August 20 Birthdays in History - August 20 Deaths - August 20 Events
1981 Lauri Illy, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, rhythmic gymnast 1996 Olympics
1980 Corey Carrier, actor, Young Indiana Jones
1978 Sanna Lankosaari, ice hockey right wing, Finland, 1998 Olympics
1974 Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia 1997
1972 Derrick Alston, NBA forward for the Philadelphia 76ers
1971 Bernard Whittington, defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts
1971 Brett Bech, wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints
1971 Ke Huy Quan, Saigon Vietnam, actor, Sam-Together We Stand
1971 Kevin Hickman, NFL tight end, Detroit Lions
1971 Oronde Gadsden, NFL wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys
1971 David Walliams, born in Surrey, England, actor, appeared on 'Little Britain', 'Neighbours', 'Capturing Mary', television shows
1970 Els Callens, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star, 1996 quarterfinalist Essen
1970 Jay McNeil, CFL guard for the Calgary Stampeders
1970 John Carmack, born in Roeland Park, Kansas, game programmer, co-founder of id Software, lead programmer for computer games, 'Quake', 'Doom', 'Commander Keen' series
1970 Fred Durst, American Musician
1969 Bart Spark, soccer player, Veendam, South Carolina Heerenveen
1968 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard 1996 Olympics bronze
1967 Andy Benes, born in Evansville, Indiana, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
1967 Michael "Sean" Hall, Williamsburg, Virginia, rower 1996 Olympics
1966 Courtney Gibbs, Miss USA, 1988, actress, Baywatch
1966 Greg Jackson, NFL strong safety, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers
1966 Steven Finn, Laval, NHL defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings
1964 Giuseppe Giannini, Rome, Italy, soccer player, Rome A Team
1963 Bruce Hick, Australian rower 1996 Olympics
1962 Duffy James Joseph Waldorf, Jr., born in Los Angeles, California, PGA golfer, 1995 LaCantera Tx
1962 Loretta Alderete, born in Los Angeles, California, LPGA golfer, 1992 Oldsmobile-14th
1962 Robert Meyer, Sacramento Cal, Canadian Tour golfer, 1994 Morningstar
1962 James Marsters, American Actor
1961 Linda Mantz, New York City, actress, Frankie-Dorothy
1961 Greg Egan, born in Perth, Western Australia, author, science fiction, books include, 'Permutation City', 'Diaspora', 'Incandescence'
1960 Elizabeth Alda, daughter of Alan Alda, actress, Beth-Four Seasons
1960 Mark Langston, born in San Diego, California, pitcher for the California Angels
1959 Missie McGeorge, Pueblo CO, LPGA golfer, 1994 PING-Cellular One
1958 Lenny Henry, British comedian, 3 of a Kind
1957 Cindy Nicholas, Canada, swimmer, swam English Channel 19 times
1957 Jim "Bullseye" Bowen, British TV game show host
1957 Mike Dodd, Manhattan Beach California beach volleyballer, 1996 Olympics silver
1957 Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
1956 Alvin Greenidge, cricketer, WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff
1956 Joan Allen, Illinois, actress, Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker, In Country
1956 Rick Olsen, rock guitarist, Berlin-Take My Breath Away
1955 Jay Acovone, Mahopac, New York, actor, Det Rado-Hollywood Beat
1955 Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist 1996 Olympics
1955 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist, Bob Color
1954 Al Roker, Queens, New York, weatherman, NBC, Today
1954 Theresa Saldana, born in Brooklyn, New York, actress, Rachel Scali-Commish
1954 William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix, Illinois, basketballer 1976 Olympics gold
1953 Peter Horton, Bellevue Wash, actor, Gary-30 Something
1952 John Emburey, England cricket off-spinner, 1978-95, captain 1988
1952 John Hiatt, U.S. singer and songwriter, Have a Little Faith in Me
1952 Rudy Gatlin, Olney, Texas, country singer, Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady
1951 Greg[ory Dale] Bear, U.S., sci-fi author, 2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity
1951 Phil Lynott, Dublin Ireland, rock bassist, Thin Lizzy
1951 Svetlana Oktyabrevna Omelchenko, Russia, cosmonaut
1951 Greg Bear, American Writer
1948 Robert Plant, English rock vocalist, Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love
1947 James Pankow, born in St. Louis, Missouri, rocker, Chicago
1946 Connie Chung, TV news anchor, NBC, CBS
1944 Graig Nettles, 3rd baseman, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians
1944 Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, 1984-89
1942 Hans-Joachim Klein, born in West Germany, 100m swimmer 1964 Olympics bronze
1942 Isaac Hayes, born in Memphis, Tennessee, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor, Academy-Award winner
1941 Slobodan Milocevic, premier Serbia
1941 William H. Gray, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Representative-D-Pennsylvania 1979 - 1991
1940 Rex Sellers, Australia cricketer leg-spinner, bowled 5 overs in Tests
1940 Sam Melville, Utah, actor, Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks
1940 Ruben Hinojosa, American Politician
