Deaths in History on February 17

  • 364 Jovian (Flavius Jovianus), Christian emperor of Rome (363-64), dies at about 32
  • 440 St. Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian theologian and linguist
  • 956 Hugo the Great, earl of Paris/duke of Francia, dies at about 55
  • 1339 Otto, Duke of Austria (b. 1301)
  • 1371 Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria
  • 1596 Friedrich Sylburg, German classical scholar (b. 1536)
  • 1600 Giordano Bruno, advocate of Copernican theory, burned at stake
  • 1609 Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1549)
  • 1612 Ernst of Bayern, prince/bishop of Luik/archbish Cologne, dies at 57
  • 1612 Jodocus Hondius, Flemish cartoonist/mathematician, dies at 48
  • 1624 Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)
  • 1659 Abel Servien, French diplomat (b. 1593)
  • 1673 Molière, [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), dies. (b. 1622)
  • 1680 Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English statesman and writer (b. 1599)
  • 1688 Rev James Renwick, hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian
  • 1715 Antoine Galland, French interpreter, dies at 68
  • 1768 Arthur Onslow, English politician (b. 1691)
  • 1780 Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian (b. 1706)
  • 1796 James Macpherson, Scottish writer and poet, dies at 59
  • 1827 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss educator, dies at 81
  • 1847 William Collins, landscape painter, dies
  • 1852 Micha Joseph Levenson, Hebrew poet, dies
  • 1854 Hugues F R de Lamennais, French priest/writer, dies at 71
  • 1854 John Martin, English painter (b. 1789)
  • 1856 Heinrich Heine, German poet, dies at 58 in Paris
  • 1874 [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgium astronomer/sociologist, dies at 77
  • 1875 Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet, dies at 33
  • 1878 Jose Amador de los Rios, Spanish historian/poet, dies at 59
  • 1883 Vasudeo Balwant Phadke, Indian revolutionary (b. 1845)
  • 1890 Christopher Sholes, American inventor (b. 1819)
  • 1905 Serge Alexandrovich, gov-gen Moscow, murdered
  • 1907 Henry Olcott, co-founder (Theosophical Society-Madras), dies
  • 1907 Henry Steel Olcott, US co-founder (Theosophist Society), dies at 74

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1909 Geronimo [one who yawns], Apache chief, dies at 79

Apache Leader Geronimo
Apache Leader
Geronimo
  • 1912 Aloys von Aerenthal, foreign minister (Austria-Hungary), dies at 57
  • 1912 Lawrence Oates, British explorer (Antarctica), dies
  • 1917 Edmund Bishop, English secretary of Thomas Carlyle, dies at 70

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1918 Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1896-1911), dies of a stroke at 76

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier

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1924 Henry Bacon, American architect (Lincoln Memorial), dies at 57

Architect Henry Bacon
Architect
Henry Bacon
  • 1932 Frans Gailliard, Belgian painter/graphic artist (Egina), dies at 70
  • 1934 Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, king of Belgium (1909-34), dies at 58
  • 1934 Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862)
  • 1936 Erich Schaeder, German theologist (Theozentrische), dies at 74
  • 1943 Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (b. 1872)
  • 1944 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter, dies at 64
  • 1954 Evert Gorter, children artist (Kindergeneeskunde), dies at 72
  • 1958 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (b. 1876)
  • 1966 Hans Hofmann, German/US painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • 1970 Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Jewish novelist (Nobel 1966), dies at 81
  • 1977 Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (b. 1922)
  • 1980 Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • 1986 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), dies at 90
  • 1990 Frans Kellendonk, Dutch writer (Good for Nothing), dies at 39
  • 1991 Enrique Bermudez, commandant (Contra), dies
  • 1993 Alfredo de Leon, leader (Philippines Red Scorpio Gang), killed
  • 1994 Randy Shilts, US journalist (& the band played on), dies of AIDs at 41
  • 1995 Thelma Hulbert, painter, dies at 81
  • 1995 Timothy Hugh Brown, theatre critic, dies at 52
  • 1996 Bentley Bridgewater, british Museum secretary, dies at 84
  • 1996 Henry Guinness, missionary, dies at 87
  • 1996 Jean Writer-Pierre Herve Bazin, dies at 84
  • 1996 Michael Raptis, writer/recolutionary, dies at 84
  • 1997 Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned in the United States for the honor killing of his daughter
  • 1998 Ernst Juenger, German writer, dies at 102
  • 2001 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (b. 1948)
  • 2004 José López Portillo, President of Mexico (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
  • 2007 Maurice Papon, French Nazi collaborator (b. 1910)
  • 2009 Conchita Cintrón, Chilean bullfighter (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Ulric Neisser, American psychologist, dies at 83