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Notable Birthdays for October 17

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Those born on this day include:

- Jupiter Hammon, America's first published black poet, in 1711
- Pope John Paul I in 1912
- playwright Arthur Miller in 1915
- actor Rita Hayworth in 1918
- football Hall of Fame member Don Coryell in 1924
- diet developer Dr. Robert Atkins in 1930
- newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin in 1930
- astronaut William Anders in 1933 (age 87)
- daredevil Robert Evel Knievel in 1938
- singer Jim Seals in 1941 (age 79)
- singer Gary Puckett in 1942 (age 78)
- Olympic gold medal-winning pole vaulter Bob Seagren in 1946 (age 74)
- actor Michael McKean in 1947 (age 73)
- actor Margot Kidder in 1948
- actor George Wendt in 1948 (age 72)
- astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, in 1956 (age 64)
- country singer Alan Jackson in 1958 (age 62)
- actor/writer Mark Gatiss in 1966 (age 54)
- musician Ziggy Marley in 1968 (age 52)
- golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els in 1969 (age 51)
- singer Wyclef Jean in 1969 (age 51)
- rapper Eminem, born Marshall Mathers, in 1972 (age 48)
- MMA fighter Holly Holm in 1981 (age 39)
- actor Felicity Jones in 1983 (age 37)
- actor Max Irons in 1985 (age 35)
- actor Jacob Artist in 1992 (age 28).

 

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