1940 Bill McCartney, American Celebrity
1939 Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino Actor
1938 Jean-Loup Jaques Marie Chretien, France, cosmonaut, T-6, TM-7, STS-86
1937 Corrie E Moret-de Jong, Dutch MP, CDA
1937 George Thoma, born in West Germany, cross country ski jumper 1960 Olympics gold
1936 Carla Fracci, Milan Italy, ballerina
1935 Charles Shere, born in Berkeley, California, composer, music critic, Music Director for radio KPFA, Berkeley, wrote book, 'How I Saw Duchamp'
1935 J. J. Malone, U.S. soul singer, It's a shame
1935 Justin Tubb, born in San Antonio, Texas, country singer, Grand Ole Opry
1935 Ron Paul, American Politician
1933 Don Fuqua, born in Jacksonville, Florida, Representative-D-Florida 1967 - 1987
1933 George J. Mitchell, born in Waterville, Maine, Senator-D-Maine 1980 - 1995 and Senate Whip 1989 - 1995
1933 George J. Mitchell, American Politician
1931 Bernhard Becher, photographer, industrialist builder 19th/20th
1929 Norma Connolly, born in Boston, Massachusetts, actress, Ruby Anderson-General Hospital
1924 Jim Reeves, U.S. country singer and actor, Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim
1921 Jack Wilson, cricket slow left-armer, Test for Australia 1956
1921 Jacqueline Susann, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, author, Valley of the Dolls
1920 Istvan Szivos, Hungary, water polo player 1976 Olympics gold
1914 Kitei Sohn, Korean marathon runner/coach 1936 Olympics gold
1913 Conrad Hermann Hubertius Maria Apollinaris Josten, jazz guitarist
1912 Philip Kapleau, founder, Rochester Zen Center in New Haven
1911 Ronald Udell, England, production designer, Pinewood Studios
1910 Eero Saarinen, Finnish/U.S. architect, IBM Building, MIT Chapel
1909 Albert Roberts, cricketer, New Zealand pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37
1909 Andre Morell, born in London, England, actor, Hound of the Baskervilles
1908 Alfonso Lopez, baseball player, AL Manager of the year 1959
1908 Jeanne Stern, writer
1908 John Reginald Bevins, politician
1908 Kingsley Davis, sociologist/demographer, coined, population explosion
1908 Al Lopez, American Coach
1907 Alan Reed, New York City, actor, Mr Adams and Eve, voice, Fred Flintstone
1907 Anatole Fistoulari, conductor
1907 Shirley Booth, Thelma Booth Ford, New York City, actress, Hazel
1907 Stanley Devon, photographer
1905 Duncan Macrae, born in Glasgow, Scotland, actor, Casino Royale, Kidnapped
1905 Jack [Weldon J] Teagarden, U.S. trombonist/actor, Meet Band Leaders
1904 Jaap Burger, chairman, PvdA
1902 Ernest Charles Melvin Patrick Ekundio Marke, club owner
1901 Salvatore Quasimodo, Italy, poet, critic and translator Nobel 1959
1900 Edward J "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player, 1st witnessed 147 break
1899 Hanns Lilje, German Lutherian bishop/antifascist, Church und Welt
1898 G Kraus, director Santpoort, Insanity in Netherlands
1898 Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist, Whom the God's Love
1897 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author, Det Store Spelet
1892 George Aiken, born in Dummerston, Vermont, Governor of Vermont 1937 - 1941, Senator-R-Vermont, 1941 - 1975
1890 H. P. Lovecraft, American Novelist
1889 Witold Friemann, composer
1888 George Sklavos, composer
1886 Paul Tillich, German/U.S. theologist, Die sozial Entscheidung
1885 Dino Campana, Italian poet, Canti orfici
1881 Edgar Albert Guest, born in Detroit, Michigan, poet/newspaperman
1881 Nikolay Yakovlevich Myaskovsky, composer
1873 Eliel Saarinen, Finland, architect, GM Tech Institute, Michigan
1873 William Henry Bell, composer
1860 Raymond Poincare, France, president/PM, 1912
1856 Innokenti F Annenski, Russian poet/interpreter, Laodania
1842 Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter
1833 Benjamin Harrison, born in North Bend, Ohio, R, 23rd President, 1889-1893
1832 Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe, inventor
1824 Absalom Baird, Major General Union Army
1820 Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer
1811 Gilman Marston, Brigadier General Union volunteers
1802 Cadwalader Ringgold, Commander Union Navy
1799 Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern, German liberal politician
1788 Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer
1785 Oliver Hazard Perry, U.S. Naval hero, "We have met the enemy"
1779 Freiherr Jons J Berzelius, Swedish chemist, atomic weight
1778 Bernardo O'Higgins, won independence for Chile
1764 Charles F Bentinck, Dutch minister of Colonies
1756 Bernardo Bittoni, composer
1720 Bernard de Bury, composer
1710 Thomas Simpson, English mathematician, rules of Simpson
1702 Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-Field Marshal
1666 Alphonse d' Eve, composer
1665 Bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar, Gekrookte Reed
1637 Cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor/co-owner of Surinam
1625 Thomas Corneille, French playwright
1561 Jacopo Peri, composer
1526 Peter Opmeer, church historian/humanist, Historia Martyrum
1517 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, cardinal/viceroy of Naples, 1571-75