Johann Jakob Astor "A man who has a million dollars is as well off as if he were rich."

John Jacob Astor
(07/17/1763 – 03/29/1848)
US zillionaire
"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."

Adam Smith
(06/16/1723 – 07/17/1790)
Scottish economist ("An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations")
(same dates as Katharine Graham)
Erle Stanley Gardner "It's a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check."

Erle Stanley Gardner
(07/17/1889 – 03/11/1970)
US writer ("Perry Mason" books, et al) , on a manuscript submitted to hard-to-please editors
Christina Stead "If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves, there wouldn't be enough to go around."

Christina Stead
(07/17/1902 – 03/31/1983)
Australian writer ("The Man Who Loved Children")
James McNeill Whistler Socialite: "Whatever possessed you to be born in a place like Lowell, Massachusetts?"
Whistler: "I wished to be near my mother."

James McNeill Whistler
(07/11/1834 – 07/17/1903)
US artist (gallery)
(died near his birthday)
Douglas Crickard "Anyone can be a yogi. All you need are a dirty sheet and two broken legs."

Jack Douglas
(07/17/1908 – 01/31/1989)
US comic, writer ("My Brother was an Only Child")
Henri Poincaré "Ideas rose in clouds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable combination."

Henri Poincaré
(04/29/1854 – 07/17/1912)
French mathematician ("The Foundations of Science")
Arthur Gordon Kelly "The four stages of a man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence."

Art Linkletter
(07/17/1912 – 05/26/2010)
Canadian humorist ("Kids Say the Darndest Things")
Phyllis Ada Driver "His favorite exercise is climbing tall people."

Phyllis Diller
(07/17/1917 – 08/20/2012)
US comic ("Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!") , on Mickey Rooney
Donald Sutherland "I did a movie with Miss Bankhead in England. One day, she wandered into my dressing room, completely nude. I couldn't help staring, and she said, 'What's the matter, dahling? Haven't you ever seen a blonde before?'"

Donald Sutherland
(07/17/1935 – )
Canadian actor ("Klute")
(father of Kiefer)
David Hasselhoff "Beyond its entertainment value, Baywatch has enriched and, in many ways, helped save lives. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to continue with a project which has had such significance for so many."

David Hasselhoff
(07/17/1952 – )
US actor ("Knight Rider")
Billie Holiday "Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen, and I was three."

Billie Holiday
(04/07/1915 – 07/17/1959)
US singer ("Strange Fruit")
Alfred Munnings, by Harold Knight "However bad an artist, his work is his life; the worse it is the greater his vanity."

Sir Alfred Munnings
(10/08/1878 – 07/17/1959)
English artist ("Charge of Flowerdew's Squadron")
Tyrus Raymond Cobb "A baseball bat is a wondrous weapon."

Ty Cobb
(12/18/1886 – 07/17/1961)
US baseball player
John Coltrane "Sometimes Id think I was making music through the wrong end of a magnifying glass."

John Coltrane
(09/23/1926 – 07/17/1967)
US jazz composer, musician ("Walkin'")
Jay Hanna Dean "Fans, don't fail to miss tomorrow's game."

Dizzy Dean
(01/16/1910 – 07/17/1974)
US baseball player
Billie Lourd "I don't know if I would play a woman in space in a bikini."

Billie Lourd
(07/17/1992 – )
US actor ("Scream Queens")
(daughter of Carrie Fisher; granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher)
Katharine Graham "If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood."

Katharine Graham
(06/16/1917 – 07/17/2001)
US newspaper owner ("Washington Post")
(same dates as Adam Smith)
Edward Richard George Heath "We may be a small island, but we are not a small people."

Sir Edward Heath
(07/09/1916 – 07/17/2005)
British Prime Minister (47)
Frank Morrison Spillane "An actor is someone who hates himself so much he has to be someone else."

Mickey Spillane
(03/09/1918 – 07/17/2006)
US writer ("I, the Jury")
"I do think one of the factors was we were of different sexes."

Walter Cronkite
(11/04/1916 – 07/17/2009)
US telejournalist , on his 63-year marriage to Betsy
John Robert Lewis "If you ask me whether the election of Barack Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream, I say, 'No, it's just a down payment.'"

John R. Lewis
(02/21/1940 – 07/17/2020)
US civil rights leader, Representative (GA) ("March")