On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1917

  • Dec 7 [Aloysius] Ludwig Minkus, Austrian violinist, and ballet composer (La Bayadère), dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)
  • Dec 8 Arthur Matthew Weld Downing, British mathematician and astronomer, dies at 67
  • 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, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), dies in a road accident at 35
  • Dec 22 Francesca Saveria Cabrini, US saint/patron of immigrant, dies at 67
  • Dec 26 Judith Gautier, French poetess, novelist (Le Dragon Impérial) and daughter of Theophile Gautier, dies at 71
  • Dec 28 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian Royal Flying Corps WWI flying ace, shot down and killed over Belgium at 25