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Famous Birthdays on October 17

  • 1253 Ivo of Kermartin, Catholic saint and patron of Brittany, born in Kermartin, Duchy of Brittany (d. 1303)
  • 1563 Jodocus Hondius, Flemish mathematician/cartographer
  • 1577 Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (Judith)
  • 1582 Johann Gerhard, German Lutheran leader (d. 1637)
  • 1623 Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (d. 1687)
  • 1626 Simon van Leeuwen, lawyer/historian (Roman-Holland regt)
  • 1688 Domenico Zipoli, Italian organist and composer, born in Prato (d. 1726)
  • 1696 August III, king of Poland/monarch Frederik August II of Saksen
  • 1704 Willem Bentinck, orangist
  • 1711 Jupiter Hammon, Lloyd Harbor NY, slave and poet, 1st African American to publish poetry
  • 1719 Jacques Cazotte, French writer (d. 1792)
  • 1720 Maria Teresa Agnesi, composer
  • 1725 John Wilkes, English radical, journalist (The North Briton) and politician, born in London (d. 1797)
  • 1729 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, composer
  • 1730 Ernestus Weinrauch, composer
  • 1734 Grigori G. Orlov, Russian guard officer and favorite of Catherine II

  • 1811 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (owned land in Mich)
  • 1813 Georg Büchner, German playwright (d. 1837)
  • 1815 Emanuel Geibel, writer
  • 1817 Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim leader, born in Delhi, Mughal Empire
  • 1817 Samuel Ringgold Ward, Maryland, minister/abolitionist (Fugitive Negro)
  • 1833 Paul Bert, French Zoologist, Physiologist and pioneer of aerospace medicine whose study of the effects of air pressure on the body, such as altitude sickness and 'the bends', made possible space and ocean exploration, born in Auxerre, Burgundy (d. 1886)
  • 1840 Yaa Asantewaa, Ghanaian queen of Ashanti Empire, led fight against British colonialism, born in Besease, Ghana (d. 1921) appropriate date
  • 1844 Miguel Nieto, composer
  • 1845 Franz Ehrle, German prefect of Vatican library
  • 1848 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), born in Ware, Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • 1853 Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1859 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1860 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer
  • 1864 Elinor Glyn, British novelist (3 Weeks)
  • 1865 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician (d. 1950)
  • 1875 Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer (Yes & No!)
  • 1878 Henri Mulet, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • 1884 Lewis Bennison, American actor (The Road Called Straight), born in Oakland, California (d. 1929)
  • 1885 Aaf Bouber [Aaf ten Hoope], Dutch actress (Bleeke Bet, Jantjes) and wife of Herman Bouber, born in Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1886 Spring Byington, American actress (December Bride), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1971)

  • 1890 Roy Kilner, English cricketer (d. 1928)
  • 1892 Herbert Norman Howells, composer
  • 1892 Otakar Jeremias, composer
  • 1892 Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (d. 1943)
  • 1893 Jean Binet, Swiss composer, born in Geneva (d. 1960)
  • 1893 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1895 Doris Humphrey, dancer (Dances of Women), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1898 Mildred Knopf, cookbook writer
  • 1898 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), born in Nagoya, Japan (d. 1998)
  • 1898 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch writer/poet (5th Seal)
  • 1900 Jean Arthur, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Jerry Colona, comedian (Jerry Colona Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1903 Nathanael West, American novelist (Day of the Locusts)
  • 1905 Franco Albini, Italian architect
  • 1906 Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Red Rolfe, American baseball player (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Cozy Cole [William Randolph Cole], American jazz drummer (Topsy I, Topsy II), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1912 John Paul I [Albino Luciano], 263rd Roman Catholic pope (1978), born in Canale d'Agordo, Belluno, Veneto region of Northern Italy
  • 1914 Albert Markos, Romanian composer (Torso I), born in Székelykeresztúr, Hungary (now Cristuru Secuiesc, Romania) (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman)
  • 1914 John Mosely, recording expert/entrepreneur

Person of interestArthur Miller

1915 Arthur Miller, American playwright (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • 1916 Robert Lowery, actor (Murder Over NY), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1916 Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Polish organist and composer, born in Sierpc, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Marsha Hunt, actress (Jennifer-Peck's Bad Girl, Jigsaw), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1917 Martin Donnelly, cricketer (brilliant lefty bat for NZ post-war)
  • 1917 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Rita Hayworth [Margarita Cansino], American actress (Gilda, Cover Girl, The Lady from Shanghai), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1919 John Moroney, cricketer (Australian opener 1949-51)
  • 1919 Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov, Russian physicist
  • 1920 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1966)
  • 1920 Rudolf Hrusinský, Czech actor and director (Short Cut, Golden Eels), born in Nová Včelnice (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Miguel Delibes, Spanish writer
  • 1921 George Mackey Brown, poet
  • 1921 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (Olympic Champion 1952), born in Yevpatoria, Soviet Union
  • 1921 Pricilla Lanford Buckly, editor/columnist (National Review)
  • 1921 Tom Poston, American actor (Newhart, Mork & Mindy, Steve Allen Show, Newhart), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Louis Benjamin, showman
  • 1922 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian composer (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), born in Santa Cruz, California (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Julie Adams [Betty May Adams], American actress (Yancy Derringer, Code Red), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • 1926 Karl Gordon Henize, astronaut (STS 51-F), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1928 Ivan Marinov, composer
  • 1928 Jim Gilliam, American MLB player and coach (Dodgers, NL rookie of year 1953), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1978)
  • 1928 Zacharias J de Beer, South African physician/MP (DP)
  • 1929 Ram Da-Oz [Abraham Daus], Israeli composer, born in Berlin
  • 1930 Angelo Paccignini, composer
  • 1930 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Robert Atkins, American nutritionist (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian writer
  • 1932 Gundaris Poné, Latvian-American violinist, composer, and educator (NYU-New Paltz, 1964-94), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1994)

  • 1932 Paul Anderson, American light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1932 William J Hughes, (Rep-D-New Jersey, 1975- )
  • 1933 William A Anders, Maj Gen, USAF/astronaut (Apollo 8), born in Hong Kong
  • 1933 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun and singer-songwriter, The Singing Nun, born in Laeken (d. 1985)
  • 1934 Barend P Tammeling, Dutch journalist (Trouw, Groninger Gezinsbode)
  • 1934 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), born in Kingston (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Alan Brown, cricketer (England opening attack Brown & White vs Pak 1961)
  • 1936 David Hobson, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 1936 Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese seismologist
  • 1937 Paxton Whitehead, English actor (Back to School), born in East Malling, Kent

Person of interestEvel Knievel

1938 Robert "Evel" Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), born in Butte, Montana (d. 2007)

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • 1940 Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner (Stringfellows), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Alan Howard, British rock bassist (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes - "Do You Love Me?")
  • 1941 Earl Thomas Conley, American country singer (Too Many Times), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1941 Jim Seals, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler (Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze"), born in Sidney, Texas
  • 1941 Viden Apostolov, Bulgarian soccer defender (22 caps; PFC Botev Plovdiv 429 games), born in Novi Iskar, Bulgaria (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Gary Puckett, American pop vocalist (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap - "Woman, Woman"; "Lady Willpower"), born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • 1943 Susan Davenny Wyner, American soprano (Walter Naumberg Prize), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1944 Carol Cole, West Medford Mass, actress (Ellie-Grady)
  • 1946 Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter/actor (Olympic gold 1968, "Soap"), born in Pomona California
  • 1946 James Ray "Jim" Tucker, American rock guitarist (Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Vicki Hodge, actress (Confessions of a Sex Maniac), born in London, England
  • 1946 Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
  • 1946 Adam Michnik, Polish activist
  • 1946 Drusilla Modjeska, Australian writer and editor
  • 1946 Michael Hossack, American rock drummer (The Doobie Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Charles A Ingene, macromarketing researcher

  • 1947 Gene Green, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1947 Michael McKean, American actor (Laverne & Shirley, Saturday Night Live, Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 George Wendt, American actor (Norm in Cheers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Margot Kidder, Canadian American actress (Lois Lane in Superman films, Amityville Horror), born in Yellowknife, Canada (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Bill Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1949 Maurice Willis Wright, American classical composer (The Trojan Conflict) and educator (Temple University, 1980-present), born in Front Royal, Virginia
  • 1950 Howard E Rollins Jr, actor (Bannister-Wildside, Another World), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1950 Michael Lynn Synar, (Rep-D-Oklahoma, 1979- )
  • 1950 Sandra Reemer, Dutch singer (As Love Goes)
  • 1950 Eric Hughes, English rugby league utility back (10 Tests England, 8 Great Britain; Widnes 481 games), born in Prescot district, England (d. 2020)
  • 1955 Sam Bottoms, actor (Prime Risk, Savages), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1955 Georgios Alogoskoufis, Greek politician
  • 1955 Kerry James Marshall, American artist whose works seek to challenge the marginalization of African-Americans, born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestMae Jemison

1956 Mae Jemison, 1st African American woman in space (STS 47), born in Decatur, Alabama

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • 1956 Robin LO Linschoten, Dutch ass. secretary of Social Affairs (VVD)
  • 1957 Vincent Van Patten, Belrose NY, actor (Apple's Way, 3 for the Road)
  • 1957 Lawrence Bender, American film producer (Reservoir Dogs, Death Proof, Django Unchained, An Inconvenient Truth), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1957 Giuseppe Henry "Pino" Palladino, Italian-Welsh session and touring rock bassist (Paul Young; The Who; John Mayer Trio), born in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Alan Jackson, American country singer (Here in the Real World), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • 1958 Blaine McCallister, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Fort Stockton, Texas
  • 1958 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Cavallermaggiore (d. 2016)
  • 1958 Howard Alden, American jazz guitarist (George Van Eps), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1959 Dolph Lundgren, actor (Rocky 4, Masters of Universe) [or Nov 3]
  • 1959 Ron Drummond, American writer
  • 1959 Mark Peel, Australian historian and academic
  • 1959 Richard Roeper, American columnist and film critic, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Russell Gilbert, Australian comedian
  • 1960 Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)
  • 1960 Rob Marshall, American director
  • 1960 Guy Henry, English actor

  • 1960 Kevin Clash, puppeteer (Elmo on Sesame Street), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1962 Mike Judge, Ecuadorian born American cartoonist, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1963 Sergio Goycochea, Argentine footballer
  • 1963 Norm MacDonald, Canadian comedian
  • 1963 Petri Alanko, Finnish classical flute player (Finnish RSO, 1988-2012) and educator (Sibelius Academy, since 2012), born in Joensuu, Finland
  • 1964 David Cromer, American theatre director and actor (The Band's Visit)
  • 1965 Connie Ann Hearn, actress (New Kind of Family), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1965 Pinnaduwage Aravinda De Silva, cricket (Sri Lanka's greatest batsman)
  • 1966 Danny Ferry, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1966 Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
  • 1966 Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and television personality

Person of interestDoug McMillon

1966 Doug McMillon, American CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (2014-), born in Memphis, Tennessee

CEO of Wal-Mart Doug McMillon
CEO of Wal-Mart
Doug McMillon
  • 1967 Marianne Werdel-Witmeyer, American professional tennis player, 1986-97 (ranked 21st in 1995), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Allen West, American heavy metal guitarist (Obituary; Southwicked), born in Brandon, Florida
  • 1967 Mark Johnson, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Nathalie Tauziat, Bangui Cent Afr Rep, tennis star (1993 Quebec City)
  • 1967 Reggie Clark, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1967 René Dif, Algerian-Danish pop-dance singer-songwriter (Aqua - "Barbie Girl"), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1968 Ziggy Marley, Jamaican reggae performer and son of Bob Marley, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1969 Alfred Pupunu, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 Joe Courtney, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Person of interestErnie Els

1969 Ernie Els, South African golfer (US Open 1994, 97; British Open 2002, 12), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Ernie Els
Ernie Els
  • 1969 Wood Harris, American actor
  • 1969 Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian
  • 1969 Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper and singer-songwriter, born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
  • 1970 Anil Kumble, cricketer (great Indian leg-spinner since 1990)
  • 1970 Jean-Paul de Young, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1970 John Mabry, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1970 Marciano Vink, soccer player (Genoa/PSV)
  • 1970 Shauna O'Brien, Pasco Wash, actress (Showgirls)

  • 1971 Byron Chamberlain, American football tight end (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 Ernest Dixon, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Henry McMillian, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Chris Kirkpatrick, American pop countertenor ('N Sync - "I Thought She Knew"), born in Clarion, Pennsylvania on

Person of interestEminem

1972 Eminem [Marshall Bruce Mathers III], American rapper and movie star (The Real Slim Shady, Stan and 8 Mile), born in St. Joseph, Missouri

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
  • 1972 Tarkan [Tevetoğlu], Turkish pop singer (Şımarık), born in Alzey, West Germany
  • 1972 Joe McEwing, American baseball player
  • 1973 Keith McKenzie, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 Janne Puurtinen, Finnish keyboardist (HIM), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1974 Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • 1974 Ariel Levy, American feminist writer
  • 1974 John Rocker, American baseball player
  • 1975 Francis Bouillon, American hockey player
  • 1976 Sebastián Abreu, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 Dudu Aouate, Israeli footballer
  • 1977 Bryan Bertino, American film director and screenwriter

Person of interestKimi Räikkönen

1979 Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish auto racer (F1 World Champion 2007), born in Espoo, Finland

Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • 1979 Marcela Bovio, Mexican heavy metal singer and violinist (Stream of Passion; MaYans), born in Monterrey, Mexico
  • 1979 Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player