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Famous Birthdays on June 20

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 224

  • 236 BC Scipio Africanus, Roman statesman and general of the Second Punic War, born in Rome, Italia, Roman Republic (d. 183 BC)
  • 1005 Ali az-Zahir, 7th Caliph of the Fātimids (1021-36), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1036)
  • 1389 John Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Bedford, English prince, general (Hundred Years’ War) and statesman, born in Kenilworth, England (d. 1435)

Person of interestSigismund III Vasa

1566 Sigismund III Vasa, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1587-1632) and King of Sweden (1592-99), born in Gripsholm Castle, Sweden (d. 1632)

  • 1583 Jacob De la Gardie, Swedish soldier and statesman (1st Governor-General of Swedish Livonia), born in Reval (Tallinn), Swedish Estonia (d. 1652)
  • 1585 Lazaro Valvasensi, Italian organist and composer, born in Valvasone, Italy (d. 1661)
  • 1615 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, born in Arenella, Italy (d. 1673)
  • 1634 Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy (1638-75), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1675)
  • 1642 George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), born in Newsham, Thirsk, Yorkshire (d. 1715)
  • 1647 Johann Georg III, Elector of Saxony (1680-91), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1691)
  • 1674 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and playwright (Tamerlane), Poet Laureate (1715-18), born in Little Barford, Bedfordshire (d. 1718)
  • 1694 Hans Adolph Brorson, Danish Pietist bishop, born in Randerup, Denmark (d. 1764)
  • 1717 Jacques Saly, French sculptor, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1776)
  • 1723 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist and historian, born in Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland (d. 1816)
  • 1723 Theophilus Lindsey, English theologian and clergyman, born in Middlewich, Cheshire (d. 1808)
  • 1730 Nonnosus Madlseder, German composer, born in Merano (d. 1797)

  • 1733 Betty Washington, younger sister of George Washington, born in Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia (d. 1797)
  • 1737 Tokugawa Ieharu, tenth shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan (1760 to 1786), born in Edo, Japan (d. 1786)
  • 1743 Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), born in Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, England (d. 1825)
  • 1756 Joseph Martin Kraus, German composer, born in born in Miltenberg am Main, Bavaria (d. 1792)
  • 1770 Moses Waddel, American educator, minister and bestselling author (Memoirs of the Life of Miss Caroline Elizabeth Smelt), born in Rowan County, North Carolina (d. 1840)
  • 1771 Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, Scottish philanthropist, born in St Mary's Isle, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland (d. 1820)
  • 1786 Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French poet (Bouquets et prières), born in Douai, France (d. 1859)
  • 1808 Samson Raphael Hirsch, German Orthodox rabbi and intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism, born in Hamburg, French Empire (d. 1888)
  • 1819 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffmann), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1880)
  • 1823 Jesse Lee Reno, American Major General (Union Army), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1862)
  • 1824 George Edmund Street, English architect, born in Woodford, London (d. 1881)
  • 1824 John Tyler Morgan, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Athens, Tennessee (d. 1907)
  • 1833 Léon Bonnat, French painter, born in Bayonne, France (d. 1922)
  • 1858 Medardo Rosso, Italian sculptor (portraits), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1928)
  • 1858 Charles W. Chesnutt, American writer (The Conjure Woman), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1932)
  • 1860 Jack Worrall, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), born in Maryborough, Victoria, Australia (d. 1937)
  • 1861 Arthur Battelle Whiting, American composer and teacher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1936)
  • 1861 Frederick Gowland Hopkins, British biochemist (Nobel Prize 1929), born in Eastbourne, England (d. 1947)
  • 1864 Pier Pander, Dutch sculptor, born in Drachten, Friesland (d. 1919)
  • 1866 Ivans [Jacob van Schevichaven], Dutch lawyer and detective writer, born in Sneek, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • 1866 George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier and Egyptologist who funded the search for and excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, born in Highclere Castle, Hampshire, England (d. 1923)
  • 1868 Helen Miller Shepard, American philanthropist who established Hall of Fame, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1872 George Carpenter, 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)
  • 1875 Othenio Able, Austrian artist, fossil creator and founder of paleobiology, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1946)
  • 1883 Giannotto Bastianelli, Italian musician and composer, born in Fiesole, Italy (d. 1927)

