Birthdays in History on January 12

  • 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, English Puritan lawyer and 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Edwardstone, England (d. 1649)

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, author (Mother Goose), born in Paris, France

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault
  • 1638 Ernst R Tarhemberg, Austrian fieldmarshal (Turkish Wars)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1861 James Mark Baldwin, American Philosopher and Psychologist, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 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
  • 1875 Marika Stiernstedt, Swedish author (Ulla Bella)
  • 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)
  • 1882 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist
  • 1890 Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, pastor and educator, born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Mikhail Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (d. 1976)

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1893 Hermann Goering, Nazi Party leader, Vice-Chancellor of Germany (1941-45) and World War I fighter pilot ace, born in Rosenheim, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1946)

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1893 Alfred Rosenberg, German Nazi official (d. 1946)
  • 1896 David Wechsler, American psychologist (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Hendrik J Valk, painter/cartoonist/graphic artist
  • 1899 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948)
  • 1902 Ibn Abdul-Aziz Saud, Kuwait, king (Saudi Arabia)
  • 1902 Simon H Spoor, Dutch gen/intelligence officer for Gen MacArthur
  • 1903 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist - helped develop 1st Soviet nuclear weapon
  • 1905 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (d. 1942)
  • 1907 Sergei Korolev, scientist
  • 1908 Ben Seijes, Dutch historian (WW II)
  • 1908 Clement Hurd, American illustrator (d. 1988)
  • 1910 Charles Martin, cartoonist
  • 1914 Edward John Gurney, American politician, US senator (1969-74), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1996)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1929 Colin Berry Haycraft, publisher
  • 1929 Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottis-born American philosopher
  • 1930 Jennifer P Johnston, Irish author (Fool's sanctuary)
  • 1932 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer
  • 1933 Michael Aspel, British talk show host
  • 1935 "Amazing" Kreskin, mentalist/telepath, born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1937 Liliana Cavani, Bologna Italy, director (Berlin Affair)
  • 1939 Helmut Eisendle, writer
  • 1939 Jacobus M "Jacques" Hamelink, Dutch writer/poet (Cold Unrest)
  • 1941 Jaime B Fuster, (Rep-D-PR, 1985- )
  • 1942 Vladimir Sergeyevich Kozelsky, cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup)
  • 1942 Bernardine Dohrn, former leader of the radical leftist organization Weather Underground
  • 1944 Vlastimil Hort, Czech/German chess player
  • 1944 Hans Henning Atrott, Prussian euthanasia advocate
  • 1946 Lady Cosgrove, Scottish judiciary figure
  • 1948 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (d. 2001)
  • 1948 William Nicholson, English writer
  • 1949 James Dietz I, American rower, born in new York City
  • 1949 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist

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1949 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto

  • 1950 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • 1950 Marilyn R Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • 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 Rush Limbaugh, Girardeau Missouri, American right wing radio personality
  • 1951 Ann Althouse, American law professor
  • 1952 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker and author
  • 1952 Walter Mosley, American author

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1954 Howard Stern, American radio personality and "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK), born in Queens, New York

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1957 John Lasseter, American animation director
  • 1959 Lasana M. Sekou, Saint Martin, Caribbean, poet/author (The Salt Reaper
  • 1962 Joe Quesada, American comic book writer
  • 1964 Lynne Marie Thurik, Vancouver Wash, Miss Washington-America (1991)

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1964 Jeff Bezos, American entrepreneur and founder of Amazon.com, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 1968 Raf Simons, Belgian fashion designer (Dior 2012-2015), born in Neerpelt, Limburg
  • 1972 Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Rajiv Gandhi
  • 1974 Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • 1990 Sergey Karjakin, Ukrainian chess player
  • 1992 Mao Kobayashi, Japanese gravure idol
  • 1996 Sarah Morales, Mexican, Siamese twin (survived)
  • 1996 Sarahi Morales, Mexican Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996)