Famous Birthdays on May 20

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  • 1315 Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (d. 1349)
  • 1364 Henry Percy, [Harry Hotspur], English soldier/politician
  • 1470 Pietro Bembo, cardinal/theologian
  • 1537 Hieronymus Fabricius Ab, Aquapend Italy, physician (De Formato Foetu)
  • 1547 Melchior Bischoff, composer
  • 1554 Paolo Bellasio, Italian composer, born in Verona (d. 1594)
  • 1593 Jacob Jordaens, Flemish barok artist
  • 1593 Salomo Glassius, German theologian (d. 1656)
  • 1660 Andreas Schlüter, German sculptor (d. 1714)
  • 1663 William Bradford, English-born colonial printer (Pennsylvania's first printing press) (d. 1752)
  • 1706 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)
  • 1726 Francis Cotes, English painter (d. 1770)
  • 1750 Stephen Girard, bailed out US bonds during War of 1812
  • 1754 Hans Gram, Danish-born American composer (d. 1804)
  • 1759 William Thornton, architect (Capitol building, Washington, D.C.)
  • 1764 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/lithographer
  • 1768 Dolley Dandridge Payne Madison, 1st lady (1809-17)
  • 1769 Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician (d. 1835)
  • 1772 William Congreve, English officer (design fire rocket)
  • 1799 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (d. 1850)

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1806 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, born in London (d. 1873)

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • 1812 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer
  • 1818 William George Fargo, founder (Wells Fargo)
  • 1822 Emile Erckmann, [E-Chatrian], French writer (Waterloo)
  • 1822 Frederic Passy, French economist/pacifist (Nobel 1901)
  • 1825 Antoinette Brown Blackwell, clergy (1st ordained US female minister)
  • 1828 James William Reilly, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • 1830 Amalia MdGA, princess of Saxon-Weimar-Eisenach/wife of prince Henry
  • 1830 Hector H Malot, French writer (Without Family)
  • 1838 Jules Méline, French statesman (d. 1925)
  • 1841 Sara Louisa Oberholtz, social reformer, anti-smoking advocate
  • 1844 Henri Julien Felix Rousseau, French ambassador/painter (Dream)
  • 1850 Eaton Faning, composer
  • 1851 Emile Berliner, Germany, inventor (flat phonograph record)
  • 1851 Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, US, nun/daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 1856 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter
  • 1860 Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)
  • 1874 Folkert E Posthuma, Dutch minister of Agriculture/Industry
  • 1876 John Owen Jones, composer
  • 1881 Wladyslaw Sikorski, premier Poland (WW II general)
  • 1882 Sigrid Undset, Norway, novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter, Nobel 1928)
  • 1883 Paul Arntzenius, painter/graphic artist/etcher
  • 1889 Felix Arndt, American composer, born in New York City (d. 1918)
  • 1889 Margery Allingham, detective story writer
  • 1889 William Lawther, union leader
  • 1890 Beniamino Gigli, Italy, tenor (Enzo-La Gioconde)
  • 1894 Adela Rogers St John, journalist/author (Foreign Correspondent)
  • 1894 Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)
  • 1895 Reginald J "R" Mitchell, English aviation manufacturer (Spitfire)
  • 1897 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (d. 1983)
  • 1899 Estelle Taylor, Delaware, actress (8 Commandments)
  • 1899 John M Harlan, 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1899 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (d. 1969)
  • 1900 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1901 Max Euwe, Netherlands, world chess champion (1935-37)
  • 1901 Otto Waldis, Austria, actor (Port of Hell, Unknown World)
  • 1902 Hans Sahl, German American anti-Nazi Jewish writer, born in Dresden (d. 1993)
  • 1903 Jerzy Fitelberg, composer
  • 1904 Russell Hardie, actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1905 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Sailing)
  • 1905 Harry Campion, statistician/founder (British Central Statistical Office)
  • 1905 John Emery, American actor (Ship Ahoy, Kronos), born in New York City (d. 1964)
  • 1906 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1989)

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1908 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)

