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2011Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70

2003Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

December 17th Deaths
Date Event
535
Emperor Ankan of Japan (b. 466) 
695
Begga, ancestress of the Carolingians/saint, dies [or 693] 
1187
Gregory VIII, [Alberto de Morra], Italian Pope (1187), dies 
1195
Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut (b. 1150) 
1213
Jean de Matha, French saint, dies at 53 
1273
Rumi (b.1207) 
1273
Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi, Rumi: Poet of the Heart 
1471
Isabella of Portugal, duchess of Burgundy, dies 
1562
Adrian Willaert, Flemish singer/bandmaster/composer, dies at about 82 
1651
Wolfgang Schonsleder, composer, dies at 81 
1663
Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (b. 1583) 
1679
Don Juan, ruler of Spain, dies 
1711
Arnold Moonen, vicar/literature (Defeated German Spraekkunst), dies 
1721
Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough, English statesman (b. 1640) 
1751
Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, Czech master builder, dies at 62 
1811
John Antes, composer, dies at 71 
1811
Louis-Abet Deffroy de Reigny, composer, dies at 54 
1829
Bernard Jumentier, composer, dies at 80 
1830
Simón Bolívar, South American revolutionary and president (Colombia), dies at 47 in Santa Marta, Colombia 
1833
Kaspar Hauser, German son of grand duke Karel of Bathe, murdered at 21 
1847
Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoleon (b. 1791) 
1860
Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (b. 1777) 
1870
Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante, composer, dies at 75 
1881
Lewis H Morgan, US ethnologist (Iroquois-indians), dies at 62 
1881
Giulio Briccialdi, Wide Sargasso Sea 
1891
Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition 
1891
Omer Bodson, Belgian captain, dies in battle against Msiri, ruler of Garanganze Kingdom in the Congo 
1893
Levinus T Keuchenius, Dutch min of Colonies (1888-90), dies at 71 
1899
Frederick "Freddy" Roberts, son of Brit field marshal, dies in battle 
1907
Kelvin of Largs, [William Thomson], Br physicist (Kelvin), dies at 83 
1909
King Leopold II, Funérailles solennelles de S.M. le roi Léopold II à Laeken et à Bruxelles 
1913
Stefano Gobatti, composer, dies at 61 
1917
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician (b. 1836) 
1917
Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler (b. 1878) 
1918
Lionel Bradshaw, How Green Paid the Rent 
1921
Gabriela Zapolska, Die Warschauer Zitadelle 
1925
A N "Monkey" Hornby, cricketer (England capt at Oval 1882), dies 
1925
Paola Pezzaglia, La vendetta dello scemo 
1926
Alexandr Dmitriyevich Kastal'sky, composer, dies at 70 
1929
Ted Wilde, The Kid Brother 
1929
Marian Tatarkiewicz, Dzieje grzechu 
1930
Peter Warlock, composer, dies at 36 
1930
Peter Warlock, Voices 
1931
Alfredo Testoni, Il cardinale Lambertini 
1931
Frank Sylvester, Father's Bluff 
1933
Hans Vaihinger, German philosopher (Side-Studies), dies at 81 
1933
Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama (b. 1876) 
1937
Gerard Vissering, banker/president of Dutch Bank, dies at 72 
1937
John W. Brunius, En lyckoriddare 
1937
Carl McBride, Gates of Happiness 
1938
Norman McNeil, Turning the Tables 
1939
Kaichi Yamamoto, Kokyo 
1940
Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (b. 1860) 
1942
Coen Hissink, Levensschaduwen 
1943
Lotte Spira, Hermine und die sieben Aufrechten 
1943
Jean Worms, Le masque qui tombe 
1943
Netta Syrett, A Woman Rebels 
1944
Pieter A Roodenburgh, student/resistance fighter, dies at 26 
1944
Vassily V Kandinsky, Russian/German/French painter, dies 
1944
Robert Nichols, The Black Pirate 
1945
Claudia Craddock, A Lady's Profession 
1946
Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, dies at 84 
1946
Elvira Notari, Ritorna all'onda 
1946
Jennie Haggar, The Maid of Cefn Ydfa 
1947
Hamilkar Boskovic, Gricka vjestica 
1947
J. Darcie 'Foxy' Lloyd, Over the Fence 
1947
Wayne Nunn, The Dancing Doll 
1948
Edgar Istel, composer, dies at 68 
1948
J.R. Lockwood, Yankee Doodle in Berlin 
1949
David Stanley Smith, composer, dies at 72 
1950
A. Robins, Seeing Red 
1951
James J. Van Dyk, Top Secret 
1953
Steven Slesinger, Stagecoach to Denver 
1954
Olga Hellqvist, Kalle på Spången 
1954
Zofia Nalkowska, Granica 
1954
Bernard Randall, The Clarion Call 
1956
Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of Pecos), dies at 48 
1956
Whitford Kane, Hide-Out 
1956
Shankarrao Vyas, Bhakta Dhruva 
1956
Eddie Acuff, The Petrified Forest 
1957
Dorothy Sayers, [Atherton Fleming], author (Whose body), dies at 64 
1957
Dorothy L. Sayers, Haunted Honeymoon 
1957
Buena Bent, Summer Lightning 
1957
Gil Doud, Saskatchewan 
1958
Charles Gross, Attack of the Crab Monsters 
1959
H.R. Hignett, Silent Evidence 
1961
Marion Perkins, sculptor (Man of Sorrow), dies at 53 
1961
Denison Clift, What Would You Do? 
1962
Thomas Mitchell, US, actor (Outlaw), dies of cancer at 70 
1962
Thomas Mitchell, Gone with the Wind 
1963
Karen Stampe-Bendix, The Hostage 
1963
George Meader, On the Town 
1964
Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1883) 
1965
Tito [Raffaele A] Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (Rondine), dies at 76 
1966
Gustaf Paulson, composer, dies at 68 
1967
Harold Holt, Australian premier (1966-67), drowns at 59 
1967
[Francis] Barry Byrne, Chicago Ill, architect, dies at 83 
1967
Jack Perrin, American actor (b. 1896) 
1967
Scott Moore, The Struggle 
1967
Paul Knepler, Hannerl und ihre Liebhaber 
1967
Harold Holt, The Presidential Tour 
1969
Arturo da Costa e Silva, President of Brazil (1967-69), dies at 67 
1972
Erwin Dressel, composer, dies at 63 
1973
Charles G Abbot, US astronomer (Sun Constant), dies at 101 
1973
Patrick Hadley, composer, dies at 74 
1975
Frank Sully, actor (Parachute Nurse, Inside the Law), dies at 67 
1975
Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86 
1975
[Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60 
1975
Noble Sissle, My Girl 
1977
Henry DeMond, Brideless Groom 
1977
Benny de Weill, Straßenserenade 
1978
Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934) 
1978
Gregorio Barrios, Campeón a la fuerza 
1979
Dorothy Crehan, None Are So Blind 
1979
Donald Marye, Alice's Restaurant 
1980
Grizelda Harvey, The Informer 
1981
Børge Ralov, Frøken Nitouche 
1981
Ada Kramm, Bernardas hus 
1981
Pepe Blanco, La chica del barrio 
1981
George Moon, Breath of Life 
1982
Leonid B Kogan, Russian violist, dies at 58 
1982
Philipp Jarnach, composer, dies at 90 
1982
Homer S. Ferguson, American politician (b. 1889) 
1982
Vittorio Gorresio, Torino nei cent'anni 
1982
Big Joe Williams, Superbad 
1982
Eileen Molony, Outlook: Discovery and Experience 
1982
Léonide Kogan, My Night at Maud's 
1982
Leonard Christmas, Harlem Rides the Range 
1983
Erik Christensen, NHL player 
1983
Francisco Marín, Even Angels Eat Beans 
1983
Hal Pereira, Rear Window 
1983
Joe Massengale, Stir Crazy 
1984
Isa Pola, The Children Are Watching Us 
1984
Ella O'Neill, Flash Gordon 
1984
Cash Shockey, The Birth of a Nation 
1984
Tilly Perin-Bouwmeester, The Mark of the Beast 
1985
Otto Gotsche, writer, dies 
1985
Åke Whilney, Greta Garbo: The Temptress and the Clown 
1985
Harry M. Leonard, The Day the Earth Stood Still 
1985
Kaarlo Kytö, Dynamite Girl 
1985
Maria von der Osten-Sacken, Toxi 
1985
Simone Paris, A Man and a Woman 
1985
Roger Torrey, The Plunderers 
1985
Peter Camlin, Witch or Wife 
1985
Armand Delmar, Flying Down to Rio 
1985
Albert Cavens, Cyrano de Bergerac 
1986
Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer 
1986
Boris Telegin, Rasteryaeva ulitsa 
1986
Oakley Haldeman, The Nightmare Before Christmas 
1986
Peter Beauvais, Ein Duft von Blumen 
1986
Alan Stern, Old Boyfriends 
1986
Stacy MacGregor, The Great Santini 
1986
Alfred Technik, Pavlínka 
1987
Bernard Cardinal Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht Neth, dies at 87 
1987
Marguerite Yourcenard, author (Memoirs of Hadrien), dies at 84 
1987
Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (b. 1903) 
1987
Hans-Dieter Schlegel, Karbid und Sauerampfer 
1987
Irving Allen, Cromwell 
1987
Lia Corelli, Bitter Rice 
1987
Mrs. Nicholas M. Schenck, Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City 
1987
Linda Wong, Easy Alice 
1987
Marguerite Yourcenar, Coup de grâce 
1987
Rosaline Greene, Moments of Charm 
1987
Marion Sundh, 91:an Karlssons bravader 
1988
Jerry Hopper, The Private War of Major Benson 
1988
Paul Löwinger, Wiener Schnitzel 
1988
Jack McKenney, Under the Emerald Sea 
1989
Ellis Jackson, Down Melody Lane 
1989
Carolyn Moody, Emmerdale 
1989
Luciano Salce, White Collar Blues 
1989
Albert Wedemeyer, Universal Newsreel 
1989
Josephine Hill, Burnt Wings 
1989
Josephine Perrin, The Grapes of Wrath 
1990
Don Draper, actor (Pepper Agent 00X), dies of AIDS at 61 
1990
Mieke Verstraete, Belgian/Neth actress (Pleasant Settled), dies at 79 
1990
Don Draper, Caddyshack II 
1990
Mieke Verstraete, Beeldromance 
1991
John Blatnik, (Rep-Minnesota, 1947-75), dies at 80 
1991
Frank Weatherwax, Sounder 
1991
Eszter Tamási, Die Straße nach Budapest 
1991
James Landis, The Sadist 
1992
Dana Andrews, US actor (Laura), dies of pneumonia at 83 
1992
Gustav Opocenský, The Ear 
1992
Dana Andrews, The Best Years of Our Lives 
1993
Janet Margolin, US actress (Annie Hall), dies at 50 of ovarian cancer 
1993
Janet Margolin, Annie Hall 
1993
Bob Shepard, Episode dated 3 January 1955 
1993
Samuel Jaegers, Battleground 
1993
Eddie Cruse, Roller Boogie 
1993
Gisèle Ansorge, Fantasmatic 
1993
Kathryn Hereford, A Patch of Blue 
1994
Jan Wiegel, director/producer (Uninhabitable Country), dies at 64 
1994
Ella Hval, Hjem går vi ikke 
1994
Arline Blackburn, Annabelle Lee 
1994
Carlos Rigual, Point of No Return 
1995
Lila Clark Knapp, publisher, dies at 63 
1995
Olivette Thibault, Mon oncle Antoine 
1995
Lexie Bigham, Se7en 
1996
Elizabeth Hill, teacher of Salvonic languages, dies at 96 
1996
Francesco Siciliani, opera administrator, dies at 85 
1996
Irving Caesar, songwriter, dies at 101 
1996
Michael Saunders, barrister, dies at 22 
1996
Ruby Murray, singer, dies at 61 
1996
Stanko Todorov, PM of Bulgaria (1971-81), dies 
1996
Ruby Murray, Brixham 
1996
Suryakantham, Gundamma Katha 
1996
Michael Arthofer, The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman 
1996
Han Hsiang Li, The Love Eterne 
1996
Irving Caesar, Entrapment 
1996
Norman Florence, The Loaded Tourist 
1997
Reginald Victor Jones, scientist, dies at 86 
1997
R.V. Jones, How Hitler Lost the War 
1997
Peter Taylor, The Bridge on the River Kwai 
1997
F.W. Dustmann, Hyppolit, the Butler 
1997
Tony Ulasewicz, Watergate 
1997
Vera Valtonen, Onnellinen ministeri 
1998
András Mikó, Dzsamile 
1998
Moya Fenwick, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time 
1998
Allan D'Arcangelo, Heavy 
1998
Kevin Brennan, Get Carter 
1998
John Robert Lloyd, The Exorcist 
1999
Grover Washington, Jr., American saxophonist (b. 1943) 
1999
Rex Allen, American actor, singer and songwriter (b. 1920) 
1999
Rex Allen, Charlotte's Web 
1999
Joe Pearce, Dragonslayer 
1999
Roger Frison-Roche, Premier de cordée 
1999
Angelo Mercuriali, The Immigrant 
1999
François Dyrek, The Judge and the Assassin 
1999
Ryszard Raduszewski, Pan Szaraczek 
1999
Grover Washington Jr., Four Brothers 
1999
Joan Carr, Stolen Heaven 
1999
Warren Ball, The Corpse Grinders 
2000
Gérard Blain, The American Friend 
2000
Barney McNulty, Mrs. Santa Claus 
2001
Frédéric de Pasquale, The French Connection 
2001
Charles Vernon David Cypert, Seminole 
2001
Martha Mödl, The Merry Wives of Windsor 
2001
Mark Laneader, Killer Instinct 
2001
Al Lehman, The Missiles of October 
2001
Reinhard Michalke, Der Kurschatten 
2001
Aleksandr Volodin, Nastya 
2002
James Hazeldine, English actor (b. 1947) 
2002
Frederick Knott, Dial M for Murder 
2002
Asaideo Handige, Joymati 
2002
Blair Robertson, The Slime People 
2002
Imre Szabó, Anarchisták 
2002
Hank Luisetti, Campus Confessions 
2002
Edana Romney, Corridor of Mirrors 
2002
John Sherlock, Earthquake in Macedonia 
2002
Colin Clark, Rembrandt: The Bible 
2002
Uwe Belz, Berlin 
2002
James Hazeldine, Pink Floyd The Wall 
2002
Levon Khachatryan, Three from Prostokvashino 
2003
Brian Lee, father of Wikipedia user, James Lee (b. 1948) 
2003
Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925) 
2003
Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82 
2003
Basilio Franchina, The Fall of the Roman Empire 
2003
Pierre Daigneault, J.A. Martin photographe 
2003
Henry Cuesta, Big Band Days 
2003
Mary Ann Jackson, Pups Is Pups 
2003
Karol L. Zachar, Janosik 
2003
Christopher N. Seiter, Save the Tiger 
2003
Otto Graham, Super Bowl XXIX 
2003
Monica Doerr, The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship 
2003
Alan Tilvern, Who Framed Roger Rabbit 
2004
Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931) 
2004
Héctor Collodoro, Yellow Flowers in the Window 
2004
Jerzy Groszang, Colonel Wolodyjowski 
2004
Dick Heckstall-Smith, Charlie's Angels 
2004
Dietrich Schwanitz, Campus 
2004
Janina Niedzwiecka, The Hourglass Sanatorium 
2004
Erich Auer, The Monastery's Hunter 
2004
Robert Taplett, Our Time in Hell: The Korean War 
2004
Jerzy Karaszkiewicz, A Trip Down the River 
2005
Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922) 
2005
Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist (Sol) (b. 1929) 
2005
Trevor Duncan, Ed Wood 
2005
Jean Schlegel, Three Colors: Red 
2005
Jack Anderson, Episode #5.24 
2005
Sándor Kocsis, Sellö a pecsétgyürün I 
2005
Marc Favreau, Le chapeau ou L'histoire d'un malentendu 
2005
Agnès Guillemot, Vivre Sa Vie 
2006
Larry Sherry, American baseball player (b. 1935) 
2006
Albert Hetterle, Das zweite Gleis 
2006
Kyôko Kishida, Woman in the Dunes 
2006
Larry Sherry, Strike Out 
2006
Esko Nikkari, The Man Without a Past 
2006
Don A. Ferris, Somebody Up There Should Stay There 
2006
William Wyrick, Our Time in Hell: The Korean War 
2006
Denis West Payton, Hold On: It's the Dave Clark Five 
2006
Gracie Hanneford, The Riding Hannefords 
2006
Timmie Rogers, Episode #3.29 
2007
Don Chevrier, Outdoor World 
2007
Mel Leven, 101 Dalmatians 
2007
Joel Dorn, Play Misty for Me 
2007
Celestino Piatti, The Happy Owls 
2007
Jack Zander, Gnomes 
2008
Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955) 
2008
Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94 
2008
Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942) 
2008
Nasir P. Ramlee, Budak lapok 
2008
Willoughby Sharp, Police State 
2008
Dave Smith, 1990 MLB All-Star Game 
2008
Freddy Breck, Episode #1.3 
2008
Paul Greco, American Reunion 
2008
Justin Levens, UFC 59: Reality Check 
2008
Sammy Baugh, King of the Texas Rangers 
2008
Francisco Casavella, Volverás 
2008
Raymond Trouard, La valse de l'adieu 
2008
Héctor Malamud, Highlander II: The Quickening 
2009
Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983) 
2009
Jennifer Jones, American actress (b. 1919) 
2009
Dan O'Bannon, Screenwriter, after a short illness (b.1943) 
2009
Dan O'Bannon, Alien 
2009
Bob Hamilton, Episode #2.3 
2009
James Cairncross, Tom Jones 
2009
Chris Henry, Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos 
2009
Alaina Reed-Hall, Cruel Intentions 
2009
Dusan Jaksic, Noc na Gornjaku 
2009
Peter Sandloff, Mädchen in Uniform 
2009
Jennifer Jones, The Song of Bernadette 
2009
Erkki Pitkänen, Niskavuoren naiset 
2010
Captain Beefheart, American musician (b. 1941) 
2010
Walt Dropo, American baseball player (b. 1923) 
2010
María Jesús Sansegundo, Episode dated 28 September 2004 
2010
María Jesús San Segundo, Episode dated 9 June 2005 
2010
Ruth Park, Playing Beatie Bow 
2010
Andrew Ardolino, A City of Shoulders and Noses 
2010
Lina Romay, Love Laughs at Andy Hardy 
2010
Don Van Vliet, The Big Lebowski 
2010
Marcel LeBon, Episode #1.3 
2010
Martti Pennanen, One Man's War 
2010
Nikos Papatakis, Thanos and Despina 
2011
Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70 
2011
Sérgio Britto, The Greatest Love of All 
2011
Cesária Évora, Underground 
2011
Joãozinho Trinta, Samba of the Creation of the World 
2011
Kim Jong-il, The Juche Idea 
2011
Eva Ekvall, Miss Universe 2001 
2011
Krzysztof Szmagier, Zamknac za soba drzwi 
2012
Daniel K. Inouye, American politician, dies from respiratory complications at 88 
2012
Jesse Hill, The Third Annual Black Achievement Awards 
2012
Tony Charlton, Today 
2012
Rudolf Rudin, Russkoe chudo 
2012
Frank Pastore, W 3sixty5 
2012
Sándor Horváth, The Fifth Seal 
2012
Emma Style, Exam 
2012
Richie Dye, Road Trip 
2012
Daniel Inouye, The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 
2012
Géza Galán, Magellán 
2013
Azean Irdawaty, Waris jari hantu 
2013
Gisela Richter-Rostalski, Geschwister 
2013
Tetsuro Kashibuchi, Spiral 
2013
Richard Heffner, This Film Is Not Yet Rated 
2014
Bill Phillips, Rain Man 
2014
Lowell Steward, Episode dated 24 February 2005 
2014
Richard Hottelet, Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 
2014
Fritz Rudolf Fries, Das Luftschiff 
2014
Ivan Vekic, Battle for Vukovar 
2014
Heinz Fabian, Aus dem Alltag in der DDR 
2015
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Kevin White dead at 37 
2015
Motorcycle racer and Harley-Davidson guru Ray Price is dead at 78 
2016
Howard Bingham, close friend and personal photographer of Muhammad Ali, dies aged 77 
2016
Michael Nicholson, veteran TV war correspondent dies aged 79 
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