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Day History: November-17

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Famous Birthdays


9- Vespasian -Roman emperor (d. 79)

1503- Bronzino -Italian painter (d. 1572)

1576- Roque González de Santa Cruz -Paraguayan missionary and saint (d. 1628)

1587- Joost van den Vondel -Dutch poet and playwright (d. 1679)

1612- Dorgon -Manchu son of Nurhaci (d. 1650)

1681- Pierre François le Courayer -French theologian and author (d. 1776)

1685- Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye -Canadian commander and explorer (d. 1749)

1729- Maria Antonia Ferdinanda of Spain -(d. 1785)

1749- Nicolas Appert -French chef, inventor of canning (d. 1841)

1753- Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg -American clergyman and botanist (d. 1815)

1755- Louis XVIII of France -(d. 1824)

1765- Jacques MacDonald -French general (d. 1840)

1790- August Ferdinand Möbius -German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1868)

1793- Charles Lock Eastlake -English painter, historian, and academic (d. 1865)

1816- August Wilhelm Ambros -Austrian composer and historian (d. 1876)

1827- Petko Slaveykov -Bulgarian journalist and poet (d. 1895)

1835- Andrew L. Harris -American general and politician, 44th Governor of Ohio (d. 1915)

1854- Hubert Lyautey -French general and politician, Minister of Defence (France)|French Minister of War (d. 1934)

1857- Joseph Babinski -French neurologist and academic (d. 1932)

1866- Voltairine de Cleyre -American author and activist (d. 1912)

1868- Korbinian Brodmann -German neurologist and academic (d. 1918)

1877- Frank Calder -English-Canadian journalist and businessman (d. 1943)

1878- Grace Abbott -American social worker (d. 1939)

1878- Augustus Goessling -American swimmer and water polo player (d. 1963)

1886- Walter Terence Stace -English-American philosopher, academic, and civil servant (d. 1967)

1887- Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein -English field marshal (d. 1976)

1895- Mikhail Bakhtin -Russian philosopher and critic (d. 1975)

1895- Gregorio López (writer)|Gregorio López -Mexican journalist, author, and poet (d. 1966)

1896- Lev Vygotsky -Belarusian-Russian psychologist and philosopher (d. 1934)

1897- Frank Fay (American actor)|Frank Fay -American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1961)

1899- Douglas Shearer -Canadian-American engineer (d. 1971)

1901- Walter Hallstein -German academic and politician, 1st President of the European Commission (d. 1982)

1901- Lee Strasberg -Ukrainian-American actor and director (d. 1982)

1902- Eugene Wigner -Hungarian physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)

1904- Isamu Noguchi -American sculptor and architect (d. 1988)

1905- Mischa Auer -Russian-American actor and singer (d. 1967)

1905- Astrid of Sweden -(d. 1935)

1906- Soichiro Honda -Japanese engineer and businessman, co-founded the Honda|Honda Motor Company (d. 1991)

1906- Rollie Stiles -American baseball player (d. 2007)

1907- Israel Regardie -English occultist and author (d. 1985)

1911- Christian Fouchet -French politician, List of Interior Ministers of France|French Minister of the Interior (d. 1974)

1916- Shelby Foote -American historian and author (d. 2005)

1920- Camillo Felgen -Luxembourgian singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1920- Gemini Ganesan -Indian actor and director (d. 2002)

1921- Albert Bertelsen -Danish painter and illustrator

1922- Stanley Cohen (biochemist)|Stanley Cohen -American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1923- Hubertus Brandenburg -Swedish bishop (d. 2009)

1923- Mike Garcia (baseball, born 1923)|Mike Garcia -American baseball player (d. 1986)

1923- Aristides Pereira -Cape Verdean politician, 1st President of Cape Verde (d. 2011)

1923- Bert Sutcliffe -New Zealand cricketer and coach (d. 2001)

1925- Jean Faut -American baseball player

1925- Rock Hudson -American actor and singer (d. 1985)

1925- Charles Mackerras -American-Australian oboe player conductor (d. 2010)

1926- Robert Brown (US actor)|Robert Brown -American actor

1927- Robert Drasnin -American clarinet player and composer

1927- Fenella Fielding -English actress

1928- Arman -French-American painter and sculptor (d. 2005)

1928- Rance Howard -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1929- Norm Zauchin -American baseball player (d. 1999)

1930- Bob Mathias -American decathlete, actor, and politician (d. 2006)

1932- Jeremy Black (Royal Navy officer)|Jeremy Black -English admiral

1933- Dan Osinski -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1933- Orlando Peña -Cuban-American baseball player and scout

1934- Jim Inhofe -American soldier and politician, 32nd Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma

1934- Anthony King (professor)|Anthony King -Canadian-English psephologist and academic

1934- Terry Rand -American basketball player (d. 2014)

1935- Bobby Joe Conrad -American football player

1935- Toni Sailer -Austrian skier and actor (d. 2009)

1936- Crispian Hollis -English bishop

1937- Peter Cook -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 1995)

1938- Charles Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank -Scottish general

1938- Gordon Lightfoot -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1939- Auberon Waugh -English journalist and author (d. 2001)

1940- Luke Kelly -Irish singer and banjo player (The Dubliners) (d. 1984)

1940- Aşık Mahzuni Şerif -Turkish composer, author, and poet (d. 2002)

1942- Partha Dasgupta -Bangladeshi economist and academic

1942- Bob Gaudio -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (The Four Seasons (band)|The Four Seasons)

1942- Kang Kek Iew -Cambodian criminal

1942- Lesley Rees -English endocrinologist and academic

1942- István Rosztóczy -Hungarian-Japanese microbiologist and physician (d. 1993)

1942- Martin Scorsese -American director, producer, screenwriter, and actor

1943- Lauren Hutton -American actress and producer

1944- Jim Boeheim -American basketball player and coach

1944- Malcolm Bruce -Scottish politician

1944- Gene Clark -American singer-songwriter (The Byrds, The New Christy Minstrels, and Dillard & Clark) (d. 1991)

1944- Danny DeVito -American actor, director, and producer

1944- Rem Koolhaas -Dutch architect, designed the Seattle Central Library

1944- Lorne Michaels -Canadian-American screenwriter and producer, created ''Saturday Night Live''

1944- Tom Seaver -American baseball player and sportscaster

1945- Lesley Abdela -English journalist and activist

1945- Jeremy Hanley -English accountant and politician, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs|Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom

1945- Elvin Hayes -American basketball player and sportscaster

1945- Roland Joffé -English-French director, producer, and screenwriter

1946- Martin Barre -English guitarist and songwriter (Jethro Tull (band)|Jethro Tull)

1946- Terry Branstad -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 39th Governor of Iowa

1947- Robert "Stewkey" Antoni -American singer and keyboard player (Nazz and Fuse (band)|Fuse)

1947- Steven E. de Souza -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1947- Inky Mark -Chinese-Canadian educator and politician

1948- Howard Dean -American physician and politician, 79th Governor of Vermont

1948- East Bay Ray -American guitarist (Dead Kennedys)

1949- John Boehner -American businessman and politician, 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

1949- Nguyen Tan Dung -Vietnamese soldier and politician, 8th List of Prime Ministers of Vietnam|Prime Minister of Vietnam

1950- Tom Walkinshaw -Scottish race car driver, founded Tom Walkinshaw Racing (d. 2010)

1951- Butch Davis -American football player and coach

1951- Werner Hoyer -German economist and politician

1951- Dean Paul Martin -American singer, actor, and tennis player (Dino, Desi & Billy) (d. 1987)

1951- Stephen Root -American actor

1951- Jack Vettriano -Scottish painter

1952- David Emanuel (fashion designer)|David Emanuel -Welsh fashion designer

1952- Ties Kruize -Dutch field hockey player

1952- Cyril Ramaphosa -South African businessman and politician

1953- Babis Tennes -Greek footballer and manager

1954- Chopper Read -Australian criminal and author (d. 2013)

1954- Kevin James (pornographic actor)|Kevin James -American porn actor (d. 1990)

1955- Yolanda King -American actress and activist (d. 2007)

1955- Dennis Maruk -Canadian ice hockey player

1955- Dan Schnurrenberger -American canoe racer

1956- Graham Jones (English author)|Graham Jones -English psychologist and author

1956- Jim McGovern (British politician)|Jim McGovern -Scottish politician

1957- Debbie Thrower -English journalist

1958- Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio -American actress and singer

1959- Terry Fenwick -English footballer and manager

1959- William R. Moses -American actor and producer

1959- Jaanus Tamkivi -Estonian politician

1960- RuPaul -American drag queen performer, actor, and singer

1960- Michael Hertwig -German footballer and manager

1960- Jonathan Ross -English actor and talk show host

1960- Mandy Yachad -South African cricketer and field hockey player

1961- Robert Stethem -American soldier (d. 1985)

1961- Pat Toomey -American businessman and politician

1962- Dédé Fortin -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Les Colocs) (d. 2000)

1963- Randy Black -Canadian drummer (Annihilator (band)|Annihilator and Primal Fear (band)|Primal Fear)

1964- Ralph Garman -American actor and radio host

1964- Susan Rice -American academic and politician, 24th National Security Advisor (United States)|United States National Security Advisor

1964- Mitch Williams -American baseball player and sportscaster

1965- Amanda Brown (musician)|Amanda Brown -Australian violinist and composer (The Go-Betweens)

1966- Ben Allison -American bassist and composer

1966- Jeff Buckley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Gods and Monsters (band)|Gods and Monsters) (d. 1997)

1966- Kate Ceberano -Australian singer-songwriter and actress (I'm Talking)

1966- Richard Fortus -American guitarist (Guns N' Roses and Love Spit Love)

1966- Daisy Fuentes -Cuban-American model and actress

1966- Sophie Marceau -French actress, director, and screenwriter

1967- Tab Benoit -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1967- Ronnie DeVoe -American singer, producer, and actor (New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe)

1968- Sean Miller -American basketball player and coach

1969- Ryōtarō Okiayu -Japanese voice actor

1969- Jean-Michel Saive -Belgian table tennis player

1969- Rebecca Walker -American author

1970- Paul Allender -English guitarist and songwriter (Cradle of Filth and The Blood Divine)

1970- Wendy Piatt -English businesswoman

1972- Kimya Dawson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Moldy Peaches)

1972- Joanne Goode -English badminton player

1972- Lorraine Pascale -English model and chef

1972- Leonard Roberts -American actor

1973- Andreas Hedlund -Swedish singer-songwriter and producer (Vintersorg, Borknagar, Cronian, Fission (band)|Fission, Waterclime, and Otyg)

1973- Eli Marrero -Cuban-American baseball player, coach, and manager

1973- Bernd Schneider (footballer)|Bernd Schneider -German footballer

1973- Alexei Urmanov -Russian figure skater

1973- Leslie Bibb -American actress and producer

1974- Eunice Barber -Sierra Leonean-French heptathlete and long jumper

1974- Berto Romero -Spanish comedian and actor

1975- Kinga Baranowska -Polish mountaineer

1975- Roland de Marigny -South African-Italian rugby player

1975- Lord Infamous -American rapper (Three 6 Mafia) (d. 2013)

1975- Jerome James -American basketball player

1976- Jacqueline Aguilera -Venezuelan model, Miss World 1995

1976- Brandon Call -American actor

1976- Diane Neal -American actress

1977- Ryk Neethling -South African swimmer

1977- Paul Shepherd -English footballer

1978- Glen Air -Australian rugby player

1978- Zoë Bell -New Zealand actress and stuntwoman

1978- Rachel McAdams -Canadian actress

1978- Reggie Wayne -American football player

1979- Matthew Spring -English footballer

1980- Jay Bradley -American wrestler

1980- Isaac Hanson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hanson (band)|Hanson)

1980- Israel Idonije -Nigerian-Canadian football player

1980- Mercedes Martinez -American wrestler

1981- Sarah Harding -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Girls Aloud)

1982- Lucy Durack -Australian actress and singer

1982- Katie Feenstra-Mattera -American basketball player

1982- Otacílio Mariano Neto -Brazilian footballer

1982- Yusuf Pathan -Indian cricketer

1982- Hollie Smith -New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist

1983- Viva Bianca -Australian actress

1983- Yiannis Bourousis -Greek basketball player

1983- Ryan Bradley -American figure skater

1983- Ryan Braun -American baseball player

1983- Trevor Crowe -American baseball player

1983- Harry Lloyd -English actor

1983- Nick Markakis -American baseball player

1983- Scott Moore (baseball)|Scott Moore -American baseball player

1983- Christopher Paolini -American author

1984- Amanda Evora -American figure skater

1984- Park Han-byul -South Korean actress

1985- Panbanisha -American bonobo (d. 2012)

1985- Sékou Camara -Malian footballer (d. 2013)

1986- Nani -Portuguese footballer

1986- Luis Aguiar -Uruguayan footballer

1986- Fabio Concas -Italian footballer

1986- Everth Cabrera -Nicaraguan baseball player

1986- Greg Rutherford -English long jumper

1987- Craig Noone -English footballer

1987- Gemma Spofforth -English swimmer

1989- Ryan Griffin (quarterback)|Ryan Griffin -American football player

1993- Taylor Gold -American Olympian snowboarder

1994- Raquel Castro -American singer-songwriter and actress

2005- Giant George -American dog (d. 2013)