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

  1. 942 - William Longsword
  2. 1187 - Pope Gregory VIII
  3. 1195 - Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut (b. 1150)
  4. 1663 - Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (b. 1583)
  5. 1721 - Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough, English statesman (b. 1640)
  6. 1830 - Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan-born libertator, six nations (b. 1783)
  7. 1833 - Kaspar Hauser, German foundling (b. 1812)
  8. 1897 - Alphonse Daudet, French writer (b. 1840)
  9. 1907 - William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish-born physicist (b. 1824)
  10. 1909 - Léopold II of Belgium (b. 1835)
  11. 1917 - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, British physician (b. 1836)
  12. 1917 - Frank Gotch, wrestler (b. 1878)
  13. 1933 - Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama (b. 1876)
  14. 1940 - Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (b. 1860)
  15. 1962 - Thomas Mitchell, American actor (b. 1892)
  16. 1987 - Linda Wong, Adult film actress (b. 1951)
  17. 1957 - Dorothy L. Sayers, British writer (b. 1893)
  18. 1964 - Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1883)
  19. 1967 - Harold Holt, Australian Prime Minister (b. 1908)
  20. 1978 - Ron Ellis, American jazz trumpeter, composer and big band leader (b. 1934)
  21. 1982 - Homer S. Ferguson, United States Senator (b. 1889)
  22. 1987 - Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (b. 1903)
  23. 1992 - Dana Andrews, American actor (b. 1909)
  24. 1998 - Claudia Benton, Peruvian child psychologist (b. 1959)
  25. 1999 - Grover Washington, Jr., American saxophonist (b. 1943)
  26. 1999 - Rex Allen, American actor, singer and songwriter (b. 1920)
  27. 2002 - James Hazeldine, British actor, well kown for his role on series London's Burning (b. 1947)
  28. 2003 - Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)
  29. 2003 - Otto Graham, American football player (b. 1921)
  30. 2005 - Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922)
  31. 2005 - Marc Favreau, Quebec humorist and actor (Sol) b. 1929)