Famous Deaths on November 17

  • 375 Valentinian I "The Great", Roman Co-Emperor and Ruler of Western Roman Empire (336-75), dies at 54
  • 474 Leo II, Byzantine Emperor (474), dies

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594 St Gregory of Tours, Frankisch bishop of Tours, dies at 55

Chronicler/Bishop Gregory of Tours
Chronicler/Bishop
Gregory of Tours
  • 641 Emperor Jomei of Japan (b. 593)
  • 680 Hilda of Whitby, Christian saint and founding abbess of Whitby monastery (b. 614)
  • 885 Liutgard of Saxony, Queen of the Franks (876-882)
  • 1093 Margaret, widow of Scottish king Malcolm III, dies
  • 1231 Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1207)
  • 1302 St. Gertrude the Great (b. 1256)
  • 1326 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (b. 1285)
  • 1494 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)
  • 1512 Kempo Roeper, Frisian rebel, quartered
  • 1558 Reginald Pole, English cardinal/scholar/"heretic", dies at 58
  • 1562 Antoine de Bourbon, King of Navarre and father of Henry IV of France (b. 1518)
  • 1592 John III of Sweden (b. 1537)
  • 1600 Kuki Yoshitaka, Japanese naval commander (b. 1542)
  • 1608 Adolf, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 22
  • 1632 Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal (b. 1594)
  • 1643 Jean-Baptiste Budes, Comte de Guébriant, Marshal of France (b. 1602)
  • 1648 Thomas Ford, composer, dies
  • 1665 John Earle, English bishop
  • 1668 Joseph Alleine, English preacher (b. 1634)
  • 1690 Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier (b. 1610)
  • 1713 Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (b. 1653)
  • 1720 Calico Jack, English pirate (b. 1682)
  • 1747 Alain R Lesage, French author (Le diable boiteux), dies at 79

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1768 Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1757-62), dies at 75

British Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles
British Prime Minister
Thomas Pelham-Holles
  • 1770 Gian Francesco de Majo, composer, dies at 38
  • 1776 James Ferguson, British astronomer (b. 1710)
  • 1780 Bernardo Bellotto, Italian painter (b. 1720)
  • 1794 Jacques François Dugommier, French general (b. 1738)

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1796 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], Empress of Russia (1762-96), dies of a stroke at 67

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
  • 1808 David Zeisberger, Moravian missionary (b. 1721)
  • 1818 Charlotte Sophia von Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of England, dies
  • 1826 Louise Reichardt, composer, dies at 47
  • 1848 Jozef B "Olim" Cannaert, Flemish lawyer, dies
  • 1849 Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest and miracle-worker (b. 1794)
  • 1856 William Knyvett, composer, dies at 77
  • 1858 Robert Owen, British father of the cooperative movement (b. 1771)
  • 1862 Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky, composer, dies at 63
  • 1865 James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist (b. 1813)
  • 1875 Hilario Ascasubi, Argentina author (pampa, gauchos & indians), dies
  • 1893 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, king of Bulgaria (1879-86), dies at 36
  • 1897 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (b. 1820)
  • 1902 Hugh Price Hughes, Methodist Social Reformer (b. 1847)
  • 1905 Adolf WAKF, duke of Nassau/grand duke of Luxembourg, dies at 88
  • 1905 Philip EFMCBLG, earl of Flanders, dies
  • 1905 Adolphe of Luxembourg, (b. 1817)

