Famous Birthdays on May 12

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 228

  • 1401 Emperor Shōkō (d. 1428)
  • 1496 Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1560)
  • 1590 Cosimo II de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1621)
  • 1622 Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor General of New France (d. 1698)
  • 1626 Louis Hennepin, Flemish missionary (d. 1705)
  • 1662 Jan F van Bloom, [Orizonte] Flemish painter, baptized
  • 1670 Frederick Augustus I/ August II, the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (reputed to have sired 355 children) (d. 1733)
  • 1679 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, composer
  • 1700 Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect
  • 1725 Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (d. 1785)
  • 1739 Johann Baptist (Jan Krtitel) Vanhal, composer
  • 1751 Gaetano Manna, composer
  • 1754 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer
  • 1767 Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (d. 1851)
  • 1776 Juan Bros y Bertomel, composer
  • 1790 [Johannes] Carsten Hauch, Danish writer
  • 1797 Johann Hermann Kufferath, composer
  • 1803 Justus Freiherr von Liebig, German chemist (agricultural chemics)
  • 1804 Robert Baldwin, (L) help establish government in Canada (or 1904)
  • 1806 Amos Beebe Eaton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1877)
  • 1806 J V Snellman, Finland, journalist/statesman/nationalist
  • 1812 Edward Lear, England, landscape painter, (Complete Nonsense Book)
  • 1812 Louis Ludwig Blenker, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1813 Johann Czerski, German chaplin

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1820 Florence Nightingale, British nurse (Crimean War), born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1910)

  • 1828 Gabriel Dante Rossetti, England, poet/painter, Pre-Raphaelite figure
  • 1829 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (d. 1896)
  • 1842 Jules Emile Fred Massenet, Montaud France, composer (Manon, Le Cid)
  • 1845 Gabriel Urbain Faure, Pamiers France, composer (Requiem, Ballade)
  • 1850 Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman (d. 1924)
  • 1863 Charles Bordes, composer
  • 1867 Hugh Trumble, cricket off-spinner (great Aust at turn of century)
  • 1868 Halsey William Wilson, US, publisher of reference books
  • 1874 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian physician (Reaction of Pirquet)
  • 1876 Harold, grandson of English queen Victoria
  • 1880 Lincoln Ellsworth, led 1st transarctic, transantarctic flights
  • 1880 W Hupkes, engineer/director (Dutch Rail 1938)
  • 1886 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter
  • 1886 Hermann Grabner, composer
  • 1886 Piotr F Scharoff, Russian/Italian actor/director (Chechov)
  • 1887 Nandor Zsolt, composer
  • 1889 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
  • 1892 Fritz Kortner, Austrian-born director (d. 1970)
  • 1894 Cleo Ridgely, NY, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama)
  • 1895 Jiddu Krishnamurti, India, philosopher (Songs of Life) [NS=May 22]
  • 1899 Indra Devi, Latvian Yoga Instructor (d. 2002)
  • 1900 Helene Weigel, Austria/German actress (Metropolis, Mutter Courage)
  • 1901 Hyam Greenbaum, composer
  • 1902 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Lennox R F Berkeley, British composer (Castaway)
  • 1903 Wilfrid Hyde-White, England, actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place)
  • 1906 William M Ewing, US geologist/geophysicist
  • 1907 Katharine Hepburn, actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1907 Leslie Charteris, English/US detective writer (Enter the Saint)
  • 1910 Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British chemist (penicillin/B12/Nobel 1964)
  • 1910 Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1910 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Marshall Royal, jazz sax/clarinet
  • 1912 Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet/writer
  • 1914 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Howard K Smith, LA, TV newsman (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate)
  • 1915 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)
  • 1916 Ellis Bonoff Kohs, composer
  • 1917 Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • 1918 Oscar Beregi Jr, Hungary, actor (Young Frankenstein, Panic in City)

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1918 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed for espionage, born in New York City, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • 1921 Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan, composer
  • 1921 Giovanni Benelli, archbishop (Florence)/Papal candidate
  • 1921 Henry Mackie, designer of the Belfast Calorimeter
  • 1921 Joseph Beuys, Germany, avant-garde painter/politician
  • 1921 Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist, born in Belleville, Ontario, (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • 1922 Barend Busnac, office clerk/resistance fighter
  • 1922 Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Ewart G Abner, record company executive
  • 1923 Giovanni Testori, Italian writer (Rocco e i suoi fratelli)
  • 1923 Lord Laing, English biscuit manufacturer/pilot/multi-millionaire
  • 1924 Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician
  • 1925 John Simon, theater critic (NY Times)

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1925 Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), born in St. Louis Missouri (d. 2015)

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra

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1925 Tony Hancock, actor (Rebel, Wrong Box), born in Birmingham, England

