Famous Birthdays on this Day, May 17:

1155 - Jien, Japanese poet and historian (d. 1225)
1443 - Edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England
1444 - Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter (Birth of Venus)
1451 - Engelbert II, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz/viceroy of Luxembourg
1490 - Albrecht von Hohenzollern, 1st duke of Prussia
1551 - Martinus A del Rio, Spanish/South Neth lawyer/historian/theologist
1551 - Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist (d. 1601)
1568 - Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer
1576 - Ferdinand van Apshoven, the Older, Flemish painter, baptized
1628 - Archduke Ferdinand Charles of Austria, Regent of the Tyrol (d. 1662)
1682 - Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (d. 1722)
1691 - Antoine Court, French reformed theologist
1706 - Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian (d. 1780)
1718 - Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat and politician (d. 1778)
1732 - Francesco Pasquale Ricci, composer
1741 - John Penn, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence) [OS=May 6]
1743 - Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader (d. 1784)
1749 - Edward Jenner, England, physician, discovered vaccination
1758 - John St Aubyn, British fossil collector (d. 1839)
1768 - Caroline, Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV
1768 - Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general (d. 1854)
1794 - Anna Brownell Jameson, Dublin, writer
1796 - Martinus J Niewindt, bishop of Curacao (christen slaves)
1800 - Carl Friedrich Zollner, composer
1803 - Robert Smith Surtees, novelist
1804 - Ottho G Heldring, Dutch vicar/reformer (Heldring Institutions)
1808 - Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel, composer
1812 - Joseph Warren Revere, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1880
1819 - Johann Nepomuk Kafka, composer
1821 - Sebastian Kneipp, German naturopathist (d. 1897)
1823 - Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby, contralto/composer
1836 - Joseph Norman Lockyer, discoverer (Helium)/founder (Nature magazine)
1836 - Virginie Loveling, Belgian writer and poet (d. 1923)
1844 - Julius Wellhausen, German biblical scholar (d. 1918)
1846 - Edmund Bishop, English secretary of Thomas Carlyle
1850 - Antonio Scontrino, composer
1867 - Gerrit Mannoury, Dutch mathematician/philosopher
1868 - Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturer (d. 1920)
1871 - Henricus P Bremmer, art historian (Modern Kunstwerken)
1873 - Dorothy Miller Richardson, Abingdon Berkshire, novelist
1873 - Henri Barbusse, Asnieres France, novelist (Le Feu)
1876 - Alban Collignon, Belgian sport journalist
1879 - Simon Petlyura, Ukrainian independence fighter (d. 1926)
1886 - Alfonso XIII of Spain (d. 1941)
1888 - A P "Tich" Freeman, cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England)
1888 - Selmer Jackson, Iowa, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp)
1889 - Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat (Higenia Cruel)
1890 - Philip James, composer
1891 - Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife (d. 1959)
1896 - Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer
1896 - Hannah Tillich, writer
1897 - Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
1898 - Alfred Joseph Casson, Canadian painter (d. 1992)
1899 - Ralf Harolde, Pittsburgh PA, actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off)
1900 - Nicolai Berezowsky, composer
1900 - Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran's ayatollah (1979-89)
1901 - Werner Egk, Auchsesheim Germany, composer (Die Zaubergeige)
1902 - John Vincent, composer
1903 - Douglas Packard, British Lt General
1903 - Cool Papa Bell, baseball player (d. 1991)
1904 - Jean Gabin, French actor (d. 1976)
1905 - John Patrick, screenwriter
1906 - Eric Mensforth, president (Westland Aircraft)
1906 - Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (d. 1989)
1907 - Charles Cawley, British chief scientist/minister of power
1907 - Horace McMahon, South Norwalk Ct, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye)
1907 - Ilona Schacherer Elek, Budapest Hung, fencer (Olympic-gold-1936, 48)
1908 - Sigismund Toduta, composer
1908 - Zinka Milanov, Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927)
1909 - Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
1909 - Magda Schneider, actress (Eva, Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight)
1911 - Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative
1911 - Maureen O'Sullivan, Boyle Ireland, actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice)
1911 - Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish-born supermodel (d. 1992)
1912 - Archibald Cox, special prosecutor (Watergate)
1912 - Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL QB (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks)
1912 - Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher conductor
1913 - Alec Ogilvie, CEO (Powell Duffryn)
1913 - Lord Hirshfield, chartered accountant
1913 - Hans Ruesch, Swiss racing driver (d. 2007)
1914 - Guido Masanetz, composer
1915 - Joseph D Craggs, electrical engineer
1916 - Cornelis A Eman, Aruban politician
1916 - John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter
1918 - Birgit Nilsson, Karup Sweden, operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome)
1919 - Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer and actor (d. 2007)
1919 - Merle Miller, American biographer (d. 1986)
1920 - Harriet Van Horne, Syracuse NY, columnist/panelist (Leave it to Girls)
1920 - Lydia Wideman, Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1952)
1921 - Dennis Brain, London England, french-hornist (Serenade)
1921 - John Garlick, British senior civil servant
1921 - Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
1923 - Michael Beetham, Marshal (RAF)
1923 - Miles Wingate, deputy master (Trinity House)
1923 - Peter Mennin[i], Erie Pennsylvania, composer (Moby Dick)
1924 - Frantisek Kovaricek, composer
1924 - Lord Tombs, CEO (Rolls Royce)
1924 - Thomas Baird, vice-admiral
1926 - Cicely Berry, voice director (Royal Shakespeare Company)
1926 - David Young, Lt-Gen/CEO (Cairn Tech)
1926 - Earl of Airlie, KT
1926 - Geoffrey Caston, vice chancellor (U of South Pacific)
1926 - Lord Chamberlain, Earl of Airilet
1926 - Tenniel Evans, rev/actor (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper)
1927 - Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO (British Steel)
1928 - Donald Cameron Watt, historian
1928 - Ian Griggs, bishop (Ludlow)
1928 - Vivian Moses, biotechnologist
1929 - Raymond Hide, geophysicist
1931 - Dewey Redman, jazz musician
1932 - Arthur Jones, principal (Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester)
1932 - Colin Hope, CEO (T/N)
1932 - Peter Burge, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
1932 - Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to USSR
1934 - Earl Morrall, NFL QB (Lions, Giants, Colts)
1935 - Dennis Christopher George Potter, playwright (Karaoke, Midnight Movie)
1935 - Ivan Slone, world-famous watchmaker
1936 - Dennis Hopper, KS, actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider)
1936 - Lars Gustafsson, writer
1936 - Philippe Boesmans, composer
1937 - Hazel R. O'Leary, United States Secretary of Energy
1938 - Don Dolan, Staten Island NY, actor (Guy Lewis- General Hospital)
1938 - Jason Bernard, actor (Judge-Liar Liar)
1938 - Pervis Jackson, rocker (Spinners)
1938 - Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)
1939 - Hugh Dykes, MP
1939 - Wim de Bie, CEO (Simplistic Covenant)
1939 - Gary Paulsen, American author
1940 - Alan Kay, American computer scientist
1941 - David Howell Cope, composer
1941 - Malcom Hale, rocker
1941 - Miriam Margolyes, actress (Will Be)
1941 - Ben Nelson. American politician
1941 - Grace Zabriskie, American actress
1942 - Caroline Charles, fashion designer
1942 - Taj Mahal, NYC, singer/songwriter (Real Thing)
1943 - Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
1943 - Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (d. 2005)
1944 - Arif Butt, cricketer (pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65)
1944 - Canon P B Price, general secretary, USPG
1944 - Jesse Winchester, Shreveport La, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it)
1944 - Paul Crossley, concert pianist
1945 - D A S Pennefather, Maj-General/Commandant (General Royal Marines)
1945 - George Miller, (Rep-D-CA, 1975- )
1946 - Sinaida Turchina, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976)
1946 - Udo Lindenberg, German musician
1946 - F. Paul Wilson, American novelist
1947 - John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
1948 - Bill Bruford, English pop drummer (Yes, King Crimson-Red, Genesis)
1949 - Timothy Cordy, British director (Town/Country Planning Assn)
1950 - A A Johnson, MP
1950 - Christian Lacroix, French couturier (Chic Frills)
1950 - Keith Bradley, MP
1950 - Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
1950 - Janez Drnovsek, Slovenian politician
1951 - I R Evans, CEO (Hyder, Welsh Water)
1951 - Simon Hughes, MP
1952 - Jody Pijper, Dutch (background) singer
1952 - Howard Hampton, Canadian politician
1953 - George Johnson, LA Calif, rocker (Brothers Johnson)
1953 - Kathleen Sullivan, Pasadena Ca, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show)
1953 - Nicholas Bacon, premier baronet of England
1953 - Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
1954 - John Iles, dolby supervisor (Elephant Man, Richard III)
1954 - Michael Roberts, jockey
1955 - Bill Paxton, actor (Brain Dead, Next of Kin, Indian Summer, True Lies)
1956 - Bob Saget, Phila, comedian (Full House, America's Funniest Home Video)
1956 - Sue Carpenter, TV presenter/journalist
1956 - Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, Willington SC, boxer (Olympics-gold-76)
1956 - Dave Sim, Canadian cartoonist
1957 - Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball player
1958 - Vincent Henar, Surinam, bassist (Fra Fra Sound)
1959 - Paul Di'anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist
1959 - Jim Nantz, American broadcaster
1960 - Fiona Hutchison, Miami Fla, actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light)
1960 - Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter
1961 - Enya, Irish singer and songwriter
1962 - Scott Case, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
1962 - Tracey Bryn, rocker (Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee)
1962 - Craig Ferguson, Scottish actor and comedian
1962 - Lise Lyng Falkenberg, Danish writer
1963 - Jon Koncak, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
1964 - Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (d. 1999)
1965 - Trent Reznor, musician (9 Inch Nails)
1965 - Richard Baumhammers, American spree killer
1966 - Danny Manning, NBA forward/center (Phoenix Suns)
1966 - Mark Kratzmann, Australia, tennis star
1966 - Mark Schmocker, Interlaken Switz, US team handball goalie (Oly-96)
1967 - Cameron Bancroft, actor (Beverly Hills 90210)
1967 - Debbie Dutch, Titusville NJ, actress (Hell's Paradox)
1968 - Tim Grunhard, NFL center (KC Chiefs)
1969 - Aaron Ruffin, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
1969 - Craig Erickson, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins)
1969 - Paige Turco, Boston MA, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light)
1969 - Ujesh Ranchod, cricketer (Zimbabwe off-spinner 1993)
1969 - Thom Filicia, American television personality
1969 - Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea)
1970 - Alan Wetmore, CFL fullback (Montreal Alouettes)
1970 - Derrick Deese, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
1970 - Hubert Davis, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NY Knicks)
1970 - Jim Cummins, Dearborn, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
1970 - Jodie Rogers, Melbourne Victoria Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
1970 - John Karelse, soccer player (NAC)
1970 - Jordan Nathaniel M Knight, Mass, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough)
1970 - Renzo Furlan, Italy, tennis star
1970 - Stefania Croce, Bergamo Italy, golfer (95 State Farm Rail Classic-11)
1970 - Todd Mundt, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks)
1970 - Matt Lindland, American mixed martial arts fighter
1971 - Bill Lindsay, Big Fork, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
1971 - Mark Williams, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1971 - Shaun Hart, Australian footballer
1972 - Elena Wagner, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1996 ITF/Redbridge-GBR)
1972 - John Burrough, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
1973 - Jay Riemersma, tight end (Buffalo Bills)
1973 - Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter
1973 - Matthew McGrory, American actor (d. 2005)
1973 - Sasha Alexander, American television actress
1973 - Steve Barakatt, Canadian composer
1974 - Marcia Turner, Cambridge Mass, Miss America (Mass-Top 10-1996)
1974 - Wiki González, Venezuelan baseball player
1974 - Sendhil Ramamurthy, American actor
1975 - Cheick Kongo, French martial artist
1975 - Jonti Picking, British cartoonist
1975 - Kostas Sommer, Greek actor
1975 - Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
1975 - Alex Wright, German professional wrestler
1976 - Anna Windsor, Sydney NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
1976 - Daniel Komen, Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
1976 - Peter Devine, NYC, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
1976 - José Guillén, Dominican baseball player
1976 - Lee-Hom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
1977 - Jere Michael, Aspen Colo, figure skater (1994 National Jr champ)
1978 - John Foster, American baseball player
1978 - Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
1978 - Carlos Pena, Dominican baseball player
1979 - Wayne Thomas, English footballer
1980 - Davor Dzalto, Serbian art historian
1980 - Dallas Taylor, American singer (Underoath)
1981 - Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
1981 - Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
1981 - R. J. Helton, American Idol finalist
1981 - Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer
1981 - Leon Osman, English footballer
1982 - Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
1983 - Nicky Hofs, Dutch footballer
1983 - Channing Frye, American basketball player
1983 - Jeremy Sowers, American baseball player
1984 - Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer
1984 - Christine Robinson, Canadian water polo player
1985 - Matt Ryan, American football player
1985 - Derek Hough, American dancer and singer
1986 - Tahj Mowry, American actor
1988 - Nikki Reed, American actress
1990 - Leven Rambin, American actress
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