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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, invented 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)

1769 - [[Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz]] -(d. 1818)

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)

1919 - [[Kim Heungsou]] -northern Korean painter (d. 2014)

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 and bowler

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 (d. 2015)

1927 - [[Nicholas Taylor]] -Geologist, businessman and politician

1927 - [[Fenella Fielding]] -English actress

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

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

1929 - [[Gorō Naya]] -Japanese actor and director (d. 2013)

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|Mayor of Tulsa

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]] -English-Scottish journalist, academic, and 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

1946 - [[Petra Burka]] -Dutch-Canadian figure skater and coach

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 - [[Nguyễn Tấn Dũng]] -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, 7th Deputy President of South Africa

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 (Scottish 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 - [[Alvin Patrimonio]] -Filipino basketball player

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 and coach

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, producer, and screenwriter

1983 - [[Ioannis 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)

1985 - [[Carolina Neurath]] -Swedish journalist

1985 - [[Bea Saw]] -Filipino-Chinese actress

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

1986 - [[Alexis Vastine]] -French boxer (d. 2015)

1987 - [[Craig Noone]] -English footballer

1987 - [[Gemma Spofforth]] -English swimmer

1988 - [[Eric Nam]] -American-South Korean singer

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

1990 - [[Doriemus]] -New Zealand race horse (d. 2015)

1993 - [[Taylor Gold]] -American snowboarder

1994 - [[Emmanuelle Vera]] -Filipino actress, host, and singer

1994 - [[Raquel Castro]] -American singer-songwriter and actress

1994 - [[Ruby Jane Smith]] -American singer-songwriter and fiddler

1999 - [[Julia Buencamino]] -Filipino actress (d. 2015)

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

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