Birthdays in History on October 17

  • 1253 Ivo of Kermartin, Catholic saint, patron of Brittany (d. 1303)
  • 1563 Jodocus Hondius, Flemish mathematician/cartographer
  • 1577 Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (Judith)
  • 1582 Johann Gerhard, German Lutheran leader (d. 1637)
  • 1623 Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (d. 1687)
  • 1626 Simon van Leeuwen, lawyer/historian (Roman-Holland regt)
  • 1696 August III, king of Poland/monarch Frederik August II of Saksen
  • 1704 Willem Bentinck, orangist
  • 1711 Jupiter Hammon, Lloyd Harbor NY, slave and poet, 1st African American to publish poetry
  • 1719 Jacques Cazotte, French writer (d. 1792)
  • 1725 John Wilkes, English journalist/MP (N Briton)
  • 1734 Grigori G. Orlov, Russian guard officer and favorite of Catherine II
  • 1752 Nicolas Appert, French inventor of airtight food preservation (food canning, bouillon tablet), born in Châlons-en-Champagne, France (d. 1841)
  • 1806 Alphonse LPP de Candolle, Swiss botanist
  • 1811 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (owned land in Mich)
  • 1813 Georg Büchner, German playwright (d. 1837)
  • 1815 Emanuel Geibel, writer
  • 1817 Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim leader, born in Delhi, Mughal Empire
  • 1817 Samuel Ringgold Ward, Maryland, minister/abolitionist (Fugitive Negro)
  • 1833 Paul Bert, Auxerre, French Zoologist, Physiologist and pioneer of aerospace medicine whose study of the effects of air pressure on the body, such as altitude sickness and 'the bends', made possible space and ocean exploration
  • 1845 Franz Ehrle, German prefect of Vatican library
  • 1848 William "Candy" Cummings, created curve ball
  • 1853 Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1864 Elinor Glyn, British novelist (3 Weeks)
  • 1865 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician (d. 1950)
  • 1875 Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer (Yes & No!)
  • 1883 A S Neill, British headmaster (Summerhill)
  • 1892 Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (d. 1943)
  • 1893 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist , born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1898 Mildred Knopf, cookbook writer
  • 1898 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch writer/poet (5th Seal)
  • 1903 Nathanael West, American novelist (Day of the Locusts)
  • 1905 Franco Albini, Italian architect
  • 1912 John Paul I [Albino Luciano], 263rd Roman Catholic pope (1978), born in Canale d'Agordo, Belluno, Veneto region of Northern Italy
  • 1914 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman)
  • 1914 John Mosely, recording expert/entrepreneur

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1915 Arthur Miller, American playwright (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

Playwright Arthur Miller
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Arthur Miller
  • 1917 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (d. 1991)
  • 1919 Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov, Russian physicist
  • 1920 Miguel Delibes, Spanish writer
  • 1921 George Mackey Brown, poet
  • 1921 Pricilla Lanford Buckly, editor/columnist (National Review)
  • 1922 Louis Benjamin, showman
  • 1926 Karl Gordon Henize, astronaut (STS 51-F), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1928 Zacharias J de Beer, South African physician/MP (DP)
  • 1930 Jimmy Breslin, Queens columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Robert Atkins, American nutritionist (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian writer
  • 1932 William J Hughes, (Rep-D-New Jersey, 1975- )
  • 1933 William A Anders, Hong Kong, Maj Gen, USAF/astronaut (Apollo 8)
  • 1933 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun (d. 1985)
  • 1934 Barend P Tammeling, Dutch journalist (Trouw, Groninger Gezinsbode)
  • 1936 David Hobson, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 1936 Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese seismologist

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1938 Robert "Evel" Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), born in Butte, Montana (d. 2007)

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • 1940 Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner
  • 1946 Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
  • 1946 Adam Michnik, Polish activist
  • 1946 Drusilla Modjeska, Australian writer and editor
  • 1947 Charles A Ingene, macromarketing researcher
  • 1947 Gene Green, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1947 Lesley Sunderland, decorative artist
  • 1950 Michael Lynn Synar, (Rep-D-Oklahoma, 1979- )
  • 1955 Georgios Alogoskoufis, Greek politician

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1956 Mae Jemison, 1st African American woman in space (STS 47), born in Decatur, Alabama

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • 1956 Robin LO Linschoten, Dutch ass. secretary of Social Affairs (VVD)
  • 1959 Ron Drummond, American writer
  • 1959 Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • 1960 Rob Marshall, American director
  • 1962 Mike Judge, Ecuadorian born American cartoonist, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1973 Lorie Bennett West, Miss Kentucky USA (1996)
  • 1974 Janne Puurtinen, Finnish keyboarder (HIM)
  • 1974 Ariel Levy, American feminist writer
  • 1982 Nick Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer
  • 1984 Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player
  • 1984 Randall Munroe, American webcomic author