Birthdays in History on June 11

  • 1403 John IV, Duke of Brabant (d. 1427)
  • 1456 Anne Neville, wife of Richard III of England (d. 1485)
  • 1540 Barnabe Googe, English poet (d. 1594)

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1572 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet (Volpone, Alchemist), born in London (d. 1637)

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1588 George Wither, English writer (d. 1667)
  • 1696 Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal (d. 1758)
  • 1713 Edward Capell, English critic (d. 1781)
  • 1719 Franz K von Velbruck, German free mason/prince-bishop of Luik
  • 1723 J G Palitzsch, 1st saw Halley's comet on return, Prolitz
  • 1741 Joseph Warren, American doctor and soldier (d. 1775)
  • 1776 John Constable, England, landscape painter (Hay Wain)
  • 1807 James Findlay Schenck, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1882)
  • 1808 Charles Henry Poor, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1882)
  • 1815 Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer born in Calcutta, India (d. 1879)
  • 1816 Robert Huston Milroy, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1890)
  • 1822 Samuel Davis Sturgis, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1889)
  • 1823 James Lawson Kemper, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1829 Hendrik Gerhard, Founder (Dutch Social-Democratic)
  • 1840 Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter/etser
  • 1842 Alfred, Liechtenstein noble/politician
  • 1842 Carl von Linde, German engineer and industrialist (d. 1934)
  • 1846 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (d. 1920)
  • 1847 Millicent Garrett Fawcett, leader (English women's movement)
  • 1863 Eduard David, German undersecretary (constitution of Weimar)
  • 1865 Jan H Leopold, Dutch poet (translated Omar Khayyam)
  • 1867 Charles Fabry, discoverer (ozone layer in upper atmosphere)
  • 1876 Alfred L Kroeber, Hoboken NJ, author (Anthropologist looks at History)
  • 1877 Renee Vivien, English-born poet, wrote in French, born in London (d. 1909)

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1880 Jeannette Rankin, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), born in Missoula, Montana (d. 1973)

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin
  • 1883 Frank O King, Cashton Wisc, cartoonist (Gasoline Alley)
  • 1886 David Steinman, American bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough), born in NYC, New York
  • 1888 Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1927)
  • 1892 Edward B B Shanks, British poet/critic
  • 1894 Dai Vernon (David Frederick Wingfield Verner), Canadian magician, The Professor (d. 1992)
  • 1895 Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of USSR (1955-58), born in Gorky, Russia (d. 1975
  • 1897 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, born in Bratislava (d. 1988)
  • 1899 Yasonari Kawabata, Japan, novelist (Thousand Cranes)
  • 1900 Lawrence E Spivak, American news panelist (Meet the Press), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904 Daphne Fielding, socialite/writer
  • 1906 Clifford Leofric Purdy Bishop, bishop
  • 1907 Anton D Hildebrand, children's book writer (Man in the Moon)
  • 1907 Paul Mellon, US, oil magnate/pres (Washington National Gallery of Art)

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1910 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanic explorer (Calypso), born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France (d. 1997)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1912 William Baziotes, painter (abstract expressionist)
  • 1913 John Elliott Terry, managing director (National Film Finance Corp)
  • 1914 Hendrik Berkhof, Dutch theologist (Church & Emperor)
  • 1914 Jack Mann, pilot/hostage
  • 1915 David Kindersley, font designer/cutter
  • 1915 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (d. 1999)
  • 1917 James Bostock, painter/engraver
  • 1917 Joseph B. Wirthlin, LDS apostle
  • 1920 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, King of Nepal (1955-72)
  • 1920 Irving Howe, US, writer/critic (World of Our Fathers)
  • 1921 Beatrice "Fiet" van Ommeren-Samson, Suriname writer
  • 1921 Michael Meyer, UK, novelist/Ibsen translator (Hedda Gabler)
  • 1922 Erving Goffman, sociologist (presentation of self in everyday life)
  • 1922 Michael Cacoyannis, director (Zorba the Greek, Trojan Women)
  • 1923 Gerard Vaughn, MP (Conservative)
  • 1925 William Styron, Va, novelist (Confess of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice)
  • 1926 John Aspinall, English zoo owner and gambling club host, born in Delhi, India (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Beryl Grey, prima ballerina
  • 1927 Marcus Fox, conservative MP/chairman (1922 Committee)
  • 1928 Fabiola de Mora y Aragon, Spanish Queen of Belgium
  • 1928 Gerard van Leijenhorst, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior (CDA)
  • 1930 Anatoli Fyodorovich Voronov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12a backup)
  • 1930 Charles B Rangel, (Rep-D-NY, 1971- )
  • 1931 Lord Cameron of Lochbroom, lord advocate
  • 1932 Athol Fugard, Middleburg South Africa, anti-apartheid writer (Blood Knot)
  • 1932 Timothy Sainsbury, British minister of state
  • 1934 Anthony Evans, British high court judge
  • 1934 Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
  • 1936 George Bryan Ingham, artist
  • 1937 Robin Warren, Australian pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
  • 1939 Barry Porter, British Conservative politician (d. 1996)
  • 1939 Christina Crawford, author, Joan's daughter (Mommie Dearest)

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1943 Henry Hill Jr., mobster and FBI informant (inspired Goodfellas), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • 1944 Alan Horworth, British politician (L), first Conservative to change to Labour party, born in London
  • 1944 Barry Stevens, British/Neth, choreographer (Personals, Young Again)
  • 1944 James "Ox" D A van Hoften, astronaut (STS 11, STS 20), born in Fresno, California

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1945 Robert Munsch, Canadian children's author (The Paper Bag Princess, Love You Forever), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Children's Author Robert Munsch
Children's Author
Robert Munsch
  • 1946 Michael Wilkes, commander (UK Field Army)
  • 1947 Henry Cisneros, first Hispanic to serve as mayor of a major U.S. city (San Antonio), later Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration
  • 1947 Laloo Prasad Yadav, Indian politician
  • 1948 Anthony Nelson, British Sec of Treasury
  • 1949 George Willig, stuntman (climbed World Trade Center in 1977)
  • 1949 Benjamin Vasserman, Estonian graphic artist
  • 1951 Jan Fransen, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1951 Mark D Siljander, (Rep-R-MI, 1981- )
  • 1951 Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist
  • 1955 Tony Allcock, English bowls player (World Singles Champion (1986-87, 2002), born in Leicestershire
  • 1963 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (d. 2000)
  • 1965 Manuel Uribe Garza, morbidly obese Mexican
  • 1968 Staci Baldwin, Miss Washington USA (1996)
  • 1974 Tanya Pogatchnik, Miss Montana USA (1996)
  • 1982 Eldar Rønning, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • 1989 Jeff Linton Osbourne, son of Jeffrey & Sheri