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Welcome to Today In History for Saturday, July 20, 2024.

On this day in history ..

Famous birthdays for this day ..


  • 1304 - Francesco Petrarch, Italy, poet (Italia Mia)
  • 1513 - Gaspar Schetz, Dutch treasurer-general
  • 1519 - Innocent IX, [Giovanni A Facchinetti], 230th Catholic pope (1591)
  • 1600 - Simon Ives, composer
  • 1663 - Pierre Drevet, French engraver
  • 1709 - James Harris, philosopher
  • 1720 - Ignaz Vitzthumb, composer
  • 1726 - William Jones, composer
  • 1744 - Henri Hamal, composer
  • 1761 - Joseph Lefebvre, composer
  • 1762 - Jakob Haibel, composer
  • 1766 - Thomas Bruce, earl of Elgin & Kincardine, British diplomat
  • 1779 - Ignaz Schuster, composer
  • 1785 - Mahmud II, sultan of Turkey (1808-39)/Westernizer/reformer
  • 1793 - Aleksander Fredro, Polish comedy writer (Pan Jowiolski)
  • 1796 - Edward Hodges, composer
  • 1803 - Jakob Zeugheer, composer
  • 1803 - Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet
  • 1804 - Richard Owen, British zoologist
  • 1806 - John Sterling, writer (Representative Victorian)
  • 1811 - James Bruce, earl of Elgin & Kincardine, governor (Jamaica)
  • 1814 - Ivan S Gagarin, Russian theologist
  • 1816 - William Bowman, English anatomist
  • 1819 - Paul Henrion, composer
  • 1824 - Alexander Schimmelfennig, Prussia, Brig General (Union volunteers)
  • 1836 - Thomas C Allbutt, English physiologist (Diseases of the Heart)
  • 1837 - Hans Sommer, composer
  • 1847 - Max Liebermann, German impressionist painter
  • 1852 - Theodorus Heemskerk Jzn, lawyer/Dutch premier (AR, 1908-13) [or 1/20]=
  • 1853 - Geo[rge] Poggenbeek, Dutch water colors painter
  • 1860 - Johannes Walter, German geologist (Denudation of the Wilderness)
  • 1864 - Erik Karlfeldt, Sweden, poet (Nobel 1918-refused; 1931-posthumous)
  • 1870 - Vladimir D Nabokov, Russian jurist/minister of Justice (1918-19)
  • 1872 - Alick Maclean, composer
  • 1872 - Deodat de Severac, composer
  • 1873 - Witold Maliszewski, composer
  • 1880 - Hermann earl Keyserling, German philosopher/writer
  • 1881 - Leon de Smet, Flemish painter
  • 1885 - Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian/critic
  • 1887 - Willem H Drucker, Dutch lawyer
  • 1889 - John Charles Reith, 1st Baron Reith, 1st dir-gen BBC (1927-38)
  • 1890 - Theda Bara, [Theodosia Goodman], Cincinnati, actress (Love Goddeses)
  • 1890 - Verna Felton, Salinas Calif, actress (Hilda-December Bride)
  • 1893 - Alexander, king of Greece (1917-20)
  • 1893 - Richard Billinger, Austria poet/writer (From Where I Came)
  • 1897 - Tadeusz Reichstein, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950)
  • 1900 - Gottfried von Haberler, Austrian economist
  • 1900 - Maurice Gilliams, Flemish writer/poet/essayist (Maria's Life)
  • 1900 - Maurice Leyland, prolific cricket left-handed batsman (England)
  • 1901 - Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist
  • 1902 - Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Bicycle Thiefs)
  • 1902 - Dilys Powell, English writer (Descent from Parnassus)
  • 1903 - Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician
  • 1905 - Molly Mary Nesta Keane, writer
  • 1908 - Gunnar de Frumerie, composer
  • 1909 - Eric Rowan, S African cricketer (prolific batsman pre- & post-WWII)
  • 1910 - Cicely Veronica Wedgwood, British historian (William the Silent)
  • 1911 - Baqa Jilani, Indian cricket fast bowler (Test 1936)
  • 1911 - William Dillard, trumpeter/singer
  • 1912 - Andrew Long, Scottish author (Blue Book of Fairy Tales)
  • 1912 - Frederick Ferrari, crazy Gang Member
  • 1912 - John Dacie, hematologist
  • 1912 - Thijmen Kuijt, resistance fighter/co-found newspaper (The Typhoon)
  • 1913 - Lucien Goldmann, Romania/Fren sociologist/philosopher (Le dieu cach‚)
  • 1914 - William John Phillips, actor (Nothing but a Man)
  • 1919 - Edmund Hillary, NZ, one of 1st 2 men to scale Mt Everest
  • 1920 - Elliot L Richardson, Attorney General (1973)/Sec of Defense (1973)
  • 1920 - Jack Harman, British general
  • 1920 - Jeffrey Petersen, British diplomat
  • 1920 - Lev Aronin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1950)
  • 1921 - Frederick Schroeder Jr, tennis champ (US Open-1942)
