Celebrating Today’s Famous Birthdays: 17th November – A Tribute to Remarkable Individuals

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Celebrating Today’s Famous Birthdays: 17th November – A Tribute to Remarkable Individuals

Welcome, dear readers! It brings me great joy to present a heartfelt tribute to the remarkable individuals born on this significant date. Today, we commemorate the birth anniversary of a diverse array of extraordinary personalities who have left an indelible mark on the world.

Year Person
701 Itzam K’an Ahk II, Mayan ruler (d. 757)
709 Emperor Kōnin of Japan (d. 782)
1522 Lamoral, Count of Egmont (d. 1568)
1571 Hippolytus Guarinonius, Italian physician and polymath (d. 1654)
1576 Philipp Ludwig II, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg (d. 1612)
1630 Eleonora Gonzaga, Italian wife of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1686)
1647 Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and author (d. 1706)
1727 Philibert Commerson, French physician and explorer (d. 1773)
1736 Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, German harpsichord player and composer (d. 1800)
1756 Thomas Burgess, English bishop and philosopher (d. 1837)
1772 Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (d. 1806)
1774 Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1837)
1785 David Wilkie, Scottish painter and academic (d. 1841)
1787 Louis Daguerre, French physicist and photographer, developed the daguerreotype (d. 1851)
1804 Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora, Italian general and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1878)
1810 Asa Gray, American botanist and academic (d. 1888)
1832 Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish geologist and explorer (d. 1901)
1836 W. S. Gilbert, English playwright, poet, and illustrator (d. 1911)
1839 August Kundt, German physicist and educator (d. 1894)
1856 Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (d. 1929)
1860 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish pianist, composer, and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland (d. 1941)
1861 Dorothy Dix, American journalist and author (d. 1951)
1874 Clarence Day, American author and poet (d. 1935)
1876 Victor Hémery, French race car driver (d. 1950)
1880 Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect, designed the Central Sofia Market Hall (d. 1952)
1882 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American soprano (d. 1963)
1882 Wyndham Lewis, English painter and critic (d. 1957)
1882 Jacques Maritain, French philosopher and author (d. 1973)
1883 Carl Vinson, American judge and politician (d. 1981)
1886 Ferenc Münnich, Hungarian soldier and politician, 47th Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 1967)
1888 Frances Marion, American screenwriter, novelist and journalist (d. 1973)
1889 Stanislav Kosior, Polish-Russian politician (d. 1939)
1891 Vasil Gendov, Bulgarian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1970)
1897 Patrick Blackett, Baron Blackett, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)
1899 Eugene Ormandy, Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (d. 1985)
1899 Howard Thurman, American author, philosopher and civil rights activist (d. 1981)
1901 George Gallup, American statistician and academic (d. 1984)
1901 V. Shantaram, Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1984)
1901 Craig Wood, American golfer (d. 1968)
1902 Franklin Adreon, American film and television director (d. 1979)
1904 Alan Lennox-Boyd, 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton, English lieutenant and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1983)
1904 Masao Koga, Japanese composer and guitarist (d. 1978)
1906 Sait Faik Abasıyanık, Turkish author and poet (d. 1954)
1906 Alec Issigonis, Greek-English car designer, designed the mini car (d. 1988)
1906 Klaus Mann, German-American novelist, short story writer, and critic (d. 1949)
1906 George Wald, American neurobiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)
1907 Gustav Nezval, Czech actor (d. 1998)
1907 Compay Segundo, Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2003)
1908 Imogene Coca, American actress, comedian, and singer (d. 2001)
1909 Johnny Mercer, American singer-songwriter and producer, co-founded Capitol Records (d. 1976)
1911 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and author (d. 2000)
1912 Vic Hey, Australian rugby league player and coach (d. 1995)
1912 Hilda Nickson, English author (d. 1977)
1913 Endre Rozsda, Hungarian-French painter and illustrator (d. 1999)
1914 Haguroyama Masaji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 36th Yokozuna (d. 1969)
1915 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player and umpire (d. 2004)
1917 Beebe Steven Lynk, African-American chemist and author (d. 1948)
1918 İlhan Berk, Turkish poet and author (d. 2008)
1918 Tasker Watkins, Welsh soldier, judge, and politician, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2007)
1919 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (d. 2005)
1920 Mustafa Khalil, Egyptian lawyer and politician, 77th Prime Minister of Egypt (d. 2008)
1920 Robert Fryer, American playwright and producer (d. 2000)
1920 Ron Suart, English football player and manager (d. 2015)
1922 Luis Somoza Debayle, Nicaraguan politician, 70th President of Nicaragua (d. 1967)
1923 Alan Shepard, American admiral, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1998)
1923 Ted Stevens, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2010)
1924 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish soldier, engineer, and judge (d. 2000)
1924 Anna Elisabeth (Lise) Østergaard, Danish psychologist and politician (d. 1996)
1925 Gene Mauch, American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)
1927 Hank Ballard, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
1927 Knowlton Nash, Canadian journalist and author (d. 2014)
1928 Salvador Laurel, Filipino lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of the Philippines (d. 2004)
1928 Sheila Jordan, American singer-songwriter and pianist
1929 Gianna D’Angelo, American soprano and educator (d. 2013)
1932 Danny McDevitt, American baseball player (d. 2010)
1933 Bruce Conner, American painter, photographer, and director (d. 2008)
1934 Vassilis Vassilikos, Greek journalist and diplomat
1935 Rudolf Bahro, German philosopher and politician (d. 1997)
1935 Rodney Hall, Australian author and poet
1936 Ennio Antonelli, Italian cardinal
1936 Don Cherry, American trumpet player (Old and New Dreams, New York Contemporary Five, and Codona) (d. 1995)
1938 Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil, Iraqi-Lebanese archbishop (d. 2012)
1938 Norbert Ratsirahonana, Malagasy politician, Prime Minister of Madagascar
1939 Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist, poet, and critic
1939 Margaret Jay, Baroness Jay of Paddington, English journalist and politician, Leader of the House of Lords
1939 Amanda Lear, Hong Kong-French singer-songwriter and actress
1939 Brenda Vaccaro, American actress
1940 James Welch, American novelist and poet (d. 2003)
1941 Gary Bettenhausen, American race car driver (d. 2014)
1941 Angela Watkinson, English educator and politician
1942 Linda Evans, American actress
1942 Susan Sullivan, American actress
1943 Leonardo Sandri, Argentinian cardinal
1944 Wolfgang Joop, German fashion designer, founded JOOP!
1944 Edwin C. Krupp, American astronomer, archaeoastronomer, author, Director Griffith Observatory
1945 Wilma Mankiller, American tribal chief (d. 2010)
1945 Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 6th President of Sri Lanka
1946 Alan Dean Foster, American author
1946 Chris Rainbow, Scottish singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2015)
1947 Timothy Maude, American general (d. 2001)
1947 Jameson Parker, American actor and producer
1947 Ross Wilson, Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1948 Tõnis Mägi, Estonian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1948 Andrea Marcovicci, American actress and singer
1948 Kongō Masahiro, Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 2014)
1948 Ana Mendieta, Cuban-American sculptor and painter (d. 1985)
1948 Jack Tatum, American football player (d. 2010)
1949 Herman Rarebell, German rock drummer and songwriter
1950 Graham Parker, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1950 Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American rock bass player
1951 Pete Morelli, American businessman
1951 Justin Raimondo, American journalist and author
1952 Peter Beattie, Australian lawyer and politician, 36th Premier of Queensland
1952 Delroy Lindo, English actor and director
1952 John Parr, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
1953 Alan Moore, English author and illustrator
1953 Kevin Nealon, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
1955 Carter Burwell, American composer and conductor
1956 Noel Brotherston, Irish-English footballer and painter (d. 1995)
1956 Warren Moon, American football player and sportscaster
1956 Jim Weirich, American computer scientist, developed Rake Software (d. 2014)
1957 Tony Bunn, American bassist, composer, producer, and writer
1958 Daniel Brailovsky, Argentinian footballer and manager
1959 Jimmy Quinn, Northern Irish footballer and manager
1960 Elizabeth Perkins, American actress
1960 Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Turkish director, producer, and screenwriter
1960 Kim Wilde, English singer-songwriter
1961 Steven Moffat, Scottish screenwriter and producer
1962 Bart Bryant, American golfer
1962 Kirk Hammett, American guitarist and songwriter
1963 Len Bias, American basketball player (d. 1986)
1963 Dante Bichette, American baseball player and coach
1963 Peter Schmeichel, Danish footballer and sportscaster
1963 Joost Zwagerman, Dutch author and poet (d. 2015)
1964 Rita Cosby, American journalist and author
1964 Nadia Sawalha, English actress
1967 Tom Gordon, American baseball player
1967 Jocelyn Lemieux, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1967 Gavin Peacock, English footballer and sportscaster
1968 Barry Hunter, Irish footballer and manager
1968 George Kotsiopoulos, American stylist and journalist
1968 Romany Malco, American rapper, producer, actor, and screenwriter (College Boyz)
1968 Gary Sheffield, American baseball player and coach
1968 Owen Wilson, American actor, producer, comedian and screenwriter
1969 Sam Cassell, American basketball player and coach
1969 Ahmed Helmy, Egyptian actor
1969 Koichiro Kimura, Japanese mixed martial artist and wrestler (d. 2014)
1969 Duncan Sheik, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1970 Mike Epps, American comedian, actor, and producer
1970 Megyn Kelly, American lawyer and journalist
1970 Peta Wilson, Australian model and actress
1971 Therese Coffey, English chemist and politician
1971 Terrance Hayes, American poet and academic
1971 Matthew Rodwell, Australian rugby league player and sportscaster
1972 Jeroen Straathof, Dutch cyclist and speed skater
1973 Nic Pothas, South African cricketer and coach
1974 Chloë Sevigny, American actress and fashion designer
1974 Petter Solberg, Norwegian race car driver
1975 Lucy Akhurst, English actress and producer
1975 Shawn Camp, American baseball player
1975 Anthony McPartlin, English comedian, actor, and producer
1975 David Ortiz, Dominican-American baseball player
1975 Pastor Troy, American rapper, producer, and actor
1975 Jason Williams, American basketball player
1976 Shagrath, Norwegian singer-songwriter (Dimmu Borgir Chrome Division, Ov Hell, and Fimbulwinter)
1976 Dominic Armato, American voice actor
1976 Sage Francis, American rapper (Non-Prophets)
1976 Matt Welsh, Australian swimmer
1976 Mona Zaki, Egyptian actress
1977 Trent Barrett, Australian rugby league player, coach, and sportscaster
1978 Damien Johnson, Irish footballer
1978 Aldo Montano, Italian fencer
1980 Hamza al-Ghamdi, Saudi Arabian terrorist, hijacker of United Airlines Flight 175 (d. 2001)
1980 Luke Chadwick, English footballer
1980 Minori Chihara, Japanese voice actress and singer
1980 François Duval, Belgian race car driver
1980 Denny Hamlin, American race car driver
1980 Dustin Kensrue, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1981 Dianne dela Fuente, Filipino singer and actress
1981 Nasim Pedrad, Iranian-American actress
1981 Vittoria Puccini, Italian actress
1981 Maggie Stiefvater, American author
1981 Allison Tolman, American actress
1981 Christina Vidal, American actress and singer
1982 Greg Estandia, American football player
1983 Travis Buck, American baseball player
1983 Michael Dawson, English footballer
1983 Jon Lech Johansen, Norwegian computer programmer and engineer, created DeCSS
1984 Ryohei Chiba, Japanese singer and dancer
1984 Enar Jääger, Estonian footballer
1985 Allyson Felix, American sprinter
1985 Christian Siriano, American fashion designer
1987 Yoon Park, South Korean actor
1988 Jeffrey Jordan, American basketball player
1988 Michael Roach, American soccer player
1989 Lu Jiajing, Chinese tennis player
1989 Natalie Osman, American wrestler
1990 Myk Perez, Filipino singer
1991 Ahmed Kelly, Iraqi-Australian swimmer
1991 Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, Thai tennis player
1992 Nathan Kress, American actor and director
1992 Steven Skrzybski, German footballer
1993 Zhang Zetian, Chinese businesswoman and investor

As we come to the end of this tribute to today’s famous birthdays, let us carry forward the inspiration and lessons gleaned from these exceptional individuals. Their journeys remind us that with determination, passion, and resilience, we can leave our own unique imprint on the world. May their stories serve as a guiding light, igniting the spark within each of us to pursue greatness and make a positive impact.

Stay tuned for more insightful posts dedicated to celebrating the lives and contributions of notable personalities. Their stories continue to resonate and inspire, shaping the course of history and leaving an unforgettable legacy for generations to come. Until next time, may the spirit of these extraordinary individuals continue to guide and inspire you on your own remarkable journey.

Laila is a seasoned content writer at USInsightNews, renowned for her captivating storytelling and incisive analysis. Outside of her professional endeavors, Laila can be found exploring new literary works, immersing herself in nature, and advocating for the power of education in empowering communities.

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