Famous Birthdays on October 12

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 214

  • 1008 Emperor Go-Ichijō of Japan, 68th Emperor of Japan (1016-36), born in Heian-kyō, Japan (d. 1036)
  • 1350 Dmitry Donskoy, Grand Prince of Moscow (1359-89), born in Moscow (d. 1389)
  • 1490 Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1548)
  • 1537 Edward VI Tudor, King of England (1547-53), born in Hampton Court Palace, Middlesex, England (d. 1553)
  • 1558 Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria (1612-18), born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1618)
  • 1558 Jacques Sirmond, French scholar and Jesuit, born in Riom, France (d. 1651)
  • 1576 Thomas Dudley, British colonial governor of Massachusetts, born in Northamptonshire, England (d. 1653)
  • 1602 William Chillingworth, English religious leader, born in Oxford, England (d. 1644)
  • 1686 Silvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist, born in Grodków, Poland (d. 1750)
  • 1710 Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and statesman, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1785)
  • 1712 William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1801)
  • 1725 Etienne Louis Geoffroy, French pharmacist and entomologist, born in Paris (d. 1810)
  • 1742 Johann Peter Melchior, German sculptor, born in Lindorf, Germany (d. 1825)
  • 1762 Jan Willem Janssens, Dutch Governor-General of Cape colony and Dutch-Indies, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1838)
  • 1763 John Ross, English composer and organist, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1837)
  • 1775 Lyman Beecher, US Presbyterian clergyman, temperance movement leader, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1863)

  • 1792 Christian Gmelin, German chemist, born in Tübingen, Germany (d. 1860)
  • 1798 Pedro I of Brazil, Emperor of Brazil (1822-31) and King of Portugal (1826), born in Queluz Palace, Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1834)
  • 1801 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss politician, born in Lindau, Germany (d. 1873)
  • 1808 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1886)
  • 1813 Lyman Trumbull, U.S. Senator from Illinois (1855-73), born in Colchester, Connecticut (d. 1896)
  • 1815 William J. Hardee, U.S. Army officer (Confederate Army), born in Camden County, Georgia (d. 1873)
  • 1822 Joseph Haydn Potter, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Concord, New Hampshire (d. 1892)
  • 1832 Walter T Watts-Dunton, English lawyer, poet and writer (Aylwin), born in St. Ives, England (d. 1914)
  • 1840 Helena Modjeska [Modrzejewska], Polish Shakespearian actress (Hamlet), born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1909)
  • 1844 George W. Cable, American writer (Northampton Years), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • 1845 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, born in Perticara, Italy (d. 1919)
  • 1855 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Mosonszentmiklós, Hungary (d. 1922)
  • 1855 August Sauer, Austrian literature historian (Euphorion), born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1926)
  • 1860 Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American entrepreneur and inventor (gyrocompass), born in Cincinnatus, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1865 Arthur Harden, English biochemist (Nobel Prize 1929), born in Manchester, England (d. 1940)

Person of interestRamsay MacDonald

1866 Ramsay MacDonald, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1924, 1929-35), born in Lossiemouth, Morayshire, Scotland (d. 1937)

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • 1872 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (Hugh the Drover), born in Down Ampney, England (d. 1958)
  • 1874 Jimmy Burke, American baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • 1875 Aleister Crowley, British occultist, founded the religion of Thelema, born in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire England (d. 1947)
  • 1878 Karl Buresch, Austrian lawyer and politician, born in Groß-Enzersdorf, Austria (d. 1936)
  • 1880 Healey Willan, Anglo-Canadian composer, born in Balham, London (d. 1968)
  • 1880 Louis Hémon, French novelist (Maria Chapdelaine), born in Brest, France (d. 1913)
  • 1881 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1948)
  • 1881 William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), born in Berlin, Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • 1882 Hermann Wolfgang Sartorius Waltershausen, German musicologist and composer, born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 1954)

  • 1884 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1886 Karl Dane, Danish-American comedian and actor (Son of the Sheik), born in Copenhagen (d. 1934)
  • 1887 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet and writer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1951)
  • 1890 Luis de Freitas Branco, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • 1891 Edith Stein, German philosopher and Discalced Carmelite nun (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), born in Breslau (Silesia), Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1892 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Pall Isolfsson, Icelandic composer, born in Stokkseyri, Iceland (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Velvalee Dickinson, American spy, convicted of espionage against the United States on behalf of Japan during World War II, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1980)
  • 1894 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans) (d. 1964)
  • 1894 Elisabeth Antoinette de Vreugd, chambermaid for Dutch queen, born in Katwijk, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1896 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet and translator (Xenia-Nobel 1975), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Dick Binnendijk, Dutch poet and literary critic (Authoritarian Regimes in Transistion), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Grayson L. Kirk, 14th President of Columbia University (1953-68), born in Jeffersonville, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1903 Josephine Hutchinson, American actress (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1904 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River), born in Linli, Hunan, China (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Lester Dent, American writer (Doc Savage), born in La Plata, Missouri (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, born in Kensington, London (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL Pres), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Willy Hess, Swiss musicologist, composer and famous Beethoven scholar, born in Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Wolfgang Fortner, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Ann Lane Petry, American journalist and author (Street), born in Old Saybrook, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Paul Engle, American poet and writer (Worm Earth, American Song), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Bob Sheppard, New York Yankees and New York Giants announcer, born in Richmond Hill, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1911 Louis de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78), born in Limoges, France (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), born in Bombay, India (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1916 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train), born in Blaricum, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Emil Cossetto, Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Andre Casanova, composer, born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1919 Gilles Beaudoin, Canadian politician (Mayor of Trois-Rivières), born in Trois-Rivières, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Christy Ring, Irish hurler, born in Cloyne, Ireland (d. 1979)
  • 1921 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon title 1954), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Jean Nidetch, businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1923 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Doris Grau, American script supervisor, actress and voice artist (Point Blank, King Kong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Fons Jansen, Dutch news reader and cabaretier, born in Bussum, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1925 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 1996)
  • 1925 William Steinkraus, American equestrian (Olympic gold/2 sil/br-52/56/60/64/68/72), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1925 Denis Lazure, Canadian physician and politician, born in Napierville, Quebec (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Hans Liebold, German auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • 1927 Antonia Rey [Francesch], Cuban-born American actress (True Colors, Wise Guys), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1928 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1976)
  • 1928 Al Held, American painter and sculptor (hard edge-style), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Robert Coles, American author (Anna Freud, Pulitzer 1973), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1929 Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic television presenter, born in Reykjavik, Iceland (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Brian Cobby, British actor (Evita, The Nudist Story) and the first male voice of the British speaking clock, born in Brighton, East Sussex, England (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Raoul Pleskow, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1932 Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Dusan Makavejev, Serbian film director (Man is Not a Bird), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1932 Jake Edwin Garn, American politician (Sen-R-Utah, 1974-93) and astronaut (STS 51D), born in Richfield, Utah
  • 1932 Joel Mandelbaum, American composer, born in New York
  • 1932 Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • 1933 Guido Molinari, Canadian painter, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Richard Meier, American architect and abstract artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1934 Albert Shiryaev, Russian mathematician, known for his work in probability theory, statistics and financial mathematics, born in Shchyolkovo, Russia

Person of interestLuciano Pavarotti

1935 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, 3 Tenors), born in Modena, Italy (d. 2007)

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1935 Sam Moore, American R&B and soul vocalist (Sam & Dave), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1935 William Raspberry, American columnist (Pulitzer 1994), born in Okolona, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Tony Kubek, shortstop (NY Yankees) and sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1937 Robert Mangold, American minimalist artist, born in North Tonawanda, New York
  • 1938 Bob Miller, American NHL broadcaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 Carolee Schneemann, American performance artist, born in Fox Chase, Philadelphia
  • 1941 Craig Washington, American politician (Rep-D-Texas), born in Longview, Texas
  • 1941 Michael Mansfield, English barrister, born in London
  • 1942 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale, Lord Jim), born in Haifa, British Palestine (d. 2017)

  • 1942 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Jeffrey MacDonald, American medical doctor convicted of murdering his wife and two daughters, born in Queens, New York City
  • 1944 Angela Rippon, British television personality, born in Plymouth, Devon, England
  • 1945 Aurore Clément, French actress (Paris, Texas), born in Soissons, Aisne
  • 1945 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Chris Wallace, newscaster (NBC Weekend News), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 George Lam, Hong Kong veteran Cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1948 Rick Parfitt, English pop guitarist and singer (Status Quo-Wanderer), born in Surrey, England
  • 1949 Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, Venezuelan international terrorist, born in Michelena, Venezuela
  • 1949 Stan Hansen, American professional wrestler, born in Borger, Texas
  • 1950 Susan Anton, American actress (Golden Girl, Spring Fever), born in Oak Glen, California
  • 1950 Robin Askwith, English actor (Confessions Sex Comedies), born in Southport, Lancashire, England
  • 1950 Dave Freudenthal, American economist and politician (31st Governor of Wyoming), born in Thermopolis, Wyoming
  • 1950 Kaga Takeshi [Shigekatsu Katsuta], Japanese actor, born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1951 Bernie Ruoff, CFL kicker (Winnipeg, Hamilton), born in West Germany
  • 1951 Ed Royce, American politician (Rep-R-California), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Sally Little, South African/American golfer (PGA 1980, du Maurier 1988), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1952 Trevor Chappell, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, underarm bowling controversy), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1952 Danielle Proulx, French Canadian actress, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1953 Serge Lepeltier, French politician, born in Le Veurdre, Allier, France
  • 1954 Tom Blomberg, Dutch radio host and producer (Evening Rush Hour), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1955 Pat DiNizio, American rock vocalist (The Smithereens), born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1955 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, born in Tkon, Croatia
  • 1955 Jane Siberry, Canadian musician (Calling All Angels), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1956 David Vanian, British singer (The Damned), born in Hemel Hempstead, England
  • 1958 Jeff Keith, American rock vocalist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1958 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1959 Abigail Kingsley Alling, American executive (Biosphere 2), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Anna Escobedo Cabral, 42nd Treasurer of the United States, born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1960 Stephen Brent Lowery, PGA golfer (1994 Sprint), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1962 Dammika Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan batsman 1990), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1962 Sid Fernandez, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1962 Carlos Bernard, American actor (24), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1962 Chris Botti, American jazz musician (Impressions), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1962 Branko Crvenkovski, 3rd President of Macedonia, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1963 Michael Zordich, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1963 Randy Wood, American NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1963 Lane Frost, American professional bull rider, born in La Junta, Otero County Colorado (d. 1989)
  • 1963 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director, born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2010)

  • 1963 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Fanie De Villiers, South African cricketer (great South African pace bowler), born in Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa
  • 1964 JoAnn Willette, American actress (Constance-Just 10 of Us, Real Genius), born in Lewiston, Maine
  • 1965 Chris Chandler, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1965 J. J. Daigneault, Canadian NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Todd Krygier, American NHL left wing (Anaheim, Washington), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1965 Scott O'Grady, American Air Force fighter pilot, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Wim Jonk, Dutch soccer star (Ajax), born in Volendam, Netherlands
  • 1966 Brian Kennedy, Northern Irish musician and author, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1966 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1967 Becky Iverson, American LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's Classic), born in Escanaba, Michigan
  • 1968 Adam Rich, American actor (Nicholas-8 is Enough, Code Red, Gun Shy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Charles Anthony, American CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1968 Leon Lett, American NFL defensive tackle and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1968 Mike Trombley, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Bill Auberlen, American race car driver, born in Redondo Beach, California

Person of interestHugh Jackman

1968 Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-men, The Greatest Showman), born in Sydney, Australia

  • 1969 Alison Peek, Australian field hockey halfback and midfielder (Olympics gold 2000), born in Australia
  • 1969 Dave Chaytors, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 David Collins, American rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Thousand Oaks, California
  • 1969 José Valentín, MLB infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • 1969 Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1994), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Terry Ray, American NFL strong safety (NE Patriots), born in Belgium
  • 1969 Martie Maguire, American musician (Dixie Chicks), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Charlie Ward, NBA guard (NY Knicks) and Heisman Trophy winner (1993), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1970 Herman Arvie, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • 1970 Kirk Cameron, American actor (Mike-Growing Pains), born in Panorama City, Los Angeles
  • 1970 Tanyon Sturtze, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Federal Way, Washington (d. 2013)
  • 1971 Pavol Rybar, Slovak hockey goaltender (Team Slovakia 1998), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1971 Ahn Jae Wook, South Korean actor, composer and singer, born in Donam-dong, Seongbuk District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 1971)
  • 1971 Tony Fiore, American baseball player, born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1972 Neriah Davis, American actress and Playmate (Mar, 1994), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Singor Mobley, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1972 Tom van Mol, Belgian soccer player (PSV), born in Dendermonde, Belgium
  • 1972 Irina Pantaeva, Russian-American supermodel and actress, born in Ulan-Ude, Russia
  • 1972 Juan Manuel Silva, Argentine racing driver, born in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
  • 1973 Rodney Mack, professional wrestler, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1974 Karmyn Tyler, Miss America-Louisiana (1996), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1974 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Edmonton)
  • 1974 Stephen Lee, English snooker player, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
  • 1974 Marie Wilson [Flevaras], Canadian actress (As the World Turns, General Hospital), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1975 Scott von Der Ahe, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Lancaster, California

Person of interestMarion Jones

1975 Marion Jones, track and field athlete/drug cheat (5 forfeited Olympic medals), born in Los Angeles, California

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 1976 Sarah Lane, American television personality and ballet dancer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977 Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer (Olympic gold 2010), born in Easton, New Hampshire
  • 1977 Javier Toyo, Venezuelan football goalkeeper (Venezuela national football team), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1977 Jay Jenkins, American rapper also known as "Young Jeezy", born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1977 Christie Kerr, American golfer (US Open 2007, PGA Championship 2010), born in Miami, Florida