Famous Deaths on 5th December

  • 63 BC Publius Cornelius Lentulus (Sura), Roman statesman
  • 749 Saint John of Damascus, theologian
  • 1212 Derek II of Are, Bishop of Utrecht (1197-1212), dies
  • 1244 Johanna of Constantinople, countess of Flanders (1205-44), dies
  • 1355 Jan III, duke of Brabant/Limburg, dies
  • 1560 Francis II, King of France (1559-60), dies at 16
  • 1570 Johan Friis, Danish statesman (b. 1494)
  • 1594 Gerardus Mercator, Flemish philosopher/cartographer, dies at 82
  • 1624 Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (b. 1560)
  • 1654 Jean François Sarrazin, French writer
  • 1663 Severo Bonini, composer, dies at 80
  • 1675 John Lightfoot, English theologist (Horae Hebraicae), dies at 73
  • 1745 Christoph Förster, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1749 Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye, New French explorer and trader (b. 1685)
  • 1758 Johann Friedrich Fasch, composer, dies at 70
  • 1770 James Stirling, Scot mathematician (Formula of Stirling), dies at 78

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1784 Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

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1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer, dies in Vienna Austria at 35

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1799 Robert Kimmerling, composer, dies at 61
  • 1818 Bruno Daalberg/Anonymus Belga, sect of High Council Adel, dies at 60
  • 1819 Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg, German poet (b. 1750)
  • 1835 August v Platen, writer, dies at 39
  • 1842 MJ Auguste Vestrius, French ballet dancers, dies at 82
  • 1853 Johann Peter Heuschkel, composer, dies at 80
  • 1859 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician/instrument maker, dies at 82

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1870 Alexandre Dumas, French writer ('The Three Musketeers', 'The Count of Monte Cristo') dies at 68

  • 1886 Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, dies at 84
  • 1887 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (b. 1804)
  • 1891 JKLSBFXvPSMGRG Pedro II of Alcantara, emp of Brazil (1831-89), dies
  • 1895 Chief Gall, Sioux chief (b. 1840)
  • 1902 Henry Stephen Cutler, composer, dies at 78
  • 1916 Hans Richter, composer, dies at 73
  • 1922 Samuel Muller Fzn, Dutch historian/archivist, dies
  • 1925 Wilhelmina E Drucker, [Lensing], Dutch feminist, dies at 78

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1926 Claude Monet, French impressionist, dies at 86

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet
  • 1928 Johannes F "Johan" Bakker Sr, actor/husband of Truus Soete, dies at 61
  • 1931 Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
  • 1935 Frans, [MJ Francois] Erens, literary (Years Gone By), dies at 78
  • 1938 Christina "Dina" Koudijs-van Appeldoorn, pianist/composer, dies at 54
  • 1940 Jan Kubelik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • 1940 Mordechai Frizis, Jewish Greek military officer (b. 1893)
  • 1942 Buck Jones, Hollywood's last cowboy hero actor (Headin' East), buried
  • 1950 Shri Aurobindo, Indian guru (b. 1872)
  • 1951 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, of baseball's black sox scandal, dies
  • 1951 Abanindranath Tagore, Indian writer (b. 1871)
  • 1953 Jorge Negrete, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1911)
  • 1955 Paul Harvey, actor (Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73
  • 1958 Ferdinand Bruckner, writer, dies at 67
  • 1959 K S Duleepsinhji, cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies
  • 1963 Herbert H Lehman, (Gov-D-NY), dies
  • 1963 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, composer, dies at 58
  • 1963 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
  • 1964 Remy Angenot, Flemish actor (Tailor Wibbel), dies at 70

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1965 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist, Nobel laureate for shock therapy (b. 1874)

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Physiologist
Joseph Erlanger
  • 1966 Sylveer Maes, Belgian bicylist, dies at 57
  • 1968 Fred Clark, actor (Zotz, Auntie Mame), dies of liver ailment at 54
  • 1971 Hugh Wakefield, actress (Blithe Spirit), dies
  • 1972 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • 1974 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, tennis player (US Open 1909-11), dies at 87
  • 1974 Henry Wadsworth, actor (Applause, Ceiling Zero), dies at 72
  • 1974 Pietro Germi, actor/director (Serafino, Climax), dies at 60
  • 1975 Jimmy Nervo, actor (Frozen Limits), dies
  • 1977 Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet military commander (b. 1895)
  • 1979 Sonia Delaunay, Russian born French artist, dies at 94
  • 1980 Don Taylor, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ 1947-56, 159 runs), dies
  • 1983 Robert Aldrich, dir/producer (Last Sunset), dies at 65
  • 1984 Adam Malik, Third Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1917)
  • 1986 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • 1986 Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
  • 1987 "Fat" Larry James, US drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • 1989 John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • 1990 Steven Shaw, dies at 25
  • 1991 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
  • 1991 Jill Browne, dies at 54
  • 1991 Richard Speck, mass murderer, dies a day before his 50th birthday
  • 1991 Robert Karvelas, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 1992 Hilary Tindall, dies of cancer at 54
  • 1992 Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • 1993 Alexandre Trauber, Hungarian/French set designer (Harem), dies at 87
  • 1993 Arthur Staal, Dutch architect (Shell Tower Amsterdam), dies at 86
  • 1993 Douglas Hopkins, guitarist (Gin Blossoms), dies of gun shot at 32
  • 1994 Harry Horner, Czech/US set designer/director (Our Town), dies at 84
  • 1994 Richard Brian Waring Barton-Chapple, writer, dies at 69
  • 1994 Ronald Ridout, school textbook author, dies at 78
  • 1995 Robert Charles Evans, mountaineer/doctor, dies at 77
  • 1995 Robert Parrish, film director editor/actor (Casino Royale), dies at 79
  • 1995 Victor Collin Matthews, businessman, dies on 76th birthday
  • 1995 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (b. 1920)
  • 1995 Lisa McPherson, former Scientologist (b. 1959)
  • 1995 Stanley K Runcorn, British Geophysicist (reversals of earth's magnetic field), dies at 73
  • 1996 Peter Hall, folklorist/musician, dies at 60
  • 1996 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • 1997 Colin Franklin, doctor, dies at 67
  • 1997 Daphne Fielding, socialite/writer, dies at 93
  • 1998 Al Gore, Sr., American politician (b. 1907)
  • 2001 Franco Rasetti, Italian physicist (b. 1901)

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2002 Roone Arledge, American sports broadcasting pioneer, dies of prostate cancer at 71

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • 2002 Ne Win, Burmese leader (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)
  • 2005 Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay, Australian businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2005 Frits Philips, Dutch businessman (b. 1905)
  • 2006 David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Andrew Imbrie, American composer (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Patriarch Alexy II of Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician and president of the Association of Romanian Former Political Prisoners. (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Nina Foch, Dutch-born American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2008 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • 2009 Vimolchatra, Princess of Thailand and cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Alan Armer, American television producer and director (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer (b. 1942)
  • 2012 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist, dies from heart failure at 91
  • 2012 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, dies from a respiratory infection at 104

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2013 Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and South African President (1994-99), dies of a lung infection at 95

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 2013 Colin Wilson, English writer, dies at 82