Famous Birthdays on 17th February

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  • 1444 Rudolf Agricola, [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist
  • 1490 Charles de Bourbon, officer/governor (Lombardy)
  • 1519 Francis, Duke of Guise, French soldier and politician (d. 1563)
  • 1581 Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (d. 1653)
  • 1583 J Henry Alting, Dutch theologist
  • 1646 Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert, French economist (d. 1714)
  • 1653 Arcangelo Corelli, Fusignano Italy, violinist/comp (Concerto Grossi)
  • 1667 Georg Bronner, composer
  • 1675 Johann Melchior Conradi, composer
  • 1696 Ernst Gottlieb Baron, composer, born in Breslau Silesia
  • 1697 Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, composer
  • 1699 Hans Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, German architect (Sanssouci)
  • 1718 Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
  • 1723 Tobias Mayer, "method of lunars" for longitude determination
  • 1740 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist
  • 1747 Narciso Casanovas, composer
  • 1752 Friedrich M Klinger, German playwright (Wirrwarr)
  • 1754 Jan Jachym Kopriva, composer
  • 1754 Nicolas Baudin, French explorer (d. 1803)
  • 1758 John Pinkerton, Scottish historian
  • 1774 Raphaelle Peale, US, painter (After the Rain-1823)
  • 1781 René-Theophile-Hyacinthe Lannec, France, inventor (stethoscope)
  • 1796 Giovanni Pacini, composer
  • 1796 Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (d. 1866)
  • 1804 Samuel Read Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • 1816 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer
  • 1816 Haller Nutt, Southern Plantation owner (d. 1864)
  • 1820 Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher (Brussels Cons)
  • 1820 Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Catholic cardinal (d. 1898)
  • 1821 Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)
  • 1824 William Farrar "Baldy" Smith, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • 1831 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer
  • 1836 Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet (d. 1870)
  • 1837 Francis Jay Herron, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1902)
  • 1837 Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch (lib) minister (child labor laws)
  • 1844 A Montgomery Ward, found mail-order business (Montgomery Ward)
  • 1848 Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer (d. 1920)
  • 1849 Selwyn Image, Bodiam Sussex, painter
  • 1850 Anton Urspruch, composer
  • 1850 Ludwig Bonvin, composer
  • 1854 Friedrich A Krupp, German arms manufacturer
  • 1855 Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WW I)
  • 1857 Samuel Sidney McClure, Irish-American newspaper editor/publisher
  • 1858 Ernest Ford, English composer, born in Warminster, Wiltshire (d. 1919)
  • 1861 Princess Helena, Duchess of Albany (d. 1922)
  • 1862 Edward German (Jones), Whitchurch Shropshire, British composer
  • 1862 Mori Ōgai, Japanese novelist and poet (d. 1922)
  • 1863 Fyodor Sologub, Russian symbolist novelist and poet (d. 1927)
  • 1864 Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, NSW Australia, poet (Waltzing Matilda)
  • 1864 Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (d. 1929)
  • 1867 William Cadbury, England, chocolate manufacturer (Cadbury)
  • 1870 Louis de Raet, Belgian economist/founder (Flemish People's Party)
  • 1874 Thomas J Watson, US, representative/founder (IBM)
  • 1877 Henri Vandeputte, Belgian author/poet (L'homme Jeune)
  • 1877 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (d. 1904)
  • 1877 André Maginot, French politician (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Dorothy Canfield Fisher, US, novelist (Book-of-Month-Club)
  • 1880 Alvaro Obregon, general/president Mexico (1920-24)
  • 1882 Kurt Schindler, composer
  • 1884 Arthur Vanderpoorten, Flemish minister of Internal affairs (1940)
  • 1885 Steve Evans, American baseball player (d. 1943)
  • 1887 Leevi Antti Madetoja, composer
  • 1888 Henrietta P "Hetty" Beck, actress (Bouwmeester Award)
  • 1888 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
  • 1888 Ronald Aburthnott Knox, English priest/writer (Viaduct Murder)
  • 1889 H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire
  • 1891 Georg Britting, writer
  • 1892 Theodor Plievier, German writer (Des Kaisers Kulis, Stalingrad)
  • 1893 Wally Pipp, American baseball player (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Anita Stewart, NY, actress (South of Hell Mountain)
