17 May


1749

 Edward Jenner
English physician and scientist (d. 1823)

1866

 Erik Satie
French composer (d. 1925)

1868

 Horace Elgin Dodge
American automobile manufacturer, co-founder of Dodge (d. 1920)

1911

 Maureen O’Sullivan
Irish actress (d. 1998)

1926

 Tenniel Evans
Walter Tenniel Evans (17 May 1926 – 10 June 2009) was a British actor. Evans is best known for his long-running role as Leading Seaman “Taffy” Goldstein (plus other occasional characters) on The Navy Lark, a popular BBC comedy radio series of the 1950s. Tenniel Evans appeared in many of the most popular and successful British TV series. Born in Nairobi, Kenya. (d. 2009)

1935

 Dennis Potter
English writer (d. 1994)

1936

 Dennis Hopper
American actor and director (d. 2010)

1949

 Bill Bruford
English drummer and songwriter (Yes, King Crimson, UK, Earthworks, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, and National Health).

1950

 Howard Ashman
American playwright and lyricist. Wrote Little Shop of Horrors and Disney lyrics (d. 1991)

1951

 Simon Hughes
English politician.

1955

 Bill Paxton
American actor and director.

1956

 Sugar Ray Leonard
American boxer and actor.

1958

 Paul Whitehouse
English actor, writer and comedian.

1960

 Simon Fuller
Simon Fuller (born 17 May 1960) is an English entrepreneur, artist manager and television producer. He is best known for being the creator of the Idol franchise, which was first seen in the UK under the name Pop Idol. Born in Cyprus.

1961

  Enya
Irish singer-songwriter and producer (Clannad).

1962

 Jane Moore
English journalist.

1965

 Jeremy Vine
English journalist and presenter.

1966

 Hill Harper
American film, television and stage actor, and author.

1973

 Sasha Alexander
American actress.

1974

 Andrea Corr
Irish singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (The Corrs).

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