Famous Birthdays on April 12

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 250

  • 599 BC Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism (d. 527 BC)
  • 812 Muhammad at-Taqi, Muslim Shia Imam, born in Medina, Abbasid Empire (d. 835)
  • 1484 Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Italian architect, born in Florence (d. 1546)
  • 1500 Joachim Camerarius [Liebhard Kammerer], German classical scholar, born in Bamberg, Germany (d. 1574)
  • 1526 Marc-Antoine de Muret, French humanist, born in Muret, France (d. 1585)
  • 1550 Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, born in Hedingham Castle, Essex, England (d. 1604)
  • 1577 Christian IV of Denmark, King of Denmark and Norway (1588-1648), born in Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark (d. 1648)
  • 1579 François de Bassompierre, marshal of France, born in Haroué, France (d. 1646)
  • 1626 Paul Hainlein, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1686)
  • 1695 Caspar Burman, Dutch historian and Mayor of Utrecht, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1755)
  • 1705 William Cookworthy, English chemist, born in Kingsbridge, Devon (d. 1780)
  • 1710 Caffarelli [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castrato soprano, born in Bitonto, Italy (d. 1783)
  • 1713 Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer, born in Lapanouse, France (d. 1796)
  • 1716 Felice Giardini, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1796)
  • 1722 Pietro Nardini, Italian composer, born in Livorno (d. 1793)
  • 1724 Lyman Hall, American physician and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Wallingford, Connecticut (d. 1790)
  • 1726 Charles Burney, English music historian, born in Shrewsbury, England (d. 1814)
  • 1727 Gaspare Gabellone, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1796)
  • 1748 Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist (Classification of flowering plants), born in Lyon, France (d. 1836)
  • 1760 Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas (d. 1797)
  • 1764 Dirk van den Boetzelaer, Regent of Holland, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1819)
  • 1769 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, Italian composer, born in Vercelli, Italy (d. 1855)

Person of interestHenry Clay

1777 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", born in Hanover County, Virginia (d. 1852)

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1788 Johan Erik Nordblom, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1848)
  • 1791 Francis Preston Blair, American journalist and newspaper editor (Washington Globe), born in Abingdon, Virginia (d. 1876)
  • 1792 John George Lambton, British statesman (1st Earl of Durham), born in London, England (d. 1840)
  • 1794 Germinal P Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (geometry)
  • 1796 George N. Briggs, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1861)
  • 1799 Henri Druey, Swiss politician and a founding father of constitutional democracy in Switzerland, born in Faoug, Switzerland (d. 1855)
  • 1801 Henry de Cock, Dutch reformed vicar and secession leader, born in Veendam, Groningen, the Netherlands (d. 1842)
  • 1801 Joseph Franz Karl Lanner, Austrian composer and violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1843)
  • 1802 Francis Libermann, French religious leader (Congregation of Heart), born in Saverne, France (d. 1852)
  • 1815 Henry Hugo Pierson, English composer, born in Oxford (d. 1873)
  • 1823 Aleksandr Ostrovsky [Alexander Ostrovsky], Russian playwright (Artists & Admirers), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1886)
  • 1827 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, born in Erfurt, Prussia (d. 1914)
  • 1831 Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter and sculptor, born in Etterbeek, Belgium (d. 1905)
  • 1831 George B. Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Hillsborough, North Carolina (d. 1862)
  • 1831 Grenville Mellen Dodge, American engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Danvers, Massachusetts (d. 1916)
  • 1838 John Shaw Billings, American librarian and surgeon, born in Allensville, Switzerland County, Indiana (d. 1913)
  • 1839 Victorin de Joncières, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1903)
  • 1840 Edmond Audran, French composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1901)
  • 1848 José Gautier Benítez, Puerto Rican poet, born in Caguas, Puerto Rico (d. 1880)
  • 1851 Emil Liebling, German-American composer, born in Pless, Silesia (d. 1914)
  • 1852 Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician (Proving π is a transcendental number), born in Hannover, German Confederation (d. 1939)
  • 1856 William Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Allington, English historian and explorer (Spitzbergen), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 1937)
  • 1863 Raul Pompeia, Brazilian writer (O Ateneu), born in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1895)
  • 1868 Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy, born in Matsuyama, Iyo Province, Japan (d. 1918)
  • 1869 Henri Désiré Landru, French sex murderer, born in Paris (d. 1922)
  • 1871 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek general and dictator (1936-41), born in Ithaca, Greece (d. 1941)
  • 1878 Richard B Goldschmidt, German-American zoologist (butterflies), born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Frederic G. Melcher, American publisher and editor who founded children's book week, born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

