Famous Birthdays on April 17

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  • 1278 Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor, eldest son of Andronikos II Palaiologos and Anna of Hungary, born in Constantinople, Byzantine Empire (d. 1320)
  • 1539 Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter (Strasbourg astronomical clock), born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1584)
  • 1573 Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1651)
  • 1586 John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore), born in Ilsington, Devon, England (d. 1639)
  • 1587 Ivan Lukačić, Croatian composer, born in Šibenik, Croatia (d. 1648)
  • 1598 Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (Almagestum Novum), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1671)

Person of interestMarguerite Bourgeoys

1620 Marguerite Bourgeoys, French founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint), born in Troyes, France (d. 1700)

First Canadian Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys
First Canadian Saint
Marguerite Bourgeoys
  • 1622 Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans), born in Newton St. Bridget, Brecknockshire, Wales (d. 1695)
  • 1644 Abraham Jansz Storck, Dutch painter, baptized in Amsterdam (d. 1708)
  • 1666 François Valentijn, Dutch vicar and writer (Old and New East-India), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1727)
  • 1676 Frederik I, van Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51), born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1751)
  • 1683 Johann David Heinichen, German composer, born in Crössuln, Weissenfels, Germany (d. 1729)
  • 1699 Robert Blair, Scottish poet (The Grave), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1746)
  • 1710 Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (d. 1767)
  • 1715 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, born in Ulm, Germany (d. 1786)
  • 1719 Christian Gottfried Krause, German composer, born in Wińsko, Poland (d. 1770)

  • 1734 Taksin, King of Siam (1767-82), born in Ayutthaya, Thailand (d. 1782)
  • 1738 Philip Hayes, English composer, born in Oxford (d. 1797)
  • 1741 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, German composer, born in Blasewitz, Dresden, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1741 Samuel Chase, American judge (signed Declaration of Independence), born in Somerset County, Maryland (d. 1811)
  • 1750 François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure, born in Saffais, France (d. 1828)
  • 1774 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, Czech composer, born in Skuteč, Bohemia (d. 1850)
  • 1788 Joseph Gilbert Totten, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1864)
  • 1794 Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist and explorer, born in Erlangen, Germany (d. 1868)
  • 1797 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer and conductor, born in Hanzinne, Belgium (d. 1869)
  • 1798 Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician, born in Lons-le-Saunier, France (d. 1840)
  • 1809 Philip St. George Cocke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Bremo Bluff, Virginia (d. 1861)
  • 1811 Ann Mounsey, English composer, born in Soho, London (d. 1891)
  • 1813 Henry Washington Benham, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Cheshire, Connecticut (d. 1884)
  • 1816 Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder, born in Runcorn, Cheshire, England (d. 1876)
  • 1820 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1896)

Person of interestAlexander Cartwright

1820 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1827 Frans Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (St Amanduskerk, Antwerp), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1896)
  • 1833 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1900)

Person of interestJ. P. Morgan

1837 J. P. Morgan, Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and benker (General Electric, Steel Corporation, AT&T), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1913)

Industrialist and Banker J. P. Morgan
Industrialist and Banker
J. P. Morgan
  • 1842 Maurice Rouvier, French statesman and Prime Minister of France (1905–06), born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1911)
  • 1845 Isabel Barrows, American editor and penologist (Conference on Negro Question), born in Irasburg, Vermont (d. 1913)
  • 1849 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Ravenna, Ohio (d. 1923)
  • 1852 Cap Anson, American baseball player, born in Marshalltown, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1863 Johannes Petrus Boskaljon, Curacaoian composer and conductor, born in Willemstad (d. 1936)
  • 1863 Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician (theory of elasticity), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England (d. 1940)

