Famous Birthdays on 12th January

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  • 1483 Count Henry III of Nassau-Breda, Stadholder of Holland and Zeeland 1515-1521 (d. 1538)
  • 1492 Andreas Alicatus, Italian author
  • 1562 Charles Emanuel I, the great, Duke of Savoy
  • 1576 Peter Scriverius, Dutch lawyer/historian
  • 1579 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist, (found boiling point temperature)
  • 1580 Lord Alexander Ruthven, Scottish nobleman (d. 1600)

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1588 John Winthrop, 1st governor (Mass Bay Colony)

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop
Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
John Winthrop
  • 1591 José Ribera/Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish painter and printmaker, nicknamed Lo Spagnoletto (d. 1652)
  • 1597 François Duquesnoy, French sculptor (d. 1643)
  • 1599 Adrian van Utrecht, Flemish painter

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1628 Charles Perrault, Paris France, author (Mother Goose)

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault
  • 1638 Ernst R Tarhemberg, Austrian fieldmarshal (Turkish Wars)
  • 1674 Reinhard Keiser, composer
  • 1711 Gaetano Latilla, composer
  • 1715 Jacques Duphly, composer
  • 1716 Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general (d. 1795)
  • 1721 Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick, Prussian general (d. 1792)
  • 1723 Samuel Langdon, American college educator (d. 1797)
  • 1729 Edmund Burke, British author (Philosophy & Inquiry) [OS=Jan 1]
  • 1729 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Modena Italy, physiologist
  • 1730 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, composer
  • 1737 Brizio Petrucci, composer
  • 1746 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Zurich, Switzerland, educator (Leonard & Gertrude) [[OS]
  • 1749 Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, Austrian earl/prince/diplomat
  • 1751 Ferdinand I, king of Sicily & Naples. (d. 1825)
  • 1751 Jacob M R Lenz, writer (Das Leidende Weib)
  • 1772 Count Mikhail Speransky, Russian reformer (d. 1839)
  • 1780 Wilhelm M L de Wette, German exegetist/theologist
  • 1783 Erik Gustaf Geijer, Swedish historian/poet (Natthimmelen)
  • 1786 Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (d. 1855)
  • 1792 Robert Patterson, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1881)
  • 1792 Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist (d. 1841)
  • 1797 Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician (d. 1873)
  • 1804 Hippolyte Monpou, composer
  • 1807 Jan T Beelen, Dutch/Belgian bible expert
  • 1808 Paul "the Great" Taglioni, ballet choreographer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1810 Ferdinand II, king of Sicily
  • 1814 Jones Mitchell Withers, Mjr General (Confederate Army), (d. 1890)
  • 1819 Zealous Bates Tower, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1900)
  • 1821 Nikolai Afanisev, composer
  • 1822 Étienne Lenoir, French engineer (d. 1900)
  • 1825 Joseph Robert Davis, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1826 Charles Cruft, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1883)
  • 1832 Richard Waterhouse Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • 1837 Adolf Jensen, composer
  • 1837 Carlos Troyer, composer
  • 1842 Francois Coppee, French poet
  • 1849 Jean Béraud, French painter (d. 1935)
  • 1852 Joseph J C Joffre, French fieldmarshal (Indo China, Marne)
  • 1853 Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (tensor analysis)
  • 1856 John Singer Sargent, US, portrait painter (Wyndham Sisters)
  • 1860 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • 1861 James Mark Baldwin, Columbia South Carolina, American Philosopher and Psychologist
  • 1863 Swami Vivekananda, Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world, born in Kolkata, India (d. 1902)
  • 1871 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer
  • 1873 Spiridon Louis, Greek marathon runner (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Marika Stiernstedt, Swedish author (Ulla Bella)
  • 1876 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Venice Italy, composer
  • 1876 Jack London, American writer/socialist (Call of the Wild), born in San Francisco (d. 1916)
  • 1877 Frank J. Corr, American politician (d. 1934)
  • 1878 Ferenc Molnar, Hungarian/US playwright (A Pal Utrai Fiuk)
  • 1879 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)
  • 1882 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist
  • 1882 Milton Sills, American actor (d. 1930)
  • 1884 Louis Horst, composer
  • 1884 Texas Guinan, American actress (d. 1933)
  • 1888 Claude Delvincourt, composer
  • 1890 Mordecai W Johnson, educator
  • 1892 Mikhail Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (d. 1976)

