Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 17 Birthdays

* 1278 – Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor (d. 1320)
* 1573 – Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
* 1586 – John Ford, English dramatist
* 1598 – Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)
* 1620 – Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (d. 1700)
* 1622 – Henry Vaughan, Welsh poet (d. 1695)
* 1683 – Johann David Heinichen, German Baroque composer and music theorist (d. 1729)
* 1710 – Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (d. 1767)
* 1734 – Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
* 1741 – Samuel Chase, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1811)
* 1750 – François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure (d. 1828)
* 1756 – Dheeran Chinnamalai, Indian Freedom Fighter, Tamil Revolutionist (d. 1805)
* 1766 – Collin McKinney, one of five individuals who drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence and its oldest signatory (d. 1861)
* 1794 – Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (d. 1868)
* 1798 – Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
* 1814 – Josif Pančić, Serbian botanist (d. 1888)
* 1816 – Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (d. 1876)
* 1820 – Alexander Joy Cartwright, Inventor of the Modern Game of Baseball (d. 1892)
* 1833 – Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer (d. 1900)
* 1837 – J. P. Morgan, American financier (d. 1913)
* 1842 – Maurice Rouvier, French statesman (d. 1911)
* 1849 – William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1923)
* 1852 – Cap Anson, American Baseball Hall of Famer
* 1863 – Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician (d. 1940)
* 1865 – Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (d. 1939)
* 1866 – Ernest Starling, British physiologist (d. 1927)
* 1877 – Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat (d. 1949)
* 1878 – Emil Fuchs, German-born American attorney and baseball owner (d. 1961)
* 1882 – Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist (d. 1951)
* 1884 – Leo Frank, American victim of lynching (d. 1915)
* 1885 – Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Danish author (d. 1962)
* 1890 – Art Acord, American actor and rodeo rider (d. 1931)
* 1891 – George Adamski, Polish-American author and ufologist (d. 1965)
* 1896 – Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (d. 1999)
* 1897 – Thornton Wilder, American dramatist (d. 1975)
* 1902 – Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician (d. 1974)
* 1903 – Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist (d. 1976)
* 1903 – Nicolas Nabokov, Russian-born composer, writer, and cultural figure (d. 1978)
* 1903 – Morgan Taylor, American athlete (d. 1975)
* 1905 – Louis Jean Heydt, American actor d. 1960
* 1905 – Arthur Lake, American actor (d. 1987)
* 1906 – Sidney R. Garfield, American physician (d. 1984)
* 1909 – Alain Poher, French politician (d. 1996)
* 1910 – Evangelos Averoff, Greek politician (d. 1990)
* 1910 – Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (d. 1999)
* 1911 – Lester Rodney, American journalist (d. 2009)
* 1912 – Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-born actress and singer, naturalized citizen of the United States
* 1914 – George W. Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
* 1915 – Joe Foss, United States Marine and politician (d. 2003)
* 1915 – Martin Clemens, Scottish guerilla fighter (d. 2009)
* 1915 – Sirimavo Bandaranaike, A Sri Lankan politician and the world's first female head of government (d. 2000)
* 1916 – Helenio Herrera, French footballer player and manager (d. 1997)
* 1917 – Bill Clements, American politician
* 1918 – William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
* 1919 – Gilles Lamontagne, French Canadian politician
* 1919 – Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer
* 1923 – Lindsay Anderson, English film director (d. 1994)
* 1923 – Harry Reasoner, American journalist (d. 1991)
* 1923 – Solly Hemus, American baseball player
* 1925 – Erich Göstl, German War Hero (d. 1990)
* 1926 – Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
* 1928 – Cynthia Ozick, American writer
* 1929 – James Last, German band leader
* 1929 – Peggy McKercher, 11th Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan)
* 1929 – Michael Forest, American actor
* 1930 – Chris Barber, British jazz band leader
* 1934 – Don Kirshner, American composer (d. 2011)
* 1937 – Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German automotive engineer and executive
* 1938 – Ben Barnes, American politician
* 1938 – Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism
* 1939 – Robert Miller, American art dealer (d. 2011)
* 1940 – Billy Fury, British singer (d. 1983)
* 1940 – John McCririck, English television horse racing pundit
* 1940 – Anja Silja, German soprano
* 1942 – David Bradley, British actor
* 1942 – Kenas Aroi, Nauruan politician
* 1943 – Richard Allen Epstein, American lawyer
* 1947 – Linda Martin, Irish singer
* 1947 – Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
* 1948 – Jan Hammer, Czech composer
* 1950 – L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
* 1950 – Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
* 1951 – Olivia Hussey, Argentine-born actress
* 1951 – Börje Salming, Swedish ice hockey player
* 1952 – Željko Ražnatović, Serbian warlord (d. 2000)
* 1954 – Riccardo Patrese, Italian race car driver
* 1954 – Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
* 1954 – Michael Sembello, American musician
* 1954 – Lester Square, Canadian musician (The Monochrome Set)
* 1955 – Todd Lickliter, American basketball coach
* 1955 – Pete Shelley, British musician (Buzzcocks)
* 1957 – Nick Hornby, English author
* 1957 – Susan Roman, Canadian voice actress
* 1959 – Sean Bean, English actor
* 1961 – Boomer Esiason, American football player and commentator
* 1961 – Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
* 1963 – Joel Murray, American actor
* 1964 – Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
* 1964 – Ken Daneyko, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1964 – Lela Rochon, American actress
* 1965 – William Mapother, American actor
* 1965 – Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner
* 1966 – Vikram, Indian actor
* 1967 – Marquis Grissom, American baseball player
* 1967 – Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-born Scottish actor
* 1967 – Kimberly Elise, American actress
* 1967 – Timothy Gibbs, American actor
* 1967 – Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter
* 1967 – Leslie Bega, American actress
* 1968 – Prince Maurits of the Netherlands
* 1970 – Redman, American rapper
* 1972 – Gary Bennett, American baseball player
* 1972 – Tony Boselli, American football player
* 1972 – Jennifer Garner, American actress
* 1972 – Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer
* 1972 – Jarkko Wiss, Finnish Footballer
* 1972 – Terran Sandwith, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1972 – Claire Sweeney, English actress
* 1972 – Yuichi Nishimura, Japan referee football player
* 1973 – Brett Maher, Australian basketballer
* 1973 – Theo Ratliff, American basketball player
* 1973 – Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler
* 1974 – Victoria Beckham, English singer (Spice Girls)
* 1974 – Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth)
* 1975 – Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor
* 1975 – Travis Roy, American hockey player
* 1976 – Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
* 1976 – Alex Nesic, American actor
* 1976 – Aňa Geislerová, Czech actress
* 1977 – Chad Hedrick, American speed skater
* 1977 – Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon)
* 1977 – Frederik Magle, Danish composer, organist and pianist
* 1977 – Sizzla, Jamaican dancehall artist
* 1978 – Lindsay Hartley, American actress
* 1978 – Loukas Louka, Greek-Cypriot footballer
* 1978 – Jason White, Scottish rugby player
* 1979 – Eric Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1979 – Siddharth Narayan, Indian actor
* 1979 – Sung Si Kyung, Korean singer
* 1980 – Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer/boxer
* 1980 – Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
* 1980 – Nicholas D'Agosto, American television and film actor
* 1980 – Fabián Andrés Vargas, Colombian football player
* 1981 – Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer
* 1981 – Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
* 1981 – Zhang Yaokun, Chinese football player
* 1982 – Lee Jun Ki, South Korean actor and model
* 1982 – Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player
* 1983 – Stanislav Chistov, Russian hockey player
* 1983 – Roberto Jimenez, Peruvian football player
* 1983 – Andrea Marcato, Italian rugby player
* 1984 – Jed Lowrie, American baseball player
* 1984 – Pablo Sebastián Álvarez, Argentine footballer
* 1985 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player
* 1987 – Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Canadian actress, DJ and singer
* 1989 – Paraskevi Papahristou, Greek triple jumper
* 1990 – Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer
* 1995 – Paulie Litt, American actor
* 1996 – Dee Dee Davis, American actress

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