Famous Birthdays on August 20

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 233

  • 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, 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, director Santpoort (Insanity in Netherlands)
  • 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 Charles Melvin Patrick Ekundio Marke, club owner
  • 1904 Jaap [Jacobus Albertus Wilhelmus] Burger, Dutch politician and chairman (PvdA), born in Willemstad, Netherlands (d. 1986)
  • 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, photographer
  • 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 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), born in Pete's Corner, Alabama (d. 2004)
  • 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 Sam Melville, US actor (Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks), born in Fillmore, Utah (d. 1989)
  • 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 Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, born in Heswall, England (d. 2018)
  • 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 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

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 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, San Diego Padres, Cleveland 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

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
  • 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, American singer-songwriter (Have a Little Faith in Me), born in Indianpolis, Indiana
  • 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 1996)
  • 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 (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 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 1996)
  • 1964 Giuseppe Giannini, soccer player (Rome A Team), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1965 KRS-One [Lawrence Parker], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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 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, 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 (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 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
  • 1974 Amy Adams, American actress and singer (Arrival, Man of Steel, American Hustle), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy