Birthdays in History on July 11

  • 154 Bardaisan [Bardesanes], Syrian astrologer and theologist, born in Edessa, Upper Mesopotamia

Robert the BruceRobert the Bruce (1274-1329)

King of Scots (1306-1329) and national hero, born in Turnberry Castle, Ayrshire

  • 1366 Anne of Bohemia, Queen of England and wife of Richard II, born in Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia (d. 1394)
  • 1540 Adolf van Nassau, German son of William I and Juliana of Stolberg, born in Dillenburg, Germany (d. 1568)
  • 1558 Robert Greene, English writer (Friar Bacon), born in Norwich, England (d. 1592)
  • 1561 Luis de Góngora, Spanish poet and writer, born in Córdoba, Spain (d. 1627)
  • 1603 Kenelm Digby, English philosopher and diplomat, born in Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1665)
  • 1628 Tokugawa Mitsukuni, Japanese warlord, born in Mito, Japan (d. 1701)
  • 1657 Frederick I, King of Prussia (1701-13), born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1713)
  • 1662 Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria and governor of the Spanish Netherlands (1691-1714), born in Munich (d. 1726)
  • 1694 Charles-Antoine Coypel, French carpet designer, born in Paris (d. 1752)
  • 1697 Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon d'Anville, French geographer and cartographer, born in Paris (d. 1782)
  • 1709 Johan Gottschalk Wallerius, Swedish chemist and mineralogist, born in Stora Mellösa, Närke (d. 1785)
  • 1723 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, born in Bort-les-Orgues, France (d. 1799)
  • 1738 Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen and Governor of the Austrian Netherlands, born in Moritzburg, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1822)
  • 1751 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway, born in Leicester House, London, England (d. 1775)
  • 1754 Thomas Bowdler, British physician and writer (Family Shakespeare), born in Ashley, Somerset, England (d. 1825)

John Quincy AdamsJohn Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

6th President of the United States (Democratic: 1825-1829), born in Braintree, Massachusetts

  • 1778 Juan Lovera, Venezuelan artist, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1841)
  • 1810 Eugène Simonis, Belgian sculptor, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1882)
  • 1811 Joseph Lanman, American naval officer (Union Navy), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1874)
  • 1811 William Robert Grove, Welsh physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell, born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1896)
  • 1816 French-Andries Durlet, Belgian sculptor and architect, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1867)
  • 1825 Edward Henry Hobson, American merchant, banker, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Greensburg, Kentucky (d. 1901)
  • 1826 Alexander Afanasyev, Russian ethnographer and folklorist, born in Boguchar, Voronezh Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1871)
  • 1832 Charilaos Trikoupis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece for 7 times from 1875-1895), born in Nafplion, Greece (d. 1896)
  • 1834 James McNeill Whistler, American-British painter (Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 aka "Whistler's Mother"), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1838 John Wanamaker, American merchant (Wanamakers Department Store), pioneer in marketing and Postmaster General, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1922)
  • 1841 William Paul Roberts, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Gates County, North Carolina (d. 1910)
  • 1844 Peter I Karadjordjevic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1903-21), born in Belgrade, Ottoman Tributary Principality of Serbia (d. 1921)
  • 1846 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist, born in Périgueux, France (d. 1917)
  • 1850 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1938)
  • 1851 Millie & Christine McCoy, American siamese twins born slaves in Whiteville, North Carolina (d. 1912)
  • 1860 Johannes van Laar, Dutch chemist (thermodynamics), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1938)
  • 1861 George W. Norris, U.S. Senator noted for his advocacy of political reform and of public ownership of hydroelectric-power plants, born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • 1864 Petar Danov, Bulgarian spiritual teacher, born in Nikolaevka, Bulgaria (d. 1944)
  • 1866 Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine (d. 1953)
  • 1866 Richard Beer-Hofmann, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 1945)
  • 1871 Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Farmers' Party)
  • 1882 Jim Larkin White, American cave explorer and guide (Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico), born in Mason County, Texas (d. 1946)
  • 1885 Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor/painter
  • 1886 Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (d. 1939)
  • 1888 Carl Schmitt, German nazi-lawyer (Verfassungslehre)
  • 1888 Lyman Bryson, Valentine Nebr, educator (UN Casebook)
  • 1889 Alfred E Green, Perris CA, director (Copacabana, Jolson Story)
  • 1890 Arthur W Tedder of Glenguin, British air marshal (WWII)
  • 1890 Georg Annenkov, Russian/French painter
  • 1894 Walter Wanger [Feuchtwanger], US producer (Stagecoach)
  • 1895 Dolly Wilde, English socialite (d. 1941)
  • 1897 Bull Connor, American law enforcement official (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Hendrik J Pos, Dutch philosopher/CEO (Committee of Watchfulness)
  • 1898 Herman de Man [Salomon H Hamburger], Dutch writer/Radio Orange

E. B. WhiteE. B. White (1899-1985)

American writer (New Yorker: Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web), born in Mount Vernon, New York

  • 1902 Leo Collard, Belgian minister of Education (1946/54-58)
  • 1902 Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Dutch/US phycist
  • 1903 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (d. 1976)
  • 1904 Daphne Fielding (née Vivian), British socialite and writer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Herbert Wehner, German communist/anti-communist politician (SPD)
  • 1909 Jacques Clemens, Dutch Catholic priest, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1910 John Francis Boyd, journalist
  • 1913 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (d. 1966)
  • 1913 Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, American sci-fi author (Space Lords)
  • 1915 Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, born in Madison, Florida (d. 1941)
  • 1915 George Ivan Smith, diplomat
  • 1916 Gough Whitlam, Australian politician (Prime Minister, 1972-1975), born in Kew, Melbourne (d. 2014)
  • 1918 Venetia Burney [Phair], British woman credited with naming Clyde Tombaugh's discovered planet "Pluto" (1930), born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 2009)
  • 1924 César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Claus Bremer, German dramatist, born in Hamburg (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Frederick Buechner, American author
  • 1926 Ralph D Abernathy, American president (SCLC)
  • 1928 Nic Jonk, sculptor/painter (Jonas & the Whale)
  • 1929 David Kelly, Irish actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - "Grandpa Joe";, Fawlty Towers), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Harold Bloom, American literary critic, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Hans Klein, politician
  • 1931 Herman de Vries, Dutch sculptor
  • 1931 Tullio Regge, Italian physicist
  • 1933 Olga Havlova, political activist

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani (88 years old)

1934 Italian fashion designer (American Gigolo), born in Piacenza, Italy

  • 1935 Oliver Napier, Northern Irish politician
  • 1937 Pai Hsien-yung, Taiwanese writer (Taipei People), born in Guilin, China
  • 1939 Seth Gaaikema, Dutch night club performer
  • 1940 Terry Patchett, politician
  • 1940 Yvon Charbonneau, French Canadian union leader and politician
  • 1943 Richard Carleton, Australian television news journalist, born in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Myra Gale Brown, American writer, first cousin once removed and former wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1944 Peter de Savary, English financier/multi-millionaire
  • 1945 Patrick Joseph McGrath, Catholic bishop
  • 1946 Edward Markey, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1976-2013, Senator MA 2013-), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Bo Lundgren, Swedish politician
  • 1950 Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani nuclear physicist
  • 1951 Lawrence J Delucas, PhD/astronaut (STS 50), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1952 John Kettley, English weather forecaster
  • 1960 Ariel Castro, Puerto Rican-born American criminal famous for kidnapping 3 women between 2002-4, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • 1964 Kyrill, Prince of Preslav, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • 1966 Kentaro Miura, Japanese manga author (Berserk), born in Chiba, Japan (d. 2021)
  • 1968 Michael Geist, Canadian academic
  • 1987 Matej Gaspar, Yugoslavia, 5,000,000,000th person (UN)