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 philanthropist (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 or Government Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State or Government
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
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, 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 Anne Harris, CEO (National Federation of Women's Institutes)
  • 1925 John Yates, bishop (Lambeth England)
  • 1926 Arthur Hockaday, director-Gen (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
  • 1926 G M Hughes, professor/zoologist
  • 1926 Michael Vernon, CEO (RNLI)
  • 1926 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1928 Cynthia Ozick, American author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories)
  • 1929 Eileen Stamers-Smith, headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • 1929 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2015)

  • 1929 Lady (James) Mellon, CEO (Volunteer Development Scotland)
  • 1930 Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
  • 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 Joan Clague, director of nursing services (Marie Curie Foundation)
  • 1931 John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
  • 1931 John Chalstrey, alderman/Lord Mayor (London)
  • 1931 Joyce Molyneux, British chef and author
  • 1931 Ruth Etchells, principal (St John's College-Durham)
  • 1932 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
  • 1932 Han J A Hansen [Jansen], Dutch journalist (King Comes!)
  • 1932 Ramsay Melhuish, diplomat
  • 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
  • 1936 Pete Graves, rocker (Moonglows)
  • 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, vice-chancellor (Hull U)
  • 1938 K M P O'Brien, archbishop (St Andrews & Edinburgh)
  • 1938 Ben Barnes, American politician
  • 1938 Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism
  • 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
  • 1941 Adolphus Hailstork, composer
  • 1941 Max Stafford-Clark, artistic director (Royal Court Theatre)
  • 1942 Mario Brenta, writer/director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains)
  • 1942 David Bradley, British actor
  • 1943 Roy Estrada, American rocker (Mothers Of Invention), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1944 John Lill, professor/pianist
  • 1945 Vincent van der Burg, Dutch scientist, lawyer, and politician (CDA)
  • 1946 Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • 1946 Henry Kelly, British broadcaster
  • 1946 J R Baines, professor (Egyptologist)
  • 1947 Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1947 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1948 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)
  • 1949 Heini Hemmi, Swiss giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)

  • 1950 L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
  • 1950 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
  • 1951 Olivia Hussey, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1952 Željko Ražnatović, Serbian warlord (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, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1954 Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
  • 1954 Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1954 Michael Sembello, American Grammy-award winning singer songwriter, composer and producer (Maniac, Flashdance), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Pete Shelley, vocal/guitar (Buzzcocks-Going Steady, Love Bites)
  • 1955 Peter Michalke, journalist
  • 1955 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • 1956 Faye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • 1956 Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • 1956 Pillow, [Therese Joan Bell], California, bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • 1957 Byron Cherry, actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1957 Nick Hornby, English author
  • 1958 Sergei Yuriyevich Vozovikov, Russian major/cosmonaut
  • 1959 Elizabeth Lindsey, actress (China Beach)
  • 1959 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • 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, showjumper
  • 1961 Boomer Esiason, West Islip, New York, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1961 Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)
  • 1961 Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
  • 1962 Nancy Hogshead, swimmer (Olympic gold 1984)/model (jockey), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1963 Joel Murray, American actor
  • 1964 Ken Daneyko, Windsor, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1964 Raye Hollit, American Gladiator (Zap)
  • 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)
  • 1965 William Mapother, American actor
  • 1965 Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner
  • 1966 Susie Redman, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-2nd), born in Salem, Ohio
  • 1966 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • 1967 Aaron Wallace, NFL defensive end/linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967 Leslie Bega, actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Marquis Grisom, outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967 Timothy Gibbs, actor (Father Murphy, Santa Barbara), born in Burbank, California
  • 1967 Marquis Grissom, American baseball player
  • 1967 Kimberly Elise, American actress (Beloved), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967 Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-born Scottish actor
  • 1967 Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter
  • 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 Maurits, Prince of Netherlands
  • 1968 Ritchie Woodhall, boxer