Birthdays in History in 1917

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 234

  • Jan 1 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (d. 1981)
  • Jan 3 Vernon A. Walters, American diplomat and US permanent rep to the UN (1989-91), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • Jan 3 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Maurice Wohl, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 5 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (d. 2006)
  • Jan 6 Guillermo Rosario, Dutch Antilles, writer (E rais ku no ke muri)
  • Jan 6 Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (d. 2005)
  • Jan 8 Peter Taylor, US writer
  • Jan 12 Jimmy Skinner, Canadian hockey coach (d. 2007)
  • Jan 12 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist (d. 2008)
  • Jan 16 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, (MGR), Indian film star, politician
  • Jan 17 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
  • Jan 18 Oscar Lewenstein, impressario
  • Jan 18 Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman
  • Jan 21 Rohan Butler, historian
  • Jan 22 Herwig Hensen, [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright
  • Jan 25 Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist Nobel Laureate (d. 2003)
  • Jan 25 Jânio Quadros, Brazilian politician (d. 1992)
  • Jan 31 Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner
  • Feb 4 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician
  • Feb 11 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer

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Feb 11 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • Feb 11 T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
  • Feb 14 Herbert A Hauptman, American x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian philosopher (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (d. 1965)
  • Feb 19 Carson McCullers, American novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • Feb 20 Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
  • Feb 21 Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
  • Feb 22 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WWII)
  • Feb 22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • Feb 24 William Fairbank, physicist (superconductivity), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 25 Alex Gordon, Welsh architect, born in Ayr, Scotland

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Feb 25 [John] Anthony Burgess [Wilson], essayist and novelist (A Clockwork Orange), born in Harpurhey, Lancashire (d. 1993)

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess
  • Feb 25 Asta E R Elstak, Suriname/Dutch social worker
  • Feb 26 Robert Taft Jr, (Sen-R-Oh)
  • Feb 27 John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), shot in Kennedy motorcade
  • Feb 28 John B Connally, (Gov/Sen-D/R-Tx), took a bullet with JFK
  • Mar 1 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Lord Weary's Castle, Near the Ocean), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 2 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • Mar 3 Bert van Aerschot, Flemish writer (Elevator, Women)
  • Mar 3 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)
  • Mar 6 J A Mommersteeg, Dutch asst sect of Defense (KVP)
  • Mar 6 Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
  • Mar 7 Janet Collins, ballerina
  • Mar 8 A Marja, [ATE Mooy], Dutch literary (Shreds on the River)
  • Mar 9 Dante B Fascell, (Rep-D-FL, 1955- )
  • Mar 10 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII.
  • Mar 11 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)

