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Day History: October-20

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Famous Birthdays


1463- Alessandro Achillini -Italian physician and philosopher (d. 1512)

1496- Claude, Duke of Guise -(d. 1550)

1616- Thomas Bartholin -Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (d. 1680)

1620- Aelbert Cuyp -Dutch painter (d. 1691)

1632- Christopher Wren -English architect, designed St Paul's Cathedral (d. 1723)

1660- Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven -English politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (d. 1723)

1677- Stanisław I -of Poland (d. 1766)

1700- Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans -French wife of Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena (d. 1761)

1711- Timothy Ruggles -American American lawyer, jurist, and politician, (d. 1795)

1719- Gottfried Achenwall -German historian, economist, and jurist (d. 1772)

1740- Isabelle de Charrière -Dutch author and poet (d. 1805)

1759- Chauncey Goodrich -American lawyer and politician, 8th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (d. 1815)

1780- Pauline Bonaparte -French sister of Napoleon (d. 1825)

1784- Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston -English academic and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1865)

1785- George Ormerod -English historian and author (d. 1873)

1801- Melchior Berri -Swiss architect, designed the Natural History Museum of Basel (d. 1854)

1808- Karl Andree -German geographer and journalist (d. 1875)

1819- Báb -Iranian religious leader, founded Bábism (d. 1850)

1819- Karol Mikuli -Ukrainian-Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1897)

1822- Thomas Hughes -English lawyer, judge, and author (d. 1896)

1832- Constantin Lipsius -German architect and theorist (d. 1894)

1854- Arthur Rimbaud -French poet (d. 1891)

1858- John Burns -English union leader and politician, President of the Board of Trade (d. 1943)

1859- John Dewey -American psychologist and philosopher (d. 1952)

1864- James F. Hinkle -American banker and politician, 6th Governor of New Mexico (d. 1951)

1873- Nellie McClung -Canadian politician and activist (d. 1951)

1874- Charles Ives -American composer (d. 1954)

1876- Alexandre Pharamond -French rugby player (d. 1953)

1882- Margaret Dumont -American actress and singer (d. 1965)

1882- Bela Lugosi -Romanian-American actor (d. 1956)

1885- Jelly Roll Morton -American pianist, composer, and bandleader (Red Hot Peppers and New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (d. 1941)

1887- Prince Yasuhiko Asaka -of Japan (d. 1981)

1889- Johann Gruber -Austrian priest and saint (d. 1944)

1890- Aleksander Maaker -Estonian bagpipe player (d. 1968)

1891- Samuel Flagg Bemis -American historian and author (d. 1973)

1891- James Chadwick -English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

1893- Charley Chase -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1940)

1894- Olive Thomas -American model and actress (d. 1920)

1895- Rex Ingram (actor)|Rex Ingram -American actor (d. 1969)

1897- Yi Un -South Korean general (d. 1970)

1900- Wayne Morse -American lawyer and politician (d. 1974)

1901- Adelaide Hall -American-English singer, actress, and dancer (d. 1993)

1904- Tommy Douglas -Scottish-Canadian minister and politician, 7th Premier of Saskatchewan (d. 1986)

1904- Enolia McMillan -American educator and activist (d. 2006)

1904- Anna Neagle -English actress, singer, and producer (d. 1986)

1905- Arnold Luhaäär -Estonian weightlifter (d. 1965)

1907- Arlene Francis -American actress and talk show host (d. 2001)

1909- Carla Laemmle -American actress and photographer (d. 2014)

1909- Yasushi Sugiyama -Japanese painter (d. 1993)

1910- Chen Liting -Chinese director and playwright (d. 2013)

1910- Bob Sheppard -American sportscaster (d. 2010)

1913- Grandpa Jones -American singer-songwriter and banjo player (d. 1998)

1913- J. Michael Hagopian -Turkish-American director and producer (d. 2010)

1914- Fayard Nicholas -American actor, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2006)

1917- Stéphane Hessel -German-French diplomat and activist (d. 2013)

1917- Jean-Pierre Melville -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1973)

1918- Martin Drewes -German soldier and pilot (d. 2013)

1918- Robert Lochner -American-German soldier and journalist (d. 2003)

1919- Tracy Hall -American chemist and academic (d. 2008)

1920- Nick Cardy -American illustrator (d. 2013)

1920- Fanny de Sivers -Estonian-French linguist and academic (d. 2011)

1920- Siddhartha Shankar Ray -Indian lawyer and politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (d. 2010)

1921- Hans Warren -Dutch poet and author (d. 2001)

1922- John Anderson (actor)|John Anderson -American actor (d. 1992)

1922- Franco Ventriglia -American opera singer (d. 2012)

1923- Robert Craft -American conductor and musicologist

1924- Robert Peters -American poet, playwright, and critic (d. 2014)

1925- Art Buchwald -American soldier and journalist (d. 2007)

1925- Tom Dowd -American record producer and engineer (d. 2002)

1925- Roger Hanin -French actor, director, and screenwriter

1926- Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu -English politician, founded the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu|National Motor Museum

1927- Joyce Brothers -American psychologist, author, and actress (d. 2013)

1927- Gunturu Seshendra Sarma -Indian poet and critic (d. 2007)

1928- Michael O'Donnell (physician)|Michael O'Donnell -English physician, author, and journalist

1929- Colin Jeavons -Welsh-English actor

1931- Richard Caliguiri -American politician, 54th Mayor of Pittsburgh (d. 1988)

1931- Mickey Mantle -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1995)

1931- Ken Morrison -English businessman

1932- Rosey Brown -American football player and coach (d. 2004)

1932- William Christopher -American actor and singer

1934- Bill Chase -American trumpet player (Chase (band)|Chase) (d. 1974)

1934- Eddie Harris -American saxophonist (d. 1996)

1934- Empress Michiko -of Japan

1934- Timothy West -English actor

1935- Barrie Chase -American actress and dancer

1935- Jerry Orbach -American actor and singer (d. 2004)

1937- Cancio Garcia -Filipino lawyer and jurist (d. 2013)

1937- Wanda Jackson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1937- Juan Marichal -Dominican baseball player and sportscaster

1937- Emma Tennant -English author

1938- Emidio Greco -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1938- Iain Macmillan -Scottish photographer (d. 2006)

1939- Patrick Hughes (artist)|Patrick Hughes -English painter, illustrator, and photographer

1940- Kathy Kirby -English singer (d. 2011)

1940- Robert Pinsky -American poet and critic

1942- Earl Hindman -American actor (d. 2003)

1942- Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard -German biologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1942- Bart Zoet -Dutch cyclist (d. 1992)

1943- Dunja Vejzović -Croatian soprano

1944- Nalin de Silva -Sri Lankan physicist and philosopher

1944- David Mancuso -American party planner, created The Loft

1946- Diana Gittins -American-English sociologist, author, and academic

1946- Lewis Grizzard -American comedian and author (d. 1994)

1946- Elfriede Jelinek -Austrian author and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1946- Richard Loncraine -English director and screenwriter

1946- Lucien Van Impe -Belgian cyclist

1946- Chris Woodhead -English civil servant and academic

1948- Sandra Dickinson -American-English actress

1948- Piet Hein Donner -Dutch jurist and politician, Ministry of Security and Justice (Netherlands)|Dutch Minister of Justice

1948- Melih Gökçek -Turkish journalist and politician, 27th List of mayors of Ankara|Mayor of Ankara

1950- Tom Petty -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and Traveling Wilburys)

1950- William Russ -American actor and director

1951- Al Greenwood -American keyboard player (Foreigner (band)|Foreigner)

1951- Patrick Hall (politician)|Patrick Hall -English politician

1951- Ken Ham -Australian-American evangelist

1951- Leif Pagrotsky -Swedish politician

1951- Claudio Ranieri -Italian footballer and manager

1952- Melanie Mayron -American actress and director

1953- Keith Hernandez -American baseball player, sportscaster, and actor

1953- Richard McWilliam -American businessman, co-founded the Upper Deck Company (d. 2013)

1953- Bill Nunn -American actor

1954- Steve Orich -American composer and conductor

1955- Thomas Newman -American composer and conductor

1955- David Profumo -English author and academic

1955- Aaron Pryor -American boxer

1955- Robert ten Brink -Dutch television host

1956- Danny Boyle -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Martin Taylor (guitarist)|Martin Taylor -English guitarist

1957- Jane Bonham Carter, Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury -English politician

1957- Chris Cowdrey -English cricketer and sportscaster

1957- Susanna Haavisto -Finnish actress and singer

1957- Hilda Solis -American academic and politician, 25th United States Secretary of Labor

1958- Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris|Valerie Faris -American director and producer

1958- Dave Finlay -Irish-American wrestler and agent

1958- Lynn Flewelling -American author and academic

1958- Scott Hall -American wrestler

1958- Mark King (musician)|Mark King -English singer-songwriter and bass player (Level 42 and Re-Flex)

1958- Dave Krieg -American football player

1958- Viggo Mortensen -American actor and producer

1958- Ivo Pogorelić -Croatian-Swedish pianist

1959- Mark Little (Australian actor)|Mark Little -Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1960- Konstantin Aseev -Russian chess player and trainer (d. 2004)

1960- Lepa Brena -Bosnian singer and actress

1961- Kate Mosse -English author and playwright

1961- Ian Rush -Welsh footballer and manager

1961- Les Stroud -Canadian director, producer, and harmonica player

1961- Michie Tomizawa -Japanese voice actress and singer

1962- David M. Evans -American director and screenwriter

1962- Dave Wong -Hong Kong-Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor

1963- Julie Payette -Canadian engineer and astronaut

1963- Nikos Tsiantakis -Greek footballer

1963- Stan Valckx -Dutch footballer and manager

1964- Kamala Harris -American lawyer and politician, 32nd Attorney General of California

1965- Norman Blake (Scottish musician)|Norman Blake -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits (band)|BMX Bandits, and Jonny (band)|Jonny)

1965- Mikhail Shtalenkov -Russian ice hockey player

1965- William Zabka -American actor and producer

1966- Fred Coury -American drummer (Cinderella (band)|Cinderella, London (heavy metal band)|London, and Arcade (band)|Arcade)

1966- Allan Donald -South African cricketer and coach

1966- Stefan Raab -German comedian, singer-songwriter, producer, and television host

1966- Patrick Volkerding -American computer scientist, founded Slackware

1967- Monica Ali -Bangladeshi-English author

1967- Elizabeth Carling -English actress and singer

1967- Luigi Lo Cascio -Italian actor

1967- Luck Mervil -Haitian-Canadian singer-songwriter and actor

1967- Marco Ngai -Taiwanese actor

1968- Susan Tully -English actress, director, and producer

1969- Laurie Daley -Australian rugby player and coach

1969- Juan González (baseball)|Juan González -Puerto Rican baseball player

1969- Labros Papakostas -Greek high jumper

1970- Sander Boschker -Dutch footballer

1970- Chavo Guerrero, Jr. -American wrestler

1970- Neil Heywood -English-Chinese businessman (d. 2011)

1970- Aapo Ilves -Estonian poet and illustrator

1970- Michelle Malkin -American blogger and author

1971- Snoop Dogg -American rapper, producer, and actor (Tha Eastsidaz and 213 (group)|213)

1971- Eddie Jones (basketball)|Eddie Jones -American basketball player

1971- Kamiel Maase -Dutch runner

1971- Dannii Minogue -Australian singer-songwriter and actress

1972- Pie Geelen -Dutch swimmer

1972- Will Greenwood -English rugby player and sportscaster

1972- Brian Schatz -American politician, 11th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii

1974- Bashar Rahal -Emirati-American actor and producer

1976- Nikolaos Bacharidis -Greek footballer

1976- Dan Fogler -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1976- Nicola Legrottaglie -Italian footballer and manager

1977- Matt Jansen -English footballer

1977- Leila Josefowicz -Canadian-American violinist

1977- Erko Saviauk -Estonian footballer

1977- Samuel Witwer -American actor and singer

1978- Virender Sehwag -Indian cricketer

1978- Paul Wilson (musician)|Paul Wilson -Scottish bass player and songwriter (Snow Patrol and Terra Diablo)

1979- Vasyl Baranov -Ukrainian footballer

1979- Paul Ifill -English footballer

1979- John Krasinski -American actor, director, and producer

1979- Paul O'Connell -Irish rugby player

1979- Paul Terek -American decathlete

1980- Gary Jarman -English singer-songwriter and bass player (The Cribs)

1980- Niall Matter -Canadian actor

1980- José Veras -Dominican baseball player

1981- Dimitris Papadopoulos -Greek footballer

1981- Francisco Javier Rodríguez -Mexican footballer

1982- Kristian Bak Nielsen -Danish footballer

1982- Becky Brewerton -Welsh golfer

1982- Katie Featherston -American actress

1983- Flavio Cipolla -Italian tennis player

1983- Luis Saritama -Ecuadorian footballer

1983- Michel Vorm -Dutch footballer

1983- Takayuki Yamada -Japanese actor and singer

1984- Mitch Lucker -American singer-songwriter (Suicide Silence and Commissioner (musical group)|Commissioner) (d. 2012)

1984- Florent Sinama Pongolle -French footballer

1984- Andrew Trimble -Irish rugby player

1985- Jennifer Freeman -American actress

1985- Dominic McGuire -American basketball player

1985- Alphonso Smith -American football player

1985- James Sutton (racing driver)|James Sutton -English race car driver

1986- Wanlop Saechio -Thai footballer

1987- Raphael Hackl -German rugby player

1987- Sanne Nijhof -Dutch model

1988- Ma Long (table tennis)|Ma Long -Chinese table tennis player

1988- Risa Niigaki -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume and Tanpopo, Sakuragumi, and Athena & Robikerottsu)

1988- Candice Swanepoel -South African model

1989- Colin Wilson (ice hockey)|Colin Wilson -Canadian-American ice hockey player

1992- Mattia De Sciglio -Italian footballer

1992- John Egan (footballer, born 1992)|John Egan -Irish footballer

1992- Kristian Ipsen -American diver

1992- Liis Lemsalu -Estonian singer

1992- Ksenia Semyonova -Russian gymnast

1994- Morgan Featherstone -Australian model

1995- Zhenwei Wang -Chinese actor and martial artist