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History Births on August 12

Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia (d. 1918)


Radclyffe Hall
Radclyffe Hall, English poet, author, and activist (d. 1943)


Maggie Lawson
Maggie Lawson, American actress


Helena Blavatsky
Helena Blavatsky, Russian theosophist and scholar (d. 1891)


Hong Jeong-ho
Hong Jeong-ho, South Korean footballer


Louise de Marillac
Louise de Marillac, co-founder of the Daughters of Charity (d. 1660)


Dominique Swain
Dominique Swain, American actress


Jacques Tits
Jacques Tits, Belgian-French mathematician and academic


Sirikit, Queen mother of Thailand


Matthijs de Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt, Dutch footballer


David King (chemist)
David King, South African chemist and academic


Dale Bumpers
Dale Bumpers, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 38th Governor of Arkansas (d. 2016)


Campbell Newman
Campbell Newman, Australian politician, 38th Premier of Queensland


Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers, American author and poet (d. 2014)


Chris Chambers
Chris Chambers, American football player


Gustavs Zemgals
Gustavs Zemgals, Latvian politician, 2nd President of Latvia (d. 1939)


Ibolya Dávid
Ibolya Dávid, Hungarian lawyer and politician, Minister of Justice of Hungary


Txiki Begiristain
Txiki Begiristain, Spanish footballer


Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli, Italian footballer


Park Yong-ha
Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor (d. 2010)


Austra Skujyt?
Austra Skujyt?, Lithuanian pentathlete


Klara Hitler
Klara Hitler, Austrian mother of Adolf Hitler (d. 1907)


Bruce Greenwood
Bruce Greenwood, Canadian actor and producer


Jesper Grønkjær
Jesper Grønkjær, Danish footballer


Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne, English model and actress


Bob Buhl
Bob Buhl, American baseball player (d. 2001)


Alexandros Tzorvas
Alexandros Tzorvas, Greek footballer


Gladys Bentley
Gladys Bentley, American blues singer (d. 1960)


Todd Marchant
Todd Marchant, American ice hockey player and coach


John Nathan-Turner
John Nathan-Turner, English author and television director, producer, and writer (d. 2002)


Andy Hui
Andy Hui, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actor


Ülar Mark
Ülar Mark, Estonian architect


Jacob Loko
Jacob Loko, Australian rugby player


Matt Thiessen
Matt Thiessen, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist


Archduchess Isabella Clara of Austria
Archduchess Isabella Clara of Austria, Austrian archduchess (d. 1685)


Dallin H. Oaks
Dallin H. Oaks, American lawyer, jurist, and religious leader


Vikram Sarabhai
Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist and academic (d. 1971)


Martha Hedman
Martha Hedman, Swedish-American actress and playwright (d. 1974)


Antoine Walker
Antoine Walker, American basketball player


Tokugawa Iemitsu
Tokugawa Iemitsu, Japanese sh?gun (d. 1651)


Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille, American director and producer (d. 1959)


Takanohana K?ji
Takanohana K?ji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 65th Yokozuna


Harry Hopman
Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player and coach (d. 1985)


Siddaramaiah, Indian lawyer and politician, 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka


Idel Jakobson
Idel Jakobson, Latvian-Estonian NKVD officer (d. 1997)


Ernestine von Kirchsberg
Ernestine von Kirchsberg, Austrian painter and educator (d. 1924)


Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny, American jazz guitarist and composer


Matt Gillett
Matt Gillett, Australian rugby league player


Maurice Greene (composer)
Maurice Greene, English organist and composer (d. 1755)


Dana Ivey
Dana Ivey, American actress


Djibril Cissé
Djibril Cissé, French footballer


Rebecca Gayheart
Rebecca Gayheart, American actress


Julio Urías
Julio Urías, Mexican baseball player


Aleksandar ?uri?
Aleksandar ?uri?, Bosnian footballer


D. J. Houlton
D. J. Houlton, American baseball player


Buck Owens
Buck Owens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)


Giovanni Legrenzi
Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian composer (d. 1690)


Sunye, South Korean singer


Juhan Simm
Juhan Simm, Estonian composer and conductor (d. 1959)


Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck, American actor


Ioan Dicezare
Ioan Dicezare, Romanian general and pilot (d. 2012)


Danny Graham (footballer)
Danny Graham, English footballer


Dorothy E. Denning
Dorothy E. Denning, American computer scientist and academic


Marion Lorne
Marion Lorne, American actress (d. 1968)


Porter Wagoner
Porter Wagoner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)


Keith Murdoch
Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist (d. 1952)


Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greek tennis player


Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler, Scottish-English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer


Anthony Swofford
Anthony Swofford, American soldier and author


John Derek
John Derek, American actor, director, and cinematographer (d. 1998)


