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Famous Birthdays on September 17

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 264

  • 879 Charles III "The Simple", King of France (893-923) (d. 929)
  • 1192 Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese 3rd shōgun of the Kamakura shogunate (d. 1219)
  • 1271 Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia & Poland (1278-1305), born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1305)
  • 1550 Pope Paul V [Camillo Borghese], 233rd pope (1605-21) and persecutor of Galileo, born in Rome (d. 1621)
  • 1580 Charlotte Brabantia, countess of Nassau and daughter of Willem of Orange, born in Antwerp (d. 1631)
  • 1605 Francesco Sacrati, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1650)
  • 1619 John Lambert, English general-major and parliamentary leader, born in Kirkby Malham, England (d. 1684)
  • 1630 Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma, born in Parma (d. 1694)
  • 1639 Hans Herr, Swiss Mennonite bishop, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1725)
  • 1643 Gilbert Burnet, Scottish philosopher and Bishop of Salisbury, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1715)
  • 1677 Stephen Hales, English physiologist, chemist and inventor (first person to measure blood pressure), born in Bekesbourne, Kent, England (d. 1761)
  • 1687 Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (specialized in history of Trevi, in Umbria), born in Picicche di Trevi, Italy (d. 1772)
  • 1688 Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen consort of Spain to Philip V (1701-14), born in Royal Palace of Turin, Savoy (d. 1714)
  • 1711 Ignaz Jakob Holzbauer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1783)
  • 1714 Gottlieb Rabener, German author (Vom Misbrauch of the Satire), born in Wachau, Germany (d. 1771)

Person of interestFriedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

1730 Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian-American military officer (major general of the Continental Army), born in Magdeburg (d. 1794)

Major General of the Continental Army Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben
Major General of the Continental Army
Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

  • 1739 John Rutledge, American 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, born in Charleston, South Carolina, British America (d. 1800)
  • 1743 Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, Marquis of Condorcet, French enlightenment philosopher and mathematician, born in Ribemont, Picardy, France (d. 1794)

Person of interestMarquis de Condorcet

1743 Marquis de Condorcet, French enlightenment philosopher (Condorcet Method), born in Ribemont, France (d. 1794)

Enlightenment Philosopher Marquis de Condorcet
Enlightenment Philosopher
Marquis de Condorcet
  • 1748 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d.1782)
  • 1764 John Goodricke, English deaf astronomer (first to notice that some variable stars were periodic), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1786)
  • 1767 Henri-Montan Berton, French composer (d. 1844)
  • 1771 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1816)
  • 1774 Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Italian cardinal, linguist and hyperpolyglot (understood 70 languages), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1849)
  • 1783 Samuel Prout, British water color painter, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1852)
  • 1795 Saverio Mercadante, Italian composer, born in Altamura, Bari, Italy (d. 1870)
  • 1798 Antonio Benedetto Antonucci, Italian cardinal and diplomat, born in Subiaco, Italy (d. 1879)
  • 1800 Franklin Buchanan, American first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1874)
  • 1801 Edward William Lane, British lexicographer and translator (One Thousand & One Nights), born in Hereford, England (d. 1876)
  • 1814 Stefano Ronchetti-Molnteviti, Italian composer, born in Asti, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1882)
  • 1815 Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (Brudefaerden i Hardanger), born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1868)
  • 1819 Leon Foucault, French physicist (pendulum proved Earth rotates), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • 1819 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st president of the Republic South Africa, born in Graaff Reinet, Cape Colony (d. 1901)
  • 1820 Earl Van Dorn, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Claiborne County, Mississippi (d. 1863)
  • 1820 Émile Augier, French dramatist, born in Valence, Drôme, Kingdom of France (d. 1889)
  • 1821 Arthur Saint-Leon, French composer and dancer, born in Paris (d. 1870)

  • 1825 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, born in Eatonton, Georgia (d. 1893)
  • 1826 Berhard Riemann, German mathematician (zeta-function), born in Breselenz, Hanover (d. 1866)
  • 1834 Edouard Pailleron, French attorney, poet and stage writer, born in Paris, France (d. 1899)
  • 1839 Ira Erastus Davenport, American magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1911)
  • 1849 Vaclav Juda Novotny, Czech composer and music critic, born in Vesce (d. 1922)
  • 1853 Clemens Baeumker, German historian (Patristischen Philosophie), born in Paderborn, Germany (d. 1924)
  • 1854 Hans Müller, German music historian and writer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1897)
  • 1854 David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American automobile pioneer (Buick Motor Company), born in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland (d. 1929)
  • 1857 Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian pioneer in rocket and space research, born in Izhevskoye, Ryazan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1935)
  • 1859 Frank Dawson Adams, Canadian geologist, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1942)
  • 1859 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, born in Albany, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1861 Owen Seaman, British poet and editor (Punch), born in Shrewsbury, England (d. 1936)
  • 1868 James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician, born in Oxford County, Ontario (d. 1956)
  • 1869 Christian Lous Lange, Norwegian pacifist and internationalist (Nobel Peace Prize 1921), born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Ben Turpin, American comic (Uncle Tom Without the Cabin), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin, composer (d. 1925)
  • 1877 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, born in Gien, Loire (d. 1930)
  • 1878 Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), born in Rome (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Rube Foster, American baseball player, manager and executive (Negro leagues), born in Calvert, Texas (d. 1930)
  • 1879 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social social activist and reformer, born in Erode, Madras Presidency, British India (d. 1973)
  • 1881 Alfred Carpenter, English Royal Navy soldier, born in Barnes, Surrey (d. 1955)
  • 1882 Anton Hendrik Blaauw, Dutch botanist (Perception of Light), born in Elst, Overbetuwe, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • 1882 Frank Schulte, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1911; Chicago Cubs), born in Cochecton, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1883 Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Bernes, British composer and novelist, born in Apley Hall, Shropshire (d. 1950)
  • 1883 William Carlos Williams, American physician and poet, born in Rutherford, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1884 Bastiaan de Gaay Fortman, Dutch historian and Justice of Curacao, born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • 1884 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (White Peacock), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1885 George Cleveland, Canadian actor (Mystery Liner, Courage of Lassie), born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1957)
  • 1885 Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Soviet composer who composed the anthem used by Azerbaijan during the Soviet period, born in Agjabadi, Russian Empire (d. 1948)
  • 1890 Lubov Tchernicheva, Russian-British ballerina, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1976)
  • 1890 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator famous for his WWII sign-on "There's good news tonight", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1892 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Ballade of Merel), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1893 Abel Herzberg, Russian-Dutch Jewish lawyer and writer (Persecution of Jews), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1894 Fay Compton [Virginia Lillian Emeline Compton], British actress (The Haunting), born in West Kensington, London (d. 1978)
  • 1894 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), born in Sydney NSW (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Denise Grey [Jeanne Marie Laurentine Edouardine Verthuy], Italian actress (Julietta), born in Chatillon, Valle d'Aosta, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1899 Winnie Lightner, American comedienne (Sit Tight, Side Show), born in Greenport, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1900 J. Willard Marriott, American entrepreneur and hotelier (founder of Marriott Corporation), born in Marriott Settlement, Utah (d. 1985)
  • 1900 Hughie Critz, American MLB baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • 1901 Francis Chichester, English aviator and sailor (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire), born in Barnstaple, Devon, England (d. 1972)
  • 1902 Esther Ralston, American actress (Old Ironsides), born in Bar Harbor, Maine (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Dolores Costello, American actress (Little Lord Fauntleroy), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)
  • 1903 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (Olympic bronze 1928), born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)

Person of interestFrederick Ashton

1904 Frederick Ashton, British choreographer (Cinderella), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 1988)

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • 1904 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1905 Hans Freudenthal, German-Dutch mathematician and director (OW&OC), born in Luckenwalde, Brandenburg (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, Chilean composer, born in La Serena, Chile (d. 1981)
  • 1906 J. R. [Junius Richard] Jayawardene, 2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-89) and 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-78), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Edgar Wayburn, American environmentalist awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom 1999, born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • 1907 Desmond Heap, British lawyer and authority on British planning law, born in Burnley, Lancashire (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Helen Vinson, American actress (Transatlantic Tunnel, In Name Only), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1907 Warren E. Burger, 15th Supreme Court chief justice (1969-86), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Franz Grothe, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Elizabeth Wilkinson, professor German University College London
  • 1909 Kenneth Darling, British Army Commander-in-chief Allied Forces, born in Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1998)

  • 1910 Vernon Thompson, thoracic surgeon
  • 1912 Pauline Parsons, matron in chief (PMRAFNS)
  • 1912 Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress and comedienne (Siedem Kotów, Kabaret Starszych Panów), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2011)
  • 1913 Jørgen Jersild, Danish composer (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Shin Kanemaru, Japanese politician (Deputy Prime Minister 1986-87), born in Suwa, Yamanashi Prefecture, Empire of Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), born in Sunderland, England (d. 2014)
  • 1916 Ove Abildgaard, Danish poet (Uglegylp), born in Lemvig, Denmark (d. 1990)
  • 1916 Oswald Garrison Villard Jr., American Engineer (electronics) who invented the over-the-horizon radar that could detect objects thousands of miles away and peer around the Earth's curvature, born in Dobbs Ferry, New York
  • 1917 Isang Yun, Korean-born German composer, born in Sancheong, Korea (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Peter Bennett, British actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Chaim Herzog, 6th President of Israel (1983-93), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Dinah Sheridan, British actress (Genevieve, The Railway Children, Don't Wait Up), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Marjorie Holt, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1921 Virgilio Barco Vargas, President of Colombia (1986-90), born in Cúcuta, Colombia
  • 1922 Agostinho Neto, 1st President of Angola (1975-79), born in Ícolo e Bengo, Portuguese Angola (d. 1979)
  • 1922 Naomi Datta, British geneticist and bacteriologist (pioneer in investigating the development of resistance to antibiotics by bacteria), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Ursula Howells, British actress (Hard Times, Girly, Murder is Announced), born in London, England (d. 2005)

Person of interestHank Williams

1923 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin'), born in Mount Olive, Alabama (d. 1953)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1923 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, born in Ashford, Kent (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Bill Black, band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1926 Donald Acheson, Irish physician and Chief Medical Officer for England (1983-90), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Reginald Marsh, British actor (Sicilians, It Happened Here), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1927 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), born in Youngwood, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1927 Theodore S. Weiss, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1977-92), born in Gáva, Hungary (d. 1992)
  • 1928 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), born in Coventry (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Roddy McDowall, British actor (Planet of Apes, Cleopatra, Lord Love a Duck), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1929 John Stewart-Clark, British businessman and Member of the European Parliament (MEP), born in Dalmeny, Scotland
  • 1929 David Craig, Baron Craig of Radley, British marshal (RAF), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1929 Stirling Moss, British race car driver, born in London, England
  • 1929 Patricia "Pat" Crowley, American actress (Money from Home, There's Always Tomorrow), born in Olyphant, Pennsylvania
  • 1930 David Huddleston, American actor (Big Lebowski), born in Vinton, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut (Apollo 14), born in Hereford Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Gwyn Francis, British Forestry commissioner
  • 1930 Thomas P. Stafford, American Air Force officer and astronaut (Gem 6 9, Ap 10 18), born in Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • 1930 Jim Rohn, American business philosopher, born in Yakima, Washington (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Lalgudi Jayaraman, Indian Carnatic violinist and composer, born in Chennai, India (d. 2013)

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

1931 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • 1932 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (1972-95), born in Rayyan (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Chuck Grassley, American (Sen-R-Iowa, 1981- ), born in New Hartford, Iowa
  • 1933 Desmond Fennell, British high court judge, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Pat Crowley, American actress (Please Don't Eat the Daisies), born in Olyphant, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player who won the 1st women's Grand Slam in 1953, born in San Diego, California (d. 1969)
  • 1935 Ken Kesey, American author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in La Junta Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1935 Timothy Bavin, British Anglican bishop (Bishop of Portsmouth 1985-95)
  • 1936 Jennifer Dickson, South African-British artist and photographer, born in Piet Retief, South Africa
  • 1936 Mischa de Vreede, Dutch poetess (Our Eternal Hunger), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies
  • 1936 Richard Gaskell, solicitor/president (Law Society)
  • 1937 Albertine Sarrazin, French author (L'astragale, La Cavale), born in Algiers, Algeria (d. 1967)
  • 1937 Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1938 Alec Broers, British electrical engineer and master (Churchill College Cambridge), born in Calcutta, India
  • 1938 Paul Benedict, American actor (Harry-Jeffersons), born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 2008)
  • 1939 David Souter, American retired 107th Supreme Court Justice (1990-2009), born in Melrose, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Joseph Mosikili, American-born South African broadway actor and singer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1939 Lamonte McLemore, American rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1939 Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter (Angel on My Shoulder, Cast Your Fate to the Wind), born in North Hollywood, California
  • 1940 Jan Eliasson, Swedish diplomat (4th Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1940 Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (Zorba the Greek), born in Limassol, Cyprus (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Bob Matsui, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1979-2005), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2005)

  • 1941 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Stockholm (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Beverly Aadland, Errol Flynns last girlfriend, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1942 Des Lynam, British TV and radio sportscaster, born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
  • 1942 Doris Brown-Heritage, American 800m track star (Olympic gold 1968), born in Gig Harbor, Washington
  • 1942 Robert Graysmith, American Zodiac killer researcher and author, born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1943 Samuel T. Durrance, American scientist and astronaut (STS 35, STS 67), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1943 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator (d. 1997)
  • 1944 Reinhold Messner, Italian mountain climber (Mount Everest), born in Brixen (Bressanone), Italy

Person of interestPhil Jackson

1945 Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach (Knicks/Bulls/Lakers), born in Deer Lodge, Montana

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • 1945 Bruce Spence, New Zealand-Australian actor (Mad Max 2), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1946 Billy Bonds, English soccer defender and manager (Charlton, West Ham United), born in Woolwich, London, England
  • 1946 Michael Jack, British Conservative Party politician and minister of state-home office, born in Folkestone, Kent, England
  • 1947 Jeff MacNelly, American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist (Shoe), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1947 Robert Kidd, marine geoscientist
  • 1948 John Ritter, American actor and comedian (Three's Company, It, 8 Simple Rules), born in Burbank, California (d. 2003)
  • 1948 Patricia Kluge, Baghdad Iraq, wife of Billionaire John Kluge
  • 1949 Wile E. Coyote, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Fast and Furry-ous"
  • 1949 Road Runner, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Fast and Furry-ous"
  • 1950 Fee Waybill, Ohaha Neb, rocker (Tubes)

Person of interestNarendra Modi

1950 Narendra Modi, 15th Prime Minister of India, born in Vadnagar, Gujarat

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • 1950 Chris Heister [Gun Christina Heister], Swedish politician, born in Östhammar, Uppsala
  • 1950 Lawrence Anthony, Johannesberg, South Africa, conservationist and author, (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Cassandra Peterson, [Elvira], American actress (Echo Park, Elvira), born in Manhattan, Kansas
  • 1952 Steve Sanders, Richland Ga, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)
  • 1953 Rita Rudner, comedienne (Funny People)
  • 1953 Altaf Hussain, Pakistani politician and founder of MQM
  • 1954 Joël-François Durand, French composer
  • 1955 Scott Simpson, American golfer (US Open 1987; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1955 Koralia Karanti, Greek actress
  • 1955 Charles Martinet, American actor

  • 1956 Thad Bosley. American major league baseball player
  • 1956 Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter and publisher
  • 1957 David Bintley, choreographer
  • 1957 William De Acutis, American actor (9½ Weeks, Other People's Money), born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 1991)
  • 1958 Daniel Nunez, Cuba, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1960 John Franco, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Pamela Ann Melroy, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1961 Ty Tabor, American guitarist and singer (King's X), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1961 Steve Clifford, American basketball head coach (Orlando Magic 2018-19; Charlotte Hornets 2013-18), born in Island Falls, Maine
  • 1962 Dustin Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Harry-21 Jump Street)
  • 1962 Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director
  • 1963 Masahiro Chono, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1963 Rami Saari, Israeli poet and translator
  • 1963 Michael Adler, American businessman
  • 1963 Steven Dye, English musician (Scarlet Party), (The Alan Parsons Project)
  • 1963 Wendy Northcutt, Author of the Darwin Awards
  • 1963 Amy Roloff, American reality star
  • 1963 James Urbaniak, American actor
  • 1964 Christian Conrad, actor (Charley Hannah, High Mountain Rangers)