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Famous Deaths in December 1916

  • Dec 1 Charles E Vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer, dies at 58
  • Dec 2 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 5 Hans Richter, Austrian-Hungarian composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 5 Princess Augusta of Cambridge, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and granddaughter of George III, dies at 94
  • Dec 9 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • Dec 9 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • Dec 16 Friedrich Ernst Dorn, German physicist who discovered that radon is emitted from radium, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 William Wallace Gilchrist, American composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 25 Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint, dies at 71
  • Dec 26 Bernhard Scholz, composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Frank Penn, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1880), dies
  • Dec 26 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • Dec 27 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81

MurderGrigori Rasputin

Dec 29 Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, assassinated by conservative Russian aristocrats at 45

  • Dec 31 Ernst Rudorff, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 31 Alice Ball, African American chemist (developed treatment for leprosy), dies at 24