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 and pro-protestant Lollard leader, whom Shakespeare based his Falstaff character on, hanged for heresy at 39
  • 1460 Guarino da Verona, Italian Renaissance figure, dies at 86
  • 1510 Duke Friedrich of Saxony, 36th Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (1498-1510), dies at 37

James VJames V (1512-1542)

King of Scotland (1513-42), dies likely of cholera or dysentery 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

George WashingtonGeorge Washington (1732-1799)

American Founding Father, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during War for Independence and 1st President of the United States (1789-97), dies at 67

  • 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

George Hamilton-GordonGeorge Hamilton-Gordon (1784-1861)

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

  • 1862 George Dashiell Bayard, Union Brigadier General, dies at 27
  • 1865 Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist, dies at 71
  • 1873 Alexander Keith, Scottish-Canadian politician (4th Mayor of Halifax) & brewer (founder of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery), dies at 78
  • 1873 Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American naturalist & geologist, dies at 66
  • 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 Oudemans, Dutch geographer and astronomer, dies at 78
  • 1909 Leopold II, King of Belgium (1865-1909), sole owner of the Congo Free State (1885-1908), 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
  • 1943 John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon and nutritionist, inspired flaked cereal industry, dies at 91
  • 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 Edward Higgins, English General of The Salvation Army, dies at 84
  • 1947 Franz Zorell, German lexicographer, dies at 84

Stanley BaldwinStanley Baldwin (1867-1947)

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

  • 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

Walter LippmannWalter Lippmann (1889-1974)

American journalist and political writer (Public Opinion), dies at 85

  • 1978 Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo, Spanish writer (Englishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards) & diplomat, dies at 92
  • 1980 Richard Gurley Drew, American inventor (created masking tape and cellophane at 3M), dies at 81
  • 1984 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977), dies at 86
  • 1985 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89

Andrei SakharovAndrei Sakharov (1921-1989)

Russian nuclear physicist and an activist for disarmament, peace and human rights (Nobel 1975), dies of a heart attack at 68

  • 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 Catherine Filene Shouse, American philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute), dies at 98
  • 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 Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist & author, dies at 70
  • 1998 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist, dies at 74
  • 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 Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American businessman & co-founder of Atlantic Records, dies at 83
  • 2006 Anton Balasingham, Sri Lankan chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 68
  • 2010 Timothy Davlin, American politician, dies at 53
  • 2011 Boris Chertok, Soviet & Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99
  • 2013 Janet Dailey, American Romance author, dies at 69
  • 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
  • 2020 Earl Hutto, American politician (Rep-D-Florida, 1979-95), dies at 94
  • 2020 Jeannie Morris, American sports journalist and author (Chicago Daily News, WMAQ; 'Brian Piccolo: A Short Season', 2014 Ring Lardner Award), dies from appendix cancer at 85
  • 2021 Ken Kragen, American television producer (The Smothers Brothers), music artist manager (Lionel Richie; Kenny Rogers), and charity organizer (USA for Africa - "We Are The World"), dies at 85