Deaths in History on December 24

  • 427 Archbishop Sisinnius I of Constantinople
  • 1069 Godfried II, with the Beard, duke of Neder-Lutherans, dies
  • 1257 John I, Count of Hainaut (1246-57), dies at 39
  • 1380 John von Neumarkt, German bishop/Chancellor Karel IV, dies

Person of interestVasco da Gama

1524 Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer and viceroy of Cochin, dies at about 55

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Explorer
Vasco da Gama
  • 1541 Andreas R Bodenstein von Carlstadt, radical Lutheran, dies at about 61
  • 1548 Maximilian of Egmond, Dutch count/stadholder of Frisia, dies
  • 1660 Mary, 1st British Princess Royal and the Princess of Orange, dies at 29
  • 1707 Noel Coypel, French painter, dies at 78
  • 1813 Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)
  • 1863 William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist (Vanity Fair), dies at 52
  • 1865 Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, British painter and writer (b. 1793)
  • 1868 Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist, dies at 66
  • 1869 Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, US Secretary of War (1861-65), dies at 55
  • 1872 William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish mechanical engineer and physicist, dies at 52
  • 1873 Johns Hopkins, Baltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)

  • 1877 Robert Parker Parrott, American inventor (developed the rifled cannon known as the Parrott gun), dies at 73
  • 1885 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85
  • 1889 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (b. 1819)
  • 1898 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI, dies at 70 (b. 1828)
  • 1904 Julien Dillens, Flemish sculptor (Anspach Monument), dies at 55
  • 1907 Isidor Feinstein "Izzy" Stone, journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), dies
  • 1909 Nicolaas G Pierson, director Suriname/Dutch Bank, dies at 80

Person of interestJohn Muir

1914 John Muir, Scottish naturalist, dies of pneumonia at 76

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir
  • 1930 Eduard David, German politician (constitution of Weimar), dies at 67
  • 1936 Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger, Croatian paleontologist (discovery and descriptions of the Neandertal remains from the Huŝnjakova rock shelter at Krapina in northwestern Croatia), dies at 80
  • 1938 Bruno Taut, German architect (b. 1880)
  • 1942 Jean LXF Darlan, French admiral, murdered by gaullists
  • 1942 K Balmont, writer, dies at 75
  • 1952 Henry A "Hans" Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist, dies at 58
  • 1965 William M. Branham, Christian minister (b. 1906)
  • 1971 Maria Koepcke, ornithologist (b. 1924)
  • 1972 Charles Atlas, bodybuilder, dies at 79
  • 1972 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
  • 1973 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt is named, dies at 68
  • 1976 Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, heir to the throne of Portugal (b. 1907)
  • 1977 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (b. 1917)
  • 1979 Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
  • 1979 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39

Person of interestKarl Dönitz

1980 Karl Dönitz, German admiral and last leader of Nazi Germany, dies of heart attack at 89

Naval commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • 1982 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), dies at 85

  • 1986 Gardner Fox, American author (Zatanna), dies at 75
  • 1987 John M "Joop" de Uyl, Dutch social-dem premier (1973-77), dies at 68
  • 1987 M. G. Ramachandran, Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)
  • 1990 Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian author (b. 1922)
  • 1991 Walter Hudson, 1,025 lb man, dies at 46
  • 1992 Abdulkadir Widjojoatmodjo, Java diplomat, dies
  • 1992 Peyo [Pierre Culliford], Belgian cartoonist (The Smurfs), dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1993 Alexander Mackendrick, British/US director (Lady Killers), dies at 81
  • 1993 Norman Vincent Peale, rev (Power of Positive Thinking), dies at 95
  • 1993 Yen Chia-kan, PM/President of Taiwan (1963-72, 75-78), dies
  • 1994 John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist, dies at 47
  • 1994 John Keith Wright, English Asst Sect of State (1971-84), dies at 66
  • 1994 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther, dies at 65
  • 1995 Geoffrey Pinnington, journalist, dies at 76
  • 1995 Harry McLevy, Scottish trade unionist, dies at 59
  • 1996 Edward Leadbitter, politician, dies at 77
  • 1996 Nguyen Huu Tho, President of Vietnam (1980-81), dies
  • 1996 Peter Dormer, arts writer, dies at 47
  • 1997 Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman and founder of Quebecor, dies at 72

Person of interestRaemer Schreiber

1998 Raemer Schreiber, American Physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, dies at 88

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Physicist
Raemer Schreiber
  • 1999 João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • 1999 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach
  • 1999 Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician, Prime minister of France (b. 1907)
  • 2000 John Cooper, English race car designer (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Laci Peterson, American murder victim, dies at 27
  • 2002 James Ferman, American director and secretary (British Board of Film Classification), dies at 72
  • 2003 David Hobman, English human right activist and director (Age Concern England), dies at 76
  • 2006 Frank Stanton, American television executive (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2008 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

Person of interestSamuel P. Huntington

2008 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, dies at 81

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • 2009 Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)
  • 2010 Elisabeth Beresford, British author and creator of The Wombles (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Orestes Quércia, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • 2016 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), dies at 96
  • 2016 Vera Rubin, American astronomer who discovered dark matter, dies at 88