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Day History: August-17

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Famous Birthdays


1473- Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York -(d. 1483)

1556- Alexander Briant -English martyr and saint (d. 1581)

1578- Francesco Albani -Italian painter (d. 1660)

1601- Pierre de Fermat -French lawyer and mathematician (d. 1665)

1629- John III Sobieski -Polish–Lithuanian king (d. 1696)

1686- Nicola Porpora -Italian composer (d. 1768)

1753- Josef Dobrovský -Bohemian philologist and historian (d. 1828)

1768- Louis Desaix -French general (d. 1800)

1786- Davy Crockett -American soldier and politician (d. 1836)

1786- Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld -(d. 1861)

1794- Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst -(d. 1849)

1828- Jules Bernard Luys -French neurologist and physician (d. 1897)

1840- Wilfrid Scawen Blunt -English poet and activist (d. 1922)

1844- Menelik II -of Ethiopia (d. 1913)

1863- Gene Stratton-Porter -American author and photographer (d. 1924)

1866- Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI -Indian 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)

1866- Julia Marlowe -English-American actress (d. 1950)

1873- John A. Sampson -American gynecologist (d. 1946)

1877- Ralph McKittrick -American golfer and tennis player (d. 1923)

1878- Reggie Duff -Australian cricketer (d. 1911)

1880- Percy Sherwell -South African cricketer (d. 1948)

1887- Charles I of Austria -(d. 1922)

1887- Marcus Garvey -Jamaican journalist and activist, founded Black Star Line (d. 1940)

1888- Monty Woolley -American actor and singer (d. 1963)

1890- Stefan Bastyr -Polish soldier and pilot (d. 1920)

1890- Harry Hopkins -American politician and diplomat, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1946)

1893- Mae West -American actress, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1980)

1894- William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes -English businessman, founded Rootes Group (d. 1964)

1895- Aris Maliagros -Greek actor and singer (d. 1984)

1896- Leslie Groves -American general and engineer (d. 1970)

1896- Tõnis Kint -Estonian politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (d. 1991)

1896- Oliver Waterman Larkin -American historian and author (d. 1970)

1904- Mary Cain (editor)|Mary Cain -American journalist and politician (d. 1984)

1904- Leopold Nowak -Austrian composer and musicologist (d. 1991)

1907- Gustav Schwarzenegger -Austrian police chief and postal inspector (d. 1972)

1909- Larry Clinton -American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1985)

1911- Mikhail Botvinnik -Russian chess player (d. 1995)

1911- Martin Sandberger -German colonel and lawyer (d. 2010)

1913- Mark Felt -American agent, 2nd Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (d. 2008)

1913- Oscar Alfredo Gálvez -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1989)

1913- Rudy York -American baseball player and manager (d. 1970)

1914- Bill Downs -American journalist (d. 1978)

1914- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. -American lawyer and politician (d. 1988)

1916- Moses Majekodunmi -Nigerian physician and politician (d. 2012)

1918- Evelyn Ankers -Chilean-American actress (d. 1985)

1918- Michael John Wise -English geographer and academic

1919- Georgia Gibbs -American singer (d. 2006)

1920- George Duvivier -American bassist (d. 1985)

1920- Maureen O'Hara -Irish-American actress and singer

1920- Lida Moser -American photographer and author (d. 2014)

1921- Geoffrey Elton -German-English historian and academic (d. 1994)

1922- Roy Tattersall -England cricketer (d. 2011)

1926- Valerie Eliot -English businesswoman (d. 2012)

1926- George Melly -English singer (d. 2007)

1926- Jean Poiret -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1926- Jiang Zemin -Chinese politician, 5th President of the People's Republic of China

1927- Sam Butera -American saxophonist (d. 2009)

1928- T. J. Anderson -American composer, conductor, and educator

1928- Willem Duys -Dutch tennis player, sportscaster, and producer (d. 2011)

1929- Augie Blunt -American actor (d. 1999)

1929- Jimmy Donley -American singer-songwriter (d. 1963)

1929- Francis Gary Powers -American captain and pilot (d. 1977)

1930- Harve Bennett -American screenwriter and producer

1930- Ted Hughes -English poet, author, and playwright (d. 1998)

1931- Tony Wrigley -English historian, demographer, and academic

1932- V. S. Naipaul -Trinidadian-English journalist and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1933- Glenn Corbett -American actor (d. 1993)

1933- Mark Dinning -American singer (d. 1986)

1933- Gene Kranz -American NASA flight director and manager

1934- João Donato -Brazilian pianist and composer

1934- Ron Henry -English footballer

1935- Oleg Tabakov -Russian actor

1936- Seamus Mallon -Irish politician, First Minister and deputy First Minister|Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland

1936- Floyd Red Crow Westerman -American actor, singer, and activist (d. 2007)

1937- Ronnie Butler -Bahamian singer

1937- Spiros Focás -Greek actor

1938- Abu Bakar Bashir -Indonesian cleric

1938- Theodoros Pangalos -Greek politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece

1939- Luther Allison -American singer and guitarist (d. 1997)

1939- Anthony Valentine -English actor

1940- Eduardo Mignogna -Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1940- Barry Sheerman -English academic and politician

1941- Lothar Bisky -German politician (d. 2013)

1941- Jean Pierre Lefebvre -Canadian director and screenwriter

1942- Muslim Magomayev (musician)|Muslim Magomayev -Azerbaijani singer

1943- Edward Cowie -English composer, painter, and author

1943- Ian McAllister -Scottish businessman

1943- Robert De Niro -American actor, director, and producer

1943- John Humphrys -Welsh journalist and author

1943- Dave "Snaker" Ray -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Koerner, Ray & Glover) (d. 2002)

1944- Larry Ellison -American businessman, co-founded the Oracle Corporation

1944- Jean-Bernard Pommier -French pianist and conductor

1945- Rachel Pollack -American author

1946- Martha Coolidge -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1946- Patrick Manning -Trinidadian-Tobagonian politician, 4th List of Prime Ministers of Trinidad and Tobago|Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

1947- Sylvia Nasar -German-American economist and author

1947- Jennifer Rhodes -American actress

1947- Gary Talley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Box Tops)

1948- Alexander Ivashkin -Russian-English cellist and conductor (d. 2014)

1948- Rod MacDonald -American singer-songwriter

1949- Norm Coleman -American lawyer and politician, 52nd List of mayors of Saint Paul, Minnesota|Mayor of St. Paul

1949- Sue Draheim -American fiddler

1949- Julian Fellowes -Egyptian-English actor, director, screenwriter, and politician

1949- Sib Hashian -American drummer (Boston (band)|Boston and Ernie and the Automatics)

1951- Robert Joy -Canadian actor

1951- Richard Hunt (puppeteer)|Richard Hunt -American puppeteer and actor (d. 1992)

1951- Alan Minter -English boxer

1951- Elba Ramalho -Brazilian singer-songwriter and actress

1952- Aleksandr Maksimenkov -Russian footballer and coach (d. 2012)

1952- Nelson Piquet -Brazilian race car driver

1952- Mario Theissen -German businessman

1952- Guillermo Vilas -Argentinian tennis player

1953- Mick Malthouse -Australian footballer and coach

1953- Kevin Rowland -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dexys Midnight Runners)

1953- Herta Müller -Romanian-German poet and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1954- Andrés Pastrana Arango -Colombian lawyer and politician, 38th President of Colombia

1954- Eric Johnson -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1955- Richard Hilton -American businessman

1956- Gail Berman -American businessman, co-founded BermanBraun

1956- Álvaro Pino -Spanish cyclist

1957- Robin Cousins -English figure skater

1957- Ken Kwapis -American director and screenwriter

1957- Laurence Overmire -American poet, author, and actor

1958- Belinda Carlisle -American singer-songwriter (The Go-Go's)

1958- Fred Goodwin -Scottish banker and accountant

1958- Maurizio Sandro Sala -Brazilian race car driver

1958- Kirk Stevens -Canadian snooker player

1959- Jonathan Franzen -American author

1959- David Koresh -American cult leader (d. 1993)

1959- Chika Sakamoto -Japanese voice actress and singer

1959- Eric Schlosser -American journalist and author

1960- Stephan Eicher -Swiss singer-songwriter (Grauzone)

1960- Sean Penn -American actor and director

1961- Larry B. Scott -American actor, director, and producer

1962- Gilby Clarke -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Guns N' Roses, Rock Star Supernova, and Candy (band)|Candy)

1962- John Marshall Jones -American actor

1962- Buddy Landel -American wrestler

1962- Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss -German actor and director

1963- Shankar (director)|Shankar -Indian director and producer

1963- Jon Gruden -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1964- Colin James -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1965- Steve Gorman -American drummer (The Black Crowes and Trigger Hippy)

1964- Maria McKee -American singer-songwriter (Lone Justice)

1964- Dave Penney -English footballer and manager

1966- Maysa Leak -American singer and producer (Incognito (band)|Incognito)

1966- Jüri Luik -Estonian politician, 18th Minister of Defence (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Defense

1966- Rodney Mullen -American skateboarder

1966- Don Sweeney -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1967- David Conrad -American actor

1968- Andrew Koenig -American actor (d. 2010)

1968- Ed McCaffrey -American football player

1968- Helen McCrory -English actress

1969- Christian Laettner -American basketball player and coach

1969- Wayne Mills (singer)|Wayne Mills -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1969- Donnie Wahlberg -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (New Kids on the Block)

1970- Jim Courier -American tennis player

1970- Rupert Degas -English actor and producer

1970- Andrus Kivirähk -Estonian author

1970- Øyvind Leonhardsen -Norwegian footballer

1970- Bob Golding -English actor

1971- Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza -Mexican drug lord (d. 2013)

1971- Uhm Jung-hwa -South Korean singer and actress

1971- Ed Motta -Brazilian singer and keyboard player

1971- Jorge Posada -Puerto Rican baseball player

1971- Shaun Rehn -Australian footballer and coach

1972- Habibul Bashar -Bangladeshi cricketer

1974- Tony Hajjar -Lebanese-American drummer (At the Drive-In and Sparta (band)|Sparta)

1974- Nicola Kraus -American author

1975- Giuliana Rancic -Italian-American journalist and actress

1976- Eric Boulton -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Scott Halberstadt -American actor

1976- Geertjan Lassche -Dutch journalist

1976- Serhiy Zakarlyuka -Ukrainian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1977- Nathan Deakes -Australian race walker

1977- William Gallas -French footballer

1977- Thierry Henry -French footballer

1977- Mike Lewis (musician)|Mike Lewis -Welsh guitarist (Lostprophets, Public Disturbance (Welsh band)|Public Disturbance, and No Devotion)

1977- Tarja Turunen -Finnish singer-songwriter (Nightwish)

1978- Jelena Karleuša -Serbian singer and dancer

1978- Karena Lam -Canadian-Hong Kong actress and singer

1978- Ebon Moss-Bachrach -American actor

1978- Vibeke Stene -Norwegian singer (Tristania (band)|Tristania)

1979- Marcus Patric -English actor

1979- Antwaan Randle El -American football player

1980- Keith Dabengwa -Zimbabwean cricketer

1980- Daniel Güiza -Spanish footballer

1980- Jan Kromkamp -Dutch footballer

1980- Lene Marlin -Norwegian singer-songwriter

1980- Van Tuong Nguyen -Thai-Australian drug trafficker (d. 2005)

1981- Kristin Adams -American television host

1982- Phil Jagielka -English footballer

1982- Cheerleader Melissa -American wrestler

1982- Mark Salling -American actor and singer

1983- Dustin Pedroia -American baseball player

1984- Dee Brown (basketball, born 1984)|Dee Brown -American basketball player

1984- Oksana Domnina -Russian ice dancer

1984- Garrett Wolfe -American football player

1985- Aoi -Japanese actress

1985- Brock Kelly -American actor

1986- Rudy Gay -American basketball player

1986- Bryton James -American actor and singer

1986- Tyrus Thomas -American basketball player

1987- Kemp Muhl -American model, actress, and singer

1988- Aidan Coleman -Irish jockey

1988- Bianca Collins -American actress

1988- Brady Corbet -American actor

1988- Erika Toda -Japanese actress

1989- Lil B -American rapper (The Pack (group)|The Pack)

1989- Elena Hight -American snowboarder

1989- Frederick Lau -German actor

1990- Colin Bates -American actor, singer, and dancer

1990- Lauren Diewold -Canadian actress

1990- Rachel Hurd-Wood -English actress

1991- Austin Butler -American actor and singer

1991- Qory Sandioriva -Indonesian model, Puteri Indonesia 2009

1992- Paige (wrestler)|Paige -English wrestler

1992- Alex Elisala -New Zealand-Australian rugby player (d. 2013)

1993- Cinta Laura -German-Indonesian actress and singer

1993- Sarah Sjöström -Swedish swimmer

1994- Taissa Farmiga -American actress

1995- Gracie Gold -American figure skater

1996- Ella Cruz -Filipino actress