Died On January 17th

Discover the most famous people who died on January 17. The list includes people like Bobby Fischer, Francis Galton, Rutherford B. Hayes, Patrice Lumumba, Barbara Jordan. Famous personalities featured on this list, include artists, political leaders, soldiers and novelists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Russia & Germany and many more countries.
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Bobby Fischer
(American Chess Grandmaster and the Eleventh World Chess Champion)
Bobby Fischer
70
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2008

Bobby Fischer began as a chess prodigy in his teens and went on to become the youngest "grandmaster," at 15. His participation in a politically controversial match in Yugoslavia led to the revocation of his U.S. passport and his arrest. He spent the final years of his life in Iceland.

 2 
Rutherford B. Hayes
(19th President of the United States)
Rutherford B. Hayes
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 4, 1822
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delaware, Ohio, United States
Died: 1893
Rutherford B. Hayes served as the U.S. president from 1877 to 1881. He won a close election through the Compromise of 1877, thus putting an end to Reconstruction and withdrawing troops from the South. An attorney, he owned several law firms and had also served as the Ohio governor. 
 3 
Richard Crenna
(Film, Television and Radio Actor)
Richard Crenna
2
Birthdate: November 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2003
Richard Crenna is best remembered as Luke McCoy from the series The Real McCoys. He played Sam Trautman in the Rambo franchise and delivered an Emmy-winning role in The Rape of Richard Beck. Fans also loved him in the film The Flamingo Kid and the series Slattery's People.
 4 
Chang Bunker
(Showmen)
Chang Bunker
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Meklong, Thailand
Died: 1874

Chang Bunker was a Siamese-American man and one-half of the popular conjoined twin brothers. Chang and his conjoined twin Eng were two of the most studied human beings during the 19th century. They toured the United States and Europe as part of their freak shows, gaining financial success and fame. They are credited with coining the colloquial term Siamese twins.

 5 
Patrice Lumumba
(1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Patrice Lumumba
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sankuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: 1961
Congolese politician Patrice Lumumba was the first prime minister of the Republic of the Congo. He was an MNC leader and played a major role in turning Congo from a Belgian colony to an independent country. He was executed on the orders of Mobutu Sese Seko, following the Congo Crisis.
 6 
Olav V of Norway
(Former King of Norway (1957 - 1991))
Olav V of Norway
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Birthdate: July 2, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Died: 1991

Olav V of Norway served as the king of Norway from 1957 to 1991. Olav became heir apparent to the throne in 1905 when his father was crowned king of Norway. His leadership skills during World War II earned him the position of Norwegian Chief of Defence in 1944. Nicknamed The People's King, Olav was popular for his down-to-earth style.

 7 
Theodosius I
(Emperor)
Theodosius I
14
Birthdate: January 11, 0347
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coca, Segovia, Spain
Died: 0395

Theodosius I, or Theodosius the Great, ruled as the Roman emperor from 379 to 395. He made Christianity the state religion of his empire and constructed architectural marvels, such as the Column of Theodosius, the Golden Gate, and the Theodosian Walls, in Constantinople. He ended conflicts with the Goths and barred pagan rituals in the Olympics.

 8 
Skanderbeg
(Military Commander)
Skanderbeg
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 6, 1405
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Principality of Kastrioti (Albania)
Died: 1468
Skanderbeg was initially a hostage at the Ottoman court and served the Ottoman sultan for about 20 years. He was named the governor of the Sanjak of Dibra, following which he became the captain general under King Alfonso V of Northern Albania and fought against the Ottoman forces.
 9 
Virginia Mayo
(Actress Best Known for Her Movies: 'The Best Years of Our Lives' and 'White Heat')
Virginia Mayo
3
Birthdate: November 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 2005

One of the first to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Virginia Clara Jones was possibly Warner Brothers' biggest box-office money-maker in late 1940s. Beginning her career with vaudevilles, she quickly signed contracts first with Goldwyn and later with Warner Brothers, giving out numerous hits, including Oscar-winning The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat.

