Famous birthdays, deaths and events of May 11
1571 - Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (d. 1637) 1722 - Petrus Camper, Dutch anatomist (d. 1789) 1763 - János Batsányi, Hungarian poet (d. 1845) 1811 - Chang and Eng Bunker, famous conjoined twins (d. 1874) 1817 - Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909) 1835 - Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer (d. 1905) 1854 - Jack Blackham, Australian cricketer (d. 1932) 1861 - Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international scouting movement (d. 1947) 1881 - Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964) 1888 - Irving Berlin, American composer (d. 1989) 1892 - Margaret Rutherford, English actress (d. 1972) 1894 - Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1991) 1896 - Josip Štolcer-Slavenski Croatian composer, (d. 1955) 1897 - Kurt Gerron, German director (d. 1944) 1899 - Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (d. 1963) 1903 - Charlie Gehringer, American baseball player (d. 1993) 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 - 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 1922 - Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992) 1927 - Gene Savoy, American author 1928 - Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary 1928 - Marco Ferreri, Italian film director and screenwriter (d. 1997) 1930 - Bud Ekins, American stuntman (d. 2007) 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 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 - Plume Latraverse, Quebec singer and musician 1947 - Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band) 1948 - Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician 1950 - Dane Iorg, American baseball player 1952 - Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress 1952 - Frances Fisher, English-born actress 1952 - Renaud Séchan, French composer 1953 - David Gest, American television producer 1953 - Céline Lomez, Quebec singer and actress 1955 - John DeStefano, Jr. 1956 - Alex Lester, British broadcaster 1957 - Peter North, Canadian porn star 1958 - Christian Brando, American actor; son of Marlon Brando (d. 2008) 1958 - Phil Smyth, Australian basketball player 1958 - Walt Terrell, American baseball player 1959 - Martha Quinn, American television personality 1963 - Masatoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian 1963 - Natasha Richardson, English-born actress 1963 - Roark Critchlow, actor 1964 - John Parrott, English snooker player 1964 - Katie Wagner, American television reporter 1964 - Floyd Youmans, American baseball player 1965 - Greg Dulli, American musician 1966 - Christoph Schneider, German drummer (Rammstein) 1968 - Jeffrey Donovan, American actor 1970 - Nicky Katt, American actor 1970 - Glenn Hugill, British television presenter and producer 1972 - Anita Hegh, Australian actress 1973 - James Haven, American actor 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 - 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 1977 - Matthew Newton, Australian actor 1978 - Laetitia Casta, French supermodel and actress 1978 - Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish Cellist from the band 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 1983 - Matt Leinart, American football player 1983 - Holly Valance, Australian-born actress and singer 1983 - Frédéric Xhonneux, Belgian decathlete 1984 - Andres Iniesta, Spanish football player 1985 - sifow, Japanese pop star and business woman 1986 - Abou Diaby, French footballer 1986 - Miguel Veloso, Portuguese footballer 1986 - Ronny, Brazilian footballer 1986 - Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, Dutch Professional Gamer 1987 - Justin King, American football player 1987 - Louis Murphy, American college football player 1987 - Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast 1989 - Giovani dos Santos, Mexican footballer 1989 - Ace Hood, American rapper
1610 - Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit missionary (b. 1552) 1777 - George Pigot, Baron Pigot 1778 - William Pitt, the Elder 1848 - Tom Cribb, English boxer (b. 1781) 1849 - Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde Récamier, French socialite (b. 1777) 1916 - Max Reger, German composer (b. 1873) 1920 - William Dean Howells, American writer (b. 1837) 1955 - Gilbert Jessop, English cricketer (b. 1874) 1960 - John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1963 - Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist 1970 - Johnny Hodges, American musician (b. 1906) 1973 - Lex Barker, American actor (b. 1919) 1979 - Lester Flatt, American bluegrass musician (b. 1914) 1981 - Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1945) 1986 - Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894) 1994 - Timothy Carey, American actor (b. 1928) 1996 - Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (b. 1922) 2000 - Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (b. 1907) 2001 - Douglas Adams, English author (b. 1952) 2002 - Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (b. 1905) 2003 - Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945) 2004 - John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949) 2005 - Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer (b. 1917) 2006 - Floyd Patterson, American boxer (b. 1935) 2006 - Frankie Thomas, American actor (b. 1921) 2006 - Yossi Banai, Israeli singer (b. 1932) 2007 - Bernard Gordon, blacklisted American author (b. 1918) 2008 - Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer (b. 1934) 2008 - John Rutsey, Canadian drummer 2008 - Bruno Neves, portuguese cyclist that died in competition (b.1981) 2009 - Leonard Shlain, 71, American surgeon and writer, brain cancer. 2009 - Shanthi Lekha, 79, Sri Lankan actress. 2009 - Mark Landon, 60, American actor, adopted son of Michael Landon. 2009 - Bill Kelso, 69, American baseball player. 2009 - Dudley L. Healy, 95, American Masters track and field champion. 2009 - Lude Check, 91, Canadian ice hockey player. 2009 - Pat Booth, 66, British model and writer, cancer.
330 - Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but is more popularly referred to as Constantinople. 1310 - Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics. 1502 - Christopher Columbus leaves for his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies. 1745 - War of Austrian Succession: Battle of Fontenoy – At Fontenoy, French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army. 1792 - Captain Robert Gray becomes the first documented white person to sail into the Columbia River. 1812 - Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. 1813 - In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century. 1820 - Launch of HMS Beagle the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage. 1841 - Lt. Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound. 1857 - Indian Mutiny: Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British. 1858 - Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. state. 1862 - American Civil War: The ironclad CSS Virginia is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia. 1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Yellow Tavern – Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern, Virginia. 1867 - Luxembourg gains its independence. 1891 - The Otsu Scandal takes place. 1894 - Pullman Strike: Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike in Illinois. 1907 - A derailment outside Lompoc, California kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot. 1910 - An act of the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana. 1911 - The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty. 1918 - The Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus is officially established. 1924 - Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies. 1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded. 1934 - Dust Bowl: A strong two-day dust storm removes massive amounts of Great Plains topsoil in one of the worst dust storms of the Dust Bowl in North America. 1942 - William Faulkner's collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published. 1943 - World War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces. 1944 - World War II: The Allies start a major offensive against the Axis Powers on the Gustav Line. 1946 - UMNO is created. 1949 - Siam officially changes its name to Thailand, a name in use since 1939. 1949 - Israel joins the United Nations. 1953 - The 1953 Waco tornado outbreak: An F5 tornado hits downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114. 1960 - In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann, living under the assumed name Ricardo Klement. 1960 - The first contraceptive pill is made available on the market. 1967 - Andreas Papandreou, Greek economist and socialist politician, is imprisoned in Athens by the Greek military junta. 1968 - The Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, and Etobicoke in the west. 1969 - Vietnam War: Operation Apache Snow – Near the Laos border, American and South Vietnamese forces fight North Vietnamese troops for Ap Bia Mountain (aka Hill 937 or "Hamburger Hill"). 1970 - Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina. 1970 - The Lubbock Tornado: An F5 tornado hits downtown Lubbock, Texas, killing 26. 1973 - Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed. 1984 - A transit of Earth from Mars takes place. 1985 - Fifty-six spectators die when a flash fire strikes a football ground during a match in Bradford, England. 1987 - Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II. 1987 - In Baltimore, Maryland, The first heart-lung transplant takes place. The surgery is performed by Dr. Bruce Reitz, of Stanford University School of Medicine. 1995 - In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions. 1996 - After taking-off from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board. 1997 - IBM Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format. 1998 - India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device. 2000 - Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End. 2002 - Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War. 2009 - Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched on STS-125, the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.