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1886John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82

2012Donna Summer, American singer, dies from lung cancer at 63

1829John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)

1694Johann Michael Bach, German composer, dies at 46

May 17th Deaths
Date Event
1050
Guido van Arezzo, Italian music theorist, dies 
1189
Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Japanese general (b. 1159) 
1336
Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (b. 1288) 
1365
Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria and Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1328) 
1395
Constantine Dragas, Serbian ruler of a semi-independent realm 
1464
Thomas de Ros, 10th Baron de Ros, English politician (executed) (b. 1427) 
1510
Sandro Botticelli, Florentine Renaissance painter (Birth of Venus), dies at about 65 
1521
Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, English politician (b. 1478) 
1536
George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded after being tried and convicted for high treason and incest at 32 
1575
Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury (1559-75), dies at 68 
1591
Jost/Jobst/Jodocus Amman, Swiss cartoonist/graphic artist, dies at 51 
1606
Forges Dimitri #1, Tsar of Russia (1605-06), murdered 
1626
Juan Pujol, Catalan composer (b. 1570) 
1694
Johann Michael Bach, German composer, dies at 46 
1695
Cornelis de Heem, painter, dies 
1727
Catherine I, Empress of Russia (1725-27), dies 
1729
Samuel Clarke, theologian, dies 
1765
Alexis Claude Clairault, French mathematician (b. 1713) 
1796
Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, composer, dies at 89 
1797
Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (b. 1719) 
1801
William Heberden, English physician (b. 1710) 
1807
John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745) 
1809
Leopold Auenbrugger von Auenbrugg, physician, dies 
1822
Armand-Emmanuel du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, French-Russian statesman (b. 1766) 
1829
John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745) 
1838
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, French diplomat (b. 1754) 
1838
René Caillé, French explorer (b. 1799) 
1839
Archibald Alison, Scottish author (b. 1757) 
1851
Jean E "Adrian" van Bevervoorde, journalist (Treason), dies at 31 
1864
N Hawthorne, writer, dies at 59 
1866
Adolf Bernhard Marx, composer, dies at 70 
1868
Isami Kondo, Shinsengumi Commander (b. 1834) 
1872
Fryderyk Edward Sobolewski, composer, dies at 63 
1875
John C. Breckinridge, Vice President of the United States (b. 1821) 
1879
Asa Packer, railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad (b. 1805) 
1883
Lydia Estes Pinklham, patent-medicine manufacturer, dies 
1884
Louis Brassin, composer, dies at 43 
1886
John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82 
1888
Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820) 
1889
William Roxby Beverly, artist, dies 
1892
Gyorgy Klapka, Hungarian general/parliament leader, dies at 72 
1913
Dwijendralal Roy, Mathru Bhoomi 
1914
Peter Leyten, bishop of Breda (1885-1914), dies at 79 
1914
Antonio Grisanti, The Last Days of Pompeii 
1916
Gervais Bernard Gaston Salvayre, composer, dies at 68 
1916
Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (b. 1862) 
1917
Charles Anthoni Johnson Brooke, ruler of Sarawak (b. 1829) 
1918
William L. Abingdon, Manon Lescaut 
1919
Bohumil Pazdirek, composer, dies at 80 
1919
Guido von List, German occult author (b. 1848) 
1920
Maitland Hathorn, cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests S Afr 1901-11), dies 
1921
Hermin Haraszti, Nobody's Son 
1921
Karl Mantzius, Secret of the Pavillions 
1926
Lucien Herr, French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies 
1927
Harold Geiger, U.S. Army aviation pioneer (b. 1884) 
1930
Herbert David Croly, US founder (New Republic), dies at 61 
1931
Johan [Eliza J] de Master, art critic/writer, dies 
1931
Timothy Cole, wood engraver, dies 
1935
Paul Dukas, French composer (b. 1865) 
1935
Paul Dukas, The Sorcerer's Apprentice 
1936
Panagis Tsaldaris, twice Greek prime minister (b. 1868) 
1936
Ernest Glendinning, The Seventh Noon 
1936
Edwards Davis, Tramp, Tramp, Tramp 
1936
Milla Davenport, Daddy-Long-Legs 
1936
Ben Greet, Victory and Peace 
1938
Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and zionist (b. 1877) 
1939
Kempton Greene, Oh, You Uncle! 
1940
Lewis Schooler, Deceit 
1942
Solly Ward, The Wife's Birthday 
1943
Montagu Love, actor (Wind), dies at 65 
1943
Montagu Love, The Adventures of Robin Hood 
1943
Edward McWade, Arsenic and Old Lace 
1944
Felix Basch, Patience 
1944
Milena Jesenska, Nu devant un fantôme 
1944
John Wahlbom, Munkbrogreven 
1945
Jan van Geenen, resistance fighter, dies 
1945
Sasaki Shigetsu Sokei-an, founder 1st Zen Institute of America, dies 
1945
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins, Pups Is Pups 
1945
David Clyde, The Scarlet Claw 
1945
Henry H. Knibbs, Tony Runs Wild 
1945
Shayle Gardner, St. Elmo 
1945
Hans Georg von Friedeburg, Triumph of the Will 
1947
George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869) 
1947
Seabiscuit, Seabiscuit: The Lost Documentary 
1947
Ben Taggart, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe 
1949
William J. Kelly, When My Ship Comes In 
1949
Béla Balázs, The 3 Penny Opera 
1950
Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67 
1950
Eduardo Fabini, A Useful Life 
1951
Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66 
1951
S. Sylvan Simon, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood 
1951
Aleksandr Kramov, Mashinist Ukhtomskiy 
1953
Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73 
1953
Howard Fogg, Rhapsody in Two Languages 
1953
Eric DeLamarter, Humoresque 
1953
Leon Xanrof, The Love Parade 
1954
Arthur Lucan, Vampire Over London 
1954
Ethel Hill, The Little Princess 
1955
Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies 
1955
Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer, dies at 75 
1955
Leslie Hylton, cricketer (West Indies quickie 1939), hung for murder 
1955
Francesco Balilla Pratella, Terra madre 
1956
Edward J. Meagher, Through Thick and Thin 
1957
Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54 
1957
Herb Allen, Hail the Chimp 
1957
Shalva Azmaiparashvili, Ukanaskneli djvarosnebi 
1958
F. Hugh Herbert, The Moon Is Blue 
1959
Marjorie Cantor, Eddie Cantor 
1959
Erzsi Antal, Garszonlakás kiadó 
1959
Jerry Unser,  
1959
George Albert Smith, A Kiss in the Tunnel 
1960
Jules Supervielle, Le voleur d'enfants 
1961
Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81 
1961
Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74 
1961
Andrei Demidenko, Strogiy yunosha 
1963
John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888) 
1964
Otto V Kuusinen, pres of Karelo-Finnish soviet rep (1940-56), dies 82 
1964
Lord Brabazon of Tara, Episode #6.35 
1966
Randolph Turpin, Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Randolph Turpin 
1967
John Wesley Work, composer, dies at 65 
1967
Nigel Martin Balchin, novelist, dies 
1967
Paul E. Burns, Son of Paleface 
1969
Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80 
1970
Nigel M Balchin, English author (My Executioner), dies at 61 
1973
Alexander J Kropholler, Dutch architect/writer, dies at 91 
1974
Charles Braswell, actor (Only Game in Town), dies at 49 
1974
Ernest Nash, German born archaeologist (b. 1898) 
1976
Hermann Warm, Vampyr 
1978
John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies 
1979
Jerzy Kotowski, Gapiszon na stacji 
1979
Donyale Luna, Fellini Satyricon 
1980
Gertrude Sutton, The Soul of a Heel 
1981
Hugo Freidhofer, composer, dies at 80 
1981
Jeannette Ridlon Piccard, 1st US woman free balloon pilot, dies 
1981
László Ferencz, Félelem 
1981
Tomiko Hattori, Enoken no songokû: songokû zenko-hen 
1981
Hugo Friedhofer, Casablanca 
1981
Ross Allen, Catching Trouble 
1982
Dixie Walker, Game 7 
1982
Pjer Majhrovski, Stanbeno rjesenje broj... 
1983
Victor Halperin, White Zombie 
1983
Herbert Körbs, The Captain from Cologne 
1983
Valodia Tsuladze, Dzakhili 
1983
Edward C. Higgins, Night School 
1984
Elza Gomes, All Nudity Shall Be Punished 
1984
William Classen, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 
1984
Vick Knight, It Happened on Fifth Avenue 
1984
Luigi Alfano, Escape from Alcatraz 
1984
Gordon Sinclair, Ma Murray & Gordon Sinclair 
1985
Bobby Ewing, (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas 
1985
Hugh Burden, actor (Night of Laughing Dead), dies at 72 
1985
Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910) 
1985
Rodolfo Lombardi, Nobody's Children 
1985
J. Brian, Little Boy Lust 
1985
Abe Burrows, Just Go with It 
1985
Hugh Burden, The Ruling Class 
1986
Robert Meadows, Overboard 
1986
John Gibson, The Young and the Restless 
1987
Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88 
1987
Anna Kulawinska, Król Macius I 
1988
Frank Gallop, Episode #14.26 
1988
Wiktor Buchwald, Warszawska premiera 
1988
Guy Glover, The Street 
1989
Geoff Brewer, Midnight Run 
1989
Roger Ammann, Fletch 
1989
Georgi Alurkov, Captive Flock 
1989
Michael Dyne, Oliver Twist 
1989
Ota Hofman, Lucie, postrach ulice 
1989
Walter Gross, One or the Other 
1990
William Bosche, Mars and Beyond 
1990
Carlos Riquelme, The Milagro Beanfield War 
1990
Bob Danvers Walker, Call Me Madam? 
