Deaths in History on October 17

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33 Agrippina the Elder, Roman noblewoman (mother of Caligula), dies of starvation at 47

Roman Noblewoman Agrippina the Elder
Roman Noblewoman
Agrippina the Elder
  • 532 Boniface II, 1st "German" Pope, dies
  • 1174 Queen Petronila of Aragon (b. 1135)
  • 1312 Jan II, duke of Brabant/Limburg (charter of Kortenberg), dies
  • 1552 Andreas Osiander, Protestant Reformation theologist, dies at 53
  • 1586 Philip Sidney, English poet/diplomat, dies in battle at 32
  • 1616 John Pitts, Catholic scholar and writer. (b. 1560)
  • 1638 Gilles Claesz de Hondecoeter, Flemish (?) painter, buried at about 63
  • 1660 Adrian Scrope, English regicide (b. 1601)
  • 1673 Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, English statesman (b. 1630)
  • 1702 Walraad the Old, count/soverign of Nassau-Usingen, dies
  • 1757 René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French scientist (b. 1683)
  • 1763 Arnold Hoogvliet, poet (Abraham the patriarch), dies at 76
  • 1776 Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (b. 1681)
  • 1780 William Cookworthy, English chemist (b. 1705)
  • 1786 Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  • 1806 Jean Jacques Dessalines, Emperor of Haiti, dies
  • 1836 Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (b. 1782)

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1868 Laura Secord, Canadian heroine of the war of 1812, dies at 93

Canadian War Heroine Laura Secord
Canadian War Heroine
Laura Secord
  • 1887 Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (spectroscopy, coined "black body" radiation), dies at 63
  • 1889 Nikolai Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher (b. 1828)
  • 1910 William V Moody, US poet (Sabine Woman, Great Divide), dies
  • 1910 Julie Ward Howe, American poet and author, dies of pneumonia at 91
  • 1931 Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (b. 1884)
  • 1934 Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist and neuroscientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1852)
  • 1941 John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins), dies
  • 1943 Stefan Starzyński, Polish politician (b. 1893)
  • 1957 John HA Eman, founder of Aruban Peoples Party, dies at 70
  • 1958 Paul Outerbridge, American photographer (b. 1896)
  • 1962 Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1963 Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (Prime Numbers), dies at 97
  • 1967 Henry Pu Yi, last emperor of China, dies at 61
  • 1970 Pierre Laporte, Vice-Premier of Quebec (assassinated) (b. 1921)
  • 1972 Prince George of Yugoslavia (b. 1887)
  • 1973 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian poet (Gott von Manhattan), dies at 47
  • 1974 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillean poet, dies at 57
  • 1982 Peterus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist, dies at 47
  • 1983 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • 1987 Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)

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1990 Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), dies of a blood clot at 64

Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • 1992 Ton Hasebos, cameraman/TV director (Gnome Hasebos), dies
  • 1992 Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician (b. 1912)
  • 1993 Frank J Del Giudice, US industrial designer (Boeing 747), dies at 77
  • 1993 Helmut Gollwitzer, German theologist/antifascist, dies at 84
  • 1993 Wim van Dooren, theologist/humanist/philosopher, dies
  • 1994 Bernard Caulfield, judge, dies at 80
  • 1994 Dmitri Cholodov, Russian journalist, murdered at 27
  • 1994 Joan Barbara Grigor, artist, dies at 50
  • 1994 Rik van Bentum, painter/art director of Paradiso, dies at 57
  • 1995 Peter Hinchcliff, historian, dies at 66
  • 1997 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of heart attack at 54
  • 1998 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  • 1999 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • 2005 Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
  • 2005 Franky Gee, European techno artist (b. 1962)
  • 2007 Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (b. 1918)
  • 2011 Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world's richest people (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Stanford Robert Ovshinsky, American inventor and scientist, dies from prostate cancer at 89