Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 17 Birthdays

* 1463 – Frederick III of Saxony, Elector of Saxony (d. 1525)
* 1484 – George Spalatin, German reformer (d. 1545)
* 1501 – Leonhart Fuchs, German physician and botanist (d. 1566)
* 1504 – Pope Saint Pius V (d. 1572)
* 1560 – Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (d. 1624)
* 1600 – Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish playwright (d. 1681)
* 1612 – Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, English Civil War general (d. 1671)
* 1666 – Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist (d. 1723)
* 1686 – Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)
* 1706 – Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor (d. 1790)
* 1712 – John Stanley, English composer (d. 1786)
* 1719 – William Vernon, American merchant (d. 1806)
* 1732 – King Stanislaw II August Poniatowski of Poland (d. 1798)
* 1734 – François-Joseph Gossec, Belgian composer (d. 1829)
* 1761 – James Hall, Scottish geologist (d. 1832)
* 1789 – August Neander, German theologian (d. 1850)
* 1814 – Mrs. Henry Wood, English novelist (d. 1887)
* 1820 – Anne Brontë, British author (d. 1849)
* 1828 – Eduard Remenyi, Hungarian violinist (d. 1898)
* 1828 – Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War general (d. 1918)
* 1831 – Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (d. 1903)
* 1832 – Henry Martyn Baird, American educationalist (d. 1906)
* 1834 – August Weismann, German biologist (d. 1914)
* 1850 – Aleksandr Taneyev, Russian composer (d. 1918)
* 1851 – A. B. Frost, American illustrator (d. 1928)
* 1853 – Alva Belmont, American socialite (d. 1933)
* 1857 – Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (d. 1941)
* 1857 – Eugene Augustin Lauste, French inventor (d. 1935)
* 1858 – Tomás Carrasquilla, Colombian writer (d. 1940)
* 1860 – Douglas Hyde, Irish President of Ireland (d. 1949)
* 1863 – David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (d. 1945)
* 1863 – Constantin Stanislavski, Russian theatre practitioner (d. 1938)
* 1865 – Charles Fergusson, Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)
* 1867 – Carl Laemmle, German-born film executive (d. 1939)
* 1871 – David Earl Beatty British admiral (d. 1936)
* 1871 – Nicolae Iorga, Romanian writer (d. 1940)
* 1875 – Florencio Sánchez, Uruguayan dramatist (d. 1910)
* 1876 – Frank Hague, American politician (d. 1956)
* 1877 – May Gibbs, Australian children's author (d. 1969)
* 1880 – Mack Sennett, Canadian film director (d. 1960)
* 1881 – Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (d. 1941)
* 1881 – Harry Price, English psychic researcher and writer (d. 1948)
* 1882 – Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (d. 1946)
* 1883 – Sir Compton Mackenzie, Scottish novelist (d. 1972)
* 1886 – Ronald Firbank, British novelist (d. 1926)
* 1886 – Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer (d. 1955)
* 1887 – Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
* 1897 – Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)
* 1899 – Al Capone, American gangster (d. 1947)
* 1899 – Robert Maynard Hutchins, president of University of Chicago (d. 1977)
* 1899 – Nevil Shute, English author (d. 1960)
* 1901 – Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-born philosopher (d. 1973)
* 1902 – Nâzım Hikmet, Turkish poet (d. 1963)
* 1903 – Warren Hull, American actor (d. 1974)
* 1905 – Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
* 1905 – Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)
* 1905 – Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
* 1905 – Jan Zahradníček, Czech poet (d. 1960)
* 1907 – Henk Badings, Dutch composer (d. 1987)
* 1908 – Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
* 1911 – George Joseph Stigler, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)
* 1914 – Anacleto Angelini, Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
* 1914 – Irving Brecher, American Screenwriter (d. 2008)
* 1914 – William Stafford, American poet and essayist (d. 1993)
* 1916 – Peter Frelinghuysen, American politician
* 1917 – Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
* 1917 – M. G. Ramachandran, Indian politician, actor (d. 1987)
* 1918 – Keith Joseph, British politician (d. 1994)
* 1918 – George M. Leader, American politician and 36th Governor of Pennsylvania
* 1920 – Georges Pichard, French comics artist (d. 2003)
* 1921 – Antonio Prohías, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
* 1922 – Robert De Niro, Sr., American painter (d. 1993)
* 1922 – Luis Echeverría Álvarez, Mexican President of Mexico
* 1922 – Nicholas Katzenbach, American jurist and 65th United States Attorney General
* 1922 – Betty White, American actress
* 1923 – Carol Raye, Australian actress
* 1925 – Robert Cormier, American author, columnist and reporter (d. 2000)
* 1925 – Abdul Kardar, Pakistani cricketer (d. 1996)
* 1925 – Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher and K.K.K. member
* 1925 – Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (d. 2000)
* 1926 – Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
* 1926 – Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (d. 2006)
* 1927 – Tom Dooley, American humanitarian (d. 1961)
* 1927 – Norman Kaye, Australian actor and musician (d. 2007)
* 1927 – Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (d. 2008)
* 1927 – E.W. Swackhamer, American television & film director (d. 1994)
* 1928 – Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
* 1928 – Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist
* 1929 – Jacques Plante, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
* 1930 – Eddie LeBaron, American football player
* 1931 – James Earl Jones, American actor
* 1931 – L. Douglas Wilder, American 66th Governor of Virginia
* 1931 – Don Zimmer, American baseball coach
* 1932 – Sheree North, American actress (d. 2005)
* 1933 – Dalida, French singer (d. 1987)
* 1933 – Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French-born Pakistani diplomat (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) (d. 2003)
* 1933 – Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist (d. 1998)
* 1934 – Donald Cammell, Scottish film director (d. 1996)
* 1934 – Stuart Nisbet, American actor
* 1935 – Ruth Ann Minner, American politician, businesswoman and 72nd Governor of Delaware
* 1937 – Alain Badiou, French philosopher
* 1938 – John Bellairs, American mystery author (d. 1991)
* 1939 – Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece (d. 2008)
* 1939 – Maury Povich, American talk show host
* 1940 – Kipchoge Keino, Kenyan runner
* 1940 – Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay
* 1941 – Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
* 1942 – Muhammad Ali, American boxer
* 1942 – Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman
* 1942 – Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
* 1942 – Nancy Parsons, American actress (d. 2001)
* 1943 – Geoffrey Deuel, American actor
* 1943 – Chris Montez, American singer
* 1943 – René Préval, President of Haiti
* 1944 – Françoise Hardy, French singer
* 1945 – Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
* 1946 – Michèle Deslauriers, Quebec actress
* 1948 – Jim Ladd, American freeform (radio format) Disc Jockey
* 1948 – Davíð Oddsson, former Prime Minister of Iceland
* 1948 – Anne Queffélec, French pianist
* 1949 – Andy Kaufman, American comedian (d. 1984)
* 1949 – Mick Taylor, British musician (The Rolling Stones)
* 1950 – Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
* 1952 – Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
* 1952 – Larry Fortensky, American former husband of Elizabeth Taylor
* 1952 – Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician
* 1953 – Jeff Berlin, American musician
* 1953 – Carlos Johnson, American blues musician
* 1954 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer and environmental activist, son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy
* 1954 – Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
* 1955 – Steve Earle, American musician
* 1955 – Steve Javie, American professional basketball referee
* 1956 – Paul Young, English musician
* 1957 – Keith Chegwin, English television presenter
* 1957 – Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality
* 1957 – Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
* 1957 – Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist
* 1958 – Valdas Kasparavičius, Lithuanian footballer
* 1959 – Susanna Hoffs, American musician
* 1959 – Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer and actress
* 1960 – John Crawford, American musician
* 1960 – Chili Davis, Jamaican-born American baseball player
* 1960 – Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor
* 1961 – Maia Chiburdanidze, Georgian Chess grandmaster
* 1961 – Brian Helgeland, American writer and film director
* 1962 – Jim Carrey, Canadian actor and comedian
* 1962 – Sebastian Junger, American journalist and author
* 1963 – Kai Hansen, German singer and guitarist (Gamma Ray)
* 1964 – Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
* 1964 – Andy Rourke, English bass guitarist (The Smiths)
* 1965 – Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer
* 1965 – Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1966 – Joshua Malina, American actor
* 1966 – Stephin Merritt, American singer and songwriter (The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies)
* 1966 – Shabba Ranks, Jamaican singer
* 1967 – Richard Hawley, English singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Pulp, The Longpigs)
* 1967 – Song Kang-ho, South Korean actor
* 1967 – Wendy Mass, American author
* 1967 – Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (d. 2007)
* 1968 – Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
* 1968 – Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer
* 1968 – Craig Strong, American actor & voice actor
* 1969 – Naveen Andrews, British actor
* 1969 – Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer and director
* 1969 – Tijs Verwest, (DJ Tiësto) Dutch DJ
* 1970 – Cássio Alves de Barros, Brazilian footballer
* 1970 – Jeremy Roenick, American ice hockey player
* 1970 – Genndy Tartakovsky, Russian-born animator
* 1970 – James Wattana, Thai snooker player
* 1971 – Richard Burns, English rally driver (d. 2005)
* 1971 – Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress
* 1971 – Kid Rock, American singer
* 1971 – Sylvie Testud, French actress
* 1971 – Paolo Vaccari, Italian rugby player
* 1971 – Ann Wolfe, female boxer
* 1972 – Benno Fürmann, German actor
* 1972 – Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter
* 1973 – Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer
* 1973 – Liz Ellis, Australian netball captain
* 1973 – Aaron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1974 – Danny Bhoy, Scottish comedian
* 1974 – Yang Chen, Chinese footballer
* 1974 – Derrick Mason, American football player
* 1974 – Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician
* 1975 – Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher)
* 1975 – Freddy Rodriguez, Puerto Rican-American actor
* 1975 – Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter/producer
* 1977 – Kevin Fertig, American professional wrestler
* 1977 – Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter/actor
* 1978 – Pater Sparrow, Hungarian director/production designer
* 1979 – Oleg Lisogor, Ukrainian swimmer
* 1980 – Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer
* 1980 – Zooey Deschanel, American actress
* 1980 – Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist
* 1980 – Kimberly Spicer, American model
* 1981 – Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer
* 1981 – Ray J, American R&B singer
* 1981 – Scott Mechlowicz, American actor
* 1982 – Hwanhee, South Korean singer and actor
* 1982 – Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
* 1982 – Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian singer
* 1983 – Álvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer
* 1983 – Johannes Herber, German basketball player
* 1983 – Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver
* 1984 – Sophie Dee, Welsh pornographic actress
* 1984 – Calvin Harris, Scottish music producer and vocalist
* 1985 – Pablo Barrientos, Argentine footballer
* 1985 – Kang-in, South Korean singer, dancer, actor, MC, and DJ (Super Junior)
* 1985 – Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU)
* 1985 – Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica)
* 1986 – Hale Appleman, American actor
* 1989 – Hollie-Jay Bowes, English actress
* 1991 – Trevor Bauer, American baseball player
* 1991 – Lee Kiseop, Korean singer/actor/model/dancer in boyband U-Kiss
* 1997 – Jack Vidgen, Australian singer who won the Australia's Got Talent in 2011.

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