20 October: today's birthdays

  • Valerij Borzov (Valeriy Borzov) - Former Russian athlete
  • Danny Boyle - English film director and producer. He won an Oscar for Best Director in 2009 for the film Slumdog Millionaire. He also directed Trainspotting and The Beach
  • James Chadwick - English physicist
  • John Dewey - American philosopher, psychologist and pedagogist
  • Charles Ives - American composer
  • Elfriede Jelinek - Austrian novelist, playwright, and translater, Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004. She wrote the novel The Piano Teacher which was adapetd into the homonymous film, directed by Michael Haneke
  • Jomo Kenyatta - Kenyan politician, 1st President of Kenya
  • Jean-Pierre Melville - French film director, screenwriter, and actor, born Jean-Pierre Grumbach. He directed Le Doulos, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, and The Samurai
  • Viggo Mortensen - American actor, poet, and musician of Danish descent
  • Claudio Ranieri - Italian former player and current football manager of English club Leicester City
  • Arthur Rimbaud - French poet. He wrote Bateau ivre (The Drunken Boat), one of the most famous poems in French poetry
  • Candice Swanepoel - South African model. She is considered as one of the hottest Victoria's Secret models of all time
  • Christopher Wren - English architect. He is best known for rebuilding more than 50 churches and St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666
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