Birthdays in History on December 12

  • 1298 Albert II of Austria (d. 1358)
  • 1418 Albert VI of Austria (d. 1463)
  • 1574 Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish King Frederik II and Queen Consort of James I of England (d. 1619)
  • 1610 Basil of Ostrog [Saint Vasilije] Serbian Orthodox bishop, born in Mrkonjići (d. 1671)
  • 1659 Francesco Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (d. 1739)
  • 1660 Peter Rabus, poet/translator (Liberated Britanje)
  • 1673 Ahmed III, 23rd sultan (Turkey, 1703-30)
  • 1712 Charles Alexander, Duke of Lotharingen

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1724 Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral in the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary Wars, born in Butleigh, England (d. 1816)

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood
  • 1731 Erasmus Darwin, Newark-on-Trent, U.K., influential English physician, poet, philosopher, and botanist (and grandfather of Charles Darwin)

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1745 John Jay, American statesman, 1st US Chief Justice, born in New York City

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1779 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint (d. 1865)
  • 1783 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician (d. 1865)
  • 1786 William L. Marcy, American statesman (d. 1857)
  • 1791 Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoleon (d. 1847)
  • 1792 Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter
  • 1799 Karl Briullov, Russian painter (d. 1852)
  • 1801 Johann (John), King of Saxony (1854-73) (translated Divina Commedia)
  • 1805 Henry Wells, founder (American Express Co & Wells Fargo & Co)
  • 1806 Stand Watie, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1871)
  • 1818 Paul Octave Hebert, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • 1821 Gustave Flaubert, France, novelist (Madame Bovary)
  • 1830 Joseph Orville Shelby, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1832 Abraham C Wertheim, Dutch banker/MP (liberal)
  • 1833 Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica)
  • 1838 Sherburne W Burnham, US, astronomer (binary stars)
  • 1845 Bruce Price, American architect (d. 1903)
  • 1859 Maurice Donnay, French playwright (Lovers)

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1863 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and print maker (The Scream), born in Ådalsbruk, Løten, Norway (d. 1944)

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1864 Paul Elmer More, American essayist (d. 1937)
  • 1866 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913)
  • 1870 Walter Benona Sharp, American oil baron (d. 1912)
  • 1874 Volter A Kilpi, Finnish writer (Alastalon salissa)
  • 1875 Desiderius A Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian
  • 1875 Karl R G von Rundstedt, German gen-fieldmarshal (Normandy)
  • 1879 Friedrich Christiansen, nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherland
  • 1882 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theory)
  • 1892 Herman Potočnik aka Hermann Noordung, Slovenian rocket engineer (d. 1929)
  • 1896 Eslanda Goode, US anthropology/author under Paul Robeson
  • 1902 Koloman Sokol, Slovak painter (d. 2003)
  • 1903 Enid Balint-Edmonds, psychoanalyst
  • 1905 Manès Sperber, Austrian-born writer (d. 1984)
  • 1906 William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Season restaurant, NYC)
  • 1907 F van Heek, Dutch sociologist
  • 1909 Armand H F Boni, the Good One, Flemish poet/writer
  • 1912 Yusef Bedri, educationist
  • 1917 Edward Firth Henderson, arabist
  • 1918 Nilda Pinto, [NM Geerdink-Jesurun P], Curacao writer (Nanzi)
  • 1919 Olivia Barclay, English astrologer (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Dan DeCarlo, American cartoonist (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Fred Kida, American comics artist, (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Arthur R Hawkins, US pilot/capt (WW II, downed 14 jap planes)
  • 1923 Bob Barker, American TV game show host (The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences), born in Darrington, Washington
  • 1924 Ed Koch, lawyer and politician (NY Mayor (D) 1977-89), Judge (People's Court), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Cora Lee Johnson, social activist for rural poor
  • 1925 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Robert Noyce, American inventor (d. 1990)
  • 1928 Helen Frankenthaler, NY, abstract expressionist artist (Arden)
  • 1928 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-born Kyrgyz writer (Jamila)
  • 1929 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Bill Beutel, American journalist (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian writer and journalist, born in Sirjan, Kerman (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Lionel Blair, choreographer (Spotlight), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1934 Miguel de la Madrid, Colima Mexico, President of Mexico (1982-1988), (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Buford Pusser, American sheriff (d. 1974)
  • 1940 Sharad Pawar, Indian politician
  • 1944 Jean Doré, Canadian politician, mayor of Montreal
  • 1945 Karl Edward Wagner, US, sci-fi author (Bloodstone, Night Winds)
  • 1946 George Santo Pietro, husband of Vanna White
  • 1951 Steven Alan Hawley, Ottawa Ks, PhD/ast (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82)
  • 1952 Herb Dhaliwal, Canadian politician
  • 1954 Liz Claman, American television anchor
  • 1955 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman
  • 1957 Robert Lepage, French Canadian playwright
  • 1959 Scott D Vangen, Granite Falls MN, astronaut
  • 1963 Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama (2014-), born in Panama City
  • 1966 Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist
  • 1968 Rory Kennedy, American documentarian
  • 1969 Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada)
  • 1972 Kara Williams, Miss Texas USA (1996)
  • 1972 Brandon Teena, American hate crime victim (d. 1993)
  • 1973 William Hutton, American engineer
  • 1981 Jeret Peterson, American aerial skier