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Deaths in History on December 14

  • 872 Adrian II, Italian Pope (867-72) the last married pope, dies at ~80
  • 1077 Agnes of Poitou, German empress & wife of emperor Henry III, dies at 52
  • 1136 Harald IV, "Gylle Krist", king of Norway, murdered at 33
  • 1417 John Oldcastle, English nobleman, hanged & burned at 39
  • 1460 Guarino da Verona, Italian Renaissance figure, dies at 86

Person of interestVlad the Impaler

1476 Vlad III the Impaler, Wallachian prince, killed in battle at 45

Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler
Wallachian Prince
Vlad the Impaler
  • 1510 Duke Friedrich of Saxony, 36th Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (1498-1510), dies at 37
  • 1542 James V, King of Scotland (1513-42), dies at 30
  • 1553 Hanibal Lucić, Croatian writer, dies at 68
  • 1591 St. John of the Cross [Juan de Yepes y Álvarez], Spanish Carmelite friar, poet and saint, dies at 49
  • 1624 Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English statesman, dies at 73
  • 1651 Pierre Dupuy, French historian & scholar, dies at 69
  • 1713 Thomas Rymer, English historian, dies at 72
  • 1715 Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 79
  • 1734 Noel-Nicolas Coypel, French painter & cartoonist, dies at 44
  • 1735 Thomas Tanner, English bishop & antiquarian (b. 1674)

  • 1741 Charles Rollin, French historian, dies at 80
  • 1754 Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1730-54) who fought Austria & Russia, dies at 58
  • 1760 Kacic Miosic, Croatian poet (Razgovar Ugodni Naroda Slovinskoga), dies at 56
  • 1788 Carlos III, King of Spain (1759-88) & King of Naples and Sicily (1734-59), dies at 72

Person of interestGeorge Washington

1799 George Washington, first President of the United States (1789-97), dies at 66

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1806 John Breckinridge, American lawyer (5th United States Attorney General) & politician (U.S. Senator from Kentucky), dies at 46
  • 1823 Vincenzo Cuoco, Italian historian (Naples Revolution 1799), dies at 53
  • 1838 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician & Patriote, dies during Battle of Saint-Eustache at 32
  • 1843 John Claudius Loudon, Scottish horticulturist, dies at 60
  • 1861 Albert, English prince consort & husband of Queen Victoria, dies at 42

Person of interestGeorge Hamilton-Gordon

1861 George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Peelite: 1852-55) & Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, dies at 76

British Prime Minister George Hamilton-Gordon
British Prime Minister
George Hamilton-Gordon
  • 1862 George Dashiell Bayard, Union Brigadier General, dies at 27
  • 1865 Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist, dies at 71
  • 1873 Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American naturalist & geologist, dies at 66
  • 1873 Alexander Keith, Scottish-Canadian politician (4th Mayor of Halifax) & brewer (founder of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery), dies at 78
  • 1878 Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, Grand Duchess of Hesse, dies at 35
  • 1893 Karolina Pawlowa, Russian poet & novelist, dies at 86
  • 1900 Jean Baptiste August Kessler, Dutch entrepreneur & director of oil on Dutch Indies, dies at 46
  • 1906 Jean Abraham Chrétien Oudemans, Dutch geographer & astronomer, dies at 78
  • 1909 Leopold II, King of Belgium, dies at 74

  • 1912 Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, British Army lieutenant, dies at 25
  • 1918 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese politician (4th President of Portugal, 66th Prime Minister of Portugal), murdered at 46
  • 1926 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism), dies at 64
  • 1927 Julian Sochocki, Russian-Polish mathematician, dies at 85
  • 1935 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American sci-fi writer (Martian Odyssey), dies at 33
  • 1942 Eduard C "Edo" Fimmen, Dutch trade union leader, dies at 61
  • 1945 Henry van Goudoever, Dutch lawyer & judge, dies on his 69th birthday
  • 1945 Josef Kramer, German Nazi war criminal ("The Beast of Belsen"), hanged at 39
  • 1947 Franz Zorell, German lexicographer, dies at 84

Person of interestStanley Baldwin

1947 Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37), dies at 80

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
  • 1947 Edward Higgins, English General of The Salvation Army, dies at 84
  • 1950 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (Heroische Fahrt), dies at 65
  • 1956 Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Finnish politician (7th President of Finland 1946-56), dies at 86
  • 1959 Lizzy Ansingh, Dutch painter (Cast Off), dies at 84
  • 1963 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (1952-63), dies at 62
  • 1970 Franz Schlegelberger, German Nazi politician, dies at 94

Person of interestWalter Lippmann

1974 Walter Lippmann, American journalist (Public Opinion), dies at 85

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 1978 Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo, Spanish writer (Englishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards) & diplomat, dies at 92
  • 1984 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977), dies at 86
  • 1985 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89

Person of interestAndrei Sakharov

1989 Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist & dissident (Nobel 1975), dies at 68

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • 1990 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright & novelist (The Physicists, The Visit). dies of heart failure at 69
  • 1990 Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn und Taxis, German businessman, dies at 64
  • 1994 Orval Faubus, American politician (Governor of Arkansas, 1955–67), dies at 84
  • 1997 Owen Barfield, British philosopher of language, dies at 99
  • 1997 Robert Sutton, New Zealand electronics engineer, dies at 82
  • 1998 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist, dies at 74
  • 1998 Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist & author, dies at 70
  • 2000 Ralph Louis Wain, British agricultural scientist, dies at 89
  • 2001 W. G. Sebald, German writer, dies at 57
  • 2003 Blas Ople, Filipino journalist & politician, dies at 76
  • 2006 Anton Balasingham, Sri Lankan chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 68
  • 2006 Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American businessman & co-founder of Atlantic Records, dies at 83
  • 2010 Timothy Davlin, American politician, dies at 53
  • 2011 Boris Chertok, Soviet & Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99
  • 2015 Lillian Vernon, American founder and CEO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation (first company listed on US stock exchange started by a woman), dies at 88
  • 2017 Yú Guāngzhōng [Yu Kwang-chung], Taiwanese poet, essayist, and translator (Nostalgia), dies from respiratory failure at 89