Deaths in History in December 2013

  • Dec 2 Jean-Claude Beton, Algerian-born French businessman, entrepreneur, and soft-drink manufacturer (Orangina), dies at 88

Person of interestNelson Mandela

Dec 5 Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and South African President (1994-99), dies of a lung infection at 95

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Dec 5 Colin Wilson, English writer (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), dies at 82
  • Dec 8 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), dies at 96
  • Dec 11 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84
  • Dec 15 Harold Camping, American evangelist and founder of Family Radio, dies at 92
  • Dec 21 Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, dies at 85

Person of interestMikhail Kalashnikov

Dec 23 Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor of the AK-47, dies at 94