Famous Birthdays on 20th January

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 253

  • 225 Gordian III, Roman Emperor (d. 244)
  • 1292 Elisabeth I of Bohemia (d. 1330)
  • 1358 Eleanor of Aragon, wife of John I of Castile (d. 1382)
  • 1435 Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (d. 1490)
  • 1554 King Sebastian of Portugal (d. 1578)
  • 1586 Johann Hermann Schein, German composer (Fontana d'Israel)
  • 1622 Susanna van Baerle, Dutch poet/wife of Geeraert Burns
  • 1651 Edward Tyson, British Physician and father of comparative anatomy (The Anatomy of a Pygmy, 1698)
  • 1654 Michiel de Swaen, South Netherland physician/poet
  • 1664 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (d. 1718)
  • 1681 Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, composer
  • 1703 Joseph-Hector Fiocco, composer
  • 1716 Carlos III, king of Naples/Spain (1759-88) Pompei/Jesuits
  • 1716 King Charles III of Spain (d. 1788)
  • 1716 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (d. 1795)
  • 1732 Richard H Lee, US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1743 Pascal Boyer, composer
  • 1761 Giovanni Domenico Perotti, composer
  • 1762 Jerome-Joseph de Momigny, composer
  • 1763 Theobald Wolfe Tone, Irish patriot
  • 1775 André-Marie Ampère, French physicist (d. 1836)
  • 1781 Joseph Hormayr Freiherr zu Hortenburg, Austrian politician (d. 1848)
  • 1782 Johan B J F S, archduke of Austria
  • 1783 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (d. 1860)
  • 1798 Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (d. 1858)
  • 1804 Eugène Sue, French novelist (d. 1857)
  • 1806 Nathaniel Willis, writer/editor/founder (American Monthly Mag)
  • 1809 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (La Paloma)
  • 1812 Ralph Pomeroy Buckland, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • 1812 Thomas Meik, Scottish engineer (d. 1896)
  • 1813 Jacon Gartner Lauman, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1867)
  • 1820 Anne Jemima Clough, England, promoted higher education for women
  • 1831 Pieter J Joubert, general (South Africa)
  • 1834 George D. Robinson, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1837 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1910)
  • 1843 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
  • 1844 Johan Peter Selmer, composer
  • 1847 W R Pettiford, Founder (Alabama Penny Savings Bank)
  • 1855 Amedee-Ernest Chausson, composer
  • 1865 Friedrich A H von Waldeck, brother of queen Emma/last ruler of Waldeck
  • 1866 Richard Le Gallienne, English writer (Maker of Gainborg)
  • 1867 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (d. 1944)
  • 1870 Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu, composer
  • 1873 Charles A Ellwood, US, sociologist/psychologist
  • 1873 Johannes V Jensen, Denmark, novelist/poet (Energy Storage, Nobel 1944)
  • 1876 Józef Hofmann, Polish pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1877 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1878 Finlay Currie, Scotland, actor (Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe, Avengers)
  • 1880 Walter W. Bacon, American politician (d. 1962)
  • 1883 Betram Home Ramsay, English admiral/Commander Allied Naval Forces
  • 1884 A[braham P] Merritt, US, sci-fi author (Moon Pool, Creep Shadow!)

