Famous birthdays, deaths and events of January 11
889 - Abd-ar-Rahman III, Emir and Caliph of Cordoba (d. 961) 1395 - Michelle of Valois, Duchess of Burgundy (d. 1422) 1671 - François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie 1723 - Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (d. 1774) 1814 - James Paget, British surgeon and pathologist (d. 1899) 1825 - Bayard Taylor, U.S. poet and writer (d. 1878 1850 - Joseph Charles Arthur, American botanist (d. 1942) 1852 - Konstantin Fehrenbach, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1926) 1856 - Christian Sinding, Norwegian composer (d. 1932) 1857 - Fred Archer, English jockey (d. 1886) 1858 - Harry Gordon Selfridge, American retailer (d. 1947) 1864 - Thomas Dixon, American playwright 1867 - Edward B. Titchener, British psychologist. (d. 1927) 1875 - Reinhold Glière, Russian composer (d. 1956) 1876 - Elmer Flick, American baseball player (d. 1971) 1885 - Jack Hoxie, American actor 1887 - Aldo Leopold, American ecologist (d. 1948) 1888 - Chester Conklin, American comedian and actor (d. 1971) 1890 - Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (d. 1954) 1890 - Max Carey, American baseball player (d. 1976) 1899 - Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress (d. 1991) 1901 - Kwon Ki-ok, Korean pilot (d. 1988) 1902 - Maurice Duruflé, French composer (d. 1986) 1903 - Alan Paton, South African writer (d. 1988) 1905 - Manfred B Lee, U.S. writer 1908 - Lionel Stander, American actor (d. 1994) 1910 - Nikos Kavvadias, Greek poet and writer (d. 1975) 1916 - Bernard Blier, French actor (d. 1989) 1921 - Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (d. 1990) 1923 - Carroll Shelby, American race car driver 1924 - Slim Harpo, American musician (d. 1970) 1924 - Don Cherry, American singer and golfer 1924 - Roger Guillemin, French neuroendocrinologist 1928 - David L. Wolper, American television producer 1930 - Rod Taylor, Australian actor 1931 - Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia 1932 - Alfonso Arau, Mexican film director 1935 - Ghita Nørby, Danish actress 1939 - Anne Heggtveit, Canadian alpine skier 1941 - Gérson, Brazilian footballer 1942 - Clarence Clemons, American musician (E Street Band) 1943 - Jim Hightower, American radio host and author 1944 - Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (d. 1989) 1945 - Christine Kaufmann, German-Austrian actress 1945 - Samdech Preah Sanghareach Bour Kry, Supreme Patriarch of the Cambodian Dhammayutt Order 1946 - Naomi Judd, American singer 1946 - Tony Kaye, British keyboard player (Yes) 1949 - Daryl Braithwaite, Australian rock singer 1951 - Willie Maddren, English former footballer (d. 2000) 1952 - Bille Brown, Australian actor and playwright 1952 - Ben Crenshaw, American golfer 1952 - Lee Ritenour, American musician and composer 1953 - John Sessions, Scottish actor 1956 - Robert Earl Keen, American singer 1958 - Vicki Peterson, American musician (The Bangles) 1958 - Diego León Montoya Sánchez, former Columbian crime boss 1959 - Rob Ramage, Canadian ice hockey player 1961 - Jasper Fforde, British author 1963 - Tracy Caulkins, U.S. Olympic swimmer 1963 - Dean Reynolds, English snooker player 1965 - Roland Scholten, Dutch Darts Player 1966 - Marc Acito, American novelist and humorist 1966 - Kelley Law, Canadian curler 1967 - Derek Riddell, Scottish actor 1968 - Tom Dumont, American musician 1969 - Manny Acta, Dominican baseball player 1969 - Kyle Richards, American actress 1970 - Joy Nilo, Filipino Composer 1970 - Malcolm D. Lee, American actor 1971 - Mary J. Blige, American singer 1972 - Marc Blucas, American actor 1972 - Amanda Peet, American actress 1972 - Christian Jacobs, Lead singer of The Aquabats 1973 - Joanna Brodzik, Polish actress 1973 - Rahul Dravid, Indian cricketer 1973 - Rockmond Dunbar, American actor 1974 - Cody McKay, Canadian baseball player 1974 - Jens Nowotny, German footballer 1975 - Rory Fitzpatrick, American ice hockey player 1976 - Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player 1977 - Shomari Buchanan, American football player 1977 - Nadia Turner, American singer 1978 - Michael Duff, Northern Irish footballer 1978 - Emile Heskey, English footballer 1978 - Holly Brisley, Australian actress 1979 - Darren Lynn Bousman, American film director 1979 - Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer 1980 - Lovieanne Jung, American softball player 1980 - Mike Williams, American football player 1980 - Deanna Wright, American actress 1981 - Jamelia, English singer 1981 - Tom Meighan, British singer (Kasabian) 1982 - Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer 1982 - Son Ye-jin, South Korean actress 1983 - Matthew Palleschi, Canadian soccer player 1983 - Adrian Sutil, German racing driver 1985 - Rie fu, Japanese singer 1985 - Kazuki Nakajima, Japanese racing driver 1985 - Newton Faulkner, British singer 1987 - Scotty Cranmer, American professional BMX rider 1993 - Flora Cross, American actress
