Birthdays in History on September 17

  • 64 Julia Flavia, daughter of Roman Emperor Titus; lover of Domitian.
  • 879 Charles III, [The Simple], king of France (893-923)
  • 1192 Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun (d. 1219)
  • 1271 Wenceslas II, king of Bohemia & Poland (1278-1305)
  • 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/daughter of Willem of Orange
  • 1619 John Lambert, English general-major and parliamentary leader
  • 1630 Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma (d. 1694)
  • 1639 Hans Herr, Mennonite bishop (d. 1725)
  • 1643 Gilbert Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury/author
  • 1677 Stephen Hales, English physiologist, chemist, and inventor (d. 1761)
  • 1687 Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (d. 1772)
  • 1688 Maria Luisa of Savoy, first queen of Philip V of Spain (d. 1714)
  • 1714 Gottlieb W Rabener, German author (Vom Misbrauch of the Satire)
  • 1730 Friedrich WLGA von Steuben, Prus/US inspector-gen of Washington's army
  • 1739 John Rutledge, 2nd (appointed) Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)
  • 1743 Jean-Marie Caritat, French mathematician

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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
  • 1764 John Goodricke, English astronomer/member Royal Society
  • 1771 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer (d. 1816)
  • 1774 Joseph Caspar Mezzofanti, Cardinal/linguist and hyperpolyglot (understood 70 languages), born in Bologna
  • 1783 Samuel Prout, water-color painter
  • 1798 Antonia M B Antonucci, Italian cardinal/diplomat
  • 1800 Franklin Buchanan, Admiral (Confederate Navy), (d. 1874)
  • 1801 Edward William Lane, translator (Thousand & 1 Nights)
  • 1819 Leon Foucault, French physicist (pendulum proved Earth rotates), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • 1819 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st president (Republic South Africa)
  • 1819 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st US Vice President (D); died in office in 1885
  • 1820 Earle Van Dorn, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1820 Émile Augier, French dramatist (d. 1889)
  • 1825 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, MC (Confederacy), (d. 1893)
  • 1826 G F Berhard Riemann, German mathematician (zeta-function)
  • 1834 Edouard Pailleron, French attorney, poet and stage writer, born in Paris, France (d. 1899)
  • 1853 Clemens Baeumker, German historian (Patristischen Philosophie)
  • 1854 David Dunbar Buick, American automobile pioneer (d. 1929)
  • 1857 Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian pioneer in rocket & space research, born in Izhevskoye, Ryazan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1935)
  • 1859 Frank D Adams, Canada geologist/educator
  • 1861 Owen Seaman, poet/editor (Punch)
  • 1868 James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician (d. 1956)
  • 1869 Christian Lange, Norwegian pacifist/internationalist (Nobel 1921)
  • 1874 Ben[jamin] Turpin, American comic (Uncle Tom Without the Cabin)
  • 1879 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social Reformer (d. 1973)
  • 1881 Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (d. 1955)
  • 1882 Anton H Blaauw, Dutch botanist (Perception of Light)
  • 1883 William Carlos Williams, American poet
  • 1884 Bastiaan de Gaay Fortman, Dutch historian/Justice of Curacao
  • 1890 Lubov Tchernicheva, Russian ballerina
  • 1893 Abel J Herzberg, Russ/Dutch writer (Persecution of Jews)
  • 1899 Winnie Lightner, Greenport NY, comedienne (Sit Tight, Side Show)
  • 1900 John Willard Marriott, American hotelier (d. 1985)
  • 1901 Francis Chichester, Barnstaple, Devon, English aviator and sailor (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire)

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

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • 1906 Junius Richard Jayawardene, president (Sri Lanka, 1978-89)
  • 1906 Edgar Wayburn, American environmentalist
  • 1907 Desmond Heap, authority on British planning law
  • 1907 Warren E Burger, Minn, Supreme Court chief justice (1969-86)
  • 1909 Elizabeth Wilkinson, professor German University College London
  • 1909 Kenneth Darling, Commander-in-chief Allied Forces, Northern Europe
  • 1910 Vernon Thompson, thoracic surgeon
  • 1912 Pauline Parsons, matron in chief (PMRAFNS)
  • 1914 Shin Kanemaru, politician
  • 1916 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), born in Sunderland, England (d. 2014)
  • 1916 Ove J Abildgaard, Danish poet (Uglegylp)
  • 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 Lawrence Jacob, artist (Sanitarium), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • 1918 Chaim Herzog, Israeli president (1983-93), (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Marjorie S Holt, (Rep-R-MD, 1973- )
  • 1921 Virgilio Barco Vargas, President of Colombia (1986-90), born in Cúcuta, Colombia
  • 1922 Agostinho Neto, poet/president Angola [or Dec 27]
  • 1922 Naomi Datta, geneticist
  • 1923 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, born in Ashford, Kent (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Donald Acheson, England's chief medical officer
  • 1927 Ted Weiss, (Rep-D-NY, 1977-92)
  • 1928 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), born in Coventry (d. 2017)
  • 1929 John Stewart-Clark, MEP (C)
  • 1929 Lord Craig of Radley, marshal (RAF)
  • 1930 Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut (Apollo 14), born in Hereford Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Gwyn Francis, British Forestry commissioner
  • 1930 Thomas P Stafford, Weatherford Ok, USAF/astronaut (Gem 6 9, Ap 10 18)
  • 1930 Jim Rohn, American business philosopher
  • 1932 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (1972-95), born in Rayyan (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Charles E Grassley, (Sen-R-Iowa, 1981- )
  • 1933 D A Fenner, British headmaster (Alleyn's School)
  • 1933 Desmond Fennell, British high court judge
  • 1935 Ken Kesey, author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in La Junta Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1935 Timothy Bavin, Bishop of Portsmouth
  • 1936 Jennifer Dickson, artist/photographer
  • 1936 Mischa de Vreede, poetess (Our Eternal Hunger)
  • 1936 Richard Gaskell, solicitor/president (Law Society)
  • 1937 Albertine Sarrazin, French author (L'astragale, La Cavale)
  • 1938 Alec Broers, master (Churchill College Cambridge)
  • 1939 David H Souter, Weir NH, 107th Supreme Court Justice (1990- )
  • 1940 Jan Eliasson, Swedish diplomat
  • 1941 Robert T Matsui, (Rep-D-California, 1979- )
  • 1942 Robert Graysmith, Zodiac killer researcher
  • 1943 Samuel T Durrance, PhD/astronaut (STS 35, STS 67), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1943 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator (d. 1997)
  • 1944 Reinhold Messner, Italian mountain climber (Mount Everest)
  • 1946 Michael Jack, British minister of state-home office
  • 1947 Jeff MacNelly, Puliter Prize-winning cartoonist (Shoe)
  • 1947 Robert Kidd, marine geoscientist
  • 1947 Tessa Jowell, British MP
  • 1948 Patricia Kluge, Baghdad Iraq, wife of Billionaire John Kluge

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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)
  • 1953 Rita Rudner, comedienne (Funny People)
  • 1953 Altaf Hussain, Pakistani politician and founder of MQM
  • 1956 Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter and publisher
  • 1957 David Bintley, choreographer
  • 1961 Pamela Ann Melroy, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1963 Rami Saari, Israeli poet and translator
  • 1963 Michael Adler, American businessman
  • 1963 Wendy Northcutt, Author of the Darwin Awards
  • 1963 Amy Roloff, American reality star
  • 1965 Yuji Naka, Japanese video game programmer
  • 1968 Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
  • 1969 Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player
  • 1974 Tormod Granheim, Norwegian adventurer
  • 1977 Latoya Warning, Suriname 4th Miss Teenager (1993)
  • 1982 Hope Larson, American illustrator and cartoonist
  • 1991 Jordan McCoy, American entertainer
  • 1994 Taylor Ware, American yodeler