Famous Birthdays on this Day, August 12:

1503 - Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59)
1566 - Isabella CE, infante of Spain/governess of the Netherlands
1592 - Willem earl of Nassau-Siegen, Dutch gov (Fort Emmerik/Heusden)
1604 - Tokugawa Iemitsu, Japanese shogun (d. 1651)
1620 - Pieter Cuypers, S Neth lawyer
1626 - Giovanni Legrenzi, composer
1629 - Tsar Alexei I of Russia (d. 1676)
1644 - Georg Christoph Leuttner, composer
1644 - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, composer
1647 - Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (d. 1719)
1686 - John Balguy, English philosopher (d. 1748)
1696 - Maurice Greene, composer
1720 - Martin Gerbert, [von Hornau], prince-abbot/music historian
1720 - Konrad Ekhof, German actor (d. 1778)
1744 - Rowland Hill, preacher
1751 - Johann Baptist Lasser, composer
1753 - Thomas Bewick, England, artist (British Birds, Aesop's Fables)
1757 - ALF, alien life form (ALF)
1762 - George IV, king of England (1820-30)
1762 - King George IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1830)
1774 - Robert Southey, English poet laureate/biographer of Nelson
1778 - Francis Horner, politician
1781 - Robert Mills, US, architect (Washington Monument)
1819 - Daniel Davidson Bidwell, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1864
1820 - Oliver Mowat, a founder of the Canadian Confederation
1825 - Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley, composer
1829 - John Horace Forney, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1902
1832 - Hely Hutchinson Almond, politician/doctor
1833 - William Price Sanders, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1863
1838 - Joseph Barnby, conductor/academic principal
1848 - Macellus Emants, Dutch writer/poet (Along the Nile)
1849 - Abbott Handerson Thayer, painter/naturalist
1853 - Jean Louis Nicode, composer
1854 - Alfred Gilbert, sculptor/goldsmith
1854 - Johannes P Kelly, Dutch [Kellij], actor/operetta writer
1856 - "Diamond Jim" Brady, American financier (d. 1917)
1859 - Katharine Lee Bates, US, author (America the Beautiful)
1866 - Jacinto Benavente y Martínez, Spanish playwright (Nobel 1922)
1867 - Edith Hamilton, US, writer (Mythology)
1868 - Frederick JNT lord Chelmsford, viceroy of British-India (1916-21)
1872 - Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1956)
1875 - Ettore Panizza, composer
1875 - Mezio Agostini, composer
1876 - Mary Roberts Rinehart, mystery writer (Miss Pinkerton)
1880 - Christy Mathewson, HOF baseball pitcher (Won 37 in 1908)
1880 - Marguerite "John" Radclyffe-Hall, author
1881 - Cecil B deMille, Mass, directed God (10 Commandments, Cleopatra)
1881 - Vaclav Vackar, composer
1883 - Jan Schouten, Dutch co-founder (Daily Trouw)/chairman (ARP)
1883 - Pauline Frederick, American actress (d. 1938)
1884 - Frank Arthur Swinnerton, England, novelist (Summer Storm, Sanctuary)
1885 - Alexander Albrecht, composer
1885 - Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)
1885 - Marion Lorne, American actress (d. 1968)
1886 - Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)
1887 - Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1961)
1888 - Marion Lorne, Phila, actress (Strangers on a Train, Girl Rush)
1888 - Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder (AVRO)
1889 - Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (d. 1981)
1890 - Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orch leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
1893 - Howard Smith, Attleboro Mass, actor (Harvey Griffin-Hazel)
1897 - Manuel Blancafort, composer
1897 - Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)
1897 - Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer
1898 - Oscar Homolka, Vienna Austria, actor (I Remember Mama)
1899 - Alfred Kantorowicz, German historian (Spanish Diary)
1899 - Ben Sealey, West Indian cricketer (d. 1963)
1900 - Jose Ignacio Prieto Arrizubieta, composer