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1917 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • 1921 John McLaren, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1912), dies
  • 1921 Pa Chay Vue, Hmong Nationalist
  • 1922 Robert Comtesse, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1847)
  • 1926 Carl Ethan Akeley, American Naturalist(developed taxidermic process for museums), dies at 62)
  • 1927 Adolf A Joffe, Russian author/diplomat, commits suicide at 44
  • 1928 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author, politician, & freedom fighter (b. 1865)
  • 1929 A F A Lilley, cricketer (92 dismissals in 35 Tests 1896-1909), dies
  • 1929 Herman Hollerith, German/US statistician (punch card), dies at 69
  • 1931 Georgi Atanasov, composer, dies at 50
  • 1931 John P Lotsy, botanist/geneticist (Resumptio Genetics), dies at 64
  • 1934 Joachim Ringelnatz [Hans Bötticher], German writer and artist, dies at 51
  • 1936 Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)
  • 1937 Jack Worrall, cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), dies
  • 1938 Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (b. 1864)
  • 1940 Eric Gill, British sculptor (b. 1882)
  • 1940 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • 1941 Earnest Udet, German general/head air pioneer, commits suicide
  • 1942 Ben Reitman, American anarchist, physician (b. 1879)
  • 1943 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer, dies at 74
  • 1944 A C MacLaren, cricketer (England batsman from turn of century), dies
  • 1947 Ricarda Huch, German writer and historian "First Lady of German humanism", dies at 83
  • 1947 Victor Serge, Russian anarchist, novelist, and historian (b. 1890)
  • 1955 James P. Johnson, American jazz composer and pianist (Charleston), dies at 64
  • 1958 Mort Cooper, baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1959 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1962 Arthur Vining Davis, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95 in Miami
  • 1968 Wilhelm Lehmann, writer, dies at 86
  • 1968 Mervyn Peake, British writer (b. 1911)
  • 1970 Naunton Wayne, actor (Dead of Night), dies at 69
  • 1971 Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
  • 1971 Melville Cooper, actor (Diane, Bundle of Joy), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1973 The Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram (b. 1878)
  • 1974 Clive Brook, actor/director (On Approval), dies at 87
  • 1975 Kay Johnson, actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), dies at 70
  • 1976 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • 1978 Claude Dauphin, actor (Paris Precinct), dies at 75
  • 1979 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • 1981 Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • 1982 Bill Baldwin, announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 69
  • 1982 Duk Koo Kim, South Korean boxer, legally declared dead
  • 1982 Eduard Tubin, composer, dies at 77
  • 1982 Ruth Donnelly, comedienne, dies at 86 in NYC
  • 1985 Jimmy Ritz, actor (Ritz Brothers), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1986 Alan Hewitt, actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at 71
  • 1986 Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
  • 1987 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • 1988 Sheilah Graham, gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1989 Billy Lee, actor (Sons of Legion, Biscuit Eater), dies
  • 1989 Emerson Buckley, composer, dies at 73
  • 1989 Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)

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1990 Robert Hofstadter, American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), dies at 75

  • 1991 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minn, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • 1991 Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, (Jerry Van Dyke's daughter), suicide at 33
  • 1991 Paul Reid Roman, actor (Aviator, Blue Knight), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1992 Audre Lorde, American writer, feminist and activist (Black Unicorn), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1993 Jthm de Vreeze, Dutch MP (KVP, 1956..77), dies at 80
  • 1993 Gérard D. Lévesque, Canadian politician (b. 1926)
  • 1994 G Waller, German/Swiss movie journalist (NRC/Variety), dies at 82
  • 1995 Alan Hull, singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Edward LeBone Molotlegi, chief of the Bafokeng, dies at 66
  • 1995 John Prickett, teacher/ecumenist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Marguerite Young, writer, dies at 87
  • 1995 Peter John Welding, record producer, dies at 60
  • 1996 Andrew John Fairclough, trade union educator, dies at 45
  • 1996 Johan Fleming Ramsland, broadcaster, dies at 54
  • 1998 Esther Rolle, American actress (Good Times, Maude), dies at 78
  • 2000 Louis Eugène Félix Néel, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 2001 Michael Karoli, German guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 2002 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (b. 1915)
  • 2003 Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2003 Don Gibson, American singer (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2004 Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (b. 1941)
  • 2005 Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (b. 1942)
  • 2006 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Ruth Brown, American blues singer (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Pete Newell, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2008 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • 2011 Kurt Budke, American basketball coach (b. 1961)
  • 2011 Olin Branstetter, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88
  • 2013 Doris Lessing, Iranian-British novelist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94
  • 2014 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), dies at 78
  • 2014 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player, dies from blood cancer at 73