On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1917 (Part 2)

  • Nov 23 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer
  • Nov 27 Tiny Rowland, [Roland Fuhrop], German/British owner (Observer)
  • Dec 5 Simone Gallimard, French editor and publisher (d. 1995)
  • Dec 6 Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese politician and founder of the Progressive Socialist Party, born in Moukhtara, Chouf, Mutasarrifate of Mount Lebanon, Ottoman Empire (d. 1977)
  • Dec 6 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2008)
  • Dec 9 James Angleton, Head of counterintelligence for the CIA (1954-75), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1987)
  • Dec 9 James Rainwater, American physicist (Nobel 1975-determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei), born in Council, Idaho (d. 1986)
  • Dec 10 Sultan Yahya Petra, 6th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia (1975-79), born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan (d. 1979)
  • Dec 12 Edward Firth Henderson, British diplomat and arabist, born in Bristol (d. 1995)
  • Dec 14 June Taylor, American choreographer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Dec 15 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Pakistani Urdu linguist and writer, born in Delhi, British India (d. 2005)

Person of interestArthur C. Clarke

Dec 16 Arthur C. Clarke, English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), born in Minehead, England (d. 2008)

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • Dec 16 Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Sindhi scholar
  • Dec 20 David Bohm, American physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Dec 21 Sophie Masloff, American politician, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Dec 21 Diana Athill, English writer and editor (Stet), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Dec 22 Andrew Fielding Huxley, English physiologist (Nobel 1963), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • Dec 22 Piet De Somer, Belgian physician & biologist (U of Leuven), born in Belgium (d. 1985)
  • Dec 24 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution" (d. 1949)
  • Dec 26 Rosemary Woods, Nixon's secretary, keep her away from your tapes
  • Dec 27 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer
  • Dec 28 Ellis Clarke, president Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87)

Person of interestTom Bradley

Dec 29 Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (D-1973-93), born in Calvert, Texas (d. 1998)

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • Dec 30 Seymour Melman, American industrial engineer (d. 2004)