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Othenio Abel

Othenio Abel (June 20, 1875-July 4, 1946)

Othenio Lothar Franz Anton Louis Abel was an Austrian paleontologist and evolutionary biologist. Together with Louis Dollo, he was the founder of paleobiology and studied the life and environment of fossilized organisms. Wikipedia
Vienna
Mondsee
Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924-June 30, 2001)

Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins was an American guitarist, occasional vocalist and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley, created the smoother country music style known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country's appeal to adult pop music fans as well. Wikipedia
Luttrell, Tennessee, US
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
David Josiah Brewer

David Josiah Brewer (June 20, 1837-March 28, 1910)

David Josiah Brewer was an American jurist and an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court for 20 years. Wikipedia
Smyrna, Asia Minor
Washington, D.C.
Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown (June 20, 1970-)

Jason Robert Brown is an American musical theatre composer, lyricist, and playwright. Brown's music sensibility fuses pop-rock stylings with theatrical lyrics. An accomplished pianist, Brown has often served as music director, conductor, orchestrator, and pianist for his own productions. He has won Tony Awards for his work on 'Parade' and 'The... Wikipedia
Ossining, New York, United States
Robert Crais

Robert Crais (June 20, 1953-)

Robert Crais is an American author of detective fiction. Crais began his career writing scripts for television shows such as 'Hill Street Blues', 'Cagney & Lacey', 'Quincy', 'Miami Vice' and 'L.A. Law'. His writing is influenced by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker and John Steinbeck. Wikipedia
Independence, Louisiana, United States
Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis (June 20, 1931-)

Olympia Dukakis is an American actress. She started her career in the theatre, and won an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1963 for her Off-Broadway performance in Bertolt Brecht's 'Man Equals Man'. She later transitioned to film work and in 1987 she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA nomination for her performance in 'Moonstruck'. She... Wikipedia
Lowell, Massachusetts
Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears (June 20, 1941-)

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Leicester, England

Celia Fremlin (June 20, 1914-June 16, 2009)

Celia Margaret Fremlin was an award-winning writer of mystery fiction. Wikipedia

Michael Gerber (non-fiction writer) (June 20, 1936-)

Michael E. Gerber is an American author and founder of Michael E. Gerber Companies, a business skills training company based in Carlsbad, California. Wikipedia
John Goodman

John Goodman (June 20, 1952-)

John Stephen Goodman is an American actor. Early in his career, he was best known for playing Dan Conner on the television series 'Roseanne', for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1993. He is also a regular collaborator with the Coen brothers on such films as 'Raising Arizona', 'Barton Fink', 'The Big Lebowski', 'O Brother, Where... Wikipedia
Affton, Missouri, U.S.
Peter Gordon (composer)

Peter Gordon (composer) (June 20, 1951-)

Peter Gordon is an American experimental composer and musician, whose music has influences as diverse as jazz, opera, rock and world music. He has released several albums, and has also composed film and theatre scores. Wikipedia
New York City
Brett Halsey

Brett Halsey (June 20, 1933-)

Brett Halsey is an American film actor, sometimes credited as Montgomery Ford. He had a prolific career in B pictures and in European-made feature films. He originated the role of John Abbott on the soap opera 'The Young and the Restless', a role he filled only from May 1980 to March 1981, when he was replaced by Jerry Douglas. Wikipedia
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris (June 20, 1955-July 23, 2009)

Everette Lynn Harris was an American author. Openly gay, he was best known for his depictions of African-American men who were on the down-low and closeted. He authored ten consecutive books that reached 'The New York Times' Best Seller list, making him among the most successful African-American or gay authors of his era. Wikipedia
Flint, Michigan, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Lillian Hellman

Lillian Hellman (June 20, 1905-June 30, 1984)

Lillian Florence "Lilly" Hellman was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway, as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She famously was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities at the height of the anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52. Although she continued to... Wikipedia
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Tisbury, Massachusetts, USA
Frederick Gowland Hopkins

Frederick Gowland Hopkins (June 20, 1861-May 16, 1947)

Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins OM FRS was an English biochemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1929, with Christiaan Eijkman, for the discovery of vitamins. He also discovered the amino acid tryptophan, in 1901. He was President of the Royal Society from 1930 to 1935. Wikipedia
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Cambridge, England

Josephine Johnson (June 20, 1910-February 27, 1990)

Josephine Winslow Johnson was an American novelist, poet, and essayist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1935 at age 24 for her first novel, 'Now in November'. Shortly thereafter, she published 'Winter Orchard', a collection of short stories that had previously appeared in 'Atlantic Monthly', 'Vanity Fair', 'The St. Louis Review', and... Wikipedia
Kirkwood, Missouri, USA
Batavia, Ohio, USA
Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman (June 20, 1967-)

Nicole Mary Kidman, AC is an Australian actress and film producer. Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller 'Dead Calm'. After appearing in several films in the early 1990s, she came to worldwide recognition for her performances in the auto racing film 'Days of Thunder', the romance 'Far and Away', and the superhero film 'Batman... Wikipedia
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Martin Landau

Martin Landau (June 20, 1928-)

Martin Landau is an American film and television actor. His career started in the 1950s, with early film appearances including a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest'. He played regular roles in the television series 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Space: 1999'. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Maria Lark (June 20, 1997-)

Maria Lark is a Russian-American television actress, known for her role as Bridgette DuBois in the NBC/CBS television series 'Medium'. Wikipedia
Siberia, Russia
John Mahoney

John Mahoney (June 20, 1940-)

John Mahoney is an English-born American actor. Born in Blackpool, Mahoney started his career on the stage in 1977 and moved into film in 1980. He played Martin Crane in the American sitcom 'Frasier' on NBC from 1993 to 2004. He has also worked as a voice actor, and performed on Broadway and in Chicago theatre. Wikipedia
Bispham, Blackpool, England
Ulrich Mühe

Ulrich Mühe (June 20, 1953-July 22, 2007)

Friedrich Hans Ulrich Mühe was a German film, television and theatre actor. He played the role of Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler in the Oscar-winning film 'Das Leben der Anderen', for which he received the gold award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, at the 'Deutscher Filmpreis'; and the Best Actor Award at the 2006 European Film Awards. Wikipedia
Grimma, Saxony, Germany
Walbeck, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Paul Muldoon (June 20, 1951-)

Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet. He has published over thirty collections and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He held the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1999 to 2004. At Princeton University he is both the Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. He is also the... Wikipedia
Portadown, Northern Ireland
Anne Murray

Anne Murray (June 20, 1945-)

Morna Anne Murray, known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 54 million copies worldwide as of 2012. Wikipedia
Springhill, Nova Scotia
Nikolai Drozdov

Nikolai Drozdov (June 20, 1937-)

Nikolai Nikolaievich Drozdov is a Russian doctor of biological sciences, candidate of geographical sciences, zoological sciences, professor of Moscow State University, a public figure, member of the expert council of the national award "Crystal Compass," a member of the media council of the Russian Geographical Society. Wikipedia
Moscow, USSR
Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie (June 20, 1949-)

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album 'Lionel Richie' and the number-one hit "Truly". He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making... Wikipedia
Tuskegee, Alabama, United States
Nicholas Rowe (writer)

Nicholas Rowe (writer) (June 20, 1674-December 6, 1718)

Nicholas Rowe, English dramatist, poet and miscellaneous writer, was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 1715. Wikipedia
Little Barford, Bedfordshire, England
London

Samantha Spiro (June 20, 1968-)

Samantha Spiro is a double Olivier Award-winning English actress. She is best known for portraying Barbara Windsor in the stage play 'Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick', the television film 'Cor, Blimey!', and DI Vivien Friend in 'M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team'. Wikipedia
Mill Hill, London, England
John Taylor (bass guitarist)

John Taylor (bass guitarist) (June 20, 1960-)

Nigel John Taylor is an English musician who is best known as the bass guitarist and co-founder of new wave band Duran Duran. Wikipedia
Birmingham, England
Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin (June 20, 1933-)

Claire Tomalin is an English author and journalist, known for her biographies on Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Wikipedia
London, England, UK

Robert B. Weide (June 20, 1959-)

Robert B. Weide is an American screenwriter, producer, and director, perhaps best known for his work on documentaries and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'. Wikipedia
Tim Weiner

Tim Weiner (June 20, 1956-)

Tim Weiner is a veteran 'New York Times' reporter, author of four books and co-author of a fifth, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. His newest book is "One Man Against The World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon." Wikipedia

Logan West (June 20, 1994-)

Logan West is an American beauty queen who competed and won a title in the Miss United States system, won Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen, and was later crowned Miss Teen USA 2012. West was the first contestant from the state of Connecticut to win the title. Wikipedia
Southington, Connecticut, U.S.
Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson (June 20, 1942-)

Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group. Because of his unorthodox approaches to song composition and... Wikipedia
Hawthorne, California