The following is a list of notable world figures who died on August 17th.

  1. 1153 - Eustace IV of Boulogne, son of Stephen of England (b. 1130)
  2. 1304 - Emperor Go-Fukakusa of Japan (b. 1243)
  3. 1510 - Edmund Dudley, English statesman (b. 1462)
  4. 1657 - Robert Blake, British admiral (b. 1599)
  5. 1673 - Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist (b. 1641)
  6. 1676 - Hans Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen, German novelist (b. 1621)
  7. 1720 - Anne Lefèvre, French scholar (b. 1654)
  8. 1723 - Joseph Bingham, English scholar (b. 1668)
  9. 1768 (N. S.) - Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (b. 1703)
  10. 1785 - Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of the Colony and the state of Connecticut (b. 1710)
  11. 1786 - King Frederick II of Prussia (b. 1712)
  12. 1834 - Husein Gradašcevic, Bosnian rebel leader (b. 1802)
  13. 1850 - Don José de San Martín, Argentine general (b. 1778)
  14. 1850 - Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (b. 1799)
  15. 1875 - Wilhelm Bleek, linguist (b. 1827)
  16. 1880 - Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (b. 1810)
  17. 1896 - Bridget Driscoll, world's first automobile fatality
  18. 1901 - Edmond Audran, French composer (b. 1842)
  19. 1918 - Moisei Uritsky, Russian revolutionary (b. 1873)
  20. 1920 - Ray Chapman, baseball player (b. 1891)
  21. 1925 - Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer of Romanian origin (b. 1848)
  22. 1940 - Billy Fiske, American aviator and Olympic athlete (b. 1911)
  23. 1954 - Billy Murray, recording artist (b. 1877)
  24. 1962 - Peter Fechter trying to cross the Berlin Wall (b. 1944)
  25. 1969 - Otto Stern, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1888)
  26. 1971 - Wilhelm List, German field marshal (b. 1880)
  27. 1973 - Jean Barraqué, French composer (b. 1928)
  28. 1973 - Paul Williams, American singer (The Temptations) (b. 1939)
  29. 1973 - Conrad Aiken, American author (b. 1889)
  30. 1979 - Vivian Vance, actress (b. 1909)
  31. 1983 - Ira Gershwin, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  32. 1987 - Rudolf Hess, Nazi deputy (b. 1894)
  33. 1988 - Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, 6th President of Pakistan (b. 1924)
  34. 1990 - Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (b. 1918)
  35. 1992 - Al Parker, actor (b. 1952)
  36. 2004 - Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)
  37. 2005 - John Bahcall, astrophysicist (b. 1934)