Famous People Who Died on July 17Th in History

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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

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What Happened Today in History?

1856 The Great Train Wreck of 1856 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, kills over 60 people.

1867 Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston. It was the first dental school in the U.S.

1918 – The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the German SM U-55; 5 lives are lost.

1944 Port Chicago disaster: Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320.

1996 TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing all 230 on board.


1646-1709 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia, He was an ancestor to Edith Bolling Wilson, Nancy Reagan, and John McCain

1768-1793 Charlotte Corday, French aristocrat and murderer, In 1793, she was executed under the guillotine for the assassination of Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat, who was partly responsible for the Reign of Terror

1718-1794 John Roebuck, British inventor, sulfuric acid

1804-1881 Jim Bridger, American mountain man, Indian fighter, and explorer and early survivor

1865-1950 Evangeline Booth, the 4th General of The Salvation Army

1915-1959 Billie Holiday, American singer

1875-1959 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher of the Washington Post

1886-1961 Ty Cobb, baseball player and famous Hall of Fame outfielder for the Detroit Tigers

1910-1974 Dizzy Dean, Major League baseball pitcher, Hall of Fame pitcher

1938-1996 Chas Chandler, bass guitarist (The Animals), record producer and manager

1917-2001 Katharine Graham, American publisher of the Washington Post

19372004 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor who appeared in the first three Indiana Jones movies

1913-2005 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-born actress

1918-2006 Mickey Spillane, American author

1916-2009 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist

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 hereto check out Faye’s writing





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