20 August


1890

 H. P Lovecraft
H. P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Born Howard Phillips Lovecraft in Providence, Rhode Island. (d. 1937)

1907

 Alan Reed
Alan Reed (August 20, 1907 – June 14, 1977) was an American actor and voice actor, best known as the original voice of Fred Flintstone. Born Herbert Theodore Bergman in New York City, New York. (d. 1977)

1909

 André Morell
André Morell (20 August 1909 – 28 November 1978) was a British actor. He appeared frequently in theatre, film and on television from the 1930s to the 1970s. His best known screen roles were as Professor Bernard Quatermass in the BBC Television serial Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59), and as Doctor Watson in the Hammer Film Productions version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). Born Cecil André Mesritz in London, England, UK. (d. 1928)

1918

 Jacqueline Susann
Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974) was an American author. Her first novel Valley of the Dolls is one of the best selling books of all time. Susann’s follow-up bestsellers, The Love Machine and Once Is Not Enough, made Susann the first author in history to have three #1 consecutive titles on The New York Times Best Seller List. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 1974)

1923

 Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves (August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964) was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter. Reeves scored his greatest success with the Joe Allison composition “He’ll Have to Go”. Born James Travis Reeves in Galloway, Texas. (d. 1964)

1927

 Yootha Joyce
Yootha Joyce (20 August 1927 – 24 August 1980) was an English actress, best known for playing Mildred Roper in sitcom Man About the House and its spin-off George and Mildred. Born Yootha Joyce Needham in Wandsworth, London. (d. 1980)

1931

 Don King
Don King (born August 20, 1931) is an American boxing promoter with a flamboyant personality. King’s career highlights include, among multiple other enterprises, promoting “The Rumble in the Jungle” and the “Thrilla in Manila”. Born Donald King in Cleveland, Ohio.

1932

 Anthony Ainley
Anthony Ainley (20 August 1932 – 3 May 2004) was an English actor best known for his work on British television and particularly for his role as the Master in Doctor Who. Born in Stanmore, Middlesex, England. (d. 2004)

1937

 Jim Bowen
Jim Bowen (born 20 August 1937) is an English stand-up comedian and TV personality. He is best known as the long-time host of the ITV gameshow Bullseye. Born Peter Williams in Heswall, Cheshire, England.

1941

 Slobodan Miloševic
Slobodan Milošević (20 August 1941 – 11 March 2006) was a Serbian and Yugoslav politician who was the President of Serbia from 1989 to 1997 and President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000. Born in Požarevac, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. (d. 2006)

1942

 Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul singer, songwriter, actor, producer and voice artist. He was well known for his musical score for the film Shaft (1971). For the “Theme from Shaft”, he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972. Born Isaac Lee Hayes Jr in Covington, Tennessee. (d. 2008)

1943

 Sylvester McCoy
Sylvester McCoy (born 20 August 1943) is a Scottish actor, best known for playing the seventh incarnation of the Doctor from 1987 to 1989 – the final Doctor of the original run – and for his role as the wizard Radagast the Brown in Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of The Hobbit. Born Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith in Dunoon, Scotland.

1944

 Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) was the Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime Minister. Born in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. (d. 1991)

1946

 Connie Chung
Connie Chung (born August 20, 1946) is an American journalist. She has been an anchor and reporter for the U.S. television news networks NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. Born Constance Yu-Hwa Chung in Washington, DC.

1948

 Robert Plant
Robert Plant, CBE (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Born Robert Anthony Plant in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England.

1949

 Alan Hardwick
Alan Hardwick (born 20 August 1949) is the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire Police and former journalist and television presenter. From 1973 to 2002 Hardwick was a senior journalist, presenter, producer and director at Yorkshire Television. Born in Staveley, Derbyshire.
 Phil Lynott
Phil Lynott (20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986) was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist. He later also found success as a solo artist. Born Philip Parris Lynott in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England. (d. 1986)

1961

 Joe Pasquale
Joe Pasquale (born 20 August 1961) is an English comedian, actor and television presenter. Pasquale is known for the naturally high pitch of his voice which he uses to heighten the comic value of his jokes. Born Joseph Ellis Pasquale in Grays, Essex, England.

1962

 Sophie Aldred
Sophie Aldred (born 20 August 1962) is an English actress and television presenter, best known for her portrayal of the Doctor’s companion Ace in the television series Doctor Who during the late 1980s. Born in Greenwich, London, England.
 James Marsters
James Marsters (born August 20, 1962) is an American actor and musician. Marsters first came to the attention of the general public playing the popular character Spike in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Born James Wesley Marsters in Greenville, California.

1970

 John D Carmack
John D. Carmack (born August 20, 1970) is an American game programmer, aerospace and virtual reality engineer. He co-founded id Software. Carmack was the lead programmer of the id video games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage and their sequels. Born in Roeland Park, Kansas.
 Fred Durst
Fred Durst (born August 20, 1970) is an American musician and film director. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit. Born William Frederick Durst in Jacksonville, Florida.

1971

 David Walliams
David Walliams (born 20 August 1971) is an English comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch shows Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me. Born David Edward Williams in Merton, London, England.

1974

 Amy Adams
Amy Lou Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress and singer. Her breakthrough role came in the 2005 independent film Junebug, for which she received critical acclaim and her first of four Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Born Amy Lou Adams in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy.

1979

 Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum (born 20 August 1979) is an English jazz-pop singer-songwriter. He is primarily a vocalist/pianist. Born in Rochford, Essex, England.

1983

 Andrew Garfield
Andrew Russell Garfield (born 20 August 1983) is an American-English actor. He appeared as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Born Andrew Russell Garfield in Los Angeles, California.

1992

 Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato (born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and model who made her debut as a child actress. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock. Born Demetria Devonne Lovato in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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