Famous Deaths on December 13

  • 838 Pippijn I, King of Aquitania, dies
  • 1048 Al-Biruni, Arabic royal astrologer, dies at 74
  • 1124 Callistus/Callixtus II, [Guido di Borgogna], Italian Pope (1119-24), dies
  • 1126 Henry IX, the Black, Duke of Bavaria (1120-26), dies
  • 1204 Maimonides, Jewish philosopher/talmudic scholar, dies in Cairo at 69
  • 1250 Frederick II, German Emperor (1212-1250), dies at 55
  • 1404 Albert I, Duke of Bavaria, dies at 74

Person of interestDonatello

1466 Donatello, Florentine artist and Renaissance sculptor, dies at around 80

Sculptor Donatello
Sculptor
Donatello
  • 1516 Johannes Trithemius, German cryptographer, dies at 54
  • 1521 Manoel I "the Great", King of Portugal (1495-1521), dies at 52
  • 1557 Niccolo Tartaglia, Italian mathematician, dies
  • 1565 Conrad Gessner, Swiss physician and naturalist, dies at 49
  • 1574 Selam II Sari, the blonde, sultan of Turkey (1566-74), dies at 50
  • 1603 François Viète, French mathematician dies in Paris (b. 1540)
  • 1621 Katarina Stenbock, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1535)
  • 1622 Jan Campanus, composer, dies at 50
  • 1650 Phineas Fletcher, English poet, dies at 68
  • 1693 Dodoftei, Romanian metropolitan of Moldavia/writer (Saint Lives), dies
  • 1693 Willem Van de Velde, Dutch the Old, seascape painter, dies at about 82
  • 1716 Charles de La Fosse, French painter (b. 1640)
  • 1721 Alexander Selkirk, Scottish sailor and castaway (b. 1676)
  • 1729 Anthony Collins, English philosopher (A discourse on free-thinking), dies at 53
  • 1738 Gotthard Wagner, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1769 Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, German poet and novelist (Fables & Tales), dies at 54
  • 1774 Susanne K von Klettenberg, German friend of Goethes mother, dies at 50
  • 1783 Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer (b. 1717)
  • 1784 Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer (b. 1709)
  • 1793 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, composer, dies at 63
  • 1812 Marianne Martinez, Austrian composer, dies at 68
  • 1814 Charles Joseph Prince of Ligne, Belgium fieldmarshal/author, dies at 79
  • 1835 John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (b. 1760)
  • 1837 Herman of Alaska, Russian Orthodox hermit (b. 1756)
  • 1862 Conrad Feger Jackson, US Union brigadier general, dies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 49
  • 1862 Maxcy Gregg, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 48
  • 1862 Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in Battle of Fredericksburg at 39
  • 1863 Friedrich Hebbel, writer, dies at 50
  • 1868 Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist and explorer, dies at 74
  • 1872 Helena Beeloo, a maid, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1872 W T van der Kouwen-ten Cate, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1881 August Senoa, Croatian writer (Kletva [The Curse]), dies at 43
  • 1883 Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (b. 1812)
  • 1894 Sarah Parker Remond, African-American abolitionist, dies at 68
  • 1895 Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (b. 1800)
  • 1898 George Frederick Bristow, American composer (Rip van Winkle), dies at 72
  • 1908 Augustus Le Plongeon, French-American photographer and antiquitarian, dies at 83
  • 1909 Innokenti Annenski, Russian poet and interpreter, dies of heart attack at 54
  • 1911 Reg Duff, cricketer (23 Tests for Australia 1902-05, 1317 runs), dies
  • 1919 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1919 Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (b. 1850)
  • 1921 Frederick Martin, cricketer (14 wkts in 2 Tests for Eng 1890-92), dies
  • 1922 Hannes Hafstein, Icelandic politician and poet (b. 1861)

Person of interestSamuel Gompers

1924 Samuel Gompers, organizer (American Federation of Labor), dies at 74

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • 1929 Knut Algot Hakanson, composer, dies at 42
  • 1930 Fritz Pregl, Slovenian/Austrian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • 1931 Gustave le Bon, French psychologist (b. 1840)
  • 1932 Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (b. 1853)
  • 1934 Thomas A. Watson, American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell (b. 1854)
  • 1935 John Nicolson, cricketer (South African lefty batsman 1926-27), dies
  • 1940 Dusty Tapscott, cricket (bro of Doodles, 4&1 in only S Af Test), dies
  • 1940 George Macaulay, cricketer (took 24 wkts in 8 Tests, Eng 22-33), dies
  • 1940 Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist and inventor of the moving-coil D'Arsonval galvanometer, dies at 89
  • 1940 George Regas, Greek actor (The Mark of Zorro), dies at 50
  • 1942 Eleanor Everest Freer, composer, dies at 78
  • 1942 Wlodimir Ledochowski, Polish-Austrian director of the Society of Jesus (b. 1866)
  • 1944 Lupe Velez, actress (Joe Palooka), overdoses on seconal at 34
  • 1944 Vassily Kandinsky, Russian-born German, French abstract painter, dies at 78
  • 1945 Robert van Genechten, Dutch Nazi (NSB), commits suicide
  • 1945 Vittorio Mario Vanzo, composer, dies at 83
  • 1945 Elisabeth Volkenrath, supervisor at concentration camps (b. 1919)
  • 1947 Nicholas Roerich, Russian painter, dies at 73
  • 1950 Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (field of statistical sequential analysis), dies at 48
  • 1951 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73
  • 1954 John Raymond Hubbell, American writer (b. 1879)
  • 1955 Egas Moniz, Portuguese psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Nobel laureate (b. 1874)
  • 1958 Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed
  • 1958 Barhanuddin Bashajan, Iraqi minister of Foreign affairs, executed
  • 1958 Brand Dirck Ochse, film/bioscope pioneer (Polygoon), dies at 66
  • 1958 Rafiq Aref, Iraqi chief-staff Arabs Statenbond, executed
  • 1958 Tim Moore, American actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 71

Person of interestGrandma Moses

1961 Grandma Moses [Anna M], US painter, dies at 101

Primitive Painter Grandma Moses
Primitive Painter
Grandma Moses
  • 1962 Harry Barris, American popular singer (b. 1905)
  • 1963 Hubert ME Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45), dies at 79
  • 1963 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1965 Robert Frederick Sink, United States Army Officer (WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War), dies at 60
  • 1966 Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
  • 1968 Siegfried Reda, composer, dies at 52
  • 1969 Raymond A Spruance, U.S. Navy admiral (Battle of Midway), dies at 83
  • 1969 Spencer Williams, American director, writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies at 76
  • 1971 Max Mell, Austria artillery officer and literary (Donauweibchen), dies at 88
  • 1973 Henry Green, English author (b. 1905)
  • 1974 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), dies at 66
  • 1974 Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Turkish writer and translator, dies at 85
  • 1974 John G. Bennett, British scientist and author, dies at 77
  • 1975 Cyril Delevanti, British actor (Soylent Green, The Night of the Iguana), dies at 88
  • 1975 Hendrik Kruls, Dutch gen/chief milt authority (1944-46), dies at 73
  • 1976 Eduard Claudius, writer, dies
  • 1979 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • 1980 Harm van Riel, Dutch Liberal Party politician, dies at 73
  • 1981 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), dies in a hit and run accident at 45
  • 1981 Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75
  • 1982 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (7 Tests, 1 century but inconsistent), dies at 68
  • 1983 Leora Dana, US actress (3:10 to Yuma, Pollyanna), dies at 60
  • 1983 Mary Renault [Challans], British author (Funeral games), dies at 78
  • 1983 Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christian priest and theologian (b. 1921)
  • 1983 Nichita Stanescu, Romanian poet (b. 1933
  • 1986 Heather Angel, actress (Lifeboat, Daniel Boone), dies at 77

Person of interestAlice Marble

1990 Alice Marble, California, tennis star, dies at 77

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1990 Friedrich Dörrenmatt, Swiss writer (Besuch der alten Dame), dies at 69
  • 1991 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (La marge), dies at 82
  • 1992 Bernard Drukker, Dutch pianist/orchestra leader (duivelswiel), dies
  • 1992 K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist (b. 1899)
  • 1992 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), dies at 93
  • 1993 Charles JB Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer: Ogentroost, dies at 87
  • 1994 Antoine Pinay, PM of France (1952-53), dies
  • 1994 Herman W "Fritz" Liebert, US librarian/Yale-curator, dies at 83
  • 1994 Norman Beaton, Guyanese actor (Eureka, Black Joy, Mighty Quinn), dies at 60
  • 1995 Evangeline Bruce, hostess, dies at 81
  • 1995 Nancy LaMott, American singer, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1996 Cao Yu, Chinese dramatist (Peking Man), dies at 86
  • 1996 Charles Edwin Molnar, computer pioneer, dies at 61
  • 1996 Edward Blishen, writer teacher/broadcaster, dies at 76
  • 1996 Mae Barnes, singer, dies at 89
  • 1997 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician, dies at 94
  • 1997 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, dies at 70
  • 1997 Rafael Jose Fernandez de la Calzada y Ferrer, restaurateur, dies at 83
  • 1999 Allen Breed, American inventor of the first automotive airbag sensor, dies of a heart attack while suffering from lung cancer, at 72
  • 2001 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death) (b. 1967)
  • 2002 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian musician (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1945)
  • 2003 William V. Roth, Jr., U.S. Senator (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2004 David Wheeler, English computer scientist (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (b. 1981)
  • 2005 Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips and convicted murderer (b. 1953)
  • 2006 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2007 Mark Partridge, Rhodesian politician
  • 2008 Horst Tappert, German director, actor and former SS member (Derrick), dies of diabetes at 85
  • 2008 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • 2008 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), dies from a brain tumour at 80
  • 2010 Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat (b. 1941)
  • 2010 Enrique Morente, Spanish flamenco singer (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), commits suicide at 63
  • 2011 Russell Hoban, American author (creator of 'Frances' series), dies at 86
  • 2011 Park Tae-joon, South Korean general and founder of steel giant Posco, dies at 84
  • 2014 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • 2016 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69
  • 2016 Thomas Schelling, American economist, (Nobel Prize 2005 - game-theory analysis), dies at 95
  • 2017 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), dies at 74
  • 2017 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), dies from multiple sclerosis and dementia at 80