Birthdays in History on June 11

  • 1403 John IV, Duke of Brabant, born in Arras, France (d. 1427)
  • 1430 Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond and patriarch of the Tudor Dynasty, born in Much Hadham Palace, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1456)
  • 1456 Anne Neville, English queen, wife of Richard III of England, born in Warwick Castle, Warwickshire (d. 1485)
  • 1540 Barnabe Googe, English poet, born in Alvingham, Lincolnshire (d. 1594)

Person of interestBen Jonson

1572 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet (Volpone, Alchemist), born in London (d. 1637)

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1588 George Wither, English writer (Abuses Stript and Whipt), born in Hampshire, England (d. 1667)
  • 1696 Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal, born in Inverugie Castle, Scotland (d. 1758)
  • 1713 Edward Capell, English critic, born in Troston Hall, Suffolk, England (d. 1781)
  • 1719 Franz K von Velbruck, German free mason/prince-bishop of Luik
  • 1723 Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer, 1st saw Halley's comet on return, born in Prohlis, Dresden, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1741 Joseph Warren, American physician and soldier, born in Roxbury, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1775)
  • 1776 John Constable, English landscape painter (Hay Wain), born in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England (d. 1837)
  • 1807 James F. Schenck, American rear admiral (Mexican-American War), born in Franklin, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1808 Charles Henry Poor, U.S. Navy Officer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1815 Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer born in Calcutta, India (d. 1879)
  • 1816 Robert Huston Milroy, American Major General (Union Army), born in Salem, Indiana (d. 1890)
  • 1822 Samuel Davis Sturgis, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1823 James Lawson Kemper, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Madison County, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • 1829 Hendrik Gerhard, Founder (Dutch Social-Democratic), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1886)
  • 1840 Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1888)
  • 1842 Prince Alfred, Liechtenstein noble and politician, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1907)
  • 1842 Carl von Linde, German engineer and chemist who invented mechanical refrigeration, born in Berndorf, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1846 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer, born in Washington, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • 1847 Millicent Fawcett, English leader of women's rights, born in London (d. 1929)
  • 1863 Eduard David, German politician (constitution of Weimar), born in Ediger-Eller, Germany (d. 1930)
  • 1865 J. H. Leopold, Dutch poet (translated Omar Khayyam), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1925)
  • 1867 Charles Fabry, French physicist, discoverer of ozone layer in upper atmosphere, born in Marseille, France (d. 1945)
  • 1876 Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist and author (Anthropologist looks at History), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1877 Renee Vivien, English-born poet, wrote in French, born in London (d. 1909)

Person of interestJeannette Rankin

1880 Jeannette Rankin, American politician, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), women's rights advocate and pacifist, born in Missoula, Montana (d. 1973)

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin
  • 1886 David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1888 Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (Sacco and Vanzetti Trial), born in Villafalletto, Italy (d. 1927)
  • 1892 Edward Shanks, British poet and critic, born in London, England (d. 1953)
  • 1894 Dai Vernon [David Frederick Wingfield Verner], Canadian magician, The Professor (d. 1992)
  • 1895 Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of USSR (1955-58), born in Gorky, Russia (d. 1975
  • 1897 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, born in Bratislava (d. 1988)
  • 1899 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), born in Osaka (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Lawrence E. Spivak, American news panelist (Meet the Press), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Daphne Fielding, British socialite and writer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1997)
  • 1905 Richard Loeb, American murderer of Bobby Franks along with Nathan Leopold, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1936)
  • 1907 Anton Hildebrand, Dutch children's book writer (Man in the Moon), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (Washington National Gallery of Art), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Clifford Leofric Purdy Bishop, Anglican pastor and bishop, born in Cley next the Sea, Suffolk, England (d. 1994)

