Birthdays in History on June 12

  • 1107 Emperor Gaozong of China (d. 1187)
  • 1519 Cosimo I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and art patron of Florence (d. 1574)
  • 1577 Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (d. 1643)
  • 1599 Jan W van Brederode, governor (Hertogenbosch)/fieldmarshal
  • 1659 Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Japanese samurai (d. 1719)
  • 1771 Patrick Gass, Falling Springs PA, sgt of Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • 1775 Karl Freiherr von Müffling, Prussian field marshal (d. 1851)
  • 1777 Robert Clark, American politician (d. 1837)
  • 1795 John Marston Jr, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1885)
  • 1798 Samuel Cooper, Sect of War/General (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • 1802 Harriet Martineau, controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist (d. 1876)
  • 1806 John A. Roebling, German-America civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge) (d. 1869)
  • 1812 Edmond Hébert, French geologist (d. 1890)
  • 1819 Charles Kingsley [Parson Lot], English vicar and historian (Westward Ho!)
  • 1821 Henry Moses Judah, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1866)
  • 1825 John Cook, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1910)
  • 1827 Johanna Spyri, Hirzel Switzerland, Swiss children's author (Heidi) (d. 1901)
  • 1851 Oliver Joseph Lodge, England, early radio pioneer

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1859 Thomas J. Walsh, United States Senator (Montana), born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • 1877 Thomas C Hart, US admiral (Asiatic fleet)
  • 1878 James O Curwood, US, journalist/writer (Kazan the wolfdog)
  • 1888 Zygmunt Janiszewski, Polish mathematician (d. 1920)
  • 1890 Egon Schiele, Austrian painter/graphic artist
  • 1892 Djuna Barnes, American author (d. 1982)

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1897 Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, born in Rushyford, England (d. 1977)

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
  • 1902 Hendrik J Elias, Flemish historian/(mayor-Ghent)
  • 1906 Sandro Penna, Italian poet (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Ronald Selby Wright, minister
  • 1908 Marina Semenova, Russian ballerina
  • 1910 Bill Naughton, English playwright (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Milovan Djilas, Yugoslavia, writer/politician (New Class)
  • 1912 Mary Lavin MacDonald Scott, author
  • 1912 Jameel Jalibi, Pakistani scholar, writer, and Urdu linguist
  • 1913 Jean Victor Allard, Canadian army general (d. 1996)
  • 1915 David Rockefeller, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank)
  • 1915 Christopher Mayhew, British politician (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Irwin Allen, American director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (d. 2002)
  • 1921 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Christopher Derrick, British writer (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Marta Pan, Hungarian/French sculptor (Great spiral)

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1924 George H. W. Bush, 41st US President (R, 1989-93) and 43rd US Vice President (R, 1981-89), born in Milton, Massachusetts

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1927 Henry Slesar, headwriter (Edge of Night), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1928 Michael Wishart, artist

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1929 Anne Frank, Dutch diarist and Jewish victim of the Nazi Holocaust (Diary of Anne Frank), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1945)

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • 1929 Brigid Brophy, novelist/campaigner
  • 1930 Barbara Harris, 1st US Episcopal female bishop
  • 1930 Hans Koetsier, Dutch sculptor (KLM-Schiphol)
  • 1930 Donald Byrne, American chess player (d. 1976)
  • 1932 Rona Jaffe, novelist (Mazes & Monsters)
  • 1933 Eddie Adams, American photographer, won Pulitzer Prize (d. 2004)
  • 1934 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (d. 2001)
  • 1935 Christoph Meckel, writer
  • 1936 Bill Zeliff, (Rep-R-NH)
  • 1937 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician
  • 1937 Antal Festetics, Austrian biologist
  • 1939 Francis X McCloskey, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1983- )
  • 1939 GAI Schuijt, Dutch jurist (information law)
  • 1941 Lucille Roybal-Allard, (Rep-D-California)
  • 1942 Bert Sakmann, German physiologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1945 Alfred Antony Francis Gell, social anthropologist
  • 1946 Harry Glasper, English writer
  • 1946 John Steinbeck IV, American journalist, author and son of John Steinbeck, born in New York City
  • 1949 Yuri Michaylovich Baturin, Russian cosmonaut (SK:Soyuz TM-28)
  • 1951 Andranik Margaryan, 14th Prime Minister of Armenia (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Seigfried Brietzke, German DR, coxless rower (Oly-gold-1972, 76, 80)
  • 1952 Spencer Abraham, Secretary of Energy under George W. Bush
  • 1953 Allan Weiner, American radio station owner
  • 1954 Neil Oatley, English engineer
  • 1958 Fernando "Frank" Caldeiro, Buenos Aires Arg, astronaut
  • 1959 Jervis Johnson, Games Designer for Games Workshop, Nottingham
  • 1961 Jim Goad, American author
  • 1963 Warwick Capper, Australian rules footballer
  • 1971 Mark Henry, Silsbee TX, 238+lbs (108+kg) weightlift (Oly-14th-92, 96)
  • 1972 Bounty Killer, Jamaican deejay
  • 1973 Darryl White, Australian rules footballer
  • 1985 Blake Ross, American software developer