Sunday, December 20, 2015

December 20 Birthdays

1494 – Oronce Finé, French mathematician and cartographer (d. 1555)
1537 – John III of Sweden (d. 1592)
1626 – Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German scholar and politician (d. 1692)
1641 – Urban Hjärne, Swedish chemist, geologist, and physician (d. 1724)
1717 – Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French politician and diplomat, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1787)
1740 – Arthur Lee, American physician and diplomat (d. 1792)
1786 – Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer (d. 1853)
1792 – Nicolas Toussaint Charlet, French painter (d. 1845)
1833 – Samuel Mudd, American physician (d. 1883)
1838 – Edwin Abbott Abbott, English theologian, author, and educator (d. 1926)
1841 – Ferdinand Buisson, French academic and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1932)
1860 – Dan Leno, English actor (d. 1904)
1861 – Ferdinand Bonn, German actor (d. 1933)
1861 – Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)
1865 – Elsie de Wolfe, American actress and interior decorator (d. 1950)
1868 – Harvey Samuel Firestone, American businessman, founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company (d. 1938)
1869 – Charley Grapewin, American actor and singer (d. 1956)
1873 – Kan'ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian, author, and academic (d. 1948)
1873 – Mehmet Akif Ersoy, Turkish poet, academic, and politician (d. 1936)
1874 – Frederick Steep, Canadian soccer player (d. 1956)
1881 – Branch Rickey, American baseball player and manager (d. 1965)
1886 – Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (d. 1974)
1888 – Yitzhak Baer, German-Israeli historian and academic (d. 1980)
1888 – Fred Merkle, American baseball player and manager (d. 1958)
1890 – Yvonne Arnaud, French actress and singer (d. 1958)
1890 – Jaroslav Heyrovský, Czech chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)
1891 – Erik Almlöf, Swedish triple jumper (d. 1971)
1893 – Piero Campelli, Italian footballer (d. 1946)
1894 – Robert Menzies, Australian lawyer and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1978)
1898 – Konstantinos Dovas, Greek general and politician, 156th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1973)
1898 – Irene Dunne, American actress and singer (d. 1990)
1901 – Robert J. Van de Graaff, American physicist and academic, invented the Van de Graaff generator (d. 1967)
1902 – Prince George, Duke of Kent (d. 1942)
1902 – Sidney Hook, American philosopher and author (d. 1989)
1904 – Spud Davis, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1984)
1904 – Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian author (d. 1977)
1905 – Bill O'Reilly, Australian cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1992)
1907 – Paul Francis Webster, American soldier and songwriter (d. 1984)
1908 – Dennis Morgan, American actor and singer (d. 1994)
1909 – Vakkom Majeed, Indian journalist and politician (d. 2000)
1911 – Hortense Calisher, American author (d. 2009)
1914 – Harry F. Byrd, Jr., American lieutenant, publisher, and politician (d. 2013)
1915 – Aziz Nesin, Turkish author and poet (d. 1995)
1916 – Michel Chartrand, Canadian union leader and activist (d. 2010)
1917 – David Bohm, American-English physicist, neuropsychologist, and philosopher (d. 1992)
1917 – Cahit Külebi, Turkish poet and author (d. 1997)
1917 – Audrey Totter, American actress and singer (d. 2013)
1918 – Jean Marchand, Canadian union leader and politician, 43rd Secretary of State for Canada (d. 1988)
1922 – George Roy Hill, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)
1922 – Beverly Pepper, American sculptor and painter
1924 – Judy LaMarsh, Canadian soldier, lawyer, and politician, 42nd Secretary of State for Canada (d. 1980)
1925 – Benito Lorenzi, Italian footballer (d. 2007)
1926 – Geoffrey Howe, Welsh lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2015)
1926 – Otto Graf Lambsdorff, German lawyer and politician, German Federal Minister of Economics (d. 2009)
1927 – Michael Beaumont, 22nd Seigneur of Sark, English engineer
1927 – Charlie Callas, American actor and drummer (d. 2011)
1927 – Kim Young-sam, South Korean soldier and politician, 7th President of South Korea (d. 2015)
1931 – Ike Skelton, American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)
1931 – Mala Powers, American actress (d. 2007)
