Birthdays in History on May 20

  • 1315 Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (d. 1349)
  • 1364 Henry Percy, [Harry Hotspur], English soldier/politician
  • 1470 Pietro Bembo, cardinal/theologian
  • 1537 Hieronymus Fabricius Ab, Aquapend Italy, physician (De Formato Foetu)
  • 1593 Jacob Jordaens, Flemish baroque artist
  • 1593 Salomo Glassius, German theologian (d. 1656)
  • 1660 Andreas Schlüter, German sculptor (d. 1714)
  • 1663 William Bradford, English-born colonial printer (Pennsylvania's first printing press) (d. 1752)
  • 1706 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)
  • 1726 Francis Cotes, English painter (d. 1770)
  • 1750 Stephen Girard, bailed out US bonds during War of 1812
  • 1759 William Thornton, British-American architect (Capitol Building in Washington, D.C), born in Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (d. 1828)
  • 1764 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/lithographer
  • 1768 Dolley Dandridge Payne Madison, 1st lady (1809-17)
  • 1769 Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician (d. 1835)
  • 1772 William Congreve, English officer (design fire rocket)
  • 1799 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (La Comédie Humaine), born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France (d. 1850)

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1806 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, born in London (d. 1873)

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • 1818 William George Fargo, founder (Wells Fargo)
  • 1822 Emile Erckmann, [E-Chatrian], French writer (Waterloo)
  • 1822 Frederic Passy, French economist/pacifist (Nobel 1901)
  • 1825 Antoinette Brown Blackwell, clergy (1st ordained US female minister)
  • 1828 James William Reilly, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • 1830 Amalia MdGA, princess of Saxon-Weimar-Eisenach/wife of prince Henry
  • 1830 Hector H Malot, French writer (Without Family)
  • 1838 Jules Méline, French statesman (d. 1925)
  • 1841 Sara Louisa Oberholtz, social reformer, anti-smoking advocate
  • 1851 Emile Berliner, German inventor (flat phonograph record)
  • 1851 Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, American nun/daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 1856 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter
  • 1860 Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)
  • 1874 Folkert E Posthuma, Dutch minister of Agriculture/Industry
  • 1881 Wladyslaw Sikorski, premier Poland (WW II general)
  • 1882 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter, Nobel 1928)
  • 1883 Paul Arntzenius, painter/graphic artist/etcher
  • 1889 Margery Allingham, detective story writer
  • 1889 William Lawther, union leader
  • 1894 Adela Rogers St John, journalist/author (Foreign Correspondent)
  • 1894 Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)
  • 1895 Reginald J "R" Mitchell, English aviation manufacturer (Spitfire)
  • 1897 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (d. 1983)
  • 1899 John M Harlan, 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1899 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (d. 1969)
  • 1900 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1901 Max Euwe, Netherlands, world chess champion (1935-37)
  • 1902 Hans Sahl, German American anti-Nazi Jewish writer, born in Dresden (d. 1993)
  • 1905 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Sailing)
  • 1905 Harry Campion, statistician/founder (British Central Statistical Office)
  • 1906 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist
  • 1911 Annie M G Schmidt, writer (Fam Doorsnee, Jip & Janneke)

  • 1911 Gardner Fox, American sci-fi author (Atom, Hawkman, Zatanna), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912 Joseph Proce, 3rd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • 1913 Henry Cadbury Brown, architect

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1913 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2001)

Entrepreneur and Businessman William Hewlett
Entrepreneur and Businessman
William Hewlett
  • 1914 Corneliu Coposu, Romanian politician (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Moshe Dayan, Israeli general/minister of Defense
  • 1916 Cornelie Coposu, politician
  • 1916 John McIntyre, theologian
  • 1916 Rev Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1916 Alexei Petrovich Maresiev, Russian flying ace (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Richard Cobb, British historian, born in Frinton-on-Sea (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • 1917 Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1920 John Cruickshank, banker
  • 1920 William Simpson, British trade union leader
  • 1921 John Harrison, British vice admiral/surgeon
  • 1921 John Marchi, US Senator (Rep-R-NY)
  • 1921 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1947)
  • 1922 Clifford Butler, vice chancellor (Loughborough Univ of Technology)
  • 1923 Hugh Beach, British General
  • 1923 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), born in San Fernando (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Peter Shore, MP (Labour)
  • 1925 D French Slaughter Jr, (Rep-R-VA, 1985- )
  • 1926 John Lucarotti, scriptwriter
  • 1927 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), born in Krakow (d. 2016)
  • 1928 David Berriman, CEO (Rose Thomson Young group of Lloyds Trustees)
  • 1928 Jack Kevorkian, controversial American medical doctor
  • 1929 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • 1930 Robert Bunyard, Commandant (British Police Staff College)

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1935 José Mujica, 40th President of Uruguay (2010-2015), champion of the poor and former urban guerrilla with the Tupamaros, born in Montevideo

President of Uruguay José Mujica
President of Uruguay
José Mujica
  • 1937 Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh, British brewer (Guinness) and large landowner (d. 1992)
  • 1938 Alan Smithers, British professor
  • 1940 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • 1941 Goh Chok Sole, premier of Singapore (1990- )
  • 1942 Simon Keswick, British financier/merchant (Hong Kong)
  • 1942 Carlos Hathcock, American Marine sniper (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Iain Vallance [Baron Vallance of Tummel], CEO (British Telecom)
  • 1943 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), born in Hereford (d. 2015)
  • 1944 David M Walker, Capt USN/astron (STS 51-A 30, 53, 69), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1944 Dietrich Mateschitz, Austrian businessman
  • 1945 Harold E Ford, (Rep-D-TN, 1975- )
  • 1945 Lord Hollick, CEO (MAI)
  • 1945 Nikolai Nikolayevich Fefelov, Russian colonel and cosmonaut
  • 1945 Wally Herger, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1945 Vladimiro Montesinos, Peruvian politician
  • 1948 John Amiel, director (Queen of Hearts, Tune in Tomorrow)
  • 1948 John R McKernan Jr, (Rep-R-ME, 1983-86/Gov-Maine)
  • 1948 Samuel Gejdenson, (Rep-D-Connecticut, 1981- )
  • 1949 Nick Joe Rahall II, (Rep-D-WV, 1977- )
  • 1951 Michael D Crapo, (Rep-R-Idaho)
  • 1951 Thomas D Akers, American former astronaut (STS 41, 49, 61, 79), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1953 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • 1954 Galina Vasilyevna Amelkina, Russian doctor/cosmonaut
  • 1954 David Paterson, American politician
  • 1954 Cindy Hensley McCain, wife of John McCain
  • 1954 Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
  • 1955 Nigel Griffiths, MP (Labour)
  • 1956 Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian author
  • 1956 William Michaelian, American novelist and poet
  • 1959 Peter Greene, American producer (After Midnight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Nick Heyward, guitar/vocals (Haircut 100-Favourite Shirts)
  • 1962 Lydia Cheng, American Ms Big Apple bodybuilder (1982) (Pumping Iron 2), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Earl Charles Spencer, Sandringham England, brother of Princess Diana
  • 1964 Joseph Sinnott Edwards, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Paul W Richards, astronaut, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Dan Abrams, American TV reporter (Nightline)
  • 1967 Ramzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist
  • 1969 Suzanne Lawrence, Humble Texas, Miss Texas-America (1991) (4th)
  • 2010 Lady Cosima Windsor, daughter of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster