Birthdays in History on November 20

  • 270 Maximinus, Roman Emperor (d. 313)
  • 1327 Bassui Tokusho, Zen founder (Kogakuji monastery in Nakamura Japan)
  • 1602 Otto von Guericke, inventor (air pump)
  • 1606 Abraham de Wicquefort, Dutch diplomat/historian
  • 1620 Peregrine White, son of Wm & Susanna White, born aboard Mayflower
  • 1621 Avvakum, Russian priest and writer (d. 1682)
  • 1625 Artus II Quellinus "the Young", Flemish sculptor, baptised
  • 1625 Paulus Potter, Dutch painter (d. 1654)
  • 1660 Daniel Ernst Jablonski, German theologian (d. 1741)
  • 1726 Oliver Wolcott, US judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, born in Windsor, Connecticut (d. 1797) [NS=Dec 1]
  • 1750 Tipu Sultan, Indian ruler (d. 1799)
  • 1752 Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Christabel)
  • 1761 Pius VIII, [Francesco S Castiglioni], Italy, 253rd Pope (1829-30)
  • 1762 Pierre André Latreille, French entomologist (d. 1833)
  • 1765 Sir Thomas Fremantle, British naval captain (d. 1819)
  • 1781 Karl F Eichhorn, German law historian
  • 1802 James Lawrence Lardner, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1881)
  • 1830 Patrick Henry Jones, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1900)
  • 1836 John Thomas Croxton, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1874)
  • 1839 Christian Wilberg, German painter (d. 1882)

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1841 Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1896-1911), born in Saint-Lin, Quebec (d. 1918)

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1841 Victor D'Hondt, Belgian mathematician (d. 1901)
  • 1851 Queen Margherita of Italy (d. 1926)

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1858 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish author and Nobel laureate (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils), born in Mårbacka, Värmland (d. 1940)

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • 1862 Willem H Vliegen, Dutch typographer/co-founder/chairman (SDAP)
  • 1864 Gerard W Kernkamp, Dutch historian/editor (Groene Amsterdammer)
  • 1871 William H Kilpatrick, US mathematician/philosopher/educator
  • 1874 James Michael Curley, 53rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Franz Pfemfert, writer
  • 1884 Norman Thomas, American socialist, pacifist and presidential candidate (1928-48), born in Marion Ohio (d. 1968)
  • 1886 Karl von Frisch, zoologist/bee expert (Nobel 1973)

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1889 Edwin Hubble, American astronomer (discoverer of galaxies, red shift) born in Marshfield, Missouri (d. 1953)

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble
  • 1890 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter
  • 1892 James B Collip, Canadian biochemist/physiologist (insulin)
  • 1896 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (d. 1977)
  • 1897 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy)
  • 1902 Wolfgang Kunkel, German law historian
  • 1903 Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist (d. 1981)
  • 1904 Alexandra Danilova, ballet great
  • 1907 Henri-Georges Clouzot, France, director (Le salaire de la peur)
  • 1909 Alan Bible, (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74)
  • 1910 Pauli Murray, famous African
  • 1910 Willem Jacob van Stockum, Dutch physicist (d. 1944)
  • 1912 Otto von Habsburg, Austrian-German nobleman, head of the Habsburg house
  • 1914 Emilio Pucci, Naples, fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1954)
  • 1915 Kon Ichikawa, Japan, director (Matatabi, Money Talks)
  • 1916 Ferdinand AM van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter
  • 1916 Robert A Bruce, MD, pioneer (exercise cardiology)
  • 1916 William John Elwyn Davies, painter
  • 1917 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1919 Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician
  • 1921 Jim Garrison, American district attorney and judge (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Beryl Sprinkel, Missouri, economist (Council of Economic Advisers)
  • 1923 Nadine Gordimer, South African author (July's people, Nobel 1991), born in Springs, Transvaal, (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Benoit Mandelbrot, mathematician (proved Zipf's law), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1925 Judy Woodruff, news analyst & commentator
  • 1925 Maya Plisetskaya, Rusiian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), born in Moscow

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1925 Robert F. Kennedy, American politician (D-Sen-NY, US Attorney General), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1968)

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1926 Andrzej W. Schally, Polish-born endocrinologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1934 Valentine J Peter, priest (Boy's Town 1985- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1936 Don DeLillo, American author
  • 1937 Viktoriya Tokareva, Russian playwright
  • 1940 Helma Sanders-Brahms, Emden Germany, director (Apple Trees, Manoever)

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1942 Joe Biden, 47th US Vice President (2009-), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • 1942 Paulos Faraj Rahho, Iraqi Chaldean Catholic bishop (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Lindsay Thomas, (Rep-D-GA, 1983- )
  • 1945 Rachid Mimouni, author
  • 1946 Patriarch Kirill [Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev] Russian Orthodox church leader (2009-), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • 1948 John R. Bolton, American ambassador
  • 1949 Thelma Drake, American politician
  • 1951 David Walters, American politician
  • 1952 John Van Boxmeer, National Hockey League player
  • 1954 Steve Dahl, California, Chicago's anti-disco DJ (WLS-FM)
  • 1954 Berit Andnor, Swedish politician
  • 1955 Timothy Kristian Charles Mace, Great Britain, cosmonaut
  • 1956 Sergei Gayevich Severin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1958 Rickson Gracie, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
  • 1959 James P. McGovern, American politician
  • 1963 Timothy Gowers, British mathematician
  • 1966 Jill Thompson, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1970 Matt Blunt, American politician
  • 1972 Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian born poet
  • 1992 Ishimura Maiha, graduated Berryz Kobo member
  • 1999 Princess Sofia of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • 1999 Prince Umberto of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family