On This Day

Famous Birthdays on November 12

  • 1493 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (d. 1560)
  • 1528 Qi Jiguang, Chinese general, born in Luqiao
  • 1547 Claude of Valois, French princess (d. 1575). 2nd daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici

Jeanne Mance

1606 Jeanne Mance, French-Canadian settler who founded the first hospital in North America (Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal), born in Langres, France (d. 1673)

  • 1615 Richard Baxter, English clergyman (d. 1691)
  • 1651 Juana Ines de La Cruz, Mexican poet, nun and feminist (Primero Sueno), born in San Miguel Nepantla, new Spain (d. 1695)
  • 1676 Giovanni Antonio Pollarolo, Italian composer, born in Brescia (d. 1746)
  • 1729 Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French admiral and explorer (Falkland Islands, Bougainville Island), born in Paris, France (d. 1811)
  • 1746 Jacques-Alexandre-César Charles, Beaugency, French inventor and balloonist who, with Nicholas Robert, was the first to take flight in a hydrogen balloon


1746 Tiradentes, Brazilian revolutionary and independence fighter (Inconfidência Mineira) considered a national hero, born in Fazenda do Pombal, Minas Gerais, Portuguese Colony of Brazil (d. 1792)

  • 1755 Gerhard von Scharnhorst, Prussia military official, minister of War (1807-10)
  • 1757 Jacobus Bellamy [Zelandus], Dutch poet, born in Vlissingen, Netherlands (d. 1786)
  • 1786 John Burke, Irish genealogist (Burke's Peerage)
  • 1790 Letitia Christian Tyler, American 1st wife of President Tyler, born in Cedar Grove, Virginia (d. 1842)
  • 1817 Carlo Pedrotti, Italian composer, associate of Verdi, born in Verona (d. 1893)
  • 1817 Martin Gustav Nottebohm, German composer, born in Lüdenscheid, Westphalia (d. 1882)
  • 1817 Bahá'u'lláh, Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith (d. 1892)
  • 1827 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer (d. 1885)
  • 1831 Anton Kerner Ritter von Marilaun, Austria botanist
  • 1833 Aleksandr Porfirievich Borodin, Russian composer (Robert LeDiable)

Auguste Rodin

1840 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Kiss, Thinker), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)

John William Strutt

1841 John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and discoverer of argon (Nobel Prize 1904), born in Maldon, Essex, England (d. 1919)

  • 1844 Octave Fouqué, French pianist and composer, born in Pau (d. 1883)
  • 1848 Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1919)
  • 1850 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (d. 1908)
  • 1853 Oskar Panizza, German writer (Das Liebeskonzil), born in Bad Kissingen, Bavaria (d. 1921)
  • 1858 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1918)
  • 1865 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), (d. 1939)

Sun Yat-sen

1866 Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary and father of modern China, born in Xiangshan [now Zhongshan], Guangdong, Qing Dynasty (d. 1925)

  • 1874 Bert Williams, African American comedian and entertainer, born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 1922)
  • 1881 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (d. 1948)
  • 1881 Maximilian von Weichs, German field marshal (d. 1954)
  • 1886 Ben Travers, British playwright (d. 1980)
  • 1889 DeWitt Wallace, American publisher, founded Readers Digest (1921), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1890 Lily Kronberger, Hungarian figure skater (d. 1974)
  • 1891 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1896 Salim Ali, Indian ornithologist 'Birdman of India', born in Bombay, British India (d. 1987)
  • 1897 Karl Marx, German composer and conductor
  • 1898 Abraham van Oosten, Dutch poet and author (His Master's Voice)
  • 1898 Leon Štukelj, Slovene gymnast (d. 1999)
  • 1903 Jack Oakie, American actor (The Great Dictator, 1974 Photoplay Award), born in Sedalia, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1905 Yevgeny Brusilovsky, Soviet composer (wrote 1st Kazakh opera), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Solon Michaelides, Cypriot composer, teacher and musicologist, born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 1979)
  • 1906 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), born near Aberdeen, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Hans Werner Richter, German author (Socially Responsible Cinema)
  • 1908 Harry Blackmun, American lawyer and jurist (100th Supreme Court justice 1970-94), born in Nashville, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Shamus Culhane, American animator (Fleischer Studios, Disney Studios), born in Ware, Massachusetts (d. 1996)

Amon Göth

1908 Amon Göth, Austrian SS commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1946)

  • 1910 Dudley Nourse, South African cricketer (son of Dave, brilliant South African batsman),born in Durban, Natal (d. 1981)
  • 1911 Luc Estang [Lucien Bastard], French writer (Stigmates)
  • 1911 Pennar Davies, Welsh poet, author and theologian, born in Mountain Ash, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1911 (Wilbur) "Buck" Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (Count Basie; Billie Holiday; Lester Young), and bandleader, born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans, American NFL fullback (NY Giants), born in Superior, Wisconsin
  • 1914 Edward "Henricus" Schillebeeckx, Dutch theologist
  • 1914 Roberto Cavanagh, Argentine polo player (Olympic gold 1936), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Sylvi Saimo, Finnish kayaker (Olympic gold 1952, 1st female summer Olympic champion), born in Jaakkima , Finland (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Roland Barthes, French literary critic (L'Empire des Signer)
  • 1916 Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Liam Dunn, American actor (Koska & his Family), born in New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1916 Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (d. 1986)
  • 1917 Joseph Coors, American CEO (Adolph Coors Co Brewery), born in Golden, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Jo Stafford, American pop singer (The Pied Pipers - "I'll Never Smile Again"; solo - "You Belong to Me"), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Richard Quine, American actor and director (How to Murder Your Wife, Clay Pigeon), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1989)
  • 1920 Sunset Carson [Michael Harrison] American western actor (Cat of Rockies, El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), born in Gracemont, Oklahoma (d. 1990)
  • 1921 Robert Fleming, Canadian composer, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 1976)
  • 1922 Kim Hunter [Janet Cole], American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Vicco von Bülow [Loriot], German comedian, cartoonist and film director (Unsere Besten), born in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan guitarist, composer, and musicologist, born in Caserio La Candelaria, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Sam Jones, American jazz double bassist (Cannonball Adderly), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1981)
  • 1924 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), born in Paris, France (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Jack Ryan, American inventor at Mattel (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels, Chatty Cathy) (d. 1991)
  • 1927 Yutaka Taniyama, Japanese mathematician (d. 1958)
  • 1927 Jack Butler, American NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Johan Polak, Dutch publisher and publicist (Bloom of Decadence)
  • 1928 Bob Holness, South African English radio and television presenter (BBC), (d. 2012), born in Natal, South Africa (d. 2012)

Grace Kelly

1929 Grace Kelly, American actress (Rear Window) and Princess of Monaco, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)

  • 1929 Michael Ende, German fantasy and children's writer (The Neverending Story), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Tonke Dragt, Dutch children's author (Towers of February), born in Jakarta, Dutch East Indies
  • 1931 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer ("Big Girls Don't Cry"; "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Norman Mineta, American politician, Secretary of Transportation (2001-6), (Rep-R-CA, 1975-95), born in San Jose California
  • 1933 Peter Post, Dutch cyclist (8x European Champion at Derny-drive), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)

Jalal Talabani

1933 Jalal Talabani, Iraqi-Kurdish politician and President of Iraq (2005-2014), born in Kelkan, Iraq (d. 2017)

  • 1934 Ann Flood, American actress (Edge of Night), born in Queens, New York

Charles Manson

1934 Charles Manson, American criminal, murderer and cult leader (Manson Family), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2017)

