Birthdays in History on April 11

Person of interestSeptimius Severus

146 Lucius Septimius Severus, Roman Emperor (193-211), born in Leptis Magna, modern day Libya (d. 211)

Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Roman Emperor
Septimius Severus
  • 1348 Andronikos IV Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor, born in Constantinople, Byzantine Empire (d. 1385)
  • 1370 Frederick I the Warlike, Elector of Saxony, born in Dresden, Electorate of Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1428)
  • 1374 Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, heir to the throne of England, born in Usk, Monmouthshire (d. 1398)
  • 1492 Marguerite of Navarre, Queen of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre, born in Angoulême, France (d. 1549)
  • 1592 John Eliot, English parliament leader, born in Port Eliot, Cornwall, England (d. 1632)
  • 1661 Antoine Coypel, French painter and poet, born in Paris (d. 1722)
  • 1721 David Zeisberger, Moravian clergyman and missionary, born in Zauchtenthal, Moravia (d. 1808)
  • 1722 Christopher Smart, English poet & journalist (Ceremony of Carols), born in Shipbourne, England (d. 1771)
  • 1755 James Parkinson, English physician (First description of Parkinson's disease) and political activist, born in Shoreditch, London (d. 1824)

Person of interestGeorge Canning

1770 George Canning, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1827) and Foreign Secretary, born in London, England (d. 1827)

British Prime Minister George Canning
British Prime Minister
George Canning
  • 1772 Manuel Jose Quintana, Spanish author and poet (El Duque de Viseo), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1857)
  • 1793 Nicolaas Christiaan Kist, Dutch Reformed theologian and church historian, born in Woerden, Netherlands (d. 1859)
  • 1794 Edward Everett, American statesman and orator, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1865)
  • 1798 Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (radiant light), born in Parma, Italy (d. 1854)
  • 1801 Claude Tillier, French journalist and writer (My Uncle Benjamin), born in Clamecy, Nièvre, France (d. 1844)

  • 1810 Henry Rawlinson, British army officer and scholar, born in Chadlington, England (d. 1895)
  • 1815 Clara Fey, German Roman Catholic Nun and the founder of the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus, born in Aachen, Prussia (d. 1894)
  • 1825 Ferdinand Lassalle, French socialist and political activist (Allgemeiner), born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1864)
  • 1837 Elmer E. Ellsworth, American soldier, the first Union officer killed in the American Civil War, born in Malta, New York (d. 1861)
  • 1856 Constantly Lievens, Flemish missionary in India, born in Moorslede, Belgium (d. 1893)
  • 1862 Charles Evans Hughes, American statesman, Republican politician and 11th Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1930-41), born in Glens Falls, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1862 William W Campbell, American astronomer and Director of Lick Observatory, born in Hancock County, Ohio (d. 1938)
  • 1866 Carla Ford, wife of industrialist Henry Ford
  • 1866 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet, born in Beaufort, Australia (d. 1953)
  • 1867 John Paulus Lotsy, Dutch botanist and geneticist (Resumptio Genetics), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1931)
  • 1867 Mark Keppel, Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928, born in Butte County, California (d. 1928)
  • 1869 Kasturba Gandhi, Wife of Mohandas Gandhi, born in Gujarat, India (d. 1944)
  • 1869 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor, born in Mandal, Norway (d. 1943)
  • 1873 Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1955)
  • 1876 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist, born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Leendert Round, Dutch sculptor (entrance Rotterdam Zoo)
  • 1890 Donna Rachele Mussolini, wife of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, born in Predappio, Romagna, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1893 Dean Acheson, American statesman and U.S. Secretary of State (1949-53), born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1971)
  • 1893 Johannes Theodoor Thijsse, Dutch director of Delft Hydraulics Laboratory, born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1896 Léo-Paul Desrosiers, Quebec novelist (Les Engagés du Grand Portage), born in Berthier, Canada (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Caspar Neher, Austrian-German set designer and librettist, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1962)

Person of interestPercy Lavon Julian

1899 Percy Lavon Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1975)

  • 1900 Sándor Márai, Hungarian writer (A gyertyák csonkig égnek), born in Kassa, Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1901 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer and manufacturer (typewriter), born in Ivrea, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1901 Glenway Wescott, American writer (Apartment in Athens), born in Kewaskum, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

  • 1904 Arthur Ernest Mourant, British hematologist, born in La Hougue Bie, Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1905 József Attila, Hungarian poet, born in Ferencváros, Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1937)
  • 1906 Dale Messick [Dalia Messick], American cartoonist (Brenda Starr, Reporter), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • 1907 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor, born in Llanymynech, Powys (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Masaru Ibuka, Japanese electronics industrialist (Sony Corp), born in Nikkō City, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1910 António de Spínola, Portuguese general and conservative President of Portugal (1974), born in Estremoz, Portugal (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Henry William Collins, English artist, born in Colchester, Essex (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (for Jackie Kennedy), born in Paris, France (d. 2006)
  • 1917 David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan's Express), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Jean-Claude Servan-Schreiber, French journalist, born in Paris
  • 1918 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), born in Leeds (d. 2003)
  • 1918 William Perrie, British prison governor
  • 1919 Hugh Carey, American politician and attorney (Gov-D-NY), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), born in Bath, Somerset
  • 1920 Marlen Haushofer, Austrian writer (The Wall), born in Frauenstein, Austria (d. 1970)
  • 1920 Emilio Colombo, Italian Prime Minister (1970-72), born in Potenza, Basilicata (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Martin Buckmaster, 3rd Viscount Buckmaster, British diplomat
  • 1922 Antoine Blondin, French writer (L'Europe buissonnière), born in Paris (d. 1991)

Person of interestEthel Kennedy

1925 Ethel Kennedy, American human-rights campaigner (wife of Bobby Kennedy), born in Chicago, Illinois

Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy
  • 1925 Johan van Zonderen, Dutch painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Oscar De Ville, CEO (Meyer International)
  • 1925 Rik Kuijpers, Belgian director (Sea gulls die in the harbor), born in Mortsel, Belgium
  • 1925 Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman and founder of Quebecor, born in Montreal (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Lawrence Coughlin, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Clive Exton, British scriptwriter and playwright, born in Islington, London
  • 1930 James Ferman, American director and secretary (British Board of Film Classification), born in New York (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Joseph Burnett-Stuart, CEO (Robert Fleming Holdings)
  • 1930 Nicholas F. Brady, American politician and U.S. Secretary of Treasury (1988-93), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Bill Hefner, American politician, Democratic U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, born in Elora, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Francis G. Neubeck, USAF pilot and astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933 Tony Brown, American journalist (Tony Brown's Journal), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1934 Dame Anne Poole, chief nursing officer (Department of Health)
  • 1934 Mark Strand, American poet, editor and translator (Another Republic), born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Richard A Garland, artist/photographer

Person of interestRichard Kuklinski

1935 Richard Kuklinski, American mafia hit-man, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • 1936 Janet Allen, Headmistress (Benenden School)
  • 1938 Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff, born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Frederick "Rick" Hauck, American astronaut (STS-7, STS 51-A, STS-26), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1941 Ellen Goodman, American political columnist (Pulitzer 1980), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1942 Anatoly Nikolayevich Berezovoi, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-5), born in Enem, Russia (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Egbert Dommering, Dutch lawyer
  • 1943 John Montagu, 11th Earl of Sandwich, British entrepreneur, politician and nobleman
  • 1944 R. J. B Knight, British deputy director (National Maritime Museum)
  • 1947 Michael Hindley, British politician, Member of the European Parliament, born in Blackburn, England
  • 1947 Michael Wright, British academic, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University
  • 1947 Lev Bulat, Russian physicist, born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine
  • 1948 Marcello Lippi, Italian football coach, born in Viareggio, Italy
  • 1951 Doris Angleton, American socialite and murder victim (d. 1997)
  • 1951 James Patrick Kelly, American sci-fi author (Think Like a Dinosaur), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1953 Andrew Wiles, British mathematician (number theory), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1953 Guy Verhofstadt, 47th Prime Minister of Belgium (1999-2008), born in Dendermonde, Belgium
  • 1955 Piers J Sellers, English astronaut and climate scientist, born in Sussex (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Kevin Brady, American politician (Rep Texas (R) 1997-), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • 1963 Chris Ferguson, American professional poker player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Stefan Johnstown, Norwegian speed walker (world record 20 km)
  • 1968 Sergei Lukyanenko, Russian sci-fi author (Labyrinth of Reflections), born in Karatau, Kazakhstan
  • 1975 Walid Soliman, Tunisian author, born in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 1985 Will Minson, Australian rules footballer (Western Bulldogs), born in South Australia
  • 1987 Michelle Phan, American Vietnamese make-up vlogger and entrepreneur, born in Boston, Massachusetts