Thursday, 12 May 2011

Famous Birthdays on this Day in History

May 12

  • 1401 – Emperor Shōkō, 101st Japanese Emperor (d. 1428)
  • 1496 – Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1560)
  • 1590 – Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1621)
  • 1622 – Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor General of New France (d. 1698)
  • 1626 – Louis Hennepin, Flemish missionary (d. 1705)
  • 1670 – Frederick Augustus I of Poland (d. 1733)
  • 1700 – Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect (d. 1773)
  • 1725 – Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (d. 1785)
  • 1767 – Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (d. 1851)
  • 1803 – Justus von Liebig, German chemist (d. 1873)
  • 1804 – Robert Baldwin, Canadian politician (d. 1858)
  • 1806 – Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish statesman (d. 1881)
  • 1812 – Edward Lear, British author and poet (d. 1888)
  • 1814 – Adolf von Henselt, German composer and pianist (d. 1889)
  • 1820 – Florence Nightingale, British nurse (d. 1910)
  • 1828 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British painter (d. 1882)
  • 1829 – Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (d. 1896)
  • 1840 – Alejandro Gorostiaga, Chilean military, participated on Battle of Huamachuco (d. 1912)
  • 1842 – Jules Massenet, French composer (d. 1912)
  • 1845 – Gabriel Fauré, French composer (d. 1924)
  • 1850 – Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman (d. 1924)
  • 1867 – Hugh Trumble, Australian cricketer (d. 1938)
  • 1874 – Clemens von Pirquet, Austrian physician (d. 1929)
  • 1880 – Lincoln Ellsworth, American explorer (d. 1951)
  • 1885 – Paltiel Daykan, Russian-born Israeli jurist (d. 1969)
  • 1889 – Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank (d. 1980)
  • 1892 – Fritz Kortner, Austrian-born director (d. 1970)
  • 1895 – William Giauque, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1982)
  • 1895 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (d. 1986)
  • 1899 – Indra Devi, Latvian Yoga Instructor (d. 2002)
  • 1900 – Helene Weigel, German actress (d. 1971)
  • 1900 – Joseph Rochefort, American naval officer and cryptanalyst (d. 1976)
  • 1903 – Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (d. 1991)
  • 1907 – Leslie Charteris, British author and screenwriter (d. 1993)
  • 1907 – Katharine Hepburn, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1910 – Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
  • 1910 – Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, British biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
  • 1912 – Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General (d. 2004)
  • 1914 – Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet (d. 1993)
  • 1914 – Howard K. Smith, American journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1914 – James Bacon, American entertainment columnist and reporter
  • 1916 – Albert Murray, American writer
  • 1917 – Frank Clair, American-born Canadian football coach (d. 2005)
  • 1918 – Julius Rosenberg, American-born spy for the Soviet Union (d. 1953)
  • 1918 – Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman (d. 2001)
  • 1921 – Joseph Beuys, German artist (d. 1986)
  • 1921 – Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist
  • 1922 – Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (d. 1998)
  • 1924 – Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician
  • 1924 – Tony Hancock, British comedian (d. 1968)
  • 1924 – Maxine Cooper Gomberg, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1925 – Yogi Berra, American baseball player
  • 1928 – Burt Bacharach, American composer
  • 1928 – Henry Cosby, American songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1929 – Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1929 – Sam Nujoma, first President of Namibia
  • 1930 – Jesús Franco, Spanish film director
  • 1933 – Andrey Voznesensky, Russian poet
  • 1935 – Felipe Alou, Dominican baseball player and manager
  • 1935 – Johnny Bucyk, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1936 – Guillermo Endara, President of Panama (d. 2009)
  • 1936 – Tom Snyder, American television personality (d. 2007)
  • 1936 – Frank Stella, American painter
  • 1937 – Beryl Burton, British cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1937 – George Carlin, American comedian (d. 2008)
  • 1937 – Susan Hampshire, British actress
  • 1938 – Millie Perkins, American film actress
  • 1939 – Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician
  • 1939 – Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League footballer
  • 1939 – Ron Ziegler, U.S. White House Press Secretary (d. 2003)
  • 1939 – Jalal Dabagh, Kurdish politician
  • 1942 – Ian Dury, British musician (d. 2000)
  • 1942 – Michel Fugain, French singer and songwriter
  • 1942 – Billy Swan, American songwriter and singer
  • 1944 – Chris Patten, British politician
  • 1945 – Alan Ball, Jr., English footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1945 – Nicky Henson, British actor
  • 1945 – Ian McLagan, British keyboardist (Small Faces)
  • 1945 – Patrick Ricard, French businessman
  • 1946 – L. Neil Smith, American science fiction author
