Famous Birthdays on 17th April

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  • 1278 Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor (d. 1320)
  • 1539 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter/cartoonist (Comedia)
  • 1573 Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
  • 1586 John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore)
  • 1587 Marco Ivan Lukacic, composer
  • 1598 Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)

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1620 Marguerite Bourgeoys, Troyes France, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint)

First Canadian Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys
First Canadian Saint
Marguerite Bourgeoys
  • 1622 Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans)
  • 1644 Abraham Jansz Storck, painter, baptized
  • 1666 Francois Valentijn, Dutch vicar/writer
  • 1676 Frederik I, van Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51)
  • 1683 Johann David Heinichen, composer
  • 1699 Robert Blair, Scottish poet (Grave)
  • 1710 Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (d. 1767)
  • 1715 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer
  • 1719 Christian Gottfried Krause, composer
  • 1734 Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
  • 1738 Philip Hayes, composer
  • 1741 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, composer
  • 1741 Samuel Chase, judge (signed Decl of Ind)
  • 1750 François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure (d. 1828)
  • 1774 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer
  • 1788 Joseph Gilbert Totten, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1794 Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (d. 1868)
  • 1797 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian composer/conductor
  • 1798 Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
  • 1809 Philip St George Cocke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1861)
  • 1811 Ann Sheppard Mounsey, composer
  • 1813 Henry Washington Benham, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1884)
  • 1816 Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (d. 1876)
  • 1820 Gottfried Conradi, composer
  • 1827 French C Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (St Amanduskerk, Antwerp)
  • 1833 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer (d. 1900)
  • 1837 J. P. Morgan, Hartford, Connecticut, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation)
  • 1842 Maurice Rouvier, French statesman (d. 1911)
  • 1845 Isabel Barrows, US, editor/penologist (Conference on Negro Question)
  • 1849 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1923)
  • 1863 Johannes P Boskaljon, Curacao composer/conductor
  • 1863 Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1865 Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (d. 1939)
  • 1866 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (d. 1927)
  • 1868 Charles R Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French dictionary)
  • 1869 Johannes M Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher
  • 1870 Ray Stannard Baker, US, journalist (Puliter Prize 1940)
  • 1876 Ian Hay, Scotland, novelist/playwright (PIp, Carrying On)
  • 1877 Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat (d. 1949)
  • 1881 Anton Wildgans, writer
  • 1882 Artur Schnabel, Lipnik Austria, pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas)
  • 1883 Hermann Darewsky, composer
  • 1884 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob
  • 1885 Cecil Burleigh, composer
  • 1885 Karen Blixen-Finecke, [pen name Isak Dinesen], Danish writer (Out of Africa)
  • 1886 Otto Lederer, Czechoslovakia, actor (Jazz Singer)
  • 1890 Art Acord, Glenwood Sevier UT, western actor (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists)
  • 1892 Jean PJC Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist
  • 1895 Bert Wheeler, actor (Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers)
  • 1896 Senor Wences, ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet)
  • 1897 Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River)
  • 1897 Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
  • 1897 Thornton N Wilder, US, novelist/playwright (Our Town)
  • 1899 Vincent Wigglesworth, entomologist
  • 1901 George Keyt, artist
  • 1902 Anton Beuving, lyricist (Ketelbinkie)
  • 1902 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
  • 1903 Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
  • 1903 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Edward Chodorov, playwright/director (Story of Louis Pasteur)
  • 1904 Naoomal Jeoomal, cricketer (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman)
  • 1905 Arthur Lake, Corbin Ky, actor (Dagwood-Blondie)
  • 1905 Louis Jean Heydt, Montclair NJ, actor (Joe-Waterfront)
  • 1906 M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily)
  • 1906 Sidney R. Garfield, American physician (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician
  • 1909 Humphrey Sims Moore, pacifist/journalist
  • 1910 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Jean-Pierre Herve Bazin, writer
  • 1911 Mikhail Botvinnik, of USSR, world chess champion (1948-63)
  • 1912 Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival Pioneer
  • 1913 Paul Langton, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place)
  • 1913 Richard Travis, Carlsbad NM, actor (Missile to the Moon)
  • 1914 George W. Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Joe Foss, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Azijn Banana, [Oscar Enau], Antillean publicist
  • 1916 David Stafford-Clark, psychiatrist
  • 1916 Donald Gibson, British vice-admiral
  • 1916 Ryoei Saito, businessman
  • 1916 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, world's 1st woman PM (Sri Lanka, 1960..77)
  • 1916 Vinegar Banana, [Oscar Enau], Antillean publicist
  • 1917 Bill Clements, American politician
  • 1918 Anne Shirley, UK, actress (Devil & Daniel Webster, Stella Dallas)

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1918 William Holden, American actor (Stalag 17, Bridge Over River Kwai, SOB), born in O'Fallon, Illinois (d. 1981)

  • 1919 Gilles Lamontagne, French Canadian politician
  • 1919 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer
  • 1920 Bengt N Anderberg, Swedish poet/writer (Kain)
  • 1920 Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter
  • 1921 Donald Barron, CEO (Midland Bank)

