Deaths in History on August 17

  • 754 Karloman, abbot of Monte Cassino, dies at 39
  • 1153 Eustace IV of Boulogne, son of Stephen of England (b. 1130)
  • 1304 Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
  • 1464 Nikolaus von Cusa, German theologist/mathematician/philosopher, dies
  • 1510 Edmund Dudley, English treasurer, beheaded for teason
  • 1510 Richard Empson, English treasurer, beheaded
  • 1536 Pietersz, book publisher (Kersten Knight - on Index), dies
  • 1553 Charles III, Duke of Savoy, dies
  • 1635 Francisco de Moncada, Spanish earl of Osuna, dies at 48
  • 1673 Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist, dies of possible suicide at 32 (b. 1641)
  • 1676 Grimmelshausen, writer, dies
  • 1681 Nikon, [Nikita Minin], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 76
  • 1720 Anne Lefèvre, French scholar (b. 1654)
  • 1723 Joseph Bingham, English scholar (b. 1668)
  • 1768 Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (b. 1703)
  • 1785 Jonathan Trumbull, US patriot, dies
  • 1804 Barbara Hec, organized 1st methodist church in US, dies
  • 1834 Husein Gradaščević, Bosnian rebel leader (b. 1802)

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1850 Jose de San Martin, South American revolutionary hero and general, dies at 72

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  • 1861 Alcée Louis la Branche, American Politician (b. 1806)
  • 1865 Mosby Munroe Parsons, United States officer in the Mexican–American War and brigadier general of the Confederate States Army, dies in battle at 42
  • 1875 Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (b. 1827)
  • 1878 Richard Upjohn, US architect, died
  • 1888 James Jameson, British nature investigator (Congo), dies
  • 1893 Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet (Stichotvorenia), dies at 52[NS=8/29]
  • 1896 Bridget Driscoll, 1st person in Great Britain to die in an auto-accident
  • 1914 James Grierson, British general
  • 1915 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob in Georgia
  • 1924 Pavel S "Paul" Urysohn, Russian mathematician, drowns at 26
  • 1925 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer of Romanian origin (b. 1848)
  • 1927 Horace Alderman, US, murderer, hanged
  • 1935 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, dies at 75
  • 1940 Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29
  • 1945 Pater Bleijs, [Louis], resistance fighter, dies in car accident
  • 1948 Nico J Polak, Dutch economist, dies at 60
  • 1949 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (b. 1891)
  • 1953 Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • 1962 Peter Fechter trying to cross the Berlin Wall (b. 1944)
  • 1966 Michael Garrison, producer (Crowded Sky), dies after a fall at 43
  • 1969 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • 1969 Philip Blaiberg, after 19 days with artificial heart, dies
  • 1971 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (b. 1880)
  • 1972 Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
  • 1972 Wampilow, writer, dies
  • 1973 Conrad Aiken, US poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • 1974 Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer, dies at 89
  • 1982 Ruth Voorst, South African (A World Apart), killed by letter bomb
  • 1984 Holly Roffey, youngest heart transplant, dies at 4 weeks
  • 1987 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet, dies at 84
  • 1987 Rudolph Hess, Nazi (46 years in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93
  • 1988 Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on 74th birthday
  • 1988 Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan (1978-88), dies in plane crash at 64
  • 1991 Leo Geerts, [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • 1991 Mervyn Nelson, director (Some of My Best Friends Are...), dies at 76
  • 1992 Andre de Villiers, South African, murdered
  • 1992 Barbara Morgan, photographer (Martha Graham), dies at 92
  • 1992 Tommy Nutter, fashion designer (bell bottom pants), dies of AIDs at 49
  • 1993 Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator, dies at 72
  • 1993 Robert C Maynard, CEO (Oakland Tribune), dies at 56
  • 1993 Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 1994 Elias Canetti, buried next to James Joyce
  • 1995 Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner, dies at 90
  • 1995 Ted Whitten, Australian rules footballer (b. 1933)
  • 1996 Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, dies at 68
  • 2004 Thea Astley, Australian writer (b. 1925)
  • 2005 John Bahcall, American astrophysicist (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Franco Sensi, Italian oil tycoon and president of A.S. Roma
  • 2010 Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and eighth President of the Italian Republic (b. 1928)
  • 2016 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), dies at 92