  • 1946 – Daniel Libeskind, American architect
  • 1947 – Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician
  • 1947 – Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1947 – Catherine Yronwode, American writer and editor
  • 1948 – David Heineman, American politician, current governor of Nebraska
  • 1948 – Joe Tasker, British mountaineer (d. 1982)
  • 1948 – Steve Winwood, British musician (The Spencer Davis Group; Traffic)
  • 1950 – Bruce Boxleitner, American actor
  • 1950 – Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor
  • 1950 – Billy Squier, American singer and musician
  • 1951 – George Karl, American basketball player and head coach
  • 1952 – Norbert Stolzenburg, German footballer
  • 1953 – Kevin Grevey, American basketball player
  • 1956 – Bernie Federko, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956 – Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian
  • 1956 – Asad Rauf, Pakistani cricket umpire
  • 1957 – Lou Whitaker, American baseball player
  • 1958 – Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
  • 1958 – Eric Singer, American drummer
  • 1959 – Ving Rhames, American actor
  • 1960 – Paul Arcand, Quebec radio host, journalist and film director
  • 1960 – Ian Khan, British racing driver
  • 1961 – Paul Begala, American political commentator
  • 1961 – Billy Duffy, British guitarist (The Cult)
  • 1961 – Thomas Dooley, German-American soccer player
  • 1961 – Lar Park Lincoln, American actress
  • 1961 – Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor
  • 1962 – Emilio Estevez, American actor
  • 1962 – Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter (Bad Religion) and record producer (Epitaph Records)
  • 1963 – Panagiotis Fasoulas, Greek basketball player, Mayor of Piraeus
  • 1963 – Gavin Hood, South African film director
  • 1963 – Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver
  • 1963 – Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
  • 1963 – Jerry Trimble, American actor
  • 1963 – Deborah Kara Unger, Canadian actress
  • 1963 – Vanessa A. Williams, American actress
  • 1964 – Pierre Morel, French film director
  • 1966 – Stephen Baldwin, American actor
  • 1966 – Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian singer
  • 1967 – Paul D'Amour, American bass guitarist (Tool)
  • 1967 – Joe McKinney, Irish actor
  • 1968 – Mark Clark, American baseball player
  • 1968 – Tony Hawk, American skateboarder
  • 1968 – Scott Schwartz, American actor
  • 1968 – Catherine Tate, British comedian
  • 1969 – Kim Fields, American actress
  • 1969 – Kevin Nalty, American YouTube personality
  • 1970 – Jim Furyk, American golfer
  • 1970 – Mike Weir, Canadian golfer
  • 1970 – Samantha Mathis, American actress
  • 1970 – Steve Palframan, South African cricketer
  • 1970 – Mark Foster, British swimmer
  • 1971 – Doug Basham, American professional wrestler
  • 1971 – Jamie Luner, American actress
  • 1973 – Kendra Kassebaum, American stage actress
  • 1973 – Travis Lutter, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1973 – Lutz Pfannenstiel, German footballer
  • 1973 – Robert Tinkler, Canadian voice actor
  • 1975 – Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1975 – Lawrence Phillips, American football player
  • 1976 – Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper
  • 1977 – Lorena Bernal, Argentine/Spanish model and actress
  • 1977 – Graeme Dott, British snooker player
  • 1977 – Rebecca Herbst, American actress
  • 1978 – Jason Biggs, American actor
  • 1978 – Malin Åkerman, Swedish-Canadian actress and model
  • 1978 – Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Canadian singer
  • 1978 – Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • 1978 – Josh Phelps, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
  • 1979 – Andre Carter, American football player
  • 1979 – Callum Chambers, Australian rules footballer
  • 1979 – Robert Key, English cricketer
  • 1979 – Erdinç Saçan, Turkish-Dutch politician
  • 1979 – Steve Smith, American football player
  • 1979 – Aaron Yoo, Korean-American actor
  • 1979 – Dennis Trillo, Filipino actor and singer
  • 1980 – Keith Bogans, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Felipe Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1981 – Kentaro Sato, Japanese composer
  • 1981 – Rami Malek, American actor
  • 1982 – David Thaxton, British stage actor and singer
  • 1983 – Charilaos Pappas, Greek footballer
  • 1983 – Alina Kabayeva, Russian gymnast
  • 1983 – Virginie Razzano, French tennis player
  • 1984 – Tommaso Reato, Italian rugby player
  • 1985 – Tally Hall, American footballer
  • 1985 – Jeroen Simaeys, Belgian footballer
  • 1986 – Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress
  • 1986 – Mouhamed Sene, Senegalese basketball player
  • 1987 – Gianluca Sansone, Italian footballer
  • 1987 – Kieron Pollard, West Indies Cricketer
  • 1988 – Marky Cielo, Filipino dancer and actor (d. 2008)
  • 1988 – Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, Brazilian footballer
  • 1989 – Matthew Hann, American basketball player
  • 1990 – Jacory Harris, American football player
  • 1992 – Malcolm David Kelley, American actor
  • 1995 – Luke Benward, American actor

 

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