  • 1922 - Miroslav "Standa" Bares, Czech/Dutch actor/director (Billy Budd)
  • 1924 - Hans Lodeizen, [Johannes A Frederik], Dutch poet (Inner Self)
  • 1924 - Lola Albright, Akron Ohio, actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad)
  • 1924 - Thomas Berger, US, novelist (Vital Parts, Little Big Man)
  • 1925 - Jacques Delors, French economist/chairman European Committee (1985-95)
  • 1927 - Anthony Cavendish, British MI 6 agent/banker
  • 1927 - Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor/composer
  • 1928 - Jan Meyers, (Rep-R-Kansas, 1985- )
  • 1928 - Pavel Kohout, writer
  • 1928 - Peter Ind, jazz musician
  • 1930 - Arthur U Spronken, sculptor
  • 1930 - Sally Ann Howes, London England, actress (Dead of Night)
  • 1930 - Yuri Petrovich Artyukin, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 14)
  • 1932 - Nam June Paik, Seoul Korea, video artist (Medium is the Medium)
  • 1933 - Aliki Vouyouklaki, actress (Madalena)
  • 1933 - Jose Vicente Asuar, composer
  • 1933 - Nelson Doubleday, publisher (Doubleday)/owner (NY Mets)
  • 1934 - Doug Padgett, cricketer (England batsman twice in 1960)
  • 1934 - Ralph C RInzler, folklorist (Greenbriar Boys)
  • 1934 - Uwe Johnson, writer
  • 1935 - Lord Peter Palumbo, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1935 - Ted Rogers, Kennington London, comedian (Aladdin, Cinderella)
  • 1936 - Barbara A Mikulski, (Rep-D-MD, 1977-86/Sen-D-MD, 1986- )
  • 1936 - Butch Baird, Chicago IL, PGA golfer (1961 Waco Turner Open)
  • 1936 - Kaleria Fadicheva, ballerina
  • 1938 - Diana Rigg, Doncaster England, actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Hospital)
  • 1938 - Jo Ann Campbell, Jacksonville Fla, Lawrence Welk's champagne lady
  • 1938 - Lord McGowan
  • 1938 - Natalie Wood, [Natasha Gurdin], SF, (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause)
  • 1939 - Judy Chicago, [Cohen], Chicago, artist (Dinner Party)
  • 1940 - Tony Oliva, ball player, batting champ (AL Rookie of Year 1964)
  • 1941 - Vladimir Afanasiyevich Lyakhov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 32/34, T-9, TM-6)
  • 1942 - T G Sheppard, [William Browder], Humbolt Tn, singer (Devil in Bottle)
  • 1943 - Chris Amon, Grand Prix racer
  • 1943 - John Lodge, Birmingham, bassist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)
  • 1944 - Wim Van Drimmelen, Dutch sect Science Council of Government policy
  • 1945 - Betty Burfeindt, LPGA golfer
  • 1945 - John Lodge, rocker
  • 1945 - Larry E Craig, (Rep-R-Idaho, 1981- )
  • 1945 - Viscount Petersham, English large landowner
  • 1946 - Kim Carnes, Pasadena Ca, rock vocalist (Bette Davis Eyes)
  • 1947 - Carlos Santana, Mexico, rock guitarist (Santana-Black Magic Woman)
  • 1947 - Gerd Binnig, Frankfurt, physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986)
  • 1947 - James Harris, Monroe La, NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego)
  • 1948 - Mary Dwyer, LPGA golfer
  • 1948 - Richard H Lehman, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )
  • 1951 - Larry Black, Miami Fla, 4x100 runner (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1954 - Jay Jay French, NYC, guitarist (Twisted Sister-Not Gonna Take It)
  • 1955 - Michael Anthony, rocker (Van Halen)
  • 1956 - Charlie Magri, world champ flyweight boxer (1983)
  • 1956 - Mima Jausovec, Yugoslavia, tennis player (French Open-1977)
  • 1956 - Paul Cook, London, rock drummer (Sex Pistols)
  • 1957 - Donna Dixon, Va, Mrs Dan Ackwoyd/actress (Couch Trip, Bossom Buddies)
  • 1957 - Larry Rinker, Stuart FL, Nike golfer (1985 Bing Crosby Pro-Am-2nd)
  • 1957 - Merlina Defranco, rocker (Defranco Family)
  • 1958 - Michael McNeill, synthesizer (Simple Minds-Don't You Forget About Me)
  • 1958 - Mike McNeil, rocker
  • 1959 - Radney Foster, Del Rio Tx, singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You)
  • 1960 - Katie Rabbet, London England, Prince Andrew's former girlfriend
  • 1960 - Lauren Gregg, Rochester Minn, US women's soccer coach (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 - Jenny Spangler, Monroe Wisc, marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 - Paula Ivan, Romanian runner (world record mile)
