Famous Deaths on 15th December

  • 1025 Basilius II, the Bulgarendoder, Byzantine emperor (976-1025), dies
  • 1072 Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan in Persia (b. 1029)
  • 1230 Ottokar I, king of Bohemia (1197-1230), dies
  • 1263 King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)
  • 1515 Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese admiral, Duke of Goa and Viceroy of Portuguese India, dies at sea in sight of Goa at around 62
  • 1576 Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician, dies at 53
  • 1598 Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
  • 1621 Charles d'albert duke of Luynes/PM of France, dies at 43
  • 1626 Adriaen de Vries, Dutch sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
  • 1673 Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)

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1675 Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Love Letter), dies at 43

Painter Jan Vermeer
Painter
Jan Vermeer
  • 1683 Izaak Walton, English writer (b. 1593)
  • 1688 Gaspar Fagel, lawyer/Neth grand pensionary (1672-88), dies at 54
  • 1699 Henrik A van Reede tot Drakenstein, Dutch botanist, dies at about 63
  • 1712 Sidney 1st earl of Godolphine, English minister of Finance, dies at 67
  • 1715 George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), dies at 73
  • 1753 Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect (b. 1694)
  • 1779 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer, dies at 62
  • 1792 Joseph Martin Kraus, composer, dies at 36
  • 1816 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 44
  • 1817 Maria Walewska [Leszczinska], lover of emperor Napoleon I, dies
  • 1822 Ferenc Verseghy, composer, dies at 65
  • 1826 William Browser, revolting slave, executed in NYC
  • 1831 Paul R Cantzlaar, gov of Saba/Curacao/Dutch-West Indies, dies at 60
  • 1839 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish court-painter, dies at 66
  • 1855 Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
  • 1861 Gualtiero Sanelli, composer, dies at 45
  • 1880 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Justice, dies at 76
  • 1889 Ferdinand II A F A, King of Portugal, dies at 73

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1890 Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief (Little Big Horn), killed by US Police aged 58 or 59

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • 1892 Charles Balmer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1896 John GR Acquoy, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • 1901 Elias Alvares Lobo, composer, dies at 67
  • 1909 Francisco Tarrega y Eixea, composer, dies at 57
  • 1934 Maggie L. Walker, African American teacher and businesswoman (1st female Bank President),dies at 69
  • 1939 Tom McKibbin, cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies

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1943 Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1944 Glenn Miller, US band leader/jazz composer, dies at 40
  • 1946 Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
  • 1946 Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, dies at 77
  • 1947 Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
  • 1950 Robert Muller-Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
  • 1950 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian political leader, Iron Man of India (b. 1875)
  • 1951 Eric Drummond, 1st sec-gen League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75
  • 1953 Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46
  • 1958 Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1961 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player, dies at 99
  • 1962 Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

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1966 Walt [Walter] Disney, animator, producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co, dies at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1968 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86
  • 1968 Antonio Barrette, Canadian politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1899)
  • 1971 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • 1972 Edward Earle, actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
  • 1972 Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
  • 1973 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61
  • 1974 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1974 Anatole Litvak, Ukrainian-born screenwriter and film producer (b. 1902)
  • 1975 Mukhtar Ashrafi, composer, dies at 63
  • 1977 Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  • 1978 Chill Wills, actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
  • 1979 Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
  • 1984 Jan Peerce, [Perelmuth], operatic tenor, dies at 80 following a stroke
  • 1984 Lennard Pearce, English actor (b. 1915)
  • 1984 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
  • 1989 Arnold Moss, actor (Gambit), dies at 79
  • 1989 Edward Underdown, English actor (b. 1908)
  • 1990 Betty Warren actress (Passport to Pimlico), dies
  • 1990 Jean Paige, actress (Capt Blood, Black Beauty), dies
  • 1991 Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • 1991 Ray Smith, British actor (And Then You Die), dies at 55
  • 1993 Kakuei Tanaka, PM of Japan (1972-74), dies
  • 1994 Hans de Jong, musician/conductor (Amsterdams Vrouwenkoor), dies at 86
  • 1994 Harry Tobias, songwriter, dies at 99
  • 1994 Henry Phelps Brown, historian/economist, dies at 88
  • 1994 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater (Eur-bronze-33), dies at 87
  • 1995 James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, PM of Defense of Spain (1977-81), dies at 83
  • 1996 Gerald Moverley, priest, dies at 74
  • 1996 Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest, dies at 83
  • 1996 Laurens jan van der Post, explorer/conservationist, dies at 90
  • 1997 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar, dies at 69
  • 2001 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler (b. 1974)
  • 2001 Rufus Thomas, American musician (b. 1917)
  • 2003 George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)
  • 2004 Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
  • 2005 William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • 2006 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver (b. 1939)
  • 2007 John Berg (actor), American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Julia Carson, U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana (b. 1938)
  • 2008 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Blake Edwards, American film director (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Bob Feller, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80
  • 2011 Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62.

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2013 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress, dies of natural causes at 96

Actress Joan Fontaine
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Joan Fontaine
  • 2015 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), dies of cancer at 81