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Famous People & Celebrities Born on February 17th:

  • Rene Russo
    (1954) - The actress and former model started her modeling career at age 16 after she was discovered at a Rolling Stones concert. Russo flicks: The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), The Thomas Crown Affair, (1999), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Get Shorty (1995), Major League (1989).
  • Red Barber
    (1908) - He was the voice of the Cincinnati Reds in the '30s, the Dodgers from 1939 to 1954, and the Yankees from 1954 to 1966. Barber also was the announcer for the very first televised baseball game in 1939. Back then, an experimental station in New York City known as W2XBS broadcast a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • Alan Bates
    (1934) - Playgirl magazine claims the best male nude scene ever filmed is in 1969's Women In Love. In the steamy scene, a naked Bates and nude Oliver Reed fight in front of a roaring fire.
  • Hal Holbrook
    (1925) - Actor. Shade (2003), The Firm (1993), Fletch Lives (1989).
  • Patricia Routledge
    (1929) - Played Hyacinth Bucket on the British TV comedy Keeping Up Appearances. Hetty Wainthropp on Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.
  • Richard Karn
    (1956) - Played Al Borland on Home Improvement. Before his Home Improvement gig, Karn catered bar mitzvahs and managed an apartment building in Los Angeles. Karn states he was born in 1956 not 1959 as reported by some sources.
  • Lou Diamond Phillips
    (1962) - The actor's former wife, Julie Cypher, is the former lover of Melissa Etheridge. Etheridge and Cypher announced the birth of their 8-pound baby girl on February 10, 1997. Phillips flicks: Hollywood Homicide (2003), Stand and Deliver (1988), La Bamba (1987).
  • Michael Jordan
    (1963) - #Error
  • Denise Richards
    (1972) - Richards once dated former Happy Days star Scott Baio who describes her as "stunning and nice but too goal-oriented."
  • Jerry O'Connell
    (1974) - Played Quinn Mallory on Sliders. O'Connell was the chubby kid obsessed with cherry-flavored Pez candy in Rob Reiner's 1986 flick, Stand By Me. When he starred in the 1996 film, Joe's Apartment, O'Connell actually volunteered to eat two roaches because the fake bugs didn't look real enough. O'Connell flicks: Kangaroo Jack (2003), Mission to Mars (2000), Scream 2 (1997), Jerry Maguire (1996), Joe's, Apartment (1996), Stand by Me (1986).
  • Bryan White
    (1974) - Country singer. White is an avid fisherman. When his debut album went gold in 1996, he threw a fishing party and sexy models were seen fishing from a pond stocked with 100 goldfish.
  • Joseph Gordon-levitt
    (1981) - Tommy on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Flicks: 10029 (2003), Latter Days (2003).
Famous and Noteworthy Events on February 17th:
(1897) - The predecessor of the PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, was organized in Washington, DC.

(1934) - America's first high school driver's education course was introduced in State College, Pennsylvania.

(1984) - The Supreme Court ruled that it's legal for individuals to videotape TV shows for personal, non-commercial use.

(1985) - A $120 million libel suit against CBS television was dropped by General William C. Westmoreland, the former commander of U.S. military forces in Vietnam. CBS had reported that Westmoreland withheld information during the war regarding the size of enemy troops.

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