Famous Deaths on December 19

  • 401 Anastasius I, Bishop of Rome (399-401), dies
  • 1075 Edith of Wessex, wife of Edward the Confessor of England
  • 1327 Agnes of France, Duchess of Burgundy
  • 1370 Urban V, [Guillaume de Grimoard], 1st Avignon Pope (1362-70), dies
  • 1614 Melchior Bischoff, composer, dies at 67
  • 1737 James Sobieski, Crown Prince of Poland (b. 1667)
  • 1741 Vitus J Bering, Dutch navigator/explorer, dies
  • 1749 Francesco Antonio Bonporti, composer, dies at 76
  • 1751 Louise of Great Britain, wife of Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1724)
  • 1798 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, publisher (Moniteur Universel), dies at 62
  • 1800 Georg Peter Weimar, composer, dies at 66
  • 1804 Mary Bright, British PM Rockingham, dies
  • 1807 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (b. 1723)
  • 1810 Johann Heinrich Egli, composer, dies at 68
  • 1813 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1744)
  • 1814 Joseph Bramah, Inventor and Locksmith, notably invented the beer pump
  • 1815 Michel Woldemar, composer, dies at 65
  • 1815 Robert Hudson, composer, dies at 83
  • 1819 Sir Thomas Fremantle, British naval officer and politician (b. 1765)
  • 1823 Nicolas-Joseph Hullmandel, composer, dies at 67
  • 1848 Adam FJA van Duyn, governor of South Holland, dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1848 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), dies of tuberculosis at 30

  • 1851 J M William Turner, British painter (Rain, Steam & Speed), dies at 76
  • 1867 Jean-Georges Kastner, composer, dies at 57
  • 1878 Bayard Taylor, American author and poet (b. 1825)
  • 1914 Johann F Ritter von Schulte, German catholic lawyer, dies at 87
  • 1915 Alois Alzheimer, German psychiatrist/neurologist (Alzheimer Disease), dies at 51
  • 1925 Jose Ignacio Quinton, composer, dies at 44
  • 1929 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 36
  • 1930 Johnny Douglas, cricketer (soccer int, boxing gold medal), drowns
  • 1932 Yoon Bong-Gil, Korean activist (b. 1908)
  • 1933 George Jackson Churchward, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (b. 1857)
  • 1938 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, U.S. Congressman (b. 1873)
  • 1939 Eric Fogg, English composer, dies under a train at 36
  • 1939 Karl Wagenfeld, Low German writer (Lucifer, Death & Devil), dies at 70
  • 1939 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor/director (The White), dies at 57
  • 1941 L M Dovator, Russian general, dies in battle
  • 1944 Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (b. 1856)
  • 1946 Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  • 1951 Barton Yarbrough, actor (Dragnet), dies at 51
  • 1952 Harry Makepeace, cricketer (cricket & soccer intl for England), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

  • 1953 Rudolf Leonhard, writer, dies
  • 1957 John Van Druten, English playwright and theatre director, dies at 56
  • 1957 John W Van Druten, US stage/screenwriter (I Remember Mama), dies at 56
  • 1959 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
  • 1966 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82
  • 1967 Alfred Courtens, Belgian sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1968 Norman Thomas, American socialist, pacifist and presidential candidate (1928-48), dies at 84
  • 1977 Nellie Tayloe Ross, 1st woman governor, dies at 101
  • 1982 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1982 Lawrence Collingwood, composer, dies at 95
  • 1982 Dwight Macdonald, American social critic (b. 1906)
  • 1984 Michel Magne, composer, dies at 54
  • 1984 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (b. 1903)
  • 1986 V. C. Andrews, American author (b. 1923)
  • 1989 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English journalist and author (Cold Comfort Farm), dies at 87
  • 1990 Basil Henson, actor (Change Partners), dies of stroke at 71
  • 1991 Ernest K Gann, US adventure novelist, dies at 81
  • 1991 Paul Maxwell, Canadian actor (Aliens, City of Fear, Freedom to Die), dies at 70
  • 1991 Joe Cole, American rock music roadie (b. 1961)
  • 1993 Anthonius AM "Ton" Kors, writer (Time of Anton de Lange), dies at 47
  • 1993 Antoon Veerman, Dutch ARP asst sect of Education (1973-75), dies at 77
  • 1993 Michael Clarke, drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49
  • 1994 Noel Pointer, jazz violinist, dies at 39
  • 1995 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, governor-general of Barbados, dies at 79
  • 1995 Harold Watkinson, British politician/businessman, dies at 85
  • 1995 Janet Wilder, stuntwoman, dies at 29
  • 1996 Marcello Mastroiani, actor (8½, Assassin, Family Diary), dies at 72
  • 1996 Ronald Howard, actor (Hunting Party, Koroshi), dies at 78
  • 1996 Yuli Borisovich Khariton, scientist, dies at 82
  • 1997 David Norman Schramm, physicist, dies at 52
  • 1997 Masaru Ibuka, co-founder (Sony Corp), dies at 89
  • 1997 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band) dies at 73
  • 1998 Antonio Ordóñez, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1932)
  • 1998 Mel Fisher, American treasure hunter (b. 1922)
  • 1999 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor (b. 1914)
  • 2000 Rob Buck, American guitarist (10,000 Maniacs) (b. 1958)
  • 2000 Milt Hinton, American jazz double bassist (b. 1910)
  • 2000 John Lindsay, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2000 Pops Staples, American singer (The Staple Singers) (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Marcel Mule, French saxophonist. (b. 1901)
  • 2002 Arthur Rowley, English footballer. (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Peter Carter-Ruck, English lawyer (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Hope Lange, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Les Tremayne, English-born American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Roy Hughes, Baron Islwyn, British politician (L), dies at 78
  • 2004 Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • 2005 Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; b. 1933)
  • 2005 Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (b. 1927)
  • 2008 James Bevel, 1960s Civil rights movement leader (b. 1936)
  • 2008 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • 2008 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • 2008 Carol Chomsky, American linguist and education specialist (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah (b. 1922)
  • 2009 Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man (b. 1951)
  • 2010 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Anthony Howard, English Journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2012 Robert Bork, American legal scholar/jurist, dies from heart disease at 85
  • 2012 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Israeli military leader, dies from cancer at 68
  • 2012 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • 2015 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), dies at 88