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Famous birthdays, deaths and events of February 12


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Birthdays
  • 1218 - Kujo Yoritsune, Japanese shogun (d. 1256)
  • 1567 - Thomas Campion, English composer and poet (d. 1620)
  • 1606 - John Winthrop, the Younger
  • 1637 - Jan Swammerdam, Dutch biologist (d. 1680)
  • 1704 - Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (d. 1772)
  • 1746 - Tadeusz Kościuszko (Thaddeus Kosciusko), Polish
  • 1777 - Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, German poet (d. 1843)
  • 1794 - Alexander Petrov, Russian chess player (d. 1867)
  • 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)
  • 1881 - Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (d. 1931)
  • 1885 - Julius Streicher, Nazi German publisher (d. 1946)
  • 1897 - Vola Vale, American actress (d. 1970)
  • 1898 - Wallace Ford, English-born actor (d. 1966)
  • 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)
  • 1908 - August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1909 - Sigmund Rascher, German SS doctor (d. 1945)
  • 1912 - R. F. Delderfield, English author (d. 1972)
  • 1915 - Lorne Greene, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1919 - Forrest Tucker, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1920 - Pran, Indian actor
  • 1923 - Chaskel Besser, Orthodox rabbi
  • 1926 - Joe Garagiola, American baseball player and announcer
  • 1926 - Charles Van Doren, American quiz show contestant
  • 1931 - Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch author
  • 1932 - Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
  • 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
  • 1939 - Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (The Doors)
  • 1940 - Richard Lynch, American actor
  • 1942 - Pat Dobson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1944 - Moe Bandy, American singer
  • 1945 - Maud Adams, Swedish actress
  • 1946 - Cliff DeYoung, American actor and musician
  • 1946 - Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1962 - Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player
  • 1963 - John Michael Higgins, American actor
  • 1963 - Ed Lover, American radio personality
  • 1967 - Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician
  • 1968 - Josh Brolin, American actor
  • 1968 - Grégory Charles, French Canadian singer
  • 1968 - Christopher McCandless, American nomad
  • 1968 - Chynna Phillips, American singer
  • 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)
  • 1972 - Ajay Naidu, Indian-American actor
  • 1972 - Owen Nolan, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1973 - Gianni Romme, Dutch speed skater
  • 1973 - Kath Soucie, American voice actress
  • 1973 - Tara Strong, Canadian voice actress
  • 1974 - Toranosuke Takagi, Japanese race car driver
  • 1975 - Scot Pollard, American basketball player
  • 1976 - Anna Benson, American model
  • 1976 - Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1976 - Silvia Saint, Czech actress
  • 1977 - Jimmy Conrad, American soccer player
  • 1978 - Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1978 - Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter
  • 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
  • 1982 - Onil Joseph, Dominican baseball player
  • 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
  • 1991 - Faisal ibn Hamad Al Khalifah, prince of Bahrain (d. 2006)
  • 1993 - Jennifer Stone, American actress


Deaths
  • 1554 - Lord Guilford Dudley, consort of Lady Jane Grey (b. 1536)
  • 1554 - Lady Jane Grey, claimant to the English throne (b. 1537)
  • 1630 - Fynes Moryson, English traveler and writer (b. 1566)
  • 1724 - Elkanah Settle, English writer (b. 1648)
  • 1762 - Laurent Belissen, French composer (b. 1693)
  • 1763 - Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (b. 1688)
  • 1789 - Ethan Allen, American patriot (b. 1738)
  • 1799 - Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian biologist (b. 1729)
  • 1894 - Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • 1896 - Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (b. 1811)
  • 1915 - Émile Waldteufel, French composer (b. 1837)
  • 1929 - Lillie Langtry, British singer and actress (b. 1853)
  • 1933 - Henri Duparc, French composer (b. 1848)
  • 1935 - Auguste Escoffier, French chef (b. 1846)
  • 1951 - Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (b. 1897)
  • 1954 - Dziga Vertov, Russian filmmaker (b. 1896)
  • 1976 - Sal Mineo, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 1979 - Jean Renoir, French director (b. 1894)
  • 1980 - Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • 1982 - Victor Jory, Canadian actor (b. 1902)
  • 1983 - Eubie Blake, American musician and songwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1984 - Anna Anderson, claimant to the throne of Russia (b. 1896)
  • 1984 - Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
  • 1985 - Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1989 - Thomas Bernhard, Austrian playwright and novelist (b. 1931)
  • 1991 - Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • 1992 - Bep van Klaveren, Dutch boxer (b. 1907)
  • 1994 - Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (b. 1950)
  • 1995 - Robert Bolt, English writer (b. 1924)
  • 1995 - Philip Taylor Kramer, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1952)
  • 1996 - Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • 2000 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American musician (b. 1929)
  • 2000 - Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)
  • 2000 - Charles Schulz, American comics author (b. 1922)
  • 2000 - Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • 2001 - Kristina Söderbaum, German actress (b. 1912)
  • 2005 - Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
  • 2005 - Sammi Smith, American country music singer (b. 1943)
  • 2007 - Randy Stone, American actor and casting director (b. 1958)
  • 2008 - Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 2009 - Ted Uhlaender, 68, American baseball player, heart attack.
  • 2009 - Gerry Niewood, 65, American jazz saxophonist (Chuck Mangione's band), plane crash.
  • 2009 - Coleman Mellett, 34, American jazz guitarist (Chuck Mangione's band), plane crash.
  • 2009 - Hugh Leonard, 82, Irish playwright.
  • 2009 - Lis Hartel, 87, Danish equestrian.
  • 2009 - Willy Haugli, 81, Norwegian Chief Constable of Oslo.
  • 2009 - Cris Daluz, 74, Filipino actor.
  • 2009 - Giacomo Bulgarelli, 68, Italian footballer.
  • 2014 - Sid Caesar, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2015 - Movita Castaneda, American actress (b. 1916)

