Famous Birthdays on this Day, May 12:

1401 - Emperor Shoko (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)
1662 - Jan F van Bloom, [Orizonte] Flemish painter, baptized
1670 - August II, the Strong One, King of Poland (355 children)
1670 - Frederick Augustus I of Poland (d. 1733)
1679 - Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, composer
1700 - Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect
1725 - Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (d. 1785)
1739 - Jan Krtitel Vanhal, composer
1739 - Johann Baptist Vanhal, composer
1751 - Gaetano Manna, composer
1754 - Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer
1767 - Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (d. 1851)
1776 - Juan Bros y Bertomel, composer
1790 - [Johannes] Carsten Hauch, Danish writer
1797 - Johann Hermann Kufferath, composer
1803 - Justus Freiherr von Liebig, German chemist (agricultural chemics)
1804 - Robert Baldwin, (L) help establish govt in Canada (or 1904)
1806 - Amos Beebe Eaton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1877
1806 - J V Snellman, Finland, journalist/statesman/nationalist
1812 - Edward Lear, England, landscape painter, (Complete Nonsense Book)
1812 - Louis Ludwig Blenker, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1863
1813 - Johann Czerski, German chaplin
1820 - Florence Nightingale, Florence Italy, nurse (Crimean War)
1828 - D G Rossetti, writer
1828 - Gabriel Dante Rossetti, England, poet/painter, Pre-Raphaelite
1829 - Paul Karrer, composer
1829 - Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (d. 1896)
1842 - Jules Emile Fred Massenet, Montaud France, composer (Manon, Le Cid)
1845 - Gabriel Urbain Faure, Pamiers France, composer (Requiem, Ballade)
1850 - Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman (d. 1924)
1863 - Charles Bordes, composer
1867 - Hugh Trumble, cricket off-spinner (great Aust at turn of century)
1868 - Halsey William Wilson, US, publisher of reference books
1874 - Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian physician (Reaction of Pirquet)
1876 - Harold, grandson of English queen Victoria
1880 - Lincoln Ellsworth, led 1st transarctic, transantarctic flights
1880 - W Hupkes, engineer/director (Dutch Rail 1938)
1886 - Albert Saverys, Flemish painter
1886 - Hermann Grabner, composer
1886 - Piotr F Scharoff, Russian/Italian actor/director (Chechov)
1887 - Nandor Zsolt, composer
1889 - Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
1892 - Fritz Kortner, Austrian-born director (d. 1970)
1894 - Cleo Ridgely, NY, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama)
1895 - Jiddu Krishnamurti, India, philosopher (Songs of Life) [NS=May 22]
1899 - Indra Devi, Latvian Yoga Instructor (d. 2002)
1900 - Helene Weigel, Austria/German actress (Metropolis, Mutter Courage)
1901 - Hyam Greenbaum, composer
1902 - Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor
1903 - Lennox R F Berkeley, British composer (Castaway)
1903 - Wilfrid Hyde-White, England, actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place)
1906 - William M Ewing, US geologist/geophysicist
1907 - Katharine Hepburn, Hartford CT, actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond)
1907 - Leslie Charteris, English/US detective writer (Enter the Saint)
1910 - Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British chemist (penicillin/B12/Nobel 1964)
1910 - Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orch leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
1910 - Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
1912 - Marshall Royal, jazz sax/clarinet
1912 - Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General (d. 2004)
1914 - Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet/writer
1914 - Dan Daniel, (Rep-D-VA, 1969- )
1914 - Howard K Smith, LA, TV newsman (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate)
1915 - Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)
1916 - Ellis Bonoff Kohs, composer
1917 - Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
1918 - Oscar Beregi Jr, Hungary, actor (Young Frankenstein, Panic in City)
1918 - Julius Rosenberg, Soviet spy (d. 1953)
1921 - Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan, composer
1921 - Giovanni Benelli, archbishop (Florence)/Papal candidate
1921 - Henry Mackie, designer of the Belfast Calorimeter
1921 - Joseph Beuys, Germany, avant-garde painter/politician
1921 - Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist
1922 - Barend Busnac, office clerk/resistance fighter
1922 - Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (d. 1998)
1923 - Ewart G Abner, record company executive
1923 - Giovanni Testori, Italian writer (Rocco e i suoi fratelli)
1923 - Lord Laing, English biscuit manufacturer/pilot/multi-millionaire
