October 17 Birthdays in History - October 17 Deaths - October 17 Events
1979 Kimi Raikkonen, Finnish Celebrity
1973 Keith McKenzie, NFL defensive end, Green Bay Packers Superbowl 31
1973 Lorie Bennett West, Miss Kentucky USA 1996
1972 Vicki Goetze, Michicot WI, LPGA golfer, 1995 British Open-12th
1972 Eminem, born in Detroit, Michigan, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, rapper, actor, record producer, best-selling solo album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP'
1972 Wyclef Jean, American Musician
1971 Byron Chamberlain, NFL/WLAF tight end Denver Broncos, Rhein Fire
1971 Ernest Dixon, NFL linebacker for the New Orleans Saints
1971 Henry McMillian, NFL defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks
1971 Chris Kirkpatrick, American Musician
1970 Anil Kumble, cricketer, great Indian leg-spinner since 1990
1970 Jean-Paul de Young, soccer player for the FC Utrecht
1970 John Mabry, Wilmington, Delaware, outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals
1970 Marciano Vink, soccer player, Genoa/PSV
1970 Shauna O'Brien, Pasco Wash, actress, Showgirls
1970 Tasha Tsang, Saskatoon Saskatchwan, rower 1996 Olympics
1969 Alfred Pupunu, NFL tight end for the San Diego Chargers
1969 Joe Courtney, NBA forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers
1969 Theodore Ernest Els, Johannesburg South Africa, PGA golfer, 1994 U.S. Open
1969 Rick Mercer, born in St. John's, Canada, comedian, satirist, television personality, created television show, 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes', trademark routine titled, 'Talking to Americans'
1968 Heather McDermid, Calgary Alberta, rower 1996 Olympics
1968 Ziggy Marley, born in Trenchtown, Jamaica, reggae performer, oldest son of Rita and Bob Marley, leader of band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
1967 Adrianne Werdel Witmeyer, born in Los Angeles, California, tennis star, 1990 Futures-Chiba
1967 Allen West, U.S. metal guitarist, Obituary, Cause of Death
1967 Marianne Werdel Witmeyer, born in Los Angeles, California, tennis star
1967 Mark Johnson, Worcester, Massachusetts, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates
1967 Nathalie Tauziat, Bangui Cent Afr Rep, tennis star, 1993 Quebec City
1967 Reggie Clark, NFL linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars
1966 Danny Ferry, NBA forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers
1965 Connie Ann Hearn, Anchorage Alaska, actress, New Kind of Family
1965 Pinnaduwage Aravinda De Silva, cricket, Sri Lanka's greatest batsman
1963 Vijay Mehra, cricketer, United Arab Emirates batsman 1996 World Cup
1963 Norm MacDonald, Canadian Actor
1962 John Dorge, Australian basketball center 1996 Olympics
1962 Mike Judge, American Producer
1960 Angela Kramers, Dutch singer, Dolly Dots
1960 James Patrick Delsing, born in St. Louis, Missouri, PGA golfer, 1993 New England-2nd
1960 Mandy Yachad, cricketer, South African ODI opening batsman 1991
1958 Alan Jackson, born in Newnan, Georgia, country singer, Here in the Real World
1958 Blaine McCallister, Ft. Stockton, Texas, PGA golfer, 1989 Honda Classic
1958 France St. Louis, ice hockey forward, Canada, 1998 Olympics
1958 Gig Gangel Harlingen, Texas, playmate, Jan, 1980
1957 Vincent Van Patten, Belrose, New York, actor, Apple's Way, 3 for the Road
1956 Mae C Jemison, Decatur Alabama, MD/astronaut, STS-47
1956 Robin LO Linschoten, Dutch assistant secretary of Social Affairs, VVD
1955 Sam Bottoms, born in Santa Barbara, California, actor, Prime Risk, Savages
1950 Howard E Rollins, Jr., born in Baltimore, Maryland, actor, Bannister-Wildside,Another World
1950 Michael Synar, born in Vinita, Oklahoma, Representative-D-Oklahoma 1979 - 1995
1950 Sandra Reemer, Dutch singer, As Love Goes
1950 Wally Lamb, born in America, author, novelist, featured in Oprah's Book Club, books include 'The Hour I First Believed' 'I'll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison', 'She's Come Undone', 'I Know This Much is True'
1949 Bill Hudson, Portland, Oregon, comedian, Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show
1949 Maurice Willis Wright, composer
1949 Owen Arthur, born in Barbados, statesman, politician, Barbados Labor Party, Prime Minister of Barbados 1994 - 2008
1948 George Wendt, born in Chicago, Illinois, actor, Norm-Cheers
1948 Margot Kidder, Yellowknife, actress, Lois Lane, Amityville Horror
1947 Charles A Ingene, macromarketing researcher
1947 Gene Green, born in Houston, Texas, Representative-D-Texas 1993 -
1947 Lesley Sunderland, decorative artist
1947 Michael McKean, New York City, actor, Laverne and Shirley, SNL, Spinal Tap
1946 Bob Seagren, Pomona California, actor, Soap, pole vaulter, Olympics gold 68
1946 James Ray Tucker, born in Los Angeles, California, rock guitarist, Turtles-Eleanor
1946 Vicki Hodge, born in London, England, actress, Confessions of a Sex Maniac
1946 Adam Michnik, Polish Editor
1945 Dave Cutler, CFL place kicker for the Edmonton Eskimos
1944 Carol Cole, West Medford Massachusetts, actress, Ellie-Grady
1943 Susan Davenny Wyner, New Haven, Connecticut, soprano, Walter Naumberg Prize
1942 Gary Puckett, vocalist, & Union Gap-Woman Woman, Young Girl
1941 Alan Howard, rock bassist, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
1941 Earl Thomas Conley, Portsmouth, Ohio, country singer, Too Many Times
1941 James Seals, Sidney, Texas, singer, Seals and Crofts-Summer Breeze
1938 Robert "Evel" Knievel, motorcycle daredevil, Snake River Canyon
1938 Evel Knievel, American Entertainer
1936 Dave Hobson, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Representative-R-Ohio 1991 - 2009
1935 Alan Brown, cricketer, England opening attack Brown and White vs Pak 1961
1934 Barend P Tammeling, Dutch journalist, Trouw, Groninger Gezinsbode
1933 William A Anders, Hong Kong, Major Gen, USAF/astronaut, Apollo 8
1932 Gundaris Pone, born in Riga, Latvia, composer, professor, State University College at New Paltz, New York
1932 Paul Anderson, U.S., light super heavyweight lifter 1956 Olympics gold
1932 William J. Hughes, born in Salem, New Jersey, Representative-D-New Jersey 1975 - 1995
1930 Angelo Paccignini, composer
1930 Jimmy Breslin, born in New York City, columnist, New York Post, News, Newsday
1928 Ivan Marinov, composer
1928 James "Junior" Gilliam, Dodgers, NL rookie of year 1953
1928 Zacharias J de Beer, South African physician/MP, DP
1926 Beverly Garland, Santa Cruz California, actress, My 3 Sons
1926 Julie Adams, Waterloo Iowa, actress, Yancy Derringer, Code Red
1926 Karl Gordon Henize, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, astronaut, STS-51-F
1922 Louis Benjamin, showman
1921 George Mackey Brown, poet
1921 Maria Gorokhovskaya, U.S.S.R., gymnast 1952 Olympics gold
1921 Pricilla Lanford Buckly, editor/columnist, National Review
1921 Tom Poston, Columbus Ohio, actor, Steve Allen Show, Newhart
1920 Montgomery Clift, born in Omaha, Nebraska, actor, From Here to Eternity
1920 Rudolf Hrusinsky, Czechoslovakian actor, Short Cut, Golden Eels
1919 John Moroney, cricketer, Australian opener 1949-51
1919 Rita Hayworth, born in New York, Marguerita C Casino, actress, Gilda, Pal Joey
1919 Zhao Ziyang, Chinese Statesman
1917 Marsha Hunt, born in Chicago, Illinois, actress, Jennifer-Peck's Bad Girl, Jigsaw
1917 Martin Donnelly, cricketer, brilliant lefty bat for New Zealand post-war
1916 Robert Lowery, born in Kansas City, Missouri, actor, Murder Over New York
1916 Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, composer
1915 Arthur Miller, New York City, playwright, Death of a Salesman, Crucible
1914 Albert Markos, composer
1914 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer, Superman
1914 John Mosely, recording expert/entrepreneur
1912 John Paul I, Albino Luciano, 263rd Roman Catholic pope, 1978
1912 Pope John Paul I, Pope
1909 Crozy Cole, U.S. jazz drummer
1905 Franco Albini, Italian architect
1905 Jean Arthur, New York City, actress, Shane, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
1903 Irene Ryan, El Paso Texas, actress, Granny-Beverly Hillbillies
1903 Jerry Colona, born in Boston, Massachusetts, comedian, Jerry Colona Show
1903 Nathanael West, American novelist, Day of the Locusts
1898 Mildred Knopf, cookbook writer
1898 Shinichi Suzuki, music teacher
1898 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch writer/poet, 5th Seal
1895 Doris Humphrey, born in Oak Park, Illinois, dancer, Dances of Women
1893 Jean Binet, composer
1892 Herbert Norman Howells, composer
1892 Otakar Jeremias, composer
1886 Spring Byington, Colorado Springs, actress, Lily Ruskin-December Bride
1885 Aaf Bouber-ten Hoope, Dutch actress, Jantjes, wife of Herman Bouber
1883 A S Neill, British headmaster, Summerhill
1878 Andrei N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai
1878 Henri Mulet, composer
1875 Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer, Yes and No!
1864 Elinor Glyn, British novelist, 3 Weeks
1860 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer
1859 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher, New York Giants, for the Cincinnati Reds
1848 William "Candy" Cummings, created curve ball
1845 Franz Ehrle, German prefect of Vatican library
1844 Miguel Nieto, composer
1839 Helene Mercier, Dutch author/social reformer
1835 Alexandrine-Pieternella-Franeoise Tinne, explored White Nile
1833 Paul Bert, French Scientist
1817 Sajjid Ahmad Chan, Indian moslem leader/co-founder, Pakistan
1815 Emanuel Geibel, writer
1813 Georg Buchner, German playwright, Dantons Tod/Woyzeck
1811 Albertus C. van Raalte, Dutch / U.S. vicar, owned land in Michigan
1806 Alphonse LPP de Candolle, Swiss botanist
1780 Richard Mentor Johnson, American Politician
1734 Grigori G Orlov, Russian guard officer/favorite of Catharina II
1730 Ernestus Weinrauch, composer
1729 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, composer
1725 John Wilkes, English journalist/MP, N Briton
1720 Maria Teresa Agnesi, composer
1711 Jupiter Hammon, 1st American black to publish poetry, Complete Works
1704 Willem Bentinck, orangist
1696 August III, king of Poland/monarch Frederik August II of Saksen
1688 Domenico Zipoli, composer
1626 Simon van Leeuwen, lawyer/historian, Roman-Holland regt
1577 Cristofano Allori, Italian painter, Judith
1563 Jodocus Hondius, Flemish mathematician/cartographer