Famous Deaths on January 17

  • 395 Theodosius I, the Great, Spanish emperor of Rome, dies at 49
  • 1103 Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
  • 1119 Boudouin VII Hapkin, count of Flanders, dies
  • 1229 Albert, Bishop of Riga/Albert of Buxhoeveden, founder of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, dies at about 68
  • 1369 King Peter I of Cyprus (murdered) (b. 1328)
  • 1468 Skanderbeg, Albanian leader (b. 1405)
  • 1588 Qi Jiguang, Chinese general, dies at 59
  • 1598 Fyodor I Tsar of Russia (b. 1557)
  • 1604 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1617 Pieter C Bockenberg, Dutch historian, dies at 68
  • 1617 Faust Vrančić, Croatian inventor (b. 1551)
  • 1620 Diego Alvarez de Paz, Span missionary/writer (Peru), dies at about 59
  • 1625 Nicolò Rubini, Italian composer and cornettist, dies at 50
  • 1654 Paul Potter, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1661 Andres Malong, Philippines rebel leader, executed
  • 1676 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73
  • 1702 Thomas Franklin, English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies [OS=Jan 6]
  • 1705 John Ray, English naturalist (b. 1627)
  • 1718 Captain Benjamin Church, Plymouth Colony settler and military leader
  • 1737 Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (b. 1662)
  • 1738 Jean-Francois Dandrieu, composer, dies
  • 1750 Tomaso Albinioni, Italian composer (Adagio in G Minor), dies at 78
  • 1781 Marie de Negre Dables, marquess, dies
  • 1788 Alessio Prati, composer, dies at 37
  • 1805 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron, French interpreter, dies at 73
  • 1820 Daniel W Wyttenbach, Dutch classicist/historian, dies at 73
  • 1823 Zacharius Werner, German playwright, dies at 36
  • 1826 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (b. 1806)
  • 1830 W Waiblinger, writer, dies
  • 1833 James Ball Antyne, Scot founder (Ball Antyne Press), dies at about 60
  • 1833 William Rush, Indians sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), dies
  • 1834 Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist (b. 1762)
  • 1856 Thomas Attwood Walmisley, composer, dies at 41
  • 1861 Lola Montez, Irish-born adventurer (b. 1821)
  • 1863 E J Horace Vernet, French painter, dies at 73
  • 1869 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, composer, dies at 55
  • 1874 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, die at 62
  • 1884 Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist (b. 1804)
  • 1887 William Giblin, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)
  • 1889 Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
  • 1890 Salomon Sulzer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1891 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer, dies at 74

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1891 George Bancroft, American historian and father of U.S. History, dies at 90

Father of U.S. History George Bancroft
Father of U.S. History
George Bancroft
  • 1892 Alexandre Levy, composer, dies at 27

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1893 Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th US President (Republican: 1877-81), dies of a heart attack at 70

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • 1901 Jacob G Agarah, Swedish algologist, dies at 87
  • 1902 Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed
  • 1903 Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
  • 1908 Ferdinand IV SMJJBFLGRRJ, ruler of Toscane, dies at 72
  • 1909 Sir Francis Smith, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819
  • 1910 Wilhelm F Kohlrausch, Germ physicist (Additiviteitsregel), dies at 69
  • 1911 Francis Galton, English scholar, dies at 88
  • 1913 Carl Baermann, composer, dies at 73
  • 1917 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician, dies at 70

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1927 Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, dies of breast cancer at 66

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low
  • 1932 Albert Jacka, VC, Australian soldier (b. 1893)
  • 1933 John Hodges, cricketer (6 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies
  • 1933 Louis Comfort Tiffany, American artist and designer (b. 1848)
  • 1936 Mateiu Caragiale, Romanian author (b. 1885)
  • 1938 William Pickering, American astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79
  • 1941 Jose Leite de Vasconcelos, Portuguese scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82
  • 1942 Frederick Jerome Work, composer, dies at 61
  • 1942 Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (b. 1884)
  • 1946 Gottfried Rudinger, composer, dies at 59
  • 1947 Pyotr Krasnov, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1869)
  • 1947 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French Archbishop of Quebec (b. 1883)
  • 1952 Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74
  • 1955 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch minister (1908-13), dies at 94
  • 1955 J A Veraart, economist, dies at 68
  • 1955 Joannes A Veraart, Dut judge/MP, (Jews in Neth), dies at 68
  • 1959 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • 1961 Patrice Lumumba, African revolutionary, murdered at 36
  • 1962 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
  • 1964 Terence Hanbury White, novelist (England Have My Bones), dies at 57

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1964 T. H. White, English author of the King Arthur novels, dies of heart failure at 57

Author T. H. White
Author
T. H. White
  • 1965 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, dies at 75
  • 1966 Vincent J Donehue, director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin's at 50
  • 1967 Evelyn Nesbit, actress (Redemption), dies at 82
  • 1968 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
  • 1969 Grazyna Bacewicz, composer, dies at 59
  • 1970 Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • 1970 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1972 Rochelle Hudson, actress (That's My Boy), dies at 55
  • 1972 Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • 1973 Fred Essler, actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 77
  • 1976 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • 1977 Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • 1980 Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • 1981 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • 1983 Doodles Weaver, actor/comedian (Ring of Fire), shoots himself at 71
  • 1987 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • 1989 Sterling A Brown, US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
  • 1990 Charles Hernu, French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies
  • 1991 Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V, king of Norway (1957), dies
  • 1992 Bill Walker, actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95
  • 1992 Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
  • 1992 Dorothy Alison, actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies
  • 1992 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner (b. 1915)
  • 1993 Ger ter Horst, Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 1993 Albert Hourani, English historian (b. 1915)
  • 1994 Allan G Odell, Ad exec (Burma Shave), dies at 90
  • 1994 Chung Il Kwon, PM of South Korea (1964-70), dies
  • 1994 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • 1994 Han Jansen, Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies at 61
  • 1994 Klaas Peereboom, Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
  • 1994 Noel Chiboust, trumpeter/sax, dies at 84
  • 1994 Helen Stephens, American 100m runner and double Olympic champion, dies at 75
  • 1994 Yevgeny Ivanov, Soviet spy involved in the Profumo affair (b. 1926)
  • 1995 Isador Caplan, lawyer/Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, dies at 82
  • 1995 Urias Nooteboom, Dutch journalist/critic (The Time), dies at 54
  • 1996 Barbara Charline Jordan, politician, dies at 59
  • 1996 Charles Henry Madge, poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Giles William Playfair, writer, dies at 85
  • 1996 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
  • 1996 Robert Covington, drummer/singer, dies at 54
  • 1996 Amber Hagerman, American namesake of the Amber Alert system (b. 1986)
  • 1996 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • 1997 Andrea Fisher, American artist, dies at 41
  • 1997 Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
  • 1997 Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
  • 1997 Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • 1998 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • 1999 Robert Eads, American transsexual (b. 1945)
  • 2000 Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
  • 2001 Gregory Corso, American poet (b. 1930)
  • 2002 Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
  • 2002 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, (Nobel Prize laureate 1989), dies at 85
  • 2002 Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 2003 Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Noble [Henry] Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • 2005 Charlie Bell, Australian fast food executive (b. 1960)
  • 2005 Virginia Mayo, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Albert Schatz, American microbiologist (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Zhao Ziyang, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)

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2008 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (b. 1943)

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 2008 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2008 Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2009 Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • 2010 Jyoti Basu, Indian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2010 Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
  • 2010 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2011 Don Kirshner, American composer (b. 1934)
  • 2012 Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • 2012 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • 2013 Robert F. Chew, American actor, dies from heart failure at 52
  • 2013 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano, dies at 86