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Day History: November-20

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Famous Birthdays


270- Maximinus II -Roman emperor (d. 313)

1602- Otto von Guericke -German physicist and politician (d. 1686)

1620- Avvakum -Russian priest and saint (d. 1682)

1625- Paulus Potter -Dutch painter (d. 1654)

1660- Daniel Ernst Jablonski -Czech-German theologian and reformer (d. 1741)

1750- Tipu Sultan -Indian ruler (d. 1799)

1761- Pope Pius VIII -(d. 1830)

1765- Thomas Fremantle (Royal Navy officer)|Thomas Fremantle -English admiral and politician (d. 1819)

1781- Karl Friedrich Eichhorn -German captain and jurist (d. 1854)

1813- Franc Miklošič -Slovenian linguist and philologist (d. 1891)

1839- Christian Wilberg -German painter (d. 1882)

1841- Victor D'Hondt -Belgian mathematician, lawyer, and jurist (d. 1901)

1841- Wilfrid Laurier -Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1919)

1851- Margherita of Savoy -(d. 1926)

1858- Selma Lagerlöf -Swedish author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)

1866- Kenesaw Mountain Landis -American lawyer and judge (d. 1944)

1869- Clark Griffith -American baseball player and manager (d. 1955)

1874- James Michael Curley -American politician, 53rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)

1877- Herbert Pitman -English ship officer on the RMS Titanic (d. 1961)

1880- Walter Brack -German swimmer (d. 1919)

1880- George McBride -American baseball player and manager (d. 1973)

1881- Arthur Marshall (composer)|Arthur Marshall -American ragtime composer and performer (d. 1968)

1882- Andy Coakley -American baseball player and coach (d. 1963)

1884- Norman Thomas -American minister and politician (d. 1968)

1886- Bray Hammond -American historian and author (d. 1968)

1886- Robert Hunter (golfer)|Robert Hunter -American golfer (d. 1971)

1886- Karl von Frisch -Austrian-German ethologist and zoologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1982)

1889- Edwin Hubble -American astronomer and cosmologist (d. 1953)

1892- James Collip -Canadian biochemist and academic, co-discovered insulin (d. 1965)

1896- Chiyono Hasegawa -Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2011)

1900- Chester Gould -American cartoonist (d. 1985)

1903- Alexandra Danilova -Russian-American ballerina (d. 1997)

1905- François de Noailles (1905–2009)|François de Noailles -French father of Hélie de Noailles (d. 2009)

1907- Fran Allison -American actress and singer (d. 1989)

1907- Henri-Georges Clouzot -French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1977)

1908- Alistair Cooke -English-American journalist (d. 2004)

1910- Kees Bastiaans -Dutch painter (d. 1986)

1910- Willem Jacob van Stockum -Dutch mathematician, pilot, and academic (d. 1944)

1912- Otto von Habsburg -Austrian-German politician (d. 2011)

1913- Judy Canova -American actress and singer (d. 1983)

1913- Kostas Choumis -Greek footballer (d. 1981)

1914- Emilio Pucci -Italian fashion designer and politician (d. 1992)

1915- Kon Ichikawa -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1916- Evelyn Keyes -American actress and singer (d. 2008)

1917- Robert Byrd -American lawyer and politician (d. 2010)

1917- Bobby Locke -South African golfer (d. 1987)

1919- Maurice Paul Delorme -French bishop (d. 2012)

1919- Phyllis Thaxter -American actress (d. 2012)

1919- Lucilla Andrews -British writer (d. 2006)

1921- Jim Garrison -American lawyer and judge (d. 1992)

1923- Nadine Gordimer -South African author and activist, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

1924- Benoit Mandelbrot -Polish-American mathematician and economist (d. 2010)

1924- Henk Vredeling -Dutch politician, List of Ministers of Defence of the Netherlands|Dutch Minister of Defence (d. 2007)

1925- Kaye Ballard -American actress and singer

1925- Robert F. Kennedy -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 64th United States Attorney General (d. 1968)

1925- Maya Plisetskaya -Russian ballerina, choreographer, and director

1926- John Gardner (British writer)|John Gardner -English soldier and author (d. 2007)

