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Pietro Aretino

Pietro Aretino (April 20, 1492-October 21, 1556)

Pietro Aretino was an Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist, and blackmailer, who wielded immense influence on contemporary art and politics and invented modern literate pornography. Wikipedia
Arezzo
Venice
Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner (April 20, 1969-)

Felix Baumgartner is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper. He set the world record for skydiving an estimated 39 kilometres (24 mi), reaching an estimated speed of 1357.64 km/h (843.6 mph), or Mach 1.25, on 14 October 2012, and became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power on his descent. He is also renowned... Wikipedia
Salzburg, Austria
Peter S. Beagle

Peter S. Beagle (April 20, 1939-)

Peter Soyer Beagle is an American author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays, especially fantasy fiction. His best-known work is 'The Last Unicorn', a fantasy novel he wrote in his twenties, which 'Locus' subscribers voted the number five "All-Time Best Fantasy Novel" in 1987. During the last twenty-five years he has won several literary awards... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, USA

Stephen J. Benkovic (April 20, 1938-)

Stephen James Benkovic is an American chemist. He is Evan Pugh Professor and Eberly Chair in Chemistry at Penn State University. His research has focused on mechanistic enzymology and the discovery of enzyme inhibitors. He was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1985. Wikipedia
Orange, New Jersey

Erna Brodber (April 20, 1940-)

Erna Brodber is a Jamaican writer, sociologist and social activist. Wikipedia
Mario Camus

Mario Camus (April 20, 1935-)

Mario Camus is a Spanish screenwriter and film director. He won the Golden Bear at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival with 'La colmena'. His 1987 film 'The House of Bernarda Alba' was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and in the main competition at the 15th Moscow International Film Festival. His... Wikipedia
Santander, Spain
David Chalmers

David Chalmers (April 20, 1966-)

David John Chalmers is an Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the area of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. He is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. He is also Professor of Philosophy at New York University. In 2013, he was elected a... Wikipedia
Australia
Evan Dorkin

Evan Dorkin (April 20, 1965-)

Evan Dorkin is an American comics artist and writer. His best known works are the comic books 'Milk and Cheese' and 'Dork'. His comics often poke fun at fandom, even while making it clear that Dorkin is a fan himself. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York

Peter Martin Duncan (April 20, 1824-May 28, 1891)

Peter Martin Duncan FRS was an English palaeontologist. Wikipedia
Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks (April 20, 1953-)

Sebastian Charles Faulks CBE is a British novelist, journalist, and broadcaster. He is best known for his historical novels set in France – 'The Girl at the Lion d'Or', 'Birdsong', and 'Charlotte Gray'. He has also published novels with a contemporary setting, most recently 'A Week in December', and a James Bond continuation novel, 'Devil May... Wikipedia
Donnington, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Viacheslav Fetisov

Viacheslav Fetisov (April 20, 1958-)

Viacheslav "Slava" Alexandrovich Fetisov is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman. He played for HC CSKA Moscow for 13 seasons before joining the National Hockey League, where he played with the New Jersey Devils and won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. After retiring from his playing career, he became the assistant... Wikipedia
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
John Eliot Gardiner

John Eliot Gardiner (April 20, 1943-)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, CBE is an English conductor. Wikipedia
Fontmell Magna, Dorset, England

Dominick Guinn (April 20, 1975-)

Dominick Alexander Guinn, is an American professional boxer. He is self-managed and he is trained by Ronnie Shields. He stands at 6'3" tall. Wikipedia
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889-April 30, 1945)

Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As effective dictator of Nazi Germany, Hitler was at the centre of World War II in Europe and the Holocaust. Wikipedia
Braunau am Inn, Austria
Berlin, Germany
Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange (April 20, 1949-)

Jessica Phyllis Lange is an American actress who has worked in film, theater and television. The recipient of several awards, including two Oscars, three Emmys, five Golden Globes, one SAG Award and three Dorian Awards, Lange is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors of her generation. Wikipedia
Cloquet, Minnesota, U.S.

David Leland (April 20, 1947-)

David Leland is a director, screenwriter and actor who came to international fame with his directorial debut 'Wish You Were Here' in 1987. Wikipedia
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

Tripuraneni Maharadhi (April 20, 1930-December 23, 2011)

Tripuraneni Maharadhi, was an Indian Telugu film, screenplay, dialogue and script writer, considered legendary by the film industry for his work in Telugu Cinema. He is also remembered for his political forays, as well as for the film 'Alluri Seetharama Raju'. Apart from being a dialogue, story and screenplay writer, he was also the de facto... Wikipedia
Andhra Pradesh, India
Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly (April 20, 1961-)

Donald Arthur Mattingly is an American professional baseball first baseman, coach and manager. Mattingly is currently the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. Nicknamed "The Hit Man" and "Donnie Baseball", he spent his entire 14-year career playing for the New York Yankees. Wikipedia
Evansville, Indiana
Rajiv Menon