1931 – Terry Sanders, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1932 – Leslie Adams, American composer and educator
1932 – John Hillerman, American actor
1933 – Jean Carnahan, American author and politician
1933 – Olavi Salonen, Finnish runner
1933 – Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist
1935 – Khalid Ibadulla, Pakistani cricketer and sportscaster
1935 – William Julius Wilson, American sociologist and academic
1937 – Charles Denton, English businessman
1938 – John Harbison, American composer and academic
1939 – Tony Bentley, English footballer
1939 – Kathryn Joosten, American actress (d. 2012)
1940 – Pat Chapman, English chef and author, founded The Curry Club
1941 – Tommy Cole, American actor, singer, and makeup artist
1942 – Rana Bhagwandas, Pakistani lawyer and judge, Chief Justice of Pakistan (d. 2015)
1942 – Bob Hayes, American sprinter and football player (d. 2002)
1942 – Jean-Claude Trichet, French banker and economist
1944 – Bobby Colomby, American drummer and producer (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1944 – Jimmie F. Skaggs, American actor (d. 2004)
1945 – Peter Criss, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer (Kiss, Wicked Lester, and Chelsea)
1945 – Sivakant Tiwari, Indian-Singaporean lawyer and author (d. 2010)
1946 – Uri Geller, Israeli-English magician and psychic
1946 – Lesley Judd, English dancer and television host
1946 – Lloyd Mumphord, American football player
1946 – Sonny Perdue, American captain and politician, 81st Governor of Georgia
1946 – John Spencer, American actor (d. 2005)
1946 – Dick Wolf, American director, producer, and screenwriter, created Law & Order franchise
1947 – Roger Alton, English journalist
1947 – Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian singer-songwriter
1947 – Bo Ryan, American basketball player and coach
1948 – Alan Parsons, English keyboard player and producer (The Alan Parsons Project)
1948 – Carol Smart, English sociologist and academic
1948 – Mitsuko Uchida, Japanese-English pianist
1948 – Stevie Wright, English-Australian singer-songwriter (The Easybeats)
1949 – Soumaïla Cissé, Malian engineer and politician
1949 – Cecil Cooper, American baseball player and manager
1949 – Oscar Gamble, American baseball player
1949 – Leigh Hamilton, New Zealand-American actress (d. 2012)
1950 – Geoffrey Grimmett, English mathematician and academic
1950 – Arturo Márquez, Mexican-American composer
1951 – Lynne Featherstone, English blogger and politician
1951 – Christopher Le Brun, English painter and sculptor
1951 – Peter May, Scottish author and screenwriter
1951 – Nuala O'Loan, Baroness O'Loan, Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (1999-2007)
1951 – Marta Russell, American author and activist (d. 2013)
1951 – Joey Silvera, American porn actor and director
1952 – Jenny Agutter, English actress
1952 – Sky Gilbert, Canadian drag queen performer, actor, and author
1954 – Michael Badalucco, American actor and producer
1954 – Sandra Cisneros, American author and poet
1955 – David Breashears, American mountaineer, director, and producer
1955 – Ed Kuepper, German-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Saints, Laughing Clowns, and The Apartments)
1955 – Rory Markas, American sportscaster (d. 2010)
1955 – Binali Yıldırım, Turkish politician
1956 – Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Mauritanian general and politician, President of Mauritania
1956 – Guy Babylon, American keyboard player and songwriter (d. 2009)
1956 – Blanche Baker, American actress and screenwriter
1956 – Andrew Mackenzie, Scottish businessman
1957 – Stephen Bicknell, English organ builder (d. 2007)
1957 – Billy Bragg, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1957 – Anna Vissi, Cypriot singer-songwriter and actress (Epikouri)
1957 – Anita Ward, American singer
1957 – Mike Watt, American singer-songwriter and bass player (Banyan, Minutemen, Dos, The Stooges, and Firehose)
1958 – Doug Nordquist, American high jumper
1958 – James Thomson, American biologist and academic
1959 – Simon Hughes, English cricketer and journalist
1959 – Hildegard Körner, German runner
1959 – Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Polish physicist and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Poland
1959 – Trent Tucker, American basketball player and sportscaster
1960 – Nalo Hopkinson, Jamaican-Canadian author
1960 – Kim Ki-duk, South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter
1961 – Mohammad Fouad, Egyptian singer-songwriter and actor
