Famous Birthdays on 17th January

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  • 1342 Philip, the Bold, duke of Burgundy
  • 1463 Frederick III, the Wise, elector of Saxony (1486-25), protector Luther
  • 1484 George Spalatin, German reformer (d. 1545)
  • 1501 Leonhard Fuchs, Germany, botanist (History of Plants)
  • 1504 Pius V, [Antonio Ghislieri] saint, pope (1566-72)
  • 1517 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)
  • 1545 Antonio Pace, composer
  • 1560 Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (d. 1624)
  • 1574 Robert Fludd, composer
  • 1600 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, born in Madrid (d. 1681)
  • 1612 Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary general
  • 1657 Pieter van Bloemen, [Standaart], Flemish painter, baptized
  • 1659 Antonio Veracini, composer
  • 1683 Gerard van Loon, Dutch historian
  • 1686 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)

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1706 Benjamin Franklin, kite flyer/statesman/wit/inventor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1712 John Stanley, composer
  • 1719 Jean-Joseph Vade, composer
  • 1719 William Vernon, American merchant (d. 1806)
  • 1728 Johann Gottfried Muthel, composer
  • 1732 Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95)
  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)
  • 1734 Francois-Joseph Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs, Mirza)
  • 1745 Nicolas Roze, composer
  • 1759 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/African American nationalist
  • 1761 James Hall, Scotland, geologist
  • 1769 Ole Andreas Lindeman, composer
  • 1771 Charles Brockden Brown, father of American novel (Wieland)
  • 1789 August Neander, German theologian (d. 1850)
  • 1806 James Madison Randolph, (Jefferson's grandson) 1st born in White House
  • 1814 Ellen Wood, English author (East Lynne, Pomeroy Abbey)
  • 1818 Antoine Dorion, (L) joint premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64)
  • 1820 Anne Brontë, English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire (d. 1849)
  • 1828 Lewis Addison Grant, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1918)
  • 1828 Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
  • 1831 Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (d. 1903)
  • 1834 Wilhelmina J R Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress/daughter of Mimi Bia
  • 1834 August Weismann, German biologist (d. 1914)
  • 1835 Antanas Baranauskas, Lithuanian bishop/poet/dialectologist
  • 1835 Johan Filip von Schantz, composer
  • 1836 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer
  • 1842 Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman Philology in Netherlands)
  • 1845 Lucas Lindeboom, Dutch vicar/evangelist (Vredebond)
  • 1850 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, St Petersburg Russia, composer
  • 1851 A. B. Frost, American illustrator (d. 1928)
  • 1853 Alva Belmont, American socialite & suffragette (d. 1933)
  • 1857 Eugene Augustin Lauste, developer (1st sound-on-film recording)
  • 1857 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Evangelimann)
  • 1858 Tomas Carrasquilla, Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra)
  • 1860 Douglas Hyde, President of Ireland (d. 1949)
  • 1862 John E Akkeringa, Dutch painter/etcher
  • 1863 David Lloyd George, (L-PM-Britain, 1916-22)
  • 1863 Henry Charles Tonking, composer
  • 1863 Konstantin S Stanislavski, Russia, director (Stanislavski Method)
  • 1864 Lucien Herr, France, scientist (Corresp entre Schiller et Schiller)
  • 1865 Gen Sir Charles Fergusson, Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)
  • 1867 Carl Laemmle, German-born film executive (d. 1939)

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1871 David Beatty, Nantwich, Cheshire, 1st Earl Beatty and British Admiral of the Fleet

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1873 Francois Rasse, composer
  • 1875 Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
  • 1876 Olga Fastrova, writer
  • 1876 Frank Hague, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1877 Hans Jelmoli, composer
  • 1877 May Gibbs, Australian children's author (d. 1969)
  • 1878 Oscar Apfel, actor (Abraham Lincoln, Inspiration, Before Dawn), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1880 Mack Sennett, movie creator (Keystone Kops)
  • 1881 Alfred Radcliffe-Browne, British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (d. 1941)
  • 1882 Noah Beery, Smithville AR, actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro)

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1882 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • 1885 E Ball-Hennings, writer
  • 1885 Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader
  • 1886 Glenn Luther Martin, aviator (Collier Trophy-1933)
  • 1886 Ronald Firbank, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot), born in London, England
  • 1887 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
  • 1891 Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1891 Norman "Squab" Read, US aviator who lived to be 101
  • 1891 Walter Eucken, German economist
  • 1896 Harry Reser, Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
  • 1897 Nils Asther, Malmö Sweden, actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster)
  • 1897 Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)

