Famous Deaths on 25th December

  • 795 Adrian I, Italian Pope (772-95), dies at 95
  • 820 Leo V, the Armenian, Byzantine gen/Emperor (813-20), murdered
  • 1156 Peter Venerabilis, Fr theologist/9th abbot of Cluny, dies at about 61
  • 1249 Peter Nolascus, Spanish monastery founder/St, dies
  • 1513 Johannes Amerbach, Swiss publisher/printer, dies at about 70

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1635 Samuel de Champlain, French explorer and founder of Quebec City, dies of a stroke at 61

French Explorer Samuel de Champlain
French Explorer
Samuel de Champlain
  • 1676 Matthew Hale, Lord Chief Justice of England (b. 1609)
  • 1676 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, English soldier (b. 1592)
  • 1683 Kara Mustafa Pasha Turkish grand-vizier (1676-83) and Ottoman general, executed. (b. 1634)
  • 1758 James Hervey, English clergyman (b. 1714)
  • 1765 Antonio Tonelli, composer, dies at 79
  • 1765 Václav Prokop Diviš, Czech theologian and natural scientist (b. 1698)
  • 1784 Yosa Buson, Japanese painter (b. 1716)
  • 1788 John Logan, Scottish conductor (Ode to the Cuckoo), dies at about 40
  • 1824 Barbara Krudener, mystic visionary who renounced nobility, dies at 60
  • 1842 Bedrich Divis Weber, composer, dies at 76
  • 1848 Johann Erik Nordblom, composer, dies at 60
  • 1868 Linus Yale, developer of cylinder lock, dies
  • 1875 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1851)
  • 1878 Anna Claypoole Peale, US painter of miniatures, dies
  • 1880 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councillor (b. 1828)
  • 1883 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1895 Raul d'Avila Pompeia, Brazilian writer (Boarding-school), dies at 32
  • 1904 Per Jonas Fredrik Vilhelm Svedbom, composer, dies at 61
  • 1916 St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic saint (b. 1845)
  • 1921 Hans Huber, composer, dies at 69
  • 1921 Korolenko, writer, dies
  • 1922 Alphonse Goovaerts, composer, dies at 75
  • 1925 Sergei Jessenin, writer, dies at 30
  • 1925 Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst (b. 1877)
  • 1926 Yoshihito, 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47
  • 1927 Sergei D Sazonov, Russian Foreign minister (1910-16), dies at 66
  • 1930 Harvey Worthington Loomis, composer, dies at 65
  • 1933 Francesc Macià, Catalonian statesman (b. 1859)
  • 1935 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic (b. 1852)
  • 1936 Pierre Maurice, composer, dies at 68
  • 1938 Karel Čapek, Czech author (b. 1890)
  • 1940 Agnes Ayres, actress (Johnny Belinda, Sheik), dies at 42
  • 1942 Vojislav Vuckovic, composer, dies at 32
  • 1943 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer, dies at 82
  • 1946 W C Fields, writer/comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • 1947 Gaspar G. Bacon, was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
  • 1950 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nostalgia de la muerte), dies at 47
  • 1950 Neil Francis Hawkins, British fascist (b. 1903)
  • 1951 Harry T Moore, Florida NAACP official, killed by bomb
  • 1953 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  • 1954 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • 1954 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding), dies at 96
  • 1954 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • 1956 Robert Walser, writer, dies at 78
  • 1957 Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, US landscape architect and advocate for wildlife conservation, dies at 87
  • 1961 Rheinhold Rudenberg, inventor of electron microscope, dies
  • 1961 Otto Loewi, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1873)
  • 1961 Owen Brewster, U.S. Senator from Maine (b. 1888)
  • 1963 Tristan Tzara, writer, dies at 67
  • 1964 Cheerio Meredith, actress (One Happy Family), dies at 74
  • 1971 Byron Arnold, composer, dies at 70
  • 1973 İsmet İnönü, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
  • 1973 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • 1975 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Library Gallimard), dies at 94
  • 1976 Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies
  • 1976 Frankie Darro, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men), dies at 58

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1977 Charlie Chaplin, actor/comedian (Modern Times, The Kid), dies in Switzerland at 88

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1979 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1979 Lee Bowman, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), dies at 64
  • 1979 Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • 1980 Fred Emney, actor (Adventures of a Private Eye), dies at 80
  • 1980 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, dies at 43
  • 1980 Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador, murdered
  • 1983 Joan Miro, Spanish surrealist, dies at his home in Majorca at 90
  • 1985 George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
  • 1988 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • 1988 Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (b. 1920)
  • 1989 Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies
  • 1989 Billy Martin, NY Yankee manager, killed in a car accident at 61
  • 1989 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73

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1989 Nicolae Ceausescu, Communist dictator of Romania, executed at 71

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1989 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51
  • 1990 Marguerite N Wittenberg, entertainer, dies of cancer at 77
  • 1991 Curt Bois, actor (Great Waltz, Boat is Full), dies at 90
  • 1991 Mahmood Hussain, cricketer (27 Tests for Pakistan, 68 wickets), dies
  • 1991 Orane Demazis, French actress (Marius, Fanny et Caesar), dies at 87
  • 1991 Sal Provenza, entertainer, dies of lymphoma at 45
  • 1992 Richard H Ichord, US leader of House Un-American Activities Committee, dies at 66
  • 1992 Garrison H Davidson, US lt-gen commandant (West Point), dies
  • 1992 Helen B M Fennell Joseph, English/South Afr anti-apartheid, dies at 87
  • 1992 Monica Dickens, English/US journalist/author, dies at 77
  • 1992 Ted Croker, RAF-pilot/sect English soccer team (sponsoring), dies
  • 1993 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (b. 1899)
  • 1994 Pierre Dreyfus, French director of Renault (1955-75), dies at 87
  • 1994 Zail Singh, president of India (1982-87), dies at 78
  • 1995 Dean Martin, singer/actor (Return to Me), dies at 78
  • 1995 Emmanuel Levinas, philosopher, dies at 89
  • 1995 Jimmy Boucher, cricketer (great Irish all-rounder 1929-54), dies
  • 1995 Nikolai [Nicolas Leonidovich] Slonimsky, musicologist, dies at 101
  • 1996 Derek Prouse, writer actor/director (Le Scandale), dies at 74
  • 1996 Jon Benet Ramsey, Colo child beauty queen, murdered at 6
  • 1996 Rupert John, gov-gen of Grenadines (1970-76), dies
  • 1997 Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer, dies at 39
  • 1997 Denver Pyle, actor (Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 77
  • 1997 Giorgio Strehler, theatre director, dies at 76
  • 1997 Laurence Gower, academic, dies at 84
  • 1998 John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  • 1998 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • 1999 Peter Jeffrey, English actor (b. 1929)
  • 2000 Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer and footballer (b. 1939
  • 2000 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher (b. 1908)
  • 2002 William T. Orr, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • 2003 Nicholas Mavroules, American politician (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Gennady Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Birgit Nilsson, Swedish singer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Robert Barbers, Philippine senator (b. 1944)

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2006 James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply The Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies at 73 from heart failure

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 2006 Hiroaki Hidaka, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2007 Desmond Barrick, English Cricketer (b. 1927)
  • 2007 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • 2008 Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • 2009 Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2010 Carlos Andrés Pérez, former President of Venezuela (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Frank Calabrese Sr [Frankie Breeze], American mafia hitman, dies at 75
  • 2012 Othmar Schneider, Austrian skier, dies at 84
  • 2013 Mike Hegan, American baseball player, dies from heart failure at 71
  • 2014 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), dies at 89
  • 2014 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, dies at 80
  • 2014 Geoff Pullar, cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's early 60's), dies at 79