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

  1. 1179 - Hildegard of Bingen, German abbess and composer (b. 1098)
  2. 1322 - Robert III of Flanders (b. 1249)
  3. 1422 - Constantine II of Bulgaria.
  4. 1563 - Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland, English soldier
  5. 1574 - Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, first Spanish Governor of Florida (b. 1519)
  6. 1575 - Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss religious reformer (b. 1504)
  7. 1621 - Robert Bellarmine, Italian saint (b. 1542)
  8. 1630 - Thomas Lake, English statesman (b. 1567)
  9. 1665 - Philip IV of Spain (b. 1605)
  10. 1679 - John of Austria the Younger, Spanish general (b. 1629)
  11. 1727 - Glückel of Hameln, German businesswoman (b. 1647)
  12. 1762 - Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist (b. 1687)
  13. 1771 - Tobias Smollett, Scottish novelist (b. 1721)
  14. 1803 - Franz Xaver Süssmayr, Austrian composer (b. 1766)
  15. 1808 - Benjamin Bourne, American politician (b. 1755)
  16. 1836 - Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist (b. 1748)
  17. 1863 - Alfred de Vigny, French author (b. 1797)
  18. 1873 - Alexander Berry, Scottish adventurer (b. 1781)
  19. 1879 - Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (b. 1814)
  20. 1894 - Deng Shichang, Chinese admiral (b. 1849)
  21. 1907 - Ignaz Brüll, Austrian pianist (b. 1846)
  22. 1933 - Joseph De Piro, Maltese missionary (b. 1877)
  23. 1936 - Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist (b. 1877)
  24. 1938 - Bruno Jasienski, Polish poet (b. 1901)
  25. 1966 - Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (b. 1930)
  26. 1972 - Akim Tamiroff, Georgian actor (b. 1899)
  27. 1973 - Hugo Winterhalter, American bandleader (b. 1909)
  28. 1980 - Anastasio Somoza Debayle, President of Nicaragua (b. 1925)
  29. 1984 - Richard Basehart, American actor (b. 1914)
  30. 1987 - Harry Locke, British character actor (b. 1913)
  31. 1991 - Zino Francescatti, French violinist (b. 1902)
  32. 1993 - Christian Nyby, American film and television director (b. 1913)
  33. 1996 - Spiro Agnew, Vice President of the United States (b. 1918)
  34. 1997 - Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (b. 1913)
  35. 2000 - Nicole Reinhart, American cyclist (b. 1976)
  36. 2000 - Paula Yates, English TV personality (b. 1960)
  37. 2003 - Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)
  38. 2005 - Alfred Reed, American composer (b. 1921)
  39. 2006 - Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite (b. 1924)