Died On August 17th

Discover the most famous people who died on August 17. The list includes people like Frederick The Great, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Arthur Hiller, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Fernand Léger. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, journalists and emperors & kings and from other domains of life. This list includes people from Germany, United Kingdom, France & Norway and many more countries.
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Frederick The Great
(Former King of Prussia (1740 - 1786))
Frederick The Great
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Birthdate: January 24, 1712
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1786
Prussian king Frederick II, also known as Frederick the Great and The Old Fritz, was the longest-reigning Hohenzollern king. He is known for his involvement in the Silesian Wars and the Partitions of Poland. He also supported art and culture, and reformed the judicial system of Prussia.
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Vivian Vance
(Actress)
Vivian Vance
9
Birthdate: July 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cherryvale, Kansas
Died: 1979
Vivian Vance is best remembered for her Emmy-winning role of Ethel Mertz in the sitcom I Love Lucy. Fans also loved her as Vivian Bagley in the sitcom The Lucy Show. A skilled stage actor, too, she also gained fame for playing Nancy Collister in the musical Let's Face It! 
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Yvonne Craig
(Best Known for Her Role as 'Batgirl/Barbara Gordon' in the 1960s Television Series 'Batman')
Yvonne Craig
4
Birthdate: May 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Taylorville, Illinois, United States
Died: 2015

Yvonne Craig was an American actress best known for her portrayal of Batgirl in the iconic 1960s TV series Batman. Such was her popularity that she was called a pioneer of female superheroes during the 1960s. Also remembered for her skills as a ballet dancer, Yvonne Craig's training as a ballerina helped her a lot while performing stunts in Batman.

 4 
Jean-Jacques Dessalines
(Haitian General)
Jean-Jacques Dessalines
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Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guinea
Died: 1806

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was an important figure and leader of the Haitian Revolution. He went on to rule an independent Haiti, which became the first country to abolish slavery permanently. Considered one of Haiti's founding fathers, Dessalines reigned as the emperor of Haiti from 1804 until his murder in 1806. Today, he is regarded as an icon of Haitian nationalism.

 5 
Pearl Bailey
(Actress)
Pearl Bailey
3
Birthdate: March 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, USA
Died: 1990
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
5
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: March 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany
Died: 1969

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German-American architect. He is widely considered one of the many pioneers of modernist architecture. After emigrating to the United States, Mies worked on structures like the Promontory Apartments. He is best remembered for serving as the director of a popular German art school named the Bauhaus before its closure in 1933.

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José de San Martín
(Military Leader, Politician)
José de San Martín
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 25, 1778
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yapeyú
Died: 1850

José de San Martín was an Argentine general who played an important role in the Spanish American wars of independence. San Martín is considered a national hero of Peru and Argentina. The Order of the Liberator General San Martín, the highest honor conferred by the government of Argentina, was created in his honor.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Birthdate: July 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut
Died: 1935

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an American novelist, humanist, poet, and short-story writer. Best remembered as a utopian feminist, Gilman served as an inspiration for several generations of feminists. A National Women's Hall of Fame inductee, Charlotte Perkins Gilman is also remembered for her semi-autobiographical work, The Yellow Wallpaper.

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Ira Gershwin
(Lyricist)
Ira Gershwin
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: 1983
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Bill Millin
(Soldier)
Bill Millin
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Regina
Died: 2010

Bill Millin was a British piper who served as Brigadier Simon Christopher Joseph Fraser's personal piper during World War II. He is best remembered for playing his instrument whilst under fire during the Normandy landings. His action during the Normandy landings was depicted in the American epic war film, The Longest Day, where he was played by Leslie de Laspee.

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Cedric Benson
(American football player)
Cedric Benson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States
Died: 2019
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Fernand Léger
(French Painter and Sculptor Best Known for His Painting ‘My Mother's Garden’)
Fernand Léger
1
Birthdate: February 4, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Argentan, France
Died: 1955

Fernand Léger was a French sculptor, painter, and filmmaker. Widely regarded as the forerunner of pop art, Léger was also active as a teacher for several years. He is also credited with establishing his own Académie Fernand Léger, where he taught for many years. Many of his pupils went on to establish themselves as successful artists.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
(Lawyer, Politician)
Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada
Died: 1988
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Eddie Griffin
(Basketball player)
Eddie Griffin
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2007
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 15 
Conrad Aiken
(Writer)
Conrad Aiken
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 5, 1889
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: 1973
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Sonny Landham
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Birthdate: February 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canton, Georgia, United States
Died: 2017
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 17 
Robert R. Gilruth
(Aerospace engineer)
Robert R. Gilruth
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: October 8, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashwauk, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2000
 18 
Matthew Boulton
(English Businessperson and Engineer)
Matthew Boulton
1
Birthdate: September 3, 1728
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: 1809

British manufacturer and engineer Matthew Boulton is best remembered as the financier of Scottish engineer James Watt’s pathbreaking steam engine. His Soho Manufactory initially produced metal parts, and he later stepped into John Roebuck’s shoes to partner with Watt, after Roebuck went bankrupt. He also established the Soho Mint.

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John Hubert Marshall
(Archaeologist)
John Hubert Marshall
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Birthdate: March 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chester, England
Died: 1958
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Moufdi Zakaria
(Algerian Nationalist, Activist, Poet, and Writer)
Moufdi Zakaria
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ghardaia
Died: 1977

Moufdi Zakaria was an Algerian nationalist, activist, poet, and writer. He is credited with writing the Algerian national anthem Kassaman when he was in prison in 1955. It is believed that he wrote the anthem using his blood on the walls of his cell. His life inspired a 2012 film titled Moufdi Zakaria, the Poet of the Revolution.

