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Day History: April-20

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Famous Birthdays


1492- Pietro Aretino -Italian author, playwright, and poet (d. 1556)

1494- Johannes Agricola -German theologian and reformer (d. 1566)

1586- Rose of Lima -Peruvian saint (d. 1617)

1633- Emperor Go-Kōmyō -of Japan (d. 1654)

1646- Charles Plumier -French botanist (d. 1704)

1650- William Bedloe -English fraudster (d. 1680)

1718- David Brainerd -American missionary (d. 1747)

1723- Cornelius Harnett -American merchant, farmer, and politician (d. 1781)

1727- Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau -Belgian-Austrian diplomat (d. 1794)

1745- Philippe Pinel -French physician (d. 1826)

1748- Georg Michael Telemann -German composer and theologian (d. 1831)

1808- Napoleon III -French politician, 1st President of France (d. 1873)

1816- Bogoslav Šulek -Croatian philologist, historian, and lexicographer (d. 1895)

1818- Heinrich Göbel -German-American mechanic and inventor (d. 1893)

1826- Dinah Craik -English author (d. 1887)

1836- Eli Whitney Blake, Jr. -American scientist and academic (d. 1895)

1840- Odilon Redon -French painter (d. 1916)

1850- Daniel Chester French -American sculptor, designed the Abraham Lincoln (French 1920)|Lincoln statue (d. 1931)

1851- Siegmund Lubin -Polish-American businessman, founded the Lubin Manufacturing Company (d. 1923)

1851- Young Tom Morris -Scottish golfer (d. 1875)

1860- Justinien de Clary -French target shooter (d. 1933)

1871- Sydney Chapman (economist)|Sydney Chapman -English economist and civil servant (d. 1951)

1875- Vladimir Vidrić -Croatian poet (d. 1909)

1879- Paul Poiret -French fashion designer (d. 1944)

1882- Holland Smith -American general (d. 1967)

1884- Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha -(d. 1966)

1884- Oliver Kirk -American boxer (d. 1960)

1884- Daniel Varoujan -Armenian poet (d. 1915)

1889- Albert Jean Amateau -Turkish rabbi, lawyer, and activist (d. 1996)

1889- Harold Bache -English cricketer (d. 1916)

1889- A. J. Balaban -American businessman (d. 1962)

1889- Robert Butler (Australian politician)|Robert Butler -Australian politician (d. 1950)

1889- Walter Costello -American gangster (d. 1917)

1889- Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland -(d. 1918)

1889- Marie-Antoinette de Geuser -French mystic (d. 1918)

1889- S. W. Harrington -American football player, coach, and physician (d. 1975)

1889- Adolf Hitler -Austrian-German soldier and politician, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1945)

1889- Tonny Kessler -Dutch footballer (d. 1960)

1890- Maurice Duplessis -Canadian lawyer and politician, 16th Premier of Quebec (d. 1959)

1893- Harold Lloyd -American actor and producer (d. 1971)

1893- Joan Miró -Spanish painter (d. 1983)

1893- Edna Parker -American super-centenarian (d. 2008)

1895- Emile Christian -American trombonist and composer (d. 1973)

1895- Henry de Montherlant -French author and playwright (d. 1972)

1896- Wop May -Canadian captain and pilot (d. 1952)

1899- Alan Arnett McLeod -Canadian lieutenant, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1918)

1904- Bruce Cabot -American actor (d. 1972)

1904- George Stibitz -American computer scientist (d. 1995)

1907- Augoustinos Kantiotes -Greek bishop (d. 2010)

1908- Lionel Hampton -American vibraphonist, pianist, bandleader, and actor (d. 2002)

1913- Mimis Fotopoulos -Greek actor and poet (d. 1986)

1913- Willi Hennig -German biologist (d. 1976)

1914- Betty Lou Gerson -American actress (d. 1999)

1915- Joseph Wolpe -South African-American psychotherapist (d. 1997)

1916- Nasiba Zeynalova -Azerbaijani actress (d. 2004)

1918- Edward L. Beach, Jr. -American captain and author (d. 2002)

1918- Kai Siegbahn -Swedish physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2007)

1919- Richard Hillary -Australian lieutenant and pilot (d. 1943)

1920- Clement Isong -Nigerian banker and politician (d. 2000)

1920- Ronald Speirs -American colonel (d. 2007)

1920- John Paul Stevens -American lieutenant and judge

1921- Janine Sutto -French-Canadian actress

1923- Mother Angelica -American nun and broadcaster, founded Eternal Word Television Network

1923- Irene Lieblich -Polish-American painter (d. 2008)

1923- Tito Puente -American drummer and producer (d. 2000)

1924- Nina Foch -Dutch-American actress (d. 2008)

1924- Leslie Phillips -English actor and producer

1924- Guy Rocher -Canadian sociologist and academic

1925- Ernie Stautner -German-American football player and coach (d. 2006)

1927- Bud Cullen -Canadian judge and politician (d. 2005)

1927- Phil Hill -American race car driver (d. 2008)

1927- K. Alex Müller -Swiss physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1928- Robert Byrne (chess player)|Robert Byrne -American chess player and author (d. 2013)

1928- Johnny Gavin (footballer)|Johnny Gavin -Irish footballer (d. 2007)

1928- Arvo Kruusement -Estonian actor and director

1929- Harry Agganis -American baseball and football player (d. 1955)

1930- Dwight Gustafson -American composer and conductor (d. 2014)

1930- Antony Jay -English director and screenwriter

1931- Michael Allenby, 3rd Viscount Allenby -English politician (d. 2014)

1931- John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles -English businessman and politician

1933- Aimée Beekman -Estonian writer

1936- Pauli Ellefsen -Faroese politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (d. 2012)

1936- Pat Roberts -American politician

1936- Christopher Robinson (musician)|Christopher Robinson -English organist and conductor

1937- George Takei -American actor

1937- Antonios Kounadis -Greek discus thrower

1937- Jiří Dienstbier -Czech journalist and politician (d. 2011)

1938- Peter Snow -Irish historian and journalist

1938- Eszter Tamási -Hungarian actress (d. 1991)

1939- Peter S. Beagle -American author and screenwriter

1939- Ray Brooks (actor)|Ray Brooks -English actor

1939- Gro Harlem Brundtland -Norwegian physician and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Norway

1939- José Alves da Costa -Brazilian bishop (d. 2012)

1939- Johnny Tillotson -American singer-songwriter

1940- James Gammon -American actor (d. 2010)

1941- David L. Boren -American lawyer and politician, 21st Governor of Oklahoma

1941- Ryan O'Neal -American actor

1942- Giles Henderson -English lawyer and academic

1942- Arto Paasilinna -Finnish journalist and author

1943- Alan Beith -English politician

1943- John Eliot Gardiner -English conductor

1943- Jamie Gillis -American porn actor and director (d. 2010)

1943- Edie Sedgwick -American model and actress (d. 1971)

1944- Toivo Aare -Estonian journalist (d. 1999)

1945- Michael Brandon -American actor

1945- Alistair Cooke, Baron Lexden -English historian and author

1945- Judith O'Dea -American actress

1945- Thein Sein -Burmese politician, 8th President of Burma

1945- Steve Spurrier -American football player and coach

1946- Diane Elson -English sociologist and academic

1946- Tommy Hutton -American baseball player and sportscaster

1946- Julien Poulin -Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1946- Gordon Smiley -American race car driver (d. 1982)

1947- Rita Dionne-Marsolais -Canadian economist and politician

1947- David Leland -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1947- Ken Scott -English record producer

1947- Björn Skifs -Swedish singer, songwriter, actor, and screenwriter (Blue Swede and Slam Creepers)

1947- Viktor Suvorov -Soviet-born writer and historian, former Soviet military intelligence officer

1947- Andrew Tobias -American journalist and author

1948- Craig Frost -American pianist and songwriter (Grand Funk)

1948- Merlin Hay, 24th Earl of Erroll -Scottish colonel and politician

1948- Gregory Itzin -American actor

1948- Hugh Roberts -English historian and curator

1948- Rémy Trudel -Canadian educator and politician

1948- Peter Williams (educationalist)|Peter Williams -English educator

1949- Veronica Cartwright -English-American actress

1949- Toller Cranston -Canadian figure skater and painter

1949- Massimo D'Alema -Italian journalist and politician, 76th Prime Minister of Italy

1949- Paul Heiney -English journalist

1949- Jessica Lange -American actress

1950- Steve Erickson -American author

1950- Alexander Lebed -Russian general and politician (d. 2002)

1950- Robert Mair -English engineer and academic

1950- N. Chandrababu Naidu -Indian politician, 13th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

1950- Milt Wilcox -American baseball player

1951- Louise Jameson -English actress

1951- Luther Vandross -American singer, songwriter and producer (Change (band)|Change) (d. 2005)

1952- Andrew Jaspan -Australian journalist

1952- Louka Katseli -Greek economist and politician

1952- Božidar Maljković -Serbian basketball player and coach

1952- Eric Pickles -English politician

1952- J. Thiviyanathan -Sri Lankan politician

1953- Robert Crais -American author

1953- Sebastian Faulks -English journalist and author

1954- Gilles Lupien -Canadian ice hockey player

1955- Donald Pettit -American astronaut and engineer

1956- Beatrice Ask -Swedish politician

1957- Geraint Wyn Davies -Welsh-Canadian actor

1957- Graeme Fowler -English cricketer, coach, and sportscaster

1957- Bryan Illerbrun -Canadian football player (d. 2013)

1958- Viacheslav Fetisov -Russian ice hockey player and coach

1959- Clint Howard -American actor

1960- Rodney Holman -American football player and coach

1961- Konstantin Lavronenko -Russian actor

1961- Nicholas Lyndhurst -English actor

1961- Don Mattingly -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1961- Corrado Micalef -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1961- Barry Smolin -American radio host and composer

1962- Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf -American comedian (d. 2001)

1963- Aubrey de Grey -English gerontologist and author

1963- Maurício Gugelmin -Brazilian race car driver

1963- Rachel Whiteread -English sculptor

1964- Crispin Glover -American actor, singer, director, and screenwriter

1964- Andy Serkis -English actor and director

1964- Rosalynn Sumners -American figure skater

1964- John Carney (American football)|John Carney -American football player

1965- Adrián Fernández -Mexican race car driver

1965- Kostis Chatzidakis -Greek politician

1965- April March -American singer-songwriter and animator

1966- David Chalmers -Australian philosopher

1966- David Filo -American businessman, co-founded Yahoo!

1966- Vincent Riendeau -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1967- Lara Jill Miller -American actress and lawyer

1967- Mike Portnoy -American drummer (Dream Theater, Transatlantic (band)|Transatlantic, Liquid Tension Experiment, and Flying Colors (band)|Flying Colors)

1967- Raymond van Barneveld -Dutch darts player

1968- Evelin Ilves -Estonian businesswoman, 4th First Lady of Estonia

1968- Julia Morris -Australian actress and producer

1968- J.D. Roth -American television host and actor

1968- Yelena Välbe -Russian skier

1969- Felix Baumgartner -Austrian skydiver and BASE jumping|BASE jumper

1970- Francis Campbell -Irish diplomat

1970- Avishai Cohen (bassist)|Avishai Cohen -Israeli singer, songwriter and bassist

1970- Sarah Gavron -English director and producer

1970- Shemar Moore -American actor

1970- Adriano Moraes -Brazilian bull rider

1970- Sarantuya -Mongolian soprano

1971- Carla Geurts -Dutch swimmer

1971- Allan Houston -American basketball player and manager

1971- Nikos Kyzeridis -Greek footballer

1972- Le Huynh Duc -Vietnamese footballer, coach, and manager

1972- Carmen Electra -American model, actress, and singer

1972- Željko Joksimović -Serbian singer-songwriter, and producer

1972- Marko Kon -Serbian singer-songwriter

1972- Stephen Marley (musician)|Stephen Marley -American singer, guitarist, and producer (Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers)

