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Births for April 17


  • 1573 Maximilian I, duke/ruler of Bayern (Catholic League)
  • 1586 John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore)
  • 1622 Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans)
  • 1676 Frederik I, van Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51)
  • 1699 Robert Blair, Scottish poet (Grave)
  • 1741 Samuel Chase, signed Decl of Ind, judge
  • 1774 Vaclav Jan Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer
  • 1788 Joseph Gilbert Totten, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1864
  • 1797 Jean B-J Tolbecque, Belgian composer/conductor
  • 1809 Philip St George Cocke, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1861
  • 1813 Henry Washington Benham, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1884
  • 1837 John Pierpont Morgan, US banker/CEO (US Steel)
  • 1845 Isabel Barrows, US, editor/penologist (Conference on Negro Question)
  • 1863 Johannes P Boskaljon, Cura‡aos composer/conductor
  • 1869 Johannes M Meulenhoff, publisher
  • 1870 Ray Stannard Baker, US, journalist (Puliter Prize 1940)
  • 1876 Ian Hay, Scotland, novelist/playwright (PIp, Carrying On)
  • 1882 Arthur Schnabel, Lipnik Austria, pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas)
  • 1885 Isak Dinesen, Danish writer (Out of Africa, 7 Gothic Tales)
  • 1885 Karen Blixen-Finecke, Danish writer (Out of Africa)
  • 1894 Nikita S Khrushchev, 1st secretary USSR (1953-64)
  • 1897 Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, author (Village on the River)
  • 1897 Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline)
  • 1897 Thornton Wilder, US, novelist/playwright (Our Town)
  • 1899 Vincent Wigglesworth, entomologist
  • 1901 George Keyt, artist
  • 1902 Anton Beuving, textbook writer (Ketelbinkie)
  • 1903 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav, Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
  • 1903 Nicolas Nabokov, Near Lubcha Minsk Russia, composer (Holy Devil)
  • 1904 Edward Chodorov, playwright/director (Story of Louis Pasteur)
  • 1905 Arthur Lake, Corbin Ky, actor (Dagwood-Blondie)
  • 1905 Louis Jean Heydt, Montclair NJ, actor (Joe-Waterfront)
  • 1911 Mikhail Botvinnik, of USSR, world chess champion (1948-63)
  • 1913 Paul Langton, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place)
  • 1913 Richard Travis, NM, actor (Missile to the Moon)
  • 1916 Az˜n Banana, (Oscar Enau), Antillian publicist
  • 1916 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, world's 1st woman PM (Sri Lanka, 1960..77)
  • 1916 Vinegar Banana, (Oscar Enau), Antillean publicist
  • 1918 Anne Shirley, UK, actress (Devil & Daniel Webster, Stella Dallas)
  • 1918 William Holden, actor (Stalag 17, Bridge Over River Kwai, SOB)
  • 1920 Bengt N Anderberg, Swedish poet/writer (Kain)
  • 1923 Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)
  • 1923 Lindsay Anderson, Bangalore India, director (Thursday's Children)
  • 1923 Lloyd Biggle Jr, US, sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly)
  • 1925 Anne Harris, CEO (Natl Federation of Women's Institutes)
  • 1925 John Yates, bishop (Lambeth England)
  • 1926 Michael Vernon, CEO (RNLI)
  • 1927 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, premier (Poland, 1989- )
  • 1928 Cynthia Ozick, US, author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories)
  • 1929 Eileen Stamers-Smith, headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • 1929 James Last, bandleader
  • 1930 Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
  • 1930 Genevieve, Paris France, singer (Jack Paar Show)
  • 1931 Joan Clague, director of nursing services (Marie Curie Foundation)
  • 1931 John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
  • 1931 Joyce Molyneux, chef
  • 1931 Ruth Etchells, principal (St John's College-Durham)
  • 1932 Graziella Sciutti, Italian opera singer
  • 1933 Monique Van Vooren, Brussels Belgium, actress (Warhol's Frankenstein)
  • 1934 Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer invented bubblegum music
  • 1941 Bill Fury, vocalist/guitarist (When Will You Say I Love You)
  • 1945 Vincent A M van der Burg, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • 1946 Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • 1946 Henry Kelly, British broadcaster
  • 1948 Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV)
  • 1949 Heini Hemmi, Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1949 John Oates, guitarist/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl)
  • 1951 Olivia Hussey, Buenos Aires, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile)
  • 1954 Kim Tyler, Hollywood Calif, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies)
  • 1954 Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
  • 1955 Pete Shelley, vocal/guitar (Buzzcocks-Going Steady, Love Bites)
  • 1955 Rob Bolland, singer/guitarist (B&B)
  • 1956 "Sugar" Ray Charles Leonard, Wilmington Del, boxer (Olympic-gold-1976
  • 1956 Faye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • 1956 Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • 1956 Pillow, (Therese Joan Bell), Calif, bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • 1958 Sergei Y Vozovikov, Russia, major/cosmonaut
  • 1959 Elizabeth Lindsey, actress
  • 1959 Teri Austin, Toronto Canada, actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing)
  • 1961 Boomer Esiason, NFL QB (Cincinnati Bengels)
  • 1961 Norman Cowans, cricketeer
  • 1962 Nancy Hogshead, Iowa City, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)/model (jockey)
  • 1967 Leslie Bega, LA Calif, actress (Maria Tomlinson-Head of the Class)
  • 1967 Timothy Gibbs, Burbank Calif, actor (Father Murphy, Santa Barbara)
  • 1968 Maurits, Prince of Netherlands
  • 1968 Ritchie Woodhall, boxer


Passings for April 17


  • 485 Proclus, Greek mathematician, dies in Athens
  • 818 Bernhard I, King of Italy, dies
  • 858 Benedict III, Italian Pope (855-58), dies
  • 1427 Jan IV, duke of Brabant/Limburg/wife of Jacoba van Bayern, dies
  • 1574 Joachim Camerarius, (Liebhard Kammerer), German philologist, dies
  • 1630 Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (battle of White Mt), dies
  • 1726 Henri‰tte Amalia, ruler of Nassau-Dietz, dies at 49
  • 1790 Benjamin Franklin, US, (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84
  • 1835 William Henry Ireland, forger (Shakespearean manuscripts), dies
  • 1837 Edouard viscount de Walckiers, very wealthy slave trader, dies
  • 1915 Johannes P Kelly (Kell˜), actor/operetta writer, dies
  • 1936 Charles JM Ruys de Beerenbrouck, Dutch PM (1918-23, 29-33), dies
  • 1945 Hannie Schaft, "Girl with red hair," executed
  • 1945 Ion Pillat, Romaniams poet/senator (Umbra timpului), dies
  • 1945 Walter Model, German field marshal, commits suicide at 54
  • 1960 Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies in an auto accident
  • 1974 Frank McGee, Today show host, dies of cancer at 52
  • 1977 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 85
  • 1983 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • 1983 Mark W Clark, US general (WW II), dies at 87
  • 1983 Peter Potter, DJ (Peter Potter Show, Juke Box Jury), dies at 78
  • 1987 Dick Shawn, comedian (Producers), dies at 63
  • 1988 Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • 1990 Ralph Abernathy, civil rights activist, dies at 64
  • 1991 Jack Yellen, US poet, dies at 97
  • 1992 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • 1993 Turgut ™zal, president of Turkey (1989-93), dies at 65


Special events for April 17


  • 858 Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1421 Dikes at Dort Holland breaks, 100,000 drown
  • 1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
  • 1521 Martin Luther is excommunicated from Roman Catholic Church
  • 1524 NY Harbor discovered by Giovanni Verrazano
  • 1758 Francis Williams, 1st US black college graduate, publishes poems
  • 1793 Battle of Warsaw
  • 1808 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships
  • 1817 1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
  • 1824 Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54ø 40' N
  • 1839 Guatemala forms republic
  • 1852 Asteroid 17, Thetis discovered
  • 1852 R Luther discovers asteroid #17 Thetis
  • 1853 US Marine Hospital at Presidio (SF) established
  • 1861 Asteroid 67, Asia discovered
  • 1861 Indianola TX-"Star of West" taken by Confederacy
  • 1861 N R Pogson discovers asteroid #67 Asia
  • 1861 Virginia become 8th state to secede
  • 1863 R Grierson's: La Grange, TN to Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1864 Battle of Plymouth, NC
  • 1864 Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1864 Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges
  • 1865 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination
  • 1869 1st pro baseball games-Cin Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • 1875 "Snooker" (variation of pool) invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain
  • 1888 J Palisa discovers asteroid #276 Adelheid
  • 1892 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
  • 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
  • 1900 7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession
  • 1905 US Supreme court judges maximum work day unconstitutional
  • 1907 Ellis Island, NY-11,745 immigrants arrive
  • 1915 M Wolf discovers asteroid #805 Hormuthia
  • 1920 American Professional Football Association forms
  • 1923 Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14
  • 1925 Paul Painlev‚ follows Edouard Herriot on as French premier
  • 1927 Japans cabinet-Wakarsoeki falls/Baron Tanaka becomes premier
  • 1930 Abkhazian ASSR established in Georgian SSR
  • 1932 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
  • 1934 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5
  • 1935 Provincial-National elections (Musserts NSB achieves 7.9%/44 chairs)
  • 1939 Heavyweight Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in LA
  • 1939 Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-nazi pact
  • 1941 British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
  • 1941 Office of Price Administration established (handled rationing)
  • 1942 Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
  • 1945 German occupiers flood Wieringermeer Neth
  • 1945 Mussolini flees from Sal• to Milan
  • 1946 Syria declares independence from French administration
  • 1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
  • 1951 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4
  • 1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Wash DC's Griffith Stadium
  • 1956 Bulgaria premier Tsjervenkov resigns
  • 1956 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
  • 1956 USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
  • 1956 Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
  • 1958 Brussel's (Belgium) World Fair opens
  • 1960 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
  • 1961 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs attempt to overthrow Castro
  • 1964 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pitts Pirates, 4-3
  • 1964 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2368 base)
  • 1964 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
  • 1967 Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off
  • 1967 Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20
  • 1968 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
  • 1969 Czechoslovakia's Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek deposed
  • 1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • 1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy
  • 1969 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
  • 1970 Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help
  • 1974 Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappears from CWU, Ellensburg, WA
  • 1975 Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea Natl Day)
  • 1975 Penguins 6-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-0 lead
  • 1977 E F Helin & S J Bus discovers asteroid #2135 Aristaeus
  • 1978 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • 1978 Bill Rodgers wins his 2nd Boston Marathon
  • 1978 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
  • 1981 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
  • 1981 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • 1982 Canada adopts its constitution
  • 1983 1st National Coin Week begins
  • 1983 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
  • 1983 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket
  • 1983 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter
  • 1986 IBM produces 1st megabit-chip
  • 1986 Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"
  • 1987 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points
  • 1987 Richard Wilbur appointed as US poet laureate
  • 1988 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • 1989 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
  • 1989 Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros
  • 1990 Gas explodes on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die
  • 1991 Dow Jones closes for 1st time over 3,000 (3004.46)
  • 1991 Railroad workers go on strike in US


Songs for date April 17


  • 04/17/42 --- I Remember You (Dorsey, Jimmy)
  • 04/17/42 --- Sleepy Lagoon (James, Harry)
  • 04/17/65 --- Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter (Herman's Hermits)
  • 04/17/65 --- Silhouettes (Herman's Hermits)
  • 04/17/65 --- Count Me In (Lewis, Gary & The Playboys)
  • 04/17/65 --- Just Once In My Life (Righteous Brothers)
  • 04/17/76 --- Silly Love Songs (McCartney, Paul)
  • 04/17/76 --- Get Up And Boogie (That's Right) (Silver Convention)
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