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1893 Hermann Goering, Rosenheim Bavaria, leading Nazi politician and party member

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1893 Alfred Rosenberg, German Nazi official (d. 1946)
  • 1896 Rex Ingram, Ireland, actor/director (Elmer Gantry, God's Little Acre)
  • 1896 David Wechsler, American psychologist (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Hendrik J Valk, painter/cartoonist/graphic artist
  • 1898 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer
  • 1899 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948)
  • 1899 Pierre Bernac, French baritone (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Vaino Hannikainen, composer
  • 1902 Ibn Abdul-Aziz Saud, Kuwait, king (Saudi Arabia)
  • 1902 Ray Teal, Grand Rapids Mich, actor (Sheriff Roy Coffee-Bonanza)
  • 1902 Simon H Spoor, Dutch gen/intelligence officer for Gen MacArthur
  • 1903 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist - helped develop 1st Soviet nuclear weapon
  • 1904 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist
  • 1905 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Henny Youngman, England, comedian (Take my wife please...)
  • 1906 Tex Ritter, Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind)
  • 1906 Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (d. 1942)
  • 1907 Sergei Korolev, scientist
  • 1907 Patsy Kelly, American actress (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Ben Seijes, Dutch historian (WW II)
  • 1908 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (I, Odysseus)
  • 1908 Clement Hurd, American illustrator (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Mauritz Hugo, Sweden, actor (Atomic Blonde, Road Agent)
  • 1910 Charles Martin, cartoonist
  • 1910 Luise Rainer, Austria, actress (Escapade, Good Earth, Big City)
  • 1910 Patsy Kelly, Bkln, actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars)
  • 1912 Peter Pooley, broadcaster
  • 1914 Edqard John Gurney, politician
  • 1915 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) and teacher, born in Stanley, County Durham (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Frank Annunzio, (Rep-D-IL, 1965- )
  • 1915 Joseph Roy George Ralston, pilot
  • 1915 Martin Agronsky, journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia)
  • 1915 Paul Jarrico, American writer (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa
  • 1916 A P[ieter] W Botha, Orange Free State, president of South Africa
  • 1916 Jay McShann, American musician (d. 2006)
  • 1916 William Pleeth, British cellist (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Walter Hendl, West New York NJ, conductor
  • 1917 Jimmy Skinner, Canadian hockey coach (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist (d. 2008)
  • 1920 James Farmer, Marshall, Tex, civil rights leader
  • 1920 Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist
  • 1921 John Henry Davis Jr, Smithtown NY, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52)
  • 1921 Leo Smit, Phila Penn, pianist/composer
  • 1922 Tadeusz Żychiewicz, Polish journalist and art historian (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Ira Hayes, American soldier (d. 1955)
  • 1924 Jan Willem Radecker, sculptor/son of John Raedecker
  • 1925 Bill Burrud, Hollywood California, host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World)
  • 1925 Laurentiu Profeta, composer
  • 1925 Ralph Legall, cricket wicket-keeper (WI v India 1954)
  • 1925 Scottie MacGregor, American actress
  • 1926 Morton Feldman, composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Ray Price, country singer (Good Times), (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Leopold Ahsen, writer
  • 1927 Salvatore Martirano, composer
  • 1928 Lew Gallo, Mt Kisko, actor (12 O'Clock High)
  • 1928 Ruth Brown, American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Colin Berry Haycraft, publisher
  • 1929 Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottis-born American philosopher

