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Day History: October-12

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Famous Birthdays


1008 - [[Emperor Go-Ichijō]] -of Japan (d. 1036)

1350 - [[Dmitry Donskoy]] -Russian son of Ivan II of Moscow (d. 1389)

1490 - [[Bernardo Pisano]] -Italian singer-songwriter and priest (d. 1548)

1537 - [[Edward VI of England]] -(d. 1553)

1558 - [[Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria]] -(d. 1618)

1576 - [[Thomas Dudley]] -English-American politician, 3rd List of colonial governors of Massachusetts|Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (d. 1653)

1602 - [[William Chillingworth]] -English scholar and theologian (d. 1644)

1687 - [[Sylvius Leopold Weiss]] -German lute player and composer (d. 1750)

1710 - [[Jonathan Trumbull]] -American colonel and politician, 16th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1785)

1725 - [[Étienne Louis Geoffroy]] -French pharmacist and entomologist (d. 1810)

1792 - [[Christian Gmelin]] -German chemist and pharmacist (d. 1860)

1798 - [[Pedro I of Brazil]] -(d. 1834)

1801 - [[Friedrich Frey-Herosé]] -Swiss politician, 5th President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 1873)

1815 - [[William J. Hardee]] -American general (d. 1873)

1826 - [[Jules Charles Victurnien de Noailles]] -French son of Paul, 6th duc de Noailles (d. 1895)

1840 - [[Helena Modjeska]] -Polish-American actress (d. 1909)

1855 - [[Arthur Nikisch]] -Hungarian conductor and academic (d. 1922)

1860 - [[Elmer Ambrose Sperry]] -American inventor, co-invented the gyrocompass (d. 1930)

1865 - [[Arthur Harden]] -English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)

1866 - [[Ramsay MacDonald]] -Scottish journalist and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1937)

1868 - [[August Horch]] -German engineer and businessman, founded Audi (d. 1951)

1868 - [[Mariano Trías]] -Filipino general and politician, 1st Vice President of the Philippines (d. 1914)

1872 - [[Ralph Vaughan Williams]] -English soldier and composer (d. 1958)

1874 - [[Jimmy Burke (baseball)|Jimmy Burke]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1942)

1875 - [[Aleister Crowley]] -English magician and author (d. 1947)

1878 - [[Truxtun Hare]] -American football player and hammer thrower (d. 1956)

1880 - [[Louis Hémon]] -French-Canadian author (d. 1913)

1887 - [[Paula von Preradović]] -Croatian-Austrian author and poet (d. 1951)

1891 - [[Edith Stein]] -Polish nun, philosopher, and saint (d. 1942)

1891 - [[Fumimaro Konoe]] -Japanese politician, founder and leader of the Taisei Yokusankai, 34th, 38th, and 39th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1945)

1892 - [[Gilda dalla Rizza]] -Italian soprano and actress (d. 1975)

1893 - [[Velvalee Dickinson]] -American spy (d. 1980)

1894 - [[Elisabeth of Romania]] -(d. 1956)

1896 - [[Eugenio Montale]] -Italian author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

1903 - [[Josephine Hutchinson]] -American actress (d. 1998)

1904 - [[Lester Dent]] -American journalist and author (d. 1959)

1904 - [[Ding Ling]] -Chinese author and educator (d. 1986)

1906 - [[Joe Cronin]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1984)

1906 - [[John Murray (playwright)|John Murray]] -American playwright and producer (d. 1984)

1908 - [[Paul Engle]] -American author, poet, playwright, and critic (d. 1991)

1908 - [[Ann Petry]] -American author (d. 1997)

1910 - [[Robert Fitzgerald]] -American poet and critic (d. 1985)

1910 - [[Malcolm Renfrew]] -American chemist and educator (d. 2013)

1911 - [[Piero Taruffi]] -Italian racing driver (d. 1988)

1913 - [[T. Ahambaram]] -Sri Lankan politician (d. 1962)

1913 - [[Alice Chetwynd Ley]] -English author and educator (d. 2004)

1916 - [[Alice Childress]] -American actress and playwright (d. 1994)

1917 - [[Roque Máspoli]] -Uruguayan footballer and manager (d. 2004)

1919 - [[Gilles Beaudoin]] -Canadian politician, 34th Mayor of Trois-Rivières (d. 2007)

1919 - [[Doris Miller]] -American chef and soldier (d. 1943)

1920 - [[Christy Ring]] -Irish hurler (d. 1979)

1920 - [[Christopher Soames, Baron Soames]] -English politician, Governor of Southern Rhodesia (d. 1987)

1921 - [[Art Clokey]] -American animator, producer, screenwriter, and voice actor, created ''Gumby'' (d. 2010)

1921 - [[Jaroslav Drobný]] -Czech-English tennis player and ice hockey player (d. 2001)

1921 - [[Logie Bruce Lockhart]] -Scottish rugby player and journalist

1922 - [[William H. Sullivan]] -American diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (d. 2013)

1923 - [[Jean Nidetch]] -American businesswoman, co-founded Weight Watchers (d. 2015)

1923 - [[Goody Petronelli]] -American boxer, trainer, and manager (d. 2012)

1924 - [[Doris Grau]] -American actress (d. 1995)

1924 - [[Leonidas Kyrkos]] -Greek politician (d. 2011)

1924 - [[Mimis Plessas]] -Greek pianist and composer

1925 - [[Denis Lazure]] -Canadian psychiatrist and politician (d. 2008)

1925 - [[Essie Mae Washington-Williams]] -American author and educator (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Al Held]] -American painter (d. 2005)

1928 - [[Domna Samiou]] -Greek singer and musicologist (d. 2012)

1928 - [[Rangel Valchanov]] -Bulgarian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1929 - [[Nappy Brown]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2008)

1929 - [[Brian Cobby]] -English actor (d. 2012)

1929 - [[Robert Coles]] -American psychologist and author

1929 - [[Magnus Magnusson]] -Icelandic-Scottish journalist and academic (d. 2007)

1930 - [[Denis Brodeur]] -Canadian ice hockey player and photographer (d. 2013)

1930 - [[Milica Kacin Wohinz]] -Slovenian historian and author

1931 - [[Ole-Johan Dahl]] -Norwegian computer scientist, co-developed Simula (d. 2002)

1932 - [[Dick Gregory]] -American comedian, actor, and author

1932 - [[Ned Jarrett]] -American race car driver and sportscaster

1932 - [[John Moffat (physicist)|John Moffat]] -Danish physicist and academic

1933 - [[Guido Molinari]] -Canadian painter and art collector (d. 2004)

1934 - [[James "Sugar Boy" Crawford]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2012)

1934 - [[Richard Meier]] -American architect, designed the Getty Center and City Tower (Prague)|City Tower

1934 - [[Albert Shiryaev]] -Russian mathematician and academic

1935 - [[Don Howe]] -English footballer and manager

1935 - [[Tony Kubek]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1935 - [[Samuel David Moore]] -American singer-songwriter (Sam & Dave)

1935 - [[Shivraj Patil]] -Indian politician, Ministry of Defence (India)|Indian Minister of Defence

1935 - [[Luciano Pavarotti]] -Italian tenor and actor (d. 2007)

1937 - [[Paul Hawkins (racing driver)|Paul Hawkins]] -Australian race car driver (d. 1969)

1937 - [[Robert Mangold]] -American painter

1938 - [[Bob Miller (sports announcer)|Bob Miller]] -American sportscaster

1938 - [[Larry Scott (bodybuilder)|Larry Scott]] -American bodybuilder and actor (d. 2014)

1941 - [[Frank Alamo]] -French singer (d. 2012)

1941 - [[Michael Mansfield]] -English lawyer and academic

1942 - [[Melvin Franklin]] -American singer and actor (The Temptations) (d. 1995)

1942 - [[Daliah Lavi]] -Israeli actress and singer

1944 - [[Angela Rippon]] -English journalist and author

1945 - [[Aurore Clément]] -French actress

1945 - [[Dusty Rhodes (wrestler)|Dusty Rhodes]] -American wrestler and trainer (d. 2015)

1946 - [[Daryl Runswick]] -English bassist and composer

1946 - [[Susan Saegert]] -American psychologist and academic

1947 - [[George Lam]] -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actor

1947 - [[Chris Wallace]] -American journalist

1947 - [[Randy West (pornographic actor)|Randy West]] -American pornographic actor

1948 - [[Rick Parfitt]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Status Quo (band)|Status Quo)

1948 - [[Hans Sprenger]] -German footballer

1949 - [[Stan Hansen]] -American wrestler and actor

1949 - [[Dave Lloyd (cyclist)|Dave Lloyd]] -English cyclist and coach

1949 - [[Carlos the Jackal]] -Venezuelan murderer

1949 - [[Nigel Thrift]] -English geographer and academic

1949 - [[Paul Went]] -English footballer and manager

1950 - [[Susan Anton]] -American actress and singer

1950 - [[Robin Askwith]] -English actor

1950 - [[Caroline Ellis]] -English actress

1950 - [[Dave Freudenthal]] -American economist and politician, 31st Governor of Wyoming

1950 - [[Takeshi Kaga]] -Japanese actor

1950 - [[Pilar Pilapil]] -Filipino actress

1951 - [[Sally Little]] -South African-American golfer

1951 - [[Ed Royce]] -American politician

1952 - [[Béla Csécsei]] -Hungarian educator and politician (d. 2012)

1952 - [[Roger Heath-Brown]] -English mathematician and theorist

1952 - [[Danielle Proulx]] -Canadian actress

1953 - [[Les Dennis]] -English comedian and actor

1953 - [[Serge Lepeltier]] -French politician

1953 - [[David Threlfall]] -English actor and director

1954 - [[Linval Thompson]] -Jamaican singer and producer

1954 - [[Massimo Ghini]] -Italian actor

1954 - [[Cheryl Rixon]] -Australian actress and model

1955 - [[Einar Jan Aas]] -Norwegian footballer

1955 - [[Ashley Adams]] -Australian target shooter (d. 2015)

1955 - [[Ante Gotovina]] -Croatian general

1955 - [[Brigitte Lahaie]] -French porn actress and radio host

1955 - [[Aggie MacKenzie]] -Scottish television host

1955 - [[Joe Raiola]] -American comedian, journalist, and producer

1955 - [[Jane Siberry]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

1956 - [[Emilio Charles, Jr.]] -Mexican wrestler (d. 2012)

1956 - [[David Vanian]] -English singer-songwriter (The Damned (band)|The Damned and Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords)

1957 - [[Kristen Bjorn]] -English porn actor, director, and producer

1958 - [[Steve Austria]] -American politician

1958 - [[Maria de Fátima Silva de Sequeira Dias]] -Portuguese historian, author, and academic (d. 2013)

1958 - [[Bryn Merrick]] -Welsh bass player (The Damned (band)|The Damned)

1958 - [[Hara Patnaik]] -Indian actor and director (d. 2015)

1959 - [[Anna Escobedo Cabral]] -American lawyer and politician, 42nd Treasurer of the United States

1960 - [[Carlo Perrone (footballer born October 1960)|Carlo Perrone]] -Italian footballer and manager

1960 - [[Hiroyuki Sanada]] -Japanese actor

1961 - [[Chendo]] -Spanish footballer

1962 - [[Carlos Bernard]] -American actor

1962 - [[Chris Botti]] -American trumpet player and composer

1962 - [[Amanda Castro]] -Honduran poet (d. 2010)

1962 - [[John Coleman (footballer, born 1962)|John Coleman]] -English footballer and manager

1962 - [[Branko Crvenkovski]] -Macedonian politician, 3rd President of the Republic of Macedonia

1962 - [[Deborah Foreman]] -American actress

1962 - [[Mads Eriksen (musician)|Mads Eriksen]] -Norwegian guitarist

1963 - [[Raimond Aumann]] -German footballer

1963 - [[Lane Frost]] -American bull rider (d. 1989)

1963 - [[Hideki Fujisawa]] -Japanese musician

1963 - [[Satoshi Kon]] -Japanese animator and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1963 - [[Dave Legeno]] -English actor and mixed martial artist (d. 2014)

1963 - [[Alan McDonald (association football)|Alan McDonald]] -Irish footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1963 - [[Luis Polonia]] -Dominican baseball player

1965 - [[Dan Abnett]] -British comic book writer and novelist

1965 - [[J. J. Daigneault]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1965 - [[Scott O'Grady]] -American captain and pilot

1966 - [[Brenda Romero]] -American game designer

1966 - [[Jonathan Crombie]] -Canadian-American actor and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1966 - [[Wim Jonk]] -Dutch footballer

1966 - [[Brian Kennedy (singer)|Brian Kennedy]] -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1968 - [[Bill Auberlen]] -American race car driver

1968 - [[Mark Donovan]] -Welsh actor

1968 - [[Paul Harragon]] -Australian rugby player and sportscaster

1968 - [[Hugh Jackman]] -Australian actor, singer, and producer

1968 - [[Adam Rich]] -American actor

1969 - [[Martie Maguire]] -American singer-songwriter, violinist, and producer (Dixie Chicks and Court Yard Hounds)

1969 - [[Judit Mascó]] -Spanish model and actress

1969 - [[Željko Milinovič]] -Slovenian footballer

1969 - [[Olaf Renn]] -German footballer

1969 - [[Dwayne Roloson]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1969 - [[José Valentín]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1970 - [[Julian (pornographic actor)|Julian]] -Chilean-American porn actor and director

1970 - [[Origa]] -Russian-Japanese singer (d. 2015)

1970 - [[Kirk Cameron]] -American actor, screenwriter, and evangelist

1970 - [[Patrick Musimu]] -Belgian diver and physiotherapist (d. 2011)

1970 - [[Tanyon Sturtze]] -American baseball player

1970 - [[Charlie Ward]] -American basketball player and coach

1971 - [[Tony Fiore]] -American baseball player

1971 - [[Steve Johnston]] -Australian motorcycle racer

1971 - [[Bronzell Miller]] -American football player and actor (d. 2013)

1972 - [[Neriah Davis]] -American model and actress

1972 - [[Juan Manuel Silva]] -Argentinian race car driver

1972 - [[Tom Van Mol]] -Belgian footballer

1973 - [[Lesli Brea]] -Dominican baseball player

1973 - [[Martin Corry (rugby union)|Martin Corry]] -English rugby player

1974 - [[Kate Beahan]] -Australian actress

1974 - [[Stephen Lee]] -English snooker player

1974 - [[Marie Wilson (Canadian actress)|Marie Wilson]] -Greek-Canadian actress and singer

1975 - [[Ahmad (rapper)|Ahmad]] -American rapper (4th Avenue Jones)

1975 - [[Susana Félix]] -Portuguese singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1975 - [[Marion Jones]] -American basketball player and runner

1977 - [[Jessica Barker]] -Canadian actress

1977 - [[Bode Miller]] -American skier

1977 - [[Javier Toyo]] -Venezuelan footballer

1978 - [[Stefan Binder]] -German footballer

1978 - [[Baden Cooke]] -Australian cyclist

1979 - [[Steven Agnew]] -Irish politician

1979 - [[Jordan Pundik]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (New Found Glory and International Superheroes of Hardcore)

1979 - [[Rie Tomosaka]] -Japanese actress and singer

1980 - [[Ledley King]] -English footballer

1981 - [[Sneha (actress)|Sneha]] -Indian actress

1981 - [[Shola Ameobi]] -Nigerian-English footballer

1981 - [[Tom Guiry]] -American actor

1981 - [[Brian Kerr (footballer)|Brian Kerr]] -Scottish footballer

1981 - [[Janar Kiivramees]] -Estonian poker player

1981 - [[Giuseppe Lanzone]] -American rower

1981 - [[Brian J. Smith]] -American actor

1981 - [[Conrad Smith]] -New Zealand rugby player

1981 - [[Sun Tiantian]] -Chinese tennis player

1982 - [[Julie Kagawa]] -American author

1983 - [[Alex Brosque]] -Australian footballer

1983 - [[Carlton Cole]] -English footballer

1983 - [[Katie Piper]] -English model and television host

1985 - [[Mike Green (ice hockey b. 1985)|Mike Green]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1985 - [[Anna Iljuštšenko]] -Estonian high jumper

1986 - [[Tyler Blackburn]] -American actor and singer

1986 - [[Ioannis Maniatis]] -Greek footballer

1986 - [[Emmanuel Nwachi]] -Nigerian footballer

1986 - [[Sergio Peter]] -German footballer

1987 - [[Marvin Ogunjimi]] -Belgian footballer

1988 - [[Aggro Santos]] -Brazilian-English rapper

1988 - [[Sam Whitelock]] -New Zealand rugby player

1989 - [[Anna Ohmiya]] -Japanese curler

1990 - [[Melody (Spanish singer)|Melody]] -Spanish singer-songwriter and dancer

1990 - [[Henri Lansbury]] -English footballer

1991 - [[Nicolao Dumitru]] -Italian footballer

1992 - [[Kyron Duke]] -Welsh weightlifter, javelin thrower, and shot putter

1992 - [[Josh Hutcherson]] -American actor

1992 - [[Cüneyt Köz]] -German footballer

1992 - [[Princess Bambi Monroe]] -American singer-songwriter and actress

1993 - [[Carl John Barrameda]] -Filipino actor

1993 - [[Linn Oeymo]] -Filipino-Norwegian actress and dancer

1994 - [[Sean Monahan]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1995 - [[Claudio Encarnacion Montero]] -English actor

1995 - [[Jordan Howe]] -Welsh sprinter

1995 - [[Karin Ogino]] -Japanese model and actress

1996 - [[Riechedly Bazoer]] -Dutch footballer

2001 - [[Raymond Ochoa]] -American actor

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