At Arlington National Cemetery, the Unknown Soldier from this war was later identified and returned to his family

  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • World War I
  • World War II

Today in History: Born on August 12

1762

George IV, named Prince Regent in 1810 when his father, George III, is declared insane.

1774

Robert Southey, English poet laureate (1813-1843).

1781

Robert Mills, architect and engineer whose designs include the Washington Monument, the National Portrait Gallery and the U.S. Treasury Building.

1859

Katherine Bates, composer of "America the Beautiful."

1881

Cecil B. DeMille, American film director, producer and screenwriter, famous for epic productions.

1889

Zerna Sharp, creator and co-author, with William S. Gray, of the Dick and Jane reading primer series.

1911

Cantinflas, Mexican circus clown, acrobat and actor.

1925

Norris and Ross McWhirter, wrote and updated Guinness Book of World Records, 1955–1975; following Ross' assassination by the IRA, Norris continued writing and updating the Guinness Book until 1985.

1927

Porter Wagoner, country singer, TV show host.

1927

Ralph Waite, actor (The Waltons, Roots).

1929

Buck Owens, country singer, a leader in establishing the "Bakersfield Sound.".

1936

Vice-Admiral John Poindexter, Security Adviser to Pres. Ronald Reagan (Dec 1985–Nov 1986); convicted on 5 felonies arising from the Iran/Contra affair, but the convictions were overturned on appeal.

1937

Walter Dean Myers, award-winning author of books for young readers (Hoops, The Scorpion).

1939

George Hamilton, Golden Globe-winning actor (Crime & Punishment, USA), producer (Love at First Bite).

1954

Pat Metheny, multiple-award winning jazz guitarist, including unprecedented 7 Grammys for 7 consecutive recordings.