Deaths in History on December 23

  • 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)
  • 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 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)
  • 1834 Reverend Thomas Malthus, British demographer and economist (b. 1766)
  • 1846 Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent, French naturalist (b. 1780)
  • 1912 Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (b. 1850)
  • 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)

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1948 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 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 Lord Irwin, ambassador to US (1940-46), dies at 78
  • 1961 Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (b. 1910)
  • 1962 George Saiko, Austrian writer, dies at 70
  • 1966 Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
  • 1967 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, head of 1st Zen Institute of America, dies at 75
  • 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
  • 1975 Richard S Welch, CIA station chief in Athens, shot dead
  • 1976 Paul M Frank Forest, dies at 80
  • 1976 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, dies at 72
  • 1979 Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
  • 1983 Colin Middleton, Northern Irish artist (b. 1910)
  • 1984 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (b. 1896)
  • 1991 Rosa Jackson Lumpkin, among the oldest people in the world, dies at 115
  • 1994 Didier Rocher, son of French cosmetic maker Yves Rocher, dies at 41
  • 1995 David Land, impressario, dies at 77
  • 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 Stanley Cortez, cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
  • 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
  • 2007 William Francis Ganong, American physiologist (b. 1924)
  • 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)
  • 2013 Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor, dies at 94
  • 2015 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist, (1994 Nobel Prize for G-protein discoveries), dies at 74