On This Day

Famous Deaths on December 19

  • 401 Anastasius I, Bishop of Rome (399-401), dies
  • 1075 Edith of Wessex, wife of Edward the Confessor of England
  • 1111 al-Ghazali, Muslim philosopher, theologian, jurist and mystic (The Revival of the Religious Sciences), dies (b.c. 1058)
  • 1327 Agnes of France, Duchess of Burgundy
  • 1370 Urban V [Guillaume de Grimoard], 1st Avignon Pope (1362-70), dies
  • 1614 Melchior Bischoff, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1737 James Louis Sobieski, Crown Prince of Poland, dies at 70
  • 1741 Vitus Bering, Danish navigator and explorer (explored Bering Strait and Alaska coast), dies after being shipwrecked at 60
  • 1749 Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer, dies at 76
  • 1751 Louise of Great Britain, wife of Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1724)
  • 1798 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Moniteur Universel), dies at 62
  • 1800 Georg Peter Weimar, German cantor and composer, dies at 66
  • 1804 Mary Bright, British PM Rockingham, dies
  • 1807 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (b. 1723)
  • 1810 Johann Heinrich Egli, Swiss violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1813 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, dies at 69
  • 1814 Joseph Bramah, Inventor and Locksmith, notably invented the beer pump
  • 1815 Michel Woldemar, French violinist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1815 Robert Hudson, British tenor, organist, and composer, dies at 83
  • 1819 Thomas Fremantle, British naval officer, dies at 54
  • 1823 Nicolas-Joseph Hüllmandel, Alsatian composer, dies at 67
  • 1848 Frans Adam van der Duyn van Maasdam, Dutch governor (South Holland), dies at 77

Emily Brontë

1848 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), dies of tuberculosis at 30

J. M. W. Turner

1851 J. M. W. Turner, English landscape painter (Shipwreck, Rain, Steam & Speed), dies of cholera at 76

  • 1867 Jean-Georges Kastner, French composer, dies at 57
  • 1878 Bayard Taylor, American author and poet (b. 1825)
  • 1911 John Bigelow, American statesman and author, dies at 94
  • 1914 Johann Friedrich von Schulte, German Catholic lawyer, dies at 87
  • 1915 Alois Alzheimer, German psychiatrist/neurologist (Alzheimer Disease), dies at 51
  • 1925 José Ignacio Quintón, Puerto-Rican composer (El coquí; Requiem por Angel Mislán), dies at 44
  • 1929 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 36
  • 1930 Johnny Douglas, English cricket all-rounder, captain (23 Tests, 1 x 100, 45 wickets; Essex CCC) and boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1908), dies by drowning at 48
  • 1932 Yoon Bong-Gil, Korean activist (b. 1908)
  • 1933 George Jackson Churchward, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (b. 1857)
  • 1938 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 65
  • 1939 Eric Fogg, English composer, dies under a train at 36
  • 1939 Karl Wagenfeld, Low German writer (Lucifer, Death & Devil), dies at 70
  • 1939 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor and director (The White), dies at 57
  • 1941 L M Dovator, Russian general, dies in battle
  • 1944 Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (b. 1856)
  • 1946 Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  • 1951 Barton Yarbrough, actor (Dragnet), dies at 51
  • 1952 Harry Makepeace, English cricketer (4 Tests for England v Australia 1920-21), dies at 71
  • 1953 Rudolf Leonhard, writer, dies

