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George Akerlof

George Akerlof (June 17, 1940-)

George Arthur Akerlof is an American economist and University Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He won the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Previously he was Koshland Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Wikipedia
New Haven, Connecticut
Ralph Bellamy

Ralph Bellamy (June 17, 1904-November 29, 1991)

Ralph Rexford Bellamy was an American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, screen and television. During his career, he played leading roles as well as supporting roles, garnering acclaim and awards. Wikipedia
Chicago Illinois, United States
Santa Monica, California, United States

Tracie Bennett (June 17, 1961-)

Tracie Bennett is an English stage and television actress. She trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in Clapham, London. Best known for her work in the theatre, both dramatic and musical, she received Olivier Awards for her performances in the musicals 'She Loves Me' and 'Hairspray', and was nominated for a Tony Award for her... Wikipedia
Leigh, Lancashire, England, UK

David Brunt (June 17, 1886-February 5, 1965)

Sir David Brunt, KBE, FRS was a Welsh meteorologist. He was Professor of Meteorology at Imperial College, London from 1934 to 1952. He was Vice-President of the Royal Society from 1949 to 1957. Wikipedia
Thomas Haden Church

Thomas Haden Church (June 17, 1960-)

Thomas Haden Church is an American actor, director and writer. After co-starring in the 1990s sitcom 'Wings', Church became known for his film roles, including his performance in 'Sideways' and his role as the Sandman in 'Spider-Man 3'. He also made his directorial debut with 'Rolling Kansas'. Wikipedia
Woodland, California, U.S.
Dave Concepción

Dave Concepción (June 17, 1948-)

David Ismael "Dave" Concepción Benitez, is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball. In 2007 the Cincinnati Reds retired jersey number 13 in honor of Concepción's contributions to the team. Wikipedia
Ocumare de la Costa, Aragua, Venezuela
William Crookes

William Crookes (June 17, 1832-April 4, 1919)

Sir William Crookes, OM, FRS was a British chemist and physicist who attended the Royal College of Chemistry, London, and worked on spectroscopy. He was a pioneer of vacuum tubes, inventing the Crookes tube which was made in 1875. Crookes was the inventor of the Crookes radiometer, which today is made and sold as a novelty item. Wikipedia
London, England
London, England

Karl Dargan (June 17, 1985-)

Karl Dargan is an American boxer best known for winning the gold medal at the 2007 Pan Am Games in the Men's Light Welterweight. Wikipedia
Agustín Edwards Mac-Clure

Agustín Edwards Mac-Clure (June 17, 1878-June 18, 1941)

Agustín Edwards Mac-Clure was a Chilean lawyer, diplomat and businessman, and founder of the Santiago edition of El Mercurio newspaper. Wikipedia
Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Mohamed ElBaradei

Mohamed ElBaradei (June 17, 1942-)

Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei is an Egyptian law scholar and diplomat who was the last Vice President of Egypt serving on an acting basis from 14 July 2013 until his resignation on 14 August 2013. Wikipedia
Cairo, Egypt
M. C. Escher

M. C. Escher (June 17, 1898-March 27, 1972)

Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations. Wikipedia
Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Laren, Netherlands

William Kaye Estes (June 17, 1919-August 17, 2011)

William Kaye Estes was an American psychologist. A 'Review of General Psychology' survey, published in 2002, ranked Estes as the 77th most cited psychologist of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Connie Fisher (June 17, 1983-)

Connie Fisher is a Northern Irish-born Welsh actress and singer, who won the BBC One talent contest, 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?' On 15 November 2006, she opened to excellent reviews in the part of Maria von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music' in the West End, London on a six-month contract, which was extended until 23 February 2008. She... Wikipedia
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Tommy Franks

Tommy Franks (June 17, 1945-)

Tommy Ray Franks is a retired general in the United States Army. His last Army post was as the Commander of the United States Central Command, overseeing United States Armed Forces operations in a 25-country region, including the Middle East. Franks succeeded General Anthony Zinni to this position on 6 July 2000 and served until his retirement on 7... Wikipedia
Wynnewood, Oklahoma
John Gallagher, Jr.

John Gallagher, Jr. (June 17, 1984-)

John Howard Gallagher, Jr. is an American actor and musician known for originating the role of Moritz Stiefel in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's rock musical 'Spring Awakening', which earned him a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He also played Johnny in Green Day's Broadway musical, 'American Idiot', and Lee in the 2011 Broadway... Wikipedia
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Gotthold Gloger

Gotthold Gloger (June 17, 1924-October 16, 2001)

Gotthold Gloger was a German writer and painter. Wikipedia
Königsberg, East Prussia, Weimar Republic
Gransee, Oberhavel, Brandenburg, Germany
Dobet Gnahoré

Dobet Gnahoré (June 17, 1982-)

Dobet Gnahoré is a singer from Côte d'Ivoire. She settled in Marseille in 1999 due to the Civil War. Her father Boni is a percussionist who performs with her. She was a nominee at the 2006 World music for Newcomer and shared an award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with India.Arie at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Wikipedia
Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood (June 17, 1954-)

Kerry Greenwood is an Australian author and defence lawyer. She has written many plays and books, most notably a string of historical detective novels centred on the character of Phryne Fisher. She writes mysteries, science-fiction, historical fiction, and children's stories, as well as plays. She is unmarried but lives with a "registered wizard". Wikipedia
John Hersey

John Hersey (June 17, 1914-March 24, 1993)

