Thursday, February 12, 2009

February 12 Births

* 1074 - Conrad, King of Germany and Italy (d. 1101)
* 1218 - Kujo Yoritsune, Japanese shogun (d. 1256)
* 1567 - Thomas Campion, English composer and poet (d. 1620)
* 1606 - John Winthrop, the Younger, Governor of Connecticut (d. 1676)
* 1637 - Jan Swammerdam, Dutch biologist (d. 1680)
* 1663 - Cotton Mather, New England minister (d. 1728)
* 1665 - Rudolf Jakob Camerarius, German botanist and physician (d. 1721)
* 1704 - Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (d. 1772)
* 1728 - Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (d. 1799)
* 1753 - François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (d. 1798)
* 1768 - Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1835)
* 1775 - Louisa Adams, First Lady of the United States, wife of John Quincy Adams (d. 1852)
* 1777 - Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, German poet (d. 1843)
* 1777 - Bernard Courtois, French chemist (d. 1838)
* 1785 - Pierre Louis Dulong, French physicist (d. 1838)
* 1788 - Carl Reichenbach, German chemist and philosopher (d. 1869)
* 1791 - Peter Cooper, American Industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (d. 1883)
* 1794 - Alexander Petrov, Russian chess player (d. 1867)
* 1804 - Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (d. 1865)
* 1809 - Charles Darwin, English naturalist (d. 1882)
* 1809 - Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (d. 1865)
* 1828 - George Meredith, English writer (d. 1909)
* 1843 - John Graham Chambers, English athlete who wrote the Queensberry rules for boxing (d. 1883)
* 1857 - Bobby Peel, English cricketer (d. 1943)
* 1861 - Lou Andreas-Salome, Russian-born author (d. 1937)
* 1865 - Kazimierz Tetmajer, Polish poet and writer (d. 1940)
* 1870 - Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
* 1876 - Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama (d. 1933)
* 1880 - John L. Lewis, American labor union leader (d. 1969)
* 1881 - Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (d. 1931)
* 1884 - Max Beckmann, German artist (d. 1950)
* 1884 - Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (d. 1957)
* 1884 - Johan Laidoner, Estonian military commander (d. 1953)
* 1885 - Julius Streicher, Nazi German publisher (d. 1946)
* 1893 - Omar Bradley, American general (d. 1981)
* 1897 - Vola Vale, American actress (d. 1970)
* 1898 - Wallace Ford, English-born actor (d. 1966)
* 1900 - Roger J. Traynor, American judge (d. 1980)
* 1902 - William Collier, American stage and film actor (d. 1987)
* 1903 - Chick Hafey, baseball player (d. 1973)
* 1903 - Joseph F. Biroc, American cinematographer (d. 1996)
* 1904 - Ted Mack, American television host (d. 1976)
* 1907 - Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (d. 1991)
* 1908 - Jacques Herbrand, French logician and mathematician (d. 1931)
* 1908 - Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (d. 1982)
* 1908 - August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
* 1909 - Sigmund Rascher, German SS doctor (d. 1945)
* 1911 - Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (d. 1968)
* 1912 - R. F. Delderfield, English author (d. 1972)
* 1914 - Tex Beneke, American musician and band leader (d. 2000)
* 1914 - Arvid Pardo, Maltese diplomat, a.k.a "Father of the Law of the Sea Conference" (d. 1999)
* 1915 - Lorne Greene, Canadian actor (d. 1987)
* 1916 - Joseph Alioto, Mayor of San Francisco (d. 1998)
* 1917 - Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
* 1918 - Julian Schwinger, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
* 1919 - Forrest Tucker, American actor (d. 1986)
* 1920 - William Roscoe Estep, Baptist historian and professor (d. 2000)
* 1920 - Pran, Indian actor
* 1922 - Hussein bin Dato' Onn, Malaysian Prime Minister
* 1923 - Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director and designer
* 1923 - Chaskel Besser, Orthodox rabbi
* 1925 - Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (d. 1984)
* 1926 - Joe Garagiola, American baseball player and announcer
* 1926 - Charles Van Doren, American quiz show contestant
* 1930 - Arlen Specter, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
* 1931 - Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch author
* 1932 - Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
* 1932 - Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (d. 1998)
* 1934 - Anne Krueger, American economist
* 1934 - Bill Russell, American basketball player
* 1934 - Annette Crosbie, Scottish actress
* 1935 - Gene McDaniels, American singer
* 1936 - Joe Don Baker, American actor
* 1936 - Paul Shenar, American actor
