This Day in History

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Day History: December-25

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Events History


333-Roman Emperor Constantine the Great -elevates his youngest son Constans to the rank of ''Caesar (title)|Caesar''.

336-First documentary sign of Christmas -celebration in ancient Rome

350- Vetranio -meets Constantius II at Niš|Naissus (Serbia) and is forced to abdicate his title (Caesar). Constantius allows him to live as a private citizen on a state pension.

496- Clovis I -king of the Franks, is Baptism|baptized into the Catholicism|Catholic faith at Reims, by Saint Remigius.

597- Augustine of Canterbury -and his fellow-labourers baptise in Kingdom of Kent|Kent more than 10,000 Anglo-Saxons.

800- Coronation -of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.

1000-The foundation of the Kingdom of Hungary -Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.

1025-Coronation of Mieszko II Lambert -as King of Poland

1066- William the Conqueror -Duke of Normandy is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.

1076-Coronation of Boleslaw II the Generous -as king of Poland

1100- Baldwin I of Jerusalem|Baldwin of Boulogne -is crowned the first King of Jerusalem in the Church of the Nativity.

1130-Count Roger II of Sicily -is crowned the first King of Kingdom of Sicily|Sicily.

1261- John IV Laskaris -of the restored Byzantine Empire|Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos.

1492- Caravel -''Santa Maria (ship)|Santa Maria'' captained by Christopher Columbus runs onto reefs off Haiti due to a proper watch not being kept. Local natives help to save food, armory and ammunition but not the ship.

1553- Battle of Tucapel -Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeat the Spain|Spanish conquistadors and executes the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia.

1643- Christmas Island -found and named by Captain William Mynors of the East India Company vessel, the ''Royal Mary''.

1776- George Washington -and the Continental Army George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River|cross the Delaware River at night to attack Hessian (soldiers)|Hessian forces serving Kingdom of Great Britain|Great Britain at Trenton, New Jersey, the next day.

1809-Dr. Ephraim McDowell -performs the first Oophorectomy|ovariotomy, removing a 22 pound tumor.

1814-Rev. Samuel Marsden -holds the first Christian service on land in New Zealand at Rangihoua Bay.

1815-The Handel and Haydn Society -oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance.

1826-The Eggnog Riot -at the United States Military Academy concludes after beginning the previous evening.

1837- Second Seminole War -American general Zachary Taylor leads 1100 troops against the Seminoles at the Battle of Lake Okeechobee.

1868- President of the United States|U.S. President -Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all American Civil War|Civil War Confederate States Army|Confederate soldiers.

1926- Emperor Taishō -of Japan dies. His son, Prince Hirohito, succeeds him as Emperor Shōwa.

1927-The Viet Nam Quoc Dan Dang|Vietnamese Nationalist Party -is founded.

1932-A 1932 Changma earthquake|magnitude 7.6 earthquake -in Gansu, China kills 275 people.

1941-Admiral Chester W. Nimitz -arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the United States Pacific Fleet|U.S. Pacific Fleet

1941- World War II -Battle of Hong Kong ends, beginning the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.

1941-Admiral Émile Muselier -seizes the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which become the first part of France to be liberated by the Free French Forces.

1946-The first in Europe -artificial, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is initiated within Soviet Union|Soviet nuclear reactor F-1 (nuclear reactor)|F-1.

1947-The Constitution of the Republic of China -goes into effect.

1950-The Stone of Scone -traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scotland|Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951.

1963-Turkish Cypriot Bayrak -Radio begins transmitting in Cyprus after Turkish Cypriots are forcibly excluded from Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.

1965-The Yemen -Nasserist Unionist People's Organisation is founded in Ta'izz

1968- Apollo program -''Apollo 8'' performs the very first successful Trans-Earth injection (TEI) maneuver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.

1968- Kilvenmani massacre -44 Dalits (untouchables) burnt to death in Kizhavenmani village, Tamil Nadu, a retaliation for a campaign for higher wages by Dalit laborers.

1974- Cyclone Tracy -devastates Darwin, Northern Territory Australia.

1974- Marshall Fields (White House intruder)|Marshall Fields -drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.

1977- Prime Minister of Israel|Israeli Prime Minister -Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with President of Egypt|its president Anwar Sadat.

1989-Deposed President of Romania -Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife, First-Deputy Prime-Minister Elena Ceaușescu are condemned to death and executed after a summary trial.

1991- Mikhail Gorbachev -resigns as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union|General Secretary of the Soviet Union (the union itself is dissolved the next day). Ukraine's referendum is finalized and Ukraine officially leaves the Soviet Union.

2000- President of Russia|Russian President -Vladimir Putin signs a bill into law that officially establishes a new National Anthem of Russia, with music adopted from the National Anthem of the Soviet Union|anthem of the Soviet Union that was composed by Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov.

2003-The ill-fated '' Beagle 2 -' probe, released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.

2004-Cassini orbiter releases Huygens (spacecraft)|Huygens probe -which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan (moon)|Titan on January 14, 2005.

2009- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab -unsuccessfully attempts a List of terrorist incidents|terrorist attack against the US while on board a flight to Detroit Metro Airport Northwest Airlines Flight 253

2012-An Antonov An-72 -plane 2012 Kazakhstan Antonov An-72 crash|crashes close to the city of Shymkent, killing 27 people.

Famous Birthdays


1250- John IV Laskaris -Byzantine emperor (d. 1305)

1461- Christina of Saxony -(d. 1521)

1583- Orlando Gibbons -English organist and composer (d. 1625)

1584- Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain -(d. 1611)

1628- Noël Coypel -French painter (d. 1707)

1642- Isaac Newton -English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher (d. 1727)

1652- Archibald Pitcairne -Scottish physician, anatomist, and scholar (d. 1713)

1665- Lady Grizel Baillie -Scottish-English poet and songwriter (d. 1746)

1667- Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal -(d. 1743)

1674- Thomas Halyburton -Scottish minister and theologian (d. 1712)

1686- Giovanni Battista Somis -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1763)

1696- Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar -(d. 1715)

1700- Leopold II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau -(d. 1758)

1711- Jean-Joseph de Mondonville -French violinist and composer (d. 1772)

1716- Johann Jakob Reiske -German physician and scholar (d. 1774)

1717- Pope Pius VI -(d. 1799)

1728- Johann Adam Hiller -German composer and conductor (d. 1804)

1730- Philip Mazzei -Italian-American physician and philosopher (d. 1816)

1742- Charlotte von Stein -German assistant of Duchess Anna Amalia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (d. 1827)

1745- Chevalier de Saint-Georges -Caribbean-French violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1799)

1757- Benjamin Pierce (governor)|Benjamin Pierce -American general and politician, 17th Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1839)

1763- Claude Chappe -French engineer (d. 1805)

1771- Dorothy Wordsworth -English author and poet (d. 1855)

1776- Sydney, Lady Morgan -Irish-English author (d. 1859)

1817- John Hewitt Jellett -Irish priest and academic (d. 1888)

1821- Clara Barton -American nurse and humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross (d. 1912)

1829- Patrick Gilmore -Irish-American composer and bandleader (d. 1892)

1856- Pud Galvin -American baseball player (d. 1902)

1856- Hans von Bartels -German painter (d. 1913)

1860- Manwel Dimech -Maltese journalist, author, and philosopher (d. 1921)

1861- Madan Mohan Malaviya -Indian educator, lawyer, and politician, President of the Indian National Congress (d. 1946)

1864- Thomas Cahill (soccer)|Thomas Cahill -American soccer player and coach (d. 1951)

1865- Evangeline Booth -English 4th General of the Salvation Army (d. 1950)

1869- Charles Finger -English-American journalist and author (d. 1941)

1870- Lloyd Hildebrand -English cyclist (d. 1924)

1870- Helena Rubinstein -Polish-American businesswoman (d. 1965)

1871- Katherine McKinley -American daughter of William McKinley (d. 1875)

1873- Otto Frederick Hunziker -Swiss-American agriculturalist and educator (d. 1959)

1874- Lina Cavalieri -Italian soprano and actress (d. 1944)

1875- Theodor Innitzer -Austrian cardinal (d. 1955)

1876- Muhammad Ali Jinnah -Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 1st Governor-General of Pakistan (d. 1948)

1876- Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus -German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)

1877- Noël Bas -French gymnast (d. 1960)

1878- Louis Chevrolet -Swiss-American race car driver (d. 1941)

1878- Noël Leslie, Countess of Rothes -(d. 1956)

1878- Joseph M. Schenck|Joseph Schenk -Russian-born American film executive (d. 1961)

1883- Hugo Bergmann -Czech-Israeli philosopher and academic (d. 1975)

1884- Samuel Berger (boxer)|Samuel Berger -American boxer (d. 1925)

1884- Evelyn Nesbit -American actress (d. 1967)

1886- Kid Ory -American trombonist and bandleader (d. 1973)

1887- Conrad Hilton -American businessman, founded the Hilton Hotels & Resorts (d. 1979)

1889- Lila Bell Wallace -American publisher, co-founded ''Reader's Digest'' (d. 1984)

1890- Noel Odell -English geologist and mountaineer (d. 1987)

1890- Robert Ripley -American anthropologist and publisher, founded ''Ripley's Believe It or Not!'' (d. 1949)

1891- Clarrie Grimmett -New Zealand-Australian cricketer (d. 1980)

1899- Humphrey Bogart -American actor and singer (d. 1957)

1901- Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester -(d. 2004)

1902- Barton MacLane -American actor, singer, and playwright (d. 1969)

1902- William Bell (tuba player)|William Bell -American tuba player and educator (d. 1971)

1903- Antiochos Evangelatos -Greek composer and conductor (d. 1981)

1904- Gerhard Herzberg -German-Canadian physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

1906- Lew Grade -Ukrainian-English film producer (d. 1998)

1906- Ernst Ruska -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)

1907- Cab Calloway -American singer-songwriter and bandleader (d. 1994)

1907- Mike Mazurki -Ukrainian-American wrestler and actor (d. 1990)

1907- Glenn McCarthy -American businessman, founded the Shamrock Hotel (d. 1988)

1908- Quentin Crisp -English actor, author, and illustrator (d. 1999)

1908- Ernest L. Massad -American general (d. 1993)

1908- Jo-Jo Moore -American baseball player (d. 2001)

1909- Zora Arkus-Duntov -Belgian-American engineer (d. 1996)

1911- Louise Bourgeois -French-American sculptor and painter (d. 2010)

1913- Candy Candido -American singer, bass player, and voice actor (d. 1999)

1913- Tony Martin (American singer)|Tony Martin -American singer and actor (d. 2012)

1913- Henri Nannen -German journalist (d. 1966)

1914- James Muir Cameron Fletcher -New Zealand businessman (d. 2007)

1915- Pete Rugolo -Italian-American composer and producer (d. 2011)

1916- Ahmed Ben Bella -Algerian soldier and politician, 1st President of Algeria (d. 2012)

1917- Lincoln Verduga Loor -Ecuadorian journalist and politician (d. 2009)

1918- Anwar Sadat -Egyptian lieutenant and politician, 3rd President of Egypt, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

1919- Naushad Ali -Indian composer and director (d. 2006)

1919- Paul David -Canadian cardiologist and politician, founded the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)

1919- Noele Gordon -English actress (d. 1985)

1920- Artur Agostinho -Portuguese journalist (d. 2011)

1921- Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah -Indian-Pakistani journalist and author (d. 2000)

1921- Steve Otto -Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1989)

1922- William Demby -American author (d. 2013)

1923- René Girard -French historian, philosopher, and critic

1924- Rod Serling -American screenwriter and producer, created ''The Twilight Zone'' (d. 1975)

1924- Atal Bihari Vajpayee -Indian poet and politician, 10th Prime Minister of India

1925- Carlos Castaneda -Peruvian-American anthropologist and author (d. 1998)

1925- Ned Garver -American baseball player

1925- Sam Pollock -Canadian businessman (d. 2007)

1926- Febo Conti -Italian actor (d. 2012)

1926- Enrique Jorrín -Cuban composer and violinist (d. 1987)

1927- Nellie Fox -American baseball player and coach (d. 1975)

1927- Ram Narayan -Indian sarangi player

1927- Leo Kubiak -American basketball and baseball player

1928- Dick Miller -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1929- Stuart Hall (presenter)|Stuart Hall -English radio and television host

1929- Christine M. Jones -American educator and politician (d. 2013)

1929- Chris Kenner -American singer-songwriter (d. 1976)

1930- Emmanuel Agassi -Iranian-American boxer

1930- Armenak Alachachian -Armenian basketball player and coach

1930- Salah Jahin -Egyptian poet and illustrator (d. 1986)

1932- Mabel King -American actress and singer (d. 1999)

1935- Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi -Sudanese politician, List of heads of government of Sudan|Prime Minister of Sudan

1935- Stephen Barnett -American academic and scholar (d. 2009)

1935- Jeanne Hopkins Lucas -American politician (d. 2007)

1935- Anne Roiphe -American author and activist

1936- Ismail Merchant -Indian-English director and producer (d. 2005)

1937- O'Kelly Isley, Jr. -American singer-songwriter (The Isley Brothers) (d. 1986)

1938- Duane Armstrong -American painter

1938- David Borden -American composer and academic

1938- Noel Picard -Canadian ice hockey player

1939- Ghulam Ahmad Bilour -Pakistani businessman

1939- Bob James (musician)|Bob James -American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Fourplay)

1939- Akong Rinpoche -Tibetan-Chinese spiritual leader (d. 2013)

1939- Royce D. Applegate -American actor and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1940- Pete Brown -English singer-songwriter

1940- Hilary Spurling -English journalist and author

1941- Kenneth Calman -Scottish physician, surgeon, and academic

1942- Françoise Dürr -Algerian-French tennis player

1942- Barbara Follett (politician)|Barbara Follett -Jamaican-English politician

1942- Enrique Morente -Spanish singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1943- Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior -Brazilian race car driver

1943- Hanna Schygulla -German actress and singer

1944- Jairzinho -Brazilian footballer and manager

1944- Kenny Everett -English comedian, actor, and radio host (d. 1995)

1944- Nigel Starmer-Smith -English rugby player and journalist

1944- Henry Vestine -American guitarist (Canned Heat and The Mothers of Invention) (d. 1997)

1945- Rick Berman -American screenwriter and producer

1945- Eve Pollard -English journalist and author

1945- Mike Pringle (politician)|Mike Pringle -Zambian-Scottish politician

1945- Noel Redding -English singer-songwriter and bass player (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Fat Mattress, Road (band)|Road, and The Noel Redding Band) (d. 2003)

1945- Gary Sandy -American actor

1945- Ken Stabler -American football player and sportscaster

1946- Jimmy Buffett -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1946- Larry Csonka -American football player and sportscaster

1946- Christopher Frayling -English academic and author

1946- Gene Lamont -American baseball player and manager

1946- Stuart Wilson (actor)|Stuart Wilson -English actor

1947- Twink Caplan -American actress and producer

1948- Alia al-Hussein -Egyptian wife of Hussein of Jordan (d. 1977)

1948- Barbara Mandrell -American singer-songwriter and actress

1948- Joel Santana -Brazilian footballer and manager

1949- Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira -Brazilian singer

1949- Nawaz Sharif -Pakistani lawyer and politician, 12th List of Prime Ministers of Pakistan|Prime Minister of Pakistan

1949- Sissy Spacek -American actress and singer

1949- Joe Louis Walker -American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer

1950- Peter Boardman -English mountaineer and author (d. 1982)

1950- Yehuda Poliker -Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist

1950- Karl Rove -American journalist and diplomat, White House Deputy Chief of Staff

1950- Manny Trillo -Venezuelan baseball player and manager

1952- Desireless -French singer

1952- C. C. H. Pounder -Guyanese-American actress

1954- Annie Lennox -Scottish singer-songwriter and pianist (The Tourists and Eurythmics)

1954- Steve Wariner -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1955- Brett Vroman -American basketball player

1957- Chris Kamara -English footballer and sportscaster

1957- Shane MacGowan -English-Irish singer-songwriter (The Pogues, The Nips, and Shane MacGowan and The Popes)

1958- Cheryl Chase -American voice actress and singer

1958- Hanford Dixon -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1958- Rickey Henderson -American baseball player and coach

1958- Konstantin Kinchev -Russian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alisa)

1958- Alannah Myles -Canadian singer-songwriter

1958- Martin Wiesner -German footballer

1959- Michael P. Anderson -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)

1960- Ron Bottitta -English actor

1961- Íngrid Betancourt -Colombian politician

1962- Dean Cameron -American actor

1964- Ian Bostridge -English tenor

1964- Gary McAllister -Scottish footballer and manager

1964- Tim Royes -American director (d. 2007)

1964- Bob Stanley (musician)|Bob Stanley -English keyboard player, songwriter, producer, and journalist (Saint Etienne (band)|Saint Etienne)

1965- Edward Davey -English politician

1965- David Rath -Czech physician and politician

1966- Toshi Arai -Japanese race car driver

1967- Jason Thirsk -American bass player (Pennywise (band)|Pennywise and Humble Gods) (d. 1996)

1968- Helena Christensen -Danish model and actress

1968- Jim Dowd (ice hockey)|Jim Dowd -American ice hockey player

1970- Nagma -Indian actress

1970- Emmanuel Amuneke -Nigerian footballer, coach, and manager

1970- Rodney Dent -American basketball player

1971- Dido (singer)|Dido -English singer-songwriter

1971- Noel Hogan -Irish guitarist and producer (The Cranberries, Mono Band, and Arkitekt)

1971- Justin Trudeau -Canadian educator and politician

1972- Josh Freese -American drummer and songwriter (The Vandals and Devo)

1972- Mac Powell -American singer-songwriter and producer (Third Day)

1973- Robbie Elliott -English footballer and coach

1973- Chris Harris (wrestler)|Chris Harris -American wrestler

1973- Alexandre Trudeau -Canadian journalist and director

1974- Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano -Mexican drug lord (d. 2012)

1975- Rob Mariano -American reality show contestant, winner of ''Survivor: Redemption Island''

1975- Daniel Mustard -American singer-songwriter

1975- Hideki Okajima -Japanese baseball player

1975- Choi Sung-Yong -South Korean footballer and manager

1975- Marcus Trescothick -English cricketer

1976- Tuomas Holopainen -Finnish keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Nightwish and For My Pain...)

1976- Tim James (basketball)|Tim James -American basketball player and coach

1976- Atko Väikmeri -Estonian footballer

1976- Armin van Buuren -Dutch DJ and producer

1977- Uhm Ji-won -South Korean actress

1977- Priya Anjali Rai -Indian-American porn actress

1977- Israel Vázquez -Mexican boxer

1978- Simon Jones (cricketer)|Simon Jones -Welsh cricketer

1978- Joel Porter -Australian footballer and manager

1978- Bridgetta Tomarchio -American actress and model

1979- Laurent Bonnart -French footballer

1979- Robert Huff -English race car driver

1979- Hyun Young-Min -South Korean footballer

1980- Kahi (singer)|Kahi -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (After School (band)|After School)

1980- Locó (footballer)|Locó -Angolan footballer

1980- Joanna Angel -American porn actress, director, and producer

1980- Reika Hashimoto -Japanese model and actress

1980- Laura Sadler -English actress (d. 2003)

1980- Marcus Trufant -American football player

1981- Trenesha Biggers -American wrestler

1981- Christian Holst -Danish-Faroese footballer

1981- Willy Taveras -Dominican baseball player

1981- Katie Wright -American actress

1982- Dev (actor)|Dev -Indian actor and singer

1982- Shawn Andrews -American football player

1982- Rob Edwards (footballer born 1982)|Rob Edwards -Welsh footballer

1982- Ethan Kath -Canadian keyboard player, songwriter and producer (Crystal Castles (band)|Crystal Castles and Kïll Cheerleadër)

1982- Chris Rene -American singer-songwriter and producer

1984- Chris Cahill -Samoan footballer

1984- Alastair Cook -English cricketer

1984- Georgia Moffett -English actress

1984- Jessica Origliasso -Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas)

1984- Lisa Origliasso -Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas)

1984- Chris Richard (basketball)|Chris Richard -American basketball player

1985- Leon Pisani -Welsh singer-songwriter (V (band)|V)

1985- Perdita Weeks -Welsh actress

1986- Aya Suzaki -Japanese voice actress

1987- Ceyhun Gülselam -Turkish footballer

1987- Julian Lage -American guitarist and composer

1987- Jorgie Porter -English actress

1987- Justin Sweeney -Australian footballer

1987- LJ Reyes -Filipino actress and dancer

1988- Joãozinho (footballer born 1988)|Joãozinho -Brazilian footballer

1988- Eric Gordon -American basketball player

1988- Lukas Hinds-Johnson -German rugby player

1989- Djameleddine Benlamri -Algerian footballer

1989- Michael Green (soccer)|Michael Green -American soccer player

1989- Shahzaib Hasan -Pakistani cricketer

1989- Keri Wong -American tennis player

1990- Conny Perrin -Swiss tennis player

1993- Emi Takei -Japanese model, actress, and singer

1995- Mimmi Sandén -Swedish singer and actress

History of Deaths


795- Pope Adrian I -(b. 700)

820- Leo V the Armenian -Byzantine emperor (b. 775)

940- Makan ibn Kaki -Iranian general

1156- Peter the Venerable -French saint (b. 1092)

1553- Pedro de Valdivia -Spanish-Chilean explorer and politician, 1st Royal Governor of Chile (b. 1500)

1635- Samuel de Champlain -French soldier, geographer, and explorer (b. 1567)

1676- William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle -English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire (b. 1592)

1676- Matthew Hale (jurist)|Matthew Hale -English lawyer and jurist, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (b. 1609)

1683- Kara Mustafa Pasha -Ottoman general (b. 1634)

1758- James Hervey -English priest and author (b. 1714)

1763- Suraj Mal -Indian ruler (b. 1707)

1784- Yosa Buson -Japanese poet and painter (b. 1716)

1824- Barbara von Krüdener -German mystic and author (b. 1764)

1868- Linus Yale, Jr. -American engineer and businessman (b. 1821)

1875- Young Tom Morris -Scottish golfer (b. 1851)

1880- Fridolin Anderwert -Swiss politician, List of Presidents of the National Council of Switzerland|President of the Swiss National Council (b. 1828)

1916- Albert Chmielowski -Polish saint, founded the Albertine Brothers (b. 1845)

1916- Solko van den Bergh -Dutch target shooter (b. 1854)

1921- Vladimir Korolenko -Russian journalist, author, and activist (b. 1853)

1925- Karl Abraham -German psychoanalyst (b. 1877)

1926- Emperor Taishō -of Japan (b. 1879)

1928- Miles Burke -American boxer (b. 1885)

1933- Francesc Macià i Llussà -Catalan colonel and politician, 122nd President of Catalonia (b. 1859)

1935- Paul Bourget -French author and critic (b. 1852)

1938- Karel Čapek -Czech author and playwright (b. 1890)

1940- Agnes Ayres -American actress (b. 1898)

1941- Richard S. Aldrich -American politician (b. 1884)

1944- George Steer -South African-English journalist and author (b. 1909)

1945- Franz Kröwerath -German rower (b. 1880)

1946- W. C. Fields -American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1880)

1947- Gaspar G. Bacon -American politician, 51st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)

1949- Leon Schlesinger -American animator and producer, founded Warner Bros. Cartoons (b. 1884)

1950- Neil Francis Hawkins -English politician (b. 1903)

1952- Margrethe Mather -American photographer (b. 1886)

1953- Patsy Donovan -Irish-American baseball player and manager (b. 1865)

1953- William Haselden -Spanish-English cartoonist (b. 1872)

1954- Johnny Ace -American singer (b. 1929)

1956- Robert Walser (writer)|Robert Walser -Swiss author (b. 1878)

1957- Charles Pathé -French record producer, founded Pathé Records (b. 1863)

1961- Owen Brewster -American captain, lawyer, and politician, 54th Governor of Maine (b. 1888)

1961- Otto Loewi -German-American pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)

1963- Tristan Tzara -Romanian-French poet, playwright, painter, and critic (b. 1896)

1970- Michael Peto -Hungarian-English photographer and journalist (b. 1908)

1973- İsmet İnönü -Turkish general and politician, 2nd President of Turkey (b. 1884)

1973- Gabriel Voisin -French pilot and engineer (b. 1880)

1975- Gaston Gallimard -French publisher, founded Éditions Gallimard (b. 1881)

1975- Gunnar Kangro -Estonian mathematician and author (b. 1913)

1977- Charlie Chaplin -English actor and director (b. 1889)

1979- Joan Blondell -American actress and singer (b. 1906)

1979- Jordi Bonet -Canadian painter and sculptor (b. 1932)

1983- Joan Miró -Spanish painter and sculptor (b. 1893)

1988- Shōhei Ōoka -Japanese author and critic (b. 1909)

1988- Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle -English lepidopterist (b. 1920)

1989- Benny Binion -American poker player and businessman (b. 1904)

1989- Elena Ceaușescu -Romanian politician (b. 1919)

1989- Nicolae Ceaușescu -Romanian general and politician, 1st President of Romania (b. 1918)

1989- Betty Garde -American actress (b. 1905)

