Died On June 17th

Discover the most famous people who died on June 17. The list includes people like Rodney King, Thomas Kuhn, Joseph Addison, Donald J. Cram, A. C. Benson. Famous personalities featured on this list, include essayists, actors, poets and chemists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United Kingdom, United States, Germany and many more countries.
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Gloria Vanderbilt
(Artist and Fashion Designer Best Remembered for her Custody Battle)
Gloria Vanderbilt
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt was an American fashion designer, actress, author, and socialite. As a child, she was subjected to a child custody trial, which the press named trial of the century due to its high-profile nature. As a designer, Vanderbilt is credited with developing and popularizing designer blue jeans. She also launched a line of household goods and perfumes.

 2 
John Matuszak
(American Football Defensive End and Actor)
John Matuszak
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1989
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Cyd Charisse
(American Actress and Dancer)
Cyd Charisse
10
Birthdate: March 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States
Died: 2008

Cyd Charisse was an American dancer and actress best remembered for playing important roles in films that highlighted her dancing skills, although she stopped dancing in films later in her career. In 2006, Cyd Charisse was honored with the prestigious National Medal of the Arts and Humanities.

 4 
Kate Smith
(Singer)
Kate Smith
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenville, Virginia, USA
Died: 1986
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 5 
Kenneth Kaunda
23
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chinsali, Awemba North, Northern Rhodesia
Died: 2021

Kenneth Kaunda is a Zambian former politician. He served as the first president of Zambia from 1964 to 1991. A major figure in Zambia’s struggle for independence from British rule, he became the first president of independent Zambia. As the president, he implemented many educational and economic reforms to accelerate the rate of modernization in the country.

 6 
Jack Parsons
(Researcher)
Jack Parsons
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1952

Rocketry pioneer Jack Parsons is best remembered as one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also co-established the Aerojet Engineering Corporation and developed the first rocket engine that used a propellant. He was also known for his multiple sexual affairs and sex cult rituals.

 7 
Joseph Addison
(Essayist & Poet)
Joseph Addison
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 1, 1672
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milston, United Kingdom
Died: 1719
Best known for his articles in the iconic 18th-century periodicals The Tatler and The Spectator, English essayist Joseph Addison had a lifelong collaboration with Richard Steele. Educated at Oxford, he excelled in Latin and classics. A prominent Whig, he mostly wrote on the social and cultural trends of his time.
 8 
Rodney King
(Victim of Police Brutality)
Rodney King
34
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: 2012

A black man, Rodney King became a victim of police brutality by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991. He was brutally beaten up by a group of police officers when he was trying to evade getting arrested for drunk driving. His case made international news and caused a public furor. King died of accidental drowning in 2012.

 9 
John III Sobieski
(Military leader, Politician)
John III Sobieski
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 17, 1629
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Olesko
Died: 1696

Well-educated and well-traveled, John III Sobieski initially joined the Swedes as a soldier, in opposing Polish ruler John Casimir. He then switched to the Polish side. He gradually rose through the ranks to become a grand marshal and a grand-hetman, and eventually became the king of Poland.

 10 
Thomas Kuhn
(Philosopher and Historian Best Known for His Book ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions’)
Thomas Kuhn
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: 1996

American philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn is noted for his book on history of science, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, publication of which marked a significant event in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. He presented his notion of paradigm shift and identified and elaborated on normal science in this book which remained influential in academic and popular circles.

 11 
Mumtaz Mahal
(Padshah Begum of Shah Jahan (19 January 1628 – 17 June 1631))
Mumtaz Mahal
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 27, 1593
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Agra, India
Died: 1631
 12 
Ron Lester
(Actor)
Ron Lester
5
Birthdate: August 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kennesaw, Georgia, USA
Died: 2016
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 13 
Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor (1155 - 1190))
Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
1
Birthdate: 1122 AD
Birthplace: Haguenau, France
Died: 1190
Frederick Barbarossa, or Frederick I, reigned as the Holy Roman Emperor from 1155 to 1190. He had been the king of Germany and the king of Burgundy, too, and had earned the name Barbarossa for his red beard. He died while fighting in the Third Crusade in 1190.
 14 
Uthman
(The Third Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate and the Son-in-Law of Prophet Muhammad)
Uthman
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Birthdate: 0576 AD
Birthplace: Taif, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0656
Uthman, also known as Osman, was the second cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad served as the third caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate. An affluent merchant of the Umayyad clan, he became the Prophet’s first convert of a high social class. He died fighting Egyptian rebels.
 15 
Darrell Powers
(Soldier)
Darrell Powers
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clinchco, Virginia, United States
Died: 2009
 16 
Edward Burne-Jones
3
Birthdate: August 28, 1833
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: 1898
 17 
Jean-Louis Trintignant
(One of the Best Post-War French Actors)
Jean-Louis Trintignant
4
Birthdate: December 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Piolenc, France
Died: 2022

Jean-Louis Trintignant was a French actor who is often counted among the finest dramatic actors of post-war France. Over the course of his illustrious career, Jean-Louis Trintignant won several prestigious awards like the César Award, Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival and Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival.

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Muhammad Metwalli al-Sha'rawi
(Cleric)
Muhammad Metwalli al-Sha'rawi
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 15, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Daqadus, Egypt
Died: 1998
 19 
Gianfranco Ferré
(Italian Fashion designer)
Gianfranco Ferré
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Legnano, Italy
Died: 2007

Gianfranco Ferré was an Italian fashion designer often hailed as the architect of fashion. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan and began his career by designing fashion accessories. He then began designing raincoats and went on to launch his own company. He received many prestigious awards, including the L'Occhio d'Oro, during his career. 

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Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte
(Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte's son)
Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 5, 1805
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England
Died: 1870
 21 
Joseph Warren
(Physician, Military Leader)
Joseph Warren
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 11, 1741
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1775
 22 
Ron Clarke
(Australian Athlete and Former Mayor of the Gold Coast)
Ron Clarke
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: 2015

Ron Clarke was an Australian athlete, politician, and writer. One of the most recognized middle and long-distance runners of the 1960s, Clarke is best remembered for setting 17 world records. He also won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters event at the 1964 Summer Olympics. In 2000, Ron Clarke was honored with the prestigious Australian Sports Medal.

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Jim Nance
(American football player)
Jim Nance
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1992
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Roberto Calvi
(Former banker, dubbed "God's Banker")
Roberto Calvi
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1982
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Dick Howser
(Baseball player)
Dick Howser
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: 1987
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Elżbieta Czyżewska
(Actress)
Elżbieta Czyżewska
0
Birthdate: April 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: 2010
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Jean Meslier
(Priest)
Jean Meslier
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 15, 1664
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mazerny, France
Died: 1729
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Dan Foster
(Disc jockey)
Dan Foster
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2020
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Ralf Dahrendorf
(Former European Commissioner for Trade (1970 - 1973))
Ralf Dahrendorf
1
Birthdate: May 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: 2009

Ralf Dahrendorf was a German-British sociologist, philosopher, and political scientist. As a class conflict theorist, he was a leading expert on analyzing class divisions in modern society. He was the author of multiple articles and books, including Class Conflict in Industrial Society (1959). He served as a professor of sociology in several universities in Germany and the UK.  

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Nikolay Bobrikov
(Governor of Finland)
Nikolay Bobrikov
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 27, 1839
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Strelna, Russia
Died: 1904
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Paruyr Sevak
(Poet)
Paruyr Sevak
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chanakhchi, Soviet Armenia
Died: 1971
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K. Anders Ericsson
(Swedish Psychologist)
K. Anders Ericsson
0
Birthdate: October 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States
Died: 2020
 33 
Fritz Walter
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Fritz Walter
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kaiserslautern
Died: 2002
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Harry Nelson Pillsbury
(American Chess Player)
Harry Nelson Pillsbury
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 5, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1906
 35 
Pierre Reverdy
(Poet)
Pierre Reverdy
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 13, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Narbonne, France
Died: 1960
 36 
Donald J. Cram
(One of the Founders of 'Host-Guest Chemistry')
Donald J. Cram
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chester, Vermont
Died: 2001

Donald J. Cram was an American chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987. He shared the award with Charles J. Pedersen and Jean-Marie Lehn and the trio was also responsible for founding the field of host–guest chemistry. Donald J. Cram was also honored with other prestigious awards including the National Medal of Science.

 37 
Dorothy Richardson
(Author)
Dorothy Richardson
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abingdon, England
Died: 1957
 38 
George Edalji
(solicitor)
George Edalji
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Midlands
Died: 1953

The son of an Indian-origin English vicar, solicitor George Edalji made headlines when he was convicted of mutilating a horse and writing anonymous threatening letters. Though acquitted later, Edalji had a tough time clearing his name and took the help of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to campaign for him.

 39 
Yitzhak Zuckerman
(One of the Leaders of the 'Warsaw Ghetto' Uprising in 1943 Against Nazi Germany During World War II)
Yitzhak Zuckerman
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 13, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: 1981

Yitzhak Zuckerman was a revolutionary best remembered for his leadership role in conducting the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against Nazi Germany during the Second World War. His 1976 interview about the uprising was turned into a book and was later translated into English. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising inspired the war drama miniseries Uprising where Yitzhak Zuckerman was played by David Schwimmer.

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Pamela Britton
(Actress)
Pamela Britton
1
Birthdate: March 19, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1974
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 41 
Willie Davenport
(American Sprint Runner)
Willie Davenport
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Troy, Alabama, United States
Died: 2002
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 42 
Vilayat Inayat Khan
(Founder of the Abode of the Message)
Vilayat Inayat Khan
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 19, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2004
 43 
Earl Carroll
(Theatrical producer)
Earl Carroll
2
Birthdate: September 16, 1893
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1948
 44 
Henry Holland
(Architect)
Henry Holland
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: July 20, 1745
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1806
 45 
Bob Sweikert
(American Racing Driver)
Bob Sweikert
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1956
 46 
Henriette Sontag
(Operatic soprano)
Henriette Sontag
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 3, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany
Died: 1854
 47 
Baldwin Lonsdale
(president of Vanuatu from 22 September 2014 until his death in 2017)
Baldwin Lonsdale
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mota Lava, Vanuatu
Died: 2017
 48 
Jean Kennedy Smith
(United States Ambassador to Ireland from 1993 to 1998)
Jean Kennedy Smith
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2020
 49 
Raoul Aslan
(Actor)
Raoul Aslan
0
Birthdate: October 16, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece
Died: 1958
 50 
Arthur Harden
(British Biochemist & Winner of 1929 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
Arthur Harden
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 12, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1940

Arthur Harden was a British biochemist best remembered for winning the prestigious 1929 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his investigations into the fermentative enzymes and fermentation of sugar. He shared the award with German-born Swedish biochemist Hans Karl August Simon von Euler-Chelpin. Arthur Harden is also remembered as a Biochemical Society's founding member.