  • 1895 Edna Park Edwards, American stage and vaudeville actress, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Johan[nes A] Kaart, Dutch actor/stage manager (My Fair Lady)
  • 1898 Tom Lowry, cricketer (NZ batsman in seven Tests & their 1st Test capt)
  • 1902 Marian Anderson, operatic contralto (banned by D.A.R.), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1903 Johannes Linthorst Homan, director of the queen in Groningen
  • 1904 Albert Kuyle, [Louis Kuitenbrouwer], Dutch writer (Jesus' Robe)
  • 1904 Hans Morgenthau, German political philosopher (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Galo Plaza Lasso, President of Ecuador (1948-52), head of OAS (1968-75)
  • 1906 Ramon Tapales, composer
  • 1907 Alec Wilder, composer (1973 ASCAP award), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1907 Charles B Timmer, Dutch translator/writer (Russia Black on White)
  • 1908 Staats Cotsworth, Oak Park IL, actor (Peyton Place)
  • 1908 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
  • 1909 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • 1909 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • 1910 Marc Lawrence, actor (Man With Golden Gun), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911 Arthur Hunnicutt, Gravelly AR, actor (Big Sky, Apache Uprising)
  • 1912 Andre Norton, American author (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Josephine F "Fietje" van Anrooy, Dutch actress/director
  • 1913 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav composer, born in Sarajevo (d. 2009)
  • 1913 Rene Leibowitz, composer
  • 1914 Albert Westerlinck, [Jose J M Aerts], Flemish literary
  • 1914 Arthur Kennedy, Worcester Mass, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place)
  • 1914 Per-Jakez Helias, writer/teacher
  • 1914 [Bert de] Wayne Morris, WW II-pilot/actor (Paths of Glory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1915 Homer Keller, American composer (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Don Tallon, cricketer (perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper)
  • 1916 Raf Vallone, Tropea Italy, actor (El Cid, 2 Women, Greek Tycoon)
  • 1916 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • 1917 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (d. 1965)
  • 1918 Charles A Hayes, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • 1918 Olive Gibbs, peace campaigner
  • 1919 Jock Mahoney, actor (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919 Joseph R Hunt, tennis champ (US Open-1943)
  • 1919 Kathleen Freeman, actress (Beverly Hillbillies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1920 Colin Franklin, doctor
  • 1920 Paul Fetler, composer
  • 1920 Trevor Oswald Ling, religious studies professor
  • 1922 Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It's All in the Game)
  • 1922 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
  • 1923 Alden Winship Clausen, Hamilton Ill, banker (President of World Bank)
  • 1924 Margaret Truman, Mo, pres daughter/writer (Murder at FBI)/pianist
  • 1924 Gevork Vartanian, Iran, Soviet intelligence agent (Operation Long Jump), (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Fritz Behrendt, German/Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)
  • 1925 Hal Holbrook, actor (All the President's Men, Mark Twain), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1925 Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Friedrich Cerha, composer
  • 1926 Lee Hoiby, composer (1957 Arts & Letters), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1928 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer
  • 1929 Chaim Potok, novelist (Promise), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Paul Meger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1930 Usko Merilainen, composer
  • 1930 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), born in South Woodford, Essex
  • 1931 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Buck Trent, Spartanburg SC, banjoist/singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1933 Bobby Lewis, singer (Tossin' & Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1933 Craig Thomas, (Rep-R-Wyoming)
  • 1934 Alan Bates, Allestree England, actor (Zorba the Greek, Unmarried Woman)
  • 1934 Barry Humphries, Australia TV host (Dame Edna Everage)
  • 1935 Johnny Bush, country singer
  • 1935 Christina Pickles, UK-born American actress
  • 1936 Barry Jarman, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper in 60's)

