Birthdays in History on September 12

  • 1492 Lorenzo II de' Medici, Duke of Urbino, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1519)

Person of interestFrancis I of France

1494 King Francis I of France (1515-47), born in Cognac, France (d. 1547)

  • 1559 Lodovico Cardi da Cigoli, Italian painter and architect, born in Tuscany, Italy (d. 1613)

Person of interestHenry Hudson

1575 Henry Hudson, English navigator and explorer (Hudson River), born in England (d. 1611)

Explorer Henry Hudson
Explorer
Henry Hudson
  • 1605 William Dugdale, English antiquarian and Garter King of Arms (1677-86), born in Shustoke, Warwickshire, England (d. 1686)
  • 1688 Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor and carver of the Baroque era, born in Chomutov, Czech Republic (d. 1731)
  • 1690 Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1775)
  • 1720 Frederick Philipse III, American land owner (Bronx, Westchester & Putnam), born in NYC, New York (d. 1785)
  • 1725 Guillaume Le Gentil, French astronomer, born in Coutances, France (d. 1792)
  • 1740 Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (Heinrich Stillings Leben), born in Hilchenbach, Germany (d. 1817)
  • 1788 Alexander Campbell, Irish-American clergyman and Founder of Disciples of Christ, born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland (d. 1866)
  • 1801 Giuseppe Concone, Italian singing teacher, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1861)
  • 1806 Andrew Hull Foote, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1863)
  • 1811 James Hall, American geologist and paleontologist (Natural history of NY), born in Hingham, Massachusetts (d. 1898)
  • 1812 Richard Hoe, American inventor and industrialist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1886)
  • 1818 Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor (hand-cranked machine gun), born in Hertford County, North Carolina (d. 1903)
  • 1829 Anselm Feuerbach, German painter, born in Speyer, Germany (d. 1880)
  • 1829 Charles Dudley Warner, American novelist (Being a Boy), born in Plainfield, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1830 William Sprague IV, American politician and Governor of Rhode Island (1859-63), born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1915)

Person of interestH. H. Asquith

1852 H. H. Asquith, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1908-16), born in Morley, England (d. 1928)

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • 1855 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer and painter (Death of My Cat), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1930)
  • 1855 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), born in Beauport, Quebec City (d. 1920)
  • 1857 George H. Breitner, Dutch impressionist painter, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1923)
  • 1858 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, born in Grembergen, Dendermonde, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • 1871 Prince Friedrich Aloys Johannes Maria, Prince of Liechtenstein, Romania, born in Arad, Romania (d. 1959)
  • 1879 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter

Person of interestH. L. Mencken

1880 Henry Louis Mencken, American newspaperman and critic (Prejudices), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1881 Daniel Jones, English phoneticist (English pronouncing dictionary), born in London (d. 1967)
  • 1891 Pedro Albizu Campos, Advocate for Puerto Rican independence, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1965)
  • 1892 Alfred A Knopf, American publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1896 Giuseppe Zoppi, Swiss writer (Il Libro Dell'Alpe), born in Broglio, Switzerland (d. 1952)

Person of interestIrene Joliot-Curie

1897 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935), born in Paris, France (d. 1956), daughter of Marie Curie

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist/Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • 1898 Ben Shahn, Lithuanian-American painter (1964 Arts & Letters), born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 1969)
  • 1899 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect and painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • 1902 Juscelino Kubitschek, President Brazil (1955-60), born in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Louis MacNeice, Irish poet and playwright, born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1909 Donald MacDonald, Canadian politician and former president of the Canadian Labour Congress (1967-74), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Ben Polak, Dutch physician, communist and resistance fighter, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Kenneth Lo, cookery writer and restaurateur, born in Foochow, China (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst, born in Amroha, India (d. 1988)
  • 1917 Seamas NacNeill, Classical physicist and piper, born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Jan W. Schulte Nordholt, Dutch poet and historian (Blossoming Stone), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Stanislaw Lem, Polish sci-fi author (Solaris, Invincible), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Howard Curtis Nielson, American politician (Rep-R-UT, 1983-91), born in Richfield, Utah
  • 1927 Ina Muller-van Ast, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1931 Kristin Hunter, African-American author (God Bless the Child), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Stafford Heginbotham, British toymaker (Tebro Toys) and Football Club Chairman
  • 1934 Gunther Gebel-Williams, animal trainer and lion tamer (Ringling Bros Circus), born in Świdnica, Poland (d. 2001)
  • 1934 Jaegwon Kim, Korean-born American philosopher, born in Daegu, South Korea
  • 1935 Allan B. Swift, American politician (Rep-D-Washington, 1979-95), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935 Richard H Hunt, sculptor (Pyramidal Construction), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 Henry A Waxman, (Rep-D-California, 1975-86)
  • 1940 Roger K Crouch, Jamestown Tenn, astronauts (STS 83, 94)
  • 1940 Stephen J Solarz, (Rep-D-NY, 1975-93)
  • 1943 Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lankan-born writer
  • 1944 Leonard Peltier, American activist
  • 1945 Vern M Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1945 Richard Thaler, American economist (nudge theory, Nobel Prize 2017), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1951 Berty Ahern, Drumcondra, Dublin, PM of Ireland (1997-2008)
  • 1951 Gerald Stano, American serial killer
  • 1953 Nancy "Nan" Goldin, Photographer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954 Russell G. Alexander, creator of Today In History v1.2
  • 1954 Jeff Jarvis, American journalist
  • 1956 Sam Brownback, American politician
  • 1969 James Frey, American writer
  • 1969 André Heinz, American environmentalist; son of Teresa Heinz
  • 1972 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger (d. 2015)
  • 1974 Caroline Aigle, First female French fighter pilot (d. 2007)