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Famous Birthdays on September 20

  • 1486 Arthur, Prince of Wales, English crown prince, son of King Henry VII of England, 1st husband of Catherine of Aragon, born in Winchester, England (d. 1502)
  • 1593 Gottfried Scheidt, German composer and organist, born in Halle, Germany (d. 1661)
  • 1599 Christian the Younger, German Protestant military leader, born in Gröningen, Germany (d. 1623)
  • 1653 Benedict Schultheiss, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1693)
  • 1663 Pirro Capacelli, Italian aristocrat and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1735)
  • 1665 Johannes van der Hagen, Dutch vicar and genealogist, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1739)
  • 1706 František Václav Habermann, Czech composer, born in Lázně Kynžvart, Czech Republic (d. 1783)
  • 1744 Giacomo Quarenghi, Italian-Russian master builder and architect (Hermitage Theater), born in Rota d'Imagna, Republic of Venice (d. 1817)
  • 1744 Thomas Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War hero (d. 1825)
  • 1746 Móric Beňovský, Slovak military officer, explorer and self-declared King of Madagascar, born in Verbó, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1786)
  • 1777 Ramón Cuéllar y Altarriba, Spanish composer, born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (d. 1833)
  • 1791 Sergey Aksakov, Russian writer (Semejnaja chronika), born in Ufa, Russian Empire (d. 1859) [NS 10/01]
  • 1795 Charles Zeuner, German-American composer and organist, born in Eisleben, Saxony (d. 1857)
  • 1809 Sterling "Old Pap" Price, American lawyer, U.S. Army Brigadier General and politician (11th Governor of Missouri), born in Prince Edward County, Virginia (d. 1867)
  • 1810 Alpheus Starkey Williams, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Deep River, Connecticut (d. 1878)
  • 1820 George Washington Morgan, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1893)

  • 1820 John Fulton Reynolds, American Major General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (d. 1863)
  • 1832 Johann Joseph Abert, German composer, born in Gastorf, Bohemia (d. 1915)

Person of interestErnesto Teodoro Moneta

1833 Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian journalist, soldier and pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1907), born in Milan, Lombardy (d. 1918)

Italian Pacifist Ernesto Teodoro Moneta
Italian Pacifist
Ernesto Teodoro Moneta
  • 1842 James Dewar, Scottish chemist and physicist (Dewarfles/cordiet), born in Kincardine-on-Forth, Scotland (d. 1923)
  • 1844 William H. Illingworth, English-American photographer, born in Leeds, England (d. 1893)
  • 1846 Agnes Tyrrell, Czech pianist and composer, born in Brno, Moravia (d. 1883)
  • 1847 Sergey Nechayev, Russian Nihilist (Catechism Revolutionary), born in Ivanovo, Russia (d. 1882)
  • 1852 Édouard Empain, Belgian railway builder (Paris Metro), born in Belœil, Belgium (d. 1929)
  • 1853 Rama V [Chulalongkorn], King of Thailand (1868-1910), born in Grand Palace, Bangkok, Siam (d. 1910)
  • 1861 Herbert Putnam, American Librarian of Congress, born in NYC, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1865 Lubor Niederle, Czech archaeologist and anthropologist, born in Klatovy, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • 1866 Gustave Doret, Swiss composer, born in Aigle, Switzerland (d. 1943)
  • 1869 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, born in Herue Hill, Kent, England (d. 1954)
  • 1869 Marcel Cachin, French politician and co-founder of the French Communist Party, born in Plourivo, Côtes d'Armor, France (d. 1958)
  • 1872 Maurice Gamelin, French Army general (unable to stop the German assault on France (May 1940)), born in Paris (d. 1958)
  • 1873 Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (US Open 1893-94, 1896-97), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1925)
  • 1873 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1949)
  • 1873 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), born in Szeghalom, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1877 Armand Marsick, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1959)

Person of interestUpton Sinclair

1878 Upton Beall Sinclair, American writer (Jungle), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1968)


  • 1879 Victor Sjöström, Swedish director (Wind, Under the Red Robe), born in Årjäng, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1960)
  • 1880 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1968)
  • 1880 Louise Peete, American convicted serial killer, born in Bienville, Louisiana (d. 1947)
  • 1881 Walter Kingsford, British actor (Carefree, My Favorite Blonde), born in Redhill, England (d. 1958)
  • 1883 Johannes Gerard van Dillen, Dutch economic historian (Of Wealth & Oligarchists), born in Amsterdam (d. 1969)
  • 1883 Maria Baers, Flemish social worker and founder of the Christian Workers' Women's Movement (KAV), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1959)
  • 1884 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, born in Vilnius (d. 1970)

Person of interestMaxwell Perkins

1884 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher, born in NYC, New York (d. 1947)

