Famous People Who Died on August 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.

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What Happened Today in History?

1915 Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia, United States

1950 Hill 303 massacre: American POWs were massacred by North Korean Army.

1953 Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California

1998 Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about the relationship.

2008 Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.


1599-1657 Robert Blake, British admiral

1911-1940 Billy Fiske was the 1928 and 1932 Olympic champion bobsled driver and, following Jimmy Davies, was one of the first American pilots killed in action in World War II

1891-1964 Happy Felsch, American baseball player best known for his involvement in the Black Sox Scandal, he was kicked out of baseball

1939-1973 Paul Williams, American singer (The Temptations)

1907-1979 John C. Allen, American roller coaster designer who designed over 25 coasters

1909-1979 Vivian Vance, American actress who is best known for her role as Ethel Mertz, sidekick to Lucille Ball on the American television sitcom I Love Lucy, and as Vivian Bagley on The Lucy Show

1896-1983 Ira Gershwin was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century

1894-1987 Rudolf Hess was a prominent Nazi politician who was Adolf Hitler’s deputy in the Nazi Party during the 1930s and early 1940s

1914-1988 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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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