Famous Deaths on 31st December

Deaths 1 - 151 of 151

192 - Lucius AA Commodus, Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31
335 - St. Silvester I, Catholic Pope, dies in office
406 - Godagisel, King of the Vandals, dies in battle
439 - Melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56
1164 - Margrave Ottokar III of Styria (b. 1124)
1194 - Duke Leopold V of Austria (killed at a tournament) (b. 1157)
1297 - Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1249)
1302 - Frederick III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1238)
1382 - Daigaku, Zen teacher/46th head of Engakuji, dies in Kamakura Japan
1384 - John Wycliffe, English religious reformer/bible translator, dies
1424 - Thomas Beaufort, 1st Duke of Exeter, English military leader
1460 - Edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England (executed) (b. 1443)
1460 - Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, English politician (b. 1400)
1510 - Bianca Maria Sforza, wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1472)
1535 - William Skeffington, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1465)
1568 - Shimazu Tadayoshi, Japanese warlord (b. 1493)
1575 - Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (b. 1502)
1583 - Thomas Erastus, Switz, theologist, dies
1610 - Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician (b. 1540)
1616 - Jacques Le Maire, pirate/explorer (Lemaire Strait), dies at 31
1647 - Giovanni Maria Trabaci, composer, dies
1650 - Dorgon, Chinese emperor (b. 1612)
1652 - Frances Cecil, 2nd wife of English earl of Shaftesbury, dies
1673 - Oliver St John, English statesman and judge
1679 - Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist (b. 1608)
1691 - Dudley North, English economist (b. 1641)
1719 - John Flamsteed, 1st Astronomer Royal, dies at 73
1733 - Hubert K Poot, Dutch poet (Akkerleven), dies at 44
1742 - Karl III Philip, Elector Palatine (b. 1661)
1775 - Richard Montgomery, General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, dies in attack on Quebec
1799 - Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer (b. 1723)
1802 - Francis Lewis, Welsh/US merchant/signer (Decl of Ind), dies at 89
1802 - Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen, composer, dies at 53
1809 - Franz Ignaz Beck, composer, dies at 75
1818 - Jean-Pierre Duport, composer, dies at 77
1848 - Oliver Shaw, composer, dies at 69
1859 - Luigi Ricci, composer, dies at 54
1862 - James Edward Rains, lawyer/Confederate brig-gen, dies in Battle of Stone's River at 29
1862 - Joshua Woodrow Sill, US Union brig-general, dies in Battle of Stone's River at 31
1872 - Aleksis Kivi, [Stenvall], Finnish writer/poet (Kanervala), dies at 38
1877 - Alberto Mazzucato, composer, dies at 64
1877 - JD Gustave Courbet, French painter (Baigneuses), dies at 58
1882 - Leon Michel Gambetta, French attorney/premier (1881-82), dies at 44
1888 - Samson Raphael Hirsch, German rabbi (b. 1808)
1889 - Ion Creanga, Romanian (fairy tales) author, dies at 52
1890 - Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (b. 1826)
1893 - Jacob G de Scheffer, Dutch vicar/theologist, dies at 74
1894 - Thomas J Stieltjes, mathematician (Stieltjes-integral), dies at 38
1896 - Leland Hone, cricketer (scored 7 & 6 in only England Test 1879), dies
1907 - Jules de Trooz, Belgium PM, dies at 63
1910 - John Moisant, American aviator (b. 1868)
1910 - Arch Hoxsey, American aviator (b. 1884)
1916 - Ernst Rudorff, composer, dies at 76
1920 - Albert Roelofs, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 43
1921 - Boies Penrose, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (b. 1860)
1936 - Miguel de Unamuno Jugo, Span philosopher/poet (Cancionero), dies at 72
1936 - William FA Ellison, Irish clergyman/astronomer, dies at 72
1938 - Richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter, dies at 70
1941 - Sigwart Aspestrand, composer, dies at 85
1945 - Donald Douglas II, dies at 40
1946 - Frits [Frederik H] Tartaud, Dutch actor, dies at 89
1947 - Franz X Ritter von Epp, German General (SW Africa), dies at 79
1948 - Malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63
1950 - Charles Koechlin, French composer (Jungle Book), dies at 83
1950 - Karl Renner, Austrian Chancellor/pres (1918-20, 45-50), dies at 80
1951 - Maxim M Litvinov, [Meyer H Wallach], Russian diplomat, dies at 75
1951 - Philipp A Kohnstamm, Dutch philosopher/physicist, dies at 76
1953 - Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64
1954 - Peter Van Anrooy, conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75
1958 - Gustav Hermann Unger, composer, dies at 72
1960 - Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Trees die Upright), dies at 69
1960 - Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer, dies at 70
1964 - Ólafur Thors, Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1892)
1964 - Bobby Byrne, baseball player (b. 1884)
1966 - Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75
1966 - Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of Dutch Race), dies
