Died On May 11th

Discover the most famous people who died on May 11. The list includes people like Bob Marley, Douglas Adams, John D. Rockefeller Jr., William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, Alvar Aalto. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, mountaineers, prime ministers and science fiction writers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Nigeria and many more countries.
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Jerry Stiller
(Known for His Role on the Sitcom 'Seinfeld' and the Comedy Series ‘The King of Queens’)
Jerry Stiller
22
Birthdate: June 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: 2020

Veteran actor Jerry Stiller had an extensive six-decade-long career in the entertainment industry. He began performing comedy with his wife, Anne Meara, in the 1960s and soon started acting in films and TV shows as well. His son, Ben Stiller, is also an actor, and the two had appeared in many films together.

 2 
Peggy Lipton
(Actress)
Peggy Lipton
19
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2019

Peggy Lipton achieved fame after playing Julie Barnes in the TV series The Mod Squad; her character Julie became a fashion icon. Peggy is also credited with raising her children Kidada and Rashida Jones—both celebrities—after marrying Quincy Jones. Interestingly, Peggy achieved all these after overcoming nervousness and stuttering as a child after being sexually abused by a relative.

 3 
Douglas Adams
(Author of the BBC Radio Comedy Series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy")
Douglas Adams
16
Birthdate: March 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: 2001

English author, screenwriter, and essayist, Douglas Adams, is most remembered for his comedy science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. As a screenwriter, he wrote two stories for the TV series Doctor Who. He advocated for environmentalism and spoke about environmental issues in his non-fiction radio series Last Chance to See.

 4 
Rob Hall
(Mountaineer)
Rob Hall
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Died: 1996

Rob Hall was a New Zealand mountaineer and the head guide of a Mount Everest expedition in 1996, during which he died along with two clients and a fellow guide. The ill-fated expedition was dramatized in the film Everest where Rob Hall was played by actor Jason Clarke.

 5 
Floyd Patterson
(American Professional Boxer Who Competed From 1952 to 1972)
Floyd Patterson
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waco, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2006
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 6 
Norman Lloyd
(American Actor, Producer, Director and Centenarian)
Norman Lloyd
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2021
Norman Lloyd is known for his long association with Alfred Hitchcock, especially as a producer of the anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He appeared as Mr. Nolan in Dead Poets Society and as Dr. Daniel Auschlander in St. Elsewhere. He has also appeared in several Cavalcade of America radio plays.
 7 
John D. Rockefeller Jr.
(American Financier, Philanthropist and the Only Son of 'Standard Oil' Co-Founder John D. Rockefeller)
John D. Rockefeller Jr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 1960

Financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. Was the only son of Standard Oil co-founder, John D. Rockefeller. An alumnus of Brown University, he was very principled and careful with money from an early age. He joined his father’s business and went on to become one of the largest real estate holders in Manhattan.

 8 
Barbara Hutton
(Socialites)
Barbara Hutton
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1979
 9 
Scott Fischer
(First American to Summit Mt. Lhotse)
Scott Fischer
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Died: 1996

American mountaineer Scott Fischer was known for scaling the highest peaks of the world, including Mt. Everest and K2, without using oxygen cans. He later became a mountain guide and co-launched his own adventure travel company Mountain Madness. He died in a blizzard while guiding a group of clients to Mt. Everest.

 10 
Alvar Aalto
(Architect)
Alvar Aalto
7
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: February 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kuortane
Died: 1976

Finnish architect Alvar Aalto initially had his studies interrupted by the Finnish Civil War, which saw him fighting for the White Army. His first architectural design was for his parents’ house. He had experimented with furniture and glassware, too. His works showcase a move from classicism to functionalism.

 11 
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
(First President of Nigeria)
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zungeru, Nigeria
Died: 1996

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe was a Nigerian political leader and statesman. From 1963 to 1966, Azikiwe served as the first president of Nigeria. Often referred to as the Father of Nigerian Nationalism, Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe played an important role in Nigeria's struggle for independence. He is also credited with establishing the University of Nigeria (UNN).

 12 
Noel Redding
(English Rock Musician and Singer)
Noel Redding
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Folkestone, England
Died: 2003
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 13 
Lex Barker
(Actor)
Lex Barker
1
Birthdate: May 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rye, New York, United States
Died: 1973
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 14 
William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1766-68))
William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1708
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: 1778
 15 
Juan Gris
(Spanish Cubist Painter)
Juan Gris
4
Birthdate: March 23, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: 1927

Juan Gris was a Spanish painter whose paintings are counted among the Cubism movement's most distinctive works. Gris's works and style influenced the Purist style of Charles Edouard Jeanneret and Amédée Ozenfant. Some of his paintings, such as Still Life with Checked Tablecloth and The musician's Table, have sold for millions of dollars at the auction.

 16 
John Herschel
(British Polymath Known for His Invention of 'Blueprint')
John Herschel
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 7, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: 1871

The son of renowned astronomer William Herschel, John Herschel was educated at Eton and Cambridge and grew up to be a polymath. Apart from contributing to the field of photography, he was known for cataloguing and naming stars and satellites. He briefly also served as the Master of the Royal Mint.

 17 
Lester Flatt
(American Bluegrass Guitarist and Mandolinist)
Lester Flatt
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 19, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Overton County, Tennessee, United States
Died: 1979
 18 
Moses Fleetwood Walker
(Baseball player)
Moses Fleetwood Walker
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1856
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mount Pleasant, Ohio, United States
Died: 1924
 19 
Yasuko Namba
(Japanese Mountaineer)
Yasuko Namba
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ōmori, Tokyo, Japan
Died: 1996
 20 
Karl Schwarzschild
(German Physicist and Astronomer)
Karl Schwarzschild
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: 1916

Karl Schwarzschild was a German astronomer and physicist. He is remembered for his contributions to the general theory of relativity; Schwarzschild came up with the first exact solution to the Albert Einstein field equations. He also contributed immensely to the theory of black holes.

 21 
Gottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
(Prince)
Gottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Langenburg, Germany
Died: 1960
 22 
Douglas A. Zembiec
(Military officer)
Douglas A. Zembiec
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kealakekua, Hawaii, United States
Died: 2007
 23 
Bill Peet
(Illustrator)
Bill Peet
0
Birthdate: January 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grandview, Indiana, United States
Died: 2002
 24 
Johnny Hodges
(Saxophonist, best known for solo work with Duke Ellington's big band)
Johnny Hodges
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 25, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1970
 25 
William Dean Howells
(Novelist)
William Dean Howells
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 1, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Martins Ferry, Ohio, U.S.
Died: 1920
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Matteo Ricci
(Italian Priest, Missionary and One of the Founding Figures of Jesuit China Missions)
Matteo Ricci
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 6, 1552
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Macerata, Italy
Died: 1610

Matteo Ricci was an Italian priest best remembered as one of the founding members of the Jesuit China missions. Renowned for his missionary work in China, Ricci became the first European to set foot on the Forbidden City of Beijing. He is credited with converting important Chinese officials to Catholicism. The Catholic Church considers him a Servant of God.

 27 
Robert Treat Paine
(Founding Father of the United States)
Robert Treat Paine
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 11, 1731
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1814
 28 
Mark Landon
(Actor)
Mark Landon
1
Birthdate: October 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 2009
 29 
Alaungpaya
(King)
Alaungpaya
2
Birthdate: August 24, 1714
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shwebo, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: 1760
 30 
Rodney Culver
(American Football Player)
Rodney Culver
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 1996
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Juliette Récamier
(Socialite)
Juliette Récamier
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 3, 1777
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 1849
 32 
Ghazan
(Ruler)
Ghazan
5
Birthdate: November 5, 1271
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Iran
Died: 1304

Mahmud Ghazan, also known as Ghazan Khan, was an influential ruler of Iran’s Mongol dynasty. Raised in a tolerant environment, where he learned the tenets of both Buddhism and Christianity, he interestingly converted to Islam after taking to the throne. He also waged a war against the Egyptian army in Syria.

