On This Day

Famous People Born in January 1917

  • Jan 1 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (d. 1981)
  • Jan 1 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (Kant aan m'n broek!), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • Jan 2 Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
  • Jan 3 Vernon A. Walters, American diplomat and US permanent rep to the UN (1989-91), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • Jan 3 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Maurice Wohl, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 5 Reginald Smith Brindle, British composer, born in Cuerden, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • Jan 5 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, born in Bayreuth, Germany (d. 1966)

Person of interestJane Wyman

Jan 5 Jane Wyman, American actress (Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2007)

Actress Jane Wyman
Actress
Jane Wyman
  • Jan 5 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 6 Koo Chen-fu, Taiwanese businessman & diplomat, born in Taichung, Taiwan (d. 2005)
  • Jan 7 Ulysses Simpson Kay, American composer (Of New Horizons: Overture), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1995)
  • Jan 8 Peter Taylor, American novelist, born in Trenton, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • Jan 8 Stanley Prager, American comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • Jan 10 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jan 12 Walter Hendl, American conductor & composer, born in West New York, New Jersey (d. 2007)

  • Jan 12 Jimmy Skinner, Canadian hockey coach, born in Selkirk, Canada (d. 2007)
  • Jan 13 Felix Guerro Diaz, composer
  • Jan 16 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Jan 16 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor & politician, born in Kandy, Sri Lanka (d. 1987)
  • Jan 17 Oskar Morawetz, Czech-Canadian composer (From the Diary of Anne Frank), born in Světlá nad Sázavou, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (d. 2007)
  • Jan 17 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso, born in Colchagua, Chile (d. 2007)
  • Jan 18 Oscar Lewenstein, British impresario, born in Hackney, London (d. 1997)
  • Jan 18 Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman, born in Xindian District, Taipei, Taiwan (d. 2008)
  • Jan 19 Rudolf Maros, composer
  • Jan 21 Rohan Butler, historian
  • Jan 22 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • Jan 22 Herwig Hensen, [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright
  • Jan 23 Dusan Kostic, Serbian writer, born in Peja, Serbia (d. 1997)

Person of interestErnest Borgnine

Jan 24 Ernest Borgnine, American actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale's Navy, Marty), born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2012)

  • Jan 25 Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist & Nobel laureate, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2003)
  • Jan 25 Jânio Quadros, Brazilian politician, born in Campo Grande, Brazil (d. 1992)
  • Jan 26 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", born in Olean, New York (d. 2014)
  • Jan 29 John Raitt, American actor and singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 2005)
  • Jan 30 Paul Frère, Belgian racing driver & motorsport journalist, born in Le Havre, France (d. 2008)
  • Jan 31 Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner
  • Jan 31 José Maceda, Filipino composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2004)

About January 1917

How Old? 103 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon (Jan 1 - Jan 22), Snake (Jan 23 - Jan 31)
Star Signs: Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19), Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)