Deaths in History on May 17

  • 1189 Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Japanese general (b. 1159)
  • 1336 Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (b. 1288)
  • 1365 Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria and Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1328)
  • 1395 Constantine Dragas, Serbian ruler of a semi-independent realm
  • 1464 Thomas de Ros, 10th Baron de Ros, English politician (executed) (b. 1427)
  • 1510 Sandro Botticelli, Florentine Renaissance painter (Birth of Venus), dies at about 65
  • 1521 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, English politician (b. 1478)
  • 1536 George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded after being tried and convicted for high treason and incest at 32
  • 1575 Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury (1559-75), dies at 68
  • 1591 Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman, Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist, dies at 51
  • 1606 Forges Dimitri #1, Tsar of Russia (1605-06), murdered
  • 1695 Cornelis de Heem, painter, dies
  • 1727 Catherine I, Empress of Russia (1725-27), dies
  • 1729 Samuel Clarke, theologian, dies
  • 1765 Alexis Claude Clairault, French mathematician (b. 1713)
  • 1797 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (b. 1719)
  • 1801 William Heberden, English physician (b. 1710)
  • 1807 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)
  • 1809 Leopold Auenbrugger von Auenbrugg, physician, dies
  • 1822 Armand-Emmanuel du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, French-Russian statesman (b. 1766)

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1829 John Jay, American statesman, 1st US Chief Justice, dies at 83

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1838 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, French diplomat (b. 1754)
  • 1838 René Caillé, French explorer (b. 1799)
  • 1839 Archibald Alison, Scottish author (b. 1757)
  • 1851 Jean E "Adrian" van Bevervoorde, journalist (Treason), dies at 31
  • 1868 Isami Kondo, Shinsengumi Commander (b. 1834)
  • 1875 John C. Breckinridge, Vice President of the United States (b. 1821)
  • 1879 Asa Packer, railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad (b. 1805)
  • 1883 Lydia Estes Pinklham, patent-medicine manufacturer, dies

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1886 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • 1888 Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820)
  • 1889 William Roxby Beverly, artist, dies
  • 1892 Gyorgy Klapka, Hungarian general/parliament leader, dies at 72
  • 1914 Peter Leyten, bishop of Breda (1885-1914), dies at 79
  • 1916 Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (b. 1862)

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1917 Charles Brooke, 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak (1868-1917), dies at 87

2nd White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Brooke
2nd White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Brooke
  • 1919 Guido von List, German occult author (b. 1848)
  • 1927 Harold Geiger, U.S. Army aviation pioneer (b. 1884)
  • 1930 Herbert David Croly, US founder (New Republic), dies at 61
  • 1931 Johan [Eliza J] de Master, art critic/writer, dies
  • 1931 Timothy Cole, wood engraver, dies
  • 1936 Panagis Tsaldaris, twice Greek prime minister (b. 1868)
  • 1938 Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and zionist (b. 1877)
  • 1945 Jan van Geenen, resistance fighter, dies
  • 1945 Sasaki Shigetsu Sokei-an, founder 1st Zen Institute of America, dies
  • 1947 George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  • 1961 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81
  • 1963 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • 1964 Otto V Kuusinen, President of Karelo-Finnish soviet rep (1940-56), dies 82
  • 1967 Nigel Martin Balchin, novelist, dies
  • 1969 Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
  • 1970 Nigel M Balchin, English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
  • 1973 Alexander J Kropholler, Dutch architect/writer, dies at 91
  • 1974 Ernest Nash, German born archaeologist (b. 1898)
  • 1978 John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
  • 1981 Jeannette Ridlon Piccard, 1st US woman free balloon pilot, dies
  • 1985 Bobby Ewing, (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas
  • 1987 Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • 1994 Willian Noel Moffet, architect, dies at 82
  • 2000 Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • 2002 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • 2002 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), dies at 79
  • 2003 Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916)
  • 2004 Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)
  • 2007 Lloyd Alexander, author (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • 2010 Walasse Ting, Chinese/American painter (b. 1929)
  • 2013 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinean dictator, dies from complications from a fall at 87
  • 2014 Gerald Edelman, American biologist & Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 84