Person of interestJacques Cousteau

1910 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanic explorer (Calypso), born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France (d. 1997)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1912 William Baziotes, American painter (abstract expressionist), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1912 Mary Lavin, Irish author (Tales from Bective Bridge), born in East Walpole, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1913 John Elliott Terry, British film financier (National Film Finance Corp) (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Hendrikus Berkhof, Dutch theologist (Church & Emperor), born in Appeltern, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Jack Mann, British fighter pilot and hostage, kidnapped by Islamists in Lebanon in May 1989, born in Northampton, England (d. 1995)
  • 1915 David Kindersley, British stone letter-carver and typeface designer, born in Codicote, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)

  • 1917 James Bostock, English wood engraver and artist, born in Hanley, Staffordshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Joseph B Wirthlin, American businessmen, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, King of Nepal (1955-72), born in Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Kingdom of Nepal (d. 1972)
  • 1920 Irving Howe, American writer and critic (World of Our Fathers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1921 Beatrice "Fiet" van Ommeren-Samson, Suriname writer
  • 1921 Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, born in London (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Erving Goffman, American sociologist (presentation of self in everyday life), born in Mannville, Alberta, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1923 Gerard Vaughan, British psychiatrist and politician (Conservative), born in Portuguese East Africa (d. 2000)
  • 1925 William Styron, American novelist (Confess of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1926 John Aspinall, English zoo owner and gambling club host, born in Delhi, India (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Marcus Fox, British Conservative Party MP and chairman (1922 Committee), born in Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Spanish Queen of Belgium, born in Zurbano Palace, Madrid, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Gerard van Leijenhorst, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior (CDA), born in Ede, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Anatoli Voronov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 12a backup), born in Orenburg Oblast, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1930 Charles Rangel, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1971-2017), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Kenneth Cameron, Baron Cameron of Lochbroom, Scottish judge, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1932 Athol Fugard, South African anti-apartheid writer (Blood Knot), born in Middelburg, South Africa
  • 1932 Timothy Sainsbury, British politician and businessman
  • 1934 Anthony Evans, British high court judge
  • 1934 Henrik [Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat], Prince Consort of Denmark, born in Talence, Gironde, France (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Bryan Ingham, English artist, born in Preston, Lancashire (d. 1997)
  • 1937 J. Robin Warren, Australian pathologist (Nobel 2005), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1939 Barry Porter, British lawyer and Conservative Party politician (d. 1996)
  • 1940 Michael Wilkes, British commander (UK Field Army), born in Steep, Hampshire (d. 2013)

Person of interestHenry Hill

1943 Henry Hill Jr., American mobster and FBI informant (inspired Goodfellas), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • 1944 Alan Horworth, British politician (L), first Conservative to change to Labour party, born in London
  • 1944 Barrie Stevens, English-Dutch choreographer (Personals, Young Again), born in London
  • 1944 James "Ox" D A van Hoften, astronaut (STS 11, STS 20), born in Fresno, California

Person of interestRobert Munsch

1945 Robert Munsch, Canadian children's author (The Paper Bag Princess, Love You Forever), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Children's Author Robert Munsch
Children's Author
Robert Munsch
  • 1947 Henry Cisneros, first Hispanic to serve as mayor of a major U.S. city (San Antonio), later Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration
  • 1947 Laloo Prasad Yadav, Indian politician (Minister of Railways, 2004-09), born in Gopalganj, Bihar, India
  • 1948 Anthony Nelson, British Labour politician, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1949 George Willig, American stuntman (climbed World Trade Center in 1977), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1949 Benjamin Vasserman, Estonian graphic artist, born in Sovetsky, Kirov Oblast, Russia
  • 1951 Mark D. Siljander, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan (1981-87), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1955 Tony Allcock, English bowls player (World Singles Champion (1986-87, 2002), born in Leicestershire
  • 1963 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (d. 2000)
  • 1965 Manuel Uribe Garza, morbidly obese Mexican
  • 1982 Eldar Rønning, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • 1989 Jeff Linton Osbourne, son of Jeffrey & Sheri