1887: Bernard Law Montgomery, British field marshal who defeated Rommel in North Africa and led Allied troops from D-Day to the end of World War II.
1902: Eugene Paul Wigner, Hungarian-born physicist.
1916: Shelby Foote, American writer, famous for his three-volume narrative on America's Civil War.
1942: Martin Scorsese, film director (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull)
November 17th in history
1842: A grim abolitionist meeting is held in Marlboro Chapel, Boston, after the imprisonment of a mulatto named George Latimer, one of the first fugitive slaves to be apprehended in Massachusetts. Dedicated Massachusetts abolitionist Silas Soule.