1900 - Wilhelm Steinitz, Germany, 1st chess champ (1866-1894)
1903 - Frances Clode, CEO (WRVS)
1904 - Aleksei N Romanov, son of tsar Nicolas II [OS=July 30]
1904 - Frank Ervin, harness racer (Hambletonian 1959, 66)
1904 - Kay Campbell, [Catherine Hibben], actress (All My Children)
1905 - Joan [Jacobus J] Remmelts, Dutch actor (Jantjes, Twee Vorstinnen)
1906 - Harry Hopman, Australian-born tennis player and coach (d. 1985)
1906 - Tedd Pierce, American animator (d. 1972)
1907 - James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop
1907 - Joe Besser, American actor and comedian (d. 1988)
1908 - Lord Renton, QC/British govt minister
1909 - Maurice Heath, air marshal
1909 - Richard Bare, American director
1910 - Baroness Phillips, pres/general secretary (Natl Assn of Women)
1910 - Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Romeo & Juliet)
1910 - Jane Wyatt, American actress (d. 2006)
1910 - Yusof bin Ishak, first President of Singapore (d. 1970)
1911 - Cantinflas, [Mario Moreno], Mexico, actor (Around World in 80 Days)
1912 - Jane Wyatt, Campgaw NJ, actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek)
1912 - Samuel Fuller, Worchester Mass, actor (Return to Salem's Lot)
1913 - Kurt Kaszner, Vienna Austria, actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants)
1914 - [Hendrik] Jan Bakker, Dutch resistance fighter/journalist (Parool)
1914 - Gerd Buchdahl, German philosopher (d. 2001)
1914 - Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer (I'll Never Smile Again) (d. 1981)
1915 - Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
1915 - Michael Kidd, American choreographer (d. 2007)
1917 - Douglas Gunsekera, banker
1918 - Guy Gibson, British aviator, awarded Victoria Cross (d. 1944)
1919 - Michael Kidd, [Milton Greenwald] choreographer (7 Brides for 7 Bros)
1919 - Peter Ambrose Cyprian Luke, playwright
1919 - Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (d. 1971)
1920 - Percy Mayfield, US singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love)
1920 - Peter West, British sports commentator
1921 - Marjorie Reynolds, [Goodspeed], Buhl Id, actress (Peggy-Life of Riley)
1921 - Patrick Howard-Dobson, president (Royal British Legion)
1922 - Andre Kloos, Dutch trade union leader (NVV/VARA)
1922 - Lord Colinbrook, British government minister
1923 - John Holt Jr, cricketer (WI batsman in 17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36 75)
1924 - Derek Shackleton, England cricket pace bowler (50's)
1924 - Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, leader of Pakistan (d. 1988)
1925 - Dale L Bumpers, (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975- )
1925 - Earl Coleman, singer
1925 - Norris McWhirter, author (Guinness Book of World Records)
1925 - Robin Nicholson, metallurgist
1925 - Ross McWhirter, author (Guinness Book of World Records)
1925 - George Wetherill, American scientist (d. 2006)
1926 - John Derek, LA Calif, actor/director (10, Annapolis Story)
1926 - Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
1926 - Wallace Markfield, American writer (d. 2002)
1927 - Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich, cellist/conductor
1927 - Ralph Waite, White Plains NY, actor (John-Waltons, Roots)
1927 - Porter Wagoner, American singer (d. 2007)
1928 - Charles Blackman, Australian artist
1928 - Bob Buhl, American baseball player (d. 2001)
1929 - Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
1929 - Charles Moore, Coatsville Pa, 400m hurdler (Oly-gold/silver-52)
1929 - Joji Yuasa, composer
1930 - Ronald James Herron, architect
1930 - Jacques Tits, Belgian mathematician
1931 - William Goldman, author (Lord of the Flies-Nobel 1983)
1932 - Porter Wagoner, country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come)
1932 - Queen Ferekit, of Thailand (Queens Day)
1932 - Sergey Mikhaylovich Slonimsky, composer
1932 - Charlie O'Donnell, American game show announcer
1934 - Kenneth Eaton, Controller (British Navy)
