X-15), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1921 Nurv Shiner, singer
  • 1921 Ruth Gipps, British(?) conductor/composer
  • 1921 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1923 Forbes Burnham, premier Guyana (1964-85)
  • 1924 Gloria Vanderbilt, don't my jeans look great (poor little rich girl)
  • 1925 Alex La Guma, Cape Town South Africa, novelist (A Walk in the Night)
  • 1925 Pramudya Ananta Tur, Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa)
  • 1925 Robert Altman, Kansas City MO, director (Nashville, M*A*S*H)
  • 1925 Heinz Kluncker, German trade union leader
  • 1926 Cameron Rusby, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1926 Edgar Meuli, cricketer (opened NZ batting in Test v South Africa 1953)
  • 1926 Kenneth H Olsen, US, engineer/founder (Digital Equipment Corp)
  • 1926 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-48, 52, 56)
  • 1926 Richard Matheson, American author, (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Roy Cohn, lawyer, "grand inquisitor" (for Sen Joseph McCarthy)
  • 1927 Sidney Poitier, 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1928 Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
  • 1928 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1929 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1929 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Yokohama Japan, composer (Sphenogramme)
  • 1930 Bill Walker, British MP
  • 1930 Patricia Smith, New Haven Ct, actress (Bob Newhart Show)
  • 1930 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1932 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Hannes Postma, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1934 Bobby Unser, auto racer (1968, 75, 81 Indianapolis 500)
  • 1934 Myrtle Robertson, 11th Baroness Wharton
  • 1936 Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes)
  • 1936 Marj Dusay, [Mahoney], Russell Ks, actress (Kate-Bret Maverick)
  • 1936 Roy Beggs, British MP
  • 1937 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937 Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)
  • 1937 Robert Huber, Munich Germany, biochemist (Nobel 1988)
  • 1937 Roger Penske, auto racer
  • 1938 Jack Bicknell, WLAF head coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1938 Mona Mitchell, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra
  • 1939 Barbara Ellis, Olympia Wa, rocker (Fleetwoods)
  • 1939 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher
  • 1939 Frank Arundel, English footballer
  • 1940 Barbara Laine Ellis, singer
  • 1940 Christoph Eschenbach, Breslau, Germany, pianist/conductor
  • 1940 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • 1940 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • 1940 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • 1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
  • 1942 Charlie Gillett, Lancashire, rock broadcaster (Sound of the City)
  • 1942 Claude Miller, director (Garde a Vue, Little Thief, Wild Child), (d. 2012)
  • 1942 David O'Dowd, Chief Constable (Northamptonshire)
  • 1942 Mitch McConnell, American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • 1942 Peter Strauss, Croton-on-Hudson NY, actor (Rich Man Poor Man)

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1942 Phil Esposito, Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, NHL center/GM (Bruins, Rangers)

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1943 Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov, Russian, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)
  • 1943 Antonio Inoki, [Kanji Rikidozan], wrestler (NJPW/JWA)
  • 1943 Lord McNally, British Minister of State for Justice
  • 1943 Mike Leigh, dramatist/director (High Hopes, Secrets & Lies)
  • 1944 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Roger Knapman, British MP
  • 1944 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • 1944 Robert de Cotret, French Canadian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1945 Alan Hull, singer/composer
  • 1945 Andrew Bergman, director/screenwriter (Soapdish, Honeymoon in Vegas)
  • 1945 Brion James, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1945 Annu Kapoor, Indian actor
  • 1946 Brenda Blethyn, actress (Secrets & Lies)
  • 1946 J[erome] Geils, rock guitarist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Mieke H A Boers-Wijnberg, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1946 Sandy Duncan, Henderson Tx, actress (Hogan Family)
  • 1947 Andre van Duin, [Kyvon], Dutch entertainer (Bloemkoole)
  • 1947 Jennifer O'Neill, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, actress (Summer of '42)
  • 1947 Eggert Magnusson, Icelandic football executive
  • 1947 Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Peter Strauss, American actor
  • 1948 A C Fabian, astronomer
  • 1948 Barry Wordsworth, conductor
  • 1948 Billy Zoom, musician
  • 1948 Gerda Boykin, LPGA golfer
  • 1948 John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company
  • 1949 Eddie Hemmings, cricket off-spinner (immense England)
  • 1949 Ivana Trump, Gottwaldov Cz, ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club)
  • 1950 John Voldstad, Oslo Norway, actor (Darryl-Newhart)
  • 1950 Walter Becker, rock bassist (Steely Dan-Peg), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Ken Shimura, Japanese performer and actor
  • 1951 Bonnie Lauer, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Edward Albert, LA Ca, actor (Jeff-Falcon Crest, Butterflies are Free)

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1951 Gordon Brown, Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10)

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • 1951 Kathy Baillie, Morristown NJ, country vocalist (Baille Boys-Oh Heart)
  • 1951 Phil Neal, English soccer player
  • 1951 Randy California, [Wolfe], Cal, guitarist (Spirit-I Got a Line on You)
  • 1952 Catherine Cummins, Clintwood Va, 1st of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1953 Carol Cummins, Clintwood Va, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1953 Riccardo Chailly, Milan Italy, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orch)
  • 1953 Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
  • 1954 Anthony Stewart Head, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • 1954 Jon Brant, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)
  • 1954 Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)
  • 1954 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Rus col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)
  • 1955 Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser)