List of Famous people who born in 1912

Rodolfo Gucci

First Name Rodolfo
Born on January 1, 1912
Died on January 1, 1983 (aged 71)

Rodolfo Gucci, also known by his stage name Maurizio D'Ancora, was an Italian actor and entrepreneur, who appeared in more than forty films between 1929 until 1946. He was a member of the House of Gucci. His only child, Maurizio Gucci, was named after his stage name.

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Alan Turing

Alan Mathison Turing
First Name Alan
Last Name Turing
Born on June 23, 1912
Died on June 7, 1954 (aged 41)

Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general-purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Despite these accomplishments, he was never fully recognised in his home country during his lifetime due to the prevalence of homophobia at the time and because much of his work was covered by the Official Secrets Act.

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Maurizio D'Ancora

First Name Maurizio
Died on May 15, 1983 (aged 13)
Born in Italy, Tuscany

Rodolfo Gucci, also known by his stage name Maurizio D'Ancora, was an Italian actor and entrepreneur, who appeared in more than forty films between 1929 until 1946. He was a member of the House of Gucci. His only child, Maurizio Gucci, was named after his stage name.

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Gene Kelly

Eugene Curran Kelly
First Name Gene
Last Name Kelly
Born on August 23, 1912
Died on February 2, 1996 (aged 83)
Height 171 cm | 5'7

Eugene Curran Kelly was an American actor, dancer, singer, filmmaker, and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the likable characters that he played on screen. He starred in, choreographed, or co-directed some of the most well-regarded musical films of the 1940s and 1950s, until they fell out of fashion in the late 1950s.

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Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll

Ethel Margaret Whigham
First Name Margaret
Last Name Argyll
Born on December 1, 1912
Died on July 25, 1993 (aged 80)

Ethel Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll was a British socialite, best remembered for a celebrated divorce case in 1963 from her second husband, the 11th Duke of Argyll, which featured salacious photographs and scandalous stories.

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Kim Il-sung

First Name Kim
Last Name Il-sung
Born on April 15, 1912
Died on July 8, 1994 (aged 82)
Born in North Korea

Kim Il-sung was the founder of North Korea, which he ruled from the country's establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the posts of Premier from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to 1994. He was also the leader of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) from 1949 to 1994. Coming to power after the end of Japanese rule in 1945, he authorized the invasion of South Korea in 1950, triggering an intervention in defense of South Korea by the United Nations led by the United States. Following the military stalemate in the Korean War, a ceasefire was signed on 27 July 1953. He was the third longest-serving non-royal head of state/government in the 20th century, in office for more than 45 years.

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Stephen Ward

First Name Stephen
Last Name Ward
Born on October 19, 1912
Died on August 3, 1963 (aged 50)

Stephen Thomas Ward was an English osteopath and artist who was one of the central figures in the 1963 Profumo affair, a British political scandal which brought about the resignation of John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War, and contributed to the defeat of the Conservative government a year later.

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Mary Anne MacLeod Trump

Mary Anne MacLeod
First Name Mary
Last Name Trump
Born on May 10, 1912
Died on August 7, 2000 (aged 88)

Mary Anne Trump was a Scottish-American philanthropist known for being the mother of Donald Trump and the wife of real-estate developer Fred Trump. Born in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, she emigrated to the United States in 1930 and became a naturalized citizen in March 1942. She raised five children with her husband and lived in the New York area.

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Axel Springer

Axel Cäsar Springer
First Name Axel
Last Name Springer
Born on May 2, 1912
Died on September 22, 1985 (aged 73)
Born in Germany, Hamburg

Axel Cäsar Springer was a German journalist and the founder and owner of the Axel Springer SE publishing company.

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Virgil Fox

First Name Virgil
Born on May 3, 1912
Died on October 25, 1980 (aged 68)

Virgil Keel Fox was an American organist, known especially for his years as organist at Riverside Church in New York City, from 1946 to 1965, and his flamboyant "Heavy Organ" concerts of the music of Bach in the 1970s, staged complete with light shows. His many recordings made on the RCA Victor and Capitol labels, mostly in the 1950s and 1960s, have been remastered and re-released on compact disc in recent years. They continue to be widely available in mainstream music stores.

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John Paul I

Albino Luciani
First Name John
Last Name I
Born on October 17, 1912
Died on September 28, 1978 (aged 65)
Born in Italy, Veneto

Pope John Paul I was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 26 August 1978 to his death 33 days later. He was the first pope to have been born in the 20th century. His reign is among the shortest in papal history, resulting in the most recent year of three popes and the first to occur since 1605. John Paul I remains the most recent Italian-born pope, the last in a succession of such popes that started with Clement VII in 1523.

