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Day History: October-17

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Famous Birthdays


1253- Ivo of Kermartin -French priest and saint (d. 1303)

1577- Cristofano Allori -Italian painter (d. 1621)

1577- Dmitry Pozharsky -Russian prince (d. 1642)

1582- Johann Gerhard -German theologian and academic (d. 1637)

1623- Francis Turretin -Swiss-Italian minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1687)

1688- Domenico Zipoli -Italian missionary and composer (d. 1726)

1711- Jupiter Hammon -American poet (d. 1806)

1719- Jacques Cazotte -French author and academic (d. 1792)

1720- Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini -Italian harpsichord player and composer (d. 1795)

1725- John Wilkes -English journalist and politician (d. 1797)

1729- Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny -French composer (d. 1817)

1760- Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon -French economist and philosopher (d. 1825)

1811- Albertus van Raalte -Dutch-American pastor (d. 1876)

1813- Georg Büchner -German-Swiss poet and playwright (d. 1837)

1814- Yakiv Holovatsky -Ukrainian historian, scholar, and poet (d. 1888)

1817- Syed Ahmad Khan -Indian philosopher and scholar (d. 1898)

1853- Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia -(d. 1920)

1864- Elinor Glyn -English author, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1943)

1865- James Rudolph Garfield -American lawyer and politician, 23rd United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1950)

1883- Thaddeus Shideler -American hurdler (d. 1966)

1886- Spring Byington -American actress and singer (d. 1971)

1890- Roy Kilner -English cricketer (d. 1928)

1892- Theodor Eicke -German general (d. 1943)

1892- Herbert Howells -English organist, composer, and educator (d. 1983)

1898- Shinichi Suzuki (violinist)|Shinichi Suzuki -Japanese violinist and educator (d. 1998)

1898- Simon Vestdijk -Dutch author and poet (d. 1971)

1900- Jean Arthur -American actress and singer (d. 1991)

1902- Irene Ryan -American actress (d. 1973)

1903- Nathanael West -American author and screenwriter (d. 1940)

1906- Paul Derringer -American baseball player (d. 1987)

1908- Red Rolfe -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1969)

1909- Cozy Cole -American drummer (d. 1981)

1910- Ester Wier -American author (d. 2000)

1912- Pope John Paul I -(d. 1978)

1912- Theodore Marier -American composer and educator, founder of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (d. 2001)

1912- Jack Owens (singer-songwriter)|Jack Owens -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1982)

1914- Jerry Siegel -American author and illustrator (d. 1996)

1915- Arthur Miller -American author and playwright (d. 2005)

1917- Sumner Locke Elliott -Australian-American author and playwright (d. 1991)

1917- Marsha Hunt (actress)|Marsha Hunt -American actress and singer

1917- Norman Leyden -American composer and conductor (d. 2014)

1918- Rita Hayworth -American actress, singer, dancer, and producer (d. 1987)

1918- Ralph Wilson -American businessman, founded the Buffalo Bills (d. 2014)

1919- Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov -Ukrainian-Russian physicist and academic

1920- Montgomery Clift -American actor and screenwriter (d. 1966)

1920- Miguel Delibes -Spanish journalist and author (d. 2010)

1921- George Mackay Brown -Scottish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1996)

1921- Priscilla Buckley -American journalist and author (d. 2012)

1921- Maria Gorokhovskaya -Ukrainian-Israeli gymnast (d. 2001)

1921- Tom Poston -American actor (d. 2007)

1922- Luiz Bonfá -Brazilian guitarist and composer (d. 2001)

1922- Pierre Juneau -Canadian broadcaster and politician, co-founded the Montreal World Film Festival (d. 2012)

1923- Barney Kessel -American guitarist and composer (d. 2004)

1923- Charles McClendon -American football player and coach (d. 2001)

1924- Don Coryell -American football player and coach (d. 2010)

1924- Anton Geiser -Croatian SS officer (d. 2012)

1925- Harry Carpenter -English sportscaster (d. 2010)

1926- Julie Adams -American actress

1926- Beverly Garland -American actress (d. 2008)

1929- Mário Wilson -Mozambican footballer and manager

1930- Robert Atkins (nutritionist)|Robert Atkins -American physician and cardiologist, created the Atkins diet (d. 2003)

1930- Jimmy Breslin -American journalist and author

1931- Ernst Hinterberger -Austrian author and playwright (d. 2012)

1933- William Anders -Hong Kong-American general and astronaut

1933- The Singing Nun -Belgian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and nun (d. 1985)

1934- Alan Garner -English author

1934- Johnny Haynes -English-Scottish footballer (d. 2005)

1934- Rico Rodriguez (musician)|Rico Rodriguez -American trombonist (Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra)

1935- Michael Eavis -English farmer, founded the Glastonbury Festival

1935- Sydney Chapman (politician)|Sydney Chapman -English architect and politician, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household (d. 2014)

1936- Sathima Bea Benjamin -South African singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1936- Hiroo Kanamori -Japanese-American seismologist and academic

1937- Paxton Whitehead -English actor

1938- Evel Knievel -American motorcycle rider and stuntman (d. 2007)

1938- Les Murray (poet)|Les Murray -Australian anthologist, poet, and critic

1939- Oliver Rackham -English botanist and academic

1940- Stephen Kovacevich -American pianist and conductor

1940- Jim Smith (footballer, born 1940)|Jim Smith -English footballer and manager

1940- Peter Stringfellow -English businessman

1941- Earl Thomas Conley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1942- Steve Jones (basketball)|Steve Jones -American basketball player and sportscaster

1946- Ronni Chasen -American publicist (d. 2010)

1946- Michael Hossack -American drummer (The Doobie Brothers) (d. 2012)

1946- Cameron Mackintosh -English producer and manager

1946- Adam Michnik -Polish journalist and historian

1946- Drusilla Modjeska -English-Australian author and critic

1946- Bob Seagren -American pole vaulter

1947- Simi Garewal -Indian actress and director

1947- Gene Green -American lawyer and politician

1947- Michael McKean -American singer-songwriter, actor, and director

1948- Robert Jordan -American author (d. 2007)

1948- Margot Kidder -Canadian-American actress

1948- George Wendt -American actor

1949- Owen Arthur -Barbadian economist and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Barbados

1950- Philippe Barbarin -French cardinal

1950- Howard Rollins -American actor (d. 1996)

1951- Annie Borckink -Dutch speed skater

1951- Roger Pontare -Swedish singer

1951- Shari Ulrich -American-Canadian singer-songwriter and violinist (Hometown Band, The Pied Pumkin, and UHF (Canadian band)|UHF)

1953- Joseph Bowie -American trombonist (Defunkt and Black Artists Group)

1954- Carlos Buhler -American mountaineer

1955- George Alogoskoufis -Greek economist, academic, and politician, Ministry of Finance (Greece)|Greek Minister of Finance

1955- Tyrone Mitchell -American murderer (d. 1984)

1955- Smita Patil -Indian actress (d. 1986)

1956- Fran Cosmo -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Boston (band)|Boston and Orion the Hunter (band)|Orion the Hunter)

1956- Mae Jemison -American physician and astronaut

1956- Pat McCrory -American politician, 74th Governor of North Carolina

1957- Lawrence Bender -American actor and producer

1957- Steve McMichael -American football player, wrestler, and sportscaster

1957- Vincent Van Patten -American tennis player and actor

1958- Howard Alden -American guitarist

1958- Alan Jackson -American singer-songwriter

1958- Craig Murray -English academic and politician

1959- Ron Drummond -American author and scholar

1959- Russell Gilbert -Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1959- Mark Peel -Australian historian and academic

1959- Richard Roeper -American journalist and critic

1960- Guy Henry (actor)|Guy Henry -English actor

1960- Rob Marshall -American director, producer, and choreographer

1960- Bernie Nolan -Irish singer and actress (The Nolans) (d. 2013)

1960- Philippe Sands -American lawyer and academic

1962- Mike Judge -American animator, director, screenwriter, producer and actor

1963- Sergio Goycochea -Argentinian footballer and journalist

1963- Norm Macdonald -Canadian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1963- Toby Young -English journalist

1965- Aravinda de Silva -Sri Lankan cricketer

1966- Shaun Edwards -English rugby player and coach

1966- Danny Ferry -American basketball player and manager

1966- Mark Gatiss -English actor, screenwriter, and author

1966- Tommy Kendall -American race car driver

1967- René Dif -Danish singer and actor (Aqua (band)|Aqua)

1967- Kim Seung-jun -South Korean voice actor

1968- Graeme Le Saux -English footballer

1968- Ziggy Marley -Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor (Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers)

1968- David Robertson (footballer, born 1968)|David Robertson -Scottish footballer and manager

1969- Ernie Els -South African golfer

1969- Wyclef Jean -Haitian-American rapper, producer, and actor (Fugees)

