John Jacob Astor
John Jacob Astor (July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848) was a German-American business magnate, merchant and investor who was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the United States. Born Johann Jakob Astor in Walldorf, near Heidelberg. (d. 1848)
Erle Stanley Gardner
Erle Stanley Gardner (July 17, 1889 – March 11, 1970) was an American lawyer and author of detective stories. Best known for the Perry Mason series. Born in Malden, Massachusetts. (d. 1970)
James Cagney (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American actor, first on stage, then in film. He is best remembered for playing tough guys. In 1938, he received his first Academy Award for Best Actor nomination, for Angels with Dirty Faces, before winning in 1942 for his portrayal of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its 50 Greatest American Screen Legends. Born James Francis Cagney Jr in New York City. (d. 1986)
Art Linkletter (July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010) was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio and TV for 19 years. Born Arthur Gordon Linkletter in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. (d. 2010)
Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012) was an American actress and comedienne. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired and eccentrically dressed housewife who made self-deprecating jokes. Born Phyllis Ada Driver in Lima, Ohio. (d. 2012)
Juan Antonio Samaranch
Juan Antonio Samaranch, 1st Marquis of Samaranch, Grandee of Spain (17 July 1920 – 21 April 2010), known in Catalan as Joan Antoni Samaranch i Torelló, was a Catalan Spanish sports administrator who served as the seventh President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1980 to 2001. Born Don Juan Antonio Samaranch y Torelló in Barcelona, Spain. (d. 2010)
Kenneth Wolstenholme DFC & Bar (17 July 1920 – 25 March 2002) was the football commentator for BBC television in the 1950s and 1960s, most notable for his commentary during the 1966 FIFA World Cup which included the famous phrase “some people are on the pitch…they think it’s all over…. Born it is now!” in Worsley, Lancashire. (d. 2002)
Ray Galton OBE (born 17 July 1930), and Alan Simpson OBE, are British scriptwriters. They met in 1948 whilst recuperating from tuberculosis at the Milford sanatorium, near Godalming in Surrey. They based the sitcom Get Well Soon on their shared experiences at the facility. They are best known for their work with comedian Tony Hancock on radio and television between 1954 and 1961, and their long-running television situation comedy, Steptoe and Son, eight series of which were aired between 1962 and 1974.
April Olrich was (born on July 17, 1933) was an actress, known for Room at the Top (1959), Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956) and The Intelligence Men (1965). Born Edith April Oelrichs in Zanzibar, Tanzania. (d. 2014)
Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935) is an American television and stage actress and singer. She has had a long, successful career that has spanned nearly six decades. She appeared in Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959). Born Carol Diahann Johnson in Bronx, New York.
Donald Sutherland, OC (born 17 July 1935) is a Canadian actor whose film career spans nearly 50 years. Some of Sutherland’s more notable movie roles have included offbeat soldiers in popular war movies such as The Dirty Dozen, MASH and Kelly’s Heroes, as well as a diverse range of characters in other noted films such as, Fellini’s Casanova, Klute, Don’t Look Now, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, JFK, and Ordinary People. Born Donald McNichol Sutherland in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Spencer Davies (born 17 July 1939) is a British musician and multi-instrumentalist, and the founder of the 1960s rock band The Spencer Davis Group. The group had No 1 hits in the UK with consecutive single releases in 1966 (“Keep on Running” and “Somebody Help Me”). Steve Winwood sang lead vocals on all the Spencer Davis Group’s hits up to “I’m A Man” in 1967. Born Spencer David Nelson Davies in Swansea.
Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE (born 17 July 1940) is an English comic actor. Becoming known to the public for his work on BBC Radio with I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again, he moved into television with At Last the 1948 Show. He is most well known as one member of the Goodies. He has also been a panellist on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue for nearly 40 years. Born Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor in Buxton, Derbyshire, England.
Peter Sissons (born 17 July 1942) is a broadcast journalist in the United Kingdom. He was the presenter of the BBC Nine O’Clock News and the BBC News at Ten between 1993 and 2003, and earlier a newscaster for ITN, providing bulletins on ITV and Channel 4. He is also a former presenter of the BBC’s Question Time programme. Born Peter George Sissons in Liverpool, Lancashire.
Catherine Schell (born 17 July 1944) is a Hungarian-born actress best known for her work in British television, in particular her portrayal of Maya in the science-fiction series Space: 1999. She appeared as Bond girl Nancy in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and as Lady Claudine Lytton in The Return of the Pink Panther. Born Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott in Budapest, Hungary.
Alun Armstrong (born 17 July 1946) is a prolific English character actor. His numerous TV credits include seven different Dickens adaptations and nine series as eccentric ex-detective Brian Lane in New Tricks. Armstrong is also an accomplished stage actor who spent nine years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He originated the role of Thénardier in the London production of Les Misérables and he won an Olivier Award for playing the title role in Sweeney Todd. Born in Annfield Plain, near Stanley, County Durham.
Camilla Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall GCVO CSM (born 17 July 1947), is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Born Camilla Rosemary Shand in London, England.
Wayne Sleep OBE (born 17 July 1948) is a British dancer, director, choreographer, actor and panellist. He was a Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet and has appeared as a Guest Artist with several other ballet companies. Born Wayne Philip Colin Sleep in Plymouth, Devon, England.
Lucie Arnaz (born July 17, 1951) is an American actress, singer, dancer, and producer. She is the daughter of actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Born Lucie Désirée Arnaz in Los Angeles, California.
David Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952) is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman. He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the popular 1980s US series Knight Rider and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch. Born David Michael Hasselhoff in Baltimore, Maryland.
Angela Merkel (born 17 July 1954) is a German politician who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005, and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. She is the first woman to hold either office. Born Angela Dorothea Kasner in Hamburg, West Germany.
Fern Britton (born 17 July 1957) is an English television presenter, known as the former main co-presenter on the ITV magazine programme This Morning alongside Phillip Schofield until her departure in 2009. Born in Ealing, Middlesex.
Jane Hazlegrove (born 17 July 1968) is an English actress. Jane is well known for portraying Lisa Shepherd in Families, Yvonne Bradley in London’s Burning, Sue Clayton in Coronation Street in 1985 and has appeared in Jonathan Creek, The Bill, Doctors and Holby City. She is currently playing Kathleen “Dixie” Dixon in Casualty. Born Sarah Jane Hazlegrove in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England.
Mandy Smith (born 17 July 1970) is an English dance-pop singer and former model. In 1983, when she was 13 years old, a relationship began between her and 47-year-old Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Born Amanda Louise Smith in London.
Konnie Huq (born 17 July 1975) is a British television presenter and writer, who is best known for being the longest-serving female presenter of Blue Peter, having presented it from 1 December 1997 until 23 January 2008. Born Kanak Asha Huq in Hammersmith, London.
Gino D’Acampo (born 17 July 1976) is an Italian chef and television personality, known best as a regular chef on the ITV lifestyle show This Morning, as the co-presenter on the lunchtime cookery series Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel. Born in Naples, Italy.
Natasha Hamilton (born 17 July 1982) is an English singer-songwriter, dancer and occasional stage actress. She is a member of girl group Atomic Kitten. Born Natasha Maria Hamilton in Liverpool, England.