Famous Birthdays on 17th August

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  • 1473 Richard, Duke of York (d. 1483?)
  • 1578 Francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660)
  • 1586 Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg)
  • 1607 Pierre de Fermat, mathematician who needed wider margins (Fermat's Last Theorem) [or 1608]
  • 1629 King John [Jan] III Sobieski of Poland. Victor over the Turks in 1683 (d. 1696)
  • 1686 Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
  • 1720 Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter (Contes de La Fontaine)
  • 1753 Josef Dobrovský, Czech linguist (d. 1828)
  • 1768 Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, French general (d. 1800)
  • 1775 Philippe Libon, composer
  • 1779 Franz de Paula Roser, composer

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1786 Davy Crockett, Greene County, Tennessee, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo), (d. 1836)

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett
  • 1786 Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, mother of Queen Victoria (d. 1861)
  • 1794 Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest (d. 1849)
  • 1811 Johannes H Scholten, Dutch theologist (Free Will)
  • 1817 Joseph baron Kervyn de Lettenhove, Belgian Internal minister (1870-71)
  • 1819 James Henry Van Alen, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1886)
  • 1828 George William Warren, composer
  • 1828 Jules Bernard Luys, French neurologist (d. 1897)
  • 1834 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
  • 1839 Hubert Platt Main, composer
  • 1839 Thijs [Matthijs] Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
  • 1840 Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer (Irish Land League)
  • 1841 Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet
  • 1844 Menelik II, King of Ethiopia (1896-1913)
  • 1851 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist
  • 1856 Violet Paget, [Vernon Lee], British author (Satan the master)
  • 1863 Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and naturalist (d. 1924)
  • 1866 Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)
  • 1866 Julia Marlowe, English actress (d. 1950)
  • 1870 Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine
  • 1873 John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)
  • 1876 Eric Drummond, 1st Secretary-General of League of Nations (1919-33)
  • 1876 Henri G Winkelman, Dutch general/supreme commander/navy 1940
  • 1878 Reg Duff, cricketer (Australian bat, century on debut 1902)
  • 1880 Leo Ascher, composer
  • 1880 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great South African batsman-keeper-captain)

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1882 Samuel Goldwyn, [Shmuel Gelbfisz], Warsaw Poland, Hollywood movie producer (MGM)

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • 1885 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist (Wife & society)
  • 1885 Kurt Hiller, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1972)
  • 1887 Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-18)
  • 1887 Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among US African Americans
  • 1888 Monty Wooley, actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890 Harry L Hopkins, US politician (Loan & Lease law)
  • 1890 Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)

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1893 Mae West, New York, film and stage actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), (d. 1980)

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1894 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author (Jorden)
  • 1894 Johan Polet, Dutch sculptor
  • 1896 Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)
  • 1896 Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Gerard Schmook, Flemish librarian/historian/custodian
  • 1900 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1903 Abram Chasins, composer
  • 1904 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • 1904 Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician (d. 1984)
  • 1905 John Hay Whitney, publisher (NY Herald Trib 1961-67)
  • 1906 Hazel Bishop, chemist/cosmetics manufacturer
  • 1906 Marcello J das Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal (1968-74)
  • 1907 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer
  • 1908 Kurt Hessenberg, composer
  • 1909 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Eric Aaltonen, composer
  • 1910 J A Manusama, Moluccan politician
  • 1910 R Peyrefitte, writer
  • 1911 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince
  • 1911 Jan Lode Cantens, Flemish dramatist (God's Murderer)
  • 1912 Edgar Fernhout, Dutch painter/son of Charley Toorop
  • 1913 W. Mark Felt, American FBI official and Watergate secret informant known as "Deep Throat"
  • 1913 Rudy York, American baseball player (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, son of FDR/(Rep-D-NY, 1949-55)
  • 1916 John de Young, resistance fighter
  • 1917 P Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Singular Love)
  • 1917 Safa Khulusi, writer
  • 1918 Mort Marshall, actor (Cully-Dumplings), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Georgia Gibbs, Worcester Mass, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire)
  • 1921 Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer
  • 1921 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Paul Wiens, writer
  • 1922 Ralph Roberts, Salisbury NC, actor (Tradition, Gone are the Days)
  • 1922 Roy Tattersall, cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's)
  • 1923 Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orch)
  • 1923 Larry Rivers, [Grossberg], painter (Wash crossing Delaware-1953), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Phichit, Thailand, co-creator of Red Bull, (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Evan S Connell, US writer
  • 1924 Helen Wallis, cartographer/librarian
  • 1924 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk)
  • 1924 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
  • 1924 Evan Connell, author (The Patriot), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1925 John Hawkes, US writer (2nd Skin)
  • 1925 John Howard Purnell, scientist
  • 1926 Haakon Barfod, Norway, yachting (Olympic-gold-1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Jean Poiret, French actor/writer (Le Dernier Metro)
  • 1926 Jiang Zemin, Chinese politician
  • 1926 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds)
  • 1927 Robert Moore, actor (Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1928 Jean R Adams, entomologist
  • 1928 Thomas Jefferson Anderson, composer
  • 1928 Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
  • 1929 Francis Gary Powers, US spy (USSR captures him in 1959 U-2 incident)
  • 1930 James Gulliver, businessman

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1930 Ted Hughes, Poet (British Poet Laureate 1984-98), born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire (d. 1998)

  • 1932 Chet Allen, Chickasha Oklahoma, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter)

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1932 V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist (Middle Passage)

Novelist V. S. Naipaul
Novelist
V. S. Naipaul
  • 1933 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], El Monte, California, American actor (Route 66, Shenandoah)
  • 1933 Eugene F. Kranz, American NASA executive
  • 1933 Mark Dinning, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1934 Maureen Connally, champion tennis player (Wimbledon)
  • 1935 Oleg Tabakov, Russian actor
  • 1936 Ivan Parik, composer
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician-actor (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Illyin, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1938 Abu Bakar Bashir, Indonesian Muslim cleric
  • 1938 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek politician
  • 1939 Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
  • 1939 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1940 David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • 1940 Thomas Williams, US, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1941 Boog Powell, baseball player (AL MVP 1970)
  • 1941 Ibrahim Babangida, president of Nigeria (1985- )
  • 1943 Edward Cowie, composer
  • 1943 Koos Postema, editor-in-chief (Vrije Volk)/Dutch TV host

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1943 Robert De Niro, actor (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), born in NYC, New York

  • 1943 Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1943 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
  • 1944 Lawrence Joseph Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, Billionaire
  • 1945 Katri Helena, Finnish singer
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • 1947 Gary Talley, rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1948 Bo Rucker, actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1948 Rod MacDonald, American musician
  • 1949 Sib Hashian, rock drummer (Boston), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Norm Coleman, American politician
  • 1951 Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1951 Robert Joy, actor (Big Shots, Suicide Club), born in Montreal, Quebec

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1952 Guillermo Vilas, Argentina, tennis champ (US Open-1977)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1952 Kathryn C Thornton, PhD/astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1952 Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87)
  • 1952 Thomas J Hennen, Albany GA, astronaut (STS 44)
  • 1952 Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal (BMW Sauber)
  • 1953 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • 1953 Robert Brent Thirsk, BC Canada, astronaut (STS 78)
  • 1953 Judith Regan, American book publisher
  • 1954 Eric Johnson, American guitarist
  • 1955 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
  • 1955 Janet Quist playmate (Dec, 1978), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, California, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
  • 1955 Richard Hilton, American heir
  • 1956 Gail Berman, American film executive
  • 1956 Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
  • 1958 Belinda Carlisle, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1959 David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)
  • 1959 Jonathan Franzen, American author
  • 1960 Bruce Penhall, Balboa CA, actor (Savage Beach)
  • 1960 Sean Penn, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1960 Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer
  • 1961 Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1962 Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)
  • 1962 Buddy Landel, American professional wrestler
  • 1963 Carmen Berg, Bismark ND, playmate (July, 1987)
  • 1963 S. Shankar, Indian film director.
  • 1964 Pete McCutcheon, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Quebec Open), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Colin James, Canadian musician
  • 1965 Dottie Mochrie Pepper, Saratoga Springs NY, golfer (1992 Dinah Shore)
  • 1965 Fred Grim, soccer player (Cambuur L, Ajax)
  • 1965 Glen Goldsmith, rocker (What You See is What You Get)
  • 1965 Robert Manry, Cleve newspaper editor/sailed the Atlantic (in craft)
  • 1965 Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville Ky, rock drummer (Black Crowes)
  • 1966 Cedric Figaro, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1966 Zefross Moss, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots)
  • 1966 Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer
  • 1966 Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
  • 1966 Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967 James Jenkins, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Kenny Davidson, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1967 Nelson Emerson, Hamilton, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1967 Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk)
  • 1968 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1968 Vince Marrow, WLAF TE (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1968 Helen McCrory, English actress
  • 1969 Christian Laettner, NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Oly-gold-92)
  • 1969 Donald E Wahlberg Jr, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1969 Maria Strandlund, Akersberga Sweden, tennis star (1987 Futures NOR)
  • 1970 Bernard Wilson, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Brad Bretz, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Jim Courier, Sanford Florida, tennis champ (1990, 91 French)
  • 1970 Oyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1970 Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist
  • 1971 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1971 Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1971 Shaun Rehn, Australian Rules footballer
  • 1972 Ernie Conwell, tight end (St Louis Rams)
  • 1972 Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1973 A J Wood, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Kerry Mock, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1974 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)