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Famous Birthdays on October 20

  • 1435 Andrea Della Robbia, Florence, sculptor, nephew of Luca
  • 1475 Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet (Le Api)
  • 1496 Claude de Lutherans, duke of Guise
  • 1616 Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (d. 1680)
  • 1620 Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter (d. 1691)

Person of interestChristopher Wren

1632 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire (d. 1723)

Architect Christopher Wren
Christopher Wren
  • 1637 Nicolaas van der Veken, Flemish sculptor (confessional chairs)
  • 1656 Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (d. 1746)
  • 1660 Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1723)
  • 1677 Stanislaus I Leszczyński, King of Poland (d. 1766)
  • 1679 Samuel von Cocceji, German lawyer
  • 1700 Charlotte Aglaé of Orléans, Duchess of Modena (d. 1761)
  • 1711 Timothy Ruggles, American-born Tory politician (d. 1795)
  • 1719 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer, statistician and economist
  • 1740 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Three Women), born at Castle Zuylen near Utrecht (d. 1805)
  • 1759 Chauncey Goodrich, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (d. 1815)

  • 1780 M Pauline Bonaparte, Corsican duchess of Parma/Guastalla

Person of interestHenry John Temple

1784 Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, British Prime Minister (1855-58 and 1859-65), born in Westminster, Middlesex (d. 1865)

British Prime Minister Henry John Temple
British Prime Minister
Henry John Temple
  • 1785 George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (d. 1873)
  • 1788 Philip Knapton, composer
  • 1792 Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer
  • 1792 Colin Campbell/Lord Clyde, British officer (Sepoy-uprising)
  • 1808 Karl [Theodor] Andree, German geographer/journalist (Globus)
  • 1812 Austin Flint, 19th century heart research pioneer
  • 1819 Daniel Edgar Sickles, American politician, diplomat and Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1914)
  • 1819 Karol Mikuli, composer
  • 1819 The Báb, Persian founder of the Bábí Faith (d. 1850)
  • 1820 Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1820 George Jerrison Stannard, American farmer, teacher, governmental official and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Georgia, Vermont (d. 1886)
  • 1822 Mansfield Lovell, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1884)
  • 1823 Thomas Hughes, English politician and author (Tom Brown's School Days), born in Uffington (d. 1896)
  • 1832 Constantin Lipsius, German architect (d. 1894)
  • 1843 Victor de Stuers, Dutch art connoisseur
  • 1854 Alphonse Allais, French author/humorist (Pass the Bile)

Person of interestArthur Rimbaud

1854 Arthur Rimbaud, French poet and adventurer (Illuminations), born in Charleville, France (d. 1891)

  • 1858 John Burns, English politician (d. 1943)

  • 1859 George Studd, English cricket batsman (4 Tests; Middlesex), born in Netheravon, Wiltshire, England (d. 1945)

Person of interestJohn Dewey

1859 John Dewey, American philosopher, educational theorist and writer (learn by doing), born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1952)

Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer John Dewey
Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer
John Dewey
  • 1864 James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico, born in Franklin County, Missouri (d. 1951)
  • 1867 Fini Henriques, Danish composer & violinist (Vølund Smed), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1940)
  • 1871 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1957)
  • 1874 Charles Ives, American composer (Holiday Quick Step), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1954)
  • 1877 Josephine McGill, composer
  • 1877 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)

Person of interestBela Lugosi

1882 Bela Lugosi [Blaskó], Austrian actor (Dracula, Plan 9 From Outer Space), born in Lugos, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1956)

  • 1884 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1889 Margaret Dumont, American actress and Marx Brothers' comic foil (Day at the Races), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton [LeMothe], American jazz pioneer pianist and composer (King Porter Stomp), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1941)

Person of interestJames Chadwick

1891 James Chadwick, English physicist (Nobel 1935 discovered neutron), born in Bollington, Cheshire (d. 1974)

Physicist James Chadwick
James Chadwick

Person of interestJomo Kenyatta

1891 Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan leader and 1st President of Kenya (1963-78), born in Gatundu, Kenya (d. 1978)

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • 1893 Charley Chase, American comedian, actor and director (d. 1940)
  • 1894 Olive Thomas, American actress (The Flapper), born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)
  • 1895 Rex Ingram, American actor (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, The Ten Commandments), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1896 Nat Holman, basketball coach (CCNY)
  • 1897 Jevsei G Liberman, Ukrainian economist (Plan, profit, bonuses)
  • 1897 Crown Prince Eun of Korea (d. 1970)
  • 1899 Evelyn Brent, American actress (Panama Lady, Last Command), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Marnix Gijsen [baron Jan-Albert Goris], Flemish writer (Grote God Pan)
  • 1900 Rodolfo Halffter, composer
  • 1900 Wayne Morse, (Sen-R/D-Ore)
  • 1901 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer
  • 1902 Addison Richards, American actor (Pentagon, Fighting Seabees), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • 1903 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), born in London, England (d. 1986)

Person of interestTommy Douglas

1904 Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician (Father of Medicare), born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 1986)

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas
Father of Medicare
Tommy Douglas
  • 1907 Arlene Francis, American actress and radio and television personality (What's My Line?), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Stuart Hamblen, American singer and composer (This Ole House), born in Kellyville, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Monique Hare, French pianist
  • 1909 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Will Rogers Jr, American politician (D-Representative 1943-44) writer, political commentator, and actor (Down to Earth), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Angelo Ephrikian, composer
  • 1913 Barney Phillips [Bernard Philip Ofner], American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Grandpa [Louis M] Jones, Niagra KY, country musician (Hee-Haw)
  • 1914 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Giora Schuster, composer
  • 1917 Efrain Jonckheer, premier Dutch Antilles
  • 1917 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (A Cop), born in Paris, France
  • 1917 Ken Cranston, cricketer (England all-rounder captained once in 1948)
  • 1918 Anton Diffring [Alfred Pollack], German character actor (Assignment Vienna), born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Robert Lochner, German journalist (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Tracy Hall, American inventor (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Hans Warren, Dutch writer/poet/critic (Secret Diary)
  • 1921 Pierre Laporte, Canadian journalist/statesman (Revolution Script)
  • 1922 John Anderson, American actor (Psycho, Ride the High Country, Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Clayton, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Herschel Bernardi, American actor (Arnie, Voice of Charlie the Tuna, Front), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1923 Joe Minogue, journalist
  • 1923 Robert Craft, American conductor, writer and friend of Stravinsky, born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist
  • 1924 Stanley Eric Francis Booth-Clibborn, bishop (Manchester)
  • 1925 Art Buchwald, columnist and author (Have I Ever Lied to You), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • 1925 Herman Roelstraete, composer

  • 1925 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1925 Roger Hanin, French actor
  • 1925 Theodore Hall, American Physicist and atomic spy for the Soviet Union, born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Ursula Happe, German 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Free City of Danzig
  • 1927 Oskar Pastior, Romanian-born German writer (Oulipo), born in Sibiu (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Joyce Brothers, American pop psychologist ($64,000 Question, Naked Gun), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Li Peng, Chinese leader, Premier of China (1987-98), born in Shanghai French Concession (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Ken Morrison, English supermarket maginate/multi-millionaire

Person of interestMickey Mantle

1931 Mickey Mantle, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, 20-time All Star), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1931 Zeke Bratkowski, American NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Jules Eskin, American cellist (Boston Symphony, 1964-2016), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1932 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer
  • 1934 Michael Dunn, Shattuck OK, actor (House of the Damned, Ship of Fools)
  • 1934 Michiko, empress of Japan
  • 1934 Timothy West, English actor (Brass), born in Bradford, England
  • 1935 Jerry Orbach, actor (Law & Order, Dirty Dancing), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937 Juan Marichal, Dominican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 × MLB All-Star; NL wins leader 1968; MLB ERA leader 1969; no-hitter 1963; SF Giants), born in Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic
  • 1937 Wanda Jackson, Maud Oklahoma, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
  • 1937 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (d. 2006)
  • 1939 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • 1940 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • 1940 Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1942 Earl Hindman, Bisbee AZ, actor (Wilson-Home Improvement)
  • 1943 Dunja Vejzovic, Croatian soprano
  • 1944 William Hugh Albright, composer

  • 1945 Vladimir Kozlov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Ric Lee, rock drummer (Ten Years After-Cannock, Staffs)
  • 1945 Thomas Pasatieri, composer
  • 1945 Hector the Bulldog, Warner Bros. cartoon character (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Peck Up Your Troubles"
  • 1946 Elfriede Jelinek, writer
  • 1946 Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist
  • 1948 Andrei Suraikin, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1948 Robert A Borski, (Rep-D-PA, 1983- )
  • 1949 Valery Borzov, USSR, 100m/200m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1949 Wayne Collett, American 400m runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1950 Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1950 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1950 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • 1951 Al Greenwood, keyboardist (Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time)
  • 1951 Patrick Hall, British politician
  • 1951 Leif Pagrotsky, Swedish politician
  • 1951 Claudio Ranieri, Italian football manager (Leicester City) and player, born in Rome
  • 1952 Dave Collins, baseball player
  • 1952 Dave McLelland, Canadian NHL goaltender (Vancouver Canucks), born in Penticton, British Columbia
  • 1952 Melanie Mayron, actress (30 Something, Car Wash, Missing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Mikhail Georgiyevich Potapov, Russian cosmonaut

Person of interestKeith Hernandez

1953 Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 1953 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Suru Nayak, cricketer (two Tests for India v England 1982)
  • 1954 Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • 1954 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist
  • 1955 Robert ten Brink, Dutch TV host/cabaret artist
  • 1955 Thomas Newman, American composer
  • 1955 David Profumo, English novelist
  • 1955 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)

  • 1956 Danny Boyle, English film director (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), born in Manchester, England
  • 1957 Chris Cowdrey, English cricket batsman and captain (6 Tests, 3 ODIs; son of Colin), born in Farnborough, London
  • 1957 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • 1958 Dave Krieg, NFL quarterback played 19 seasons, for seven teams (Seattle Seahawks, 1980-91; K.C. Chiefs. 1992-3), born in Iola, Wisconsin
  • 1958 Eric Scott, actor (Ben in The Waltons), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1958 Ivo Pogorelić, Croatian pianist (1978 Casagrande winner), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1958 Mark King, bass/vocalist (Level 42-Standing in the Light, Love Games)
  • 1958 Ricky Byrd, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts)
  • 1958 Valerie Faris, American film director
  • 1958 Lynn Flewelling, American fantasy author
  • 1958 Viggo Mortensen, American Actor (Lord of the Rings, The Road), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Mark Little, Australian actor and comedian (Neighbours), born in Brisbane
  • 1959 Janice McCaffrey, Canadian 10k walker (Olympics 25-92, 96), born in Etobicoke, Ontario
  • 1959 Razor Ramon [Scott Hall], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA/Florida/AWA/KC)
  • 1959 Shuping Wang, Chinese doctor who exposed China's HIV crisis, born in Fugou County, Henan, China (d, 2019)
  • 1960 Brian Hansen, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1984; NO Saints, Cleveland Browns, NY Jets), born in Hawarden, Iowa
  • 1960 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (d. 2004)
  • 1960 Lepa Brena, famous Yugoslav singer
  • 1961 Ian Rush, Welsh footballer
  • 1961 Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • 1961 Les Stroud, Canadian survival expert (Survivorman), born in Etobicoke, Ontario
  • 1962 Ray Childress, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1962 Steven R "Randy" Jackson, US percussionist/singer (Enjoy Yourself)
  • 1963 Julie Payette, astronaut, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer (Indian opening batsman)
  • 1963 Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer

Person of interestKamala Harris

1964 Kamala Harris, American lawyer and politician, 1st African-American, Asian-American attorney general of California, born in Oakland, California

US Senator and VP Nominee Kamala Harris
US Senator and VP Nominee
Kamala Harris
  • 1965 Chad Hennings, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1965 Mikhail Shtalenkov, NHL goalie (Team Russia, Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1965 Norman Blake, Scottish musician (Teenage Fanclub), born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire

  • 1965 William Zabka, American actor
  • 1966 Allan Donald, cricketer (great South African fast bowler)
  • 1966 Erin Deiters, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Fred Coury, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station), born in Johnston, New York
  • 1966 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda leader (d. 2006)
  • 1966 Stefan Raab, German entertainer
  • 1966 Patrick J. Volkerding, Founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution
  • 1967 Harvey Pulliam, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967 Susan Tulley, British actress (Michelle-EastEnders)
  • 1967 Luigi Lo Cascio, Italian actor
  • 1967 Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1967 Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1969 Chantel Tremitiere, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1969 Guillermo Perez-Roldan, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1969 Herman Moore, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Juan Gonzalez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969 Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1970 Greg Primus, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Sander Boschke, soccer player (FC Twente)