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Famous People Born in July 1917

  • Jul 2 Pierre H. Dubois, Dutch literary and critic, born in Amsterdam (d. 1999)
  • Jul 3 Hélène Cordet, French actress (The Limping Man), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1996)
  • Jul 3 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager, born in Alegrete, Brazil (d. 1990)
  • Jul 4 Manolete [Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez], Spanish bullfighter, born in Córdoba, Andalucia, Spain (d. 1947)
  • Jul 6 Hugo Cole, composer and music critic, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Jul 6 Hugo Yarnold, English cricketer (Worcestershire keeper & Test umpire), born in Worchester, England (d. 1974)
  • Jul 6 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Jul 7 Elton Britt, Marshall Ark, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree)
  • Jul 7 Lawrence F O'Brien, (Watergate conspirators broke into his office)
  • Jul 7 Fidel Sánchez Hernández, Salvadoran politician (d. 2003)
  • Jul 7 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1980)
  • Jul 8 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), born in Elizabeth, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • Jul 8 Glenn Langan, American actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie, Jungle Heat, Rapture), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1991)
  • Jul 8 Pamela Brown, British actress (Cleopatra, I Know Where I'm Going!, Beckett), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • Jul 9 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1985)
  • Jul 10 Don Herbert, American scientist and TV host (Watch Mr Wizard), born in Waconia, Minnesota (d. 2007)

  • Jul 10 Reg Smythe, English cartoonist (Andy Capp), born in Hartlepool, County Durham, England (d. 1998)
  • Jul 10 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player, born in Buffalo, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • Jul 12 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (Christina's World), born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • Jul 14 Arthur Leavins, English violinist, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra (d. 1995)
  • Jul 14 Douglas Edwards, American newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI), born in Alda, Oklahoma (1990)

Person of interestBen Enwonwu

Jul 14 Ben Enwonwu, Nigerian painter (Portrait of Tutu), born in Onitsha, Nigeria (d. 1994)

Artist Ben Enwonwu
Artist
Ben Enwonwu
  • Jul 15 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), born in Great Malvern, Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • Jul 16 William Bishop, American actor (Black Eagle, Adventures in Silverado, It's a Great Life), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • Jul 17 Lou Bourdeau, baseball player and manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)

Person of interestPhyllis Diller

Jul 17 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2012)

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • Jul 17 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), born in Alaşehir, Manisa Province (d. 2015)
  • Jul 18 Henri Salvador, French Caribbean singer, born in Cayenne, French Guiana (d. 2008)
  • Jul 19 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Jul 19 William Scranton, American Republican Party politician and diplomat, born in Madison, Connecticut (d. 2013)
  • Jul 22 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, born in Bridgeton, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Jul 23 Charles Kerruish, Manx politician and President of Tyndwald Isle of Man, born in Isle of Man (d. 2003)
  • Jul 23 John Stokes, British MP (C), born in Sandy, Bedfordshire (d. 2003)
  • Jul 23 Kurt Kreuger, Swiss-German actor (Fear, Unfaithfully Yours), born in Michenberg, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Jul 23 Ray Scarborough, American MLB pitcher (All Star 1950), born in Mount Gilead, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • Jul 24 John Hillaby, English writer and traveller, born in England (d. 1996)
  • Jul 24 Robert Farnon, Canadian composer and conductor, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • Jul 24 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Valnesfjord, Norway (d. 2001)
  • Jul 24 Jack Moroney, Australian cricketer, born in Macksville, New South Wales (d. 1999)
  • Jul 25 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler, born in East York, Ontario, Canada (d. 1990)
  • Jul 26 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder and manager (15 caps; Atalanta; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1998)
  • Jul 26 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), born in Henley-on-Thames, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 27 John Cunningham, British Royal Air Force night fighter ace (WW II), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2002)
  • Jul 27 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, born in Windsor, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • Jul 27 Robert Cowans, executive director (British Aerospace)
  • Jul 27 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), born in Prétot-Vicquemare, France (d. 1970)
  • Jul 27 Isabelle Kelley, American social worker credited with instigating the US Federal Food Stamp Program, born in Ellington, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • Jul 30 Eddy Grove, American actor (Dragnet, The Silent Service, Medic), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)

About July 1917

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

Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Signs: Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22), Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)