Birthdays in History on October 12

  • 1008 Emperor Go-Ichijō of Japan (d. 1036)
  • 1350 Dmitry Donskoy, Grand Prince of Moscovy (d. 1389)
  • 1537 Edward VI, Tudor, King of England (1547-53)
  • 1558 Archduke Maximilian III of Austria (d. 1618)
  • 1558 Jacques Sirmond, French scholar and Jesuit (d. 1651)
  • 1576 Thomas Dudley, English-born American colonial magistrate (d. 1653)
  • 1602 William Chillingworth, English religious leader (d. 1644)
  • 1710 Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and statesman (d. 1785)
  • 1712 William Shippen, American physician and statesman (d. 1801)
  • 1725 Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist (d. 1810)
  • 1742 Johan Peter Melchior, German sculptor
  • 1762 John W Janssens, gov-gen of Cape colony/Dutch-Indies 1811
  • 1792 Christian Gmelin, German chemist (d. 1860)
  • 1798 A J Pedro I van Alcantara, Kaiser of Brazil (1822-31)/king of Portugal
  • 1798 Charles Albert, King of Sardinia (1831-49)
  • 1801 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss statesman (d. 1873)
  • 1807 John Tideman, Dutch Remonstrant theologist
  • 1813 Lyman Trumbull, MC (Union) (d. 1896)
  • 1815 William Joseph Hardee, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1873)
  • 1822 Joseph Haydn Potter, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • 1832 Walter T Watts-Dunton, England, lawyer/poet/writer (Aylwin)
  • 1844 George W Cable, American writer (Northampton Years)
  • 1855 August Sauer, Austria literature historian (Euphorion)
  • 1855 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer/painter (Death of My Cat) [or 9/12]
  • 1860 Elmer A Sperry, inventor (gyrocompass)
  • 1865 Arthur Harden, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)
  • 1866 Antonie Waldrop, painter/lithographer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1866 Ramsay MacDonald, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1924, 1929-35), born in Lossiemouth, Morayshire, Scotland (d. 1937)

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • 1875 Aleister [Edward S] Crowley, (75 pseudonames), British occultist
  • 1878 Karl Buresch, Austria politician
  • 1880 Louis Hémon, French novelist (d. 1913)
  • 1881 William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), born in Berlin Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • 1887 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet (d. 1951)
  • 1891 Edith Stein, German philosopher
  • 1893 Velvalee Dickinson, American spy (d. 1980)
  • 1894 Charles Hodge, California, NYU professor (Answers for Americans)
  • 1894 Elisabeth A de Vreugd, chambermaid of Dutch queen
  • 1896 Eugenio Montale, Italy, poet/translator (Xenia-Nobel 1975)
  • 1902 Dirk A M Binnendijk, critic (Authoritarian Regimes in Transistion)
  • 1903 Grayson Kirk, educator, born in Jeffersonville, Ohio
  • 1904 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Lester Dent, American writer (d. 1959)
  • 1906 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Ann Lane Petry, US journalist/author (Street)
  • 1908 Paul Engle, American writer (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Zellig S Harris, US linguist
  • 1910 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Louis M de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78)
  • 1913 William James Moyce, armaments scientist
  • 1919 Gilles Beaudoin, Quebec politician (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Christy Ring, Irish hurler (d. 1979)
  • 1923 Jean Nidetch, businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1925 Fons Jansen, news reader/Dutch cabaretier (court jester of beliefs)
  • 1925 Denis Lazure, Quebec politician (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Thomas Burnett Swann, US, sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur)
  • 1928 Al Held, US, painter/sculptor (hard edge-style)
  • 1929 Robert Coles, Milton Mass, author (Anna Freud, Pulitzer 1973)
  • 1932 Dusan Makavejev, Belgrade Yugoslavia, director (Man is Not a Bird)
  • 1932 Jake Edwin Garn, (Sen-R-Utah, 1974- )/astronaut (STS 51D)
  • 1933 Broos van Erp, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1933 Guido Molinari, Canadian painter (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Richard Meier, American architect
  • 1934 Albert Shiryaev, Russian mathematician
  • 1935 William Raspberry, Okolona, Mississippi, columnist (Pulitzer 1994), (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Robert Mangold, American artist
  • 1939 Carolee Schneemann, Fox Chase Pennsylvania, American performance artist
  • 1941 Craig A Washington, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1941 Michael Mansfield, English barrister
  • 1949 Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, Venezuelan international terrorist
  • 1950 Dave Freudenthal, American politician
  • 1951 Ed Royce, American politician (Rep-R-California)
  • 1953 Serge Lepeltier, French politician
  • 1954 Tom Blomberg, Dutch radio host and producer (Evening Rush Hour)
  • 1955 Ante Gotovina, Croatian general
  • 1959 Abigail Kingsley Alling, American executive (Biosphere 2), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Anna Escobedo Cabral, 42nd Treasurer of the United States
  • 1962 Branko Crvenkovski, Macedonian President
  • 1963 Lane Frost, American professional bull rider, (d. 1989)
  • 1963 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime director
  • 1965 Scott O'Grady, American military officer
  • 1969 Kimberly Ann Grimm, Mt Lake Park Md, Miss Maryland-America (1991)
  • 1970 Kimberly Hoskins, Yuma Arizona, Miss Arizona-America (1991)
  • 1974 Stephen Lee, English snooker player
  • 1977 Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer
  • 1997 Prince Boris of Bulgaria