Birthdays in History on December 20

  • 1494 Oronce Finé, French mathematician (d. 1555)
  • 1537 John III, King of Sweden (1568-92), born in Östergötland, Sweden (d. 1592)
  • 1566 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher (d. 1612)
  • 1579 John Fletcher, Elizabethan dramatist (Phylaster) (baptized)
  • 1626 Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (d. 1692)
  • 1629 Pieter de Hoogh, Dutch painter
  • 1659 Francois Fagel, Dutch lawyer/statesman
  • 1717 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (d. 1787)
  • 1792 Nicolas Charlet, French painter (d. 1845)
  • 1807 Richard Lucian Page, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1808 Thomas Tinsley Craven, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1887)
  • 1813 Samuel Jordan Kirkwood, (Gov-Iowa)/US Sect of Interior (1881-82)
  • 1819 John Geary, 1st SF postmaster, 1st mayor (May 1, 1850)
  • 1825 Romeyn Beck Ayres, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1888)
  • 1833 Samuel A Mudd, doctor, convicted of giving medical aid to JW Booth
  • 1838 Edwin Abbott Abbott, English schoolmaster, theologian, and author (d. 1926)
  • 1841 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1932)
  • 1858 Jean/Johannes T "Jan" Toorop, Dutch painter/graphic artist (3 Brides)
  • 1859 Antonius J Derkinderen, Dutch painter/etcher
  • 1860 Dan Leno, English entertainer (d. 1904)
  • 1861 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)
  • 1865 Maude Gonne, Irish nationalist (Irish Joan of Arc)
  • 1865 Elsie De Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (d. 1950)

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1868 Harvey Firestone, Columbiana Ohio, Industrialist and founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company ("where the rubber meets the road"), (d. 1938)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • 1870 Pieter C Boutens, Dutch poet (Voices, Carmina)
  • 1873 Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(d. 1948)
  • 1875 T F Powys, Wales, writer (Captain Patch, Goat Green)
  • 1876 Jan Van Oudshoorn, [Jan K Feylbrief], Dutch writer (Maze of Senses)
  • 1876 Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson (1923-46)
  • 1884 Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl, Dutch nazi collaborator/traitor

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1894 Robert Menzies, Jeparit, Victoria, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • 1895 Susanne Langer, US, philosopher/educator (Philosophy in a New Key)
  • 1900 Gabby Harnett, (NL MVP 1935)
  • 1901 Louis I Kahn, US architect [or Feb 20]
  • 1901 Robert Van de Graaff, Alabama, physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions)
  • 1902 George EAE, English prince/earl of St Andrews
  • 1902 Max Lerner, US, columnist (NY Post)
  • 1902 Sidney Hook, anticommunist philosopher (Paradoxes of Freedom)
  • 1902 George Edward Alexander Windsor, Duke of Kent (d. 1942)
  • 1904 [Schmidt] Hans Burkhardt, artist
  • 1906 Dick White, head of British secret service (MI-5/MI-6)
  • 1906 Irving Krick, meteorologist
  • 1909 Vakkom Majeed, Indian politician (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Hortense Calisher, American novelist (Arts & Letters 1967), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer, born on Heybeliada, Ottoman Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Michel Chartrand, Quebec union leader
  • 1917 David Bohm, American-born physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist (d. 1992)
  • 1922 George Roy Hill, dir (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance)
  • 1925 Bob de Moor, Flemish comic strip artist (Kuifje, Lion of Flanders)
  • 1925 Datuk Seri Mahathir bin Mahamad, premier of Malaysia (1981- )
  • 1925 Frederick Edward Nicklin, architect
  • 1926 David Levine, US painter
  • 1926 Otto Graf Lambsdorff, German politician
  • 1927 Kim Young-sam, politician and activist - President of South Korea (1993-98), born in Geoje (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Milan Panic, premier of little Yugoslavia
  • 1933 Gordon Getty, son and heir of J. Paul Getty, born in Los Angeles
  • 1933 Jean Carnahan, U.S. Senator
  • 1939 Dianne Arndt, artist/photographer
  • 1941 Frank Creton, Suriname/Neth painter
  • 1944 Gernot Wolfgruber, Austrian writer, born in Gmünd

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1946 Uri Geller, Tel Aviv, Israel, psychic (bends forks)

Psychic, illusionist Uri Geller
Psychic, illusionist
Uri Geller

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1946 Dick Wolf, New York, American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order)

Crime Drama Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama Producer
Dick Wolf
  • 1949 Soumaïla Cissé, Malian politician
  • 1951 Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter
  • 1954 Sandra Cisneros, American writer
  • 1955 Sammy Mitchell, US programmer (Qedit/TSE/Semware)
  • 1958 Steve Sailer, American political commentator
  • 1959 Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland
  • 1960 Carolyn Seaward, Devonshire England, Miss United Kingdom (1979)
  • 1960 Nalo Hopkinson, Canadian writer
  • 1963 Infanta Elena of Spain
  • 1966 Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord)
  • 1976 Adam Powell, Neopets creator
  • 1976 Ramon Stoppelenburg, world traveler and Dutch author
  • 1987 Tariel Zintiridis, Greek judoka
  • 1989 Virgilio Falco, Italian politician