Famous Birthdays on this Day, August 17:

1473 - Richard, Duke of York (d. 1483?)
1578 - Francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660)
1586 - Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg)
1601 - Pierre de Fermat, mathematician who needed wider margins [or Aug 20]
1629 - King John III of Poland (d. 1696)
1686 - Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
1720 - Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter (Contes de La Fontaine)
1753 - Josef Dobrovský, Czech linguist (d. 1828)
1768 - Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, French general (d. 1800)
1775 - Philippe Libon, composer
1779 - Franz de Paula Roser, composer
1786 - Davy Crockett, US, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo)
1786 - Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, mother of Queen Victoria (d. 1861)
1794 - Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest (d. 1849)
1811 - Johannes H Scholten, Dutch theologist (Free Will)
1817 - Joseph baron Kervyn de Lettenhove, Belgian Internal minister (1870-71)
1819 - James Henry Van Alen, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
1828 - George William Warren, composer
1828 - Jules Bernard Luys, French neurologist (d. 1897)
1834 - Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
1839 - Hubert Platt Main, composer
1839 - Thijs [Matthijs] Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
1840 - Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer (Irish Land League)
1841 - Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet
1844 - Menelik II, King of Ethiopia (1896-1913)
1851 - Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist
1856 - Violet Paget, [Vernon Lee], British author (Satan the master)
1863 - Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and naturalist (d. 1924)
1866 - Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)
1866 - Julia Marlowe, English actress (d. 1950)
1870 - Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine
1873 - John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)
1876 - Eric Drummond, 1st Secretary-General of League of Nations (1919-33)
1876 - Henri G Winkelman, Dutch general/supreme commander/navy 1940
1878 - Reg Duff, cricketer (Australian bat, century on debut 1902)
1880 - Leo Ascher, composer
1880 - Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great S African batsman-keeper-captain)
1882 - Samuel Goldwyn, [Goldfish], movie producer (MGM)
1885 - Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist (Wife & society)
1885 - Kurt Hiller, writer
1887 - Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-18)
1887 - Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among US blacks
1888 - Monty Wooley, NYC, actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner)
1890 - Harry L Hopkins, US politician (Loan & Lease law)
1890 - Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)
1892 - Mae West, Bkln, actress (Go Up & See Her Sometime, Klondike Annie)
1893 - Mae West, American actress (d. 1980)
1894 - Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author (Jorden)
1894 - Johan Polet, Dutch sculptor
1896 - Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)
1896 - Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
1898 - Gerard Schmook, Flemish librarian/historian/custodian
1900 - Quincy Howe, Boston Mass, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)
1903 - Abram Chasins, composer
1904 - Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
1904 - Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician (d. 1984)
1905 - John Hay Whitney, publisher (NY Herald Trib 1961-67)
1906 - Hazel Bishop, chemist/cosmetics manufacturer
1906 - Marcello J das Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal (1968-74)
1907 - Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer
1908 - Kurt Hessenberg, composer
1909 - Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
1910 - Eric Aaltonen, composer
1910 - J A Manusama, Moluccan politician
1910 - R Peyrefitte, writer
1911 - Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince
1911 - Jan Lode Cantens, Flemish dramatist (God's Murderer)
1912 - Edgar Fernhout, Dutch painter/son of Charley Toorop
1913 - W. Mark Felt, American Watergate informant
1913 - Rudy York, American baseball player (d. 1970)
1913 - Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
1914 - Franklin D Roosevelt Jr, son of FDR/(Rep-D-NY, 1949-55)
1916 - Eleanor Steber, opera singer
1916 - John de Young, resistance fighter
1917 - P Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Singular Love)
1917 - Safa Khulusi, writer
1918 - Mort Marshall, NYC, actor (Cully-Dumplings)
1920 - Georgia Gibbs, Worcester Mass, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire)
1921 - Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer
1921 - Maureen O'Hara, [Fitzsimmons], Dublin, actress (Miracle on 34th St)
1922 - Paul Wiens, writer
1922 - Ralph Roberts, Salisbury NC, actor (Tradition, Gone are the Days)
1922 - Roy Tattersall, cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's)
1923 - Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orch)
1923 - Larry Rivers, [Grossberg], NYC, painter (Wash crossing Delaware-1953)
1924 - Evan S Connell, US writer
1924 - Helen Wallis, cartographer/librarian
1924 - John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk)
1924 - Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
1925 - John Hawkes, US writer (2nd Skin)
1925 - John Howard Purnell, scientist
1926 - Haakon Barfod, Norway, yachting (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1926 - Jean Poiret, French actor/writer (Le Dernier Metro)
1926 - Jiang Zemin, Chinese politician
1926 - George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
1927 - Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds)
1927 - Robert Moore, Detroit Mich, actor (Marshall-Diana)
1928 - Jean R Adams, entomologist
1928 - Thomas Jefferson Anderson, composer
1928 - Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
1929 - Francis Gary Powers, US spy (USSR captures him in 1959 U-2 incident)
1930 - James Gulliver, businessman
1930 - Ted Hughes, British poet laureate
1930 - Glenn Corbett, American actor (d. 1993)
1931 - Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Fran, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1956) [or 1/1/21]
1932 - Chet Allen, Chickasha Okla, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter)
1932 - Vidiadhar S Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist (Middle Passage)
1933 - Eugene F. Kranz, American NASA executive
1933 - Mark Dinning, American singer (d. 1986)
1934 - Maureen Connally, champion tennis player (Wimbledon)
1935 - Oleg Tabakov, Russian actor
1936 - Ivan Parik, composer
1936 - Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American musician-actor (d. 2007)
1937 - Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Illyin, Russia, cosmonaut
1938 - Abu Bakar Bashir, Indonesian Muslim cleric
1938 - Theodoros Pangalos, Greek politician
1939 - Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
1939 - Anthony Valentine, British actor
1940 - David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
1940 - Thomas Williams, US, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1960)
1941 - Boog Powell, baseball player (AL MVP 1970)
1941 - Ibrahim Babangida, president of Nigeria (1985- )
1943 - Edward Cowie, composer
1943 - Koos Postema, editor-in-chief (Vrije Volk)/Dutch TV host
1943 - Robert De Niro, NYC, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver)
1943 - Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
1943 - Dave "Snaker" Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
1944 - Lawrence Joseph Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, Billionaire
1946 - Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
1947 - Gary Talley, Memphis Tn, rock guitarist (Box Tops)
1948 - Bo Rucker, Tampa FL, actor (Superman, Soup for One, Lock Up)
1948 - Rod MacDonald, American musician
1949 - Sib Hashian, Boston Mass, rock drummer (Boston)
1949 - Norm Coleman, American politician
1951 - Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
1951 - Robert Joy, Montreal Quebec, actor (Big Shots, Suicide Club)
1952 - Guillermo Vilas, Argentina, tennis champ (US Open-1977)
1952 - Kathryn C Thornton, Montgomery Ala, PhD/astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73)
1952 - Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87)
1952 - Thomas J Hennen, Albany GA, astronaut (STS 44)
1952 - Dr. Mario Theissen, German F1 team principal (BMW Sauber)
1953 - Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
1953 - Robert Brent Thirsk, BC Canada, astronaut (STS 78)
1953 - Judith Regan, American book publisher
1954 - Eric Johnson, American guitarist
1955 - Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
1955 - Janet Quist Austin TX, playmate (Dec, 1978)
1955 - Kevin Welch, Calif, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
1955 - Richard Hilton, American heir
1956 - Gail Berman, American film executive
1956 - Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
1958 - Belinda Carlisle, Hollywood Ca, (GoGos lead singer, Heaven on Earth)
1959 - David Koresh, American cult leader (d. 1993)
1959 - Jonathan Franzen, American author
1960 - Bruce Penhall, Balboa CA, actor (Savage Beach)
1960 - Sean Penn, Santa Monica Calif, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
1960 - Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer
1961 - Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
1962 - Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)
1962 - Buddy Landel, American professional wrestler
1963 - Carmen Berg, Bismark ND, playmate (July, 1987)
1963 - S. Shankar, Indian film director.
1964 - Pete McCutcheon, Boston Mass, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Quebec Open)
1964 - Colin James, Canadian musician
1965 - Dottie Mochrie Pepper, Saratoga Springs NY, golfer (1992 Dinah Shore)
1965 - Fred Grim, soccer player (Cambuur L, Ajax)
1965 - Glen Goldsmith, rocker (What You See is What You Get)
1965 - Robert Manry, Cleve newspaper editor/sailed the Atlantic (in craft)
1965 - Steve Gorman, Hopkinsville Ky, rock drummer (Black Crowes)
1966 - Cedric Figaro, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
1966 - Zefross Moss, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots)
1966 - Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer
1966 - Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
1966 - Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player
1967 - James Jenkins, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
1967 - Kenny Davidson, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
1967 - Nelson Emerson, Hamilton, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers)
1967 - Kevin Max, American singer (dc talk)
1968 - Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide reciever (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32)
1968 - Vince Marrow, WLAF TE (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1968 - Helen McCrory, English actress
1969 - Christian Laettner, NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Oly-gold-92)
1969 - Donald E Wahlberg Jr, Boston, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough)
1969 - Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals)
1969 - Maria Strandlund, Akersberga Sweden, tennis star (1987 Futures NOR)
1970 - Bernard Wilson, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
1970 - Brad Bretz, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1970 - Jim Courier, Sanford Florida, tennis champ (1990, 91 French)
1970 - Oyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer
1970 - Rupert Degas, English actor and voice artist
1971 - Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
1971 - Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player
1971 - Shaun Rehn, Australian Rules footballer
1972 - Ernie Conwell, tight end (St Louis Rams)
1972 - Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
1972 - Ken Ryker, American pornographic actor
1973 - A J Wood, Pittsburgh, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96)
1973 - Kerry Mock, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1973 - Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1973 - Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
1974 - Tony Hajjar, Lebanese musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
1974 - Nicola Kraus, American novelist
1975 - Ilhan Mansiz, Turkish footballer
1975 - Giuliana DePandi, Italian-born American television personality
1976 - Scott Halberstadt, American actor
1977 - Jake Patellis, actor (Paul Bowman-Good Life)
1977 - William Gallas, French footballer
1977 - Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
1977 - Thierry Henry, French footballer
1977 - Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer
1978 - Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
1979 - Antwaan Randle El, American football player
1979 - Marcus Patric, British actor
1980 - Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer
1980 - Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer
1980 - Shannon Lucio, American actress
1980 - Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer
1981 - Kristin Holt, American television personality
1982 - Phil Jagielka, English footballer
1982 - Melissa Anderson, American professional wrestler
1983 - Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player
1984 - Garrett Wolfe, American professional footbal player
1984 - Dee Brown, American basketball player
1985 - Yu Aoi, Japanese actress
1986 - Bryton McClure, Lakewood Calif, actor (Richie-Family Matters)
1986 - Rudy Gay, American basketball player
1986 - Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player
1988 - Brady Corbet, American actor
1988 - Erika Toda, Japanese actress
1990 - Colin Bates, American actor
1990 - Rachel Hurd-Wood, British actress
1996 - Ella Cruz, Filipina actress
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