Birthdays in History on June 12

  • 1107 Emperor Gaozong of Song, 10th emperor of Song dynasty, born in China (d. 1187)
  • 1519 Cosimo I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and art patron of Florence, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1574)
  • 1577 Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (Guldinus theorem), born in Mels, Switzerland (d. 1643)
  • 1599 Johan Wolfert van Brederode, Dutch governor (Hertogenbosch) and field marshal, born in Heusden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (d. 1655)
  • 1659 Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Japanese samurai (d. 1719)
  • 1771 Patrick Gass, sergeant of Lewis and Clark Expedition, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • 1775 Karl Freiherr von Müffling, Prussian field marshal, born in Halle, Germany (d. 1851)
  • 1777 Robert Clark, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1819-21), born in Washington County, New York (d. 1837)
  • 1795 John Marston, U.S. Navy officer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • 1798 Samuel Cooper, American General (Confederate Army), born in New Hackensack, Dutchess County, New York (d. 1876)
  • 1802 Harriet Martineau, British controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1876)
  • 1806 John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), born in Mühlhausen, Germany (d. 1869)
  • 1812 Edmond Hébert, French geologist, born in Villefargau, Yonne, France (d. 1890)
  • 1819 Charles Kingsley [Parson Lot], English vicar and historian (Westward Ho!), born in Holne Vicarage, England (d. 1875)
  • 1821 Henry Moses Judah, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Snow Hill, Maryland (d. 1866)
  • 1825 John Cook, American bugler (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1910)
  • 1827 Johanna Spyri, Swiss children's book author (Heidi), born in Hirzel, Switzerland (d. 1901)
  • 1835 George Atzerodt, American conspirator who failed to attempt an assassination of Vice President Andrew Johnson on the night Abraham Lincoln was murdered, born in Dorna, German Confederation (d. 1865)
  • 1851 Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist, early radio pioneer, born in Penkhull, England (d. 1940)

Thomas J. WalshThomas J. Walsh (1859-1933)

United States Senator (Montana), born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin

  • 1877 Thomas C. Hart, U.S. admiral and commander (Pacific Fleet), born in Davison, Michigan (d. 1971)
  • 1878 James Oliver Curwood, American journalist and writer (Kazan the wolfdog), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1927)
  • 1888 Zygmunt Janiszewski, Polish mathematician, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1920)
  • 1890 Egon Schiele, Austrian painter and graphic artist, born in Tulln an der Donau, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1918)
  • 1892 Djuna Barnes, American author (Nightwood), born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1892 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1895 Eugénie Brazier, French chef who was the 1st woman to earn 3 Michelin stars (1933), and the 1st person earn 3 Michelin stars for 2 restaurants, born in La Tranclière, Ain, France (d. 1977)

Anthony EdenAnthony Eden (1897-1977)

British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, born in Rushyford, England

  • 1900 Betsy van Es, Flemish actress (Sonna), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1955)
  • 1902 Hendrik Elias, Flemish historian and Mayor of Ghent (1941-44), born in Machelen, Belgium (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Sandro Penna, Italian poet, born in Perugia, Italy (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Ronald Selby Wright, Scottish Church of Scotland minister, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Bill Naughton [William John Francis Naughton], English playwright (Alfie), born in Ballyhaunis, Ireland (d. 1992)

Milovan DjilasMilovan Djilas (1911-1995)

Yugoslavian politician and writer (The New Class), born in Podbišće, Montenegro

  • 1913 Jean Victor Allard, Canadian army general, born in Sainte-Monique-de-Nicolet, Quebec (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Christopher Mayhew, British politician (d. 1997)
  • 1915 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (The Lighter Side of...), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1920 William Woodward Jr., American businessman and horse breeder (Hanover National Bank), born in Oyster Bay, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1921 Christopher Derrick, British writer, born in Hungerford, Berkshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1921 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Hendrik Witteveen, Dutch economist, Minister of Finance (1963–65; 1967–71), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • 1923 Marta Pan, Hungarian-French sculptor (Great spiral), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2008)

George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush (1924-2018)

41st US President (R, 1989-93) and 43rd US Vice President (R, 1981-89), born in Milton, Massachusetts

  • 1927 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Michael Wishart, British figurative painter, born in London (d. 1996)

Anne FrankAnne Frank (1929-1945)

Dutch Diarist and Jewish victim of the Nazi Holocaust (Diary of Anne Frank), born in Frankfurt, Germany

  • 1929 Brigid Brophy, British novelist (Hackenfeller's Ape) and campaigner, born in Ealing, London (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Jameel Jalibi, Pakistani scholar, writer, and Urdu linguist, born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, British India
  • 1930 Barbara Harris, 1st US Episcopal female bishop, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1930 Hans Koetsier, Dutch sculptor artist (KLM-Schiphol), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1931 Barbara Hillary, American adventurer, 1st black woman to reach the North Pole, born in New York City (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Rona Jaffe, American novelist (Mazes & Monsters), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1933 Eddie Adams, American photographer (photograph of execution of a Viet Cong soldier, Pulitzer Prize 1969), born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Christoph Meckel, German writer, born in Berlin
  • 1936 Bill Zeliff, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire (1991-97), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1937 Antal Festetics, Austrian biologist and zoologist, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1937 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Frank McCloskey, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1983-95), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Lucille Roybal-Allard, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from California, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Bert Sakmann, German cell physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1991), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1942 Homer Neal, African-American particle physicist, born in Franklin, Kentucky (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Alfred Gell, British social anthropologist (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Harry Glasper, English writer, born in Middlesbrough, England
  • 1946 John Steinbeck IV, American journalist, author and son of John Steinbeck, born in New York City
  • 1949 Yuri Baturin, Russian cosmonaut (SK:Soyuz TM-28), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1951 Andranik Margaryan, 14th Prime Minister of Armenia (2000-07), born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Spencer Abraham, American politician, 10th United States Secretary of Energy, born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • 1953 Allan Weiner, American pirate radio station owner, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1954 Neil Oatley, English engineer, born in Camberwell, London
  • 1958 Fernando "Frank" Caldeiro, Argentine-American astronaut, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1959 Jervis Johnson, Games Designer for Games Workshop, Nottingham, born in London
  • 1961 Jim Goad, American author and publisher (ANSWER Me!), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Yuri Rozanov, Russian sports broadcaster (NTV Plus, Match TV; TEFI Award 2012), born in Zagorsk, Russia (d. 2021)

Jordan PetersonJordan Peterson (60 years old)

1962 Canadian psychologist and author (12 Rules for Life), born in Edmonton, Alberta

  • 1963 Warwick Capper, Australian rules footballer, born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1972 Bounty Killer [Rodney Basil Price], Jamaican deejay, born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1973 Darryl White, Australian rules footballer (Brisbane Bears), born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
  • 1985 Blake Ross, American software developer (co-creator of the Mozilla Firefox internet browser), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1992 Chanel Miller, American writer (Know My Name), born in Palo Alto, California