Deaths in History on December 5

  • 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
  • 1675 John Lightfoot, English theologist (Horae Hebraicae), dies at 73
  • 1749 Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la VĂ©rendrye, New French explorer and trader (b. 1685)
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1931 Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
  • 1935 Frans, [MJ Francois] Erens, literary (Years Gone By), dies at 78
  • 1940 Mordechai Frizis, Jewish Greek military officer (b. 1893)
  • 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)
  • 1958 Ferdinand Bruckner, writer, dies at 67
  • 1963 Herbert H Lehman, (Gov-D-NY), dies
  • 1963 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)

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

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Physiologist
Joseph Erlanger
  • 1977 Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet military commander (b. 1895)
  • 1979 Sonia Delaunay, Russian born French artist, dies at 94
  • 1983 Robert Aldrich, dir/producer (Last Sunset), dies at 65
  • 1984 Adam Malik, Third Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1917)
  • 1986 Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
  • 1990 Steven Shaw, dies at 25
  • 1991 Jill Browne, dies at 54
  • 1991 Richard Speck, mass murderer, dies a day before his 50th birthday
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 2009 Vimolchatra, Princess of Thailand and cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (b. 1921)
  • 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