Deaths on December 24

1069 :Godfried II, with the Beard, duke of Neder-Lutherans, dies
1380 :John von Neumarkt, German bishop/Chancellor Karel IV, dies
1453 :John Dunstable, English composer, dies
1524 :Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer/viceroy of Cochin, dies at about 55
1541 :Andreas R Bodenstein von Carlstadt, radical Lutheran, dies at about 61
1548 :Maximilian of Egmond, Dutch count/stadholder of Frisia, dies
1660 :Mary I Henriette Stuart, queen of England, dies at 29
1707 :NoČl Coypel, French painter, dies at 78
1823 :Philipp Christoph Kayser, composer, dies at 68
1862 :Joseph Funk, composer, dies at 84
1863 :W M Thackeray, writer, dies at 52
1869 :Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, US Secretary of War (1861-65), dies at 55
1885 :Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85
1898 :Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, composer, dies at 41
1904 :Juliaan Dillens, Flemish sculptor, dies at 55
1907 :Isidor Feinstein "Izzy" Stone, journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), dies
1908 :Franáois-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian musicologist/composer, dies at 80
1909 :Nicolaas G Pierson, director Suriname/Dutch Bank, dies at 80
1930 :Eduard David, German minister (constitution of Weimar), dies at 67
1930 :Oskar Nedbal, composer, dies at 56
1932 :Eyvind Alnaes, composer, dies at 60
1935 :Alban Maria Johannes Berg, composer, dies at 50
1942 :Friedrich Klose, composer, dies at 80
1942 :Jean LXF Darlan, French admiral, murdered by gaullists
1942 :K Balmont, writer, dies at 75
1944 :Joseph Gustav Mraczek, composer, dies at 66
1945 :Francisco Pujol, composer, dies at 67
1952 :Henry A "Hans" Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist, dies at 58
1954 :Johnny Ace, ballad singer, dies at 25 of Russian Roulette
1955 :Nana Bryant, actress (Mrs Nestor-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 67
1957 :Norma Talmadge, US actress (sign on bay), dies at 60
1961 :Guy de Lioncourt, composer, dies at 76
1966 :Gaspar Cassado Moreu, composer, dies at 69
1972 :Charles Atlas, bodybuilder, dies at 79
1972 :Ernst Kreuder, writer, dies at 69
1974 :Tilly Losch, actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70
1975 :Bernard Herrmann, US movie composer, dies at 64
1975 :Otto AP FĀrst von Bismarck-SchĒnhausen, German diplomat, dies at 78
1976 :Victor Stanitsin, actor (War & Peace, Jubilee), dies at 79
1977 :HarriČt Freezer, Dutch journalist/author, dies at 66
1979 :Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
1979 :Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39
1980 :Alec Lafayette Chew Wilder, composer, dies at 73
1980 :Karl DĒnitz, German great admiral/FĀhrer (1945), dies at 89
1982 :Louis Aragon, French poet (Pour un Rāalisme Socialiste), dies at 85
1984 :Ian Hendry, actor (Assassin, Get Carter, Repulsion), dies at 53
1984 :Peter Lawford, actor (Thin Man), dies of cardiac arrest at 61
1986 :Gardner F[rancis] Fox, author (Kothar-Barbarian Swordsman), dies at 75
1987 :John M "Joop" de Uyl, Dutch social-dem premier (1973-77), dies at 68
1991 :Walter Hudson, 1,025 lb man, dies at 46
1992 :Abdulkadir Widjojoatmodjo, Java diplomat, dies
1992 :Pierre Culliford [Peyo], Belgian cartoonist (Smurfs), dies at 64
1993 :Alexander Mackendrick, British/US director (Lady Killers), dies at 81
1993 :Norman Vincent Peale, rev (Power of Positive Thinking), dies at 95
1993 :Yen Chia-kan, PM/Pres of Taiwan (1963-72, 75-78), dies
1994 :Jimmy Buddy Lee Land Ace, singer, dies at 57
1994 :John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist, dies at 47
1994 :John James Osborne, playwright, dies at 65
1994 :John Keith Wright, English Asst Sect of State (1971-84), dies at 66
1994 :John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Luther), dies at 65
1994 :Julie Haydon, [Donella Donaldson], US actress (Scoundrel), dies at 84
1994 :Louise H "Lous" Hensen, actress (Uncle Wanja, Charlotte), dies at 74
1994 :Nathan I. Daniel, inventor (Guitars), dies at 82
1994 :Rossano Brazzi, It resistance fight/actor (Final Justice), dies at 78
1995 :Geoffrey Pinnington, journalist, dies at 76
1995 :Harry McLevy, trade unionist, dies at 59
1996 :Edward Leadbitter, politician, dies at 77
1996 :Nguyen Huu Tho, Pres of Vietnam (1980-81), dies
1996 :Peter Dormer, arts writer, dies at 47
1997 :Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
1997 :Anthea Joseph, music producer, dies at 57
1997 :James Komack, producer (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67
1997 :Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (Shogun), dies at 77



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