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- January 1 - Northern Territory is separated from South Australia
- January 3 - In London, a shootout between Russian anarchists and the Scots Guard
- January 10 - Major Jimmie Erickson takes the first aerial photograph (over San Diego, California).
- January 18 - Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco harbor, marking the first time an aircraft landed on a ship
- January 21 ? First Monte Carlo races
- January 26 - Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful seaplane.
- January 30 - The destroyer USS Terry makes the first airplane rescue at sea saving the life of James McCurdy 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
- March 1 - Jose Ordonez is elected President of Uruguay.
- March 8 - International Women's Day is celebrated for the first time
- March 24 ? Denmark abolishes death penalty and flogging
- March 25 - Fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City - 145 dead
- May 15 - The United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be dissolved.
- May 23 - Dedication ceremony for the New York Public Library.
- June 15 - IBM incorporated as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in New York
- June 22- Coronation of George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of Teck at Westminster Abbey, London.
- July 1 - German Warship Panther in the Moroccan port of Agadir triggers Agadir Crisis escalating pre-WW1 tensions. Subsequent climbdown rallies German militancy.
- August 8 - Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law will take effect in 1913.
- August 22 ? Theft of Mona Lisa discovered in Louvre (Vincenzo Peruggia is captured and the painting returned 1913)
- September 7 - French poet Guillaume Apollinaire is arrested and put in jail on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum. He is later released.
- September 20 - Liner Olympic collides with a cruiser HMS Haske with minimal damage
- September 29 - French navy ship Liberte explodes anchored in Toulon
- October 10 - Wuchang Uprising which led to the founding of the Republic of China.
- October 10 - Robert Laird Borden becomes Canada's eighth prime minister.
- November 3 - Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market to compete with the Ford Model T.
- November 4 - Selandia launched in Denmark, the first ocean going diesel Ship.
- November 5 - After declaring war on Turkey on September 29, 1911, Italy annexes Tripoli and Cyrenaica (this act was confirmed by an act of the Italian Parliament on February 25, 1912).
- November 11 - A record cold snap hits the United States midwest. Many cities break record highs and lows on same day. (see The 11/11/11 cold wave).
- November 15 - Prince Louis Honor� Charles Antoine Grimaldi of Monaco, heir to the throne and later Reigning Prince Louis II of Monaco officially recognizes his illegitimate daughter Charlotte Louise Juliette Louvet as Princess Charlotte of Monaco.
- November 16 ? Earthquake in Swab, South Germany
- December 11 - Coronation in New Delhi of George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of Teck as Emperor of India and Empress consort respectively
- December 14 - Roald Amundsen's expedition reaches the South Pole
- December 21 ? First robbery of the Bonnot gang
- December 29 - Sun Yat-sen becomes the first President of the Republic of China
- First Solvay Congress - meeting of physicists
- Hiram Bingham finds Macchu Picchu
- Iceland University founded
- University of Wales, Bangor moved to new buildings.
- [[1911 Encyclop�dia Britannica]] published.
- End of Qing Dynasty in China.
- Rutherford deduces the existence of a compact atomic nucleus from scattering experiments.
- Onnes discovers superconductivity.
- January 1 - Hank Greenberg, Baseball Hall of Famer (d. 1986)
- January 3 - John Sturges, director
- January 7 - Butterfly McQueen, actress (d. 1995)
- January 22 - Bruno Kreisky, Chancellor of Austria (d. 1990)
- January 29 - Peter von Siemens, industrialist (d. 1986)
- January 30 - Roy Eldridge, jazz musician (d. 1989)
- February 6 - Ronald Reagan, United States President, actor (d. 2004)
- February 8 - Elizabeth Bishop, poet, Pulitzer Prize winner (d. 1979)
- February 8 - Big Joe Turner, blues singer (d. 1985)
- February 11 - Alec Cairncross, chancellor of the University of Glasgow
- February 19 - Merle Oberon, actress (d. 1979)
- March 3 - Jean Harlow, actress (d. 1937)
- March 13 - L. Ron Hubbard, author (d. 1986)
- March 16 - Josef Mengele, Nazi war criminal (d. 1979)
- March 24 - Joseph Barbera, cartoonist
- March 25 - Jack Ruby, killer of Lee Harvey Oswald (d. 1967)
- March 26 - Tennessee Williams, playwright
- March 29 - Brigitte Horney, actress (d. 1988)
- April 8 - Emil Cioran, Romanian-born French philosopher and essayist (d. 1995)
- April 11 - Stanislawa Walasiewicz, Polish-American sprinter
- April 26 - Marianne Hoppe, actress
- May 8 - Robert Johnson, Blues guitarist and singer.
- May 11 - Phil Silvers, actor, comedian (d. 1985)
- May 15 - Max Frisch, author
- May 17 - Maureen O'Sullivan, actress (d. 1998)
- May 18 - Big Joe Turner, blues singer (d. 1985)
- May 20 - Annie M. G. Schmidt, Dutch children books writer
- May 20 - Gardner Fox, writer (d. 1986)
- May 26 - Ben Alexander, actor
- May 27 - Hubert H. Humphrey, U.S. Vice President and Senator
- May 27 - Teddy Kollek, former mayor of Jerusalem
- May 27 - Vincent Price, actor (d. 1993)
- May 28 - [[Fritz Hochw�lder]], author (d. 1986)
- June 26 - Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete and golfer
- July 4 - Mitch Miller, singer, television personality
- July 9 - Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (d. 1968)
- July 18 - Hume Cronyn, actor (d. 2003)
- June 29 - Bernard Herrmann, composer
- June 30 - Czesław Miłosz, Polish poet, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980 (d. August 14, 2004)
- July 21 - Marshall McLuhan - author
- October 13 - Ashok Kumar - actor, India (d. 2001)
- October 14 - Le Duc Tho, Nobel Peace Prize recipient (d. 1990)
- September 2 - Floyd Council, U.S. blues musician, Pink Floyd was named after him
- September 9 - John Gorton, nineteenth Prime Minister of Australia
- September 23 - Frank Moss, U.S. Senator Utah
- November 17 - Omega Psi Phi, Historically Black Fraternity
- December 3 - Nino Rota, composer
- December 11 - Naguib Mahfouz, Nobel prize-winning Egyptian novelist
- December 13 - Kenneth Patchen, poet and painter
- Yolande Beekman, SOE agent, WW II heroine, executed by the Nazis (d. 1944)
- C. L. Moore - science fiction and fantasy writer
- February 11 - Albert von Rothschild, Austrian baron and banker.
- March 1 - J. H. van 't Hoff, Dutch physical and organic chemist, the winner of the first Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1852)
- May 18 - Gustav Mahler, composer
- May 21 - Williamina Fleming, astronomer (b. 1857)
- May 29 - William S. Gilbert, Dramatist
- June 9 - Carrie Nation, advocate of temperence movement
- September 16 - Edward Whymper, British explorer
- October 14 - John Marshall Harlan, Supreme Court justice
- October 29 - Joseph Pulitzer, newspaper publisher and journalist
- December 10 - Joseph Dalton Hooker, botanist (b. 1817)
- Physics - Wilhelm Wien
- Chemistry - Marie Sklodowska-Curie
- Medicine - Allvar Gullstrand
- Literature - Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck
- Peace - Tobias Michael Carel Asser Alfred Hermann Fried
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