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Tobias Smollett "I think for my part one half of the nation is mad—and the other not very sound."

Tobias Smollett
(03/19/1721 – 09/17/1771)
Scottish writer
"Truth, like the juice of a poppy, in small quantities calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them and is attended by fatal consequences in its excess."

Walter Savage Landor
(01/30/1775 – 09/17/1864)
English writer
William Carlos Williams "Go swallow a bottle of Coke and let it fizz out your ears."

William Carlos Williams
(09/17/1883 – 03/04/1963)
US poet , to fellow poet Ezra Pound
"But I have noticed this about ambitious men, or men in power—they fear even the slightest and least likely threat to it."

Mary Stewart
(09/17/1916 – )
English writer
Hank Williams, Senior "You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly."

Hank Williams, Sr.
(09/17/1923 – 01/01/1953)
US singer, songwriter (father of Hank Williams, Jr.
Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall "I really liked Lassie, but that horse, Flicka, was a nasty animal with a terrible disposition. All the Flickas—all six of them—were awful."

Roddy McDowall
(09/17/1928 – 10/03/1998)
English actor (not related to Malcolm McDowell)
Stirling Moss "There are two things no man will admit he cannot do well: drive and make love."

Stirling Moss
(09/17/1929 – )
English driver
Anna Maria Louise Italiano "When Mel told his Jewish mother he was marrying an Italian girl, she said: 'Bring her over. I'll be in the kitchen—with my head in the oven'."

Anne Bancroft
(09/17/1931 – 06/06/2005)
US actor (was married to Mel Brooks)
Ken Kesey "The trouble with super heroes is what to do between phone booths."

Ken Kesey
(09/17/1935 – 11/10/2001)
US writer
John Ritter "Three's Company was originally called Three Companies, about a trio of pharmaceutical companies. It was 10 times funnier."

John Ritter
(09/17/1948 – 09/11/2003)
US actor (died near his birthday)
Ruth (Fulton) Benedict "I have always used the world of make-believe with a certain desperation."

Ruth Benedict
(06/06/1887 – 09/17/1948)
US anthropologist
"To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life."

Gelett Burgess
(01/30/1866 – 09/17/1951)
US writer
Rita Rudner "My mother buried three husbands—and two of them were only napping."

Rita Rudner
(09/17/1955 – )
US comedian (see Rita's 50 facts about men)
"I'll be sick tonight."

Jack Llewelyn Davies
(09/11/1894 – 09/17/1959)
English boy (foster son of J. M. Barrie; died near his birthday) , on stuffing himself with cake and being warned by his mother he'd be sick tomorrow
Spiro T. Agnew "Youth lacks, to some extent, experience."

Spiro T. Agnew
(11/09/1918 – 09/17/1996)
US Vice President (39) (see other US VPs)
Richard Bernard Skelton "All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner."

Red Skelton
(07/18/1913 – 09/17/1997)
US comic, actor, painter