1926- Terry Hall (ventriloquist)|Terry Hall -English ventriloquist (d. 2007)

1926- Tôn Thất Đính -Vietnamese general (d. 2013)

1927- Ed Freeman -American soldier and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2008)

1927- Estelle Parsons -American actress and director

1928- Aleksey Batalov -Russian actor and director

1928- John Disley -Welsh horse racer

1929- Penelope Hobhouse -Irish garden designer, author, and educator

1929- Don January -American golfer

1930- Bernard Horsfall -English-Scottish actor (d. 2013)

1932- Richard Dawson -English-American actor and game show host (d. 2012)

1936- Don DeLillo -American author and playwright

1936- Charles R. Larson -American admiral (d. 2014)

1936- Bill Wallis -English actor and comedian (d. 2013)

1937- Rhys Isaac -South African-Australian historian and author (d. 2010)

1937- René Kollo -German tenor

1937- Ruth Laredo -American pianist (d. 2005)

1937- Eero Mäntyranta -Finnish skier (d. 2013)

1937- Viktoriya Tokareva -Russian author and screenwriter

1939- Dick Smothers -American actor and singer (Smothers Brothers)

1940- Helma Sanders-Brahms -German director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1941- Haseena Moin -Pakistani screenwriter and playwright

1941- Oliver Sipple -American soldier and activist (d. 1989)

1942- Joe Biden -American lawyer and politician, 47th Vice President of the United States

1942- Bob Einstein -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1942- Norman Greenbaum -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1942- Meredith Monk -American composer and choreographer

1942- Paulos Faraj Rahho -Iraqi archbishop (d. 2008)

1943- Veronica Hamel -American actress and producer

1944- Louie Dampier -American basketball player and coach

1944- Mike Vernon (record producer)|Mike Vernon -English record producer, founded Blue Horizon

1945- Paul Langford -English historian and academic

1945- Rick Monday -American baseball player and sportscaster

1945- Nanette Workman -American-Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1946- Duane Allman -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band, Hour Glass (band)|Hour Glass, Derek and the Dominos, and The Allman Joys) (d. 1971)

1946- Greg Cook -American football player and sportscaster (d. 2012)

1946- John Small (American football)|John Small -American football player (d. 2012)

1946- Judy Woodruff -American journalist and educator

1947- Joe Walsh -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (Eagles (band)|Eagles, James Gang, and Barnstorm (band)|Barnstorm)

1948- John R. Bolton -American lawyer and diplomat, 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1948- Park Chul-soo -South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1948- Barbara Hendricks -American-Swedish soprano and actress

1948- Richard Masur -American actor and director

1949- Jeff Dowd -American film producer and activist

1949- Thelma Drake -American politician

1951- Rodger Bumpass -American actor and singer

1951- David Walters -American politician, 24th Governor of Oklahoma

1952- John Van Boxmeer -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1954- Berit Andnor -Swedish politician, Minister for Health and Social Affairs (Sweden)|Swedish Minister of Social Affairs

1954- Steve Dahl -American radio host

1956- Gareth Chilcott -English rugby player

1956- Bo Derek -American actress and producer

1956- Mark Gastineau -American football player

1956- Natasha Vlassenko -Russian-Australian pianist and educator

1957- Stefan Bellof -German race car driver (d. 1985)

1957- Mike Craven (footballer)|Mike Craven -English footballer

1957- John Eriksen -Danish footballer (d. 2002)

1958- Rickson Gracie -Brazilian mixed martial artist

1959- Orlando Figes -English historian and academic

1959- Jim McGovern (American politician)|James McGovern -American politician

1959- Sean Young -American actress and dancer

1960- Veronika Bellmann -German politician

1960- Marc Labrèche -Canadian actor

1961- Jim Brickman -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1961- Tim Harvey -English race car driver

1961- Larry Karaszewski -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1961- Dave Watson -English footballer and manager