 33 
Jean de La Bruyère
(Philosopher)
Jean de La Bruyère
0
Birthdate: August 16, 1645
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1696
 34 
Florine Stettheimer
(Painter)
Florine Stettheimer
0
Birthdate: August 19, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: 1944
 35 
Evelyn Lincoln
(Secretary)
Evelyn Lincoln
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 25, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Polk County, Nebraska, United States
Died: 1995
 36 
Spencer Perceval
(Politician, Lawyer)
Spencer Perceval
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 1, 1762
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: 1812

Spencer Perceval was an English barrister and statesman who served as the United Kingdom's Prime Minister from 1809 to 1812. The only solicitor-general to have served as UK's prime minister, Perceval was also the only British PM to have been murdered. His assassination inspired poems like Universal sympathy on the martyr'd statesman, which was published in 1812.

 37 
Archduke John of Austria
(Archduke of Austria)
Archduke John of Austria
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 20, 1782
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1859
 38 
Seán Lemass
(Politician)
Seán Lemass
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ballybrack, Ireland
Died: 1971
 39 
John Rutsey
(musician)
John Rutsey
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ontario
Died: 2008
 40 
Samuel C. Armstrong
(Soldier)
Samuel C. Armstrong
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 30, 1839
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii, United States
Died: 1893
 41 
Edmond Becquerel
(First observed the photovoltaic effect)
Edmond Becquerel
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 24, 1820
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1891
 42 
Eugène François Vidocq
(French Criminal Turned Criminalist - Regarded as the 'First Private Detective')
Eugène François Vidocq
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 24, 1775
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arras, France
Died: 1857

Starting his career with the army, French criminal Eugène François Vidocq fought in the battles of Valmy and Jemappes. Often jailed for petty offenses, he later used his expertise of being among thieves to form his own police force, or the police de sûreté, inspiring authors such as Victor Hugo.

 43 
Yevgeny Miller
(Politician, Military officer)
Yevgeny Miller
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
Died: 1939
 44 
Blaise Diagne
(Political Leader)
Blaise Diagne
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 13, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gorée
Died: 1934

Blaise Diagne was a Senegalese-French political leader who became the first black African elected to the French Chamber of Deputies. He was also the first to hold a position in the French government. He actively advocated for equal rights for all and was a pioneer of black African electoral politics. He was a freemason.

 45 
Daniel De Leon
(Socialist)
Daniel De Leon
1
Birthdate: December 14, 1852
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Curaçao
Died: 1914
 46 
Jozef Murgaš
(Inventor)
Jozef Murgaš
0
Birthdate: February 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tajov
Died: 1929

Known as the Radio Priest, Jozef Murgaš was a Slovak Roman Catholic priest who is remembered for his contribution to the development of wireless transmission. Regarded as one of the inventors of the radio, he was also an acclaimed botanist, an architect, and a painter.

 47 
Motiur Rahman Nizami
(Politician)
Motiur Rahman Nizami
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santhia Upazila, Bangladesh
Died: 2016

Motiur Rahman Nizami was a Bangladeshi politician, writer, and Islamic scholar. He served as the Minister of Agriculture from 2001 to 2003 before serving as the Minister of Industries from 2003 to 2006. Motiur Rahman Nizami was convicted and sentenced to death for masterminding the Demra massacre, which resulted in the death of more than 800 unarmed Hindu civilians.

 48 
Otto Nicolai
(German Composer, Conductor and One of the Founders of the Vienna Philharmonic)
Otto Nicolai
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 9, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Königsberg, Russia
Died: 1849
 49 
Jules Hardouin-Mansart
(Architect)
Jules Hardouin-Mansart
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: April 16, 1646
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1708

Seventeenth-century French Baroque architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart is best remembered for designing Versailles as the city planner of King Louis XIV. His great-uncle, François Mansart, who was one of the pioneers of classical French architecture. His other works include Place Vendôme and the Château de la Chaize in Odenas.

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A. Mitchell Palmer
(50th United States Attorney General)
A. Mitchell Palmer
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 4, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Haven, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1936