John Van Druten

1957 John Van Druten, English playwright (I Remember Mama, I am a Camera) and theater director, dies at 56

  • 1959 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
  • 1966 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82
  • 1967 Alfred Courtens, Belgian sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1968 Norman Thomas, American socialist, pacifist and presidential candidate (1928-48), dies at 84
  • 1977 Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician and the 1st woman to serve as a governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), dies at 101
  • 1982 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1982 Lawrance Collingwood, English composer, dies at 95
  • 1982 Dwight Macdonald, American social critic (b. 1906)
  • 1984 Michel Magne, French experimental music and film score composer (Gigot; Barbarella), and recording studio owner (Château d'Hérouville). takes his own life at 54
  • 1984 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (b. 1903)
  • 1986 V. C. Andrews, American author (Flowers in the Attic), dies of breast cancer at 63
  • 1989 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English journalist and author (Cold Comfort Farm), dies at 87
  • 1990 Basil Henson, actor (Change Partners), dies of stroke at 71
  • 1990 Massimo Amfiteatrof [Maksim Amfiteatrov], Russian-Italian classical musician, known as 'the Cellists' Caruso', dies at 83
  • 1991 Ernest K Gann, US adventure novelist, dies at 81
  • 1991 Paul Maxwell, Canadian actor (Aliens, City of Fear, Freedom to Die), dies at 70
  • 1991 Joe Cole, American roadie (Black Flag, Rollins Band), shot and killed at 30
  • 1993 Anthonius AM "Ton" Kors, writer (Time of Anton de Lange), dies at 47
  • 1993 Antoon Veerman, Dutch ARP asst sect of Education (1973-75), dies at 77
  • 1993 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (The Byrds, 1964-67 - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969-71; Firefall, 1974-80), dies of liver failure at 47
  • 1994 Noel Pointer, American jazz violinist and record producer, dies of a stoke at 39
  • 1995 Ruth Nita Barrow, 1st female Governor-General of Barbados (1990-95), dies at 79
  • 1995 Harold Watkinson, British politician/businessman, dies at 85
  • 1995 Janet Wilder, stuntwoman, dies at 29
  • 1996 Ronald Howard, British actor (Naked Edge; Come September; Murder She Said), dies at 78
  • 1996 Yuli Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist and "chief nuclear weapon designer" for the Soviet Union, dies at 92
  • 1996 Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (8½; La Dolce Vita; Dark Eyes; The Pizza Triangle), dies of pancreatic cancer at 72
  • 1997 David Schramm, American astrophysicist (pioneer in establishing particle astrophysics as a vibrant research field), dies at 52
  • 1997 Masaru Ibuka, Japanese electronics industrialist (Sony Corp), dies at 89
  • 1997 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band) dies at 73
  • 1998 Antonio Ordóñez, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1932)
  • 1998 Mel Fisher, American treasure hunter (b. 1922)
  • 1999 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor, dies at 85
  • 1999 Hemchandra Tukaram "Bal" Dani, Indian cricketer (Test Ind v Pak, 1-19, ct 1, DNB), dies at 66
  • 2000 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), dies at 42
  • 2000 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, dies at 90
  • 2000 John Lindsay, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2000 (Roebuck) "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), dies at 85
  • 2001 Marcel Mule, French classical saxophonist, composer, and teacher, dies at 100
  • 2002 Arthur Rowley, English soccer forward (most goals in English league football, 434 from 619 games; Leicester City, Shrewsbury Town), dies at 76
  • 2002 Will Hoy, English auto racer (British Touring Car C'ship 1991), dies from a brain tumour at 50
  • 2003 Peter Carter-Ruck, English lawyer (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Hope Lange, American actress (Peyton Place, The Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies at 70
  • 2003 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), dies of heart failure at 90
  • 2003 Roy Hughes, Baron Islwyn, British politician (L), dies at 78
  • 2004 Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • 2005 Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; b. 1933)
  • 2005 Vincent Gigante, Italian-American mafioso, dies at 77

James Bevel

2008 James Bevel, American civil rights activist (Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Direct Action), dies of cancer at 72

  • 2008 Kenny Cox, American jazz pianist dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2008 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • 2008 Carol Chomsky, American linguist and education specialist (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah (b. 1922)
  • 2009 Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man, dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2010 Trudy Pitts, American jazz Hammond B-3 organist, pianist, and vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • 2010 Anthony Howard, English Journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2012 Robert Bork, American legal scholar/jurist, dies from heart disease at 85
  • 2012 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Israeli military leader, dies from cancer at 68
  • 2012 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • 2012 Sir Lawrence "Lawrie" Barratt, British businessman and housing developer (Barratt Developments), dies at 85
  • 2015 Kurt Masur, German conductor (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, 1970-96; New York Philharmonic, 1991-2002; London Philharmonic, 2000-07), dies from complications of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • 2015 Douglas Dick, American actor and psychologist (Rope, Waterfront), dies at 95
  • 2017 Clifford Irving, American novelist and investigative reporter (hoax autobiography of Howard Hughes), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • 2017 Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, American professional baseball player at 1st female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues, dies from heart complications at 82
  • 2017 Leo "Bud" Welch, American gospel and Delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("You Can't Hurry God"; "Cadillac Baby"), dies at 85
  • 2019 Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), dies at 72
  • 2019 Shahdon Winchester, Trinidadian soccer winger (27 caps; Murciélagos), dies in a traffic collision at 27
  • 2020 Rosalind Knight, British stage and screen actress (Friday Night Dinner - "Horrible Grandma"), dies at 87
  • 2020 Maria Piątkowskacka, Polish athlete (WR 4 x 100m relay 1964), dies at 89
  • 2020 Pelle Alsing, Swedish drummer (Roxette - "Listen to Your Heart"), dies at 60
  • 2021 Carlos Marín, Spanish pop-opera baritone (Il Divo), dies of Covid-19 at 53

Sally Ann Howes

2021 Sally Ann Howes, British-American stage and screen actress and singer (Brigadoon; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - "Truly Scrumptious"), dies at 91


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