1973- Todd Hollandsworth -American baseball player and sportscaster

1973- Geoff Lloyd -English radio host

1973- Lamond Murray -American basketball player

1974- Tina Cousins -English singer-songwriter and model

1974- Urmas Paet -Estonian politician, 26th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1975- Benjamin Butler (artist)|Benjamin Butler -American painter

1975- Killer Mike -American rapper and actor (Run the Jewels)

1976- Aldo Bobadilla -Paraguayan footballer

1976- Shay Given -Irish footballer

1976- Joey Lawrence -American actor

1976- Chris Mason (ice hockey)|Chris Mason -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Lenka Němečková -Czech tennis player

1977- Jon Hugger -American wrestler

1977- Meelis Rooba -Estonian footballer

1978- Clayne Crawford -American actor

1978- Mirei Kuroda -Japanese model

1979- Ludovic Magnin -Swiss footballer

1979- Nate Marquardt -American mixed martial artist

1979- Gregor Tait -Scottish swimmer

1979- Quinn Weng -Taiwanese singer (Seraphim (band)|Seraphim)

1980- Gunta Baško -Latvian basketball player

1980- Chris Duffy (baseball)|Chris Duffy -American baseball player

1980- Arin Paul -Indian director and screenwriter

1980- Jasmin Wagner -German singer, actress, and model

1981- Saša Tabaković -Slovenian actor

1982- Jacqueline Govaert -Dutch singer-songwriter and pianist (Krezip)

1982- Sayaka Kamiya -Japanese actress and model

1982- Dario Knežević -Croatian footballer

1982- Alar Varrak -Estonian basketball player and coach

1983- Danny Granger -American basketball player

1983- Miranda Kerr -Australian model

1983- Joanne King -Irish-English actress

1983- Patrice M'Bock -Cameroonian footballer

1983- Erik Segerstedt -Swedish singer (E.M.D.)

1983- Fabio Staibano -Italian rugby player

1983- Yuri van Gelder -Dutch gymnast

1984- Nelson Évora -Ivorian-Portuguese triple jumper

1984- Anthony Fasano -American football player

1984- Tyson Griffin -American mixed martial artist

1984- Edixon Perea -Colombian footballer

1984- Jenna Shoemaker -American triathlete

1984- Harris Wittels -American actor

1985- Amanda Fahy -English actress

1985- Curt Hawkins -American wrestler

1985- Ehsan Jami -Dutch-Iranian activist and politician

1985- Billy Magnussen -American actor

1985- Jadyn Maria -Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter

1985- Brent Seabrook -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Cameron Duncan -New Zealand director and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1987- John Patrick Amedori -American actor

1987- Thorsten Kirschbaum -German footballer

1987- Michael Klauß (footballer born 1987)|Michael Klauß -German footballer

1987- Anna Rossinelli -Swiss singer-songwriter

1988- Brandon Belt -American baseball player

1989- Alex Black -American actor

1989- Heejun Han -South Korean-American singer

1989- Sergei Zenjov -Estonian footballer

1991- Thomas Curtis (actor)|Thomas Curtis -American actor

1991- Marissa King -English gymnast

1991- Ondřej Kraják -Czech footballer

1991- Allie Will -American tennis player

1991- Luke Kuechly -American football linebacker

1992- Kristian Álvarez -Mexican footballer

1992- Marko Meerits -Estonian footballer

1992- Ashton Moio -American actor and martial artist

1994- Anastasia Vdovenco -Moldovan tennis player

1999- Carly Rose Sonenclar -American actress and singer

2002- Twist Magic -French race horse (d. 2010)

2007- Zarkandar -Irish race horse