1473 Richard, Duke of York (d. 1483?) was born on this day in history.
1578 Francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660) was born on this day in history.
1586 On this day in history 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 King John III of Poland (d. 1696) was born on August - 17.
1686 On August - 17 birth of nicola Antonio Porpora, composer
1720 On this day in history birth of charles D J Eisen, French engraver/painter (Contes de La Fontaine)
1753 Josef Dobrovský, Czech linguist (d. 1828) was born on August - 17.
0754 Karloman, abbot of Monte cassino, dies at >39 on this day in history.
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 this day in history.
1464 Nikolaus von Cusa, German theologist/mathematician/philosopher, dies on August - 17.
1510 Death of Edmund Dudley, English treasurer, beheaded on August - 17.
1536 On this day in history death of pietersz, book publisher (Kersten Knight
1553 On this day in history charles III, Duke of Savoy, dies
1635 Francisco de Moncada, Spanish earl of Osuna, dies at 48 on this day in history.