Famous Birthdays on January 12

  • 1483 Count Henry III of Nassau-Breda, Stadholder of Holland and Zeeland 1515-1521 (d. 1538)
  • 1492 Andreas Alicatus, Italian jurist and humanist, born in Alzate Brianza, Duchy of Milan (d. 1550)
  • 1562 Charles Emanuel I, the Great, Italian Duke of Savoy (Peace of Lyon), born in Rivoli, Savoy (d. 1630)
  • 1576 Peter Scriverius, Dutch lawyer and historian, born in Haarlem (d. 1660)
  • 1579 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist (found boiling point temperature), born in Brussels (d. 1644)
  • 1580 Lord Alexander Ruthven, Scottish nobleman (d. 1600)

John WinthropJohn Winthrop (1588-1649)

English Puritan lawyer and 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Edwardstone, England

  • 1591 José Ribera/Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish painter and printmaker, nicknamed Lo Spagnoletto (d. 1652)
  • 1597 François Duquesnoy, French sculptor (d. 1643)
  • 1599 Adrian van Utrecht, Flemish still life painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1652)

Charles PerraultCharles Perrault (1628-1703)

French author and fairy tale writer (Tales of Mother Goose), born in Paris, France

  • 1638 Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg, Austrian field marshal (1683 successfully defended Vienna against Ottoman siege), born in Graz, Styria (d. 1701)
  • 1711 Gaetano Latilla, Italian opera composer, born in Bari (d. 1788)
  • 1715 Jacques Duphly, French composer and harpsichordist, born in Rouen (d. 1789)
  • 1716 Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general (d. 1795)
  • 1721 Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick, Prussian general (d. 1792)
  • 1723 Samuel Langdon, American college educator (d. 1797)
  • 1729 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian physiologist and biologist, born in Modena Italy (d. 1799)
  • 1730 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, German bassoonist and composer, born in Barum, Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg (now Germany) (d. 1793)
  • 1737 Brizio Petrucci, Italian composer, born in Massalom-barda, Ravenna, Papal State (d. 1838)
  • 1746 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss educator (Leonard & Gertrude), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1827)
  • 1749 Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, Austrian diplomat and statesman (ruled Netherlands for Holy Roman Emperor), born in Vienna (d. 1827)
  • 1751 Ferdinand I, king of Sicily & Naples. (d. 1825)
  • 1751 Jacob Michael Reinhold Lenz, Baltic German poet and dramatist (The Soldiers), born in Sesswegen, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (d. 1792)
  • 1772 Count Mikhail Speransky, Russian reformer (d. 1839)
  • 1780 Wilhelm Martin Leberecht de Wette, German exegetist and theologist, born in Ulla, Thuringia (d. 1849)
  • 1783 Erik Gustaf Geijer, Swedish historian and poet (Natthimmelen), born in Geijersgården, Sweden (d. 1847)
  • 1786 Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (d. 1855)
  • 1792 Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist (d. 1841)
  • 1792 Robert Patterson, Irish-American Major General (Union Army), born in Cappagh, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1881)
  • 1797 Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician (d. 1873)
  • 1801 Louise Sophie Blussé, Dutch author, born in Leiden, Holland (d. 1896)
  • 1804 Hippolyte Monpou, French organist and opera composer, born in Paris (d. 1841)
  • 1807 Jan Theodoor Beelen, Dutch-Belgian bible scholar, born in Amsterdam (d. 1884)
  • 1808 Paul "the Great" Taglioni, Italian-Austrian ballet choreographer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1884)
  • 1810 Ferdinand II, King of the Two Sicilies (1830-59), born in Palermo (d. 1859)
  • 1814 Jones Mitchell Withers, Mjr General (Confederate Army), (d. 1890)
  • 1819 Zealous Bates Tower, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1821 Nikolai Afanisev, Russian composer and violinist,, born in Tobolsk, Russia (d. 1898)
  • 1822 Étienne Lenoir, French engineer (d. 1900)
  • 1825 Joseph Robert Davis, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1826 Charles Cruft, American teacher, lawyer, railroad executive, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1883)
  • 1832 Richard Waterhouse Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • 1837 Adolf Jensen, German pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Königsberg, Prussian (now Kaliningrad, Russia) (d. 1879)
  • 1837 Carlos Troyer, American composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1842 Francois Coppee, French poet, born in Paris (d. 1908)
  • 1849 Jean Béraud, French Belle Époque painter, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1935)
  • 1852 Joseph Joffre, French army Chief of Staff (Indo China, WWI Battle of Marne), born in Rivesaltes, France (d. 1931)
  • 1853 Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (tensor analysis), born in Lugo di Romagna, Italy (d. 1925)
  • 1856 John Singer Sargent, American painter (Wyndham Sisters), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1925)
  • 1860 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • 1861 James Mark Baldwin, American philosopher & psychologist, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1934)
  • 1863 Swami Vivekananda, Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world, born in Kolkata, India (d. 1902)
  • 1870 Karel Burian (also Carl Burrian),Czech operatic tenor, born in Rousínov, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1871 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer, born in Hitdorf am Rhein (d. 1947)
  • 1873 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner, soldier (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), born in Marousi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Marika Stiernstedt, Swedish author (Ulla Bella), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1954)

