Deaths in History on October 17

Agrippina the ElderAgrippina the Elder (14 BC - 33 AD)

Roman noblewoman (mother of Caligula), dies of starvation at 47

  • 532 Boniface II, 1st "German" Pope, dies
  • 1174 Queen Petronila of Aragon (b. 1135)
  • 1312 Jan II, duke of Brabant/Limburg (charter of Kortenberg), dies
  • 1552 Andreas Osiander, German Protestant Reformation theologist, dies at 53
  • 1586 Philip Sidney, English Elizabethan era poet (Arcadia) and soldier, dies in battle at 32
  • 1616 John Pitts, Catholic scholar and writer. (b. 1560)
  • 1638 Gilles Claesz de Hondecoeter, Flemish (?) painter, buried at about 63
  • 1660 Adrian Scrope, English regicide (b. 1601)
  • 1673 Thomas Clifford, English statesman (1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh), dies at 43
  • 1702 Walraad the Old, count/sovereign of Nassau-Usingen, dies
  • 1705 Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos, French patron of the arts, courtesan and writer, dies at 84
  • 1757 René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French scientist (b. 1683)
  • 1763 Arnold Hoogvliet, Dutch poet (Abraham the patriarch), dies at 76
  • 1776 Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (b. 1681)
  • 1780 William Cookworthy, English chemist, dies at 75
  • 1786 Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  • 1806 Jean Jacques Dessalines, Emperor of Haiti, dies
  • 1836 Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (b. 1782)

Laura SecordLaura Secord (1775-1868)

Canadian heroine of the war of 1812, dies at 93

Robert McClureRobert McClure (1807-1873)

Irish explorer who discovered the Northwest passage, dies at 66

  • 1887 Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (spectroscopy, coined "black body" radiation), dies at 63
  • 1889 N.G. [Nikolay Gavrilovich] Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher (What Is to Be Done?), dies at 61
  • 1910 Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer, politician and President of the First Imperial Duma, dies at 60
  • 1910 William V Moody, American poet (Sabine Woman, Great Divide), dies
  • 1921 Yaa Asantewaa, Ghanaian queen of Ashanti Empire, led fight against British colonialism, dies at 80 or 81
  • 1931 Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist, dies at 47
  • 1932 Jane Poupelet, French sculptor and graphic artist (la bande à Schnegg), dies at 58
  • 1934 Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist (central nervous system) and neuroscientist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1906), dies at 82
  • 1941 John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins), dies
  • 1943 Stefan Starzyński, Polish politician (b. 1893)
  • 1957 John HA Eman, founder of Aruban Peoples Party, dies at 70
  • 1958 Paul Outerbridge, American photographer, dies at 63
  • 1962 Natalia Goncharova, Russian avant-garde artist and painter, dies at 81
  • 1963 Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (proved the prime number theorem), dies at 97
  • 1967 Henry Pu Yi, last emperor of China, dies at 61
  • 1970 Pierre Laporte, Vice-Premier of Quebec (assassinated) (b. 1921)
  • 1972 George, Crown Prince of Serbia, eldest son of King Peter I, dies at 85
  • 1973 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), dies at 47
  • 1974 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillean poet, dies at 57
  • 1982 Alain de Rothschild, French banker (Banque Rothschild), dies at 72
  • 1982 Peterus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist, dies at 47
  • 1983 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • 1987 Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)

Ralph AbernathyRalph Abernathy (1926-1990)

American civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), dies of a blood clot at 64

  • 1992 Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician (b. 1912)
  • 1992 Ton Hasebos, cameraman/TV director (Gnome Hasebos), dies
  • 1993 Frank J Del Giudice, US industrial designer (Boeing 747), dies at 77
  • 1993 Helmut Gollwitzer, German theologist/antifascist, dies at 84
  • 1993 Wim van Dooren, theologist/humanist/philosopher, dies
  • 1994 Dmitri Cholodov, Russian journalist, murdered at 27
  • 1994 Rik van Bentum, painter/art director of Paradiso, dies at 57
  • 1995 Peter Hinchcliff, historian, dies at 66
  • 1997 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1998 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  • 1999 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, dies at 84
  • 1999 Ralph Grey, Baron Grey of Naunton, Governor of Northern Ireland (1968-73), dies at 89
  • 2001 Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
  • 2005 Franky Gee, European techno artist (b. 1962)
  • 2007 Joey Bishop [Gottlieb], American TV talk show host (Joey Bishop Show) and member of the "Rat Pack" group of entertainers, dies at 89
  • 2007 Robert A. Young, American politician (Rep-D-MO, 1977-87), dies at 83
  • 2011 Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world's richest people (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Stanford Robert Ovshinsky, American inventor and scientist, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • 2017 Julian May, American sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat), dies at 86
  • 2019 Elijah Cummings, American politician (Rep-Maryland (D) 1996-2019), dies at 68