Friday, January 20, 2012

January 20 Birthdays

* 225 – Gordian III, Roman Emperor (d. 244)
* 1292 – Elisabeth of Bohemia (1292–1330) (d. 1330)
* 1435 – Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (d. 1490)
* 1554 – King Sebastian of Portugal (d. 1578)
* 1586 – Johann Schein, German composer (d. 1630)
* 1664 – Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (d. 1718)
* 1716 – Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (d. 1795)
* 1716 – King Charles III of Spain (d. 1788)
* 1732 – Richard Henry Lee, American statesman (d. 1794)
* 1755 – Sir Albemarle Bertie, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1824)
* 1775 – André-Marie Ampère, French physicist (d. 1836)
* 1781 – Joseph Hormayr Freiherr zu Hortenburg, Austrian politician (d. 1848)
* 1783 – Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (d. 1860)
* 1798 – Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (d. 1858)
* 1804 – Eugène Sue, French novelist (d. 1857)
* 1812 – Thomas Meik, Scottish engineer (d. 1896)
* 1834 – George D. Robinson, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
* 1837 – David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1910)
* 1855 – Ernest Chausson, French composer (d. 1899)
* 1867 – Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (d. 1944)
* 1873 – Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Danish Nobel laureate (d. 1950)
* 1876 – Józef Hofmann, Polish pianist (d. 1967)
* 1878 – Finlay Currie, British actor (d. 1968)
* 1878 – Ruth St. Denis, American dancer (d. 1968)
* 1880 – Walter W. Bacon, American politician and 60th Governor of Delaware (d. 1962)
* 1889 – Allan Haines Loughead, American aviation executive (d. 1969)
* 1891 – Mischa Elman, Ukrainian born violinist (d. 1967)
* 1893 – Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (d. 1946)
* 1894 – Walter Piston, American composer (d. 1976)
* 1895 – Gábor Szegő, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1985)
* 1896 – George Burns, American actor, comedian (d. 1996)
* 1896 – Isabel Withers, American actress (d. 1968)
* 1898 – U Razak, Burmese politician (d. 1947)
* 1899 – Clarice Cliff, English ceramic artist (d. 1972)
* 1899 – Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese development of television (d. 1990)
* 1900 – Colin Clive, British actor (d. 1937)
* 1902 – Leon Ames, American actor (d. 1993)
* 1903 – Jennifer Ishikawa, Japanese singer (d. 1985)
* 1907 – Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (d. 2000)
* 1908 – Fleur Cowles, American writer, editor and artist (d. 2009)
* 1910 – Joy Adamson, Austrian naturalist and writer (d. 1980)
* 1911 – Wendell J. Westcott, American carillonneur (d. 2010)
* 1912 – Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (d. 1970)
* 1913 – Cleon Skousen, American author (d. 2006)
* 1915 – Ghulam Ishaq Khan, President of Pakistan (d. 2006)
* 1918 – Juan García Esquivel, Mexican bandleader (d. 2002)
* 1918 – Nevin S. Scrimshaw, American food scientist
* 1920 – Federico Fellini, Italian film director (d. 1993)
* 1920 – DeForest Kelley, American actor (d. 1999)
* 1920 – Frank Kush, American football player and coach
* 1920 – Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (d. 2006)
* 1921 – Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (d. 2006)
* 1922 – Ray Anthony, American trumpeter, bandleader and actor
* 1922 – Graham Stark, British actor
* 1923 – Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer
* 1924 – Slim Whitman, American singer
* 1925 – Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan theologian and politician
* 1926 – Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist
* 1926 – Qurratulain Hyder, Indian and Pakistani novelist (d. 2007)
* 1926 – Patricia Neal, American actress (d. 2010)
* 1926 – David Tudor, American pianist and composer (d. 1996)
* 1928 – Rudy Boesch, Contestant on Survivor: Borneo (3rd Place) and Survivor: All-Stars (17th Place)
* 1929 – Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer
* 1929 – Arte Johnson, American actor
* 1929 – Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American race car driver (d. 1964)
* 1930 – Buzz Aldrin, American astronaut
* 1931 – David Lee, American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate
* 1931 – Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
* 1932 – Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1933 – Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension) (d. 2001)
* 1934 – Tom Baker, British actor
* 1935 – Alexander Men, Russian priest (d. 1990)
* 1935 – Joan Weston, Roller Derby Queen (d. 1997)
* 1937 – Dorothy Provine, American singer, dancer and actress (d. 2010)
* 1938 – William Berger, Austrian actor (d. 1993)
* 1938 – Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (d. 2007)
* 1939 – Paul Coverdell, American politician (d. 2000)
* 1940 – Carol Heiss, American figure skater
* 1940 – Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician
* 1941 – Pierre Lalonde, Canadian singer and television host
* 1942 – Linda Moulton Howe, American investigative journalist and documentary producer-writer-director-editor
* 1944 – José Luis Garci, Spanish filmmaker
* 1944 – Farhad Mehrad, Iranian musician (d. 2002)
* 1945 – Robert Olen Butler, American writer
