Famous Birthdays on May 17

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  • 1155 Jien, Japanese poet and historian (d. 1225)
  • 1443 Edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England
  • 1451 Engelbert II, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz/viceroy of Luxembourg

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1490 Albert of Prussia, 1st Duke of Prussia, born in Ansbach (d. 1568)

Duke of Prussia Albert of Prussia
Duke of Prussia
Albert of Prussia
  • 1551 Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist (d. 1608)
  • 1568 Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer
  • 1576 Ferdinand van Apshoven, the Older, Flemish painter, baptized
  • 1628 Archduke Ferdinand Charles of Austria, Regent of the Tyrol (d. 1662)
  • 1682 Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (d. 1722)
  • 1691 Antoine Court, French reformed theologist
  • 1706 Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian (d. 1780)
  • 1718 Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat and politician (d. 1778)
  • 1732 Francesco Pasquale Ricci, composer
  • 1741 John Penn, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence) [OS=May 6]
  • 1743 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader (d. 1784)
  • 1749 Edward Jenner, England, physician, discovered vaccination
  • 1758 John St Aubyn, British fossil collector (d. 1839)
  • 1768 Caroline, Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV
  • 1768 Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general (d. 1854)
  • 1794 Anna Brownell Jameson, writer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1796 Martinus J Niewindt, bishop of Curacao (advocate for fair treatment and abolition of slavery)
  • 1800 Carl Friedrich Zollner, composer
  • 1803 Robert Smith Surtees, novelist
  • 1804 Ottho G Heldring, Dutch vicar/reformer (Heldring Institutions)
  • 1808 Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel, French composer (Les trois couleurs), (d.1892)
  • 1812 Joseph Warren Revere, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1880)
  • 1819 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, composer
  • 1821 Sebastian Kneipp, German naturopathist (d. 1897)
  • 1823 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, Englidh contralto and composer, born in London (d. 1885)
  • 1836 Joseph Norman Lockyer, discoverer (Helium)/founder (Nature magazine)
  • 1836 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austria, world chess champion (1866-94)
  • 1836 Virginie Loveling, Belgian writer and poet (d. 1923)
  • 1844 Julius Wellhausen, German biblical scholar (d. 1918)
  • 1846 Edmund Bishop, English secretary of Thomas Carlyle
  • 1850 Antonio Scontrino, composer
  • 1866 Erik Satie, French composer (Gymnopédies), born in Honfleur, Normandy (d. 1925)
  • 1867 Gerrit Mannoury, Dutch mathematician/philosopher
  • 1868 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturer (d. 1920)
  • 1871 Henricus P Bremmer, art historian (Modern Kunstwerken)
  • 1873 Dorothy Miller Richardson, Abingdon Berkshire, novelist
  • 1873 Henri Barbusse, Asnieres France, novelist (Le Feu)
  • 1876 Alban Collignon, Belgian sport journalist
  • 1879 Simon Petlyura, Ukrainian independence fighter (d. 1926)
  • 1886 Alfonso XIII of Spain (d. 1941)
  • 1888 A P "Tich" Freeman, cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England)
  • 1888 Selmer Jackson, Iowa, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp)
  • 1889 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat (Higenia Cruel)
  • 1890 Philip James, composer
  • 1891 Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife (d. 1959)
  • 1896 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer
  • 1896 Hannah Tillich, writer
  • 1897 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Alfred Joseph Casson, Canadian painter (d. 1992)
  • 1899 Ralf Harolde, actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1900 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer
  • 1901 Werner Egk, Auchsesheim Germany, composer (Die Zaubergeige)
  • 1902 John Vincent, composer
  • 1903 Douglas Packard, British Lt General

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1903 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • 1904 Jean Gabin, French actor (d. 1976)
  • 1905 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1906 Eric Mensforth, president (Westland Aircraft)
  • 1906 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Charles Cawley, British chief scientist/minister of power
  • 1907 Horace McMahon, South Norwalk Ct, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye)
  • 1907 Ilona Schacherer Elek, Budapest Hung, fencer (Olympic-gold-1936, 48)
  • 1908 Sigismund Toduta, composer
  • 1908 Zinka Milanov, Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927)
  • 1909 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
  • 1909 Magda Schneider, actress (Eva, Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight)
  • 1911 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative
  • 1911 Maureen O'Sullivan, Boyle Ireland, actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice)
  • 1911 Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish-born supermodel (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Archibald Cox, special prosecutor (Watergate)
  • 1912 Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL QB (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks)
  • 1912 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher conductor
  • 1913 Alec Ogilvie, CEO (Powell Duffryn)
  • 1913 Lord Hirshfield, chartered accountant
  • 1913 Hans Ruesch, Swiss racing driver (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Guido Masanetz, composer
  • 1915 Joseph D Craggs, electrical engineer
  • 1916 Cornelis A Eman, Aruban politician
  • 1916 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter
  • 1918 Birgit Nilsson, Karup Sweden, operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome)
  • 1919 Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Merle Miller, American biographer (d. 1986)
  • 1920 Harriet Van Horne, columnist/panelist (Leave it to Girls), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1920 Lydia Wideman, Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1921 Dennis Brain, french-hornist (Serenade), born in London, England
  • 1921 John Garlick, British senior civil servant
  • 1921 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Michael Beetham, Marshal (RAF)
  • 1923 Miles Wingate, deputy master (Trinity House)
  • 1923 Peter Mennin[i], Erie Pennsylvania, composer (Moby Dick)
  • 1924 Frantisek Kovaricek, composer
  • 1924 Lord Tombs, CEO (Rolls Royce)
  • 1924 Thomas Baird, vice-admiral
  • 1926 Cicely Berry, voice director (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • 1926 David Young, Lt-Gen/CEO (Cairn Tech)
  • 1926 David Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie, Scottish peer, Lord Chamverlain to Queen Elizabeth, born in London
  • 1926 Geoffrey Caston, vice chancellor (U of South Pacific)
  • 1926 Tenniel Evans, rev/actor (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper)
  • 1927 Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO (British Steel)
  • 1928 Donald Cameron Watt, historian
  • 1928 Ian Griggs, bishop (Ludlow)
  • 1928 Vivian Moses, biotechnologist
  • 1929 Raymond Hide, geophysicist
  • 1931 Dewey Redman, jazz musician
  • 1932 Arthur Jones, principal (Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester)
  • 1932 Colin Hope, British industrialist (Turner and Newall), born in Birkenhead (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Peter Burge, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
  • 1932 Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to USSR
  • 1934 Earl Morrall, NFL QB (Lions, Giants, Colts), (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Dennis Christopher George Potter, playwright (Karaoke, Midnight Movie)
  • 1935 Ivan Slone, world-famous watchmaker
  • 1936 Dennis Hopper, KS, actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider)
  • 1936 Lars Gustafsson, writer
  • 1936 Philippe Boesmans, composer
  • 1937 Hazel R. O'Leary, United States Secretary of Energy
  • 1938 Don Dolan, actor (Guy Lewis- General Hospital), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1938 Jason Bernard, actor (Judge-Liar Liar)
  • 1938 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • 1938 Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)
  • 1939 Wim de Bie, CEO (Simplistic Covenant)
  • 1939 Gary Paulsen, American author
  • 1940 Alan Kay, American computer scientist
  • 1941 David Howell Cope, composer
  • 1941 Malcolm Hale, musician (Spanky and Our Gang), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1968)
  • 1941 Miriam Margolyes, actress (Will Be)
  • 1941 Ben Nelson. American politician
  • 1941 Grace Zabriskie, American actress
  • 1942 Caroline Charles, fashion designer
  • 1942 Taj Mahal, singer/songwriter (Real Thing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Arif Butt, cricketer (pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65)
  • 1944 Canon P B Price, general secretary, USPG
  • 1944 Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Paul Crossley, concert pianist
  • 1945 D A S Pennefather, Maj-General/Commandant (General Royal Marines)
  • 1945 George Miller, (Rep-D-CA, 1975- )
  • 1946 Sinaida Turchina, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1946 Udo Lindenberg, German musician
  • 1946 F. Paul Wilson, American novelist
  • 1947 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • 1949 Bill Bruford, English drummer (Yes, King Crimson-Red, Genesis)
  • 1949 Timothy Cordy, British director (Town/Country Planning Association)
  • 1950 Alan Johnson, British politician (Home Secretary 2009-10), born in London
  • 1950 Christian Lacroix, French couturier (Chic Frills)
  • 1950 Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
  • 1950 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian politician
  • 1951 I R Evans, CEO (Hyder, Welsh Water)
  • 1951 Simon Hughes, British politician and government minister (SD)
  • 1952 Jody Pijper, Dutch (background) singer
  • 1952 Howard Hampton, Canadian politician
  • 1953 George Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Kathleen Sullivan, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1953 Nicholas Bacon, premier baronet of England
  • 1953 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • 1954 John Iles, dolby supervisor (Elephant Man, Richard III)
  • 1954 Michael Roberts, jockey
  • 1955 Bill Paxton, actor (True Lies, Big Love), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1956 Bob Saget, comedian (Full House, America's Funniest Home Video), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Sue Carpenter, TV presenter/journalist
  • 1956 Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, Rocky Mount North Carolina, boxer (Olympics-gold-76)
  • 1956 Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist
  • 1957 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball player, (d. 2012)
  • 1958 Vincent Henar, Surinam, bassist (Fra Fra Sound)
  • 1959 Paul Di'anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist
  • 1959 Jim Nantz, American broadcaster
  • 1960 Fiona Hutchison, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960 Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter

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1961 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Enya
Singer-Songwriter
Enya
  • 1962 Scott Case, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1962 Tracey Bryn, rocker (Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee)

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1962 Craig Ferguson, Scottish actor, writer and comedian, born in Glasgow, Scotland

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson
  • 1962 Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish writer
  • 1963 Jon Koncak, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • 1963 Page McConnell, American songwriter and keyboardist (Phish), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (d. 1999)

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1965 Trent Reznor, American musician (9 Inch Nails) and film score composer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • 1965 Richard Baumhammers, American spree killer
  • 1966 Danny Manning, NBA forward/center (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1966 Mark Kratzmann, Australia, tennis star
  • 1966 Mark Schmocker, Interlaken Switz, US team handball goalie (Oly-96)
  • 1967 Cameron Bancroft, actor (Beverly Hills 90210)
  • 1967 Debbie Dutch, Titusville NJ, actress (Hell's Paradox)
  • 1968 Tim Grunhard, NFL center (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Aaron Ruffin, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1969 Craig Erickson, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969 Paige Turco, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Ujesh Ranchod, cricketer (Zimbabwe off-spinner 1993)
  • 1969 Thom Filicia, American television personality
  • 1969 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea)
  • 1970 Alan Wetmore, CFL fullback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1970 Derrick Deese, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Hubert Davis, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NY Knicks)
  • 1970 Jim Cummins, Dearborn, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1970 Jodie Rogers, Australian diver (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970 John Karelse, soccer player (NAC)