Died On November 17th

Discover the most famous people who died on November 17. The list includes people like Mary I of England, Catherine the Great, Auguste Rodin, Doris Lessing, Robert Owen. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, empresses & queens, diplomats and physicists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & France and many more countries.
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Catherine the Great
(Former Empress of Russia (1762 – 1796))
Catherine the Great
79
Birthdate: May 2, 1729
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
Died: 1796

The Empress of Russia for almost 35 years, Catherine the Great was the country's longest-ruling female leader. An ambitious ruler, she rapidly expanded the Russian Empire and is credited with modernizing the country along Western European lines. She supported the ideals of the Enlightenment and the period of her rule—the Catherinian Era—is considered the Golden Age of Russia.

 2 
Ferenc Puskás
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Ferenc Puskás
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 2006
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 3 
Esther Rolle
(Former Actress known for Florida Evans in Maude and Good Times)
Esther Rolle
8
Birthdate: November 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
Died: 1998
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 4 
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
(Queen Consort of Great Britain and Ireland (1761 - 1818))
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
7
Birthdate: May 19, 1744
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mirow, Germany
Died: 1818
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III, reigned as the queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1761 to 1818, and her reign saw the two kingdoms unite into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. An amateur art lover and botanist, she also expanded the Kew Gardens.
 5 
Young Dolph
(Rapper)
Young Dolph
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: 2021
 6 
Audre Lorde
(American Poet Whose Poems Expressed Anger and Outrage at Civil and Social Injustices)
Audre Lorde
18
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: 1992

Author and poet Audre Lorde is remembered as a firebrand feminist and a champion for the LGBT community. Openly lesbian, she penned iconic volumes such as Cables to Rage and The Black Unicorn. She also recorded her 14-year struggle with cancer in The Cancer Journals and A Burst of Light.

 7 
Auguste Rodin
(French Sculptor Best Regarded as the Founder of 'Modern Sculpture')
Auguste Rodin
3
Birthdate: November 13, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1917
Initially aspiring to be a monk, Auguste Rodin found his true calling when he visited Italy and was awestruck by Michelangelo’s creations. His iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Age of Bronze are astoundingly life-like. He breathed magic into nudes and ballerinas made of stone and bronze.
 8 
Doris Lessing
(Novelist)
Doris Lessing
17
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran
Died: 2013
 9 
Robert Owen
(Welsh Philanthropist and a Founder of 'Utopian Socialism' and the 'Cooperative' Movement)
Robert Owen
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 14, 1771
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales
Died: 1858
While working as an apprentice to a clothes manufacturer, Robert Owen often spent hours reading at his employer’s library. He later explored the textile industry and led a Manchester firm. Remembered as a pioneer of the co-operative movement and utopian socialism, he improved the working conditions of factory workers.
 10 
Bo Schembechler
(American Football Player and Coach)
Bo Schembechler
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barberton, Ohio, United States
Died: 2006

Miami University head football coach Bo Schembechler was once part of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, known as the Ten-Year War. He was also dragged into a controversy when it was reported that in spite of several Michigan students claiming they were sexually abused by a university doctor, he downplayed the incidents.

 11 
Barbara Daly Baekeland
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Boston
Died: 1972

Socialite Barbara Daly Baekeland, former wife of Bakelite heir Brooks Baekeland, was killed by her son, Antony. She was apparently stabbed with a kitchen knife. Antony was found at the crime scene and confessed to the murder. She had reportedly tried treating Antony’s queer orientation and had even raped him.

 12 
Eric Gill
(The Greatest Artist-Craftsman of the 20th Century)
Eric Gill
2
Birthdate: February 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brighton, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1940

English sculptor and printer Eric Gill first gained attention with his work Mother and Child. Apart from co-founding the St. Dominic’s Press, he also contributed to the illustrations and woodcuts for The Four Gospels. He was also infamous form his deviant sexual behavior, which included incest and animal abuse.

 13 
George Stephen Morrison
(US Navy Rear Admiral Who Commanded the American Forces in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident)
George Stephen Morrison
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Georgia, United States
Died: 2008

US Navy rear admiral and aviator George Stephen Morrison commanded the US forces during the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which eventually began the Vietnam War. He had also been part of the Battle of Pearl Harbor in WWII. He is also remembered as the father of The Doors lead vocalist Jim Morrison.

 14 
Dame Gladys Cooper
(Actress)
Dame Gladys Cooper
1
Birthdate: December 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hither Green, London, United Kingdom
Died: 1971
 15 
Lala Lajpat Rai
(Indian Author, Freedom Fighter, Politician and One of the Three Members of the ‘Lal Bal Pal’ Trimurti)
Lala Lajpat Rai
10
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 28, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: 1928

Lala Lajpat Rai was an Indian politician who played a major role in the Indian Independence movement. He is credited with inspiring many young men, including Bhagat Singh and Chandrasekhar Azad, to join the freedom struggle through journalistic writings and activism. He was popularly known as Punjab Kesari

 16 
Elizabeth of Hungary
(Saint and Princess of the Kingdom of Hungary)
Elizabeth of Hungary
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 7, 1207
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: 1231

Elizabeth, the daughter of Hungarian king Andrew II, was married at 14 but lost her husband to a plague in Italy at 20. She then joined the Third Order of St. Francis and opened a hospital for the poor. She is revered as the patron saint of the homeless.

 17 
Heitor Villa-Lobos
(One of the Foremost Latin American Composers of the 20th Century)
Heitor Villa-Lobos
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: 1959

Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer, conductor, cellist, and classical guitarist. He is widely believed to be "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music." He was a prolific composer with over 2,000 orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and vocal works to his name. His music continues to be popular today, even six decades after his death. 

 18 
Valentinian I
(Roman emperor from 364 to 375)
Valentinian I
3
Birthdate: July 3, 0321
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vinkovci, Croatia
Died: 0375
 19 
Herman Hollerith
(Father of modern automatic computation)
Herman Hollerith
5
Birthdate: February 29, 1860
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buffalo
Died: 1929
 20 
Don Gibson
(Songwriter)
Don Gibson
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shelby, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2003
 21 
Immanuel Velikovsky
0
Birthdate: June 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vitebsk
Died: 1979

Immanuel Velikovsky is remembered for his concepts such as cosmogony. He initially studied medicine and psychology, and later devoted his life to his research on ancient myths and legends, attempting to establish their historical authenticity. In spite of facing the hostility of scientists, his Worlds in Collision became a bestseller.

 22 
Fred C Koch
(Chemical Engineer, Entrepreneur)
Fred C Koch
7
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 23, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quanah, Texas, United States
Died: 1967
 23 
Abba Eban
(Politician and Diplomat)
Abba Eban
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cape Town
Died: 2002

Abba Eban was an Israeli politician and diplomat who took up many ministerial roles during his career. He served as Israel's education minister, foreign affairs minister, and deputy prime minister. He also served as an ambassador to the United Nations and to the United States. In 2001, he was honored with the prestigious Israel Prize for lifetime achievement.

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Gertrude the Great
(Nun)
Gertrude the Great
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 6, 1256
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany
Died: 1302
 25 
Weeb Ewbank
(American football player, Basketball player)
Weeb Ewbank
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Indiana, United States
Died: 1998
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Ruth Brown
(Singer-songwriter)
Ruth Brown
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: 2006
 27 
James P. Johnson
(American Pianist and Composer)
James P. Johnson
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 1, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1955
 28 
Vincent Reffet
(Skydiver)
Vincent Reffet
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Annecy, Annecy, France
Died: 2020
 29 
Erskine Hamilton Childers
(President)
Erskine Hamilton Childers
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 11, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Died: 1974
 30 
John Mandeville
(Author)
John Mandeville
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1300 AD
Birthplace: St Albans, United Kingdom
Died: 1371
 31 
David Marr
David Marr
0
Birthdate: January 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woodford, London
Died: 1980
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Thomas C. Kinkaid
(Officer)
Thomas C. Kinkaid
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 3, 1888
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: 1972
 33 
Pete Newell
(Basketball coach)
Pete Newell
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: 2008
 34 
Bal Thackeray
(Indian Politician Who Founded the Shiv Sena, a Right-Wing Pro-Marathi and Hindu Nationalist Party)
Bal Thackeray
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pune, Maharashtra, India
Died: 2012

Legendary Indian politician Bal Thackeray, or Balasaheb Thackeray, was the patriarch of one of the most influential political families of India and the founder of the Shiv Sena. He went from being a cartoonist to the godfather of Maharashtra, though his overtly regional and Hindu nationalist ideals were often criticized.

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Richard Baker
(Broadcaster, Military personnel)
Richard Baker
1
Birthdate: June 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Willesden, Middlesex, England
Died: 2018
 36 
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
(Philosopher)
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
1
Birthdate: February 24, 1463
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mirandola, Italy
Died: 1494
 37 
Nicholas Mevoli
(American Freediver)
Nicholas Mevoli
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dunedin, Florida, United States
Died: 2013
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 38 
Mustafa IV
(Sultan)
Mustafa IV
1
Birthdate: September 8, 1779
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istanbul
Died: 1808
 39 
John Allen Chau
(American Christian missionary who was killed by the Sentinelese)
John Allen Chau
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Scottsboro, Alabama, United States
Died: 2018
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 40 
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle
(Statesman)
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1693
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1768
 41 
Gregory of Tours
(Bishop of Tours)
Gregory of Tours
1
Birthdate: November 30, 0538
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Auvergne, France
Died: 0594

Gregory of Tours was a Gallo-Roman historian and Bishop of Tours. He is mainly known for being the primary contemporary source for Merovingian history. His accounts of the miracles of saints are also considered invaluable. A prolific writer, he spent most of his career in Tours and is considered an outstanding literary figure of the 6th-century Merovingian world. 

 42 
John III of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1569 until his death)
John III of Sweden
2
Birthdate: December 20, 1537
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stegeborg Castle, Sweden
Died: 1592
 43 
Richard Norman Shaw
(Architect)
Richard Norman Shaw
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: May 7, 1831
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 1912

One of the greatest British architects of all time, Richard Norman Shaw contributed immensely to the English Domestic Revival movement and is best remembered for his country houses. The Bedford Park in London remains one of his best suburban planning projects. His works reflected Queen Anne Revival, Neo-Baroque, and Gothic Revival elements.

 44 
Louis Néel
(Physicist)
Louis Néel
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 2000
 45 
Sixto Escobar
(Puerto Rican Professional Boxer)
Sixto Escobar
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barceloneta, Puerto Rico
Died: 1979
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 46 
Alexander of Battenberg
(Former Prince of Bulgaria (1879 - 1886))
Alexander of Battenberg
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: 1893

Alexander Joseph or Alexander of Battenberg was a prince of Bulgaria from 29 April 1879 to 7 September 1886. He was forced to abdicate in 1886 by pro-Russian Bulgarian Army officers during a coup d'état. After abdicating, Alexander went on to serve in the Austrian Army as a general.

 47 
Reginald Pole
(Archbishop of Canterbury)
Reginald Pole
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 3, 1500
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stourton Castle, England
Died: 1558

Roman Catholic cardinal Reginald Pole had been the archbishop of Canterbury. Half of his education expenses was covered by fellowships from King Henry VII. A prominent member of the government under Mary Tudor, he re-established many monasteries and also let the burnings of Protestants continue.

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Harrison A. Williams
(Politician)
Harrison A. Williams
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2001
 49 
Charles W. Chesnutt
(Author)
Charles W. Chesnutt
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 1932
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Ninomiya Sontoku
(Philosopher)
Ninomiya Sontoku
0
Birthdate: September 4, 1787
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ashigarakami District, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: 1856