  • 1964 - Murray Craven, Medicine Hat, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1965 - Stone Gossard, musician with Pearl Jam
  • 1966 - Beth Coats, Albuquerque NM, biathelete (Olympics-1994)
  • 1966 - Carlo L'Ami, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1966 - Mike Pero, Picton Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 CPGA Winter)
  • 1966 - Tracey Mcfarlane, US breaststroke swimmer (US record 100m)
  • 1967 - Akihito Sugisawa, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1967 - Ian Beckles, NFL guard (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1967 - Jon Normile, Cleve Oh, fencer (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 - Chris Kennedy, actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
  • 1968 - Chris Tsangaris, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1968 - Robert Rodriguez, director (El Mariachi, Desperado)
  • 1970 - ?, 1st baby born on Alcatraz Island
  • 1970 - Dean Wells, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1970 - Shannon Baker, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1970 - Tom Sherrer, Syracuse NY, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Cleveland Open-2nd)
  • 1971 - Bernard Whittington, NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 - Charles Johnson, Fort Pierce Fla, catcher (US Olympics 1992, Marlins)
  • 1971 - Ed Giddins, cricketer (promising Sussex pace bowler, England A 1995)
  • 1971 - Ron Stone, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 - Tom Tovo, WLAF defensive tackle (London Monarchs)
  • 1971 - William Deering Jr, South Bend Indiana, pole vaulter
  • 1972 - Jay Barker, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 - Jozef Stumpel, NHL forward (Team Kazakhstan 1998, LA Kings)
  • 1973 - Peter Forsberg, Ornskoldsvik Swe, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1974 - Kevin Meadows, gay rights activist
  • 1975 - Ray Allen, NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1977 - Julia Syriani, Miss Universe-Lebanon (1996)
  • 1977 - Shany Kedmy, Israel, Women's 470 yachter (Oly-14th-1996)
  • 1978 - Charlie Korsmo, actor (Dick Tracy, What About Bob)
  • 1978 - Denny Mendez, Miss Italy Universe (1997)
  • 1978 - Jen Grubb, Elk Hart Indiana, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
  • 1991 - Scout Larue Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore

Famous deaths for this day ..

  • 0833 - Ansegis/Ansegius, French abbot of Fontenelle/author, dies at about 63
  • 1031 - Robert II de Vrome, King of France (996-1031), dies
  • 1201 - Agnes of France, queen of France, dies [or 7/18]
  • 1322 - Frederik II van Sierck, bishop of Utrecht (1317-22), dies
  • 1454 - Johan II, King of Castili‰, dies at 49
  • 1573 - Lancelot of Brederode, water beggar, beheaded
  • 1597 - Franciscus Raphelengius [French of Ravelingen], Neth publisher, dies
  • 1607 - Paulus Merula, Dutch lawyer/historian (Historia Belgica), dies at 48
  • 1609 - Federico Zuccari, Italian Mannerist painter, dies at about 69
  • 1613 - Heinrich Julius, [von Braunschweig-Wolfenbttel], duke, dies
  • 1636 - John Oldham, trader in Mass, murdered by indians
  • 1732 - Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, composer, dies at 51
  • 1752 - John C Pepusch, English composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at about 85
  • 1762 - Christoph Nichelsmann, German klavecinist/composer, dies
  • 1766 - Isabelle Farnese, queen of Spain, dies
  • 1808 - Fran‡ois-Hippolyte Barthelemon, composer, dies at 66
  • 1819 - John Playfair, Scottish geologist/mathematician, dies
  • 1824 - Joan M Kemper, lawyer (layed-out Civil Code), dies
  • 1825 - Joseph-Denis Doche, composer, dies at 58
  • 1859 - Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Fantasy), dies
  • 1866 - Faa di Bruno, Italian captain (Er d'italia, Lissa), commits suicide
  • 1866 - G F Berhard Riemann, German mathematician (zeta-function), dies
  • 1868 - Antoine Prumier, composer, dies at 75
  • 1868 - Jan Bedrich Kittl, composer, dies at 62
  • 1881 - Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, English 1st baron of Hesketh, dies
  • 1888 - Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter, dies
