Birthdays in History on November 17

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9 Vespasian, Roman Emperor (AD 69-79), born in Falacrina, Italy (d. AD 79)

Roman Emperor Vespasian
Roman Emperor
Vespasian
  • 331 Flavius Claudius Julianus, [Julian the Apostate], Emperor
  • 1502 Atahualpa, last Inca emperor (d. 1533)
  • 1503 Il Bronzino, Florentine painter (Eleanor de Toledo & her Son)
  • 1576 Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (d. 1628)
  • 1594 Johan van Beverwijck, Dutch physician/writer (Treasure of Health)
  • 1612 Dorgon, Manchu prince (d. 1650)
  • 1681 Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (d. 1776)
  • 1685 Pierre Gaultier, French-Canadian trader and explorer (d. 1749)
  • 1690 Noel-Nicolas Coypel, French painter/cartoonist
  • 1704 Salomeja Neris, [S Bacinskaite-Buciene], Latvian poet
  • 1729 Maria Antonietta of Spain, queen of Sardinia (d. 1785)
  • 1752 Nicolas Appert, French inventor of airtight food preservation (food canning, bouillon tablet), born in Châlons-en-Champagne, France (d. 1841)

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1755 Louis XVIII, 1st post-revolutionary King of France (1814-24), born in Versailles, France (d. 1824)

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
Louis XVIII
  • 1765 Étienne-Jacques-Joseph-Alexandre MacDonald, French marshal (d. 1840)
  • 1790 August Ferdinand Möbius, German mathematician (d. 1868)
  • 1794 John Barrien Montgomery, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1873)
  • 1799 Titian Ramsey Peale, American artist/naturalist (American Ornithology)
  • 1814 Joseph Finegan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1826 John McArthur, Scottish-American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Erskine, Scotland (d. 1906)
  • 1827 Petko Slavejkov, Bulgarian writer (d. 1895)
  • 1834 Stephen Hinsdale Weed, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Potsdam, New York (d. 1863)
  • 1835 Andrew L. Harris, governor of Ohio (d. 1915)
  • 1837 David Capriles, director of psychiatry of Monte Christo, Curacao
  • 1854 Louis HG Lyautey, French minister of Defense (1916-17)
  • 1865 John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins)
  • 1866 Voltairine de Cleyre, American anarchist (d. 1912)
  • 1876 Baron Joseph van de Meulebroeck, mayor (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 1878 Grace Abbott, Grand Island Neb, social worker (US Children Bureau)
  • 1879 Gerardus H de Haas, socialist vicar
  • 1881 Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, 1st Baron Hesketh, British peer, soldier, and politician
  • 1885 Henry de Man, Belgian sociologist/chairman (Belgian Workers Party)
  • 1886 Crane Wilbur, American director and writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), born in Athens, New York (d. 1973)

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1887 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, born in London (d. 1976)

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1890 Jack Cusack, pro football pioneer (Canton Bulldogs)
  • 1894 Eelco van Kleffens, minister of Foreign affairs (1939-46)/diplomat
  • 1894 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51)
  • 1895 Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian philosopher (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Gregorio López y Fuentes, Mexican author (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist (d. 1934)
  • 1899 Roger Vitrac, French poet/dramatist (Coup of Trafalgar)
  • 1901 Walter Hallstein, West German politician (CDU) (Hallstein doctrine)
  • 1902 Eugene Paul Wigner, mathematician/physicist (A Bomb, Nobel 1963)
  • 1904 Isamu Noguchi, sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal)
  • 1905 Astrid Bernadotte, Princess of Sweden
  • 1905 Wazyk, [Adam Wagman], Polish poet/author (Eyes & Mouth)
  • 1906 Soichiro Honda, Japan, founder/CEO (Honda Motor Co)
  • 1907 Israel Regardie, Aleister Crowley's secretary (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Nobutaka Shikanai, Japans media CEO (Fujisankei Com Group)
  • 1911 Christian Fouchet, French diplomat (d. 1974)
  • 1916 Winson Hudson, community activist (rural Mississippi)

  • 1919 Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, journalist
  • 1921 Albert Bertelsen, Danish painter
  • 1922 Emile Noel, international civil servant
  • 1923 Robert Francis Vere Heuston, British professor of law
  • 1925 Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier
  • 1925 Libby Newman, painter/printmaker/curator
  • 1927 Ellis Hillman, politician
  • 1929 Pieter A H Bos, Dutch lawyer/attorney general on Aruba
  • 1930 Brian Lenihan, snr, Irish politician and minister, born in Dundalk, County Louth (d. 1995)
  • 1934 James M Inhofe, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • 1936 Leni van Rijn-Vellekoop, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1936 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Thomas Black, English industrial/auto collector
  • 1939 Auberon Waugh, British author (d. 2001)
  • 1941 Peter Hoagland, (Rep-D-Nebraska)
  • 1942 Khang Khek Leu, Cambodian politician
  • 1944 Jim Boeheim, Hall of Fame Coach
  • 1944 Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architect
  • 1945 Jeremy Hanley, British Lower house member
  • 1945 Roland Joffe, director (City of Joy, Mission, Killing Fields)
  • 1946 Terry E. Branstad, Governor of Iowa
  • 1947 Rod Clements, English rocker (Lindisfarne), born in North Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • 1947 Stewkey, [Robert Antoni], rocker
  • 1947 Steven E. de Souza, American scriptwriter
  • 1947 Inky Mark, Canadian politician
  • 1948 Howard Dean, American politician
  • 1949 John Boehner, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 1950 Roland Matthes, German DR, 100m/200m backstroke (Oly-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1951 Jack Vettriano, Methil Scotland, Scottish painter (The Singing Butler)
  • 1952 M Cyril Ramaphosa, sec-gen of South African Mine Workers' Union
  • 1954 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1960 Jonathan Ross, British talk show host (Tall Guy)
  • 1960 Kirk Fogg, host of Legends of the Hidden Temple
  • 1961 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (d. 1985)

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1961 Chanda Kochhar, Indian business woman (CEO of ICICI Bank), born in Jodhpur, India

Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar
Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank
Chanda Kochhar
  • 1963 Pedro Luis Estrada, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1967 Ronnie Devoe, vocals (New Edition, Bell Div Devoe-Candy Girl), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Robin Li [Li Yanhong], Chinese founder of the Chinese search engine Baidu, born in Yangquan, Shanxi
  • 1983 Christopher Paolini, American novelist