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Day History: September-20

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Famous Birthdays


524- Kan B'alam I -Mayan ruler (d. 583)

1161- Emperor Takakura -of Japan (d. 1181)

1486- Arthur, Prince of Wales -(d. 1502)

1593- Gottfried Scheidt -German organist and composer (d. 1661)

1599- Christian the Younger of Brunswick -(d. 1623)

1608- Jean-Jacques Olier -French priest and mystic, founded the Society of Saint-Sulpice (d. 1657)

1685- Giuseppe Matteo Alberti -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1751)

1746- Maurice Benyovszky -Slovak-Hungarian explorer (d. 1786)

1758- Jean-Jacques Dessalines -Haitian emperor (d. 1806)

1778- Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen -Russian admiral, cartographer, and explorer (d. 1852)

1800- Benjamin Franklin White -American singer (d. 1879)

1820- John F. Reynolds -American general (d. 1863)

1831- Kate Harrington (poet)|Kate Harrington -American poet and educator (d. 1917)

1833- Ernesto Teodoro Moneta -Italian soldier and journalist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1918)

1842- James Dewar -Scottish-English chemist and physicist (d. 1923)

1844- William H. Illingworth -American photographer (d. 1893)

1851- Henry Arthur Jones -English playwright (d. 1929)

1853- Chulalongkorn -Thai king (d. 1910)

1861- Herbert Putnam -American lawyer and publisher, 8th Librarian of Congress (d. 1955)

1872- Maurice Gamelin -French general (d. 1958)

1873- Sidney Olcott -Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1949)

1873- Ferenc Szisz -Hungarian race car driver (d. 1944)

1878- Upton Sinclair -American journalist and author (d. 1968)

1880- Louise Peete -American murderer (d. 1947)

1884- Maxwell Perkins -American publisher and editor (d. 1947)

1885- Enrico Mizzi -Maltese politician, 6th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 1950)

1886- Charles Williams (British writer)|Charles Williams -English author, poet, and critic (d. 1945)

1889- Oskar Kaplur -Estonian wrestler (d. 1962)

1889- Charles Reidpath -American runner and general (d. 1975)

1890- Linda Eenpalu -Estonian politician and activist (d. 1967)

1892- Roy Turk -American songwriter (d. 1934)

1893- Colin Fraser Barron -Scottish-Canadian soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1958)

1893- Hermann Lux (footballer)|Hermann Lux -German footballer and manager (d. 1962)

1899- Leo Strauss -German-American political scientist, philosopher, and academic (d. 1973)

1902- Stevie Smith -English author and poet (d. 1971)

1906- Jean Dréville -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1911- Shriram Sharma -Indian philosopher and activist (d. 1991)

1913- John Collins (jazz guitarist)|John Collins -American guitarist (d. 2001)

1913- Sidney Dillon Ripley -American ornithologist (d. 2001)

1914- Kenneth More -English actor and singer (d. 1982)

1915- K. H. Ting -Chinese bishop (d. 2012)

1916- Malik Meraj Khalid -Pakistani politician, Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 2003)

1917- Red Auerbach -American basketball player and coach (d. 2006)

1917- Fernando Rey -Spanish actor (d. 1994)

1917- Don Starr -American actor (d. 2005)

1917- Clarice Taylor -American actress (d. 2011)

1920- Alberto de Lacerda -Mozambican-Portuguese poet and radio host (d. 2007)

1920- Jay Ward -American animator, producer, and screenwriter, founded Jay Ward Productions (d. 1989)

1921- Chico Hamilton -American drummer, composer, and bandleader (d. 2013)

1922- William Kapell -American pianist (d. 1953)

1923- Geraldine Clinton Little -Irish-American poet and author (d. 1997)

1923- Akkineni Nageswara Rao -Indian actor and producer (d. 2014)

1923- Maurice Sauvé -Canadian economist, academic, and politician (d. 1992)

1924- Gogi Grant -American singer and actress

1924- Albert Marre -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2012)

1924- Jackie Paris -American singer and guitarist (d. 2004)

1925- James Bernard (composer)|James Bernard -English composer and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1925- Ananda Mahidol -Thai king (d. 1946)

1925- Bobby Nunn (doowop musician)|Bobby Nunn -American singer (The Coasters and The Robins) (d. 1986)

1926- Libero Liberati -Italian motorcycle racer (d. 1962)

1927- Colette Bonheur -Canadian singer (d. 1966)

1927- John Dankworth -English saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (d. 2010)

1927- Red Mitchell -American bassist, composer, and poet (d. 1992)

1927- Rachel Roberts (actress)|Rachel Roberts -Welsh-American actress and singer (d. 1980)

1928- Olga Ferri -Argentinian dancer and choreographer (d. 2012)

1928- Donald Hall -American poet, author, and critic

1928- Kirsten Rolffes -Danish actress (d. 2000)

1929- Anne Meara -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1929- Joe Temperley -Scottish saxophonist and clarinet player

1930- Eddie Bo -American singer and pianist (d. 2009)

1931- Cherd Songsri -Thai director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1933- W.B. Brydon -English actor

1933- Steve McCall (drummer)|Steve McCall -American drummer (Air (jazz group)|Air) (d. 1989)

1933- Dennis Viollet -English footballer and manager (d. 1999)

1934- Tony Alamo -American pastor and criminal

1934- Takayuki Kubota -Japanese-American martial artist and actor

1934- Sophia Loren -Italian-Swiss actress and singer

1934- David Marquand -English academic and politician

1934- Jeff Morris (actor)|Jeff Morris -American actor (d. 2004)

1935- David Pegg -English footballer (d. 1958)

1935- Keith Roberts -English author and illustrator (d. 2000)

1935- Jim Taylor (American football)|Jim Taylor -American football player and sportscaster

1936- Andrew Davies (writer)|Andrew Davies -Welsh author, screenwriter, and producer

1936- Salvador Reyes Monteón -Mexican footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1937- Birgitta Dahl -Swedish politician, Minister for the Environment (Sweden)|Swedish Minister for the Environment

1937- Geoffrey Dear, Baron Dear -English police officer

1937- Garry Johnson -English general

1937- Monica Zetterlund -Swedish actress and singer (d. 2005)

1938- Eric Gale -American guitarist and producer (Stuff (band)|Stuff) (d. 1994)

1938- Jane Manning -English soprano

1939- Robert L. Gerry III -American businessman

1940- Tarō Asō -Japanese politician, 92nd Prime Minister of Japan

1940- Jeremy Child -English actor

1940- William Finley (actor)|William Finley -American actor (d. 2012)

1940- Anna Pavord -Welsh-English journalist and author

1941- Dale Chihuly -American sculptor and educator

1941- Jim Cullum, Jr. -American cornet player (Jim Cullum Jazz Band)

1941- Alix de Lannoy -Belgian mother of Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (d. 2012)

1941- Sammy McMillan -Irish footballer

1942- Gérald Tremblay -Canadian businessman and politician, 41st Mayor of Montreal

1944- Jeremy Child -English actor

1946- Pete Coors -American businessman and politician

1946- Markandey Katju -Indian judge

1947- Billy Bang -American violinist and composer (d. 2011)

1947- Jude Deveraux -American author

1947- Steve Gerber -American author (d. 2008)

1947- Wojciech Kurtyka -Polish mountaineer

1947- Mia Martini -Italian singer and actress (d. 1995)

1947- Chris Ortloff -American journalist and politician

1947- Bruce Pasternack -American businessman

1947- Patrick Poivre d'Arvor -French journalist and author

1948- Rey Langit -Filipino journalist and radio host

1948- George R. R. Martin -American author, screenwriter, and producer

1948- Chuck Panozzo -American bass player (Styx (band)|Styx)

1948- John Panozzo -American drummer (Styx (band)|Styx) (d. 1996)

1949- Mahesh Bhatt -Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

1949- Anthony Denison -American actor

1949- Victoria Mallory -American actress and singer (d. 2014)

1951- Cornelia Behm -German politician

1951- Joanna Cameron -American actress

1951- Mike Graham (wrestler)|Mike Graham -American wrestler (d. 2012)

1951- Guy Lafleur -Canadian ice hockey player

1951- Javier Marías -Spanish journalist, author, and academic

1954- Anne McIntosh -Scottish politician

1954- Henry Samueli -American businessman, co-founded Broadcom

1954- Brinke Stevens -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Betsy Brantley -American actress

1955- José Rivero -Spanish golfer

1956- Gary Cole -American actor

1956- Steve Coleman -American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader

1956- John Harle -English saxophonist, composer, conductor, and producer

1956- Debbi Morgan -American actress

1957- Alannah Currie -New Zealand singer-songwriter (Thompson Twins)

1957- Michael Hurst -New Zealand actor and director

1958- Arn Anderson -American wrestler and trainer

1959- Joanna Domańska -Polish pianist and educator

1960- Lee Hall (playwright)|Lee Hall -English playwright and screenwriter

1960- Dave Hemingway -English singer-songwriter (The Beautiful South and The Housemartins)

1960- Deborah Roberts -American journalist

1961- Lisa Bloom -American lawyer and journalist

1961- Caroline Flint -English politician, Minister of State for Europe

1962- Jim Al-Khalili -Iraqi-English physicist, author, and academic

1963- Robert LaSardo -American actor and producer

1964- Randy Bradbury -American bass player (Pennywise (band)|Pennywise and One Hit Wonder (band)|One Hit Wonder)

1964- Maggie Cheung -Hong Kong actress

1965- Robert Rusler -American actor and producer

1966- Nuno Bettencourt -Portuguese singer-songwriter and guitarist (Extreme (band)|Extreme, Satellite Party, DramaGods, and Mourning Widows)

1966- Douglas Gordon -Scottish photographer

1967- Martin Harrison (American football)|Martin Harrison -American football player

1967- Kristen Johnston -American actress

1967- Alex Jordan -American porn actress and director (d. 1995)

1967- Gunnar Nelson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Nelson (band)|Nelson)