1969- Wood Harris -American actor and producer

1969- Rick Mercer -Canadian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Anil Kumble -Indian cricketer

1970- John Mabry -American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

1970- Shauna O'Brien -American model and actress

1970- Blues Saraceno -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Poison (American band)|Poison)

1971- Chris Kirkpatrick -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor ('N Sync)

1971- Kim Ljung -Norwegian singer-songwriter and bass player (Seigmen and Zeromancer)

1972- Eminem -American rapper, producer, and actor (D12, Outsidaz, and Bad Meets Evil)

1972- Musashi (kickboxer)|Musashi -Japanese martial artist and kick-boxer

1972- Tarkan (singer)|Tarkan -German-Turkish singer-songwriter and producer

1972- Sharon Leal -American actress and singer

1972- Joe McEwing -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1973- Andrea Tarozzi -Italian footballer and coach

1974- Ariel Levy -American journalist and author

1974- Matthew Macfadyen -English actor

1974- Janne Puurtinen -Finnish keyboard player (HIM (Finnish band)|HIM)

1974- John Rocker -American baseball player and actor

1974- Dhondup Wangchen -Chinese director and producer

1975- Janne Aikala -Finnish murder victim (d. 1986)

1975- Francis Bouillon -American-Canadian ice hockey player

1975- Vina Morales -Filipino actress and singer

1975- Despina Olympiou -Greek-Cypriot singer

1976- Sebastián Abreu -Uruguayan footballer

1976- Rena Inoue -Japanese-American figure skater

1976- Kevin Maher -English-Irish footballer

1977- Dudu Aouate -Israeli footballer

1977- Alimi Ballard -American actor and producer

1977- Bryan Bertino -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1977- Ryan McGinley -American photographer

1977- André Villas-Boas -Portuguese footballer and manager

1978- Jerry Flannery -Irish rugby player and coach

1978- Erin Karpluk -Canadian actress

1978- Chuka Umunna -English lawyer and politician

1979- Marcela Bovio -Mexican singer-songwriter and violinist (Stream of Passion and Elfonía)

1979- Alexandros Nikolaidis -Greek martial artist

1979- Kimi Räikkönen -Finnish race car driver

1979- Kostas Tsartsaris -Greek basketball player

1980- Yekaterina Gamova -Russian volleyball player

1980- Mohammad Hafeez -Pakistani cricketer

1980- Alessandro Piccolo -Italian race car driver

1981- Tsubasa Imai -Japanese singer, actor, and dancer (Tackey & Tsubasa)

1982- Nick Riewoldt -Australian footballer

1983- Daniel Booko -American actor

1983- Milica Brozovic -Serbian-Russian figure skater

1983- Felicity Jones -English actress

1983- Toshihiro Matsushita -Japanese footballer

1983- Junichi Miyashita -Japanese swimmer

1983- Ivan Saenko -Russian footballer

1983- Mitch Talbot -American baseball player

1983- Vitali Teleš -Estonian footballer

1984- Jelle Klaasen -Dutch darts player

1984- Chris Lowell -American actor

1984- Randall Munroe -American author and illustrator

1985- Carlos González (baseball)|Carlos González -Venezuelan baseball player

1985- Max Irons -English actor

1985- Collins John -Dutch footballer

1985- Baran Kosari -Iranian actress

1985- Tomokazu Nagira -Japanese footballer

1986- Aija Brumermane -Latvian basketball player

1986- Yannick Ponsero -French figure skater

1987- Bea Alonzo -Filipino actress and singer

1987- Jarosław Fojut -Polish footballer

1987- Hideto Takahashi -Japanese footballer

1988- Christina Crawford (wrestler)|Christina Crawford -American wrestler and dancer

1988- Tori Matsuzaka -Japanese actor

1988- Yuko Oshima -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48 and Not Yet (band)|Not Yet)

1989- Oleksandr Isakov -Ukrainian swimmer

1990- Bianca Bree -Belgian-American actress and producer

1990- Paolo Campinoti -Italian footballer

1990- Saki Kumagai -Japanese footballer

1990- Patrick Lambie -South African rugby player

1990- Arisa Murata -Japanese skier

1991- Brenda Asnicar -Argentinian actress, singer, and dancer

1992- Jacob Artist -American actor, singer, and dancer

1992- Sam Concepcion -Filipino singer, dancer, and actor

1992- Nanami Sakuraba -Japanese actress and singer