Birthdays in History on May 11

  • 1568 Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (Battle of White Mountain)
  • 1571 Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (d. 1637)
  • 1654 Cornelis van Alkemade, Dutch historian
  • 1720 Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German adventurer (d. 1797)
  • 1722 Peter Camper, Leyden Holland, anatomist/professor (Amsterdam)
  • 1733 Victoire of France, daughter of king Louis XV (d. 1799)
  • 1752 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (d. 1840)
  • 1763 János Batsányi, Hungarian poet (d. 1845)
  • 1799 John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)
  • 1801 Henri Labrouste, French architect (d. 1875)
  • 1811 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese-Thai Siamese twins, born in Samutsongkram, Thailand (d. 1874)
  • 1811 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1893)
  • 1821 [Carlos] Charles John Stolbrand, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • 1823 Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter
  • 1824 Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (d. 1904), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1827 Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (d. 1875)
  • 1830 John Converse Starkweather, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • 1838 Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (d. 1912)
  • 1852 Charles Warren Fairbanks, (R) 26th US VP (1905-09)
  • 1854 Ottmar Mergenthaler, Hachtel Germany, inventor (linotype)
  • 1858 Carl Hauptmann, writer
  • 1861 Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international scouting movement (d. 1947)
  • 1871 Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)
  • 1875 Harriet Quimby, American aviator (d. 1912)
  • 1878 Jan Machiel Reyskens, oldest male resident of the Netherlands, (d. 1990 aged 111)
  • 1881 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian physicist (d. 1963)
  • 1888 P A J Losecaat Vermeer, leader of Dutch High Council
  • 1888 Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
  • 1890 Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 1891 Henry Morgenthau Jr, US Secretary of Treasury (1934-45)
  • 1894 Anton A Mussert, Dutch nazi leader (NSB)
  • 1894 Martha Graham, Allegheny Penn, choreographer (Appalachian Spring)
  • 1895 Jan Parandowski, writer
  • 1896 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter
  • 1897 Izak W van der Merwe, [Boerneef], South African writer (Tweetalige Woordeboek)
  • 1897 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1899 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
  • 1902 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Unen Kaivo)
  • 1904 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio-announcer

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1904 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), born in Figueres, Spain (d. 1989)

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  • 1905 Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner
  • 1907 Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)
  • 1909 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Edgar Beck, president (John Mowlem)
  • 1911 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier
  • 1911 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
  • 1913 Robert Jungk, Austrian publicist (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer (Nobel Prize 1989), born in Padrón, La Coruña (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Hon Montague Woodhouse, Greek resistance organiser
  • 1918 Richard P Feynman, physicist (Feynman-diagrams/Nobel prize 1965)
  • 1918 Robert Hunt, CEO (Dowty Group)
  • 1921 Ian Percival, British politician (C) and Solicitor General (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician
  • 1922 Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1923 Joan Moriarty, Brigadier matron-in-chief/dir (Army Nursing Services)
  • 1923 Lord Gordon "Gordy" White, English industrialist/multi-millionaire
  • 1923 Vincent Gordon Lindsay White, British business tycoon
  • 1924 Antony Hewish, radio astronomer
  • 1924 Eugene Dynkin, Russian mathematician
  • 1925 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), born in Haslingden, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1925 William Glasser, psychiatrist (reality therapy, choice theory), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Ernest Harrison, CEO (Racal Electronics)
  • 1927 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Zilpha Keatly Snyder, US, sci-fi author (Headless Cupid)
  • 1927 Gene Savoy, American author, explorer, scholar and cleric (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Yaacov Agam, Israeli sculptor
  • 1928 Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary
  • 1929 Edward Anson, British vice-admiral
  • 1930 M J Hamlin, Principal/Vice-Chancellor (Dundee University)
  • 1930 Stanley L Elkin, American writer/professor (Living End), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (d. 2007)
  • 1930 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC) (d. 2012), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1931 Stephen Smalley, rev/dean (Chester)
  • 1932 Henriette Santer, clinical Psychologist
  • 1932 Valentino [Garavani], fashion designer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1933 Louis Farrakhan, minister (black islam nation, million man march)
  • 1934 James M Jeffords, (Rep-R-VT, 1975- )
  • 1935 Francisco Umbral, Spanish novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Ulrich Berkes, German writer, born in Salle
  • 1941 Graham Miles, English snooker player
  • 1942 Rachel Billington, British writer
  • 1948 Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • 1952 Warren Littlefield, American television executive
  • 1955 John DeStefano, Jr., American politician
  • 1956 Theresa Burke, Canadian journalist
  • 1957 Luca Urbani, MD/astronaut (STS 78-alt), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1963 Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish politician
  • 1964 John Parrott, snooker player
  • 1978 Richard Spencer, American white supremacist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1986 Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, Dutch Professional Gamer