Famous People Who Died on April 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?

1521 – Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings

1790 – Benjamin Franklin dies, American inventor, diplomat, and printer and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America
1861 – American Civil War: Virginia secedes from the United States

1949 – At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland

1964 – Shea Stadium opens

1975 – The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender

2006 – Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70


1706-1790 – Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, diplomat, and printer and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania, 1st United States Postmaster General, he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1762-1843 – Samuel Morey, American inventor who invented an internal combustion engine and was a pioneer in steamships who accumulated a total of 20 patents.

1810-1882 – George Jennings was an English sanitary engineer and plumber who invented the first public toilets

1822-1902 – Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain

1938-1960 – Eddie Cochran was an American rock and roll pioneer who in his brief career had a small but lasting influence on rock music through his guitar playing. Cochran’s rockabilly songs, such as “C’mon Everybody”, “Somethin’ Else” and “Summertime Blues” were popular to teenagers, he died in a road accident at the age of 21

1901-1987 – Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers and director at the Bank of England

1936-1990 – Reverend Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights activist

1928-1995 – Frank E. Resnik, American business executive, In 1980, Resnik was named executive vice president of Philip Morris’ Tobacco Technology Group. In 1984, he was named president and CEO of Philip Morris USA. In 1989, he became chairman of that company. In January 1991, after 38 years with Philip Morris

1941-1998 – Linda McCartney was an American photographer, musician and animal rights activist. Her father and mother were Lee Eastman and Louise Sara Lindner Eastman, heiress to the Lindner Department Store fortune, she was the wife of Paul McCartney who died from breast cancer, she actually sang on a Beatles song and was part of Wings group with her husband Paul McCartney, she provided back-up vocals to her husband in his solo career

1930-2003 – Robert Atkins, American dietician, the man who began the Atkins diet and said that carbohydrates were bad for the body

1932-2003 – Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist who was filthy rich

1934-2003 – Earl King was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, most active in blues music. A composer of well-known standards such as “Come On” (covered by Jimi Hendrix) and Professor Longhair’s “Big Chief”, he is an important figure in New Orleans R&B music

1910-2007 – Kitty Carlisle was an American singer, actress and spokeswoman for the arts. She is best remembered as a regular panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth. She served 20 years on the New York State Council on the Arts. In 1991, she received the National Medal of Arts from President George H. W. Bush

1950-2008 – Danny Federici, American organ player (E-Street Band)

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