On This Day

Deaths in History in December 1916

  • Dec 1 Charles Eugène, vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer and a hermit, dies at 58
  • Dec 5 Princess Augusta of Cambridge, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and granddaughter of George III, dies at 94
  • Dec 9 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • Dec 9 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • Dec 16 Friedrich Ernst Dorn, German physicist who discovered that radon is emitted from radium, dies at 68
  • Dec 25 Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint, dies at 71

MurderGrigori Rasputin

Dec 29 Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, assassinated by conservative Russian aristocrats at 47

  • Dec 31 Alice Ball, African American chemist (developed treatment for leprosy), dies at 24