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Famous Birthdays on December 12

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 237

  • 1298 Albert II, Duke of Austria, born in Habsburg Castle, Swabia (d. 1358)
  • 1574 Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish King Frederik II and Queen Consort of James I of England, born in Skanderborg Castle, Skanderborg, Denmark (d. 1619)
  • 1579 Heinrich Steuccius, German composer, born in Weissenfels, Germany (d. 1645)
  • 1610 Basil of Ostrog [Saint Vasilije], Serbian Orthodox bishop, born in Mrkonjići (d. 1671)
  • 1630 Olof Rudbeck, Swedish scientist, writer and composer, born in Västerås (d. 1702)
  • 1659 Francesco Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect and designer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1739)
  • 1660 Peter Rabus, Dutch poet and translator (Liberated Britanje) (d. 1702)
  • 1685 Lodovico Giustini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1743)
  • 1712 Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, Imperial Army field marshal, born in Lunéville, Duchy of Lorraine (d. 1780)
  • 1715 Gennaro Manna, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1779)

Person of interestSamuel Hood

1724 Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral in the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary Wars, born in Butleigh, England (d. 1816)

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood
  • 1731 Erasmus Darwin, influential English physician, poet, philosopher, and botanist (grandfather of Charles Darwin), born in Newark-on-Trent, England (d. 1807)

Person of interestJohn Jay

1745 John Jay, US statesman and 1st US Chief Justice, born in NYC, New York (d. 1829)

1st US Chief Justice John Jay
1st US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1779 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, born in Joigny, Burgundy, France (d. 1865)
  • 1783 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician, born in New Jersey (d. 1865)
  • 1786 William L. Marcy, American statesman, born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1857)

  • 1791 Marie-Louise of Austria, Duchess of Parma and second wife of Napoleon, born in Hofburg, Vienna, Austria (d. 1847)
  • 1792 Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter, born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1828)
  • 1799 Karl Briullov, Russian painter, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1852)
  • 1801 John, King of Saxony (1854-73) and translated Divina Commedia, born in Dresden, Germany
  • 1805 Henry Wells, American businessman and founder (American Express Co & Wells Fargo & Co), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1878)
  • 1806 Stand Watie, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Calhoun, Georgia (d. 1871)
  • 1818 Paul Octave Hébert, American Brigadier General and 14th Governor of Louisiana, born in Plaquemine, Louisiana (d. 1880)
  • 1821 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary), born in Rouen, France (d. 1880)
  • 1830 Joseph O. Shelby, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • 1832 Abraham Carel Wertheim, Dutch banker and philanthropist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1897)
  • 1833 Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica), born in Trossingen, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1835 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1908)
  • 1838 Sherburne Wesley Burnham, American astronomer (binary stars), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1921)
  • 1845 Bruce Price, American architect, born in Cumberland, Maryland (d. 1903)
  • 1848 William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman, born in New Dorp, Staten Island, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1853 Johan Petter Johansson, Swedish inventor and industrialist (modern adjustable spanner), born in Vårgårda, Sweden (d. 1943)
  • 1859 Edward R. Bradley, American businessman and horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1859 Maurice Donnay, French playwright (Lovers), born in Paris (d. 1945)

Person of interestEdvard Munch

1863 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and print maker (The Scream), born in Ådalsbruk, Løten, Norway (d. 1944)

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1864 Paul Elmer More, American critic and essayist, born in Saint Louis, Missouri (d. 1937)
  • 1866 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), born in Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France (d. 1919)
  • 1870 Walter Benona Sharp, American oil tycoon, born in Tipton County, Tennessee (d. 1912)
  • 1874 Volter Kilpi, Finnish writer (Alastalon salissa), born in Kustavi, Finland (d. 1939)
  • 1875 Desideer Stracke, Flemish jesuit and literature historian, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1970)

Person of interestGerd von Rundstedt

1875 [Karl Rudolf] Gerd von Rundstedt, German field marshal during World War II (Commander-in-Chief in the West), born in Aschersleben, German Empire (d. 1953)

German General Gerd von Rundstedt
German General
Gerd von Rundstedt

  • 1876 Alvin Kraenzlein, American track and field athlete (4 Olympic gold 1900), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1928)
  • 1879 Friedrich Christiansen, German nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherland, born in Wyk auf Föhr, Province of Schleswig-Holstein, German Empire (d. 1972)
  • 1879 Laura Hope Crews, American actress (Camille, Gone with the Wind), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1942)
  • 1879 Percy Fletcher, British composer, born in Derby (d. 1932)
  • 1882 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theorist), born in Stawiski, Poland (d. 1961)
  • 1886 Owen Moore, Irish actor (She Done Him Wrong), born in County Meath, Ireland (d. 1939)
  • 1887 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Václav Štěpán, Czech pianist and composer, born in Pečky, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1891 Buck Jones [Charles F Gebhart], American Western actor (Just Pals, Forbidden Trails, War Horse), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • 1892 Herman Potočnik, Slovenian rocket engineer, born in Pula, Austria-Hungary (d. 1929)
  • 1893 Edward G. Robinson [Goldenberg], Romanian actor (Double Indemnity, The Stranger, The Ten Commandments), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Eslanda Goode, American anthropology, civil rights activist and actor under Paul Robeson, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Howard Koch, American playwright and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Koloman Sokol, Slovak painter, born in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia (d. 2003)
  • 1903 Enid Balint-Edmonds, British psychoanalyst, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Jim Christy, South African cricketer (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa), born in Pretoria, Transvaal (d. 1971)
  • 1905 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), born in Zabolotiv, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Rellys [Henri Marius Bourrelly], French actor (Letters from My Windmill), born in Marseille (d. 1991)
  • 1906 William Pahlmann, American interior designer (4 Season restaurant, NYC), born in Pleasant Mound, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Frederik van Heek, Dutch sociologist, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, born in Manila (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live-At Dawn We Die), born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent (d. 2015)
  • 1909 Armand Boni, Flemish poet and writer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Karen Morley, American actress (Scarface), born in Ottumwa, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Eve Lister, British film and television actress (No Limit, Hyde Park), born in Brighton, Sussex, England (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Stanley Bate, English composer, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1959)
  • 1913 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), born in Kaposvár, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1914 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1914 Denis Begbie, South African cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50), born in Middelburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 2009)

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

1915 Frank Sinatra, American singer (Strangers in the Night, My Way) and actor (From Here to Eternity) known as 'old blue eyes', born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1917 Edward Firth Henderson, British diplomat and arabist, born in Bristol (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1918 Nilda Pinto, Curacao writer (Nanzi), born in Otrobanda (d. 1954)
  • 1919 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (revival of traditional forms of astrology in the late 20th century), born in Essex, England (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Dan DeCarlo, American cartoonist (Archie Comics), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Fred Kida, Japanese-American comics artist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Arthur R. Hawkins, American naval aviator and flying ace (WW II, downed 14 Japanese planes), born in Zavalla, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Bob Barker, American TV game show host (The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences), born in Darrington, Washington
  • 1923 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1924 Ed Koch, American lawyer and politician (NY Mayor (D) 1977-89), Judge (People's Court), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Francis Miroglio, French composer (Extensions), born in Marseille, France (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Nevit Kodallı, Turkish composer, born in Mersin, Turkey (d. 2009)
  • 1925 Cora Lee Johnson, social activist for rural poor
  • 1925 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (pace bowling all-rounder for India), born in Kolhapur, India (d. 1985)
  • 1925 Ghulam Guard, Indian cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959), born in Surat, Gujarat (d. 1978)
  • 1925 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Robert Noyce, American inventor (co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1990)
  • 1928 Helen Frankenthaler, American abstract expressionist artist (Arden), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Lionel Blair [Ogus], Canadian choreographer (Give Us a Clue), born in Montréal, Québec
  • 1928 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-Kyrgyz author and best-known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature (Jamila), born in Kirghiz ASSR, Soviet Union (d. 2008)
  • 1929 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • 1930 Friedrich Voss, German composer and pianist, born in Halberstadt, Germany
  • 1930 Bill Beutel, American journalist and anchor (ABC), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian writer and journalist, born in Sirjan, Kerman (d. 1994)

Person of interestBob Pettit

1932 Bob Pettit, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1956, 59), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1933 Manu Dibango, Cameroonian musician (Soul Makossa), born in Douala, French Cameroon
  • 1934 Habib Hassan Touma, Palestinian composer, born in Nazareth, Israel (d. 1998)
  • 1934 Miguel de la Madrid, President of Mexico (1982-1988), born in Colima, Mexico (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Bengt Emil Johnson, Swedish author and composer, born in Saxdalen, Sweden (d. 2010)
  • 1936 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Timișoara, Romania (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Connie Francis [Concetta Franconero], American singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1937 Buford Pusser, American sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, born in Finger, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 1938 Joel Chadabe, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Dionne Warwick, American singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1940 Shirley Englehorn, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1970), born in Caldwell, Idaho

  • 1940 Sharad Pawar, Indian politician (founded Nationalist Congress Party in 1999), born in Baramati, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • 1941 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress and vocalist (Theodorakis), born in Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies
  • 1941 Terry Kirkman, American rock vocalist and keyboardist (Association), born in Salina, Kansas
  • 1941 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Dickey Betts, American guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1943 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Kenneth Cranham, Scottish actor (Hellbound: Hellraiser II), born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
  • 1944 Jean Doré, Canadian politician (39th Mayor of Montreal), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock musician (MC5), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1991)
  • 1945 Alan Ward, English rock musician, born in Nottingham, England
  • 1945 Karl Edward Wagner, American sci-fi author (Bloodstone, Night Winds), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1945 Susi Hush, English television producer, born in Thurgoland, Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • 1945 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Clive Bunker, British rock drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • 1946 Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 Champion 1972, 74, Indy 500 1989, 93), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1946 George Santo Pietro, husband of Vanna White
  • 1946 Marlous Fluitsma, Dutch actress (De Prooi, Apart, Alle Dagen Feest), born in Zuthphen, Netherlands
  • 1948 Ray Jackson, English rock musician, born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England
  • 1949 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Bill Nighy, English actor (The Men's Room, Gideon's Daughter), born in Caterham, Surrey, England
  • 1950 William "Billy" Smith, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (New York Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario

Person of interestRajinikanth

1950 Rajinikanth [Shivaji Rao Gaekwa], Indian film actor (Centenary Award 2014), born in Bangalore, India

Actor and Politician Rajinikanth
Actor and Politician
Rajinikanth
  • 1951 Caren Kaye, American actress (My Tutor, Blansky's Beauties), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Steven Alan Hawley, American NASA astronaut (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82), born in Ottawa, Kansas
  • 1952 Ajit De Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan lefty spinner in four Tests 1982), born in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
  • 1952 Cathy Rigby McCoy, American gymnast (Olympic-4th-1968), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1952 Sarah Douglas, English actress (Conan, Superman II, Falcon Crest), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
  • 1952 Herb Dhaliwal, Canadian politician, born in Phagwara, Punjab, India
  • 1953 Bruce Kulick, American rock guitarist and singer (KISS), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Liz Claman, American television anchor (Countdown to the Closing Bell), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1955 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman and president of the bidding and organizing committee for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • 1955 Eddy Schepers, Belgian professional cyclist, born in Tienen, Belgium
  • 1956 Ana Alicia Ortiz, Mexican-American actress (Melissa-Falcon Crest), born in Mexico City
  • 1956 Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist (won Young Rider Classification of Tour de France 1980), born in Rijbergen, Netherlands
  • 1957 Cy Curnin, English rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire), born in Wimbledon, England
  • 1957 Sheila E.[scovedo], American singer, drummer and percussionist (Krush Grove, Holly Rock), born in Oakland, California
  • 1957 Robert Lepage, French Canadian playwright, born in Quebec, Canada
  • 1958 Sheree J. Wilson, American actress (Our Family Honor, Dallas), born in Rochester, Minnesota
  • 1959 Belouis Some, British rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People), born in England
  • 1959 Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Indian cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener), born in Madras, India

  • 1959 Scott D. Vangen, American astronaut, born in Granite Falls, Minnesota
  • 1960 Amal Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • 1960 Jaap van Zweden, Dutch violinist and concert master, born in Amsterdam
  • 1961 Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer and television presenter, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • 1962 Holly Gagnier, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Nadeem Ghauri, Pakistani cricketer (bowled in Test for Pak v Australia 1990), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1962 Ray Brown, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers), born in Marion, Arkansas
  • 1962 Tracy Austin, American tennis player (US Open 1979, 81), born in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
  • 1963 Teresa Blake, American actress (Gloria Marsh-All My Children), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1963 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • 1963 Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama (2014-), born in Panama City
  • 1964 Haywood Jeffires, American NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1964 Rockin' Jeff, rock musician (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train)
  • 1964 Sabu [Terry Michael Brunk], American professional wrestler, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1964 Haywood Jeffires, American football player, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1965 Laurie Grover-Tavares, American biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1966 Cheryl Dickey, American 100m hurdler, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Jim Sandlak, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1966 Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1966 Kouichi Nagano, Japanese voice actor, born in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1967 David Szott, American NFL guard (KC Chiefs), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1967 John Randle, American NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Mumford, Texas
  • 1967 Masood Anwar, Pakistani cricketer (one Test Pakistan v West Indies 1990), born in Khanewal, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1967 Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese video game music composer, born in Hino, Tokyo
  • 1967 Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Chris Walsh, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings; sues NFL over head injuries 2011), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Kurt Schulz, American football safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • 1968 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996), born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica (d. 2002)
  • 1968 Ray Ethridge, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in San Diego, California
  • 1968 Tatianna, Spanish singer (Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Kate Humble, English television presenter, born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1968 Rory Kennedy, American documentary filmmaker, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969 Courtney Hawkins, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1969 Doug Terry, American NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • 1969 Frank Dikstaal, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • 1969 Kris Wirtz, Canadian ice pairs skater (1994 Skate Canada), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Sophie Kinsella, English author (Confessions of a Shopaholic), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Regina Hall, American actress (Scary Movie), born in Washington D. C.
  • 1970 Ivano Newbill, American NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sedalia, Missouri
  • 1970 Jennifer Connelly, American actress (Labyrinth, Requiem for a Dream), born in the Catskill Mountains, New York,
  • 1970 Mädchen Amick, American actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1970 Orlando Brown, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Tito Wooten, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1972 Greg Randolph, American road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1972 Jamal Willis, American NFL running back (SF 49ers), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1972 Missy Francis, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Nicky Eaden, English footballer, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1972 Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-born Danish middle-distance runner, born in Kapchemoiywo, Nandi County, Kenya
  • 1972 Kevin Parent, French Canadian singer and songwriter, born in Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada