December 17 Birthdays in History - December 17 Deaths - December 17 Events
1981 Emma Laaksonen, ice hockey defenseman, Finland, 1998 Olympics
1979 Cheri Vivette Alexander, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 1997
1975 Milla Jovovich, born in Kiev, Ukraine, actress, Return to Blue Lagoon, Chaplin
1975 Napiera Danielle Groves, Miss USA-Washington D.C., 1997, Miss Congeniality
1975 Nick Farrell, East York Ontario, boxer 1996 Olympics
1974 Giovonni Ribisi, actor, Cory-My 2 Dads, New Leave it To Beaver
1974 Giovanni Ribisi, American Actor
1973 Paula Radcliffe, English Athlete
1972 Brian Williams, NFL linebacker, Green Bay Packers Superbowl 31
1972 Dewayne Washington, cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings
1972 Don Davis, linebacker for the New Orleans Saints
1972 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper, Olympics-4th-92
1971 Alyson Habetz, Crowley, Louisiana, female pitcher, Colorado Silver Bullets
1971 Carl Reeves, NFL defensive end for the Chicago Bears
1971 Mark Byers, WLAF linebacker for the Frankfurt Galaxy
1971 Nikki McCray, Collierville Tennessee, basketball guard, 1996 Olympics gold
1971 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman, Finland, 1998 Olympics
1971 Tony Richardson, NFL fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs
1970 Benedictine, a St. Bernard, full name Benedictine Daily Double, becomes heaviest known dog, 367 lbs (166.4 kg), lived until the age of 14
1970 Earl Dotson, NFL tackle, Green Bay Packers Superbowl 31
1970 Michael Mols, soccer player, FC Twente
1970 Sean Patrick Thomas, American Actor
1969 Dean Wilson, Kaneohe Hawaii, golfer, 1991 Western Athletic
1969 Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner, Goodwill-gold-94
1969 Marty Carter, NFL safety for the Chicago Bears
1969 Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player, Feyenoord
1969 Scott Player, WLAF punter for the Frankfurt Galaxy
1968 Curtis Pride, Washington D.C., outfielder for the Detroit Tigers
1968 Jeff[rey] Klepacki, Kearny, New Jersey, rower, Olympics-1992, 1996
1967 Alan Nolet, born in Toronto, Ontario, gymnast 1996 Olympics
1967 Pauline Maurice, Welland Ontario, softball outfielder 1996 Olympics
1967 Vincent Damphousse, Montreal, NHL center, Montreal Canadiens
1966 Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player, MVV, FC Utrecht
1966 Tracy Byrd, born in Vidor, Texas, Tracy Lynn Byrd, country singer, musician, known for Number One Billboard hit single 'Holdin' Heaven', recorded nine studio albums, 30 hit singles, 11 top ten hits
1965 Craig Berube, Calahoo, NHL left wing for the Washington Capitals
1965 Jeff Grayer, NBA guard, Charlotte Hornets, Olympics-bronze-1988
1965 Scott Edward Gump, Rockledge, Florida, PGA golfer, 1991 International-2nd
1964 Eric Brown, born in New York City, actor, Buzz-Mama's Family
1964 Frank Musil, born in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia, NHL defenseman, Ottawa Senators
1964 Joe Wolf, NBA forward and center, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets
1964 Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety, Denver Broncos Superbowl 32
1962 Giulla Boschi, Italian actress, Act of Contrition, Bonus Malus
1962 Rocco Anthony Mediate, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, PGA golfer, 1991 Doral-Ryder
1962 Richard Jewell, American Celebrity
1961 Sarah Dallin, rocker, Bananarama-Venus
1961 Venice Kong, St. Mary Jamaica, playmate, September, 1985
1959 Albert King, actor, BB King and Friends, Blues Alive
1959 Michelle Mackall, Washington D.C., LPGA golfer, 1995 Friendly's-32nd
1959 Tammie Green, Somerset, Ohio, LPGA golfer, 1989 du Maurier Ltd Classic
1958 Mike Mills, U.S. pop bassist, REM-One I Love
1957 Bob Ojeda, pitcher for the New York Mets
1956 Patrick Murray, born in Greenwich, England, actor, appeared in 'Scum', Breaking Glass', 'Curse of the Pink Panther' films
1956 Peter Farrelly, American Director
1954 Bill Pullman, actor, Sommersby, League of their Own, Independence Day
1953 Barry Livingston, born in Los Angeles, California, actor, Ernie-My 3 Sons
1953 Mark Gane, born in Toronto, Canada, rocker, M+M
1952 Hans Alders, Dutch minister of environment, PvdA
1952 Mickey Jones, Washington D.C., rock bassist
1951 Tatyana Kazankina, U.S.S.R., middle distance runner, Gold Medal 1976 Olympics
1950 Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer, Bob Marley and Wailers
1949 Paul Rodgers, Engl, rocker, Bad Company-Feel Like Makin Love, Firm
1948 Jim Bonfanti, rocker, Raspberries-Go All the Way
1947 Marilyn Hassett, LA Ca, actress, Bell Jar, Other Side of Mt
1947 Simon Bates, born in Birmingham, English, UK disc jockey, worked at BBC Radio 1 1976 - 1993, and Classic FM
1947 Wes Studi, actor, Last of the Mohicans
1946 Albert Padmore, cricketer, WI off-spinner mid-70s
1946 Eugene Levy, born in Hamilton, Canada, comedian/writer, SCTV
1946 Andrew Gould, Businessman
1945 Christopher Cazenove, England, actor, Ben-Dynasty
1945 Ernie Hudson, Benton Harbor, Michigan, actor, Ghostbusters, Weeds
1945 Chris Matthews, American Journalist
1944 Ference Bene, Hungary, record 12 soccer goals 1964 Olympic gold
1944 Jack L[aurence] Chalker, U.S., sci-fi author, Saga of Well World
1943 Dave Dee, born in Wiltshire, England, singer, songwriter, guitarist, member of the chart-topping British pop/rock band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
1942 Bernard Hill, Manchester, actor, Bellman and True, New World, Bounty
1942 Paul Butterfield, born in Chicago, blues musician, Better Days
1939 Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, rocker, Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down
1939 James Booker, New Orleans, R and B musician, Gonzo
1939 Novella Nelson, born in Brooklyn, New York, actress, Nellie Cole-Chiefs
1937 Art Neville, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, vocalist, Neville Brothers
1937 Kerry Packer, Australian Businessman
1936 Frank Martinus Arion, F Efraim M, Antilles, writer, Double Play
1936 Roland Sheldon, pitcher, New York Yankees
1936 Tommy Steele, London, singer and actor, a Sixpence, Finian's Rainbow
1935 Cal Ripken Sr, baseball manager for the Baltimore Orioles
1933 Bruce Morrison, cricketer, one Test New Zealand vs. England 1963
1933 Paul Snoek, Belgian poet
1931 Yvonne Keuls, Bamberg, Dutch writer, Jan Rap and Co
1930 Bob Guccione, Robert C J Edwa, U.S. publisher, Penthouse, Omni
1930 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess, Spotlight Playhouse
1929 William Safire, political columnist, New York Times, speech writer, Nixon
1928 Marilyn Beck, newspaper columnist
1928 George Lindsey, American Actor
1927 Richard Long, born in Chicago, Illinois, actor, Nanny and the Professor
1926 Patrice Wymore, Miltonville, Kansas, actress, The Big Tree
1925 Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor, Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam
1922 Eric Brand, diplomat
1922 Hubert H. A. Beckers, Curaeaoan opera singer
1920 Armin Mueller-Stahl, Tilsit East Prussia, actor, Kafka, Music Box
1917 Louis Salvador Palange, composer
1916 Antoine G T "Toon" Hermans, Dutch entertainer/poet, Kolderliedjes
1916 Penelope Fitzgerald, English Poet
1915 Robert A. Dahl, American Writer
1914 Mushtaq Ali, cricketer, prolific Indian batsman of 30's and 40's
1911 William Roerick, actor, Guiding Light
1910 Keki Khursedji Tarapore, cricketer, 0-72 in his only Test for India
1909 Ferdinand H Aus der Funten, German war criminal, Breda 4
1908 Willard Frank Libby, inventor, carbon-14 "atomic clock", Nobel 1960,
1908 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer
1908 Willard Libby, American Scientist
1908 Sylvia Ashton-Warner, born in Stratford, New Zealand, New Zealand educator, poet, and writer
1906 Fernando Lopez-Garcia, composer
1905 Joseph Heifitz, film director
1904 Dmitri B Kabalevsky, St. Petersburg Russia, composer, In the Fire,
1904 Paul Cadmus, New York City, etcher/painter, Sailors and Floozies
1903 Erskine P Caldwell, author, Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre
1900 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslavia, composer and conductor
1895 David Butler, born in San Francisco, California, director, April in Paris, Calamity Jane
1894 Arthur Fiedler, born in Boston, Massachusetts, conductor, Boston Pops
1894 Hans Henny Jahnn, writer
1894 Hans [Henry] Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist, quantum mechanics
1894 Willem Schermerhorn, Netherlands premier, 1945-46
1893 Erwin Piscator, German stage director, Der Stellvertreter
1891 Robertson Hare, born in London, England, actor, Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge
1891 Hu Shih, Chinese Philosopher
1889 Vaslav F Nijinski, Ukraine/US ballet dancer, l'apres-midi d'une faune
1881 Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer, great South Africa all-rounder early 20th cent
1881 Johannes CB "Jan" Sluyters, Dutch painter
1876 Julio A. Peixoto, Brazilian writer, O esfinge
1874 William Lyon Mackenzie King, L, 10th Canadian PM, 1921-30, 1935-48
1873 Ford Madox Ford, England, novelist/editor, Inheritors
1869 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer
1864 John Felix August Korling, composer
1861 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer
1859 Willem C Grunings, Curacaos publisher, People's Friend
1853 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, England, actor/theater manager, Trilby
1848 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer
1842 Marius Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician, continous groups
1840 Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, composer
1838 Berthold Tours, composer
1835 Alexander E Agassiz, U.S., businessman/biologist/geology
1833 James Thadeus Holtzclaw, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1830 Jules de Goncourt, France, novelist, Germinie
1824 John Kerr, System physicist, electro-visually Kerr-effect
1824 Manning Ferguson Force, Major General Union volunteers
1824 Thomas Starr King, New York, Unitarian clergyman, Christianity and Humanity
1821 Frederick West Lander, Brigadier General Union volunteers
1820 Frederick Tracy Dent, Brigadier General Union volunteers
1819 Samuel Jones, Major General Confederate Army
1807 John Greenleaf Whittier, U.S., poet, Snow-bound
1801 Johan NMJ, king of Saxon, 1854-73, translated Divina Commedia
1800 Gergely Czuczor, Hungarian/Czechoslovakian poet/translator, Great Hung dictionary
1797 Joseph Henry, U.S., scientist/inventor/pioneer of electromagnetism
1796 Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian Author
1778 Hunphry Davy, English chemist, discovered some elements
1770 Johann Friedrich Schubert, composer
1770 Ludwig Van Beethoven, composer, 5th Symphony, Ode to Joy
1749 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer, Il Matrimonio Segreto
1734 William Floyd, U.S. soldier/signer, Declaration of Independence
1706 Chatelet, la belle Emilie, French writer
1706 Gabrielle Chatelet, La belle Emilie, French writer, Voltaire
1638 Johann Ulrich Sultzberger, composer
1619 Ruprecht, prince of Palts/admiral/chemist/engraver/mathematician
1554 Ernst of Bayern, prince/bishop of Liege/archbishop of Cologne
1493 Philippus A. Paracelsus, Swiss physician/alchemist, Liber paramixum