Famous Deaths on September 17

  • 1179 Hildegard van Bingen, mystic/composer (Ordo Virtutum), dies at 81
  • 1312 Ferdinand V, king of Castile/Leon, dies at 26
  • 1322 Robert III of Flanders (b. 1249)
  • 1422 Constantine II of Bulgaria
  • 1563 Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland, English soldier
  • 1574 Pedro Menendez de Aviles, soldier/navigator, dies
  • 1575 Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss religious reformer (b. 1504)
  • 1604 Lucas Osiander, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1621 Roberto Bellarmino, Italian saint (Doctor of the Church), dies at 78
  • 1630 Thomas Lake, English statesman (b. 1567)
  • 1652 Bonaventura Elsevier, book publisher/merchant, dies at about 69
  • 1665 Philip IV, King of Spain (1621-55), dies
  • 1676 Sabbatai Zevi, Montenegrin rabbi, kabbalist, and founder of the Jewish Sabbatean movement (b. 1626)
  • 1679 Juan Jose of Austrian, Spanish general/govenor of Netherlands, dies at 50
  • 1702 Olof Rudbeck, Swedish scientist, writer and composer, dies at 71
  • 1727 Glückel of Hameln, German businesswoman (b. 1647)
  • 1732 Josef Antonin Planicky, composer, dies at 40
  • 1762 Francesco Xaverio Geminiani, composer, dies at 74
  • 1771 Tobias George Smollett, novelist (Adv of Roderick Random), dies at 50
  • 1803 Franz Xaver Sussmayr, composer, dies
  • 1808 Benjamin Bourne, American politician (b. 1755)
  • 1820 Henri Hamal, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1823 Abraham L Breguet, French clock maker, dies at 76
  • 1824 Giacomo Tritto, composer, dies at 91
  • 1836 Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist (b. 1748)
  • 1839 Ethel Mary Dell, [Mrs G T Savage], romantic novelist, dies
  • 1846 Francesco Giuseppi Pollini, composer, dies at 84

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1858 Dred Scott, US ex-slave who sought to sue for his freedom, dies of tuberculosis at 62 or 63

US Slave Dred Scott
US Slave
Dred Scott
  • 1862 Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, (Rep-D)/Confederate brig-general, dies at 41
  • 1862 William Edwin Starke, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at about 48
  • 1863 Albartus Telting, Fries poet/2nd-Member of parliament, dies
  • 1863 Alfred Victor Comte de Vigny, poet, dies
  • 1864 Walter Savage Landor, author, dies
  • 1868 Roman Nose (Wiquini), Cheyenne indian leader, dies
  • 1869 Peter M Roget, England, lexographer (Roget's Thesaurus), dies
  • 1873 Alexander Berry, Scottish adventurer (b. 1781)

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1877 William Henry Fox Talbot, photographic pioneer, dies at 77