314 - St. Miltiades, 802 - St. Paulinus II of Aquileia, 1547 - Pietro Bembo, Italian author 1641 - Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Spanish poet (b. 1583) 1735 - Danilo I, Vladika of Montenegro (b. c. 1670) 1771 - Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens 1775 - Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (b. 1723) 1801 - Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (b. 1749) 1882 - Theodor Schwann, German physiologist (b. 1810) 1891 - Baron Georges Haussmann, French civic planner whose name is associated with the rebuilding of Paris (b. 1809) 1901 - Vasily Kalinnikov, Russian composer (b. 1866) 1902 - Johnny Briggs, English cricketer (b. 1862) 1905 - Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, Hasidic rabbi (b. 1847) 1928 - Thomas Hardy, English writer (b. 1840) 1931 - James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor 1941 - Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868) 1954 - Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (b. 1870) 1958 - Alec Rowley, English composer (b. 1892) 1958 - Edna Purviance, American actress (b. 1895) 1961 - Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883) 1966 - Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889) 1969 - Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890) 1972 - Padraic Colum, Irish poet 1978 - Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927) 1979 - Jack Soo, American actor (b. 1917) 1980 - Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913) 1981 - Beulah Bondi, American actress (b. 1888) 1986 - Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916) 1987 - Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911) 1988 - Florence Knapp, American 1995 - Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909) 1999 - Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (b. 1897) 1999 - Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (b. 1921) 1999 - Fabrizio de André, Italian singer (b. 1940) 2000 - Betty Archdale, Anglo-Australian educationalist and cricketer (b. 1907) 2000 - Bob Lemon, American baseball player (b. 1920) 2001 - Michael Williams, British actor 2002 - Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920) 2003 - Richard Simmons, American actor (b. 1913) 2003 - Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (b. 1925) 2003 - Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947) 2005 - Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (b. 1913) 2005 - Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1938) 2005 - James Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943) 2005 - Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957) 2006 - Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966) 2007 - Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926) 2007 - Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932) 2007 - Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961) 2008 - Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917) 2008 - Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer 2009 - David Vine, British sports presenter, heart attack. 2009 - Jon Tvedt, Norwegian orienteer and mountain runner. 2009 - Milan Rúfus, Slovak poet and academic. 2009 - Tom O'Horgan, American theater director (Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar), natural causes. 2009 - Freddie Mack, British boxer and musician. 2009 - Bob Kilby, British motorcycle speedway rider, cancer. 2009 - Andy DeMize, American drummer (Nekromantix), car accident. 2010 - Miep Gies, Dutch humanitarian (born 1909) 2010 - Éric Rohmer, French film director (born 1920)
1055 - Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire. 1158 - Vladislav II becomes King of Bohemia. 1569 - First recorded lottery in England. 1571 - Austrian nobility is granted freedom of religion. 1693 - Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta. 1759 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first American life insurance company is incorporated. 1779 - Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur. 1787 - William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus. 1794 - Robert Forsythe, a U.S. Marshal is killed in Augusta, Georgia when trying to serve court papers, the first US marshal to die while carrying out his duties. 1805 - The Michigan Territory is created. 1861 - Alabama secedes from the United States. 1863 - American Civil War: Battle of Arkansas Post 1867 - Benito Juárez becomes the Mexican president again. 1879 - The Anglo-Zulu War begins. 1908 - Grand Canyon National Monument is created. 1912 - The Lawrence textile strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts. 1917 - The Kingsland munitions factory explosion occurs as a result of sabotage. 1919 - Romania annexes Transylvania. 1922 - First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient. 1923 - Troops from France and Belgium occupy the Ruhr area to force Germany to make its reparation payments. 1935 - Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California. 1942 - Japan declares war on the Netherlands and invades the Netherlands East Indies. 1942 - The Japanese capture Kuala Lumpur. 1943 - The United States and United Kingdom give up territorial rights in China. 1946 - Enver Hoxha declares the People's Republic of Albania with himself as dictator. 1949 - First recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles, California. 1957 - The African Convention is founded in Dakar. 1957 - Mass-murderer Jack Gilbert Graham is executed via the Gas Chamber. 1962 - An avalanche on Huascaran in Peru causes 4,000 deaths. 1964 - United States Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D., publishes a report saying that smoking may be hazardous to health. It is the first such statement ever made by the U.S. government. 1972 - East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh. 1986 - The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane in Queensland, Australia is officially opened. 1990 - 300,000 march in favor of Lithuanian independence. 1994 - The Irish Government announces the end of a 15-year broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm Sinn Féin. 1996 - Haiti becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. 1998 - Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed. 2009 - The Israeli Defense Force begins battling Hamas militants in heavy urban warfare near and around the main city of the Gaza Strip. 2011 - Flooding and mudslides in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro kill more than 800.