Famous Deaths on 23rd December

  • 558 Childebert, king of France (511-58), dies at about 62
  • 679 Dagobert II, king of Austrasia (676-679), murdered
  • 910 Naum of Preslav, Bulgarian scholar
  • 918 Conrad I, East Frankish/German king (911-18), dies. Born 890
  • 1116 Ivo van Chartres, French canonist/bishop of Chartres/saint, dies
  • 1230 Berengaria of Navarre, queen of Richard I of England
  • 1236 Philippus Cancellarius, French theologist/poet (Summa Cum Laude), dies
  • 1502 Margaretha, English princess of Burgundy, dies at 57
  • 1556 Nicholas Udall, English playwright (b. 1504)
  • 1568 Roger Ascham, tutor of Elizabeth I of England
  • 1569 St Philip II, Metropolitan of Moscow, martyred by Ivan the Terrible
  • 1575 Akiyama Nobutomo, Japanese warrior (hanged) (b. 1531)
  • 1588 Hendrik de Guise, French leader of Catholic League, murdered at 37
  • 1619 Johan Sigismund, elector of Brandenburg/duke of Prussia, dies at 47
  • 1631 Michael Drayton, English poet (b. 1563)
  • 1646 François Maynard, French poet (b. 1582)
  • 1652 John Cotton, Mass Bay Puritan preacher, dies at 68
  • 1675 Caesar, duc de Choiseul, French marshal and diplomat (b. 1602)
  • 1688 Jean-Louis Lully, composer, dies at 21
  • 1696 Johann David Mayer, composer, dies at 60
  • 1722 Pierre Varignon, French mathematician (b. 1654)
  • 1761 Alestair Ruadh MacDonnell, Scottish Jacobite spy
  • 1771 Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, Canadian saint (b. 1701)
  • 1779 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (b. 1724)
  • 1789 Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French philanthropist (b. 1712)
  • 1793 Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer (b. 1699)
  • 1793 Antoine François Prévost, French author and novelist (b. 1697)
  • 1795 Henry Clinton, British general (b. 1730)
  • 1805 Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist (b. 1723)
  • 1812 Michel Delalande, composer, dies at 73
  • 1834 Reverend Thomas Malthus, British demographer and economist (b. 1766)
  • 1846 Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent, French naturalist (b. 1780)
  • 1891 Holger Simon Paulli, composer, dies at 81
  • 1908 Eduard Wachmann, composer, dies at 72
  • 1908 Francois A Gevaert, Belg/Dutch composer (Diable au Moulin), dies at 68
  • 1911 Karl L Hoschna, composer, dies at 34
  • 1912 Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (b. 1850)
  • 1913 James Middleton, cricketer (24 wkt of lefty pace S Af 1895-1903), dies
  • 1915 Roland Leighton, dies at 20
  • 1925 A S C Wallis, [Adele von Antal-Opzoomer], writer (Vorstengunst), dies
  • 1930 Johannes H Been, Brielle archivist, dies at 71
  • 1931 Wilson Bentley, American scientist (b. 1865)
  • 1938 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Chimes), dies at 70
  • 1939 Anthony H G Fokker, Dutch airplane builder (Spider), dies at 49
  • 1943 Theo[dorus J] Thijssen, Dutch writer (Kees de Jongen), dies at 64
  • 1945 Mogens Klitgaard, Danish author (Brunkul), dies at 39
  • 1946 John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
  • 1948 Hideki Tojo, Japan PM (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64
  • 1950 Vincenzo Tommasini, composer, dies at 72
  • 1951 Alfreds Kalnins, composer, dies at 72
  • 1951 Benito Lynch, Irish/Argentine writer (Palo Verde), dies at 66
  • 1953 Lavrenti P Beria, soviet minister of internal security, executed
  • 1954 René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)
  • 1959 Edward FLW Halifax, English viscount/viceroy of India, dies at 78
  • 1959 Lester Lonergan Jr, actor (Growing Paynes), dies at 65
  • 1959 Lord Irwin, ambassador to US (1940-46), dies at 78
  • 1961 Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (b. 1910)
  • 1962 George Saiko, writer, dies at 70
  • 1962 Luis Alberni, actor (Topaze), dies at 76
  • 1964 Arrigo Pedrollo, composer, dies at 86
  • 1966 Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
  • 1966 Robert Keith, actor (Battle Circus, Men in War), dies at 68
  • 1967 Karen Verne, actress (Ships of Fools, Underground), dies at 49
  • 1967 Richard Flury, composer, dies at 71
  • 1967 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, head of 1st Zen Institute of America, dies at 75
  • 1969 Donald Foster, actor (Scaramouche), dies after long illness at 80
