Famous Deaths on July 17

  • 180 Christenen Cittinus/Donatus/Natzalus/Secunda/Speratus/Vestia sentenced to death as Christians in Carthage
  • 521 Magnus Felix Ennodius, bishop and Latin poet (b. 474)
  • 656 Uthman ibn Affan, Third Caliph, assassinated.
  • 855 Leo IV, Italian Pope (reigned 847-55), dies
  • 924 King Edward the Elder of England (899-924)
  • 1025 Boleslaw I Chobry, [the brave], duke/king of Poland, dies
  • 1070 Boudouin VI, count of Flanders/Henegouwen, dies
  • 1345 Jacob Van Artevelde, [Manner Man], Flemish broker, lynched
  • 1453 John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, English military leader
  • 1510 Tree of Commonwealth, beheaded at about 48
  • 1531 Hosokawa Takakuni, Japanese military commander (b. 1484)
  • 1571 Georg Fabricius, German poet and historian (b. 1516)
  • 1588 Sinan, Ottoman architect (b. 1489)
  • 1627 Lieven de Key, Flemish master builder (Vleeshal), dies at about 67
  • 1645 Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, Scottish politician
  • 1682 Johann Heinrich Kittel, composer, dies at 29
  • 1704 Pierre-Charles Le Sueur, French fur trader and explorer
  • 1709 Pascal Collasse, composer, dies at 60
  • 1709 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (b. 1646)
  • 1746 Anthonie van de Heim, Dutch pension advisor (1737-46), dies at 53
  • 1753 Andre-Joseph Panckoucke, French book publisher/merchant, dies
  • 1762 Peter III, Emperor of Russia (1762), dies at 34
  • 1763 Wenzel Raimund Pirck, composer, dies at 45
  • 1764 Johann Mattheson, German composer, dies at 82

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1790 Adam Smith, Scottish economist (Wealth of Nations) and moral philosopher, dies at 67

Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • 1791 Martin Dobrizhoffer, Austrian Jesuit missionary (b. 1717)
  • 1793 Charlotte Corday, murderer (Jean-Paul Marat), is guillotined at 24
  • 1794 Jean-Frederic Edelmann, composer, dies at 45
  • 1794 John Roebuck, British inventor (b. 1718)
  • 1804 Christian Ernst Graf, composer, dies at 80
  • 1826 Joseph Graetz, composer, dies at 65
  • 1838 John Whites, hydraulic engineer, dies at 82

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1845 Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1830-34), dies at 81

British Prime Minister Charles Grey
British Prime Minister
Charles Grey
  • 1851 Beni Egressy, composer, dies at 37
  • 1863 James Johnston Pettigrew, US attorney/Confederate, dies at 35
  • 1864 Daniel McCook Jr, US Union-brig-gen, dies at 29
  • 1864 Dirk Dark Curtius, attorney/liberal minister of Justice, dies at 71
  • 1871 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist and composer, dies of typhoid at 29
  • 1875 Gabor Matray, composer, dies at 77
  • 1878 Aleardo [Gaetano] Aleardi, Italian/Aust poet (Tre Fiumi), dies at 65
  • 1879 Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)
  • 1881 Jim Bridger, American mountain man, Indian fighter, and explorer (b. 1804)
  • 1885 Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (b. 1811)
  • 1887 Dorothea Dix, french social activist (b. 1802)
  • 1893 Frederick A. Johnson, American politician (b. 1833)
  • 1894 Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist (b. 1810)
  • 1901 John Farmer, English composer, dies at 64
  • 1903 James A McNeill Whistler, US/British writer (Bride Tomorrow), dies at 69
  • 1912 J-Henri Poincaré, French mine engineer/mathematician, dies at 58
  • 1915 Francesco Fanciulli, composer, dies on 62nd birthday
  • 1918 Aleksei Romanov, son and heir of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 13
  • 1918 Alexandra Fjodorova, wife of Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death at 46

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1918 Anastasia Nikolaevna, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 17

Grand Duchess of Russia Anastasia Nikolaevna
Grand Duchess of Russia
Anastasia Nikolaevna
  • 1918 Botkin, personal physician of Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 Charitonov, cook of Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 Demidova, lady in waiting of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 Maria Romanova, daughter of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death

BattleExecution

1918 Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last Tsar of Russia, executed at 50

  • 1918 Olga Romanova, daughter of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 Tatyana Romanova, daughter of RussianTsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1918 Trupp, lackey of Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death
  • 1922 Heinrich Rubens, German physicist, dies at 57
  • 1928 Alvaro Obregon, President of Mexico is assassinated
  • 1928 Giovanni Giolitti, Italian statesman, Prime Minister of Italy (1892-93, 1903-05, 1906-09, 1911-14, 1920-21), dies at 85
  • 1935 George William Russell, Irish nationalist, poet and artist (b. 1867)
  • 1937 Henri-Constant-Gabriel Pierne, composer, dies at 73
  • 1941 Emil Barth, German revolutionary (Social Democratic Party), dies at 62
  • 1943 Sir Patrick Duncan, Governor-general of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943), dies at 72
  • 1944 Hugh Rigby, English portrait painter (King George V 1928-32), dies
  • 1944 William James Sidis, gifted mathematician and child prodigy (b. 1898)
  • 1946 Dragoljub "Draza" Mihailovic, Yugoslav gen (Nazi), executed at 53
  • 1947 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved thousands of Jews), dies at 34
  • 1950 Evangeline Booth, the 4th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1865)
  • 1953 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer, dies at 65
  • 1953 Maude K Adams, US actress (Little Minister), dies
  • 1954 Dirk B Nanninga, painter, dies at 85
  • 1955 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer, dies at 73

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1959 Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1959 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Le chasseur de la nuit), dies
  • 1959 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)

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1961 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, dies of cancer at 74

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1965 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, dies at 57
  • 1966 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Piranesi-suite), dies at 71
  • 1967 Cyril Ring, actor (Duffy's Tavern, Red Hot & Blue), dies at 74
  • 1967 Gertrude McCoy, silent screen actress (Blue Bird), dies at 77

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1967 John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist/composer (Blue Train), dies of cancer at 40

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1970 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • 1971 Cliff Edwards, "Ukulele Ike", singer (54th Street Revue), dies at 76
  • 1974 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, pitcher (St Louis Cards), dies at 63
  • 1975 Modoc, the elephant, dies at age 78 (oldest known nonhuman mammal)
  • 1975 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (b. 1893)
  • 1978 Thayer David, actor (Rocky, Roots, Savages), dies at 51
  • 1979 Doug Meintjes, South African cricket pace bowler (v England 1922-23), dies
  • 1980 Donald Barry, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak), dies at 68
  • 1980 Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
  • 1984 J Delos Jewkes, singer/actor (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 89
  • 1985 Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer, dies at 93
  • 1985 Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
  • 1987 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • 1988 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler, stabbed to death at 42
  • 1989 Heinz Risse, German writer, dies at 91
  • 1990 Bernard Cowan, TV announcer, dies of kidney disease at 68
  • 1993 Ineke Shutter, choreography (Black Girl Goes to School), dies at 61
  • 1993 Scott Salmon, US choreographer (La Cage aux Folles), dies at 51
  • 1993 Vladimir Barmyn, Russian inventor (Stalinorgel), dies at 84
  • 1994 Jean Borotra, [Flying Basque], Fr tennis star (Davis Cup), dies at 95
  • 1995 Herbert Hippauf, baseball player, dies at 56
  • 1995 Joe Hutton, northumbrian piper/shepherd, dies at 71
  • 1996 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • 1996 Amancio D'Silva, musician, dies at 60
  • 1996 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • 1996 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • 1996 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, dies at 95
  • 1996 John William Fozard, aircraft designer, dies at 68
  • 1996 Paul Touvier, French WW II criminal, dies at 81
  • 1996 Sid Sussman, beauty pageant organizer, dies of heart attack
  • 1999 Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), commits suicide at 41
  • 2001 Katharine Graham, American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 2003 David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • 2003 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichordist (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-born actress (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)
  • 2005 Gavin Lambert, British-born screenwriter (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2006 Mickey Spillane, American author (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Júlio Redecker, Brazilian Politician (b. 1956)
  • 2008 Larry Haines, American actor (b. 1918)

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2009 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 2009 Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)
  • 2011 David Ngoombujarra, Australian actor (b. 1967)
  • 2012 William Raspberry, American journalist, dies at 76
  • 2013 Peter Appleyard, British-born Canadian musician, dies from natural causes at 84
  • 2014 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut, DIES FROM complications from back surgery at 80
  • 2014 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, dies in her sleep at 89
  • 2015 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, dies from injuries during accident at Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, at 25
  • 2015 Rev Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, dies at 99 (d. 2015)
  • 2016 Gary S. Paxton, American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash), dies at 77