Deaths in History on April 17

  • 326 Alexander of Alexandria, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 485 Proclus, Greek mathematician, dies in Athens [or Apr 14]
  • 617 Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg
  • 818 Bernhard I, King of Italy, dies
  • 858 Benedict III, Italian Pope (855-58), dies
  • 1080 King Harald III of Denmark (b. 1041)
  • 1272 Zita/Cita, Italian maid/saint, dies at about 59
  • 1297 Willem van Afflighem, Flemish poet/abbot St Truiden, dies at about 86
  • 1427 Jan IV, duke of Brabant/Limburg/wife of Jacoba van Bayern, dies
  • 1539 George, Duke of Saxony (b. 1471)
  • 1574 Joachim Camerarius, [Liebhard Kammerer], German philologist, dies
  • 1630 Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (battle of White Mt), dies
  • 1679 John van Kessel, Flemish painter, dies at 53
  • 1680 Kateri Tekakwitha, first American Indian to receive beatification (b. 1656)
  • 1696 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, French writer (b. 1626)
  • 1711 Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (1705-11), dies of smallpox at 32
  • 1713 David Hollatz, Pomeranian dogmatician (b. 1648)
  • 1726 Henriette Amalia, ruler of Nassau-Dietz, dies at 49
  • 1742 Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (b. 1664)
  • 1761 Thomas Bayes, English mathematician

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1790 Benjamin Franklin, US, US Founding Father, inventor ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1799 Richard Jupp, English architect (b. 1728)
  • 1835 William Henry Ireland, forger (Shakespearean manuscripts), dies
  • 1837 Edouard viscount de Walckiers, very wealthy slave trader, dies
  • 1838 J Schopenhauer, writer, dies at 71
  • 1843 Samuel Morey, American inventor (b. 1762)
  • 1863 Daniel Smith Donelson, Confederate general/cousin of Andrew Jackson, dies at 61
  • 1873 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian artist (b. 1783)
  • 1882 George Jennings Sanitary engineer (b. 1810)

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1892 Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a stroke at 70

2nd Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie
2nd Prime Minister of Canada
Alexander Mackenzie
  • 1902 Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (b. 1822)
  • 1930 Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (b. 1863)
  • 1936 Charles J M Ruys de Beerenbrouck, Dutch PM (1918-23, 29-33), dies
  • 1937 Yi Sang, Korean Poet (b. 1910)
  • 1942 Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • 1945 Hannie Schaft, "Girl with red hair," executed
  • 1945 Ion Pillat, Romania poet/senator (Umbra timpului), dies
  • 1945 Walter Model, German fieldmarshal, commits suicide at 54
  • 1948 Johan P earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75
  • 1954 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • 1962 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • 1968 Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
  • 1970 Sergei U S Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
  • 1974 Frank McGee, Today show host, dies of cancer at 52
  • 1975 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher (b. 1888)
  • 1976 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter, dies at 85
  • 1976 Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1977 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • 1983 Mark W Clark, US general (WW II), dies at 87
  • 1983 Peter Potter, DJ (Peter Potter Show, Juke Box Jury), dies at 78
  • 1985 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • 1986 Bessie Head, writer, dies
  • 1987 Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • 1987 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • 1988 Louise Nevelson, sculptor, dies of brain tumor at 88
  • 1989 Charles Lampkin, dies
  • 1990 Ralph David Abernathy, US civil rights leader, dies
  • 1991 Jack Yellen, US poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • 1993 Turgut Özal, president of Turkey (1989-93), dies at 65
  • 1995 Nancy Mayhew Youngman, English painter and educationalist, dies at 88
  • 1996 Eva Jones, poet/novelist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1997 Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • 1997 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • 1998 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)
  • 2003 Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (b. 1908)
  • 2008 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Danny Federici, organ player for E-Street Band (b. 1950)
  • 2009 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People) dies aged 88