Birthdays in History on April 20

  • 702 Jafar Sadiq, Muslim scholar (d. 765)
  • 1494 John Agricola, [Schneider], German theologist/prime minister
  • 1586 Saint Rose of Lima, Peruvian saint (d. 1617)
  • 1592 John Eliot, St Germans Cornwall, English MP/author
  • 1633 Emperor Go-Komyo of Japan (d. 1654)
  • 1646 Charles Plumier, French botanist (d. 1704)
  • 1650 William Bedloe, English informer (d. 1680)
  • 1668 Yuri Troubetzkoy, Governor of Belgorod (d. 1739)
  • 1718 David Brainerd, American missionary (d. 1747)
  • 1723 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress (d. 1781)
  • 1726 Jozef de Ferraris, French/Austrian earl/general/cartographer
  • 1745 Philippe Pinel, physician, founder of psychiatry
  • 1808 Louis-Napoleon (Napoleon III), emperor of France (1852-71)
  • 1809 John Smith Preston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1881)
  • 1818 Heinrich Göbel, German-born inventor (d. 1893)
  • 1824 Alfred Holt Colquitt, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1894)
  • 1826 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), born in Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1887)
  • 1827 John Gibbon, American Major General (Union Army), born in Holmesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1896)
  • 1839 Carol I, King of Romania (1881-1914)
  • 1840 Odilon Redon [Bertrand-Jean Redon], French symbolist painter, born in Bordeaux (d. 1916)
  • 1850 Daniel Chester, French/American sculptor (Minute Man)
  • 1857 Charles LP "Philip" Zilcken, painter/author (HW Knife Day)
  • 1857 Hermann Bang, Danish writer, born in Asserballe (d. 1912)
  • 1860 Charles Gordon Curtis, US attorney/inventor (Curtis Turbine)
  • 1860 Pieter Jelles Troelstra, Dutch politician (SDAP)
  • 1870 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Father of Urdu, Pakistani scholar (d. 1961)
  • 1871 William Henry Davies, Wales, poet (Autobiography of a Super Tramp)
  • 1879 Robert Lynd, Irish writer/critic (Pleasures of Ignorance)
  • 1879 Paul Poiret, French couturier (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Holland Smith, U.S. General (d. 1967)
  • 1884 Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1966)

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1889 Adolf Hitler, Austrian-born German dictator and Führer of Nazi Germany (1936-45), born in Gasthof zum Pommer, Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)

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Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1889 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist (d. 1996)
  • 1890 Maurice Duplessis, premier of Québec, known as "Le Chef" (d. 1959)
  • 1893 Harold Lloyd, Burchard Neb, silent comic (Why Worry, Safety Last)
  • 1893 Hermann Ungar, Moravian writer, born in Boskovice (d. 1929)
  • 1893 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian
  • 1893 Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor (d. 1983)
  • 1894 Martinus Nijhoff, poet/interpreter/linguistic (spelling)
  • 1896 Wop May, Canadian aviator (d. 1952)
  • 1897 Bernard Verhoeven, poet/literature (About the Laugh)
  • 1900 Kees Verwey, painter/water colors painter/cartoonist
  • 1901 Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist
  • 1903 Dagmar Edqvist, Swedish author (Kamrathustru-Wife & Comrade)
  • 1904 George Stibitz, American scientist (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Hertogenbosch
  • 1909 Guido Alberti, literary patron/businessman
  • 1909 Richard Stubbs, publicity adviser
  • 1910 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1911 Kukrit Pramoj, politician
  • 1912 Ed Jones, (Rep-D-TN, 1969- )

  • 1912 Frederick Craig Riddle, violist
  • 1912 Soewarsil Djojopoespito, Indonesia, writer (Toe the Line)
  • 1915 Joseph Wolpe, South African-born psychotherapist (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (d. 1943)
  • 1920 John Paul Stevens, Illinois, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975- )
  • 1920 Ronald Speirs, WWII Veteran (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist
  • 1924 Paul M Van Buren, US theologist (Theological Explorations)
  • 1926 Harriett Elizabeth Byrd, politician (Wyoming house of Reps)
  • 1927 Karl Muller, Swiss superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • 1928 Gerald S. Hawkins, English astronomer (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Lee H Hamilton, Daytona Beach Fla, (Rep-D-Ind, 1965- )
  • 1934 Lindsay Oliver John Boynton, furniture historian
  • 1936 Pat Roberts, Topeka, Kansas, US Senator (Rep-R-KS, 1981-1997)
  • 1936 Pauli Ellefsen, Miðvágur, Vágar, Faroe Islands, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
  • 1939 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister (1981-82, 1986-89, 1990-96) and Director-General of the World Health Organisation, born in Bærum, Norway
  • 1939 Peter S. Beagle, American author
  • 1940 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer/sculptor (I, John Cremer)
  • 1940 Pilar Miro, director (Wether, Beltenebros)
  • 1941 Joni Evans, American publisher (Simon & Schuster, Random House), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Ian Watson, British sci-fi author (Book of Being, Whores of Babylon)
  • 1947 Andrew Tobias, American journalist and author
  • 1948 Rémy Trudel, French Canadian politician
  • 1950 Itumeleng J Mosala, South African president (Azanian People's Org)
  • 1950 Steve Erickson, American novelist
  • 1950 Chandra Babu Naidu, Indian politician
  • 1952 Tamara Sergeyevna Zakharova, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1952 Toine van Benthem, dentist/playwright/cabaret performer (Purper)
  • 1953 Sebastian Faulks, British novelist
  • 1955 Donald R Pettit, Silverton Oregon, PhD/astronaut
  • 1956 Beatrice Ask, Swedish politician
  • 1963 Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist
  • 1965 Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek politician
  • 1965 Adrian Fernández, Mexican racing driver
  • 1966 David Chalmers, Australian philosopher
  • 1970 Adriano Moraes, Brazilian rodeo performer
  • 1973 Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter
  • 1978 Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol
  • 1984 Tyson Griffin, American mixed martial artist
  • 1986 Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (d. 2003)