Deaths in History on December 26

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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 Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (blood pressure), dies at 72
  • 1890 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist (rediscovered Troy), dies at 86
  • 1909 Frederic Remington, American artist (b. 1861)
  • 1917 Louise J Gautier, French poetess/daughter of Theophile G, dies at 71
  • 1923 Dietrich Eckart, German Nazi politician (b. 1868)
  • 1931 Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal classification (b. 1851)
  • 1933 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, dies at 58
  • 1942 Bosinier de la Chapelle, Fren murderer of adm Darlan, executed at 24
  • 1950 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
  • 1952 Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Pegaso), dies at 59
  • 1960 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
  • 1960 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • 1965 Anthonie Donker, Dutch [Prof N Donkersloot], literary, dies at 63
  • 1966 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • 1969 Louise L de Vilmorin, French poet/author (History d'aimer), dies at 67

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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
  • 1976 Philip A Heart, (Sen-D-Mich), dies at 64
  • 1980 Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)
  • 1981 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • 1988 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • 1990 Nancy Cruznan, accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at 33
  • 1991 Sam Cresson, dies at 73
  • 1992 Bert [Lambertus H] Voeten, Dutch poet (Antipodes), dies at 74
  • 1992 John G Kemeny, US computer pioneer (BASIC), dies
  • 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
  • 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 Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India (b. 1918)
  • 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 Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
  • 2005 Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)

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2006 Gerald Ford [Leslie King], 38th US President (R: 1974-77) and 41st US Vice President (R: 1973-74), dies at 93

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 2007 John A. Garraty, American biographer (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • 2014 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), dies at 92