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1888 Lead Belly, Louisiana, blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 1889 Allan Haines Loughead, American aviation executive (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Mischa Elman, Talnoye Ukraine, US violinist
  • 1892 Roscoe Ates, Grange Miss, actor (Dep Roscoe-Marshal of Gunsight Pass)
  • 1893 Kaj Birket-Smith, Danish etnologist/anthropologist (Eskimos)
  • 1893 Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (d. 1946)
  • 1894 Harold L Gray, creator (Little Orphan Annie)
  • 1894 Walter Hamor Piston, Rockland Maine, composer (Incredible Flutis)
  • 1895 Eva A Jessye, US singer/actress/songwriter (Hallelujah)
  • 1896 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
  • 1896 George Burns, [Nathan Birnbaum], actor/comedian (Oh God), born in NYC, New York
  • 1896 Rolfe Sedan, actor (Mailman-George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1896 Isabel Withers, American actress (d. 1968)
  • 1897 Mae Busch, Australian/US actress (Cowboy Socialist)
  • 1898 Colin Clive, [Greig], St Malo France, actor (Bride of Frankenstein)
  • 1898 U Razak, Burmese politician (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Alexander Tcherepnin, composer
  • 1899 Kenjiro Takayanagi, VP (JVC)
  • 1900 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, composer
  • 1900 Doris Deane, WI, entertainer
  • 1900 Colin Clive, British actor (d. 1937)
  • 1903 Leon Ames, Portland Indiana, actor (Mr Ed, Father of the Bride)
  • 1903 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, theatre historian
  • 1904 Alexandra Danilova, Peterhof Russia, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • 1904 Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/grandson of Bakunin
  • 1904 Theodore Brameld, author/educator (Use of Explosive Ideas)
  • 1907 Roy Welensky, Premier (Rhodesia/Nyasaland 1956-63)
  • 1908 Ian Peebles, cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31)
  • 1908 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress/producer (Masquerade)
  • 1908 Wilfred Conwell Bain, composer
  • 1910 Abram Hill, director/playwright/founder (American Negro Theater)
  • 1910 Ennio Porrino, composer

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1910 Joy Adamson, (born Friederike Viktoria Gessner) Troppau Austria-Hungary, naturalist/author (Born Free)

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson
  • 1910 Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician
  • 1910 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher
  • 1912 Christopher Casson, Irish actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita)
  • 1912 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (d. 1970)
  • 1914 Wensley Pithey, Cape Town South Africa, actor (Winston Churchill-Ike)
  • 1915 C W Ceram, [Kurt W Marek], German/US writer (March of Archaeology)
  • 1915 Joe Hitchcock, darts player (leader of St Dunstan's Four)
  • 1915 Ghulam Ishaq Khan, President of Pakistan (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier of Suriname (1963-69)
  • 1916 Walter Bartley, biochemist
  • 1919 Alex Nicol, Ossining NY, actor (Man From Laramie, Air Cadet)
  • 1919 Royalton Kisch, British(?) conductor
  • 1919 Stepan Lucky, composer
  • 1920 DeForest Kelley, actor (Dr McCoy-Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1920 Peter Clemoes, anglo-Saxon scholar
  • 1920 Richard John Copeland Atkinson, archaeologist
  • 1920 Sam M Gibbons, (Rep-D-FL, 1963- )
  • 1920 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (d. 2006)

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1920 Federico Fellini, Rimini, Kingdom of Italy, film director and scriptwriter (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita)

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1921 Bernt Engelmann, Germany, writer
  • 1921 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Lord James Hanson, English industrialist/House of Lords (Conservative)
  • 1922 Ray Anthony, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme)
  • 1923 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer
  • 1923 Slim Whitman, American singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Yvonne Loriod, Houilles France, pianist
  • 1925 E Cardenal, writer
  • 1925 Edwin Gordon, VOA correspondant, born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Eugen Gomringer, writer
  • 1925 George Connol, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • 1926 David Eugene Tudor, composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • 1926 Michael Higgins, actor (1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1926 Patricia Neal, Packard Ky, actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses), (d. 2010)

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal
  • 1926 Robert L Van Citters, cardiology/advisory panelist/UW dean
  • 1926 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist
  • 1926 Qurratulain Hyder, Pakistani novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Geoffrey WT Atkins, British World Champion racket player (1954-72)
  • 1927 Olivier Strebelle, Belgian sculptor/ceramist
  • 1928 Peter Donat, Kentville Nova Scotia, (Flamingo Road, Different Story)
  • 1928 William Berger, Austria, actress (Adventure of Hercules)
  • 1929 Arte Johnson, comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929 Bob Denard, French mercenary

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1930 Edwin Aldrin Jr, USAF/astro (Gem 12, Ap 11), born in Montclair, New Jersey

