Birthdays in History on August 17

  • 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)
  • 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)

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1786 Davy Crockett, American frontiersman, adventurer and politician, born in Greene County, Tennessee (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 Jules Bernard Luys, French neurologist (d. 1897)
  • 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 and 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1890 Harry L Hopkins, US politician (Loan & Lease law)
  • 1890 Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)
  • 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
  • 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 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), born in Castres, Tarn (d. 2000)
  • 1910 J A Manusama, Moluccan politician
  • 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"
  • 1914 Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, son of FDR/(Rep-D-NY, 1949-55)
  • 1916 John de Young, resistance fighter
  • 1917 Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, born in Baghdad (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer
  • 1922 Paul Wiens, German writer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1982)
  • 1923 Larry Rivers, [Grossberg], American 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 Evan Connell, author (The Patriot), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1925 John Hawkes, US writer (2nd Skin)
  • 1925 John Howard Purnell, scientist

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1926 Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1989-2002) and President of the People's Republic of China (1993-2003), born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu

Paramount Leader of China Jiang Zemin
Paramount Leader of China
Jiang Zemin
  • 1927 Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds)
  • 1928 Jean R Adams, entomologist
  • 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)

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1932 V.S. Naipaul, British novelist (Middle Passage), born in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago

Novelist V. S. Naipaul
Novelist
V. S. Naipaul
  • 1933 Eugene F. Kranz, American NASA executive
  • 1936 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), born in San Fernando (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Illyin, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1938 Abu Bakar Bashir, Indonesian Muslim cleric
  • 1938 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek politician
  • 1940 David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • 1941 Ibrahim Babangida, president of Nigeria (1985- )
  • 1944 Lawrence Joseph Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, Billionaire
  • 1949 Norm Coleman, American politician
  • 1952 Kathryn C Thornton, PhD/astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1952 Thomas J Hennen, astronaut (STS 44), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1952 Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal (BMW Sauber)
  • 1953 Robert Brent Thirsk, BC Canada, astronaut (STS 78)
  • 1953 Judith Regan, American book publisher
  • 1955 Richard Hilton, American heir
  • 1959 David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)
  • 1959 Jonathan Franzen, American author
  • 1965 Robert Manry, Cleve newspaper editor/sailed the Atlantic (in craft)
  • 1971 Shaun Rehn, Australian Rules footballer
  • 1974 Nicola Kraus, American novelist
  • 1977 Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
  • 1984 Garrett Wolfe, American professional footbal player