On This Day

Birthdays in History in August 1917

  • Aug 1 Benjamin Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics), born in Leeds, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 11 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible)
  • Aug 12 Douglas Gunsekera, banker
  • Aug 15 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach, born in Shandon, Cork, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • Aug 15 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest who was murdered, born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador (d. 1980)
  • Aug 17 Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, born in Baghdad (d. 1995)
  • Aug 18 Casper Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense (1981-87)
  • Aug 26 William French Smith, Attorney General (1981-85)

Person of interestJack Kirby

Aug 28 Jack Kirby, American cartoonist (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Capt America), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • Aug 29 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, British businessman and CEO of British Airways after its privatization, born in Brentford, Middlesex, England (d. 2005)
  • Aug 30 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), born in London, (d. 2015)

About August 1917

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

Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Signs: Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22), Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22)