Historical Figures Born in 1911

  • Jan 3 John Sturges, American director (Old Man & Sea, Magnificent 7)
  • Jan 6 Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean political leader (President 1964-70), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1982)
  • Jan 9 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, born in Kessingland, Suffolk (d. 1997)
  • Jan 9 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, British newspaper editor, born in Barnstaple, Somerfield (d. 1995)
  • Jan 10 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer and journalist (Tong Tong), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • Jan 11 Nora Heysen, Australian artist (d. 2003)
  • Jan 11 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2004)
  • Jan 13 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • Jan 14 Anatoly Rybakov, Russian writer, born in Chernihiv, Ukraine (d. 1998)
  • Jan 15 Cy Feuer, Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 15 Wim Kan, Dutch cabaret artist, born in South Holland, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Jan 16 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar
  • Jan 21 Stanley William Reed, cineaste
  • Jan 22 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian politician (Chancellor, 1970-83; Foreign Minister, 1959-66), born in Margareten, Vienna, Austria (d. 1990)
  • Jan 24 C. L. Moore, American science fiction & fantasy writer (Judgment Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • Jan 26 Polykarp Kusch, American nuclear physicist: Nobel 1955
  • Jan 28 Johan van Hulst, Dutch teacher who helped save 600 children from the Nazis, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Jan 29 Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
  • Jan 30 Alexander George Ogston, British biochemist, and educator (professor at Australian National University, 1959-70; president of Trinity College - Oxford, 1970-78), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1996)
  • Jan 31 Christina Foyle, book seller
  • Feb 8 Anne Aitken [nee Hopkins], American co-founder of Diamond Sangha, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 8 Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (North & South)/Pulitzer Prize (1956)
  • Feb 8 Henri Knap, Dutch resistance fighter/journalist/writer
  • Feb 9 Eustace Wenworth Roskill, law lord
  • Feb 9 William Darby, American WWII Army officer (d. 1945)
  • Feb 11 Alec Cairncross, chancellor (Glasgow U)
  • Feb 12 Frank Hercules, Trinidadian-American novelist (On Leaving Paradise; Sunrise at Midnight), and teacher, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • Feb 12 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (d. 1968)
  • Feb 12 Sylvstre A. Guzman Fernandez, president (Dominican Republic)
  • Feb 14 Willem J. Kolff, Dutch-American internist & inventor (Artificial Kidney)
  • Feb 15 Leonard Woodcock, labor leader (UAW)
  • Feb 16 Hal Porter, Australian writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase), born in Albert Park, Australia (d. 1984)
  • Feb 19 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach and co-founder of Nike, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1999)
  • Feb 23 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • Feb 23 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic
  • Feb 26 Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia MP chairman
  • Feb 26 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Njanji Sunji)
  • Mar 3 Hugues Lapointe, Canadian politician and Lieutenant governor of Quebec (d. 1982)
  • Mar 6 Charles Frank, physicist
  • Mar 8 Elsie Giorgi, American-Italian physician and humanitarian, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1998)
  • Mar 12 Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, president of Mexico
  • Mar 13 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1986)
  • Mar 16 Dr. Josef Mengele, German, accused Nazi war criminal (d. 1979)
  • Mar 16 Pierre Harmel, Belgian politician
  • Mar 17 Patrick Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale, Scottish Unionist politician
  • Mar 19 Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman
  • Mar 20 Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • Mar 23 Denis Wright, diplomat
  • Mar 23 Edward Warner, diplomat
  • Mar 24 Herman W "Fritz" Liebert, US OSSer/librarian (Yale curator)
  • Mar 24 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, born in Croydon (d. 1996)

Jack Ruby

Mar 25 Jack Ruby [Jacob Rubenstein], American nightclub owner who murdered assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

  • Mar 25 Willy Anthoons, Flemish sculptor (Mystic verheffing)
  • Mar 26 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize 1970), born in Leipzig, German Empire

Tennessee Williams

Mar 26 Tennessee Williams, American playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1983)

  • Mar 28 J. L. Austin, British philosopher of language, born in Lancaster (d. 1960)
  • Apr 3 Michael Woodruff, English surgeon and scientist (organ transplantation), born in Mill Hill, London (d. 2001)
  • Apr 3 W. R. Lee, English language teacher and internationalist, born in Hillingdon, Middlesex (d. 1996)
  • Apr 7 Kenneth Oakley, Amersham Buckinghamshire, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax
  • Apr 8 Douglas Hyde, England political journalist, born in Worthing, England (d. 1996)
  • Apr 8 Emil Mihai Cioran, Romanian born writer and aphorist, born in Resinár, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Apr 8 Melvin Calvin, US chemist (photosynthesis, Nobel 1961)
  • Apr 9 Richard Arthur de Yarburgh-Bateson, 6th Lord Deramore, British architect, born in London (d. 2006)
  • Apr 10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • Apr 12 Darrell A. Amyx, American classical archaeologist (Greek Ceramics), born in Exeter, California (d. 1997)
  • Apr 12 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1976)
  • Apr 13 Jean-Louis Lévesque, Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, born in Nouvelle, Quebec, Canada (d. 1994)
  • Apr 15 Jacob Fresco, Dutch architect (Antilles Brewery/Autonomy Monument), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • Apr 16 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, born in Devonport, England (d. 1963)
  • Apr 16 William T. Stearn, British botanist, born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (d. 2001)
  • Apr 17 Hervé Bazin, French writer (Head Against the Wall), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 1996)
  • Apr 18 Francis Johnson, British architect (country homes, churches, historic restorations), born in Bridlington, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 18 George Huntington Hartford II, American heir (A&P), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 20 Kukrit Pramoj, Thai politician (13th Prime Minister of Thailand) and scholar, born in In Buri, Singburi, Siam (d. 1995)
  • Apr 21 Ivan Combe, American inventor of personal care products (Clearasil), born in Fremont, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • Apr 22 Max Dupain, Australian photographer ("Sunbaker"), born in Ashfield, Australia (d. 1992)
  • Apr 23 Ronald Neame, British director (1st Monday in October; The Poseidon Adventure), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • Apr 24 Karl Schiller, German economist and politician (Minister of Economics), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1994)
  • Apr 27 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • Apr 28 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1999)
  • Apr 30 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), born in Pitzling, Bavaria (d. 2002)
  • May 5 Philip Manson-Bahr, English zoologist and specialist in tropical medicine, born in Wavertree, Liverpool, England (d. 1996)
  • May 8 Wilhelm F. de Gaay Fortman, Dutch lawyer and foreign minister
  • May 9 Harry Simeone, choral director (Kate Smith Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 10 Alexander Goode, American US Navy chaplain and rabbi (The Four Chaplains), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 1943) [1]
  • May 10 Bel Kaufman, American author (Up the Down Staircase), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • May 11 Edgar Beck, president (John Mowlem)
  • May 11 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
  • May 11 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier
  • May 14 J Borremans, Belgian politician (communist)/MP
  • May 15 Herta Oberheuser, Nazi doctor (d. 1978)
  • May 15 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann)
  • May 16 Olaff J de Landell [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
  • May 17 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative
  • May 18 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist (d. 2001)
  • May 20 Annie M G Schmidt, writer (Fam Doorsnee, Jip & Janneke)
  • May 20 Gardner Fox, American sci-fi author (Atom, Hawkman, Zatanna), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 22 Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), born in Lozova, Kharkov Governorate, Russia (d. 2007)
  • May 23 Melvin M Payne, American scientific leader (National Geographic Society, 1932-88), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1990)
  • May 24 Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking, born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England (d. 2007)

Hubert Humphrey

May 27 Hubert Humphrey, American politician, 38th Vice President of the United States (1965-69), and 1968 Presidential candidate, born in Wallace, South Dakota (d. 1978)

  • May 27 Teddy Kollek, Israeli politician (Mayor of Jerusalem), born in Nagyvázsony, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • May 27 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist and writer (Frihet och demokrati), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 2006)
  • May 28 Jean-Pierre Levy, French resistance leader during WWII, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1996)
  • May 29 James Marjoribanks, British ambassador to the European Economic Community, born in Colinton, Scotland (d. 2002)
  • May 29 Ralph Louis Wain, British agricultural scientist, born in Hyde, Cheshire (d. 2000)
  • May 31 Edward Adamson, British artist, 'father of art therapy' and collector, born in Sale, England (d. 1996)
  • Jun 2 Xiao Hong, Chinese writer (The Field of Life and Death), born in Hulan County, Heilongjiang Province (d. 1942)
  • Jun 3 Mason Gross, American TV quiz show personality and professor (Think Fast, Two for the Money), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1977)
  • Jun 4 Austin Andrew Wright, British sculptor, born in Chester, England (d. 1997)
  • Jun 5 Arthur Vick, British physicist and vice chancellor (Queens University, Belfast), born in Solihull, England (d. 1998)
  • Jun 7 Brooks Stevens, American automotive designer (1949 Hydra-Glide Harley; 1963 Jeep Wagoneer), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1995)

Terence Rattigan

Jun 10 Terence Rattigan, British playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version), born in London (d. 1977)

Milovan Djilas

Jun 12 Milovan Djilas, Yugoslavian politician and writer (The New Class), born in Podbišće, Montenegro (d. 1995)

  • Jun 13 Albert Cleage, African-American theologian and religious leader, born in Indianapolis (d. 2000)
  • Jun 13 Luis Alvarez, American physicist (subatomic particles, Nobel 1968), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1988)
  • Jun 15 Wilbert Awdry, British Anglican cleric and children's writer (Thomas the Tank Engine), born in Ampfield, England (d. 1997)
  • Jun 17 Viktor Nekrasov, Ukrainian journalist and novelist (V okopakh Stalingrada - Front-line Stalingrad; Kira Georgijevna), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1987)
  • Jun 20 John Brightman, Baron Brightman, British judge of appeals, born in Sandridge, Hertfordshire (d. 2006)
  • Jun 23 David Ogilvy, advertising whiz (Ogilvy & Mathers)
  • Jun 24 Ernesto Sábato, Argentinian writer (Sábato Report), born in Rojas, Argentina (d. 2011)
  • Jun 25 William H. Stein, American biochemist (Nobel 1972), born in New York (d. 1980)
  • Jun 26 Edward H. Levi, American law professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Jun 27 Alfred Scott Witherbee Jr., American 3 year old who drowned on Lusitania (d. 1915)
  • Jun 29 Bernhard, German Prince (Consort to Queen Juliana of Netherlands), born in Jena, Germany (d. 2004)
  • Jun 30 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), born in Szetejnie, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 2004)
  • Jun 30 Virginia D. Smith, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska), born in Randolph, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • Jul 1 Sergey Sokolov, Soviet marshal and Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union (1984-87), born in Yevpatoria, Russian Empire (d. 2012)
  • Jul 2 Diego Fabbri, Italian playwright and leader (Vatican movie bureau), born in Forli, Italy (d. 1980)
  • Jul 4 Mitch Miller, American oboist and recording producer (Sing Along with Mitch), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2010)

Georges Pompidou

Jul 5 Georges Pompidou, President/Prime Minister of France (1962-74), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)

  • Jul 9 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist (first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2008)
  • Jul 9 Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), born in Lushan District, Jiangxi, China (d. 1968)
  • Jul 9 Simon Fraser [Shimi], Lord Lovat, Scottish 25th head of clan Fraser and cattle breeder, born in Inverness, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • Jul 10 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, 11th and final Prime Minister of Indonesia, born in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1963)
  • Jul 12 Johanna Moosdorf, German writer (Next Door), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2000)
  • Jul 15 Edward Shackleton, English explorer, geographer and Labour Party politician, born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1994)
  • Jul 15 Juliet Pannett, English portrait painter
  • Jul 17 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder,’), born in Beijing (d. 2016)
  • Jul 18 Alexander Hyatt King, Mozart scholar, born in Beckenham, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 21 Jozef Cyrankiewicz, Polish politician, Premier Poland (1947-52, 1954-70), born in Tarnow, Poland (d. 1989)

Marshall McLuhan

Jul 21 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian writer and 'prophet of the digital age' (the medium is the message), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1980)

  • Jul 27 Rayner Heppenstall, English novelist (The Blaze of Noon), born in Lockwood, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1981)
  • Jul 27 Wilfrid Oulton, British Royal Air Force officer, born in Monks Coppenhall, Cheshire (d. 1997)
  • Jul 29 Foster Furcolo, American politician, 60th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • Jul 29 Iakovos, Archbishop of North and South America (Greek Orthodox), born in Agios Theodoros, island of Imvros, Ottoman Empire (d. 2005)
  • Aug 1 Jackie Ormes, African-American cartoonist (Torchy Brown), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Aug 1 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), born in Quetta, British India (d. 2005)
  • Aug 7 R Nicholas Ray, Galesville WI, director (Rebel Without a Cause)
  • Aug 9 William Fowler, American astrophysicist (Nobel 1983), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Aug 10 A. N. Sherwin-White, English historian (d. 1993)
  • Aug 11 Alphonse de Waelhens, Flemish philosopher (Psychosis)
  • Aug 11 Benny Lee, entertainer
  • Aug 11 Prem Bhatia, journalist
  • Aug 11 Ronald Batty, bookseller
  • Aug 11 Thanom Kittikachorn, general/premier Thailand (1958..73)
  • Aug 13 James Benton Parson, American judge, 1st African American federal judge, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • Aug 13 William Bernbach, American advertising creative director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Aug 14 Ethel Lois Payne, American civil rights journalist and "1st Lady of the Black Press", born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • Aug 14 Pieter Platteel, Dutch civil servant and last governor Neth New Guinea, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • Aug 17 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince (d. 1958)
  • Aug 17 Jan Lode Cantens, Flemish dramatist (God's Murderer)
  • Aug 22 Somerset de Chair, British writer, MP and poet, born in Somerset (d. 1995)
  • Aug 23 Albert Alberts, Dutch writer and journalist (French battle), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Aug 24 Michel Pablo [Michalis N. Raptis], Chilean-Greek writer and Trotskyist revolutionary (Fourth International), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1996)

Võ Nguyên Giáp

Aug 25 Võ Nguyên Giáp, Vietnamese general (Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam War) and politician, born in Lệ Thủy District, Vietnam (d. 2013)

  • Aug 27 Patience Edney, British nurse and communist, born in Orpington, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 28 Jose Antonio Giron, Spanish politician, born in Herrera de Pisuerga, Spain (d. 1995)
  • Aug 28 Joseph Luns, Dutch Foreign Minister and Secretary General (NATO), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • Aug 31 Hilde Jarecki, German-English educationist (The Kindertransport, Playgroups) (d. 1995)
  • Sep 1 Marinus Ruppert, Dutch chairman (CNV)/trade union leader
  • Sep 2 Romare Bearden, African American painter (d. 1988)
  • Sep 6 Bentley Bridgewater, British Museum secretary, born in Vancouver (d. 1996)
  • Sep 7 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgaria communist leader of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (PRB), 1954-89, born in Pravets, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 1998)
  • Sep 9 John Gorton, Australian politician, 19th Prime Minister of Australia (1968-71), born in Wellington New Zealand (disputed) (d. 2002)
  • Sep 9 Paul Goodman, American poet and writer (d. 1972)
  • Sep 15 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States (1961-65) warned against smoking, born in Red Level, Alabama (d. 1985)
  • Sep 16 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), born in Clifton Hill, Melbourne (d. 1983)

William Golding

Sep 19 William Golding, English novelist (Lord of the Flies, Nobel Prize for Literature 1983), born in Newquay, Cornwall (d. 1993)

  • Sep 20 Shriram Sharma, Indian spiritual leader and founder of "All World Gayatri Pariwar", born in Agra, India (d. 1990)
  • Sep 23 Frank Moss, United States Senator from Utah (d. 2003)

Konstantin Chernenko

Sep 24 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), born in Bolshaya Tes, Yeniseysk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1985)

  • Sep 25 Eric Williams, 1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (People's National Movement: 1962-81), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981) [1]
  • Sep 27 Peter Doig, British Labour Party politician, born in Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • Sep 29 Reginald Victor Jones, British scientist who worked in military intelligence in WWII, born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • Oct 1 Edward Boland, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1953-89), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • Oct 2 Jack Finney, American sci-fi and thriller author (The Body Snatchers, Time and Again), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1995)
  • Oct 2 Stuart Rose, British designer (British Post Office), born in London (d. 1993)
  • Oct 9 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (Pulitzer Prize-Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2006)

Clare Hollingworth

Oct 10 Clare Hollingworth, British war correspondent who was the first to report on the outbreak of WWII, born in Knighton, England (d. 2017)

  • Oct 12 Louis de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78), born in Limoges, France (d. 1982)
  • Oct 14 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), born in Nam Định Province, French Indochina (d. 1990)
  • Oct 15 James H. Schmitz, American sci-fi author (Lion Game), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Oct 19 Hilde Spiel, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 1990)
  • Oct 24 Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • Oct 24 Nathaniel Wyeth, American chemist and inventor (created PET plastic beverage bottle), born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • Oct 24 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian Archbishop of Montreal, born in Viauville, Montreal, Quebec (d. 1993)
  • Oct 26 Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (Poems to Eimhir and Other Poems), born in Osgaig, Raasay, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • Oct 29 Phillip Oppenheimer, British diamond trader (d. 1995)

About 1911

Chinese Zodiac: Dog (Feb 10, 1910 - Jan 29, 1911),
Pig (Jan 30, 1911 - Feb 17, 1912)