Famous Deaths on 26th December

  • 1350 Jean de Marigny, French bishop
  • 1458 Arthur III, Duke of Brittany (b. 1393)
  • 1476 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan, murdered
  • 1530 Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur, founder of the Mughal dynasty in the Indian Subcontinent, dies at 47
  • 1574 Charles Guise, archbishop/cardinal of Reims, dies at 50
  • 1624 Simon Marius, astronomer, dies in Bavaria at 54
  • 1627 Gonzaga, Italian monarch of Mantua/Monferrato, dies
  • 1658 Simon Guillain, French sculptor (Castle of Blois/Sorbonne), dies at 78
  • 1676 Domenicus van Tol, Dutch painter, dies
  • 1679 John van de Cappelle, Amsterdam landscape painter, dies at 53
  • 1731 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (b. 1672)
  • 1736 Antonio Caldara, composer, dies
  • 1740 Mauritius Louis II earl of Nassau, lt-gen (12 children), dies
  • 1771 Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher (b. 1715)
  • 1776 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War
  • 1780 John Fothergill, English physician (b. 1712)
  • 1784 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader (b. 1743)
  • 1784 Otto Friedrich Müller, Danish Naturalist who was a pioneer in the study of microorganisms, dies at 54
  • 1786 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist (b. 1713)
  • 1797 John Wilkes, English journalist/Higher/Lower house leader, dies at 72
  • 1827 Jan David Holland, composer, dies at 81
  • 1836 Hans Georg Nageli, composer, dies at 63
  • 1837 Martinus van Marum, chemist/physicist (giant salamander), dies at 87
  • 1861 Philip St George Cocke, Confederate brig-gen, commits suicide at 52
  • 1866 Samuel Ryan Curtis, Union general-major, dies at 49
  • 1869 Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille, French physiologist (b. 1797)
  • 1879 Jean Leonard Marie Poiseuille, dies
  • 1887 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer, dies at 40
  • 1890 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist (rediscovered Troy), dies at 86
  • 1909 Frederic Remington, American artist (b. 1861)
  • 1916 Bernhard Scholz, composer, dies at 81
  • 1916 Frank Penn, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1880), dies
  • 1917 Louise J Gautier, French poetess/daughter of Theophile G, dies at 71
  • 1918 Bertram Luard-Selby, composer, dies at 65
  • 1923 Dietrich Eckart, German Nazi politician (b. 1868)
  • 1931 Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal classification (b. 1851)
  • 1933 Lunatscharski, writer, dies
  • 1933 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian literary critic and politician (b. 1875)
  • 1937 Ivor Gurney, composer, dies at 47
  • 1942 Bosinier de la Chapelle, Fren murderer of adm Darlan, executed at 24
  • 1950 Emile Enthoven, composer, dies at 47
  • 1950 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
  • 1952 Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Pegaso), dies at 59
  • 1956 Holmes Herbert, actor (The Kiss), dies at 74
  • 1957 Artur Malawski, composer, dies at 53
  • 1958 Harry Redman, composer, dies on 89th birthday
  • 1960 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
  • 1960 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • 1961 Charlie Frank, cricketer (S Af Test centurion v Aust 1921-22), dies
  • 1963 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies
  • 1965 Anthonie Donker, Dutch [Prof N Donkersloot], literary, dies at 63
  • 1966 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • 1966 Noel Gallon, composer, dies at 75
  • 1967 S F Barnes, cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets), dies
  • 1969 Louise L de Vilmorin, French poet/author (History d'aimer), dies at 67
  • 1970 Lillian Board, British athlete (b. 1948)
  • 1971 Robert Lowery, actor (Circus Boy, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 57

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1972 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (1945-53), dies in KC Mo at 88

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1973 Harold B Lee, US head of Mormon Church, dies at 74
  • 1973 Steven Geray, actor (French Line), dies at 69
  • 1973 William Haines, actor (Little Annie Rooney), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1974 Jack Benny, comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 80
  • 1974 Knudage Riisager, composer, dies at 77
  • 1974 Robert Levine Sanders, composer, dies at 68
  • 1974 Farid al-Atrash, Arab composer, singer, virtuoso oud player, and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1976 Philip A Heart, (Sen-D-Mich), dies at 64
  • 1977 Howard Hawks, American director/producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface, The Big Sleep), dies at 81
  • 1977 Ivan Rezak, composer, dies at 53
  • 1980 Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)
  • 1981 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • 1981 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • 1983 Violet Carson, British actress (b. 1898)
  • 1985 Harold P. Warren, American movie director (d. 1928)
  • 1986 Elsa Lanchester, actress (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 84
  • 1988 John Loder, actor (Sabotage, Java Head), dies at 90
  • 1988 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • 1989 Lennox Berkeley, composer, dies at 86
  • 1989 Peggy Thorpe-Bates, actress (Alcatraz Island), dies

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1989 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 65

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 1990 Nancy Cruznan, accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at 33
  • 1991 Dehl Berti, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise), dies at 70
  • 1991 Sam Cresson, dies at 73
  • 1992 Bert [Lambertus H] Voeten, Dutch poet (Antipodes), dies at 74
  • 1992 Constance Carpenter, actress (2 Worlds), dies of stroke at 87
  • 1992 John G Kemeny, US computer pioneer (BASIC), dies
  • 1992 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist, dies at 80
  • 1993 Jeff Morrow, actor (Robe, Harbor Lights, Blood Legacy), dies at 80
  • 1994 Asta ER Elstak, Suriname/Neth welfare worker, dies at 74
  • 1994 Johannes J "Joop" Klant, Neth/South African economist/author, dies
  • 1994 Karl Schiller, minister of RFA Economics (1966-72), dies
  • 1994 Robert Emhardt, actor (Mac Cory-Another World), dies at 80
  • 1994 Sylvia Brandts Buys, actress (Hague's Post), dies at 85
  • 1994 Sylvia Koscina, Croatian/Italian actress (Hercules), dies at 61
  • 1997 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter, dies at 81
  • 1997 John Whitley, air-Marshal, dies at 92
  • 1997 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist (b. 1922)
  • 1999 Curtis Mayfield, American musician (b. 1942)
  • 1999 Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India (b. 1918)
  • 2000 Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2001 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Herb Ritts, American photographer (b. 1952)
  • 2002 Armand Zildjian, American cymbal manufacturer (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman, husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • 2004 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • 2004 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)

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2004 Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 2004 Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • 2004 Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
  • 2004 Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
  • 2005 Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2006 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)

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2006 Gerald R Ford, 38th President of the United States, dies at 93

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 2007 John A. Garraty, American biographer (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Joe Dolan, Irish singer and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • 2008 Gösta Krantz, Swedish actor (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)
  • 2010 Teena Marie, American singer and composer (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • 2012 Gerry Anderson, English writer/producer/director, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 2013 Paul Blair, American baseball player, dies at 69
  • 2014 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), dies at 92