* 1937 - Charles Dumas, American athlete (d. 2004)
* 1938 - Judy Blume, American author
* 1938 - Johnny Rutherford, American race car driver
* 1938 - Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris, British politician
* 1939 - Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (The Doors)
* 1940 - Richard Lynch, American actor
* 1941 - Naomi Uemura, Japanese adventurer
* 1942 - Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
* 1942 - Pat Dobson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
* 1944 - Moe Bandy, American singer
* 1945 - Maud Adams, Swedish actress
* 1945 - David Friedman, American economist
* 1946 - Cliff DeYoung, American actor and musician
* 1946 - Jean Eyeghe Ndong, Prime Minister of Gabon
* 1946 - Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer
* 1947 - Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indian leader of Damdami Taksal (d. 1984)
* 1948 - Raymond Kurzweil, American inventor and author
* 1948 - Mike Robitaille, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1949 - Joaquín Sabina, Spanish singer and songwriter
* 1950 - Michael Ironside, Canadian actor
* 1950 - Steve Hackett, English guitarist (Genesis)
* 1951 - Steven Parent, Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
* 1952 - Michael McDonald, American musician
* 1952 - Simon MacCorkindale, British actor
* 1953 - Joanna Kerns, American actress
* 1953 - Nabil Shaban, British actor
* 1953 - Robin Thomas, American actor
* 1954 - Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
* 1954 - Philip Zimmermann, American cryptographer
* 1955 - Arsenio Hall, American actor and talk show host
* 1955 - Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer
* 1955 - Chet Lemon, American baseball player
* 1956 - Brian Robertson, Scottish musician (Thin Lizzy and Motörhead)
* 1958 - Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) (d. 2006)
* 1958 - Bobby Smith, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1959 - Sigrid Thornton, Australian actress
* 1959 - Larry Nance, American basketball player
* 1961 - Jim Harris, Canadian politician
* 1962 - Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player
* 1963 - John Michael Higgins, American actor
* 1963 - Ed Lover, American radio personality
* 1967 - Chris McKinstry, Canadian computer scientist
* 1967 - Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician
* 1968 - Josh Brolin, American actor
* 1968 - Grégory Charles, French Canadian singer, dancer, pianist, radio and television host
* 1968 - Christopher McCandless, American nomad, subject of biography Into the Wild (d. 1992)
* 1968 - Chynna Phillips, American singer
* 1968 - Kyle Vincent, American singer/songwriter
* 1969 - Darren Aronofsky, American director and writer
* 1969 - Hong Myung-Bo, Korean footballer
* 1969 - Meja, Swedish singer
* 1969 - Brad Werenka, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1970 - Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies)
* 1970 - Judd Winick, writer and artist
* 1972 - Ajay Naidu, Indian-American actor
* 1972 - Owen Nolan, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1973 - Gianni Romme, Dutch speed skater
* 1973 - Tara Strong, Canadian voice actress
* 1974 - Toranosuke Takagi, Japanese race car driver
* 1974 - Fonzworth Bentley, American hip-hop artist
* 1975 - Scot Pollard, American basketball player
* 1976 - Anna Benson, American model
* 1976 - Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer
* 1976 - Silvia Saint, Czech pornographic actress
* 1977 - Jimmy Conrad, American soccer player
* 1978 - Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer
* 1978 - Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter
* 1978 - Silver Meikar, Estonian politician
* 1979 - Antonio Chatman, National Football League runningback
* 1979 - Matt Mauck, American football player
* 1979 - Jesse Spencer, Australian actor
* 1980 - Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player
* 1980 - Sarah Lancaster, American actress
* 1980 - Christina Ricci, American actress
* 1981 - The Rev, American drummer (Avenged Sevenfold)
* 1982 - Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper
* 1983 - Carlton Brewster, National Football League player
* 1984 - Peter Vanderkaay, American mid-distance swimmer
* 1984 - Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver
* 1984 - Lolly Badcock, English pornographic actress
* 1985 - Saskia Burmeister Croft, Australian actress
* 1987 - Sarah Coburn, Irish Lawyer
* 1988 - Nana Eikura, Japanese actress
* 1991 - Faisal ibn Hamad Al Khalifah, prince of Bahrain (d. 2006)
* 1993 - Jennifer Stone, American actress

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