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Day History: November-20

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Famous Birthdays


270 - [[Maximinus II]] -Roman emperor (d. 313)

1602 - [[Otto von Guericke]] -German physicist and politician (d. 1686)

1620 - [[Avvakum]] -Russian priest and saint (d. 1682)

1625 - [[Paulus Potter]] -Dutch painter (d. 1654)

1660 - [[Daniel Ernst Jablonski]] -Czech-German theologian and reformer (d. 1741)

1750 - [[Tipu Sultan]] -Indian ruler (d. 1799)

1761 - [[Pope Pius VIII]] -(d. 1830)

1765 - [[Thomas Fremantle (Royal Navy officer)|Thomas Fremantle]] -English admiral and politician (d. 1819)

1781 - [[Karl Friedrich Eichhorn]] -German captain and jurist (d. 1854)

1813 - [[Franc Miklošič]] -Slovenian linguist and philologist (d. 1891)

1839 - [[Christian Wilberg]] -German painter and illustrator (d. 1882)

1841 - [[Victor D'Hondt]] -Belgian mathematician, lawyer, and jurist (d. 1901)

1841 - [[Wilfrid Laurier]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1919)

1849 - [[R. A. Jones]] -English clock and watchmaker (d. 1925)

1851 - [[Margherita of Savoy]] -(d. 1926)

1858 - [[Selma Lagerlöf]] -Swedish author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)

1866 - [[Kenesaw Mountain Landis]] -American lawyer and judge (d. 1944)

1869 - [[Clark Griffith]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1955)

1874 - [[James Michael Curley]] -American politician, 53rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)

1877 - [[Herbert Pitman]] -English ship officer on the RMS Titanic (d. 1961)

1880 - [[Walter Brack]] -German swimmer (d. 1919)

1880 - [[George McBride]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1973)

1881 - [[Arthur Marshall (composer)|Arthur Marshall]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1968)

1882 - [[Andy Coakley]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 1963)

1884 - [[Norman Thomas]] -American minister and politician (d. 1968)

1886 - [[Bray Hammond]] -American historian and author (d. 1968)

1886 - [[Robert Hunter (golfer)|Robert Hunter]] -American golfer (d. 1971)

1886 - [[Karl von Frisch]] -Austrian-German ethologist and zoologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1982)

1889 - [[Edwin Hubble]] -American astronomer and cosmologist (d. 1953)

1892 - [[James Collip]] -Canadian biochemist and academic, co-discovered insulin (d. 1965)

1896 - [[Chiyono Hasegawa]] -Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2011)

1900 - [[Chester Gould]] -American cartoonist, created ''Dick Tracy'' (d. 1985)

1903 - [[Alexandra Danilova]] -Russian-American ballerina and choreographer (d. 1997)

1905 - [[Minoo Masani]] -Indian politician (d. 1998)

1907 - [[Fran Allison]] -American actress and singer (d. 1989)

1907 - [[Henri-Georges Clouzot]] -French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1977)

1908 - [[Alistair Cooke]] -English-American journalist and author (d. 2004)

1910 - [[Willem Jacob van Stockum]] -Dutch mathematician, pilot, and academic (d. 1944)

1912 - [[Otto von Habsburg]] -Austrian-German husband of Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen (d. 2011)

1913 - [[Judy Canova]] -American actress and singer (d. 1983)

1913 - [[Kostas Choumis]] -Greek footballer (d. 1981)

1914 - [[Emilio Pucci]] -Italian fashion designer and politician (d. 1992)

1915 - [[Kon Ichikawa]] -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1916 - [[Michael J. Ingelido]] -American general (d. 2015)

1916 - [[Evelyn Keyes]] -American actress and singer (d. 2008)

1917 - [[Robert Byrd]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 2010)

1917 - [[Bobby Locke]] -South African golfer (d. 1987)

1918 - [[Corita Kent]] -American nun, illustrator, and educator (d. 1986)

1919 - [[Lucilla Andrews]] -Egyptian-Scottish nurse and author (d. 2006)

1919 - [[Phyllis Thaxter]] -American actress (d. 2012)

1921 - [[Jim Garrison]] -American lawyer and judge (d. 1992)

1923 - [[Nadine Gordimer]] -South African author and activist, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

1924 - [[Benoit Mandelbrot]] -Polish-American mathematician and economist (d. 2010)

1924 - [[Henk Vredeling]] -Dutch politician, List of Ministers of Defence of the Netherlands|Dutch Minister of Defence (d. 2007)

1925 - [[Kaye Ballard]] -American actress and singer

1925 - [[Robert F. Kennedy]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 64th United States Attorney General (d. 1968)

1925 - [[Maya Plisetskaya]] -Soviet-born Lithuanian-Spanish ballerina, choreographer, actress, and director (d. 2015)

1926 - [[John Gardner (British writer)|John Gardner]] -English soldier and author (d. 2007)

1926 - [[Terry Hall (ventriloquist)|Terry Hall]] -English ventriloquist (d. 2007)

1926 - [[Tôn Thất Đính]] -Vietnamese general (d. 2013)

