Deaths in History on November 17

  • 375 Valentinian I "The Great", Roman Co-Emperor and Ruler of Western Roman Empire (336-75), dies at 54
  • 474 Leo II, Byzantine Emperor (474), dies

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594 St Gregory of Tours, Frankisch bishop of Tours, dies at 55

Chronicler/Bishop Gregory of Tours
Chronicler/Bishop
Gregory of Tours
  • 641 Emperor Jomei of Japan (b. 593)
  • 680 Hilda of Whitby, Christian saint and founding abbess of Whitby monastery (b. 614)
  • 885 Liutgard of Saxony, Queen of the Franks (876-882)
  • 1093 Margaret, widow of Scottish king Malcolm III, dies
  • 1231 Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1207)
  • 1302 St. Gertrude the Great (b. 1256)
  • 1326 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (b. 1285)
  • 1494 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)
  • 1512 Kempo Roeper, Frisian rebel, quartered
  • 1558 Reginald Pole, English cardinal/scholar/"heretic", dies at 58
  • 1562 Antoine de Bourbon, King of Navarre and father of Henry IV of France (b. 1518)
  • 1592 John III of Sweden (b. 1537)
  • 1600 Kuki Yoshitaka, Japanese naval commander (b. 1542)
  • 1608 Adolf, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 22
  • 1632 Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal (b. 1594)
  • 1643 Jean-Baptiste Budes, Comte de Guébriant, Marshal of France (b. 1602)
  • 1665 John Earle, English bishop
  • 1668 Joseph Alleine, English preacher (b. 1634)
  • 1690 Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier (b. 1610)
  • 1713 Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (b. 1653)
  • 1720 Calico Jack, English pirate (b. 1682)
  • 1747 Alain R Lesage, French author (Le diable boiteux), dies at 79

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1768 Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1757-62), dies at 75

British Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles
British Prime Minister
Thomas Pelham-Holles
  • 1776 James Ferguson, British astronomer (b. 1710)
  • 1780 Bernardo Bellotto, Italian painter (b. 1720)
  • 1794 Jacques François Dugommier, French general (b. 1738)

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1796 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], Empress of Russia (1762-96), dies of a stroke at 67

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
  • 1808 David Zeisberger, Moravian missionary (b. 1721)
  • 1818 Charlotte Sophia von Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of England, dies
  • 1848 Jozef B "Olim" Cannaert, Flemish lawyer, dies
  • 1849 Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest and miracle-worker (b. 1794)
  • 1858 Robert Owen, British father of the cooperative movement (b. 1771)
  • 1865 James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist (b. 1813)
  • 1875 Hilario Ascasubi, Argentina author (pampa, gauchos & indians), dies
  • 1893 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, king of Bulgaria (1879-86), dies at 36
  • 1897 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (b. 1820)
  • 1902 Hugh Price Hughes, Methodist Social Reformer (b. 1847)
  • 1905 Adolf WAKF, duke of Nassau/grand duke of Luxembourg, dies at 88
  • 1905 Philip EFMCBLG, earl of Flanders, dies
  • 1905 Adolphe of Luxembourg, (b. 1817)

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1917 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • 1921 Pa Chay Vue, Hmong Nationalist
  • 1922 Robert Comtesse, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1847)
  • 1926 Carl Ethan Akeley, American Naturalist(developed taxidermic process for museums), dies at 62)
  • 1927 Adolf A Joffe, Russian author/diplomat, commits suicide at 44
  • 1928 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author, politician, & freedom fighter (b. 1865)
  • 1929 Herman Hollerith, German/US statistician (punch card), dies at 69
  • 1931 John P Lotsy, botanist/geneticist (Resumptio Genetics), dies at 64
  • 1934 Joachim Ringelnatz [Hans Bötticher], German writer and artist, dies at 51
  • 1938 Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (b. 1864)
  • 1940 Eric Gill, British sculptor (b. 1882)
  • 1940 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • 1941 Earnest Udet, German general/head air pioneer, commits suicide
  • 1942 Ben Reitman, American anarchist, physician (b. 1879)
  • 1947 Ricarda Huch, German writer and historian "First Lady of German humanism", dies at 83
  • 1947 Victor Serge, Russian anarchist, novelist, and historian (b. 1890)
  • 1962 Arthur Vining Davis, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95 in Miami
  • 1968 Wilhelm Lehmann, writer, dies at 86
  • 1968 Mervyn Peake, British writer (b. 1911)
  • 1973 The Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram (b. 1878)
  • 1979 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • 1982 Ruth Donnelly, comedienne, dies at 86 in NYC
  • 1986 Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
  • 1988 Sheilah Graham, gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1989 Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)

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1990 Robert Hofstadter, American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), dies at 75

  • 1991 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minn, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • 1991 Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, (Jerry Van Dyke's daughter), suicide at 33
  • 1992 Audre Lorde, American writer, feminist and activist (Black Unicorn), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1993 Jthm de Vreeze, Dutch MP (KVP, 1956..77), dies at 80
  • 1993 Gérard D. Lévesque, Canadian politician (b. 1926)
  • 1994 G Waller, German/Swiss movie journalist (NRC/Variety), dies at 82
  • 1995 Edward LeBone Molotlegi, chief of the Bafokeng, dies at 66
  • 1995 John Prickett, teacher/ecumenist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Marguerite Young, writer, dies at 87
  • 1996 Andrew John Fairclough, trade union educator, dies at 45
  • 2000 Louis Eugène Félix Néel, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 2002 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (b. 1915)
  • 2011 Olin Branstetter, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88
  • 2013 Doris Lessing, Iranian-British novelist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94