Deaths in History on August 17

  • 754 Karloman, abbot of Monte Cassino, dies at 39
  • 1153 Eustace IV of Boulogne, son of Stephen of England (b. 1130)
  • 1304 Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
  • 1464 Nikolaus von Cusa, German theologist/mathematician/philosopher, dies
  • 1510 Edmund Dudley, English treasurer and author (Tree of Commonwealth), beheaded for treason on orders of King Henry VIII
  • 1510 Richard Empson, English treasurer, beheaded on orders of Henry VIII at 59 or 60
  • 1553 Charles III, Duke of Savoy (1504-53), dies at 66
  • 1635 Francisco de Moncada, Spanish earl of Osuna, dies at 48
  • 1673 Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist, dies of possible suicide at 32
  • 1676 Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, German writer (Simplicius Simplicissimus), dies
  • 1681 Nikon [Nikita Minin], patriarch of Russian-orthodox church, dies at 76
  • 1720 Anne Lefèvre Dacier, French scholar and translator of classical works (b. 1654)
  • 1723 Joseph Bingham, English scholar (b. 1668)
  • 1768 Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (b. 1703)
  • 1785 Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and statesman, dies at 74

Frederick the GreatFrederick the Great (1712-1786)

King of Prussia (1740-86), dies at 74

  • 1804 Barbara Heck, Irish born North American colonist, organized 1st Methodist church in US in NY, dies (b. 1734)
  • 1834 Husein Gradaščević, Bosniak general, dies at 31

José de San MartínJosé de San Martín (1778-1850)

South American revolutionary hero and general, dies at 72

  • 1861 Alcée Louis la Branche, American Politician (b. 1806)
  • 1865 Mosby Munroe Parsons, United States officer in the Mexican–American War and brigadier general of the Confederate States Army, dies in battle at 42
  • 1875 Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (Father of Bantu Philology), dies at 48
  • 1878 Richard Upjohn, English-born American architect (Gothic Revival), dies at 76
  • 1886 Aleksandr Mikhailovich Butlerov, Russian chemist (discoverer of hexamine (1859)), dies at 57
  • 1886 Arthur Middleton Manigault, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 61
  • 1888 James Jameson, Scottish heir to Jameson Whisky and explorer who paid for a 10 yr old girl to be eaten in the Congo, dies of a fever at 32
  • 1893 Aleksey Apukhtin, Russian poet (Stichotvorenia), dies at 52 [NS=8/29]
  • 1896 Bridget Driscoll, 1st person in Great Britain to die in an auto-accident
  • 1914 James Grierson, British general, dies of an aneurism at 55
  • 1915 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob in Georgia at 31
  • 1924 Pavel Urysohn, Ukrainian mathematician, drowns at 26
  • 1925 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer of Romanian origin (b. 1848)
  • 1929 Horace Alderman, American smuggler who murdered two coast guards and a secret service agent, hanged at 38
  • 1935 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American feminist, writer and lecturer for social reform, dies at 75
  • 1940 Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29
  • 1945 Pater Bleijs [Louis], Dutch catholic priest and resistance fighter in WWII, dies in car accident at 39
  • 1948 Nico J. Polak, Dutch economist, dies at 60
  • 1949 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist (48th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and politician, dies at 57
  • 1953 Bannister Fletcher, English architect and architectural historian (A History of Architecture), dies at 87
  • 1953 Johannes Tielrooy, Dutch literary professor (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • 1962 Peter Fechter, East German bricklayer who was shot trying to cross the Berlin Wall at 18
  • 1966 Michael Garrison, American TVproducer (Crowded Sky), dies after a fall at 43
  • 1969 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • 1969 Philip Blaiberg, South African dentist, third person to receive an artificial heart, dies after 19 days at 59
  • 1971 Wilhelm List, German field marshal during WWII, convicted of war crimes, dies at 91
  • 1972 Alexander Vampilov, Russian playwright (Elder Son), drowns at 34
  • 1972 Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
  • 1973 Conrad Aiken, American poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • 1974 Aldo Palazzeschi [Giurlani], Italian writer (I cavalli bianchi), dies at 89
  • 1982 Ruth Voorst, South African (A World Apart), killed by letter bomb
  • 1984 Hollie Roffey, British youngest ever heart transplant, dies at 28 days
  • 1987 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma), dies at 84

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess (1894-1987)

German Nazi official (Deputy Fuhrer who dramatically escaped to Britain in 1941, sentenced to life in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93

  • 1988 Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, American politician and son of President Roosevelt (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on his 74th birthday
  • 1988 Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan (1978-88), dies in plane crash at 64
  • 1991 Leo Geerts [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • 1991 Mervyn Nelson, American stage director (Some of My Best Friends Are...), dies at 76
  • 1992 Andre de Villiers, South African farmer and ANC informant, murdered at 42
  • 1992 Barbara Morgan, American photographer (Martha Graham), dies at 92
  • 1992 Tommy Nutter, English fashion designer (bell bottom pants), dies of AIDs at 49
  • 1993 Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 1993 Max de Metz, Dutch publisher and translator, dies at 72
  • 1993 Robert C Maynard, American journalist (Oakland Tribune), dies at 56
  • 1995 Marjorie Sykes, British educator, peace activist, and Indian independence campaigner, dies at 90
  • 1995 Ted Whitten, Australian rules footballer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Edward Digby Baltzell, American Ivy League sociologist (coined term WASP, dies at 80
  • 1996 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, dies at 68
  • 2000 Robert Gilruth, American aviation and space pioneer (NASA Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, 1961-74), dies at 86
  • 2004 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • 2005 John Bahcall, American astrophysicist (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Franco Sensi, Italian oil tycoon and president of A.S. Roma
  • 2010 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet (At Eighty), dies at 90
  • 2010 Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and 8th President of the Italian Republic (1985-92), dies at 82
  • 2012 Patrick Ricard, French businessman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, dies from cardiac arrest at 67
  • 2013 John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, dies at 83
  • 2016 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), dies at 92