Birthdays in History on August 12

  • 1503 Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59)
  • 1566 Isabella CE, infante of Spain/governess of the Netherlands
  • 1592 Willem earl of Nassau-Siegen, Dutch gov (Fort Emmerik/Heusden)
  • 1604 Tokugawa Iemitsu, Japanese shogun (d. 1651)
  • 1620 Pieter Cuypers, S Neth lawyer
  • 1629 Tsar Alexei I of Russia (d. 1676)
  • 1647 Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (d. 1719)
  • 1686 John Balguy, English philosopher (d. 1748)
  • 1744 Rowland Hill, preacher
  • 1753 Thomas Bewick, England, artist (British Birds, Aesop's Fables)
  • 1757 ALF, alien life form (ALF)
  • 1762 King George IV of the United Kingdom (1820-30)
  • 1774 Robert Southey, English writer (The Story of the Three Bears), Poet Laureate (1813-43) and biographer (Nelson), born in Bristol, England (d. 1843)
  • 1778 Francis Horner, politician
  • 1781 Robert Mills, US, architect (Washington Monument)
  • 1819 Daniel Davidson Bidwell, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1864)
  • 1820 Oliver Mowat, a founder of the Canadian Confederation
  • 1829 John Horace Forney, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1902)
  • 1832 Hely Hutchinson Almond, politician/doctor
  • 1833 William Price Sanders, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1848 Macellus Emants, Dutch writer/poet (Along the Nile)
  • 1849 Abbott Handerson Thayer, painter/naturalist
  • 1854 Alfred Gilbert, sculptor/goldsmith
  • 1856 "Diamond Jim" Brady, American financier (d. 1917)
  • 1859 Katharine Lee Bates, US, author (America the Beautiful)
  • 1866 Jacinto Benavente y Martínez, Spanish playwright (Nobel 1922)
  • 1867 Edith Hamilton, US, writer (Mythology)
  • 1868 Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford, 22nd Governor of New South Wales (1908-13) and Viceroy of British India (1916-21), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • 1872 Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1956)
  • 1876 Mary Roberts Rinehart, mystery writer (Miss Pinkerton)
  • 1880 Marguerite "John" Radclyffe-Hall, author
  • 1883 Jan Schouten, Dutch co-founder (Daily Trouw)/chairman (ARP)
  • 1884 Frank Arthur Swinnerton, English novelist (Summer Storm, Sanctuary)
  • 1885 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)
  • 1886 Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)

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1887 Erwin Schrodinger, physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • 1888 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder (AVRO)
  • 1889 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)
  • 1899 Alfred Kantorowicz, German historian (Spanish Diary)
  • 1903 Frances Clode, CEO (WRVS)
  • 1904 Aleksei N Romanov, son of Tsar Nicholas II [OS=July 30]
  • 1904 Frank Ervin, harness racer (Hambletonian 1959, 66)
  • 1906 Tedd Pierce, American animator (d. 1972)
  • 1907 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop
  • 1908 Lord Renton, QC/British government minister
  • 1909 Maurice Heath, air marshal
  • 1909 Richard Bare, American director
  • 1910 Baroness Phillips, pres/general secretary (National Association of Women)
  • 1910 Yusof bin Ishak, first President of Singapore (d. 1970)
  • 1914 [Hendrik] Jan Bakker, Dutch resistance fighter/journalist (Parool)
  • 1914 Gerd Buchdahl, German philosopher (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Michael Kidd, American choreographer (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Douglas Gunsekera, banker

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1918 Guy Gibson, British aviator, awarded Victoria Cross, born in Simla, India (d. 1944)

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson
  • 1919 Michael Kidd, [Milton Greenwald] choreographer (7 Brides for 7 Bros)
  • 1919 Peter Ambrose Cyprian Luke, playwright
  • 1919 Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (d. 1971)
  • 1921 Patrick Howard-Dobson, president (Royal British Legion)
  • 1922 Andre Kloos, Dutch trade union leader (NVV/VARA)
  • 1922 Lord Colinbrook, British government minister
  • 1924 Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, leader of Pakistan (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Dale Bumpers, politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), born in Charleston, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Norris McWhirter, author (Guinness Book of World Records)
  • 1925 Robin Nicholson, metallurgist
  • 1925 Ross McWhirter, author (Guinness Book of World Records)
  • 1925 George Wetherill, American scientist (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Wallace Markfield, American writer (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Charles Blackman, Australian artist
  • 1930 Ronald James Herron, architect
  • 1930 Jacques Tits, Belgian mathematician
  • 1931 William Goldman, author
  • 1932 Queen Ferekit, of Thailand (Queens Day)
  • 1932 Charlie O'Donnell, American game show announcer
  • 1934 Kenneth Eaton, Controller (British Navy)
  • 1935 Karl Mickel, German writer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1936 Geoff Hamilton, gardner/journalist
  • 1936 Hans Haacke, artist (Right to Life, Dripper Boxes), born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1936 John Poindexter, US Chief of Staff
  • 1937 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Anthony Joliffe, mayor of London
  • 1938 Jean-Paul L'Allier, Canadian Mayor of Quebec
  • 1939 Roy Romanow, Canadian politician
  • 1939 Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, Prime Minister of Nepal (2014-2015), born in Biratnagar, Morang (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Réjean Ducharme, Quebec novelist and playwright
  • 1948 Graham Zellick, principal (Queen Mary & Westfield College London)
  • 1949 Anthony Akerman, South Africa, director
  • 1949 Fernando Collor de Mello, president of Brazil (1990-92)
  • 1949 Mark Knopfler, guitar/vocals (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
  • 1949 Panagiotis Chinofotis, Greek politician
  • 1951 Charles E Brady Jr, Pinehurst NC, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 78)
  • 1951 Willie Horton, American murderer and rapist

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1954 François Hollande, 24th President of France (Socialist: 2012-), born in Rouen, France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • 1955 Ann M. Martin, American author
  • 1962 Miss Cleo, American psychic
  • 1967 Andrey Plotnikov, Russian race walker
  • 1970 Anthony Swofford, American novelist
  • 1972 Takanohana, Sumo yokozuna
  • 1973 Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr - son of Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
  • 1973 Richard Reid, British terrorist, referred to as the "shoe bomber".