Birthdays in History on July 12

  • 1394 Ashikaga Yoshinori, Japanese shogun (d. 1441)
  • 1644 Arnold Moonen, Dutch vicar/literature (David's holy saint graduals)
  • 1730 Josiah Wedgwood, English pottery designer and manufacturer (Wedgwood), born in Burslem
  • 1794 Heinrich Christian Pander, Russian zoologist
  • 1803 Peter Chanel, French priest and saint (d. 1841)
  • 1807 Silas Casey, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1882)

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1817 Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), born in Concord, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • 1821 Daniel Harvey Hill, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)
  • 1824 Eugène Boudin, French painter (d. 1898)
  • 1828 Nikolai Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher (d. 1889)
  • 1840 Abraham Goldfaden, Eastern European Yiddish dramatist
  • 1849 William Osler, Canada, physician/author (circulatory system)
  • 1850 Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (d. 1912)

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1852 Hipólito Yrigoyen, President of Argentina (1916-22, 1928-30), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1933)

Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen
Argentine President
Hipólito Yrigoyen

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1854 George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak camera) and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, born in Waterville, New York (d. 1932)

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • 1863 Albert Calmette, French physician (d. 1933)
  • 1863 Paul Karl Ludwig Drude, German physicist (d. 1906)
  • 1864 George Washington Carver, botanist (studied the peanut) [or Jan 10]
  • 1868 Stefan George, Germany, lyric poet (Algabal)
  • 1870 Louis II of Monaco (d. 1949)
  • 1876 Max Jacob, French poet (d. 1944)
  • 1881 Ludwig Rubiner, writer [or June 12]
  • 1884 Amedeo Modigliani, Italy, painter/sculptor (Reclining Nude)
  • 1888 Tojohiko Kagawa, Japan, Christian-social reformer (Grain of Wheat)
  • 1892 Bruno Schulz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1942)
  • 1895 R Buckminster Fuller, architect/inventor (geodesic dome)
  • 1900 Fjodor Godunov-Tcherdynchev, Russian poet (Life of Tchernyshevsky)
  • 1902 Gunther Anders, writer

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1904 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth-Nobel 1971), born in Parral, Chile (d. 1973)

  • 1905 John C F, son of English King George V
  • 1908 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician
  • 1909 2nd viscount Camrose, British Conserv Lower house leader (1941-45)
  • 1909 Souphanouvong, [Red Prince], president of Laos (1975-87)
  • 1909 Fritz Leonhardt, German civil engineer (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Johanna Moosdorf, writer
  • 1912 Broderick Vernon Chinnery-Haldane, photographer
  • 1913 Willis Lamb, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Michael Fenton Haddon, mining engineer
  • 1917 Andrew Wyeth, Chadds Ford Pa, painter (Christina's World)
  • 1920 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, West Point New York, American artist

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1920 Pierre Berton, Canadian author (War of 1812), born in Whitehorse, Yukon (d. 2004)

  • 1921 Trevor Illtyd Williams, scientific writer
  • 1922 Clark MacGregor, politician (involved in Watergate)
  • 1922 James E[dwin] Gunn, US, sci-fi author (Station in Space, Immortal)
  • 1922 Mark O Hatfield, (Sen-R Oregon, 1967- )
  • 1925 Roger Smith, CEO (General Motors)
  • 1927 Gualberto T Hernandez, perfect minister Neth Antilles
  • 1928 Elias James Corey, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1931 Bob Traxler, (Rep-D-MI, 1974- )
  • 1931 Lord Clinton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1932 Harold William Woolhouse, plant scientist
  • 1933 Donald E. Westlake, American author
  • 1935 Barrie Wilson, British religious scholar (How Jesus Became Christian), (d. 1995)
  • 1937 Mickey Edwards, (Rep-R-OK, 1977- )
  • 1937 Lionel Jospin, Prime Minister of France 1997-2002
  • 1938 Eiko Ishioka, Costume Designer (Academy Award, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Bill McCollum, (Rep-R-Florida, 1981- )
  • 1947 Richard C. McCarty, American professor of psychology
  • 1948 Richard Simmons, exercise guru (Deal-a-Meal)
  • 1948 Ben Burtt, American sound designer
  • 1952 Voja Antonić, Serbian inventor and writer
  • 1957 Rick Douglas Husband, Amarillo Texas, USAF mjr/astronaut
  • 1959 Rolonda Watts, talk show hostess (Rolanda)
  • 1970 Juba Kalamka, American artist/activist

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1997 Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient, born in Mingora, North-West Frontier Province

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai