On This Day

Famous Birthdays on June 17

Edward I

1239 Edward I, King of England (1272-1307) who subdued Wales, warred against Scotland and expelled Jews from England, born in London [or 18 June]

  • 1603 Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint, born in Copertino, Apulia, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1663)
  • 1604 Johan Maurits, Prince of Nassau-Siegen (Maurits House), born in Dillenburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1679)

Charles XII

1682 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), born in Tre Kronor, Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1718)

  • 1691 Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect, born in Piacenza, Duchy of Parma, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1765)
  • 1693 Johann Georg Walch, German theologian, born in Meiningen, Germany (d. 1775)
  • 1714 César-François Cassini de Thury, French astronomer (geodesic labor), born in Thury-sous-Clermont, Oise, France (d. 1784)
  • 1718 George Howard, British field marshal (d. 1796)
  • 1725 Joseph Anton Bauer, composer (d. 1808)
  • 1742 William Hooper, American attorney and signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • 1750 Michel Woldemar, French violinist and composer, born in Orléans, France (d. 1815)
  • 1756 Pierre-Joseph Cambon, French member of Committee of Salut Public, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1820)
  • 1808 Everhardus Johannes Potgieter, Dutch writer and publisher (The Guide), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1875)
  • 1808 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet (Creation, Humanity, and Messiah) and author, born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1845)
  • 1810 Ferdinand Freiligrath, German poet and translator, born in Detmold, Principality of Lippe (d. 1876)
  • 1811 Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter and Icelandic historian, born in Hrafnseyri, Arnarfjörður, Iceland (d. 1879)
  • 1817 Thomas Maley Harris, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wood County, West Virginia (d. 1906)
  • 1818 Charles Gounod, French opera composer (Faust), born in Paris, France (d. 1893)
  • 1818 Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of Netherlands as wife of William III, born in Ludwigsburg Palace, Stuttgart, Württemberg (d. 1877)
  • 1823 John Henry Hobart Ward, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1903)
  • 1828 Johan Karel Jakob De Jonge, Dutch historian, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1880)
  • 1830 Richard Montgomery Gano, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Bourbon County, Kentucky (d. 1913)
  • 1832 William Crookes, English chemist and physicist (Crookes-pipe, thallium), born in London (d. 1919)
  • 1837 Strong Vincent, American army officer (died famously at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg), born in Waterford, Pennsylvania (d.1863)
  • 1839 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted for ritualist activities, born in Cranbrook, Kent (d. 1931)
  • 1845 Hendrik Peter Staal, Dutch reformed officer and politician, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1920)
  • 1855 Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer, born in Grünsfeld, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1858 Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician (44th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Hopedale, Massachusetts (d. 1914)
  • 1861 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), born in Islington, London (d. 1946)
  • 1861 Pete Browning, American baseball player, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1905)
  • 1861 Omar Bundy, U.S. Army general (Spanish–American War in Cuba), born in New Castle, Indiana (d. 1940)
  • 1863 Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Oranienbaum, Russian Empire (d. 1934)
  • 1867 John Robert Gregg, Irish-American inventor of a shorthand system Gregg Shorthand, born in Rockcorry, Ireland (d. 1948)
  • 1867 Henry Lawson, Australian writer and poet (n the Days When the World Was Wide and Other Verses), born in Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1922)
  • 1870 George Cormack, American cereal inventor (Wheaties), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

James Weldon Johnson

1871 James Weldon Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, lyricist ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), civil rights activist, and leader of the NAACP, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1938)

  • 1871 Nicolae Iorga, Romanian writer, literature historian and Prime Minister of Romania, born in Botoșani, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1940)
  • 1874 Grant Mitchell, American actor (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1957)
  • 1875 Philipp Abraham Kohnstamm, Dutch philosopher and physicist, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), born in Danville, California (d. 1959)
  • 1878 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), born in Champigny-sur-Marne (d. 1932)
  • 1880 Carl Van Vechten, American writer famous for the controversial novel "Nigger Heaven", born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1964)

Igor Stravinsky

1882 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps - The Rite of Spring; The Firebird), born in Oranienbaum, Russia (d. 1971) [OS 5th June]

  • 1882 Adolf Friedrich VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (d. 1918)

Harold Gillies

1882 Harold Gillies, New Zealand father of modern plastic surgery who pioneered skin graft techniques on injured soldiers in WWI, born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1960) [1]

  • 1883 Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, born in Molières-sur-Cèze, France (d. 1968)
  • 1884 Christine Bakker-van Bosse, Dutch feminist and pacifist, born in Batavia (d. 1973)
  • 1888 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1953)
  • 1888 Heinz Guderian, German general during WWII, born in Kulm, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (d. 1954)
  • 1895 Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, born in Veržej, Slovenia (d. 1941)
  • 1898 M. C. Escher, Dutch graphic artist and lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Carl Hermann, German physicist, born in Wesermünde, Germany (d. 1961)
  • 1900 Hermann Reuter, German composer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1985)

Martin Bormann

1900 Martin Bormann, German Nazi leader (Hitler's secretary, chief of the Party Chancellery), born in Wegeleben, Germany (d. 1945)

  • 1902 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), born in Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • 1903 Mikhail Svetlov, Russian poet and writer, born in Yekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1903 Ruth Wakefield, American inventor (created the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie), born in East Walpole, Massachusetts (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1904 Ralph Bellamy, American actor (Rosemary's Baby, His Girl Friday, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Thomas Cowling, British mathematician and astronomer, born in Walthamstow, Essex (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Maurice Cloche, French film director and screenwriter, born in Commercy, Meuse, France (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Charles Eames, American designer and architect, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1908 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1908 Jacob "Jimmy" Herman Huizinga, journalist/Writer
  • 1908 John Verrall, American composer, born in Britt, Iowa (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Enrique Peralta Azurdia, Colonel and military President of Guatemala (1963-66), born in Guatemala City (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Elmer L. Andersen, 30th Governor of Minnesota (1961-63), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1909 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1910 H. Owen Reed, American composer, born in Odessa, Missouri (d. 2014)
  • 1910 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1910 Diana Mitford, English biographer, famous beauty, wife of Oswald Mosley and one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1911 Viktor Nekrasov, Ukrainian architect and author (Vokopach Stalingrada), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1987)
  • 1912 Wessel Couzijn, Dutch sculptor and cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument), born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Don Gillis, American composer (Symphony 5½ - A Symphony for Fun), born in Cameron, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1913 Felix Hartlaub, German historian and writer, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1914 John Hersey, American author (Hiroshima, Bell for Adano, Wall), born in Tientsin, China (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), born in Annville, Kentucky (d. 1973)
  • 1915 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Einar Englund, Finnish composer, born in Gotland, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Victor Dalby Lord, fictional character on "One Life to Live"
  • 1916 Ted Atkinson, American jockey (US Champion 1944, 46), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Maldwyn Thomas, Welsh businessman and Liberal Party politician (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist meditation master, born in Ubon, Thailand (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Kingman Brewster, American educator and president of Yale University, born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1919 Max Dendermonde [Hendrik Hazelhoff], Dutch literary, born in Winschoten, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Beryl Reid, British actress (The Killing of Sister George; Smiley's People), born in Hereford, England (d. 1996)
  • 1920 François Jacob, French biologist and bacteriologist (Nobel 1965), born in Nancy, France (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Patrick Duffy, British politician (L), born in Wigan, Lancashire
  • 1920 Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (US Representative 1960-1971), born in The Bronx, NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress (Late Spring, Tokyo Story), born in Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Kelsey Jones, Canadian composer, born in South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1923 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), born in Wausau, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Gotthold Gloger, German writer and painter, born in Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Henk Hoekstra, Dutch politician (Dutch Communist Party), born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • 1925 Keith Larsen, American actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Alan Walters, British political economist (Chief Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher), born in Leicester, England (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Austin Murphy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in North Charleroi, Pennsylvania
  • 1927 Lucio Fulci, Italian director "Godfather of Gore", born in Rome (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, born in Berlin (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Michael L. Strang, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Tigran Petrosian, Soviet Armenian world chess champion (1963-69), born in Tiflis, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1984)
  • 1930 Brian Statham, English cricket fast bowler (70 Tests, 252 wickets @ 24.84), born in Gorton, Manchester, England (d. 2000)
  • 1930 James Gathers, American 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), born in South Carolina
  • 1930 Romuald Twardowski, Polish composer, born in Wilno/ Vilnius, Poland
  • 1930 Cliff Gallup, American guitarist (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • 1931 John Baldessari, American artist, born in National City, California
  • 1932 Derek Ibbotson, English 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 2017)
  • 1932 John Murtha, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in New Martinsville, West Virginia (d. 2010)
  • 1933 Christian Ferras, French violinist and conductor, born in Le Touquet, France (d. 1982)
  • 1933 Harry Browne, American free-market libertarian writer, politician, and investment analyst (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Anthony Bevilacqua, Roman Catholic Cardinal (Philadelphia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Ken Loach, British film director (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
  • 1937 Peter Lupus, American bodybuilder and actor (Mission Impossible), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1938 Peter Michael, English electronic manufacturer (UEI, Paintbox)
  • 1938 Judy Kimball, American golfer (US Women's PGA C'ship 1962), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1939 Donald Anderson, British Labour Party politician, born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1939 Hanna Johansen, Swiss writer, born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1939 James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1940 Bobby Bell, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1940 Tony Marlow, British Conservative Party politician, born in Greenwich, London

George Akerlof

1940 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • 1940 Chuck Rainey, American jazz and session bassist (Steely Dan, Quincy Jones; Aretha Franklin; Mose Allison), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1940 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams" ), born in Houlton, Maine (d. 2008)
  • 1942 Norman Kuhlice, English rocker (Swinging Blue Jeans - "You're No Good")
  • 1942 Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1943 Christopher Brown, English composer, born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

Newt Gingrich

1943 Newt Gingrich, American politician (Rep-R-GA, 1979-99) and Speaker of the House (1995-97), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Barry Manilow

1943 Barry Manilow [Pincus], American pop singer, and piano player ("Mandy": "Daybreak"; "I Write The Songs"; "Copacabana"), born in New York City

  • 1943 Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer, born in Estacada, Oregon
  • 1944 Bill Rafferty, American comedian (Laugh-In; Real People), born in Queens, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Chris Spedding, British session and touring rock guitarist (Sharks; Bryan Ferry; Harry Nilsson), and producer, born in Staveley, Derbyshire, England
  • 1944 (Jesús) "Chucho" Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), born in Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico (d. 2013)

Eddy Merckx

1945 Eddy Merckx, Belgian road cyclist (Tour de France 1969-72, 74; Giro d'Italia 1968, 70, 72-74), born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium

Tony Roche

1945 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach (French Open 1966; 15 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Australian Davis Cup captain), born in Wagga Wagga, NSW

  • 1945 Frank Ashmore, American actor (Airplane!, Airplane II: The Sequel), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1945 Tommy Franks, American general, born in Wynnewood, Oklahoma
  • 1945 Ken Livingstone, English politician (Mayor of London 2000-08), born in London
  • 1946 Marcy Kaptur, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1946 Peter Rosei, Austrian writer (Wer war Edgar Allan?), born in Vienna
  • 1946 B. J. Cole, British session and touring pedal steel guitarist and dobro player (Cochise; Humble Pie; k.d. lang; John Cale; Sting), born in Enfield, England
  • 1947 Christopher Allport, American actor (To Live and Die in L.A.), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1947 George S. Clinton, American film score (Austin Powers movies), stage, and concert composer, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1947 Paul Young, British rock singer and percussionist (Mike + The Mechanics - "All I Need Is A Miracle"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2000)
  • 1947 Vlastimir Trajković, Serbian avant-garde composer, and educator, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Gregg Rolie, American rock singer and keyboardist (Santana, 1965-71; Journey, 1973-80; Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, 2012-present), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1947 Rev. Timothy Wright, American gospel singer (Been There Done That), and pastor, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1948 Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds), born in Ocumare de la Costa, Venezuela
  • 1950 Cathy Sherk, Canadian golfer (Canadian Women's PGA C'ship 1988, 90-91), born in Bancroft, Ontario
  • 1950 Susan Damante, American actress (The Adventure of Wilderness Family), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1950 Nicky Marrero, American percussionist and timbalero (Eddie Palmieri; Fania All Stars; Típica 73!), born in South Bronx, New York City
  • 1951 Joe Piscopo, American comedian (SNL, Miller Lite commercials), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1952 Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive, born in Brighton, Massachusetts
  • 1954 Mark Linn-Baker, American actor (Perfect Strangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1955 Gail Jones, Australian author (Dreams of Speaking), born in Harvey, Western Australia
  • 1956 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • 1957 Philip Chevron, Irish musician (Pogues-Peace & Love), born in Dublin (d. 2013)
  • 1957 Martin Dillon, American operatic tenor and teacher, born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1957 Jon Gries, American actor (Napoleon Dynamite), born in Glendale, California
  • 1957 Jack Wouterse, Dutch actor (Band of Brothers), born in Soest, Netherlands
  • 1958 Daniel McVicar, American actor (Clarke-Bold & Beautiful), born in Independence, Missouri
  • 1958 Jello Biafra [Eric Reed Boucher], American musician and activist (Dead Kennedys), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1958 Bobby Farrelly, American film director (Dumb and Dumber), born in Cumberland, Rhode Island
  • 1958 Sam Hamad, Syrian-born Canadian politician, born in Damascus, Syria
  • 1958 Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor, born in West Point, New York
  • 1960 Thomas Haden Church, American actor (Sideways), born in Yolo, California
  • 1962 Ed Brady, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Morris, Illinois
  • 1962 Michael Monroe, Finnish singer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1962 (Martin) "Bap" Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Moonlight Kiss"; "Sailor's Revenge"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1963 Greg Kinnear, American actor and talk show host (Talk Soup, Sabrina, Later), born in Logansport, Indiana
  • 1963 Kevin Glover, American NFL center (Detroit Lions), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 Diane Murphy, American actress (Tabitha Stevens in Bewitched), born in Encino, California
  • 1964 Erin Murphy, American actress (Tabitha Stevens in Bewitched), born in Encino, California
  • 1964 Michael Gross, German swimmer (3 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1964 Steve Rhodes, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper 1994-95), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • 1964 Rinaldo Capello, Italian racing driver, born in Asti, Italy

Dan Jansen

1965 Dan Jansen, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92), born in West Allis, Wisconsin

  • 1965 Dermontti Dawson, American NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1965 Kami Cotler, American actress (The Waltons - "Elizabeth"), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1965 Mike Magnante, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 Ray Seals, American NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1965 David Longdon, English progressive rock musician (Big Big Train), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1966 Clare Look-Jaeger, high jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Fred Barnett, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Gunnison, Mississippi
  • 1966 Jason Patric, American actor (Lost Boys, Solar Babies), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Tory Burch, American fashion designer (Tory Burch LLC), born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Keith Sims, American NFL offensive guard (Pro Bowl 1993–95; Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967 Terry Davis, American NBA forward & center (Dallas Mavericks, Wash Wizards), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1967 Eric Stefani, American musician (No Doubt, 1986-95 - "Don't Talk"; "Spiderwebs"), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1969 Karen Nystrom, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic silver 1998), born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Kevin Thornton, American R&B vocalist (Color Me Badd - "I Wanna Sex You Up")
  • 1969 Paul Tergat, Kenyan long distance runner, born in Riwo, Baringo District, Kenya
  • 1970 Jason Hanson, American NFL kicker (Detroit Lions), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970 Ron "Popeye" Jones, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors), born in Dresden, Tennessee
  • 1970 Stéphane Fiset, Canadian NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970 Will Forte, American writer, actor and comedian (The Last Man on Earth), born in Alameda County, California