Deaths in History on December 26

  • 418 Saint Zosimus, Roman Pope (417-418), dies
  • 1350 Jean de Marigny, French bishop
  • 1458 Arthur III, Duke of Brittany, dies at 65
  • 1476 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan, murdered

BaburBabur (1483-1530)

Timurid founder and 1st Emperor of the Mughal dynasty in the Indian Subcontinent (1526-30), dies at 47

  • 1574 Charles Guise, archbishop/cardinal of Reims, dies at 50
  • 1624 Simon Marius, astronomer, dies in Bavaria at 54
  • 1627 Gonzaga, Italian monarch of Mantua/Monferrato, dies
  • 1658 Simon Guillain, French sculptor (Castle of Blois/Sorbonne), dies at 78
  • 1676 Domenicus van Tol, Dutch painter, dies
  • 1679 John van de Cappelle, Amsterdam landscape painter, dies at 53
  • 1731 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (b. 1672)
  • 1740 Mauritius Louis II earl of Nassau, lt-gen (12 children), dies
  • 1771 Claude Adrien Helvétius, French controversial philosopher (On the Mind), dies at 56
  • 1776 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War
  • 1780 John Fothergill, English physician, dies at 68
  • 1784 Otto Friedrich Müller, Danish Naturalist who was a pioneer in the study of microorganisms, dies at 54
  • 1784 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader, dies at 41
  • 1786 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist, dies at 73

John WilkesJohn Wilkes (1725-1797)

English radical, journalist (The North Briton) and politician, dies of marasmus at 72

  • 1837 Martinus van Marum, chemist/physicist (giant salamander), dies at 87
  • 1861 Philip St. George Cocke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), commits suicide at 52
  • 1866 Samuel Ryan Curtis, Union general-major, dies at 49
  • 1869 Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (blood pressure), dies at 72

Heinrich SchliemannHeinrich Schliemann (1822-1890)

German archaeologist who rediscovered Troy, dies of cholesteatoma at 86

  • 1893 Victor Schœlcher, French abolitionist writer, dies at 89
  • 1896 Emil du Bois-Reymond, German physiologist, co-discoverer of nerve action potential and founder of modern electrophysiology, dies at 78
  • 1909 Frederic Remington, American artist and sculptor of American West, dies at 48
  • 1917 Judith Gautier, French poetess, novelist (Le Dragon Impérial) and daughter of Theophile Gautier, dies at 71
  • 1923 Dietrich Eckart, German Nazi politician (b. 1868)
  • 1931 Melvil Dewey, American librarian and educator (created Dewey Decimal System for libraries), dies at 80
  • 1933 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, dies at 58
  • 1942 Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, French resistance fighter and assassin of Admiral of the Fleet and Vichy Prime Minister François Darlan, executed by firing squad at 20
  • 1950 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
  • 1952 Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Pegaso), dies at 59
  • 1960 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
  • 1960 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • 1965 Nico Donkersloot, Dutch literary and writer, dies at 63
  • 1966 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch playwright and author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • 1969 Johannes Gerard van Dillen, Dutch economic historian (Of Wealth & Oligarchists), dies at 86
  • 1969 Josef Hromádka, Czech theologist (Lenin prize 1957), dies at 80
  • 1969 Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin, French poet and author (History d'aimer), dies at 67

Harry TrumanHarry Truman (1884-1972)

33rd US President (Democrat: 1945-53), dies in Kansas City Mo at 88

  • 1973 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74
  • 1976 Philip Hart, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Senator (D) from Michigan, 1959-76), dies from cancer at 64
  • 1980 Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)
  • 1981 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • 1985 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda at 53
  • 1988 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • 1990 Nancy Cruznan, accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at 33
  • 1991 Sam Cresson, dies at 73
  • 1992 Bert Voeten, Dutch journalist and poet (Antipodes), dies at 74
  • 1992 John G Kemeny, US computer pioneer (BASIC), dies
  • 1994 Asta ER Elstak, Suriname/Neth welfare worker, dies at 74
  • 1994 Johannes J "Joop" Klant, Neth/South African economist/author, dies
  • 1994 Karl Schiller, German economist and politician (Minister of Economics), dies at 83
  • 1997 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist, dies at 75
  • 1997 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter, dies at 81
  • 1997 John Whitley, British air-marshal, dies at 92
  • 1999 Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian politician and 9th President of India (1992-97), dies at 81
  • 2000 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), dies at 92
  • 2002 Armand Zildjian, American cymbal manufacturer (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Herb Ritts, American fashion photographer, dies at 50
  • 2004 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • 2004 Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • 2004 Simon Atlee, British fashion photographer, drowned by tsunami in Thailand at 33
  • 2004 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, dies at 76
  • 2004 Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
  • 2005 Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)

Gerald FordGerald Ford (1913-2006)

38th US President (R: 1974-77) and 41st US Vice President (R: 1973-74), dies at 93

  • 2006 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Andrew Grima, Italian-born British jeweller known for his modern designs, dies at 86
  • 2007 John A. Garraty, American biographer (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • 2014 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), dies at 92
  • 2018 Wendy Beckett, South African British nun and TV art critic, dies at 88

Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu (1931-2021)

Anglican Archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 90

  • 2021 Edward O. Wilson, American sociobiologist (world’s leading authority on ants), dies at 92
  • 2021 Karolos Papoulias, President of Greece (2005-15), dies at 92
  • 2021 Sarah Weddington, American attorney (represented "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade before US States Supreme Court), dies at 76
  • 2022 Sergey Dmitriyev, Russian soccer striker (6 caps USSR; Zenit Saint Petersburg, CSKA Moscow), dies at 58