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

Person of interestBabur

1530 Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur, Timurid founder and 1st Emperor of the Mughal dynasty in the Indian Subcontinent (1526-30), dies at 47

Founder of the Mughal Empire Babur
Founder of the Mughal Empire
Babur
  • 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 philosopher (b. 1715)
  • 1776 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War
  • 1780 John Fothergill, English physician, dies at 68

  • 1784 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader (b. 1743)
  • 1784 Otto Friedrich Müller, Danish Naturalist who was a pioneer in the study of microorganisms, dies at 54
  • 1786 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist (b. 1713)
  • 1797 John Wilkes, English radical, journalist (The North Briton) and politician, dies 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

Person of interestHeinrich Schliemann

1890 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist who rediscovered Troy, dies of cholesteatoma at 86

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann
  • 1893 Victor Schoelcher, French writer (abolitionism), dies at 89
  • 1909 Frederic Remington, American artist and sculptor of American West, dies at 48
  • 1917 Louise J Gautier, French poetess/daughter of Theophile G, dies at 71
  • 1923 Dietrich Eckart, German Nazi politician (b. 1868)
  • 1931 Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal classification (b. 1851)
  • 1933 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, dies at 58
  • 1942 Bosinier de la Chapelle, Fren murderer of adm Darlan, executed at 24
  • 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 Anthonie Donker, Dutch [Prof N Donkersloot], literary, dies at 63
  • 1966 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • 1969 Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin, French poet and author (History d'aimer), dies at 67
  • 1969 Josef Hromádka, Czech theologist (Lenin prize 1957), dies at 80
  • 1969 Johannes Gerard van Dillen, Dutch economic historian (Of Wealth & Oligarchists), dies at 86

Person of interestHarry Truman

1972 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (1945-53), dies in KC Mo at 88

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1973 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of Mormon Church, dies at 74
  • 1976 Philip A Heart, (Sen-D-Mich), dies at 64
  • 1980 Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)
  • 1981 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • 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 [Lambertus H] Voeten, Dutch 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 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter, dies at 81
  • 1997 John Whitley, British air-marshal, dies at 92
  • 1997 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist, dies at 75
  • 1999 Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian politician, ninth President of India (1992-97), dies at 81
  • 2000 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), dies at 92
  • 2002 Herb Ritts, American photographer (b. 1952)
  • 2002 Armand Zildjian, American cymbal manufacturer (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, dies at 76
  • 2004 Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • 2004 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • 2004 Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
  • 2004 Simon Atlee, British fashion photographer, drowned by tsunami in Thailand at 33
  • 2005 Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)

Person of interestGerald Ford

2006 Gerald Ford [Leslie King], 38th US President (R: 1974-77) and 41st US Vice President (R: 1973-74), dies at 93

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 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