Birthdays in History on March 11

  • 1544 Torquato Tasso, Italian Renaissance poet (Aminta, Apologia), born in Sorrento, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1595)
  • 1549 Henric/Hendrik Spieghel, Dutch Renaissance writer and poet (Hertspiegel)
  • 1596 Isaac Elsevier, book publisher
  • 1725 Henry Benedict Stuart, pretender to the throne of Great Britain (d. 1807)
  • 1730 Otto Friedrich Müller, Copenhagen, Danish Naturalist who was a pioneer in the study of microorganisms including bacteria, diatoms, and infusoria
  • 1731 Robert Treat Paine, judge, signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1738 Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (d. 1792)
  • 1785 John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1861)
  • 1787 Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (d. 1852)
  • 1793 Jan F Willems, Flemish writer/philologist
  • 1811 Marsena Rudolph Patrick, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1811 Urbain Jean Joseph le Verrier, co-discoverer (Neptune)
  • 1812 James Speed, Atty Gen (Union), (d. 1887)
  • 1818 John Wilkins Whitfield, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • 1819 Henry Tate, English sugar producer (Tate Gallery)
  • 1822 Allison Nelson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • 1832 Franz Melde, German phyicist (Melde test)
  • 1832 William Ruffin Cox, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1919)
  • 1840 Edmund Kirby Jr, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1846 Antonio C G Crespo, Brazilian/Portuguese poet
  • 1860 Thomas Hastings, American architect (NY Public Library), born in NYC, New York
  • 1863 Wobbe de Vries, Dutch linguist
  • 1870 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (d. 1946)
  • 1872 Abraham van Stolk Jzn, lumber merchant/art collector
  • 1876 David Wijnkoop, Dutch revolutionary socialist
  • 1879 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph tests)
  • 1880 Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenecist (d. 1943)
  • 1884 Lewi Pethrus, Swedish politician (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Vannevar Bush, developed 1st electronic analogue computer
  • 1892 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II)
  • 1899 Frederick IX, [Christian FFMKWG], King of Denmark (1947-72)
  • 1902 Josef Martin Bauer, writer
  • 1903 Dorothy Schiff, publisher (NY Post)
  • 1903 Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian (d. 1989)
  • 1904 Cornelis Jan Bakker, Dutch/US nuclear physicist
  • 1904 Maurits Wertheim, Dutch writer (Isaac De Fuentes)
  • 1907 Eleni Gatzoyiannis, heroine (saved her kids)
  • 1907 Helmuth J von Moltke, German politician (July 20th plot)
  • 1907 Margaret Herbison, British minister (Labour)
  • 1910 Robert H G Havemann, German chemist
  • 1912 Robert Clifford Latham, pepys Scholar
  • 1913 Thomas Gray, professor/anaesthetist
  • 1915 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, born in Hannover (d. 1999)
  • 1915 J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer (d. 1990)

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1916 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 1974-76), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1995)

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 1916 Ezra Jack Keats, children's literature author (d. 1983)
  • 1917 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • 1920 D J Enright, England, poet/novelist (Some Men are Brothers)
  • 1920 Henry Marking, CEO (British Airways)
  • 1920 Kenneth Dover, chancellor (St Andrews University)
  • 1921 F[rancis] M[arion] Busby Jr, US, sci-fi author (Star Rebel)
  • 1921 Frank Harary, American mathematician (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77)
  • 1923 Alexander Xaver Gwerder, Swiss writer, born in Thalwil, Zurich (d. 1952)
  • 1923 Ad[rianus C] de Besten, Dutch literary (River Basin)
  • 1923 Morschi Mirando, [Thomas Weiss], German/Dutch gypsy artist
  • 1925 James Miskin, QC/recorder of London
  • 1926 Adrienne Keith Cohen, travel editor
  • 1926 Patricia Tindaole, England, architect
  • 1926 Ralph Abernathy, civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership)
  • 1926 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Alan Betts, emeritus professor (Royal Veterinary College)
  • 1927 Raymond Jackson, [Jaki], British cartoonist
  • 1927 Robert Mosbacher, US politician(?)
  • 1927 Ron Todd, British trade unionist
  • 1928 Peter Roger Hunt, director (Dr No), born in London, England
  • 1929 Erskine Childers, unofficial/civil servant
  • 1930 David Gentleman, designer/painter
  • 1931 Peter Walters, CEO (Midland Bank)

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1931 Rupert Murdoch, Australian media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria

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Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • 1932 Nigel Lawson, British government official (The Power Game)
  • 1933 Terry J Hatter Jr, US judge in California
  • 1934 George Stamatoyannopoulos, Greece, medical genetics researcher
  • 1934 Keith Speed, British MP
  • 1936 Antonin Scalia, 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Malcolm Keith Speed, British high court judge
  • 1939 Lorraine Hunt, former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • 1945 Timothy Mason, consultant (British Arts Council)
  • 1947 Geoffrey Hunt, Australia, world-champion squash player
  • 1948 Roy Barnes, 80th Governor of Georgia
  • 1950 Jerry Zucker, director (Airplane, Naked Gun), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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1952 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2001)

  • 1954 Gale Norton, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • 1956 Curtis L Brown Jr, NC, astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95)
  • 1957 The Lady Chablis [Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2016)
  • 1957 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Leningrad, Soviet Union, Chess Grandmaster, (d. 2012)
  • 1958 Jim Pinkerton, American pundit
  • 1958 Flemming Rose, Danish journalist
  • 1958 Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, interim President of Iraq
  • 1965 Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician
  • 1966 Pavel Petrovich Mukhortov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1967 Brad Carson, American politician
  • 1970 Delia Gallagher, American journalist
  • 1974 Jon Dalton, the infamous "Jonny Fairplay" from the 7th and 16th season of Survivor
  • 1975 Eric the Midget [Eric S. Lynch], Rodeo, California, American radio personality
  • 1978 Christopher Rice, American author
  • 1984 Tom James, British rower