Deaths in History on December 3

DiocletianDiocletian (c. 242-245 - 311/312)

Roman Emperor (284-305) who defeated the Sarmatians and Carpi [died 311 or 312], dies at 66

  • 1137 Lotharius III, of Supplinburg, Holy Roman Emperor (1133-37), dies at 67 (or dies the 4th)
  • 1154 Anastasius IV, Pope (1153-54), dies
  • 1265 Odofredus, Italian jurist
  • 1463 Louis Chalon, prince of Orange, dies
  • 1469 Piero de' Medici, ruler of Florence, dies at about 53
  • 1491 Thomas Basin, French historian/bishop of Lisieux, dies
  • 1533 Vasili III of Russia, Great Prince of Moscow (1505-33), dies at 54
  • 1552 Francis Xavier [Francisco de Jasso], Navarrese Catholic missionary to Far East, co-founder of the Society of Jesus, and saint, dies at 46
  • 1592 Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma and Italian diplomat, dies at 47
  • 1610 Honda Tadakatsu, Japanese general (b. 1548)
  • 1660 Jacques Sarazin, French sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
  • 1676 Daniel Stalpaert, Amsterdams master builder, buried
  • 1789 Claude-Joseph Vernet, French painter, dies at 75
  • 1807 Clara Reeve, English author (old English baron), dies at 78
  • 1815 John Carroll, first Roman Catholic archbishop in the US, also known as the founder of Georgetown University, dies at 80
  • 1839 Frederik VI, king of Denmark (1808-39)/Norway (1803-14), dies at 71
  • 1845 Gregor MacGregor, Scottish con-man (b. 1786)
  • 1857 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor, dies at 80
  • 1882 Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1811)
  • 1888 Carl Zeiss, German scientific instrument and lens maker (Carl Zeiss AG), dies at 72
  • 1892 Afanasy Fet, Russian poet, dies at 71
  • 1892 William Bonaparte, grandson of Lucien, dies
  • 1894 Joseph Schadde, Flemish architect (Antwerp Stock exchange), dies at 76

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Scottish novelist (Treasure Island; Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 45

  • 1902 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (b. 1833)
  • 1905 John Bartlett, American writer and publisher (compiled Familiar Quotations), dies at 85
  • 1907 Allen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 76

Mary Baker EddyMary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)

American founder of the religious movement, Christian Science (Science & Health), dies at 89

  • 1912 Prudente José de Morais Barros, 3rd President of Brazil (1894-98), dies at 61

Pierre Auguste RenoirPierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

French Impressionist painter and sculptor (Bal du moulin de la Galette, Luncheon of the Boating Party), dies at 78

  • 1926 Charles Ringling, American circus owner (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus), dies at 63
  • 1934 Charles James O'Donnell, Irish politician (b. 1849)
  • 1935 Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom, fourth child and second daughter of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark, dies at 67
  • 1937 Prosper Poullet, Belgian mayor, dies
  • 1941 Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
  • 1942 Arthur Berson, German meteorologist (Balloon flights, Amazon), dies at 83
  • 1944 Andrew, Prince of Greece and Denmark, dies at 62
  • 1944 Delfien Vanhaute, Flemish pastor/poet (Ark of Noah), dies at 75
  • 1949 Elin Pelin, Bulgarian writer (The Gerak Family; Earth), dies at 72
  • 1957 Frank Gannett, American newspaper publisher (Gannett), dies at 81
  • 1964 Ernst Ginsberg, writer, dies
  • 1967 Annette Kolb, German writer and pacifist, dies at 97
  • 1975 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1980 Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of British Union of Fascists, dies at 84
  • 1981 (Nicolaas) "Cola" Debrot, Dutch lawyer, doctor.author and politician (Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, 1962-70), dies at 79

Walter KnottWalter Knott (1889-1981)

American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in California and introduced the boysenberry to America, dies at 91

  • 1984 Virginia Lacy Jones, American librarian and presidential advisor, dies at 72
  • 1984 Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin, Russian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1992 Nureddin Al-Atassi, president of Syria (1966-70), dies
  • 1993 Lewis Thomas, biologist, dies of cancer at 80
  • 1994 Dolf Verspoor, Dutch literary figure, translator (M Nijhoff prize 1958), dies at 77
  • 1994 Elizabeth Glaser, American AIDS activist, wife of director Paul Michael Glaser, dies of AIDS at 47
  • 1994 Giorgi Chanturia, President of Georgia, assassinated
  • 1994 Said Mekbel, Algerian editor in chief (Le Matin), murdered at 57
  • 1996 Babrak Karmal, Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1980-81), dies
  • 1996 Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist, dies at 84
  • 1996 George Duby, historian, dies at 77
  • 1997 Marian Kratochwil, artist, dies at 91
  • 1999 Jarl Wahlström, 12th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1918)
  • 2000 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • 2004 Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  • 2008 Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
  • 2014 Nathaniel Branden, Canadian-American psychotherapist, dies at 84
  • 2015 Bill Bennett, Canadian politician, Premier of British Columbia (1975-86), dies at 83
  • 2015 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), dies at 84
  • 2016 S. Newman Darby, American inventor of the sailboard, dies at 88
  • 2017 Ivan Chermayeff, British-born American graphic designer, dies at 85
  • 2017 John B. Anderson, American politician and 1980 Republican presidential candidate, dies at 95
  • 2018 Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), dies at 81
  • 2018 Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), dies at 75
  • 2020 Alison Lurie, American novelist (Pulitzer Prize - Foreign Affairs), dies at 94 [1]
  • 2020 Bill Fitsell, Canadian journalist, writer and historian (International Hockey Hall of Fame curator, historian 1969-2005), dies at 97