Lee Freedman
Lee Freedman, Australian horse trainer


Jacinto Benavente
Jacinto Benavente, Spanish playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1954)


Ewa Farna
Ewa Farna, Czech singer-songwriter


François Hollande
François Hollande, French lawyer and politician, 24th President of France


Jim Beaver
Jim Beaver, American actor, director, and screenwriter


Luna (singer)
Luna, South Korean singer, actress and presenter


Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt
Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, German physician and author


Rick Ridgeway
Rick Ridgeway, American mountaineer and photographer


Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt, American actress (d. 2006)


Boy Charlton
Boy Charlton, Australian swimmer (d. 1975)


Laurent Fignon
Laurent Fignon, French cyclist and sportscaster (d. 2010)


Diamond Jim Brady
Diamond Jim Brady, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1917)


Tobias Ellwood
Tobias Ellwood, American-English captain and politician


Franciscus Sonnius
Franciscus Sonnius, Dutch counter-Reformation theologian (d. 1576)


Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Bohemian-Austrian violinist and composer (d. 1704)


Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras, American tennis player


Norris McWhirter
Norris McWhirter, Scottish publisher and activist co-founded the Guinness World Records (d. 2004)


George Hamilton (actor)
George Hamilton, American actor


Roy Romanow
Roy Romanow, Canadian lawyer and politician, 12th Premier of Saskatchewan


Hayley Wickenheiser
Hayley Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player


Miloš Jakeš
Miloš Jakeš, Czech communist politician


Henrik Sillem
Henrik Sillem, Dutch target shooter, mountaineer, and jurist (d. 1907)


Cindy Klassen
Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater


Charles Mesure
Charles Mesure, English-Australian actor and screenwriter


Mary Roberts Rinehart
Mary Roberts Rinehart, American author and playwright (d. 1958)


John McDermott (golfer)
John McDermott, American golfer (d. 1971)


Michael Hagan
Michael Hagan, Australian rugby league player and coach


Sam J. Jones
Sam J. Jones, American actor


Jean-Paul L'Allier
Jean-Paul L'Allier, Canadian journalist and politician, 38th Mayor of Quebec City (d. 2016)


Regilio Tuur
Regilio Tuur, Dutch boxer


Peter Krause
Peter Krause, American actor


Sir Mix-a-Lot
Sir Mix-a-Lot, American rapper, producer, and actor


Javier Chevantón
Javier Chevantón, Uruguayan footballer


Sushil Koirala
Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, 37th Prime Minister of Nepal (d. 2016)


Kyle Arrington
Kyle Arrington, American football player


Ron Mael
Ron Mael, American keyboard player and songwriter


Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black, American comedian, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter


William Goldman
William Goldman, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 2018)


Samuel Fuller
Samuel Fuller, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1997)


Mohammad Hatta
Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician, 1st Vice President of Indonesia (d. 1980)


Erwin Schrödinger
Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)


Christy Mathewson
Christy Mathewson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1925)


Albert Bartha
Albert Bartha, Hungarian general and politician, Hungarian Minister of Defence (d. 1960)


Tony Capaldi
Tony Capaldi, Norwegian-Northern Irish footballer


Tamás Lossonczy
Tamás Lossonczy, Hungarian painter (d. 2009)


Plaxico Burress
Plaxico Burress, American football player


Parnelli Jones
Parnelli Jones, American race car driver and businessman


Amanda Redman
Amanda Redman, English actress


Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistani general and politician, 6th President of Pakistan (d. 1988)


Edith Hamilton
Edith Hamilton, German-American author and educator (d. 1963)


Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury, English boxer


Cantinflas, Mexican actor, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1993)


George Soros
George Soros, Hungarian-American businessman and investor, founded the Soros Fund Management


Toby Perkins
Toby Perkins, English businessman and politician


Kléber Giacomance de Souza Freitas
Kléber Giacomance de Souza Freitas, Brazilian footballer


Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer


Michael J. McGivney
Michael J. McGivney, American priest, founded the Knights of Columbus (d. 1890)


Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt, American actor and director (d. 1977)


Demir Demirkan
Demir Demirkan, Turkish singer-songwriter and producer


Karl Stefanovic
Karl Stefanovic, Australian television host


Marvin Zeegelaar
Marvin Zeegelaar, Dutch footballer


C. E. M. Joad
C. E. M. Joad, English philosopher and academic (d. 1953)


Katharine Lee Bates
Katharine Lee Bates, American poet and author (d. 1929)


Roy Hay (musician)
Roy Hay, English guitarist, keyboard player, and composer


Henry Reuterdahl
Henry Reuterdahl, Swedish-American artist (d. 1925)


Robert Southey
Robert Southey, English poet and author (d. 1843)


Tom Cleverley
Tom Cleverley, English footballer


Christian III of Denmark
Christian III of Denmark (d. 1559)


