Famous Deaths in 1917

  • Jan 2 Edward B Tylor, English anthropologist, dies at 84
  • Jan 6 Hendrik P G Quack, lawyer/economist (Bank of Neth), dies at 82
  • Jan 10 William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American Wild West hunter and showman (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), dies at 70

Person of interestGeorge Dewey

Jan 16 George Dewey, U.S. Admiral of the Navy, won Battle of Manila Bay, dies at 79

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • Jan 17 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician, dies at 70
  • Jan 25 Edwin Tyler, cricketer (slow-lefty played once for England 1896), dies
  • Jan 29 Evelyn Baring earl Cromer, English consul-general in Egypt, dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41
  • Feb 5 Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
  • Feb 6 Édouard Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
  • Feb 9 Francis Allan, cricket bowler (lefty in 1879 Aust-Eng Test), dies
  • Feb 10 Emile Pessard, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 10 John William Waterhouse, Italian-born artist (b. 1849)
  • Feb 11 Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • Feb 13 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer, dies at 48
  • Feb 15 Charles A van Ophuysen, Dutch orientalist, dies at 60
  • Feb 16 Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)
  • Feb 17 Edmund Bishop, English secretary of Thomas Carlyle, dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Charles E Barber, US chief engraver (1879-1917), dies
  • Feb 20 Leone Sextus Tollemache, British Army captain who was incorrectly alleged to have the longest English surname on record (Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache), dies in active service in WWI at 32
  • Mar 6 Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899), dies at 73

Person of interestFerdinand von Zeppelin

Mar 8 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Dutch count/air pioneer, dies at 78

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • Mar 18 William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
  • Mar 25 Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American educator (b. 1832)
  • Mar 29 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer, dies at 76

Person of interestScott Joplin

Apr 1 Scott Joplin, American ragtime composer (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • Apr 7 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, composer, dies at 53
  • Apr 9 Edward Thomas, poet, killed in WW I
  • Apr 9 James Hope Moulton, British scholar of Classical Greek (b. 1863)
  • Apr 14 Lew [Lejzer L] Zamenhof, Polish doc/linguist (Esperanto), dies at 57
  • Apr 18 Moritz von Bissing, German gov-gen of Belgium (1914-17), dies at 73
  • Apr 18 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
  • Apr 24 Oskar Blumenthal, writer, dies
  • May 1 Jose E Rodo, Uruguayan writer (Motivos de proteo), dies
  • May 3 Norman Callaway, NSW batsman, cricketer (207 in only FC innings), dies
  • May 11 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer, dies at 66

Person of interestCharles Brooke

May 17 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
  • May 20 Philipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (b. 1850)
  • May 20 Valentine Fleming, Scottish politician (b. 1887)
  • May 25 Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, composer, dies at 72
  • May 25 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (b. 1891)
  • Jun 6 Iacob Moresianu, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 12 Maria Teresa Carreno, composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 15 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist (b. 1867)
  • Jun 15 Lillian Bassman, Russian emigrant to America, photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), (d. 2012)
  • Jun 20 James Mason Crafts, American chemist (Friedel-Crafts alkylation synthesis), dies at 78
  • Jun 20 António Feijó, Portuguese poet and diplomat, dies at 58
  • Jun 27 Gustav von Schmolle, German economist (Historical School), dies at 79
  • Jun 27 Karl Allmenröder, German World War I flying Ace, dies at 21
  • Jul 2 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, British actor and theatre manager (King John, Trilby), dies at 64
  • Jul 4 Johan H C Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskreet), dies at 84

  • Jul 8 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)
  • Jul 12 François Fournier, Swiss-French postage stamp forger, dies at 71
  • Jul 14 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (b. 1887)
  • Jul 16 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • Jul 21 Christopher J Forster, British RAF-pilot/capt, dies in battle
  • Jul 27 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), dies at 75
  • Jul 31 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • Jul 31 Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
  • Jul 31 Hedd Wyn, Welsh poet (b. 1887)
  • Aug 1 Frank Little, American labor organizer (lynched) (b. 1879)
  • Aug 3 Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician (Frobenius–Stickelberger formulae), dies at 67
  • Aug 7 Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning, first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship. (b. 1891)
  • Aug 15 Thomas J. Higgins, dUnion Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of America's highest military decoration (Medal of Honor), dies at 86
  • Aug 20 JFW Adolf Ritter von Baeyer, German chemist (Nobel 1905), dies
  • Aug 30 Uritsky, leader of Petrogradse Czech, dies
  • Sep 5 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (b. 1872)
  • Sep 8 Charles Edouard Lefebvre, composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 11 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, dies at 22
  • Sep 12 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • Sep 20 Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17
  • Sep 23 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (b. 1897)
  • Sep 25 Thomas Ashe, Irish revolutionary (b. 1885)
  • Sep 27 Edgar H G Degas, French impressionist artist (ballerina), dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Hussain Kamil, sultan of Egypt (1914-17), dies at 63
  • Oct 11 Harry Trott, cricketer (Aust capt played 24 Tests 1888-1898), dies
  • Oct 13 Florence La Badie, American actress

Person of interestMata Hari

Oct 15 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, executed by firing squad at 41

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • Oct 17 Maria J "Marie" Bakker, actress/wife of Maarten Stranger, dies at 59
  • Oct 22 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (b. 1863)
  • Oct 27 Arthur Rhys Davids, English pilot (b. 1897)
  • Oct 28 Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (b. 1831)
  • Oct 31 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricketer and fast bowler (49 wickets for Australia) and member of the 12th Regiment who captured Beersheba in the world's last successful cavalry charge, dies at 33
  • Nov 3 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist, dies at 71
  • Nov 8 Colyn Blythe, cricketer (2509 F-C wickets), dies at 38 during WW I
  • Nov 11 Liliuokalani [Lydia Kamakaʻeha], last queen of Hawaii (1891-93), dies from a stroke at 79
  • Nov 13 Emile Durkheim, French sociologist (Le suicide), dies
  • Nov 14 William Smith, British deserter in France, executed at 20

Person of interestAuguste Rodin

Nov 17 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • Nov 17 Charles Holroyd, English artist and curator, Director of the National Gallery (1906-16), dies at 56
  • Nov 18 Henry Spiekman, social-democratic politician, dies at 43
  • Nov 19 Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies
  • Nov 22 Teoberto Maler, German-born explorer (b. 1842)
  • Dec 7 Ludwig Minkus, Austrian ballet composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)

Person of interestMackenzie Bowell

Dec 10 Mackenzie Bowell, 5th Prime Minister of Canada (1894-96), dies of pneumonia at 93

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • Dec 17 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1st qualified woman physician in Britain, first woman mayor (Aldeburgh), dies at 81
  • Dec 17 Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler, dies at 40
  • Dec 20 Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (b. 1882)
  • Dec 22 Francesca Saveria Cabrini, US saint/patron of immigrant, dies at 67
  • Dec 26 Louise J Gautier, French poetess/daughter of Theophile G, dies at 71
  • Dec 28 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)