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Notable Birthdays for August 12

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Those born on this date include:

- English poet laureate Robert Southey in 1774
- American painter Abbott Thayer, credited with noting camouflage in the animal world, in 1849
- Businessman Diamond Jim Brady in 1856
- Educator and poet Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote America the Beautiful, in 1859
- Mystery writer Mary Roberts Rinehart in 1876
- Christy Mathewson, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, in 1880
- Moviemaker Cecil B. DeMille in 1881
- Mexican comic actor Cantinflas (Around The World In 80 Days), born Mario Moreno Reyes, in 1911
- Actors Jane Wyatt in 1910 and John Derek in 1926
- Country singers Porter Wagoner in 1927 and Buck Owens in 1929
- Billionaire and activist George Soros in 1930 (age 82)
- Author William Goldman in 1931 (age 81)
- Former national security adviser John Poindexter in 1936 (age 76)
- Actor George Hamilton in 1939 (age 73)
- Singer/songwriter Mark Knopfler in 1949 (age 63)
- Guitarist Pat Metheny in 1954 (age 58)
- Author Ann Martin (The Babysitter's Club series) in 1955 (age 57)
- Tennis star Pete Sampras and comedian Michael Ian Black, both in 1971 (age 41)
- Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr in 1973 (age 39)
- And actor Casey Affleck in 1975 (age 37).

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