Who Was Born Today – December 17 Birthdays

Who Was Born Today – December 17 Birthdays

Important and famous people from throughout history born on this day

Born on December 17
1778 Humphrey Davy, English chemist who discovered the anesthetic effect of laughing gas.
1807 John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet, abolitionist, reformer and founder of the Liberal Party.
1908 Willard Frank Libby, American chemist who won a Nobel Prize for his part in creating the carbon-14 method in dating ancient findings.
1929 William Safire, journalist and author.
1930 Bob Guccione, publisher; founder of Penthouse magazine.
1935 George Lindsey, comic actor best known for his role as Goober on The Andy Griffith Show.
1936 Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina), named to the Papacy March 13, 2013.
1937 Art Neville, singer, musician; member of The Neville Brothers and The Meters.
1937 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman who founded World Series Cricket.
1937 US Lt. Gen. Calvin Waller, deputy commander-in-chief for military operations with US Central Command (Forward) during the First Gulf War.
1945 Chris Matthews, news anchor, political commentator; host of Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
1962 Richard Jewell, police officer who discovered pipe bombs on the grounds of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and helped evacuate the area before the bombs exploded.
2007 James, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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