Famous Deaths on November 17

  • 375 Valentinian I "The Great", Roman Co-Emperor and Ruler of Western Roman Empire (336-75), dies at 54
  • 474 Leo II, Byzantine Emperor (474), dies

Person of interestGregory of Tours

594 St Gregory of Tours, Frankisch bishop of Tours, dies at 55

Chronicler/Bishop Gregory of Tours
Chronicler/Bishop
Gregory of Tours
  • 641 Emperor Jomei of Japan (b. 593)
  • 680 Hilda of Whitby, Christian saint and founding abbess of Whitby monastery (b. 614)
  • 885 Liutgard of Saxony, Queen of the Franks (876-882)
  • 1093 Margaret, widow of Scottish king Malcolm III, dies
  • 1231 Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1207)
  • 1302 St. Gertrude the Great (b. 1256)
  • 1326 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician, dies at 41
  • 1494 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)
  • 1512 Kempo Roeper, Frisian rebel, quartered
  • 1525 Eleanor of Viseu, Queen of Portugal (1481-95), dies at 67
  • 1558 Reginald Pole, English cardinal/scholar/"heretic", dies at 58
  • 1558 Mary I [Bloody Mary], English Queen of England (1553-58), dies at 42
  • 1562 Antoine de Bourbon, King of Navarre and father of Henry IV of France (b. 1518)

  • 1592 John III, King of Sweden (1568-92), dies at 54
  • 1600 Kuki Yoshitaka, Japanese naval commander (b. 1542)
  • 1608 Adolf, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 22
  • 1632 Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal (b. 1594)
  • 1643 Jean-Baptiste Budes, Comte de Guébriant, Marshal of France (b. 1602)
  • 1648 Thomas Ford, composer, dies
  • 1665 John Earle, English bishop
  • 1668 Joseph Alleine, English preacher (b. 1634)
  • 1690 Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier, dies at 80
  • 1713 Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (b. 1653)
  • 1720 Calico Jack, English pirate (b. 1682)
  • 1747 Alain-René Lesage, French author (Le diable boiteux), dies at 79

Person of interestThomas Pelham-Holles

1768 Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1757-62), dies at 75

British Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles
British Prime Minister
Thomas Pelham-Holles
  • 1770 Gian Francesco de Majo, composer, dies at 38
  • 1776 James Ferguson, Scottish astronomer, dies at 66
  • 1780 Bernardo Bellotto, Italian painter (b. 1720)
  • 1794 Jacques François Dugommier, French general, dies at 56

Person of interestCatherine the Great

1796 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], Empress of Russia (1762-96), dies of a stroke at 67

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
  • 1808 David Zeisberger, Moravian clergyman and missionary, dies at 87
  • 1808 Mustafa IV, 29th Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1807-08), dies at 29
  • 1818 Charlotte Sophia von Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of England, dies
  • 1826 Louise Reichardt, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1848 Jozef B "Olim" Cannaert, Flemish lawyer, dies
  • 1849 Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest and miracle-worker (b. 1794)
  • 1856 William Knyvett, composer, dies at 77

  • 1858 Robert Owen, British father of the cooperative movement (b. 1771)
  • 1862 Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky, composer, dies at 63
  • 1865 James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist (b. 1813)
  • 1875 Hilario Ascasubi, Argentina author (pampa, gauchos & indians), dies
  • 1893 Alexander-Jozef von Battenberg, Prince of Bulgaria (1879-86), dies at 36
  • 1897 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (b. 1820)
  • 1902 Hugh Price Hughes, Methodist Social reformer (b. 1847)
  • 1905 Adolphe [Adolf Wilhelm August Karl Friedrich], Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905), dies at 88
  • 1905 Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and son of Leopold I, dies at 68

Person of interestAuguste Rodin

1917 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • 1917 Charles Holroyd, English artist and curator, Director of the National Gallery (1906-16), dies at 56
  • 1921 John McLaren, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1912), dies
  • 1921 Pa Chay Vue, Hmong Nationalist
  • 1922 Robert Comtesse, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1847)
  • 1926 Carl Ethan Akeley, American Naturalist(developed taxidermic process for museums), dies at 62)
  • 1927 Adolf A Joffe, Russian author/diplomat, commits suicide at 44
  • 1928 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author, politician, & freedom fighter (b. 1865)
  • 1929 A F A Lilley, cricketer (92 dismissals in 35 Tests 1896-1909), dies
  • 1929 Herman Hollerith, German/US statistician (punch card), dies at 69
  • 1931 Georgi Atanasov, Bulgarian composer (Gergana), dies at 50
  • 1931 John Paulus Lotsy, Dutch botanist and geneticist (Resumptio Genetics), dies at 64
  • 1931 Hara Prasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature, dies at 77
  • 1934 Joachim Ringelnatz [Hans Bötticher], German writer and artist, dies at 51
  • 1936 Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)
  • 1937 Jack Worrall, cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), dies
  • 1938 Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (b. 1864)
  • 1940 Eric Gill, British sculptor (b. 1882)
  • 1940 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • 1941 Ernst Udet, German WWI pilot and notable flying ace who helped develop the Luftwaffe under the Nazi Party, commits suicide at 45
  • 1942 Ben Reitman, American anarchist, physician (b. 1879)
  • 1943 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer, dies at 74
  • 1944 A C MacLaren, cricketer (England batsman from turn of century), dies
  • 1945 Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, dies at 63
  • 1947 Ricarda Huch, German writer and historian "First Lady of German humanism", dies at 83
  • 1947 Victor Serge, Russian anarchist, novelist, and historian (b. 1890)
  • 1955 James P. Johnson, American jazz composer and pianist (Charleston), dies at 64
  • 1958 Mort Cooper, baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1959 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1962 Arthur Vining Davis, CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95 in Miami
  • 1968 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, dies at 86
  • 1968 Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), dies at 57
  • 1970 Naunton Wayne, Welsh actor (Quartet, Hidden Room, Double Confession), dies at 69
  • 1971 Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
  • 1971 Melville Cooper, actor (Diane, Bundle of Joy), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1973 Mirra Richard [The Mother], French-born Indian spiritual leader (Sri Aurobindo), dies at 95
  • 1974 Clive Brook, British actor and director (List of Adrian Messenger, On Approval), dies at 87
  • 1975 Kay Johnson, actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), dies at 70
  • 1976 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • 1979 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • 1981 Bob Eberly, American singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • 1982 Bill Baldwin, announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 69
  • 1982 Duk Koo Kim, South Korean boxer, legally declared dead
  • 1982 Eduard Tubin, composer, dies at 77
  • 1982 Ruth Donnelly, comedienne, dies at 86 in NYC
  • 1985 Jimmy Ritz, American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Blazing Stewardesses), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1986 Alan Hewitt, actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at 71
  • 1986 Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
  • 1987 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • 1988 Sheilah Graham, gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1989 Billy Lee, actor (Sons of Legion, Biscuit Eater), dies
  • 1989 Emerson Buckley, composer, dies at 73
  • 1989 Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)

Person of interestRobert Hofstadter

1990 Robert Hofstadter, American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), dies at 75

  • 1991 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minn, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • 1991 Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, American actress, adult film performer and Jerry Van Dyke's daughter, commits suicide at 33
  • 1991 Paul Reid Roman, actor (Aviator, Blue Knight), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1992 Audre Lorde, American writer, feminist and activist (Black Unicorn), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1993 Gérard D. Levesque, Canadian politician, dies at 67
  • 1994 G Waller, German/Swiss movie journalist (NRC/Variety), dies at 82
  • 1995 Alan Hull, singer/composer, dies at 50

  • 1995 Edward LeBone Molotlegi, chief of the Bafokeng, dies at 66
  • 1995 John Prickett, teacher/ecumenist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Marguerite Young, writer, dies at 87
  • 1995 Peter John Welding, record producer, dies at 60
  • 1996 Andrew John Fairclough, trade union educator, dies at 45
  • 1996 Johan Fleming Ramsland, broadcaster, dies at 54
  • 1997 Wilfred Josephs, English composer, dies at 70
  • 1998 Esther Rolle, Bahamian American actress (Good Times, Maude), dies from complications of diabetes at 78
  • 2000 Louis Eugène Félix Néel, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 2001 Michael Karoli, German guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 2002 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (b. 1915)
  • 2003 Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2003 Don Gibson, American country musician (Sweet Dreams), dies at 75
  • 2004 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2004 Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (b. 1941)
  • 2005 Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (Janosik), dies at 63
  • 2006 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (won Sanremo Music Festival-Viale d'autunno), dies at 82
  • 2006 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), dies at 78
  • 2006 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer and manager, dies at 79
  • 2008 Pete Newell, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2008 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • 2011 Kurt Budke, American basketball coach (b. 1961)
  • 2011 Olin Branstetter, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88
  • 2013 Doris Lessing, Iranian novelist and Nobel laureate (Adore, Memoirs of a Survivor, Golden Notebook), dies at 94
  • 2014 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), dies at 78
  • 2014 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player, dies from blood cancer at 73
  • 2017 Earle Hyman, American actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats, Coriolanus), dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2017 William Mayer, American composer (A Death in the Family, Brief Candle), dies from heart failure at 91