Birthdays of Personalities on July 17

1487 :Ismail I, Shah of Persia (d. 1524)
1674 :Isaac Watts, English hymnwriter (d. 1748)
1698 :Pierre Louis Maupertuis, French mathematician (d. 1759)
1744 :Elbridge Gerry, 5th Vice President of the United States (d. 1814)
1745 :Petr Alekseevich Pahlen, Russian general (d. 1826)
1763 :John Jacob Astor, American businessman (d. 1848)
1797 :Hippolyte Delaroche, French painter (d. 1856)
1831 :Xianfeng, Emperor of China (d. 1861)
1839 :Ephraim Shay, American inventor (d. 1916)
1888 :Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israeli writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)
1889 :Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author (Perry Mason) (d. 1970)
1898 :George Robert Vincent, American sound recording pioneer (d. 1985)
1898 :Osmond Borradaile, Canadian cinematographer (d. 1999)
1899 :James Cagney, American actor (d. 1986)
1900 :Marcel Dalio, French actor (d. 1983)
1901 :Bruno Jasienski, Polish poet (d. 1938)
1901 :Luigi Chinetti, Italian-American race car driver and team owner (NART; d. 1994)
1902 :Christina Stead, Australian novelist (d. 1983)
1911 :Ted Anderson, English footballer (d. 1979)
1912 :Art Linkletter, Canadian television host
1913 :Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (d. 1997)
1917 :Lou Boudreau, Major League baseball player and manager (d. 2001)
1917 :Phyllis Diller, American comedian
1917 :Red Sovine, American country music singer (d. 1980)
1918 :Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (d. 2003)
1920 :Gordon Gould, inventor of the laser (d. 2005)
1920 :Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish chairman of the International Olympic Committee
1920 :Kenneth Wolstenholme, English sports commentator (d. 2002)
1921 :František Zvarík, Slovakian actor
1923 :John Cooper, English race car designer (d. 2000)
1926 :Charles Champlin, American film critic and writer
1926 :Édouard Carpentier, French-born professional wrestler
1928 :Vince Guaraldi, American musician and composer (d. 1976)
1929 :Sergei K. Godunov, Russian mathematician
1932 :Hal Riney, American advertising executive (d. 2008)
1933 :Bruce Wells, boxer/actor
1935 :Diahann Carroll, American actor
1935 :Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor
1935 :Peter Schickele, American author and radio host
1939 :Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran
1939 :Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician
1939 :Spencer Davis, British singer and guitarist (Spencer Davis Group)
1940 :Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian
1941 :Daryle Lamonica, American football player
1942 :Don Kessinger, American baseball player
1942 :Peter Sissons, British newsreader
1944 :Carlos Alberto, Brazilian football player
1944 :Catherine Schell, Hungarian born British actress
1945 :Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia
1946 :Alun Armstrong, English actor
1947 :Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
1947 :Wolfgang Flür, German musician (Kraftwerk)
1948 :Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director
1948 :Ron Asheton, American musician and composer (Iggy Pop & The Stooges)
1949 :Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster
1949 :Terence Geezer Butler, British musician and lyricist (Black Sabbath)
1950 :Derek de Lint, Dutch actor
1950 :P.J. Soles, German-born American actress
1951 :Lucie Arnaz, American actress
1952 :David Hasselhoff, American actor and musician
1952 :Nicolette Larson, American singer (d. 1997)
1952 :Phoebe Laub, American singer and songwriter
1954 :Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
1954 :J. Michael Straczynski, American author
1955 :Paul Stamets, American mycologist and environmentalist
1956 :Bryan Trottier, Canadian ice hockey player
1957 :Fern Britton, British television presenter
1958 :Wong Kar-wai, Chinese film director
1960 :Jan Wouters, Dutch football player and manager
1960 :Mark Burnett, English-born television producer
1960 :Nancy Giles, American actress
1960 :Robin Shou, Hong Kong actor
1961 :Jonathan Potts, Canadian actor
1963 :John Ventimiglia, American actor
1963 :Letsie III, King of Lesotho
1963 :Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper
1965 :Alex Winter, English film director
1965 :Craig Morgan, American singer
1965 :Santiago Segura, Spanish film director and actor
1966 :Sten Tolgfors, Swedish politician
1968 :Bitty Schram, American actress
1970 :Mandy Smith, English model and singer
1971 :Calbert Cheaney, American basketball player
1971 :Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist
1972 :Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer
1972 :Jason Rullo, American drummer (Symphony X, Redemption)
1973 :Eric Moulds, American football player
1973 :Liam Kyle Sullivan, American comedian and actor
1973 :Michael Wilson, American Libratarion
1973 :Tony Dovolani, Albanian ballroom dancer
1974 :Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician
1975 :Cécile de France, Belgian actress
1975 :Elena Anaya, Spanish actress
1975 :Gino D'Acampo, Italian celebrity chef
1975 :Konnie Huq, English television presenter
1975 :Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta)
1975 :Terence Tao, Australian Chinese mathematician
1976 :Dagmara Dominczyk, Polish actress
1976 :Eric Winter, American actor
1976 :Matthew Holmes, Australian actor
1977 :Lehmber Hussainpuri, Famous Indian Singer
1977 :M.I.A., British rapper
1977 :Marc Savard, Canadian hockey player
1978 :Katharine Towne, American actress
1978 :Mike Hettinga, American professional wrestler
1979 :Mike Vogel, American actor
1980 :Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer
1980 :Ryan Miller, NHL hockey player
1981 :Elpida Romantzi, Greek archer
1982 :Natasha Hamilton, British singer (Atomic Kitten)
1983 :Adam Lind, American baseball player
1983 :Brooke Kinsella, British actress
1983 :Ryan Guettler, professional Australian BMX rider
1984 :Asami Kimura, Japanese singer
1984 :Sotiris Leontiou, Greek footballer
1985 :Neil McGregor, Scottish footballer
1985 :Tom Fletcher, British singer (McFly)
1986 :Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX)
1989 :Josie Lopez, American actress
1989 :Marko Todorovic, Swiss swimmer
1992 :Taavi Rand, Estonian ice skater
1998 :Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón, Spanish royal





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