February 17 Birthdays in History - February 17 Deaths - February 17 Events
1982 Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor, Tommy Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun
1981 Donielle Thompson, Wheatridge CO, gymnast, World-bronze-95, 1996 Olympics
1981 Lisa Skinner, Queensland Australia, gymnast 1996 Olympics
1981 Paris Hilton, born in New York City, New York, model, actress, socialite, heiress, fashion designer, appeared in 'The Simple Life' television series
1980 Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnast 1996 Olympics
1980 Jason Ritter, American Actor
1975 Sung-Hee Park, Pusan Korea, tennis star, 1993 Futures-Seoul
1975 Todd Harvey, Hamilton, NHL center for the Dallas Stars
1975 Vaclav Prospal, NHL forward, Team Czechoslovakia, Gold Medal 1998 Olympics, Philadelphia
1974 Jerry O'Connell, New York City, actor, Scream 2, Andrew-My Secret Identity
1974 Valeria Mazza, Rosario Argentina, model, Cosmo-July 1995
1974 Bryan White, born in Lawton, Oklahoma, singer, songwriter, albums 'Bryan White', 'Between Now and Forever' certified platinum, album 'The Right Place' certified gold
1973 Chris Robinson, NBA guard for the Vancouver Grizzlies
1973 Drew Barry, NBA guard for the Atlanta Hawks
1973 Frank Sanders, NFL wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals
1973 Raymond Jackson, NFL defensive back for the Buffalo Bills
1972 Billie Joe Armstrong, singer/musician, Green Day
1972 Lloy Ball, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, volleyball setter 1996 Olympics
1972 Richard MacQuire, Melbourne VIC Australia, canoeist 1996 Olympics
1972 Stephen Robinson, Arlington, Virginia, rower 1996 Olympics
1972 Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver 1996 Olympics
1972 Vladimir Vujtek, NHL forward, Team Czechoslovakia, Gold Medal 1998 Olympics, Tampa Bay
1972 William Floyd, full back for the San Francisco 49ers
1971 Denise Richards, born in Downers Grove, Illinois, actress, fashion model, appeared in 'The World is Not Enough', reality show, 'Denise Richards: It's Complicated'
1970 Tommy Moe, Anchorage Alaska, nordic skiier, Olympic-gold/silver-1994
1969 David Klingler, NFL quarterback, Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals
1969 Joel Steed, NFL nose tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers
1969 Levon Kirkland, NFL linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers
1969 Traci Adell, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, playmate, July, 1994
1968 Bryan Cox, NFL linebacker, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears
1968 Celita Schutz, Riverdale, New Jersey, half-middleweight judoka 1996 Olympics
1968 Patrick Uterwijk, pop guitarist, Pestilence, Consuming Impulse
1967 Gary Shuchuk, Edmonton, NHL center for the Los Angeles Kings
1967 Michelle Forbes, born in Austin, Texas, actress, Ensign Ro-Star Trek Next Gen
1966 Luc Robitaille, Montreal, NHL left wing, New York Rangers, Pitts Penguins
1966 Melissa Brooke-Belland, rocker, Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee
1965 Clayton Prince, Philadelphia, actor, Hairspray, Reuben-Another World
1965 Jim Bowie, Japanese/US baseball infielder, Oakland Athletics
1965 Michael Bay, American Director
1964 Mike Campbell, born in Seattle, Washington, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
1963 Dan Reed, rocker/actor, HOTS, Lake Consequence
1963 Michael Jordan, NBA guard, Chicago Bulls
1962 David McComb, Australia, vocalist/songwriter, Triffids
1962 Hennie Meijer, soccer player, Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen
1962 Lou Diamond Phillips, Philippines, actor, La Bamba, Stand and Deliver
1962 Tony Blain, cricketer, New Zealand Test wicket-keeper
1961 Deb[ra] Richardson, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, beach volleyballer 1996 Olympics
1961 Guy McIntyre, NFL guard for the Philadelphia Eagles
1961 Michael Jordan, born in Brooklyn, New York, NBA guard and forward, Chicago Bulls
1961 Wendy Liebman, born in Manhasset, New York, comedian, performs stand up comedy, American Comedy Award for Female Stand-up Comedian of the Year, 1997, appeared on HBO, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show
1959 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, U.S., 100m swimmer, Gold Medal 1984 Olympics
1959 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball and football star
1959 Richard Karn, born in Seattle, Washington, actor, Al-Home Improvement
1959 Rowdy Gaines, U.S. swimmer, Olympics-3 gold-1984
1958 Heidi Hagman, actress, Linda-Archie Bunker's Place
1958 Karen Lende O'Connor, born in Concord, Massachusetts, equestrian 3-day, Silver Medal 1996 Olympics
1954 Rene Russo, born in Burbank, California, Renee Marie Russo, television, film actress, model, breakthrough role as Lorna Cole in 'Lethal Weapon 3' and 'Lethal Weapon 4', appeared in 'The Thomas Crown Affair' with Pierce Brosnan
1953 Janice Dickinson, born in Brooklyn, New York, model, Vogue
1952 Guillermo Vilas, tennis player, 1977 U.S. Open
1952 Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, U.S. U.S. table tennis player 1992 Olympics
1952 Randy Forbes, American Politician
1950 Rick Medlocke, rock guitarist and vocalist, Blackfoot
1949 Fred Frith, English guitarist, violinist and bassist, Skeleton Crew
1947 Ben Cramer, Dutch vocalist, Clown
1947 Dallas Adams, British actor/painter/writer, Terror From Within
1947 Dodie Stevens, actress, Mary Hartman!
1946 Andre Dussollier, Annecy France, actor, 3 Men and a Cradle
1946 Valdemar Bandolowski, Denmark, yachting, Gold Medal 1976, 1980 Olympics
1946 Zina Bethune, New York City, actress, Nurses, Who's That Knocking at My Door
1945 Brenda Fricker, Dublin Ireland, actress, My Left Foot
1945 Patricia Morrow, actress, Rita-Peyton Place
1945 Willie J L Swildens-Rozendal, Dutch MP, PvdA
1944 Bernie Grant, British politician, Labour
1942 Huey Newton, Black Panther leader
1941 Heidi Biebi, Federal Republic of Germany, downhill skier 1960 Olympics gold
1940 Dennis Gamsy, cricketer, South African bat in 2 Tests vs. Australia 1970
1940 Gene Pitney, Hartford, Connecticut, vocalist/songwriter, Town Without Pity
1939 Mary Ann Mobley, Biloxi Ms, Miss America-1959/actress, Diff'rent Strokes
1938 Mary Frances Berry, educator/head, US Commission on Civil Rights
1937 Mickey McGill, U.S. vocalist, Dells-Love is Blue
1936 Barry Jarman, cricketer, Australian wicket-keeper in 60's
1936 Jim Brown, Georgia, NFL full back for the Cleveland Browns/actor, Dirty Dozen
1935 Johnny Bush, country singer
1934 Alan Bates, born in Allestree, England, actor, Zorba the Greek, Unmarried Woman
1934 Barry Humphries, Australia TV host, Dame Edna Everage
1934 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach, Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals
1933 Bobby Lewis, rocker, Tossin' and Turnin'
1933 Craig L. Thomas, born in Wyoming, United States Senator from Wyoming, protected America's national parks
1932 Buck Trent, Spartanburg, South Carolina, banjoist/singer, Hee Haw
1931 Fay Godwin, born in Berlin, Germany, British photographer, noted for black-and-white landscapes of British coast and countryside, took portraits of literary figures, Saul Bellow, Salman Rushdie, Anthony Powell
1930 Usko Merilainen, composer
1930 Ruth Rendell, British Writer
1929 Chaim Potok, New York City, novelist, Promise
1929 Yasser Arafat, PLO-leader, Achille Lauro, Nobel 1994
1926 Friedrich Cerha, composer
1926 Lee Hoiby, Madison Wisconsin, composer, 1957 Arts and Letters
1925 Fritz Behrendt, German/Dutch cartoon character, The Slogan
1925 Hal Holbrook, born in Cleveland, actor, All the President's Men, Mark Twain
1924 Margaret Truman, born in Missouri, singer, writer, only daughter of President Harry and Bess Truman
1923 Alden Winship Clausen, Hamilton, Illinois, banker, President of World Bank
1922 Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist, It's All in the Game
1920 Trevor Oswald Ling, religious studies professor
1919 Jock Mahoney, Chicago, actor, Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury
1919 Joseph R Hunt, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1943
1919 Kathleen Freeman, born in Chicago, Illinois, actress, Beverly Hillbillies
1918 Charles Hayes, born in Cairo, Illinois, Representative-D-Illinois 1983 - 1993
1918 Olive Gibbs, peace campaigner
1916 Don Tallon, cricketer, perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper
1916 Raf Vallone, Tropea Italy, actor, El Cid, 2 Women, Greek Tycoon
1915 Homer Keller, composer
1914 Albert Westerlinck, Jose J M Aerts, Flemish literary
1914 Arthur Kennedy, Worcester Massachusetts, actor, Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place
1914 Per-Jakez Helias, writer/teacher
1914 [Bert de] Wayne Morris, born in Los Angeles, California, WW II-pilot/actor, Paths of Glory
1913 Josephine F "Fietje" van Anrooy, Dutch actress/director
1913 Oskar Danon, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, composer, conductor, earned Ph.D. musicology in Prague, Czechoslovakia, conductor, director for Belgrade Opera, chief conductor Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra
1913 Rene Leibowitz, composer
1912 Andre Norton, American Writer
1911 Arthur Hunnicutt, Gravelly AR, actor, Big Sky, Apache Uprising
1910 Marc Lawrence, New York City, actor, Man With Golden Gun
1909 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, champ sprinter 1932-37,
1909 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano, Venus-Tannhauser
1908 Staats Cotsworth, born in Oak Park, Illinois, actor, Peyton Place
1908 Walter L "Red" Barber, Mississippi, sports announcer, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees
1907 Alec Wilder, born in Rochester, New York, composer, 1973 ASCAP award
1907 Charles B Timmer, Dutch translator/writer, Russia Black on White
1906 Galo Plaza Lasso, President of Ecuador, 1948-52, head of OAS, 1968-75
1906 Ramon Tapales, composer
1904 Albert Kuyle, Louis Kuitenbrouwer, Dutch writer, Jesus' Robe
1903 Johannes Linthorst Homan, director of the queen in Groningen
1902 Marian Anderson, born in Philadelphia, operatic contralto, banned by D.A.R.
1898 Tom Lowry, cricketer, New Zealand batsman in seven Tests and their 1st Test captain
1897 Johan[nes A] Kaart, Dutch actor/stage manager, My Fair Lady
1895 Anita Stewart, New York, actress, South of Hell Mountain
1895 Edna Park Edwards, PA
1892 Theodor Plievier, German writer, Des Kaisers Kulis, Stalingrad
1891 Georg Britting, writer
1890 Ronald Fisher, English Mathematician
1889 H. L. Hunt, American Businessman, Texas oil multi-millionaire
1888 Henrietta P "Hetty" Beck, actress, Bouwmeester Award
1888 Otto Stern, German/U.S. physicist, Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943
1888 Ronald Aburthnott Knox, English priest/writer, Viaduct Murder
1888 Ronald Knox, English Theologian
1887 Leevi Antti Madetoja, composer
1884 Arthur Vanderpoorten, Flemish minister of Internal affairs, 1940
1882 Kurt Schindler, composer
1882 Noah Beery, Smithville AR, actor, Story of Esther, Mark of Zorro
1880 Alvaro Obregon, general/president Mexico, 1920-24
1879 Dorothy Canfield Fisher, U.S., novelist, Book-of-Month-Club
1877 Henri Vandeputte, Belgian author and poet, L'homme Jeune
1874 Thomas J. Watson, American Scientist, IBM
1870 Louis de Raet, Belgian economist/founder, Flemish People's Party
1867 William Cadbury, England, chocolate manufacturer, Cadbury
1864 Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, NSW Australia, poet, Waltzing Matilda
1862 Edward German, Jones, Whitchurch Shropshire, British composer
1862 Mori Ogai [Mori Rintaro], Japanese author, Maihime/Gan
1858 Ernest Ford, composer
1857 Samuel Sidney McClure, Irish-American newspaper editor/publisher
1855 Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey, WW I
1854 Friedrich A. Krupp, German arms manufacturer
1853 Jaroslav Vrchlicky, Emil Frida, Czechoslovakian poet, 1 night on Karlstein
1850 Anton Urspruch, composer
1850 Ludwig Bonvin, composer
1849 Selwyn Image, Bodiam Sussex, painter
1844 A Montgomery Ward, found mail-order business, Montgomery Ward
1837 Francis Jay Herron, Major General Union volunteers
1837 Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch, lib, minister, child labor laws
1831 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer
1824 William Farrar "Baldy" Smith, Major General Union volunteers
1820 Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher, Brussels Cons
1816 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer
1804 Samuel Read Anderson, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1796 Giovanni Pacini, composer
1781 Rene-Theophile-Hyacinthe Lannec, France, inventor, stethoscope
1774 Raphaelle Peale, U.S., painter, After the Rain-1823
1758 John Pinkerton, Scottish historian
1754 Jan Jachym Kopriva, composer
1752 Friedrich M Klinger, German playwright, Wirrwarr
1747 Narciso Casanovas, composer
1740 Horace B de Saussure, Swiss physicist/geologist
1723 Tobias Mayer, "method of lunars" for longitude determination
1699 Hans Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, German architect, Sanssouci
1697 Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, composer
1696 Baron Ernst Gottlieb, composer
1675 Johann Melchior Conradi, composer
1667 Georg Bronner, composer
1653 Arcangelo Corelli, Fusignano Italy, violinist and composer, Concerto Grossi
1583 J Henry Alting, Dutch theologist
1519 Francois de Guise, Balafre, French general strategist, Calais
1490 Charles de Bourbon, officer/governor, Lombardy
1444 Rudolf Agricola, Roelof Huysman, Dutch humanist/organist