Famous Birthdays on August 17

  • 1473 Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, son of King Edward IV, one of the princes in the tower who disappeared (d. 1483?)
  • 1578 Francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660)
  • 1586 Johann V Andreae, German vicar and writer (Christenburg)
  • 1607 Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician who needed wider margins (Fermat's Last Theorem) [or 1608], born in Beaumont-de-Lomagne, France (d. 1665)
  • 1629 King John [Jan] III Sobieski of Poland. Victor over the Turks in 1683 (d. 1696)
  • 1686 Nicola Antonio Porpora, Italian composer and singing teacher, born in Naples (d. 1768)
  • 1720 Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen, French engraver and painter (Contes de La Fontaine), born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1778)
  • 1753 Josef Dobrovský, Czech linguist (d. 1828)
  • 1768 Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, French general (d. 1800)
  • 1775 Philippe Libon, Spanish composer, born in Cadiz, Spain (d. 1838)
  • 1779 Franz de Paula Roser, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Naarn, Upper Austra (d. 1830)

Davy CrockettDavy Crockett (1786-1836)

American frontiersman, adventurer and politician, born in Greene County, Tennessee

  • 1786 Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, mother of Queen Victoria, born in Coburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1861)
  • 1794 Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest (d. 1849)
  • 1811 Johannes H Scholten, Dutch theologist (Free Will)
  • 1817 Joseph baron Kervyn de Lettenhove, Belgian Internal minister (1870-71)
  • 1819 James Henry Van Alen, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Kinderhook, New York (d. 1886)
  • 1828 George William Warren, American composer and organist, born in Albany, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1828 Jules Bernard Luys, French neurologist (d. 1897)
  • 1834 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer and conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata), born in Harelbeke, Flanders (d. 1901)
  • 1838 Laura de Force Gordon, California lawyer, a prominent suffragette, and 1st woman to run a daily newspaper in the US (Stockton Daily Leader, 1874), born in North East, Pennsylvania (d. 1907)
  • 1839 Hubert Platt Main, American hymn composer, and music publisher, born in Ridgefield, Connecticut (d. 1925)
  • 1839 Thijs [Matthijs] Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
  • 1840 Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer (Irish Land League)
  • 1841 Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet

Menelik IIMenelik II (1844-1913)

Emperor of Ethiopia (1889-1913) and Negus/King of Shewa (1866–89), born in Angolalla, Ethiopia

  • 1851 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist and evangelist
  • 1856 Violet Paget [Vernon Lee], British author (Satan the master)
  • 1863 Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and naturalist (d. 1924)
  • 1866 Julia Marlowe [Sarah Frances Frost], English-American Shakespearean actress, born in Cumberland, England (d. 1950)
  • 1866 Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)
  • 1870 Frederick F. Russell, American army physician, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine, born in Auburn, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1873 John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)
  • 1876 Eric Drummond, British politician and diplomat, 1st Secretary-General of League of Nations (1919-33), born in Fulford, England (d. 1951)
  • 1876 Henri Winkelman, Dutch general, Commander-in-Chief of Dutch Armed Forces during WWII, born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1952)
  • 1878 Reggie Duff, Australian cricket batsman (23 Tests; 104 on debut), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1911)
  • 1880 Leo Ascher, Austrian-American operetta composer (Hoheit tanzt Walzer - Her Highness Dances the Waltz), Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)
  • 1880 Percy Sherwell, South African cricket wicketkeeper and captain (13 Tests, 1 x 100, 36 dismissals; Transvaal), born in Isipingo, South Africa (d. 1948)

Samuel GoldwynSamuel Goldwyn (1882-1974)

Polish born Jewish-American film producer (The Best Years of Our Lives) and movie magnate, born in Warsaw, Poland

  • 1885 Clara [G Meijer-] Wichmann, German anarchist and feminist (Wife & society), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1922)
  • 1885 Kurt Hiller, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1972)
  • 1887 Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-18)

Marcus GarveyMarcus Garvey (1887-1940)

Jamaican-born black nationalist who began the back-to-Africa movement among US African Americans, born in Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica

  • 1888 Monty Wooley, American actor (Pied Piper, The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1890 Harry Hopkins, US politician, Secretary of Commerce under FDR (Loan & Lease law), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1946)
  • 1890 Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)

Mae WestMae West (1893-1980)

American stage and screen actress, writer (She Done Him Wrong; I'm No Angel), and singer (Way Out West), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1894 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian, poet and author (Jorden), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1965)
  • 1894 Johan Polet, Dutch sculptor
  • 1896 Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)

Leslie GrovesLeslie Groves (1896-1970)

American army engineer who directed the Manhattan Project and construction of the Pentagon, born in Albany, New York

  • 1898 Gerard Schmook, Flemish librarian/historian/custodian
  • 1900 Quincy Howe, American newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1901 Henri Tomasi, French classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), born of Marseille, France (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Abram Chasins, American composer, born in New York City (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (International Bruckner Society; Mozart's Requiem), and educator (Vienna University, 1932-73), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1991)
  • 1904 Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician (d. 1984)
  • 1905 John Hay Whitney, American diplomat and publisher (NY Herald Tribune 1961-67), born in Ellsworth, Maine (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Hazel Bishop, American chemist and cosmetics manufacturer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1906 Marcello Caetano, last Portuguese prime minister of the Estado Novo regime (1968-1974), born in Graça, Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Marian Viktorovich Koval, Russian composer, born in Pristan Voznesenya, Olonets district, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), born in Castres, Tarn (d. 2000)
  • 1907 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer and music critic, born in Przeworsk, Habsburg Empire (now Poland) (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Kurt Hessenberg, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter, arranger, bandleader, and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Erkki Aaltonen, Finnish composer, born in Hämeenlinna, Finland (d. 1990)
  • 1910 Johan Manusama, Moluccan politician, born in Banjarmasin, Indonesia (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince (d. 1958)
  • 1911 Jan Lode Cantens, Flemish dramatist (God's Murderer)
  • 1912 Edgar Fernhout, Dutch painter, son of Charley Toorop
  • 1913 Mark Felt, American FBI official and Watergate secret informant known as "Deep Throat", born in Twin Falls, Idaho (d. 2008)
  • 1913 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
  • 1913 Rudy York, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Ragland, Alabama (d. 1970)
  • 1914 Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, American son of FDR/(Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), born in Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1988)
  • 1917 Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, born in Baghdad (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Zhou Xiaoyan, Chinese operatic soprano and pedagogue (Shanghai Conservatory, 1949-65 and 1970-78), born in Wuhan, China (d. 2016)
  • 1918 Ike Quebec, American jazz tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1918 Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Georgia Gibbs [Frieda Lipschitz], American jazz and pop singer ("Kiss of Fire"; "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake"), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2006) [1]

Maureen O'HaraMaureen O'Hara (1920-2015)

Irish-American actress (Miracle on 34th Street; The Quiet Man; Only The Lonely), and singer, born in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland

  • 1920 Vern Bickford, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1949; no-hitter 1950; Boston / Milwaukee Braves), born in Hellier, Kentucky (d. 1960)
  • 1921 Geoffery Elton, German born British historiographer, born in Tübingen, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Paul Wiens, German writer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1982)
  • 1922 Roy Tattersall, English cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's), born in Bolton, England (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Anton Kersjes, Dutch violinist and conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull energy drink, born in Phichit, Thailand (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Larry Rivers [Grossberg], American painter (Wash crossing Delaware-1953), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Evan Connell, American author (The Patriot), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Helen Wallis, English cartographer and librarian (British Museum), born in Barnet, England (d. 1995)
  • 1924 John A Emmens, Dutch art historian and poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk) (d. 1971)
  • 1924 Laurence Deniz, Welsh jazz guitarist, and composer (Our Man In Havana), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1925 John Hawkes, American writer (2nd Skin), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 1998)
  • 1925 John Howard Purnell, Welsh chemist (Royal Society of Chemistry), born in Rhondda, South Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1926 George Melly, English jazz and blues singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), born in Paris, France (d. 1992)

Jiang ZeminJiang Zemin (1926-2022)

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1989-2002) and President of the People's Republic of China (1993-2003), born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu

  • 1927 Bernard Cornfeld, Romanian American financier (Fund of Funds), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1928 (Thomas Jefferson) "T.J." Anderson, American classical composer, and educator (Tufts, 1972-90), born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1928 Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host

Francis Gary PowersFrancis Gary Powers (1929-1977)

American spy captured by the USSR after his U-2 spy was shot plane in 1959, born in Jenkins, Kentucky

  • 1930 Henry Thillberg, Swedish soccer midfielder (22 caps; Malmö FF), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2022)
  • 1930 James Gerald Gulliver, Scottish businessman (Argyll Foods), born in Campbeltown, Scotland (d. 1996)

Ted HughesTed Hughes (1930-1998)

English Poet and translator (British Poet Laureate 1984-98), born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire

  • 1932 Jean-Jacques Sempé, French cartoonist (Le Petit Nicolas), born in Pessac, France (d. 2022) [1]

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul (1932-2018)

Trinidadian-British writer (In a Free State, Middle Passage), born in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago

  • 1933 Boyd Grant, American college basketball coach (PCAA Coach of the Year 1978, 81, 82; Fresno State, Colorado State), born in American Falls, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Eugene F. Kranz, American NASA Flight Director (Gemini and Apollo programs)
  • 1933 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], American actor (Route 66; Shenandoah; Chisum), born in El Monte, California (d. 1993)
  • 1933 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Mark Dinning, American pop singer (Teen Angel), born in Manchester, Oklahoma (d. 1986)
  • 1935 Oleg Tabakov, Soviet-Russian actor and artistic director (Moscow Art Theatre), born in Saratov, Russian SFSR (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician and actor and activist, born on Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Ivan Parik, Czech classical and electro-acoustic composer (Quadrophony), born in Bratislava (d. 2005)
  • 1936 Margaret Hamilton, American computer scientist, systems engineer (MIT), and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient (2016, for her work with NASA's Apollo missions), born in Paoli, Indiana
  • 1938 Abu Bakar Bashir, Indonesian Muslim cleric, born in Jombang, Dutch East Indies
  • 1938 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek politician, born in Eleusis, Greece
  • 1939 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Luther Allison, American rock guitarist ("Bad News Is Coming"), born in Mayflower Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1940 David Price, American politician, (Rep-D-North Carolina 1987-95, 1997-), born in Erwin, Tennessee
  • 1940 Thomas Williams, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1941 Boog Powell, American baseball player (AL MVP 1970), born in Lakeland, Florida

Ibrahim BabangidaIbrahim Babangida (81 years old)

1941 Nigerian Head of State (1985–1993), born in Northern Region, British Nigeria

  • 1942 John Tyrrell, British musicologist (Leoš Janáček; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) (d. 2018)
  • 1942 Tommy West [Picardo], American record producer (Jim Croce; Anne Murray), and singer-songwriter, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues singer, and guitarist, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2002)
  • 1943 Edward Cowie, English composer (Leviathan), and painter, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1943 Koos Postema, Dutch editor-in-chief (Vrije Volk) and TV host

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro (79 years old)

1943 American actor (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), born in NYC, New York

  • 1943 Yukio Kasaya, Japanese ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972), born in Yoichi, Japan

Larry EllisonLarry Ellison (78 years old)

1944 American businessman (billionaire founder of Oracle Corporation), born in Manhattan, New York

  • 1945 Katri-Helena, Finnish singer, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch rock singer and guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1946 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), born in San Fernando (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Francine Hughes Wilson, American domestic abuse victim "The Burning Bed" who changed pubic perceptions, born in Stockbridge, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Gary Talley, American rock guitarist (Box Tops - "The Letter"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1948 Alexander Ivashkin, Russian cellist, conductor, and sitar player, born in Blagoveshchensk, Russia (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Bo Rucker, American actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1948 Rod MacDonald, American singer-songwriter, born in Southington, Connecticut
  • 1949 Norm Coleman, American politician (Senator(R)-Minnesota 2003-09), born in New York City
  • 1949 Sib Hashian, American rock drummer (Boston - "More Than A Feeling"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), born in Crawley, England (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Robert Joy, Canadian actor (Big Shots, CSI), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1952 Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal (BMW Sauber)

Guillermo VilasGuillermo Vilas (70 years old)

1952 Argentine tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1952 Kathryn C. Thornton, American astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73), born in Montgomery, Alabama

Nelson PiquetNelson Piquet (70 years old)

1952 Brazilian auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • 1952 Thomas J Hennen, American astronaut (STS 44), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1953 Judith Regan, American book publisher, born in Massachusetts
  • 1953 Kevin Rowlands, British rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"), born in Wednesfield, England
  • 1953 Robert Thirsk, Canadian astronaut (STS 78), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1954 Eric Johnson, American guitarist, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1955 Colin Moulding, English pop bassist, and songwriter (XTC - "Generals And Majors"), born in Swindon, England
  • 1955 Kevin Welch, American country songwriter ("True Love Never Dies"), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1955 Richard Hilton, American heir, father of Paris and Nicky Hilton, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist, born in Ponteareas, Spain
  • 1956 Gail Berman, American film executive, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957 Robin Cousins, British figure skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Bristol, England
  • 1957 Ron Strykert, Australian rock guitarist (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now?"), born in Korumburra, Victoria [several sources cite August 18]
  • 1958 Belinda Carlisle, American new wave-pop singer (The Go-Go's - "Vacation"; solo - "Heaven On Earth"), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1959 David Koresh, American cult leader (Branch Davidians sect), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1959 Jonathan Franzen, American author (The Corrections), born in Western Springs, Illinois
  • 1960 Bruce Penhall, American actor (Savage Beach), born in Balboa, California
  • 1960 Johnny Bumphus, American boxer (WBA super lightweight title 1984), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2020)

Sean PennSean Penn (62 years old)

1960 American actor (Mystic River, Milk), born in Santa Monica, California

  • 1960 Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer, born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
  • 1961 Jamie Macoun, Canadian NHL defenceman (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Newmarket, Ontario
  • 1962 Buddy Landel 'Nature Boy', American professional wrestler, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1962 Gilby Clarke, American rock guitarist (Guns N' Roses, 1991-94; Rock Star Supernova), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963 Jackie Walorski, American politician (Rep-R-Indiana 2013-22), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2022)
  • 1963 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland/LV Raiders) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1963 S. Shankar, Indian film director (Gentleman, Indian, Jeans), born in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1964 Colin James, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1965 Dottie Mochrie Pepper, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 1992, 99), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 1965 Fred Grim, Dutch soccer player (Cambuur L, Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1965 Glen Goldsmith, British singer-songwriter ("What You See Is What You Get"), born in High Wycombe, England
  • 1965 Steve Gorman, American rock drummer (Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), and radio personality, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • 1966 Cedric Figaro, American football linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1966 Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player, born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick
  • 1966 Maysa [Leak], American jazz and R&B singer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1966 Rodney Mullen, American professional skateboarder, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1966 Zefross Moss, American NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1967 Kenny Davidson, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers), born in Shrevesport, Louisiana
  • 1967 Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1967 Nelson Emerson, Canadian NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1968 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Helen McCrory, English actress (The Queen, Peaky Blinders), born in London (d. 2021)
  • 1969 Christian Laettner, American NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Olympic gold 1992), born in Angola, New York
  • 1969 Donnie Wahlberg, American pop singer (New Kids On The Block - "Hangin' Tough"), actor (Band of Brothers; Boomtown), and producer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Ed Cunningham, American football center (Arizona Cardinals) and broadcaster (CBS Sports, ABC Sports, ESPN), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969 Linas Rimša, Lithuanian classical and jazz composer, born in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR
  • 1969 Maria Strandlund, Swedish tennis star (1987 Futures NOR), born in Akersberga Sweden
  • 1969 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean K-pop singer (Rose of Betrayal; Festival), and actress, born in Jecheon-si, South Korea
  • 1970 Bernard Wilson, American NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Nasville, Tennessee
  • 1970 Jim Courier, American tennis player, analyst (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1970 Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist, born in London, England
  • 1970 Øyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer, born in Kristiansund, Norway
  • 1971 Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star and Silver Slugger Award; NY Yankees), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1971 Shaun Rehn, Australian Rules footballer, born in Arno Bay, Australia