12 August


1762

 George IV
George IV (12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830) was king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 29 January 1820, until his death ten years later. From 1811 until his accession, he served as Prince Regent during his father’s final mental illness. Born George Augustus Frederick in St James’s Palace, London. (d. 1830)

1856

 Diamond Jim Brady
James Brady (August 12, 1856 – April 13, 1917), also known as Diamond Jim Brady, was an American businessman, financier, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age. Born James Buchanan Brady in New York City. (d. 1917)

1880

 Radclyffe Hall
Radclyffe Hall (12 August 1880 – 7 October 1943) was an English poet and author, best known for the lesbian classic The Well of Loneliness. Born Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall in Bournemouth, Hampshire. (d. 1943)

1881

 Cecil B DeMille
Cecil B DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was an American film director and film producer in both silent and sound films. Among his best-known films are Cleopatra (1934); Samson and Delilah (1949); The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture; and The Ten Commandments (1956). Born Cecil Blount DeMille in Ashfield, Massachusetts. (d. 1959)

1887

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

1898

 Oskar Homolka
Oskar Homolka (August 12, 1898 – January 27, 1978) was an Austrian film and theatre actor. He often played villains such as Communist spies and Soviet-bloc military officers or scientists. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the crusty beloved uncle in I Remember Mama (1948). He also acted with Ingrid Bergman in Rage in Heaven, with Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, with Ronald Reagan in Prisoner of War and with Katharine Hepburn in The Madwoman of Chaillot. He returned to England in the mid-1960s, to play the Soviet KGB Colonel Stok in Funeral in Berlin (1966) and Billion Dollar Brain (1967), opposite Michael Caine. Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1978)

1910

 Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt (August 12, 1910 – October 20, 2006) was an American actress best known for her role as the housewife and mother on the television comedy series, Father Knows Best, and as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of Spock on the science fiction television series Star Trek. Wyatt was a three-time Emmy Award-winner. Born in Campgaw (now part of Mahwah, New Jersey). (d. 2006)

1911

  Cantinflas
Cantinflas (August 12, 1911 – April 20, 1993), was a Mexican comic film actor, producer, and screenwriter. To international audiences, he is best remembered as co-starring with David Niven in a Golden Globe Award-winning role in the 1956 film Around the World in 80 Days. Born Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes in Mexico City, Mexico. (d. 1993)

1918

 Guy Gibson
Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC DSO (bar) DFC (bar), RAF (12 August 1918 – 19 September 1944), was the first CO of the Royal Air Force’s 617 Squadron, which he led in the “Dam Busters” raid (Operation Chastise) in 1943, resulting in the destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area. He was awarded the Victoria Cross and died later in the war. He had completed over 170 operations at the age of 24. Born Guy Penrose Gibson in Simla, India. (d. 1944)

1922

 Fulton Mackay
Fulton Mackay OBE (12 August 1922 – 6 June 1987) was a Scottish actor and playwright, known for his role as prison officer Mr. Mackay in the 1970s sitcom Porridge. Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. (d. 1987)

1925

 Norris McWhirter
Norris McWhirter, CBE (12 August 1925 – 19 April 2004) was a British writer, political activist, co-founder of The Freedom Association, and a television presenter. He and his twin brother, Ross, were known internationally for the founding of Guinness World Records, a book they wrote and annually updated together between 1955 and 1975. Born Norris Dewar McWhirter in Winchmore Hill, London, England. (d. 2004)
 Ross McWhirter
Ross McWhirter (12 August 1925 – 27 November 1975), known as Ross McWhirter, was, with his twin brother, Norris, the co-founder of Guinness World Records and a contributor to The Record Breakers. He was murdered by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1975. Born Alan Ross McWhirter in Winchmore Hill, London, England. (d. 1975)

1929

 John Bluthal
John Bluthal (born 28 March 1929) is a Polish-born British film and television actor, mostly in comedy. He is best known for his work with Spike Milligan, and for his roles in the TV series Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width and The Vicar of Dibley. Born in Galicia, Second Polish Republic.

1939

 George Hamilton
George Hamilton (born August 12, 1939) is an American film and television actor. He was nominated for Golden Globe awards for Love at First Bite and Zorro, the Gay Blade. Born George Stevens Hamilton in Memphis, Tennessee.

1943

 Deborah Walley
Deborah Walley (August 12, 1941 – May 10, 2001) was an American actress. She made her Hollywood film debut as Gidget in 1961′s Gidget Goes Hawaiian. From then until 1974 she appeared in fifteen feature length films. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (d. 2001)

1945

 Ron Mael
Ron Mael (born August 12, 1945), is an American musician, keyboard player and songwriter. He and his younger brother Russell make up the pop duo Sparks. Born Ronald David Mael in Culver City, California.

1946

 Terry Nutkins
Terry Nutkins (12 August 1946 – 6 September 2012) was an English naturalist, television presenter and author. He was best known for his television appearances, notably in the UK children’s programmes Animal Magic, and The Really Wild Show. Born Terence Paul Nutkins in Marylebone, London. (d. 2012)

1949

 Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British musician, vocalist, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits. Born Mark Freuder Knopfler in Glasgow, Scotland.

1950

 Kid Creole
August Darnell (born 12 August 1950) created and led American musical group Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Their breakthrough came with 1982’s Tropical Gangsters, which hit #3 in the UK and spun off Top 10 hits with “Stool Pigeon”, and “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy”. Born Thomas August Darnell Browder in The Bronx, New York City.
 Simon Groom
Simon Groom (born 12 August 1950) is a British producer and director, best known as a former presenter of Blue Peter. Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

1953

 Selina Cadell
Selina Cadell (born 12 August 1953) is an English actress. She is the younger sister of actor Simon Cadell. Born Selina Jane Cadell in London.

1954

 François Hollande
François Hollande (born 12 August 1954) is the 24th president of France and co-prince of Andorra. Born François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande in Rouen, France.
 Sam J Jones
Sam J. Jones (born August 12, 1954) is an American actor. He is best known for playing the title character in the 1980 film Flash Gordon. Born Samuel Gerald Jones in Chicago, Illinois.

1959

 Amanda Redman
Amanda Redman, MBE (born 12 August 1957) is an English actress, perhaps best known for her role as Sandra Pullman in the BBC One series New Tricks. Born Amanda Jacqueline Redman in Brighton, Sussex.

1969

 Tanita Tikaram
Tanita Tikaram (born 12 August 1969) is a German-born British pop/folk singer-songwriter. She achieved chart success with the singles “Twist in My Sobriety” and “Good Tradition” from her 1988 debut album, Ancient Heart. Born in Münster, West Germany.

1971

 Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras (born August 12, 1971) is a retired American tennis player and former World No. 1. During his 14-year tour career, he won 14 Grand Slam singles titles. Born in Potomac, Maryland.

1986

 Kateryna Bondarenko
Kateryna Bondarenko (born 8 August 1986) is a professional female tennis player from Ukraine and a doubles champion at Australian Open 2008. Born Kateryna Volodymyrivna Bondarenko in Kryvyi Rih, Soviet Union.

1990

 Mario Balotelli
Mario Barwuah Balotelli (born 12 August 1990) is an Italian professional footballer who has played as a striker for Serie A club Milan and the Italy national team. Born in Palermo, Italy.

1992

 Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne (born 12 August 1992) is an English fashion model, actress and singer. Delevingne won the “Model of the Year” award at the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014. Born Cara Jocelyn Delevingne in Hammersmith, London, England.

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