17 December


1778

 Humphry Davy
English chemist and physicist (d. 1829).

1873

 Ford Madox Ford
English writer (d. 1939).

1894

 Arthur Fiedler
American conductor (d. 1979).

1903

 Erskine Caldwell
American author (d. 1987).
 Ray Noble
English bandleader and actor (d. 1978).
 Walter Greenwood
English novelist..

1913

 Burt Baskin
American entrepreneur (Baskin and Robbins) (d. 1967).

1920

 Kenneth E. Iverson
Canadian computer scientist (d. 2004).

1927

 Richard Long
American actor (d. 1974).

1929

 Jacqueline Hill
English actress (d. 1993).

1930

 Bob Guccione
American magazine publisher (d. 2010).

1931

 Dave Madden
David Joseph “Dave” Madden (December 17, 1931 – January 16, 2014) was a Canadian-born American actor. His most famous role came in the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, in which he played the group’s manager, Reuben Kincaid.

1936

 Tommy Steele
English singer and actor.
 Pope Francis I
266th Pope of the Catholic Church

1937

 Kerry Packer
Australian businessman (d. 2005).

1939

 Eddie Kendricks
American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1992).

1944

 Bernard Hill
English actor.

1945

 Ernie Hudson
American actor.
 Jacqueline Wilson
English author.

1949

 Paul Rodgers
English singer (Free; Bad Company).

1953

 Bill Pullman
American actor.

1956

 Peter Farrelly
American film director.
 Dominic Lawson
British journalist..

1973

 Paula Radcliffe
English runner.

1975

 Milla Jovovich
Ukrainian-born actress.
 Tom Avery
British explorer and author..

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