Birthdays in History on June 20

  • 236 BC Scipio Africanus, Roman statesman and general of the Second Punic War (d. 183 BC)
  • 1005 Ali az-Zahir, caliph (d. 1036)
  • 1389 John, Duke of Bedford, regent of England (d. 1435)

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1566 Sigismund III Vasa, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1587-1632) and King of Sweden (1592-99), born in Gripsholm Castle, Sweden (d. 1632)

  • 1583 Jacob De la Gardie, Swedish soldier and statesman (d. 1652)
  • 1634 Charles Emanuel II, Duke of Savoy (1638-75)
  • 1642 George Hickes, English linguistic (Old German Philology)
  • 1647 Johann Georg III, Elector of Saxony (1680-91)
  • 1674 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and playwright (Tamerlane), Poet Laureate (1715-18), born in Little Barford, Bedfordshire (d. 1718)
  • 1694 Hans A Brorson, Danish poet/bishop of Ribe
  • 1717 Jacques Saly, French sculptor (d. 1776)
  • 1723 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist/historian
  • 1723 Theophilus Lindsey, English theologian (d. 1808)
  • 1733 Betty Washington sister of George Washington
  • 1737 Tokugawa Ieharu, Japanese military (d. 1786)
  • 1743 Anna L Barbauld, writer of hymns
  • 1763 Theobald Wolfe Tone, Irish nationalist
  • 1770 Moses Waddel, American educator/minister and bestselling author (d. 1840)
  • 1771 Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, Scottish philanthropist (d. 1820)
  • 1786 Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French poet (d. 1859)
  • 1808 Samson Raphael Hirsch, German rabbi (d. 1888)
  • 1823 Jesse Lee Reno, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)
  • 1824 George E Street, British (?) architect
  • 1824 John Tyler Morgan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1907)
  • 1833 Leon-J-F Bonnat, painter
  • 1852 Theodorus Heemskerk Jzn, minister of interior (1866..88) [or Jul 20]
  • 1858 Medardo Rosso, Italian sculptor (portraits)
  • 1858 Charles W. Chesnutt, American writer (d. 1932)
  • 1864 Pier Pander, Dutch sculptor, born in Drachten, Friesland (d. 1919)
  • 1866 Ivans, [Jacob van Schevichaven], Dutch lawyer/detective writer
  • 1866 Lord George ESMH Carnarvon, England, egyptologist (Tutanchamon)
  • 1868 Helen Miller Shepard, philanthropist/established Hall of Fame
  • 1872 George Carpenter, the 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)
  • 1875 Othenio Able, Austria, paleontologist
  • 1885 Andrzej Gawroński, Polish scholar (d. 1927)
  • 1887 Arnaut Colnot, painter/graphic artist
  • 1887 Kurt Schwitters, German/British dada-artist/poet (collages)
  • 1889 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-South African astronomer (d. 1951)
  • 1891 John A. Costello, second Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Sergei Tretyakov, Russian constructivist writer, playwright and special correspondent for Pravda, born in Kuldīga, Latvia (d. 1937)
  • 1894 George Delacorte, American philanthropist/publisher (Dell Books), born in NYC, New York
  • 1894 Lloyd A Hall, Illinois, pioneer in food chemistry
  • 1897 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Jean Moulin, hero of the French Resistance (WW II)
  • 1901 Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), born in Hiroshima (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Heinrich von Brentano di Tremezzo, German Foreign Minister
  • 1905 Lillian Hellman, American playwright (d. 1984)
  • 1907 Lillian Hellman, playwright (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes)
  • 1911 Lord Brightman, British judge of appeals
  • 1912 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Terence Young, director (Dr No, Thunderball), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1915 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (d. 2002)
  • 1916 William Balchin, geographer
  • 1916 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, premier of Quebec (d. 1973)
  • 1918 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer
  • 1920 Haydn Tudor Evans, British high court judge
  • 1923 Marcus Bakker, Dutch MP (CPN)
  • 1924 Rainer Barzel, German leader (CDU-CSU)/minister
  • 1924 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Centre), born in Wurzburg (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Arthur Bell, royal botanic gardens director (Kew Gardens)
  • 1928 David Mitchell, British MP
  • 1928 Jean-Marie le Pen, France, leader (National Front party)
  • 1930 John Waine, bishop (Chelmsford)
  • 1930 Robert Ivanovich Rozhdestvensky, poet
  • 1930 Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish artist
  • 1931 Richard Southwood, zoologist/chancellor (Oxford University)
  • 1932 Robert Rozjdestvenski, Russian poet (Requiem, Userjoz)
  • 1933 Claire Tomalin, biographer/editor
  • 1933 Earl of Cranbrook, CEO (Nature Conservancy Council)
  • 1934 Brian Barder, British high commissar (Australia)
  • 1935 Anthony Pilkington, CEO (Pilkington Pic)
  • 1940 Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • 1941 Ulf D Merbold, German physicist/astronaut (STS 9, 42, Soyuz TM-19)
  • 1945 David S Monson, (Rep-R-UT, 1985- )
  • 1945 James F Buchli, New Rockford ND, USMC/astr (STS 51C, 61A, 29, 48)
  • 1946 Birgitte Eva Henriksen, Duchess of Gloucester, born in Odense, Denmark
  • 1946 Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor
  • 1947 David French, British director (Deep Sleep, Bingo)
  • 1947 Josef Clemens, German bishop and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity
  • 1947 Ivo Milazzo, Italian comic book artist
  • 1948 Ludwig Scotty, President of Nauru
  • 1951 Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
  • 1952 Vikram Seth, Indian poet
  • 1953 Brian J Duffy, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 45, 57, 72, sk:92), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Willy Rampf, German F1 technical director (BMW Sauber)
  • 1954 Ilan Ramon, Israeli combat pilot and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • 1970 Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco
  • 1970 Andrea Nahles, German politician
  • 1970 Bruce Woodcock, American computer games analyst
  • 1978 Quinton Jackson, American Mixed Martial Artist