Friday, April 17, 2015

April 17 Birthdays

1277 – Michael IX Palaiologos, Byzantine emperor (d. 1320)
1573 – Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
1586 – John Ford, English poet and playwright (d. 1639)
1598 – Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Italian priest and astronomer (d. 1671)
1620 – Marguerite Bourgeoys, French saint, founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal (d. 1700)
1622 – Henry Vaughan, Welsh physician, author, and poet (d. 1695)
1676 – Frederick I of Sweden (d. 1751)
1683 – Johann David Heinichen, German composer and theorist (d. 1729)
1710 – Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, Scottish politician (d. 1767)
1734 – Taksin, Thai king (d. 1782)
1741 – Samuel Chase, American jurist (d. 1811)
1750 – François de Neufchâteau, French academic and politician, French Minister of the Interior (d. 1828)
1756 – Dheeran Chinnamalai, Indian activist (d. 1805)
1766 – Collin McKinney, American surveyor, merchant, and politician (d. 1861)
1794 – Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (d. 1868)
1798 – Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
1814 – Josif Pančić, Serbian botanist and academic (d. 1888)
1816 – Thomas Hazlehurst, English architect (d. 1876)
1820 – Alexander Cartwright, American firefighter, invented Baseball (d. 1892)
1833 – Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1900)
1837 – J. P. Morgan, American banker and financier, founded J.P. Morgan & Co. (d. 1913)
1842 – Maurice Rouvier, French politician, 53rd Prime Minister of France (d. 1911)
1849 – William R. Day, American jurist and politician, 36th United States Secretary of State (d. 1923)
1852 – Cap Anson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1922)
1863 – Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician (d. 1940)
1865 – Ursula Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian nun and saint, founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus (d. 1939)
1866 – Ernest Starling, English physiologist and academic (d. 1927)
1875 – Aleksander Tõnisson, Estonian general and politician, 5th Estonian Minister of War (d. 1941)
1877 – Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat (d. 1949)
1878 – Emil Fuchs, German-American businessman (d. 1961)
1882 – Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist and composer (d. 1951)
1884 – Leo Frank, American businessman (d. 1915)
1885 – Karen Blixen, Danish author (d. 1962)
1885 – Carl Goßler, German rower (d. 1914)
1888 – Herms Niel, German composer (d. 1954)
1890 – Art Acord, American actor and rodeo rider (d. 1931)
1891 – George Adamski, Polish-American ufologist and author (d. 1965)
1895 – Robert Dean Frisbie, American author (d. 1948)
1896 – Señor Wences, Spanish-American ventriloquist (d. 1999)
1897 – Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian philosopher and educator (d. 1981)
1897 – Thornton Wilder, American author and playwright (d. 1975)
1897 – Edouard Wyss-Dunant, Swiss physician and mountaineer (d. 1983)
1899 – Aleksander Klumberg, Estonian decathlete and coach (d. 1958)
1899 – Dimitris Poulianos, Greek artist (d. 1972)
1902 – Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician (d. 1974)
1903 – Nicolas Nabokov, Russian-American composer and educator (d. 1978)
1903 – Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist and educator (d. 1976)
1903 – Morgan Taylor, American hurdler (d. 1975)
1905 – Louis Jean Heydt, American actor (d. 1960)
1905 – Arthur Lake, American actor (d. 1987)
1906 – Sidney Garfield, American physician (d. 1984)
1909 – Alain Poher, French politician, President of France (d. 1996)
1910 – Evangelos Averoff, Greek politician, Greek Minister of Defence (d. 1990)
1910 – Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter and producer (d. 1999)
1910 – Helenio Herrera, French footballer and manager (d. 1997)
1911 – Hervé Bazin, French author (d. 1996)
1911 – Lester Rodney, American journalist (d. 2009)
1912 – Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-American actress and singer (d. 2013)
1914 – George W. Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
1914 – Mac Raboy, American illustrator (d. 1967)
1915 – Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lankan politician, 6th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (d. 2000)
1915 – Martin Clemens, Scottish soldier (d. 2009)
1915 – Joe Foss, American general and politician, 20th Governor of South Dakota (d. 2003)
1915 – Regina Ghazaryan, Armenian painter (d. 1999)
1916 – A. Thiagarajah, Sri Lankan educator and politician (d. 1981)
1918 – William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)
1919 – Gilles Lamontagne, Canadian politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
1919 – Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2012)
1920 – Edmonde Charles-Roux, French journalist and author
1923 – Lindsay Anderson, Indian-English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1994)
1923 – Solly Hemus, American baseball player, coach, and manager
1923 – Neville McNamara, Australian air marshal (d. 2014)
1923 – Gianni Raimondi, Italian tenor (d. 2008)
1923 – Harry Reasoner, American journalist (d. 1991)
1924 – Kenneth Norman Jones, Australian public servant
1924 – Donald Richie, American-Japanese author and critic (d. 2013)
1925 – Erich Göstl, Austrian-German SS officer (d. 1990)
1925 – René Moawad, Lebanese politician, 13th President of Lebanon (d. 1989)
1926 – Joan Lorring, Hong Kong-American actress (d. 2014)
1926 – Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
1928 – Cynthia Ozick, American author
1928 – Heinz Putzl, Austrian fencer
1928 – Fabien Roy, Canadian politician
1928 – Victor Lownes, American film producer and executive for HMH Publishing
1929 – Michael Forest, American actor
1929 – James Last, German bassist, composer, and bandleader
1929 – Peggy McKercher, Canadian academic
1930 – Chris Barber, English trombonist and bandleader
1931 – John Barrett, English tennis player and sportscaster
1931 – Malcolm Browne, American journalist and photographer (d. 2012)
1931 – Howard Honig, American actor
1934 – Don Kirshner, American songwriter and producer (d. 2011)
1934 – Peter Morris, Australian-English surgeon
1935 – Bud Paxson, American broadcaster, founded Home Shopping Network and Pax TV (d. 2015)
1937 – Ronald Hamowy, Canadian historian and academic (d. 2012)
1937 – Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German engineer and businessman
1938 – Ben Barnes, American politician, 36th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
1938 – Doug Lewis, Canadian lawyer and politician, 41st Canadian Minister of Justice
1938 – Kerry Wendell Thornley, American theorist, co-founder of Discordianism (d. 1988)
1939 – Robert Miller, American art dealer (d. 2011)
1940 – Eric Dancer, British businessman and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Devon
1940 – Billy Fury, English singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1983)
1940 – John McCririck, English journalist
1940 – Chuck Menville, American animator and screenwriter (d. 1992)
1940 – Anja Silja, German soprano
1941 – Lagle Parek, Estonian politician, Estonian Minister of the Interior
1942 – David Bradley, English actor
1943 – Bobby Curtola, Canadian singer
1943 – Richard Allen Epstein, American lawyer and educator
1946 – Clare Francis, English sailor and author
1946 – Henry Kelly, Irish radio and television host
1947 – George Emslie, Lord Emslie, Scottish judge
1947 – Richard Field, English judge
1947 – Sherrie Levine, American artist
1947 – Linda Martin, Irish singer-songwriter
1947 – Paul Thomas, American porn actor and director
1947 – Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, coach, and manager
1948 – Jan Hammer, Czech pianist, composer, and producer
1948 – Alice Harden, American politician (d. 2012)
1949 – Mike Hill, English bishop
1950 – L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
1950 – Bruce McNall, American businessman
1951 – Olivia Hussey, British actress of Argentinian and English descent
1951 – Börje Salming, Swedish ice hockey player
1952 – Pierre Guité, Canadian ice hockey player
1952 – John McColl, English general and politician, Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
1952 – Željko Ražnatović, Serbian commander (d. 2000)
1952 – John Robertson, Scottish politician
1954 – Riccardo Patrese, Italian race car driver
1954 – Roddy Piper, Canadian wrestler and actor
1954 – Michael Sembello, American singer-songwriter
1954 – Lester Square, Canadian guitarist (The Monochrome Set and Adam and the Ants)
1955 – Todd Lickliter, American basketball player and coach
1955 – Pete Shelley, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks)
1955 – Mike Stroud, English physician and explorer
1956 – Colin Tyre, Lord Tyre, Scottish lawyer and judge
1957 – Teri Austin, Canadian actress
1957 – Nick Hornby, English author and screenwriter
1957 – Julia Macur, English lawyer and judge
1957 – Susan Roman, Canadian voice actress
1958 – Laslo Babits, Canadian javelin thrower (d. 2013)
1959 – Sean Bean, English actor
1959 – Jimmy Mann, Canadian ice hockey player
1961 – Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
1961 – Boomer Esiason, American football player and sportscaster
1961 – Bella Freud, English fashion designer
1962 – Marianna Efstratiou, Greek singer
1962 – Paul Nicholls, English jockey and trainer
1963 – Joel Murray, American actor
1963 – Penny Vilagos, Canadian swimmer
1963 – Vicky Vilagos, Canadian swimmer
1964 – Ken Daneyko, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1964 – Maynard James Keenan, American singer-songwriter and producer (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, and Green Jellÿ)
1964 – Lela Rochon, American actress
1964 – Bart Van den Bossche, Flemish singer and actor (d. 2013)
1965 – William Mapother, American actor
1966 – Vikram, Indian actor, singer, and producer
1967 – Henry Ian Cusick, Peruvian-Scottish actor
1967 – Kimberly Elise, American actress
1967 – Timothy Gibbs, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1967 – Marquis Grissom, American baseball player and coach
1967 – Liz Phair, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1968 – Julie Fagerholt, Danish fashion designer
1968 – Phil Henderson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
1968 – Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
1968 – Richie Woodhall, English boxer
1970 – Redman, American rapper, producer, and actor (Def Squad and Method Man & Redman)
1971 – Andri Kirsima, Estonian architect
1971 – Claire Sweeney, English actress and singer
1972 – Ruffian, American race horse (d. 1975)
1972 – Gary Bennett, American baseball player
1972 – Tony Boselli, American football player and sportscaster
1972 – Jennifer Garner, American actress and producer
1972 – Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer
1972 – Yuichi Nishimura, Japan footballer and referee
1972 – Terran Sandwith, Canadian ice hockey player
1972 – Jarkko Wiss, Finnish footballer
1973 – Katrin Koov, Estonian architect
1973 – Jeff Lewis, American football player (d. 2013)
1973 – Brett Maher, Australian basketball player
1973 – Theo Ratliff, American basketball player
1973 – Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler
1974 – Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Opeth, Bloodbath, and Katatonia)
1974 – Victoria Beckham, English singer, actress, and fashion designer (Spice Girls)
1975 – Heidi Alexander, English politician
1975 – Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor
1975 – Travis Roy, American ice hockey player
1976 – Sizzla, Jamaican rapper
1976 – Anna Geislerová, Czech actress
1976 – Monet Mazur, American actress
1976 – Alex Nesic, American actor
1977 – Chad Hedrick, American speed skater
1977 – Phil Jamieson, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Grinspoon)
1977 – Frederik Magle, Danish pianist and composer
1978 – Lindsay Hartley, American actress and singer
1978 – Loukas Louka, Cypriot footballer
1978 – Jason White, Scottish rugby player
1979 – Siddharth, Indian actor, singer, and producer
1979 – Eric Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player
1979 – Sung Si-kyung, South Korean singer
1980 – Nicholas D'Agosto, American actor
1980 – Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
1980 – Fabián Andrés Vargas, Colombian footballer
1980 – Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer, boxer, and manager
1981 – Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer-songwriter
1981 – Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
1981 – Zhang Yaokun, Chinese footballer
1982 – Brad Boyes, Canadian ice hockey player
1982 – Lee Joon-gi, South Korean actor and singer
1982 – Martin Kampmann, Danish mixed martial artist
1982 – Chuck Kobasew, Canadian ice hockey player
1983 – Stanislav Chistov, Russian ice hockey player
1983 – Roberto Jiménez, Peruvian footballer
1983 – Andrea Marcato, Italian rugby player
1984 – Pablo Sebastián Álvarez, Argentinian footballer
1984 – Rosanna Davison, Irish model and actress, Miss World 2003
1984 – Jed Lowrie, American baseball player
1984 – Raffaele Palladino, Italian footballer
1985 – Rooney Mara, American actress
1985 – Luke Mitchell, Australian actor
1985 – William Snape, English actor
1985 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player
1986 – Romain Grosjean, French race car driver
1987 – Eelco Sintnicolaas, Dutch decathlete
1987 – Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Canadian actress and singer
1988 – Takahiro Morita, Japanese singer, lyricist, one Ok Rock
1989 – Sunaina, Indian actress
1989 – Paraskevi Papachristou, Greek triple jumper
1989 – Zara Aldana, Filipino model, Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific 2007
1990 – Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer
1990 – Gia Mantegna, American actress
1991 – Tessa James, Australian actress
1992 – Noni Răzvan Ene, Romanian singer
1993 – Race Imboden, American fencer
1995 – Bel'ange Epako, Congolese footballer (d. 2013)
1996 – Dee Dee Davis, American actress
2004 – Solwhit, French-Irish race horse (d. 2014)

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