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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)

1810 - [[Adolphe-Félix Cals]] -French painter (d. 1880)

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)

1859 - [[Childe Hassam]] -American painter (d. 1935)

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 - [[Adele Stimmel Chase]] -American artist (d. 2000)

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)

1924 - [[Ülo Sooster]] -Estonian artist (d. 1970)

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

1926 - [[Julie Adams]] -American actress

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

1926 - [[Roberto Lippi]] -Italian racing driver (d. 2011)

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 - [[Gary Puckett]] -Musician and actor

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 - [[Michael Lynch (ethnomethodologist)|Michael Lynch]] -American sociologist

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 - [[Simon Segars]] -English businessman

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 - [[Cincinnati Red]] -American wrestler (d. 2015)

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 - [[Hiroyuki Hirayama]] -Japanese actor

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 - [[Koichiro Nishi]] -Japanese actor

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 - [[Riki Miura]] -Japanese actor

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

1984 - [[Anja Eline Skybakmoen]] -Norwegian singer, composer and orchestra leader (Pitsj)

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

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