Died On December 16th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 16. The list includes people like Colonel Sanders, Camille Saint-Saëns, Alphonse Daudet, Asai Chu, William Maugham. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, playwrights, novelists and economists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Canada and many more countries.
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Colonel Sanders
(Founder of the Fast Food Chicken Restaurant ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken’ (KFC))
Colonel Sanders
58
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Henryville, Indiana, United States
Died: 1980

Colonel Sanders is the man who revolutionized the American fast food industry by founding the restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Establishing a style trademark by wearing a white suit and black string tie, Sanders went on to become a symbol of the KFC brand. Such is the popularity of the brand, the symbol is recognized all over the world.

 2 
Lee Van Cleef
(American Actor, Best Known for His Role in the Film ‘For a Few Dollars More’)
Lee Van Cleef
20
Birthdate: January 9, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Somerville, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1989

Lee Van Cleef was an American actor popular for playing important roles in many Spaghetti Westerns. Since his physical appearance often overshadowed his acting skills, Lee Van Cleef is regarded by some as the unsung hero of the Western films of the 1950s. Ironically, his appearance served as an inspiration for characters in the Metal Gear Solid video game series.

 3 
Dan Fogelberg
(Musician)
Dan Fogelberg
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: 2007
 4 
Wu Zetian
(Chinese Empress)
Wu Zetian
17
Birthdate: February 17, 0624
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lizhou, Tang Dynasty
Died: 0705

Wu Zetian was a Chinese empress regnant who ruled the Zhou dynasty from 690 to 705. She is the only female monarch in Chinese history. Before ruling the Zhou dynasty, Wu Zetian had served as the de facto ruler of China from 665 to 690. Under her political and military leadership, the Chinese empire expanded beyond its former territorial limits.

 5 
John Spencer
(Film actor)
John Spencer
4
Birthdate: December 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: 2005
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 6 
Roy E. Disney
(Producer)
Roy E. Disney
10
Birthdate: January 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: 2009
 7 
Camille Saint-Saëns
(One of the Greatest Organists and Composers of the Romantic Era)
Camille Saint-Saëns
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 9, 1835
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1921
French composer and multi-instrumentalist Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was an icon of the Romantic era, known for masterpieces such as the First Cello Concerto and the opera Samson and Delilah. He was initially a church organist and then became a freelance composer and pianist. He also taught music in Paris.
 8 
Sylvester
(Singer-songwriter)
Sylvester
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Watts, California, United States
Died: 1988
 9 
Lillian Disney
(Wife of Walt Disnry)
Lillian Disney
17
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spalding, Idaho, United States
Died: 1997
 10 
Carwood Lipton
(United States Army Officer)
Carwood Lipton
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia
Died: 2001

Carwood Lipton was a United States army officer who served during World War II. Lipton, who played a major role in the Battle of Normandy and Battle of the Bulge, was honored with three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Star medals. In the popular TV war drama miniseries Band of Brothers, Carwood Lipton was portrayed by actor Donnie Wahlberg.

 11 
Thelma Todd
(Actress)
Thelma Todd
1
Birthdate: July 29, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1935
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 12 
Yi Sun-sin
(Naval Commander)
Yi Sun-sin
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 28, 1545
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hansung
Died: 1598

Yi Sun-sin was a Korean military general and admiral best remembered for his famous victories during the Imjin war, where his troops were victorious against the Japanese navy. Since the Imjin war, Yi Sun-sin has been revered in Korea as a national hero. Most of his victories were achieved despite being outnumbered by the enemies.

 13 
Nicol Williamson
(One of the Most Influential British Actors of 20th Century)
Nicol Williamson
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Birthdate: September 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: 2011

Actor Nicol Williamson was often compared to superstar Marlon Brando. Born to a Scottish factory owner, he initially worked in his father’s factory. Best known for his Drama Desk-winning roles in the plays Hamlet and Uncle Vanya, he is also remembered for his role in the movie Laughter in the Dark.

 14 
Ray Price
(Singer)
Ray Price
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 12, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Perryville, Texas, United States
Died: 2013
 15 
Moses Gunn
(Actor)
Moses Gunn
5
Birthdate: October 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 1993
 16 
Nicolette Larson
(Best known for her work in the late 1970s)
Nicolette Larson
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States
Died: 1997
 17 
Madlyn Rhue
(Actress)
Madlyn Rhue
2
Birthdate: October 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 2003
 18 
Giovanni Agnelli
(Italian Businessman and Founder of 'Fiat')
Giovanni Agnelli
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 13, 1866
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villar Perosa
Died: 1945
 19 
Gary Stewart
(Musician, Singer)
Gary Stewart
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jenkins, Kentucky, United States
Died: 2003
 20 
Keely Smith
(Jazz Singer Who Released Hits Like ‘That Old Black Magic’ and ‘I Wish You Love’)
Keely Smith
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: 2017
 21 
Frank Gotch
(Wrestler)
Frank Gotch
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 27, 1877
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Humboldt, Iowa,United States
Died: 1917
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 22 
Silvana Mangano
(Actress)
Silvana Mangano
3
Birthdate: April 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1989
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 23 
Wilhelm Grimm
(German Anthropologist, Author and One Half of the Popular Literary Duo, 'The Brothers Grimm')
Wilhelm Grimm
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 24, 1786
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hanau
Died: 1859

Wilhelm Grimm was a German anthropologist and author. He is best remembered as one half of the popular literary duo, the Brothers Grimm. Along with his elder brother Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm published a collection of fairy tales in 1812. It was later translated into English and came to be known as Grimms' Fairy Tales.

 24 
Afonso de Albuquerque
(Statesman)
Afonso de Albuquerque
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1453 AD
Birthplace: Vila Franca de Xira
Died: 1515

Afonso de Albuquerque was a Portuguese statesman, admiral, and general. A fierce military commander, Albuquerque expanded the influence of the Portuguese across the Indian Ocean while serving as the viceroy of the Portuguese State of India from 1509 to 1515. Afonso de Albuquerque's military brilliance in the initial Portuguese campaigns helped Portugal to become the first intercontinental empire in history. 

 25 
Sam Bottoms
(Actor)
Sam Bottoms
3
Birthdate: October 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Died: 2008
 26 
Blue Demon
(Actor and Professional wrestler)
Blue Demon
7
Birthdate: April 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: García, Mexico
Died: 2000
 27 
Laxmikant Berde
(Indian Actor Known for His Highly Energetic Slapstick Performances)
Laxmikant Berde
1
Birthdate: October 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ratnagiri, Bombay State, India
Died: 2004

Laxmikant Berde was an Indian actor who worked predominantly in the Hindi and Marathi film industries. Best remembered for his highly energetic slapstick act, Laxmikant Berde achieved popularity by appearing in comedy stage plays like Bighadale Swargache Dwaar and Shantecha Karta Chalu Aahe. Laxmikant Berde also portrayed comical roles in many popular films like Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam and Aarzoo.

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Robert W. Chambers
(Novelist)
Robert W. Chambers
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 26, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1933
 29 
Salote Tupou III
(Queen of Tonga from 1918 to 1965)
Salote Tupou III
0
Birthdate: March 13, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Tonga Royal Palace, Tonga
Died: 1965
 30 
Agnes Martin
(Painter)
Agnes Martin
1
Birthdate: March 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Macklin
Died: 2004

Agnes Martin was an American painter whose style was often considered minimalism although she considered herself an abstract expressionist. Martin's work served as an inspiration to several younger artists like Ellen Gallagher and Eva Hesse. In 1998, Agnes Martin was honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts. Her life and career inspired documentaries like Agnes Martin: Between the Lines.

 31 
Emperor Go-Momozono
(Emperor , Sovereign)
Emperor Go-Momozono
2
Birthdate: August 5, 1758
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Japan
Died: 1779

Emperor Go-Momozono was the Emperor of Japan who reigned from 1771 until his death in 1779 at the age of 21. His reign was marked by a series of natural disasters that resulted in the deaths of thousands of people and the destruction of several properties. Emperor Go-Momozono became ill and adopted a son named Morohito on his deathbed.

