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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for January 17

Last Updated 02-18-2021

🎭Betty White -- is 99 in the year 2021 and 100 in the year 2022; b.1/17/1922
Hall of Famer, Actress, TV Hostess, Game Show Hostess, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Oak Park, Ill.; Allen Ludden's widow
Misc: some say b. 1917 or 1924
TV Shows: Life with Elizabeth (as Elizabeth), Date with the Angels (as Vicki Angel), Jack Paar Show (semi regular), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (as Sue Ann Nivens), Liar's Club (panelist), Password (panelist), Match Game (panelist), Betty White Show (as Joyce Whitman), Mama's Family (as Ellen Jackson), The Golden Girls (as Rose Nylund), The Golden Palace (as Rose Nylund), Bob (as Sylvia Schmidt), Maybe This Time (as Shirley), Ladies Man (as Mitzi Stiles), Bold & The Beautiful (as Ann Douglas), Hot in Cleveland (as Elka Ostrovsky)

⚛🏆🏁🏊David Theile -- is 83 in the year 2021 and 84 in the year 2022; b.1/17/1938 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Surgeon, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

🎵William (Singer) Hart -- is 76 in the year 2021 and 77 in the year 2022; b.1/17/1945 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Soul Singer
Misc: in the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame
Group Names: The Delfonics

🏆⚽Edwin "Eddie" Gray -- is 73 in the year 2021 and 74 in the year 2022; b.1/17/1948
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Scottish
Misc: winger

🎵🎸Mick Taylor -- is 72 in the year 2021 and 73 in the year 2022; b.1/17/1949
Hall of Famer, Bassist, Pianist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, English
Names/Places: MN:Michael
Group Names: Rolling Stones (1969-75), The Bluesbreakers

🎭Steve Harvey -- is 64 in the year 2021 and 65 in the year 2022; b.1/17/1957
Hall of Famer, Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Producer
Misc: in the NAB Radio Hall of Fame
TV Shows: Me and the Boys (as Steve Hayes), The Steve Harvey Show (as Vice Principal Steve Hightower), Steve Harvey (talk show host), Family Feud (host)
Movie Titles: The Original Kings of Comedy, Steve Harvey's Big Time, The Fighting Temptations, Racing Stripes

🏆🏒Jeremy Roenick -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.1/17/1970
Hall of Famer, NHL Center
Names/Places: RN:Jeremy Shaffer "J.R." Roenick
Misc: played 1988-2009
Sports Teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks

⚖🎭🎵Kid Rock -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.1/17/1971 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Minister, Actor, Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Rapper
Names/Places: RN: Robert James Ritchie Sr.
Misc: in the WWE Hall of Fame
Song Titles: Cowboy, Only God Knows Why, Picture, All Summer Long
Album Titles: Devil Without a CAuse, Cocky, Kid Rock, Rock and Roll Jesus, Born Free, Rebel Soul, First Kiss, Sweet Southern Sugar

🏆🥊Marco Antonio Barrera -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.1/17/1974 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Sports Analyst, Boxer, Mexican
Names/Places: NN: The Baby Faced Assassin

🏆🥊Fred Beell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1876 N.S. d.8/5/1933 N.S. (57)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler, German

🏆🥊Jack O'Brien -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1878 d.11/12/1942 (64)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Names/Places: NN:Philadelphia

🏆⚾Louis Santop -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1890 d.1/22/1942 (52)
Hall of Famer, Baseball Figure
Misc: was an African-American baseball catcher in the Negro leagues. He became "one of the earliest superstars" and "black baseball's first legitimate home-run slugger" (Riley).

🏆🏒Ralph "Buster" Jackson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1911 d.6/25/1966 (55)
Hall of Famer, NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1929-1944
Sports Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Americans, Boston Bruins

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🏆🥊Sammy Angott -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1915 d.10/22/1980 (65)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆🏁Harry Hyde -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1925 d.5/13/1996 (71)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: leading crew chief in NASCAR stock car racing in the 1960s through the 1980s

🏆🏁🏊Petronella "Nel" van Vilet -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1926 N.S. d.1/4/2006 N.S. (79)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Dutch (Netherlands)

🏆🏁🏍Everett Brashear -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1927 N.S. d.10/29/2020 N.S. (93)
Hall of Famer, Motorcyclist

🎵Grady Martin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1929 d.12/3/2001 (72)
Hall of Famer, Guitarist, Country Musician
Misc: specialized in country music and rockabilly, a member of the Nashville A-Team.

🏆🏒Jacques Plante -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1929 d.2/27/1986 (57)
Hall of Famer, NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Names/Places: NN:Jake The Snake
Misc: 7 Vezina trophies; the first goalie to wear a mask in a game
Sports Teams: Montreal Canadiens (1952-1963), New York Rangers (1963-1965), St. Louis Blues (1968-1970), Toronto Maple Leafs (1970-1973), Boston Bruins (1973), Edmonton Oilers (WHA) (1974-1975)

🎭🏆🥊Muhammad Ali -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1942 N.S. d.6/3/2016 N.S. (74)
Hall of Famer, TV/Movie Actor, Boxer, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: b. in Louisville, Ky.; RN:Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
Misc: He floats like a butterfly, & stings like a bee, he was the greatest, Muhammad Ali; 1960 Olympic lightheavyweight champion; only 3-time world heavyweight champ (1964-67,1974-78,1978-79); defeated Sonny Liston (1964), George Foreman (1974) and Leon Spinks (1978) for title; fought Joe Frazier in 3 memorable bouts (1971-75), winning twice; adopted Black Muslim faith in 1964 and changed name; stripped of title in 1967 after conviction for refusing induction into U.S. Army; verdict reversed by Supreme Court in 1971; career record of 56-5 with 37 KOs and 19 successful title defenses for $69 million in earnings.

✍📰⚖George Bancroft -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/3/1800 N.S. d.1/17/1891 N.S. (90)
Hall of Famer, Author, Historian, Statesman
Names/Places: NN:The Father of American History

🏆🏁🏊Jennie Fletcher -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/19/1890 N.S. d.1/17/1968 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, British
Names/Places: aka Jennie Hyslop

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🏆🎾Lindley Murray -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/3/1892 d.1/17/1970 (77)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Names/Places: RFMN:R. Lindley

🎭🎵Cliffie Stone -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/1/1917 d.1/17/1998 (80)
Hall of Famer, Comedian, TV Host, Music Executive, Music Producer, Songwriter, Radio Disc Jock, Music Publisher, Bassist, Bandleader, Country Singer
Names/Places: RN:Clifford Gilpin Snyder
Song Titles: The Popcorn Song

🏆⛸Arthur Vaughn Jr. -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/13/1924 d.1/17/2007 (82)
Hall of Famer, Figure Skater

🏆⛸Marjorie Parker Smith -- Death Anniversary -- b.??/??/1917 d.1/17/2009
Hall of Famer, Figure Skater

📰🎭🎵Don Kirshner -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/17/1933 d.1/17/2011 (77)
Hall of Famer, Publisher, TV Host, Music Producer
Names/Places: b. in Bronx, N.Y.
Misc: Music Promoter; TV/radio bubblegum music creator
Group Names: The Monkees (supervisor)
TV Shows: Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, The Archies (TV show creator), The Monkees (producer)

🎨⛪📰⚖🎭🎵Johnny Otis -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/28/1921 N.S. d.1/17/2012 N.S. (90)
Hall of Famer, Painter, Sculptor, Preacher, Columnist, Politician, Actor, TV Host, Music Executive, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Radio Disc Jock, Music Publisher, Drummer, Pianist, Vibraphonist, Bandleader, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Berkeley, CA; RN:John Veliotes; NN:The Godfather of R&B
Misc: Talent Scout; Record co. owner; Rock 'n Roll Caravan of Stars founder/frontman
Group Names: The Johnny Otis Show
Song Titles: Willie and the Hand Jive

🏆Gene Olaff -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/23/1920 d.1/17/2017 N.S. (96)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Goal Keeper, American

🏆🏈Jon Dwayne "Jaguar Jon" Arnett -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/20/1935 N.S. d.1/17/2021 N.S. (85)
Hall of Famer, NFL Player, College Football Player
Misc: 5x Pro Bowl; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: USC, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears

✍⚛📰⚖💰Benjamin Franklin -- Birth Anniversary Conflict -- b.1/17/1706 N.S. or 1/6/1705 J-LD or 1/6/1706 Ju-1 d.4/17/1790 N.S. (84)
Hall of Famer, Author, Philosopher, Scientist, Inventor, Publisher, Printer, Statesman, Diplomat, Philanthropist, American
Names/Places: b. in Boston; d. in Philadelphia
Misc: Postmaster General; Declaration of Independence signer; invented bifocals, streetlights, lightning rods, stoves, & harmonicas; Elder Statesman of the American Revolution; 1st Ambassador of France; on a $100 bill; in the International Swimming Hall of Fame
Book Titles: Poor Richard's Almanac

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