Monday, February 20, 2012

February 20 Birthdays

* 1631 – Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds, English statesman (d. 1712)
* 1633 – Jan de Baen, Dutch portrait painter (d. 1702)
* 1743 – Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet (d. 1825)
* 1745 – Henry James Pye, English poet (d. 1813)
* 1751 – Johann Heinrich Voß, German poet (d. 1826)
* 1753 – Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (d. 1815)
* 1757 – John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, English philanthropist (d. 1834)
* 1759 – Johann Christian Reil, German physician, founder of psychiatry (d. 1813)
* 1794 – William Carleton, Irish novelist (d. 1869)
* 1802 – Charles de Bériot, Belgian violinist (d. 1870)
* 1819 – Alfred Escher, Swiss politician, railroad entrepreneur (d. 1882)
* 1839 – Benjamin Waugh, social reformer; founder of the NSPCC (d. 1908)
* 1844 – Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist (d. 1906)
* 1844 – Joshua Slocum, Canadian seaman and adventurer (d. 1909)
* 1848 – Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
* 1850 – Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
* 1866 – Carl Westman, Swedish architect and designer (d. 1936)
* 1879 – Hod Stuart, Canadian hockey player (d. 1907)
* 1867 – Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife (d. 1931)
* 1880 – Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French aristocrat and novelist (d. 1923)
* 1887 – Vincent Massey, Governor-General of Canada (d. 1967)
* 1888 – Georges Bernanos, French writer (d. 1948)
* 1893 – Russel Crouse, American playwright (d. 1966)
* 1893 – Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist (d. 1993)
* 1898 – Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (d. 1951)
* 1899 – Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman (d. 1992)
* 1901 – Cecil Harmsworth King, English newspaper owner (d. 1987)
* 1901 – Muhammad Naguib, President of Egypt (d. 1984)
* 1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer (d. 1984)
* 1904 – Alexei Kosygin, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1980)
* 1906 – Gale Gordon, American television and radio actor (d. 1995)
* 1907 – Malcolm Atterbury, American actor (d. 1992)
* 1912 – Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
* 1913 – Tommy Henrich, American baseball player (d. 2009)
* 1914 – John Daly, South African–born broadcaster (d. 2001)
* 1917 – Juan Vicente Torrealba, Venezuelan harpist and composer
* 1918 – Leonore Annenberg, American billionaire (d. 2009)
* 1919 – James O'Meara, British Battle of Britain Spitfire Flying Ace (d. 1974)
* 1920 – Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)
* 1923 – Forbes Burnham, President of Guyana (d. 1985)
* 1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, American socialite and clothing designer
* 1925 – Robert Altman, American film director (d. 2006)
* 1925 – Tochinishiki Kiyotaka, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 44th Yokozuna (d. 1990)
* 1925 – Heinz Kluncker, German trade union leader (d. 2005)
* 1926 – Richard Matheson, American author
* 1927 – Roy Cohn, American lawyer (d. 1986)
* 1927 – Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2005)
* 1927 – Sidney Poitier, American actor
* 1929 – Amanda Blake, American actress (d. 1989)
* 1930 – Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer (d. 2007)
* 1932 – Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
* 1934 – Bobby Unser, American racing driver
* 1936 – Marj Dusay, American actress
* 1936 – Larry Hovis, American actor (d. 2003)
* 1936 – Shigeo Nagashima, Japanese baseball player and coach
* 1937 – Robert Huber, German chemist, Nobel laureate
* 1937 – Roger Penske, American racing driver, race team owner and entrepreneur
* 1937 – Nancy Wilson, American singer
* 1938 – Richard Beymer, American actor
* 1939 – Frank Arundel, English footballer (d.1994)
* 1940 – Jimmy Greaves, English footballer
* 1941 – Lim Kit Siang, Democratic Socialist opposition party in Malaysia
* 1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer
* 1942 – Phil Esposito, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1942 – Charlie Gillett, British radio DJ
* 1942 – Mitch McConnell, American politician, senior senator of Kentucky
* 1942 – Claude Miller, French film director and screenwriter
* 1943 – Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist
* 1943 – Antonio Inoki, Japanese professional wrestler
* 1943 – Mike Leigh, British film director
* 1944 – Robert de Cotret, Canadian politician (d. 1999)
* 1944 – Willem van Hanegem, Dutch footballer and coach
* 1945 – Andrew Bergman, American screenwriter and film director
* 1945 – Brion James, American actor (d. 1999)
* 1945 – Annu Kapoor, Indian actor