1961 – Mike Keneally, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dethklok)
1961 – Freddie Spencer, American motorcycle racer
1963 – Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
1963 – Joel Gretsch, American actor
1963 – Iqbal Theba, Pakistani-American actor
1964 – Mark Coleman, American mixed martial artist and wrestler
1965 – Robert Cavanah, Scottish actor and director
1965 – Rich Gannon, American football player and sportscaster
1966 – Matt Neal, English race car driver
1966 – Veronica Pershina, Russian-American figure skater and coach
1966 – Chris Robinson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Black Crowes, Chris Robinson Brotherhood)
1968 – Joe Cornish, English actor, director, and screenwriter
1968 – Karl Wendlinger, Austrian race car driver
1969 – Alain de Botton, Swiss-English philosopher and author
1969 – Brian O'Halloran, American actor
1969 – Zahra Ouaziz, Moroccan runner
1969 – Bobby Phills, American basketball player (d. 2000)
1970 – Nicole de Boer, Canadian actress
1970 – Grant Flower, Zimbabwean cricketer and coach
1970 – Alister McRae, Scottish race car driver
1970 – Jörg Schmidt, German footballer
1971 – Roger J. Beaujard, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Mortician and Malignancy)
1972 – Anders Odden, Norwegian guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Cadaver, Magenta, Satyricon and Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult)
1972 – Anja Rücker, German sprinter
1973 – Maarja Kangro, Estonian author and poet
1973 – David Nedohin, Canadian curler and sportscaster
1973 – Cory Stillman, Canadian ice hockey player
1974 – Die, Japanese guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Dir En Grey)
1974 – Paul Linger, English footballer
1975 – Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer
1975 – Jaydy Michel, Mexican model and actress
1976 – Aubrey Huff, American baseball player and radio host
1976 – Jang Hyuk, South Korean actor
1976 – Adam Powell, Welsh game designer and businessman, co-founded Meteor Games
1976 – Ramon Stoppelenburg, Dutch businessman and author
1976 – Nenad Vučković, Croatian footballer
1978 – Andrei Markov, Russian-Canadian ice hockey player
1978 – Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer
1978 – Bouabdellah Tahri, French runner
1979 – David DeJesus, American baseball player
1979 – George Lamb, English radio and television host
1979 – Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist
1979 – Ramón Rodríguez, Puerto Rican-American actor
1979 – Benedikte Kruse, Norwegian singer and actor (Pitsj)
1980 – Israel Castro, Mexican footballer
1980 – Ashley Cole, English footballer
1980 – Anthony da Silva, French-Portuguese footballer
1980 – Martín Demichelis, Argentinian footballer
1980 – Fitz Hall, English footballer
1981 – Royal Ivey, American basketball player
1981 – Darya Pchelnik, Belarusian hammer thrower
1981 – James Shields, American baseball player
1981 – Roy Williams, American football player
1982 – Keny Arkana, French rapper
1982 – Mohammad Asif, Pakistani cricketer
1982 – David Cook, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Axium and Midwest Kings)
1982 – Kasper Klausen, Danish footballer
1982 – David Wright, American baseball player
1983 – Jonah Hill, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1983 – Chelsea Johnson, American pole vaulter
1983 – Lucy Pinder, English model and actress
1983 – Darren Sammy, Saint Lucian cricketer
1983 – Lara Stone, Dutch model
1983 – Adrián Varela, Mexican singer
1984 – Nikolaos Karabelas, Greek footballer
1984 – Bobby Morley, Australian actor and singer
1984 – David Tavaré, Spanish singer and DJ
1985 – Jillian Grace, American model
1985 – Gilbert Kirwa, Kenyan runner
1986 – Benjamin Brierley, English-German rugby player
1986 – Anoop Desai, American singer-songwriter
1987 – Yutaka Otsuka, Japanese baseball player
1987 – Tariel Zintiridis, Greek martial artist
1988 – Andrés Bottiglieri, Italian–Argentinian footballer
1989 – Allan Hyde, Danish actor, singer, and screenwriter
1990 – JoJo, American singer-songwriter and actress
1990 – Filipp Breytveyt, Russian footballer
1991 – Hunter Gomez, American actor and producer
1991 – Fabian Schär, Swiss footballer, FC Basel
1992 – Ksenia Makarova, Russian-American figure skater
1994 – Jacko Gill, New Zealand shot putter
1994 – Nazriya Nazim, Indian actress
1998 – Ivett Tóth, Hungarian figure skater

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