Birthdays in History on September 12

  • 1492 Lorenzo II de' Medici, Duke of Urbino (d. 1519)

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1494 King Francis I of France (1515-47), born in Cognac, France (d. 1547)

  • 1559 Lodovico Cardi da Cigoli, Italian painter/architect

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1575 Henry Hudson, English navigator and explorer (Hudson River), born in England (d. 1611)

Explorer Henry Hudson
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Henry Hudson
  • 1605 William Dugdale, English antiquarian (d. 1686)
  • 1688 Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor (d. 1731)
  • 1690 Peter Dens, Belgian Catholic theologian (d. 1775)
  • 1720 Frederick Philipse III, American land owner (Bronx, Westchester & Putnam), born in NYC, New York
  • 1725 Guillaume Le Gentil, French astronomer (d. 1792)
  • 1740 Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (d. 1817)
  • 1788 Alexander Campbell, Irish/US founder (Disciples of Christ)
  • 1801 Giuseppe Concone, Italian singing-teacher
  • 1806 Andrew Hull Foote, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1863)
  • 1811 James Hall, US geologist (Natural history of NY)
  • 1812 Richard Hoe, American inventor and industrialist (d. 1886)
  • 1818 Richard Jordan Gatling, US, inventor (hand-cranked machine gun)
  • 1829 Anselm Feuerbach, German painter
  • 1829 Charles Dudley Warner, American writer and newspaperman (Being a Boy), born in Plainfield, Massachusetts
  • 1830 William Sprague, governor of Rhode Island (1859-63)

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1852 H. H. Asquith, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1908-16), born in Morley, England (d. 1928)

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • 1855 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician (d. 1920)
  • 1857 George H Breitner, Dutch impressionist painter/water colors painter
  • 1858 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter/sculptor
  • 1871 Friedrich, Prince of Liechtenstein, Romania
  • 1879 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter
  • 1879 H de Bie, Dutch lawyer (children's law)

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1880 Henry Louis Mencken, American newspaperman/critic (Prejudices), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1881 Daniel Jones, England phoneticist (English pronouncing dictionary)
  • 1891 Pedro Albizu Campos, advocate for Puerto Rican independence (d. 1965)
  • 1892 Alfred A Knopf, US, publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal)
  • 1896 Giuseppe Zoppi, Swiss writer (Il Libro Dell'Alpe)

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1897 Irene Joliot-Curie, physicist, (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935), born in Paris, France (d. 1956), daughter of Marie Curie

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
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Irene Joliot-Curie
  • 1898 Ben Shahn, painter (1964 Arts & Letters)
  • 1899 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect/painter
  • 1902 Juscelino Kubitschek, president Brazil (1955-60)
  • 1907 Louis MacNeice, Irish poet (d. 1963)
  • 1909 Donald MacDonald, O.C., LL.D. former president of the Canadian Labour Congress and politician (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Ben[jamin S] Polak, Neth, physician/communist/resistance fighter
  • 1913 Kenneth Lo, cookery writer/restaurateur
  • 1914 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst (d. 1988)
  • 1915 Frank McGee, American journalist (d. 1974)
  • 1917 Christian Geel, Dutch poet/sculptor/artist
  • 1917 Seamas NacNeill, piper
  • 1917 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Jan W Schulte Nordholt, Dutch poet/historian (Blossoming Stone)
  • 1921 Stanislaw Lem, Lwów, Poland, sci-fi author (Solaris, Invincible)
  • 1922 Viscount Allendale, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1924 Howard Curtis Nielson, (Rep-R-UT, 1983- )
  • 1927 Ina Muller-van Ast, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1931 Kristin Hunter, [Eggleston], US author (God Bless the Child)
  • 1933 Stafford Heginbotham, toymaker/Football Club Chairman
  • 1934 Gunther Gebel-Williams, lion tamer (Ringling Bros Circus)
  • 1934 Jaegwon Kim, Korean-born American philosopher
  • 1935 Allan B Swift, (Rep-D-Washington, 1979- )
  • 1935 Richard H Hunt, sculptor (Pyramidal Construction), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937 Wesley Hall, West indian/British politician
  • 1939 Henry A Waxman, (Rep-D-California, 1975-86)
  • 1940 Roger K Crouch, Jamestown Tenn, astronauts (STS 83, 94)
  • 1940 Stephen J Solarz, (Rep-D-NY, 1975-93)
  • 1943 Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lankan-born writer
  • 1944 Leonard Peltier, American activist
  • 1945 Vern M Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951 Berty Ahern, Drumcondra, Dublin, PM of Ireland (1997-2008)
  • 1951 Gerald Stano, American serial killer
  • 1953 Nancy "Nan" Goldin, Photographer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954 Russell G. Alexander, creator of Today In History v1.2
  • 1954 Jeff Jarvis, American journalist
  • 1956 Sam Brownback, American politician
  • 1969 James Frey, American writer
  • 1969 André Heinz, American environmentalist; son of Teresa Heinz
  • 1972 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger (d. 2015)
  • 1974 Caroline Aigle, First female French fighter pilot (d. 2007)