Friday, February 20, 2015

February 20


1901 - René Dubos
French-born American biologist and author, winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction for So Human an Animal.

1902 - Ansel Adams
American photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white photography of the American West.

1912 - Pierre Boulle
French novelist known for both The Bridge over the River Kwai and Planet of the Apes.

1926 - Richard Matheson
American author of fantasy, scifi and horror, many of whose works have been adapted for screen.

1927 - Sidney Poitier
American-born Bahamian actor, director, diplomat and author.

1935 - Ellen Gilchrist
American novelist, short story writer and poet; winner of a National Book Award.

1939 - William Bayer
American novelist, well known for his Frank Janek character, which has appeared in television adaptations.

1948 - David Kertzer
American historian, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his book The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.

1951 - Sean Wilentz
American historian and author.

1962 - Kenn Nesbitt
American poet who writes for a children's audience.

1895 - Frederick Douglass
1982 - René Dubos
2005 - Hunter S. Thompson

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