  • Mar 12 Tom Normanton, British MP
  • Mar 13 Maria Vlamynck, Flemish author
  • Mar 14 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet
  • Mar 16 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • Mar 17 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist
  • Mar 19 Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian chess player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 20 Dolf Verspoor, literary/interpreter (M Nijhoff Prize 1958)
  • Mar 20 Peter Caddy, founder (Findhorn Community)
  • Mar 21 Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • Mar 22 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), (d. 2000)
  • Mar 23 H C Allen, American historian
  • Mar 24 John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • Mar 24 Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 26 Jean Graham Hall, circuit court judge (England)
  • Mar 27 Cyrus Vance, US Secretary of State (1977-80), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2002)
  • Mar 27 Harry West, Unionist party leader (Unionist)
  • Mar 29 Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds)
  • Apr 3 Bill Finegan, (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 4 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)
  • Apr 5 Robert [Albert] Bloch, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho)
  • Apr 6 Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)
  • Apr 6 Shakey, [Walter Horton], Miss, harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin')
  • Apr 6 Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • Apr 9 Johannes Bobrowski, writer
  • Apr 10 Robert Burns Woodward, organic chemist (Nobel 1965)
  • Apr 11 David Westheimer, American novelist (d. 2005)
  • Apr 14 Marvin Miller, American labor activist, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 17 Bill Clements, American politician
  • Apr 18 Louise Frederika, Queen of Greece
  • Apr 21 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)
  • Apr 22 Leo Abse, Welsh politician and biographer, born in Cardiff (d. 2008)
  • Apr 22 Sidney Nolan, Australia, painter/illustrator (Ned Kelly)
  • Apr 22 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • Apr 23 Jacob Kistemaker, nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge)
  • Apr 28 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life)
  • Apr 28 Robert Woodruff Anderson, New York, writer (Tea & Sympathy, Never Sang for My Father)
  • May 1 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • May 3 Kiro Gligorov, Macedonia, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999 (d. 2012)
  • May 7 William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert
  • May 11 Hon Montague Woodhouse, Greek resistance organiser
  • May 13 Paul Osmond, British senior civil servant
  • May 13 Wilhelmus C Wijen, [Broeder Pius], social worker (Curacao)
  • May 14 Herta Ryder, literary agent
  • May 18 Charles Wintour, journalist
  • May 20 Richard Cobb, British historian, born in Frinton-on-Sea (d. 1996)
  • May 20 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)
  • May 21 Heather Swift, local councillor
  • May 21 Jean-Louis Curtis, French writer (Just Causes)
  • May 21 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman
  • May 22 Jean-Louis Laffitte Curtis, novelist
  • May 23 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • May 24 Derek Hodgson, British high court judge
  • May 24 Lord Campbell of Alloway, QC
  • May 24 Theodore Hesburgh, president (Notre Dame), born in Syracuse, New York
  • May 28 Barry Commoner, biologist (Science & Survival), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 28 Gerald Cash, Gov-Gen (Bahamas)

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May 29 John F. Kennedy, 35th US President (1961-1963) and Senator (D-Mass), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jun 1 William S. Knowles, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2012)
  • Jun 4 Allen Greenwood, deputy CEO (British Aerospace)
  • Jun 4 Howard Metzenbaum, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1974- )
  • Jun 5 Carel van Dillen, resistance fighter
  • Jun 6 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), born in Fresno, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 7 Gwendolyn Brooks, US poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950)
  • Jun 9 Eric J. Hobsbawm, Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt, Marxist historian (The Age of Revolution; Capital; and Empire), (d. 2012)
  • Jun 10 William Barr, rector (Exeter College, Oxford)
  • Jun 11 James Bostock, painter/engraver
  • Jun 11 Joseph B Wirthlin, American businessmen, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2008)
  • Jun 14 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician
  • Jun 16 Katharine Graham, newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 16 Aurelio Lampredi, Italian mechanical engineer (Ferrari; d. 1989)
  • Jun 16 Irving Penn, American photographer
  • Jun 17 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2007)
  • Jun 18 Arthur Tremblay, Canadian politician (d. 1996)
  • Jun 19 Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwan minister (ZAPUA)
  • Jun 20 Ash Brownridge, American conservationist (National Wildlife Federation), creator of Ranger Rick, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • Jun 26 William Hamilton, British MP
  • Jun 27 Ronald George Hayward, political manager
  • Jun 30 Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician
  • Jul 2 Pierre Dubois, Dutch literary
  • Jul 3 Helene Cordet, entertainer/nightclub owner
  • Jul 4 Manolete, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1947)
  • Jul 7 Lawrence F O'Brien, (Watergate conspirators broke into his office)
  • Jul 7 Fidel Sánchez Hernández, Salvadoran politician (d. 2003)
  • Jul 10 Reg Smyth, English cartoonist (Andy Capp)
  • Jul 12 Andrew Wyeth, Chadds Ford Pa, painter (Christina's World)
  • Jul 15 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), born in Great Malvern, Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • Jul 17 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), born in Alaşehir, Manisa Province (d. 2015)
  • Jul 19 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 19 William W Scranton, (Gov-R-Pa), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 22 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, born in Bridgeton, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Jul 23 Charles Kerruish, president (Tyndwald Isle of Man)
  • Jul 23 John Stokes, British MP (C), born in Sandy, Bedfordshire (d. 2003)
  • Jul 24 John Hillaby, English writer and traveller
  • Jul 27 John Cunningham, executive director (British Aerospace)
  • Jul 27 Robert Cowans, executive director (British Aerospace)
  • Aug 1 Benjamin Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics) (d. 2011)
  • Aug 11 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible)
  • Aug 12 Douglas Gunsekera, banker
  • Aug 15 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach, born in Shandon, Cork, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • Aug 15 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest who was murdered, born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador (d. 1980)
  • Aug 17 Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, born in Baghdad (d. 1995)
  • Aug 18 Casper Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense (1981-87)
  • Aug 26 William French Smith, Attorney General (1981-85)

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Aug 28 Jack Kirby, American cartoonist (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Capt America), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • Aug 30 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), born in London, (d. 2015)
  • Sep 2 Cleveland Amory, Nahant Mass, conservationist/TV reviewer (TV Guide)
  • Sep 3 Peter Winter, naval commander
  • Sep 4 Henry Ford II, American businessman and son of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • Sep 6 Philipp von Boeselager, German Wehrmacht officer, failed assassin of Adolf Hitler, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Sep 7 John Cornforth, Australian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2013)
  • Sep 10 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • Sep 10 Miguel Serrano, Chilean author and diplomat

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 11 Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines (1965-86), born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines (d. 1989)

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Sep 11 Jessica "Decca" Mitford, English author (American Way of Death), activist and one of the Mitford sisters, born in Gloucestershire (d. 1996)
  • Sep 12 Seamas NacNeill, Classical physicist and piper, born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • Sep 12 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 2004)
  • Sep 17 Lawrence Jacob, artist (Sanitarium), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Sep 18 Gerrit Borgers, literature
  • Sep 19 Joe Pasternak, Transylvania Hungary, producer (Spinout, Big City)
  • Sep 21 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (d. 1968)
  • Sep 24 Colin Cowe, senior bursar (Magdalen College Oxford)
  • Sep 24 William Putnam Bundy, editor (Lvaggerier & Vagaries), born in London, England
  • Sep 26 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (d. 1976)
  • Sep 27 Louis Auchincloss, Lawrence NY, lawyer/novelist (Watchfires)
  • Sep 30 Chung Hee Park, general/President of South Korea (1961-79), assassinated
  • Sep 30 Yuri "Petrovich" Lyubimov, USSR, director (Taganka)
  • Oct 1 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillian poet (Juancho Picaflor)
  • Oct 2 Christian de Duve, Thames Ditton, Surrey, cytologist and biochemist (Nobel, 1974), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 5 Robert Adams, English sculptor
  • Oct 8 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2002)
  • Oct 13 Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 15 Arthur Schlesinger Jr, Ohio, historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson)
  • Oct 17 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (d. 1991)
  • Oct 20 Efrain Jonckheer, premier Dutch Antilles
  • Oct 20 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (A Cop), born in Paris, France
  • Oct 26 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), born in New York (d. 2015)
  • Oct 27 Oliver Tambo, co-founder (African National Congress)
  • Oct 27 Augustine Harris, British Bishop of Middlesbrough (d. 2007)
  • Oct 30 Nikolai Vasilievich Ogarkov, Soviet field marshal (d. 1994)
  • Oct 31 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • Nov 1 Clarence E Miller, (Rep-R-OH, 1967- )
  • Nov 1 Margaret Taylor Burroughs, US author/house painter (Black Queen)
  • Nov 1 Zenna [Chlarson] Henderson, American sci-fi author (Anything Box)
  • Nov 5 Jacob Everaers, office clerk/resistance fighter
  • Nov 5 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (d. 2000)
  • Nov 5 Banarsi Das Gupta, Indian former Chief Minister of Haryana (d. 2007)
  • Nov 6 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), born in Hayden, Indiana (d. 2016)