Events
  • 1429 - English Forces under Sir John Fastolf defend a supply convoy carrying rations to the army besieging Orleans from attack by the Comte de Clermont and John Stuart in the Battle of Rouvray (also known as the Battle of the Herrings).
  • 1502 - Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage to India.
  • 1541 - Santiago, Chile is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
  • 1554 - A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason.
  • 1689 - The Convention Parliament convenes and declares that the flight to France in 1688 by James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch, constitutes an abdication.
  • 1700 - The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe.
  • 1719 - The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands is founded.
  • 1733 - Englishman James Oglethorpe founds the 13th United States colony of Georgia, and its first city at Savannah (known as Georgia Day).
  • 1771 - Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden.
  • 1816 - The San Carlo, the oldest working opera house in Europe, is destroyed by fire.
  • 1817 - Argentine/Chilean patriotic army, after crossing the Andes, defeat Spanish troops on the battle of Chacabuco.
  • 1818 - Bernardo O'Higgins signs the Independence of Chile near Concepción.
  • 1825 - The Creek cede the last of their lands in Georgia to the United States government, and migrate west.
  • 1832 - Ecuador annexes the Galápagos Islands.
  • 1855 - Michigan State University was established.
  • 1870 - Women gain the right to vote in Utah Territory.
  • 1879 - At New York City's Madison Square Garden the first artificial ice rink in North America opens.
  • 1894 - Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into Paris's Cafe Terminus, killing one and wounding 20.
  • 1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded.
  • 1912 - The Republic of China adopts the Gregorian calendar.
  • 1914 - In Washington, DC, the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.
  • 1924 - Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to deliver a political speech on radio.
  • 1934 - The Austrian Civil War begins.
  • 1934 - The Export-Import Bank of the United States is incorporated.
  • 1934 - In Spain the national council of Juntas de Ofensiva Nacional-Sindicalista is inaugurated. The council decides to merge the movement with the Falange Española.
  • 1946 - World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
  • 1961 - U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 towards Venus.
  • 1966 - Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, announced famous Six Points in Karachi as election manifesto of Awami League that later led to formation of Bangladesh.
  • 1973 - Vietnam War: The first United States prisoners of war are released by the Viet Cong.
  • 1990 - Carmen Lawrence becomes the first female Premier in Australian History when she becomes premier of Western Australia.
  • 1997 - Hwang Jang-yop, secretary in the Workers' Party of Korea and a prime architect of North Korea's Juche doctrine, defects at the South Korean embassy in Beijing along with his aide, Kim Dok-hong.
  • 1999 - President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.
  • 2001 - NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
  • 2002 - The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.
  • 2002 - US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository.
  • 2002 - An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes prior to landing in Khorramabad, Iran, killing 119.
  • 2004 - The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  • 2006 - A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington DC up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
  • 2007 - A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.
  • 2009 - Darwin Day, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, is commemorated at the London Natural History Museum and elsewhere.
  • 2009 - Continental Airlines Flight 3407, a Colgan Air aircraft, crashes into a home in Clarence Center, a surburb of Buffalo, New York, killing 49 on the plane and one on the ground.
  • 2013 - North Korea conducts its third underground nuclear test, prompting tightened sanctions by the international community.
  • 2015 - Leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France reach an agreement on the conflict in eastern Ukraine that includes a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons. However, several days later, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels claim that, within its first day, the ceasefire was broken 139 times, as both sides failed to withdraw their heavy weapons and fighting had continued.
  • 2015 - The United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 2199 to combat terrorism.


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