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1936 Jim Brown, St. Simons Georgia, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1936 Peter Walker, cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan did little for Eng 1960)
  • 1937 Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • 1938 Mary Frances Berry, educator/head (US Commission on Civil Rights)
  • 1939 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress (Miss America-1959, Diff'rent Strokes), Biloxi Ms, (d. 2014)
  • 1939 John Leyton, British singer
  • 1940 Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • 1941 Gene Pitney, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1941 Heidi Biebi, German Fed Rep, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1942 Huey Newton, Black Panther leader
  • 1944 Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour)
  • 1944 Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer
  • 1945 Brenda Fricker, actress (My Left Foot), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945 Patricia Morrow, actress (Rita-Peyton Place)
  • 1945 Willie J L Swildens-Rozendal, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1946 Andre Dussollier, Annecy France, actor (3 Men & a Cradle)
  • 1946 Valdemar Bandolowski, Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • 1946 Zina Bethune, actress (Nurses, Who's That Knocking at My Door), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Ben Cramer, Dutch vocalist (Clown)
  • 1947 Dallas Adams, British actor/painter/writer (Terror From Within)
  • 1947 Dodie Stevens, actress (Mary Hartman!)
  • 1948 José José, Mexican singer and actor
  • 1949 Fred Frith, English guitarist/violinist/bassist (Skeleton Crew)
  • 1950 Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blackfoot)
  • 1952 Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, US table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • 1952 Karin Janz, East German gymnast
  • 1953 Janice Dickinson, American model (Vogue), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Rene Russo, actress (Ransom)

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1955 Mo Yan, Chinese novelist

Novelist Mo Yan
Novelist
Mo Yan
  • 1956 Richard Karn, American actor
  • 1957 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician
  • 1958 Heidi Hagman, actress (Linda-Archie Bunker's Place)
  • 1958 Karen Lende O'Connor, Concord Ma, equestrian 3-day (Oly-silver-96)
  • 1959 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, US, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1959 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
  • 1959 Richard Karn, actor (Al-Home Improvement), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1959 Rowdy Gaines, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1984)
  • 1959 Aryeh Deri, Israeli rabbi and politician
  • 1961 Deb[ra] Richardson, Minneapolis MN, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1961 Guy McIntyre, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1962 David McComb, Australia, vocalist/songwriter (Triffids)
  • 1962 Hennie Meijer, soccer player (Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen)
  • 1962 Lou Diamond Phillips, Philippines, actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver)
  • 1962 Tony Blain, cricketer (NZ Test wicket-keeper)
  • 1962 Samuel Bayer, American music video director
  • 1963 Dan Reed, rocker/actor (HOTS, Lake Consequence)

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1963 Michael Jordan, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls) and sports superstar

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1963 Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian
  • 1964 Mike Campbell, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Buster Olney, American sports columnist
  • 1965 Clayton Prince, actor (Hairspray, Reuben-Another World), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Jim Bowie, Japanese/US baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • 1965 Michael Bay, American film director
  • 1966 Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Melissa Brooke-Belland, rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • 1966 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer
  • 1966 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (d. 2004)
  • 1966 Michael Lepond, American musician
  • 1967 Gary Shuchuk, Edmonton, NHL center (LA Kings)
  • 1967 Michelle Forbes, actress (Ensign Ro-Star Trek Next Gen), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1967 Chanté Moore, American singer
  • 1968 Bryan Cox, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears)
  • 1968 Celita Schutz, Riverdale NJ, half-middleweight judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Patrick Uterwijk, pop guitarist (Pestilence, Consuming Impulse)
  • 1968 Bryan Cox, National Football League player
  • 1969 David Klingler, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders, Cin Bengals)