Birthdays in History on March 17

  • 1231 Emperor Shij┼Ź of Japan (d. 1242)
  • 1473 James IV, King of Scots (1488-1513)
  • 1578 Francesco Albana, Italian painter (Mary's Ascension)
  • 1628 Daniel van Papenbroeck, [Papebrochius], Flemish historian
  • 1676 Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (d. 1732)
  • 1685 Jean-Marc Nattier, French portrait painter
  • 1725 Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (d. 1806)
  • 1777 Roger Brooke Taney, Calvert Md, 5th Chief Justice (Dred Scott dec)
  • 1780 Thomas Chalmers, 1st moderator (Free Church of Scotland 1843-47)
  • 1781 Dominique J de Eerens, governor-general of Neth Indies
  • 1781 Ebenezer Elliott, British Poet. Know as the "Corn Law Rhymer'" (d. 1849)
  • 1787 George Simon Ohm, physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
  • 1804 James Bridger, scout/fur trader/mountain man par excellance
  • 1820 Patrick Edward Connor, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1820 Jean Ingelow, English poet (d. 1897)
  • 1825 Rodolphe Bresdin, French cartoonist/lithographer (Le Bon Samaritain)
  • 1826 Oskar Peschel, German journalist/geography (Volkerkunder)
  • 1828 Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1832 Moncure Daniel Conway, US, abolitionist (Life of Thomas Paine)
  • 1832 Walter Quintin Gresham, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1834 Gottlieb Daimler, Germany, engineer/inventor/designed 1st motorcycle
  • 1846 Kate Greenaway, England, artist/book illustrator (Under the Window)
  • 1856 Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (d. 1910)
  • 1862 Silvio Gesell, Belgian economist (d. 1930)
  • 1866 Pierce Butler, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1939)
  • 1870 Horace Donisthorpe, British entomologist (d. 1951)
  • 1873 Chard Somerset, 1st woman Cabinet minister (1929-31)
  • 1873 Margaret Bondfield, British politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), born in Chard (d. 1953)
  • 1874 Stephen Samuel Wise, US, President of Zionist Org of America
  • 1877 Albert P Hahn, Dutch political cartoonist (People/Nutcracker)
  • 1880 Sir Patrick Hastings, British barrister (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Lawrence Oates, English army officer and Antarctic explorer (d. 1912)
  • 1881 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Less bror Harris)
  • 1881 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1883 Urmuz, Romanian writer (d. 1923)
  • 1886 Princess Patricia of Connaught, British princess (d. 1974)
  • 1887 Ben Sajet, Dutch physician/politician
  • 1888 Paul Ramadier, French politician (d. 1961)
  • 1892 Benjamin Drake Van Wissen, Australian Engineer (d. 1984)
  • 1894 Paul Green, US, novelist/playwright (In Abraham's Bosom)
  • 1897 Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Eisaku Sato, premier of Japan (Nobel 1974)
  • 1906 Brigitte Helm [Gisele Eve von Kuenheim], actress (Gloria, Gold), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1907 Jan M J van Houtte, premier Belgium (1952-54)
  • 1908 Boris N Poveloi, [Kampov], Russian journalist/writer [OS=Mar 4]
  • 1909 Patrick Reilly, Ootacamund, India, British diplomat
  • 1910 Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader
  • 1911 Patrick Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale, Scottish Unionist politician
  • 1915 Hans Namuth, German/US photographer (Todos Santos, Guatemala)
  • 1915 Henry Bumstead, American art director (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist
  • 1918 Wilhelmus M J Russell, Dutch attorney/Member of 1st chamber (KVP/CDA)
  • 1922 Megan Bull, British head mistress (Holloway Jail)

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1922 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding father of Bangladesh and 1st and 4th President of Bangladesh (1971-72 and 1975-76), born in Tungipara, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1975)

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • 1925 G M Hughes, British zoologist
  • 1925 Jerome Lejeune, physiologist
  • 1926 Siegfried Lenz, German writer (Ein Kriegsende)
  • 1927 Nancy Sheehan, writer
  • 1928 William John McKeag, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1930 James Benson Irwin, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 David Peakall, British scientist (d. 2001)
  • 1932 Donald N. Langenberg, American physicist
  • 1936 Thomas K Mattingly II, Chic, Capt USN/astro (Apollo 16, STS-4, 51C)
  • 1936 Ken Mattingly, American astronaut
  • 1936 Robert Daniel, republican Congressman for Virginia (1972-1983), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • 1937 Frank Calabrese [Frankie Breeze], mafia hitman, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Jim Gary, American sculptor (d. 2006)
  • 1940 Mark White, American politician
  • 1941 Wang Jin-pyng, Taiwanese politician

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1942 John Wayne Gacy, serial killer (32 boys), born in Chicago, Illinois

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 1942 Sidney K Barthelmy, US politician(?)
  • 1944 Pattie Boyd, English photographer and author (Mrs George Harrison/Mrs Eric Clapton)
  • 1945 Michael Hayden, General USAF, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • 1947 James Morrow, American author
  • 1947 Jan Andersson, Swedish politician
  • 1948 Robert Braunwart, who added thousands of dates to this database
  • 1948 William [Ford] Gibson, Canada, sci-fi author (Neuromancer, Count Zero)
  • 1948 Alexander Nelson Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport, British-born investment banker
  • 1951 Donald Findlay, Scottish lawyer
  • 1953 Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
  • 1955 Cynthia McKinney, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • 1956 Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
  • 1959 Terry Hall (Specials, Fun Boy 3)
  • 1962 Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Dutch politician
  • 1967 Barry Minkow, American religious leader and ex-convict (fraud)
  • 1969 [Lee] Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1970 Shannan Mitchem, Decatur GA, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1974 Mark Dolan, TV show host