Commemoratives of Famous Women for 12 May 2012

A list of famous women whose birthday or death occurred on this date. The information is drawn from the FemBio Database and is updated daily. If you would like to learn more about the individual women or about future commemoratives, please consult the Database.


25 birthdays and 21 days of death are related to today's date.

birthdays 12 May 2012

150. birthday: Louise Phelps Kellogg
American historian
* 12 May 1862 in Milwaukee
† 11 July 1942 in Madison

75. birthday: Beryl Burton
English
* 12 May 1937 in Leeds
† 5 May 1996 in Yorkshire

140. birthday: Eleanor Florence Rathbone
English
* 12 May 1872 in London
† 2 January 1946 in ebd.

155. birthday: Lillian Nordica, eig. Norton
American singer
* 12 May 1857 in Farmington, ME
† 10 May 1914 in Batavia (Java)

105. birthday: Katharine Hepburn
American actress
* 12 May 1907 in Hartford, CN
† 29 June 2003 in Old Saybrook, CN, Fenwick Section


Fembiography of Katharine Hepburn (German)

256. birthday: Maria Pellegrina Amoretti
Italian
* 12 May 1756 in Oneglia
† 12 November 1787 in Oneglia

239. birthday: Henriette Rath
Swiss
* 12 May 1773
† 24 November 1856 in Genf

199. birthday: Helene Sedlmayer
German painter"s model
* 12 May 1813 in Trostberg b. Traunstein
† 18 November 1898 in München

192. birthday: Florence Nightingale
English nurse, reformer, writer
* 12 May 1820 in Florenz/Florence
† 13 August 1910 in London

174. birthday: Sarah Elizabeth Emery
American
* 12 May 1838 in Phelps, N.Y
† 10 October 1895 in Lansing

166. birthday: Beta (Wobetha) Isenberg
German
* 12 May 1846 in Bremen
† 10 March 1933 in Bremen

163. birthday: Matilda Coxe Stevenson
US-American ethnologist
* 12 May 1849 in San Augustine, TX
† 24 June 1915 in Oxon Hill, MD

128. birthday: Marguerite Steen
English writer
* 12 May 1884 in Liverpool
† 4 August 1975 in Newbury

112. birthday: Helene Weigel
Austrian-German actress, theater director
* 12 May 1900 in Wien/Vienna
† 6 May 1971 in Berlin


Fembiography of Helene Weigel (German)

103. birthday: Margaret Harshaw
American singer
* 12 May 1909 in ""
† 7 November 1997 in ""

102. birthday: Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin
English biochemist, Nobel laureate, pacifist
* 12 May 1910 in Kairo/Cairo
† 30 July 1994 in Shipston-on-Stour


Fembiography of Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin (German)

102. birthday: Lida Baarova
Czech actress
* 12 May 1910 in Prag
† 27 October 2000 in Salzburg

102. birthday: Giulietta Simionato
Italian singer
* 12 May 1910 in Forli
† 5 May 2010 in Rom

92. birthday: Krystina Wituska
Polish
* 12 May 1920
† 26 June 1944 in Halle

88. birthday: Claribel Alegría
Nicaraguan writer
* 12 May 1924 in Estelí

84. birthday: Gabriele von Glasow
German painter, voice teacher
* 12 May 1928 in Partheinen, Ostpreußen
† 24 July 2004 in Hannover


Fembiography of Gabriele von Glasow
Fembiography of Gabriele von Glasow (German)

83. birthday: Agnes Heller

* 12 May 1929 in Budapest


Fembiography of Agnes Heller (German)

68. birthday: Eva Demski
German writer
* 12 May 1944 in Regensburg

62. birthday: Dame Jennifer Susan "Jenni" Murray, DBE
English journalist and broadcaster; presenter on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour since 1987
* 12 May 1950

24. birthday: Babett Peter
German soccer player
* 12 May 1988 in Oschatz

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days of death 12.05.2012

45. day of death: Bess Furman
American
* 2 December 1894 in Danbury, NE
† 12 May 1969 in Woodacres, MD

222. day of death: Albertine von Grün
German writer
* 11 October 1749 in Hachenburg (Westerwald)
† 12 May 1792 in ebd.

171. day of death: Charlotte von Kalb
German writer, friend of Schiller, Jean Paul and Hölderlin
* 25 July 1761 in Schloß Waltershausen bei Königshofen im Grabfeld
† 12 May 1843 in Berlin

164. day of death: Frances Sargent Locke Osgood
American writer
* 18 June 1811 in Boston
† 12 May 1850 in New York

136. day of death: Catharine Esther Beecher
US-American
* 6 September 1800 in East Hampton, Long Island
† 12 May 1878 in Elmira

117. day of death: Minna Canth
German writer, feminist
* 19 March 1844 in Tampere
† 12 May 1897 in Kuopio

114. day of death: Lucretia Peabody Hale
American writer
* 2 September 1820 in Boston
† 12 May 1900 in Boston

112. day of death: Marie Zakrzewska
Polish-US-American physician and suffragist
* 6 September 1829 in Berlin
† 12 May 1902 in Boston

102. day of death: CLOTHILDE Bressler-Gianoli
Swiss singer
* 3 June 1875 in Genf / Geneva
† 12 May 1912 in Genf / Geneva

93. day of death: Emilia Pardo Bazan
Spanish writer
* 16 September 1851 in La Coruña
† 12 May 1921 in Madrid

89. day of death: Amy Lowell
US-American poet, critic, biographer, lecturer, celebrity, eccentric, salon hostess, book collector
* 9 February 1874 in Brookline, MA
† 12 May 1925 in Brookline, MA


Fembiography of Amy Lowell (German)

87. day of death: Louise Catherine Breslau
German-Swiss painter
* 6 December 1856 in München
† 12 May 1927 in Neuilly bei Paris

59. day of death: Margarethe Steinhäuser
German
* 26 September 1874 in Kitzingen, Schwaben
† 12 May 1955 in Offenbach

48. day of death: Mathilde Ludendorff (-Kemnitz), geb. Spieß
German
* 4 October 1877 in Wiesbaden
† 12 May 1966 in Weilheim

44. day of death: Nelly Sachs
German poet, Nobel laureate
* 10 December 1891 in Berlin
† 12 May 1970 in Stockholm


Fembiography of Nelly Sachs (German)

34. day of death: Bette Clair Graham
American
* 23 March 1924 in Dallas
† 12 May 1980

28. day of death: Elisabeth Bergner
Austrian actress
* 22 August 1897 in Drohobycz/ Galizien
† 12 May 1986 in London


Fembiography of Elisabeth Bergner (German)

24. day of death: Hanne Wieder
German actress, cabaret artist
* 8 May 1929 in Hannoversch Münden
† 12 May 1990 in München- Feldafing

21. day of death: Edda Seippel
German actress
* 19 December 1919 in Braunschweig
† 12 May 1993 in München

11. day of death: Renate Riemeck
German historian, politician, pacifist
* 4 October 1920 in Breslau
† 12 May 2003 in Alsbach, Bergstaße

6. day of death: Irena Sendler
Polish nurse, "Righteous Among the Nations", Holocaust Hero
* 15 February 1910 in Otwock, Kongresspolen
† 12 May 2008 in Warschau

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