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1899 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1899 Nevil Shute [Norway], novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England
  • 1899 Robert Maynard Hutchins, US, educator/civil libertarian
  • 1899 Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)
  • 1900 Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant, patron of the arts
  • 1901 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer
  • 1901 Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-born philosopher (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Geoffrey W Lloyd, British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55)
  • 1903 Warren Hull, Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • 1903 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • 1904 Grant Withers, Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
  • 1904 Patsy Ruth Miller, actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds)
  • 1905 Franz Schmid, Germany, ascended northside of Matterhorn (1931)
  • 1905 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1907 Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
  • 1908 Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad, producer
  • 1908 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore)
  • 1910 Michael Economides, restaurateur
  • 1911 Hermann Pfrogner, Austria, musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • 1911 Luis W Alvarez, US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968) [or Jun 13]
  • 1912 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer
  • 1913 Werenfried [Flip] van Straaten, founder (Oostpriesterhulp)
  • 1913 Yuvraj of Patiala, cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India v Eng)
  • 1914 Anacleto Angelini, Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Joel Herron, orchestra leader (Jaye P Morgan Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917 Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, (MGR), Indian film star, politician
  • 1917 Oskar Morawetz, Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer
  • 1917 Ulyses Simpson Kay, composer
  • 1917 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician
  • 1920 Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician
  • 1920 Nora Kaye, prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
  • 1921 Dehl Berti, Pueblo Colo, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
  • 1921 Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)

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1922 Betty White, actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), born in Oak Park Illinois

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • 1922 Luis Echeverria Alvarez, president Mexico
  • 1922 Nicholas Katzenbach, lawyer (US Attorney General), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift)
  • 1923 Carol Raye, Australian actress
  • 1924 Jewel Plummer Cobb, educator/pres (California State U at Fullerton)
  • 1925 A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • 1925 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
  • 1925 Duane Hanson, US sculptor
  • 1925 Robert Cormier, American author (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher and K.K.K. member
  • 1926 Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
  • 1926 Moira Shearer, Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)
  • 1926 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
  • 1926 Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
  • 1927 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer
  • 1927 Dr Tom Dooley, American humanitarian (d. 1961)
  • 1928 Ken Archer, cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)

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1928 Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson), born in London, England (d. 2012)

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 1928 Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Quebec, NHL goaltender (#1)

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1929 Jacques Plante, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie (first to wear a goaltender mask)

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1929 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Bill Benyon, English large landowner/Conservative Lower house leader
  • 1930 Robert Ceely, composer
  • 1930 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, born in San Rafael, California
  • 1931 Frederick Alfred Fox, composer
  • 1931 James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
  • 1931 Douglas Wilder, American politician - Governor of Virginia (1990-1994) Richmond Va., (1st African American Governor since Reconstruction)
  • 1931 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Aga Khan, religious leader (Muslims)
  • 1933 Bruno Schroder, British baron/banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Dalida, Cairo, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • 1933 Sheree North, [Dawn Bethel], LA, actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • 1933 Yolande Christina Dalida, Cairo Egypt
  • 1934 Donald Cammell, film director
  • 1934 Shari Lewis, ventriloquist/puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1934 Sydney Phillip Hodkinson, composer
  • 1935 Jimmy Powell, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1935 Paul O[sborne] Williams, US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)
  • 1935 Ruth Ann Minner, Governor of Delaware
  • 1936 Jerry Fogel, actor (Jerry-Mothers-in-Law, White Shadow), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1938 John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • 1939 Antao D'Souza, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)
  • 1939 Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
  • 1939 Toini Gustafson, Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1940 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1940 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 1941 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist

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1942 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], Louisville Kentucky, heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1942 Randy Boone, Fayetteville NC, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian)
  • 1942 Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman
  • 1942 Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
  • 1942 Nancy Parsons, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Chris Montez, rocker
  • 1943 Daniel Charles Brandenstein, Watertown Wi, ast (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49)
  • 1943 René Préval, President of Haiti
  • 1943 Geoffrey Deuel, American actor
  • 1944 Françoise Hardy, French singer
  • 1945 William Hart, US singer (4 Gents, Delfonics-I'm Sorry)
  • 1945 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
  • 1946 Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress
  • 1947 Gail Toushin, LPGA golfer
  • 1947 Jane Elliot, actress (Baby Boom, Gen Hospital, Knots Landing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Todd Susman, actor (Goodnight Beantown), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1947 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer
  • 1948 Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader
  • 1948 Mick Taylor, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • 1948 Anne Queffélec, French pianist
  • 1949 Andy Kaufman, comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Debbie Watson, La Mirada California, actress (Karen, Tammy)
  • 1950 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • 1951 Rolando Thoeni, Italy, slalom (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1952 Larry Fortensky, former husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor (7th)
  • 1952 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jap, rocker (Academy Award 1988, Yellow Magic Orch)
  • 1952 Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1953 Sheila Hutchinson, rocker
  • 1954 Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • 1954 Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • 1954 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
  • 1955 Steve Earle, country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas