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Deaths in History on December 25

  • 795 Adrian I, Italian Pope (772-95), dies at 95
  • 820 Leo V, the Armenian, Byzantine general and Emperor (813-20), murdered
  • 1156 Peter the Venerable, French theologist, 9th abbot of Cluny, dies at about 61
  • 1249 Peter Nolascus, Spanish monastery founder/St, dies
  • 1406 Henry III, King of Castile and León (1390-1406), dies at 27
  • 1513 Johannes Amerbach, Swiss publisher/printer, dies at about 70

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1635 Samuel de Champlain, French explorer and founder of Quebec City, dies of a stroke at 61

French Explorer Samuel de Champlain
French Explorer
Samuel de Champlain
  • 1676 Matthew Hale, Lord Chief Justice of England (b. 1609)
  • 1676 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, English aristocrat and Royalist general in the English Civil War, dies at 83
  • 1683 Kara Mustafa Pasha Turkish grand-vizier (1676-83) and Ottoman general, executed. (b. 1634)
  • 1758 James Hervey, English clergyman (b. 1714)
  • 1765 Václav Prokop Diviš, Czech theologian and natural scientist, dies at 67
  • 1784 Yosa Buson, Japanese painter (b. 1716)
  • 1824 Barbara Juliane, baroness von Krüdener, Baltic German religious mystic, author, and Pietist Lutheran theologian, dies at 60
  • 1868 Linus Yale Jr., American portrait painter and inventor (Yale cylinder lock), dies at 47
  • 1878 Anna Claypoole Peale, American painter of miniatures, dies

  • 1880 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councillor, dies at 52
  • 1895 Raul Pompeia, Brazilian writer (O Ateneu), dies at 32
  • 1916 Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint, dies at 71
  • 1925 Sergei Yesenin, Russian lyric poet, dies at 30
  • 1925 Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst, dies at 48
  • 1926 Yoshihito [Taishō], 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47
  • 1927 Sergei D Sazonov, Russian Foreign minister (1910-16), dies at 66
  • 1933 Francesc Macià, Catalonian statesman (b. 1859)
  • 1935 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic (b. 1852)
  • 1938 Karel Čapek, Czech author, playwright and critic (R.U.R.), coined term "robot", dies of pneumonia at 48
  • 1947 Gaspar G. Bacon, was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
  • 1950 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nostalgia de la muerte), dies at 47
  • 1950 Neil Francis Hawkins, British fascist (b. 1903)
  • 1951 Harry T Moore, Florida NAACP official, killed by bomb
  • 1953 Lee Shubert, American theatre producer (theatres in NY & LA named after him), dies at about 80
  • 1954 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding), dies at 96
  • 1956 Robert Walser, Swiss writer, dies at 78
  • 1957 Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, US landscape architect and advocate for wildlife conservation, dies at 87
  • 1961 Rheinhold Rudenberg, inventor of electron microscope, dies
  • 1961 Otto Loewi, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1873)

  • 1961 Owen Brewster, U.S. Senator from Maine (b. 1888)
  • 1963 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), dies at 67
  • 1972 C. Rajagopalachari, India's freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India, dies at 94
  • 1973 İsmet İnönü, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
  • 1973 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • 1975 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Library Gallimard), dies at 94
  • 1979 Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • 1983 Joan Miro, Spanish painter and sculptor, dies at his home in Majorca at 90
  • 1988 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • 1988 Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (b. 1920)
  • 1989 Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies
  • 1989 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73
Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1989 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51
  • 1990 Marguerite N Wittenberg, entertainer, dies of cancer at 77
  • 1991 Sal Provenza, entertainer, dies of lymphoma at 45
  • 1992 Richard H Ichord, US leader of House Un-American Activities Committee, dies at 66
  • 1992 Garrison H Davidson, US lt-gen commandant (West Point), dies
  • 1992 Helen B M Fennell Joseph, English/South Afr anti-apartheid, dies at 87
  • 1992 Monica Dickens, English/American journalist/author, dies at 77
  • 1993 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (b. 1899)
  • 1994 Pierre Dreyfus, French director of Renault (1955-75), dies at 87
  • 1994 Zail Singh, Indian politician, (7th President of India 1982-87), dies of injuries from a motor accident at 78
  • 1995 Emmanuel Levinas, philosopher, dies at 89
  • 1996 Rupert John, gov-gen of Grenadines (1970-76), dies
  • 1997 Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer, dies at 39
  • 1997 Laurence Gower, academic, dies at 84
  • 1998 Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral, dies at 86
  • 2000 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, dies at 92
  • 2003 Nicholas Mavroules, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1979-93), dies at 74
  • 2004 Gennadi Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-8, T-11, TM-21), dies at 64
  • 2005 Robert Barbers, Philippine senator (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Hiroaki Hidaka, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2010 Carlos Andrés Pérez, President of Venezuela (1974-79, 89-94), dies at 88
  • 2012 Frank Calabrese Sr [Frankie Breeze], American mafia hitman, dies at 75
  • 2014 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, dies at 80
  • 2014 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), dies at 89
  • 2018 Nancy Roman, American, NASA's first chief of astronomy 'Mother of the Hubble', dies at 93