On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1920 (Part 2)

Birthdays 201 - 316 of 316

  • Aug 1 Henrietta Lacks [Loretta Pleasant], African-American tobacco farmer whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, extensively used in medical research since the 1950s (1st immortalised cell line), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1951)
  • Aug 2 Louis Pauwels, French writer and editor, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1997)
  • Aug 3 P. D. James [Phyllis Dorothy], Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Cover Her Face), born in Oxford, England (d. 2014)
  • Aug 3 Elmar Tampõld, Estonian-Canadian architect, born in Kärdla, Estonia (d. 2013)
  • Aug 4 Helen Thomas, American reporter and UPI journalist (starts press conferences), born in Winchester, Kentucky (d. 2013)
  • Aug 5 Sonny Montgomery, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi, 1967-97), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • Aug 5 Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), born in London, Ontario
  • Aug 8 Don Cook, foreign Correspondent
  • Aug 9 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer, born in Lizzano in Belvedere, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Aug 11 Derry Jeffares, Honorary Prof of English Studies (Stirling U)
  • Aug 11 William Masselos, pianist/prof (Juilliard 1976), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Aug 11 Mike Douglas, American talk show host (The Mike Douglas Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • Aug 12 Percy Mayfield, American singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love)
  • Aug 17 Georgia Gibbs, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 19 Lucila Engels-Boskaljon, Curacao painter
  • Aug 21 Christopher R. Milne, son of Alan A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh), born in Chelsea, London (d. 1996)

  • Aug 22 Anthony Tuke, chairman of Barclays Bank (1973–81) (d. 2001)
  • Aug 22 Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon (1st artificial heart transplant), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Aug 22 Pierre A. Lauffer, Antillian poet (Patria), born in Curacao, Venezuela (d. 1981)
  • Aug 22 Ray Bradbury, American sci-fi author (Fahrenheit 451), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Aug 22 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1989)
  • Aug 25 Jef Diederen, Dutch painter, born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • Aug 26 Brant Parker, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • Aug 27 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), born in Killead, Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Aug 28 Frits Bernard, American clinical psychologist and pedophile activist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • Aug 29 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 101st Airborne, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Aug 30 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), born in Durham, England (d. 2004)
  • Sep 1 Hubert Lampo, Flemish writer/essayist (Coming of Joachim Stiller)
  • Sep 4 Craig Claiborne, American food columnist (NY Times Cookbook), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • Sep 4 Teddy Johnson, British singer (Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson), born in Surbiton, Surrey (d. 2018)
  • Sep 5 Margaretha D. Ferguson-Wigerink, Dutch author (Anna & her Father), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Sep 7 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1994)
  • Sep 9 Robert Wood Johnson III, American philanthropist (d. 1970)
  • Sep 9 Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (d. 1993)
  • Sep 10 Fabio Taglioni, Italian motorcycle engineer (d. 2001)
  • Sep 12 Jan W. Schulte Nordholt, Dutch poet and historian (Blossoming Stone), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1995)

  • Sep 14 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, born in Mendoza, Argentina (d. 1998)
  • Sep 14 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist and poet, born in Paso de los Toros, Uruguay (d. 2009)
  • Sep 14 Lawrence Klein, American economist who created computer models to forecast economic trends (1980 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2013)
  • Sep 16 Hannie Schaft, Dutch communist resistance fighter known as the "Girl with red hair", born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • Sep 16 Sheila Quinn, British nurse and adviser (British Red Cross), born in Blackpool, England (d. 2016)
  • Sep 17 Marjorie Holt, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Sep 20 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & his Friends, Bullwinkle), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1989)
  • Sep 22 Anders Lassen, Danish military officer (d. 1945)
  • Sep 23 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon
  • Sep 25 Sergei Bondarchuk, Soviet director (Destiny of a Man, War and Peace), born in Belozerka, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • Sep 27 J K Gill, president (Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • Sep 29 Peter D. Mitchell, English chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Sep 30 Donald Keech, entrepreneur
  • Oct 2 William Cramond, Scottish psychiatrist and vice-chancellor (Stirling University), born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • Oct 5 Robert Feenstra, Dutch law historian
  • Oct 6 Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (d. 2005)
  • Oct 6 Lord Donaldson of Lymington, British judge (d. 2005)
  • Oct 7 Georg Leber, German politician (SPD), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 8 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1986)
  • Oct 9 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet and writer (Dikt, Jonas), born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1976)

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Oct 15 Mario Puzo, American novelist (The Godfather, Cotton Club, Earthquake), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)