  • 1909 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist
  • 1909 John Arkell, director of administration (BBC)
  • 1911 Annie M G Schmidt, writer (Fam Doorsnee, Jip & Janneke)
  • 1911 Gardner Fox, American sci-fi author (Atom, Hawkman, Zatanna), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912 Joseph Proce, 3rd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • 1913 Henry Cadbury Brown, architect
  • 1913 Ion Dumitrescu, composer
  • 1913 William Hewlett, co-founder (Hewlett-Packard Co)
  • 1914 Corneliu Coposu, Romanian politician (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Hideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Moshe Dayan, Israeli general/minister of Defense
  • 1915 Peter Copley, actor (Victim, King & Country)
  • 1916 Cornelie Coposu, politician
  • 1916 John McIntyre, theologian
  • 1916 Rev Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1916 Trebisonda Valla, Italian athlete (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Alexei Petrovich Maresiev, Russian flying ace (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Enyss Djemil, composer
  • 1917 Richard Charles Cobb, historian
  • 1917 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • 1917 Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1919 George Gobel, comedian/TV personality (I Love My Wife), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1920 Betty Driver, actress (Penny Paradise)
  • 1920 John Cruickshank, banker
  • 1920 William Simpson, British trade union leader
  • 1921 John Harrison, British vice admiral/surgeon
  • 1921 John Marchi, US Senator (Rep-R-NY)
  • 1921 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1947)
  • 1921 Hal Newhouser, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Clifford Butler, vice chancellor (Loughborough Univ of Technology)
  • 1923 Edith Fellows, actress (Pennies From Heaven, City Streets), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1923 Hugh Beach, British General
  • 1923 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), born in San Fernando (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Betty Driver, actress (Coronation St, Pardon the Expression)
  • 1924 Peter Shore, MP (Labour)
  • 1925 D French Slaughter Jr, (Rep-R-VA, 1985- )
  • 1925 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1926 David Hedison, Providence RI, actor (Colbys, Voyage to Bottom of Sea)
  • 1926 John Lucarotti, scriptwriter
  • 1926 Vic Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1926 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • 1927 David Frederick Barlow, composer
  • 1927 Walter Aschaffenburg, composer
  • 1927 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player/coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • 1927 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), born in Krakow (d. 2016)
  • 1928 David Berriman, CEO (Rose Thomson Young group of Lloyds Trustees)
  • 1928 David Hedison, actor (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
  • 1928 Jack Kevorkian, controversial American medical doctor
  • 1929 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • 1930 James McEachin, Pennert NC, actor (Harry-Tenafly)
  • 1930 Robert Bunyard, Commandant (British Police Staff College)
  • 1931 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic-silver-1956)
  • 1931 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • 1933 Constance Towers, actress (Capitol, Shock Corrider, Naked Kiss)

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1935 José Mujica, President of Uruguay (2010-2015), champion of the poor and former urban guerrilla with the Tupamaros, born in Montevideo

President of Uruguay José Mujica
President of Uruguay
José Mujica
  • 1936 Anthony Zerbe, Cal, actor (Harry-O, Centennial, They Call Me Mr Tibbs)
  • 1937 Dave Hill, PGA golfer (1967 Memphis), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1937 Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh, British brewer (Guinness) and large landowner (d. 1992)
  • 1937 Teddy Randazzo, song writer (I'm on the Outside Looking In)
  • 1938 Alan Smithers, British professor
  • 1938 Christina Bass-Kaiser, 3K Dutch speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1938 Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • 1939 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway, PM/feminist/conservatist
  • 1940 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • 1940 Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge)
  • 1940 Stan Mikita, NHL center (led NHL in scoring 4 times)
  • 1941 Goh Chok Sole, premier of Singapore (1990- )
  • 1941 John Strasberg, American actor
  • 1942 Lynn Davies, long jumper
  • 1942 Paula, [Jill Jackson], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • 1942 Simon Keswick, British financier/merchant (Hong Kong)
  • 1942 Carlos Hathcock, American Marine sniper (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Deryck Murray, cricket wicket-keeper (West Indian 1963-80)
  • 1943 Iain Vallance [Baron Vallance of Tummel], CEO (British Telecom)
  • 1943 Tison Street, composer
  • 1943 Al Bano, Italian singer
  • 1943 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), born in Hereford (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Boudouin de Groot, Dutch singer (Good night mister president)
  • 1944 Cipa Dichter, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, pianist/wife of Misha Dichter
  • 1944 David M Walker, Capt USN/astron (STS 51-A 30, 53, 69), born in Columbus, Georgia