John Richard Hersey was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and journalist considered one of the earliest practitioners of the so-called New Journalism, in which storytelling techniques of fiction are adapted to non-fiction reportage. Hersey's account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest... Wikipedia
Tientsin, China
Key West, Florida, United States

W. V. D. Hodge (June 17, 1903-July 7, 1975)

William Vallance Douglas Hodge FRS was a Scottish mathematician, specifically a geometer. Wikipedia
François Jacob

François Jacob (June 17, 1920-April 19, 2013)

François Jacob was a French biologist who, together with Jacques Monod, originated the idea that control of enzyme levels in all cells occurs through regulation of transcription. He shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Jacques Monod and André Lwoff. Wikipedia
Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle
Paris, France
James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871-June 26, 1938)

James Weldon Johnson was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where he started working in 1917. In 1920 he was the first black to be chosen as executive secretary of the organization,... Wikipedia
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Wiscasset, Maine, United States
Greg Kinnear

Greg Kinnear (June 17, 1963-)

Gregory Buck "Greg" Kinnear is an American actor and television personality. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in 'As Good as It Gets'. Wikipedia
Logansport, Indiana, United States
Ken Loach

Ken Loach (June 17, 1936-)

Kenneth "Ken" Loach is an English film and television director. Wikipedia
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK
Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow (June 17, 1943-)

Barry Manilow is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He is best known for such recordings as "Mandy", "Can't Smile Without You", and "Copacabana". Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York City

James Michaels (June 17, 1921-October 2, 2007)

James W. Michaels was an American journalist and magazine editor. Michaels served as the longtime editor of 'Forbes' magazine from 1961 until his retirement in 1999. Wikipedia
Buffalo, New York
Manhattan, New York
John Murtha

John Murtha (June 17, 1932-August 2, 2010)

John Patrick "Jack" Murtha, Jr. was an American politician from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Murtha, a Democrat, represented Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1974 until his death in 2010. Wikipedia
New Martinsville, West Virginia
Arlington, Virginia
William Henry Perkin, Jr.

William Henry Perkin, Jr. (June 17, 1860-September 17, 1929)

William Henry Perkin, Jr., FRS was an English organic chemist who was primarily known for his groundbreaking research work on the degradation of naturally occurring organic compounds. Wikipedia
Sudbury, Middlesex, England
Oxford, England
Tigran Petrosian

Tigran Petrosian (June 17, 1929-August 13, 1984)

Tigran Petrosian was a Soviet Armenian grandmaster, and World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969. He was nicknamed "Iron Tigran" due to his almost impenetrable defensive playing style, which emphasised safety above all else. Wikipedia
Tbilisi, Georgia, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR
Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR
Joe Piscopo

Joe Piscopo (June 17, 1951-)

Joseph Charles John "Joe" Piscopo is an American comedian and actor best known for his work on 'Saturday Night Live' where he played a variety of recurring characters. Wikipedia
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
Beryl Reid

Beryl Reid (June 17, 1919-October 13, 1996)

Beryl Elizabeth Reid, OBE was a British actress of stage and screen. Wikipedia
Hereford, Herefordshire, England
South Buckinghamshire, England
William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse

William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (June 17, 1800-October 31, 1867)

William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse KP was an Anglo-Irish astronomer who had several telescopes built. His 72-inch telescope, built in 1845 and colloquially known of as the "Leviathan of Parsonstown", was the world's largest telescope, in terms of aperture size, until the early 20th century. From 1807 until 1841, he was styled as Baron Oxmantown. Wikipedia
Birr Castle
Burt Rutan

Burt Rutan (June 17, 1943-)

Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan is an American aerospace engineer noted for his originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft. He designed the record-breaking Voyager, which was the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, and the sub-orbital spaceplane SpaceShipOne, which won the Ansari... Wikipedia
Estacada, OR, United States
James Shigeta

James Shigeta (June 17, 1929-July 28, 2014)

James S. Shigeta was an American film and television actor. He was also a standards singer, musical theatre and nightclub performer, and recording artist. He was a Sansei or third-generation American of Japanese ancestry. He was noted for his roles in 'Flower Drum Song', 'Die Hard', and 'Mulan'. Wikipedia
Honolulu, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii
Los Angeles, California, United States

Starhawk (June 17, 1951-)

Starhawk is an American writer and activist. She is known as a theorist of feminist Neopaganism and ecofeminism. She is a columnist for and for 'On Faith', the 'Newsweek'/'Washington Post' online forum on religion. Wikipedia
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky (June 17, 1882-April 6, 1971)

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Lomonosov, Russian Empire
New York City, New York, U.S.
Paul Tergat

Paul Tergat (June 17, 1969-)

Paul Kibii Tergat is a Kenyan professional long distance runner. He held the world record in the marathon from 2003 to 2007, with a time of 2:04:55, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time. Wikipedia
John Wesley

John Wesley (June 17, 1703-March 2, 1791)

John Wesley was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism. Wikipedia
Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
London, England
Venus Williams

Venus Williams (June 17, 1980-)

Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 36 in singles as of July 29, 2013. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first... Wikipedia
Lynwood, California
Wally Wood

Wally Wood (June 17, 1927-November 2, 1981)

Wallace Allan Wood was an American comic book writer, artist and independent publisher, best known for his work on EC Comics's 'Mad' and Marvel's Daredevil. He was one of 'Mad' ' s founding cartoonists in 1952. Although much of his early professional artwork is signed Wallace Wood, he became known as Wally Wood, a name he claimed to dislike. Within... Wikipedia
Menahga, Minnesota
Los Angeles, California