  • 1970 Charlie Ruggles, actor (Ruggles, Aesop-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 84
  • 1971 Carlo Jachino, composer, dies at 84
  • 1972 Andrej N Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder, dies at 84
  • 1972 Charles Atlas, [Angelo Siciliano], body builder, dies at 79
  • 1972 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65
  • 1973 Arthur Richardson, cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies
  • 1975 Richard S Welch, CIA station chief in Athens, shot dead
  • 1976 Frank Forest, actor (Big Broadcast of 1937, Champagne Waltz), dies
  • 1976 Paul M Frank Forest, dies at 80
  • 1976 Walter Bauer, writer, dies at 72
  • 1979 Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
  • 1982 Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1982 Norman Dinnerstein, composer, dies at 45
  • 1983 Colin Middleton, Northern Irish artist (b. 1910)
  • 1984 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (b. 1896)
  • 1985 James Vance (20) & Raymond Belknap (18), attempt suicide (Belknap dies), their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me" i
  • 1989 Josef Alexander, composer, dies at 82
  • 1990 Frank King, cricketer (WI fast bowler played 14 Tests 1953-56), dies
  • 1991 Byron Q Griffith, producer/actor, dies at 73
  • 1991 Rosa Jackson Lumpkin, among the oldest people in the world, dies at 115
  • 1992 Cyril Walters, cricketer (11 Tests for England, 784 runs), dies
  • 1992 Eddie Hazel, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), dies at 42
  • 1993 Gertrude "Trudi" Duby Blom, actress, shot to death at about 92
  • 1994 Charles Shirley, jazz arranger, dies at 74
  • 1994 Didier Rocher, son of French cosmetic maker Yves Rocher, dies at 41
  • 1994 Nora Dunfree, US actress (Grass Harp), dies at 78
  • 1994 Sebastian Lewis Shaw, actor (High Season, Ace of Spades), dies at 89
  • 1995 David Land, impressario, dies at 77
  • 1995 Gabrielle Keiller, collector/golfer, dies at 87
  • 1995 Patric Reginald Lawrence Knowles, actor (Chisum, Mutiny), dies at 84
  • 1996 Rina Ketty, singer, dies at 85
  • 1996 Ronnie Scott, musician/club-owner, dies at 69
  • 1997 Austin Whitaker, schoolmaster classical scholar/archivist, dies at 90
  • 1997 Brian Malzard Foss, psychologist, dies at 76
  • 1997 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1997 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist, dies at 39
  • 1997 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • 1997 Stanley Cortez, cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
  • 2000 Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2000 Victor Borge, Danish-born comedian and pianist (b. 1909)
  • 2000 Noor Jehan, Indian singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • 2001 Bola Ige, Nigerian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2004 P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Anne Truitt, American artist dies aged 83
  • 2004 Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), dies at 82
  • 2005 Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
  • 2005 Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and coach (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Charlie Drake, English comedian (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (b. 1952)
  • 2006 Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)
  • 2007 William Francis Ganong, American physiologist (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)

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2007 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (b. 1925)

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  • 2009 Robert L. Howard, highly decorated officer of the United States Army (b. 1939)
  • 2009 Edward Schillebeeckx, Belgian Roman Catholic theologian (b. 1914)
  • 2009 Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan senior official (b. 1910)
  • 2010 K. Karunakaran, Indian politician (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Fred Hargesheimer, American World War II pilot (b. 1916)
  • 2011 Denise Darcel, French actress, dies of complications from a ruptured aneurysm at 87
  • 2013 Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor, dies at 94
  • 2013 Yusef Lateef, jazz composer, dies at 93
  • 2015 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, (1994 Nobel Prize for G-protein discoveries), dies at 74