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 and the 1st English King fluent in the English language, dies of fever after eating "a surfeit of lampreys"
  • 1241 Isabella of England, wife of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1214)
  • 1374 Magnus Eriksson, king of Norway/Sweden, dies
  • 1377 King Magnus II of Sweden (b. 1316)
  • 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, dies at 77

Person of interestLeo X

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

Pope Leo X
Pope
Leo X
  • 1530 Margaretha of Austria, governess of the Netherlands, dies at 51
  • 1580 Edmund Campion, English jesuit, hanged at 42
  • 1580 Giovanni Morone, Italian theologian/diplomat/cardinal, dies at 71
  • 1581 Ralph Sherwin, English Catholic saint (b. 1550)
  • 1581 Alexander Briant, English saint (b. around 1556)
  • 1602 Kobayakawa Hideaki, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1582)
  • 1633 Isabella of Austria, infante of Spain/governess in Holland, dies at 67
  • 1633 Isabella Clara Eugenia, Sovereign of the Netherlands (1598-1621), dies at 67
  • 1635 Melchior Teschner, composer, dies at 51
  • 1651 Cristobal de Isla Diego, 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, composer, dies
  • 1709 Abraham a Sancta Clara, [Johann 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 Doppelmayr, mathematician
  • 1755 Maurice Greene, English composer, dies at 59
  • 1767 Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason
  • 1797 Oliver Wolcott, US judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, dies at 71
  • 1808 Anton Fischer, composer, dies at 30
  • 1813 Ferdinando Bertoni, composer, dies at 88
  • 1817 Justin Heinrich Knechtl, composer, dies at 65
  • 1825 Tsar Alexander I of Russia (b. 1777). Reigned from 1801
  • 1842 Philip Spencer, 1st US naval officer condemned for mutiny, hanged
  • 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, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 78
  • 1892 Joseph Lippens, Belgian lieutenant in Congo, murdered
  • 1892 Lucius E. Polk, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 59
  • 1893 Eduard Franck, composer, dies at 76
  • 1901 George Lohmann, British cricketer regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all time, dies of tuberculosis at 36
  • 1916 Charles E Vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer, dies at 58
  • 1923 Virginie Loveling, Belgian writer and poet (b. 1836)
  • 1925 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, dies at 54
  • 1926 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, 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, composer, dies at 61
  • 1934 Sergei M Kirov, Josef Stalin's collaborator, assassinated in Leningrad
  • 1935 Bernard Schmidt, inventor (Schmidt camera), dies
  • 1939 Max Fiedler, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1941 Horace Chapman, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa, 39 runs, 1 wkt), dies
  • 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, composer, dies at 59
  • 1952 Victor E Orlando, Italian premier (1917-19), dies at 92
  • 1954 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive, dies 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, composer, dies at 57
  • 1964 J. B. S. Haldane, Scottish geneticist (b. 1892)
  • 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, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1937)
  • 1970 Frank Smailes, cricketer (England pace bowler Test v India 1946), dies
  • 1971 Arthur B Springarn, US NAACP chairman (1940-65), dies at 93
  • 1972 Antonio Segni, Italian politician, Prime Minister (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), dies at 81

Person of interestDavid Ben-Gurion

1973 David Ben-Gurion, founding father of Israel, dies in Tel Aviv at 87

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • 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, US columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • 1975 Nellie Fox, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 1975 Anna E. Roosevelt, American radio personality (b. 1906)
  • 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, composer, dies on 81st birthday
  • 1983 Mirsky, mathematician, dies
  • 1984 Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (b. 1911)
  • 1986 Horace Heidt, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • 1986 Robert L "Bobby" Layne, football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 59
  • 1986 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61
  • 1987 Donn Fulton Eisele, Col USAF/astronaut, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1987 James Arthur Baldwin, writer (Another Country), dies at 63
  • 1987 Punch Imlach, Canadian ice hockey coach and general manager (b. 1918)
  • 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 H de Groot, Dutch co-founder (Vrij Nederland), dies

Person of interestVijaya Lakshmi Pandit

1990 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Indian diplomat and politician, dies at 90

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • 1991 Byron Webster, actor (That Man Bolt), dies of AIDS at 58
  • 1991 George Joseph Stigler, US economist (Nobel 1982), dies at 80
  • 1994 Hugh Chilvers, Australian cricketer (151 wickets leg-spin for NSW 1928-37), dies at 92
  • 1996 Barbak Karmal, politician, dies at 67
  • 1996 Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
  • 1997 Denis Gerald Barrington, 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)
  • 1997 Endicott Peabody, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1920)
  • 1998 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 96
  • 1998 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 81
  • 2001 Ellis R Dungan, American born Indian film director (b. 1909)
  • 2002 Dave McNally, American baseball player, dies at 60
  • 2003 Clark Kerr, first Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley (b. 1911)
  • 2003 Eugenio Monti, Italian bobsledder (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Gust Avrakotos, American intelligence case officer (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Jack Colvin, American actor (Incredible Hulk), dies at 71
  • 2006 Claude Jade, French actress (b. 1948)
  • 2006 Bruce Trigger, Canadian archaeologist (McGill University) (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Anton Rodgers, British actor (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), dies 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 (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (b. 1920)
  • 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 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 90
  • 2012 Jovan Belcher, American football linebacker, commits suicide by gunshot at 25
  • 2012 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85
  • 2013 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 2016 Ousmane Sow, Senegalese sculptor, dies at 81