1963- Timothy Gowers -English mathematician and academic

1963- Ming-Na Wen -Macanese-American actress

1963- Wan Yanhai -Chinese-American activist

1964- Boris Dežulović -Croatian journalist

1964- Sophie Fillières -French film director

1964- Doug Ford, Jr. -Toronto politician

1964- John MacLean (ice hockey)|John MacLean -Canadian ice hockey player

1964- Mark Taylor (footballer born 1964)|Mark Taylor -English footballer

1965- Yoshiki (musician)|Yoshiki Hayashi -Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer (X Japan, Skin (Japanese band)|S.K.I.N. and Globe (band)|Globe)

1965- Mike D -American rapper and drummer (Beastie Boys and The Latch Brothers)

1965- Sen Dog -Cuban-American rapper (Cypress Hill and SX-10)

1965- Jimmy Vasser -American race car driver

1966- Kevin Gilbert -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1996)

1966- Jill Thompson -American author and illustrator

1967- Teoman (singer)|Teoman -Turkish singer-songwriter and actor

1967- Chris Childs (basketball)|Chris Childs -American basketball player

1968- Tommy Asinga -Surinamese runner

1968- Chew Chor Meng -Singaporean actor

1969- Callie Thorne -American actress and producer

1970- Matt Blunt -American lieutenant and politician, 54th Governor of Missouri

1970- Phife Dawg -American rapper (A Tribe Called Quest)

1970- Delia Gonzalez -American boxer

1970- Geoffrey Keezer -American pianist

1970- Sabrina Lloyd -American actress

1970- Joe Zaso -American actor and producer

1971- Joey Galloway -American football player and sportscaster

1971- Joel McHale -American comedian, actor, and producer

1971- Marco Oppedisano -American guitarist and composer

1972- Sheema Kalbasi -Iranian poet and activist

1973- Angelica Bridges -American actress and singer

1973- Neil Hodgson -English motorcycle racer

1974- Taavi Veskimägi -Estonian businessman and politician

1975- Dierks Bentley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975- Ryan Bowen -American basketball player and coach

1975- J. D. Drew -American baseball player

1975- Joshua Gomez -American actor

1975- Davey Havok -American singer-songwriter and actor (AFI (band)|AFI, Blaqk Audio, and Son of Sam (band)|Son of Sam)

1976- Dominique Dawes -American gymnast

1976- Laura Harris -Canadian actress

1976- Tusshar Kapoor -Indian actor

1976- Jason Thompson (actor)|Jason Thompson -Canadian actor

1976- Theodoros Velkos -Greek badminton player

1976- Cemal Yıldız -Turkish footballer and manager

1977- Rudy Charles -American wrestling referee

1977- Daniel Svensson -Swedish drummer (In Flames and Diabolique (band)|Diabolique)

1977- Josh Turner -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1978- Freya Lim -Taiwanese-Malaysian singer and radio host

1978- Nadine Velazquez -American actress and model

1979- Maree Bowden -New Zealand netball player

1979- Ericson Alexander Molano -Colombian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1979- Jacob Pitts -American actor

1980- James Chambers (English footballer)|James Chambers -English footballer

1981- Carlos Boozer -American basketball player

1981- Sam Fuld -American baseball player

1981- Kimberley Walsh -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Girls Aloud)

1982- Margo Stilley -American model and actress

1984- Tashard Choice -American football player

1984- Ferdinando Monfardini -Italian race car driver

1984- Justin Hoyte -English footballer

1985- Juan Cruz Álvarez -Argentinian race car driver

1985- Dan Byrd -American actor

1985- Aaron Yan -Taiwanese singer and actor (Fahrenheit (Taiwanese band)|Fahrenheit)

1986- Ashley Fink -American actress and singer

1986- Özer Hurmacı -Turkish footballer

1986- Oliver Sykes -English singer-songwriter (Bring Me the Horizon)

1988- Max Pacioretty -American ice hockey player

1988- Rhys Wakefield -Australian actor

1989- Cody Linley -American actor

1989- Agon Mehmeti -Swedish footballer

1989- Sergei Polunin -Ukrainian ballet dancer

1990- Mark Christian -Manx cyclist

1991- Anthony Knockaert -French footballer

1992- Maiha Ishimura -Japanese singer (Berryz Kobo)

1993- Sumire Satō -Japanese singer (AKB48)

2000- Connie Talbot -English singer