Birthdays in History in 1917

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 233

  • 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, novelist (1947 Academy Award, 1959 Tony, Bloodline)

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, US, 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 (WW II)
  • Feb 22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in New York City (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/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, US, 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 Charles Cobb, historian
  • 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 (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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, LDS apostle
  • 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 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 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, writer/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 (d. 1999)
  • Aug 15 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest (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 New York City (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, automaker (Ford Motor Co)
  • Sep 6 Philipp von Boeselager, German Wehrmacht officer, failed assassin of Adolf Hitler (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

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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 Lucy Mitford, author (American Way of Death)
  • Sep 12 Christian Geel, Dutch poet/sculptor/artist
  • Sep 12 Seamas NacNeill, piper
  • Sep 12 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian politician (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 (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, US, 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)
  • Nov 11 [Dallas] Mack/McCord Reynolds, US, sci-fi author (Earth War)