July 12 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

100 B.C.E. - Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman Politician and General

1730 - Josiah Wedgwood, Pottery Manufacturer

1817 - David Henry Thoreau, American Writer and Philosopher

1861 - Anton Arensky, Russian Composer

1884 - Amedeo Modigliani, Artist

1885 - George Butterworth, English Composer

1895 - Oscar Hammerstein II, Lyricist, Librettist, Theatrical Director and Producer, most especially known for his partnership with Richard Rodgers.

1934 - Van Cliburn, American Concert Pianist, first American to win the Tchaikovsky Prize in Moscow (1958)

1937 - Bill Cosby, Actor and Comedian

Historical Events

1543 - King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, who survives him and marries again.

1776 - Captain James Cook sets sail from Plymouth on the Resolution, beginning his third and final voyage of discovery.

1794 - Admiral Horatio Nelson loses his right eye at the Siege of Calvi in Corsica.
1957 - American Surgeon General Leroy E. Burney announces that there is a direct link between lung cancer and smoking.

1946 - Britten's chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia is first staged, at Glyndebourne, England.

1990 - Soviet President Boris Yeltsin resigns from the Communist Party, splitting it between conservatives and radicals, sparking demonstrations against the party. 

2005 - Prince Albert II becomes ruler of the Principality of Monaco as the three-month period of mourning after his father's death ends, and a week after he acknowledged his illegitimate son. 


1. Asiado, Tel. The World's Movers and Shapers. New Hampshire: Ore Mountain Publishing House (2005)
2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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