Born February 17 – – What We Know!

Gene Pitney had the misfortune of being an American rock ‘n’ curler in the course of the British Invasion … however his energy as a singer and songwriter saved him on the prime of the charts even within the face of competitors from the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He excelled throughout the pond as effectively, with a few of his tracks faring even higher in England than they did at dwelling. Prime hits for Pitney included “Solely Love Can Break a Coronary heart” and “(The Man Who) Shot Liberty Valance,” and he recorded with different widespread artists together with nation singer George Jones and Mushy Cell’s Marc Almond. We bear in mind Pitney’s life as we speak in addition to the lives of different notable individuals who have been born this present day in historical past.

Click on to find notable individuals who died this present day in historical past together with jazz legend Thelonious Monk.

1949: Dennis Inexperienced, U.S. former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings, is born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

1942: Huey P. Newton, U.S. activist who co-founded the Black Panther Celebration, is born in Monroe, Louisiana.

1940: Gene Pitney, U.S. singer whose hits embrace “Solely Love Can Break a Coronary heart” and “It Hurts To Be in Love,” is born in Hartford, Connecticut.

1937: Mary Ann Mobley, U.S. actress who was topped Miss America in 1958, is born in Brandon, Mississippi.

Mary Ann Mobley Collins (Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty)She graduated from Ole Miss in 1958, the identical 12 months she gained the Miss America crown. She grew to become an actress a number of years later, with credit together with such TV exhibits as “Normal Hospital” and “Perry Mason,” and movies comparable to “Lady Completely happy” with Elvis Presley and “Three on a Sofa” with Jerry Lewis. It was on that movie that she met her husband, actor Gary Collins, who died in 2012. Learn extra

1933: Craig L. Thomas, U.S. politician who represented Wyoming within the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007, is born in Cody, Wyoming.

1931: Buddy Ryan, U.S. former defensive coordinator for the Tremendous Bowl-winning 1985 Chicago Bears, is born in Frederik, Oklahoma.

Ryan was the defensive coordinator for the Bears throughout their 1985 Tremendous Bowl-winning season, and it was, partially, his 46 protection formation that obtained them there. He had been with the Bears since 1978, and regardless of clashes with head coach Mike Ditka, Ryan was beloved by the gamers as he constructed the defensive technique that will propel them to victory. Learn extra

1925: Hal Holbrook, actor recognized for his one-man present, “Mark Twain Tonight!” in addition to for roles in films together with “All of the President’s Males” and “Into the Wild” and within the TV present “Night Shade,” is born in Cleveland, Ohio.

1924: Margaret Truman, U.S. creator who was the daughter of President Harry S. Truman and printed a sequence of homicide mysteries, is born in Independence, Missouri.

She printed her first guide, an autobiography titled “Memento,” in 1956. She stated it was “laborious work” and informed reporters: “One writing job is sufficient.” However then she did a guide on White Home pets in 1969, and later extra, one a biography of her father. The concept of doing a thriller known as “Homicide within the White Home” got here “out of nowhere,” she stated. That 1980 title was adopted by mysteries set within the Supreme Court docket, the Smithsonian, Embassy Row, the FBI, Georgetown, the CIA, Kennedy Heart, the Nationwide Cathedral, and the Pentagon. Learn extra

1908: Pink Barber, U.S. sportscaster who known as video games for the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, and New York Yankees, is born in Columbus, Mississippi.

1844: Aaron Montgomery Ward, U.S. businessman who based Montgomery Ward & Firm, is born in Chatham, New Jersey.

1781: Rene Laennec, French doctor who invented the stethoscope, is born in Quimper, France.

Click on to find notable individuals who died this present day in historical past together with jazz legend Thelonious Monk.