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  • Oct 17 Miguel Delibes, Spanish writer
  • Oct 19 Pandurang Shastri Athavale, Indian philosopher (d. 2003)
  • Oct 22 Timothy Leary, Harvard prof (LSD taker)
  • Oct 23 Ted Fujita, Japanese meteorologist (d. 1998)
  • Oct 24 Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • Oct 24 Julius Youngner, American scientist, helped develop Salk polio vaccine, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Oct 26 T. C. Jones, American female impersonator, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • Oct 27 K. R. Narayanan, 10th President of India (1997-2002), born in Uzhavoor, Kerala (d. 2005)
  • Oct 29 Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-American immunologist (Nobel 1980 - discovery of genes that regulate immune responses and of the role that some of these genes play in autoimmune diseases), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • Oct 29 Didymos I, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan (2005-10), born in Mavelikkara, India (d. 2014)
  • Oct 30 Christy Ring, Irish hurler (Cork 65 games, scoring tally [33-208], 8 x All-Ireland medals), born in Cloyne, Ireland (d. 1979)
  • Oct 31 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, born in Nyeri District, Central Province, Kenya (d. 1957)
  • Oct 31 Helmut Newton, German photographer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • Nov 2 Bill Mazer, American sports broadcaster (New York institution in sports reporting; sports trivia expert), born in Iziaslav, Ukraine (d. 2013)
  • Nov 3 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), born in Minjerribah, Queensland, Australia (d. 1993)
  • Nov 4 Georges Papy, Belgian mathematician (Numbers Game), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 2011)
  • Nov 5 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Nov 8 Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian Roman Catholic cardinal, born in Acari, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • Nov 9 Byron de la Beckwith, American white supremacist, born in Colusa, California (d. 2001)
  • Nov 9 Seymour Siwoff, American sports statistician (president and CEO Elias Sports Bureau 1952-2019), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • Nov 10 Rafael del Pino, Spanish entrepreneur, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2008)
  • Nov 11 Roy Jenkins, British MP (Labour)
  • Nov 14 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 15 Wayne Thiebaud, American painter
  • Nov 18 Bill Bedford, British test pilot (pioneered the development of V/STOL aircraft), born in Loughborough, England (d. 1996)
  • Nov 18 Mustafa Khalil, 40th Prime Minister of Egypt (1978-80), born in Al Qalyubiyah Governorate, Egypt (d. 2008)
  • Nov 23 Chalmers P Wylie, (Rep-R-OH, 1967- )
  • Nov 23 Paul Celan, [Antschell], German/Romanian poet (Collected Prose)
  • Nov 24 Anthony Griffin, sailor
  • Nov 24 Joseph Olutola Olu Odutola Oguntala, soho club owner
  • Nov 25 Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, King of Malaysia (d. 2000)
  • Nov 26 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and author (Stolen Lover), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • Nov 27 Elaine Greene, literary Agent
  • Nov 27 John Richard Ravensdale, historian

  • Nov 27 Max Tripels, Ditch politician, lawyer, and director
  • Nov 29 Yegor Ligachev, Soviet politician
  • Dec 4 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, born in Flushing, New York (d. 2013)
  • Dec 4 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, born in Chaves, Portugal (d. 2013)
  • Dec 4 Ray Robinson, American magazine editor and biographer (Lou Gehrig), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 6 George Porter, British chemist (Nobel 1967), born in Stainforth, South Yorkshire, England (d. 2002)
  • Dec 7 Tatamkhulu Afrika, South African poet and writer, born in As Sallum, Egypt (d. 2002)
  • Dec 8 Ronald Gulliford, English educationalist (Dean of the Faculty of Education, Birmingham University 1979-81), born in Manchester (d. 1997)
  • Dec 9 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian President (1999-2006) and Prime Minister (1993-94), born in Livorno (d. 2016)
  • Dec 10 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (Laços de Família), born in Chechelnyk, Ukrainian People's Republic (d. 1977)
  • Dec 10 Stanko Todorov, Bulgarian communist politician, Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1971-81), born in Klenovik (d. 1996)
  • Dec 12 Fred Kida, Japanese-American comics artist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • Dec 13 Kaysone Phomvihane, President of Laos (Pathet Lao) (1991-92), born in Na Seng village, Khanthabouli district (d. 1992)
  • Dec 13 George P. Shultz, American economist, businessman and 60th Secretary of State (1982-89), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 14 Albertus Louis Meintser, Dutch office clerk and resistance fighter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1944)
  • Dec 15 Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane), born in Thuringian Forest, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Dec 17 Kenneth E. Iverson, Canadian computer scientist (d. 2004)
  • Dec 21 Bob Bindig, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • Dec 24 Stormé DeLarverie, American gay rights leader (Stonewall protests), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014) date disputed
  • Dec 24 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine, born in Berdyansk, Ukraine (d. 1944)
  • Dec 25 Henry Charnock, oceanographer
  • Dec 28 Bruce McCarty, South Bend, Indiana, architect (1982 World Fair), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 29 Syd Dernley, British hangman (1949-54), born in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire (d. 1994)
  • Dec 30 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter, graphic artist and cartoonist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • Dec 30 Michael Allinson, London England (George Washington)