 10 
Barbara Jordan
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston
Died: 1996
 11 
Raoul Wallenberg
(Humanitarian)
Raoul Wallenberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lidingö, Sweden
Died: 1945

Swedish architect Raoul Wallenberg went down in history as a savior for Jews during the Nazi regime. He not only issued provisional Swedish passports, or Schutzpass, to protect Jews, but also set up safe houses for them. He disappeared amid mysterious circumstances. Many believe he died in a Soviet prison.

 12 
Francis Galton
(Polymath)
Francis Galton
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Birthdate: February 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: 1911

Nineteenth-century polymath Francis Galton revolutionized science with his pathbreaking research on human intelligence and psychometrics. His books dealt with diverse topics such as correlational calculus, fingerprint analysis, and meteorology, and he also explored Africa. He left Cambridge without an honors degree, and yet ended up being knighted for his achievements.

 13 
Allan Melvin
(Actor)
Allan Melvin
4
Birthdate: February 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Died: 2008
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 14 
Derek Fowlds
4
Birthdate: September 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2020
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 15 
Faten Hamama
(Actress)
Faten Hamama
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Birthdate: May 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mansoura, Egypt
Died: 2015

Faten Hamama was an Egyptian actress and film producer. Regarded as an icon in Middle Eastern and Egyptian cinema, Hamama played an important role in popularizing the film industry in Egypt. She is also remembered for stressing the importance of women in the film industry and Egyptian society at large. In 1965, she was awarded the Decoration of the Republic.

 16 
Louis Comfort Tiffany
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Birthdate: February 18, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1933
 17 
Clyde Tombaugh
(Astronomer, University teacher)
Clyde Tombaugh
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Streator
Died: 1997

Though he wasn’t formally educated in astronomy, Clyde Tombaugh was immensely interested in the subject since childhood and had built his own telescope after high school. He grew up to discover Pluto, then regarded as the ninth planet but later declared a "dwarf planet," and many other celestial bodies.

 18 
Don Kirshner
(Music Publisher)
Don Kirshner
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2011
 19 
Sunanda Pushkar
(Indian-born Canadian Businesswoman)
Sunanda Pushkar
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Died: 2014
 20 
Windsor Davies
(Actor)
Windsor Davies
1
Birthdate: August 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canning Town, London, England, UK
Died: 2019
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 21 
Tomaso Albinoni
(Composer)
Tomaso Albinoni
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 8, 1671
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1751
 22 
Art Buchwald
(Humorist)
Art Buchwald
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Birthdate: October 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: 2007
 23 
Suchitra Sen
(Actress)
Suchitra Sen
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Birthdate: April 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pabna, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died: 2014
 24 
T. H. White
(English Writer Best Known for His 'Arthurian' Novels)
T. H. White
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 29, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: 1964

T. H. White was an English author whose works have influenced other famous writers like Michael Moorcock, J. K. Rowling, Gregory Maguire, Ed McBain, Neil Gaiman, and Helen Macdonald. Rowling has stated that the Harry Potter books were strongly influenced by White's writing. Gaiman admitted that both Harry Potter and his own character Timothy Hunter were inspired by White's characters.

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Jessica Falkholt
(Australian Actress)
Jessica Falkholt
5
Birthdate: May 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: 2018
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Albert Jacka
(Victoria Cross Winner)
Albert Jacka
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winchelsea
Died: 1932

Albert Jacka was the first Australian to be decorated with the Victoria Cross during the First World War. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a young man and fought in the Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War. He became a businessman after the conclusion of the war but never recovered fully from his wartime injuries.  

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Camilo José Cela
(Winner of 1989 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Camilo José Cela
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Iria Flavia, Spain
Died: 2002

Camilo José Cela was a Spanish novelist, essayist, story writer, and poet. One of the most respected Spanish writers of his generation, Camilo José Cela received a number of prestigious awards, including the 1987 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. In 1989, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994, he was honored with the Premio Planeta de Novela.

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Tarsila do Amaral
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 1, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Capivari, São Paulo, Brazil
Died: 1973

Born to affluent coffee farmers in Brazil, Tarsila do Amaral later traveled to Spain and Paris, to study painting. Best remembered for her masterpieces such as The Black Woman and Man Who Eats, Tarsila also painted surrealist and semi-Cubist landscapes. She was a pioneer of the Antropofagia movement.

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Lola Montez
(Spanish Dancer, Courtesan, and Mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria)
Lola Montez
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 17, 1821
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grange, Ireland
Died: 1861

Lola Montez was an Irish actress and dancer. She achieved popularity as a Spanish courtesan, dancer, and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The German revolutions of 1848–1849 forced her to flee to the United States, where she established herself as an actress and dancer. Lola Montez has been portrayed in many films, including Lola Montez, the King's Dancer.

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Jyoti Basu
(Indian politician)
Jyoti Basu
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: 2010
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Czeslaw Niemen
(Singer-songwriter)
Czeslaw Niemen
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Birthdate: February 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Starye Vasilishki, Belarus
Died: 2004

Czeslaw Niemen was a Polish singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and composer. He gained notoriety during the 1960s for his revolutionary music, such as the 1967 song Strange Is This World, which was considered the most prominent Polish protest song of that time. Czeslaw Niemen’s life and career have inspired several documentaries, including Krzysztof Magowski's 2014 film A Dream About Warsaw.

 32 
George Bancroft
(Diplomat, Historian of the modern age, Historian, Academic, Writer, Politician)
George Bancroft
0
Birthdate: October 3, 1800
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Worcester
Died: 1891
 33 
Barney Ross
(Boxer)
Barney Ross
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 23, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1967
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 34 
Johnny Otis
(American Singer, Musician and Composer)
Johnny Otis
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States
Died: 2012
 35 
David Kimbrough
(Musician)
David Kimbrough
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hudsonville, Mississippi, United States
Died: 1998
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Erich Wolf Segal
Erich Wolf Segal
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Listed In:
Birthdate: June 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: 2010
 37 
Ray Stark
(Film Producer)
Ray Stark
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Birthdate: October 3, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2004
 38 
Anthony the Great
(Egyptian Monk)
Anthony the Great
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 12, 0251
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Herakleopolis Magna, Egypt
Died: 0356

Anthony the Great is revered as the patron saint of diseases for miraculously healing people of ailments such as ergot poisoning, which came to be known as St. Anthony's Fire. Known widely as the Father of Monasticism, he had spent 20 years in isolation in the Thebaid desert.

 39 
Gregory Corso
(American Poet and Novelist)
Gregory Corso
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2001
 40 
Gustavo Rojas Pinilla
(President)
Gustavo Rojas Pinilla
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 12, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tunja, Boyaca, Colombia
Died: 1975
 41 
Tom Kilburn
(Computer scientist)
Tom Kilburn
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 11, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Died: 2001
 42 
Varlam Shalamov
(Writer)
Varlam Shalamov
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vologda, Russia
Died: 1982
 43 
Charlie Bell
(Executive)
Charlie Bell
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingsford, Australia
Died: 2005
 44 
Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
(Composer)
Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 27, 1806
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain
Died: 1826
 45 
Walther von Reichenau
(Officer)
Walther von Reichenau
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karlsruhe
Died: 1942
 46 
The Nun of Monza
(Nun)
The Nun of Monza
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 4, 1575
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1650
 47 
Juan Montalvo
(Ecuadorian Essayist and Author)
Juan Montalvo
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 13, 1832
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ambato, Ecuador
Died: 1889

Juan Montalvo was an Ecuadorian essayist and author. He is best remembered for his 1880 work Las catilinarias, which made him popular throughout intellectual circles in Europe, the USA, and the rest of Latin America. Although the book made him famous, it also forced him to live in France for the rest of his life as a refugee.

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Luis Vigoreaux
(Puerto Rican Television & Radio Host, Announcer, Producer, and Comedian)
Luis Vigoreaux
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Birthdate: April 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ceiba, Puerto Rico
Died: 1983
 49 
Marie Bracquemond
(Former Impressionist painter)
Marie Bracquemond
0
Birthdate: December 1, 1840
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brest, Finistère, France
Died: 1916
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Charles Gore
(Clergyman)
Charles Gore
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Birthdate: January 22, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
Died: 1932