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Ruth First
(Author, Politician, University teacher, Writer, Journalist, Martyr, Political activist)
Ruth First
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Johannesburg
Died: 1982

South African activist/journalist Ruth First is remembered for her relentless fight against apartheid. Born to Latvian immigrants and founders of the South African Communist Party, First was later tried for treason and detained. While working at a Mozambican university in exile, she was assassinated in a parcel bomb attack

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Ole Bull
(Norwegian Virtuoso Violinist and Composer)
Ole Bull
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 5, 1810
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: 1880

Legendary Norwegian violinist Ole Bull had started training in the violin at age 5. He had his own style of playing multiple tones at once. He later developed a colony of his own in Pennsylvania and named it New Norway, also known as the Ole Bull Colony.

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Jack Sharkey
(Boxer)
Jack Sharkey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Binghamton, New York, United States
Died: 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Irene Nemirovsky
(Novelist)
Irene Nemirovsky
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire
Died: 1942
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Arthur Hiller
(Film Director)
Arthur Hiller
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Birthdate: November 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Died: 2016
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Arsen Dedić
(Legendary Croatian Singer and Poet Who Specialized in Chanson Songs)
Arsen Dedić
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia
Died: 2015

Croatian chanson singer Arsen Dedić was also an award-winning poet. Born into a working-class family, he initially studied law, but soon dropped out to study music. He spent his final years in extreme pain due to a number of illnesses. He was against politics and was banned in various phases of his career.

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Clarence Brown
(Film Director)
Clarence Brown
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Birthdate: May 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clinton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1987
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Mariama Bâ
(Writer)
Mariama Bâ
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
Died: 1981
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Hans Gude
(Norwegian Romanticist Painter)
Hans Gude
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Birthdate: March 13, 1825
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: 1903

Hans Gude was a Norwegian romanticist painter best remembered for his landscape paintings. Counted among Norway's leading landscape painters along with Johan Christian Dahl, Gude is also considered the backbone of Norwegian National Romanticism. Over the course of his illustrious career, Hans Gude won several honors and medals.

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Dashrath Manjhi
(Mountain Man)
Dashrath Manjhi
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1934 AD
Birthplace: Gehlaur
Died: 2007
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Leo Frank
(Criminal)
Leo Frank
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 17, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cuero, Texas, United States
Died: 1915
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Joseph T. White
(Soldier)
Joseph T. White
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 1985
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Jack Walker
(Businessperson)
Jack Walker
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Died: 2000
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Emperor Go-Fukakusa
(89th Emperor of Japan)
Emperor Go-Fukakusa
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Birthdate: June 28, 1243
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Heian-kyō, Japan
Died: 1304
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Lorenzo Da Ponte
(Former poet and librettist best known for his collaboration with Mozart)
Lorenzo Da Ponte
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 10, 1749
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Died: 1838
 36 
Ioan Slavici
(Writer)
Ioan Slavici
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1848
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Siria, Transilvania, Romania
Died: 1925
 37 
Victoria Shaw
(Actress)
Victoria Shaw
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Birthdate: May 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: 1988
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Alice Stebbins Wells
(Police Officer)
Alice Stebbins Wells
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, Kansas, United States
Died: 1957
 39 
Gerald Genta
(Design engineer, Watchmaker)
Gerald Genta
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: 2011
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H. J. Round
(British Engineer and One of the Early Pioneers of 'Radio' and 'Light-Emitting Diode')
H. J. Round
1
Birthdate: June 2, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingswinford, Staffordshire, England
Died: 1966

Often referred to as an unknown genius, Henry Joseph Round began his career at Marconi’s Company, serving as an assistant to Guglielmo Marconi, contributing greatly to the development of radio technology. Later, his observation of electroluminescence from solid state diode led to the discovery of the light-emitting diode. Awarded the Military Cross, he also contributed greatly to England’s World War I's efforts.

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Carlos Drummond de Andrade
(Poet, Journalist, Writer, Screenwriter, Children's writer)
Carlos Drummond de Andrade
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 31, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Itabira
Died: 1987

Carlos Drummond de Andrade was a Brazilian poet and writer. Many critics consider him to be the greatest Brazilian poet of all time. His widely influential poem Canção Amiga has been featured on the 50-cruzado novo bill, making him a cultural icon in Brazil. He was much revered by American poets Mark Strand and Lloyd Schwartz, who translated his works. 

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Teodoro Palacios
(Guatemalan High Jumper)
Teodoro Palacios
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Died: 2019
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Carloman
(Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia)
Carloman
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0713 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 0754
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Jean Barraqué
(Composer)
Jean Barraqué
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Puteaux, France
Died: 1973
 45 
William Kaye Estes
(Psychologist)
William Kaye Estes
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Birthdate: June 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2011
 46 
Paul Natorp
(Philosopher)
Paul Natorp
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 24, 1854
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: 1924
 47 
Wild Bill Davis
(Pianist)
Wild Bill Davis
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Missouri, United States
Died: 1995
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John N. Bahcall
(Astrophysicist)
John N. Bahcall
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2005
 49 
Rudolf Hess
(Deputy Führer)
Rudolf Hess
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alexandria
Died: 1987
Nazi Party member Rudolf Hess was Hitler’s Deputy Führer and helped in the passage of the Nuremberg Laws. While on a trip to Scotland to initiate peace talks with the U.K. during World War II, he was arrested, and then convicted of war crimes. He eventually committed suicide in prison.
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Pierre Quinon
(French Pole Vaulter)
Pierre Quinon
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 2011
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)