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

  1. 197 - Clodius Albinus, Roman usurper (killed in battle)
  2. 364 - Jovian, Roman Emperor
  3. 1339 - Duke Otto of Austria (b. 1301)
  4. 1371 - Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria.
  5. 1596 - Friedrich Sylburg, German classical scholar (b. 1536)
  6. 1600 - Giordano Bruno, Italian philosopher (burned at the stake) (b. 1548)
  7. 1609 - Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1549)
  8. 1624 - Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)
  9. 1659 - Abel Servien, French diplomat (b. 1593)
  10. 1673 - Molière, French playwright (b. 1622)
  11. 1680 - Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English statesman and writer (b. 1599)
  12. 1680 - Jan Swammerdam, Dutch scientist (b. 1637)
  13. 1715 - Antoine Galland, French archaeologist (b. 1646)
  14. 1732 - Louis Marchand, French organist and harpsichordist (b. 1669)
  15. 1768 - Arthur Onslow, English politician (b. 1691)
  16. 1780 - Andreas Felix von Oefele, German historian and librarian (b. 1706)
  17. 1841 - Ferdinando Carulli, Italian guitarist
  18. 1854 - John Martin, English painter (b. 1789)
  19. 1856 - Heinrich Heine, German writer (b. 1797)
  20. 1874 - Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, Belgian mathematician (b. 1796)
  21. 1883 - Napoleon Coste, French guitarist and composer (b. 1806)
  22. 1883 - Vasudeo Balwant Phadke, Indian revolutionary (b. 1845)
  23. 1909 - Geronimo, Apache leader (b. 1829)
  24. 1919 - Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1841)
  25. 1934 - King Albert I of Belgium (b. 1875)
  26. 1934 - Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862)
  27. 1939 - Willy Hess, German violinist (b. 1859)
  28. 1943 - Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer (b. 1888)
  29. 1943 - Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (b. 1872)
  30. 1961 - Nita Naldi, American actress (b. 1897)
  31. 1962 - Bruno Walter, German conductor (b. 1876)
  32. 1970 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israeli writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1888)
  33. 1970 - Alfred Newman, American film composer (b. 1901)
  34. 1977 - Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (shot) (b. 1922)
  35. 1982 - Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist (b. 1917)
  36. 1982 - Lee Strasberg, Austrian-born actor (b. 1901)
  37. 1990 - Erik Rhodes, American actor (b. 1906)
  38. 1994 - Randy Shilts, American author and activist (AIDS) (b. 1951)
  39. 1998 - Ernst Jünger, German author (b. 1895)
  40. 2001 - Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (brain aneurysm) (b. 1948)
  41. 2004 - José López Portillo, President of Mexico (b. 1920)
  42. 2005 - Dan O'Herlihy, Irish actor (b. 1919)
  43. 2005 - Omar Sivori, Argentine football player (b. 1935)
  44. 2006 - Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican musician (congas) (b. 1929)