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

  1. 532 - Pope Boniface II
  2. 1174 - Queen Petronila of Aragon (b. 1135)
  3. 1586 - Philip Sidney, English courtier, soldier, and writer (killed in battle) (b. 1554)
  4. 1660 - Adrian Scrope, English regicide (b. 1601)
  5. 1673 - Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, English statesman (b. 1630)
  6. 1757 - René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French scientist (b. 1683)
  7. 1776 - Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (b. 1681)
  8. 1780 - William Cookworthy, English chemist (b. 1705)
  9. 1786 - Johann Ludwig Aberli, Swiss artist (b. 1723)
  10. 1806 - Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haitian independence leader (b. 1758)
  11. 1836 - Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (b. 1782)
  12. 1837 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian pianist and composer (b. 1778)
  13. 1849 - Frédéric Chopin, Polish-French musician and composer (b. 1810)
  14. 1868 - Laura Secord, Canadian heroine of the war of 1812 (b. 1775)
  15. 1887 - Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (b. 1824)
  16. 1889 - Nikolai Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher (b. 1828)
  17. 1910 - Julia Ward Howe, American composer and abolitionist (b. 1819)
  18. 1931 - Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (b. 1884)
  19. 1934 - Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist and neuroscientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine ( b. 1852)
  20. 1958 - Charlie Townsend, English cricketer (b. 1876)
  21. 1962 - Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  22. 1963 - Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (b. 1865)
  23. 1967 - Henry Pu Yi, last Emperor of China (b. 1906)
  24. 1970 - Pierre Laporte, Vice-Premier of Quebec (assassinated) (b. 1921)
  25. 1970 - Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  26. 1972 - Prince George of Yugoslavia (b. 1887)
  27. 1972 - Turk Broda, National Hockey League goaltender (b. 1914)
  28. 1973 - Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian writer (b. 1926)
  29. 1979 - S. J. Perelman, American writer (b. 1904)
  30. 1981 - Albert Cohen, Swiss author (b. 1895)
  31. 1984 - Henri Michaux, French painter and poet (b. 1899)
  32. 1991 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, American singer and television performer (b. 1919)
  33. 1992 - Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician (b. 1912)
  34. 1998 - Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  35. 1998 - Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
  36. 2000 - Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  37. 2001 - Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)
  38. 2001 - Jay Livingston, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  39. 2002 - Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  40. 2004 - Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  41. 2005 - Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
  42. 2005 - Franky Gee, European techno artist (b. 1962)
  43. 2006 - Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
  44. 2006 - Christopher Glenn, American newscaster (b. 1938)