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Roberta McCain

Roberta Wright
First Name Roberta
Born on February 7, 1912
Died on October 12, 2020 (aged 108)

Roberta Wright McCain was an American socialite and oil heiress. She was the wife of U.S. Naval Admiral John S. McCain Jr., and the mother of politician John S. McCain III and stage actor and journalist Joe McCain. McCain was active in the Navy Wives Clubs and her Capitol Hill home was a popular salon for lawmakers and politicians. In 2007 and 2008, she actively campaigned in support of her son John during his presidential bid.

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Roy Sullivan

First Name Roy
Last Name Sullivan
Born on February 7, 1912
Died on September 28, 1983 (aged 71)

Roy Cleveland Sullivan was a United States park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Between 1942 and 1977, Sullivan was hit by lightning on seven occasions and survived all of them. For this reason, he gained the nicknames "Human Lightning Conductor" and "Human Lightning Rod". Sullivan is recognized by Guinness World Records as the person struck by lightning more recorded times than any other human being.

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Wernher von Braun

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun
First Name Wernher
Last Name Braun
Born on March 23, 1912
Died on June 16, 1977 (aged 65)

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun was a German-born American aerospace engineer and space architect. He was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany and a pioneer of rocket and space technology in the United States.

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Eva Braun

Eva Anna Paula Braun
First Name Eva
Last Name Braun
Born on February 6, 1912
Died on April 30, 1945 (aged 33)

Eva Anna Paula Hitler was the longtime companion of Adolf Hitler and, for less than 40 hours, his wife. Braun met Hitler in Munich when she was a 17-year-old assistant and model for his personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann. She began seeing Hitler often about two years later. She attempted suicide twice during their early relationship. By 1936, she was a part of his household at the Berghof near Berchtesgaden and lived a sheltered life throughout World War II. Braun was a photographer, and she took many of the surviving colour photographs and films of Hitler. She was a key figure within Hitler's inner social circle, but did not attend public events with him until mid-1944, when her sister Gretl married Hermann Fegelein, the SS liaison officer on his staff.

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Abd al-Aziz Ibn Baz

First Name Abd
Born on November 22, 1912
Died on May 13, 1999 (aged 86)
Born in Saudi Arabia

Sheikh Abd al Aziz ibn Abdullah Ibn Baz was a Saudi Arabian Islamic scholar who served as the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until his death in 1999. According to French political scientist Gilles Kepel, ibn Baz was a "figurehead" whose "immense religious erudition and his reputation for intransigence" gave him prestige among the population of Saudi Arabia. He "could reinforce the Saud family's policies through his influence with the masses of believers". His death left the government without a comparable figure from amongst Salafi scholars to "fill his shoes". He was a leading proponent of the Wahhabism school of thought.

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Erich Honecker

Erich Ernst Paul Honecker
First Name Erich
Last Name Honecker
Born on August 25, 1912
Died on May 29, 1994 (aged 81)
Born in Germany, Saarland

Erich Ernst Paul Honecker was a German communist politician who led East Germany from 1971 until shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989. He held the posts of General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) and Chairman of the National Defense Council; in 1976, he replaced Willi Stoph as Chairman of the State Council, the official head of state. As leader of East Germany, Honecker had close ties to the Soviet Union, which maintained a large army in the country.

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Kim Philby

Harold Adrian Russell Philby
First Name Kim
Last Name Philby
Born on January 1, 1912
Died on May 11, 1988 (aged 76)

Harold Adrian Russell "Kim" Philby was a British intelligence officer and a double agent for the Soviet Union. In 1963 he was revealed to be a member of the Cambridge Five, a spy ring which passed information to the Soviet Union during World War II and in the early stages of the Cold War. Of the five, Philby is believed to have been most successful in providing secret information to the Soviets.

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Monty Stratton

First Name Monty
Last Name Stratton
Born on May 21, 1912
Died on September 29, 1982 (aged 70)

Monty Franklin Pierce Stratton was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). He was born in Palacios, Texas and lived in Greenville, Texas, for part of his life. His major league career ended prematurely when a hunting accident in 1938 forced doctors to amputate his right leg. Wearing a prosthetic leg, Stratton played in the minor leagues from 1946 to 1953. His comeback was the subject of the 1949 film The Stratton Story, in which he was portrayed by Jimmy Stewart.

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Juan Pujol García

First Name Juan
Last Name García
Born on February 14, 1914
Died on October 10, 1988 (aged 74)
Born in Spain, Catalonia

Juan Pujol García, also known as Joan Pujol Garcia, was a Spanish spy who acted as a double agent loyal to Great Britain against Nazi Germany during World War II, when he relocated to Britain to carry out fictitious spying activities for the Germans. He was given the codename Garbo by the British; their German counterparts codenamed him Alaric and referred to his non-existent spy network as "Arabal".

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