Ermanno Wolf-FerrariErmanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948)

Italian light opera composer, born in Venice, Kingdom of Italy

  • 1876 Jack London, American writer/socialist (Call of the Wild), born in San Francisco (d. 1916)
  • 1877 Frank J. Corr, American politician (d. 1934)
  • 1878 Ferenc Molnar, Hungarian American playwright (A Pal Utrai Fiuk) and novelist (The Paul Street Boys), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Ray Harroun, American auto racer (inaugural Indianapolis 500 1911; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2000), born in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1882 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist and etymologist, born in Wängi, Switzerland (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1930)
  • 1884 (Mary Louise) "Texas" Guinan, American vaudeville singer, silent film actress, and speakeasy (saloon) proprietor, born in Waco, Texas (d. 1933)
  • 1884 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1888 Claude Delvincourt, French composer and pianist, born in Paris, France (d. 1954)
  • 1890 Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, pastor and educator, born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Mikhail Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (d. 1976)
  • 1893 Alfred Rosenberg, German Nazi official (d. 1946)

Hermann GoeringHermann Goering (1893-1946)

German Nazi Party leader, convicted war criminal, Vice-Chancellor of Germany (1941-45) and World War I fighter pilot ace, born in Rosenheim, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire

  • 1894 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), born in Lievin, France (d. 1975)
  • 1896 David Wechsler, American psychologist (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Hendrik Valk, Dutch painter, cartoonist and graphic artist (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Jose Forns y Cuadras, Spanish composer and teacher, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1952)
  • 1899 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948), born in Olten, Switzerland (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Pierre Bernac, French baritone, born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Vaino Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1902 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Simon Spoor, Dutch military officer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1949)
  • 1903 Igor Kurchatov, Soviet-Russian nuclear physicist who directed the Soviet atomic bomb project, born in Sim, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1904 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1905 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist, born in Atchison, Kansas (d. 1997)
  • 1906 (Woodward) "Tex" Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, "Wayward Wind"), born in Murvaul, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Sergei Korolev, Soviet Russian rocket engineer & spacecraft designer (Sputnik; Voskhod), born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1966)
  • 1908 Clement Hurd, American illustrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Jose Limon, Mexican-American dancer & choreographer (I, Odysseus), born in Culiacán, Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1909 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Death Valley Gunfighter), born in Ostergotland, Sweden (d. 1974)

Luise RainerLuise Rainer (1910-2014)

German-American actress and 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (The Great Ziegfeld 1936, The Good Earth 1937), born in Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 1910 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Charles Moeller, Belgian theologist (Humanism et saintete), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Edward John Gurney, American politician, US senator (1969-74), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) & teacher, born in Stanley, County Durham (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Frank Annunzio, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1965-93), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa, born in Saint-François-de-Madawaska, Canada (d. 2013)
  • 1915 Martin Agronsky, American journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Paul Jarrico, American writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Roy Ralston, British pilot (WWII bomber pilot), born in Moss Side, Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1916 House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1916 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)

P. W. BothaP. W. Botha (1916-2006)

South African politician (President of South Africa, 1984-89; Prime Minister, 1977-84), born in Paul Roux, Orange Free State Province, South Africa

  • 1916 William Pleeth, British cellist and teacher (of Jacqueline du Pré), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Jimmy Skinner, Canadian hockey coach, born in Selkirk, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Walter Hendl, American conductor and composer, born in West New York, New Jersey (d. 2007)

Maharishi Mahesh YogiMaharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008)

Indian guru who developed Transcendental Meditation, born in Jabalpur, India

  • 1920 James Farmer, American civil rights leader, born in Marshall, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Mac Speedie, American Pro Football HOF end (AAFC C'ship 1946-1949; NFL C'ship 1950; 6 × First-Team All-Pro; Pro Bowl 1950, 52; Cleveland Browns), Odell, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1920 Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 2009)
  • 1921 John Davis, American weightlifter (Olympic gold bantamweight 1948, heavyweight 1952), born in Smithtown, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Leo Smit, American classical pianist, composer (The Alchemy of Love), teacher and photographer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Tadeusz Żychiewicz, Polish journalist and art historian, born in Bratkowice, Poland (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Ira Hayes, Pima Native American soldier, born in Sacaton, Arizona (d. 1955)
  • 1924 Jan Willem Radecker, Dutch sculptor & son of John Raedecker, born in Schoorl, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Bill Burrud, American television host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, American actress (Little House On The Prairie - "Harriet Oleson"), born in Glendale, California (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Laurentiu Profeta, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Ralph Legall, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston; Rothko Chapel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1926 Ray Price, American country singer (Good Times), born in Perryville, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Salvatore Martirano, American composer, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Lew Gallo, American character actor and screenwriter (Get Smart; Gunsmoke; 12 O'Clock High), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" ("So Long"; "Teardrops From My Eyes"), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), born in Benoni, South Africa (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottish-born American philosopher, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1930 Glenn Yarborough, American folk singer & guitarist (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Jennifer Johnston, Irish author (Fool's sanctuary), born in Dublin, Ireland

Tim HortonTim Horton (1930-1974)

Canadian ice hockey player and co-founder of the Tim Hortons restaurant chain, born in Cochrane, Ontario

  • 1932 Alain Teister, Dutch writer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1932 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, born in Stepney, London (d. 2020)
  • 1932 John Berg, American art director (Columbia Records, 1961-85), winner of 4 Grammy Awards for album art, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Michael Aspel, English television presenter, born in Battersea, London
  • 1934 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer, born in Pudsey, England (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Kreskin, American mentalist, born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1935 Ron Harper, American actor (Wendy & Me, Planet of the Apes), born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 William Lee Gloden, American country music singer (Oak Ridge Boys), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • 1937 Liliana Cavani, Italian director (Berlin Affair), born in Carpi, Italy
  • 1937 Marie Dubois, French actress (Wise Guys, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France (d. 2014)
  • 1937 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2002)
  • 1938 Lewis Fiander, Australian actor, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Helmut Eisendle, Austrian writer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Jacques Hamelink, Dutch writer & poet (Cold Unrest), born in Terneuzen, Netherlands
  • 1940 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 100 wickets, BB 6/63; Canterbury CA), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Ronald Shannon Jackson, American avant-garde jazz and funk drummer, and composer (Cecil Taylor; Last Exit; Decoding Society), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1941 "Long" John Baldry, English blues vocalist ("Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll"), born in East Haddon, United Kingdom (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Jaime Fuster, American politician (Rep-D-PR, 1985-92), born in Guayama, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Bernardine Dohrn, former leader of the Weather Underground, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1942 Michael Mayor, Swiss astrophysicist (discovered 1st exoplanet), 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1942 Vladimir Sergeyevich Kozelsky, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup), born in Aleksandrovskoye Stavropol kray, Soviet Union
  • 1944 Carlos Villagrán, Mexican actor, born in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
  • 1944 Hans Henning Atrott, Prussian euthanasia advocate, born in Klaipėda, Lithuania
  • 1944 Jack Schroer, British saxophonist & pianist (The Caledonia Soul Orchestra), (d. 1995)

Joe FrazierJoe Frazier (1944-2011)

American boxer (Olympic gold heavyweight 1964; undisputed world heavyweight champion 1970-73), born in Beaufort, South Carolina

  • 1944 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1944 Vlastimil Hort, Czechoslovak-born German chess player, born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1945 Maggie Bell, Scottish rock vocalist, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1946 Cynthia Robinson, American musician (Sly & Family Stone - "Everyday People"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2015)
  • 1946 George Duke, American Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk keyboard player, and composer, born in San Rafael, California (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Lady Cosgrove, Scottish lawyer & judge, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1947 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Anthony Andrews, English actor (Under the Volcano), born in London, England
  • 1948 John Etheridge, British guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Lambeth, England
  • 1948 Kenny Allen, English footballer, born in Fenton, Michigan
  • 1948 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1948 William Nicholson, English writer, born in Lewes, United Kingdom

Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami (74 years old)

1949 Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • 1949 James Dietz, American rower, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1949 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1949 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist, born in Hamilton City, California
  • 1949 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager, born in Lörrach, Germany
  • 1949 Wayne Wang, American film director (Chan is Missing; Slam Dance), born in Hong Kong
  • 1950 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • 1950 Dorrit Moussaieff, Israeli jewellery designer & businesswoman, born in Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1950 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1950 Marilyn Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • 1950 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • 1950 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Ann Althouse, American law professor, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1951 Bill Madlock, American MLB baseball third baseman, 3X All-Star, 4X NL Batting Title (Chicago Cubs; Pittsburgh Pirates and 4 other teams), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star - "In The Street"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1978)
  • 1951 Drew Pearson, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (Super Bowl 1977; Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1974, 76, 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in South River, New Jersey
  • 1951 Kirstie Alley, American Emmy Award-winning actress (Cheers - "Rebecca"; Look Who's Talking; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1951 Larry Hoppens, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Orleans - "Still the One"; "Dance With Me"), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2012)

Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh (1951-2021)

American conservative political talk radio personality, born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

  • 1952 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker and author, born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer ("Wild-Eyed Dream"), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1952 Walter Mosley, American novelist, born in Los Angeles, California

Howard SternHoward Stern (69 years old)

1954 American radio personality & "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK), born in Queens, New York

  • 1955 Rockne S. O'Bannon, American screenwriter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 John Lasseter, American animation director (Pixar), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1958 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1959 Blixa Bargeld, German singer and musician (Einstürzende Neubauten; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in West Berlin; West Germany
  • 1959 Lasana M. Sekou, Caribbean poet & author (The Salt Reaper), born in Aruba
  • 1959 Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish pop singer (Roxette - "Must Have Been Love"), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • 1960 Dominique Wilkins, American Basketball HOF forward (9 × NBA All Star 1986–94; NBA scoring champion 1986; NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion 1985, 90; Atlanta Hawks), born in Paris, France
  • 1960 Oliver Platt, Canadian actor, born in Windsor, Canada
  • 1961 Andrea Carnevale, Italian soccer player (Napoli), born in Monte San Biagio, Italy
  • 1962 Gunde Svan, Swedish cross country skier (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Järna, Sweden
  • 1962 Joe Quesada, American comic book writer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda