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Ray Stannard Baker

Ray Stannard Baker (April 17, 1870-July 12, 1946)

Ray Stannard Baker, also known by his pen name David Grayson, was an American journalist and author. Wikipedia

Hervé Bazin (April 17, 1911-February 17, 1996)

Hervé Bazin was a French writer, whose best-known novels covered semi-autobiographical topics of teenage rebellion and dysfunctional families. Wikipedia
Angers, France
Angers, France
Sean Bean

Sean Bean (April 17, 1959-)

Shaun Mark "Sean" Bean is an English actor. Wikipedia
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Karen Blixen

Karen Blixen (April 17, 1885-September 7, 1962)

Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke,' née' Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in Danish, French and English. Wikipedia
Rungsted, Denmark
Rungsted, Denmark
David Bradley (actor)

David Bradley (actor) (April 17, 1942-)

David John Bradley is an English actor. He is best known for playing Argus Filch in the ''Harry Potter'' film series and Walder Frey in the HBO series 'Game of Thrones', though he is also an established stage actor with a career that includes a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in a production of 'King Lear'. Wikipedia
York, England
Malcolm Browne

Malcolm Browne (April 17, 1931-August 27, 2012)

Malcolm Wilde Browne was an American journalist and photographer. His best known work was the award-winning photograph of the self-immolation of Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức in 1963. Wikipedia
New York City
New Hampshire
Alexander Cartwright

Alexander Cartwright (April 17, 1820-July 12, 1892)

Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr. is one of several people sometimes referred to as a "father of baseball". Cartwright is thought to be the first person to draw a diagram of a diamond shaped baseball field, and the rules of the modern game are based on the Knickerbocker Rules developed by Cartwright and a committee from his club, the Knickerbocker Base... Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Honolulu, Hawaii
Edmonde Charles-Roux

Edmonde Charles-Roux (April 17, 1920-)

Edmonde Charles-Roux is a French writer. Wikipedia

Carlo Di Palma (April 17, 1925-July 9, 2004)

Carlo Di Palma was an Italian cinematographer, renowned for his work on both color and black-and-white films, whose most famous collaborations were with Michelangelo Antonioni and Woody Allen. Wikipedia
Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
Julius Fast

Julius Fast (April 17, 1919-December 16, 2008)

Julius Fast was an American author of both fiction and non-fiction. In 1946 he was the first recipient of the Edgar Award given by the Mystery Writers of America for the best first novel of 1945. Wikipedia
Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner (April 17, 1972-)

Jennifer Anne Garner is an American actress and film producer. She gained recognition for her performance as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the ABC spy-action thriller drama series 'Alias', which aired for five seasons from 2001 to 2006. For her work on the series, Garner won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Wikipedia
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Marquis Grissom

Marquis Grissom (April 17, 1967-)

Marquis Deon Grissom is a former American Major League Baseball player. Wikipedia
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Toshio Hirano

Toshio Hirano (April 17, 1947-)

Toshio Hirano is a Japanese immunologist and academic, best known for his discovery of interleukin-6. Since August 2011, he has served as the 17th President of Osaka University. Wikipedia
William Holden

William Holden (April 17, 1918-November 12, 1981)

William Holden was an American actor, who was one of the biggest box office draws of the 1950s. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for his role in 'Stalag 17', and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in the 1973 television film 'The Blue Knight'. Wikipedia
O'Fallon, Illinois, U.S.
Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Mehdi Huseyn (April 17, 1909-March 10, 1965)

Mehdi Ali oglu Huseynov, famed under the pseudonym Mehdi Huseyn – was an Azerbaijani and Soviet writer and critic, laureate of the State Stalin Prize of the third degree and member of the All-Union Communist Party since 1941. Wikipedia
İkinci Şıxlı, Gazakh Rayon, Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan
Olivia Hussey

Olivia Hussey (April 17, 1951-)

Olivia Hussey is an Argentine born English actress who became famous for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Academy Award-winning 1968 film version of 'Romeo and Juliet', winning a Golden Globe and also the David di Donatello Award for best actress. She is also well known for her role as Mary, the mother of Jesus in the 1977 TV production of... Wikipedia
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Georges J. F. Köhler (April 17, 1946-March 1, 1995)

Georges Jean Franz Köhler was a German biologist. Wikipedia
Freiburg im Breisgau

Augustus Edward Hough Love (April 17, 1863-June 5, 1940)

Augustus Edward Hough Love FRS, often known as A. E. H. Love, was a mathematician famous for his work on the mathematical theory of elasticity. He also worked on wave propagation and his work on the structure of the Earth in 'Some Problems of Geodynamics' won for him the Adams prize in 1911 when he developed a mathematical model of surface waves... Wikipedia
Linda Martin

Linda Martin (April 17, 1953-)

Linda Martin is an Irish singer and television presenter. She is best known in Europe as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with the song "Why Me?", and in Ireland as a member of the 1970s/1980s band, Chips. Wikipedia
Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Adam McKay

Adam McKay (April 17, 1968-)

Adam McKay is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay is most famous for his partnership with comedian Will Ferrell, with whom he wrote the films 'Anchorman', 'Talladega Nights', 'The Other Guys', and 'The Campaign'. Ferrell and McKay also founded their comedy website 'Funny or Die' through their production company Gary... Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
J. P. Morgan

J. P. Morgan (April 17, 1837-March 31, 1913)

John Pierpont "J.P." Morgan was an American financier, banker, philanthropist and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time. In 1892, Morgan arranged the merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company to form General Electric. After financing the creation of the Federal Steel... Wikipedia
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Rome, Italy

Cynthia Ozick (April 17, 1928-)

Cynthia Ozick is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States

Pillow (bodybuilder) (April 17, 1956-)

Theresa Jean Bell, better known as Pillow, also known as The She-Beast, was a United States bodybuilder in the early 1980s. While competing in bodybuilding, she was also an exotic dancer in Alaska. She was crowned Miss Exotic World 1995. Wikipedia
Harry Reasoner

Harry Reasoner (April 17, 1923-August 6, 1991)

Harry Truman Reasoner was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of the '60 Minutes' program. Wikipedia
Dakota City, Iowa, U.S.
Westport, Connecticut, U.S.
George Seaton

George Seaton (April 17, 1911-July 28, 1979)

George Seaton was an American screenwriter, playwright, film director and producer, and theatre director. Wikipedia
South Bend, Indiana
Los Angeles, California
Siddharth (actor)

Siddharth (actor) (April 17, 1979-)

Siddharth is an Indian film actor who has appeared in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi language films. Apart from acting, he has also been involved in films as screenplay writer, producer and playback singer. He has been described as one of the few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal. Wikipedia
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
William Gilmore Simms

William Gilmore Simms (April 17, 1806-June 11, 1870)

William Gilmore Simms was a poet, novelist and historian from the American South. His writings achieved great prominence during the 19th century, with Edgar Allan Poe pronouncing him the best novelist America had ever produced. He is still known among literary scholars as a major force in antebellum Southern literature. He is also remembered for... Wikipedia
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Vikram (actor)

Vikram (actor) (April 17, 1966-)

Vikram is an Indian film actor who predominantly appears in Tamil language films and has won six Filmfare Awards as well as one National Film Award and Tamil Nadu State Film Award amongst other recognitions and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the People's University of Milan in May 2011. Wikipedia
Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Vincent Wigglesworth

Vincent Wigglesworth (April 17, 1899-February 11, 1994)

Sir Vincent Brian Wigglesworth CBE FRS was a British entomologist who made significant contributions to the field of insect physiology. Wikipedia
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (April 17, 1897-December 7, 1975)

Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey' and for the two plays 'Our Town' and 'The Skin of Our Teeth'—and a U.S. National Book Award for the novel 'The Eighth Day'. Wikipedia
Madison, Wisconsin
Hamden, Connecticut