1935 - Karl Mickel, writer
1935 - John Cazale, Italian-American actor (d. 1978)
1936 - Geoff Hamilton, gardner/journalist
1936 - Gerard Masson, composer
1936 - Hans Haacke, Cologne Germany, artist (Right to Life, Dripper Boxes)
1936 - John Poindexter, US Chief of Staff
1937 - Walter Dean Myers, African-American author
1938 - Anthony Joliffe, mayor of London
1938 - Jean-Paul L'Allier, Canadian Mayor of Quebec
1939 - George Hamilton, Memphis Tn, (Love at 1st Bite, Where the Boys Are)
1939 - Pam Ryan-Kilborn, Australia, hurdler (Olympic-silver-1968)
1939 - Roy Romanow, Canadian politician
1940 - Alexander Yossifov, composer
1940 - Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
1940 - Michael Brunson, TV reporter/newscaster/actor (Never Say Die)
1941 - Deborah Walley, Bridgeport Ct, actress (Mothers-in-Law, Beach Blanket)
1941 - Jennifer Warren, NYC, actress (Slap Shot, Fatal Beauty, Mutant)
1941 - Sam Andrew, rocker (Big Brother & The Holding Co)
1941 - Réjean Ducharme, Quebec novelist and playwright
1942 - Elizabeth Appleby, QC
1943 - William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter
1944 - Donna Michele, playmate (Dec, 1963)/actress (Beach Blanket Bingo)
1944 - Peter Hofmann, German tenor
1947 - Sam Rosen, American sportscaster
1948 - Cliff Fish, rocker (Paper Lace)
1948 - Graham Zellick, principal (Queen Mary & Westfield College London)
1948 - Ron Mael, [J Ronald Day], Culver City Ca, rock keyboardist (Sparks)
1949 - Anthony Akerman, South Africa, director
1949 - Fernando Collor de Mello, president of Brazil (1990-92)
1949 - Mark Knopfler, guitar/vocals (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing)
1949 - Panagiotis Chinofotis, Greek politician
1950 - Kid Creole, singer (Cocoanuts)
1950 - Jim Beaver, American actor and writer
1951 - Charles E Brady Jr, Pinehurst NC, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 78)
1951 - Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic-gold-1976)
1951 - Kid Creole, [August Darnell Browder], US singer (Savannah)
1951 - Willie Horton, American murderer and rapist
1952 - Chen Kaige, Chinese film director
1954 - Marvin L Johnson, Ind, middleweight boxer (Oly-bronze-1972) [or 4/12]
1954 - Pat Methany, jazz guitarist (As Wichita Falls)
1954 - Sam J Jones, Chicago Ill, actor (Chris-Code Red, The Highway Man)
1954 - Sam J. Jones, American actor
1954 - Pat Metheny, American guitarist
1955 - Heintje, [Hendrik Simons], Dutch singer (Mama)
1955 - Ann M. Martin, American author
1956 - Bruce Greenwood, actor (Spy, Another Chance, Malibu Bikini Shop)
1956 - Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
1956 - Terry Taylor, [Paul Klause], wrestler (WCW/WWF/NWA, Red Rooster)
1959 - Lynette Woodard, Wichita Ks, (Olympic-gold-1984, Harlem Globetrotter)
1959 - Suzanne Vega, NYC, rocker (My Name is Luka, Tom's Diner)
1960 - Lonny Chin, Liverpool England, playmate (Jan, 1983)
1960 - Morty Black, heavy metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas)
1960 - Laurent Fignon, French cyclist
1961 - Pete De Freitas, rocker (Echo & the Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here)
1961 - Roy Hay, guitarist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
1961 - Lawrence Hayward, English musician (Felt, Denim, Go Kart Mozart)
1961 - Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
1962 - Miss Cleo, American psychic
1963 - Sir Mix A Lot, American rapper
1965 - Angeliki Kanellopoulou, Greece, tennis star
1965 - Barry Manuel, Mamou LA, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
1965 - Peter Krause, American actor
1966 - Bruce Covernton, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
1966 - Dean Hartgraves, Bakersfield CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
1966 - Gordy Morgan, Minneapolis MN, 163 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Oly-96)
1966 - Greg Manusky, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
1966 - Les Ferdinand, English footballer
1967 - Andrew Glover, NFL tight end (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
1967 - Tom Holkenborg, drummer (Weekend at Waikiki)
1967 - Regilio Tuur, Dutch boxer
1967 - Andrey Plotnikov, Russian race walker
1967 - Andy Hui, Hong Kong actor and singer
1968 - Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
1968 - Andras Jones, American actor
1969 - Kitty G, [Katia Geiger], Leningrad Russia, cable tv actress
1969 - Lincoln Coleman, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
1969 - Nate Gwynne, Davis Calif, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
1969 - Stuart Williams, cricketer (West Indian opening batsman 1994- )
1969 - Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor
1970 - Alison Inverarity, Australian high jumper (Olympics-8th-92, 96)
1970 - Anthony Swofford, American novelist
1970 - Jim Schlossnagle, baseball coach
1970 - Charles Mesure, British actor
1971 - Jim Walker, Sydney NSW Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)
1971 - Pete Sampras, Wash DC, tennis champ (US Open-1990, 93 95)
1972 - Allison Cook, Australian basketballl player (Olympics-bronze-96)
1972 - Del "The Funkee Homosapian", rapper
1972 - John Jones, WLAF guard (Rhein Fire)
1972 - Rebecca Gayheart, actress (Hannah Mayberry-Loving)
1972 - Takanohana, Sumo yokozuna
1972 - Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
1972 - Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
1973 - Latasha Byears, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
1973 - Moses Ware, NFL wide receiver (Minn Vikings)
1973 - Todd Marchant, Buffalo NY, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers)
1973 - Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr - son of Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
1973 - Joseba Beloki, Spanish cyclist
1973 - Jonathan Coachman, American professional wrestler and executive
1973 - Richard Reid, British terrorist, referred to as the "shoe bomber".
1973 - Grey DeLisle, American voice actress
1974 - Peter Pucher, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
1974 - Wendy Palmer, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz)
1975 - Anders Myrvold, Lorenskog Nor, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche)
1975 - Paul Gaudoin, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics-96)
1975 - Raegan Scott, WNBA forward/center (Utah Starzz)
1975 - Regan Upshaw, defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1975 - Robyn Hancock, Grand Rapids Ohio, Miss America-Ohio (1997)
1975 - Casey Affleck, American actor
1976 - Antoine Walker, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
1976 - Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström, Finnish guitarist
1976 - Wednesday 13, American musician (Wednesday 13, Murderdolls)
1976 - Richard McCourt, English children's television presenter
1976 - Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
1976 - Pedro Collins, West Indian cricketer
1977 - Iva Majoli, Zagreb Croatia, tennis star (1996 Pan Pacific)
1977 - Jesper Grønkjær, Danish footballer
1977 - Plaxico Burress, American football player
1977 - Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor and singer
1978 - Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
1978 - Chris Chambers, American football player
1979 - D.J. Houlton, American baseball player
1979 - Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
1980 - Maggie Lawson, American actress
1980 - Matt Thiessen, Canadian/American musician (Relient K)
1980 - Dominique Swain, American actress
1980 - Jade Villalon, American singer/songwriter
1981 - Tony Capaldi, Northern Ireland footballer
1981 - Djibril Cissé, French footballer
1982 - Alexandros Tzorvas, Greek footballer
1983 - Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
1984 - Marian Rivera, Philippine actress
1990 - Mario Balotelli, Italian footballer
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