Deaths in History on December 7

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43 BC Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher, killed as part of the proscriptions at 63

Roman Statesman & Philosopher Cicero
Roman Statesman & Philosopher
Cicero
  • 283 Catholic Pope Saint Eutychian
  • 983 Otto II the Red, German king/emperor (973-83), dies at about 28
  • 1254 Innocent IV, [Sinibaldo dei Fieschi], Pope (1243-54), dies
  • 1279 King Boleslaus V of Poland (b. 1226)
  • 1295 Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Hertford, English politician (b. 1243)
  • 1383 Wenceslaus, duke of Brabant, dies
  • 1498 Alexander Hegius von Heek, German humanist
  • 1649 Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1606)
  • 1672 Richard Bellingham, English-born Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592)
  • 1683 John Oldham, English poet, dies of smallpox at 30
  • 1723 Jan Santini Aichel, Bohemian architect (b. 1677)
  • 1775 Charles Saunders, British admiral
  • 1793 Joseph Bara, French revolutionary (b. 1780)
  • 1815 Michel Ney, French marshal (Waterloo), murdered at 46
  • 1817 William Bligh, British naval officer of "Bounty" fame, dies at 63
  • 1826 John Flaxman, Engl sculptor (tombs at St Paul's Cathedral), dies at 71
  • 1842 Thomas Hamilton, Scottish writer (b. 1789)
  • 1860 Constantine S Aksakov, Russian historian/poet, dies at 43
  • 1862 Sylvester Churchill, US Union brigadier general, dies
  • 1874 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (b. 1815)
  • 1881 Julius FA Bahnsen, Ger philosopher (Tragic as Weltgesetz), dies at 51
  • 1894 Ferdinand de Lesseps, French engineer/diplomat/earl, dies at 89

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1902 Thomas Nast, US political cartoonist, dies at 62

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • 1906 Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)
  • 1909 Whitcomb Judson, American inventor (zipper), dies at 63
  • 1912 George Darwin, theorized Moon was pulled out of Pacific Ocean, dies
  • 1913 Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano, Italian Catholic churchman and last surviving cardinal of Pius IX (b. 1828)
  • 1941 Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • 1941 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • 1941 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • 1941 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • 1941 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • 1947 Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1931), educator (Columbia University President), dies at 85
  • 1947 Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist (b. 1866)

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1970 Rube Goldberg, US cartoonist (Mike & Ike, Pulitzer 1948), dies at 87

Cartoonist Rube Goldberg
Cartoonist
Rube Goldberg
  • 1970 Romaine Brooks (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), American painter dies aged 96
  • 1971 Milton Rosmer, director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90
  • 1972 Adrian J Zoetmulder, author (God's Hour), dies at 91
  • 1975 Thornton N Wilder, American writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78
  • 1977 Peter Carl Goldmark, German-Hungarian engineer (developed the LP record format), dies in a car accident at 77
  • 1978 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)
  • 1979 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer and astrophysicist who proposed that stars are composed largely of hydrogen and are not glowing balls of molten rock, dies at 79
  • 1979 Mari Andriessen, sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
  • 1979 Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • 1979 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • 1982 Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas
  • 1982 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American Chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) but later opposed nuclear weapons, dies at 82
  • 1983 Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA
  • 1985 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • 1985 Robert Graves, English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • 1988 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • 1988 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • 1990 Horst Bienek, writer, dies at 60
  • 1990 Jean Paul Lemieux, Quebec painter (b. 1904)
  • 1992 Maurice Coutinho, writer/translator (Silent Struggle), dies at 79
  • 1992 Ruth Corbett Thom, dies after long illness at 78
  • 1993 Félix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88
  • 1995 Larry Bartlett, photographer, dies at 42
  • 1995 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, dies at 89
  • 1996 Eugene Izzi, mystery writer, hangs himself at 43
  • 1996 Jose Donoso, Chilean writer (The Place Without Limits), dies at 72
  • 2000 Vladimir Gotovac, Croatian poet and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2001 Charles McClendon, LSU Tigers head football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Carl F. H. Henry American theologian and publisher (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Azie Taylor Morton, Treasurer of the United States (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Jay Van Andel, co-founder and former chairman of Amway (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)
  • 2005 Rigoberto Alpizar, airplane passenger fatally shot by U.S. Air Marshals after allegedly claiming he had placed a bomb aboard (b. 1961)
  • 2006 Jeane Kirkpatrick, American ambassador (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Elizabeth Edwards, American lawyer and wife of John Edwards (b. 1949)
  • 2012 Saul Steinberg, American businessman, founder of Leasco and CEO of Reliance Insurance Company, dies at 73