1927 - [[Ed Freeman]] -American soldier and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2008)

1927 - [[Estelle Parsons]] -American actress and director

1928 - [[Aleksey Batalov]] -Russian actor and director

1928 - [[John Disley]] -Welsh horse racer

1929 - [[Penelope Hobhouse]] -Irish gardener, author, and educator

1929 - [[Don January]] -American golfer and architect

1930 - [[Bernard Horsfall]] -English-Scottish actor (d. 2013)

1932 - [[Richard Dawson]] -English-American actor and game show host (d. 2012)

1936 - [[Don DeLillo]] -American author and playwright

1936 - [[Charles R. Larson]] -American admiral (d. 2014)

1936 - [[Bill Wallis]] -English actor (d. 2013)

1937 - [[Rhys Isaac]] -South African-Australian historian and author (d. 2010)

1937 - [[René Kollo]] -German tenor and actor

1937 - [[Ruth Laredo]] -American pianist and educator (d. 2005)

1937 - [[Eero Mäntyranta]] -Finnish skier (d. 2013)

1937 - [[Viktoriya Tokareva]] -Russian author and screenwriter

1939 - [[Dick Smothers]] -American actor and singer (Smothers Brothers)

1940 - [[Helma Sanders-Brahms]] -German director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1941 - [[Haseena Moin]] -Pakistani screenwriter and playwright

1941 - [[Oliver Sipple]] -American soldier and activist (d. 1989)

1942 - [[Joe Biden]] -American lawyer and politician, 47th Vice President of the United States

1942 - [[Bob Einstein]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1942 - [[Norman Greenbaum]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1942 - [[Meredith Monk]] -American composer and choreographer

1942 - [[Paulos Faraj Rahho]] -Iraqi archbishop (d. 2008)

1943 - [[Veronica Hamel]] -American actress and producer

1944 - [[Louie Dampier]] -American basketball player and coach

1944 - [[Mike Vernon (record producer)|Mike Vernon]] -English record producer, founded Blue Horizon

1945 - [[Paul Langford]] -English historian and academic

1945 - [[Rick Monday]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1945 - [[Nanette Workman]] -American-Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1946 - [[Duane Allman]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band, Hour Glass (band)|Hour Glass, Derek and the Dominos, and The Allman Joys) (d. 1971)

1946 - [[Greg Cook]] -American football player and sportscaster (d. 2012)

1946 - [[Judy Woodruff]] -American journalist and educator

1947 - [[Joe Walsh]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (Eagles (band)|Eagles, James Gang, and Barnstorm (band)|Barnstorm)

1948 - [[John R. Bolton]] -American lawyer and diplomat, 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1948 - [[Park Chul-soo]] -South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1948 - [[Barbara Hendricks]] -American-Swedish soprano and actress

1948 - [[Richard Masur]] -American actor and director

1949 - [[Jeff Dowd]] -American film producer and activist

1949 - [[Thelma Drake]] -American politician

1951 - [[Rodger Bumpass]] -American actor and singer

1951 - [[David Walters]] -American politician, 24th Governor of Oklahoma

1952 - [[John Van Boxmeer]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1954 - [[Berit Andnor]] -Swedish politician, Minister for Health and Social Affairs (Sweden)|Swedish Minister of Social Affairs

1954 - [[Steve Dahl]] -American radio host and actor

1954 - [[Chris McNeill]] -American ski jumper (d. 2011)

1956 - [[Gareth Chilcott]] -English rugby player

1956 - [[Bo Derek]] -American actress and producer

1956 - [[Mark Gastineau]] -American football player and boxer

1956 - [[Natasha Vlassenko]] -Russian-Australian pianist and educator

1957 - [[Stefan Bellof]] -German race car driver (d. 1985)

1957 - [[Mike Craven (footballer)|Mike Craven]] -English footballer

1957 - [[John Eriksen]] -Danish footballer (d. 2002)

1958 - [[Rickson Gracie]] -Brazilian mixed martial artist

1959 - [[Orlando Figes]] -English historian and academic

1959 - [[Jim McGovern (U.S. politician)|James McGovern]] -American politician

1959 - [[Sean Young]] -American actress and dancer

1960 - [[Marc Labrèche]] -Canadian actor

1961 - [[Jim Brickman]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1961 - [[Tim Harvey]] -English race car driver

1961 - [[Larry Karaszewski]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Dave Watson]] -English footballer and manager

1963 - [[Timothy Gowers]] -English mathematician and academic

1963 - [[Ming-Na Wen]] -Macanese-American actress

1963 - [[Wan Yanhai]] -Chinese-American activist

1964 - [[Boris Dežulović]] -Croatian journalist and author

1964 - [[Sophie Fillières]] -French director and screenwriter

1964 - [[Doug Ford, Jr.]] -Canadian businessman and politician

1964 - [[John MacLean (ice hockey)|John MacLean]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1964 - [[Mark Taylor (footballer, born 1964)|Mark Taylor]] -English footballer and physiotherapist

1965 - [[Yoshiki (musician)|Yoshiki]] -Japanese drummer, songwriter, and producer (X Japan, Skin (Japanese band)|S.K.I.N. and Globe (band)|Globe)

1965 - [[Mike D]] -American rapper and drummer (Beastie Boys and The Latch Brothers)

1965 - [[Sen Dog]] -Cuban-American rapper (Cypress Hill and SX-10)

1965 - [[Jimmy Vasser]] -American race car driver

1966 - [[Kevin Gilbert (musician)]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1996)

1966 - [[Jill Thompson]] -American author and illustrator

1967 - [[Teoman (singer)|Teoman]] -Turkish singer-songwriter and actor

1967 - [[Chris Childs (basketball)|Chris Childs]] -American basketball player

1967 - [[Tarique Rahman]] -Bangladeshi businessman and politician

1968 - [[Tommy Asinga]] -Surinamese runner and veterinarian

1968 - [[Robin M. Canup]] -American astrophysicist

1968 - [[Chew Chor Meng]] -Singaporean actor

1969 - [[Callie Thorne]] -American actress and producer

1970 - [[Matt Blunt]] -American lieutenant and politician, 54th Governor of Missouri

1970 - [[Phife Dawg]] -American rapper (A Tribe Called Quest)

1970 - [[Delia Gonzalez]] -American boxer

1970 - [[Geoffrey Keezer]] -American pianist and educator

1970 - [[Sabrina Lloyd]] -American actress

1970 - [[Joe Zaso]] -American actor and producer

1971 - [[Joey Galloway]] -American football player and sportscaster

1971 - [[Joel McHale]] -American comedian, actor, and producer

1971 - [[Marco Oppedisano]] -American guitarist and composer

1972 - [[Sheema Kalbasi]] -Iranian poet and activist

1973 - [[Angelica Bridges]] -American actress and singer

1973 - [[Neil Hodgson]] -English motorcycle racer and sportscaster

1974 - [[Taavi Veskimägi]] -Estonian businessman and politician

1975 - [[Dierks Bentley]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975 - [[Ryan Bowen]] -American basketball player and coach

1975 - [[J. D. Drew]] -American baseball player

1975 - [[Joshua Gomez]] -American actor

1975 - [[Davey Havok]] -American singer-songwriter and actor (AFI (band)|AFI, Blaqk Audio, and Son of Sam (band)|Son of Sam)

1976 - [[Dominique Dawes]] -American gymnast

1976 - [[Laura Harris]] -Canadian actress

1976 - [[Tusshar Kapoor]] -Indian actor

1976 - [[Jason Thompson (actor)|Jason Thompson]] -Canadian actor

1976 - [[Theodoros Velkos]] -Greek badminton player

1976 - [[Cemal Yıldız]] -Turkish footballer and manager

1977 - [[Rudy Charles]] -American wrestling referee

1977 - [[Daniel Svensson]] -Swedish drummer (In Flames and Diabolique (band)|Diabolique)

1977 - [[Josh Turner]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1978 - [[Freya Lim]] -Taiwanese-Malaysian singer and radio host

1978 - [[Nadine Velazquez]] -American actress and model

1979 - [[Maree Bowden]] -New Zealand netball player

1979 - [[Joseph Hallman]] -American composer and academic

1979 - [[Jacob Pitts]] -American actor

1980 - [[James Chambers (English footballer)|James Chambers]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Eiko Koike]] -Japanese idol and actress

1981 - [[Carlos Boozer]] -American basketball player

1981 - [[Sam Fuld]] -American baseball player

1981 - [[Kimberley Walsh]] -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Girls Aloud)

1982 - [[Margo Stilley]] -American model and actress

1983 - [[Future_(rapper)|Future]] -American rapper

1984 - [[Tashard Choice]] -American football player

1984 - [[Ferdinando Monfardini]] -Italian race car driver

1984 - [[Justin Hoyte]] -English footballer

1985 - [[Juan Cruz Álvarez]] -Argentinian race car driver

1985 - [[Dan Byrd]] -American actor

1985 - [[Aaron Yan]] -Taiwanese singer and actor (Fahrenheit (Taiwanese band)|Fahrenheit)

1986 - [[Ashley Fink]] -American actress and singer

1986 - [[Özer Hurmacı]] -Turkish footballer

1986 - [[Oliver Sykes]] -English singer-songwriter (Bring Me the Horizon)

1988 - [[Max Pacioretty]] -American ice hockey player

1988 - [[Rhys Wakefield]] -Australian actor

1989 - [[Cody Linley]] -American actor

1989 - [[Agon Mehmeti]] -Swedish footballer

1989 - [[Sergei Polunin]] -Ukrainian ballet dancer

1990 - [[Mark Christian]] -Manx cyclist

1991 - [[Anthony Knockaert]] -French footballer

1992 - [[Maiha Ishimura]] -Japanese singer and singer (Berryz Kobo and Hello! Project Kids)

1992 - [[Gaku Matsuda]] -Japanese actor

1992 - [[Yen Santos]] -Filipino actress

1993 - [[Sumire Satō]] -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48)

2000 - [[Connie Talbot]] -English singer

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