Deaths in History on March 17

  • 45 BC Titus Labienus, Roman leader

Person of interestPerson of Interest

180 Antonius Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, dies at 58

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor
Marcus Aurelius
  • 461 Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, dies in Saul (according to legend),
  • 659 Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess, patron saint of travellers, dies at about 32
  • 1040 Harold Harefoot (Harold I), King of England (1035-40), dies
  • 1058 King Lulach I of Scotland
  • 1199 Jocelin, bishop of Glasgow
  • 1272 Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (b. 1220)
  • 1425 Ashikaga Yoshikazu, Japanese shogun (b. 1407)
  • 1516 Giuliano de' Medici, monarch of Florence, dies at 37
  • 1565 Alexander Ales [Alesius], Scottish theologian of the school of Augsburg, dies at 64
  • 1588 Petrus Dathenus, Flemish minister/physician (Psalms of David), dies
  • 1605 Pieter Bast, [Bastius], Dutch engraver/cartographer, dies at about 34
  • 1640 Philip Massinger, dramatist, dies
  • 1649 Gerardus Johannis Vossius, [Gerrit Vos], Dutch regent, dies at 71
  • 1649 Gabriel Lallemant, French Jesuit missionary, one of the Canadian Martyrs (b. 1610)
  • 1653 Johan van Galen, admiral (battle of Livorno), dies in battle at 48
  • 1680 Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld, writer, dies
  • 1704 Menno baron van Coehoorn, fort builder/Coevorden/howitzer, dies at 63
  • 1713 Juraj Jánošík, famous Slovak outlaw [b. 1688)
  • 1715 Gilbert Burnet, Scottish Bishop of Salisbury (b. 1643)
  • 1741 Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French poet (b. 1671)
  • 1764 George Parker, English astronomer, dies
  • 1782 Daniel Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and physicist (10 time French award), dies at 82
  • 1796 Pieter Paulus, lawyer/Dutch CEO (National Convention), dies at 41
  • 1806 David Dale, industrialist & philanthropist, dies
  • 1830 Laurent, Marquis de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, French marshal (b. 1764)
  • 1846 Friedrich W Bessel, German astronomer (Bessel Functions), dies at 61
  • 1849 William II King of the Netherlands (1840-49), dies at 56

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1853 Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist, dies at 49

  • 1863 John Pelham, US Confederate artillery major, dies in battle at 24
  • 1864 Alexandre Calamo, Swiss painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 53
  • 1889 Joseph A Alberdingk Thijm, [Pauwels Foreestier], poet, dies at 68
  • 1891 Napoleon JKP Bonaparte, French prince/member National Convention, dies at 68
  • 1893 Jules Ferry, French statesman (b. 1832)
  • 1898 Blanche Kelso Bruce, (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881), dies at 57, in Washington
  • 1901 Franz Melde, German physicist (Melde Test), dies at 69
  • 1906 Carlos Calvo, Argentina diplomat (Calvo Clause), dies at 82
  • 1915 Walter Crane, English painter, cartoonist and illustrator (The Lady of Shalott), dies at 69
  • 1941 Joachim Schepke, German commandant (U-100), dies in battle
  • 1946 Dai Li, Chinese spymaster (b. 1897)
  • 1949 Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1954 Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor, dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel laureate 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies at 58

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist/Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957 Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines, dies in a plane crash at 49

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • 1961 Susanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader, dies at 101
  • 1965 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, dies at 69
  • 1965 Almos Alonzo Stagg, football coach (University of Chicago), dies in California at 102
  • 1967 Frank Wisbar, director (Fireside Theater), dies at 67
  • 1970 Fernand Crommelynck, Belgian playwright (Chaud et Frois), dies at 83
  • 1971 Ernst Bachmeister, writer, dies

  • 1974 [Robert] Carroll Nye, American actor (Gone with the Wind), dies at 72
  • 1974 Louis I Kahn, Estonia/US architect, dies at about 73
  • 1976 Luchino Visconti, Italian director (The Leopard, Death in Venice), dies at 69
  • 1982 Hans ter Laag, Dutch sound technician, murdered in El Salvador
  • 1982 Jan Kuiper, Dutch news editor (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
  • 1982 Joop Willemsen, Dutch cameraman, murdered in El Salvador
  • 1983 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1987 Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • 1992 George Lovi, US columnist (Sky & Telescope's "Ramblings"), dies
  • 1993 Laadi Flici, Algerian MP, murdered
  • 1994 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, dies at 57
  • 1994 Walter Janka, German writer (Troubles with Truth), dies at 79
  • 1995 Ahmad Khomeini, youngest son of Iran ayatollah Khomeini, dies at 48
  • 1995 Marcus Jan Adriani, biologist/director (Weevers' Duin), dies at 56
  • 1995 Ronnie Kray, English gangster (The Firm), dies at 61
  • 1996 Bela Szigeti, theoretical physicist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Kenneth Jameson, art educationalist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Thomas Enders, diplomat, dies at 64
  • 2002 Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • 2002 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), dies at 90
  • 2003 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)
  • 2005 George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)
  • 2005 Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (b. 1913)
  • 2007 John Backus, American computer scientist (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Jim Cronin, Animal welfare campaigner and founder of Monkey World in Dorset, England. (b. 1951)
  • 2008 Roland Arnall, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands (b. 1939)
  • 2012 John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2012 Pope Shenouda III, Egyptian Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, dies from prostate cancer at 88
  • 2012 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull, dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2014 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, commits suicide at 49
  • 2016 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), dies at 77
  • 2017 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, dies at 87