On This Day

Famous Deaths on December 14

  • 872 Adrian II, Italian Pope (867-72) the last married pope, dies at ~80
  • 1077 Agnes of Poitou, German empress & wife of emperor Henry III, dies at 52
  • 1136 Harald IV, "Gylle Krist", king of Norway, murdered at 33
  • 1417 John Oldcastle, English nobleman and pro-protestant Lollard leader, whom Shakespeare based his Falstaff character on, hanged for heresy at 39
  • 1460 Guarino da Verona, Italian Renaissance figure, dies at 86

Person of interestVlad the Impaler

1476 Vlad III the Impaler, Wallachian prince, killed in battle at 45

Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler
Wallachian Prince
Vlad the Impaler
  • 1510 Duke Friedrich of Saxony, 36th Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (1498-1510), dies at 37
  • 1542 James V, King of Scotland (1513-42), dies at 30
  • 1553 Hanibal Lucić, Croatian writer, dies at 68
  • 1591 St. John of the Cross [Juan de Yepes y Álvarez], Spanish Carmelite friar, poet and saint, dies at 49
  • 1624 Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English statesman, dies at 73
  • 1651 Pierre Dupuy, French historian & scholar, dies at 69
  • 1713 Thomas Rymer, English historian, dies at 72
  • 1715 Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 79
  • 1732 Johann Philipp Fortsch, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1734 Noel-Nicolas Coypel, French painter & cartoonist, dies at 44

  • 1735 Thomas Tanner, English bishop & antiquarian (b. 1674)
  • 1741 Charles Rollin, French historian, dies at 80
  • 1754 Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1730-54) who fought Austria & Russia, dies at 58
  • 1760 Kacic Miosic, Croatian poet (Razgovar Ugodni Naroda Slovinskoga), dies at 56
  • 1788 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1788 Carlos III, King of Spain (1759-88) & King of Naples and Sicily (1734-59), dies at 72

Person of interestGeorge Washington

1799 George Washington, American Founding Father, military leader who commanded Continental Army during War for Independence, first President of the United States (1789-97), dies at 66

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1806 John Breckinridge, American lawyer (5th United States Attorney General) & politician (U.S. Senator from Kentucky), dies at 46
  • 1823 Vincenzo Cuoco, Italian historian (Naples Revolution 1799), dies at 53
  • 1829 Luigi Marchesi, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1838 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician & Patriote, dies during Battle of Saint-Eustache at 32
  • 1843 John Claudius Loudon, Scottish horticulturist, dies at 60
  • 1849 Conradin Kreutzer, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1861 Albert, English prince consort & husband of Queen Victoria, dies at 42

Person of interestGeorge Hamilton-Gordon

1861 George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Peelite: 1852-55) & Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, dies at 76

British Prime Minister George Hamilton-Gordon
British Prime Minister
George Hamilton-Gordon
  • 1861 Heinrich August Marschner, German opera composer, dies at 66
  • 1862 George Dashiell Bayard, Union Brigadier General, dies at 27
  • 1865 Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist, dies at 71
  • 1873 Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American naturalist & geologist, dies at 66
  • 1873 Alexander Keith, Scottish-Canadian politician (4th Mayor of Halifax) & brewer (founder of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery), dies at 78

  • 1878 Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, Grand Duchess of Hesse, dies at 35
  • 1886 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, Polish-Russian composer, dies at 27
  • 1893 Karolina Pawlowa, Russian poet & novelist, dies at 86
  • 1900 Jean Baptiste August Kessler, Dutch entrepreneur & director of oil on Dutch Indies, dies at 46
  • 1906 Jean Abraham Chrétien Oudemans, Dutch geographer & astronomer, dies at 78
  • 1909 Leopold II, King of Belgium (1865-1909), sole owner of the Congo Free State (1885-1908), dies at 74
  • 1912 Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, British Army lieutenant, dies at 25
  • 1914 Giovanni Sgambati, Italian pianist & composer, dies at 73
  • 1918 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese politician (4th President of Portugal, 66th Prime Minister of Portugal), murdered at 46
  • 1920 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), dies of a streptococcal throat infection and pneumonia at 25
  • 1923 Giuseppi Gallignani, Italian composer and conductor, takes his own life at 72
  • 1926 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism), dies at 64
  • 1927 Julian Sochocki, Russian-Polish mathematician, dies at 85
  • 1928 Theodore Roberts, American actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), dies at 77
  • 1935 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American sci-fi writer (Martian Odyssey), dies at 33
  • 1938 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer & musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76
  • 1942 Eduard C "Edo" Fimmen, Dutch trade union leader, dies at 61
  • 1945 Constantino Gaito, Argentinian composer, dies at 67
  • 1945 Forrester Harvey, Irish actor (Rebecca, Tarzan, Chump at Oxford), dies at 61
  • 1945 Henry van Goudoever, Dutch lawyer & judge, dies on his 69th birthday
  • 1945 Josef Kramer, German Nazi war criminal ("The Beast of Belsen"), hanged at 39
  • 1947 Franz Zorell, German lexicographer, dies at 84

Person of interestStanley Baldwin

1947 Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37), dies at 80

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
  • 1947 Edward Higgins, English General of The Salvation Army, dies at 84
  • 1948 R. O. Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer & music teacher, dies at 62
  • 1950 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (Heroische Fahrt), dies at 65
  • 1956 Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Finnish politician (7th President of Finland 1946-56), dies at 86
  • 1959 Lizzy Ansingh, Dutch painter (Cast Off), dies at 84
  • 1960 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), dies of leukemia at 63
  • 1963 Dinah Washington, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • 1963 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (1952-63), dies at 62
  • 1964 William Bendix, American actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley), dies from lobar pneumonia at 58
  • 1965 Hermann Sandby, Danish cellist & composer, dies at 84
  • 1966 Emma Dunn, English American actress (You Can't Fool Your Wife), dies at 91
  • 1966 Richard Whorf, American actor & director (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Keeper of Flame), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1966 Verna Felton, American actress (Hilda-December Bride), dies at 76
  • 1967 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer & film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1970 Franz Schlegelberger, German Nazi politician, dies at 94
  • 1971 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, dies at 42
  • 1973 Yitzhak Edel, Israeli composer, dies at 77

