Famous Birthdays on February 11

  • 1377 King Ladislas of Naples (d. 1414)
  • 1380 Poggio Bracciolini, Italian humanist who rediscovered lost classical texts, born in Terranuova, Republic of Florence (d. 1459)
  • 1466 Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England and wife of King Henry VII, born in Westminster Palace, London (d. 1503)
  • 1535 Gregory XIV [Niccolo Sfondrati], Italian Roman Catholic Pope (1590-91), born in Somma Lombardo, Duchy of Milan (d. 1591)
  • 1557 John Wtenbogaert, Dutch theologist (Kerckelicke history), born in at Utrecht (d. 1664)
  • 1568 Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (d. 1625)
  • 1649 William Carstares, Scottish minister (d. 1715)
  • 1657 Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle, French scientist and writer (Plurality of Worlds), born in Rouen, France (d. 1757)

Louis MandrinLouis Mandrin (1725-1755)

French smuggler considered the French Robin Hood, born in Dauphiné, France

  • 1755 Albert Christoph Dies, German painter, engraver and biographer of Josef Haydn, born in Hanover (d. 1822)
  • 1764 Marie-Joseph de Chénier, French poet (Caïus Gracchus), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1811)
  • 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 (1st woman preacher in African Methodist Episcopal Church), born in Cape May, New Jersey (d. 1864)
  • 1790 Ignaz Assmayer, Austrian organist, and composer of liturgical music, born in Salzberg, Austria (d. 1862)
  • 1799 Basil Moreau, French Founder priest (d. 1873)

William Henry Fox TalbotWilliam Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877)

English photographic pioneer, born in Dorset, England

  • 1802 Lydia Maria Child, American author, journalist and abolitionist (Juvenile Miscellany), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • 1810 Loïsa Puget, French opera and salon song composer ("À la grâce de Dieu"), born in Paris, France (d. 1889)

Alexander H. StephensAlexander H. Stephens (1812-1883)

American Vice President of the Confederate States (1861-65), born in Crawfordville, Georgia

  • 1812 Benjamin Franklin Sands, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1883)
  • 1813 Otto Ludwig, German writer and critic (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American sacred music composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1890)
  • 1821 Auguste-Édouard Mariette, French Egyptologist (d. 1881)
  • 1821 Hermann Allmers, German poet (Feldeinsamkeit), born in Rechtenfleth (d. 1902)
  • 1829 William Anderson Pile, American politician, minister, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1889)
  • 1830 Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf, Prussian composer and musician (d. 1913)
  • 1830 Peter Arnold Heise, Danish composer (Drot og Marsk), (d. 1879)
  • 1833 Melville Fuller, American 8th chief justice, born in Augusta, Maine (d. 1910)
  • 1839 Josiah Willard Gibbs, American theoretical physicist and chemist (created statistical mechanics, 1st US doctorate in engineering), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1903)
  • 1840 Sanuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), (d. 1884)

Thomas EdisonThomas Edison (1847-1931)

American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), born in Milan, Ohio

  • 1860 Rachilde [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author (Monsieur Venus), born near Périgueux, France (d. 1953)
  • 1867 August W Messer, German philosopher/educator/psychologist, born in Mainz (d. 1937)
  • 1869 Else Lasker-Schüler, German writer (d. 1945)
  • 1869 Helene Kroller-Muller, Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
  • 1872 Edward Johnston, British craftsman and calligrapher - "the father of modern calligraphy" (d. 1944)
  • 1873 Feodor Chaliapine, Russian operatic bass-baritone singer (Man and Mask: Forty Years in the Life of a Singer), born in Kazen, Russian Empire (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Elsa Beskow, Swedish children's author and illustrator (Tale of the Little Little Old Woman), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1963)
  • 1874 Fritz Bennicke Hart, British composer and conductor (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), born in Greenwich, London (d. 1949)
  • 1875 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, Swedish organist and composer, born in Otterstad, Sweden (d. 1959)
  • 1879 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1882 Gheorghe Cucu, Romanian composer, born in Puiești, Romania (d. 1932)
  • 1883 Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer (Sulamith), and conductor, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1946)
  • 1884 Alfonso Leng, Chilean dentist and composer (Doloras), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1974)
  • 1887 John van Melle, South African writer (Bart Nel), born in Goes, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1889 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, Russian-Soviet composer (Ice and Steel), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1890 David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Jan de Vries, Dutch scholar of Germanic linguistics and Germanic mythology, born in Amsterdam (d. 1964)
  • 1891 J. W. Hearne, English cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 30 wickets, 1 x 100; Middlesex), born in Hillingdon, England (d. 1965)
  • 1894 Isaac Kolthoff, Dutch analytical chemist (developed cold process for producing synthetic rubber), born in Almelo, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1895 Viktor Trambitsky, Russian composer, born in Brest-Litovsk, Russian Empire (d. 1970)
  • 1897 Yves de La Casiniere, French composer, born in Angers, France (d. 1971)

Leó SzilárdLeó Szilárd (1898-1964)

Hungarian-German-American nuclear physicist (Manhattan Project) and peace activist, born in Budapest, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire

  • 1900 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (Truth and Method), born in Marburg, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1900 Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
  • 1900 Thomas Hitchcock Jr., American polo player (Westchester Cup 1924,27,30,39), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 1944)
  • 1901 Roddy Connolly, Irish politician, son of James Connolly (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Hans Redlich, Austrian-English composer & musicologist (Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), born in Central City, West Virginia (d. 1966)
  • 1904 Henry Richardson LaBouisse, American diplomat (headed UNICEF 1965-79), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1987)

Keith HolyoakeKeith Holyoake (1904-1983)

26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), born in Pahiatua, New Zealand

  • 1905 Beb Vuyk, Dutch-Indonesian writer (Camp Diary), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal (WWII, Suez Canal) (d. 1992)
  • 1907 Anita Garvin, American stage, silent and sound screen actress (Sailors Beware; Laurel and Hardy - Swiss Miss; Blotto; The Charlatan; Hats Off), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1907 E. W. Swanton, English author and sports commentator (cricket - BBC Radio), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • 1908 Sutan Takdir Alishahbana, Indonesian linguist and writer (Poedjangga Baroe), born in Natal, Dutch East Indies (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Vivian Fuchs, English geologist and explorer (led Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1st to cross Antarctica via South Pole), born in Freshwater, Isle of Wight (d. 1999)
  • 1909 Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter and film director (Sleuth), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1911 Alexander Cairncross, Scottish economist (Chancellor of Glasgow University), born in Lesmahagow, Scotland (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), born in Fairfield, Iowa (d. 1946)
  • 1911 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), born in Cedarhurst, NY (d. 1974)
  • 1912 Roy Fuller, English poet and novelist (Lost Season), born in Failsworth, England (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Rudolf Firkušný, Moravian-American concert pianist and educator (Julliard), born in Napajedla, Moravia (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Lucio San Pedro, Filipino composer ("Sa Ugoy ng Duyan"), born in Angono, Philippines (d. 2002)
  • 1914 French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • 1914 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist (Orkestgebouw Orchestra), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1915 Mervyn Levy, Welsh artist and critic, born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Patrick Leigh Fermor, English soldier and travel writer (A Time of Gifts), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1915 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Bernice Neugarten, American physiologist (work on psychology of aging), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Richard Jock Kinneir, British graphic designer (modern road signs), born in Hampshire, England (d. 1994)

Sidney SheldonSidney Sheldon (1917-2007)

American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1917 T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the beehive hairstyle, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1919 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress (Green Acres - "Lisa Douglas"; Gigi), comedian, singer, and socialite, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Gretchen Fraser, American slalom skier (Olympic gold 1948, 1st American skiing gold), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Israel Baker, American concert and session violinist (NBC Symphony; Paramount Studios Orchestra), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Billy Halop [William Halop Cohen], American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1920 Daniel F[rancis] Galouye, American sci-fi author (Dark Universe, Last Leap)
  • 1920 Farouk I, Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
  • 1920 Paul Peter Piech, artist
  • 1921 Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
  • 1922 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, born in Cluj (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Baroness Sharples, made a life peer after the assassination of her husband (Sir Richard Sharples)
  • 1923 Ronald Arculus, British diplomat
  • 1923 Sy Kattelson, American photographer, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Budge Patty, American tennis player (French C'ship, Wimbledon men's singles 1950), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2021)
  • 1924 Mary Tregear, Oriental art historian
  • 1925 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), born in Tularosa, New Mexico (d. 2001)
  • 1925 Virginia E. Johnson, American doctor and sexologist (Masters & Johnson), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (Spy Hard, Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun), born in Regina, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, French great chef (Legion of Honor), born in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Archibald Forster, CEO (Esso UK)
  • 1928 Conrad Janis, American actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino), and traditional jazz trombonist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Gerry Alexander, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (25 Tests, top score 108, 90 dismissals), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Leonard Kastle, opera composer, librettist, director (The Passion of Mother Ann), and film maker (The Honeymoon Killers), born New York City (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1930 C H Dearnley, organist
  • 1930 Roy De Forest, American Painter (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Bobby Lamb, Irish jazz trombonist, composer, and conductor, born in Cork, Irish Free State
  • 1931 Larry Merchant, American boxing author and analyst (International Boxing Hall of Fame; HBO, Showtime), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932 Dennis Skinner, British politician (L), Chairman of the Labour Party (1988-89), born in Clay Cross, Derbyshire
  • 1932 Jerome Lowenthal, American concert pianist, and educator (Julliard; Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Mildred Sampson, New Zealand distance runner (world marathon record 3:19:33 1964), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1934 Francesco Pennisi, Italian contemporary classical composer, born in Acireale, Sicily (d. 2000)
  • 1934 John Surtees, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), born in Tatsfield, England (d. 2017)

Manuel NoriegaManuel Noriega (1934-2017)

Panamanian general and dictator (1983-89), born in a Panama City slum, Panama

Mary QuantMary Quant (1934-2023)

English fashion designer (Chelsea Look, Mod Look), born in Kent, England [1]

  • 1934 Mel Carnahan, American politician (d. 2000)
  • 1934 Patrick Holmes Sellors, British ophthalmologist (d. 2010)
  • 1934 Tina Louise, American actress (Ginger-Gilligan's Island, Julie-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Bent Lorentzen, Danish orchestral, electronic, and opera composer, born in Stenvad, Denmark (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Gene Vincent [Vincent Eugene Craddock], American rock guitarist and vocalist ("Be-Bop-A-Lula"), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1971)

Burt ReynoldsBurt Reynolds (1936-2018)

American actor (Deliverance, Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball), born in Lansing, Michigan

  • 1937 Bill Lawry AM, Australian cricket batsman and captain (67 Tests, 5,234 runs @ 47.15, 13 x 100s) and broadcaster (9 Network), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1937 Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1962, 63, 64; Stanley Cup 1962, 63, 64, 67; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • 1937 Marilyn Butler, Rector (Exeter College-Oxford)
  • 1937 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • 1937 Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist, and singer ("Hello My Darling"), born in Welsh, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 1938 Bevan Congdon, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (61 Tests; 3448 runs @ 32.22, 7 x 100; 59 wickets), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter ("Monster Mash"), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1938 Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • 1938 Willy Correa de Oliveira, composer
  • 1938 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1939 Bryan Gould, New Zealand and British politician (L), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1939 Gerry Goffin, American pop and rock lyricist ("Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; "Up On The Roof"; "Pleasant Valley Sunday"), married to Carole King, 1959-69, born in Queens, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Jane Yolen, American sci-fi and children's literature author and poet (Spider Jane; Heart's Blood), born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1940 Calvin Fowler, American basketball point guard (Olympic gold 1968 co-captain; Saint Francis University), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Glenn Randall Jr, stuntman (Species, Mrs Soffel, Return of the Jedi)
  • 1941 Jeremy Mackenzie, general
  • 1941 Sérgio Mendes, Brazilian jazz, bossa nova, and pop pianist, composer, and band leader (Brazil '66/'77/'88), born in Niterói, Brazil
  • 1942 Archie Andrews, comic book character (Archie)
  • 1942 Leon Haywood, American funk and soul singer, and keyboardist ("It's Got To Be Mellow"; "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Otis Clay, American gospel, soul, and R&B-singer ("That's How It Is (When You're In Love)"), born in Waxhaw, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Tony Colton [Chalk], British singer-songwriter, and record producer (Head, Hands, and Feet), born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Alan Rubin, American jazz and session trumpeter and flugelhorn player (SNL; Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Iain Cameron, British brigadier
  • 1943 Serge Lama [Chauvier], French singer ("Je suis malade"), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1944 Bert Greene, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1969 3rd), born in Gray, Georgia
  • 1944 Buddhadev Dasgupta, director (Charachar, Grihajuddha)
  • 1944 Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Ralph Doubell, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 800m WR 1:44.40 1968), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1946 Heinz Winbeck, German composer, conductor and teacher, born in Piflas, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Ian Porterfield, English footballer, born in Dunfermline, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1947 Joselito [José Jiménez], Spanish singer and actor, born in Beas de Segura, Andalucia, Spain
  • 1947 Kikko Matsuoka, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1948 Lynn Goldsmith, American photographer, filmmaker, recording artist, and album cover designer (Grand Funk Railroad; Patti Smith; Frank Zappa; Paul Simon), born in Detroit Michigan
  • 1948 Susan Bernard, American author, actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) Playboy playmate (Dec, 1966), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Vangelis Kordompoulis, Greek jazz pianist, composer, and music educator, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1950 Clarence Ellis, American football safety, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1950 Ernest Istook, American politician (Rep-R-Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Jeb BushJeb Bush (70 years old)

1953 American politician (Governor of Florida (R) 1999-2007), born in Midland, Texas

  • 1953 Neil Henderson, Scottish pop guitarist (Middle Of The Road - "Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1953 Philip Anglim, American actor (Dane-Thorn Birds), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953 Stephen Thorne, American naval officer, born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1953 Yitzhak "Vicky" Peretz, Israeli soccer striker (40 caps; Maccabi Tel Aviv, Strasbourg, Rennes), born in Kfar Saba, Israel (d. 2021)
  • 1954 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1954 Wesley Strick, American screenwriter, born in New York
  • 1956 Catherine Hickland, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1956 David Uosikkinen, American drummer (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Didier Lockwood, French violinist, born in Calais, France (d. 2018)
  • 1956 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], British-American singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • 1956 Raoul Björkenheim, American avant-garde jazz guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Alberto Bica, Uruguayan soccer right winger (9 caps; Racing, River Plate, Nacional Montevideo), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2021)
  • 1958 Michael Jackson, British television producer & executive (BBC2), born in Cheshire, England
  • 1960 Richard Mastracchio, American astronaut, born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1961 Becky LeBeau, American vocalist (Mischief), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Carey Lowell, American actress (Me & Him, Guardian, Dangerously Close), born in New York City, New York
  • 1961 Mary Docter, American 3000m speed skater (Olympics 1980, 84, 88, 92), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Eric Vanderaerden, Belgian cyclist, born in Herk-de-Stad, Belgium
  • 1962 Scott Kolden, American actor (Scott-Me & the Champ), born in Torrance, California

Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow (61 years old)

1962 American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("All I Want to Do"; "If It Makes You Happy"), born in Kennett, Missouri

  • 1962 Tammy Baldwin, American politician (Senator-D-Wisconsin 2013-), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1963 José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer, born in Goizueta, Spain
  • 1963 Todd Benzinger, American baseball player (SF Giants), born in Dayton, Kentucky
  • 1964 Ken Shamrock, American martial artist, born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1964 Sarah Palin, American politician, born in Sandpoint, Idaho
  • 1965 Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1966 Alexander Semak, Russian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ufa, Russia