Deaths in History on June 17

  • 656 Osman ibn Affan, 3rd kalief of Islam (644-56) murdered
  • 676 Adeodatus/Deusdedit II, Italian Pope (672-76), dies
  • 1091 Dirk V, count of Holland (1061-91), dies
  • 1119 Boudouin VII with the Axe, earl of Flanders (1111-19), dies
  • 1463 Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (b. 1436)
  • 1501 Jan I Olbracht, King of Poland, dies
  • 1565 Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (b. 1536)
  • 1631 Mumtaz Mahal, Empress consort of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal as her mausoleum and symbol of his undying love, dies during childbirth of her 14th child at 38
  • 1678 Giacomo Torelli, Italian stage designer, engineer and architect dies at 69
  • 1694 Philip Cardinal Howard, English Catholic Cardinal (b. 1629)
  • 1696 John [Jan] III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96), Victor at Battle Vienna over Turks (1683) dies at 66
  • 1719 Joseph Addison, English poet/writer/secretary of state, dies at 47
  • 1734 Duke of Berwick, French general strategist, dies in battle
  • 1734 Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshal of France (b. 1653)
  • 1740 Sir William Wyndham, English politician (b. 1687)
  • 1762 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (b. 1674)
  • 1775 Major John Pitcairn, British marine (killed in battle) (b. 1722)
  • 1797 Aga Mohammed Khan, cruel ruler of Persia, castrated & killed
  • 1813 Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, English sailor and politician (b. 1726)
  • 1815 Hammida, Algerian admiral, dies in battle
  • 1821 Martín Miguel de Güemes Argentine military leader (b. 1785)
  • 1858 Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi in North India, one of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857 (b. 1828)
  • 1862 Charles J Canning, English 1st viceroy of British-Indies, dies at 49
  • 1863 Isham W Garrott, US attorney/Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1876 Harriet Scott, American ex-slave, who with husband Dred Scott unsuccessfully sued for their freedom
  • 1885 Gen Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, mayor (Elzas-Lothar'n), dies
  • 1898 Edward Burne-Jones, English Pre-Raphaelite painter and designer, dies at 64
  • 1906 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player, dies
  • 1906 William Dale, international legal consultant, dies
  • 1918 Derek Barber, CEO (Countryside Commission), dies
  • 1928 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer and diplomat (Virulo, mocedades), dies at 39
  • 1938 Peter Michael, CEO (Cray Electronics), dies
  • 1939 Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France
  • 1942 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician who was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and 5th Chief Justice of Canada, dies at 88

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1947 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, dies at 62

  • 1952 Jack Parsons, American rocket-fuel pioneer and renegade occultist (b. 1914)
  • 1956 Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • 1957 D Richardson, writer, dies at 84
  • 1959 Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • 1960 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), dies at 70
  • 1963 John Cowper Powys, British writer and critic (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), dies at 90
  • 1963 Alain F B Alanbrooke, 1st viscount of Brookeborough, dies at 79
  • 1965 Arnold Meijer, leader (Fascist Nationally Front), dies
  • 1981 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • 1981 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • 1981 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • 1983 Eelco N van Kleffens, Dutch min of Foreign affairs 1939-46, dies at 88
  • 1985 Piet De Somer, Belgian rector of University of Louvain, dies at 67
  • 1986 Jef Keuleers, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 75
  • 1989 Stanley David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51-D), dies in plane crash at 59 (b. 1939)
  • 1990 Dick Elffers, graphic artist, dies
  • 1990 Palmira Henry, fashion designer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 44
  • 1992 Frederick Exley, novelist (Fan's Note), dies at 63
  • 1993 Angus Suttie, English potter, dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1993 French of Nouhuys, civil servant in Indonesia, dies at 88
  • 1995 Claire Sterling, journalist, dies at 75
  • 1996 Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
  • 2000 Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice (d. 1931)
  • 2001 Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Sam Loeb, comic book writer (b. 1988)
  • 2007 Gianfranco Ferrè, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2009 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • 2009 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2010 K. S. Rajah, Singaporean jurist (b. 1930)

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2012 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies at 47

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  • 2014 Patsy Byrne, English actress, dies at 80
  • 2015 Suleyman Demirel, Turkish leader, President (1993-2000) and Prime Minister, dies at 90