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Day History: August-20

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Famous Birthdays


1517- Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle -French cardinal (d. 1586)

1561- Jacopo Peri -Italian composer (d. 1633)

1613- Duchess Elisabeth Sophie of Mecklenburg -(d. 1676)

1625- Thomas Corneille -French playwright (d. 1709)

1632- Louis Bourdaloue -French preacher (d. 1704)

1710- Thomas Simpson -English mathematician and academic (d. 1761)

1719- Christian Mayer (astronomer)|Christian Mayer -Czech astronomer and educator (d. 1783)

1720- Bernard de Bury -French composer (d. 1785)

1778- Bernardo O'Higgins -Chilean politician, 2nd Supreme Director of Chile (d. 1842)

1779- Jöns Jacob Berzelius -Swedish chemist and academic (d. 1848)

1799- James Prinsep -English orientalist and scholar (d. 1840)

1833- Benjamin Harrison -American general, lawyer, and politician, 23rd President of the United States (d. 1901)

1845- Albert Chmielowski -Polish saint, founded the Albertine Brothers (d. 1916)

1847- Andrew Greenwood -English cricketer (d. 1889)

1847- Bolesław Prus -Polish journalist and author (d. 1912)

1849- Charles Hubbard (archer)|Charles Hubbard -American archer (d. 1923)

1856- Jakub Bart-Ćišinski -German poet and playwright (d. 1909)

1860- Raymond Poincaré -French politician, 10th President of France (d. 1934)

1862- Jesse Carleton -American golfer (d. 1921)

1865- Bernard Tancred -South African cricketer (d. 1911)

1868- Ellen Roosevelt -American tennis player (d. 1954)

1873- Eliel Saarinen -Finnish architect, co-designed the National Museum of Finland (d. 1950)

1879- William Twaits (soccer)|William Twaits -Canadian soccer player (d. 1941)

1881- Edgar Guest -English-American poet (d. 1959)

1881- Aleksander Hellat -Estonian politician, 6th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia (d. 1943)

1885- Dino Campana -Italian poet (d. 1932)

1886- Paul Tillich -German-American philosopher and theologian (d. 1965)

1887- Phan Khôi -Vietnamese journalist and scholar (d. 1959)

1888- Tôn Đức Thắng -Vietnamese politician, 2nd List of Presidents of Vietnam|President of Vietnam (d. 1980)

1890- H. P. Lovecraft -American author and poet (d. 1937)

1896- Gostha Paul -Indian footballer (d. 1976)

1897- Tarjei Vesaas -Norwegian author and poet (d. 1970)

1898- Vilhelm Moberg -Swedish author and historian (d. 1973)

1901- Salvatore Quasimodo -Italian author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)

1905- Jean Gebser -German linguist, poet, and philosopher (d. 1973)

1905- Jack Teagarden -American singer-songwriter and trombonist (d. 1964)

1906- Charles Arnt -American actor (d. 1990)

1906- Vidrik Rootare -Estonian chess player (d. 1981)

1907- Alan Reed -American actor (d. 1977)

1908- Al Lopez -American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)

1909- Alby Roberts -New Zealand cricketer (d. 1978)

1910- Eero Saarinen -Finnish-American architect, designed the Gateway Arch (d. 1961)

1912- John H. Michaelis -American general (d. 1985)

1913- Roger Wolcott Sperry -American neuropsychologist and neurobiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)

1916- Paul Felix Schmidt -Estonian–German chess player (d. 1984)

1918- Jacqueline Susann -American author (d. 1974)

1919- Walter Bernstein -American screenwriter and producer

1920- Arnold Green (politician)|Arnold Green -Estonian politician (d. 2011)

1921- Jack Wilson (cricketer)|Jack Wilson -Australian cricketer (d. 1985)

1923- Jim Reeves -American singer-songwriter (d. 1964)

1924- George Zuverink -American baseball player

1926- Nobby Wirkowski -American-Canadian football player and coach (d. 2014)

1927- John Boardman (art historian)|John Boardman -English archaeologist and historian

1927- Yootha Joyce -English actress (d. 1980)

1927- Fred Kavli -Norwegian-American businessman and philanthropist, founded The Kavli Foundation (d. 2013)

1927- Peter Oakley -English blogger (d. 2014)

1929- Kevin Heffernan (Gaelic footballer)|Kevin Heffernan -Irish footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1930- Mario Bernardi -Canadian pianist and conductor (d. 2013)

1930- Peter Randall (GM)|Peter Randall -English sergeant (d. 2007)

1931- Mikhail Kaaleste -Estonian canoe racer

1931- Don King (boxing promoter)|Don King -American boxing promoter

1932- Anthony Ainley -English actor (d. 2004)

1932- Vasily Aksyonov -Russian author (d. 2009)

1932- Atholl McKinnon -South African cricketer (d. 1983)

1933- George J. Mitchell -American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician

1934- Armi Kuusela -Finnish model, Miss Universe 1952

1934- Tom Mangold -German-English journalist and author

1935- Ron Paul -American physician, captain, and politician

1936- Hideki Shirakawa -Japanese chemist, engineer, and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1937- Jim Bowen -English television host

1937- Stelvio Cipriani -Italian composer

1937- El Fary -Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)

1937- Andrei Konchalovsky -Russian director, producer, and screenwriter

1937- Sky Saxon -American singer, songwriter and bassist (The Seeds) (d. 2009)

1938- Peter Day (chemist)|Peter Day -English chemist and academic

1938- Nigel Dodds -Irish lawyer and politician

1938- Alain Vivien -French politician

1939- Fernando Poe, Jr. -Filipino actor and politician (d. 2004)

1940- Rubén Hinojosa -American politician

1940- Gus Macdonald -Scottish academic and politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office

1940- Rex Sellers (cricketer)|Rex Sellers -Indian-Australian cricketer

1941- Dave Brock -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hawkwind)

1941- Rich Brooks -American football player and coach

1941- Anne Evans -English soprano

1941- William H. Gray (Pennsylvania politician)|William H. Gray -American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1941- Slobodan Milošević -Serbian politician, 1st President of Serbia (d. 2006)

1941- Robin Oakley -English journalist and author

1941- Jo Ramírez -Mexican race car driver and manager

1942- Isaac Hayes -American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (d. 2008)

1942- Petr Kment -Czech wrestler (d. 2013)

1942- Fred Norman -American baseball player

1943- Roger Gale -English journalist and politician

1943- Sylvester McCoy -Scottish actor

1944- Rajiv Gandhi -Indian politician, 6th Prime Minister of India (d. 1991)

1944- Graig Nettles -American baseball player and manager

1945- Roy Gardner (businessman)|Roy Gardner -English businessman

1946- Henryk Broder -Polish-German journalist and author

1946- Connie Chung -American journalist

1946- Laurent Fabius -French politician, 158th Prime Minister of France

1946- Ralf Hütter -German singer and keyboard player (Kraftwerk and Organisation (band)|Organisation)

1946- N. R. Narayana Murthy -Indian businessman, co-founded Infosys

1947- Alan Lee (illustrator)|Alan Lee -English illustrator

1947- James Pankow -American trombonist and songwriter (Chicago (band)|Chicago)

1947- José Wilker -Brazilian actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1947- Ray Wise -American actor

1948- John Noble -Australian actor

1948- Robert Plant -English singer-songwriter (Led Zeppelin, Band of Joy, The Honeydrippers, and Page and Plant)

1949- Nikolas Asimos -Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1988)

1949- Katiana Balanika -Greek actress and singer

1949- Norman Featherstone -South African cricketer

1949- Alan Hardwick -English journalist, actor, and producer

1949- Patrick Kilpatrick -American actor and producer

1949- Phil Lynott -English-Irish singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Thin Lizzy, Skid Row (Irish band)|Skid Row, and Grand Slam (band)|Grand Slam) (d. 1986)

1951- Greg Bear -American author

1951- Marcel Dadi -Tunisian-French guitarist (d. 1996)

1951- Marika Lõoke -Estonian architect

1951- Mohamed Morsi -Egyptian politician, 5th President of Egypt

1951- DeForest Soaries -American minister and politician

1952- John Emburey -English cricketer and coach

1952- Doug Fieger -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Knack and Sky (US band)|Sky) (d. 2010)

1952- John Hiatt -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952- Ric Menello -American director and screenwriter.

1953- Gerry Bertier -American football player (d. 1981)

1953- Peter Horton -American actor and director

1953- Mart Ummelas -Estonian journalist

1954- Quinn Buckner -American basketball player and coach

1954- Tawn Mastrey -American radio host and producer (d. 2007)

1954- Al Roker -American journalist, actor, and author

1955- Agnes Chan -Hong Kong singer and author

1955- Danny Murphy (actor)|Danny Murphy -American actor (d. 2014)

1955- Janet Royall, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon -English politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

1956- Joan Allen -American actress

1956- Alvin Greenidge -Barbadian cricketer

1956- Desmond Swayne -English soldier and politician, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household

1957- Finlay Calder -Scottish rugby player

1957- Jim Calder (rugby union)|Jim Calder -Scottish rugby player

1957- Simon Donaldson -English mathematician and academic

1957- Sorin Antohi -Romanian journalist and historian

1958- Patricia Rozema -Canadian director and screenwriter

1958- David O. Russell -American director and screenwriter

1958- Michael Silka -American spree killer (d. 1984)

1958- John Stehr -American journalist

1958- Ukee Washington -American journalist

1961- Amanda Sonia Berry -English businesswoman

1961- Greg Egan -Australian author

1961- Joe Pasquale -English comedian and game show host

1962- Sophie Aldred -English actress

1962- Tammy Bruce -American radio host and author

1962- Song Dong-Wook -South Korean tennis player

1962- James Marsters -American actor

1963- Uwe Bialon -German footballer and manager

1963- Kal Daniels -American baseball player

1963- José Cecena -Mexican baseball player

1964- Dino Dvornik -Croatian singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (d. 2008)

1964- Azarias Ruberwa -Congolese politician, Vice-Presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

1965- KRS-One -American rapper, producer, and actor (Boogie Down Productions)

1966- Miguel Albaladejo -Spanish director and screenwriter

1966- Colin Cunningham -American actor

1966- Dimebag Darrell -American guitarist and songwriter (Pantera and Damageplan) (d. 2004)

1966- Enrico Letta -Italian politician, 55th Prime Minister of Italy

1966- David Rees Snell -American actor

1967- Tori (wrestler)|Tori -American bodybuilder and wrestler

1967- Andy Benes -American baseball player

1968- Brett Angell -English footballer and coach

1968- Klas Ingesson -Swedish footballer and manager

1968- Yuri Shiratori -Japanese voice actress and singer

1969- Billy Gardell -American comedian and actor

1969- Mark Holzemer -American baseball player

1970- Els Callens -Belgian tennis player

1970- Adrian Bower -English actor

1970- John D. Carmack -American game programmer, co-founded Id Software

1970- Fred Durst -American singer-songwriter, actor, and director (Limp Bizkit)

1971- Nenad Bjelica -Croatian footballer and manager

1971- Matt Calland -English rugby player and coach

1971- Jonathan Ke Quan -Vietnamese-American actor

1971- Steve Stone (footballer)|Steve Stone -English footballer and coach

1971- David Walliams -English comedian, actor, and author

1972- Derrick Alston -American basketball player

1972- Melvin Booker -American basketball player

1972- Chaney Kley -American actor, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2007)

1972- Scott Quinnell -Welsh rugby player and sportscaster

1973- Alban Bushi -Albanian footballer

1973- Alexandre Finazzi -Brazilian footballer

1973- Scott Goodman -Australian swimmer

1973- Todd Helton -American baseball player

1973- Cameron Mather -New Zealand rugby player

1973- José Paniagua -Dominican baseball player

1973- Donn Swaby -American actor

1974- Amy Adams -American actress and singer

1974- Misha Collins -American actor and producer

1974- Adam Korol -Polish rower

1974- Big Moe -American rapper (Screwed Up Click) (d. 2007)

1974- Santino Rice -American fashion designer

1974- Szabolcs Sáfár -Hungarian footballer

1974- Andy Strachan -Australian drummer and songwriter (The Living End and Pollyanna (band)|Pollyanna)

1974- Maxim Vengerov -Russian violinist and conductor

1975- Marcin Adamski -Polish footballer

1975- Shaun Newton -English footballer

1975- Mac Tonnies -American author (d. 2009)

1975- Elijah Williams (American football)|Elijah Williams -American football player and coach

1976- Chris Drury -American ice hockey player

1976- Cornel Frăsineanu -Romanian footballer

1976- Tony Grant (Irish footballer)|Tony Grant -Irish footballer

1976- Randeep Hooda -Indian actor

1976- Gene Kingsale -Aruban-Dutch baseball player

1976- Kristen Miller -American actress

1976- Marcel Podszus -German footballer

1976- Fabio Ulloa -Honduran footballer

1977- Paolo Bianco -Italian footballer

1977- Wayne Brown (footballer, born August 1977)|Wayne Brown -English footballer

1977- Felipe Contepomi -Argentinian rugby player

1977- Manuel Contepomi -Argentinian rugby player

1977- Shockmain Davis -American football player

1977- A. M. Esmonde -Welsh author, director, and producer

1977- Stéphane Gillet -Luxembourgian footballer

1977- Aaron Hamill -Australian footballer

1977- Ívar Ingimarsson -Icelandic footballer

1977- Kevin Navayne -Jamaican-American actor

1977- James Ormond -English cricketer

1977- Josh Pearce -American baseball player

1977- Aaron Taylor (baseball)|Aaron Taylor -American baseball player

1977- Mayra Verónica -Cuban-American model and singer

1978- Vinícius Bácaro -Brazilian-Italian footballer

1978- Noah Bean -American actor

1978- Alberto Martín -Spanish tennis player

1978- Emir Mkademi -Tunisian footballer

1978- Jacek Popek -Polish footballer

1978- Chris Schroder -American baseball player

1979- Haha (entertainer)|Haha -South Korean singer and actor

1979- Sarah Borwell -English tennis player

1979- Jamie Cullum -English singer-songwriter and pianist

1979- Cory Sullivan -American baseball player

1980- Corey Carrier -American actor

1980- Samuel Dumoulin -French cyclist

1980- Rochelle Gadd -English actress

1980- Langhorne Slim -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1980- Nicolás Tauber -Argentinian-Israeli footballer

1981- Ben Barnes (actor)|Ben Barnes -English actor

1981- Brett Finch -Australian rugby player

1981- Artur Kotenko -Estonian footballer

1981- Bernard Mendy -French footballer

1981- Craig Ochs -American football player

1981- Michael Rady -American actor

1981- Byron Saxton -American wrestler, manager, and journalist

1982- Cléber Luis Alberti -Brazilian footballer

1982- Aleksandr Amisulashvili -Georgian footballer

1982- Monty Dumond -South African rugby player

1982- Youssouf Hersi -Ethiopian footballer

1982- Joshua Kennedy -Australian footballer

1982- Mijaín López -Cuban wrestler

1982- Goran Nedeljković -Serbian rower

1982- Meghan Ory -Canadian actress

1982- Richard Petiot -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Barney Rogers -Zimbabwean cricketer

1982- Jamil Walker Smith -American actor

1982- Enyelbert Soto -Venezuelan-Japanese baseball player

1983- Hamza Abdullah -American football player

1983- Paulo André Cren Benini -Brazilian footballer

1983- Lance Broadway -American baseball player and actor

1983- Andrew Garfield -American-English actor

1983- Héctor Landazuri -Colombian footballer

1983- Mladen Pelaić -Croatian footballer

1983- Brian Schaefering -American football player

1983- Yuri Zhirkov -Russian footballer

1984- Aílton José Almeida -Brazilian footballer

1984- Pavel Eismann -Czech footballer

1984- Laura Georges -French footballer

1984- Jamie Hoffmann -American baseball player

1984- Tsokye Tsomo Karchung -Bhutanese model and actress, Miss Bhutan|Miss Bhutan 2008