* 1945 – Christopher Martin-Jenkins, cricket commentator and correspondent
* 1945 – Eric Stewart, English musician and songwriter (10cc)
* 1946 – David Lynch, American film director
* 1947 – Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and directeur sportif
* 1948 – Nancy Kress, American writer
* 1948 – Mel Pritchard, British Musician
* 1948 – Natan Sharansky, Russian-born physicist and politician
* 1949 – Göran Persson, Prime Minister of Sweden (1996–2006)
* 1950 – Daniel Benzali, Brazilian-American actor
* 1950 – Liza Goddard, British actress
* 1950 – Edward Hirsch, American poet
* 1950 – Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1950 – Mahamane Ousmane, President of Niger
* 1951 – Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor
* 1951 – Ian Hill, British musician (Judas Priest)
* 1952 – Paul Stanley, American musician (Kiss)
* 1953 – Jeffrey Epstein, American financier and convicted sex offender
* 1953 – Colleen Zenk Pinter, American actress
* 1954 – Rudy La Scala, Venezuelan singer-songwriter
* 1954 – Ken Page, American cabaret singer and actor
* 1955 – Joe Doherty, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
* 1955 – Wyatt Knight, American actor
* 1955 – Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer
* 1956 – Maria Larsson, Swedish politician
* 1956 – Bill Maher, American author, comedian, and political analyst
* 1958 – Lorenzo Lamas, American actor
* 1959 – Tami Hoag, American novelist
* 1959 – R.A. Salvatore, American author
* 1960 – Apa Sherpa, Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer, summitted Everest 19 times
* 1960 – Scott Thunes, American musician (Frank Zappa)
* 1960 – Will Wright, American computer game designer
* 1963 – Firebreaker Chip, American professional wrestler
* 1963 – James Denton, American actor
* 1964 – Ozzie Guillén, Venezuelan-born baseball player and manager
* 1964 – Ron Harper, American basketball player
* 1964 – Kazushige Nojima, Japanese game scenario writer
* 1965 – Colin Calderwood, Scottish footballer
* 1965 – Warren Joyce, English footballer
* 1965 – Greg Kriesel, American bassist (The Offspring)
* 1965 – John Michael Montgomery, American singer
* 1965 – Heather Small, British Soul Singer
* 1965 – Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
* 1965 – Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer
* 1966 – Stacey Dash, American actress
* 1966 – Tracii Guns, American guitarist
* 1966 – Rainn Wilson, American actor
* 1968 – Nick Anderson, American basketball player
* 1968 – Melissa Rivers, American reporter and actress
* 1969 – Patrick K. Kroupa, American computer hacker
* 1969 – Nicky Wire, British musician (Manic Street Preachers)
* 1970 – Mitch Benn, UK comedian, songwriter and actor
* 1970 – Kerri Kenney-Silver, American actress
* 1970 – Edwin McCain, American singer-songwriter
* 1970 – Skeet Ulrich, American actor
* 1971 – Gary Barlow, English singer (Take That)
* 1971 – Brian Giles, American baseball player
* 1971 – Derrick Green, American singer (Sepultura)
* 1971 – Wakanohana Masaru, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 66th Yokozuna
* 1971 – Gerard McDonnell, Irish mountaineer (d. 2008)
* 1971 – Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, American drummer (The Roots)
* 1973 – Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant
* 1974 – David Dei, Italian footballer
* 1975 – David Eckstein, American baseball player
* 1975 – Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver
* 1976 – Kirsty Gallacher, Scottish television presenter
* 1976 – Gretha Smit, Dutch speed skater
* 1977 – Melody, Belgian singer
* 1977 – Sid Wilson, American Musician, (Slipknot)
* 1978 – Joy Giovanni, American actress and glamour model
* 1978 – Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete
* 1978 – Allan Søgaard, Danish footballer
* 1978 – Luciano Zauri, Italian footballer
* 1979 – Asaka Kubo, Japanese gravure idol of 20th Century
* 1979 – Shang Yi, Chinese footballer
* 1979 – Will Young, British singer
* 1980 – Philippe Cousteau, Jr., French oceanographer; grandson of Jacques Cousteau
* 1980 – Brigitte Olivier, Belgian judoka
* 1981 – Daniel Cudmore, Canadian actor
* 1981 – Brendan Fevola, Australian Rules Football Player
* 1981 – Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
* 1981 – Owen Hargreaves, English footballer
* 1981 – Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress
* 1981 – Jason Richardson, American basketball player
* 1982 – Fredrik Strømstad, Norwegian footballer
* 1982 – Joe Swash, English actor
* 1983 – Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican baseball player
* 1983 – Paula Taylor, English-Thai actress, model and presenter
* 1983 – Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
* 1984 – Toni Gonzaga, Filipina actress and singer
* 1984 – Olivia Hallinan, English actress
* 1986 – Derek Fathauer, American professional golfer
* 1987 – Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (d. 2011)
* 1988 – Denisse Lara, American singer-songwriter
* 1988 – Jeffrén Suárez, Spanish footballer
* 1988 – Benjamin Ulrich, German rugby player
* 1989 – Washington, Brazilian footballer
* 1991 – Jolyon Palmer, English racing driver; son of Jonathan Palmer

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