Famous Deaths on May 17

  • 1050 Guido van Arezzo, Italian music theorist, dies
  • 1189 Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Japanese general (b. 1159)
  • 1336 Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (b. 1288)
  • 1365 Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria and Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1328)
  • 1395 Constantine Dragas, Serbian ruler of a semi-independent realm
  • 1464 Thomas de Ros, 10th Baron de Ros, English politician (executed) (b. 1427)
  • 1510 Sandro Botticelli, Florentine Renaissance painter (Birth of Venus), dies at about 65
  • 1521 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, English politician (b. 1478)
  • 1536 George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded after being tried and convicted for high treason and incest at 32
  • 1575 Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury (1559-75), dies at 68
  • 1591 Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman, Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist, dies at 51
  • 1606 Forges Dimitri #1, Tsar of Russia (1605-06), murdered
  • 1626 Juan Pujol, Catalan composer, dies at 56

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1694 Johann Michael Bach, German composer, dies at 46

  • 1695 Cornelis de Heem, painter, dies
  • 1727 Catherine I, Empress of Russia (1725-27), dies
  • 1729 Samuel Clarke, English philosopher and theologian, dies at 53
  • 1765 Alexis Claude Clairault, French mathematician (b. 1713)
  • 1796 Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, composer, dies at 89
  • 1797 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (b. 1719)
  • 1801 William Heberden, English physician (b. 1710)
  • 1807 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)
  • 1809 Leopold Auenbrugger von Auenbrugg, physician, dies
  • 1822 Armand-Emmanuel, Duc de Richelieu, Prime Minister of France (1815-18, 1820-21), dies at 55

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1829 John Jay, American statesman, 1st US Chief Justice, dies at 83

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1838 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French statesman, dies at 84

Politician and Diplomat Talleyrand
Politician and Diplomat
Talleyrand
  • 1838 René Caillé, French explorer (b. 1799)
  • 1839 Archibald Alison, Scottish author (b. 1757)
  • 1851 Jean E "Adrian" van Bevervoorde, journalist (Treason), dies at 31
  • 1866 Adolf Bernhard Marx, composer, dies at 70
  • 1868 Isami Kondo, Shinsengumi Commander (b. 1834)
  • 1872 Fryderyk Edward Sobolewski, composer, dies at 63
  • 1875 John C. Breckinridge, Vice President of the United States (b. 1821)
  • 1879 Asa Packer, railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad (b. 1805)
  • 1883 Lydia Estes Pinklham, patent-medicine manufacturer, dies
  • 1884 Louis Brassin, composer, dies at 43

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1886 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere & Company) dies at 82

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • 1888 Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820)
  • 1889 William Roxby Beverly, artist, dies
  • 1892 Gyorgy Klapka, Hungarian general/parliament leader, dies at 72
  • 1914 Peter Leyten, bishop of Breda (1885-1914), dies at 79
  • 1916 Gervais Bernard Gaston Salvayre, composer, dies at 68
  • 1916 Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (b. 1862)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917 Charles Brooke, 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak (1868-1917), dies at 87

2nd White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Brooke
2nd White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Brooke
  • 1919 Bohumil Pazdirek, composer, dies at 80
  • 1919 Guido von List, German occult author (b. 1848)
  • 1920 Maitland Hathorn, cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies
  • 1926 Lucien Herr, French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies
  • 1927 Harold Geiger, U.S. Army aviation pioneer (b. 1884)
  • 1930 Herbert David Croly, US founder (New Republic), dies at 61
  • 1931 Johan [Eliza J] de Master, art critic/writer, dies

  • 1931 Timothy Cole, wood engraver, dies
  • 1935 Paul Dukas, French composer (b. 1865)
  • 1936 Panagis Tsaldaris, twice Greek prime minister (b. 1868)
  • 1938 Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and zionist (b. 1877)
  • 1942 Alfred Hollins, British composer, dies at 76
  • 1943 Montagu Love, actor (Wind), dies at 65
  • 1945 Jan van Geenen, resistance fighter, dies
  • 1945 Sasaki Shigetsu Sokei-an, founder 1st Zen Institute of America, dies
  • 1947 George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  • 1950 Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
  • 1951 Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66
  • 1953 Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • 1955 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • 1955 Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer, dies at 75
  • 1955 Leslie Hylton, cricketer (West Indies quickie 1939), hung for murder
  • 1957 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • 1961 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81
  • 1961 Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
  • 1963 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • 1964 Otto V Kuusinen, President of Karelo-Finnish soviet rep (1940-56), dies 82
  • 1967 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65
  • 1967 Nigel Martin Balchin, novelist, dies
  • 1969 Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
  • 1970 Nigel M Balchin, English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
  • 1973 Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, dies at 91
  • 1974 Charles Braswell, actor (Only Game in Town), dies at 49
  • 1974 Ernest Nash, German born archaeologist (b. 1898)
  • 1978 John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
  • 1981 Hugo Freidhofer, composer, dies at 80
  • 1981 Jeannette Ridlon Piccard, 1st US woman free balloon pilot, dies
  • 1985 Bobby Ewing, (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas
  • 1985 Hugh Burden, actor (Night of Laughing Dead), dies at 72
  • 1985 Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)
  • 1987 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • 1992 George Hurrell, Hollywood photographer, dies of cancer at 87
  • 1992 Lawrence Welk, conductor/accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 1992 Leonardo del Ferro, [Keyser], US epic tenor, dies
  • 1992 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1994 Alain Cuny, [René X Marie], French actor (La Dolce Vita), dies at 85
  • 1994 Andrew Brown, film Producer, dies at 55
  • 1994 Donald Keith Falkner, singer, dies at 94
  • 1994 Willian Noel Moffet, architect, dies at 82
  • 1995 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer, dies at 72
  • 1996 Rusi Modi, cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies
  • 1996 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37
  • 1996 Willi Daume, olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • 1996 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), dies at 75
  • 1996 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • 1996 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • 1999 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)
  • 2000 Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (1974-80), dies at 90
  • 2001 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • 2001 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • 2002 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2002 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)
  • 2002 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), dies at 79
  • 2003 Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)
  • 2007 Lloyd Alexander, author (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • 2009 Jung Seung-hye, South Korean film producer (b. 1965)
  • 2010 Walasse Ting, Chinese/American painter (b. 1929)
  • 2011 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (b. 1936)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2012 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby), dies from lung cancer at 63

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 2013 Alan O'Day, American rocker, dies from brain cancer at 72
  • 2013 Ken Venturi, American golfer and sports broadcaster, dies from multiple infections at 82
  • 2013 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinean dictator, dies from complications from a fall at 87
  • 2014 Gerald Edelman, American biologist & Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 84
  • 2015 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • 2016 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74