Famous Birthdays on February 12

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 266

  • 1074 Conrad, King of Germany and Italy (d. 1101)
  • 1211 Henry VII, Roman catholic German king (1220-35)
  • 1218 Kujo Yoritsune, Japanese shogun (d. 1256)
  • 1438 Adolf van Egmond, duke of Gelre/earl of Zutphen
  • 1474 Lorenzo Campeggi(o), archbishop of Bologna/diplomat
  • 1567 Thomas Campion, England, composer/poet/physician
  • 1584 Casparus Barleaus, Flemish theologist/poet (Muiderkring)
  • 1585 Caspar Bartholin the Elder, Danish physician, theologian, writer on anatomy, born in Malmö, Denmark (modern Sweden) (d. 1629)
  • 1606 John Winthrop, the Younger, Governor of Connecticut (d. 1676)
  • 1636 Herman Witsius, [Wits], Dutch reformed theologist
  • 1637 Jan Swammerdam, Amsterdam, Dutch anatomist/entomologist (Bible of Nature)

Person of interestCotton Mather

1663 Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister (Salem witchcraft trials), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1728)

Puritan Minister Cotton Mather
Puritan Minister
Cotton Mather
  • 1665 Rudolph J Camerarius, German botanist/physician (sexuality plant)
  • 1704 Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (d. 1772)
  • 1706 Josef Christian, German sculptor
  • 1728 Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (d. 1799)
  • 1740 Matej Sojka, Bohemian composer, born in Vilémov (d. 1817)
  • 1751 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, composer
  • 1752 Josef Reicha, Czech composer
  • 1753 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer
  • 1753 François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (d. 1798)
  • 1758 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, composer
  • 1760 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemia, pianist/composer
  • 1768 Francis II, Florence Italy, last Holy Roman emperor (1792-1806)
  • 1775 Louisa Adams, US First Lady (1825-29), born in London (d. 1852)
  • 1777 Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, German poet (d. 1843)
  • 1778 Franz Joseph Volkert, composer
  • 1785 Pierre Louis Dulong, French physicist (d. 1838)
  • 1791 Jan D Zocher Jr, Dutch garden architect (Vondelpark, Amsterdam)
  • 1791 Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (Cooper Union, steam locomotive), born in NYC, New York (d. 1883)
  • 1792 Ferdinand de Braekeleer, Belgian painter
  • 1794 Alexander Petrov, Russian chess player (d. 1867)
  • 1804 Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (d. 1865)

Person of interestAbraham Lincoln

1809 Abraham Lincoln, American politician (R) 16th President (1861-65), born in Hardin County, Kentucky (d. 1865)

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln

Person of interestCharles Darwin

1809 Charles Darwin, English naturalist (Origin of the Species) conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire (d. 1882)

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1815 Edward Forbes, Douglas Isle of Man, English Naturalist and pioneer in the field of biogeography
  • 1818 Otto Ludwig, German writer (Die Heiterethei)
  • 1824 Arya Samaj Maha Rishi Dayanand Sarsvati, Indian hindu leader
  • 1828 George Meredith, England, poet/novelist (Shaving of Shagpat)
  • 1828 Robert Ransom Jr, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • 1831 John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
  • 1838 Charles C. Walcutt, American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1898)
  • 1841 Gijsbert van Tienhoven, Dutch mayor (Amsterdam) and Prime Minister of the Netherlands 1891-1894
  • 1843 John Graham Chambers, English athlete who wrote the Queensberry rules for boxing (d. 1883)
  • 1850 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary (Flemish Flag)
  • 1852 Hendrik Blink, geographer (Van de Eems tot de Schelde)
  • 1853 Bertram Luard-Selby, composer
  • 1857 Bobby Peel, cricketer (great English lefty 1884-96)
  • 1861 Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Im Kampf um Gott)
  • 1865 Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland)
  • 1867 Hedwig Courths-Mahler, German author (Warbride) [or Febr 18]

  • 1867 Joe Howard, American vocalist (Gay Nineties Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1868 Jan Schaper, Dutch publicist and politician (SDAP)
  • 1869 Hendrik P Marchant, Dutch minister of Education/Arts (VVD)
  • 1870 Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
  • 1876 Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama, born in Thakpo Langdun (d. 1933)
  • 1877 Louis Renault, French automobile executive, born in Paris, France (d. 1944)
  • 1880 John Llewellyn Lewis, union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60)
  • 1881 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1882 Walter Vaes, Flemish painter/etcher
  • 1883 Ludwig Stössel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera, The Pride of the Yankees), born in Léka, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1884 Max Beckmann, German painter and graphic artist
  • 1884 Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (d. 1957)
  • 1884 Johan Laidoner, Estonian military commander (d. 1953)
  • 1885 Licinio Refice, composer
  • 1886 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer
  • 1886 Michel Brusselmans, composer
  • 1891 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1 Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair), born in Potchefstroom, Transvaal (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Max Terhune, American actor (Arizona Stagecoach, Hit the Saddle, Range Justice), born in Franklin, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1893 Marcel G J Minnaert, Dutch astronomer
  • 1893 Omar Bradley, General of Army WW II (GI General)
  • 1897 Vola Vale [Smith], American actress, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Wallace Ford [Samuel Jones Grundy], British actor (Freaks, Harvey, Spellbound, Deputy), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1966)
  • 1898 [Le]Roy Harris, Oklahoma, composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
  • 1899 Albert Huybrechts, Belgian composer, born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1936)
  • 1900 Fred Emney, British actor (Let the People Sing, Adventures of a Private Eye, Lilac Domino), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1902 William D Revelli, Spring Gulch Colorado, band leader
  • 1902 William Collier [Charles F Gall Jr], American stage and film actor and producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1903 Chick Hafey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (2 World Series 1926, 31), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Joseph F. Biroc, American cinematographer (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1905 Harry Bellaver, American actor (Another World, Naked City), born in Hillsboro, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Jacques Herbrand, French logician and mathematician (d. 1931)
  • 1908 Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (d. 1982)
  • 1908 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Barry Wood, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1910 Forsyth Hardy, documentary film pioneer
  • 1910 Lee Byung Chull, Korean industrialist/founder (Samsung Business)
  • 1910 Gunnar Höckert, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m 1936), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1940)
  • 1911 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1911 Frank Hercules, writer
  • 1911 Sylvstre A Guzman Fernandez, president (Dominican Republic)
  • 1911 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Eddie J Bush, golf professional
  • 1912 Ernest Clark, British actor (Ghandi, The Dam Busters, Doctor in the House), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1912 R. F. Delderfield, English author (d. 1972)
  • 1913 Pedro Gastao de Orleans e Braganca, grandson of Emperor Pedro I
  • 1914 Gordon "Tex" Beneke, American saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Fort Worth, Texas; (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Nello Celio, Swiss politician, born in Quinto, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Arvid Pardo, Maltese diplomat, a.k.a "Father of the Law of the Sea Conference", born in Rome, Italy (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Andrew J Goodpaster, American general/supreme commander (NATO-Europe)
  • 1915 Lorne Greene [Lyon Chaim Green], Canadian actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Joseph L Alioto, American politician (Mayor-San Francisco), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Austrian composer (Vom Tode), born in Győr, Hungary
  • 1917 Thomas K Scherman, American conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Dominic DiMaggio, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1918 Julian S Schwinger, US physicist
  • 1919 Forrest Tucker, American actor (F Troop, Dusty Trail, The Crawling Eye), born in Plainfield, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • 1920 William Roscoe Estep, Baptist historian and professor (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Pran Krishan Sikand, Indian actor often cast as the villain in Hindi cinema (Khandaan, Be-Imaan), born in New Delhi (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian director (Romeo & Juliet), born in Florence
  • 1923 James Abdnor, (Sen-R-SD, 1981-87), (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Chaskel Besser, Orthodox rabbi
  • 1923 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), born in Moyola Park, Londonderry (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Hans Berghuis, Dutch author/poet (3 Women, Adam)
  • 1925 Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (d. 1984)
  • 1925 Joan Mitchell, Chicago USA, American painter and printmaker
  • 1926 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Paul Hamlyn, English publisher/multi-millionaire (Octopus)
  • 1926 Charles Van Doren, American quiz show contestant
  • 1927 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Arlen Specter, American Senator (Republican-PA, 1981- 2011), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Constance A Morella, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • 1931 Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch author
  • 1932 Lincoln Kilpatrick, actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1932 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Costa-Gavras, director
  • 1933 Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1933 Juanita [Ruth] Coulson, sci-fi author (Web of Wizardry, Space Trap)
  • 1934 Annette Crosbie, British(?) actress

Person of interestBill Russell

1934 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1934 Anne Krueger, American economist
  • 1935 Gene McDaniels, US vocalist, bandleader and actor (Young Swingers)
  • 1935 Ken Still, American professional golfer, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1936 Arnost Parsch, Czech composer, born in Bučovice, Czech Republic (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident (Tiananmen Square, 1989), born in Beijing, China (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Joe Don Baker, American actor (Eischied, Walking Tall, Fletch), born in Groesback, Texas
  • 1936 Paul Shenar, American actor (Carrington-Roots), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1937 Charles Everett Dumas, high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1938 Judy Blume, author (Wifey)
  • 1939 Ray Manzarek, American musician and keyboardist (The Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1939 John D Hancock, American actor and director (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1940 Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • 1940 Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Naomi Uemura, mountain climber (1st Japanese to scale Everest)
  • 1941 Ross Morgan, cricketer (NZ batsman in 20 Tests 1965-72)
  • 1942 Chananjit Vohra, Kenyan/British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1942 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • 1942 Rick Frank, American drummer (Elephant's Memory)
  • 1942 Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1942 Pat Dobson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Charles Pasarell, tennis pro
  • 1944 Desmond Nuttall, English educator
  • 1944 Jackie Torrence, story teller/artist
  • 1944 Moe Bandy, Meridian Ms, country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys)
  • 1945 Cliff De Young, actor (F/X, Hunger, Shock Treatment), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Joe Schermie, US bass player (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Maud Adams, Lulea Sweden, actress (Octopussy, Rollerball, Tattoo)
  • 1945 David D Friedman, American economist, physicist, legal scholar, and libertarian theorist (The Machinery of Freedom), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Don Wilson, American MLB pitcher (2 x no-hitters), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1946 Ever Meulen [Eddy Vermeulen], Dutch illustrator and cartoonist (children stamps 1992), born in Kuurne, Belgium
  • 1946 Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer and actress, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1947 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • 1947 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indian leader of Damdami Taksal (d. 1984)
  • 1948 Cindy Hill, LPGA golfer

Person of interestRaymond Kurzweil

1948 Raymond Kurzweil, American inventor and author (Kurzweil reading machine, text-to-speech synthesis), born in NYC, New York

Inventor and Author Raymond Kurzweil
Inventor and Author
Raymond Kurzweil
  • 1949 Gundappa Viswanath, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 70s)
  • 1949 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • 1949 Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
  • 1950 Michael Ironside, Canadian actor (Starship Troopers), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1950 Steve Hackett, English rock guitarist (Genesis-GTR), born in Pimilco, London
  • 1951 Steven Parent, Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
  • 1952 Salvador Pineda, Mexican actor, born in Huetamo, Mexico
  • 1952 Simon MacCorkindale, English actor (Falcon Crest, Manimal), born in Ely, Cambridgeshire (d. 2010)
  • 1952 Michael McDonald, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1953 Joanna Kerns, [de Varona], actress (Maggie-Growing Pains), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953 Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • 1953 Robin Thomas, American actor
  • 1954 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • 1954 Philip Zimmermann, US cryptographer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1955 Arsenio Hall, US comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955 Daniele Masala, Italian pentathelete (Olympics 1976), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1955 Bill Laswell, US bassist and record producer, born in Salem, Illinois
  • 1955 Chet Lemon [Chester Earl Lemon], US baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1956 Ad P Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- ), born in Gouda, Netherlands
  • 1956 Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1956 Brian David Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Motörhead), born in Clarkston, Scotland
  • 1958 Ingrid Klich, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Whittier, California
  • 1958 Ruth Guerri, US-Italian nude model (July, 1983), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1958 Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Rockhampton, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1959 Nancy Remy, reporter (NYC's Shadow Traffic)
  • 1959 Omar Hakim, US drummer and composer (Dire Straits, Weather Report), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Sigrid Thornton, Australian actress (Amelia Lawson-Guns of Paradise), born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1961 Chris Heyne, WLAF General Manager (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1961 Jim Harris, Canadian author, environmentalist, and politician, born in Toronto, Canada