Famous Birthdays on April 20

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 204

  • 702 Jafar al-Sadiq, Muslim scholar and scientist, born in Medina, Umayyad Empire (d. 765)
  • 1494 John Agricola [Schneider], German theologian, a friend of Martin Luther, born in Eisleben, Germany (d.1566)
  • 1586 Saint Rose of Lima [Isabel Flores de Olivia], Peruvian saint, a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, born in Lima, Peru (d. 1617)
  • 1594 Matthäus Appelt, German composer, born in Neustadt, Silesia (d. 1648)
  • 1633 Emperor Go-Kōmyō, 110th emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1654)
  • 1646 Charles Plumier, French botanist (Frangipani genus Plumeria is named after him), born in Marseille, France (d. 1704)
  • 1650 William Bedloe, English fraudster and Popish Plot informer, born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire (d. 1680)
  • 1668 Yuri Troubetzkoy, Governor of Belgorod (d. 1739)
  • 1705 Balthasar Schmid, German composer and printer, born in Nuremberg, Bavaria (d. 1749)
  • 1718 David Brainerd, American missionary to the Native Americans, born in Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1747)
  • 1723 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina (d. 1781)
  • 1725 Johann Friedrich Klöffler, German composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1790)
  • 1726 Jozef de Ferraris, French-Austrian general and cartographer, born in Lunéville, France (d. 1814)
  • 1745 Philippe Pinel, French physician (the father of modern psychiatry), born in Jonquières, France (d. 1826)
  • 1748 Georg Michael Telemann, German composer, born in Plön, Germany (d. 1831)
  • 1748 Guillaume Albert Teniers, Flemish composer, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1820)
  • 1761 Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1805)
  • 1808 Napoleon III, Emperor of France (1852-70), born in Paris (d. 1873)
  • 1809 John S. Preston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Abingdon, Virginia (d. 1881)
  • 1818 Heinrich Göbel, German-born mechanic and inventor, born in Springe, Germany (d. 1893)
  • 1824 Alfred H. Colquitt, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Monroe, Georgia (d. 1894)
  • 1826 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), born in Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1887)
  • 1827 John Gibbon, American Major General (Union Army), born in Holmesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1896)
  • 1839 Carol I, King of Romania (1881-1914), born in Sigmaringen, Germany (d. 1914)
  • 1840 Odilon Redon [Bertrand-Jean Redon], French symbolist painter, born in Bordeaux (d. 1916)
  • 1850 Daniel Chester French, American sculptor (Minute Man), born in Exeter, New Hampshire (d. 1931)
  • 1851 Young Tom Morris, Scottish professional golfer, born in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1875)
  • 1857 Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken, Dutch painter and author (HW Knife Day), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1930)
  • 1857 Hermann Bang, Danish writer, born in Asserballe, Denmark (d. 1912)
  • 1858 Auguste Chapuis, French composer, born in Dampierre-sur-Salon, France (d. 1933)
  • 1860 Charles Gordon Curtis, American inventor (Curtis-steam turbine), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1860 Pieter Jelles Troelstra, Dutch politician (SDAP), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1930)
  • 1866 Victor Hollaender, German composer, born in Leobschutz, Silesia (d. 1940)
  • 1870 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, born in Sucre, Bolivia (d. 1953)
  • 1870 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Pakistani scholar, Father of Modern Urdu, born in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh (d. 1961)
  • 1879 Robert Lynd, Irish writer and critic (Pleasures of Ignorance), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1949)
  • 1879 Paul Poiret, French couturier, the most fashionable dress designer of pre-World War I, born in Paris (d. 1944)
  • 1881 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), born in Modlin Fortress, Poland (d. 1950)
  • 1881 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1882 Holland Smith, American General in the U.S. Marine Corps, born in Seale, Alabama (d. 1967)
  • 1884 Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, born in Eastwell Park, Kent, England (d. 1966)

Person of interestAdolf Hitler

1889 Adolf Hitler, Austrian-born German dictator and Führer of Nazi Germany (1936-45), born in Gasthof zum Pommer, Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1889 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist, born in Milas, Turkey (d. 1996)
  • 1890 Maurice Duplessis, 16th Premier of Quebec, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada (d. 1959)
  • 1893 Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), born in Burchard, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • 1893 Hermann Ungar, Moravian writer, born in Boskovice (d. 1929)
  • 1893 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian, the oldest person in the world following the death of Yone Minagawa of Japan on August 13, 2007, born in Morgan County, Indiana (d. 2008)
  • 1893 Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor, born in Barcelona (d. 1983)
  • 1894 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet and linguistic (spelling), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1895 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Wop May, Canadian aviator, flying ace in the WWI, born in Carberry, Manitoba (d. 1952)

  • 1897 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), born in Samara, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1900 Fred Raymond, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1954)
  • 1900 Kees Verwey, Dutch painter and cartoonist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist, born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Donald Wolfit, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed), born in New Balderton, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1968)
  • 1902 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, born in Shumen, Bulgaria (d. 1969)
  • 1904 Bruce Cabot, American actor (Diamonds are Forever, King Kong), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1904 George Stibitz, American mathematician and scientist, born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricketer (his one season of Test & 1st-class play 1954-55), born in Rawalpindi, British India (d. 1991)
  • 1907 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Wilhelmus Marinus Bekkers, Dutch Roman Catholic bishop of Hertogenbosch, born in Sint-Oedenrode, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1908 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1909 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), born in Benevento, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1911 Kukrit Pramoj, Thai politician (13th Prime Minister of Thailand) and scholar, born in In Buri, Singburi, Siam (d. 1995)
  • 1912 David Townsend, English cricketer (3 Tests Eng v WI 1935), born in Norton, County Durham (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Ed Jones, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, born in Yorkville, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Frederick Craig Riddle, British violist, born in Liverpool (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), born in Bogor, Indonesia (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Dick Wessel, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Cueball, Beware of Blondie), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (101 Dalmatians, Cinderella), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Joseph Wolpe, South African psychotherapist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • 1918 June Storey, Canadian-born American actress (South of the Border), born in Toronto (d. 1991)
  • 1919 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (The Last Enemy), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1943)
  • 1920 John Paul Stevens, American lawyer, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975-2010), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1920 Ronald Speirs, American Army officer (CO of Easy Company), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Tito Puente, American bandleader (Dance Mania), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Mother Angelica, Catholic American Franciscan nun, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Gerhard Samuel, American conductor and composer, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Paul Van Buren, American theologist (Theological Explorations), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Elena Verdugo, American actress (Little Giant, Cavalier of the West), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, born in Cham, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Richard Hoffmann, Austrian composer, born in Vienna
  • 1926 Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1998-88), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Karl Alexander Müller, Swiss superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987), born in Basel. Switzerland
  • 1928 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Gerald S. Hawkins, English-American astronomer (archaeoastronomy), born in Great Yarmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), born in Ludlow, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Alan Oakman, English cricketer (England batsman against Australia 1956), born in Hastings, Sussex, England
  • 1931 Lee H. Hamilton, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1934 Lindsay Oliver John Boynton, furniture historian (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Robert G Wilmers, American banker ( M&T Bank ), billionaire and philanthropist, born in New York (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Pat Roberts, US Senator (Rep-R-KS, 1981-1997), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1936 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (1981-85), born in Miðvágur, Vágar, Faroe Islands (d. 2012)

Person of interestGeorge Takei

1937 George Takei, American actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1938 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952), born in Bergerac, Dordogne (d. 1982)
  • 1938 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), born in Merrylands, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Johnny Tillotson, American singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1939 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister (1981-82, 1986-89, 1990-96) and Director-General of the World Health Organisation, born in Bærum, Norway
  • 1939 Peter S. Beagle, American novelist and screenwriter (The Last Unicorn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), born in Newman, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer (I, John Cremer), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 1940 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1940 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Ryan O'Neal, American actor (Love Story, Paper Moon), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Joni Evans, American publisher (Simon & Schuster, Random House), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Edie Sedgwick, American actress (Ciao Manhattan) and socialite, born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1971)
  • 1943 Ian Watson, British sci-fi author (Book of Being, Whores of Babylon), born in North Shields, England
  • 1943 Michael Greer, American actor (Bobby Gentry Show), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1943 John Eliot Gardiner, English conductor, born in Fontmell Magna, Dorset
  • 1945 Jimmy Winston [James Langwith], British organist and actor (Doctor Who, Small Faces), born in London, England
  • 1945 Michael Brandon, American actor (Dempsey and Makepeace), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Julien Poulin, French-Canadian actor (Elvis Gratton: Le king des kings), born in Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • 1946 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1982)
  • 1947 David Leland, English actor and director (Nothing But Trouble), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1947 Björn Skifs, Swedish singer (Blue Swede), born in Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden
  • 1947 Andrew Tobias, American journalist and author (The Best Little Boy in the World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Ken Scott, British record producer and engineer (The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd), born in London, England
  • 1948 Craig Frost, American keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1948 Gregory Itzin, American film and TV actor (The Kentucky Cycle), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 Rémy Trudel, French Canadian politician, born in Sainte-Thècle, Quebec, Canada

