12 November: today's birthdays

  • Roland Barthes - French philosopher, essayist, literary critic and linguist. He wrote The Death of the Author, Writing degree zero, and A Lover's Discourse: Fragments
  • Louis Antoine de Bougainville - French mathematician, explorer, and navigator. The flower Bougainvillea was named after him
  • Cécilia Ciganer-Albeniz - French politician. She was married to Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Ryan Gosling - Canadian actor, film director and musician, born Ryan Thomas Gosling. He is the founder of the rock duo Dead Man's Bones with Zach Shields
  • Tonya Harding - American ice skater
  • Anne Hathaway - American actress. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2013 for her role as Fantine in the film Les Misérables, based on the homonymous novel written by French author Victor Hugo
  • Grace Kelly - American actress. She married Prince Rainier III and became the Princess of Monaco
  • Patrice Leconte - French actor, film director and screenwriter. He directed Ridicule and The Girl on the Bridge
  • Charles Manson - American criminal and cult leader, born Charles Milles Maddox, guilty of murdering several people, including the actress Sharon Tate, pregnant by Roman Polanski
  • Henri-Irénée Marrou - French historian. He wrote History of Education in Antiquity
  • Auguste Rodin - French sculptor, considered the father of modern sculpure
  • Hassan Rouhani - Iranian politician, 7th President of Iran
  • Sun Yat-sen - Chinese revolutionary and politician. First president and founding father of the Republic of China
  • Leonardo José Talamonti - Argentine soccer player
  • Jacques Tourneur - French film director and actor. He directed I Walked with a Zombie and Cat People
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