Rajiv Menon (April 20, 1963-)

His versatility as a cinematographer has received much praise, and throughout his career, he has worked with accomplished filmmakers like Mani Ratnam ', Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnad '. His latest work being 'Kadal'. Wikipedia
Cochin, Kerala, India

Wajahat Mirza (April 20, 1908-August 4, 1990)

Wajahat Mirza, also known as Vajahat Mirza and Wajahat Mirza Changezi, was an Indian screenwriter and film director who penned the dialogues of some of the most successful films in India during the 1950s and 1960s, best known for ' Mughal-e-Azam' and the Academy Award-nominee, 'Mother India'. Wikipedia
Sitapur
Karachi
K. Alex Müller

K. Alex Müller (April 20, 1927-)

Karl Alexander Müller is a Swiss physicist and Nobel laureate. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1987 with Georg Bednorz for their work in superconductivity in ceramic materials. Wikipedia
Basel, Switzerland
Nikolai Myaskovsky

Nikolai Myaskovsky (April 20, 1881-August 8, 1950)

Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky or Miaskovsky or Miaskowsky was a Russian and Soviet composer. He is sometimes referred to as the "Father of the Soviet Symphony". Myaskovsky was awarded the Stalin Prize five times, more than any other composer. Wikipedia
Novogeorgiyevsk
Moscow
Napoleon III

Napoleon III (April 20, 1808-January 9, 1873)

Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte was the first President of the French Republic and, as Napoleon III, the ruler of the Second French Empire. He was the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. Elected President by popular vote in 1848, he initiated a 'coup d'état' in 1851, before ascending the throne as Napoleon III on 2 December 1852, the forty-eighth anniversary... Wikipedia
Paris, France
Chislehurst, Kent, England
Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal (April 20, 1941-)

Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal, better known as Ryan O'Neal, is an American television and film actor. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Svante Pääbo

Svante Pääbo (April 20, 1955-)

Svante Pääbo is a Swedish biologist specializing in evolutionary genetics. One of the founders of paleogenetics, he has worked extensively on the Neanderthal genome. Wikipedia
Stockholm, Sweden
Tito Puente

Tito Puente (April 20, 1923-June 1, 2000)

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente was an American Mambo musician and Latin jazz composer. The son of native Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, living in New York City's Spanish Harlem community, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" and "The King of Latin Music". He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and... Wikipedia
New York City
New York City
Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis (April 20, 1964-)

Andrew Clement "Andy" Serkis is an English film actor, director and author. He is best known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as: Gollum in 'The Lord of the Rings' film trilogy and 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', King Kong in the eponymous 2005... Wikipedia
Ruislip Manor, London, UK, UK
Evan Solomon

Evan Solomon (April 20, 1968-)

Evan Solomon is a Canadian writer, magazine publisher and radio-television journalist, who formerly hosted the nightly series 'Power & Politics' on CBC News Network and CBC Radio One's weekly political affairs series 'The House'. Wikipedia
Toronto, Ontario
John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens (April 20, 1920-)

John Paul Stevens served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from December 19, 1975, until his retirement on June 29, 2010. At the time of his retirement, he was the oldest member of the Court and the third longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court. He was nominated by President Gerald Ford to replace... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois

Aubrey Strahan (April 20, 1852-March 4, 1928)

Sir Aubrey Strahan KBE FRS was a British geologist. He was elected FRS in 1903. He was Director of the Geological Survey of Great Britain from 1914-1920. He won the Wollaston Medal of the Geological Society of London in 1919. Wikipedia
Rza Tahmasib

Rza Tahmasib (April 20, 1894-February 14, 1980)

Rza Abbasgulu oglu Tahmasib was an Azerbaijani film director and actor. Wikipedia
Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross (April 20, 1951-July 1, 2005)

Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He later became the lead singer of the group Change,... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States
Edison, New Jersey, United States
Jack Webb

Jack Webb (April 20, 1920-December 23, 1982)

John Randolph "Jack" Webb, also known by the pen name John Randolph, was an American actor, television producer, director, and screenwriter, who is most famous for his role as Sergeant Joe Friday in the radio and television series, 'Dragnet.' He was also the founder of his own production company, Mark VII Limited. Wikipedia
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
West Hollywood, U.S.

Vadim Yusov (April 20, 1929-August 23, 2013)

Vadim Ivanovich Yusov was a Soviet and Russian cinematographer and professor at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. He was known for his collaborations with Andrei Tarkovsky on 'The Steamroller and the Violin', 'Ivan's Childhood', 'Andrei Rublev' and 'Solaris', and with Georgi Daneliya on 'I Step Through Moscow'. He won a number of Nika... Wikipedia
Leningrad Oblast, Soviet Union
Moscow, Russia