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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.

Person of interestJeanne 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)

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • 1615 Richard Baxter, English clergyman (d. 1691)
  • 1651 Juana Ines de La Cruz, Mexican poet/nun/feminist (Primero Sueno)
  • 1676 Giovanni Antonio Pollarolo, composer
  • 1729 Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer (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

Person of interestTiradentes

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)

Brazilian Revolutionary Tiradentes
Brazilian Revolutionary
  • 1755 Gerhard JD von Scharnhorst, Prussia milt/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, 1st wife of President Tyler

Person of interestElizabeth Cady Stanton

1815 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American women's rights activist, born in Johnstown, New York (d. 1902)

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 1817 Carlo Pedrotti, composer

  • 1817 Martin Gustav Nottebohm, 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)

Person of interestAuguste Rodin

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

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin

Person of interestJohn 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)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate John William Strutt
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
John William Strutt
  • 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)

Person of interestSun Yat-sen

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

Father of Modern China Sun Yat-sen
Father of Modern China
Sun Yat-sen
  • 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, 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 (d. 1987)
  • 1897 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor
  • 1898 Abraham J D van Oosten, Dutch poet/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 Evgeny Grigor'yevich Bruslovsky, composer
  • 1905 Solon Michaelides, Cypriot composer, teacher and musicologist, born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, blues guitarist, born in Houston, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Hans Werner Richter, German author (Socially Responsible Cinema)
  • 1908 Harry A Blackmun, Ill, 100th Supreme Court justice (1970-94)
  • 1908 Shamus Culhane, animator

Person of interestAmon Göth

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

SS Officer Amon Göth
SS Officer
Amon Göth
  • 1910 A "Dudley" Nourse, cricketer (son of Dave, brilliant South African batsman)
  • 1911 Luc Estang [Lucien Bastard], French writer (Stigmates)
  • 1911 William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian
  • 1911 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • 1914 Edward "Henricus" Schillebeeckx, Dutch theologist
  • 1914 Roberto Cavanagh, Argentina, polo (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1914 Sylvi Saimo, Finland, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1915 Roland Barthes, French literary critic (L'Empire des Signer)
  • 1916 Jean Papineau-Couture, composer
  • 1916 Liam Dunn, NJ, actor (Koska & his Family)
  • 1916 Paul Emery, British racing driver (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (d. 1986)
  • 1917 Joseph Coors, CEO (Adolph Coors Co Brewery)
  • 1917 Jo Stafford, Coalinga California, singer (You Belong to me, Never Smile Again)
  • 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, composer
  • 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, German film director
  • 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
  • 1926 Jack Ryan, American inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels, Chatty Cathy)
  • 1927 Yutaka Taniyama, Japanese mathematician (d. 1958)
  • 1927 Jack Butler, NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Johan B W Polak, Dutch publisher/publicist (Bloom of Decadence)
  • 1928 Robert Holness, Natal, South Africa, English radio and television presenter (BBC), (d. 2012)

Person of interestGrace Kelly

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

Actress Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
  • 1929 Michael Ende, German fantasy and children's writer (The Neverending Story), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Tonke Dragt, Dutch children book author (Towers of February)
  • 1931 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Norman Y Mineta, (Rep-R-CA, 1975- )
  • 1933 Peter Post, Dutch cyclist (8x European Champion at Derny-drive)

Person of interestJalal Talabani

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

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani
  • 1934 Ann Flood, American actress (Edge of Night), born in Queens, New York

Person of interestCharles Manson

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

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • 1935 Terry Johnson, US R&B singer (Flamingos-I Know Better), 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
  • 1937 Ina Balin, actress (Danger in Paradise), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Richard H Truly, Fayette Miss, Rear Adm USN/astro (STS T-2, T-4, 2, 8)

  • 1938 Mort Shuman, American singer-songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1938 Benjamin Mkapa, Tanzanian politician, President of Tanzania (1995-2005), born in Ndanda, Tanganyika (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Ria Hoogeweegen, wife of Dutch premier Ruud Lubbers
  • 1940 Michel Audet, Quebec economist and politician
  • 1940 Jürgen Todenhöfer, German politician
  • 1941 Frank Rosenthal, rocker
  • 1941 Jennifer Helen McLeod, composer
  • 1943 Brian Hyland, American rocker (She Wore an Itsy Bitsy ... 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 Maus, American rock vocalist (Walker Brothers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Wallace Shawn, American actor (My Dinner with Andre, Princess Bride), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Errol Brown, singer-songwriter vocalist (Hot Chocolate), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, born in Ro, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Johan van Doorn [Johnny the Selfkicker], Dutch poet (War & Porridge)

Person of interestAl Michaels

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

Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels
  • 1944 Booker T. Jones, US organist (Booker T & MGs - "Green Onions"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1945 Michael Bishop, American sci-fi author (Nebula, Stolen Faces)

Person of interestNeil Young

1945 Neil Young, Canadian singer-songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; "The Needle And The Damage Done"; "Harvest Moon"), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • 1945 Valerie Leon, actress (Blood from Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England
  • 1945 Tracy Kidder, American journalist and author
  • 1947 Donald Roeser, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • 1947 J. C. [John Charles] Crowley, American musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1947 Patrice Leconte, director (Monsieur Hire, Hairdresser's Husband)
  • 1947 Ron Bryant, American baseball player

Person of interestHassan Rouhani

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

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • 1949 Arthur "Pooch" Tavares, rocker
  • 1949 Jack Reed, (Rep-D-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, composer, and educator (Thundering Herd; Chick Corea; Steely Dan), born in Camden, New Jersey

  • 1952 Ronald Burkle, American entrepreneur
  • 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 Bharat Reddy, cricket wicket-keeper (India 1979)
  • 1954 Paul McNamee, Australia, tennis star
  • 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
  • 1956 Rhonda Shear, comedian (Up All Night), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1957 Gail Castro, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1991, Olympics 1996), born in Glendale, California
  • 1957 Tim Samaras, Lakewood, Col., tornado chaser (Storm Chasers), (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Nick Stellino, Italian-American television chef
  • 1958 Megan Mullally, American actress (Will & Grace), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Bertice Berry, talk show host (Bertice)
  • 1960 Maurane, Belgian singer
  • 1961 Greg Gagne, Fall River MA, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1961 Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast (5 x Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Onești, Romania
  • 1961 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1961 Jonathan Nossiter, American film director
  • 1961 Michaela Paetsch, American violinist
  • 1962 Jeff Reed, Joliet IL, catcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1962 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)
  • 1962 Naomi Wolf, American author and feminist
  • 1962 Neal Shusterman, American author
  • 1962 Mariella Frostrup, Norwegian born journalist and television presenter
  • 1963 Susumu Terajima, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1964 Erik Howard, NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets)
  • 1964 Gerald Perry, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1964 Jakob Hlasek, Swiss tennis player (French Open doubles 1992, Hopman Cup 1992), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1964 Dave Ellefson, Jackson, Minnesota, American heavy metal bassist (Megadeth)
  • 1964 Michael Kremer, American economist, 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics

  • 1965 Mike Keim, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1965 Lex Lang, American voice actor
  • 1967 Charlie Pennaelino, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way), born in Queens, New York

Person of interestMichael Moorer

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

World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer
  • 1968 Irina Privalova, Russian runner (indoor world record 50/60m)

Person of interestSammy Sosa

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

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1968 Glenn Gilberti, American professional wrestler, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Aya Hisakawa, Japanese voice actress/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

Person of interestTonya Harding

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

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
  • 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, actress (Karen Foster-Step by Step), 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
  • 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

Person of interestRyan Gosling

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

  • 1981 DJ Campbell, English football player, born in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Person of interestAnne Hathaway

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

Actress Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
  • 1982 Mikele Leigertwood, English footballer, born in London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Ryan Carnes, American actor (General Hospital), born in Pittsfield, Illinois
  • 1983 Carlton Cole, English football player, born in Croydon, United Kingdom