  • 1935 (Isiah Terry) "Buzzy" Johnson, American R&B singer (Flamingos - "I Only Have Eyes For You"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1936 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee, born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1937 Ina Balin, American actress (Danger in Paradise), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Richard H. Truly, American Rear Admiral, astronaut (STS T-2, T-4, 2, 8) and Head of NASA (1989-92), born in Fayette, Mississippi
  • 1938 Mort Shuman, American singer, and songwriter, with Doc Pomus ("Viva Las Vegas"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"), born in New York City (d. 1991)
  • 1938 Benjamin Mkapa, Tanzanian politician, President of Tanzania (1995-2005), born in Ndanda, Tanganyika (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Lucia Popp [Poppová], Slovakian operatic soprano, born in Záhorská Ves, Slovak State (now Slovakia) (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Ria Hoogeweegen, Dutch wife of Dutch premier Ruud Lubbers, born in Rotterdam
  • 1940 Michel Audet, Quebec economist and politician, born in Jonquière, Quebec
  • 1940 Jürgen Todenhöfer, German politician and journalist, born in Offenburg, Germany
  • 1941 Jenny McLeod, New Zealand composer (Earth and Sky; Seven Tone Clock Pieces; Hohepa), and educator, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1943 Brian Hyland, American rocker (She Wore an Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini), born in Queens, New York
  • 1943 Jimmy "Bro" Hayes, American doo-wop bass singer (Persuasions - "Under the Boardwalk"), born in Hopewell, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1943 John Walker [Maus], American rock vocalist (Walker Brothers - "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Wallace Shawn, American actor (The Princess Bride, Young Sheldon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Björn Waldegård, Swedish rally driver (World Rally Championship 1979), born in Ro, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Johan van Doorn [Johnny the Selfkicker], Dutch poet (War & Porridge)

Al Michaels

1944 Al Michaels, American sportscaster (Miracle on Ice, American Football), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1944 Booker T. Jones, American soul and rock organist (Booker T & MGs - "Green Onions"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1945 Michael Bishop, American sci-fi author (Nebula, Stolen Faces), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

Neil Young

1945 Neil Young, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and organ player (Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Helpless"; solo - "The Needle And The Damage Done"; "Harvest Moon"), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1945 Valerie Leon, English actress (Blood from Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England
  • 1945 Tracy Kidder, American journalist and author ( The Soul of a New Machine ), born in New York City
  • 1947 Buck Dharma [Donald Roeser}, American rock guitarist/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult - "Don't Fear The Reaper"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1947 J. C. Crowley, American singer-songwriter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1947 Patrice Leconte, French film director (Monsieur Hire, Hairdresser's Husband)
  • 1947 Ron Bryant, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Redlands, California

Hassan Rouhani

1948 Hassan Rouhani, Iranian politician (President of Iran 2013-), born in Sorkheh, Semnan

  • 1949 Arthur "Pooch" Tavares, American R&B musician (Taveres - "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Jack Reed, American politician (Rep-D-Rhode Island 1997-), born in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • 1949 Penelope Pussycat, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "For Scent-imental Reasons"
  • 1950 James Pugh, American session and touring trombonist (Thundering Herd; Chick Corea; Steely Dan), composer, and educator, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1952 Ronald Burkle, American entrepreneur (Yucaipa Companies), born in Pomona, California
  • 1953 Vasilis Karras [Kesoglidis], Greek folk singer (Tilefonise Mou), born in Kokkinohori, Greece
  • 1953 Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer and guitarist (The Traveller), born in Podor, French West Africa (now Senegal)
  • 1954 Paul McNamee, Australia, tennis player and administrator, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1954 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, born in Bombay, India (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Leslie McKeown, Scottish pop vocalist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1955 Tito Lupini, Italian rugby union prop (11 Tests; Rovigo) and coach (Rovigo), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • 1956 Rhonda Shear, American comedian (Up All Night), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1957 Gail Castro, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1991, Olympics 1996), born in Glendale, California
  • 1957 Tim Samaras, American tornado chaser (Storm Chasers),, born in Lakewood, Colorado (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Nick Stellino, Italian-American television chef
  • 1958 Megan Mullally, American actress (Will & Grace), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Vincent Irizarry, American actor (Guiding Light; Santa Barbara), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960 Bertice Berry, American talk show host (Bertice)
  • 1960 Maurane, Belgian Francophone singer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1961 Greg Gagne, American MLB infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast (5 x Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Onești, Romania
  • 1961 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1961 Jonathan Nossiter, American film director
  • 1961 Michaela Paetsch, American violinist, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1962 Jeff Reed, American MLB catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1962 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer player (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)
  • 1962 Naomi Wolf, American author and feminist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962 Neal Shusterman, American author (Challenger Deep), born in New York City
  • 1962 Mariella Frostrup, Norwegian born British journalist and television presenter, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1963 Susumu Terajima, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963 Damon Galgut, South African playwright and writer (2021 Booker Prize), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1964 Erik Howard, American NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Gerald Perry, American NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1964 Jakob Hlasek, Swiss tennis player (French Open doubles 1992, Hopman Cup 1992), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1964 Dave Ellefson, American heavy metal bassist (Megadeth), born in Jackson, Minnesota
  • 1964 Michael Kremer, American economist (2019 Nobel Prize for Economics), born in New York City
  • 1964 Vic Chesnutt, American singer-songwriter, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2009)
  • 1965 Mike Keim, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1967 Charlie Pennaelino, American rocker (Linear - "I Never Felt This Way"), born in Queens, New York

