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Birthdays occurring on January, 12


1876 Jack London was born on January 12, 1876
American short-story writer and novelist whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival. One of the most extensively translated of American authors. 1876-1916
I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
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1878 Ferenc Molnar was born on January 12, 1878
Asked how he became a writer: In the same way that a woman becomes a prostitute. First I did it to please myself, then I did it to please my friends, and finally I did it for money.
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1880 John L. Lewis was born on January 12, 1880
president of the UMWA from 1920-1960, 1880-1969
Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.
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1884 Texas Guinan was born on January 12, 1884
Fifty million Frenchmen can't be wrong.
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Deaths occurring on January, 12

1893 Alfred Rosenberg was born on January 12, 1893
the love of nature in all its forms.
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1963 Ramon Gomez de la Serna died on January 12, 1963
Spanish writer, 1888-1963
The willow tree plays the water like a harp.
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1965 Lorraine Hansberry died on January 12, 1965
American playwright whose A Raisin in the Sun (1959) was the first drama by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, 1930-1965
The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
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1976 Agatha Christie died on January 12, 1976
English detective, novelist and playwright, 1890-1976
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
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1990 Dr. Laurence J. Peter died on January 12, 1990
American "hierarchiologist", educator and writer, 1919-1990
Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.
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2002 Cyrus Vance died on January 12, 2002
In the past two decades, what is abnormal in the discourse among nations has been accepted as normal in US-Iran relations. Lack of diplomatic relations, often between countries at conflict, even at war, is the abnormality, not the norm.
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