Birthdays in History on August 20

  • 1517 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, cardinal/viceroy of Naples (1571-75)
  • 1526 Peter Opmeer, church historian/humanist (Historia Martyrum)
  • 1625 Thomas Corneille, French playwright
  • 1632 Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher (d. 1704)
  • 1637 Cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor/co-owner of Surinam
  • 1665 Bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar (Gekrookte Reed)
  • 1702 Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-fieldmarshal
  • 1710 Thomas Simpson, English mathematician (rules of Simpson)
  • 1719 Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec, French soldier and diplomat (d. 1791)
  • 1719 Christian Mayer, Czech astronomer (d. 1783)
  • 1764 Charles F Bentinck, Dutch minister of Colonies
  • 1778 Bernardo O'Higgins, Chillán, Chile, South American independence leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule (1817-1823 Supreme Director of Chile)
  • 1779 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (d. 1848)
  • 1799 Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern, German liberal politician
  • 1802 Cadwalader Ringgold, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1867)
  • 1811 Gilman Marston, American Brigadier General (Union volunteers) and politician (R-NH), born in Orford, New Hampshire (d. 1890)
  • 1824 Absalom Baird, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1905)
  • 1832 Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe, inventor, (d. 1913)

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1833 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (Republican: 1889-93), born in North Bend, Ohio (d. 1901)

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1842 Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter
  • 1845 St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint (d. 1916)
  • 1847 Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (d. 1912)
  • 1856 Innokenti F Annenski, Russian poet/interpreter (Laodania) [NS Sept 1]
  • 1856 Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer (d. 1909)
  • 1860 Raymond Poincaré, France, president/PM (1912)
  • 1873 Eliel Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (GM Tech Institute, Mich), born in Rantasalmi, Finland (d. 1950)
  • 1881 Edgar Albert Guest, poet/newspaperman, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1885 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti orfici)
  • 1886 Paul Tillich, German/US theologist (Die sozial Entscheidung)
  • 1890 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1897 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author (Det Store Spelet)
  • 1898 G Kraus, director Santpoort (Insanity in Netherlands)
  • 1898 Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist (Whom the God's Love)
  • 1898 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Hanns Lilje, German Lutherian bishop/antifascist (Church und Welt)
  • 1900 Edward J "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player, 1st witnessed 147 break

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1901 Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet, critic and translator (Nobel 1959), born in Modica, Italy (d. 1968)

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Author/Poet
Salvatore Quasimodo
  • 1902 Ernest Charles Melvin Patrick Ekundio Marke, club owner
  • 1904 Jaap [Jacob AW] Burger, chairman (PvdA)
  • 1905 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Stanley Devon, photographer
  • 1908 John Reginald Bevins, politician
  • 1908 Kingsley Davis, sociologist/demographer, coined (population explosion)
  • 1910 Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (IBM Building, MIT Chapel), born in Kirkkonummi, Finland (d. 1961)
  • 1912 Philip Kapleau, founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven)
  • 1916 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (d. 1984)

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1918 Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)

  • 1922 Akutsu Tetsuzo, Japan, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart
  • 1931 Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, photographer (industrialist builder 19th/20th)
  • 1932 Vasily Aksyonov, Russian novelist
  • 1933 Don Fuqua, (Rep-D-FL, 1963-86)
  • 1933 George John Mitchell, (Sen-D-ME, 1980-94/Senate Whip 1989- )
  • 1935 Ron Paul, US Congressman, 1988 and 2008 presidential candidate
  • 1936 Carla Fracci, ballerina, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1936 Hideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1937 Corrie E Moret-de Jong, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1938 Jean-Loup Jaques Marie Chretien, France, cosmonaut (T-6, TM-7, STS 86)
  • 1938 Alain Vivien, French politician
  • 1940 Rubén Hinojosa, American politician
  • 1941 William H Gray III, Baton Rouge La, (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Robin Oakley, British journalist

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1941 Slobodan Milosevic, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), born in Pozarevac

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 1944 Rajiv Gandhi, PM of India (1984-89)
  • 1946 N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman
  • 1951 Greg[ory Dale] Bear, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity)
  • 1951 Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1954 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (d. 2007)
  • 1960 Sally Yates, American lawyer and Acting Attorney General (Jan 2017), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961 Greg Egan, Australian author
  • 1975 Marianne Garvey, American reporter
  • 1975 Marcus Mastin, American author
  • 1994 White buffalo, Janesville Wisconsin
  • 2003 Prince Gabriel of Belgium