Person of interestWalter Lippmann

1974 Walter Lippmann, American journalist (Public Opinion), dies at 85

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 1975 Arthur Treacher, English TV announcer (Merv Griffin Show), dies at 81
  • 1978 Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo, Spanish writer (Englishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards) & diplomat, dies at 92
  • 1979 Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, Indian cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies at 56
  • 1980 Elston Howard, American baseball catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59
  • 1984 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977), dies at 86

Person of interestRoger Maris

1985 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), dies of cancer at 51

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1985 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89
  • 1985 Charlie Bachman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard & coach (Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State), dies at 93
  • 1987 Clinton Sundberg, American actor (Belle of NY, Easter Parade), dies at 84
  • 1988 Evald Schorm, Czech film director (Courage for Every Day), dies at 56

Person of interestAndrei Sakharov

1989 Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist & dissident (Nobel 1975), dies at 68

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • 1989 Jock Mahoney [Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney], American actor & stuntman (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1989 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), dies in a car accident at 40
  • 1990 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright & novelist (The Physicists, The Visit). dies of heart failure at 69

  • 1990 Hope Sansberry, American actress (Rats are Coming), dies at 94
  • 1990 Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn und Taxis, German businessman, dies at 64
  • 1991 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1991 Robert Eddison, British actor (Uncle Silas), dies at 83

Person of interestMyrna Loy

1993 Myrna Loy [Williams], American actress (The Great Ziegfeld, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), dies at 88

Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
  • 1994 Mary Ann McCall, American singer, dies at 75
  • 1994 Orval Faubus, American politician (Governor of Arkansas, 1955–67), dies at 84
  • 1995 Rob Harris, American sky surfer, dies skydiving at 28
  • 1996 Norman Hackforth, British musician & radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), dies at 88
  • 1997 Owen Barfield, British philosopher of language, dies at 99
  • 1997 Robert Sutton, New Zealand electronics engineer, dies at 82
  • 1997 Stubby Kaye [Bernard Solomon Kotzin], American actor (Guys & Dolls, Lil' Abner, Cat Ballou), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • 1997 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), dies of kidney failure at 51
  • 1998 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist, dies at 74
  • 1998 Norman Fell, American actor (Three's Company, The End, Graduate), dies of bone marrow cancer at 74
  • 1998 Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist & author, dies at 70
  • 2000 Ralph Louis Wain, British agricultural scientist, dies at 89
  • 2000 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), dies at 68
  • 2001 W. G. Sebald, German writer, dies at 57
  • 2002 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor & singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), dies at 78
  • 2003 Blas Ople, Filipino journalist & politician, dies at 76
  • 2003 Jeanne Crain, American actress (Man Without a Star, Pinky), dies at 78
  • 2004 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player, dies at 70
  • 2004 Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor & politician (2004 presidential candidate), dies at 65
  • 2005 Trevanian [Rodney William Whitaker], American film scholar & author, dies at 74
  • 2006 Anton Balasingham, Sri Lankan chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 68
  • 2006 Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American businessman & co-founder of Atlantic Records, dies at 83
  • 2006 Mike Evans, American actor, dies at 57
  • 2006 Otmar Macha, Czech composer (Quattro Group), dies at 84
  • 2008 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80

  • 2009 Alan A'Court, English footballer, dies at 75
  • 2010 Timothy Davlin, American politician, dies at 53
  • 2010 Dale Roberts, English footballer, dies at 24
  • 2010 Neva Patterson, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Taxi, Nichols), dies rom complications from a broken hip at 90
  • 2011 Boris Chertok, Soviet & Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99
  • 2012 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • 2012 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88

Person of interestPeter O'Toole

2013 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 81

  • 2014 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), dies at 90
  • 2015 Lillian Vernon, American founder and CEO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation (first company listed on US stock exchange started by a woman), dies at 88
  • 2016 Karel Husa, Czech-American Pulitzer prize winning composer (Trojan Women), dies at 95
  • 2016 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), dies of drug overdose at 44
  • 2017 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), dies at 80
  • 2017 Yú Guāngzhōng [Yu Kwang-chung], Taiwanese poet, essayist, and translator (Nostalgia), dies from respiratory failure at 89
  • 2018 Joe Osborn, American session bass player (Bridge Over Troubled Water), dies of pancreatic cancer at 81
  • 2019 Anna Karina, Danish French 'New Wave' actress (Alphaville), dies at 79
  • 2019 Randy Colley (Moondog Rex), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), dies after undergoing amputation of his right leg at 69
  • 2020 Gérard Houllier OBE, French soccer manager (Paris Saint-Germain, Lens, Liverpool, Olympique Lyonnais, Aston Villa, France), dies after heart operation at 73
  • 2020 Eric Freeman OAM, Australian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 34 wickets, 2 x 50s; South Australia), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • 2020 Günter Sawitzki, German soccer goalkeeper (10 caps West Germany; VfB Stuttgart), dies at 88
  • 2020 Jeannie Morris, American sports journalist and author (Chicago Daily News, WMAQ; 'Brian Piccolo: A Short Season', 2014 Ring Lardner Award), dies from appendix cancer at 85
December 14 Highlights