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June Allyson

June Allyson (October 7, 1917-July 8, 2006)

June Allyson was an American stage, film, and television actress, dancer and singer. Wikipedia
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Ojai, California, U.S.
Laurindo Almeida

Laurindo Almeida (September 2, 1917-July 26, 1995)

Laurindo Almeida was a Brazilian virtuoso guitarist and composer who made many recordings of enduring impact in classical, jazz and Latin genres. He is widely credited, with fellow artist Bud Shank, for creating the fusion of Latin and jazz which came to be known as the “Jazz Samba.” Almeida was the first artist to receive Grammy Awards for both... Wikipedia
São Paulo, Brazil
Van Nuys, California

William Archibald (playwright) (March 7, 1917-December 27, 1970)

William Archibald was a Trinidadian-born playwright, dancer, choreographer and director, whose stage adaptation of Henry James' 'The Turn of the Screw' was made into the 1961 British horror film 'The Innocents'. Wikipedia
Desi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz (March 2, 1917-December 2, 1986)

Desiderio Arnaz was a Cuban-born American musician, actor and television producer. While he gained international renown for leading a Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, he is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the American TV series 'I Love Lucy', starring with Lucille Ball, to whom he was married at the time. He and Ball are... Wikipedia
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Del Mar, California, U.S.
Red Auerbach

Red Auerbach (September 20, 1917-October 28, 2006)

Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach was an American basketball coach of the Washington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Boston Celtics. After he retired from coaching, he served as president and front office executive of the Celtics until his death. As a coach, he won 938 games and nine National Basketball Association championships in ten years.... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York
Washington, D.C.
Jacqueline Auriol

Jacqueline Auriol (November 5, 1917-February 11, 2000)

Jacqueline Auriol was a French aviator who set several world speed records. Wikipedia

Dennis Ayling (June 23, 1917-October 24, 1998)

Dennis “Denny” Ayling BSC was a British cinematographer. He is best known for his miniature effects cinematography for the 1979 science fiction film 'Alien', for which he won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Wikipedia
Finchley, London, England, United Kingdom
Ealing, London, England, United Kingdom
Augusto Roa Bastos

Augusto Roa Bastos (June 13, 1917-April 26, 2005)

Augusto Roa Bastos was a Paraguayan novelist and short story writer. As a teenager he fought in the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, and he later worked as a journalist, screenwriter and professor. He is best known for his complex novel 'Yo el Supremo' and for winning the 'Premio Miguel de Cervantes' in 1989, Spanish literature's most... Wikipedia
Asunción, Paraguay
Asunción, Paraguay
Mandell Berman

Mandell Berman (<a href="/born/year/1917" title="Celebrities Born in 1917">1917</a>-)

Mandell "Bill" Berman is the businessman and philanthropist behind the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, which supports Jewish education, and research and study of the contemporary American Jewish community. His philanthropic focus is on the storage, dissemination, and preservation of Jewish data, as well as Jewish education and... Wikipedia
Detroit, Michigan

Johannes Bobrowski (April 9, 1917-September 2, 1965)

Johannes Bobrowski was a German lyric poet, narrative writer, adaptor and essayist. Wikipedia
Tilsit, Prussia
Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll (December 21, 1917-July 16, 1985)

Heinrich Theodor Böll was one of Germany's foremost post-World War II writers. Böll was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 1967 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972. Wikipedia
Cologne, Germany
Langenbroich, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine (January 24, 1917-July 8, 2012)

Ermes Effron Borgnino, known as Ernest Borgnine was an American film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1955 for 'Marty'. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962–1966 series 'McHale's Navy' and co-starred... Wikipedia
Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Lou Boudreau

Lou Boudreau (July 17, 1917-August 10, 2001)

Louis "Lou" Boudreau was an American Major League Baseball player and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970. He was also a radio announcer for the Chicago Cubs of the National League. Wikipedia
Harvey, Illinois, United States
Frankfort, Illinois, United States
Bourvil

Bourvil (July 27, 1917-September 23, 1970)

André Bourvil, born André Robert Raimbourg, often known mononymously as Bourvil, was a French actor and singer best known for his roles in comedy films, most notably in his collaboration with Louis de Funès in the films 'Le Corniaud' and 'La Grande Vadrouille'. For his performance in 'Le Corniaud', he won a Special Diploma at the 4th Moscow... Wikipedia
Prétot-Vicquemare, France
Paris, France
Tom Bradley (American politician)

Tom Bradley (American politician) (December 29, 1917-September 29, 1998)

Thomas J. "Tom" Bradley was the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, serving from 1973 to 1993. He was the only African-American mayor of that city, and his 20 years in office mark the longest tenure by any mayor in the city's history. His 1973 election made him the second African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Bradley retired in 1993, after his... Wikipedia
Calvert, Texas
Los Angeles, California
Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks (June 7, 1917-December 3, 2000)

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an American poet and teacher. She was the first black person to win a Pulitzer prize when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950 for her second collection, 'Annie Allen.' Wikipedia
Topeka, Kansas, US
Chicago, Illinois, US
Dik Browne

Dik Browne (August 11, 1917-June 4, 1989)

Dik Browne, born Richard Arthur Allan Browne in New York City, was a popular American cartoonist, best known for writing and drawing 'Hägar the Horrible' and 'Hi and Lois'. Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Sarasota, Florida
Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess (February 25, 1917-November 22, 1993)

John Anthony Burgess Wilson – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth century. Wikipedia
Harpurhey, Manchester, England, UK
St John's Wood, London, England, UK
Robert Byrd

Robert Byrd (November 20, 1917-June 28, 2010)

Robert Carlyle Byrd was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 until his death from unspecified complications following hospitalization for heat exhaustion in Falls Church, Virginia in 2010. He was the longest-serving... Wikipedia
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States
Falls Church, Virginia, United States
Robert L. Carter

Robert L. Carter (March 11, 1917-January 3, 2012)

Robert Lee Carter was an American civil rights activist and a United States District Judge. Wikipedia
Careyville, Florida
Manhattan, New York
Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke (December 16, 1917-March 19, 2008)

Sri Lankabhimanya Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. Wikipedia
Minehead, Somerset, United Kingdom
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Jon Cleary (November 22, 1917-July 19, 2010)

Jon Stephen Cleary was an Australian writer and novelist. He wrote numerous books, including 'The Sundowners', a portrait of a rural family in the 1920s as they move from one job to the next, and 'The High Commissioner', the first of a long series of popular detective fiction works featuring Sydney Police Inspector Scobie Malone. A number of... Wikipedia
Erskineville, Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
Charles Collingwood (journalist)

Charles Collingwood (journalist) (June 4, 1917-October 3, 1985)

Charles Collingwood was an American journalist and war correspondent. He was an early member of Edward R. Murrow's group of reporters known as the Murrow Boys. He was also among the ranks of early television journalists that included Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid, and Murrow himself. Wikipedia
Three Rivers, Michigan
Betty Comden

Betty Comden (May 3, 1917-November 23, 2006)

Betty Comden was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century. Her writing partnership with Adolph Green lasted for six decades, during which time they collaborated with other leading... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
New York, New York, U.S.

Barbara Cooney (August 6, 1917-March 10, 2000)

Barbara Cooney was an American writer and illustrator of 110 children's books, published over sixty years. She won two Caldecott Medals, which are awarded to the year's best-illustrated U.S. picture book, and a National Book Award. Her books have been translated into 10 languages. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Damariscotta, Maine, USA
John Cornforth

John Cornforth (September 7, 1917-December 8, 2013)

Sir John Warcup "Kappa" Cornforth, Jr., AC, CBE, FRS, FAA, was an AustralianBritish chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975 for his work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalysed reactions, becoming the only Nobel laureate born in New South Wales. Wikipedia
Sydney, Australia
England

Banoo Jehangir Coyaji (September 7, 1917-July 15, 2004)

Banoo Jehangir Coyaji was an Indian physician and activist in family planning and population control. She was director of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Pune, and started programmes of community health workers in rural areas of Maharashtra, the third largest state in India. She became an advisor to the union government and an internationally... Wikipedia

Oliver Crawford (August 12, 1917-September 24, 2008)

Oliver Crawford was an American screenwriter and author who overcame the Hollywood blacklist during the McCarthy Era of the 1950s to become one of the entertainment industry's most successful television writers. The list of shows for which he wrote for includes 'Star Trek', 'Bonanza', 'Quincy, M.E.', 'Perry Mason' and the 'Kraft Television... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
John Cunningham (RAF officer)

John Cunningham (RAF officer) (July 27, 1917-July 21, 2002)

John "Cat's Eyes" Cunningham & two bars, DFC & Bar, AE was a Royal Air Force night fighter ace during the Second World War and a test pilot. During the war he was nicknamed "Cat's Eyes" by the British Press to explain his successes and to avoid communicating the existence of airborne radar to the enemy. Wikipedia
Croydon, South London

Jean-Louis Curtis (May 22, 1917-November 11, 1995)

Jean-Louis Curtis, pseudonym of Louis Laffitte, was a French novelist best known for his second novel 'The Forests of the Night', which won France's highest literary award the Prix Goncourt in 1947. He is the author of over 30 novels. Wikipedia

Horrie Dargie (July 7, 1917-August 30, 1999)

Horace Andrew Dargie was an Australian musician and harmonicist. Wikipedia
Danielle Darrieux

Danielle Darrieux (May 1, 1917-)

Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux is a French actress and singer, who has appeared in more than 110 films since 1931. She is one of France's great movie stars and her eight-decade career is among the longest in film history. Wikipedia
Bordeaux, France
Donald Davidson (philosopher)

Donald Davidson (philosopher) (March 6, 1917-August 30, 2003)

Donald Herbert Davidson was an American philosopher who was "one of the greatest philosophers of the late 20th century." He served as Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley from 1981 to 2003 after having also held teaching appointments at Stanford University, Rockefeller University, Princeton University, and the... Wikipedia
Springfield, Massachusetts
Berkeley, California
Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis (December 18, 1917-February 4, 2005)

Ossie Davis was an American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and social activist. Wikipedia
Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia
Miami Beach, Florida

Violet Kazue de Cristoforo (September 3, 1917-October 3, 2007)

Violet Kazue de Cristoforo was a Japanese American poet, composer and translator of haiku. Her haiku reflected the time that she and her family spent in detention in Japanese internment camps during World War II. She wrote more than a dozen books of poetry during her lifetime. Her best known works are 'Poetic Reflections of the Tule Lake Internment... Wikipedia
Christian de Duve

Christian de Duve (October 2, 1917-May 4, 2013)

Christian René Marie Joseph, Viscount de Duve was a Nobel Prize-winning Belgian cytologist and biochemist. He made serendipitous discoveries of two cell organelles, peroxisome and lysosome, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 with Albert Claude and George E. Palade. In addition to peroxisome and lysosome, he... Wikipedia
Thames Ditton, Surrey, United Kingdom
Grez-Doiceau, Belgium

Sebastian de Grazia (<a href="/born/year/1917" title="Celebrities Born in 1917">1917</a>-2001)

Sebastian de Grazia was a Pulitzer Prize–winning author. Born in Chicago, he received his bachelor's degree and a doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago. During World War II he served in the Office of Strategic Services, predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst. In 1962-1988 he taught political philosophy... Wikipedia
Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917-August 20, 2012)

Phyllis Ada Driver, better known as Phyllis Diller, was an American stand-up comedienne, actress, singer, dancer, and voice artist, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her exaggerated, cackling laugh. Wikipedia
Lima, Ohio, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Douglas Edwards

Douglas Edwards (July 14, 1917-October 13, 1990)

Douglas Edwards was America's first network news television anchor, anchoring CBS's first nightly news broadcast from 1948–1962, which was later to be titled 'CBS Evening News'. Wikipedia
Ada, Oklahoma
Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917-June 15, 1996)

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Wikipedia
Newport News, Virginia, U.S.
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine (October 22, 1917-December 15, 2013)

Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, known professionally as Joan Fontaine, was a British American actress. Fontaine began her career on the stage in 1935 and signed a contract with RKO Pictures that same year. Wikipedia
Tokyo, Japan
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
June Foray

June Foray (September 18, 1917-)

June Lucille Forer, better known as June Foray, is an American voice actress and actress best known as the voice of such animated characters as Lucifer from 'Cinderella', Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Cindy Lou Who, Jokey Smurf, Granny from the Tweety Bird cartoons, and Magica De Spell, among many others. Her career has encompassed radio, theatrical... Wikipedia
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi (November 19, 1917-October 31, 1984)

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the fourth Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, is the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold the office. Wikipedia
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
New Delhi, India

