Deaths in History on September 17

  • 1312 Ferdinand IV, King of Castile and León (1295-1312), dies at 26
  • 1322 Robert III of Flanders (b. 1249)
  • 1422 Constantine II of Bulgaria
  • 1563 Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland, English soldier
  • 1574 Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Spanish admiral and explorer who founded St. Augustine, Florida, dies at 55
  • 1575 Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss religious reformer, dies at 71
  • 1621 Roberto Bellarmino, Italian saint (Doctor of the Church), dies at 78
  • 1630 Thomas Lake, English statesman (b. 1567)
  • 1632 Susenyos I, Emperor of Ethiopia (1606-1632), dies at around 60
  • 1652 Bonaventura Elsevier, Dutch book publisher and merchant, dies at about 69

Philip IVPhilip IV (1605-1665)

King of Spain & Portugal (1621-65), dies at 60

  • 1676 Sabbatai Zevi, Montenegrin rabbi, kabbalist, and founder of the Jewish Sabbatean movement, dies at 49
  • 1679 Juan Jose of Austrian, Spanish general/govenor of Netherlands, dies at 50
  • 1727 Glückel of Hameln, German businesswoman (b. 1647)
  • 1771 Tobias Smollett, Scottish novelist (The Adventures of Roderick Random), dies at 50
  • 1791 Tomás de Iriarte, Spanish writer (Fabulas Literarias), dies at 40
  • 1808 Benjamin Bourne, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island), dies at 53
  • 1823 Abraham L Breguet, French clock maker, dies at 76
  • 1836 Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist (Classification of flowering plants), dies at 88

Dred ScottDred Scott (c. 1799-1858)

US ex-slave who sought to sue for his freedom, dies of tuberculosis at 62 or 63

  • 1862 Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 41
  • 1862 William Edwin Starke, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at about 48
  • 1863 Albartus Telting, Frisian poet (Frisianch Jierboeckjen), dies at 59
  • 1863 Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny, French musketeer and writer (Moise, Chatterton), dies at 66
  • 1864 Walter Savage Landor, English poet and writer (Imaginary Conversations), dies at 89
  • 1868 Roman Nose (Wiquini), Cheyenne indian leader, dies
  • 1873 Alexander Berry, Scottish surgeon and adventurer (established the first European settlement on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia), dies at 91

William Henry Fox TalbotWilliam Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877)

English photographic pioneer, dies at 77

  • 1879 Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (restored medieval monuments including city of Carcassonne), dies at 65
  • 1892 Ignaz Vincenz Zingerle, Austrian poet, dies at 67
  • 1894 Deng Shichang, Chinese admiral (b. 1849)
  • 1895 Auguste Toulet, Belgian balloonist, dies
  • 1899 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist and co-founder (Pillsbury Company), dies at 56
  • 1908 Thomas Selfridge, early American aviator, 1st person to die in an air crash at 26
  • 1926 August Sauer, Austrian literature historian (Euphorion), dies at 70
  • 1933 Joseph De Piro, Maltese founder of the Missionary Society of St. Paul, dies at 55
  • 1936 Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist (b. 1877)
  • 1938 Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (b. 1901)
  • 1939 Ethel M. Dell, English author (Storm Drift), dies at 58
  • 1944 Friedrich Kussin, German Major-General and commander in Arnhem during Operation Market Garden, dies in battle at 49
  • 1948 Greve Folke Bernadotte, Swedish diplomat (UN mediator for Palestine), assassinated by a Zionist group at 53
  • 1948 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), dies at 61
  • 1953 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, dies at 80
  • 1957 Jan Eisenloeffel, Dutch goldsmith, dies at 81
  • 1958 Eugène Jungers, Belgian Governor of Rwanda Urundi, dies at 70
  • 1958 Friedrich Adolf Paneth, Austrian-British chemist, dies at 71
  • 1959 Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director (Belgian National TV), dies at 39
  • 1961 Adnan Menderes, Prime Minister of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62
  • 1963 Eduard Spranger, German psychologist and educator, dies at 81

Anastasio Somoza DebayleAnastasio Somoza Debayle (1925-1980)

President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54

  • 1980 Katherine A Porter, American author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90
  • 1983 Humberto Madeiros, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 67
  • 1985 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies by falling down the stairs of her daughter's home at 60
  • 1989 Jay Stewart, American TV and Radio announcer (Let's Make a Deal), commits suicide at 71 by shooting himself in the carport of his home
  • 1992 William A Swanberg, biographer (Henry Luce, Pulitzer 1973), dies at 84
  • 1993 Christian Nyby, American director (Big Sleep, Thing), dies at 80
  • 1994 Henk Figee, author/publisher (Shoes of the Sea), dies at 46

Karl PopperKarl Popper (1902-1994)

Austrian-British philosopher (The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Poverty of Historianism), dies at 92

  • 1994 Paul Nicholas Young, architect, dies at 47
  • 1995 Rabbi Yehuda Getz, Tunisian-Israeli soldier and religious leader, dies of a heart attack at 71 [exact birth date uncertain]

Spiro AgnewSpiro Agnew (1918-1996)

American politician (Vice President, 1969 until resignation over corruption allegations in 1973), dies of leukemia at 77

  • 1997 Jan Peder Syse, Prime Minister of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • 1997 John Seldon Whale, British theologian and lecturer, dies at 100
  • 1998 Ted Binion, Las Vegas casino heir (b. 1943)
  • 2001 Lou Dog, Sublime mascot.
  • 2006 Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (b. 1968)
  • 2011 Colin Madigan, Australian architect (National Gallery of Australia), dies at 90
  • 2012 Russell E. Train, American environmentalist and administrator (EPA, WWF), dies at 92
  • 2020 Terry Goodkind, American epic fantasy novelist (The Sword of Truth), dies at 72

Abdelaziz BouteflikaAbdelaziz Bouteflika (1937-2021)

Algerian politician, President of Algeria (1999-2019), dies of a heart attack at 84

  • 2021 Michael J. Fitzgerald, American technical writer and novelist (Song of Falling Leaves), dies at 63