Died On December 13th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 13. The list includes people like Wassily Kandinsky, Samuel Johnson, Donatello, Maimonides, Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor. Famous personalities featured on this list, include philosophers, actors, novelists and soldiers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United Kingdom, United States, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Alan Thicke
(Best Known for Playing Dr. Jason Seaver on the 1980s Sitcom ‘Growing Pains’ on ABC)
Alan Thicke
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Birthdate: March 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kirkland Lake, Canada
Died: 2016

Best known for his star role in the television sitcom Growing Pains, Alan Thicke was a Canadian actor, songwriter and television host, who began his career as a series regular in It's Our Stuff, eventually appearing in numerous films and television productions. Also a popular game and talk show host, he patronized many NGOs including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

 2 
Wassily Kandinsky
(Russian Painter, Art Theorist and a Pioneer in Abstract Art)
Wassily Kandinsky
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Birthdate: December 16, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1944
Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky is considered the pioneer of abstract art. Known for notable works such as On White II and Study for Improvisation, he was a prominent artist of the Blue Rider Period and experimented with expressionism. He also earned a professorship at the University of Dorpat
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Donatello
(One of the Greatest of All Italian Renaissance Artists)
Donatello
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Birthdate: 1386 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1466

Donatello was an Italian sculptor best remembered for his most famous work, David, which is often viewed as the first major work of Renaissance sculpture. Donatello is one of the most popular Italian sculptors of all time. He was played by English actor Ben Starr in a historical drama TV series titled Medici: Masters of Florence.

 4 
Samuel Johnson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 18, 1709
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lichfield, England
Died: 1784

Essayist, biographer, lexicographer, and literary critic Samuel Johnson, or Dr. Johnson, is remembered for his A Dictionary of the English Language and Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets. He was also a poet, a playwright, and a staunch Tory. His mannerisms indicated he had Tourette syndrome.

 5 
Lamar Hunt
(American Sports Executive and BusinessmanBusinessman)
Lamar Hunt
8
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
Died: 2006

Businessman Lamar Hunt was a major promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States. He was the principal founder of the Major League Soccer (MLS) and American Football League (AFL). He was also the co-founder of World Championship Tennis. In 1982, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. 

 6 
Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: December 26, 1194
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Iesi, Marche, Italy
Died: 1250

Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor reigned as the King of Sicily, King of Germany, King of Italy, and King of Jerusalem. An avid patron of the arts and science, Frederick played an important role in supporting literature. He promoted the Sicilian School of poetry, which played an influential role in developing literature in Italy.

 7 
Nancy Wilson
(Notable for Her Single ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am')
Nancy Wilson
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chillicothe, Ohio, United States
Died: 2018
 8 
Anatoly Dyatlov
(Nuclear Engineer)
Anatoly Dyatlov
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atamanovo, Russia
Died: 1995
Anatoly Dyatlov was the deputy chief-engineer of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. He oversaw the safety test that eventually ended in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Dyatlov was later imprisoned for his negligence but was released in 1990, as part of an amnesty. His recorded memoirs were later released on YouTube.
 9 
Grandma Moses
(Painter, Illustrator)
Grandma Moses
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Birthdate: September 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York
Died: 1961

Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, revolutionized American folk art with her iconic depictions of American rural life. After spending 15 years of her life working as a housekeeper, she deviated toward embroidery. A bout of arthritis made her switch to painting in her late 70s.

 10 
Chuck Schuldiner
(Musician)
Chuck Schuldiner
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
Died: 2001
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Raymond A. Spruance
(Navy admiral during World War II)
Raymond A. Spruance
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 3, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: 1969
 12 
Gustav Schwarzenegger
(Father of Arnold Schwarzenegger.)
Gustav Schwarzenegger
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 17, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Austria-Hungary
Died: 1972

Gustav Schwarzenegger was better known as actor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s father than as the police chief of Austria. He was a master sergeant in Wehrmacht after his country was annexed by Nazi Germany. He was made a postal inspector after injuries he suffered in Russia ruled him out of the armed forces. He returned to the Austrian police force in 1947.

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Samuel Gompers
(Labor leader, Cigar Maker)
Samuel Gompers
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 27, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1924
 14 
Ella Baker
(American activist)
Ella Baker
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: 1986
 15 
Paul Samuelson
(Economist)
Paul Samuelson
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Birthdate: May 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: 2009
 16 
Nicholas Roerich
(Russian Painter, Archaeologist and Philosopher)
Nicholas Roerich
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Birthdate: October 9, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1947

Russian painter, writer, philosopher, theosophist and archaeologist, Nicholas Roerich, counted among the greatest Russian painters, is noted for initiating the modern movement for the defense of cultural objects. One of the greatest feats that he achieved during his lifetime was the Roerich Pact that was signed into law by the US and most nations of the Pan-American Union.

 17 
Gustave Le Bon
(French Polymath)
Gustave Le Bon
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Birthdate: May 7, 1841
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogent-le-Rotrou, France
Died: 1931

French social psychologist Gustave Le Bon is best remembered for his research on crowd psychology. In his iconic work La psychologie des foules, or The Crowd, he stated that people are driven by their emotions and not by their intellect when they act as part of a crowd.

 18 
António Egas Moniz
(Neurologist)
António Egas Moniz
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Avanca, Estarreja, Portugal
Died: 1955
 19 
Zalman Yanovsky
(Canadian Folk-Rock Musician )
Zalman Yanovsky
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 2002
 20 
Richard Carlson
(Writer)
Richard Carlson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2013
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Mary Renault
(Writer)
Mary Renault
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1983

Mary Renault was a British writer best remembered for her historical novels. Some of her historical novels, such as The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea were adapted into a BBC Radio 4 serial. Although she is renowned for her fictional portrayals of prominent real-life characters like Alexander the Great, Mary Renault also wrote Alexander's non-fiction biography.

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Grace Gifford
(Artist)
Grace Gifford
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Birthdate: March 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1955

Immortalized in the Irish ballad Grace, Irish cartoonist Grace Gifford was a regular contributor to many reputed publications such as The Irish Review. She was part of the Republican movement and married her lover Joseph Plunkett just hours before he was killed by firing squad for his invoolvement in the Easter Rising.

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Mahmud I
(The 24th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)
Mahmud I
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 2, 1696
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edirne
Died: 1754

The 24th sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mahmud I was the son of Mustafa II. Known for his friendly relationships with the Mughal and Safavid empires, he also fought against Austria and Russia in a war that ended in the Treaty of Belgrade. He is remembered for restoring peace after the Patrona Halil uprising.

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Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
(American Businessman, Producer and Polo Player)
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Roslyn, New York, United States
Died: 1992
 25 
John William Godward
(Painter)
John William Godward
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Birthdate: August 9, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wimbledon
Died: 1922
 26 
Lew Grade
(Russian-Born British Media Mogul, Producer, and Impresario)
Lew Grade
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokmak, Ukraine
Died: 1998
 27 
Roy Urquhart
(Army officer who saw service during the Second World War and Malayan Emergency)
Roy Urquhart
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shepperton, Middlesex, England
Died: 1988
 28 
Jane Frances de Chantal
(Saint)
Jane Frances de Chantal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 28, 1572
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dijon, Burgundy, France
Died: 1641
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L.P. Hartley
(Novelist)
L.P. Hartley
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 30, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Whittlesey, England
Died: 1972
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Smita Patil
(Indian Actress)
Smita Patil
7
Birthdate: October 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pune, India
Died: 1986
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Cyril Delevanti
(Actor)
Cyril Delevanti
1
Birthdate: February 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1975
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Bruce Gray
(Actor)
Bruce Gray
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Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: 2017
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Johannes Trithemius
(Cryptographer)
Johannes Trithemius
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Birthdate: February 1, 1462
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trittenheim, Germany
Died: 1516

Considered one of the most significant of German scholars, Johannes Trithemius made a major contribution to German Renaissance and was a cryptographer, a magician, and a lexicographer at the same time. He ran away from home at 17 and took shelter at a Benedictine abbey, where he began the life of an abbot.

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Chick Gandil
(Baseball player)
Chick Gandil
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: 1970
 35 
Jack Doyle
(Irish Boxer)
Jack Doyle
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cobh, Ireland
Died: 1978
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 36 
Thomas Schelling
(Economist)
Thomas Schelling
1
Birthdate: April 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 2016
 37 
Eulace Peacock
(American Track and Field Athlete)
Eulace Peacock
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dothan, Alabama, United States
Died: 1996
 38 
Conrad Gessner
(Swiss Physician, Naturalist and Philologist Known for His Systematic Compilations of Information on Animals and Plants)
Conrad Gessner
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 26, 1516
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: 1565

Born to a poor fur dealer, Conrad Gessner was sent to study under an uncle who dealt in medicinal herbs. He then studied theology but later grew up to become a Renaissance polymath, excelling in subjects such as natural history and medicine. His Bibliotheca universalis remains a major work in bibliography.

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Théophile Steinlen
(French Art Nouveau Painter and Printmaker)
Théophile Steinlen
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Birthdate: November 10, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: 1923

French-Swiss artist Théophile Steinlen is best remembered for his Art Nouveau paintings. He was also known for his signature, and mostly symbolic, use of cats in most of his works. He got acquainted with several artists at the Le Chat Noir club, leading to commissions for artwork.

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Horst Tappert
(Actor)
Horst Tappert
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Birthdate: May 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Germany
Died: 2008
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 41 
Maurice Herzog
(French Administrator and Mountaineer Who Led the Expedition that Scaled the Annapurna Peak for the First Time)
Maurice Herzog
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon
Died: 2012

Maurice Herzog was a French administrator and mountaineer. He is best remembered for leading the French Annapurna expedition in 1950, which scaled the Annapurna peak of over 8000m for the first time. Maurice Herzog reached the peak along with Louis Lachenal and wrote a best-selling book titled Annapurna after his return.

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Charles Moore
(Former architect)
Charles Moore
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: October 31, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States
Died: 1993
Charles Moore was an American architect who was often labeled as the father of postmodernism. He belonged to the generation of American architects that included Robert Venturi, Romualdo Giurgola, Turnbull, and Esherick. Moore preferred colorful design elements, including stylistic eclecticism, and striking color combinations. He won the AIA Gold Medal in 1991.
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K. C. Irving
(Industrialist)
K. C. Irving
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 14, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buchtouche, Canada
Died: 1992
 44 
Russell Hoban
(Writer)
Russell Hoban
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lansdale, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2011
 45 
Laura Huxley
(Motivational speaker, Writer, Violinist, Biographer)
Laura Huxley
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 2, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin
Died: 2007
 46 
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
(Nurse)
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russian
Died: 1958
 47 
Alexander Selkirk
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1676 AD
Birthplace: Lower Largo, United Kingdom
Died: 1721

Alexander Selkirk was a Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer. He spent four years and four months as a castaway from 1704 to 1709, after being marooned on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean by his captain. He survived the ordeal, and his story was widely publicized following his return to England.

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Nichita Stănescu
(Romanian Poet and Essayist Who Was Nominated for the Nobel Prize)
Nichita Stănescu
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 31, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ploiești, Romania
Died: 1983

Herder Prize-winning Romanian poet and essayist Nichita Stănescu was also nominated for the Nobel Prize. Best known for his work 11 Elegies, he was a Communist at heart and lived most of his live in poverty. He was posthumously made a member of The Romanian Academy.

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Jill Craigie
(Film director)
Jill Craigie
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Birthdate: March 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fulham, London, England
Died: 1999
 50 
Clarence Wijewardena
(Singer)
Clarence Wijewardena
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haputale, Sri Lanka
Died: 1996