Birthdays in History on January 17

  • 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)
  • 1560 Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (d. 1624)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1719 William Vernon, American merchant (d. 1806)
  • 1732 Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95)
  • 1759 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/African American nationalist
  • 1761 James Hall, Scotland, geologist
  • 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)
  • 1831 Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (d. 1903)
  • 1834 August Weismann, German biologist (d. 1914)
  • 1835 Antanas Baranauskas, Lithuanian bishop/poet/dialectologist
  • 1842 Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman Philology in Netherlands)
  • 1845 Lucas Lindeboom, Dutch vicar/evangelist (Vredebond)
  • 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)
  • 1858 Tomas Carrasquilla, Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra)
  • 1860 Douglas Hyde, President of Ireland (d. 1949)
  • 1862 John E Akkeringa, Dutch painter/etcher

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1863 David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1916-22), born in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Lancashire, England (d. 1945)

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
  • 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)

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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
  • 1875 Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
  • 1876 Olga Fastrová, Czech writer and editor (National Policy), born in Prague (d. 1965)
  • 1876 Frank Hague, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1877 May Gibbs, Australian children's author (d. 1969)
  • 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)
  • 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 Norman "Squab" Read, US aviator who lived to be 101
  • 1891 Walter Eucken, German economist
  • 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 Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-born philosopher (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Geoffrey W Lloyd, British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55)
  • 1905 Franz Schmid, Germany, ascended northside of Matterhorn (1931)
  • 1908 Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad, producer
  • 1910 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore)
  • 1910 Michael Economides, restaurateur
  • 1911 Luis W Alvarez, US, physicist (sub atomic, Nobel 1968) [or Jun 13]
  • 1913 Werenfried [Flip] van Straaten, founder (Oostpriesterhulp)
  • 1914 Anacleto Angelini, Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, (MGR), Indian film star, politician
  • 1917 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician
  • 1920 Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
  • 1921 Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Luis Echeverria Alvarez, president Mexico
  • 1922 Nicholas Katzenbach, lawyer (US Attorney General), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Jewel Plummer Cobb, educator/pres (California State U at Fullerton)
  • 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 Moira Shearer, Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)
  • 1926 Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
  • 1927 Dr Tom Dooley, American humanitarian (d. 1961)

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

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 1930 Bill Benyon, English large landowner/Conservative Lower house leader
  • 1931 Douglas Wilder, American politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1933 Aga Khan, religious leader (Muslims)
  • 1933 Bruno Schroder, British baron/banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Yolande Christina Dalida, Cairo Egypt
  • 1935 Paul O[sborne] Williams, US, sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)
  • 1935 Ruth Ann Minner, Governor of Delaware
  • 1938 John Bellairs, US, sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • 1940 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 1942 Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman
  • 1943 Daniel Charles Brandenstein, Watertown Wi, ast (STS 8, 51-G, 32, 49)
  • 1943 René Préval, President of Haiti
  • 1948 Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader
  • 1950 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • 1954 Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • 1954 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
  • 1957 Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
  • 1960 John Crawford, Palo Alto Ca, bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away)
  • 1961 Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ
  • 1962 Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author

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1964 Michelle Obama, 1st African-American US First Lady (2009-16), born in DeYoung, Illinois

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • 1966 Karissa Rushing, Benton Arkansas, Miss Arkansas-America (1991)
  • 1967 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (d. 2007)
  • 1968 Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer
  • 1969 Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer and director
  • 1969 Tijs Verwest, (DJ Tiësto) Dutch DJ
  • 1970 Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator
  • 1970 James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • 1980 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist