Famous Birthdays on August 20

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  • 1377 Shahrukh Mirza, Ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (1405-47), born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (d. 1447)
  • 1517 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, cardinal/viceroy of Naples (1571-75)
  • 1526 Peter Opmeer, church historian/humanist (Historia Martyrum)
  • 1561 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", born in Rome (d. 1633)
  • 1625 Thomas Corneille, French playwright
  • 1632 Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher (d. 1704)
  • 1637 Cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor/co-owner of Surinam
  • 1665 Bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar (Gekrookte Reed)
  • 1666 Alphonse d' Eve, composer
  • 1702 Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-fieldmarshal
  • 1710 Thomas Simpson, English mathematician (rules of Simpson)
  • 1719 Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec, French soldier and diplomat (d. 1791)
  • 1719 Christian Mayer, Czech astronomer (d. 1783)
  • 1720 Bernard de Bury, composer
  • 1756 Bernardo Bittoni, composer
  • 1764 Charles F Bentinck, Dutch minister of Colonies
  • 1778 Bernardo O'Higgins, Chillán, Chile, South American independence leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule (1817-1823 Supreme Director of Chile)
  • 1779 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (d. 1848)
  • 1779 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, Russian Explorer who discovered the continent of Antarctica, born in Osel, Estonia (d. 1852)
  • 1785 Oliver Hazard Perry, American Naval hero (Battle of Lake Erie), born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island (d. 1819)
  • 1788 Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer
  • 1799 Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern, German liberal politician
  • 1802 Cadwalader Ringgold, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1867)
  • 1811 Gilman Marston, American Brigadier General (Union Army) and politician (R-NH), born in Orford, New Hampshire (d. 1890)
  • 1820 Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer
  • 1824 Absalom Baird, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1905)
  • 1827 Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (Dorfschwalben aus Austria), born in Mariahilf, Austria (d. 1870)
  • 1832 Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe, inventor, (d. 1913)

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1833 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (Republican: 1889-93), born in North Bend, Ohio (d. 1901)

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1842 Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter
  • 1845 St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint (d. 1916)
  • 1847 Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (d. 1912)
  • 1847 Andrew Greenwood, England cricketer (d. 1889)
  • 1856 Innokenti F Annenski, Russian poet/interpreter (Laodania) [NS Sept 1]
  • 1856 Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer (d. 1909)
  • 1860 Raymond Poincaré, French president/PM (1912)
  • 1865 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (d. 1911)
  • 1868 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (d. 1954)
  • 1873 Eliel Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (GM Tech Institute, Mich), born in Rantasalmi, Finland (d. 1950)
  • 1873 William Henry Bell, composer
  • 1881 Edgar Albert Guest, poet/newspaperman, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1885 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti orfici)
  • 1886 Paul Tillich, German/US theologist (Die sozial Entscheidung)
  • 1888 George Sklavos, composer
  • 1889 Witold Friemann, composer
  • 1890 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1937)
  • 1897 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author (Det Store Spelet)
  • 1898 G Kraus, director Santpoort (Insanity in Netherlands)
  • 1898 Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist (Whom the God's Love)
  • 1898 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Hanns Lilje, German Lutherian bishop/antifascist (Church und Welt)

  • 1900 Edward J "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player, 1st witnessed 147 break

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1901 Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet, critic and translator (Nobel 1959), born in Modica, Italy (d. 1968)

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Author/Poet
Salvatore Quasimodo
  • 1902 Ernest Charles Melvin Patrick Ekundio Marke, club owner
  • 1904 Jaap [Jacob AW] Burger, chairman (PvdA)
  • 1905 Duncan Macrae, actor (Casino Royale, Kidnapped), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1905 Jack [Weldon J] Teagarden, US trombonist/actor (Meet Band Leaders)
  • 1905 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Alan Reed, American actor (Mr Adams & Eve)/voice (Fred Flintstone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Anatole Fistoulari, conductor
  • 1907 Stanley Devon, photographer
  • 1908 Alfonso Lopez, baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959)
  • 1908 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • 1908 John Reginald Bevins, politician
  • 1908 Kingsley Davis, sociologist/demographer, coined (population explosion)
  • 1909 Albert Roberts, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37)
  • 1909 Andre Morell, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles), born in London, England
  • 1910 Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (IBM Building, MIT Chapel), born in Kirkkonummi, Finland (d. 1961)
  • 1911 Ronald Udell, England, production designer (Pinewood Studios)
  • 1912 Philip Kapleau, founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven)
  • 1913 Conrad Hermann Hubertius Maria Apollinaris Josten, jazz guitarist
  • 1914 Kitei Sohn, Korean marathon runner/coach (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1916 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (d. 1984)

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1918 Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)

  • 1921 Jack Wilson, cricket slow left-armer (Test for Australia 1956)
  • 1922 Tetsuzo Akutsu, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, born in Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Jim Reeves, US country singer/actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1926 Nobby Wirkowski, American and Canadian football player and coach
  • 1927 Geriatric1927, English video blogger
  • 1927 Yootha Joyce, English actress (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Norma Connolly, actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930 Mario Bernardi, Canadian conductor
  • 1931 Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, photographer (industrialist builder 19th/20th)
  • 1931 Don King, boxing promoter best known for his association with Mike Tyson and for his unusual hairstyles
  • 1932 Anthony Ainley, British actor (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Vasily Aksyonov, Russian novelist
  • 1933 Don Fuqua, (Rep-D-FL, 1963-86)
  • 1933 George John Mitchell, (Sen-D-ME, 1980-94/Senate Whip 1989- )
  • 1933 Larry Robideaux, horse trainer
  • 1934 Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen
  • 1934 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, South Blend, IN, country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Charles Shere, composer
  • 1935 J J Malone, US soul singer (It's a shame)
  • 1935 Justin Tubb, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1935 Ron Paul, US Congressman, 1988 and 2008 presidential candidate
  • 1936 Carla Fracci, ballerina, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1936 Hideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1937 Corrie Moret-de Jong, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • 1937 George Thoma, German FR, cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1937 Jim "Bullseye" Bowen, British TV game show host and comedian
  • 1937 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Jean-Loup Jaques Marie Chretien, French cosmonaut (T-6, TM-7, STS 86)
  • 1938 Alain Vivien, French politician
  • 1939 Fernando Poe Jr., Filipino actor and politician (d. 2004)
  • 1940 John Lantree, rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • 1940 Rex Sellers, Aust cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests)
  • 1940 Sam Melville, Utah, actor (Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks)
  • 1940 Rubén Hinojosa, American politician
  • 1941 William H Gray III, Baton Rouge La, (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Dave Brock, British musician and founder of Hawkwind
  • 1941 Rich Brooks, American football coach
  • 1941 Robin Oakley, British journalist
  • 1941 Jo Ramirez, Mexican motor racing team manager and author

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1941 Slobodan Milosevic, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), born in Pozarevac

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 1942 Hans-Joachim Klein, German FR, 100m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1942 Isaac Hayes, composer (Shaft), born in Covington, Tennessee
  • 1942 Fred Norman, American baseball player
  • 1943 Sylvester McCoy, Scottish actor (Seventh Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Dunoon
  • 1944 Graig Nettles, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, SD Padres, Cleve Indians)
  • 1944 John Povey, English musician, born in London
  • 1944 Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India (1984-89), born in Bombay, India (d.1991)
  • 1946 Connie Chung [Constance Yu-Hwa Chung Povich], American news anchor (NBC, CBS), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • 1946 N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman
  • 1947 James Pankow, rocker (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois

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1948 Robert Plant, English rock vocalist (Led Zeppelin), born in West Bromwich, England

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
  • 1948 John Noble, Australian actor
  • 1949 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1986)
  • 1949 Nikolas Asimos, Greek composer and singer (d. 1988)
  • 1949 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer
  • 1949 Alan Hardwick, English TV presenter
  • 1951 Greg[ory Dale] Bear, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity)
  • 1951 Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1952 John Emburey, England cricket off-spinner (1978-95, captain 1988)
  • 1952 John Hiatt, US singer/songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me)
  • 1952 Rudy Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
  • 1953 Peter Horton, Bellevue Wash, actor (Gary-30 Something)
  • 1954 Al Roker, weatherman (NBC, Today), born in Queens, New York
  • 1954 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1954 William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (d. 2007)
  • 1954 Don Stark, American actor
  • 1955 Jay Acovone, Mahopac NY, actor (Det Rado-Hollywood Beat)
  • 1955 Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1955 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • 1956 Alvin Greenidge, cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff)
  • 1956 Joan Allen, American actress (Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker, In Country), born in Rochelle, Illinois
  • 1956 Rick Olsen, rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1957 Cindy Nicholas, Canadian swimmer (swam English Channel 19 times)
  • 1957 Mike Dodd, Manhattan Beach CA beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1957 Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
  • 1958 Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • 1958 David O. Russell, American filmmaker (Silver Linings Playbook), born in New York
  • 1959 Missie McGeorge, Pueblo CO, LPGA golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One)
  • 1959 Richard DeStasio, horse trainer
  • 1960 Elizabeth Alda, daughter of Alan Alda, actress (Beth-Four Seasons)
  • 1960 Mark Langston, pitcher (California Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960 Troy Young, horse trainer
  • 1960 Sally Yates, American lawyer and Acting Attorney General (Jan 2017), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961 Linda Mantz, American actress (Frankie-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • 1961 Greg Egan, Australian author
  • 1961 Joe Pasquale, English comedian
  • 1962 Duffy James Joseph Waldorf Jr, PGA golfer (1995 LaCantera Tx), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Loretta Alderete, LPGA golfer (1992 Oldsmobile-14th), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Robert Meyer, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Morningstar), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1962 James Marsters, American actor
  • 1962 Dong-Wook Song, South Korean tennis player
  • 1963 Bruce Hick, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1964 Giuseppe Giannini, soccer player (Rome A Team), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1965 KRS-One, American rapper
  • 1966 Courtney Gibbs, Miss USA (1988)/actress (Baywatch)
  • 1966 Greg Jackson, NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1966 Steven Finn, Laval, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
  • 1966 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist (Pantera)
  • 1966 Colin Cunningham, American actor (Centigrade, Falling Skies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Andy Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1967 Michael "Sean" Hall, Williamsburg Va, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1967 Terri Poch, American yogini and former professional wrestler
  • 1968 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1968 Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer
  • 1968 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1969 Bart Spark, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Francisco Torres, jockey
  • 1969 Duke Droese, American professional wrestler
  • 1970 Els Callens, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen)
  • 1970 Jay McNeil, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1970 Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit)
  • 1971 Bernard Whittington, defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Brett Bech, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Ke Huy Quan, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Sam-Together We Stand)
  • 1971 Kevin Hickman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971 Oronde Gadsden, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Brad Avery, American musician (former guitarist for Third Day)
  • 1971 Steve Stone, English footballer
  • 1971 David Walliams, British comedian
  • 1972 Derrick Alston, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1973 Todd Helton, American baseball player
  • 1974 Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia (1997)
  • 1974 Maxim Vengerov, Russian violinist