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
Buzz Aldrin
  • 1931 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife)
  • 1931 Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator
  • 1931 Earl Grant, Idabel, Oklahoma, American musician and singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland)
  • 1931 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • 1932 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1933 Ron Townson, rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Up Up & Away), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1934 Tom Baker, British actor (Angels Die Hard, Vault of Horror)
  • 1935 Joan Weston, Roller Derby Queen (d. 1997)
  • 1936 Eldred G Maduro, minister (Netherland Antilles)
  • 1937 Dorothy Provine, Deadwood SD, actress (Good Neighbor Sam, Darn Cat)
  • 1938 William Berger, Austrian actor (d. 1993)
  • 1939 Murle Breer, LPGA golfer
  • 1939 Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe, Indian astronomer
  • 1939 Paul Coverdell, American politician (d. 2000)
  • 1940 Carol Heiss Jenkins, figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Jorge Peixinho, composer
  • 1940 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician
  • 1941 Pierre Lalonde, Quebec singer and television host
  • 1942 Slim Whitman, yoddler/country singer (Home on the Range)
  • 1943 Roeland HG "Roel" van Duyn, Dutch Provo politician
  • 1943 Farhad Mehrad, Iranian musician
  • 1944 Eddie Shah, English publisher (Today, Post)
  • 1944 Isao Okano, Japan, middleweight judo (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1944 Lieven Soete, Dutch publicist (Molotov-Ribbentrop-pact)
  • 1945 Eric Stewart, rock guitarist (10cc-I'm Not in Love)
  • 1945 Peter Beckwith, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1945 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, cricket commentator and correspondent
  • 1946 David Lynch, Missoula Montana, actor/director (Dune, Eraserhead)
  • 1947 George Grantham, rocker (Poco-Crazy Eyes)
  • 1947 Malcolm McLaren, founded rock group (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
  • 1947 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and directeur sportif
  • 1948 Jerry Ross, Ind, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (STS 61B, 27, 37, 55, 74, sk:88)
  • 1948 Mel Pritchard, English rocker (Barclay James Harvest)
  • 1948 Natan Sharansky, Russian-born physicist and politician
  • 1948 Nancy Kress, American writer
  • 1949 Kieron Walsh, academic
  • 1950 Henk Batenburgh, cabaret performer/singer (Waaldrecht)
  • 1950 Liza Goddard, British actress
  • 1950 Edward Hirsch. American poet
  • 1950 Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1950 Mahamane Ousmane, President of Niger
  • 1951 Magomed Omarovich Tolboyev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1951 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor
  • 1952 Ian Hill, bass guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin the Law)
  • 1952 Paul Stanley, [Eisen], rock guitarist (KISS-Beth)
  • 1955 Joe Doherty, Ireland, IRA activist (jailed in US)
  • 1955 Wyatt Knight, American actor
  • 1955 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer

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1956 Bill Maher, New York New York, American comedian and political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect)

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • 1956 John McNally, Naha Okinawa, US rapid fire pistol (Oly-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1956 John Phillips Naber, Evanston Ill, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76)
  • 1956 Maria Larsson, Swedish politician
  • 1957 Leonard C Clements, Cherry Point NC, PGA golfer (1994 Bob Hope-2nd)
  • 1958 Lorenzo Lamas, actor (Lance-Falcon Crest, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Lea Antonoplis, West Covina Cat, tennis star
  • 1963 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1963 James Denton, American actor
  • 1964 Ozzie Guillen, Oculare del Tuy Venezuela, shortstop (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1964 Roger Smith, Freeport Bahamas, tennis doubles player
  • 1964 Ron Harper, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1964 Victoria Sellers, actress (Crime Zone, Warlords), born in London, England
  • 1964 Kazushige Nojima, Japanese game scenario writer
  • 1965 Brad Brink, US baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1965 Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer
  • 1965 Colin Calderwood, Scottish footballer
  • 1965 Greg Kriesel, American bassist (The Offspring)
  • 1965 John Michael Montgomery, American singer
  • 1966 Bert Weidner, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1966 Chris Morris, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • 1966 Rich Gannon, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1966 Tracii Guns, rock guitarist (LA Guns-It's Over Now)
  • 1966 Rainn Wilson, American actor (The Office, Juno), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Joe Pasquale, rocker (Prey)