  • 1883 Jules Verstraete [Julien Gustave de Graef], Flemish actor (rubber, The Three Wishes), born in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • 1883 Leah Baird, American actress (Lady Gangster), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1885 Andrzej Gawroński, Polish Indologist and scholar, born in Geneva (d. 1927)
  • 1887 Kurt Schwitters, German-British dada-artist and poet (collages), born in Hanover (d. 1948)
  • 1889 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-South African astronomer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1951)
  • 1891 John A. Costello, 3rd Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, born in Dublin (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Sergei Tretyakov, Russian constructivist writer, playwright and special correspondent for Pravda, born in Kuldīga, Latvia (d. 1937)
  • 1894 George Delacorte, American philanthropist and publisher (Dell Books), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1894 Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist and pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1896 Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Cyril "Froggy" Francois, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder v Eng 1922-23), born in Lewisham, England (d. 1944)
  • 1897 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), born in Peckelsheim, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Jean Moulin, French hero of the Résistance during World War II, born in Béziers, France (d. 1943)
  • 1901 Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), born in Hiroshima (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1904 Heinrich von Brentano, German politician (Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Offenbach, German Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1905 Lillian Hellman, American playwright (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Bob Howard, American singer and pianist (Sing it Again), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Billy Werber, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Berwyn Heights, Maryland (d. 2009)
  • 1909 Robert Marley, Jamaican cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres), born in Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Errol Flynn, Australian actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (d. 1959)
  • 1909 Joan Harrison, English screenwriter and producer who often worked with Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, They Won't Believe Me), born in Guildford, England (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Gail Patrick [Margaret Fitzpatrick], American actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1980)
  • 1911 John Brightman, Baron Brightman, British judge of appeals, born in Sandridge, Hertfordshire (d. 2006)
  • 1912 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (Jennings), born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Friedrich Zipp, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Terence Young, British film director (Dr No, Thunderball), born in Shanghai, China (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Johnny Morris, British broadcaster and actor (Once in a Lifetime), born in Newport, Wales (d. 1999)
  • 1916 William Balchin, English geographer, born in Aldershot, England (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, 21st Premier of Quebec (1968-70), born in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada (d. 1973)
  • 1917 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (Lalka, Znachor, Niedaleko Warszawy), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Ash Brownridge, American conservationist (National Wildlife Federation), creator of Ranger Rick, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1918 George Lynch, American auto racer, born in Miles City, Montana (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer, born in Magyarcsaholy, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Haydn Tudor Evans, British high court judge, born in Cardiff (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), born in Luttrell, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Rainer Barzel, German politician (CDU-CSU) and minister, born in Braunsberg, East Prussia, Free State of Prussia (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Center), born in Wurzburg (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), born in Kingston, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1925 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Arthur Bell, Director of Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew Gardens), born in Gosforth, Northumberland (d. 2006)
  • 1927 John M Dengler, jazz bass sax/trumpet/trombone
  • 1928 William Berger, Austrian American actor (Face to Face, Adventure of Hercules), born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1993)
  • 1928 David Mitchell, British MP, born in rural Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Jean-Marie le Pen, French leader (National Front party)
  • 1928 Martin Landau, American actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Ed Wood), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • 1929 Ronald Hines, British actor (Not in Front of the Children, Pack of Lies), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist (Haydn/Mozart/Schubert)
  • 1929 Edith Windsor [née Schlain], American LGBT rights activist (lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1930 John Waine, bishop (Chelmsford)
  • 1930 Paul Pender, American boxer
  • 1930 Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish artist
  • 1931 Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
  • 1931 James Tolkan, American actor (Weekend War, Leap of Faith), born in Calumet, Michigan
  • 1931 Olympia Dukakis, Greek-American actress (Man Equals Man, Moonstruck, Cemetery Club), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1931 Richard Southwood, zoologist/chancellor (Oxford University)
  • 1932 Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet poet, born in Kosikhinsky District, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1933 Brett Halsey, actress (Paul-Follow the Sun), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1933 Claire Tomalin, biographer/editor
  • 1933 Danny Aiello, American actor (Moonstruck, Radio Days), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Earl of Cranbrook, CEO (Nature Conservancy Council)
  • 1933 Jean Boiteux, French 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1934 Brian Barder, British high commissar (Australia)
  • 1934 Cornel Țăranu, Romanian composer (Garlands), born in Cluj. Romania
  • 1934 Wendy Craig, England, actress (Joseph Andrews)
  • 1934 Rossana Podestà, Italian actress (Helen of Troy), (d. 2013)

  • 1935 Anthony Pilkington, CEO (Pilkington Pic)
  • 1936 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters-Young Blood), born in Itasca, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • 1938 Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov, composer
  • 1939 Budge Rogers, British rugby player
  • 1939 R B Desai, cricketer (effective pace bowler for India in 60s)
  • 1940 John Mahoney, British-born American actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), born in Manchester, England (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • 1941 Stephen Frears, film director (Prick Up Your Ears, Dangerous Liaisons), born in Leicester, England
  • 1941 Ulf D Merbold, German physicist/astronaut (STS 9, 42, Soyuz TM-19)

Person of interestBrian Wilson

1942 Brian Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer (Beach Boys), born in Inglewood, California

Singer-Songwriter Brian Wilson
Singer-Songwriter
Brian Wilson
  • 1943 Andy Etchebarren, baseball catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Whittier, California
  • 1944 Dave Nelson, baseball player
  • 1944 Terry Funk, pro wrestler (WWF/NWA)/actor (Paradise Alley), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1944 David Roper, English actor
  • 1945 David S Monson, (Rep-R-UT, 1985- )
  • 1945 James F Buchli, New Rockford ND, USMC/astr (STS 51C, 61A, 29, 48)
  • 1945 John McCook, Ventura Cal, actor (Codename: Firefox, Bold & Beautiful)
  • 1945 [Morna] Anne Murray, Springhill Nova Scotia Canada, singer (Snow Bird)
  • 1946 Andre Watts, Nuremberg Germany, concert pianist (Oberon)
  • 1946 Birgitte Eva Henriksen, Duchess of Gloucester, born in Odense, Denmark
  • 1946 Bob Vila, television presenter
  • 1946 Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor
  • 1947 Candace "Candy" Clark, American actress (Man Who Fell to Earth, Q, American Graffiti), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • 1947 David French, British director (Deep Sleep, Bingo)
  • 1947 Dolores Brooks, American singer (the Crystals)
  • 1947 Josef Clemens, German bishop and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity
  • 1947 Ivo Milazzo, Italian comic book artist
  • 1948 Nigel Morris, rocker (Isotope)
  • 1948 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1948 Ludwig Scotty, President of Nauru
  • 1949 Bob Andrews, England, rock keyboardist/vocalist

Person of interestLionel Richie

1949 Lionel Richie, American singer (Commodores, Hello, Penny Lover), born in Tuskegee, Alabama

  • 1951 Peter Gordon, composer
  • 1951 Tress MacNeille, American voice actress
  • 1951 Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet

Person of interestJohn Goodman

1952 John Goodman, American actor (Dan Conner on Roseanne, Babe), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • 1952 Larry Riley, American actor (Harry-Stir Crazy, Knots Landing), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • 1952 Vikram Seth, Indian poet and novelist (A Suitable Boy), born in Calcutta. India
  • 1953 Brian J Duffy, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 45, 57, 72, sk:92), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1953 Raúl Ramírez, Mexican tennis player, born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • 1953 Willy Rampf, German F1 technical director (BMW Sauber)
  • 1954 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • 1954 Michael Anthony, rock bassist/singer (Van Halen-Pretty Woman)
  • 1954 Ilan Ramon, Israeli combat pilot and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • 1956 Peter Reid, English former footballer
  • 1957 Koko B. Ware, American professional wrestler, born in Union City, Tennessee
  • 1958 Chuck Wagner, actor (Automan), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958 Dickie Thon, baseball player
  • 1958 Ron Hornaday, American racecar driver
  • 1958 Kelly Johnson [Bernadette], Edmonton, London, guitarist (Girlschool), (d. 2007)
  • 1960 Donna Mayhew, Taylor Penn, javelin thrower
  • 1960 John Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran), born in Solihull, Warwickshire
  • 1960 Michael Corbett, Collingwood NJ, actor (David-Young & Restless)
  • 1961 Gary Varsho, baseball player
  • 1961 Karin Enke, German speed skater (3 Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in Dresden, Germany
  • 1963 Kirk Baptiste, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1963 Matt Anger, tennis star, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1963 Amir Derakh, American musician (Orgy)
  • 1963 Don West, American professional wrestling announcer
  • 1964 Najee Mustafaa, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1964 Paul Goydos, American golfer (4th 59 in PGA history 2010), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1964 Michael Landon Jr., American actor (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie), born in Encino, California
  • 1964 Pierfrancesco Chili, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1967 Joseph William Cathcart, rock guitarist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • 1967 Pat Jablonski, Toledo, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens)

Person of interestNicole Kidman

1967 Nicole Kidman, American actress (Dead Calm, The Hours), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress
Nicole Kidman
  • 1967 Anthony Smith, American NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • 1968 Fred McAfee, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Mike McCarthy, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Gerald Dixon, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 1969 Michael Gerber, American parody author, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1970 Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco, born in Rabat, Morocco
  • 1970 Andrea Nahles, German politician, Leader of Social Democratic Party (2018-), born in Mendig, West Germany
  • 1970 Michelle Reis, Hong Kong actress (Fallen Angels), born in Hong Kong
  • 1971 Rodney Rogers, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1971 William Gaines, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971 Jeordie White, American musician (Marilyn Manson)
  • 1972 Jozef Stumpel, Nitra CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Boston)
  • 1972 Juan Castro, Sinaloa Mexico, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1972 Martin Keino, Nyeri Kenya, 1.5k runner
  • 1972 Paras Mhambrey, Indian cricket pace bowler (Test v England 1996)
  • 1972 Paul Bako, American baseball player
  • 1973 Chino Moreno, American musician (Deftones)
  • 1975 Daniel Zítka, Czech footballer
  • 1976 Jerome Fontamillas, Filipino American musician (Switchfoot)
  • 1976 Carlos Lee, Panamanian baseball player
  • 1976 Rob Mackowiak, American baseball player
  • 1976 Juliano Belletti, Brazilian footballer