  • 1883 Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (1965 ASMP award), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1976)
  • 1883 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Balmain, New South Wales (d. 1959)
  • 1884 Otto Meyerhof, German psychologist and biochemist (Nobel 1922), born in Hannover, Germany (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1932)
  • 1887 Harold Lockwood, American actor (Tess of the Storm Country), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1918)
  • 1888 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), born in Elisavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, born in Waveland, Mississippi (d. 1940)
  • 1894 Francisco Craveiro Lopes, 12th President of Portugal (1951-58), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1964)
  • 1898 Grantley H Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), born in St. Michael, British Windward Islands
  • 1898 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), born in Draguignan, France (d. 1976)
  • 1899 Chief Thundercloud [Victor Daniels], Cherokee actor (The Lone Ranger, Colt .45), born in Muskogee, Indian Territory (d. 1955) (d. 1955)
  • 1901 Lowell Stockman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon, born in Helix, Oregon (d. 1962)
  • 1902 Louis J. M. Beel, Prime Minister of Netherlands (1946-48, 58-59), born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist (Plan of Labor, Nobel 1969), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Harald Penrose, British test pilot, born in Hereford, England (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Felix de Weldon, Austrian-American sculptor (Marine Corps War Memorial), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2003)
  • 1907 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1908 Carlos Lleras Restrepo, President of Colombia (1966-70), born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 1994)
  • 1908 John T Hughes, Bishop to Forces
  • 1908 Virginia Cherrill, American actress (Lake Extra, Brat, City Lights, Delicious), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American General and Air Force pilot, born in Waynesboro, Georgia (d. 2006)
  • 1910 Jürgen Rausch, German philosopher and author (End of the Playboys), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Darrell A. Amyx, American classical archaeologist (Greek Ceramics), born in Exeter, California (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Geoff Chubb, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler v England 1951-52 aged 40), born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1976)
  • 1912 Eric Feldary, Hungarian actor (Hold Back the Dawn, 16 Fathoms Deep), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Georges Franju, French director (Judex, L'homme sans visage), born in Fougères, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1987)
  • 1912 Harold Maguire, British air marshal, born in Kilkishen, Ireland (d. 2001)
  • 1912 Walter "Walt" Gorney, American character actor (Friday the 13th, Trading Places), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2004)
  • 1913 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, born in Székelyudvarhely (d. 1989)
  • 1913 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1914 Armen Alchian, American economist and professor (University of California), born in Fresno, California (d. 2013)
  • 1915 Emil Petaja, American sci-fi author (Star Mill, Tramontane), born in Milltown, Missoula County, Montana (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1916 Brian Connell, British writer and broadcaster, born in Hertford (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Beverly Cleary, American writer (Ramona and her Mother), born in McMinnville, Oregon
  • 1916 Benjamin Libet, American scientist (human consciousness), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1917 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1917 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time), born in Jamnagar, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1978)
  • 1917 Helen Forrest, American singer of traditional pop and swing music, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Istvan Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Lady Ricketts, CEO (National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux)
  • 1919 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1919 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1920 H R Hewitt, CEO (Johnson Matthey)
  • 1920 Robert Fizdale, American pianist (Misia), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Alfred Mabbs, British archivist (Public Records Office), born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (On the Town), born in Chireno, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Julius Moormann, Dutch student and resistance fighter (WWII), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1924 Sergiu Natra, Romanian-born Israeli composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1924 Peter Safar, Austrian physician (pioneered cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Johnny Jordan, English cameraman (You Only Live Twice), born in Oxfordshire, England (d. 1969)
  • 1925 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, born in Hendon, London (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Jane Withers, American actress, model, and singer (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1927 Patrick Meehan, Scottish petty criminal, wrongly convicted of murder
  • 1928 Brooklyn Supreme, Belgian stallion, heaviest known horse (1450 kg)
  • 1928 Uwe Kitzinger, President (Templeton College, Oxford), born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • 1928 Hardy Krüger, German actor (The Flight of the Phoenix), born in Wedding, Berlin, Germany
  • 1929 Elspet Gray, Lady Rix, Scottish actress (4 Weddings & a Funeral, Solo, Tenko), born in Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1976)
  • 1930 Bryan Magee, British philosopher, politician and broadcaster (Modern British Philosophy), born in London
  • 1930 Patrick Edmund Pery, 6th Earl of Limerick, Irish peer and public servant, born in London
  • 1930 Louw de Graaf, Dutch Assistant Secretary of Social Affairs (VDA)
  • 1930 Manuel Neri, American sculptor (life-size figurative sculptures), born in Sanger, California
  • 1931 Martin Boykan, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter, born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • 1932 Henri Lazarof, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Jack Gelber, American playwright (The Connection, Apple), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Dennis Banks, American activist (leader of the American Indian Movement), born in Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Tiny Tim [ Herbert Khaury], American musician (Tip Toe), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1934 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), born in York, Pennsylvania, (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Wendy Savage, British obstetrician and gynaecologist, born in Surrey, England
  • 1936 Charles Napier, American actor (Night Stalker, Rambo), born in Mt. Union, Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Kennedy Simmonds, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts & Nevis (1983-95), born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • 1937 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) and test pilot, born in Zmiiv, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player, born in Lier, Belgium
  • 1939 Alan Ayckbourn, English playwright and director, born in London, England
  • 1939 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Revesby, New South Wales, Australia

Person of interestHerbie Hancock

1940 Herbie Hancock, American pianist (I Thought it Was You), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
  • 1940 John Hagee, American pastor and televangelist, born in Goose Creek, Texas
  • 1941 Julio Euson, Aruban-Dutch singer (I Use the Soap), born in Aruba
  • 1941 Bobby Moore, English footballer, team captain (World Cup 1996), born in Barking, Essex, England (d. 1993)
  • 1942 Jacob Zuma, South African politician, President of South Africa (2009-), born in Nkandla
  • 1942 Bill Bryden, British stage and film director, born in Greenock, Scotland
  • 1942 Daniel Schmidt, American composer and builder of American gamelan
  • 1942 Frank Bank, American actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine racing driver (Formula One) and politician, born in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1943 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and actor (Big Easy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1944 John Kay [Joachim Krauledat], German-born Canadian rock singer (Steppenwolf), born in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
  • 1944 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, born in Kroměříž, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (d. 1994)
  • 1944 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, born in Oxford, England (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Hilary Nicolle, educationist
  • 1945 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945 Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization, born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2006)
  • 1946 Ed O'Neill, American comedian and actor (Al Bundy-Married with Children), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1946 Peter L de Baan, Dutch actor, director and playwright (Leonce & Lena)
  • 1946 René Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques)
  • 1947 Dan Lauria, American actor (Jack Arnold-Wonder Years), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestDavid Letterman

1947 David Letterman, American comedian (Late Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1947 Tom Clancy, American author (Rainbow Six, The Hunt for Red October), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Antonin Kratochvil, Czech-American photojournalist (VII Photo Agency), born in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1948 Raphick Jumadeen, West Indian cricketer (WI slow left-armer of the 70's), born in Gasparillo, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1948 Jeremy Beadle, English television presenter (Beadle's About), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1948 Joschka Fischer, German politician, Foreign Minister of Germany (1998-2005), born in Gerabronn, Germany
  • 1948 Lois Reeves, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949 Scott Turow, American lawyer and author (Presumed Innocent), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 David Cassidy, American singer and actor (Keith-Partridge Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1950 Tom Werner, American producer (Roseanne, Cosby Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Kari Palaste, Finnish architect, born in Kajaani, Finland
  • 1950 Flavio Briatore, Italian businessman and F1 team principal (Renault F1), born in Verzuolo, Italy
  • 1950 Joyce Banda, President of Malawi (2012-2014), born in Malemia, Nyasaland
  • 1951 Jakson Spires, American rock drummer (Blackfoot), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1952 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), born in Managua, Nicaragua (d. 2009)
  • 1952 J. D. Nicholas, English guitarist (Heatwave, Commodores), born in Watford, England
  • 1952 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1952 Reuben Gant, American professional football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1953 Tony James, English rock bassist (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111), born in Shepherds Bush, London
  • 1954 Marvin Johnson, American middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1954 Pat Travers, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Alex Briley, American actor (Can't Stop the Music), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Andy Garcia, Cuban-American actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1956 Doris Baaten, Dutch actress (Sesame Street, Fien), born in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
  • 1956 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer (Mensch), born in Göttingen, Germany
  • 1956 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1957 Vince Gill, American country singer (When I Call Your Name), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • 1958 Will Sergeant, English rock guitarist (Echo & Bunnymen - Killing Moon), born in Liverpool
  • 1958 Howard Stableford, English actor and host, born in Preston, Lancashire
  • 1959 Elissa Leeds, American actress (Cissy-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestRon MacLean

1960 Ron MacLean, Canadian sportscaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Zweibrücken, Germany

CBC Sportscaster Ron MacLean
CBC Sportscaster
Ron MacLean
  • 1961 D. D. Verni, American heavy metal rocker (Overkill - Hello From the Gutter), born in New Jersey
  • 1961 Julius Kariuki, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1988), born in Nyahururu, Kenya
  • 1961 Magda Szubanski, Australian actress (Kath & Kim), born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England
  • 1962 Art Alexakis, American musician (Everclear), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler, born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama
  • 1964 Mike Macfarlane, American baseball catcher (KC Royals), born in Stockton, California
  • 1964 Amy Ray, American singer and songwriter (Indigo Girls), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1965 Elaine Zayak, American figure skater (Olympic 6th 1984), born in Paramus, New Jersey
  • 1965 Tom O'Brien, American actor and director, born in Burbank, California
  • 1966 Lorenzo White, American football running back (Cleveland Browns), born Hollywood, Florida
  • 1966 Theo Blanco, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1967 Bobby Abrams, American football outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Donna Andrews, LPGA golfer (1994 Nabisco Dinah Shore), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1967 Kirk Everist, American water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Mellow Man Ace, Cuban-American rapper and actor (Only the Strong), born in Pinar del Río, Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • 1967 Sarah Cracknell, English singer-songwriter (Saint Etienne), born in Chelmsford, England
  • 1968 Adam Graves, Canadian left wing hockey player (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario