On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1917

  • Oct 9 Hussein Kamel, 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 silent film actress, dies of injuries from automobile accident at 29

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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 (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), dies from pneumonia at 54
  • Oct 27 Arthur Rhys-Davids, English flying ace (WW I), dies at 20
  • Oct 28 Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (b. 1831)
  • Oct 31 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricket fast bowler and soldier (21 Tests, 49 wickets), dies in world's last successful cavalry charge, 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba at 33