Deaths in History on December 10

  • 949 Herman I, Duke of Swabia
  • 969 Nicephorus II Phocas, Byzantine co-Emperor (963-69), murdered
  • 1198 Averroes, Arab physician and philosopher (b. 1126)
  • 1490 Antoine Haneron, Bourgundy diplomat, dies at about 90
  • 1508 René II, Duke of Lorraine, dies at 57
  • 1524 Henry van Zutphen, Dutch Augustine/Luthern minister, burned to death
  • 1572 Cornelis Musius, Dutch humanist/poet, murdered at 72
  • 1595 Reynier Cant, mayor of Amsterdam, dies at about 59
  • 1603 William Gilbert, English physician and physicist (researcher into magnetism), dies at 59
  • 1616 Diogo do Couto, Portuguese historian/archivist of Goa, dies at 74
  • 1626 Edmund Gunter, English mathematician (b. 1581)
  • 1638 Ivan [Dzivo F] Gundulic, Dalmatian writer (Osman), dies at 49
  • 1736 António Manoel de Vilhena, Portuguese ruler of Malta (b. 1663)
  • 1749 Gabrielle Chôtelet, [La belle Emilie], writer (Voltaire), dies at 42
  • 1831 Thomas Johann Seebeck, German physicist (Seebeck effect), dies at 61
  • 1831 Thomas Seebeck, Baltic German physicist (b. 1770)

  • 1850 François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist, dies at 63
  • 1864 Henry Schoolcraft, American geographer and geologist, dies at 71
  • 1865 King Léopold I of Belgium (b. 1790)
  • 1877 Jared Kirtland, American physician, naturalist and reformed penitentiaries, dies at 84
  • 1889 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright, dies at 50
  • 1890 Ludolph Anne Jan Wilt Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1861-66), dies at 84

Person of interestAlfred Nobel

1896 Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist and founder of the Nobel Prize ceremony on this date, dies at 63

Chemist, Engineer & Innovator Alfred Nobel
Chemist, Engineer & Innovator
Alfred Nobel
  • 1909 Red Cloud, Sioux indian chief, dies
  • 1911 Joseph D Hooker, British botanist, dies at 94

Person of interestMackenzie Bowell

1917 Mackenzie Bowell, 5th Prime Minister of Canada (1894-96), dies of pneumonia at 93

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • 1920 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (b. 1868)
  • 1926 Nikola Pašić, Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes prime minister (b. 1845)
  • 1928 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator, dies at 60
  • 1931 Max Elskamp, Belgian author and poet (Six Chansons), dies at 69
  • 1935 John H Aberson, 1st rector of Landbouw high school, dies at 78
  • 1936 Luigi Pirandello, Italian writer (Six Characters in Search of An Author-Nobel 1934), dies at 69
  • 1941 Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, killed in action at 26 after ordering his crew to bail out shortly before his bomber exploded
  • 1945 Theodor Dannecker, SS officer and an associate of Adolf Eichmann, dies at 32

Person of interestDamon Runyon

1946 Damon Runyon, American journalist and writer (Guys & Dolls-based on his work), dies at 66

Journalist and Author Damon Runyon
Journalist and Author
Damon Runyon
  • 1949 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak (1949), dies at 45 after being fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by pro-Indonesian Malay student Rosli Dhoby
  • 1951 Algernon Blackwood, English novelist (The Willows), dies at 82
  • 1953 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born scholar and translator (b. 1872)
  • 1958 Juliane Gabriels, Flemish physician (Artus Quellin), dies at 72
  • 1958 Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864)
  • 1968 Karl Barth, Swiss theologist/minister (Kirchliche Dogma), dies at 82

Person of interestThomas Merton

1968 Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), accidentally electrocuted by an electric fan at 53

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1968 George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (b. 1921)
  • 1971 Jo [Jozef Maria Laurens Theo] Cals, Prime Minister of Netherlands (1965-66) and Minister of Education, Arts and Sciences, dies at 57
  • 1972 Mark A Van Doren, US literary (Our Lady Peace), dies at 78
  • 1978 Miura Isshu, Zen teacher, Hakuin Rinzai line, dies at 75
  • 1979 Fulton J Sheen, bishop (Life is Worth Living), dies at 84
  • 1988 Richard Castellano, aqctor (Honor thy Father), dies at 55
  • 1990 Armand Hammer, CEO (Occidental Petroleum), dies at 92
  • 1991 Berenice Abbott, US photographer, dies at 93
  • 1991 Greta Kempton, American artist (b. 1901)
  • 1992 Carlomagno Andrade, Equadorian general, dies
  • 1994 Keith Joseph, British MP (C), dies
  • 1994 Ruth Evelyn Mansfield, doctor, dies at 92
  • 1995 Gillian Rose, philosopher/writer, dies at 48
  • 1995 John Francis Boyd, journalist, dies at 85
  • 1995 Mary Madge Lascelles, literary critic/poet, dies at 95
  • 1995 Phillip Piratin, communist, dies at 88
  • 1999 Franjo Tuđman, President of Croatia (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Andres Küng, Swedish-Estonian politician and journalist, dies at 57
  • 2003 John Watts, British army and Chief of Defense (Omani Armed Forces), dies at 73

Person of interestEugene McCarthy

2005 Eugene McCarthy, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and presidential candidate, dies of parkinsons at 89

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy

Person of interestAugusto Pinochet

2006 Augusto Pinochet, Chilean general and dictator of Chile (1973-90), dies of congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema at 91

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 2007 Aqsa Parvez, Canadian victim of an honor crime (b. 1991)
  • 2010 John Bennett Fenn, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 2010 J. Michael Hagopian, Turkish-born American documentarian (b. 1913)
  • 2012 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi President, dies from heart surgery complications at 81
  • 2014 Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian government minister, killed in confrontation with Israeli troops at protest on West Bank
  • 2014 Catherine Hughes [Pestell] British principal (Somerville College Oxford), dies at 81
  • 2016 A. A. [Adrian Anthony] Gill, British critic (The Sunday Times), dies of cancer at 62