1967- Matthew Nelson -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Nelson (band)|Nelson)

1968- Van Jones -American lawyer and activist

1968- Leah Pinsent -Canadian actress

1968- Darrell Russell (dragster driver)|Darrell Russell -American race car driver (d. 2004)

1968- Ben Shepherd -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Soundgarden, Hater (band)|Hater, and Wellwater Conspiracy)

1968- Michelle Visage -American singer and radio host (Seduction (group)|Seduction)

1969- Victoria Dillard -American actress

1969- Megumi Kudo -Japanese wrestler

1969- Patrick Pentland -Irish-Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sloan (band)|Sloan)

1969- Tim Rogers -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (You Am I)

1969- Richard Witschge -Dutch footballer

1971- Todd Blackadder -New Zealand rugby player and coach

1971- Masashi Hamauzu -Japanese composer

1971- Henrik Larsson -Swedish footballer and manager

1971- Dominika Peczynski -Swedish singer (Army of Lovers and Nouveau Riche (Swedish band)|Nouveau Riche)

1972- Sergio Di Zio -Canadian actor

1972- Victor Ponta -Romanian jurist and politician, 63rd Prime Minister of Romania

1973- Ronald McKinnon -American football player

1973- Jo Pavey -English runner

1975- Asia Argento -Italian actress, director, and screenwriter

1975- Moon Bloodgood -American actress

1975- Juan Pablo Montoya -Colombian race car driver

1975- Jason Robinson (musician)|Jason Robinson -American saxophonist and composer (Cosmologic, Cross Border Trio, Groundation, and Trummerflora Collective)

1976- Jon Bernthal -American actor

1976- Agata Buzek -Polish actress

1976- Yo Hitoto -Japanese singer

1976- Yui Horie -Japanese voice actress and singer (Aice5)

1976- Enuka Okuma -Canadian actress

1976- Reuben Singh -English businessman

1977- Namie Amuro -Japanese singer, dancer, and actress (Super Monkey's and Suite Chic)

1977- Chris Mooney (journalist)|Chris Mooney -American journalist and academic

1978- Jason Bay -Canadian-American baseball player

1978- Patrizio Buanne -Austrian-Italian singer-songwriter and producer

1978- Héctor Camacho, Jr. -Puerto Rican-American boxer

1978- Sarit Hadad -Israeli singer

1978- Dante Hall -American football player

1978- T. J. Tucker -American baseball player

1979- Sean Davis (footballer)|Sean Davis -English footballer

1979- Rakel Liekki -Finnish porn actress and journalist

1979- Dan Gillespie Sells -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Feeling and Speedway (band)|Speedway)

1979- Wilfried Tevoedjre -Beninese swimmer

1980- Mariacarla Boscono -Italian model

1980- Ryan Donowho -American actor and producer

1980- Vladimir Karpets -Russian cyclist

1980- Jonathan Le Billon -English actor

1980- Mehrzad Marashi -Iranian-German singer

1980- Madison Young -American porn actress and director, founded Femina Potens Art Gallery

1981- Joanie Dodds -American model

1981- Feliciano López -Spanish tennis player

1981- David McMillan (American football)|David McMillan -American football player (d. 2013)

1981- Ryan Tandy -Australian rugby player (d. 2014)

1981- Jordan Tata -American baseball player

1982- Jason Bacashihua -American ice hockey player

1982- Aaron Burkart -German race car driver

1982- Brian Fortuna -American dancer and choreographer

1982- Sarah Glendening -American actress and singer

1982- Costa Pantazis -Cypriot-English songwriter and producer

1982- Athanasios Tsigas -Greek footballer

1983- A-Lin -Taiwanese singer-songwriter

1983- Jessica Alonso Bernardo -Spanish handball player

1983- Yuna Ito -American-Japanese singer-songwriter and actress

1983- Freya Ross -Scottish runner

1983- Ángel Sánchez (baseball)|Ángel Sánchez -Puerto Rican baseball player

1984- Brian Joubert -French figure skater

1984- Belén Rodríguez -Argentinian model, actress, and television host

1985- Ian Desmond -American baseball player

1986- Aldis Hodge -American actor

1987- Gain (singer)|Gain -South Korean singer and actress (Brown Eyed Girls)

1987- Jack Lawless -American drummer (Ocean Grove (band)|Ocean Grove)

1987- Sarah Natochenny -American voice actress

1987- Tito Tebaldi -Italian rugby player

1988- Sergei Bobrovsky -Russian ice hockey player

1990- Marilou -Canadian singer

1990- Erich Gonzales -Filipino actress

1990- Phillip Phillips -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1990- John Tavares (ice hockey)|John Tavares -Canadian ice hockey player

1991- Génesis Carmona -Venezuelan model (d. 2014)

1991- Isaac Cofie -Ghanaian footballer

1991- Spencer Locke -American actress

1992- Amidu Salifu -Ghanaian footballer

1995- Laura Dekker -Dutch sailor

1995- Sammi Hanratty -American actress and singer

1996- Ioana Loredana Roșca -Romanian tennis player