Photography Pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot
Photography Pioneer
William Henry Fox Talbot
  • 1879 Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (b. 1814)
  • 1884 Louis Schubert, composer, dies at 56
  • 1892 Ignaz V Zingerle Edler von Simmersberg, Austrian, dies
  • 1894 Deng Shichang, Chinese admiral (b. 1849)
  • 1895 Auguste Toulet, Belgian balloonist, dies
  • 1899 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist (b. 1842)
  • 1907 Ignaz Brull, Moravian-born composer, dies at 60
  • 1908 Thomas E Selfridge, earlier US aviator, 1st to die in an air crash
  • 1926 August Sauer, Austria literature historian, dies at 70
  • 1933 Joseph De Piro, Maltese missionary (b. 1877)
  • 1934 Edmund van der Straeten, composer, dies at 79
  • 1936 Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist (b. 1877)
  • 1938 Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (b. 1901)
  • 1943 Dick Tyldesley, cricketer (7 Tests for England), dies
  • 1944 Friedrich Kussin, German Major-General and commander in Arnhem during Operation Market Garden, dies in battle at 49
  • 1946 Frank Burke, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1948 Count Folke Bernadotte, UN mediator for Palestine, assassinated
  • 1948 Lillian Brainthwaite, British actress (Man About the House), dies at 75
  • 1948 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), dies at 61
  • 1951 Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (b. 1898)
  • 1953 Emil Ermatinger, Switz, literature critic, dies at 80
  • 1953 Henry Holden Huss, composer, dies at 91
  • 1956 Mildred E "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, (Olympic-gold-1932), dies at 42
  • 1957 John W "John" Eisenloeffel, goldsmith, dies at 81
  • 1958 Eugene Jungers, Belgian governor of Rwanda Urundi, dies at 70
  • 1958 Friedrich Adolf Paneth, Austrian/British chemist, dies at 71
  • 1959 Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director, dies at 39
  • 1960 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer, dies at 81
  • 1961 Adnan Menderes, PM of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62
  • 1961 Simon Delmonte, actor/director (Bleke Bet), dies at 68
  • 1966 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • 1972 Akim Tamiroff, actor (Hotel Paradisio, Lord Jim), dies at 72
  • 1973 Hugo Winterhalter, composer, dies at 63
  • 1979 Miloslav Kabelac, composer, dies at 71
  • 1980 Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54
  • 1980 Katherine A Porter, US author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90
  • 1982 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (b. 1937)
  • 1983 Humberto Madeiros, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 67
  • 1984 Richard Basehart, actor (Rage), dies following several strokes at 70
  • 1985 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies by falling down the stairs of her daughter's home at 60
  • 1986 Patricia Phoenix, English actress (Coronation Street), dies at 62
  • 1987 Harry Locke, British character actor (b. 1913)
  • 1989 Jay Stewart, annoucer on Lets Make a Deal, commits suicide
  • 1991 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (b. 1902)
  • 1991 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock musician (MC5), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1992 Feodor Chaliapin Jr, actor (King's Whore), dies after illness at 87
  • 1992 William A Swanberg, biographer (Henry Luce, Pulitzer 1973), dies at 84
  • 1993 Christian Nyby, US director (Big Sleep, Thing), dies at 80
  • 1994 Henk Figee, author/publisher (Shoes of the Sea), dies at 46
  • 1994 John DeLaFose, zydeco musician, dies at 55

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1994 Karl Popper, philosopher (Poverty of Historianism), dies at 92

Philosopher and Professor Karl Popper
Philosopher and Professor
Karl Popper
  • 1994 Paul Nicholas Young, architect, dies at 47
  • 1994 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian American tennis star (Davis Cup 1979), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 40
  • 1995 Grady Sutton, actor (Come Blow Your Horn, Flying Blind), dies at 87
  • 1995 Yehuda Meir Getz, rabbi/soldier/religious leader, dies at 71
  • 1995 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 1996 Jessie "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" Hill, jazz musician, dies at 63
  • 1996 Spiro Theodore Agnew, US VP (1969-73), dies at 77
  • 1997 Jan Peder Syse, PM of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • 1997 John Seldon Whale, theologian, dies at 100
  • 1997 Red Skelton, comedian (Red Skelton Show), dies at 84
  • 1998 Ted Binion, Las Vegas casino heir (b. 1943)
  • 1999 Frankie Vaughan, British singer (b. 1928)
  • 2000 Nicole Reinhart, American cyclist (b. 1976)
  • 2000 Paula Yates, English TV personality (The Big Breakfast), dies of a drug overdose at 41
  • 2001 Lou Dog, Sublime mascot.
  • 2003 Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)
  • 2005 Alfred Reed, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2006 Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (b. 1968)
  • 2009 Leon Kirchner, American classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies at 90
  • 2011 Colin Madigan, Australian architect (b. 1921)
  • 2012 Russell E. Train, American environmentalist, dies at 92
  • 2013 Marvin Rainwater, American country and rockabilly singer, dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2014 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77
  • 2015 David Willcocks, English conductor and composer (Kings College choir), dies at 95
  • 2016 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), dies at 73