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Day History: December-17

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History of Deaths


908 - [[Abdallah ibn al-Mu'tazz]] -Abbasid prince and poet, anti-caliph for a day (b. 861)

908 - [[al-Abbas ibn al-Hasan al-Jarjara'i]] -Abbasid vizier

942 - [[William I of Normandy]] -(b. 900)

1187 - [[Pope Gregory VIII]] -(b. 1100)

1195 - [[Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut]] -(b. 1150)

1273 - [[Rumi]] -Persian jurist, theologian, and poet (b. 1207)

1663 - [[Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba]] -(b. 1583)

1721 - [[Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough]] -English soldier and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (b. 1640)

1830 - [[Simón Bolívar]] -Venezuelan general and politician, 2nd President of Venezuela (b. 1783)

1833 - [[Kaspar Hauser]] -German feral child (b. 1812)

1847 - [[Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma]] -(b. 1791)

1860 - [[Désirée Clary]] -French wife of Charles XIV John of Sweden (b. 1777)

1907 - [[William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin]] -Irish-Scottish physicist and engineer (b. 1824)

1909 - [[Leopold II of Belgium]] -(b. 1835)

1917 - [[Elizabeth Garrett Anderson]] -English physician and activist (b. 1836)

1925 - [[George Gibb]] -Scottish businessman (b. 1850)

1927 - [[Rajendra Lahiri]] -Indian activist (b. 1892)

1928 - [[Frank Rinehart]] -American photographer (b. 1861)

1929 - [[Manuel de Oliveira Gomes da Costa]] -Portuguese general and politician, 10th President of Portugal (b. 1863)

1930 - [[Peter Warlock]] -Welsh composer and critic (b. 1894)

1932 - [[Charles Winckler]] -Danish discus thrower, shot putter, and tug of war competitor (b. 1867)

1933 - [[13th Dalai Lama]] -(b. 1876)

1940 - [[Alicia Boole Stott]] -Irish-English mathematician and educator (b. 1860)

1947 - [[Christos Tsigiridis]] -Greek engineer (b. 1877)

1957 - [[Dorothy L. Sayers]] -English author, poet, and playwright (b. 1893)

1962 - [[Thomas Mitchell (actor)|Thomas Mitchell]] -American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1892)

1964 - [[Victor Francis Hess]] -Austrian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1883)

1967 - [[Harold Holt]] -Australian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)

1967 - [[Jack Perrin]] -American actor and stuntman (b. 1896)

1970 - [[Oliver Waterman Larkin]] -American historian, author, and educator (d. 1970)

1978 - [[Don Ellis]] -American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (b. 1934)

1981 - [[Antiochos Evangelatos]] -Greek composer and conductor (b. 1903)

1981 - [[Ada Kramm]] -Norwegian actress (b. 1899)

1982 - [[Homer S. Ferguson]] -American lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1889)

1986 - [[Guillermo Cano Isaza]] -Colombian journalist (b. 1925)

1987 - [[Linda Wong (actress)|Linda Wong]] -American porn actress (b. 1951)

1987 - [[Marguerite Yourcenar]] -Belgian-American author and poet (b. 1903)

1992 - [[Günther Anders]] -German journalist and philosopher (b. 1902)

1992 - [[Dana Andrews]] -American actor (b. 1909)

1998 - [[Allan D'Arcangelo]] -American painter (b. 1930)

1999 - [[Rex Allen]] -American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1920)

1999 - [[Grover Washington, Jr.]] -American singer-songwriter and saxophonist (b. 1943)

1999 - [[C. Vann Woodward]] -American historian and academic (b. 1908)

2002 - [[K. W. Devanayagam]] -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 10th Minister of Justice (Sri Lanka)|Sri Lankan Minister of Justice (b. 1910)

2002 - [[James Hazeldine]] -English actor and director (b. 1947)

2003 - [[Ed Devereaux]] -Australian-English actor and screenwriter (b. 1925)

2003 - [[Otto Graham]] -American football player and coach (b. 1921)

2003 - [[Alan Tilvern]] -English actor (b. 1918)

2004 - [[Tom Wesselmann]] -American painter and sculptor (b. 1931)

2005 - [[Jack Anderson (columnist)|Jack Anderson]] -American journalist and author (b. 1922)

2005 - [[Marc Favreau]] -Canadian actor and poet (b. 1929)

2005 - [[Haljand Udam]] -Estonian orientalist and academic (d. 1936)

2006 - [[Larry Sherry]] -American baseball player and coach (b. 1935)

2008 - [[Sammy Baugh]] -American football player and coach (b. 1914)

2008 - [[Freddy Breck]] -German singer-songwriter, producer, and journalist (b. 1942)

2008 - [[Ismet Bajramović|Ismet "Ćelo" Bajramović]] -, Bosnian soldier. b.1966

2008 - [[Dave Smith (pitcher, born 1955)|Dave Smith]] -American baseball player and coach (b. 1955)

2009 - [[Chris Henry (wide receiver)|Chris Henry]] -American football player (b. 1983)

2009 - [[Jennifer Jones]] -American actress and singer (b. 1919)

2009 - [[Dan O'Bannon]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1943)

2009 - [[Alaina Reed Hall]] -American actress (b. 1946)

2010 - [[Captain Beefheart]] -American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)

2010 - [[Walt Dropo]] -American basketball and baseball player (b. 1923)

2010 - [[Ralph Coates]] -English footballer (b. 1946)

2011 - [[Eva Ekvall]] -Venezuelan journalist and author, Miss Venezuela 2000 (b. 1983)

2011 - [[Cesária Évora]] -Cape Verdean singer (b. 1941)

2011 - [[Kim Jong-il]] -North Korean commander and politician, 2nd List of leaders of North Korea|Supreme Leader of North Korea (b. 1941)

2012 - [[Pgeezy]] -American rapper (b. 1976)

2012 - [[Richard Adams (activist)|Richard Adams]] -Filipino-American activist (b. 1947)

2012 - [[James Gower]] -American priest and activist, co-founded the College of the Atlantic (b. 1922)

2012 - [[Daniel Inouye]] -American captain and politician (b. 1924)

2012 - [[Laurier LaPierre]] -Canadian historian, journalist, and politician (b. 1929)

2012 - [[Dina Manfredini]] -Italian-American super-centenarian (b. 1897)

2012 - [[Frank Pastore]] -American baseball player and radio host (b. 1957)

2013 - [[Fred Bruemmer]] -Latvian-Canadian photographer (b. 1929)

2013 - [[Ricardo María Carles Gordó]] -Spanish cardinal (b. 1926)

2013 - [[Richard Heffner]] -American historian and television host (b. 1925)

2013 - [[Tetsurō Kashibuchi]] -Japanese drummer, songwriter, and producer (b. 1950)

2013 - [[Janet Rowley]] -American geneticist and biologist (b. 1925)

2013 - [[Conny van Rietschoten]] -Dutch sailor (b. 1926)

2014 - [[Dieter Grau]] -German-American scientist and engineer (b. 1913)

2014 - [[Richard C. Hottelet]] -American journalist (b. 1917)

2014 - [[Oleh Lysheha]] -Ukrainian poet and playwright (b. 1949)

2014 - [[Lowell Steward]] -American captain (b. 1919)

2014 - [[Ivan Vekić]] -Croatian colonel, lawyer, and politician, Ministry of the Interior (Croatia)|Croatian Minister of the Interior (b. 1938)

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