Birthdays in History on September 20

  • 1486 Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of King Henry VII of England (d. 1502)
  • 1599 Christian the Younger, German Protestant military leader (d. 1623)
  • 1665 Johannes van der Hagen, vicar/genealogist/chronologer
  • 1744 Giacomo Quarenghi, Italian-Russian master builder and architect (Hermitage Theater), born in Rota d'Imagna, Republic of Venice (d. 1817)
  • 1744 Thomas Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War hero (d. 1825)
  • 1746 Móric Beňovský, Slovak military officer, explorer and self-declared King of Madagascar, born in Verbó, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1786)
  • 1790 Francisco Acuna the Figueroa, Uruguayan poet (Toraidas)
  • 1791 Sergei T Aksakov, Russian writer (Semejnaja chronika)
  • 1795 Peter of Limburg Brouwer, physician/classical/author
  • 1809 Sterline "Old Pap" Price, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1810 Alpheus Starkey Williams, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Deep River, Connecticut (d. 1878)
  • 1820 George Washington Morgan, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1893)
  • 1820 John Fulton Reynolds, American Major General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (d. 1863)

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1833 Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian journalist, soldier and pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1907), born in Milan, Lombardy (d. 1918)

Italian Pacifist Ernesto Teodoro Moneta
Italian Pacifist
Ernesto Teodoro Moneta
  • 1842 James Dewar, Scottish chemist/physicist (Dewarfles/cordiet)
  • 1844 William H. Illingworth, American photographer (d. 1893)
  • 1847 Sergei G Netsjajev, Russian nihilist (Catechism Revolutionary)
  • 1852 Edouard baron Empain, Belgian railway builder (Paris Metro)
  • 1853 Rama V, King of Thailand (d. 1910)
  • 1859 Yuan She-k'ai, Chinese general/president/dictator
  • 1861 Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress (d. 1955)
  • 1865 Lubor Niederle, Czech archaeologist/slavist
  • 1869 George Robey, [George Edward Wade], comic
  • 1869 Marcel Cachin, co-founder (French Communistic Party)
  • 1872 Maurice Gamelin, French generalissimo

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1878 Upton Beall Sinclair, US writer (Jungle), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1968)

  • 1879 Victor Seastrom, Silbodal Sweden, director (Wind, Under the Red Robe)
  • 1880 Louise Peete, American murderess (d. 1947)
  • 1883 John G van Dillen, historian (Of Wealth & Oligarchists)
  • 1883 Maria Baers, Flemish social female worker/senator

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1884 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher, born in NYC, New York (d. 1947)

  • 1890 Rachel Bluwstein, Hebrew poet, born in Saratov, Imperial Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1893 Hans H B Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic)
  • 1896 Fjodor I Panfjorov, Russian author (Volga) [NS=Oct 2]
  • 1899 Elliott Nugent, American director (And So They Were Married), born in Dover, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • 1899 Leo Strauss, German-born philosopher (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, Brazil general/pres (1964-67)
  • 1902 Stevie [Florence Margaret] Smith, Kingston upon Hull, English poet and novelist (Not Waving but Drowning)
  • 1908 Alexander Mitscherlich, German psychotherapist
  • 1908 Levon-Karapet His Holiness Vasken Baidjian, patriach of Etchmiadzin
  • 1911 Shriram Sharma Acharya, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Marianne Kunvari, writer
  • 1922 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician (Chairman of BTR Industries-1969)
  • 1923 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish-born poet (d. 1997)
  • 1924 James Galanos, fashion designer (Coty Hall of Fame 1959), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1924 John Vassall, spy/civil servant
  • 1925 Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand (d. 1946)
  • 1928 Donald Hall, American poet and US Poet Laureate
  • 1933 Bob Banas, American choreographer (Malibu U, Jonathan Winters Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Keith J Roberts, England, writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell)
  • 1937 Birgitta Dahl, Swedish politician
  • 1938 George J Hochbrueckner, (Rep-D-NY)
  • 1939 Robert L. Gerry III, American businessman
  • 1940 Joseph J DioGuardi, (Rep-R-NY, 1985- )
  • 1941 Dale Chihuly, artist in glass (Louis Tiffany Award 1967), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1941 John A Wismont Jr, California, watercolor painter (over 50,000)
  • 1942 Gérald Tremblay, Québec politician

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1943 Sani Abacha, de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), born in Kano, Nigeria

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • 1947 Chuck Panozzo [John], rocker (Styx), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Bruce Pasternack, American CEO
  • 1948 George R. R. Martin, American fantasy and sci-fi author (A Song of Ice and Fire), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1950 James P[aul] Blaylock, American sci-fi author (Elfin Ship, Homunculus), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1951 Javier Marías, Spanish author, translator and academic
  • 1954 Anne Mcintosh, British member European parliament
  • 1954 Brinke Stevens, [Charlene Brinkman] Ca, actress (Slumber Party Massacre)
  • 1955 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament
  • 1957 Rich DiSilvio, American new media developer & artist
  • 1960 James A Pawelczyk, PhD/astronaut (sk STS 90), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1960 Deborah Roberts, American journalist and TV reporter
  • 1974 Michael Waddington, American defense lawyer
  • 1976 Yui Horie, Japanese seiyuu
  • 1976 Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
  • 1981 Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model contestant