Birthdays of Personalities on February 17

1444 :Rudolf Agricola, [Roelof Huysman], Dutch humanist/organist
1490 :Charles de Bourbon, officer/governor (Lombardy)
1519 :Fran?ois de Guise, [Balafr?], French general strategist (Calais)
1583 :J Henry Alting, Dutch theologist
1653 :Arcangelo Corelli, Fusignano Italy, violinist/comp (Concerto Grossi)
1699 :Hans Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, German architect (Sanssouci)
1723 :Tobias Mayer, "method of lunars" for longitude determination
1740 :Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist
1752 :Friedrich M Klinger, German playwright (Wirrwarr)
1758 :John Pinkerton, Scottish historian
1774 :Raphaelle Peale, US, painter (After the Rain-1823)
1781 :Ren?-Th?ophile-Hyacinthe Lannec, France, inventor (stethoscope)
1804 :Samuel Read Anderson, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1883
1824 :William Farrar "Baldy" Smith, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1903
1837 :Francis Jay Herron, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1902
1837 :Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch (lib) minister (child labor laws)
1844 :A Montgomery Ward, found mail-order business (Montgomery Ward)
1849 :Selwyn Image, Bodiam Sussex, painter
1853 :Jaroslav Vrchlicky, [Emil Fr?da], Czech poet (1 night on Karlstein)
1854 :Friedrich A Krupp, German arms manufacturer
1855 :Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WW I)
1857 :Samuel Sidney McClure, Irish-American newspaper editor/publisher
1862 :Mori Ogai [Mori Rintar?), Japanese author (Maihime/Gan)
1864 :Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, NSW Australia, poet (Waltzing Matilda)
1867 :William Cadbury, England, chocolate manufacturer (Cadbury)
1870 :Louis de Raet, Belgian economist/founder (Flemish People's Party)
1874 :Thomas J Watson, US, representative/founder (IBM)
1877 :Henri Vandeputte, Belgian author/poet (L'homme Jeune)
1879 :Dorothy Canfield Fisher, US, novelist (Book-of-Month-Club)
1880 :Alvaro Obregon, general/president Mexico (1920-24)
1884 :Arthur Vanderpoorten, Flemish minister of Internal affairs (1940)
1888 :Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
1888 :Ronald Aburthnott Knox, English priest/writer (Viaduct Murder)
1889 :H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire
1891 :Georg Britting, writer
1892 :Theodor Plievier, German writer (Des Kaisers Kulis, Stalingrad)
1895 :Edna Park Edwards, PA
1902 :Marian Anderson, Phila, operatic contralto (banned by D.A.R.)
1904 :Albert Kuyle, [Louis Kuitenbrouwer], Dutch writer (Jesus' Robe)
1906 :Galo Plaza Lasso, pres of Ecuador (1948-52), head of OAS (1968-75)
1907 :Charles B Timmer, Dutch translator/writer (Russia Black on White)
1908 :Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
1909 :Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
1909 :Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannh?user)
1910 :Ai Qing, poet
1914 :Albert Westerlinck, [Jos? J M Aerts], Flemish literary
1914 :Per-Jakez Helias, writer/teacher
1918 :Charles A Hayes, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
1918 :Olive Gibbs, peace campaigner
1920 :Colin Franklin, doctor
1920 :Trevor Oswald Ling, religious studies professor
1922 :Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It's All in the Game)
1923 :Alden Winship Clausen, Hamilton Ill, banker (Pres of World Bank)
1924 :Margaret Truman, Mo, pres daughter/writer (Murder at FBI)/pianist
1925 :Fritz Behrendt, German/Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)
1929 :Chaim Potok, NYC, novelist (Promise)
1929 :Yasser Arafat, PLO-leader (Achille Lauro, Nobel 1994)
1933 :Bobby Lewis, rocker (Tossin' & Turnin')
1933 :Craig Thomas, (Rep-R-Wyoming)
1934 :Barry Humphries, Australia TV host (Dame Edna Everage)
1937 :Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
1938 :Mary Frances Berry, educator/head (US Commission on Civil Rights)
1939 :Mary Ann Mobley, Biloxi Ms, Miss America-1959/actr (Diff'rent Strokes)
1941 :Gene Pitney, Hartford Ct, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity)
1941 :Heidi Biebi, German Fed Rep, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1960)
1942 :Huey Newton, Black Panther leader
1944 :Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour)
1945 :Willie J L Swildens-Rozendal, Dutch MP (PvdA)
1946 :Valdemar Bandolowski, Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
1947 :Ben Cramer, Dutch vocalist (Clown)
1949 :Fred Frith, English guitarist/violinist/bassist (Skeleton Crew)
1950 :Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blackfoot)
1958 :Karen Lende O'Connor, Concord Ma, equestrian 3-day (Oly-silver-96)
1959 :Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, US, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)
1959 :Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
1962 :David McComb, Australia, vocalist/songwriter (Triffids)
1962 :Hennie Meijer, soccer player (Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen)
1964 :Mike Campbell, Seattle WA, pitcher (Chic Cubs)
1965 :Jim Bowie, Japanese/US baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
1966 :Luc Robitaille, Montreal, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins)
1966 :Melissa Brooke-Belland, rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)
1967 :Gary Shuchuk, Edmonton, NHL center (LA Kings)
1968 :Patrick Uterwijk, pop guitarist (Pestilence, Consuming Impulse)
1969 :Traci Adell, New Orleans La, playmate (July, 1994)
1970 :Tommy Moe, Anchorage Alaska, nordic skiier (Olympic-gold/silver-1994)
1972 :Vladimir Vujtek, NHL forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998, Tampa Bay)
1972 :William Floyd, full back (San Francisco 49ers)
1975 :Todd Harvey, Hamilton, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
1975 :Vaclav Prospal, NHL forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998, Philadelphia)
1981 :Donielle Thompson, Wheatridge CO, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Oly-96)



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