Famous Deaths on August 17

  • 754 Karloman, abbot of Monte Cassino, dies at 39
  • 1153 Eustace IV of Boulogne, son of Stephen of England (b. 1130)
  • 1304 Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
  • 1464 Nikolaus von Cusa, German theologist/mathematician/philosopher, dies
  • 1510 Edmund Dudley, English treasurer, beheaded for teason
  • 1510 Richard Empson, English treasurer, beheaded
  • 1536 Pietersz, book publisher (Kersten Knight - on Index), dies
  • 1553 Charles III, Duke of Savoy, dies
  • 1635 Francisco de Moncada, Spanish earl of Osuna, dies at 48
  • 1673 Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist, dies of possible suicide at 32
  • 1676 Grimmelshausen, writer, dies
  • 1681 Nikon, [Nikita Minin], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 76
  • 1720 Anne Lefèvre, French scholar (b. 1654)
  • 1723 Joseph Bingham, English scholar (b. 1668)
  • 1730 Mauritius Vogt, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1731 Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer, dies at 57
  • 1768 Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (b. 1703)
  • 1777 Giuseppe Scarlotti, composer, dies at 54
  • 1785 Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and statesman, dies at 74

Person of interestFrederick the Great

1786 Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1740-86), dies at 74

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great
  • 1792 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • 1804 Barbara Hec, organized 1st methodist church in US, dies
  • 1834 Husein Gradaščević, Bosniak general, dies at 31

Person of interestJosé de San Martín

1850 Jose de San Martin, South American revolutionary hero and general, dies at 72

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • 1861 Alcée Louis la Branche, American Politician (b. 1806)
  • 1865 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, composer, dies at 82
  • 1865 Mosby Munroe Parsons, United States officer in the Mexican–American War and brigadier general of the Confederate States Army, dies in battle at 42
  • 1875 Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (Father of Bantu Philology), dies at 48
  • 1878 Richard Upjohn, US architect, died
  • 1880 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)
  • 1886 Arthur Middleton Manigault, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 61
  • 1887 Franz Commer, composer, dies at 74
  • 1888 James Jameson, British nature investigator (Congo), dies
  • 1889 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor, dies at 42
  • 1893 Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet (Stichotvorenia), dies at 52[NS=8/29]
  • 1896 Bridget Driscoll, 1st person in Great Britain to die in an auto-accident
  • 1898 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, composer, dies at 56
  • 1901 Edmond Audran, French composer, dies at 61
  • 1909 Richard Hoffman, English-American composer, dies at 78
  • 1914 James Grierson, British general
  • 1915 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob in Georgia at 31
  • 1920 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 29 after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays
  • 1924 Pavel S "Paul" Urysohn, Russian mathematician, drowns at 26
  • 1924 Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (14 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies at 72
  • 1925 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer of Romanian origin (b. 1848)
  • 1927 Horace Alderman, American murderer, hanged
  • 1935 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, dies at 75
  • 1936 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
  • 1940 Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29
  • 1944 John Trumble, cricketer (brother of Hugh 7 Tests 1885-86), dies
  • 1945 Gino Marinuzzi, composer, dies at 61

  • 1945 Pater Bleijs, [Louis], resistance fighter, dies in car accident
  • 1948 Nico J. Polak, Dutch economist, dies at 60
  • 1949 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (b. 1891)
  • 1953 Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • 1953 Bannister Fletcher, English architect and architectural historian (A History of Architecture), dies at 87
  • 1954 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • 1958 Florent Schmitt, French composer/critic (Jardin Secret), dies at 87
  • 1961 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer, dies at 76
  • 1962 Peter Fechter trying to cross the Berlin Wall (b. 1944)
  • 1963 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1966 Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies
  • 1966 Michael Garrison, producer (Crowded Sky), dies after a fall at 43
  • 1969 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • 1969 Philip Blaiberg, after 19 days with artificial heart, dies
  • 1970 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (b. 1908)
  • 1971 Horace McMahon, American actor (Detective Story, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies from a heart ailment at 65
  • 1971 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (b. 1880)
  • 1972 Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
  • 1972 Wampilow, writer, dies
  • 1973 Conrad Aiken, US poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • 1973 Paul Williams, American musician (The Temptations), commits suicide at 32
  • 1973 Jean Barraqué, French composer (b. 1928)
  • 1974 Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer, dies at 89
  • 1974 Edgar Dearing, American actor (Pollyanna, Abraham Lincoln, Free & Easy), dies at 81
  • 1975 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), dies at 80
  • 1975 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 1956) dies at 48
  • 1976 Murvyn Vye [Marvin], American actor (Road to Bali, Bob Cummings Show), dies of natural causes at 63
  • 1976 William Redfield, American actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop, Marriage), dies of leukaemia at 49
  • 1977 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), dies at 86
  • 1979 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1981 Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • 1982 Barney Phillips [Bernard Philip Ofner], American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), dies from cancer at 68
  • 1982 Ruth Voorst, South African (A World Apart), killed by letter bomb
  • 1983 Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • 1984 Holly Roffey, youngest heart transplant, dies at 4 weeks
  • 1987 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma), dies at 84
  • 1987 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor, comedian and Israel's 1st mime (The Policeman, The Delta Force), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 1987 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62

Person of interestRudolf Hess

1987 Rudolf Hess, German Nazi official (Deputy Fuhrer who dramatically escaped to Britain in 1941, sentenced to life in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • 1988 Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on 74th birthday
  • 1988 Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan (1978-88), dies in plane crash at 64
  • 1988 Victoria Shaw, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies
  • 1990 Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1990 Roderick Cook, actor (Rockabye), dies of apparent heart attack at 58
  • 1991 Donald "Don" Dubbins, American actor (From Here to Eternity, The Caine Mutiny), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1991 Leo Geerts, [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • 1991 Mervyn Nelson, director (Some of My Best Friends Are...), dies at 76
  • 1992 Andre de Villiers, South African, murdered
  • 1992 Barbara Morgan, photographer (Martha Graham), dies at 92
  • 1992 Tommy Nutter, fashion designer (bell bottom pants), dies of AIDs at 49
  • 1993 Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator, dies at 72
  • 1993 Robert C Maynard, CEO (Oakland Tribune), dies at 56
  • 1993 Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 1994 Elias Canetti, buried next to James Joyce
  • 1994 Jack Sharkey [Joseph Paul Zukauskas], American boxer and world heavyweight boxing champion, dies at 91
  • 1995 David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
  • 1995 Howard Koch, screenwriter, dies at 92
  • 1995 Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner, dies at 90
  • 1995 William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, musician, dies at 76
  • 1995 Ted Whitten, Australian rules footballer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, dies at 68
  • 1998 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • 1998 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • 2004 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • 2004 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)
  • 2004 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), dies of complications of lymphoma at 44
  • 2005 John Bahcall, American astrophysicist (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • 2008 Franco Sensi, Italian oil tycoon and president of A.S. Roma
  • 2008 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), dies at 87
  • 2010 Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and 8th President of the Italian Republic (1985-92), dies at 82
  • 2010 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet (At Eighty), dies at 90
  • 2012 Patrick Ricard, French businessman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, dies from cardiac arrest at 67
  • 2015 Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78
  • 2016 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), dies at 92