May 11th seems to be the day reserved for the birth of sporting champions, as dozens of footballers, gymnasts, baseball and basketball players arrived into the world on this day, including South African rugby star Victor Matfield in 1977.
Nobel Laureates also abound, with writer Camilo José Cela (1916), physicist Richard Feynman (1918), radio astronomer Antony Hewish (1924), physiologist Herbert Spencer Gasser (1963) and chemist Odd Hassel (1981) all having been born this day.
Don’t forget about the birthdays of celebrities like Laetitia Casta, Holly Valance and rapper Ace Hood!
It’s also the day computers began their rise against the humans, as Deep Blue defeated chess master Garry Kasparov in 1997… chilling.
Happy Birthday Tom!