Birthdays in History on February 11

  • 1377 King Ladislas of Naples (d. 1414)
  • 1380 Gianfrancesco Poggio Bracciolini, Italy, humanist
  • 1466 Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England and wife of King Henry VII, born in Westminster Palace, London (d. 1503)
  • 1506 Juliana van Stolberg, engraver of Nassau
  • 1535 Gregory XIV, [Niccolo Sfondrati], Roman Catholic pope (1590-91)
  • 1557 John Wtenbogaert, remonstrants theologist
  • 1568 Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (d. 1625)
  • 1649 William Carstares, Scottish minister (d. 1715)
  • 1657 Bernard Fontenelle, France, scientist/writer (Plurality of Worlds)
  • 1764 Marie-Joseph de Chénier, French poet (Cajus Graechus)
  • 1774 Hans Järta, Swedish political activist (d. 1847)
  • 1776 Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire and first head of state of independent Greece (d. 1831)
  • 1783 Jarena Lee, African American travelling minister
  • 1799 Basil Moreau, French Founder priest (d. 1873)

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1800 William Henry Fox Talbot, English photographic pioneer, born in Dorset, England (d. 1877)

Photography Pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot
Photography Pioneer
William Henry Fox Talbot
  • 1802 Lydia Maria Child, US, author/abolitionist (Juvenile Miscellany)

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1812 Alexander H. Stephens, US Confederate Vice President, born in Crawfordville, Georgia (d. 1883)

Confederate States VP Alexander H. Stephens
Confederate States VP
Alexander H. Stephens
  • 1812 Benjamin Franklin Sands, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1883)
  • 1813 Otto Ludwig, German writer and critic (d. 1865)
  • 1821 Hermann Allmers, writer
  • 1821 Auguste-Édouard Mariette, French Egyptologist (d. 1881)
  • 1829 William Anderson Pile, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1889)
  • 1833 Melville Fuller, American 8th chief justice, born in Augusta, Maine (d. 1910)
  • 1839 Josiah Willard Gibbs, theoretical physicist/chemist
  • 1840 Sanuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), (d. 1884)

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1847 Thomas Edison, American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera) born in Milan, Ohio (d. 1931)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1860 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author (Monsieur Venus)
  • 1867 August W Messer, German philosopher/educator/psychologist
  • 1869 Helene Kroller-Muller, Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
  • 1869 Else Lasker-Schüler, German writer (d. 1945)
  • 1872 Edward Johnston, British craftsman and calligrapher - "the father of modern calligraphy" (d 1944)
  • 1873 Feodor Chaliapine, Russian author/novelist (Pages from My Life)
  • 1874 Elsa Beskow, [Maartman], Swedish children's book/fairy tales author
  • 1887 John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
  • 1890 John P M L de Vries, fairy tale writer
  • 1890 David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Johan C P Alberts, Dutch literary (Festival)
  • 1894 Isaac M Kolthoff, chemist (Massenanalyse)
  • 1898 Leo Szilard, Hungary, physicist/A-bomb worker/peace activist
  • 1900 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher
  • 1900 Thomas Hitchcock Jr, great polo player (Westchester Cup 1924,27,30,39)
  • 1900 Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
  • 1901 Roddy Connolly, Irish politician, son of James Connolly (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79)
  • 1904 Keith Holyoake, New Zealand PM (1960-72)
  • 1905 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Dutch/Indonesian writer (Camp diary)
  • 1906 Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal
  • 1908 Sutan Takdir Alishahbana, Indonesian linguistic/author/novelist
  • 1908 Vivian [Ernest] Fuchs, geologist/explorer (British Antarctic Survey)
  • 1909 Joseph L Mankiewicz, Wilkes-Barre PA, film writer/director (Sleuth)
  • 1911 Alec Cairncross, chancellor (Glasgow U)
  • 1912 Roy Fuller, Failsworth, Lancashire, English poet/novelist (Lost Season)
  • 1914 French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer
  • 1914 Winand J Borgerhoff Mulder, court judge of Amsterdam
  • 1915 Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (VARA Orch, Orkestgebouw Orch)
  • 1915 Mervyn Levy, artist/critic
  • 1915 Patrick Leigh Fermor, author
  • 1915 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1916 Bernice Levin Neugarten, social scientist/gerontologist
  • 1917 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer

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1917 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 1917 T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the Beehive, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1920 Daniel F[rancis] Galouye, US, sci-fi author (Dark Universe, Last Leap)
  • 1920 Farouk I, Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
  • 1920 Paul Peter Piech, artist
  • 1921 Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
  • 1921 Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Baroness Sharples, made a life peer after the assassination of her husband (Sir Richard Sharples)
  • 1923 Ronald Arculus, British diplomat
  • 1924 Mary Tregear, Oriental art historian
  • 1925 Peter Berger, British vice-admiral
  • 1925 Virginia E Johnson, doctor and sexologist (Masters & Johnson)
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, France, great chef (Legion of Honor)
  • 1928 Archibald Forster, CEO (Esso UK)
  • 1930 Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Oly-gold-1960)
  • 1930 Roy De Forest, American Painter (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Dennis Skinner, British politician (L), Chairman of the Labour Party (1988-89), born in Clay Cross, Derbyshire
  • 1934 Mary Quant, Kent England, fashion designer (Chelsea Look, Mod Look)
  • 1934 Patrick Holmes Sellors, ophthalmologist
  • 1934 Mel Carnahan, American politician (d. 2000)
  • 1937 Marilyn Butler, Rector (Exeter College-Oxford)

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1938 Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and dictator (1983-89), born in Panama City, Panama (d. 2017)

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1939 Bryan Gould, New Zealand and British politician (L), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1939 Jane [Hyatt] Yolen, US, sci-fi author (Spider Jane, Heart's Blood)
  • 1941 Glenn Randall Jr, stuntman (Species, Mrs Soffel, Return of the Jedi)
  • 1941 Jeremy Mackenzie, general
  • 1942 Archie Andrews, comic book character (Archie)
  • 1943 Iain Cameron, British brigadier
  • 1944 Buddhadev Dasgupta, director (Charachar, Grihajuddha)
  • 1944 Michael G. Oxley, Politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1946 M C Walker, CEO (Iceland Frozen Foods)
  • 1946 Timothy Chambers, pediatrician
  • 1950 Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • 1953 Stephen D Thorne, Frankfurt-on-Main, German FR, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut

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1953 [John Ellis] Jeb Bush, American politician (Governor of Florida (R) 1999-2007), born in Midland, Texas

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • 1960 Richard A Mastracchio, astronaut, born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1962 Tammy Baldwin, American politician
  • 1964 Ken Shamrock, American martial artist
  • 1964 Sarah Palin, American politician
  • 1967 Scott Shay, American linguist
  • 1969 Mary Stoker, Miss Wisconsin USA (1996)
  • 1974 Alex Jones, American radio host
  • 1974 Zain Verjee, American newsreporter
  • 1982 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
  • 1990 Princess Ayah of Jordan