 32 
Shields Green
(Activist, Sailor)
Shields Green
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1836 AD
Birthplace: South Carolina, United States
Died: 1859
 33 
Charles of Valois
(Author)
Charles of Valois
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 12, 1270
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vincennes
Died: 1325
 34 
Gabriel Narutowicz
(First President of Poland)
Gabriel Narutowicz
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Telšiai, Lithuania
Died: 1922

Polish professor of hydroelectric engineering and statesman Gabriel Narutowicz served as first President of Poland after the country regained sovereignty from partitioning powers. A pioneer of electrification, Narutowicz served as the Minister of Public Works and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs before becoming the first president of the Second Polish Republic. He was assassinated five days after assuming office as the head of state.

 35 
Lita Baron
(Actress)
Lita Baron
0
Birthdate: August 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Almería, Spain
Died: 2015
Height: 4'1" (124 cm)
 36 
François Quesnay
(French Economist and Physician)
François Quesnay
0
Birthdate: June 4, 1694
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Méré, France
Died: 1774

François Quesnay was a French economist and physician. He was a proponent of the Physiocratic school. He is best known for publishing the "Tableau économique" (Economic Table), in which he set forth the foundations of the ideas of the Physiocrats. He also wrote extensively on Chinese politics and society. He was married to a woman named Marianne Woodsen. 

 37 
Lynda Wiesmeier
(Actress, Model)
Lynda Wiesmeier
0
Birthdate: May 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 2012
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 38 
William Gaddis
(Novelist)
William Gaddis
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1998
 39 
William Petty
(British Economist, Philosopher and Physician Known for His Methods of Political Arithmetic')
William Petty
1
Birthdate: May 26, 1623
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Romsey, Hampshire, England
Died: 1687

Initially a physician and anatomy professor, William Petty also taught music. However, he later established himself as a noted economist and became famous for his works such as Treatise of Taxes and Contributions. He was a surveyor under Oliver Cromwell and was a pioneer of political arithmetic.

 40 
Gisella Perl
(Gynecologist)
Gisella Perl
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania
Died: 1988
 41 
Hugo Münsterberg
(Psychologist, University teacher, Philosopher)
Hugo Münsterberg
0
Birthdate: June 1, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gdańsk
Died: 1916
 42 
Arun Khetarpal
Arun Khetarpal
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pune
Died: 1971
 43 
Jackie Mittoo
(Jamaican-Canadian Keyboardist, Songwriter and Musical Director)
Jackie Mittoo
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brown's Town, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Died: 1990

Jackie Mittoo was a Jamaican-Canadian songwriter, keyboardist, and musical director. He is best remembered for his association with the Studio One record label where he worked as a musical director. Jackie Mittoo is also remembered as one of the most important members of the popular ska band, The Skatalites.

 44 
Michiaki Takahashi
(Japanese Virologist Who Developed the First Chickenpox Vaccine)
Michiaki Takahashi
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ōsaka, Japan
Died: 2013

Michiaki Takahashi was a Japanese virologist best remembered for developing the first chickenpox vaccine. He is also remembered for his association with Osaka University, where he was appointed as director of the institute's Microbial Disease Study Group. Michiaki Takahashi was the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award and Saburo Kojima Memorial Culture Award.

 45 
Pattimura
(Soldier)
Pattimura
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 8, 1783
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Haria, Indonesia
Died: 1817
 46 
Robert Stanfield
(Politician)
Robert Stanfield
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 11, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Truro, Canada
Died: 2003
 47 
Kakuei Tanaka
(Former Prime Minister of Japan (1972 - 1974))
Kakuei Tanaka
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nishiyama, Japan
Died: 1993

Born to a poor cattle dealer, Kakuei Tanaka started his own construction firm after quitting school at 15. After gaining immense wealth as a businessman, he stepped into politics and rose through the ranks to become the prime minister of Japan. He eventually resigned amid a bribery scandal.

 48 
American Horse
(Tribal chief)
American Horse
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1840 AD
Birthplace: Black Hills, United States
Died: 1908
 49 
Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villèle
(Actor)
Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villèle
1
Birthdate: July 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2000
 50 
Haakon IV Haakonsson
(King)
Haakon IV Haakonsson
0
Birthdate: 1204
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Folkenborg, Norway
Died: 1263