Sir Francis Chichester KBE (17 September 1901 – 26 August 1972), aviator and sailor, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for becoming the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route, and the fastest circumnavigator, in nine months and one day overall.
. Born Francis Charles Chichester in Barnstaple, Devon, England. (d. 1972)
Sir Frederick Ashton OM CH CBE (17 September 1904 – 18 August 1988) was a British ballet dancer and choreographer. He also worked as a director and choreographer in opera, film and revue. Born Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton in Guayaquil, Ecuador. (d. 1988)
Jerry Colonna (September 17, 1904 – November 21, 1986) was an American comedian, singer, songwriter, and trombonist best remembered as the zaniest of Bob Hope’s sidekicks in Hope’s popular radio shows and films of the 1940s and 1950s. Born Gerardo Luigi Colonna in Boston, Massachusetts. (d. 1986)
Dinah Sheridan (17 September 1920 – 25 November 2012) was an English actress with a career spanning seven decades. She was best known for the films Genevieve (1953) and The Railway Children (1970); the long-running BBC comedy series Don’t Wait Up (1983-90); and for her distinguished theatre career in the West End. Born Dinah Nadyejda Ginsburg in Hampstead, London, England. (d. 2012)
Hank Williams, (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one. Born Hiram King Williams in Butler County, Alabama. (d. 1953)
Roddy McDowall (17 September 1928 – 3 October 1998) was an English-American actor, film director, photographer, and voice artist. His roles included Cornelius, Caesar, and Galen in the Planet of the Apes film and television series. He began his acting career as a child in England, and then in the United States, in How Green Was My Valley, My Friend Flicka, and Lassie Come Home, and as an adult appeared most frequently as a character actor on radio, stage, film, and television. Born Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall in Herne Hill, London, England. (d. 1998)
Sir Stirling Moss, OBE (born 17 September 1929) is a British former Formula One racing driver. An inductee into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, he achieved success in several categories of competition and has been described as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship”. Born Stirling Craufurd Moss in West Kensington, London, England.
Ed Mitchell (September 17, 1930 – February 4, 2016), (Capt., USN), was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer and NASA astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon. Born Edgar Dean Mitchell in Hereford, Texas, US. (d. 2016)
Anne Bancroft (September 17, 1931 – June 6, 2005) was an American actress associated with the method acting school, having studied under Lee Strasberg. She won one Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globes, two Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards, and several other awards and nominations. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead role in The Miracle Worker (1962) as the teacher of teenage Helen Keller, reprising her role in the Broadway stage play. She won both an Oscar for her work in the film, and a Tony for the same role in the play. On Broadway in 1965, she played a medieval nun obsessed with a priest (Jason Robards) in John Whiting’s play The Devils. She was best known as the seductress, Mrs. Robinson, in The Graduate (1967). Born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano in The Bronx, New York City, New York. (d. 2005)
Robin Ray (17 September 1934 – 29 November 1998) was an English broadcaster, actor, and musician. From 1965 he was the chairman of the new BBC show Call My Bluff and he was a popular regular panel member on the BBC classical music series, Face the Music, which began in 1966. (d. 1998)
Ken Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. Best known for writing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Born Kenneth Elton Kesey in La Junta, Colorado. (d. 2001)
Des Lynam, OBE (born 17 September 1942) is an Irish-born British television and radio presenter based in the UK. In a broadcasting career spanning more than 40 years, he has hosted television coverage of many of the world’s major sporting events. Born Desmond Michael Lynam in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.
John Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor, best known for his role of Jack Tripper in the ABC sitcom Three’s Company, for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. He was the son of the late singing cowboy star Tex Ritter. Born Jonathan Southworth Ritter in Burbank, California. (d. 2003)
Sherrie Hewson (born 17 September 1950) is an English actor, presenter, broadcaster, television personality and novelist. She is known for her roles on the ITV soap operas Coronation Street (1993-97, 2006), Crossroads (2001-03), and Emmerdale (2004-06). Born Sherrie Lynn Hutchinson in Nottingham, England.
Rita Rudner (born September 17, 1953) is an American comedian, writer and actress. Rudner has appeared in several television shows both in the US and the UK (recording a six-part series on BBC2 in 1990 in the latter), and she appeared often on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Born in Miami, Florida.
Damon Hill, OBE (born 17 September 1960) is a British former racing driver. He is the son of Graham Hill, and is the only son of a Formula One world champion to win the title. Born Damon Graham Devereux Hill in Hampstead, London.
Baz Luhrmann (born 17 September 1962) is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, comprising his romantic comedy film Strictly Ballroom (1992), the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), and the pastiche-jukebox musical Moulin Rouge! (2001). Born Mark Anthony Luhrmann in Sydney, Australia.
Anastacia (born September 17, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter, producer and former dancer. She is best known for her pop music of the early 2000s. Born Anastacia Lyn Newkirk in Chicago, Illinois.
Dallas Campbell (born 17 September 1970) is a British television presenter and television and stage actor, best known as a presenter on the factual Channel 5 series The Gadget Show in 2008 and BBC One science series Bang Goes the Theory from 2009 to 2012. Born Robert Dallas Campbell in Kilmacolm, Scotland.
Tomáš Berdych (born September 17, 1985) is a Czech professional tennis player. His most notable achievement was reaching the final of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. Born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czechoslovakia.