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Today's Anniversary – Sunday, August 20


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Births

* 1992 Demi Lovato American singer, songwriter and actress.
* 1970 John D. Carmack American game programmer, and a co-founder and technical director of id Software.
* 1962 James Marsters Actor, best known for playing the popular character Spike, a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel.
* 1961 Greg Egan Australian computer programmer and science fiction author.
* 1958 Patricia Rozema Canadian film director and screenwriter, who first came to international prominence with her award winning film I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987).
* 1951 Greg Bear Science fiction author.
* 1941 Slobodan Milosevic President of Serbia and of Yugoslavia.
* 1940 Tom DeMarco Well-known author, teacher, and speaker on software engineering topics.
* 1935 Ron Paul Physician and a Republican United States Congressman from Lake Jackson, Texas, and candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1988, 2008 and 2012.
* 1933 George J. Mitchell American special envoy to the Middle East for the Obama administration.
* 1913 Roger Wolcott Sperry Neuropsychologist, neurobiologist and pioneer in the sciences of consciousness who, together with David H Hubel and Torsten Wiesel, won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine, for his independent work in split-brain research.
* 1898 Leopold Infeld Polish physicist.
* 1892 George Aiken American politician from Vermont.
* 1890 H. P. Lovecraft American author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, noted for combining these three genres within single narratives and possibly best known for the creation of the Cthulhu Mythos.
* 1888 Eric Blom Swiss-born British music critic and lexicographer.
* 1886 Paul Tillich Theologian and existentialist philosopher.
* 1884 Rudolf Bultmann German theologian of Lutheran background, who was for three decades professor of New Testament studies at the University of Marburg.
* 1874 Mehmed Talat Also known as "Talat Pasha", was one of the first important members of the Committee of Union and Progress.
* 1847 Boleslaw Prus Polish journalist and novelist known as the leading representative of realism in 19th-century Polish literature.
* 1833 Benjamin Harrison 23rd (18891893) President of the United States.
* 1829 Henry Parry Liddon English theologian and clergyman.
* 1810 Ludwig August von Rochau Journalist and politcian who participated in the Frankfurt Putsch of 1833 and subsequently spent ten years as an exile in France.

Deaths

 2007 Leona Helmsley Billionaire New York City hotel operator and real estate investor.
 2001 Fred Hoyle British astronomer and science fiction author.
 1972 A.M. Klein Canadian author.
 1914 Pope Pius X 257th Pope the Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church, serving from 1903 to 1914.
 1912 William Booth British theologian and the founder of The Salvation Army.
 1899 Isaac McLellan Author and poet, some of whose work has achieved notability by republication in anthologies.
 1854 Friedrich Schelling Later von Schelling, was a German philosopher.
 1701 Charles Sedley English wit and dramatist.
 1648 Edward Herbert British soldier, diplomat, historian, poet, autobiographer and metaphysician, sometimes called "the father of deism".
 1643 Anne Hutchinson Puritan preacher and religious dissident, banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for her activities; born Anne Marbury.
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