Deaths in History on December 22

  • 69 Aulus Vitellius, Roman Emperor for 8 months, executed by the troops of his successor Vespasian in Rome at 54
  • 1100 Duke Bretislaus II of Bohemia
  • 1419 Antipope Pope John XXIII [Baldassare Cossa], Italian Pope (1410-15) who opposed Pope Gregory XII and is considered an antipope by the Catholic Church, dies at 81
  • 1550 Richard Plantagenet (Richard of Eastwell) possibly a son of Richard III
  • 1603 Mehmed III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1595-1603), dies at 37
  • 1646 Peter Mogila, Orthodox Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia (b. 1596)
  • 1660 André Tacquet, Flemish mathematician (b. 1612)
  • 1668 Stephen Day, English-born colonial printer (The Psalms in Meter - 1st book printed in American colonies), dies at about 58
  • 1681 Richard Alleine, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1611)
  • 1708 Hedvig Sophia, Duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, dies at 27
  • 1721 Nathaniel Hawes, tortured & executed in England for robbery
  • 1723 Jacques Basnage, French/Dutch historian/vicar, dies at 70
  • 1738 Constantia Jones, British prostitute, executed on theft allegations at 30
  • 1767 John Newberry, English publisher, dies
  • 1788 Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)
  • 1806 William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)
  • 1809 William Cooper, American judge and developer (founded Cooperstown, New York), dies at 55
  • 1815 Jose Maria Morelos, Mexican revolutionary priest executed by Spaniards
  • 1828 Rachel Jackson, wife of 7th US President Andrew Jackson, dies of heart failure
  • 1828 William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist (famous for discovering the chemical elements palladium and rhodium), dies at 62
  • 1863 Michael Corcoran, Union brigadier general, dies at 36
  • 1867 Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician and engineer who was one of the founders of modern projective geometry, dies at 79
  • 1867 Théodore Rousseau, French painter, dies at 55
  • 1873 Charles Lenox Remond, African-American orator and abolitionist, dies at 63

George EliotGeorge Eliot (1819-1880)

British novelist (Adam Bede; Middlemarch; Silas Marner), dies of kidney disease on her 61st birthday

  • 1893 Johann Czerski, German chaplain, dies at 80
  • 1899 Dwight L Moody, US evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement), dies
  • 1902 Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Austro–German psychiatrist and author (Psychopathia Sexualis), dies at 62
  • 1908 Marie Jungius, Dutch teacher/fairy tale writer, dies at 44
  • 1917 Francesca Saveria Cabrini, US saint/patron of immigrant, dies at 67
  • 1918 Albijn van de Abeele, Flemish author and painter, dies at 83
  • 1918 Randolph Bourne, American writer (Education and Living), dies at 32
  • 1940 Nathanael West [Weinstein], American writer (Cool Million), dies at 37

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter (1866-1943)

English children's author and illustrator (The Tale of Peter Rabbit), dies at 77

  • 1945 Otto Neurath, Austrian-British philosopher (Foundation of Social Sciences), dies at 63
  • 1947 Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (b. 1902)
  • 1958 Fjodor W Gladkow, Russian author (Cement), dies at 75

Lucy BurnsLucy Burns (1879-1966)

American suffragist (National Woman's Party) and women's rights advocate, dies at 87

  • 1968 Louise Granville, entertainer, dies of influenza at 73
  • 1969 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian-American director (Shanghai Express), dies at 75
  • 1971 Godfried Jan Arnold Bomans, Dutch writer (Eric), dies at 58
  • 1971 Renee Evans, entertainer, dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1974 Lorraine Gauguin, entertainer, dies at 50

Chico MendesChico Mendes (1944-1988)

Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Irish-French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

  • 1992 Frederick W Franz, CEO (Watch Tower), dies at 99
  • 1993 Alexander Mackendrick, director (Whiskey Galore!), dies at 81
  • 1995 James Meade, English economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (b. 1907)
  • 1996 Hetta Empson, South African-British artist, dies at 81
  • 1997 Douglas Ranger, British surgeon, dies at 81
  • 1997 Hugh Edward Conway Seymour, 8th Marquess of Hertford, dies at 67
  • 1997 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, dies at 78
  • 1997 Juzo Itami, Japanese director, commits suicide at 64
  • 2002 Hugh Desmond Hoyte, Guyanese politician and President of Guyana (1985-92), dies at 73
  • 2005 T. Cooper Evans, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), dies at 81
  • 2007 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Julien Gracq [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andre Breton), dies at 97
  • 2008 Lansana Conté, Guinean politician, dies at 74
  • 2009 Luis Francisco Cuéllar, Colombian politician (b. 1940)
  • 2011 James Ramseur, one of Bernhard Goetz's assailants in 1984, overdoses on drugs at 45
  • 2016 Margaret Pereira, English forensic scientist (Nicholls and Pereira method), dies at 88
  • 2018 Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), dies of bladder cancer at 77
  • 2018 Roberto Suazo Córdova, President of Honduras (1982-86), dies at 91
  • 2022 Anton Tkáč, Slovak track cyclist (Olympic gold Czechoslovakia men's match sprint 1976; World C'ship gold 1974, 78), dies at 71
  • 2022 Ronnie Lamont, Irish rugby union #8, flanker (12 Tests Ireland; 4 Tests British & Irish Lions), dies at 81