Michael Moorer

1967 Michael Moorer, American boxing heavyweight champ (defeated Holyfield-1994), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1968 Irina Privalova, Russian runner, born in Malakhovka, Soviet Union

Sammy Sosa

1968 Sammy Sosa, Dominican baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

  • 1968 Glenn Gilberti, American professional wrestler, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Aya Hisakawa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Kaizuka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Aaron Stainthorpe, British singer (My Dying Bride), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Nick D'Virgilio, American drummer (Spock's Beard), born in Whittier, California
  • 1969 Ian Bremmer, American political scientist, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1969 Jason Cundy, English footballer and broadcaster, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1969 Johnny Gosch, American kidnap victim, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1969 Kathleen Hanna, American singer and songwriter, born in Portland, Oregon

Tonya Harding

1970 Tonya Harding, American figure skater (Olympic 8th-1994/US Champ 1994), born in Portland, Oregon

  • 1970 Donna Adamo, American female professional wrestler, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Harvey Stephens, British child actor, born in Putney, London
  • 1971 Heidi Burge, WNBA forward (LA Sparks), born in Harbor City, California
  • 1971 Shakeel Ahmed, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (v West Indies 1993), born in Daska, Pakistan
  • 1972 Vassilis Tsiartas, Greek footballer, born in Alexandria, Greece
  • 1973 Melanie Gaffin, American actress (Cheryl-Whiz Kids), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1973 Zahir Shah, Afghan cricketer (attention-grabbing Rawalpindi leg-spinner), born in Kunar Province, Afghanistan
  • 1973 Mayte Garcia, American dancer, born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • 1973 Radha Mitchell, Australian actress, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1974 Tamala Jones, American actress, born in Pasadena, California
  • 1975 Angela Watson, American actress (Step By Step - "Karen"), born in Danville, Illinois
  • 1975 Nina Brosh, Israeli model (Drakkar), born in Afula, Israel
  • 1975 Tevin Jermod Campbell, American rapper, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1975 Jason Lezak, American swimmer, born in Irvine, California
  • 1976 Mirosław Szymkowiak, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • 1976 Judith Holofernes [Holfelder-Roy], German singer (Wir sind Helden), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1977 Dalene Kurtis, American Playboy model (Sept 2001, Playmate of the Month 2002), born in Apple Valley, California
  • 1977 Benni McCarthy, South African footballer, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1977 James Borrego, American basketball head coach (Charlotte Hornets 2018-19), bon in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1978 Andrew Kinlochan, English singer and musician (1st openly gay boyband member), born in Hertfordshire
  • 1978 Alexandra Maria Lara, Romanian-German actress, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1978 Ashley Williams, American actress, born in Westchester County, New York
  • 1978 Lena Yada, American actress, model, surfer and WWE Diva, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1979 Lucas Glover, American golfer (US Open 2009), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1979 Matt Cappotelli, American professional wrestler, born in Caledonia, New York
  • 1979 Corey Maggette, American professional basketball player, born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • 1979 Cote de Pablo, Chilean American actress (NCIS), born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1980 Trent Acid, American professional wrestler, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ryan Gosling

1980 Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor (The Notebook, Drive), born in London, Ontario

  • 1980 Gustaf Skarsgård, Swedish actor (Vikings), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1981 DJ Campbell, English football player, born in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Anne Hathaway

1982 Anne Hathaway, American actress (Les Misérables; The Dark Knight Rise; The Princess Diaries), born in NYC, New York

  • 1982 Mikele Leigertwood, English footballer, born in London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Ryan Carnes, American actor (General Hospital), born in Pittsfield, Illinois