Famous Birthdays On 17 January

Muhammad Ali

Birthday: January 17
Nationality: American
Died At Age: 74
Nicknamed ‘The Greatest’, Muhammad Ali was one of the legends in the sport of professional boxing. At 6 feet 3 inches, he was an imposing figure in the ring, known for his swift footwork, and powerful jab. What distinguish him from his contemporaries are the values that he has been upholding all through his life. An arch believer of religious freedom and racial justice, Ali had converted to Islam and with that even changed his name from the former identity, Cassius Marcellus Clay.

Zooey Deschanel

Birthday: January 17, 1980
Nationality: American
Age: 40 Years, 40 Year Old Females
Zooey Deschanel is a popular American actress and singer. Born in Los Angeles, she did not take long to realise her passion for music and her penchant for acting. With a big break in the TV series ‘Veronica’s Closet’, Deschanel made her motion picture debut with the movie, ‘Mumford’. After a gripping performance in the critically acclaimed autobiographical film ‘Almost Famous’, Deschanel played a host of supporting roles and finally appeared in a lead role, in ‘All The Real Girls’.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Birthday: January 17, 1954
Nationality: American
Age: 66 Years, 66 Year Old Males
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an activist, environmental attorney, and author. He is best known as the son of Robert Francis Kennedy, who was shot dead at ‘The Ambassador Hotel’ in Los Angeles, California. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. works with various nonprofit organizations and is currently serving as the president of ‘Waterkeeper Alliance,’ which is an environmental organization. As the chairman of ‘World Mercury Project,’ he is also working towards eliminating mercury exposure from pharmaceuticals like vaccines.

Benjamin Franklin

Birthday: January 17, 1706
Nationality: American, British
Died At Age: 84
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A distinguished human being, he possessed an uncanny mind and sharp wit, which he used tirelessly for the betterment of his country and society at large. Franklin is credited with many inventions, including the swim fins, Franklin stove, catheter, library chair, step ladder, lightning rod, bifocal glasses, etc. However, he never patented any of them.

Michelle Obama

Nick Name: The Closer, Renaissance, FLOTUS
Birthday: January 17
Nationality: American
Michelle Obama is the wife of U.S. President Barack Obama and the first African-American First Lady of the United States. A lawyer by training, she is the 44th First Lady and the third First Lady with a postgraduate degree. As an educated, intelligent, and independent minded woman, she has become a role model for women not just in America, but all over the world. Born as Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, she grew up in a middle-class family and had a conventional upbringing.