Deaths in History on December 8

  • 644 Omar I, 2nd Caliph of Islam (634-44), oversaw conquest of Persia and Egypt), murdered at 59 or 60
  • 899 Arnulf of Carinthia, last emperor of Austria-France, dies
  • 1292 John Peckham, English archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 62
  • 1596 Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico
  • 1625 Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen consort of Sweden as the wife of King Charles IX, dies at 52
  • 1626 John Davies, English poet (b. 1569)
  • 1632 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer, dies at 71
  • 1643 John Pym, English statesman (b. 1583)
  • 1649 Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1613)
  • 1652 Adriaan W "Joris" van Geel, Flemish missionary, murdered at 35
  • 1680 Henry Pierrepont, 1st Marquess of Dorchester, English politician (b. 1606)
  • 1681 Gerard Terborch, the Younger, Dutch painter/etcher, dies
  • 1691 Richard Baxter, English clergyman (b. 1615)
  • 1695 Barthélemy d'Herbelot de Molainville, French orientalist, dies at 69
  • 1709 Thomas Corneille, French dramatist (Timocrates), dies at 74
  • 1722 Elisabeth Charlotte "Liselotte", German-French duchess of Orleans, dies at 70
  • 1744 Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle, duchess de Châteauroux, French mistress of King Louis XV of France, dies at 28
  • 1745 Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (b. 1683)
  • 1746 Charles Radclyffe, 5th Earl of Derwentwater, British politician, dies at 53
  • 1756 William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat
  • 1768 Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary and painter, dies at 66
  • 1779 Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
  • 1830 H Benjamin Constant, French politician/writer, dies at 63
  • 1831 James Hoban, architect who designed White House, dies
  • 1850 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian statesman, dies at 80
  • 1859 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), dies at 74
  • 1864 George Boole, English mathematician (Boolean algebra), dies at 49
  • 1870 Thomas Brassey, English civil engineering contractor, dies at 65
  • 1885 William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman, member of the Vanderbilt family, dies at 64
  • 1894 Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)
  • 1894 Willem JF Nuyens, Dutch physician/RC historian, dies at 71
  • 1896 Ernst Engel, German statistician and economist (Law of Engel), dies at 75

Herbert SpencerHerbert Spencer (1820-1903)

British philosopher (Social Statics), dies at 83

  • 1907 Oscar II Frederick, King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies
  • 1910 George Doherty Johnston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 78
  • 1914 Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer (b. 1861)
  • 1917 Arthur Matthew Weld Downing, British mathematician and astronomer, dies at 67
  • 1917 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)
  • 1926 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/collector, dies
  • 1933 Yamamoto Gonnohyōe, Japanese admiral and politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1913-1914, 1923-1924), dies at 81
  • 1938 Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • 1940 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)

Albert KahnAlbert Kahn (1869-1942)

American architect known as the "architect of Detroit", dies at 73

  • 1952 Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)
  • 1963 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  • 1966 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)

Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. (1935-1967)

Jr., 1st African-American astronaut and U.S. Air Force major, dies in a crash of an F-104 Starfighter while training at 32

  • 1970 Christopher Kelk Ingold, English chemist (Cahn–Ingold–Prelog priority rules), dies at 77
  • 1972 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash

Golda MeirGolda Meir (1898-1978)

Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) known as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, dies in of lymphatic cancer at 80

  • 1982 Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
  • 1982 Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
  • 1982 Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker's union leader, murdered
  • 1982 Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982 Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
  • 1982 John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
  • 1982 Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982 Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
  • 1982 Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
  • 1982 Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982 Surendre Rambocus, Suriname army lieutenant, murdered

Keith HolyoakeKeith Holyoake (1904-1983)

26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), dies of a stroke at 79

  • 1984 Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  • 1989 Hans Hartung, German-French painter, dies at 85
  • 1991 Kimberly Bergalis, got AIDS from health care worker, dies at 23
  • 1992 William Shawn, American magazine editor (New Yorker, 1952-87), dies at 85
  • 1993 Carlotta Monti, lover of WC Fields, dies at 86
  • 1994 Israel Aaron Maisels, South African lawyer and communal leader, dies at 89
  • 1995 Carl Marsden, bodyguard, dies at 36
  • 1995 Ernest L. Boyer, American educator and chancellor (NY's State Universities-SUNY), dies at 67
  • 1995 Mikki Doyle, journalist, dies at 79
  • 1996 Marin Sorescu, Romanian poet, playwright and artist (Iona, House under surveillance), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1997 Bob Bell, clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75
  • 1997 Léon Poliakov, French historian (The Aryan Myth), dies at 87
  • 1997 Nicholas Polunin, British botanist and environmentalist, dies at 88
  • 1999 Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2000 Marvin Leath, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 11th district), dies at 69
  • 2001 Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
  • 2004 Nathan Gale, American murderer (Heavy metal Pantera's concert murder), dies at 25
  • 2007 Gerardo García Pimentel, Mexican journalist
  • 2013 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), dies at 96
  • 2016 Florence Finch, Filipino-American war hero who fought against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, dies at 101 [1]

John GlennJohn Glenn (1921-2016)

American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), dies at 95

  • 2016 Sheila Quinn, British nurse and adviser (British Red Cross), dies at 96
  • 2018 Evelyn Berezin, American computer pioneer, invented first word processor, dies at 93
  • 2018 Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian 'Grandmother of Russian Human Rights', dies at 91
  • 2018 Roger the ripped kangaroo, famous for crushing a metal bucket like a paper cup, dies at 12 in Alice Springs of old age
  • 2018 Rosanell Eaton, American voting rights advocate, dies at 97

Paul VolckerPaul Volcker (1927-2019)

American economist and Chairman of the US Federal Reserve (1979-87), dies at 92