Ben Jonson "'Twas only fear first in the world made gods."

Ben Jonson
(06/11/1572 – 08/16/1637)
English writer
Richard Strauss "I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer."

Richard Strauss
(06/11/1864 – 09/08/1949)
German composer
William Gilmore Simms "Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of which is often fatal to the best of talents; it supplies the place of many talents."

William Gilmore Simms
(04/17/1806 – 06/11/1870)
US writer
Jeannette Rankin "You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."

Jeannette Rankin
(06/11/1880 – 05/18/1973)
first female US Representative (MT)
Jacques-Yves Cousteau "Man, of all the animals, is probably the only one to regard himself as a great delicacy."

Jacques Cousteau
(06/11/1910 – 06/25/1997)
French oceanographer
Vince Lombardi "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."

Vince Lombardi
(06/11/1913 – 09/03/1970)
US football coach
Hazel Scott "There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then."

Hazel Scott
(06/11/1920 – 10/02/1981)
Trinidadi-US pianist, singer
William Styron "Let's face it, writing is hell."

William Styron
(06/11/1925 – 11/01/2006)
US writer
Dave Gardner "Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter."

"Brother" Dave Gardner
(06/11/1926 – 09/22/1983)
US comic
Jerome Silberman "A loud kind of Jewish genius—maybe that's as close as you can get to defining him."

Gene Wilder
(06/11/1933 – 08/29/2016)
US actor (was married to Gilda Radner) , on Mel Brooks (Gilda and Mel share a birthday)
Ingrid Newkirk "Why not find out when his birthday is, call the newspapers, and go dance on his grave?"

Ingrid Newkirk
(06/11/1949 – )
US activist, PETA President , on Colonel Sanders
James Hugh Calum Laurie "It's as if you're playing left-handed. Or like everyone else is playing with a tennis racket and you have a salmon."

Hugh Laurie
(06/11/1959 – )
English actor , on performing with an American accent in "House"
John Lewellyn Lewis "Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America."

John L. Lewis
(02/12/1880 – 06/11/1969)
US labor leader
Marion Robert Morrison "I never trust a man that doesn't drink."

John Wayne
(05/26/1907 – 06/11/1979)
US actor
Kathleen Rosalind Dobbs "David Frost has risen without trace." *

Kitty Muggeridge
(12/08/1903 – 06/11/1994)
US actor (was married to Malcolm Muggeridge)
David Brinkley "Neither of us liked it; two guys on the air saying good night to each other didn't look quite right."

David Brinkley
(07/10/1920 – 06/11/2003)
US telejournalist (co-anchor with Chet Huntley) , on his and Huntley's nightly closing ("Good night, Chet." "Good night, David.")
Ruby Ann Wallace "OK, boss, I don't mind shuffling, but I won't scratch my head."

Ruby Dee
(10/27/1922 – 06/11/2014)
US actor, activist (was married to Ossie Davis)
Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman "Only America makes you feel that everybody wants to be like you. That's what success is: Everybody wants to be like you."

Ornette Coleman
(03/09/1930 – 06/11/2015)
US musician