* 1946 – Brenda Blethyn, English actress
* 1946 – Richard Cocciante, French-Italian singer and songwriter
* 1946 – Sandy Duncan, American singer and actress
* 1946 – J. Geils, American guitarist (The J. Geils Band)
* 1947 – André van Duin, Dutch comedian
* 1947 – Eggert Magnusson, Icelandic football executive
* 1947 – Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
* 1947 – Peter Strauss, American actor
* 1948 – Pierre Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1948 – Jennifer O'Neill, Brazilian-born actress
* 1949 – Mab Segrest, American writer and activist
* 1949 – Ivana Trump, Czech-born American socialite
* 1950 – Walter Becker, American guitarist (Steely Dan)
* 1950 – Ken Shimura, Japanese performer and actor
* 1950 – Tony Wilson, British journalist and impresario (d. 2007)
* 1951 – Edward Albert, American actor (d. 2006)
* 1951 – Gordon Brown, British Member of Parliament, Prime Minister (2007–2010)
* 1951 – Randy California, American guitarist (Spirit) (d. 1997)
* 1951 – Phil Neal, English footballer
* 1953 – Riccardo Chailly, Italian conductor
* 1953 – Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
* 1954 – Jon Brant, American musician (Cheap Trick)
* 1954 – Anthony Head, English actor
* 1954 – Patty Hearst, American socialite
* 1954 – Billy Pontoni, Colombian musician
* 1956 – Charlie Adler, American voice actor
* 1956 – Rick Green, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1957 – Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
* 1958 – James Wilby, English actor
* 1959 – Bill Gullickson, American baseball player
* 1960 – Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
* 1960 – Kee Marcello, Swedish guitarist
* 1961 – Imogen Stubbs, British actress
* 1962 – Kenn Nesbitt, American children's author
* 1963 – Charles Barkley, American basketball player
* 1963 – Ian Brown, English singer (The Stone Roses)
* 1963 – Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
* 1963 – Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
* 1964 – Rodney Rowland, American actor
* 1964 – French Stewart, American actor
* 1965 – Ron Eldard, American actor
* 1966 – Cindy Crawford, American model
* 1967 – Kurt Cobain, American musician (Nirvana) (d. 1994)
* 1967 – David Herman, American comedian
* 1967 – Katherine Soucie, American voice actress
* 1967 – Andrew Shue, American television actor
* 1967 – Lili Taylor, American actress
* 1968 – Ted Hankey, English darts player
* 1969 – Vaginal Davis, American drag queen and performance artist
* 1969 – Siniša Mihajlović, Serbian footballer
* 1969 – Gedo, Japanese professional wrestler
* 1969 – Danis Tanovic, Bosnian film director and screenwriter
* 1969 – Tommy Vardell, American football player
* 1971 – Calpernia Addams, transgender activist
* 1971 – Jari Litmanen, Finnish footballer
* 1971 – Shawn McKenzie, American programmer
* 1972 – Brent Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1972 – K-OS, Canadian musician/rapper
* 1973 – Kimberley Davies, Australian actress
* 1973 – Rohan Alexander, Jamaican-born cricketer
* 1974 – Ophelie Winter, French actress
* 1975 – Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
* 1975 – Brian Littrell, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
* 1976 – Rohan Gavaskar, Left-handed batsman, India ODI 2004 (son of Sunil Gavaskar)
* 1976 – Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness)
* 1976 – Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
* 1977 – Bartosz Kizierowski, Polish swimmer
* 1977 – Stephon Marbury, American basketball player
* 1977 – T.J. Slaughter, American football player
* 1977 – Amal Hijazi, Lebanese singer and model
* 1978 – Lauren Ambrose, American actress
* 1978 – Jakki Degg, English glamour model/actress
* 1978 – Jay Hernandez, American actor
* 1978 – Julia Jentsch, German actress
* 1980 – Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
* 1980 – Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
* 1981 – Tony Hibbert, English footballer
* 1981 – Fred Jackson, American football player
* 1981 – Chris Thile, American musician
* 1982 – Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
* 1983 – Jose Morales, Puerto Rican baseball player
* 1983 – Justin Verlander, American baseball player
* 1984 – Brian McCann, American baseball player
* 1984 – Gilles Pagnon, French-German rugby player
* 1984 – Ramzee Robinson, American football player
* 1985 – Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
* 1985 – Yulia Volkova, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
* 1986 – Diego Reis, Brazilian footballer
* 1988 – Rihanna, Barbadian singer
* 1988 – Jiah Khan, Indian actress
* 1989 – Iga Wyrwal, Polish glamour model
* 1991 – Giovanni Kyeremateng Italian footballer

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