This Day in History

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Day History: October-12

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Famous Birthdays

1006- 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)

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)

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- 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- 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

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

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

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

1955- Einar Jan Aas -Norwegian footballer

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)

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

1963- Raimond Aumann -German footballer

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

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- 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 actor

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- 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)

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

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

1994- Sean Monahan -Canadian ice hockey player

1995- Claudio Encarnacion Montero -English actor

1995- Jordan Howe -Welsh sprinter

1996- Riechedly Bazoer -Dutch footballer