December 20 Birthdays in History - December 20 Deaths - December 20 Events



2009 Brittany Murphy, actress, appeared in films, 'Sin City', 'Happy Feet', 'Clueless', 'Riding in Cars with Boys', 'Abandoned', dies in Los Angeles, California at age 32
1990 Joanna Noelle Levesque, also known as JoJo, American Musician
1974 Augie Ojeda, born in Los Angeles, California, baseball infielder 1996 Olympics bronze
1973 Barry Stokes, WLAF offensive linesman for the Rhein Fire
1973 Cory Stillman, Peterborough, NHL center for the Calgary Flames
1973 Jenny Boucek, WNBA guard for the Cleveland Rockers
1973 Muadianvita Kazadi, linebacker for the St. Louis Rams
1972 Jan Caloun, hockey forward, Team Czechoslovakia, Gold Medal 1998 Olympics
1972 Jonathan Wyatt, Lower Hutt New Zealand, 5000m 1996 Olympics
1971 Jerry Ellison, NFL running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1970 Dino Felicetti, hockey forward, Team Italy 1998
1970 Grant Flower, cricketer, bro of Andy Zimbabwe Test opening batsman
1970 Jason Simmons, CFL/WLAF defensive tackle, Roughriders, Claymores
1970 Scott Slutzker, tight end for the Indianapolis Colts
1970 Tony Semple, NFL guard, Detroit Lions
1970 Travis Green, Castlegar, NHL center for the New York Islanders
1969 Bobby Phills, NBA guard, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets
1967 Duncan Kennedy, Burlington California, luger 1994 Olympics
1967 Wendy Hamilton, born in Detroit, Michigan, playmate, Dec, 1991
1966 Chris Robinson, singer, Black Crowes
1966 Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie, Feyenoord
1966 Tim Hauck, NFL safety, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks
1963 Karen Moncrieff, Sacramento California, actress, Xtro 3, Days of Our Lives
1963 Pam Casale, Camden, New Jersey, tennis player, Marco Island finals 1985
1962 Thomas Newberry, NFL guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers
1961 Bonnie Marino, born in Cleveland, Ohio, playmate, Jun, 1990
1961 Gale Gilbert, NFL quarterback for the San Diego Chargers
1961 Nate Newton, NFL guard for the Dallas Cowboys
1960 Carolyn Seaward, Devonshire England, Miss United Kingdom, 1979
1960 John Fitzgerald, Australia, tennis star
1960 Piet Keur, Dutch soccer player/trainer, South Carolina Heerenveen, AZ
1959 David Lutz, NFL guard and tackle, Detroit Lions
1957 Anita Baker, Ward, born in Detroit, Michigan, vocalist, Rapture
1957 Billy Bragg, singer and songwriter
1957 Mike Watt, U.S. bassist, Rockband Firehose
1956 Blanche Baker, born in New York City, actress/Carroll Baker's Daughter, French Postcard
1955 Ed Kuepper, German/Australian, singer and songwriter, Saints
1955 Pierre Bokma, Dutch actor, Avonden, Leedvermaak
1955 Sammy Mitchell, U.S. programmer, Qedit/TSE/Semware
1954 Sandra Cisneros, born in Chicago, Illinois, author, wrote, 'The House on Mango Street', 'Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories', a figure in Chicana literature
1952 Jenny Agutter, born in Taunton, England, actress, Logan's Run, Equus, Amy
1952 Sergio Vastano, Italian actor, Nightclub, Prete Bello
1949 Claudia Jennings, Mary Ellen Chestrerton, Minnesota, playmate, Nov, 1969
1948 "Little" Stevie Wright, rocker, Easybeats
1948 Giuliana Sgrena, Italian Journalist
1948 Alan Parsons, British Musician
1947 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian singer
1947 Peter Crisscoula, born in Brooklyn, New York, rocker, Kiss-Beth
1946 John Spencer, actor, Tommy Mullanney-LA Law
1946 Patti Smith, singer and songwriter
1946 Uri Geller, Israel, psychic, bends forks
1946 Sonny Perdue, American Politician
1946 Dick Wolf, American Producer
1945 Tom Tancredo, American Politician
1944 Robert Colomby, New York City, rock drummer, Blood Sweat and Tears-When I Die
1942 Robert L. Hayes, born in Jacksonville, Florida, 100m/4x100m runner, 2 Gold Medals 1964 Olympics
1942 Bob Hayes, American Athlete
1941 Frank Creton, Suriname/Netherlands painter
1940 Larry Willis, rock keyboardist, Blood, Sweat and Tears
1939 Agatha N "Kim" Weston, U.S. gospel/singer, It Takes Two
1939 Dianne Arndt, artist/photographer
1939 Klaus Schweizer, composer
1938 John Harris Harbison, Orange, New Jersey, composer
1935 Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla, cricketer, 166 on debut Pakistan vs. Australia 1964
1934 Gordon Getty, born in San Francisco, California, fourth child of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, sold Getty Oil to Texaco, became classical music composer, contributes to the San Francisco Opera
1933 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist, world champion, 1961
1932 John Hillerman, actor, Magnum PI
1929 Milan Panic, premier of little Yugoslavia
