March 17th – Saint Patrick’s Day – Irish Rebel Night

by Milos Itic on March 17, 2011

10 people born on this day (March 17th):

  1. Kurt Vogel Russell (1951) – American television and film actor. His first acting roles were as a child in television series, including a lead role in the Western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–1964). In the 1970s, he signed a ten-year contract with the Walt Disney Company, where he became, according to Robert Osborne, the “studio’s top star of the ’70s”. In 1979, Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for the made-for-television film Elvis
  2. Nathaniel Adams Coles (1919) – Known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death
  3. Caroline Corr (1973) – Irish singer and drummer for the Celtic folk rock band The Corrs. In addition to the drums, Caroline also plays the bodhrán and piano. The Corr siblings were awarded honorary MBEs in 2005 by Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of their musical talents and also their charitable work which has raised money for Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, victims of the Omagh Bombing and other charities
  4. Mariel Margaret Hamm (1972) – Best known as Mia Hamm, is a retired American soccer player. Hamm played many years as a forward for the United States women’s national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom. Hamm has scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer (158). She is the second most capped player in history
  5. “Billy” Corgan (1967) – American singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional poet best known as the frontman and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins. Formed by Corgan and guitarist James Iha in Chicago, Illinois in 1987, the band quickly gained steam with the addition of bassist D’arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. In three years, The Smashing Pumpkins had transformed themselves into a major label success. Strong album sales and large-scale tours propelled the band’s increasing fame in the 1990s, while Chamberlin’s drug problems escalated until he had to be fired. The Pumpkins continued as a three-piece until Chamberlin rejoined the band in 1999, then broke up in 2000. Corgan started a new band with Chamberlin right away, called Zwan, and after their demise, he released a solo album and a collection of poetry before setting his sights on reforming the Smashing Pumpkins
  6. Gary Sinise (1955) – American actor, film director and musician. During his career, Sinise has won various awards including Emmy and a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1992, Sinise directed, and played the role of George Milton in the successful film adaptation Of Mice and Men. Sinise was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump. He won a Golden Globe Award for his role in Truman, as Harry S. Truman. In 1996, he played a corrupt police officer in the dramatic hit Ransom, Det. Jimmy Shaker. In 1998, Sinise was awarded an Emmy Award for the television film George Wallace, a portrayal of the late George C. Wallace. Since 2004, Sinise has starred in CBS’s CSI: NY as Det. Mac Taylor
  7. Walter Rudolf Hess (1881) – Swiss physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1949 for mapping the areas of the brain involved in the control of internal organs
  8. Scott Gorham (1951) – American guitarist and songwriter who rose to international recognition as one of the “twin lead guitarists” of the Irish-formed rock band, Thin Lizzy. Although not a founding member of Thin Lizzy, he is best known for his continuous membership after joining in 1974 through the band’s breakup in 1984. Gorham and guitarist Brian Robertson, both hired at the same time, marked the beginning of the band’s most critically successful period, and together developed the “twin lead guitar” makeup of the band that distinguished its sound with dual backing vocals as well
  9. Alexander Bengt Magnus Bard (1961) – Swedish artist, music producer and writer
  10. Oliver Palotai (1974) – Heavy metal musician

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