Birthdays in History on July 17

  • 1487 Ismail I, Shah of Persia, converted Iran from Sunni to Shi'ah (d. 1524)
  • 1674 Isaac Watts, England, writer/preacher/hymnist (Horae Lyrican)
  • 1744 Elbridge Gerry, (DR) 5th VP (Mass-Gov), invented gerrymandering
  • 1745 Petr Alekseevich Pahlen, Russian general (d. 1826)
  • 1763 Johannes H van der Palm, Dutch theologist/minister of Education
  • 1763 John Jacob Astor, Germany, richest man in US, banker/fur trader
  • 1797 Hippolyte Delaroche, French painter (d. 1856)
  • 1827 Frederick A Able, English chemist/inventor (cordiet)
  • 1830 Eelco Refer, linguist (Dictionary for the Dutch translator)
  • 1831 Xianfeng, Emperor of China (d. 1861)
  • 1839 Ephraim Shay, American inventor (d. 1916)
  • 1859 Luis Munoz Rivera, Puerto Rico, journalist (founded Federalist Party)
  • 1871 Lyonel C A Feininger, US cartoonist/painter
  • 1876 Maxim M Litvinov, [Meyer H Wallach], Russian diplomat
  • 1876 Rosa Jackson Lumpkin, lived to be 115 years old, born in Flint, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1883 Bart de Ligt, anti militarist theologist (Acting Peace)
  • 1888 Shmuel Agnon, Israel, novelist (Day Before Yesterday-Nobel 1966)

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1889 Erle Stanley Gardner, American detective writer (Perry Mason), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1970)

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • 1897 Elbert Parr Tuttle, lawyer/judge
  • 1898 Berenice Abbott, Springfield Oh, photographer (World of Atget)
  • 1898 Osmond Borradaile, Canadian cinematographer (d. 1999)
  • 1901 Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (d. 1938)
  • 1902 Christina Stead, Australia, novelist (Man Who Loved Children)
  • 1909 Hardy Amies, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II), born in London, England
  • 1911 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder,’), born in Beijing (d. 2016)
  • 1913 Roger Garaudy, French philosopher
  • 1913 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (d. 1997)
  • 1914 James Purdy, Hicksville, Ohio, writer (The House of the Solitary Maggot), (disputed birthdate, 1923), (d. 2009)
  • 1915 Habib Rajab, Durban, South African, a trader and collector of oriental art
  • 1917 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), born in Alaşehir, Manisa Province (d. 2015)
  • 1918 Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Gordon Gould, American physicist, inventor of the laser, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Donald Alfred Davie, poet/critic
  • 1923 John Cooper, English race car designer (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Jean Muir, British fashion designer and dressmaker, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Sergei K. Godunov, Russian mathematician
  • 1932 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Rainer Kisch, German writer, born in Döbeln
  • 1934 Lucio Tan, Chinese Filipino businessman (Philippine Airlines), in Amoy China
  • 1937 Jose Ignacio Cabrujas, writer
  • 1939 Warwick Hutton, artist
  • 1939 Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran (1989- ) and Muslim cleric, born in Mashhad, Khorasan, Iran
  • 1942 Peter Sissons, British newsreader
  • 1945 Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia

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1947 Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), wife of Prince Charles, born in London, England

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
  • 1952 Robert R[ick] McCammon, US, sci-fi author (Baal, Mystery Walk)

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1954 Angela Merkel, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (2005-), born in Hamburg, West Germany

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • 1954 J. Michael Straczynski, American author
  • 1955 Paul Stamets, American mycologist and environmentalist
  • 1959 Janet Lynn Kavandi, Springfield Mo, PhD/astronaut (sk:STS 91)
  • 1963 Letsie III, King of Lesotho
  • 1966 Sten Tolgfors, Swedish politician
  • 1971 Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist
  • 1975 Gino D'Acampo, Italian celebrity chef
  • 1975 Terence Tao, Australian-Chinese mathematician
  • 1978 Ricardo Arona, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • 1998 Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal