Birthdays in History on March 12

  • 1270 Charles of Valois, son of Philip III of France (d. 1325)
  • 1336 Edward, Duke of Guelders (1361-71) and Count of Zutphen (d. 1371)
  • 1479 Giuliano de' Medici, monarch of Florence
  • 1607 Paul Gerhardt, German hymnist (d. 1676)
  • 1613 André Le Nôtre, French landscape architect (d. 1700)
  • 1620 Johann Heinrich Hottinger, Swiss philologist and theologian (d. 1667)
  • 1626 John Aubrey, English antiquary and writer (d. 1697)
  • 1637 Anne Hyde, wife of James II of England (d. 1671)
  • 1647 Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (d. 1727)
  • 1672 Richard Steele, Irish writer and politician (d. 1729)
  • 1685 George Berkeley, Irish philosopher/bishop of Cloyne
  • 1718 Joseph Damer, English politician (d. 1798)
  • 1755 Georges Couthon, French politician
  • 1758 Leopold earl of Limburg Stirum, Dutch general/politician [or March 22]
  • 1781 Frederica of Baden, Queen of Sweden (d. 1826)
  • 1788 Pierre J David, [David d'Angers], French sculptor
  • 1800 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian
  • 1806 Jane Means Appleton Pierce, 1st lady (1853-57)
  • 1808 Gerrit van der Linde Jz, "Schoolmaster", Dutch poet
  • 1816 David Stuart, American politician, Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1868)
  • 1818 John Lorimar Worden, Capt (Union Navy), (d. 1897)

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1821 John Abbott, 3rd Canadian Prime Minister (1891-92), born in Saint-Andre, Quebec (d. 1893)

3rd Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott
3rd Prime Minister of Canada
John Abbott
  • 1821 Luitpold von Bayern, Prince-regent of Bayern
  • 1823 William Flank Perry, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1824 Gustav R Kirchoff, Prussia, physicist (spectral analysis)
  • 1827 John Robert Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1827 William Richard Terry, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1830 William Felix Brantley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1870)
  • 1831 Clement Studebaker, automobile pioneer (Studebaker)
  • 1832 Charles Boycott, Irish estate manager/caused boycotts
  • 1835 Simon Newcomb, American scientist/mathematician/astronomer
  • 1838 William Perkin, inventor (1st artificial dye)
  • 1859 Abraham H. Cannon, Mormon apostle (d. 1896)
  • 1862 Jane Delano, American nurse/teacher/founder (Red Cross)
  • 1863 Adolf A Wolfschoon, Curacao, poet
  • 1863 Gabriele D'Annunzio, Italian writer/military hero (Intruder)
  • 1863 Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (d. 1945)
  • 1864 W. H. R. Rivers, British psychiatrist (d. 1922)
  • 1877 Wilhelm Frick, German protector of Bohemia/Moravia
  • 1878 Gemma Galgani, Italian saint
  • 1880 Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (d. 1952)
  • 1881 Daniel Webster Hoan, Wisc (Mayor-Socialist-Milwaukee)
  • 1881 Gunnar Nordström, Finnish physicist (d. 1923)
  • 1883 Zoltán Meskó, Hungarian Nazi (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Raphael HLAJM Verwilghen, Flemish architect/urban developer
  • 1889 Philip Guedalla, historian
  • 1889 Þórbergur Þórðarson, Icelandic author (d. 1974)
  • 1890 A Evert Taube, Swedish writer/troubadour
  • 1890 William Dudley Pelley, American leader of the Silver Legion (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Michael Polany, Hungarian/English chemist/economist/sociologist
  • 1891 George W. Mason, American industrialist (d. 1954)

