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

  1. 1189 - Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Japanese general (b. 1159)
  2. 1336 - Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (b. 1288)
  3. 1365 - Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria and Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1328)
  4. 1395 - Constantine Dragas, Serbian ruler of a semi-independent realm
  5. 1464 - Thomas de Ros, 10th Baron de Ros, English politician (executed) (b. 1427)
  6. 1510 - Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter (b. 1445)
  7. 1521 - Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, English politician
  8. 1536 - George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford, English diplomat
  9. 1575 - Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1504)
  10. 1626 - Juan Pujol, Catalan composer (b. 1570)
  11. 1643 - Giovanni Picchi, Italian composer
  12. 1727 - Catherine I of Russia
  13. 1729 - Samuel Clarke, English philosopher (b. 1675)
  14. 1765 - Alexis Claude Clairault, French mathematician (b. 1713)
  15. 1797 - Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (b. 1719)
  16. 1801 - William Heberden, English physician (b. 1710)
  17. 1809 - Leopold Auenbrugger, Austrian physician (b. 1722)
  18. 1822 - Armand-Emmanuel du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, French-Russian statesman (b. 1766)
  19. 1829 - John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)
  20. 1838 - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, French diplomat (b. 1754)
  21. 1839 - Archibald Alison, Scottish author (b. 1757)
  22. 1868 - Isami Kondo, Shinsengumi Commander (b. 1834)
  23. 1875 - John C. Breckinridge, Vice President of the United States (b. 1821)
  24. 1879 - Asa Packer, Railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad (b. 1805)
  25. 1886 - John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (b. 1804)
  26. 1888 - Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820)
  27. 1916 - Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (b. 1862)
  28. 1917 - Charles Anthoni Johnson Brooke, ruler of Sarawak (b. 1829)
  29. 1919 - Guido von List, German occult author (b. 1848)
  30. 1935 - Paul Dukas, French composer (b. 1865)
  31. 1947 - George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  32. 1985 - Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)
  33. 1987 - Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
  34. 1992 - Lawrence Welk, American musician (b. 1903)
  35. 1995 - Hector "Toe" Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and NHL coach (b. 1912)
  36. 1996 - Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  37. 1996 - Scott Brayton, American race car driver (b. 1959)
  38. 1999 - Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)
  39. 2000 - Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1909)
  40. 2001 - Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  41. 2002 - Dave Berg, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  42. 2002 - Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)
  43. 2002 - Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  44. 2002 - Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)
  45. 2003 - Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916)
  46. 2004 - Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
  47. 2004 - Tony Randall, American actor (b. 1920)
  48. 2004 - Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  49. 2005 - Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)
  50. 2006 - Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  51. 2006 - Eric Forth, MP (b. 1944)
  52. 2006 - Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)