Bruce Matthews (Canadian Army officer)
Bruce Matthews, Canadian general and businessman (d. 1991)


Jonathan Coachman
Jonathan Coachman, American basketball player, wrestler, and sportscaster


Leung Chun-ying
Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong businessman and politician, 3rd Chief Executive of Hong Kong


Guy Gibson
Guy Gibson, Anglo-Indian commander and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1944)


Teo Gheorghiu, Swiss pianist and actor
Isabella Escobar, Guatemalan tennis player
Sam Hoare, Australian rugby league player
Jesinta Campbell, Australian model
Martin Zurawsky, German footballer
Vanessa Watts, West Indian cricketer
Andrei Agius, Maltese footballer
Franck Moutsinga, German rugby player
Bryan Pata, American football player (d. 2006)
Manoa Vosawai, Italian rugby player
Boban Grn?arov, Macedonian footballer
Ian Hutchinson, English motorcycle racer
Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
Mikko Lindström, Finnish guitarist
Pedro Collins, Barbadian cricketer
Matt Clement, American baseball player and coach
Mark Iuliano, Italian footballer and manager
Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer and manager
Jim Schlossnagle, American baseball player and coach
Stuart Williams, Nevisian cricketer
Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor and politician
Thorsten Boer, German footballer and manager
Andrey Plotnikov, Russian race walker
K?ji Kitao, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 60th Yokozuna
Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
Greg Thomas, Welsh-English cricketer
Kerry Boustead, Australian rugby league player
Jürgen Dehmel, German bass player and songwriter
Friedhelm Schütte, German footballer
Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lankan cricketer
Rob Borbidge, Australian politician, 35th Premier of Queensland
Daniel Biles, American associate justice of the Kansas Supreme Court
Klaus Toppmöller, German football manager and former player
August "Kid Creole" Darnell, American musician, bandleader, singer-songwriter, and record producer
Alex Naumik, Lithuanian-Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013)
Lou Martin, Northern Irish pianist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2012)
Panagiotis Chinofotis, Greek admiral and politician
Graham J. Zellick, English academic and jurist
Terry Nutkins, English television host and author (d. 2012)
Réjean Ducharme, Canadian author and playwright (d. 2017)
L. M. Kit Carson, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)
Eddie Barlow, South African cricketer and coach (d. 2005)
Pam Kilborn, Australian track and field athlete
Kjell Grede, Swedish director and screenwriter (d. 2017)
John Cazale, American actor (d. 1978)
Robin Nicholson, English metallurgist and academic
Frederic Lindsay, Scottish author and educator (d. 2013)
Charlie O'Donnell, American radio and television announcer (d. 2010)
Kanagaratnam Sriskandan, Sri Lankan engineer and civil servant (d. 2010)
Dan Curtis, American director and producer (d. 2006)
Charles Blackman, Australian painter and illustrator (d. 2018)
Joe Jones, American R&B singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2005)
Douglas Croft, American child actor (d. 1963)
George Wetherill, American physicist and academic (d. 2006)
Ross McWhirter, Scottish publisher and activist, co-founded the Guinness World Records (d. 1975)
Donald Justice, American poet and writing teacher (d. 2004)
Guillermo Cano Isaza, Colombian journalist (d. 1986)
Derek Shackleton, English cricketer, coach, and umpire (d. 2007)
John Holt, Jamaican cricketer (d. 1997)
Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor and playwright (d. 1987)
Percy Mayfield, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 1984)
Charles Gibson, American ethnohistorian (d. 1985)
Margaret Burbidge, English-American astrophysicist and academic
Sid Bernstein, American record producer (d. 2013)
Oliver Crawford, American screenwriter and author (d. 2008)
Edward Pinkowski, American writer, journalist and Polonia historian
Michael Kidd, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2007)
Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and songwriter (d. 1981)
Gerd Buchdahl, German-English philosopher and author (d. 2001)
Richard L. Bare, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)
Yusof bin Ishak, Singaporean journalist and politician, 1st President of Singapore (d. 1970)
Benjamin Sheares, Singaporean physician and politician, 2nd President of Singapore (d. 1981)
Joe Besser, American actor (d. 1988)
Tedd Pierce, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1972)
Ben Sealey, Trinidadian cricketer (d. 1963)
Maurice Fernandes, Guyanese cricketer (d. 1981)
Zerna Sharp, American author and educator (d. 1981)
Jean Cabannes, French physicist and academic (d. 1959)
Karl Faber, Prussian historian and academic (d. 1853)
George IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1830)
John Balguy, English philosopher and author (d. 1748)
Sir William Curtius FRS, German magistrate, English baronet (d. 1678)
Abraham Zacuto, Jewish astronomer, astrologer, mathematician, rabbi and historian (d. 1515)