Nabendu Ghosh (March 27, 1917-April 14, 2015)

Nabendu Ghosh was an acclaimed Indian author in Bengali literature, and screenwriter. He has written screenplays of classic Bollywood movies like, Sujata, Bandini, Devdas, Majhli Didi, Abhimaan and Teesri Kasam. He has written stories for movies like Baap Beti, Shatranj, Raja Jani. He has also acted briefly in Do Bigha Zameen, 'Teesri Kasam' and... Wikipedia
Dhaka
Kolkata
Amir Gilboa

Amir Gilboa (September 25, 1917-September 2, 1984)

Amir Gilboa was a Ukraine-born Israeli poet. Gilboa was awarded the Israel Prize for literature in 1982. Wikipedia
Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie (October 21, 1917-January 6, 1993)

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. Wikipedia
Cheraw, South Carolina
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham (June 16, 1917-July 17, 2001)

Katharine Meyer Graham was an American publisher. She led her family's newspaper, 'The Washington Post', for more than two decades, overseeing its most famous period, the Watergate coverage that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Her memoir, 'Personal History', won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Wikipedia
New York City
Boise, Idaho

Sydney J. Harris (September 14, 1917-December 8, 1986)

Sydney J. Harris was an American journalist for the 'Chicago Daily News' and, later, the 'Chicago Sun-Times'. He wrote 11 books and his weekday column, “Strictly Personal,” was syndicated in approximately 200 newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. Wikipedia
Herbert A. Hauptman

Herbert A. Hauptman (February 14, 1917-October 23, 2011)

Herbert Aaron Hauptman was an American mathematician and Nobel laureate. He pioneered and developed a mathematical method that has changed the whole field of chemistry and opened a new era in research in determination of molecular structures of crystallized materials. Today, Hauptman's direct methods, which he continued to improve and refine, are... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Buffalo, New York
Susan Hayward

Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917-March 14, 1975)

Susan Hayward was an American actress. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Don Herbert

Don Herbert (July 10, 1917-June 12, 2007)

Donald Jeffry Herbert was the creator and host of 'Watch Mr. Wizard' and of 'Mr. Wizard's World', which were educational television programs for children devoted to science and technology. He also produced many short video programs about science and authored several popular books about science for children. In his obituary, Bill Nye wrote,... Wikipedia
Waconia, Minnesota
Bell Canyon, California
Theodore Hesburgh

Theodore Hesburgh (May 25, 1917-February 26, 2015)

The Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh, CSC, STD, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, was president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years. He is the namesake for TIAA–CREF's Hesburgh Award. Wikipedia
Syracuse, New York, United States
Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
Celeste Holm

Celeste Holm (April 29, 1917-July 15, 2012)

Celeste Holm was an American stage, film and television actress. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
New York City, New York, U.S.
John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917-June 21, 2001)

John Lee Hooker was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was born in Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper, and rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues and early North Mississippi Hill country blues. He developed his own... Wikipedia
Coahoma County, Mississippi, United States
Los Altos, California, United States
Lena Horne

Lena Horne (June 30, 1917-May 9, 2010)

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films 'Cabin in the Sky' and 'Stormy Weather'.... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
New York City
Leonid Hurwicz

Leonid Hurwicz (August 21, 1917-June 24, 2008)

Leonid "Leo" Hurwicz was a Polish-American economist and mathematician, born in Moscow. He originated incentive compatibility and mechanism design, which show how desired outcomes are achieved in economics, social science and political science. Interactions of individuals and institutions, markets and trade are analyzed and understood today using... Wikipedia
Moscow, Russia
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Andrew Huxley

Andrew Huxley (November 22, 1917-May 30, 2012)

Sir Andrew Fielding Huxley, OM, PRS was a Nobel Prize-winning English physiologist and biophysicist. He was born into the prominent Huxley family. After graduating from Westminster School in Central London, from where he won a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, he joined Alan Lloyd Hodgkin to study nerve impulses. Their eventual discovery... Wikipedia
Hampstead, London, England, UK
Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Pedro Infante

Pedro Infante (November 18, 1917-April 15, 1957)

Pedro Infante Cruz, better known as Pedro Infante, was a Mexican actor and singer. Hailed as one of the greatest actors of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, he is considered an idol of the Latin American people, together with Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís, who were styled as the 'Tres Gallos Mexicanos'. Infante was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa,... Wikipedia
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México
Mérida, Yucatán

G. V. Iyer (September 3, 1917-December 21, 2003)

Ganapathi Venkatrama Iyer known as G. V. Iyer was a well-known Indian film director and actor. He was nicknamed "Kannada Bheeshma", and was the only person who made movies in Sanskrit. His movie 'Adi Shankaracharya' won four National Film Award, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Audiography. His films were well... Wikipedia
Nanjangud, Mysore
Mumbai
HB Jassin

HB Jassin (July 13, 1917-March 11, 2000)

Hans Bague Jassin, better known as HB Jassin, was an Indonesian literary critic, documentarian, and professor. Born in Gorontalo to a bibliophilic petroleum company employee, Jassin began reading while still in elementary school, later writing published reviews before finishing high school. After a while working in the Gorontalo regent's office, he... Wikipedia
Gorontalo, Indonesia
Jakarta
Kamal Jumblatt

Kamal Jumblatt (December 6, 1917-March 16, 1977)

Kamal Fouad Jumblatt was an important Lebanese politician. He was the main leader of the anti-government forces who opposed the Assad government in the Lebanese Civil War and major ally of the Palestine Liberation Organization until his assassination in 1977. He is the father of the Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt. Wikipedia
Moukhtara
Baklin
Murray Kempton

Murray Kempton (December 16, 1917-May 5, 1997)

James Murray Kempton was an influential American journalist. He won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1985 and won the 1974 U.S. National Book Award in category Contemporary Affairs for 'The Briar Patch: The People of the State of New York versus Lumumba Shakur, et al.' Wikipedia
John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917-November 22, 1963)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly known as Jack Kennedy or by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Notable events that occurred during his presidency included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nuclear Test... Wikipedia
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Dallas, Texas, United States
Kerim Kerimov

Kerim Kerimov (November 14, 1917-March 29, 2003)

Lieutenant-General Kerim Aliyevich Kerimov was an Azerbaijani-Soviet/Russian aerospace engineer and a renowned rocket scientist, one of the founders of the Soviet space industry, and for many years a central figure in the Soviet space program. Despite his prominent role, his identity was kept a secret from the public for most of his career. He was... Wikipedia
Baku, Azerbaijan
Moscow, Russia
Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917-February 6, 1994)

Jack Kirby, born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor widely regarded as one of the medium's major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States
Thousand Oaks, California, United States
William Standish Knowles

William Standish Knowles (June 1, 1917-June 13, 2012)

William Standish Knowles was an American chemist. He was born in Taunton, Massachusetts. Knowles was one of the recipients of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He shared half the prize with Ryōji Noyori for their work in asymmetric synthesis, specifically for his work in hydrogenation reactions. The other half was awarded to K. Barry Sharpless for... Wikipedia
Taunton, Massachusetts, USA
Chesterfield, Missouri
Arthur Laurents

Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917-May 5, 2011)

Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York
New York City
Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence (September 7, 1917-June 9, 2000)

Jacob Lawrence was an African-American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life. Lawrence referred to his style as "dynamic cubism," though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem. Wikipedia
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Seattle, Washington

Lily May Ledford (March 17, 1917-July 14, 1985)

Lily May Ledford was an American clawhammer banjo and fiddle player. After gaining regional radio fame in the 1940s and 1950s as head of the Coon Creek Girls -- one of the first all-female string bands to appear on radio -- Ledford went on to gain national renown as a solo artist during the American folk music revival of the 1960s. In 1985, she... Wikipedia
Powell County, Kentucky, United States
Lexington, Kentucky, United States

R. W. B. Lewis (<a href="/born/year/1917" title="Celebrities Born in 1917">1917</a>-2002)

Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis was an American literary scholar and critic. He gained a wider reputation when he won a 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, the first National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, and a Bancroft Prize for his biography of Edith Wharton. 'The New York Times' called the book "a beautifully... Wikipedia
Robert Lowell

Robert Lowell (March 1, 1917-September 12, 1977)

Robert Traill Spence Lowell IV was an American poet. He was born into a Boston Brahmin family that could trace its origins back to the 'Mayflower'. His family, past and present, were important subjects in his poetry. Growing up in Boston also informed his poems, which were frequently set in Boston and the New England region. The literary scholar... Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Norman Luboff

Norman Luboff (May 14, 1917-September 22, 1987)

Norman Luboff was an American music arranger, music publisher, and choir director. Wikipedia
Allen Ludden

Allen Ludden (October 5, 1917-June 9, 1981)

Allen Ellsworth Ludden was an American television personality, emcee and game show host, perhaps most well known for having hosted various incarnations of the game show 'Password' between 1961 and 1980. Wikipedia
Mineral Point, Wisconsin, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Yuri Lyubimov

Yuri Lyubimov (September 30, 1917-October 5, 2014)

Yuri Petrovich Lyubimov was a Soviet and Russian stage actor and director associated with the internationally renowned Taganka Theatre, which he founded in 1964. He was one of the leading names in the Russian theatre world. Wikipedia
Yaroslavl, Russian Republic
Moscow, Russia
Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos (September 11, 1917-September 28, 1989)

Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos, Sr. was a Filipino lawyer and politician who served as President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. He ruled under martial law from 1972 until 1981 and his regime as dictator was known for corruption, extravagance, and brutality. Public outrage led to the snap elections of 1986 and to the People Power... Wikipedia
Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
William Hardy McNeill

William Hardy McNeill (October 31, 1917-)

William Hardy McNeill is an American world historian and author, particularly noted for his writings on Western civilization. He is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago where he has taught since 1947. Wikipedia
Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum (August 6, 1917-July 1, 1997)

Robert Charles Durman Mitchum was an American film actor, author, composer, and singer. Mitchum rose to prominence for his starring roles in several classic films noir, and is generally considered a forerunner of the anti-heroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s. His best-known films include 'The Story of G.I. Joe', 'Crossfire', 'Out of... Wikipedia
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.

Paul Monash (June 14, 1917-January 14, 2003)

Paul Monash was an American producer and screenwriter. Wikipedia
Harlem, New York United States
Los Angeles, California United States
Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk (October 10, 1917-February 17, 1982)

Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Ruby, My Dear", "In Walked Bud", and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is... Wikipedia
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA
Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Walter Munk

Walter Munk (October 19, 1917-)

Walter Heinrich Munk is an American physical oceanographer. He is professor of geophysics emeritus and holds the Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations Oceanography Chair at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Wikipedia
Vienna, Austria
Conor Cruise O'Brien

Conor Cruise O'Brien (November 3, 1917-December 18, 2008)

Conor Cruise O'Brien often nicknamed "The Cruiser", was an Irish politician, writer, historian and academic. His opinion on the role of Britain in Ireland and in Northern Ireland changed during the 1970s in response to the outbreak of 'the Troubles' after 1968. He saw opposing nationalist and unionist traditions as irreconcilable and switched from... Wikipedia
Dublin, Ireland

Rómulo O'Farrill (December 15, 1917-May 18, 2006)

Rómulo O'Farrill Jr. was a multi-millionaire Mexican businessman. Wikipedia
Nikolai Ogarkov

Nikolai Ogarkov (October 30, 1917-January 23, 1994)

Nikolai Vasilyevich Ogarkov was a prominent Soviet military personality. He was promoted to Marshal of the Soviet Union in 1977. Between 1977 and 1984, he was Chief of the General Staff of the USSR. He became widely known in the West when he became the Soviet military's spokesman following the shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 near Moneron... Wikipedia
Molokovo, near Tver
Moscow
I. M. Pei

I. M. Pei (April 26, 1917-)

Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I. M. Pei, is a Chinese-born American architect. In 1948, Pei was recruited by New York real estate magnate William Zeckendorf. There he spent seven years before establishing his own independent design firm I. M. Pei & Associates in 1955, which became I.M. Pei & Partners in 1966 and later in 1989 became Pei Cobb... Wikipedia
Suzhou (Jiangsu Province), China
Rodney Robert Porter

Rodney Robert Porter (October 8, 1917-September 6, 1985)

Rodney Robert Porter, CH, FRS was an English biochemist and Nobel laureate. Wikipedia
Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire
J. F. Powers

J. F. Powers (July 8, 1917-June 12, 1999)

James Farl Powers was a Roman Catholic American novelist and short-story writer who often drew his inspiration from developments in the Catholic Church, and was known for his studies of Catholic priests in the Midwest. Although not a priest himself, he is known for having captured a "clerical idiom" in postwar North America. Wikipedia
Jacksonville, Illinois
Collegeville, Minnesota
Ilya Prigogine

Ilya Prigogine (January 25, 1917-May 28, 2003)

Viscount Ilya Romanovich Prigogine was a Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility. Wikipedia
Moscow, Russia
Brussels, Belgium

Yosef Qafih (November 27, 1917-July 21, 2000)

Yosef Qafiḥ, widely known as Rabbi Kapach, was a Yemenite-Israeli authority on Jewish religious law, a dayan of the Supreme Rabbinical Court in Israel, and one of the foremost leaders of the Yemenite Jewish community, first in Yemen and later in Israel. He is widely known for his editions and translations of the works of Maimonides and other early... Wikipedia
Qaysin Quli

Qaysin Quli (January 11, 1917-June 4, 1985)

Kaisyn Shuvayevich Kuliev or Qaysin Quli was a Balkar poet. He wrote in the Karachay-Balkar language and his poems are widely translated mostly to Soviet Union languages, such as Russian, Ossetian and to many others languages. Wikipedia
Upper Chegem, Russian Empire
Chegem Pervy, USSR
James Rainwater

James Rainwater (December 9, 1917-May 31, 1986)

Leo James Rainwater was an American physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1975 for his part in determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei. Wikipedia
Council, Idaho
New York City
M. G. Ramachandran

M. G. Ramachandran (January 17, 1917-December 24, 1987)

Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran, popularly known by his initials MGR, was an Indian film actor who worked primarily in Tamil films as an actor, director, producer, and politician who also served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu successively for three terms. Wikipedia
Nawalapitiya, British Ceylon
Chennai, India
Fernando Rey

Fernando Rey (September 20, 1917-March 9, 1994)

Fernando Casado Arambillet, best known as Fernando Rey, was a Spanish film, theatre, and TV actor, who worked in both Europe and the United States. A suave, international actor best known for his roles in the films of surrealist director Luis Buñuel and as a drug lord in 'The French Connection', he appeared in more than 150 films over half a... Wikipedia
La Coruña, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Phil Rizzuto

Phil Rizzuto (September 25, 1917-August 13, 2007)

Philip Francis Rizzuto, nicknamed "The Scooter", was an American Major League Baseball shortstop. He spent his entire 13-year baseball career with the New York Yankees, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
West Orange, New Jersey, United States

Paul Rogers (actor) (March 22, 1917-October 6, 2013)

Paul Rogers was an English actor of film, stage and television. He is a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1955 and a Tony Award Best Actor winner for The Homecoming in 1967. Wikipedia
Plympton, Devon, England, UK
London, England, UK

Milton Rosenstock (June 9, 1917-April 24, 1992)

Milton Rosenstock was an American conductor, composer, and arranger. Trained at the Juilliard School, he was highly active as a musical director for Broadway musicals from 1942 through 1980; serving in that capacity for 29 productions, including the original productions of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', 'Can-Can', 'Bells Are Ringing', 'Stop the World... Wikipedia

Roshan (music director) (July 14, 1917-November 16, 1967)

Roshanlal Nagrath, better known simply by his first name 'Roshan', was a Hindi film music composer. He was the father of the actor and film director Rakesh Roshan and music director Rajesh Roshan and paternal grandfather of Hritik Roshan. Wikipedia

Stanley Rubin (October 8, 1917-March 2, 2014)

Stanley Creamer Rubin was an American screenwriter and film and television producer born in New York City. He was the recipient of the Television Academy's first Emmy in 1949 for writing and producing an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" for the NBC TV series 'Your Show Time'. Wikipedia

Ramanand Sagar (December 29, 1917-December 12, 2005)

Ramanand Sagar was an Indian film director. He is most famous for making the 'Ramayan' television series, a 78-part TV adaptation of the ancient Hindu epic of the same name, starring Arun Govil as Lord Ram and Deepika Chikhalia as Sita. Wikipedia
Lahore, Punjab, British India (now Pakistan)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Mongo Santamaría

Mongo Santamaría (April 7, 1917-February 1, 2003)

Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez was a rumba quinto master and an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue", recorded by John Coltrane among others. In 1950 he moved to New York where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, etc. He was an integral... Wikipedia
Havana, Cuba
Miami, Florida

John Edward Sawyer (<a href="/born/year/1917" title="Celebrities Born in 1917">1917</a>-1995)

John Edward Sawyer was a prominent academic and philanthropic administrator. He was educated at Worcester Academy and then Deerfield Academy, Williams College, and Harvard University. He served as the 11th president of Williams College, and headed the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In 1988 Sawyer was awarded the Public Welfare Medal from the National... Wikipedia
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (October 15, 1917-February 28, 2007)

Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. was an American historian, social critic, and public intellectual, son of the influential historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr. A specialist in American history, much of Schlesinger's work explored the history of 20th-century American liberalism. In particular, his work focused on leaders such as Harry Truman, Franklin... Wikipedia
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Manhattan, New York City

Charles Sibley (August 7, 1917-April 12, 1998)

Charles Gald Sibley was an American ornithologist and molecular biologist. He had an immense influence on the scientific classification of birds, and the work that Sibley initiated has substantially altered our understanding of the evolutionary history of modern birds. Wikipedia
Jo Stafford

Jo Stafford (November 12, 1917-July 16, 2008)

Jo Elizabeth Stafford was an American traditional pop music singer and occasional actress, whose career spanned five decades from the late 1930s to the early 1980s. Admired for the purity of her voice, she originally underwent classical training to become an opera singer before following a career in popular music, and by 1955 had achieved more... Wikipedia
Coalinga, California, U.S.
Century City, California, U.S.

William O. Steele (<a href="/born/year/1917" title="Celebrities Born in 1917">1917</a>-1979)

William O. Steele was an American author. Wikipedia
Franklin, Tennessee, USA
Signal Mountain, Tennessee, USA
Burr Tillstrom

Burr Tillstrom (October 13, 1917-December 6, 1985)

Franklin Burr Tillstrom was a puppeteer and the creator of 'Kukla, Fran and Ollie'. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois
Palm Springs, California
Merle Travis

Merle Travis (November 29, 1917-October 20, 1983)

Merle Robert Travis was an American country and western singer, songwriter and musician born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His lyrics often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are "Sixteen Tons", "Re-Enlistment Blues" and "Dark as a Dungeon". However, it is his masterly guitar playing and his interpretations... Wikipedia
Rosewood, Kentucky US
Tahlequah, Oklahoma US
Armando Trovajoli

Armando Trovajoli (September 2, 1917-February 2013)

Armando Trovajoli, was an Italian film composer and pianist with over 300 credits as composer and/or conductor, many of them jazz scores for low-budget exploitation films of the Commedia all'italiana genre. He collaborated with Vittorio De Sica on a number of projects, including one segment of 'Boccaccio '70'. Trovajoli was also the author of... Wikipedia
Rome
Rome

Fred Wander (January 5, 1917-July 10, 2006)

Fred Wander was an Austrian writer and Holocaust survivor. Wikipedia

Jerry Wexler (January 10, 1917-August 15, 2008)

Gerald "Jerry" Wexler was a music journalist turned music producer, and was regarded as one of the major record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. He coined the term "rhythm and blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers,... Wikipedia
The Bronx, New York, United States
Siesta Key, Florida, United States
Robert Burns Woodward

Robert Burns Woodward (April 10, 1917-July 8, 1979)

Robert Burns Woodward was an American organic chemist. He is considered by many to be the preeminent organic chemist of the twentieth century, having made many key contributions to the subject, especially in the synthesis of complex natural products and the determination of their molecular structure. He also worked closely with Roald Hoffmann on... Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jane Wyman

Jane Wyman (January 5, 1917-September 10, 2007)

Jane Wyman was an American singer, dancer, and film/television actress. She began her film career in 1932 and her work in television lasted into 1993. She was a prolific performer for two decades. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in 'Johnny Belinda', and later in life achieved a new level of success in the 1980s as... Wikipedia
Saint Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.

Yevgeny Zababakhin (<a href="/born/year/1917" title="Celebrities Born in 1917">1917</a>-1984)

Yevgeny Ivanovich Zababakhin, January 16, 1917, Moscow, USSR — December 27, 1984) was a Soviet physicist, one of the chief designers of nuclear weapons in USSR, academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Eng. Lt. Gen. of Soviet Air Force. Lenin and Stalin Prizes (1949, 1951 and 1953, Hero of Socialist Labor. Wikipedia

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