Birthdays in History on February 20

  • 1494 Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)
  • 1523 Jan Blahoslav, Czech humanist/bishop (Bohemian brothers)
  • 1632 Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)
  • 1633 Jan de Baen, portrait painter/etcher
  • 1745 Henry James Pye, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1790-1813), born in London (d. 1813)
  • 1751 Johann Heinrich Voß, German poet (d. 1826)
  • 1753 Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (d. 1815)
  • 1757 John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, English philanthropist (d. 1834)
  • 1779 Augustus Callcott, landscape painter, Kensington
  • 1784 Adam Black, politician/publisher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1792 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, born in Aix-en-Provence (d. 1859)
  • 1794 William Carleton, Irish novelist (d. 1869)
  • 1796 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch military/liberal politician
  • 1805 Angelina Grimke, reformer/abolitionist/politician/lawyer
  • 1808 Daumier, Marseilles France, artist
  • 1809 Albertus J Duymaer van Twist, gov-gen of Neth-Indies
  • 1809 Henry Walton Wessells, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lietchfield, Connecticut (d. 1889)
  • 1819 Alfred Escher, Swiss politician, railroad entrepreneur (d. 1882)
  • 1820 Mahlon Dickerson Manson, American druggist politician and General (Union Army), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1895)
  • 1827 Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, American politician, lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Unadilla, New York (d. 1912)
  • 1835 Allessandro d'Ancona, Italian philologist
  • 1838 James Barbour Terrill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1839 Benjamin Waugh, American minister; founder of the NSPCC (d. 1908)
  • 1844 Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, Austrian physicist (statistical mechanics)
  • 1844 Joshua Slocum, Canadian seaman and adventurer (d. 1909)
  • 1848 Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
  • 1850 Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
  • 1852 Nikolai Garin [Michailovski], Russian author (Tjoma Kartashov)
  • 1861 Nicolaas van Meeteren, Curacao, folklorist
  • 1866 Carl Westman, Swedish architect and designer (d. 1936)
  • 1867 Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife (d. 1931)
  • 1870 Pieter Cornelis Boutens, Holland, mystic poet/scholar (Verzen)
  • 1880 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French aristocrat and novelist (d. 1923)
  • 1881 Pedro Munoz Seca, Spanish playwright (Vengeanza de Don Mendo)
  • 1883 Shiga Naoya, Japan, novelist (Road Through Dark Night)
  • 1886 Bela Kun, Czehul Romania, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)
  • 1887 Hesketh Pearson, England, biographer/playwright (Writ for Libel)

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1887 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1967)

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1888 Georges Bernanos, French novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • 1893 Russel Crouse, journalist/novelist/playwright (Life with Father)
  • 1893 Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist (d. 1993)
  • 1895 Freida Geiken, autobiographer (National Historic Taping)
  • 1896 Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist
  • 1897 Ivan Albright, Illinois, painter (Door, Window)
  • 1899 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Graham Spry, St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer
  • 1901 Ali Muhammad Naguib, Khartoum, president of Egypt (1952-54)
  • 1901 Cecil H King, Irish/British daily newspaper publisher (Daily Mirror)
  • 1901 Henry Eyring, Mexican/US chemist
  • 1901 Louis I Kahn, Estonia, architect (Bryn Mawr dormitory) [or Dec 20]
  • 1901 René Jules Dubos, French US microbiologist/author (Health & Disease)

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1902 Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award), born in San Francisco, California

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams
  • 1903 Ella Maillart, explorer
  • 1904 Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)
  • 1905 Jascha Golowanjuk, Swedish writer (Acrobat)
  • 1907 Owain Jenkins, company director
  • 1908 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1)
  • 1908 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix
  • 1910 Julian Trevelyan, English Surrealist painter/collage maker
  • 1910 Millicent Fenwick, (Rep-R-NJ 1975-82)
  • 1912 Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Mary Durack, Australian author and historian (Kings in Grass Castles and Keep Him My Country), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Marion Kettlewell, British director (WRNS)
  • 1914 Willem J H Baart, Dutch vicar (Cuentanan di Nanzi)
  • 1917 Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
  • 1918 Leonore Annenberg American Billionaire
  • 1920 Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Joseph Albert Walker, test pilot (X-15), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1921 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1923 Forbes Burnham, premier Guyana (1964-85)
  • 1925 Alex La Guma, Cape Town South Africa, novelist (A Walk in the Night)
  • 1925 Pramudya Ananta Tur, Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa)
  • 1925 Heinz Kluncker, German trade union leader
  • 1926 Cameron Rusby, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1926 Kenneth H Olsen, American engineer/founder (Digital Equipment Corp)
  • 1926 Richard Matheson, American author, (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Roy Cohn, lawyer, "grand inquisitor" (for Sen Joseph McCarthy)
  • 1928 Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
  • 1930 Bill Walker, British MP
  • 1932 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Hannes Postma, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1934 Myrtle Robertson, 11th Baroness Wharton
  • 1937 Robert Huber, biochemist (Nobel 1988), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1938 Mona Mitchell, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra
  • 1940 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • 1940 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • 1942 Claude Miller, director (Garde a Vue, Little Thief, Wild Child), (d. 2012)
  • 1942 David O'Dowd, Chief Constable (Northamptonshire)

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1942 Mitch McConnell, American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
  • 1943 Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)
  • 1943 Lord McNally, British Minister of State for Justice
  • 1944 Roger Knapman, British MP
  • 1944 Robert de Cotret, French Canadian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1946 Mieke Boers-Wijnberg, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • 1947 Andre van Duin, [Kyvon], Dutch entertainer (Bloemkoole)
  • 1947 Eggert Magnusson, Icelandic football executive
  • 1948 A C Fabian, astronomer
  • 1948 John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company

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1951 Gordon Brown, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10), born in Giffnock, Scotland

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • 1952 Catherine Cummins, Clintwood Va, 1st of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1953 Carol Cummins, Clintwood Va, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1954 Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)
  • 1954 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Rus col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)
  • 1956 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1961 Claudia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 4th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1962 Kenn Nesbitt, American children's author
  • 1963 Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
  • 1963 Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
  • 1965 Federica Moro, Carate Brianza Italy, Miss Italy (1982)
  • 1966 Cecilia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 5th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1968 Ted Hankey, English darts player
  • 1969 Vaginal Davis, American drag queen and performance artist
  • 1969 Jason Blum, American producer, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Reader, Split), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Cheyenne Brando, Papeete Tahiti, daughter of Marlon
  • 1971 Shalanda Burt, US murderess
  • 1971 Shawn McKenzie, American programmer
  • 1976 Rohan Gavaskar, Left-handed batsman, India ODI 2004 (son of Sunil Gavaskar)