1967 - Arthur Mailey, cricketer (10-66 & Aust v Gloucestershire 1921), dies
1968 - Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950), dies at 85
1968 - George Louis Francis Lewis, composer, dies at 16
1968 - Sabin V Dragoi, composer, dies at 74
1969 - Salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69
1970 - Cyril M Scott, English composer/author (Alchemist), dies at 91
1971 - Peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31
1971 - Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)
1971 - Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)
1971 - Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)
Baseball Player Roberto ClementeBaseball Player Roberto Clemente (1972) 1972 - Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38
1975 - Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47
1977 - Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62
1977 - Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, ruler of Kuwait (b. 1924)
1980 - Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies
1980 - Marshall McLuhan, Canadian cultural philosopher, dies at 69
1980 - Raoul Walsh, US director (High Sierra), dies at about 88
1981 - Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60
1983 - Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies
Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhanPhilosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan (1980) 1983 - Frank Link, actor (Burns & Schreiber Comedy Show), dies at 46
1985 - Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies
1985 - Rick Nelson, singer/actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet), dies at 45
1985 - Sam Spiegel, Academy Award winning producer (Betrayal), dies at 84
1986 - Lester Albert Trimble, composer, dies at 63
1986 - Lloyd Haynes, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies at 54
1987 - [Gordon] Randall [P D] Garrett, author (Lord Darcy), dies at 60
1990 - Dalton Cathey, dies of AIDS at 44
1990 - George Allen, US football coach (LA Rams, Wash Redskins), dies
1990 - Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A), dies at 62
1993 - Arthur Dreifuss, director/producer (Murder in Amsterdam), dies at 85
1993 - Lambert Fokkema, founder Dutch Export Combination, dies at 80
1993 - Thomas J Watson Jr, president of IBM (1956-71)/diplomat, dies at 79
1993 - Zviad Gamsachurdia, pres of Georgia SSR (1991-1993), suicide at 54
1993 - Brandon Teena, Transsexual, murdered (b. 1972)
1994 - BAM "Bob" Schreiner, airline owner (S Aviation Group), dies at 79
1994 - Harri Webb, poet, dies at 74
1994 - Leigh Bowery, designer, dies at 33
1994 - Leo Fuchs, Polish/US Yiddish actor (Story of Ruth), dies at 83
1994 - Thomas J Watson Jr, CEO (IBM), dies of a stroke at 79
1994 - Woodrow "Woody" Strode, US rugby player/black cowboy actor (Oil), dies
Actor and Sportsman Woody StrodeActor and Sportsman Woody Strode (1994) 1994 - Woody Strode, actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante), dies at 80
1995 - Calvin/Hobbes, (comic strip), dies
1995 - John Powell, campaigner, dies at 75
1996 - 61 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
1996 - Ann Susan Hills, freelance journalist, dies at 55
1996 - David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate), dies at 62
1996 - Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
1996 - Michael Roberts, historian, dies at 88
1996 - Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, tropical mediciner, dies at 85
1997 - 76 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
1997 - Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89
1997 - Floyd Cramer, pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64
1997 - Lillian Billie Dove Bohney, actress, dies at 96
1997 - Michael Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39
1999 - Elliot Richardson, American politician (b. 1920)
2000 - Alan Cranston, American politician (b. 1914)
2000 - José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)
2001 - Eileen Heckart, American actress (b. 1919)
2002 - Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)
2003 - Arthur R. von Hippel German-born physicist (b. 1898)
2004 - Gerard Debreu, French-born economist, Bank of Sweden Prize laureate (b. 1921)
2005 - Phillip Whitehead, British politician (b. 1937)
2005 - Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (b. 1932)
2006 - George Sisler, Jr., baseball executive (b. 1917)
2007 - Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
2007 - Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)
2007 - Michael Goldberg, American painter (b. 1924)
2007 - Bill Idelson, American actor (b. 1919)
2007 - Kathryn Ish, American actress (b. 1936)
2007 - Milton L. Klein, Canadian politician (b. 1910)
2007 - Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
2007 - Ettore Sottsass, Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)
2008 - Donald E. Westlake, American author (b. 1933)
2011 - Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77
2013 - James Avery, American actor, dies from complications from surgery at 68

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