Birthdays in History on May 12

  • 1401 Emperor Shōkō (d. 1428)
  • 1496 Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1560)
  • 1590 Cosimo II de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1621)
  • 1622 Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor General of New France (d. 1698)
  • 1626 Louis Hennepin, Flemish missionary (d. 1705)
  • 1662 Jan F van Bloom, [Orizonte] Flemish painter, baptized
  • 1670 Frederick Augustus I/ August II, the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (reputed to have sired 355 children) (d. 1733)
  • 1700 Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect
  • 1725 Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (d. 1785)
  • 1767 Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (d. 1851)
  • 1790 [Johannes] Carsten Hauch, Danish writer
  • 1803 Justus Freiherr von Liebig, German chemist (agricultural chemics)
  • 1804 Robert Baldwin, (L) help establish government in Canada (or 1904)
  • 1806 Amos Beebe Eaton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1877)
  • 1806 J V Snellman, Finland, journalist/statesman/nationalist
  • 1812 Edward Lear, England, landscape painter, (Complete Nonsense Book)
  • 1812 Louis Ludwig Blenker, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1813 Johann Czerski, German chaplin

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1820 Florence Nightingale, British nurse (Crimean War), born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1910)

  • 1828 Gabriel Dante Rossetti, England, poet/painter, Pre-Raphaelite figure
  • 1850 Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman (d. 1924)
  • 1868 Halsey William Wilson, US, publisher of reference books
  • 1874 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian physician (Reaction of Pirquet)
  • 1876 Harold, grandson of English queen Victoria
  • 1880 Lincoln Ellsworth, led 1st transarctic, transantarctic flights
  • 1886 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter
  • 1889 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
  • 1892 Fritz Kortner, Austrian-born director (d. 1970)
  • 1895 Jiddu Krishnamurti, India, philosopher (Songs of Life) [NS=May 22]
  • 1899 Indra Devi, Latvian Yoga Instructor (d. 2002)
  • 1902 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor (d. 1984)
  • 1906 William M Ewing, US geologist/geophysicist
  • 1907 Leslie Charteris, English/US detective writer (Enter the Saint)
  • 1910 Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British chemist (penicillin/B12/Nobel 1964)
  • 1910 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet/writer
  • 1914 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • 1915 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)

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1918 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed for espionage, born in New York City, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • 1921 Giovanni Benelli, archbishop (Florence)/Papal candidate
  • 1921 Henry Mackie, designer of the Belfast Calorimeter
  • 1921 Joseph Beuys, Germany, avant-garde painter/politician
  • 1921 Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist, born in Belleville, Ontario, (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Barend Busnac, office clerk/resistance fighter
  • 1922 Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Ewart G Abner, record company executive
  • 1923 Giovanni Testori, Italian writer (Rocco e i suoi fratelli)
  • 1923 Lord Laing, English biscuit manufacturer/pilot/multi-millionaire
  • 1924 Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician
  • 1925 John Simon, theater critic (NY Times)
  • 1926 Earl Hutto, Panama City Fla, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • 1926 Mervyn M Dymally, (Rep-D-CA, 1981- )
  • 1928 Manuel Lujan Jr, (Rep-R-NM, 1969- )
  • 1929 Sam Nujoma, first President of Namibia
  • 1931 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish vice-president of Dutch One
  • 1933 Andrey Voznesensky, Russian poet
  • 1934 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), born in Aluu (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Guillermo Endara, President of Panama
  • 1936 Frank Stella, American painter
  • 1937 Gerry E Studds, (Rep-D-MA, 1973- )
  • 1938 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident
  • 1939 Ronald Ziegler, press secretary (Nixon)
  • 1939 Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician
  • 1942 Barry B[rookes] Longyear, US, sci-fi author (City of Baraboo)
  • 1942 Dumitru Dediu, Romania, cosmonaut (Soyuz 40 backup)
  • 1942 Timothy Hugh Brown, theatre critic
  • 1944 Eva Demski, German writer, born in Regensburg
  • 1945 Patrick Ricard, French businessman
  • 1946 L. Neil Smith, American science fiction author
  • 1947 Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician
  • 1947 catherine yronwode, American writer and editor
  • 1950 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • 1958 Christian Brando, son of Marlon/killed sisters boyfriend
  • 1958 Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
  • 1966 Rafael Bournigal, Azua Dom Rep, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • 1973 Travis Lutter, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • 1977 Graeme Dott, British snooker player
  • 1979 Erdinç Saçan, Turkish-Dutch politician