12 May


1812

 Edward Lear
English artist and poet (d. 1888)

1820

 Florence Nightingale
British nurse (d. 1910)

1828

 Dante Gabriel Rossetti
English painter (d. 1882)

1842

 Jules Massenet
French composer (d. 1912)

1845

 Gabriel Fauré
French composer (d. 1924)

1903

 Wilfrid Hyde-White
English actor (d. 1991)

1907

 Leslie Charteris
English author and screenwriter (d. 1993)
 Katharine Hepburn
American actress (d. 2003)

1910

 Dorothy Hodgkin
British chemist who developed protein crystallography. Won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1964. (d. 1994)

1913

 Thorley Walters
Thorley Walters (12 May 1913 – 6 July 1991) was an English character actor. He is probably best remembered for his comedy film roles such as in Two-Way Stretch, Carlton-Browne of the FO and three of the St Trinian’s films. He also appeared in the acclaimed TV drama Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Born in Teigngrace, Devon. (d. 1991)

1924

 Tony Hancock
English comedian (d. 1968)

1925

 Yogi Berra
American baseball player.

1928

 Burt Bacharach
American pianist, composer, and producer.

1936

 Tom Snyder
American news anchor (d. 2007)

1937

 Beryl Burton
English cyclist (d. 1996)
 George Carlin
American comedian, actor, and author (d. 2008)
 Susan Hampshire
English actress.
 Miriam Stoppard
Miriam Stoppard, OBE (born 12 May 1937) is a British doctor, author, television presenter and agony aunt. Stoppard became well known during the 1970s and 1980s as a television presenter on scientific and medical programmes. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.

1940

 Norman Whitfield
American songwriter and producer (d. 2008)

1942

 Ian Dury
English singer-songwriter, bandleader, and actor (The Blockheads) (d. 2000)
 Billy Swan
American singer-songwriter and musician.
 Pam St. Clement
Pam St Clement (born 12 May 1942) is a British actress. She played Pat Butcher in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 1986–2012. Born in Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England.

1944

 Chris Patten
English politician.
 Sara Kestelman
Sara Kestelman (born 12 May 1944) is an English actress. Known for films Zardoz (1974) and Lady jane and numerous TV appearances. Born in London, England.

1945

 Alan Ball
English footballer (d. 2007)
 Nicky Henson
English actor.

1948

 Steve Winwood
English musician and songwriter (The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith).

1950

 Bruce Boxleitner
American actor.
 Gabriel Byrne
Irish actor.

1959

 Ving Rhames
American actor.

1961

 Bruce McCulloch
Canadian actor.

1962

 Emilio Estevez
American actor.

1966

 Stephen Baldwin
American actor.

1968

 Tony Hawk
American skateboarder.
 Catherine Tate
English comedian, actress, and writer.

1970

 Mark Foster
British swimmer.

1975

 Jonah Lomu
New Zealand rugby union player.

1978

 Jason Biggs
American actor (American Pie).
 Malin Åkerman
Malin Maria Åkerman (born May 12, 1978) is a Swedish Canadian actress, model and singer. Åkerman was cast as Silk Spectre II in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen. Born in Stockholm, Sweden.

2003

 Madeleine McCann
Madeleine Beth McCann (born 12 May 2003) disappeared on the evening of 3 May 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal, sparking what one newspaper called “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history.” Born Madeleine Beth McCann in Leicester, England.

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