On This Day

Famous Deaths on December 1

  • 660 Eligius [Eloy], French patron saint of horses, goldsmiths and metalworkers who as bishop of Tournay-Noyon spent 20 years converting the pagan population of Flanders to Christianity, dies at around 72
  • 1018 Thietmar, German chronicler and Bishop of Merseburg, dies at 43
  • 1135 Henry I Beauclerc, King of England (1100-1135) and the 1st English King after the Norman conquest to be fluent in the English language, dies at around 66 of fever after eating "a surfeit of lampreys"
  • 1241 Isabella of England, wife of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1214)
  • 1374 Magnus IV [Magnus Eriksson], king of Norway and Sweden (outlawed slavery), drowns at 58
  • 1417 Walraven I van Brederode, viceroy of Holland, dies
  • 1433 Emperor Go-Komatsu of Japan, 100th Emperor of Japan, dies at 56
  • 1455 Lorenzo Ghiberti, Italian sculptor (Gates of Paradise), dies at 77

Leo X

1521 Leo X [Giovanni de' Medici], Italian Pope (1513-21), dies at 45

  • 1530 Margaretha of Austria, governess of the Netherlands, dies at 51
  • 1580 Edmund Campion, English jesuit, hanged, drawn and quartered at 42
  • 1580 Giovanni Morone, Italian theologian, diplomat and cardinal, dies at 71
  • 1581 Ralph Sherwin, English Catholic saint, hanged, drawn and quartered at 31
  • 1581 Alexander Briant, English Catholic saint, hanged, drawn and quartered (b. around 1556)
  • 1602 Kobayakawa Hideaki, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1582)
  • 1633 Isabella Clara Eugenia, Sovereign of the Netherlands (1598-1621), dies at 67
  • 1635 Melchior Teschner, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1651 Cristobal de Isla Diego, Spanish composer, dies at 65
  • 1660 Pierre d'Hozier, French genealogist, dies at 68
  • 1700 Willem ten Rhijne, Dutch physician in Batavia, dies at about 53
  • 1707 Jeremiah Clarke, English Baroque composer and organist (Trumpet Voluntary), commits suicide (b. 1674)
  • 1709 Abraham a Sancta Clara [Johann Ulrich Megerle], German court preacher and friar, dies at 65
  • 1723 Susanna Centlivre, English actress known as "the most successful female playwright of the eighteenth century", dies at 66 (approximately)
  • 1727 Johann Heinrich Buttstett, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1729 Christian Ludwig Boxberg, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1729 Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer and mathematician, dies at 64
  • 1736 Simon van Slingelandt, Dutch grand pensionary (1727-36), dies at 72
  • 1750 Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr, German mathematician, astronomer and cartographer, dies at 73
  • 1755 Maurice Greene, English composer, dies at 59
  • 1767 Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason
  • 1797 Oliver Wolcott, American judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, dies at 71
  • 1808 Anton Fischer, German composer, dies at 30
  • 1813 Ferdinando Bertoni, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • 1817 Justin Heinrich Knecht, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1825 Tsar Alexander I of Russia (1801-1825), dies of typhus at 47
  • 1842 Philip Spencer, American sailor, 1st US naval officer condemned for mutiny, hanged aboard the USS Somers at 19
  • 1865 Constant van Crombrugghe, Flemish monastery founder, dies at 76
  • 1865 Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (b. 1796)
  • 1866 George Everest, Welsh surveyor and namesake of Mt. Everest, dies at 76
  • 1884 William Swainson (lawyer), second, and last, Attorney-General (New Zealand) of the Crown Colony of New Zealand (b. 1809)
  • 1887 Albertus J. Duymaer van Twist, Dutch Governor-General of Dutch East Indies, dies at 78
  • 1892 Joseph Lippens, Belgian official in Congo, murdered at 37 during the Congo Arab war
  • 1892 Lucius E. Polk, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 59
  • 1893 Eduard Franck, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1901 George Lohmann, England cricket medium pace bowler (18 Tests, 112 wickets @ 10.75), dies of tuberculosis at 36
  • 1913 Juhan Liiv, Estonian poet (I Saw Estonia Yesterday), dies at 49
  • 1914 Alfred Thayer Mahan, American naval officer (Influence of Sea Power), dies at 74
  • 1916 Charles Eugène, vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer (Morocco) and ascetic, killed in the Sahara during an uprising at 58
  • 1923 Virginie Loveling, Flemish writer (Sophie) and poet, dies at 87
  • 1925 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, dies at 54
  • 1926 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1928 José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (b. 1888)
  • 1928 Arthur Gore, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1901, 08-09), dies at 60
  • 1932 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1934 Sergei Kirov, Russian politician who was Mayor of Leningrad and a friend of Joseph Stalin, assassinated in Leningrad at 48
  • 1935 Bernard Schmidt, German optical instrument maker (inventor of the Schmidt telescope), dies at 56
  • 1939 Max Fiedler, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1941 Horace Chapman, South African cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), dies at 51
  • 1941 Alva B. Adams, American politician (U.S. Senator from Colorado, 1933-41), dies at 66
  • 1943 Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince, son of King Mongkut and brother of King Chulalongkorn and historian, dies at 81
  • 1945 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, dies at 64
  • 1947 Aleister Crowley, British occultist, founded the religion of Thelema, dies at 72
  • 1947 G. H. Hardy, English mathematician (Hardy–Weinberg principle, A Mathematician's Apology), dies at 70
  • 1950 Ernest John Moeran, British composer, dies at 55
  • 1951 Felix Petyrek, Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • 1952 Victor E. Orlando, Italian premier (1917-19), dies at 92
  • 1954 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1955 Chief Thundercloud [Victor Daniels], Cherokee actor (The Lone Ranger, Colt .45), dies from stomach cancer at 57
  • 1958 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), dies from chronic throat disease at 45
  • 1960 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, dies at 57
  • 1964 J. B. S. Haldane, British-Indian geneticist (primordial soup theory), dies at 72
  • 1968 Hugo Haas, Czechoslovakian actor and director (Bait, Pick Up, 2 Smart People), dies of asthma at 66
  • 1968 Dario Moreno, Turkish-Jewish singer (b. 1921)
  • 1969 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • 1970 Frank Smailes, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test; 8 County C'ships, Yorkshire), dies at 60
  • 1971 Arthur B. Spingarn, American lawyer and civil rights activist (NAACP chairman 1940-65), dies at 93

Antonio Segni

1972 Antonio Segni, Italian politician, Prime Minister of Italy (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), dies at 81

  • 1974 Lajos Zilahy, Hungarian/American author (Angry Angel), dies at 83
  • 1974 Stephen Gill Spottswood, US bishop/chairman (NAACP), dies at 77
  • 1975 Nick Kenny, American columnist and songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • 1975 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), dies from lymphatic cancer at 47
  • 1975 Anna E. Roosevelt, American radio personality (b. 1906)
  • 1975 Ernesto Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (director, chief engineer Maserati of Modena), dies at 77
  • 1976 George Earnshaw, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1929-30; Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 76
  • 1977 Paul Hardy, Belgian designer (Italian Country, dies at 69
  • 1977 Teun Struycken [Antoon Arnold Marie Struycken], Dutch Minister of Justice (1950-51) and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (1951-56), dies at 70
  • 1980 Sam Levene, American Broadway actor (Purple Heart, Designing Women), dies at 75
  • 1982 Dorothy James, American composer, dies on her 81st birthday
  • 1983 Leon Mirsky, Russian-British mathematician (Mirsky's theorem), dies at 64
  • 1984 Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (b. 1911)
  • 1986 Horace Heidt, American orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • 1986 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL champion 1952-53, 57; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1986 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61
  • 1987 Donn Fulton Eisele, American Air force officer and astronaut, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1987 James Arthur Baldwin, American writer (Another Country), dies at 63
  • 1987 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1989 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • 1989 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), dies of AIDS-related causes at 36
  • 1990 Jan Hendrik de Groot, Dutch co-founder of Vrij Nederland), dies at 89
  • 1991 Byron Webster, British-American actor (That Man Bolt), dies of AIDS at 58
  • 1991 George Joseph Stigler, US economist (Nobel Prize 1982), dies at 80
  • 1993 Peter John Wood, British session and touring rock keyboardist, and songwriter, dies at 43
  • 1995 Koos Schuur, Dutch writer, poet (Novemberland), translator, and editor (Het Woord), dies at 79
  • 1996 Babrak Karmal, Afghan politician (General Secretary 1979-86), dies at 67
  • 1996 Irving Gordon, American songwriter ("Unforgettable"; "Me, Myself, And I"), dies of multiple myeloma cancer at 81
  • 1997 Denis Gerald Barrington, British artist, dies at 67
  • 1997 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, dies at 89
  • 1997 Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)
  • 1998 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 96
  • 1998 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder and manager (15 caps; Atalanta; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 81
  • 1998 Albert de Klerk, Dutch organist, composer, and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1999 Gene Baker, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1955; World Series 1960; Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74
  • 1999 William "Pop" Gates, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Ring 1995), dies at 82
  • 2001 Ellis R. Dungan, American born Indian film director, dies at 92
  • 2002 Dave McNally, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969-70, 72; World Series 1966, 70; Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer at 60
  • 2003 Clark Kerr, first Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley (b. 1911)
  • 2003 Eugenio Monti, Italian bobsledder (2 x Olympic gold 2-man, 4-man 1968; World C'ships 9 x gold), dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 75
  • 2004 Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands dies of lung cancer at 93
  • 2005 Gust Avrakotos, American intelligence case officer (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Jack Colvin, American actor (Incredible Hulk), dies at 71
  • 2006 Claude Jade, French actress (Stolen Kisses), dies at 58
  • 2006 Bruce Trigger, Canadian archaeologist (McGill University) (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Anton Rodgers, British actor (May to December), dies at 74
  • 2007 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), dies at 78
  • 2007 Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1952), dies of stomach cancer at 78
  • 2008 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Joseph B. Wirthlin, American businessmen, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), dies at 91
  • 2008 Paul Benedict, American actor (Harry-Jeffersons), dies at 70
  • 2009 Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), dies at 76
  • 2009 Éva Szörényi, Hungarian actress and freedom activist for Hungary, dies at 92
  • 2009 Tommy Henrich, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1942, 1947–50; World Series 1938, 41, 47, 49, 51; NY Yankees), dies of a stroke at 96
  • 2010 Hillard Elkins, American theatre and film producer (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Alojz Srebotnjak, Slovenian composer, dies at 79
  • 2011 Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • 2011 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish swimmer (Olympic silver 400m freestyle 1936; 44 world records 1938-56), dies at 90
  • 2012 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), dies at 85
  • 2012 Rick Majerus, American college basketball coach (5× WAC Coach of the Year; Uni of Utah), dies of heart failure at 64
  • 2013 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 2013 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, dies of emphysema at 71
  • 2014 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), dies at 88
  • 2015 Jim Loscutoff, American basketball forward (NBA champion (1957, 59–64; Boston Celtics), dies from Parkinson's disease and pneumonia at 85
  • 2016 Ousmane Sow, Senegalese sculptor, dies at 81
  • 2016 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), dies at 94
  • 2018 Kenneth "Ken" Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family), dies at 85
  • 2019 Shelley Morrison, American actress (General Hospital, Will & Grace), dies at 83
  • 2019 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), dies from cancer at 69
  • 2020 Maria Itkina, Russian athlete (9 sprint world records, 60m-400m), dies at 88
  • 2020 Arnie Robinson Jr., American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1976; bronze 1972), dies from a brain tumor at 72
  • 2020 Denis Menke, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1969, 70; Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 80
December 1 Highlights