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1923 Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Journalist
Harry Reasoner
  • 1923 Lindsay Anderson, Bangalore India, director (Thursday's Children)
  • 1923 Lloyd Biggle Jr, US, sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly)
  • 1923 Norman Potter, cabinetmaker designer/writer
  • 1923 Solly Hemus, American baseball player
  • 1924 Patrick Sergeant, founder (Euromoney Publications)
  • 1924 Althea T L Simmons, human rights activist/chief lobbyist (NAACP)
  • 1925 Anne Harris, CEO (Natl Federation of Women's Institutes)
  • 1925 John Yates, bishop (Lambeth England)
  • 1925 Joyce Buck, actress/interior designer
  • 1926 Arthur Hockaday, director-Gen (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
  • 1926 G M Hughes, professor/zoologist
  • 1926 Michael Vernon, CEO (RNLI)
  • 1926 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Christopher Whelen, composer
  • 1928 Cynthia Ozick, US, author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories)
  • 1929 Eileen Stamers-Smith, headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • 1929 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Lady (James) Mellon, CEO (Volunteer Development Scotland)
  • 1930 Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
  • 1930 Genevieve, Paris France, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples)
  • 1931 Joan Clague, director of nursing services (Marie Curie Foundation)
  • 1931 John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
  • 1931 John Chalstrey, alderman/Lord Mayor (London)
  • 1931 Joyce Molyneux, chef
  • 1931 Ruth Etchells, principal (St John's College-Durham)
  • 1932 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
  • 1932 Han J A Hansen [Jansen], Dutch journalist (King Comes!)
  • 1932 Ramsay Melhuish, diplomat
  • 1933 Penelope Lively, writer
  • 1933 Tim Rathbone, MP
  • 1934 Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
  • 1935 Theo Angelopoulos, Greek film director
  • 1936 Lord Justice Aldous
  • 1936 Pete Graves, rocker (Moonglows)
  • 1937 Brian Sedgemore, British MP
  • 1937 Daffy Duck, animated character
  • 1937 Eduard N Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1937 Terry Dicks, British MP
  • 1937 Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German automotive engineer and executive
  • 1938 David Dilks, vice-chancellor (Hull U)
  • 1938 K M P O'Brien, archbishop (St Andrews & Edinburgh)
  • 1938 Ben Barnes, American politician
  • 1938 Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism
  • 1940 Anja Silja, German soprano
  • 1941 Adolphus Hailstork, composer
  • 1941 Billy Fury, singer/guitarist (When Will You Say I Love You), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1941 Max Stafford-Clark, artistic director (Royal Court Theatre)
  • 1942 Mario Brenta, writer/director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains)
  • 1942 David Bradley, British actor
  • 1943 Roy Estrada, rocker (Morthers Of Invention)
  • 1944 John Lill, professor/pianist
  • 1945 Vincent A M van der Burg, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1946 Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • 1946 Henry Kelly, British broadcaster
  • 1946 J R Baines, professor (Egyptologist)
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1947 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1948 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)
  • 1949 Heini Hemmi, Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1950 L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
  • 1950 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
  • 1951 Olivia Hussey, Buenos Aires, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile)
  • 1952 Željko Ražnatović, Serbian warlord (d. 2000)
  • 1954 Kim Tyler, Hollywood California, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies)
  • 1954 Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
  • 1954 Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1954 Michael Sembello, American musician
  • 1955 Pete Shelley, vocal/guitar (Buzzcocks-Going Steady, Love Bites)
  • 1955 Peter Michalke, journalist
  • 1955 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • 1956 Faye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • 1956 Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • 1956 Pillow, [Therese Joan Bell], California, bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • 1957 Byron Cherry, actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1957 Nick Hornby, English author
  • 1958 Sergei Yuriyevich Vozovikov, Russian major/cosmonaut
  • 1959 Sean Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A Game of Thrones)
  • 1959 David Hearn, slalom single canoe (Olympics-9th-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1959 Elizabeth Lindsey, actress (China Beach)
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • 1959 Teri Austin, actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1960 Michael Whitaker, showjumper
  • 1961 Boomer Esiason, West Islip, New York, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1961 Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)
  • 1961 Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
  • 1962 Nancy Hogshead, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)/model (jockey), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1963 Joel Murray, American actor
  • 1964 Ken Daneyko, Windsor, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1964 Raye Hollit, American Gladiator (Zap)
  • 1964 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
  • 1964 Lela Rochon, American actress
  • 1965 William Mapother, American actor
  • 1965 Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner
  • 1966 Lela Rochon, actress (Waiting to Exhale)
  • 1966 Susie Redman, Salem OH, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-2nd)
  • 1966 Vikram, Indian actor
  • 1967 Aaron Wallace, NFL defensive end/linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967 Leslie Bega, actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Marquis Grisom, outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleve Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967 Timothy Gibbs, Burbank California, actor (Father Murphy, Santa Barbara)
  • 1967 Marquis Grissom, American baseball player
  • 1967 Kimberly Elise, American actress (Beloved), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota