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Today's Anniversary – Sunday, February 17


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Births

* 1991 Bonnie Wright English actress and model, perhaps best known for her role in the Harry Potter films as Ginny Weasley.
* 1981 Joseph Gordon-Levitt American actor.
* 1981 Joseph Gordon Levitt American actor.
* 1981 Paris Hilton Heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune, as well as her father's real estate fortune.
* 1972 Billie Joe Armstrong Lead singer and guitarist of Green Day.
* 1971 Denise Richards American film actress.
* 1963 Michael Jordan Retired professional basketball player who played 11 season for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association and 2 seasons for the Washington Wizards.
* 1963 Larry the Cable Guy Better known by the stage name Larry the Cable Guy, is an American stand-up comedian and actor.
* 1962 Sarah Wollaston British politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Totnes for the Conservative party since 2010.
* 1957 Loreena McKennitt Canadian composer, songwriter, singer, harpist and pianist.
* 1954 Rene Russo American film actress, musician and former model.
* 1954 Bill Sali Former United States Representative from Idaho's 1st congressional district.
* 1950 Abd al-Bari Atwan Editor-in chief of the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.
* 1949 Dennis Green Former American football head coach.
* 1948 Jose Jose Mexican singer.
* 1942 Huey P. Newton Co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, an African-American radical organization that began in October 1966 in Oakland, California.
* 1936 Jim Brown Retired American professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor and social activist.
* 1929 Alejandro Jodorowsky Actor, playwright, director, producer, composer, mime, comic book writer and psychotherapist.
* 1929 Chaim Potok American author and rabbi.
* 1904 Hans Morgenthau One of the leading twentieth-century figures in the study of international politics.
* 1904 Luis A. Ferre Puerto Rican engineer, industrialist, politician, philanthropist, and a patron of the arts.
* 1903 Sadegh Hedayat Iran's foremost modern writer of prose fiction and short stories.
* 1890 Ronald Fisher Evolutionary biologist, geneticist and statistician.
* 1888 Ronald Knox English theologian, priest and crime writer.
* 1888 Otto Stern German physicist and Nobel laureate in physics.
* 1882 J. Allen Boone Author of several books about nonverbal communication with animals in the 1940s and '50s.
* 1876 Frank Rutter British art art critic, curator and activist.
* 1874 Thomas J. Watson President of International Business Machines, who oversaw that company's growth into an international force from the 1920s to the 1950s.
* 1864 Andrew Paterson Famous Australian bush poet and author.
* 1862 Edward German English musician and composer, best remembered for his extensive output of incidental music for the stage and as a successor to Arthur Sullivan in the field of English comic opera.
* 1797 Henry E. Steinway Born Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, was a German-American piano manufacturer and the founder of the highly regarded piano company Steinway & Sons.

Deaths

 2010 Kathryn Grayson American actress and operatic soprano singer.
 2001 Richard Wurmbrand Romanian evangelical Christian minister, author, and educator who spent a total of fourteen years imprisoned in Romania, as well as the founder of Voice of the Martyrs.
 2001 Khalid Abdul Muhammad Born Harold Moore Jr, was a leading figure in the Black Nationalist movement throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.
 1998 Marie-Louise Von Franz Daughter of an Austrian baron, was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar who was born in Munich, Germany.
 1986 Jiddu Krishnamurti Philosopher, public speaker, and writer, on psychological, sociological, and spiritual subjects.
 1984 Jesse Stuart American writer known for his poems, short stories, and novels about rural Southern Appalachia.
 1982 Thelonious Monk Jazz pianist and composer.
 1980 Graham Sutherland English artist, who focused on the inherent strangeness of natural forms, and abstracting them, sometimes giving his work a surrealist appearance.
 1966 Hans Hofmann One of the older abstract expressionist painters working in New York.
 1955 L. P. Jacks Usually cited as L P Jacks, was an English educator, philosopher, and Unitarian minister who rose to prominence in the period from World War I to World War II.
 1934 Siegbert Tarrasch Leading chess player.
 1913 Joaquin Miller Pen name of the American poet, essayist and fabulist Cincinnatus Heine Miller.
 1909 Geronimo Chiricahua Apache leader; usually known as Geronimo.
 1884 Charles Stuart Calverley English poet.
 1876 Horace Bushnell American Congregational clergyman and theologian.
 1856 Heinrich Heine Journalist, an essayist, and one of the most significant German romantic poets.
 1827 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Swiss educational reformer.
 1796 James Macpherson Scottish poet and literary hoaxer.
 1673 Moliere French theatre writer, director and actor, one of the masters of comic satire.
 1600 Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, astronomer, satirist, occultist, mystic, and martyr, who was burned at the stake as a heretic; born Filippo Bruno, in Nola, Italy, he often called himself Il Nolano.
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