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Famous Birthdays on August 20

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 218

  • 1377 Shahrukh Mirza, Ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (1405-47), born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (d. 1447)
  • 1517 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Spanish cardinal and viceroy of Naples (1571-75), born in Besançon, France (d. 1586)
  • 1526 Peter Opmeer, church historian and humanist (Historia Martyrum) (d. 1595)
  • 1561 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", born in Rome (d. 1633)
  • 1625 Thomas Corneille, French playwright (Timocrates), born in Rouen, France (d. 1709)
  • 1632 Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher, born in Bourges, France (d. 1704)
  • 1637 Cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor of Suriname (1638-88), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1688)
  • 1665 Bernardus Smijtegelt, Dutch vicar (Gekrookte Reed), born in Goes, Netherlands (d. 1739)
  • 1666 Alphonse d'Ève, Flemish Baroque composer, born in Brussels (d. 1727)
  • 1702 Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-fieldmarshal (d. 1758)
  • 1710 Thomas Simpson, English mathematician (rule of Simpson), born in Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire (d. 1761)
  • 1719 Charles-François de Broglie, French soldier and diplomat, marquis de Ruffec, born in Paris (d. 1791)
  • 1719 Christian Mayer, Czech Catholic priest and astronomer, born in Modřice, Moravia (d. 1783)
  • 1720 Bernard de Bury, French musician and composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1785)
  • 1756 Bernardo Bittoni, Italian composer, born in Fabriano, Italy (d. 1829)
  • 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, born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1848)

Person of interestFabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

1779 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, 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 José Bernardo Alcedo, Peruvian composer, born in Lima, Peru (d. 1878)
  • 1799 Heinrich von Gagern, German liberal politician, born in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1880)
  • 1802 Cadwalader Ringgold, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Washington County, Maryland (d. 1867)
  • 1811 Gilman Marston, American Brigadier General (Union Army) and politician (R-NH), born in Orford, New Hampshire (d. 1890)
  • 1820 Adolphe Fétis, Belgian-French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1873)
  • 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 S. C. Lowe, American aeronaut and inventor, born in Jefferson Mills, Coos County, New Hampshire (d. 1913)

Person of interestBenjamin Harrison

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, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1935)
  • 1845 Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint, born in Igołomia, Małopolskie, Congress Poland (d. 1916)
  • 1847 Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (The Outpost), born in Hrubieszów, Congress Poland (d. 1912)
  • 1847 Andrew Greenwood, English cricketer (batted in England's 1st 2 Tests 1877), born in Cowmes, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1889)
  • 1855 Innokenti F Annenski, Russian poet and interpreter (Laodania), born in Omsk, Russian Empire (d. 1909) [NS Sept 1]
  • 1856 Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer, born in Panschwitz-Kuckau, Germany (d. 1909)
  • 1860 Raymond Poincaré, French president and Prime Minister (1912), born in Bar-le-Duc, France (d. 1934)

  • 1865 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1911)
  • 1868 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1890), born in Rosedale, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1873 Eliel Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (GM Tech Institute, Mich), born in Rantasalmi, Finland (d. 1950)
  • 1873 William Henry Bell, English composer, born in St Albans, England (d. 1946)
  • 1881 Edgar Albert Guest, English-American poet and newspaperman, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti orfici), born in Marradi, Italy (d. 1932)
  • 1886 Paul Tillich, German-American theologist (Die sozial Entscheidung), born in Starzeddel, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1888 George Sklavos, Greek composer, born in Brailov, Romania (d. 1976)
  • 1889 Witold Friemann, Polish composer, born in Konin, Poland (d. 1977)
  • 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 poet and author (Det Store Spelet), born in Vinje, Telemark, Norway (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Gerard Kraus, Dutch psychiatrist and director Santpoort (Insanity in Netherlands) (d. 1956)
  • 1898 Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist (Whom the God's Love), born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1968)
  • 1898 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author (The Emigrants) and historian, born in Moshultamåla, Sweden (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Hanns Lilje, German Lutheran bishop and antifascist (Church und Welt), born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1900 Murt [Edward James] O'Donoghue, New Zealand snooker player (1st witnessed 147 break), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1994)

Person of interestSalvatore Quasimodo

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 Marke, Sierra Leonean seaman and club owner (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Duncan Macrae, Scottish actor (Casino Royale, The Little Kidnappers), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1967)
  • 1905 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1905 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Henry Austin, British tennis player (3-time Grand Slam runner-up), born in London, England (d.2000)
  • 1907 Alan Reed, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and voice artist (Fred Flintstone, Lady and the Tramp), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Stanley Devon, British photographer (British press photographer of the year 1948, 50) (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Al López, Spanish-American baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1908 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • 1908 John Reginald Bevins, British Conservative politician, born in Liverpool, Lancashire (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), born in Tuxedo, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1978)
  • 1909 André Morell [Cecil André Mesritz], British actor (Ben-Hur, The Message, Hound of the Baskervilles), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • 1910 Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (IBM Building, MIT Chapel), born in Kirkkonummi, Finland (d. 1961)
  • 1911 Ronald Udell, English production designer (Pinewood Studios), born in South Mimms, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1912 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher and founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1916 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player, born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1984)

Person of interestJacqueline Susann

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

  • 1921 Jack Wilson, Australian cricket slow left-armer (Test for Australia 1956), born in Albert Park, Victoria (d. 1985)
  • 1922 Tetsuzo Akutsu, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, born in Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1926 Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • 1927 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Yootha Joyce, British actress (Man About the House, George and Mildred), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1980)
  • 1930 Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor, born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, German artist and photographer (industrialist builder 19th/20th), born in Siegen, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Don King, American boxing promoter best known for his association with Mike Tyson and for his unusual hairstyles, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1932 Anthony Ainley, British actor (Doctor Who), born in Stanmore, Middlesex (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), born in Kazan, Soviet Union (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Atholl Mckinnon, South African cricket spin bowler (8 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • 1933 Don Fuqua, American Democratic politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1933 George J. Mitchell, American lawyer and politician (Senate Majority Leader 1989-95), born in Waterville, Maine
  • 1934 Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen (1st Miss Universe, 1952), born in Muhos, Finland
  • 1934 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Charles Shere, American composer, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1935 J. J. Malone, American soul singer (It's a shame), born in Pete's Corner, Alabama (d. 2004)

  • 1935 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Ron Paul, American author and politician (3 times presidential candidate, 1988, 2008, 12), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Carla Fracci, Italian ballerina, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1936 Sam Melville, American actor (Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks), born in Fillmore, Utah (d. 1989)
  • 1936 Hideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist (Nobel Prize 2000 - discovery and development of conductive polymers), born in Tokyo
  • 1937 George Thoma, German cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Newstadt, Germany
  • 1937 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, born in Heswall, England (d. 2018)
  • 1937 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Jean-Loup Chrétien, French cosmonaut (T-6, TM-7, STS 86), born in La Rochelle, France
  • 1938 Alain Vivien, French Socialist Party politician (MILS, French Mission Interministérielle pour la Lutte contre les Sectes Chairman 1998-2002), born in Melun, France
  • 1939 Fernando Poe Jr., Filipino actor and politician (2004 presidential candidate), born in Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines (d. 2004)
  • 1940 John Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • 1940 Rex Sellers, Australian cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests), born in Bulsar, Gujarat, India
  • 1940 Rubén Hinojosa, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Edcouch, Texas
  • 1941 William H. Gray III, American politician (Rep-D-PA, 1978-1991), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Dave Brock, British singer, musician and founder of Hawkwind, born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England
  • 1941 Rich Brooks, American football player and coach (University of Oregon 1977-94; St. Louis Rams 1995-96), born in Forest, California
  • 1941 Robin Oakley, British journalist and political editor (BBC 1998-2000, CNN 2000-08)
  • 1941 Jo Ramírez, Mexican motor racing team manager and author, born in Mexico City, Mexico

Person of interestSlobodan Milosevic

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 100m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1942 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), born in Covington, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1942 Fred Norman, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1943 Sylvester McCoy, Scottish actor (Seventh Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Dunoon
  • 1944 Graig Nettles, American MLB 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California
  • 1944 John Povey, English musician, born in London

Person of interestRajiv Gandhi

1944 Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India (1984-89), born in Bombay, British India (d.1991)

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi
  • 1946 Connie Chung [Constance Yu-Hwa Chung Povich], American news anchor (NBC, CBS), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Krefeld, Germany
  • 1946 N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian industrialist and co-founder (Infosys), born in Shidlaghatta, Kolar district, India

  • 1947 James Pankow, American rocker (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestRobert Plant

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 (Dr. Walter Bishop-Fringe) and theatre director, born in Port Pirie, Australia
  • 1949 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1986)
  • 1949 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1988)
  • 1949 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer, born in Que, Que, Southern Rhodesia
  • 1949 Alan Hardwick, English TV presenter, born in Staveley, Derbyshire, England
  • 1951 Greg Bear, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity), born in San Diego, California
  • 1951 Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1952 John Emburey, English cricket off-spinner (1978-95, captain 1988), born in Peckham, London
  • 1952 John Hiatt, American singer and songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1952 Rudy Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1953 Peter Horton, American actor (Gary-30 Something), born in Bellevue, Washington
  • 1954 Al Roker, American weatherman (NBC, Today), born in Queens, New York
  • 1954 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Quinn Buckner, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Phoenix, Illinois
  • 1954 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey and music video producer (d. 2007)
  • 1954 Don Stark, American actor (That '70s Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Jay Acovone, American actor (Det Rado-Hollywood Beat), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • 1956 Alvin Greenidge, West Indian cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff), born in Bath Village, Christ Church, Barbados
  • 1956 Joan Allen, American actress (Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker, In Country), born in Rochelle, Illinois
  • 1956 Rick Olsen, American rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1957 Cindy Nicholas, Canadian swimmer (swam English Channel 19 times), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 Mike Dodd, American beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1957 Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
  • 1958 Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1958 David O. Russell, American filmmaker (Silver Linings Playbook), born in New York
  • 1960 Elizabeth Alda, American actress (Beth-Four Seasons) and daughter of Alan Alda, born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Mark Langston, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in San Diego, California

  • 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 science fiction and hard science author, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1961 Joe Pasquale, English comedian (King of the Jungle - I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! 2004 4th series), born in Grays, Essex, England
  • 1962 Duffy Waldorf Jr, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 James Marsters, American actor (Spike-Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Greenville, California
  • 1962 Dong-Wook Song, South Korean tennis player, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1964 Giuseppe Giannini, Italian soccer player (Rome A Team), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1965 KRS-One [Lawrence Parker], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Courtney Gibbs, American actress (Baywatch) and Miss USA 1988, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1966 Greg Jackson, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers), born in Hialeah, Florida
  • 1966 Steven Finn, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • 1966 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera), born in Arlington, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1966 Colin Cunningham, American actor (Centigrade, Falling Skies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Andy Benes, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1967 Tori [Terri Poch], American bodybuilder and former professional wrestler, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1968 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • 1968 Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer and manager, born in Ödeshög, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • 1968 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1969 Bart Spark, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Francisco Torres, Mexican actor (Los diez pasos), born in Mexico
  • 1969 Duke Droese, American professional wrestler, born in Lodi, California
  • 1970 Els Callens, Belgian tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1970 Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1971 Brett Bech, American football wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Slidell, Louisiana
  • 1971 Jonathan Ke Quan, Vietnamese-American actor (Sam-Together We Stand), born in Saigon, South Vietnam
  • 1971 Kevin Hickman, American NFL tight end (Detroit Lions), born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • 1971 Oronde Gadsden, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1971 Brad Avery, American musician (former guitarist for Third Day)

  • 1971 Steve Stone, English footballer, born in Gateshead, England
  • 1971 David Walliams, English actor, comedian (Come Fly With Me) and children's author, born in London, England
  • 1973 Todd Helton, American baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1974 Maxim Vengerov, Russian-Israeli violinist, born in Novosibirsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1974 Amy Adams, American actress and singer (Arrival, Man of Steel, American Hustle), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
  • 1974 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1974 Szabolcs Sáfár, Hungarian football goalkeeper, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1974 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1974 Misha Collins, American actor (Supernatural), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Marianne Garvey, American reporter
  • 1975 Marcus Mastin, American author, born in Carthage, New York
  • 1976 Chris Drury, American ice hockey player (NY Rangers), born in Trumbull, Connecticut
  • 1977 Ívar Ingimarsson, Icelandic footballer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1977 Felipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player and coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1977 Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1977 Mayra Verónica, Cuban-American model and actress, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1977 James Ormond, English cricketer, born in Coventry, England
  • 1978 Sanna Lankosaari, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kemi, Finland
  • 1979 Cory Sullivan, American baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma