Famous Birthdays on May 11

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  • 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)
  • 1731 Johann Gottfried Seyfert, composer
  • 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)
  • 1772 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer
  • 1791 Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek, composer
  • 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)
  • 1817 Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
  • 1821 [Carlos] Charles John Stolbrand, Swedish-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Skåne, Sweden (d. 1894)
  • 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, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cooperstown, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1835 Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer (d. 1905)
  • 1838 Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (d. 1912)
  • 1840 Filippo Capocci, composer
  • 1841 Ernst von Possart, German actor, stage manager and reciter, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1921)
  • 1852 Charles Warren Fairbanks, (R) 26th US VP (1905-09)
  • 1854 John Blackham, cricketer (Australia's 1st wicketkeeper)
  • 1854 Ottmar Mergenthaler, Hachtel Germany, inventor (linotype)
  • 1855 Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake)
  • 1858 Carl Hauptmann, writer
  • 1861 Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international scouting movement (d. 1947)
  • 1869 Francisco Lacerda, composer
  • 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 Jan van Gilse, composer/resistance fighter (Frau Helga von Staveren)
  • 1881 Pascual Rogatis, composer
  • 1881 Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1881 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian physicist (d. 1963)
  • 1882 Joseph Marx, Austrian composer/critic
  • 1885 Joe "King" Oliver, American jazz musician (d. 1938)
  • 1887 Paul Wittgenstein, left handed pianist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)

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1888 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), born in Tyumen, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 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)
  • 1892 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Most Foul, The V.I.P.s), born in London (d. 1972)
  • 1894 Anton A Mussert, Dutch nazi leader (NSB)
  • 1894 Florimond Cornellie, Belgian sailor (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1894 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

  • 1895 Jan Parandowski, writer
  • 1895 William Grant Still, Woodville Mississippi, composer (Afro-American)
  • 1896 Josip Slavenski, composer
  • 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)
  • 1903 Charlie Gehringer, Detroit Tigers' 2nd baseman (1924-42)
  • 1904 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio-announcer

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

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali
  • 1905 Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner
  • 1906 Kent Taylor, [Louis Weiss], Iowa, actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders)
  • 1906 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break the sound barrier, born in Muscogee, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Rip Sewell, American baseball player, born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Herbert Murrill, composer
  • 1909 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer (d. 1974)
  • 1911 Doodles Weaver, comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1911 Edgar Beck, president (John Mowlem)
  • 1911 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier
  • 1911 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
  • 1912 Foster Brooks, comedian and actor (Miles-Mork & Mindy), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1912 Phil Silvers, American comedian (Sgt Bilko-Phil Silvers Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913 Clare Grundman, composer
  • 1913 Tutti Camarata, Glen Ridge NJ, orchestra leader (Vic Damone Show)
  • 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)
  • 1918 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist, born in Queens, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1920 Beryl Bryden, jazz singer
  • 1920 Denver Pyle, American actor (Dukes of Hazzard, Tammy, The Doris Day Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1921 Ian Percival, British politician (C) and Solicitor General (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician
  • 1922 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1923 Joan Moriarty, Brigadier matron-in-chief/dir (Army Nursing Services)
  • 1923 Gordon White, British business tycoon and co-founder of corporate raider Hanson Group, born in Hull, England (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Antony Hewish, radio astronomer
  • 1924 Jackie Milburn, English soccer star (Newcastle United)
  • 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)
  • 1926 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1927 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Mort Sahl, comedian/political satirist/beatnik (Big Party), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1927 Zilpha Keatly Snyder, American 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) born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Stephen Smalley, rev/dean (Chester)
  • 1932 Henriette Santer, clinical Psychologist
  • 1932 Valentino [Garavani], fashion designer, born in Milan, Italy

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1933 Louis Farrakhan [Louis Eugene Wolcott], American religious leader (Nation of Islam, Million Man March), born in New York City

Religious Leader Louis Farrakhan
Religious Leader
Louis Farrakhan
  • 1934 James M Jeffords, (Rep-R-VT, 1975- )
  • 1935 Doug McClure, actor (Checkmate, Virginian, Roots), born in Glendale, California
  • 1935 Francisco Umbral, Spanish novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Ulrich Berkes, German writer, born in Salle
  • 1937 David Allan, cricketer (West Indian wicketkeeper 1962-66)
  • 1938 Carla Bley [Carla Borg], American musician (Escalator Over the Hill), born in Oakland, California
  • 1938 Harvey Sollberger, flutist/composer (2 Oboes Troping), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1939 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • 1940 Ronald Anthony Pellegrino, composer
  • 1940 Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Eric Burdon, Walker-on-Tyne England, rock vocalist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1941 Ian Redpath, cricketer (dependable Australian opening batsman 1964-76)
  • 1941 Graham Miles, English snooker player
  • 1942 Rachel Billington, British writer
  • 1943 Arnie Satin, rocker (The Dovells), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 George Edwards, composer
  • 1943 Les Chadwick, bassist (Gerry & Pacemakers-Ferry Crossed the Mersy)
  • 1943 Nancy Greene, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1943 Juliet Harmer, English actress
  • 1944 John Benaud, Australian cricketer (brother of Richie, Australian bat 1972-73), born in Auburn, New South Wales
  • 1946 Robert Jarvik, American scientist and researcher (developed the Jarvik-7 artificial heart), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1946 Plume Latraverse, Quebec singer and musician
  • 1947 Butch Trucks, drummer (the Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Alfred Matt, Austrian slalom (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1948 Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • 1948 Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • 1950 Dane Lorg, American baseball player (Philles, Cardinels), born in Eureka, California
  • 1950 Jeremy Paxman, English broadcaster (University Challenge, Newsnight), born in Leeds, England
  • 1950 John Kelly, American General, President Trump's Chief of Staff (2017-), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Mike Sleman, rugby player
  • 1952 Darrow Igus, comedian (Fridays, Roll Out), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1952 Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress
  • 1952 Frances Fisher, English-born actress
  • 1952 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist and newspaper columnist (New York Daily News, ESPN), born in Oneida, New York
  • 1952 Renaud Séchan, French composer
  • 1952 Warren Littlefield, American television executive
  • 1953 Boyd Gaines, American actor (Mark-One Day at a Time, Sure Thing), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1953 David Gest, American television producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Edgar Riley Jr, rocker (Axe K)
  • 1954 Judith Weir, English composer, Master of the Queen's Music, born in Cambridge
  • 1954 John Gregory, English football manager
  • 1954 Lubomir Stoykov, Bulgarian journalist and broadcaster
  • 1955 Jos Haagmans, Dutch singer (Frank Boeijen Group)
  • 1955 Mark Herndon, country drummer (Alabama-Take Me Down), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1955 John DeStefano, Jr., American politician
  • 1956 Theresa Burke, Canadian journalist
  • 1956 Alex Lester, British broadcaster
  • 1957 Luca Urbani, MD/astronaut (STS 78-alt), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1958 Peter Antonie, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1958 Walt Terrell, baseball player
  • 1959 Martha Quinn, MTV VJ (Tracey-Bradys), born in Albany, New York
  • 1960 Jorgen Schult, German FR, discus thrower (world record 1986)
  • 1961 Cecile Licad, pianist (Leventritt Award-1981), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1961 Diana Lee[-Hsu], playmate (May, 1988), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1962 Steve Bono, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1963 Blair Piercy, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Cordova Bay Open), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1963 Mark Breland, American welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1963 Natasha Richardson, actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), born in London, England

  • 1963 Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish politician
  • 1963 Masatoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian
  • 1963 Roark Critchlow, actor
  • 1964 Bobby Witt, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1964 Drew Story, San Clemente California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1964 Floyd Youmans, baseball pitcher (Expos)
  • 1964 Jeff Sellers, baseball pitcher (Red Sox)
  • 1964 John Parrott, snooker player
  • 1964 Katie Wagner, daughter of Robert Wagner/model/guest VJ (MTV)
  • 1964 Tim Blake Nelson, American actor, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1965 Greg Dulli, American musician
  • 1965 Monsour del Rosario, Filipino martial artist and actor
  • 1966 Chris Mohr, NFL punter (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1966 Trenidad Hubbard, MBA outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Christoph Schneider, German drummer (Rammstein)
  • 1967 Eric Young, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1967 Jamie Brayshaw, cricketer (son of Ian WA & SA right-handed batsman)
  • 1967 Kenneth Gould, Welterweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Jeffrey Donovan, American actor
  • 1969 Amy Legacki, Terrytown NY, 10k runner
  • 1970 Dean Capobianco, Australian 200m/400m (Olympics-92, 96)
  • 1970 Michael Joubert, Australian 400m/800m (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Nicky Katt, American actor