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1944 Joe Cocker, English rock vocalist (With a Little Help from My Friends), born in Sheffield England, (d. 2014)

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker
  • 1944 Keith Fletcher, cricket captain (Essex & England)
  • 1944 Dietrich Mateschitz, Austrian businessman
  • 1945 Harold E Ford, (Rep-D-TN, 1975- )
  • 1945 Lord Hollick, CEO (MAI)
  • 1945 Nikolai Nikolayevich Fefelov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1945 Wally Herger, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1945 Vladimiro Montesinos, Peruvian politician
  • 1946 Bakhaavaa Buidaa, Mongolia, wrestler (Oly-silver-1972) disqualified

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1946 Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask), born in El Centro, California

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1946 Craig Patrick, NHL coach
  • 1946 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1948 Dave Thomas, St Catherines Ontario, comedian (SCTV, Grace Under Fire)
  • 1948 John Amiel, director (Queen of Hearts, Tune in Tomorrow)
  • 1948 John R McKernan Jr, (Rep-R-ME, 1983-86/Gov-Maine)
  • 1948 Samuel Gejdenson, (Rep-D-Connecticut, 1981- )
  • 1949 Nick Joe Rahall II, (Rep-D-WV, 1977- )
  • 1950 Yvon Lambert, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1950 Reinaldo Merlo, Argentine footballer
  • 1951 Michael D Crapo, (Rep-R-Idaho)
  • 1951 Thomas D Akers, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 41, 49, 61, 79), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951 William Cullen Bryant, actor (Hell Squad)
  • 1952 Warren Cann, Victoria Canada, rock drummer (Ultravox)
  • 1952 Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1953 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • 1954 Galina Vasilyevna Amelkina, Russia, doctor/cosmonaut
  • 1954 James Henderson, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1954 Guy Hoffman, American musician (Violent Femmes)
  • 1954 David Paterson, American politician
  • 1954 Cindy Hensley McCain, wife of John McCain
  • 1954 Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
  • 1955 Nigel Griffiths, MP (Labour)
  • 1955 Steve George, rock keyboardist (Mr Mister)
  • 1955 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
  • 1956 Andrew Hilditch, cricketer (Australian opening bat 1979-85)
  • 1956 Tomas Smid, Czech, tennis star
  • 1956 Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian author
  • 1956 Dean Butler, American actor
  • 1956 William Michaelian, American novelist and poet
  • 1958 Jane Wiedlin, Wisc, singer/guitarist (GoGos, Fur, Rush Hour)
  • 1958 Mike Engleman, Sonoma California, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1958 Ronald Prescot Reagan Jr, LA, TV host (Ron Reagon Show) and son of Ronald and Nancy Reagon
  • 1959 Bronson Pinchot, actor (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Peter Greene, American producer (After Midnight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1959 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, American singer (d. 1997)
  • 1960 Susan Cowsill, rock vocalist (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1960 Tony Goldwyn, actor (Ghost, Kuffs, Traces of Red), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 John Billingsley, American actor
  • 1961 Clive Allen, WLAF kicker (London Monarchs)
  • 1961 Kit Clarke, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • 1961 Nick Heyward, guitar/vocals (Haircut 100-Favourite Shirts)
  • 1961 Sally Quinlan, LPGA golfer
  • 1961 Vaughn Jefferis, Matangi NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olymp-bronze-96)
  • 1962 Lydia Cheng, Ms Big Apple bodybuilder (1982) (Pumping Iron 2), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Sylvie Rauch, Munich German FR, nude model/actress