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, Newark NJ, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses)
  • 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, Phila Penn, composer
  • 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, Montclair NJ, USAF/astro (Gem 12, Ap 11)

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, St Louis Mo, rock vocalist (5th Dimension-Up Up & Away)
  • 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 Stand-up Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Stand-up 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)