Birthdays in History 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)
  • 1599 Christian the Younger, German Protestant military leader during the Thirty Years' War, born in Gröningen, Germany (d. 1626)
  • 1665 Johannes van der Hagen, Dutch vicar and genealogist, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1739)
  • 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)
  • 1791 Sergey Aksakov, Russian writer (Semejnaja chronika), born in Ufa, Russian Empire (d. 1859) [NS 10/01]
  • 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)

Ernesto Teodoro MonetaErnesto Teodoro Moneta (1833-1918)

Italian journalist, soldier and pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1907), born in Milan, Lombardy

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 (Luise) "Lulu" von Strauss und Torney, German poet (Erde der Väter - Our Forefathers' Soil), and novelist (Der jüngste Tag - Judgment Day), born in Bückeburg, Germany (d. 1956)

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair (1878-1968)

American author (The Jungle), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1879 Victor Sjöström, Swedish director (Wind, Under the Red Robe), born in Årjäng, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1960)
  • 1880 Louise Peete, American convicted serial killer, born in Bienville, Louisiana (d. 1947)
  • 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)

Maxwell PerkinsMaxwell Perkins (1884-1947)

American editor and publisher for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, born in NYC, New York

  • 1886 Charles Williams, British poet and writer, born in London (d. 1945)
  • 1890 Rachel Bluwstein, Hebrew poet, born in Saratov, Imperial Russia (d. 1931)
  • 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]
  • 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)
  • 1902 Stevie [Florence Margaret] Smith, English poet and novelist (Not Waving but Drowning), born in Kingston upon Hull, England
  • 1908 Alexander Mitscherlich, German psychotherapist, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Shriram Sharma, Indian spiritual leader and founder of "All World Gayatri Pariwar", born in Agra, India (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & his Friends, Bullwinkle), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1989)
  • 1922 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician (Chairman of BTR Industries-1969), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), born in Northern Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 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)
  • 1928 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Bob Banas, American choreographer (Malibu U, Jonathan Winters Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Keith Roberts, English writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell), born in Kettering, Northamptonshire (d. 2000)
  • 1937 Birgitta Dahl, Swedish politician (Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden 1994-2002), born in Råda, Härryda Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
  • 1938 George J. Hochbrueckner, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in Queens, New York
  • 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
  • 1942 Gérald Tremblay, Québec politician (41st Mayor of Montreal), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Sani AbachaSani Abacha (1943-1998)

de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), born in Kano, Nigeria

  • 1948 George R. R. Martin, American fantasy and sci-fi author (A Song of Ice and Fire), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1950 James P[aul] Blaylock, American sci-fi author (Elfin Ship, Homunculus), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1951 Javier Marías, Spanish translator and novelist (Corazón Tan Blanco - A Heart So White), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2022) [1]
  • 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

Lloyd BlankfeinLloyd Blankfein (68 years old)

1954 American CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs, born in NYC, New York

  • 1955 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament, born in Coventry, England
  • 1957 Rich DiSilvio, American new media developer & artist
  • 1960 Deborah Roberts, American journalist and TV reporter, born in Perry, Georgia
  • 1960 James A. Pawelczyk, American astronaut (sk STS 90), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1974 Michael Waddington, American defense lawyer, born in New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
  • 1981 Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model contestant