1928 Charles Donald Adams, singer
1928 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back, Lions
1927 Jim Simpson, sportscaster
1926 David Levine, U.S. painter
1925 Bob de Moor, Flemish comic strip artist, Kuifje, Lion of Flanders
1925 Datuk Seri Mahathir bin Mahamad, premier of Malaysia, 1981-
1925 Frederick Edward Nicklin, architect
1925 Vlastimir Nikolovski, composer
1924 Errol John, Port-of-Spain Trinidad, actor, PT-109, Assault on a Queen
1924 Ingeborg E A "Inge" Beekman, actress, Horizon
1923 Nadine Gordimer, Springs South Africa, novelist
1922 Charita Bauer, Newark, New Jersey, actress, Guiding Light, Aldrich Family
1922 George Roy Hill, dir, Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance
1920 Vaino Linna, born in Urjala, Finland, author, wrote Finnish books, Under the North Star translated into English by Richard Impola
1918 Audrey Totter, Joliet, Illinois, actress, Carpetbaggers, Set-Up
1917 David Bohm, American Scientist
1916 Morrie Schwartz, American Educator
1915 Aziz Nesin, born in Heybeliada, Istanbul, writer, humorist, author of over 100 books, political activist, championed free speech and human rights in Turkey
1911 Hortense Calisher, New York City, novelist, Arts and Letters 1967
1909 Vagn Holmboe, composer
1908 Giulio Cesare Brero, composer
1908 Norman Hackforth, broadcaster
1906 Dick White, head of British secret service, MI-5/MI-6
1906 Irving Krick, meteorologist
1906 Lowell Gilmore, Minnesota, actor, Living Christ Series
1905 "Tiger" Bill O'Reilly, cricketer, mighty Australian leg-spinner
1904 Albert Van Dekker, born in Brooklyn, New York, actor, Dr. Cyclops, Beau Gesture
1904 Hans Burkhardt, artist
1902 George EAE, English prince/earl of St. Andrews
1902 Max Lerner, U.S., columnist, New York Post
1902 Sidney Hook, anticommunist philosopher, Paradoxes of Freedom
1901 Robert Van de Graaff, Alabama, physicist, Mobility of Gaseous Ions
1900 Gabby Harnett, NL MVP 1935
1899 John Sparkman, born in Hartselle, Alabama, Senator-D-Alabama 1946 - 1979
1898 Irene [Marie] Dunne, Louisville, actress, Show Boat, I Remember Mama
1895 Susanne Langer, U.S., philosopher/educator, Philosophy in a New Key
1894 Robert Menzies, Australian PM, 1939-41, 1949-66
1889 Bozidar Sirola, composer
1886 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer
1886 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, California, tennis player, U.S. Open 1909-11
1884 Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl, Dutch nazi collaborator/traitor
1881 Branch Rickey, born in Portsmouth, Ohio, baseball executive, Dodgers
1879 Ramana Maharshi, Indian Philosopher
1876 Jan Van Oudshoorn, Jan K Feylbrief, Dutch writer, Maze of Senses
1876 Walter S. Adams, U.S. astronomer and director of Mount Wilson, 1923 - 1946
1875 T F Powys, Wales, writer, Captain Patch, Goat Green
1872 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer
1871 Henry Kimball Hadley, composer
1870 Pieter C Boutens, Dutch poet, Voices, Carmina
1869 Charley Grapewin, Xenia, Ohio, actor, Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady
1868 Harvey S Firestone, Industrialist, where the rubber meets the road
1868 Harvey S. Firestone, American Businessman
1867 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer
1865 Maude Gonne, Irish nationalist, Irish Joan of Arc
1860 Dan Leno, English Comedian
1859 Antonius J Derkinderen, Dutch painter/etcher
1858 Jean/Johannes T "Jan" Toorop, Dutch painter/graphic artist, 3 Brides
1841 Ferdinand-Edouard Buisson, France, educator, Nobel Peace Prize 1927
1833 Samuel A. Mudd, doctor, convicted of giving medical aid to JW Booth
1825 Romeyn Beck Ayres, Major General Union Army
1819 John Geary, 1st San Francisco postmaster, 1st mayor, May 1, 1850
1813 Samuel J. Kirkwood, Iowa Governor, U.S. Secretary of Interior 1881 - 1882
1812 Achille Peri, composer
1809 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer
1808 Thomas Tinsley Craven, Commander Union Navy
1807 Richard Lucian Page, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1805 Thomas Graham, father of colloid chemistry
1786 Pietro Raimondi, composer
1774 Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, composer
1758 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer
1729 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer
1720 Charles Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie/Young Pretender]
1659 Francois Fagel, Dutch lawyer/statesman
1629 Pieter de Hoogh, Dutch painter
1606 Christoph Schultze, composer
1594 Giovanni Battista Gagliano, composer
1579 John Fletcher, Elizabethan dramatist, Phylaster, baptized
1539 Paul Melissus, German poet/composer











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