1924 - Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician
1925 - John Simon, theater critic (NY Times)
1925 - Lawrence "Yogi" Berra, catcher/coach/manager (NY Yankees, Mets)
1925 - Tony Hancock, Birmingham England, actor (Rebel, Wrong Box)
1926 - Earl Hutto, Panama City Fla, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
1926 - Mervyn M Dymally, (Rep-D-CA, 1981- )
1928 - Manuel Lujan Jr, (Rep-R-NM, 1969- )
1928 - Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002)
1929 - Burt Bacharach, KC Mo, composer (I'll Never Fall in Love Again)
1929 - Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player
1929 - Sam Nujoma, first President of Namibia
1930 - Pat McCormick-Keller, Lakewood Calif, diver (Oly-4 gold-1952, 56)
1931 - Johan Fleerackers, Flemish vice-president of Dutch One
1933 - Andrey Voznesensky, Russian poet
1935 - Johnny Bucyk, Canadian ice hockey player
1936 - Tom Snyder, Milwaukee Wisc, newscaster (Tommorow, NBC Weekend News)
1936 - Guillermo Endara, President of Panama
1936 - Tom Snyder, American television personality (d. 2007)
1936 - Frank Stella, American painter
1937 - Beryl Burton, UK, won record (7) women's cycling titles
1937 - George Carlin, Bronx, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash)
1937 - Gerry E Studds, (Rep-D-MA, 1973- )
1938 - Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident
1938 - Millie Perkins, Passaic NJ, actress (Jane-Knots Landings)
1938 - Susan Hampshire, London England, actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free)
1939 - Ronald Ziegler, press secretary (Nixon)
1939 - Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician
1939 - Reg Gasnier, Australian rugby league footballer
1941 - Anthony Newman, LA Calif, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb)
1941 - Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
1941 - Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
1942 - Barry B[rookes] Longyear, US, sci-fi author (City of Baraboo)
1942 - Dumitru Dediu, Romania, cosmonaut (Soyuz 40 backup)
1942 - Ian Dury, Upminster Essex, rocker (Blockheads)/actor (Judge Dredd)
1942 - Timothy Hugh Brown, theatre critic
1943 - Billy Swan, Cape Giradeau La, rocker (I Can Help)
1943 - David Walker, rock keyboardist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-Diamond Ring)
1943 - Linda Dano, LA Calif, actress (Felicia Gallant-Another World)
1944 - Eva Demski, writer
1944 - James Purify, US singer (I'm Your Puppet)
1945 - Jayotis Washington, rocker
1945 - Linda Carlson, Knoxville Tn, actress (Bev-Newhart, Katie-Kaz)
1945 - Willie Parnell, US singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
1945 - Patrick Ricard, French businessman
1946 - Ian McLagen, rocker (Faces)
1946 - Leonard Baichan, cricketer (WI opener, 103 v Pakistan on debut 1975)
1946 - L. Neil Smith, American science fiction author
1947 - Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician
1947 - Micheline Lanctôt, American film actor, director and screenwriter
1947 - catherine yronwode, American writer and editor
1948 - Lindsay Ann Crouse, NYC, actress (Slapshot, Iceman, Places in Heart)
1948 - Steve Winwood, England, rock bassist (A Higher Love)
1950 - Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
1950 - Bruce Boxleitner, Elgin Ill, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King, Babylon 5)
1950 - Gabriel Byrne, Dublin Ireland, actor (Hello Again, Cool World)
1950 - Jocko Marcellino, rocker (Sha Na Na)
1950 - Renate Stecher-Meissner, German DR, sprinter (Oly-gold-72)
1950 - Shozo Fujii, judoka
1951 - Gunnar Larrson, Sweden, 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)
1951 - Kid Creole, [August Darnell], rocker/actor (Obsession A Taste of Fear)
1955 - Kix Brooks, Shreveport La, singer (Brooks & Dunn-Brand New Man)
1956 - Bernie Federko, Canadian ice hockey player
1956 - Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian
1957 - Lou[is Rodman] Whitaker, 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers)
1957 - Lou Whitaker, American baseball player
1958 - Beth Maitland, actress (Traci-Young & Restless)
1958 - Christian Brando, son of Marlon/killed sisters boyfriend
1958 - Kim Greist, Stamford CT, actress (CHUD, Brazil, Payoff, Manhunter)
1958 - Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
1958 - Eric Singer, American drummer
1959 - Dave Christian, Minn, NHL right wing (Wash Caps, Olympic-gold-1980)
1959 - Ving Rhames, American actor
1960 - Lisa Martin, Australian marathoner (Olympic-silver 1988)
1960 - Lisa Ondieki, Australian marathoner (Olympics-7th-84, 88, 96)
1961 - Billy Duffy, rocker (Cult-Hell's Kitchen)
1961 - Lar Park Lincoln, American actress
1961 - Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor
1961 - Thomas Dooley, German-American Soccer Player
1962 - Amy Benz, Rochester NY, LPGA golfer (1994 Oldsmobile Classic-3rd)
1962 - Emilio Estevez, NYC, actor (Breakfast Club, Young Guns, Mighty Ducks)
1962 - Mark Bradshaw, Happy Camp Calif, diver (Olympics-96)
1962 - Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter and record producer (Bad Religion) (Epitaph)
1963 - Vanessa Williams, Bkln NY, actress (Rhonda Blair-Melrose Place)
1963 - Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver
1963 - Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
1964 - Joy Ellen Kitzmiller, LA Calif, US badminton player (Olympic-92)
1965 - Stacy Wilson, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
1965 - Steve Finley, Union City TN, outfielder (San Diego Padres)
1966 - Rafael Bournigal, Azua Dom Rep, infielder (Oakland A's)
1966 - Stephen Baldwin, actor (Beast, Lawrenceville Stories, Usual Suspects)
1966 - Steven Conran, Lithgow NSW, Australasia golfer
1966 - Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian singer
1967 - Cara Coughenour, Sioux City IA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
1967 - Lawrence Rucchin, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
1967 - Robert Blackmon, defensive back (Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks)
1967 - Warren Rychel, Tecumseh, NHL left wing (Colorado Avalanche)
1968 - Mark Clark, Bath Ill, pitcher (NY Mets)
1968 - Tony Hawk, American skateboarder
1968 - Scott Schwartz, American actor
1968 - Catherine Tate, British comedian
1969 - Kim Fields Freeman, LA Calif, actress (Tootie-Facts of Life)
1969 - Cesar Millan, professional dog trainer
1969 - Kevin Nalty, famed YouTuber
1970 - Andreas Hestler, Victoria BC, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1970 - Andrew Coltart, Dumfries Scotland, Australasia golfer
1970 - James Michael Furyk, West Chester PA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)
1970 - Mike Malizia, Utica NY, Nike golfer (1993 Doral-Ryder Open-61st)
1970 - Mike Weir, Sarnia Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (Ontario Amateur-1990, 92)
1970 - Stevie Anderson, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
1970 - Todd Hallett, Shelburne Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics-7-92, 96)
1970 - Samantha Mathis, American actress
1971 - Craig Novitsky, NFL tackle (NO Saints)
1971 - Jamie Luner, Palo Alto Calif, actress (Cindy-Just the 10 of Us)
1971 - Tommy Johnson, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
1971 - Doug Basham, American professional wrestler
1972 - Annette Albertson, Reno Nevada, Miss America-Nevada (1997)
1972 - David Oaks, 100m/200m runner
1972 - Jason Kyle, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
1972 - Michelle Kahn, Miss Universe-Trinidad & Tobago (1996)
1972 - Paul Stout, Saugus Calif, actor (Phillip-Scarecrow & Mrs King)
1973 - MacKenzie Astin, LA Calif, actor (Facts of Life, Garbage Pail Kids)
1973 - Stefano Margoni, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
1973 - Kendra Kassebaum, American stage actress
1973 - Travis Lutter, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
1974 - Anna Ozolins, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1974 - Tiffany Stoker, Clovis Calif, Miss America (California-4th-1996)
1975 - Lawrence Phillips, running back (St Louis Rams)
1975 - Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1976 - Matthew P Newmark, actor (Joseph Carroll-Guns of Paradise)
1977 - Iva Majoli, Yugoslavia, tennis star
1977 - Monique de Bruin, Porland Oregon, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
1977 - Graeme Dott, British snooker player
1977 - Rebecca Herbst, American actress
1978 - Amy Wheaton, actress (Curse)
1978 - Thomas Odoyo, cricketer (Kenyan all-rounder 1996 World Cup)
1978 - Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
1978 - Jason Biggs, American actor
1978 - Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Acadian singer
1978 - Josh Phelps, American baseball player
1978 - Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
1979 - Erdinç Saçan, Turkish-Dutch politician
1979 - Andre Carter, American football player
1979 - Steve Smith, American football player
1981 - James Graham - Founder HistoryOrb.com
1981 - Kentaro Sato, Japanese composer
1981 - Lorena Bernal, Spanish model and actress, Miss Spain 1999
1983 - Charilaos Pappas, Greek footballer
1985 - Tally Hall, American soccer player
1985 - Jeroen Simaeys, Belgian footballer
1986 - Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress
1988 - Marcelo, Brazilian footballer
1992 - Malcolm David Kelley, American actor
1995 - Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten, American actors
1995 - Luke Benward, American actor
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