  • 1886 Charles Williams, British poet and writer, born in London (d. 1945)
  • 1889 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1890 Rachel Bluwstein, Hebrew poet, born in Saratov, Imperial Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1892 Patricia Collinge, Irish-born American actress (Tender Comrade), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1896 Fjodor Panfjorov, Russian author (Volga), born in Pavlovka, Russia (d. 1960) [NS=Oct 2]
  • 1897 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, born in Kherson, Ukraine (d. 1970)
  • 1897 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), born in Vevay, Indiana (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Elliott Nugent, American director (And So They Were Married), born in Dover, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • 1899 Leo Strauss, German-American political philosopher, born in Kirchhain, Hesse-Nassau, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, Brazilian military leader and 26th President of Brazil (1964-67), born in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Uuno Klami, Finnish composer, born in Virolahti, Finland (d. 1961)
  • 1900 Wilhelm Weismann, German composer, born in Alfdorf, Germany (d. 1980)
  • 1901 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, Alsatian composer, born in Dannemarie, France (d. 1944)
  • 1902 Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Ladri di Biciclette), born in Luzzara, Italy (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Stevie [Florence Margaret] Smith, English poet and novelist (Not Waving but Drowning), born in Kingston upon Hull, England
  • 1906 David Sheinfeld, American violinist and composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Alexander Mitscherlich, German psychotherapist, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to Family Affair, The Brady Bunch), born in Moundsville, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, born in Haarlem (d. 1971)
  • 1911 Shriram Sharma, Indian spiritual leader and founder of "All World Gayatri Pariwar", born in Agra, India (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Kenneth More, British actor (39 Steps, Doctor in the House), born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1982)

Person of interestRed Auerbach

1917 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1917 Fernando Rey [Arambillet], Spanish actor (The French Connection, Matter of Time), born in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Margaret "Peg" Phillips, American actress (Northern Exposure, ER, Suddenly Susan), born in Everett, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Frances Heflin, American actress (All My Children, The Skin of Our Teeth), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & his Friends, Bullwinkle), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Melvin "Slappy" White, American comedian and actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1995)
  • 1922 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician (Chairman of BTR Industries-1969), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Frank Comstock, American orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • 1922 William Kapell, American pianist and recording artist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1922 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), born in Northern Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Gogi Grant [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], American singer (The Wayward Wind), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1924 James Galanos, American fashion designer (Coty Hall of Fame 1959), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1924 John Vassall, British spy and civil servant (spied for Soviet Union), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Rama VIII [Ananda Mahidol], King of Siam (1935-46), born in Heidelberg, Republic of Baden, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1925 Bobby Nunn [Ulysses B. Nunn Sr.], American singer (The Robins, The Coasters), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1986)
  • 1927 Clarice Taylor, American actress (Nurse Bailey-Nurse), born in Buckingham County, Virginia (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Foul Play, Doctor's Wife), born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1980)
  • 1927 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (The Kingdom, Matador, Een stor familie), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Anne Meara, American comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place, The Other Woman), mother of Ben Stiller, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (Plae Kao), born in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Bob Banas, American choreographer (Malibu U, Jonathan Winters Show), born in NYC, New York

  • 1933 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England (d. 1999)

Person of interestSophia Loren

1934 Sophia Loren, Italian actress (La Ciociara, Desire Under the Elms, Black Orchid), born in Rome, Italy

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • 1935 Keith Roberts, English writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell), born in Kettering, Northamptonshire (d. 2000)
  • 1935 Lubos Fiser, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1999)
  • 1935 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), born in Highfields, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1936 Dany Carrel, French actress (Passionate Summer), born in Tourane, Annam, French Indochina
  • 1937 Birgitta Dahl, Swedish politician (Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden 1994-2002), born in Råda, Härryda Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
  • 1937 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish singer and actress, born in Hagfors, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1938 George J. Hochbrueckner, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in Queens, New York
  • 1938 Jane Manning, English soprano, born in Norwich
  • 1938 Pia Lindström, Swedish critic (WNBC-TV), journalist (From Russia With Love) and first child of Ingrid Bergman, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1938 Tom Tresh, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1962-63; AL Rookie of Year 1962; NY Yankees), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Robert L. Gerry III, American businessman and petroleum industry executive, born in New York
  • 1940 Joe DioGuardi, American accountant and politician (Rep-R-NY, 1985-89), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Dale Chihuly, American glass sculptor (Louis Tiffany Award 1967), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1941 John Wismont, American watercolor painter (over 50,000), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Sylvester [J. Pussycat Sr.,], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Notes to You"
  • 1942 Robbe De Hert, Flemish director and producer (Fugitive Cinema, Bomb), born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England
  • 1942 Gérald Tremblay, Québec politician (41st Mayor of Montreal), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1943 Roek Williams [Willemze], Dutch singer (Roek Williams & The Fighting Cats), born in Amsterdam

Person of interestSani Abacha

1943 Sani Abacha, de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), born in Kano, Nigeria (d. 1998)

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • 1943 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Jeremy Child, English actor (Privilege, Taffin), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • 1945 Laurie Spiegel, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Chuck Panozzo, American rocker (Styx), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Mia Martini, Italian singer, born in Bagnara Calabra, Reggio Calabria, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1947 Bruce Pasternack, American CEO (Special Olympics International 2002-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 George R. R. Martin, American fantasy and sci-fi author (A Song of Ice and Fire), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1949 Jan Hendriks, Dutch guitarist (Doe Maar), born in Mill, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

