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Famous Birthdays on January 12

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 279

  • 1483 Count Henry III of Nassau-Breda, Stadholder of Holland and Zeeland 1515-1521 (d. 1538)
  • 1492 Andreas Alicatus, Italian author
  • 1562 Charles Emanuel I, the great, Duke of Savoy
  • 1576 Peter Scriverius, Dutch lawyer/historian
  • 1579 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist, (found boiling point temperature)
  • 1580 Lord Alexander Ruthven, Scottish nobleman (d. 1600)

Person of interestJohn Winthrop

1588 John Winthrop, English Puritan lawyer and 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Edwardstone, England (d. 1649)

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop
Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
John Winthrop
  • 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 painter

Person of interestCharles Perrault

1628 Charles Perrault, French author and fairy tale writer (Tales of Mother Goose), born in Paris, France (d. 1703)

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault
  • 1638 Ernst R Tarhemberg, Austrian fieldmarshal (Turkish Wars)
  • 1674 Reinhard Keiser, German opera composer
  • 1711 Gaetano Latilla, composer
  • 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 Edmund Burke, British author (Philosophy & Inquiry) [OS=Jan 1]
  • 1729 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Modena Italy, physiologist
  • 1730 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, composer
  • 1737 Brizio Petrucci, composer
  • 1746 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss educator (Leonard & Gertrude), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1827)
  • 1749 Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, Austrian earl/prince/diplomat
  • 1751 Ferdinand I, king of Sicily & Naples. (d. 1825)
  • 1751 Jacob M R Lenz, writer (Das Leidende Weib)
  • 1772 Count Mikhail Speransky, Russian reformer (d. 1839)
  • 1780 Wilhelm M L de Wette, German exegetist/theologist
  • 1783 Erik Gustaf Geijer, Swedish historian/poet (Natthimmelen)
  • 1786 Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (d. 1855)
  • 1792 Robert Patterson, Irish-American Major General (Union Army), born in Cappagh, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1881)
  • 1792 Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist (d. 1841)
  • 1797 Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician (d. 1873)
  • 1801 Louise Sophie Blussé, Dutch author, born in Leiden, Holland (d. 1896)
  • 1804 Hippolyte Monpou, composer
  • 1807 Jan T Beelen, Dutch/Belgian bible expert

  • 1808 Paul "the Great" Taglioni, ballet choreographer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1810 Ferdinand II, king of Sicily
  • 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, composer
  • 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, composer
  • 1837 Carlos Troyer, American composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1842 Francois Coppee, French poet
  • 1849 Jean Béraud, French painter (d. 1935)
  • 1852 Joseph J C Joffre, French fieldmarshal (Indo China, Marne)
  • 1853 Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (tensor analysis)
  • 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 and Psychologist, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 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)
  • 1871 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer
  • 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)
  • 1876 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, born in Venice, 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/US playwright (A Pal Utrai Fiuk)
  • 1879 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)
  • 1882 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist
  • 1882 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1930)
  • 1884 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1884 Texas Guinan, American actress (The Gun Woman), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1933)
  • 1888 Claude Delvincourt, composer
  • 1890 Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, pastor and educator, born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Mikhail Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (d. 1976)

Person of interestHermann Goering

1893 Hermann Goering, Nazi Party leader, Vice-Chancellor of Germany (1941-45) and World War I fighter pilot ace, born in Rosenheim, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1946)

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1893 Alfred Rosenberg, German Nazi official (d. 1946)
  • 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 J Valk, painter/cartoonist/graphic artist
  • 1898 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer
  • 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, Russian nuclear physicist, born in Sim, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1904 Mississippi Fred McDowell, American jazz artist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1905 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist, born in Bethesda, Maryland (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Tex Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind), born in Murvaul, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Sergei Korolev, Soviet rocket engineer & spacecraft designer, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine (d. 1966)
  • 1908 Jose Limon, Mexican-American dancer & choreographer (I, Odysseus), born in Culiacán, Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Clement Hurd, American illustrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Death Valley Gunfighter), born in Ostergotland, Sweden (d. 1974)