1989- Frederick F. Houser -American judge and politician, 34th Lieutenant Governor of California (b. 1905)

1989- Billy Martin -American baseball player and manager (b. 1928)

1989- Florică Murariu -Romanian rugby player (b. 1955)

1989- Robert Pirosh -American director and screenwriter (b. 1910)

1989- Wally Ris -American swimmer (b. 1924)

1992- Monica Dickens -English-American author (b. 1915)

1993- Pierre Victor Auger -French physicist (b. 1899)

1994- Zail Singh -Indian politician, 7th President of India (b. 1916)

1995- Emmanuel Levinas -Lithuanian-French philosopher and academic (b. 1906)

1995- Dean Martin -American singer and actor (b. 1917)

1996- Bill Hewitt -Canadian sportscaster (b. 1928)

1997- Anatoli Boukreev -Kazakh mountaineer and explorer (b. 1958)

1997- Denver Pyle -American actor, singer, and director (b. 1920)

1998- Bryan MacLean -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Love (band)|Love) (b. 1946)

1998- John Pulman -English snooker player (b. 1926)

1999- Peter Jeffrey -English actor (b. 1929)

2000- Neil Hawke -Australian cricketer and footballer (b. 1939)

2000- Willard Van Orman Quine -American philosopher and academic (b. 1908)

2001- Alfred A. Tomatis -French otolaryngologist (b. 1920)

2002- William T. Orr -American actor and producer (b. 1917)

2003- Nicholas Mavroules -American politician (b. 1929)

2004- Gennadi Strekalov -Russian engineer and astronaut (b. 1940)

2004- Robert Elliott (actor born 1944)|Robert Elliott -American actor (b. 1944)

2005- Derek Bailey (guitarist)|Derek Bailey -English guitarist (b. 1930)

2005- Robert Barbers -Filipino police officer, lawyer, and politician (b. 1944)

2005- Birgit Nilsson -Swedish soprano (b. 1918)

2006- James Brown -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Famous Flames) (b. 1933)

2006- Hiroaki Hidaka -Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)

2007- Des Barrick -English cricketer (b. 1927)

2007- Jim Beauchamp -American baseball player and coach (b. 1939)

2007- Mighty King Kong -Kenyan singer (b. 1973)

2008- Eartha Kitt -American singer and actress (b. 1927)

2009- Vic Chesnutt -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (brute. and The Undertow Orchestra) (b. 1964)

2010- Carlos Andrés Pérez -Venezuelan politician, 66th List of Presidents of Venezuela|President of Venezuela (b. 1922)

2011- Giorgio Bocca -Italian journalist (b. 1920)

2011- Ben Breedlove -American blogger (b. 1993)

2011- Jim Sherwood -American saxophonist (The Mothers of Invention) (b. 1942)

2011- Simms Taback -American author and illustrator (b. 1932)

2012- Sita bint Fahd Al Damir -Saudi Arabian wife of Khalid of Saudi Arabia (b. 1922)

2012- Erico Aumentado -Filipino journalist, lawyer, and politician (b. 1940)

2012- Turki bin Sultan -Saudi Arabian politician (b. 1959)

2012- Augusto Bracca -Venezuelan composer (b. 1918)

2012- Frank Calabrese, Sr. -American mobster (b. 1937)

2012- Jane Dixon -American bishop (b. 1937)

2012- Rachel Douglas-Home, 27th Baroness Dacre -English wife of William Douglas-Home (b. 1929)

2012- Halfdan Hegtun -Norwegian radio host and politician (b. 1918)

2012- Edward Hughes (bishop)|Edward Hughes -American bishop (b. 1920)

2012- Henry Ford Kamel -Ghanaian banker and politician (b. 1961)

2012- Joe Krivak -American football player and coach (b. 1935)

2013- Anthony J. Bryant -American historian and author (b. 1961)

2013- Luis Humberto Gómez Gallo -Colombian engineer and politician (b. 1962)

2013- David R. Harris -English geographer, anthropologist, archaeologist and academic (b. 1930)

2013- Wayne Harrison (footballer born 1967)|Wayne Harrison -English footballer (b. 1967)

2013- Mike Hegan -American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1942)

2013- Andy Malcolm -English-South African footballer (b. 1933)

2013- Mel Mathay -Filipino politician, 8th Mayor of Quezon City (b. 1932)

2013- Adnan Şenses -Turkish singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1935)