1473 On August - 17 birth of richard, Duke of York (d. 1483?)
1578 On this day in history birth of francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660)
1586 On this day in history birth of johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg)
1601 Pierre de Fermat, mathematician who needed wider margins [or Aug 20] was born on August - 17.
1629 King John III of Poland (d. 1696) was born on this day in history.
1686 Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer was born on August - 17.
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 Karloman, abbot of Monte cassino, dies at >39 on this day in history.
1153 On August - 17 death of eustace IV of Boulogne, son of Stephen of England (b. 1130)
1304 On August - 17 death of emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
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 On this day in history death of pietersz, book publisher (Kersten Knight
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.