Famous Deaths on December 22

  • 69 Aulus Vitellius, Roman Emperor for 8 months, executed by the troops of his successor Vespasian in Rome at 54
  • 1100 Duke Bretislaus II of Bohemia
  • 1337 Daito Kokushi, leader of O-To-Kan Rinzai school in Japan, dies at 54
  • 1419 Pope John XXIII [Baldassare Cossa], Italian Pope (1410-15), dies at 81
  • 1550 Richard Plantagenet (Richard of Eastwell) possibly a son of Richard III
  • 1603 Mehmed III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1595-1603), dies at 37
  • 1646 Peter Mogila, Orthodox Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia (b. 1596)
  • 1660 André Tacquet, Flemish mathematician (b. 1612)
  • 1668 Stephen Day, English-born colonial printer (The Psalms in Meter - 1st book printed in American colonies), dies at about 58
  • 1681 Richard Alleine, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1611)
  • 1708 Hedvig Sophia, Duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, dies at 27
  • 1721 Nathaniel Hawes, tortured & executed in England for robbery
  • 1723 Jacques Basnage, French/Dutch historian/vicar, dies at 70
  • 1738 Jean-Joseph Mouret, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1738 Constantia Jones, British prostitute, executed on theft allegations at 30
  • 1745 Jan Dismas Zelenka, composer, dies at 66

  • 1767 John Newberry, English publisher, dies
  • 1788 Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)
  • 1797 Giovanni Marco Rutini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1806 William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)
  • 1815 Jose Maria Morelos, Mexican revolutionary priest executed by Spaniards
  • 1828 Rachel Jackson, wife of 7th US President Andrew Jackson, dies of heart failure
  • 1828 William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist (b. 1766)
  • 1828 William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist (famous for discovering the chemical elements palladium and rhodium), dies at 62
  • 1832 Ishmail Spicer, American composer, dies at 72
  • 1863 Michael Corcoran, Union brigadier general, dies at 36
  • 1867 Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician (kinematics), dies at 79
  • 1873 Charles Lenox Remond, African American Orator and abolitionist, dies at 63
  • 1874 Johann Peter Pixis, composer, dies at 86
  • 1875 Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov, composer, dies at 75
  • 1880 George Eliot [Mary Anne Evans], English novelist (Adam Bede, Middlemarch), dies on her 61st birthday
  • 1893 Benedikt Randhartinger, Austrian composer, dies at 91
  • 1893 Johann Czerski, German chaplain, dies at 80
  • 1899 Dwight L Moody, US evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement), dies
  • 1902 Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing, psychiatrist, dies at 62
  • 1908 Marie Jungius, Dutch teacher/fairy tale writer, dies at 44
  • 1913 Menelik II, King of Ethiopia (1896-1913), dies at 69
  • 1917 Francesca Saveria Cabrini, US saint/patron of immigrant, dies at 67
  • 1918 Albijn van de Abeele, Flemish author and painter, dies at 83
  • 1923 Arthur H. Bird, American composer, dies at 67
  • 1937 Daito Kokushi, Zen founder of Daitokuji, dies in Kyoto at 55

  • 1939 Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer/composer, dies at 53
  • 1940 Nathanael West, [Weinstein], American writer (Cool Million), dies at 37
  • 1941 Leopoldo Mugnone, composer, dies at 83
  • 1942 Franz Boas, German-American anthropologist and linguist (Mind of Primitive Man), dies 84

