Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Famous Birthdays on this Day in History

  •  May 11
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  •  1571 – Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (d. 1637)
  • 1720 – Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German adventurer (d. 1797)
  • 1722 – Petrus Camper, Dutch anatomist (d. 1789)
  • 1733 – Victoire of France, daughter of king Louis XV of France (d. 1799)
  • 1752 – Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (d. 1840)
  • 1763 – János Batsányi, Hungarian poet (d. 1845)
  • 1771 – Laskarina Bouboulina, Greek naval commander in the Greek War of Independence (d. 1825)
  • 1799 – John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)
  • 1801 – Henri Labrouste, French architect (d. 1875)
  • 1811 – Chang and Eng Bunker, Thai/American conjoined twins (d. 1874)
  • 1811 – Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1893)
  • 1817 – Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
  • 1824 – Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (d. 1904)
  • 1827 – Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (d. 1875)
  • 1835 – Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer (d. 1905)
  • 1838 – Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (d. 1912)
  • 1852 – Charles W. Fairbanks, 26th United States Vice President (d. 1918)
  • 1854 – Jack Blackham, Australian cricketer (d. 1932)
  • 1861 – Frederick Russell Burnham, American inspiration and "father" of the international scouting movement (d. 1947)
  • 1870 – Otto von Friesen, Swedish runologist and linguist (d. 1942)
  • 1871 – Stjepan Radić, Croatian politician (d. 1928)
  • 1871 – Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)
  • 1881 – Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1881 – Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian physicist (d. 1963)
  • 1881 – Jan van Gilse, Dutch composer and conductor (d. 1944)
  • 1888 – Irving Berlin, American composer (d. 1989)
  • 1888 – Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
  • 1890 – Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 1892 – Margaret Rutherford, English actress (d. 1972)
  • 1894 – Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1991)
  • 1895 – William Grant Still, American composer (d. 1978)
  • 1896 – Josip Štolcer-Slavenski Croatian composer (d. 1955)
  • 1897 – Kurt Gerron, German director (d. 1944)
  • 1897 – Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1899 – Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (d. 1963)
  • 1903 – Charlie Gehringer, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1904 – Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter (d. 1989)
  • 1907 – Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)
  • 1907 – Rip Sewell, American baseball player (d. 1989)
  • 1909 – Ellis R. Dungan, American born Indian film director (d. 2001)
  • 1909 – Herbert Murrill, English composer (d. 1952)
  • 1911 – Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
  • 1911 – Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian (d. 1985)
  • 1912 – Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)
  • 1913 – Robert Jungk, Austrian publicist (d. 1994)
  • 1914 – Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
  • 1916 – Camilo José Cela, Spanish writer, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1918 – Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1921 – Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician
  • 1922 – Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • 1922 – Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1924 – Eugene Dynkin, Russian mathematician
  • 1924 – Antony Hewish, English radio astronomer, Nobel laureate
  • 1925 – Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1927 – Mort Sahl, Canadian comedian and political commentator
  • 1927 – Bernard Fox, English actor
  • 1927 – Gene Savoy, American author, explorer, scholar and cleric (d. 2007)
  • 1928 – Yaacov Agam, Israeli sculptor
  • 1928 – Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary
  • 1928 – Marco Ferreri, Italian film director and screenwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1930 – Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (d. 2002)
  • 1930 – Bud Ekins, American stuntman (d. 2007)
  • 1932 – Valentino Garavani (Valentino), Italian designer
  • 1933 – Louis Farrakhan, American Nation of Islam leader
  • 1934 – Jim Jeffords, former American politician
  • 1935 – Doug McClure, American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1935 – Francisco Umbral, Spanish novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1936 – Carla Bley, American musician and composer
  • 1939 – Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • 1939 – Dante Tinga, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1940 – Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • 1941 – Eric Burdon, British singer (The Animals)
  • 1941 – Graham Miles, English snooker player
  • 1942 – Rachel Billington, British author
  • 1943 – Nancy Greene, Canadian alpine skier
  • 1943 – Juliet Harmer, English actress
  • 1946 – Robert Jarvik, American physician and inventor
  • 1946 – Plume Latraverse, Quebec singer and musician
  • 1947 – Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band)
  • 1948 – Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • 1948 – Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • 1950 – Dane Iorg, American baseball player
  • 1950 – Jeremy Paxman, British journalist and author
  • 1951 – Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Canada
  • 1952 – Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress
  • 1952 – Frances Fisher, English-born actress
  • 1952 – Mike Lupica, American sports journalist
  • 1952 – Renaud, French composer
  • 1952 – Warren Littlefield, American television executive
  • 1953 – David Gest, American television producer
  • 1953 – Céline Lomez, Quebec singer and actress
  • 1954 – John Gregory, English football manager
  • 1954 – Lubomir Stoykov, Bulgarian journalist and broadcaster
  • 1955 – John DeStefano, Jr., American politician
  • 1956 – Theresa Burke, Canadian journalist
  • 1956 – Alex Lester, British broadcaster
  • 1957 – Peter North, Canadian pornographic actor
  • 1958 – Christian Brando, American actor; son of Marlon Brando (d. 2008)
  • 1958 – Dan Ireland, American film director
  • 1958 – Phil Smyth, Australian basketball player
  • 1958 – Walt Terrell, American baseball player
  • 1959 – Martha Quinn, American television personality
  • 1961 – Luis Felipe, Cuban gangster
  • 1963 – Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish politician
  • 1963 – Masatoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian
  • 1963 – Natasha Richardson, English/American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1963 – Roark Critchlow, Canadian actor
  • 1964 – Tim Blake Nelson, American actor
  • 1964 – John Parrott, English snooker player
  • 1964 – Katie Wagner, American television reporter
  • 1964 – Floyd Youmans, American baseball player
  • 1965 – Greg Dulli, American musician
  • 1965 – Monsour del Rosario, Filipino martial artist and actor
  • 1966 – Christoph Schneider, German drummer (Rammstein)
  • 1968 – Jeffrey Donovan, American actor
  • 1970 – Nicky Katt, American actor
  • 1970 – Glenn Hugill, British television presenter and producer
  • 1970 – Harold Ford Jr., Political commentator and former U.S. Congressman
  • 1972 – Anita Hegh, Australian actress
  • 1972 – Daniel Ornellas, Zimbabwean musician
  • 1974 – Kevin Brown, English-born Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1974 – Stanley Gene, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • 1974 – Billy Kidman, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 – Benoît Magimel, French actor
  • 1974 – Darren Ward, Welsh footballer
  • 1975 – Coby Bell, American actor
  • 1975 – Francisco Cordero, Dominican baseball player
  • 1977 – Janne Ahonen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1977 – Gonzalo Colsa, Spanish footballer
  • 1977 – Pablo García, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 – Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1978 – Laetitia Casta, French supermodel and actress
  • 1978 – Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • 1979 – Erin Lang, Canadian musician
  • 1981 – Lauren Jackson, Australian basketball player
  • 1981 – Daniel Ortmeier, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Austin O'Brien, American actor
  • 1982 – Jonathan Jackson, American actor
  • 1982 – Andrew Walter, American football player
  • 1982 – Cory Monteith, Canadian actor
  • 1982 – Guji Lorenzana, Filipino singer and actor
  • 1983 – Matt Leinart, American football player
  • 1983 – Holly Valance, Australian-born actress and singer
  • 1983 – Hanna Verboom, Dutch actress
  • 1983 – Frédéric Xhonneux, Belgian decathlete
  • 1984 – John Bowie, American football player
  • 1984 – Gerald Clayton, Dutch/American jazz pianist
  • 1984 – Andrés Iniesta, Spanish football player
  • 1985 – Matt Giraud, American singer
  • 1985 – sifow, Japanese singer and businesswoman
  • 1986 – Abou Diaby, French footballer
  • 1986 – Ronny Heberson Furtado de Araújo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 – Manuel Schenkhuizen, Dutch gamer
  • 1986 – Miguel Veloso, Portuguese footballer
  • 1987 – Justin King, American football player
  • 1987 – Louis Murphy, American football player
  • 1987 – Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast
  • 1988 – Ace Hood, American rapper
  • 1988 – Jeremy Maclin, American football player
  • 1989 – Gianluigi Bianco, Italian footballer
  • 1989 – Giovani dos Santos, Mexican footballer
  • 1989 – Cam Newton, American football player
  • 1990 – Daniel Jason Torres, American politician

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