Deaths in History on December 24

  • 427 Archbishop Sisinnius I of Constantinople
  • 1069 Godfried II, with the Beard, duke of Neder-Lutherans, dies
  • 1257 John I, Count of Hainaut (b. 1218)
  • 1380 John von Neumarkt, German bishop/Chancellor Karel IV, dies

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1524 Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer/viceroy of Cochin, dies at about 55

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Explorer
Vasco da Gama
  • 1541 Andreas R Bodenstein von Carlstadt, radical Lutheran, dies at about 61
  • 1548 Maximilian of Egmond, Dutch count/stadholder of Frisia, dies
  • 1660 Mary, 1st British Princess Royal and the Princess of Orange (b. 1631)
  • 1707 Noel Coypel, French painter, dies at 78
  • 1813 Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)
  • 1863 W M Thackeray, writer, dies at 52
  • 1865 Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, British painter and writer (b. 1793)
  • 1868 Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (b. 1802)
  • 1869 Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, US Secretary of War (1861-65), dies at 55
  • 1872 William John Macquorn Rankine, British physician and engenier (b. 1820)
  • 1873 Johns Hopkins, Baltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)
  • 1885 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85
  • 1889 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (b. 1819)
  • 1898 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI (b. 1828)
  • 1904 Juliaan Dillens, Flemish sculptor, dies at 55
  • 1907 Isidor Feinstein "Izzy" Stone, journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), dies
  • 1909 Nicolaas G Pierson, director Suriname/Dutch Bank, dies at 80

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1914 John Muir, Scottish naturalist, dies of pneumonia at 76

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir
  • 1930 Eduard David, German minister (constitution of Weimar), dies at 67
  • 1938 Bruno Taut, German architect (b. 1880)
  • 1942 Jean LXF Darlan, French admiral, murdered by gaullists
  • 1942 K Balmont, writer, dies at 75
  • 1952 Henry A "Hans" Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist, dies at 58
  • 1965 William M. Branham, Christian minister (b. 1906)
  • 1971 Maria Koepcke, ornithologist (b. 1924)
  • 1972 Charles Atlas, bodybuilder, dies at 79
  • 1972 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
  • 1973 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt is named, dies at 68
  • 1976 Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, heir to the throne of Portugal (b. 1907)
  • 1977 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (b. 1917)
  • 1979 Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
  • 1979 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39

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1980 Karl Dönitz, German naval admiral, and last leader of Nazi Germany (b. 1891)

Admiral and Navy Commander Karl Dönitz
Admiral and Navy Commander
Karl Dönitz
  • 1982 Louis Aragon, French writer (b. 1897)
  • 1986 Gardner Fox, American author (Zatanna), dies at 75
  • 1987 John M "Joop" de Uyl, Dutch social-dem premier (1973-77), dies at 68
  • 1987 M. G. Ramachandran, Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)
  • 1990 Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian author (b. 1922)
  • 1991 Walter Hudson, 1,025 lb man, dies at 46
  • 1992 Abdulkadir Widjojoatmodjo, Java diplomat, dies
  • 1992 Pierre Culliford [Peyo], Belgian cartoonist, dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1993 Alexander Mackendrick, British/US director (Lady Killers), dies at 81
  • 1993 Norman Vincent Peale, rev (Power of Positive Thinking), dies at 95
  • 1993 Yen Chia-kan, PM/President of Taiwan (1963-72, 75-78), dies
  • 1994 John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist, dies at 47
  • 1994 John Keith Wright, English Asst Sect of State (1971-84), dies at 66
  • 1994 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther, dies at 65
  • 1994 Nathan I. Daniel, inventor (Guitars), dies at 82
  • 1995 Geoffrey Pinnington, journalist, dies at 76
  • 1995 Harry McLevy, trade unionist, dies at 59
  • 1996 Edward Leadbitter, politician, dies at 77
  • 1996 Nguyen Huu Tho, President of Vietnam (1980-81), dies
  • 1996 Peter Dormer, arts writer, dies at 47
  • 1997 James Komack, producer (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67
  • 1997 Pierre Péladeau, Quebec businessman, founder of Quebecor (b. 1925)

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1998 Raemer Schreiber, American Physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, dies at 88

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Physicist
Raemer Schreiber
  • 1999 João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • 1999 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach
  • 1999 Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician, Prime minister of France (b. 1907)
  • 2000 John Cooper, English race car designer (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Laci Peterson, American murder victim (b. 1975)
  • 2006 Frank Stanton, American television executive (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2008 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

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2008 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, dies at 81

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • 2009 Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)
  • 2010 Elisabeth Beresford, British author and creator of The Wombles (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Orestes Quércia, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)