On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1817

  • Dec 1 Justin Heinrich Knechtl, composer, dies at 65

Person of interestWilliam Bligh

Dec 7 William Bligh, British naval officer of "HMS Bounty" fame, dies at 63

Naval Commander William Bligh
Naval Commander
William Bligh
  • Dec 11 Max von Schenkendorf, German poet, dies at 34
  • Dec 12 Emperor Tekle Giyorgis I of Ethiopia, (b. about 1751)
  • Dec 15 Maria Walewska [Leszczinska], lover of emperor Napoleon I, dies