1984- Rachelle Leah -American model and actress

1984- Ingrid Lukas -Estonian-Swiss singer-songwriter and pianist

1984- Mirai Moriyama -Japanese actor

1984- Tom Speer -American mixed martial artist

1985- Glen Buttriss -Australian rugby player

1985- Brant Daugherty -American actor

1985- Blake DeWitt -American baseball player

1985- Thomas Domingo -French rugby player

1985- Josh Flagg -American real estate agent

1985- Matt Hague -American baseball player

1985- Jack King (footballer)|Jack King -English footballer

1985- Álvaro Negredo -Spanish footballer

1985- Willie Ripia -New Zealand rugby player

1985- Joe Vitale (ice hockey)|Joe Vitale -American ice hockey player

1985- Stephen Ward (footballer)|Stephen Ward -Irish footballer

1985- Mark Washington (linebacker)|Mark Washington -American football player

1986- Letizia Ciampa -Italian voice actress

1986- Dick Donato -American reality contestant on ''Big Brother 8 (U.S.)|Big Brother''

1986- Damien Gaudin -French cyclist

1986- Lior Jan -Israeli footballer

1986- Ryo Katsuji -Japanese actor

1986- Luis Alberto Marco -Spanish runner

1986- Manuel Pamić -Croatian footballer

1986- Andrew Surman -South African-English footballer

1986- Steven Zalewski -American ice hockey player

1987- Kristina (singer)|Kristina -Slovak singer and pianist

1987- Stefan Aigner -German footballer

1987- Vedran Janjetović -Croatian-Australian footballer

1987- Sido Jombati -Portuguese footballer

1987- Egon Kaur -Estonian race car driver

1987- Roy Krishna -Fijian footballer

1987- Cătălina Ponor -Romanian gymnast

1988- Jerryd Bayless -American basketball player

1988- Sarah R, Lotfi -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1988- Ferhat Pehlivan -Turkish boxer

1988- Naathan Phan -Scottish magician and actor

1988- Nikki SooHoo -American actress

1988- José Zamora -Spanish footballer

1989- Kirko Bangz -American rapper

1989- Nebil Gahwagi -Hungarian footballer

1989- Silas Kiplagat -Kenyan runner

1989- Slavcho Shokolarov -Bulgarian footballer

1989- Dean Winnard -English footballer

1990- Jasmyn Banks -English actress

1990- Macauley Chrisantus -Nigerian footballer

1990- Venelin Filipov -Bulgarian footballer

1990- Leigh Griffiths -Scottish footballer

1990- Fabien Jarsalé -French footballer

1990- Bradley Klahn -American tennis player

1990- Ranomi Kromowidjojo -Dutch swimmer

1990- Conlin McCabe -Canadian rower

1991- Tejitu Daba -Ethiopian runner

1991- Marko Djokovic -Serbian tennis player

1991- Dejan Glavica -Croatian footballer

1991- Cory Joseph -American basketball player

1991- Jyrki Jokipakka -Finnish hockey player

1991- Arseniy Logashov -Russian footballer

1991- Luke O'Neill -English footballer

1991- Mario Tičinović -Croatian footballer

1992- Matej Delač -Croatian footballer

1992- Demi Lovato -American singer-songwriter and actress

1992- Andrei Peteleu -Romanian footballer

1992- Deniss Rakels -Latvian footballer

1993- Mario Jelavić -Croatian footballer

1993- MK Nobilette -American singer

1993- Kamel Zeghli -Algerian footballer

1994- Merily Toom -Estonian footballer

1995- Anna Danilina -Russian-Kazakhstani tennis player

1995- Liana Liberato -American actress

2000- Fátima Ptacek -American actress