1990
Frank Wright, Rising Tones Cross 
1990
Vivien R. Bretherton, Love Finds Andy Hardy 
1991
Göthe Grefbo, Summer with Monika 
1991
Junchao Jiang, Cheng feng po lang 
1991
Ilse Trautschold, Possession 
1991
Mario Panzeri, Walk on Water 
1992
George Hurrell, Hollywood photographer, dies of cancer at 87 
1992
Lawrence Welk, conductor/accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89 
1992
Leonardo del Ferro, [Keyser], US epic tenor, dies 
1992
Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34 
1992
J.D. Trop, Une fée... pas comme les autres 
1992
Astrid Marmstedt, Eva går ombord 
1992
Lawrence Welk, The Lawrence Welk Show 
1992
Arthur de Titta, The Sorrows of Satan 
1992
Frederick Heider, Till Autumn 
1992
Irving Rosenberg, Anatomy of a Murder 
1992
George Hurrell Sr., Rabbit Test 
1993
Joe Ploski, Li'l Abner 
1993
Robert Lapoujade, Un comédien sans paradoxe 
1993
Holger Eckert, Ulzana 
1994
Alain Cuny, [René X Marie], French actor (La Dolce Vita), dies at 85 
1994
Andrew Brown, film Producer, dies at 55 
1994
Donald Keith Falkner, singer, dies at 94 
1994
Willian Noel Moffet, architect, dies at 82 
1994
Jarmila Smejkalová, Friday Morning 
1994
Hélène Darly, Fille du peuple 
1995
Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer, dies at 72 
1995
Annette Henley, Nightmare in Badham County 
1995
Hector 'Toe' Blake,  
1995
Shawn Nelson, Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story 
1995
Robert Sommerwerck, Kennedy 
1995
George Metkovich, Three Little Words 
1996
Rusi Modi, cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies 
1996
Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37 
1996
Willi Daume, olympic organiser, dies at 82 
1996
Willis Conover, broadcaster, dies at 75 
1996
Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61 
1996
Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966) 
1996
Nikolaus Utermöhlen, Georgette Meunier 
1996
Rita Gladunko, Chasy ostanovilis v polnoch 
1996
Gerald Tueber, Slap Shot 
1996
Willis Conover, Jazz at the Smithsonian: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 
1996
Georg Hensel, Instinkt ist alles 
1996
Virgil Ross, Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie 
1996
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, Syriana 
1998
Ivan Butler, Big Bad Mouse 
1998
Andrzej Kierc, Karuzela 
1999
Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949) 
1999
Nat Dickerson, Arthur Godfrey and His Friends 
1999
James Broughton, The Pleasure Garden 
1999
Henry Jones, Vertigo 
2000
Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1909) 
2000
Donald Coggan, Episode dated 16 June 1974 
2000
Paul Nickell, The Crucible 
2000
Egil Lorck, Prosessen 
2001
Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908) 
2001
Frank Slaughter, Doctors' Wives 
2001
Robert Knapp, Gunmen from Laredo 
2001
Frank Frezzo, FernGully: The Last Rainforest 
2001
Yossi Yadin, Lies My Father Told Me 
2001
Ikuma Dan, Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto 
2002
Dave Berg, American cartoonist (b. 1920) 
2002
Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940) 
2002
Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927) 
2002
Suzi Bass, My Cousin Vinny 
2002
Earl Hammond, The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus 
2002
Dave Berg, The Mad Magazine TV Special 
2002
Ladislao Kubala, Episode #1.1 
2002
Norman Vaughan, Episode #3.10 
2002
Joe Black, Yogi Berra 
2002
Marie Kenney, The Towering Inferno 
2002
Sharon Sheeley, American Graffiti 
2003
Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916) 
2003
Pop Ivy, 1962 AFL Championship Game 
2003
Harold Loeb, The Magnolia Touch 
2003
Jørgen Fønss, Hjerter i slør 
2003
Edith Carlmar, Fools in the Mountains 
2003
Blair Davies, Connecticut State Police 
2003
Maurice McEndree, An Act of Terror 
2003
Gordon Salkilld, Close My Eyes 
2003
Helen Jones Carter, A Labyrinth of Time 
2003
Clarence Tripp, Kinsey's Paedophiles 
2004
Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920) 
2004
Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943) 
2004
Gunnar Graps, Tam, gde nas net 
2004
Tony Randall, Pillow Talk 
2004
Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, The Missing Link 
2004
Karl Kuhn, Expedition: Bismarck 
2004
Jørgen Nash, Det gåtfulla leendets kavalkad 
2004
Ruggero Romor, The Aerialist 
2004
Cathy Rosier, Le Samouraï 
2005
Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934) 
2005
Jarmo Porola, Toivo Kärki, unta ja totta 
2005
Jukka Kajava, Pallo hallussa 
2005
Keith Miller, A Many Splintered Thing 
2005
Jean-Pierre Pincemin, C'est de l'art 
2005
Frank Gorshin, Twelve Monkeys 
2006
Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911) 
2006
Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944) 
2006
Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980) 
2006
Eva Maria Bauer, Tauchmanöver 
2006
Wolf Flüs, Amphitryon 
2006
Cy Feuer, Angel and the Badman 
2006
John Miles, The Tattooed Stranger 
2006
Dan Q. Kennis, Satan's Sadists 
2007
Lloyd Alexander, author (b. 1924) 
2007
Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron 
2007
Devvy Davenport, Hollywood Varieties 
2007
Dietmar Pflegerl, Die Sternstunde des Josef Bieder 
2007
Toki Shiozawa, Dodes'ka-den 
2008
Wilfred Mellers, The Compleat Beatles 
2008
Sophan Sophiaan, Regret 
2008
Joseph Lebworth, Walk on the Wild Side 
2008
Page Hearn, 3-2-1 Penguins: The Cheating Scales of Bullamanka 
2008
Zélia Gattai, Anarquistas Graças a Deus 
2009
Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet (b. 1920) 
2009
Jung Seung-hye, South Korean film producer (b. 1965) 
2009
Petar Slabakov, Tsar i general 
2009
Roland Arblaster, Going Up? 
2009
Doris L. Rich, Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight 
2009
Octavia St. Laurent, Paris Is Burning 
2009
Mario Benedetti, The Dark Side of the Heart 
2009
Prakash Mehra, Sharaabi 
2009
Radek Hajda, Tracks 
2009
John Sliskovich, Brother's War 
2009
David Herbert Donald, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 1 - Ambition 
2009
Mitsuko Yorichika, Hideyoshi 
2010
Walasse Ting, Chinese/American painter (b. 1929) 
2010
Bob Breitbard, Best Boxers 
2010
Richard L. Gregory, Blind to Science 
2010
Bobbejaan Schoepen, The Eurovision Song Contest 
2010
Carla Zilbersmith, Leave Them Laughing 
2010
Walter Rodriguez, ¡Que buena vida! 
2011
Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (b. 1936) 
2011
Sean Dunphy, The Eurovision Song Contest 
2011
Ethan Marc, Taking Flight 
2011
Harmon Killebrew, Rocky Colavito vs. Harmon Killebrew 
2011
Silvia Solar, Cannibal Terror 
2011
Ewa Szumanska, Cala naprzód 
2011
Herbert F. Schubert, Das Mädchen seiner Träume 
2011
Dan-San Abbott, The Red Baron: Master of the Air 
2011
Thomas MacAnna, Ulysses 
2012
Donna Summer, American singer, dies from lung cancer at 63 
2012
Donna Summer, American Hustle 
2012
France Clidat, Episode dated 13 November 1966 
2012
Michael Rosenbaum, Ted Kennedy: The Last Brother 
2012
Warda, Ah ya liel ya zaman 
2012
Ron Shock, Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary 
2012
Peter Zwetkoff, Kassbach - Ein Portrait 
2013
Alan O'Day, American rocker, dies from brain cancer at 72 
2013
Ken Venturi, American golfer and sports broadcaster, dies from multiple infections at 82 
2013
Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinean dictator, dies from complications from a fall at 87 
2013
Barbara Faulkner, Stowaway to the Moon 
2013
Harold Shapero, Appuis et suspensions 
2013
Guido Giambartolomei, Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory 
2013
Ken Venturi, Back Nine at Cherry Hills: The Legends of the 1960 U.S. Open 
2013
Jerome Reehuis, De boezemvriend 
2013
Penne Hackforth-Jones, Mao's Last Dancer 
2013
Alan O'Day, Super 8 
2013
Jorge Rafael Videla, Condor - les axes du mal 
2014
Shirlee Garner, Strange Compulsion 
2014
Valeriy Matveev, Monologue 
2014
David Abbott,  
2014
Hussien El Imam, Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story 
2014
Hans Jürgen Pohland, Cat and Mouse 
2014
Gerald Edelman, Life Beyond Earth 
2015
Lita de Lázzari, Episode dated 2 September 2002 
2015
Judson Randolph, A Doctor's Story 
2015
Don Smoothey, Labour or Love 
2015
Claude Carliez, Moonraker 
2015
Yuriy Perov, Yolanta 
2017
Few Mourn as One of Britain's Most Evil Serial Killers, Ian Brady, Dies Aged 79 
2017
Malta football icon Ronnie Cocks dies, aged 73 
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