  • 1865 Ursula Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint and foundress of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, born in Loosdorf, Austrian Empire (d. 1939)
  • 1866 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (Frank-Starling law of the heart), born in London (d. 1927)
  • 1868 Karel Rudolph Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French Dictionary), born in Amsterdam (d. 1956)
  • 1869 Johannes Marinus Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1870 Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist (Puliter Prize 1940), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1946)
  • 1876 Ian Hay [John Hay Beith], British novelist and playwright (Pip, Carrying On), born in Rusholme, Manchester (d. 1952)
  • 1877 Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1949)
  • 1881 Anton Wildgans, Austrian poet and playwright (Armut), born in Vienna (d. 1932)
  • 1882 Artur Schnabel, Austrian pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas), born in Lipnik, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1951)
  • 1883 Herman Darewsky, British composer, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1884 Leo Frank, American convict (murder of a 13-year-old employee), born in Cuero, Texas (d. 1915)
  • 1885 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1885 Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen-Finecke], Danish baroness and writer (Out of Africa), born in Rungsted, Zealand, Denmark (d. 1962)
  • 1886 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), born in Glenwood, Utah (d. 1931)
  • 1892 Jean Haesaert, Flemish lawyer and sociologist, born in Lokeren, Belgium (d. 1961)
  • 1895 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1896 Senor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, born in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca, Spain (d. 1999)
  • 1897 Antonius Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River), born in Wijlre, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • 1897 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1992)
  • 1897 Thornton Wilder, American playwright and writer (Bridge of San Luis Ray), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Vincent Wigglesworth, British entomologist (Metamorphosis hormones), born in Kirkham, Lancashire, England (d. 1994)
  • 1901 George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, born in Ceylon (d. 1993)
  • 1902 Anton Beuving, Dutch lyricist (Ketelbinkie), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands d. 1977)
  • 1902 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, born in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine (d. 1976)
  • 1903 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), born in Lubcza, Minsk, Belarus (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (Waterfront, Gone with the Wind, The Great McGinty), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1903 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Edward Chodorov, Broadway playwright and director (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman), born in Karachi, British India (d. 1980)
  • 1905 Arthur Lake [Arthur William Silverlake], American actor (Blondie, Topper), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Sidney Garfield, American physician and pioneer of health maintenance organizations (Kaiser Permanente), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Alain Poher, French politician and President of the European Parliament (1966-69), born in Ablon-sur-Seine, France (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Humphrey Sims Moore, British pacifist and journalist (founder of Peace News), born in Samoa (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), born in Perth, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Hervé Bazin, French writer (Head Against the Wall), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian world chess champion (1948-63), born in Repino, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Isador Caplan, British lawyer and Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, born in Blackpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Paul Langton, American actor (Till the Clouds Roll By, Peyton Place), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1980)
  • 1913 Richard Travis, American actor (Missile to the Moon), born in Carlsbad, New Mexico (d. 1989)
  • 1914 George Davis, American art director (20th Century Fox), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Joe Foss, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Ryoei Saito, Japanese businessman (Daishowa Paper Manufacturing), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 1996)

Person of interestSirimavo Bandaranaike

1916 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000) and 1st female head of state, born in Ratnapura, British Ceylon (d. 2000)

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • 1917 Bill Clements, American politician, Governor of Texas (1987-91), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1918 Anne Shirley [Dawn Evelyeen Paris], British actress (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Murder My Sweet), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)

Person of interestWilliam Holden

1918 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), born in O'Fallon, Illinois (d. 1981)

  • 1919 Gilles Lamontagne, Canadian politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (1984-90), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • 1919 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer, born in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Bengt Anderberg, Swedish poet and writer (Kain), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Joan Warburton, Scottish painter, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1996)

Person of interestHarry Reasoner

1923 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa (d. 1991)

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Journalist
Harry Reasoner
  • 1923 Lindsay Anderson, British director (Thursday's Children), born in Bangalore, India (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Lloyd Biggle Jr., American sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly), born in Waterloo, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Norman Potter, English cabinetmaker, designer and writer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Solly Hemus, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Patrick Sergeant, British investor and founder (Euromoney Publications)
  • 1924 Althea Simmons, American human rights activist and chief lobbyist (NAACP), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1990)
  • 1924 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1925 John Yates, Anglican bishop (Lambeth England), born in Burslem, Staffordshire
  • 1926 Arthur Hockaday, Director-General (Commonwealth War Graves Commission), born in Plymouth
  • 1926 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1928 Cynthia Ozick, American author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist, born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
  • 1930 Genevieve, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples), born in Paris, France
  • 1930 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1931 John Bartlett, Australian tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain), born in Woonona, New South Wales