Person of interestJessica Lange

1949 Jessica Lange, American actress (King Kong, Tootsie, American Horror Stories), born in Cloquet, Minnesota

Actress Jessica Lange
Actress
Jessica Lange
  • 1949 Veronica Cartwright, English-American actress (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), born in Bristol, England
  • 1950 Itumeleng J. Mosala, South African president (Azanian People's Org)
  • 1950 Steve Erickson, American novelist (American Nomad), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1950 Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Indian politician, born in Naravaripalli, India
  • 1951 Luther Vandross, American rock vocalist (Dance with my Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1952 Tamara Sergeyevna Zakharova, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1952 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach and president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, born in Otočac, Croatia
  • 1953 Sebastian Faulks, British novelist (The Girl at the Lion d'Or), born in Donnington, Berkshire
  • 1954 Peter Toohey, Australian cricketer (NSW & Australian batsman 1977-80), born in Blayney, Australia
  • 1954 Gilles Lupien, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lachute, Canada
  • 1955 Donald Pettit, American chemical engineer and NASA astronaut, born in Silverton, Oregon
  • 1956 Beatrice Ask, Swedish politician (Moderate Party), born in Sveg, Sweden
  • 1957 Geraint Wyn Davies, Welsh-Canadian actor (Nick Knight-Forever Knight, Bury Me in Niagara, High Hopes), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1957 Graeme Fowler, English cricketer (England left-handed opener early 80s), born in Accrington, Lancashire, England
  • 1957 Richenel [Hubertus Richenel Baars], Dutch singer and performer (Turn My Page), born in Amsterdam
  • 1958 Viacheslav Fetisov, NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Detroit), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1959 Clint Howard, American actor (Gentle Ben), born in Burbank, California
  • 1960 Rodney Holman, American football tight end (Detroit Lions), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • 1960 Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuban politician, President of Cuba (2018-), born in Placetas, Cuba
  • 1960 Debbie Flintoff-King, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1988), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1961 Don Mattingly, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1961 Marci Bozarth, American LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone Open-37th), born in Lampasas, Texas
  • 1961 Konstantin Lavronenko, Russian actor (Vozvrashcheniye), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • 1963 Brett Edward Garsed, Australian heavy metal artist (Nelson), born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1963 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal rocker (Bad Moon Rising), born in Raleigh, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1963 Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver, born in Joinville, Brazil
  • 1963 Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist, born in London
  • 1964 John Carney, American football placekicker (San Diego Chargers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1964 Paul Nobes, Australian cricketer (prolific opening batsman for Victoria & SA), born in Heidelberg West, Victoria, Australia
  • 1964 Crispin Glover, American actor (Back to the Future, River's Edge), born in New York
  • 1964 Andy Serkis, English actor (Gollum in Lord of the Rings), born in London
  • 1965 Jim Terrell, American sprint canoer (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1965 Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek politician (New Democracy Party), born in Rethymno, Greece
  • 1965 Adrian Fernández, Mexican racing driver and co-owner of the Fernandez Racing team, born in Mexico City
  • 1966 David Chalmers, Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1967 J. D. Roth, American TV host (Fun House), born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • 1967 Lara Jill Miller, American actress (Samantha-Gimme a Break), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Miroslav Stefanovic, Yugoslavian soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1967 Townsend Saunders, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in White Sands, New Mexico
  • 1967 Mike Portnoy, American drummer (Dream Theater), born in Long Beach, New York
  • 1968 DeDee Nathan, American heptathlete, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1969 Jan van Halst, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1969 Takayuki Kobori, japanese ice hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998), born in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1969 Chris Jarvis, English children's TV personality, born in Romford, London
  • 1970 Shemar Moore, actor (Malcolm-Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California
  • 1970 Adriano Moraes, Brazilian rodeo performer, born in Quintana, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1971 Allan Houston, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971 Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears), born in Lenapah, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Grant Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1971 John Senden, Australian professional golfer, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1971 Terry Smith, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Clemson, South Carolina
  • 1971 Yonel Jourdain, American NFL running back and kick returner (Buffalo Bills), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Carla Geurts, Dutch freestyle swimmer, born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • 1971 Tina Cousins, English singer (Mysterious Times), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1972 Lê Huỳnh Đức, Vietnamese footballer, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Person of interestCarmen Electra

1972 Carmen Electra [Tara Leigh Patrick], American model and actress (Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans), born in Sharonville, Ohio

  • 1972 Stephen Marley, Jamaican-American reggae musician, son of Bob Marley, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1973 Itula Mili, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Kahuku, Hawaii
  • 1973 Lamond Murray, American basketball forward (LA Clippers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1973 Todd Hollandsworth, American baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1973 Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter (Geoff Lloyd with Annabel Port), born in Withington, Lancashire, England
  • 1973 Isabel Dos Santos, Angolan businesswoman, daughter of ex-President José Eduardo dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
  • 1974 Ben Holbrook, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • 1974 Kevin Sullivan, Canadian athlete, 1.5k runner (Olympics 1996), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • 1974 Paul Bradford, American football cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1976 Joey Lawrence, American actor (Gimme a Break, Blossom, Summer Rental), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Lenka Němečková, Czech tennis star (1993 Futures-Maribor-SLO), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1976 Shay Given, Irish footballer, born in Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland
  • 1977 Lisa Ervin, American figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1977 Jon Hugger, American professional wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1978 Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol, born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1980 Blümchen [Jasmin Wagner], German singer (Boomerang), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1981 Matus Valent, European male fitness model, born in Bratislava, Slovak Republic