Died On September 17th

Discover the most famous people who died on September 17. The list includes people like Karl Popper, Spiro Agnew, Red Skelton, Henry Fox Talbot, Laura Ashley. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, philosophers and psychologists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Germany and many more countries.
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Red Skelton
(Comedian, Pantomimist)
Red Skelton
18
Birthdate: July 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vincennes
Died: 1997

Red Skelton is best remembered as the host of The Red Skelton Show. Apart from films and TV, he had also performed in vaudeville, casinos, and nightclubs. He was also a skilled painter and specialized in paintings of clowns, which earned him more than his acting projects.

 2 
Hildegard of Bingen
(German Writer, Composer, Philosopher and Mystic Considered to be One of the Best-Known Composers of Sacred Monophony)
Hildegard of Bingen
6
Birthdate: 1098 AD
Birthplace: Bermersheim vor der Höhe, Germany
Died: 1179

Hildegard of Bingen was a German writer, composer, Christian mystic, visionary, philosopher, polymath, and Benedictine abbess of the High Middle Ages. Apart from being the most-recorded composers of sacred monophony in modern history, Hildegard of Bingen is also widely regarded as the founder of scientific natural history.

 3 
Cokie Roberts
(Journalist)
Cokie Roberts
14
Birthdate: December 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2019
 4 
Karl Popper
(Popper is known for his rejection of the classical inductivist views on the scientific method in favour of empirical falsification.)
Karl Popper
11
Birthdate: July 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1994
Austrian-British philosopher and academic Sir Karl Popper is remembered as one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th century. He rejected the inductivist scientific method and advocated for the empirical falsification, detailing falsifiability in his book Logik der Forschung. He was also a supporter of liberal democracy. 
 5 
Bobby Heenan
(Wrestling Manager)
Bobby Heenan
7
Birthdate: November 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2017
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 6 
Richard Basehart
(Actor)
Richard Basehart
2
Birthdate: August 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zanesville, Ohio, USA
Died: 1984
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 7 
Dred Scott
(American slave)
Dred Scott
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1799 AD
Birthplace: Southampton County, Virginia
Died: 1858
 8 
Vitas Gerulaitis
(American Professional Tennis Player)
Vitas Gerulaitis
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
Patricia Kennedy Lawford
(Socialite)
Patricia Kennedy Lawford
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brookline
Died: 2006
 10 
Henry Fox Talbot
(English Scientist, Inventor, and Pioneer Photographer Who Invented the ‘Salted Paper’ and ‘Calotype’ Processes)
Henry Fox Talbot
1
Birthdate: February 11, 1800
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbury, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1877

Henry Fox Talbot was an English photography pioneer, inventor, and scientist. He is best remembered for inventing the calotype and salted paper processes that served as predecessors to photographic processes of the 20th century. He is also credited with inventing the photoglyphic engraving process. Henry Fox Talbot also played a major role in the progression of photography as an art.

 11 
Laura Ashley
(Founder of 'Laura Ashley' Brand)
Laura Ashley
9
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 7, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil,, Wales
Died: 1985

Laura Ashley was a Welsh businesswoman and fashion designer. She is credited with co-founding a British textile design company called Laura Ashley plc, which became an international retail chain after some 20 years from its founding. Two years after her death, the Laura Ashley Foundation was established in order to fund arts and social welfare projects.

 12 
Eleanor Mondale
(Actress, Radio personality)
Eleanor Mondale
1
Birthdate: January 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2011
 13 
Edmonia Lewis
(First African-American and Native American Sculptor to Achieve International Prominence)
Edmonia Lewis
4
Birthdate: July 4, 1844
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rensselaer County, New York, United States
Died: 1907

Edmonia Lewis was an American sculptor who worked in Rome for most of her career. The first African-American sculptor to gain international prominence, Lewis was also the only Black female artist to have participated and recognized by the American artistic mainstream until the end of the 19th century. Molefi Kete Asante included Lewis in his 100 Greatest African Americans list.

 14 
Folke Bernadotte
(Swedish Diplomat Who Negotiated the Release of 31000 Prisoners from German Concentration Camps in World War II)
Folke Bernadotte
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 2, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 1948

Folke Bernadotte was a Swedish diplomat and nobleman. He is best remembered for negotiating the release of over 30,000 prisoners from German concentration camps during World War II. Folke Bernadotte was assassinated at the age of 53 by a Zionist paramilitary organization called Lehi.

 15 
Willie Mosconi
(American Professional Pool Player)
Willie Mosconi
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1993
 16 
Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
(Architect)
Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
3
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: January 27, 1814
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1879

Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was a French architect and author. He is credited with restoring prominent medieval landmarks in France, including iconic buildings which had been damaged during the French Revolution. He restored Notre-Dame de Paris and the Basilica of Saint-Denis, among others. He is regarded as the first theorist of modern architecture and wrote extensively on the subject. 

 17 
Steven Stayner
(Kidnap Victim)
Steven Stayner
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Merced, California, United States
Died: 1989

Steven Stayner was kidnapped by Kenneth Parnell at age 7. Steven escaped with fellow captive Timothy White after being held captive and sexually abused for 7 years. He died in a motorcycle accident later. His older brother, Cary Stayner, turned out to be a serial killer years later.

 18 
Larry Wilson
(American football player)
Larry Wilson
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rigby, Idaho, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 19 
Akim Tamiroff
(Academy Award Nominated Actor Known for His Films: 'The General Died at Dawn', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls')
Akim Tamiroff
1
Birthdate: October 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tiflis or Baku, Russian Empire
Died: 1972

Armenian-origin American film and TV actor Akim Tamiroff is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated performances in The General Died at Dawn and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Considered the first big Armenian-American star, he also appeared in several series, such as Naked City and Tales of the Vikings.

 20 
Ruth Benedict
(American Anthropologist)
Ruth Benedict
0
Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 1948

Ruth Benedict was an American folklorist and anthropologist. Benedict, who played an important role in the American Folklore Society, also served as the American Anthropological Association's president; the association gives away an annual prize named after Ruth Benedict. In 2005, she was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 21 
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
(President of Algeria (1999 - 2019))
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oujda, Morocco
Died: 2021

Abdelaziz Bouteflika is an Algerian politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1979. In 1999, he became the seventh president of Algeria and served in that position for nearly 20 years, becoming Algeria's longest-serving head of state. During his presidency, Abdelaziz Bouteflika oversaw the end of the Algerian Civil War.

 22 
Robert Bellarmine
(Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church)
Robert Bellarmine
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 4, 1542
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montepulciano, Italy
Died: 1621

Robert Bellarmine was an Italian Jesuit and cardinal of the Catholic Church. One of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation, he has been named a Doctor of the Church. He has also been canonized as a saint. He was a  professor of theology at the Roman College and later became its rector. He became Archbishop of Capua in 1602. 

 23 
Eiji Toyoda
(Business magnate, Entrepreneur)
Eiji Toyoda
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagoya
Died: 2013
 24 
Donn Clendenon
(Baseball player, Basketball player)
Donn Clendenon
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neosho, Missouri, United States
Died: 2005
 25 
Alfred de Vigny
(French Poet and Early French Romanticist)
Alfred de Vigny
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 27, 1797
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Loches, France
Died: 1863

Alfred de Vigny was a French poet whose poem La Maison du berger is regarded by some as the greatest 19th-century French poem. One of the leaders of French Romanticism, Vigny also wrote philosophical novels. Also regarded as a thinker, Alfred de Vigny was one of the first French poets to develop a serious interest in Buddhism.

 26 
Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
(Russian Actor Best Remembered For His Roles in American and Italian Films)
Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
1
Birthdate: October 6, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1992

Feodor Chaliapin Jr. was a Russian Empire-born actor best remembered for playing important roles in numerous Italian and American films. Among his most popular roles is Jorge de Burgos in the 1986 historical mystery film, The Name of the Rose. Feodor Chaliapin Jr. also achieved international fame when he appeared in American films like Moonstruck and Stanley & Iris.

 27 
Princess Xenia Georgievna of Russia
(Princess)
Princess Xenia Georgievna of Russia
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 22, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1965
 28 
Helen Nearing
(Author)
Helen Nearing
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 23, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1995
 29 
Tobias Smollett
(Scottish Poet and Author Best Known for Picaresque Novels)
Tobias Smollett
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 19, 1721
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Renton, Scotland
Died: 1771

Best known for his picaresque novels such as The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Scottish novelist Tobias Smollett was born into a family of lawyers and soldiers and initially attended medical training. Some believe he quit university without a degree, while it is also said he had served as a navy surgeon.

 30 
Charles H. Percy
(Politician)
Charles H. Percy
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States
Died: 2011
 31 
Dem Rădulescu
(Romanian Theater and Film Actor)
Dem Rădulescu
0
Birthdate: September 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania
Died: 2000

Romanian stage and film actor Dem Rădulescu is remembered for his roles in films such as Brigada Diverse în alertă! and The Lace Wars. He also taught at Bucharest’s National University of Theater and Cinematographic Art. He was later awarded the Order of Cultural Merit for his contribution to cinema and theater.

 32 
Franz Xaver Süssmayr
(Composer)
Franz Xaver Süssmayr
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 22, 1766
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schwanenstadt, Oberösterreich, Austria
Died: 1803
 33 
Jay Stewart
(Actor)
Jay Stewart
0
Birthdate: September 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Summitville
Died: 1989
 34 
Marguerite Louise d'Orleans
(Princess)
Marguerite Louise d'Orleans
0
Birthdate: July 28, 1645
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Château de Blois, Blois, France
Died: 1721
 35 
Johann Euler
(Astronomer, Mathematician)
Johann Euler
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 27, 1734
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1800
 36 
David Dubinsky
(Political leader)
David Dubinsky
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 22, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brest
Died: 1982
 37 
Charles Alfred Pillsbury
(Industrialist)
Charles Alfred Pillsbury
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 3, 1842
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warner, New Hampshire, United States
Died: 1899
 38 
Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg
(Diplomat)
Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 12, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Prussia
Died: 1921
 39 
George Hamilton IV
(Musician)
George Hamilton IV
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina,United States
Died: 2014
 40 
Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
(1st Governor of Florida (1565 - 1574))
Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1519
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Avilés, Asturias, Spain
Died: 1574

Remembered as the founder of St. Augustine in Florida, USA, Spanish admiral and explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés has also been credited with planning the first regular trans-Atlantic convoys. Ruthlessly loyal to the Spanish king, he massacred the entire population of a nearby French post and established a string of forts along the Atlantic coast to protect Spanish interests.

 41 
Konstantin Makovsky
(Painter)
Konstantin Makovsky
1
Birthdate: June 20, 1839
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1915

Konstantin Makovsky was a Russian painter best remembered for his association with the popular group The Wanderers. Widely regarded as an exponent of Academic art, Makovsky portrayed Russian life in the past centuries through his historical paintings like Beneath the Crown. One of the highest-paid and most respected Russian artists, Konstantin Makovsky is also considered the primogenitor of Russian impressionism.

 42 
Heinrich Bullinger
(Swiss Reformer and Theologian)
Heinrich Bullinger
0
Birthdate: July 18, 1504
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bremgarten, Switzerland
Died: 1575

Swiss reformer Heinrich Bullinger is remembered for his role in the spread of Zwinglianism, or the teachings of reformer Huldrych Zwingli. He later succeeded Zwingli in Zurich. He also played a major role in the First and Second Helvetic Confession and in bringing about the Reformed tradition.

 43 
Fritz Wunderlich
(Lyric tenor, famed for his singing of the Mozart repertory and various lieder)
Fritz Wunderlich
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kusel, Germany
Died: 1966
 44 
China Zorrilla
(Actress)
China Zorrilla
1
Birthdate: March 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: 2014
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 45 
Georgiy Gongadze
(Journalist)
Georgiy Gongadze
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: 2000
 46 
Jimmy Yancey
(Pianist)
Jimmy Yancey
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 20, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1951
 47 
Hasrat Jaipuri
(Writer)
Hasrat Jaipuri
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Died: 1999
 48 
Dorothy C. Stratton
(Commissioned Officer)
Dorothy C. Stratton
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 24, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brookfield, Missouri, United States
Died: 2006
 49 
Dieter Schidor
(Film actor)
Dieter Schidor
4
Birthdate: March 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brunswick, Germany
Died: 1987
 50 
Seth Low
(Educator)
Seth Low
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1916