  • 1931 John Chalstrey, 668th Lord Mayor of London
  • 1931 Joyce Molyneux, British chef and author
  • 1931 Ruth Etchells, English poet and principal (St John's College-Durham), born in Liverpool
  • 1932 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1932 Han J A Hansen [Jansen], Dutch journalist (King Comes!)
  • 1932 Arthur "Art" Ellefson, Canadian jazz saxophonist, born in Moose Jaw, Canada
  • 1934 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1935 Theo Angelopoulos, Greek film director (Eternity and a Day, The Travelling Players), born in Athens, Greece (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Pete Graves, American rocker (Moonglows), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1937 Brian Sedgemore, British MP (Labour Party 1974-79 and 1983-2005), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Daffy Duck, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Duck Hunt"
  • 1937 Eduard Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Werkhopeniye, Russia (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German automotive engineer and executive (Volkswagen Group), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1938 David Dilks, British historian and vice-chancellor (Hull U), born in Foleshill, Coventry
  • 1938 Ben Barnes, American politician (36th Lieutenant Governor of Texas), born in Gorman, Texas
  • 1938 Kerry Wendell Thornley, Co-founder of Discordianism, born in California (d. 1998)
  • 1940 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (When Will You Say I Love You), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1940 Anja Silja, German soprano, born in Berlin
  • 1941 Adolphus Hailstork, American composer, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1941 Max Stafford-Clark, English artistic director (Royal Court Theatre), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1942 Mario Brenta, Italian writer and director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains), born in Venice, Italy
  • 1942 David Bradley, British actor (Walder Frey-Game of Thrones), born in York, Yorkshire
  • 1943 Roy Estrada, American rocker (Mothers Of Invention), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1944 John Lill, British classical pianist, born in London
  • 1945 Vincent van der Burg, Dutch scientist, lawyer, and politician (CDA), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • 1946 Clare Francis, British yachtswoman and novelist (Come Hell or High Water), born in Thames Ditton, Surrey
  • 1946 Henry Kelly, Irish radio and TV broadcaster, born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1947 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, born in Rumoi, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • 1948 Jan Hammer, Czech-American composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1950 L. Scott Caldwell, American actress (Rose-Lost), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner, born in Arcadia, California
  • 1951 Olivia Hussey, Argentine-British actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1952 Arkan [Željko Ražnatović], Serbian paramilitary leader, born in Brežice, Slovenia (d. 2000)
  • 1952 Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey, American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist (Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck), born in Troy, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Michael Sembello, American Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter, composer and producer (Maniac, Flashdance), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Kim Tyler, American actor (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1954 Riccardo Patrese, Italian racing driver (Grand Prix), born in Padua, Italy
  • 1954 Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2015)
  • 1955 Pete Shelley [Peter McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks "Going Steady"), born in Leigh, England (d. 2018)

  • 1955 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer and guitarist (Bolland & Bolland), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1956 Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars), born in Bunn, North Carolina
  • 1956 Pillow [Theresa Jean Bell], American bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • 1957 Byron Cherry, American actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1957 Nick Hornby, English writer (High Fidelity), born in Redhill, Surrey
  • 1959 Elizabeth Lindsey, Polynesian actress (China Beach), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, English rocker (ABC), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1959 Teri Austin, Canadian actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Sean Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A Game of Thrones)
  • 1960 Michael Whitaker, British Olympic equestrian rider, born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • 1961 Boomer Esiason, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals), born in East Islip, New York
  • 1961 Norman Cowans, Jamaican cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85), born in St. Mary, Jamaica
  • 1961 Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Nancy Hogshead, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1963 Joel Murray, American actor (Mad Men), born in Wilmette, Illinois
  • 1964 Ken Daneyko, Canadian-American NHL defenseman (NJ Devils), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1964 Raye Hollitt, American bodybuilder (American Gladiators), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Lela Rochon, American actress (Robin Stokes-Waiting to Exhale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • 1965 William Mapother, American actor (In the Bedroom), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1965 Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner and Sayako Kuroda's husband, born in Tokyo
  • 1966 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1967 Aaron Wallace, American NFL defensive end and linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in Paris, Texas
  • 1967 Leslie Bega, American actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Marquis Grissom, American baseball outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967 Timothy Gibbs, American actor (Father Murphy, Santa Barbara), born in Burbank, California
  • 1967 Kimberly Elise, American actress (Beloved), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967 Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-Scottish actor (Desmond Hume-Lost), born in Trujillo, Peru
  • 1967 Liz Phair, American musician and songwriter, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1967 Birgitta Jonsdottir, Icelandic politician, Head of the Pirate Party, born in Reykjavík
  • 1967 Matthew "Mat" Chamberlain, American musician, songwriter and session player, born in San Pedro, California
  • 1968 Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, eldest son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1968 Richie Woodhall, British professional boxer, born in Telford, Shropshire, England
  • 1968 Roger Twose, English cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995), born in Torquay, England
  • 1968 Adam McKay, American director (The Big Short, Vice), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Tony Sacca, American WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons), born in Delran Township, New Jersey
  • 1970 Redman [Reginald Noble], American rapper, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1971 David Oliver, Canadian NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1971 Jim Acosta, American journalist (CNN White House correspondent), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1972 Gordon Laro, American NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Keith Lyle, American football safety (St Louis Rams), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner), born in Kandy, Ceylon
  • 1972 Tony Boselli, American NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Modesto, California
  • 1972 Jarkko Wiss, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1972 Gary Bennett, American baseball player, born in Waukegan, Illinois

Person of interestJennifer Garner

1972 Jennifer Garner [Affleck], American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1972 Claire Sweeney, English actress (Brookside), born in Walton, Liverpool
  • 1973 Brett Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia