Famous Deaths on 15th December

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1025 - Basilius II, the Bulgarendoder, Byzantine emperor (976-1025), dies
1072 - Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan in Persia (b. 1029)
1230 - Ottokar I, king of Bohemia (1197-1230), dies
1263 - King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)
1515 - Alfonso de Albuquerque, viceroy of Portuguese Indies, dies
1576 - Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician, dies at 53
1598 - Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
1621 - Charles d'albert duke of Luynes/PM of France, dies at 43
1626 - Adriaen de Vries, Dutch sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
1673 - Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)
1675 - Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Love Letter), dies at 43
1683 - Izaak Walton, English writer (b. 1593)
Painter Jan VermeerPainter Jan Vermeer (1675) 1688 - Gaspar Fagel, lawyer/Neth grand pensionary (1672-88), dies at 54
1699 - Henrik A van Reede tot Drakenstein, Dutch botanist, dies at about 63
1712 - Sidney 1st earl of Godolphine, English minister of Finance, dies at 67
1715 - George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), dies at 73
1753 - Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect (b. 1694)
1779 - Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer, dies at 62
1792 - Joseph Martin Kraus, composer, dies at 36
1816 - Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 44
1817 - Maria Walewska [Leszczinska], lover of emperor Napoleon I, dies
1822 - Ferenc Verseghy, composer, dies at 65
1826 - William Browser, revolting slave, executed in NYC
1831 - Paul R Cantzlaar, gov of Saba/Curacao/Dutch-West Indies, dies at 60
1839 - Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish court-painter, dies at 66
1855 - Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
1861 - Gualtiero Sanelli, composer, dies at 45
1880 - Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Ital minister of Justice, dies at 76
1889 - Ferdinand II A F A, King of Portugal, dies at 73
Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting BullLakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull (1890) 1890 - Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa-Sioux chief (Little Big Horn), killed by US Police aged 58 or 59
1892 - Charles Balmer, composer, dies at 75
1896 - John GR Acquoy, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 67
1901 - Elias Alvares Lobo, composer, dies at 67
1909 - Francisco Tarrega y Eixea, composer, dies at 57
1934 - Maggis Lena Walker, 1st US (black) woman to head a bank, dies at 69
1939 - Tom McKibbin, cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies
1943 - Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri
1944 - Glenn Miller, US band leader/jazz composer, dies at 40
Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats WallerJazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller (1943) 1946 - Conrad Haebler, historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
1946 - Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, dies at 77
1947 - Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
1950 - Robert Muller-Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
1950 - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian political leader, Iron Man of India (b. 1875)
1951 - Eric Drummond, 1st sec-gen League of Nations (1919-33), dies at 75
1953 - Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46
1958 - Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
1961 - William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player, dies at 99
1962 - Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63
Animator Walt DisneyAnimator Walt Disney (1966) 1966 - Walt Disney, animator, dies at 65, put in suspended animation
1968 - Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86
1968 - Antonio Barrette, Canadian politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1899)
1971 - Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
1972 - Edward Earle, actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
1972 - Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
1973 - Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61
1974 - Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
1974 - Anatole Litvak, Ukrainian-born screenwriter and film producer (b. 1902)
1975 - Mukhtar Ashrafi, composer, dies at 63
1977 - Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
1978 - Chill Wills, actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
1979 - Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
1984 - Avon Long, actor (Roots: Next Generation), dies at 74
1984 - Jan Peerce, [Perelmuth], operatic tenor, dies at 80 following a stroke
1984 - Lennard Pearce, English actor (b. 1915)
1984 - Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
1989 - Arnold Moss, actor (Gambit), dies at 79
1989 - Edward Underdown, English actor (b. 1908)
1990 - Betty Warren actress (Passport to Pimlico), dies
1990 - Jean Paige, actress (Capt Blood, Black Beauty), dies
1991 - Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
1991 - Ray Smith, British actor (And Then You Die), dies at 55
1993 - Kakuei Tanaka, PM of Japan (1972-74), dies
1994 - Hans de Jong, musician/conductor (Amsterdams Vrouwenkoor), dies at 86
1994 - Harry Tobias, songwriter, dies at 99
1994 - Henry Phelps Brown, historian/economist, dies at 88
1994 - Mollie Doreen Phillips, Brit figure skater (Eur-bronze-33), dies at 87
1995 - James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88
1995 - Manuel Gutierrez Mellado, PM of Defense of Spain (1977-81), dies at 83
1996 - Gerald Moverley, priest, dies at 74
1996 - Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest, dies at 83
1996 - Laurens jan van der Post, explorer/conservationist, dies at 90
1997 - Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, dies at 98
1997 - Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar, dies at 69
2001 - Russ Haas, American professional wrestler (b. 1974)
2001 - Rufus Thomas, American musician (b. 1917)
2001 - Christopher Hitchens, author and journaist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62.
2003 - George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
2003 - Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)
2004 - Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
2005 - Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
2005 - Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
2005 - William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1915)
2005 - Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
2006 - Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver (b. 1939)
2007 - John Berg (actor), American actor (b. 1949)
2007 - Julia Carson, U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana (b. 1938)
2008 - León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
2009 - Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
2010 - Blake Edwards, American film director (b. 1922)
2010 - Bob Feller, American baseball player (b. 1918)
2010 - Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)
2011 - Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80
Actress Joan FontaineActress Joan Fontaine (2013) 2013 - Joan Fontaine, British-American actress, dies of natural causes at 96

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