Person of interestBeatrix Potter

1943 Beatrix Potter, English children's writer and illustrator (The Tale of Peter Rabbit,) dies aged 77

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter
  • 1944 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, dies on 69th birthday
  • 1944 Harry Langdon, American comedian (The Strong Man, Tramp, Tramp, Tramp), dies at 60
  • 1945 Otto Neurath, Austrian/British philosopher, dies at 63
  • 1947 Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (b. 1902)
  • 1950 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • 1950 Walter Johannes Damrosch, German-American composer, dies at 88
  • 1951 Powell Weaver, composer, dies at 61
  • 1955 Len Braund, cricketer (23 Tests for England 987 runs 47 wkts), dies
  • 1958 Fjodor W Gladkow, Russian author (Cement), dies at 75
  • 1959 Gilda Gray, actress (Piccadilly), dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1964 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, Spanish composer and folklorist, dies at 66
  • 1965 Al Ritz [Joaquim], American actor (Gorilla, Hi Ya Chum), dies at 62
  • 1965 Richard Dimbleby, English journalist and broadcaster (b. 1913)
  • 1967 Lee Krieger, American actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini), dies at 48
  • 1968 Louise Granville, entertainer, dies of influenza at 73
  • 1969 Ilse Steppat, actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
  • 1969 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian director (Shanghai Express), dies at 75
  • 1971 Godfried Jan Arnold Bomans, Dutch writer (Eric), dies at 58
  • 1971 Renee Evans, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 63
  • 1973 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
  • 1973 Irna Phillips, creator of 5 TV soap operas, dies at 72
  • 1974 Fosco Giachetti, Italian actor (Wastrel, We the Living), dies at 74
  • 1974 Lorraine Gauguin, entertainer, dies at 50
  • 1977 Johann Nepomuk David, composer, dies at 82
  • 1979 Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer and President (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
  • 1985 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • 1986 Celius Dougherty, composer, dies at 84
  • 1987 Alice Terry, [Taaffe], actress (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), dies
  • 1987 Leonidas Zoras, composer, dies at 82
  • 1988 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies

Person of interestChico Mendes

1988 Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Environmentalist
Chico Mendes

Person of interestSamuel Beckett

1989 Samuel Beckett, Irish French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1990 Cecil Effinger, composer, dies at 76
  • 1990 Helene Stanley, actress (Carnival Story, Roar of the Crowd), dies
  • 1991 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 91
  • 1992 Frederick W Franz, CEO (Watch Tower), dies at 99
  • 1993 Alexander Mackendrick, director (Whiskey Galore!), dies at 81
  • 1993 Don DeFore, American actor (George-Hazel, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies of cardiac arrest at 76
  • 1995 Butterfly McQueen, actress (Gone With the Wind, Flame of Barbary Coast), dies in a fire at 84
  • 1995 James Meade, English economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (b. 1907)
  • 1996 Hetta Empson, South African-British artist, dies at 81
  • 1997 Douglas Ranger, British surgeon, dies at 81
  • 1997 Hugh Edward Conway Seymour, 8th Marquess of Hertford, dies at 67
  • 1997 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, dies at 78
  • 1997 Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • 1997 Juzo Itami, Japanese director, commits suicide at 64
  • 1998 Michelle Thomas, American actress (b. 1969)
  • 1998 Virginia Graham, American TV personality (Girl Talk, Where Was I), dies at 86
  • 2002 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), dies at age 50
  • 2002 Desmond Hoyte, President of Guyana (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Kenneth Tobey, American actor (The Thing from Another World, Innerspace, Whirlybirds), dies of natural causes at 85
  • 2002 Hugh Desmond Hoyte, Guyanese politician and President of Guyana (1985-92), dies at 73
  • 2003 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), dies at 75
  • 2003 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), dies at 89
  • 2004 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
  • 2006 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Dennis Linde, American songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Phillip Pine, American actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), dies at 86
  • 2007 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), dies at 86
  • 2007 Julien Gracq [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andre Breton), dies at 97
  • 2009 Albert Scanlon, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Luis Francisco Cuéllar, Colombian politician (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Fred Foy, American radio and television announcer (b. 1921)
  • 2011 James Ramseur, one of Bernhard Goetz's assailants in 1984, overdoses on drugs at 45
  • 2012 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 88
  • 2013 Ed Herrmann, American baseball player, dies from prostate cancer at 67

Person of interestJoe Cocker

2014 Joe Cocker, English rock musician (With a Little Help from My Friends), dies of lung cancer at 70

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker
  • 2016 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • 2016 Margaret Pereira, English forensic scientist (Nicholls and Pereira method), dies at 88
  • 2017 Lou Adler, American music executive, director, producer, and co-owner of the famous Roxy Theatre, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88