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Birthdays occurring on April, 12

1713 Guillaume Thomas Raynal was born on April 12, 1713
French writer, who helped set the intellectual climate for the French Revolution. 1713-1796
The only difference between a genius and one of common capacity is that the former anticipates and explores what the latter accidentally hits upon; but even the man of genius himself more frequently employs the advantages that chance presents to him;
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1777 Henry Clay was born on April 12, 1777
American statesman, US congressman (1811-14, 1815-21, 1823-25) and US senator (1806-07, 1810-11, 1831-42, 1849-52), 1777-1852
The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity
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1818 Josh Billings was born on April 12, 1818
American humorist, 1818-1885
Occasions are rare; and those who know how to seize upon them are rarer
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1916 Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916
My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening. She read mainly travel books.
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1923 Ann Miller was born on April 12, 1923
I never played politics, I was never a party girl, and I never slept with any of the producers.
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Deaths occurring on April, 12

1704 J. B. Bossuet died on April 12, 1704
French bishop and author, 1627-1704
The cruelest revenge of a woman is to remain faithful to a man
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1704 Jacques Benigne Bossuel died on April 12, 1704
French bishop and orator, 1627-1704
The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.
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1782 Pietro Metastasio died on April 12, 1782
Italian poet, 1698-1782
Who raise our envy now?
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1901 George Q. Cannon died on April 12, 1901
Inspirational Leader
…for when men labor they keep out of mischief. You remember the old proverb--An idle mind is the Devils workshop...
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1912 Clara Barton died on April 12, 1912
American Civil War nurse, Founder of the American National Red Cross, 1821-1912
I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.
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