  • 1895 William C. Lee, U.S. Army general (d. 1948)
  • 1900 David Croll, QC senator
  • 1907 (Margaret Peggy McCrorie) Herbison, politician
  • 1907 Dorrit Hoffleit, American astronomer (d. 2007)
  • 1908 David Saul Marshall, diplomat lawyer/politician
  • 1908 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
  • 1910 Roger L Stevens, producer (Giant)
  • 1910 Wilhelmus L Reijers, sculptor
  • 1910 Masayoshi Ohira, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1980)
  • 1911 Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, president of Mexico
  • 1912 James McKay, lord provost of Edinburgh
  • 1912 Kylie Tennant, novelist (Battlers, Lost Haven)
  • 1912 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Alberto Burri, Italian physician/sculptor/abstract painter
  • 1917 Tom Normanton, British MP
  • 1918 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian CEO (Fiat Automakers)
  • 1921 Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator
  • 1921 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (d. 2007)

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1922 Jack Kerouac, Beat writer (On the Road, Mexico Blues), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • 1922 Lane Kirkland, union president (AFL-CIO)
  • 1923 Walter M Schirra Jr, Capt USN/ast (Mer 8, Gem 6, Ap 7), born in Hackensack, New York
  • 1925 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, UK, sci-fi author (Deathworld Trilogy), (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Leo Esaki, [Esaki Reona], Japan, physicist (Tunnel effect-Nobel 1973)
  • 1925 William G Whitehurst, (Rep-R-Va)
  • 1926 David Oliver Williams, trade unionist (COHSE)
  • 1926 George R Ariyoshi, (Gov-D-Hawaii)
  • 1926 John C[lellon] Holmes, American writer (Horn)
  • 1926 Ronald Alley, art gallery manager (Tate Gallery)
  • 1927 Raúl Alfonsín, President of Argentina (1983-89), born in Chascomús, Buenos Aires (d. 2009)

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1928 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), born in Virginia (d. 2016)

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • 1928 Phil Jones, principal (Trinity College of Music)
  • 1928 Roland Moyle, British deputy chairman (Police Complaints Authority)
  • 1928 Thérèse Lavoie-Roux, Quebec politician and senator
  • 1929 Lupe Anguiano, Mexican-American civil rights activist
  • 1929 U Win Tin, jailed Burmese journalist
  • 1930 Antony Acland, provost of Eton/British ambassador (to US)
  • 1930 Robin Cavendish, English campaigner for the disabled, born in Middleton (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Geoffrey de Bellaigue, director (Royal Collection)
  • 1931 Herbert Kelleher, Southwest Airlines co-founder
  • 1932 Andrew Young, US ambassador to UN (1977-79)/(Mayor-D-Atlanta)
  • 1934 Rudolph Agner, CEO (Consolidated Gold Fields)
  • 1935 John Gross, author (Age of Kipling, Dickens & 20th Century)
  • 1936 Anthony Loehnis, vice chairman (S G Warburg & Co)
  • 1936 Patrick Procktor, painter
  • 1938 Karl Soderlund, Duluth Minn, Mr Sally Jesse Raphael
  • 1938 Norman Hogg, British MP
  • 1939 David Mlinaric, British interior director
  • 1942 Ratko Mladić, Republika Srpska leader
  • 1945 Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, American mobster who testified against John Gotti, born in Brooklyn, New York

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1947 Mitt Romney, 70th Republican Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate, born in Detroit, Michigan

Politician Mitt Romney
Politician
Mitt Romney
  • 1947 Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (d. 1987)
  • 1948 Kent Conrad, (Sen-D North Dakota)
  • 1948 Les Holroyd, Oldham England, rocker (Barclay James Harvest)
  • 1948 Virginia Bottomley, British minister of health and heritage
  • 1949 David Mellor, secretary of the British treasury/MP
  • 1952 Eliézer Niyitegeka, Rwandan journalist, politician and genocidaire
  • 1953 Carl Hiaasen, American journalist and author
  • 1953 Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepalese politician
  • 1954 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai
  • 1961 Joseph Facal, Quebec politician
  • 1969 Jake Tapper, American journalist
  • 1970 Dave Eggers, American writer, editor, and publisher
  • 1972 Alisa Castillo, Miss Nevada USA (1996)
  • 1975 Annabel Port, English radio presenter
  • 1977 Ramiro Corrales, American footballer
  • 1978 Cristina Teuscher, 4X200m freestyle (Olymp-gold-96), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1978 Arina Tanemura, Japanese mangaka
  • 1987 Chris Seitz, American footballer