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Day History: September-17

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Famous Birthdays


879- Charles the Simple -French king (d. 929)

1192- Minamoto no Sanetomo -Japanese shogun (d. 1219)

1550- Pope Paul V -(d. 1621)

1605- Francesco Sacrati -Italian composer (d. 1650)

1630- Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma -(d. 1694)

1639- Hans Herr -Swiss bishop (d. 1725)

1674- Ernest Augustus, Duke of York and Albany -(d. 1728)

1677- Stephen Hales -English physiologist and chemist, invented Forceps (d. 1761)

1687- Durastante Natalucci -Italian historian and scholar (d. 1772)

1688- Maria Luisa of Savoy -(d. 1714)

1730- Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben -Prussian general (d. 1794)

1739- John Rutledge -American judge and politician, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)

1743- Marquis de Condorcet -French mathematician and political scientist (d. 1794)

1771- Johann August Apel -German jurist and author (d. 1816)

1773- Jonathan Alder -American captain and farmer (d. 1849)

1819- Marthinus Wessel Pretorius -South African general and politician, 1st President of the South African Republic (d. 1901)

1820- Émile Augier -French playwright (d. 1889)

1826- Bernhard Riemann -German-Italian mathematician and academic (d. 1866)

1850- Guerra Junqueiro -Portuguese lawyer, journalist, and politician (d. 1923)

1854- David Dunbar Buick -Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick|Buick Motor Company (d. 1929)

1857- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky -Russian scientist and engineer (d. 1935)

1859- Frank Dawson Adams -Canadian geologist and academic (d. 1942)

1860- Mihkel Martna -Estonian journalist and politician (d. 1934)

1862- Jean de Madre -French polo player (d. 1934)

1864- James Tancred -English admiral (d. 1943)

1868- James Alexander Calder -Canadian politician, Minister of Militia and Defence (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence (d. 1956)

1869- Christian Lous Lange -Norwegian political scientist, historian, and educator, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1938)

1874- Walter Murdoch -Australian author and academic (d. 1970)

1878- Vincenzo Tommasini -Italian composer (d. 1950)

1878- Antoine Védrenne -French rower (d. 1937)

1879- Rube Foster -American baseball player and manager (d. 1930)

1879- Periyar E. V. Ramasamy -Indian businessman, politician, and activist (d. 1973)

1881- Alfred Carpenter -English admiral, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1955)

1883- William Carlos Williams -American pediatrician and poet (d. 1963)

1884- Charles Griffes -American pianist and composer (d. 1920)

1890- Gabriel Heatter -American journalist (d. 1972)

1892- Hendrik Andriessen -Dutch organist and composer (d. 1981)

1895- Georg Faehlmann -Russian-Estonian sailor (d. 1975)

1897- Earl Webb -American baseball player and coach (d. 1965)

1900- Hughie Critz -American baseball player (d. 1980)

1900- J. Willard Marriott -American businessman, founded the Marriott Corporation (d. 1985)

1901- Francis Chichester -English pilot and sailor (d. 1972)

1902- Bea Miles -Australian author (d. 1973)

1903- Karel Miljon -Dutch boxer (d. 1984)

1903- Frank O'Connor -Irish author and educator (d. 1966)

1903- Minanogawa Tōzō -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 34th Yokozuna (sumo)|Yokozuna (d. 1971)

1904- Frederick Ashton -Ecuadorian-English dancer and choreographer (d. 1988)

1904- Jerry Colonna (entertainer)|Jerry Colonna -American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1986)

1904- Edgar G. Ulmer -Czech-American director, screenwriter, and set designer (d. 1972)

1906- J. R. Jayewardene -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 2nd President of Sri Lanka (d. 1996)

1906- Edgar Wayburn -American physician and environmentalist (d. 2010)

1907- Warren E. Burger -American lawyer and judge, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1995)

1908- John Creasey -English author and politician (d. 1973)

1908- Rafael Israelyan -Georgian-Armenian architect, designed the Sardarapat Memorial and St. Vartan Cathedral (d. 1973)

1909- Elizabeth Enright -American author and illustrator (d. 1968)

1912- Irena Kwiatkowska -Polish actress (d. 2011)

1913- M. Srikantha -Sri Lankan civil servant (d. 1982)

1914- Thomas J. Bata -Czech-Canadian businessman (d. 2008)

1914- Shin Kanemaru -Japanese politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1996)

1915- M. F. Husain -Indian painter and director (d. 2011)

1916- Mary Stewart (novelist)|Mary Stewart -English-Scottish author (d. 2014)

1917- William Grut -Swedish pentathlete (d. 2012)

1917- Isang Yun -South Korean-German composer and educator (d. 1995)

1918- Lea Gottlieb -Hungarian-Israeli fashion designer, founded the Gottex|Gottex Company (d. 2012)

1918- Chaim Herzog -Irish-Israeli general and politician, 6th President of Israel (d. 1997)

1920- Dinah Sheridan -English actress (d. 2012)

1922- Agostinho Neto -Angolan politician, 1st President of Angola (d. 1979)

1923- Ralph Sharon -English-American pianist

1923- Hank Williams -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Drifting Cowboys) (d. 1953)

1925- John List -American murderer (d. 2008)

1926- Bill Black -American bass player (The Blue Moon Boys) (d. 1965)

1926- Curtis Harrington -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1926- Hovie Lister -American pianist (The Statesmen Quartet and Masters V) (d. 2001)

1926- Jean-Marie Lustiger -French cardinal (d. 2007)

1926- Jack McDuff -American singer and organist (d. 2001)

1927- George Blanda -American football player (d. 2010)

1928- Park Honan -American author and academic

1928- Brian Matthew -English radio host

1928- Roddy McDowall -English-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1998)

1929- Sil Austin -American saxophonist (d. 2001)

1929- David Craig, Baron Craig of Radley -Irish air marshal

1929- Pat Crowley -American actress

1929- Stirling Moss -English race car driver

1930- David Huddleston -American actor

1930- Lalgudi Jayaraman -Indian violinist and composer (d. 2013)

1930- Theo Loevendie -Dutch clarinet player and composer

1930- Edgar Mitchell -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1930- Jim Rohn -American philosopher and author (d. 2009)

1930- Thomas P. Stafford -American general, pilot, and astronaut

1931- Anne Bancroft -American actress and singer (d. 2005)

1931- Jean-Claude Carrière -French actor and screenwriter

1932- Robert B. Parker -American author (d. 2010)

1932- Indarjit Singh -Indian-English journalist

1933- Chuck Grassley -American politician

1933- Dorothy Loudon -American actress and singer (d. 2003)

1933- Claude Provost -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 1984)

1934- Maureen Connolly -American tennis player (d. 1969)

1935- Ken Kesey -American author and activist (d. 2001)

1936- Gerald Guralnik -American physicist and academic (d. 2014)

1936- Michael Hennagin -American composer and educator (d. 1993)

1936- Rolv Wesenlund -Norwegian actor and singer (d. 2013)

1937- Orlando Cepeda -Puerto Rican baseball player

1938- Paul Benedict -American actor (d. 2008)

1938- Perry Robinson -American clarinet player and composer

1938- Bobby Wine -American baseball player and coach

1939- Carl Dennis -American poet and educator

1939- Shelby Flint -American singer-songwriter and voice actress

1939- David Souter -American lawyer and jurist

1940- Lorella De Luca -Italian actress and director (d. 2014)

1940- Jan Eliasson -Swedish diplomat, 4th Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

1940- Sotiris Moustakas -Cypriot-Greek actor (d. 2007)

1940- Gilberto Parlotti -Italian motorcycle racer (d. 1972)

1941- Bob Matsui -American lawyer and politician (d. 2005)

1942- Robert Graysmith -American author and illustrator

1942- Des Lynam -Irish-English journalist and author

1942- Lupe Ontiveros -American actress and producer (d. 2012)

1944- Les Emmerson -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Five Man Electrical Band)

1944- Reinhold Messner -Italian mountaineer and explorer

1945- David Emerson -Canadian economist and politician, 8th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada

1945- Phil Jackson -American basketball player and coach

1945- Bruce Spence -New Zealand actor

1945- Bhakti Charu Swami -Indian religious leader

1946- Billy Bonds -English footballer and manager

1946- Heimar Lenk -Estonian journalist and politician

1947- Tessa Jowell -English politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office

1947- Gail Carson Levine -American author

1947- Jeff MacNelly -American cartoonist (d. 2000)

1948- Karl Alber -German footballer

1948- Raphy Leavitt -Puerto Rican composer

1948- John Ritter -American actor and producer (d. 2003)

1949- Ron Stevens -Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

1950- Narendra Modi -Indian politician, 15th Prime Minister of India

1950- Fee Waybill -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Tubes)

1951- Russell Brown -Scottish politician

1951- Piet Kleine -Dutch speed skater

1951- Cassandra Peterson -American actress, television host, and producer

1953- Tamasin Day-Lewis -English chef and author

1953- Altaf Hussain -Pakistani-English politician

1953- Rita Rudner -American actress and screenwriter

1953- Steve Williams (rock drummer)|Steve Williams -Welsh drummer and songwriter (Budgie (band)|Budgie)

1954- Joël-François Durand -French pianist and composer

1955- Charles Martinet -American voice actor

1955- Scott Simpson (golfer)|Scott Simpson -American golfer

1956- Thad Bosley -American baseball player and coach

1956- Mandawuy Yunupingu -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Yothu Yindi) (d. 2013)

1957- David Bintley -English ballet dancer and director

1957- Steve Bryles -American politician (d. 2012)

1958- Janez Janša -Slovenian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Slovenia

1958- Tom Waddell (baseball)|Tom Waddell -Scottish-American baseball player

1959- Charles Lawson -Irish actor

1960- John Bottomley -Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

1960- Kevin Clash -American voice actor and puppeteer

1960- John Franco -American baseball player

1960- Damon Hill -English race car driver

1960- Alan Krueger -American economist and academic

1961- Jim Cornette -American wrestling manager and sportscaster

1961- Nives Meroi -Italian mountaineer

1961- Ty Tabor -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (King's X, Platypus (band)|Platypus, and The Jelly Jam)

1962- Jonathan Lord -English politician

1962- Baz Luhrmann -Australian director, producer, and screenwriter

1962- Dustin Nguyen -Vietnamese-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1962- Hesham Qandil -Egyptian engineer and politician, 51st Prime Minister of Egypt

1962- BeBe Winans -American singer-songwriter and producer (BeBe & CeCe Winans)

1963- Masahiro Chono -American-Japanese wrestler

1963- William Shockley (actor)|William Shockley -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1963- James Urbaniak -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Kyle Chandler -American actor and producer

1965- Yuji Naka -Japanese video game designer, created ''Sonic the Hedgehog (series)|Sonic the Hedgehog''

1965- Guy Picciotto -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Rites of Spring, Fugazi (band)|Fugazi, Happy Go Licky, and One Last Wish)

1965- Bryan Singer -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Doug E. Fresh -American rapper and producer

1966- Stéphane Rousseau -Canadian actor

1967- Michael Carbajal -American boxer

1967- Koen Wauters -Flemish singer-songwriter and actor (Clouseau (band)|Clouseau)

1967- Malik Yoba -American actor and singer

1968- Akhenaton (rapper)|Akhenaton -French rapper and producer

1968- Anastacia -American singer-songwriter and producer

1968- Lord Jamar -American rapper and actor (Brand Nubian)

1968- Jonn Penney -English singer (Ned's Atomic Dustbin)

1968- Tito Vilanova -Spanish footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1969- Steady B -American rapper

1969- Adam Devlin -English guitarist and songwriter (The Bluetones)

1969- Ken Doherty -Irish snooker player

1969- Keith Flint -English singer-songwriter (The Prodigy and Flint (band)|Flint)

1969- Greg King (lawyer)|Greg King -New Zealand lawyer (d. 2012)

1969- Tarvo Seeman -Estonian chess player

1969- Matthew Settle -American actor

1970- Mark Brunell -American football player and coach

1970- Jim Conroy -American voice actor

1971- Nate Berkus -American interior designer and television host

1971- Mike Catt -South African-English rugby player

1971- Adriana Karembeu -Slovak model and actress

1971- Mauro Milanese -Italian footballer

1971- Ian Whyte (actor)|Ian Whyte -Welsh basketball player and actor

1972- Bobby Lee -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1973- Diego Albanese -Argentinian rugby player

1973- Ada Choi -Hong Kong actress

1973- Demis Nikolaidis -Greek footballer

1974- Mirah -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Microphones)

1974- Tormod Granheim -Norwegian skier

1974- Rasheed Wallace -American basketball player and coach

1975- Wilko de Vogt -Dutch footballer

1975- Jade Esteban Estrada -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1975- Jimmie Johnson -American race car driver

1975- Constantine Maroulis -American singer-songwriter and actor (Pray for the Soul of Betty)

1975- Austin St. John -American actor and martial artist

1976- Peja (rapper)|Peja -Polish rapper and producer (Slums Attack)

1976- Daniella Rush -Czech porn actress

1977- Anna Marie Cseh -Hungarian-English model and actress

1977- Genaro García -Mexican boxer (d. 2013)

1977- Yelena Godina -Russian volleyball player

1977- Simone Perrotta -Italian footballer

1978- Shawn Horcoff -Canadian ice hockey player

1979- Steffen Algreen -Danish footballer

1979- Akin Ayodele -American football player

1979- Chuck Comeau -Canadian drummer (Simple Plan and Reset (band)|Reset)

1979- Billy Miller (actor)|Billy Miller -American actor

1980- Dan Haren -American baseball player

1980- Shabana Mahmood -English lawyer and politician

1980- Oliver Risser -Namibian footballer

1981- Casey Janssen -American baseball player

1981- Bakari Koné -Ivorian footballer

1981- Francis Manioru -Solomon sprinter

1982- Hope Larson -American illustrator

1982- Garth Murray -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Wade Robson -Australian dancer and choreographer

1983- Jennifer Peña -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1984- Domenico Citro -Italian footballer

1984- Mary Descenza -American swimmer

1984- De La Ghetto -American-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Arcángel & De La Ghetto)

1984- John Kucera -Canadian skier

1984- Patrick van Luijk -Dutch sprinter

1984- Eugenia Volodina -Russian model

1985- Tomáš Berdych -Czech tennis player

1985- Brendan Clarke -Irish footballer

1985- José Gonçalves -Portuguese footballer

1985- Alexander Ovechkin -Russian ice hockey player

1985- Mason Raymond -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala -of Tonga

1985- Jon Walker -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Panic! at the Disco and The Young Veins)

1986- Paolo De Ceglie -Italian footballer

1986- Ravichandran Ashwin -Indian Cricketer

1986- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka -Japanese voice actor

1986- Yussef Suleiman -Syrian footballer (d. 2013)

1987- Paul Huntington -English footballer

1989- Kate Deines -American soccer player

1990- Sean Scannell -English footballer

1991- Ryo Ishikawa -Japanese golfer

1991- Justyna Jegiołka -Polish tennis player

1991- Minako Kotobuki -Japanese voice actress and singer (Sphere (Japanese band)|Sphere)

1996- Ella Purnell -English actress