  • 1949 Anthony Denison, American actor (The Closer), born in New York
  • 1949 John W. Henry, American businessman and owner of sports teams (Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • 1950 James P[aul] Blaylock, American sci-fi author (Elfin Ship, Homunculus), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1950 Loredana Bertè, Italian singer and 2nd ex wife of Bjorn Borg, born in Milan, Italy

Person of interestGuy Lafleur

1951 Guy Lafleur, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal, NY Rangers), born in Thurso, Quebec

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • 1951 Joanna Cameron, American actress (I Love My Wife, Isis), born in Aspen, Colorado
  • 1951 Javier Marías, Spanish translator and novelist (Corazón tan blanco), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1953 Jeff Jones, Canadian rock bassist/vocalist (Red Rider), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Anne Mcintosh, British member of European parliament, born in Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland
  • 1954 Brinke Stevens [Charlene Brinkman], American actress (Slumber Party Massacre), born in San Diego, California
  • 1954 Silvio Leonard, Cuban 100m runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1954 Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1955 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament, born in Coventry, England
  • 1956 Debi Morgan, American actress (All My Children, Cry Uncle), born in Dunn, North Carolina
  • 1956 Gary Cole, American actor (Pineapple Express, Midnight Caller), born in Park Ridge, Illinois
  • 1957 Arn Anderson, American wrestler (ECW/SMW/WCW/NWA/WWF), born in Rome, Georgia
  • 1957 Vladimir Tkachenko, Ukrainian-Russian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Sochi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1957 Alannah Currie, rock xylophone and vocalist (Thompson Twins), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957 Rich DiSilvio, American new media developer & artist
  • 1959 Lesley Thompson, Canadian rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1960 Alice Regina Brown, American 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1960 James A. Pawelczyk, American astronaut (sk STS 90), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1960 Deborah Roberts, American journalist and TV reporter, born in Perry, Georgia
  • 1961 Erwin Koeman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Zaandam, Netherlands
  • 1961 Lisa Bloom, American lawyer and television personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong actress (1st Asian actress to win at Cannes for "Clean"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1965 Robert Rusler, American actor (Game of Love, Vamp, Thrashin'), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1966 Nuno Bettencourt, Portuguese-American rock guitarist (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Praia da Vitória, Terceira, Azores, Portugal
  • 1967 Gunnar Nelson, American rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1967 Kristen Johnston, American actress (Sally Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1967 Martin Harrison, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Livermore, California
  • 1967 Matthew Nelson, American rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1968 Eric Turner, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns), born in Ventura, California
  • 1968 Leah Pinsent, Canadian actress (April Fool's Day), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Tim Rogers, Australian singer and songwriter
  • 1969 Tommy Jeter, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 1969 Victoria Dillard, American actress (Spin City), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Megumi Kudo, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1969 Richard Witschge, Dutch footballer, born in Amsterdam
  • 1970 John Copeland, American NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals), born in Lanett, Alabama
  • 1971 Henryk Larsson, Swedish soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1971 Ryan Terry, American NFL running back and kick returner (Arizona Cardinals), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 1971 Masashi Hamauzu, Japanese composer, born in Munich, West Germany
  • 1972 Vance Joseph, American NFL cornerback and safety (NY Jets), born in Marrero, Louisiana
  • 1973 Ronald McKinnon, American NFL linebacker, born in Elba, Alabama
  • 1974 Michael Waddington, American defense lawyer, born in New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Asia Argento, Italian actress (Marie Antoinette), Weinstein accuser, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1975 Juan Pablo Montoya, Colombian-American race car driver, born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1976 Yui Horie, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1976 Yo Hitoto, Japanese pop singer
  • 1976 Enuka Okuma, Canadian actress
  • 1976 Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
  • 1976 Jon Bernthal, American actor (The Walking Dead, The Punisher), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1977 Namie Amuro, Japanese pop singer
  • 1978 Patrizio Buanne, Italian singer
  • 1978 Sarit Hadad, Israeli singer
  • 1978 T.J. Tucker, American baseball player
  • 1978 Dante Hall, American football player
  • 1979 Sean Davis, English footballer
  • 1980 Vladimir Karpets, Russian cyclist

  • 1980 Mariacarla Boscono, Italian fashion model
  • 1980 Jonathan Le Billon, British actor
  • 1981 Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model contestant
  • 1981 Feliciano López, Spanish tennis player
  • 1981 Jordan Tata, American baseball player
  • 1983 Yuna Ito, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1983 Ángel Sánchez, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1985 David Allen, American composer and writer
  • 1987 Jack Lawless, American drummer for the Jonas Brothers

Person of interestJohn Tavares

1990 John Tavares, Canadian ice hockey player (New York Islanders), born in Mississauga, Ontario

NHL Star John Tavares
NHL Star
John Tavares
  • 1990 Marilou, Quebec pop singer
  • 1991 Spencer Locke, American actress
  • 1993 Taylor Parks, American actress
  • 1995 Sammi Hanratty, American actress