Deaths in History on December 17

  • 535 Emperor Ankan of Japan (b. 466)
  • 695 Begga, ancestress of the Carolingians/saint, dies [or 693]
  • 1187 Gregory VIII, [Alberto de Morra], Italian Pope (1187), dies
  • 1195 Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut (b. 1150)
  • 1213 Jean de Matha, French saint, dies at 53
  • 1273 Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi, Persian poet, scholar and mystic dies aged 65 or 66
  • 1471 Isabella of Portugal, duchess of Burgundy, dies
  • 1663 Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (b. 1583)
  • 1679 Don Juan, ruler of Spain, dies
  • 1711 Arnold Moonen, vicar/literature (Defeated German Spraekkunst), dies
  • 1721 Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough, English statesman (b. 1640)
  • 1751 Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, Czech master builder, dies at 62

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1830 Simón Bolívar, South American revolutionary and president (Colombia), dies at 47 in Santa Marta, Colombia

Military and Political Leader Simón Bolívar
Military and Political Leader
Simón Bolívar
  • 1833 Kaspar Hauser, German son of grand duke Karel of Bathe, murdered at 21
  • 1847 Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoleon (b. 1791)
  • 1860 Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (b. 1777)
  • 1881 Lewis H Morgan, US ethnologist (Iroquois-indians), dies at 62
  • 1891 Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition
  • 1891 Omer Bodson, Belgian captain, dies in battle against Msiri, ruler of Garanganze Kingdom in the Congo
  • 1893 Levinus T Keuchenius, Dutch min of Colonies (1888-90), dies at 71
  • 1899 Frederick "Freddy" Roberts, son of British field marshal, dies in battle

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1907 William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish-Scottish mathematical physicist (Kelvin Scale) and engineer (transatlantic telegraph), dies of a chill at 83

Mathematical Physicist and Engineer William Thomson
Mathematical Physicist and Engineer
William Thomson
  • 1917 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1st qualified woman physician in Britain, first woman mayor (Aldeburgh), dies at 81
  • 1933 Hans Vaihinger, German philosopher (Side-Studies), dies at 81
  • 1933 Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama, dies at 57
  • 1937 Gerard Vissering, banker/president of Dutch Bank, dies at 72
  • 1940 Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (b. 1860)
  • 1944 Pieter A. Roodenburgh, student and resistance fighter, dies at 26
  • 1946 Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, dies at 84
  • 1957 Dorothy Sayers, [Atherton Fleming], author (Whose body), dies at 64
  • 1961 Marion Perkins, sculptor (Man of Sorrow), dies at 53
  • 1964 Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1883)
  • 1967 Harold Holt, Australian premier (1966-67), drowns at 59
  • 1967 [Francis] Barry Byrne, American architect, dies at 83
  • 1969 Arturo da Costa e Silva, President of Brazil (1967-69), dies at 67
  • 1973 Charles G Abbot, US astronomer (Sun Constant), dies at 101
  • 1982 Leonid B Kogan, Russian violist, dies at 58
  • 1982 Homer S. Ferguson, American politician (b. 1889)
  • 1985 Otto Gotsche, writer, dies
  • 1986 Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer
  • 1987 Bernard Cardinal Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht Neth, dies at 87
  • 1987 Marguerite Yourcenard, author (Memoirs of Hadrien), dies at 84
  • 1987 Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (b. 1903)
  • 1991 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minnesota, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • 1995 Lila Clark Knapp, publisher, dies at 63
  • 1996 Elizabeth Hill, teacher of Salvonic languages, dies at 96
  • 1996 Michael Saunders, barrister, dies at 22
  • 1996 Stanko Todorov, Bulgarian communist politician, Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1971-81), dies at 76
  • 1997 Reginald Victor Jones, scientist, dies at 86
  • 2003 Brian Lee, father of Wikipedia user, James Lee (b. 1948)
  • 2004 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922)

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2011 Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
  • 2012 Daniel K. Inouye, American politician, dies from respiratory complications at 88
  • 2014 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer and informant, dies at 79
  • 2016 Henry Heimlich, American surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, dies at 96