Birthdays in History on December 11

  • 1465 Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shogun (d. 1489)

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1475 Leo X [Giovanni de' Medici], Italian Pope (1513-21), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1521)

Pope Leo X
Pope
Leo X
  • 1709 Louise Elisabeth of Orléans, queen consort of Spain (d. 1742)
  • 1712 Francesco Algarotti, Italian earl/encyclopedic (Viaggio in Russia)

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1725 George Mason, American statesman (Bill of Rights), born in Fairfax County, Colony of Virginia (d. 1792)

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason
  • 1761 Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (d. 1835)
  • 1781 David Brewster, Scotland, physicist/inventor (kaleidoscope)
  • 1783 Max von Schenkendorf, German poet
  • 1797 Hiram Paulding, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1878)
  • 1801 Christian Dietrich Grabbe, German dramatist, born in Detmold, Lippe (d. 1836)
  • 1810 Alfred de Musset, writer (Un Caprice, Bettine), born in Paris, France
  • 1835 Adolf Stoecker, German anti semite/PM
  • 1836 Jan Boissevain, Dutch politician/ship owner
  • 1838 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG)
  • 1840 Kemal Bey, Turkey, poet/author (Fatherland-1872)

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1843 Robert Koch, German pioneering bacteriologist (TB, cholera, Nobel Prize 1905), born in Clausthal, Hanover (d. 1910)

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Microbiologist
Robert Koch
  • 1849 Ellen Key, Swedish theory/author/feminist (Courageous Woman)
  • 1856 Georgi V Plechanov, Russian revolutionary theorist
  • 1858 Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Russian theatre director (d. 1943)

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1863 Annie Jump Cannon, American stellar spectroscopist (Harvard-classification), born in Dover, Delaware (d. 1941)

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon
Astronomer
Annie Jump Cannon
  • 1873 Josip Plemelj, Slovenian mathematician (d. 1967)
  • 1882 Fiorello La Guardia, (Mayor-R- 1933-45), born in NYC, New York
  • 1882 Max Born, Germany, physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1954)
  • 1882 Subramanya Bharathy, Indian poet (d. 1921)
  • 1889 Paul Kornfeld, Czech playwright, born in Prague (d. 1942)
  • 1889 Walter Knott, American farmer (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish poet (Barfotabarn)
  • 1899 Vera von der Heydt, psychoanalyst
  • 1904 Joe Coral [Joseph Kagarlitski], British bookmaker (Gala Coral Group), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Marge, American cartoonist (d 1993)
  • 1905 Eugen Fink, German philosopher
  • 1905 Robert Henriques, English writer (d. 1967)
  • 1906 Birago Diop, Senegalees writer/ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs)
  • 1909 Ronald McKie, Australian author (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Robert Grieve, civil servant
  • 1911 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Vincent Henry Kemp, poet
  • 1912 Carlo Ponti, Magenta, Lombardy, Italian producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago)

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1918 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (Cancer Ward, Nobel 1970), born in Kislovodsk, Russia (d. 2008)

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1922 Grace Paley, writer (1970 Arts & Letters Award)
  • 1922 Peter Birch, choreographer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1925 Paul Greengard, American neuroscientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1927 John Buscema, American comics artist (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, leader B-sect/guru of rich
  • 1933 Earnest P van Altena, author/interpreter (Chansons van Earnest)
  • 1933 Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Filipino politician
  • 1935 Pranab Mukherjee, Indian politician
  • 1935 Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer (Porsche 911), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Hans van den Broek, Dutch foreign minister (-1992)
  • 1936 Taku Yamasaki, Japanese politician
  • 1937 Adrian J Vlok, South African NP-minister of Law & Order (1986- )
  • 1937 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), born in Grayling, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Thomas McGuane, US, writer (Colf Feet, Tom Horn, Missouri Breaks)
  • 1939 Tom Hayden, American civil rights and antiwar activist and politician (Rep-D-Ca), born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Max Baucus, (Sen-D-Mont)
  • 1942 Derek Parfit, British philosopher who specialized in problems of personal identity, rationality and ethics, born in Chengdu, China (d. 2017)

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1943 John Kerry, US Secretary of State (2013-17) and 2004 presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, born in Aurora, Colorado

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • 1950 Christine Onassis [Andreadis], American-born Greek heiress (Aristotle's daughter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Susan Seidelman, director (Desperately Seeking Susan)
  • 1954 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic engineer
  • 1954 Santiago Creel, Mexican politician
  • 1956 Lani Brockman, playwright
  • 1959 Lisa Gastineau, American reality show star
  • 1961 Marco Pierre White, English chef and restaurateur
  • 1964 John Mark Karr, American who claimed involvement in JonBenét Ramsey case
  • 1969 Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster
  • 1972 Dana Macsim, Romanian television news reporter
  • 1981 Paul Medhurst, Australian rules footballer
  • 1988 Murugan Thiruchelvam, English chess prodigy