1473 Richard, Duke of York (d. 1483?) was born on August - 17.
1578 Francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660) was born on this day in history.
1586 On August - 17 birth of johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg)
1601 On August - 17 birth of pierre de Fermat, mathematician who needed wider margins [or Aug 20]
1629 On this day in history birth of king John III of Poland (d. 1696)
1686 On this day in history birth of nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
1720 Charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter (Contes de La Fontaine) was born on August - 17.
1753 Josef Dobrovský, Czech linguist (d. 1828) was born on August - 17.
0754 On August - 17 karloman, abbot of Monte cassino, dies at >39
1153 Death of Eustace IV of Boulogne, son of Stephen of England (b. 1130) on August - 17.
1304 Death of Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243) on August - 17.
1464 On this day in history nikolaus von Cusa, German theologist/mathematician/philosopher, dies
1510 On August - 17 death of edmund Dudley, English treasurer, beheaded
1536 Death of Pietersz, book publisher (Kersten Knight on this day in history.
1553 Charles III, Duke of Savoy, dies on this day in history.
1635 Francisco de Moncada, Spanish earl of Osuna, dies at 48 on this day in history.