Famous People Who Died on May 17Th in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

See You In Heaven

What Happened on this Day in History?

1792 – The New York Stock Exchange is formed

1849 – A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground

2004 – Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex-marriage

2011 Queen Elizabeth II’s historic first visit to the Republic of Ireland The first visit of a British monarch to Ireland since 1906


1445-1510 – Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter

1745-1807 – John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War, he volunteered as a minuteman

1745-1829 – John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States

1821-1875 – John C. Breckinridge, 14th Vice President of the United States

1805-1879 – Asa Packer, American railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad

1804-1886 – John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer

1836-1911 – Frederick August Otto Schwarz, American entrepreneur who started FAO Schwarz

1848-1919 – Guido von List, German occult author

1884-1927 – Harold Geiger, U.S. Army aviation pioneer

1888-1963 – John Wilce, American physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University

1903-1992 – Lawrence Welk, American musician who starred in the Lawrence Welk Show

1920-2002 – Dave Berg, American cartoonist for Mad

1940-2002 – Sharon Sheeley was an American songwriter, born in California, who wrote songs for Glen Campbell, Ricky Nelson, Brenda Lee, and Sheeley’s former fiancé, Eddie Cochran.

1924-2007 – Lloyd Alexander, American author of fantasy books

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing




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