  • 1893 - Tom Kelly, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1977-79, 64 runs), dies
  • 1898 - Yuri Arnold, composer, dies at 86
  • 1903 - Leo XIII, [Vincenzo G Pecci], Pope (1878-1903), dies at 93
  • 1908 - Federico Chueca, composer, dies at 62
  • 1914 - Leo van Gheluwe, composer, dies at 76
  • 1923 - Pancho Villa, [Doroteo Arango], Mexican rebel, murdered at 55
  • 1927 - Ferdinand I VAM, King of Romania, dies at 61
  • 1936 - Arthur Battelle Whiting, composer, dies at 75
  • 1936 - Jos‚ Sanjurjo y Sacanell, Spanish general/high director, dies
  • 1937 - Guglielmo Marconi, Ital engineer/marquis (radio, Nobel 1909), dies
  • 1939 - Joseph Mendes da Costa, sculptor, dies
  • 1940 - Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
  • 1942 - Patric Cobb, British sea officer, dies in battle
  • 1944 - Arthur J Treadwell, English mayor of Stoke Newington, dies at about 71
  • 1944 - Brandt, col/German staff chief, dies in bombing
  • 1944 - Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, count/German antifascist colonel, dies
  • 1944 - Friedrich Olbricht, German general (July 20th plotter), executed
  • 1944 - Heinz Burns, German (Olympic-gold-1936), dies in bombing
  • 1944 - Korten, chef gen of Germany Luftwaffe, dies in bomb explosion
  • 1944 - Ludwig Beck, gen/chief Germany general staff (July 20th plot), dies
  • 1944 - Mertz, German colonel (July 20th plotter), executed
  • 1944 - Pierre Vi‚not, French ambassador to London/writer, dies
  • 1944 - Rudolf Schmundt, gen/Hitler's Army adjunct, dies from wounds
  • 1944 - Werner von Haeffen, German lieutenant (July 20th plotter), executed
  • 1945 - Arthur Seccull, S Africa cricketer (Test v England 1896), dies
  • 1945 - Paul Val‚ry, French poet (Le cimetiŠre Marin, Mon Faust), dies at 73
  • 1951 - Abdullah Ibn Hussein, Jordan's King (1946-51), killed in Jerusalem
  • 1951 - Mustafa Shuqri Ashu, tailor/murderer of king Abdullah, shot to death
  • 1954 - Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), dies at 52
  • 1956 - Ken Burn, cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies
  • 1957 - Phil Hanna, singer (Once Upon a Tune), dies at 46
  • 1958 - Franklin Pangborn, dies at 69
  • 1959 - Harry Fox II, dies at 77
  • 1962 - Andr‚ Renard, Belgium worker's union leader (MSU), dies at 51
  • 1962 - George MacAulay Trevelyan, English royal historian, dies at 86
  • 1966 - Julien Carette, dies of burns at 68
  • 1968 - Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies
  • 1969 - Roy Hamilton, rocker, dies at 40
  • 1973 - Bruce Lee, [Lee Yuen Kam], actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at 32
  • 1974 - Allen Jenkins, actor (Fugitive from a Chain Gang), dies at 74
  • 1976 - Tom Lowry, cricketer (early New Zealand Test captain), dies
  • 1977 - Carter De Haven, actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
  • 1977 - F G Jnger, writer, dies
  • 1983 - Frank Reynolds, news anchor (ABC Evening News), dies at 59
  • 1984 - Gail Kubik, US composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), dies at 69
  • 1984 - Jim [James] Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running), dies at 52
  • 1986 - Helen Craig, actress (Rich Man Poor Man), dies at 74
  • 1987 - Richard Egan, actor (Big Cube, Amsterdam Kill), dies at 63
  • 1989 - Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, commander (French resistance), dies
  • 1989 - Mary Treen, actress (Career, Rock-a-bye Baby), dies at 71
  • 1990 - Sara Heyblom, Dutch actress (Obsessions, Pygmalion), dies
  • 1991 - Henri Marius Rellys, dies at 86
  • 1993 - Donald Alexander, System director/producer (East Valley), dies at 79
  • 1994 - Kim II Sung, pres of North-Korea (1948-94), buried
  • 1994 - Paul Delvaux, Belgian surrealistisch painter, dies at 96
  • 1994 - Reginald Hall, endocrinologist, dies at 83
  • 1995 - Helmut Erich Robert Gernsheim, photographer/collector, dies at 82
  • 1995 - Natalia Dmitrevna Shpiller, singer, dies at 85
  • 1996 - Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier, dies at 70
  • 1996 - Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh, journalist, dies at 77
  • 1997 - Linda Stirling, college prof/B movie actress (Pretender), dies at 75



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