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • 1926 Earl Hutto, Panama City Fla, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • 1926 Mervyn M Dymally, (Rep-D-CA, 1981- )
  • 1928 Manuel Lujan Jr, (Rep-R-NM, 1969- )
  • 1928 Burt Bacharach, composer (I'll Never Fall in Love Again), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1928 Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1929 Sam Nujoma, first President of Namibia
  • 1930 Pat McCormick-Keller, diver (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1931 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish vice-president of Dutch One
  • 1933 Andrey Voznesensky, Russian poet
  • 1934 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), born in Aluu (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Johnny Bucyk, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1936 Tom Snyder, newscaster (Tommorow, NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1936 Guillermo Endara, President of Panama
  • 1936 Tom Snyder, American television personality (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Frank Stella, American painter
  • 1937 Beryl Burton, UK, won record (7) women's cycling titles
  • 1937 George Carlin, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937 Gerry E Studds, (Rep-D-MA, 1973- )
  • 1938 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident
  • 1938 Millie Perkins, actress (Jane-Knots Landings), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1938 Susan Hampshire, actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free), born in London, England
  • 1939 Ronald Ziegler, press secretary (Nixon)
  • 1939 Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician
  • 1939 Reg Gasnier, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Mortdale, New South Wales, (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), born in New York City
  • 1941 Anthony Newman, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
  • 1941 Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • 1942 Barry B[rookes] Longyear, US, sci-fi author (City of Baraboo)
  • 1942 Dumitru Dediu, Romania, cosmonaut (Soyuz 40 backup)
  • 1942 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • 1942 Timothy Hugh Brown, theatre critic
  • 1942 Billy Swan, Cape Giradeau La, rocker (I Can Help)
  • 1943 David Walker, rock keyboardist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-Diamond Ring)
  • 1943 Linda Dano, actress (Felicia Gallant-Another World), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Eva Demski, German writer, born in Regensburg
  • 1944 James Purify, US singer (I'm Your Puppet)
  • 1945 Jayotis Washington, rocker
  • 1945 Linda Carlson, actress (Bev-Newhart, Katie-Kaz), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1945 Willie Parnell, US singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • 1945 Ian McLagan, English rocker (Faces), born in Hounslow, Middlesex, (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Patrick Ricard, French businessman
  • 1946 Leonard Baichan, cricketer (WI opener, 103 v Pakistan on debut 1975)
  • 1946 L. Neil Smith, American science fiction author
  • 1947 Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician
  • 1947 Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1947 catherine yronwode, American writer and editor
  • 1948 Lindsay Ann Crouse, American actress (Slapshot, Iceman, Places in Heart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Steve Winwood, England, musician (A Higher Love, Roll with it)
  • 1950 Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
  • 1950 Bruce Boxleitner, Elgin Ill, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King, Babylon 5)
  • 1950 Gabriel Byrne, actor (Hello Again, Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1950 Jocko Marcellino, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • 1950 Renate Stecher-Meissner, German DR, sprinter (Oly-gold-72)
  • 1950 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • 1951 Gunnar Larrson, Sweden, 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1955 Kix Brooks, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1956 Bernie Federko, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian

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1956 Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show "The Simpsons", born in Springfield

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
  • 1957 Lou Whitaker, American MLB 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 1978 AL Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Beth Maitland, actress (Traci-Young & Restless)
  • 1958 Christian Brando, son of Marlon/killed sisters boyfriend
  • 1958 Kim Greist, Stamford CT, actress (CHUD, Brazil, Payoff, Manhunter)
  • 1958 Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
  • 1958 Eric Singer, American drummer
  • 1959 Dave Christian, Minn, NHL right wing (Wash Caps, Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1959 Ving Rhames, American actor
  • 1960 Lisa Martin, Gawler, South Australia, Australian marathoner (Olympic-silver 1988)
  • 1961 Billy Duffy, rocker (Cult-Hell's Kitchen)
  • 1961 Lar Park Lincoln, American actress
  • 1961 Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1961 Thomas Dooley, German-American Soccer Player
  • 1962 Amy Benz, LPGA golfer (1994 Oldsmobile Classic-3rd), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1962 Emilio Estevez, American actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Mark Bradshaw, Happy Camp California, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1962 Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter and record producer (Bad Religion) (Epitaph)
  • 1963 Vanessa A. Williams, American actress (Rhonda Blair-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver
  • 1963 Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
  • 1964 Joy Ellen Kitzmiller, US badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Stacy Wilson, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
  • 1966 Rafael Bournigal, Azua Dom Rep, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • 1966 Stephen Baldwin, actor (Beast, Lawrenceville Stories, Usual Suspects)
  • 1966 Steven Conran, Lithgow NSW, Australian golfer
  • 1966 Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian singer
  • 1967 Cara Coughenour, Sioux City IA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1967 Lawrence Rucchin, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1967 Robert Blackmon, defensive back (Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1967 Warren Rychel, Tecumseh, NHL left wing (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1968 Mark Clark, Bath Ill, pitcher (NY Mets)

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1968 Tony Hawk, American skateboarder, born in Carlsbad, California

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Skateboarder
Tony Hawk
  • 1968 Scott Schwartz, American actor
  • 1968 Catherine Tate, British comedian
  • 1969 Kim Fields Freeman, actress (Tootie-Facts of Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Kevin Nalty, famed YouTuber
  • 1970 Andreas Hestler, Victoria BC, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Andrew Coltart, Dumfries Scotland, Australian golfer
  • 1970 James Michael Furyk, West Chester PA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)
  • 1970 Mike Malizia, Utica NY, Nike golfer (1993 Doral-Ryder Open-61st)
  • 1970 Mike Weir, Sarnia Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (Ontario Amateur-1990, 92)
  • 1970 Stevie Anderson, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Todd Hallett, Shelburne Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics-7-92, 96)
  • 1970 Samantha Mathis, American actress
  • 1971 Craig Novitsky, NFL tackle (NO Saints)
  • 1971 Jamie Luner, Palo Alto California, actress (Cindy-Just the 10 of Us)
  • 1971 Tommy Johnson, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Doug Basham, American professional wrestler
  • 1972 Annette Albertson, Reno Nevada, Miss America-Nevada (1997)
  • 1972 David Oaks, 100m/200m runner
  • 1972 Jason Kyle, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Michelle Kahn, Miss Universe-Trinidad & Tobago (1996)
  • 1972 Paul Stout, Saugus California, actor (Phillip-Scarecrow & Mrs King)
  • 1973 MacKenzie Astin, actor (Facts of Life, Garbage Pail Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Stefano Margoni, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1973 Kendra Kassebaum, American stage actress
  • 1973 Travis Lutter, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter