Famous Deaths on June 17

  • 656 Osman ibn Affan, 3rd kalief of Islam (644-56) murdered
  • 676 Adeodatus/Deusdedit II, Italian Pope (672-76), dies
  • 855 Leo IV, Italian Pope (847-55), dies
  • 1091 Dirk V, count of Holland (1061-91), dies
  • 1119 Boudouin VII with the Axe, earl of Flanders (1111-19), dies
  • 1463 Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (b. 1436)
  • 1501 Jan I Olbracht, King of Poland, dies
  • 1565 Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (b. 1536)
  • 1672 Orazio Benevoli, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1678 Giacomo Torelli, Italian stage designer, engineer and architect dies at 69
  • 1694 Philip Cardinal Howard, English Catholic Cardinal (b. 1629)
  • 1696 John [Jan] III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96), Victor at Battle Vienna over Turks (1683) dies at 66
  • 1719 Joseph Addison, English poet/writer/secretary of state, dies at 47
  • 1734 Duke of Berwick, French general strategist, dies in battle
  • 1734 Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshal of France (b. 1653)
  • 1740 Sir William Wyndham, English politician (b. 1687)
  • 1762 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (b. 1674)
  • 1775 Major John Pitcairn, British marine (killed in battle) (b. 1722)
  • 1797 Aga Mohammed Khan, cruel ruler of Persia, castrated & killed
  • 1813 Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, English sailor and politician (b. 1726)
  • 1815 Hammida, Algerian admiral, dies in battle
  • 1821 Martín Miguel de Güemes Argentine military leader (b. 1785)
  • 1858 Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi in North India, one of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857 (b. 1828)
  • 1862 Charles J Canning, English 1st viceroy of British-Indies, dies at 49
  • 1863 Isham W Garrott, US attorney/Confederate brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1876 Harriet Scott, American ex-slave, who with husband Dred Scott unsuccessfully sued for their freedom
  • 1885 Gen Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, mayor (Elzas-Lothar'n), dies
  • 1898 Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)
  • 1906 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player, dies
  • 1906 William Dale, international legal consultant, dies
  • 1910 Lady Mosley, biographer, dies
  • 1918 Derek Barber, CEO (Countryside Commission), dies
  • 1928 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer/diplomat (Virulo, mocedades), dies
  • 1938 H V "Ranji" Hordern, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia 1910-12, dies
  • 1938 Peter Michael, CEO (Cray Electronics), dies
  • 1939 Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France
  • 1939 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1941 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 78
  • 1942 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician who was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and 5th Chief Justice of Canada, dies at 88

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1947 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, dies at 62

  • 1950 Syed Wazir Ali, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies
  • 1951 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, dies at 77
  • 1952 Alberto Williams, Argentine composer (Etrerno Reposo), dies at 89
  • 1952 Jack Parsons, American rocket-fuel pioneer and renegade occultist (b. 1914)
  • 1953 Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76
  • 1956 Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • 1956 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • 1957 D Richardson, writer, dies at 84
  • 1959 Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • 1960 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), dies at 70
  • 1961 Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], American actor (Broken Arrow), dies as a result of medical malpractice at 42
  • 1963 John Cowper Powys, British writer and critic (Wolf Solent), dies at 90
  • 1963 Alain F B Alanbrooke, 1st viscount of Brookeborough, dies at 79
  • 1963 John Whiting, British dramatist/actor (Devils), dies
  • 1965 Arnold Meijer, leader (Fascist Nationally Front), dies
  • 1968 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
  • 1970 Matthew Henderson, cricketer (one Test for NZ 1930), dies
  • 1971 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Philadelphia), dies
  • 1973 Luis Van Rooten, actor (One Man's Family), dies at 66
  • 1974 Pamela Britton, actress (Blondie, My Favorite Martian), dies at 50
  • 1974 Yadavendra Singh, cricketer (Yuvraj of Patiala, Test for India), dies
  • 1978 Cully Richards, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
  • 1979 Lou Frizzel, actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
  • 1981 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 1981 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • 1981 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • 1983 Eelco N van Kleffens, Dutch min of Foreign affairs 1939-46, dies at 88
  • 1983 Peter Mennin(i), US composer (Moby Dick), dies at 60
  • 1984 Chet Allen, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter), dies at 51
  • 1984 Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
  • 1985 Piet De Somer, Belgian rector of University of Louvain, dies at 67
  • 1986 Jef Keuleers, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 75
  • 1986 Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78
  • 1987 Dick Howser, mgr (NY Yankees & KC Royal), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • 1989 John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38
  • 1989 Stanley David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51-D), dies plane crash at 59
  • 1990 Dick Elffers, graphic artist, dies
  • 1990 Palmira Henry, fashion designer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 44
  • 1992 Dewey Balfa, bayou fiddler, dies at 65
  • 1992 Frederick Exley, novelist (Fan's Note), dies at 63
  • 1993 Angus Suttie, English potter, dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1993 French of Nouhuys, civil servant in Indonesia, dies at 88
  • 1994 Joeri Nagibin, Russian screenwriter (Babje Karstvo), dies at 74
  • 1995 Claire Sterling, journalist, dies at 75
  • 1996 Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
  • 2000 Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice (d. 1931)
  • 2001 Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
  • 2002 Fritz Walter, German footballer (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Sam Loeb, comic book writer (b. 1988)
  • 2005 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum) (b. 1962)
  • 2006 Cláudio Besserman Vianna, aka "Bussunda", Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)
  • 2006 Arthur Franz, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Gianfranco Ferrè, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2008 Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)
  • 2009 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • 2009 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2010 K. S. Rajah, Singaporean jurist (b. 1930)

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2012 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies at 47

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  • 2014 Patsy Byrne, English actress, dies at 80
  • 2015 Suleyman Demirel, Turkish leader, President (1993-2000) and Prime Minister, dies at 90
  • 2015 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78
  • 2016 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46