Birthdays in History on June 17

  • 1239 Edward I, King of England (1272-1307) subdued Wales, expelled Jews from England
  • 1603 Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint (d. 1663)
  • 1604 Johan Maurits, count of Nassau-Siegen (Maurits House)
  • 1682 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718)
  • 1691 Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect (d. 1765)
  • 1693 Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (d. 1775)
  • 1704 John Kay, English inventor (d. 1780)
  • 1714 Cesar F Cassini, de Thury, French astronomer (geodesic labor)
  • 1718 George Howard, British field marshal (d. 1796)
  • 1742 William Hooper, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1756 Pierre-Joseph Cambon, French member of Committee of Salut Public
  • 1808 Everhardus J Potgieter, Dutch writer/publisher (The Guide)
  • 1808 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (d. 1845)
  • 1810 Ferdinand Freiligrath, German poet and translator, born in Detmold, Principality of Lippe (d. 1876)
  • 1811 Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter and Icelandic historian (d. 1879)
  • 1817 Thomas Maley Harris, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • 1818 Sophia Frederika Mathilde, queen of Netherlands/wife of William III
  • 1823 John Henry Hobart Ward, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • 1828 Jan K J de Jonge, Dutch historian
  • 1830 Rochard Montgomery Gano, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1913)
  • 1832 William Crookes, English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe, thallium)
  • 1837 Vincent Strong, civil war fighter, (d. 1863)
  • 1838 Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya/Chatterjee, Bengali writer and poet (Vande Mataram)
  • 1839 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted for ritualist activities (d. 1931)
  • 1845 Hendrik P Staal, Dutch banker
  • 1858 Eben Sumner Draper, (Gov-MA)
  • 1861 Omar Bundy, U.S. army general and soldier (d. 1940)
  • 1863 Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1934)
  • 1867 John Robert Gregg, Ireland, inventor (shorthand)
  • 1867 Henry Lawson, Australian poet (d. 1922)
  • 1870 George Cormack, cereal inventor (Wheaties)

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1871 James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, leader of the NAACP and Harlem Renaissance poet, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1938)

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • 1871 Nicolae Iorga, writer/poet/literature historian/President of Romania
  • 1875 Philipp A Kohnstamm, philosopher/theorist (Mensch & World)
  • 1878 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), born in Champigny-sur-Marne (d. 1932)
  • 1880 Carl Van Fight, US author/critic (Red, Nigger Heaven)
  • 1880 Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (d. 1964)
  • 1882 Adolf Friedrich VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1918)
  • 1884 Christina C Bakker-van Bosse, feminist/pacifist
  • 1888 Heinz Guderian, German General (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Maurits C Escher, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1898 Carl Hermann, German physicist (d. 1961)
  • 1900 Martin Bormann, propoganda minister (Hitler)
  • 1903 Michail Swetlow, writer
  • 1903 Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist
  • 1906 Thomas G Cowling, British mathematician/astronomer
  • 1907 Charles Eames, American designer and architect (d. 1978)
  • 1908 Jacob "Jimmy" Herman Huizinga, journalist/Writer
  • 1908 Enrique Peralta Azurdia, Colonel and military President of Guatemala (1963-66), born in Guatemala City (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
  • 1911 Viktor P Nekrasov, Ukrainian author (Vokopach Stalingrada)
  • 1912 Wessel Couzijn, sculptor/cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument)
  • 1913 Felix Hartlaub, writer
  • 1914 John R Hersey, author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall)
  • 1915 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Victor Dalby Lord, ficticious character on One Life to Live
  • 1917 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Maldwyn Thomas, president (Welsh Liberal Party)
  • 1918 Ajahn Chah, Buddhist meditation master (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Kingman Brewster, college president (Yale)
  • 1919 Max Dendermonde, [Henk Hazelhoff], Dutch literary
  • 1920 Francois Jacob, France, biologist/bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Patrick Duffy, British politician (L), born in Wigan, Lancashire
  • 1920 Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (d. 1981)
  • 1924 Gotthold Gloger, writer
  • 1924 Henk J Hoekstra, president (Dutch Communist Party)
  • 1926 Alan Walters, political economist
  • 1927 Austin J Murphy, (Rep-D-PA, 1977- )
  • 1927 Lucio Fulci, Italian director "Godfather of Gore", born in Rome (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Michael L Strang, (Rep-R-CO, 1985- )
  • 1929 Tigran Petrosyan, USSR, world chess champion (1963-69)
  • 1931 John Baldessari, American artist
  • 1932 John P Murtha, (Rep-D-PA, 1974- )
  • 1933 Harry Browne, American free-market libertarian writer, politician, and investment analyst (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Anthony Bevilacqua, Roman Catholic Cardinal (Philadelphia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Donald Anderson, MP (Labour)
  • 1939 Hanna Johansen, writer
  • 1940 Tony Marlow, MP (Conservative)

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1940 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Economist George Akerlof
Economist
George Akerlof
  • 1942 Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian IAEA director, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

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1943 Newt Gingrich, American politician (Rep-R-GA, 1979-99) and Speaker of the House (1995-97), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich
  • 1943 Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer
  • 1944 Chris Spedding, rocker
  • 1945 Tommy Franks, American General
  • 1945 Ken Livingstone, English politician (Mayor of London 2000-08), born in London
  • 1946 Marcy Kaptur, (Rep-D-HA, 1983- )
  • 1946 Peter Rosei, Austrian writer
  • 1949 Helen Rosenthal, British teacher/health administrator
  • 1955 Gail Jones, Australian author
  • 1958 Sam Hamad, Syrian-born Canadian politician
  • 1969 Paul Tergat, Kenyan athlete
  • 1971 Mildred Fox, Irish politician
  • 1973 Christian Claudio, Puerto Rican Business Consultant
  • 1977 Bernardo Federico Tomas, Prince of Netherlands