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Birthdays occurring on December, 17


1853 Herbert Beerbohm Tree was born on December 17, 1853
English writer and actor, 1853-1917
I was born old and get younger every day. At present I am sixty years young.
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1873 Ford Madox Ford was born on December 17, 1873
English literary critic and novelist, 1873-1939
Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst.
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1874 William Lyon Mackenzie King was born on December 17, 1874
The promises of yesterday are the taxes of today.
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1894 Arthur Fiedler was born on December 17, 1894
American conductor, 1894-1979
It's nice to eat a good hunk of beef but you want a light dessert, too.
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Deaths occurring on December, 17

1929 William Safire was born on December 17, 1929
American grammarian and writer, b.1929
Never assume the obvious is true.
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1273 Jalal ad-Din Rumi died on December 17, 1273
Persian poet and mystic, 1207-1273
The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.
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1907 Lord Kelvin died on December 17, 1907
British physicist, 1824-1907
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
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1917 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson died on December 17, 1917
English physician and mayor, sister of Millicent Fawcett, 1st woman mayor in England (Aldeburgh) 1836-1917
My mother speaks of my step being a source of life-long pain to her, that it is a living death, etc. By the same post I had several letters from anxious relatives, telling me that it was my duty to come home and thus ease my mother's anxiety.
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1957 Dorothy L. Sayers died on December 17, 1957
British writer, 1893-1957
In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.
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1962 Thomas Mitchell died on December 17, 1962
I therefore named this isolated and remarkable feature Swan Hill.
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