Famous Birthdays on 17th April

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1278 - Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor (d. 1320)
1539 - Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter/cartoonist (Comedia)
1573 - Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (d. 1651)
1586 - John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore)
1587 - Marco Ivan Lukacic, composer
1598 - Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)
1620 - Marguerite Bourgeoys, Troyes France, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint)
1622 - Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans)
1644 - Abraham Jansz Storck, painter, baptized
1666 - Francois Valentijn, Dutch vicar/writer
1676 - Frederik I, van Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51)
1683 - Johann David Heinichen, composer
1699 - Robert Blair, Scottish poet (Grave)
1710 - Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (d. 1767)
First Canadian Saint Marguerite BourgeoysFirst Canadian Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620) 1715 - Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer
1719 - Christian Gottfried Krause, composer
1734 - Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
1738 - Philip Hayes, composer
1741 - Johann Gottlieb Naumann, composer
1741 - Samuel Chase, judge (signed Decl of Ind)
1750 - François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure (d. 1828)
1774 - Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer
1788 - Joseph Gilbert Totten, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1864
1794 - Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (d. 1868)
1797 - Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian composer/conductor
1798 - Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)
1809 - Philip St George Cocke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1861
1811 - Ann Sheppard Mounsey, composer
1813 - Henry Washington Benham, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1884
1816 - Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (d. 1876)
1820 - Gottfried Conradi, composer
1827 - French C Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (St Amanduskerk, Antwerp)
1833 - Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer (d. 1900)
1837 - J. P. Morgan, Hartford, Connecticut, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation)
1842 - Maurice Rouvier, French statesman (d. 1911)
1845 - Isabel Barrows, US, editor/penologist (Conference on Negro Question)
1849 - William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1923)
1863 - Johannes P Boskaljon, Curacao composer/conductor
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)
1868 - Charles R Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French dictionary)
1869 - Johannes M Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher
1870 - Ray Stannard Baker, US, journalist (Puliter Prize 1940)
1876 - Ian Hay, Scotland, novelist/playwright (PIp, Carrying On)
1877 - Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat (d. 1949)
1881 - Anton Wildgans, writer
1882 - Artur Schnabel, Lipnik Austria, pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas)
1883 - Hermann Darewsky, composer
1884 - Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob
1885 - Cecil Burleigh, composer
1885 - Isak Dinesen, Danish writer (Out of Africa, 7 Gothic Tales)
1885 - Karen Blixen-Finecke, [pen name Isak Dinesen], Danish writer (Out of Africa)
1886 - Otto Lederer, Czechoslovakia, actor (Jazz Singer)
1890 - Art Acord, Glenwood Sevier UT, western actor (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists)
1892 - Jean PJC Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist
1895 - Bert Wheeler, actor (Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers)
1896 - Senor Wences, ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet)
1897 - Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River)
1897 - Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
1897 - Thornton N Wilder, US, novelist/playwright (Our Town)
1899 - Vincent Wigglesworth, entomologist
1901 - George Keyt, artist
1902 - Anton Beuving, lyricist (Ketelbinkie)
1902 - Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician (d. 1974)
1903 - Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
1903 - Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
1903 - Morgan Taylor, American athlete (d. 1975)
1904 - Edward Chodorov, playwright/director (Story of Louis Pasteur)
1904 - Naoomal Jeoomal, cricketer (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman)
1905 - Arthur Lake, Corbin Ky, actor (Dagwood-Blondie)
1905 - Louis Jean Heydt, Montclair NJ, actor (Joe-Waterfront)
1906 - M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily)
1906 - Sidney R. Garfield, American physician (d. 1984)
1909 - Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician
1909 - Humphrey Sims Moore, pacifist/journalist
1910 - Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (d. 1999)
1911 - Jean-Pierre Herve Bazin, writer
1911 - Mikhail Botvinnik, of USSR, world chess champion (1948-63)
1912 - Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival Pioneer
1913 - Paul Langton, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place)
1913 - Richard Travis, Carlsbad NM, actor (Missile to the Moon)
1914 - George W. Davis, American art director (d. 1984)
1915 - Joe Foss, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician (d. 2003)
1916 - Azijn Banana, [Oscar Enau], Antillean publicist
1916 - David Stafford-Clark, psychiatrist
1916 - Donald Gibson, British vice-admiral
1916 - Ryoei Saito, businessman
1916 - Sirimavo Bandaranaike, world's 1st woman PM (Sri Lanka, 1960..77)
1916 - Vinegar Banana, [Oscar Enau], Antillean publicist
1917 - Bill Clements, American politician
1918 - Anne Shirley, UK, actress (Devil & Daniel Webster, Stella Dallas)
1918 - William Holden, Ill, actor (Stalag 17, Bridge Over River Kwai, SOB)
1919 - Gilles Lamontagne, French Canadian politician
1919 - Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer
1920 - Bengt N Anderberg, Swedish poet/writer (Kain)
1920 - Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter
1921 - Donald Barron, CEO (Midland Bank)
Journalist Harry ReasonerJournalist Harry Reasoner (1923) 1923 - Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)
1923 - Lindsay Anderson, Bangalore India, director (Thursday's Children)
1923 - Lloyd Biggle Jr, US, sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly)
1923 - Norman Potter, cabinetmaker designer/writer
1923 - Solly Hemus, American baseball player
1924 - Patrick Sergeant, founder (Euromoney Publications)
1924 - Althea T L Simmons, human rights activist/chief lobbyist (NAACP)
1925 - Anne Harris, CEO (Natl Federation of Women's Institutes)
1925 - John Yates, bishop (Lambeth England)
1925 - Joyce Buck, actress/interior designer
1926 - Arthur Hockaday, director-Gen (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
1926 - G M Hughes, professor/zoologist
1926 - Michael Vernon, CEO (RNLI)
1926 - Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
1927 - Christopher Whelen, composer
1927 - Tadeusz Mazowiecki, premier of Poland (1989-90)
1928 - Cynthia Ozick, US, author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories)
1929 - Eileen Stamers-Smith, headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
1929 - James Last, orchestra leader/composer/arranger
1929 - Lady (James) Mellon, CEO (Volunteer Development Scotland)
1930 - Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
1930 - Genevieve, Paris France, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples)
1931 - Joan Clague, director of nursing services (Marie Curie Foundation)
1931 - John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
1931 - John Chalstrey, alderman/Lord Mayor (London)
1931 - Joyce Molyneux, chef
1931 - Ruth Etchells, principal (St John's College-Durham)
1932 - Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
1932 - Han J A Hansen [Jansen], Dutch journalist (King Comes!)
1932 - Ramsay Melhuish, diplomat
1933 - Penelope Lively, writer
1933 - Tim Rathbone, MP
1934 - Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
1935 - Theo Angelopoulos, Greek film director
1936 - Lord Justice Aldous
1936 - Pete Graves, rocker (Moonglows)
1937 - Brian Sedgemore, British MP
1937 - Daffy Duck, animated character
1937 - Eduard N Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut
1937 - Galina Samsova, ballerina
1937 - Terry Dicks, British MP
1937 - Ferdinand Piëch, Austrian-German automotive engineer and executive
1938 - David Dilks, vice-chancellor (Hull U)
1938 - K M P O'Brien, archbishop (St Andrews & Edinburgh)
1938 - Ben Barnes, American politician
1938 - Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism
1940 - Anja Silja, German soprano
1941 - Adolphus Hailstork, composer
1941 - Billy Fury, Liverpool, singer/guitarist (When Will You Say I Love You)
1941 - Max Stafford-Clark, artistic director (Royal Court Theatre)
1942 - Mario Brenta, writer/director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains)
1942 - David Bradley, British actor
1943 - Roy Estrada, rocker (Morthers Of Invention)
1944 - John Lill, professor/pianist
1945 - Vincent A M van der Burg, Dutch MP (CDA)
1946 - Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
1946 - Henry Kelly, British broadcaster
1946 - J R Baines, professor (Egyptologist)
1947 - Linda Martin, Irish singer
1947 - Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
1948 - Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)
1949 - Heini Hemmi, Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)
1950 - L. Scott Caldwell, American actress
1950 - Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
1951 - Olivia Hussey, Buenos Aires, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile)
1952 - Željko Ražnatović, Serbian warlord (d. 2000)
1954 - Kim Tyler, Hollywood California, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies)
1954 - Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
1954 - Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
1954 - Michael Sembello, American musician
1955 - Pete Shelley, vocal/guitar (Buzzcocks-Going Steady, Love Bites)
1955 - Peter Michalke, journalist
1955 - Rob Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
1956 - Faye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
1956 - Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
1956 - Pillow, [Therese Joan Bell], California, bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
1957 - Byron Cherry, Atlanta Ga, actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard)
1957 - Nick Hornby, English author
1958 - Sergei Yuriyevich Vozovikov, Russian major/cosmonaut
1959 - Sean Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A Game of Thrones)
1959 - David Hearn, Wash DC, slalom single canoe (Olympics-9th-96)
1959 - Elizabeth Lindsey, actress (China Beach)
1959 - Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
1959 - Teri Austin, Toronto Canada, actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing)
1960 - Michael Whitaker, showjumper
1961 - Boomer Esiason, West Islip, New York, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
1961 - Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)
1961 - Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
1962 - Nancy Hogshead, Iowa City, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)/model (jockey)
1963 - Joel Murray, American actor
1964 - Ken Daneyko, Windsor, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
1964 - Raye Hollit, American Gladiator (Zap)
1964 - Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
1964 - Lela Rochon, American actress
1965 - William Mapother, American actor
1965 - Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner
1966 - Lela Rochon, actress (Waiting to Exhale)
1966 - Susie Redman, Salem OH, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-2nd)
1966 - Vikram, Indian actor
1967 - Aaron Wallace, NFL defensive end/linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
1967 - Leslie Bega, Los Angeles California, actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class)
1967 - Marquis Grisom, Atlanta GA, outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleve Indians)

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