Person of interestLuise Rainer

1910 Luise Rainer, German-American actress (Escapade, Good Earth, Big City), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2014)

Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer
  • 1910 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)

  • 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- ), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Roy Ralston, British pilot, born in Moss Side, Manchester
  • 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 Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa, born in Saint-François-de-Madawaska, Canada (d. 2013)

Person of interestP. W. Botha

1916 P. W. Botha, President of South Africa (1984-89) and Prime Minister (19778-84), born in Paul Roux, Orange Free State Province, South Africa (d. 2006)

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1916 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1916 William Pleeth, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1999)
  • 1916 House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Walter Hendl, American conductor & composer, born in West New York, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Jimmy Skinner, Canadian hockey coach, born in Selkirk, Canada (d. 2007)

Person of interestMaharishi Mahesh Yogi

1918 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru who developed Transcendental Meditation, born in Jabalpur, India (d. 2008)

  • 1920 James Farmer, American civil rights leader, born in Marshall, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 2009)
  • 1921 John Henry Davis Jr, American weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1921 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 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 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)
  • 1925 Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Glendale, California (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Morton Feldman, American composer, 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 & screen writer (Get Smart, Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2000)

  • 1928 Ruth Brown, American actress & 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, United Kingdom
  • 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

Person of interestTim Horton

1930 Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player & co-founder of Tim Hortons, born in Cochrane, Ontario (d. 1974)

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1932 Alain Teister, Dutch writer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1932 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, born in Stepney, London
  • 1932 John Berg, American art director, 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 cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Jaime Fuster, American politician (Rep-D-PR, 1985- ), born in Guayama, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Long John Baldry, English blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), born in East Haddon, United Kingdom
  • 1942 Vladimir Sergeyevich Kozelsky, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup), born in Aleksandrovskoye Stavropol kray, Soviet Union
  • 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

Person of interestJoe Frazier

1944 Joe Frazier, American heavyweight boxing champion (1968-73, Olympic gold 1964), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 2011)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1944 Vlastimil Hort, Czechoslovak-born German chess player, born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1944 Hans Henning Atrott, Prussian euthanasia advocate, born in Klaipėda, Lithuania
  • 1944 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist, born in Moscow, Russia

  • 1944 Carlos Villagrán, Mexican actor, born in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
  • 1944 Jack Schroer, British saxophonist & pianist (The Caledonia Soul Orchestra), (d. 1995)
  • 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 keyboard pioneer & composer, born in San Rafael, California (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Lady Cosgrove, Scottish lawyer & judge, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1947 Tom Dempsey, American NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1948 Anthony Andrews, English actor (Under the Volcano), born in London, 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
  • 1948 John Etheridge, British guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Lambeth, England
  • 1949 James Dietz, American rower, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1949 Wayne Wang, American film director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance), born in Hong Kong
  • 1949 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1949 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager, born in Lörrach, Germany
  • 1949 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist, born in Hamilton City, California

Person of interestHaruki Murakami

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

  • 1950 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • 1950 Marilyn Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • 1950 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1950 Dorrit Moussaieff, Israeli jewellery designer & businesswoman, born in Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1950 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • 1951 Bill Madlock, American MLB player (Chicago Cubs), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Drew Pearson, American NFL wide receiver, born in South River, New Jersey
  • 1951 Kirstie Alley, American actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1951 Larry Hoppens, American musician (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Rush Limbaugh, American right wing radio personality, born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

  • 1951 Ann Althouse, American law professor, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, American country musician, born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1952 Charles Faulkner, American motivational speaker & author, born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan
  • 1952 Walter Mosley, American novelist, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestHoward Stern

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

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 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 Per Helmstad Gessle, Swedish singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • 1959 Blixa Bargeld, German singer & musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in West Berlin
  • 1959 Lasana M. Sekou, Caribbean poet & author (The Salt Reaper), born in Aruba
  • 1960 Dominique Wilkins, American NBA forward (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 Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 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
  • 1963 François Girard, French-Canadian film director and screenwriter, born in Saint-Félicien, Quebec
  • 1964 Laura Gildemeister, Argentina, tennis star, born in Córdoba, Argentina