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1930 [Miles] Tim Horton, Cochrane Ontario, Canadian ice hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1930 Glenn Yarborough, singer (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee)
  • 1930 Jennifer P Johnston, Irish author (Fool's sanctuary)
  • 1932 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer
  • 1932 Des O'Connor, British television presenter
  • 1933 Michael Aspel, British talk show host
  • 1934 Burdette Haldorson, US, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • 1934 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer
  • 1935 "Amazing" Kreskin, Montclair NJ, mentalist/telepath
  • 1935 Ron Harper, Turtle Creek Pa, actor (Wendy & Me, Planet of the Apes)
  • 1935 William Lee Gloden, Brewton Al, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys)
  • 1937 Liliana Cavani, Bologna Italy, director (Berlin Affair)
  • 1937 Marie Dubois, Paris France, actress (Wise Guys, Jules & Jim)
  • 1937 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (d. 2002)
  • 1938 Lewis Fiander, Australian actor
  • 1939 Helmut Eisendle, writer
  • 1939 Jacobus M "Jacques" Hamelink, Dutch writer/poet (Cold Unrest)
  • 1940 Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)
  • 1941 Jaime B Fuster, (Rep-D-PR, 1985- )
  • 1941 Long John Baldry, England, blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie)
  • 1942 Vladimir Sergeyevich Kozelsky, cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup)
  • 1942 Bernardine Dohrn, former leader of the radical leftist organization Weather Underground
  • 1943 Henri J "Adriaan" Adriaansen, mime/director (Stinging Nettle King)

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1944 Joe Frazier, Beaufort South Carolina, HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1964)/champ (1968-73)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1944 Vlastimil Hort, Czech/German chess player
  • 1944 Hans Henning Atrott, Prussian euthanasia advocate
  • 1944 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist
  • 1944 Carlos Villagrán, Mexican actor
  • 1945 Maggie Bell, rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1946 Cynthia Robinson, rock trumpeteer (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People)
  • 1946 George Duke, San Rafael Ca, rocker, (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Lady Cosgrove, Scottish judiciary figure
  • 1947 Tom Dempsey, NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards)
  • 1948 Anthony Andrews, actor (Under the Volcano), born in London, England
  • 1948 Kenny Allen, English footballer
  • 1948 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (d. 2001)
  • 1948 William Nicholson, English writer
  • 1949 James W Dietz, rower
  • 1949 Wayne Wang, director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance)
  • 1949 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer (d. 2007)
  • 1949 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager
  • 1949 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist
  • 1949 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto
  • 1950 Bob McEwen, (Rep-R-OH, 1981- )
  • 1950 Marilyn R Smith, microbiologist
  • 1950 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician
  • 1950 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician
  • 1950 Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland
  • 1950 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • 1951 Bill Madlock, 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1951 Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Drew Pearson, former NFL all-pro receiver
  • 1951 Kirstie Alley, Wichita Ks, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca)
  • 1951 Larry Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • 1951 Rush Limbaugh, Girardeau Missouri, American right wing radio personality
  • 1951 Ann Althouse, American law professor
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, country musician
  • 1952 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker and author
  • 1952 Walter Mosley, American author

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1954 Howard Stern, Roosevelt NY, "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK)

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1955 Patty Hayes, LPGA golfer
  • 1955 Rockne S. O'Bannon, American screenwriter
  • 1957 John Lasseter, American animation director
  • 1958 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach
  • 1959 Per Helmstad Gessle, Sweden, singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love)
  • 1959 Blixa Bargeld, German singer and musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
  • 1959 Lasana M. Sekou, Saint Martin, Caribbean, poet/author (The Salt Reaper
  • 1960 Dominique Wilkins, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1960 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics-1996)
  • 1960 Oliver Platt, Canadian actor
  • 1961 Andrea Carnevale, soccer player (Napoli)