Died On December 18th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 18. The list includes people like Chris Farley, Antonio Stradivari, Alexei Kosygin, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Gilbert Becaud. Famous personalities featured on this list, include journalists, political leaders, actors and lawyers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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 1 
Chris Farley
(Actor and Comedian)
Chris Farley
80
Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1997

A popular actor and comedian, Chris Farley's struggle with alcohol and drug addiction led to his suspension from the cast of Saturday Night Live (SNL) on many occasions. He eventually died of a drug overdose at the age of 33, much like his idol John Belushi, who too died of a drug overdose at the same age!

 2 
Zsa Zsa Gabor
(Actress & Socialite)
Zsa Zsa Gabor
24
Birthdate: February 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 2016
Zsa Zsa Gabor was a stage actor and also became Miss Hungary before she moved to the U.S. Fans loved her in Moulin Rouge and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. She was known for her flamboyant lifestyle and her nine marriages, including one to hotelier Conrad Hilton. 
 3 
Kim Jong-hyun
(Singer-songwriter)
Kim Jong-hyun
47
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: yehwa-dong, Seoul
Died: 2017

Kim Jong-hyun was a South Korean record producer, singer-songwriter, author, and radio host. Kim was the principal vocalist of the popular boy band Shinee before he committed suicide at the age of 27. In 2018, his family members established the Shiny Foundation in an attempt to help struggling young artists.

 4 
Majel Barrett
(Actress)
Majel Barrett
8
Birthdate: February 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Died: 2008

Majel Barrett was an American actress best known for playing Christine Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series. She also played important roles in the subsequent Star Trek series like The Next Generation. She became known as the First Lady of Star Trek due to her association with Star Trek and her marriage to the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry.

 5 
Bobby Jones
(American Amateur Golfer)
Bobby Jones
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 17, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: 1971

Bobby Jones was an American amateur golfer and lawyer. One of the most important personalities in the history of golf, Jones founded or co-founded the Augusta National Golf Club as well as the Masters Tournament. He also helped design the Augusta. Bobby Jones’ innovations, which he brought to the Masters Tournameny, have been used in professional golf tournaments around the world.

 6 
Joseph Joe Barbera
(Director, Co-Founder of the Animation Studio and Production Company ‘Hanna-Barbera’)
Joseph Joe Barbera
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delancey Street, New York, United States
Died: 2006

Joseph Barbera was an American animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, and producer. He is credited with co-producing Tom and Jerry along with William Hanna while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Barbera is also credited with co-founding the popular animation studio Hanna-Barbera which produced world-renowned programs like Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and The Smurfs. Hanna-Barbera's shows have been translated into over 28 languages.

 7 
Sam Wanamaker
9
Birthdate: June 14, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1993
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 8 
Václav Havel
(The Last President of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) & the First President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003))
Václav Havel
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: 2011

Vaclav Havel was a Czech statesman, poet, playwright, and author. He is best remembered for his service as the President of the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003. He also served as the President of Czechoslovakia from 1989 until its dissolution in 1992. Havel was a recipient of several awards including the Gandhi Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 9 
Herman Boone
(American football coach)
Herman Boone
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 28, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2019
 10 
Mandy Rice-Davies
(Model and Showgirl Best Known for Her Association with 'Christine Keeler' and Her Role in the 'Profumo Affair')
Mandy Rice-Davies
9
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Died: 2014

Mandy Rice-Davies was a British model and a showgirl, best remembered for her involvement in the Profumo affair that damaged the credibility of Harold Macmillan's Conservative government in early 1960s. Later, she opened a restaurant and a nightclub in Tel Aviv and publishing three books including her autobiography. She also appeared in a number of films and television productions.  

 11 
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
(Naturalist and Biologist Best Known for Proposing that Acquired Characteristics can be Inherited.)
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
3
Birthdate: August 1, 1744
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bazentin, France
Died: 1829

French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck acquired his love for plants while serving as a soldier in the French army. Following an injury, he quit his military career but retained his love for botany. He later taught zoology, studied the classification of invertebrates, and also coined the term biology.

 12 
Virna Lisi
(Actress)
Virna Lisi
0
Birthdate: November 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ancona, Italy
Died: 2014
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 13 
Hans-Ulrich Rudel
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 2, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kondratów, Poland
Died: 1982

Nazi World War II pilot Hans-Ulrich Rudel hated academics but loved skiing as a young man. He is believed to have destroyed 519 Soviet tanks and even got a leg amputated. Post-war, he went to Argentina briefly, wrote books, and also became an entrepreneur after returning to Germany.

 14 
Randolph Apperson Hearst
(Business People)
Randolph Apperson Hearst
3
Birthdate: December 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 2000
 15 
Mark Felt
(2nd Associate Director of the FBI Who was Known for His Role in the Watergate Scandal)
Mark Felt
16
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 17, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Twin Falls, Idaho, United States
Died: 2008

Mark Felt served as the FBI associate director from 1972 to 1973. He was widely suspected of being Deep Throat, the anonymous source who provided The Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein vital information regarding the Watergate scandal, and eventually owned up a few years before his death.

 16 
Mark Goodson
(television producer)
Mark Goodson
1
Birthdate: January 14, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sacramento
Died: 1992
 17 
Johann van Beethoven
(Musician)
Johann van Beethoven
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 14, 1740
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: 1792
 18 
Johann Gottfried Herder
(Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, and Literary Critic)
Johann Gottfried Herder
3
Birthdate: August 25, 1744
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Morąg, Poland
Died: 1803

German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder is best remembered as a significant figure of the Sturm und Drang literary movement. Born into poverty and largely self-educated till 17, he later became a disciple of Immanuel Kant and was associated with Enlightenment and Weimar Classicism. He was eventually ennobled.

 19 
Robert Bresson
(Director)
Robert Bresson
1
Birthdate: September 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bromont-Lamothe, France
Died: 1999
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 20 
Richard Owen
(Biologist)
Richard Owen
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 20, 1804
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lancaster, England
Died: 1892
 21 
Mary Parker Follett
(Social Woker)
Mary Parker Follett
1
Birthdate: September 3, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1933
 22 
Kenny Lynch
(Singer)
Kenny Lynch
3
Birthdate: March 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stepney, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2019
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 23 
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 8, 1829
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: 1869
 24 
Konrad Zuse
(Pioneering German Computer Scientist Who Created the World's First Programmable Digital Computer)
Konrad Zuse
2
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: June 22, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1995

Award-winning German computer scientist Konrad Zuse created the world's first program-controlled computer, named Z1. He then moved on to Z3, the first fully functional programmable computer in the world, and Z4, the first commercial digital computer in the world. Post-retirement, he spent most of his time painting.

 25 
Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia
(Military personnel)
Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 13, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1909
 26 
Lilia Skala
(Architect)
Lilia Skala
1
Birthdate: November 28, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1994

One of the first female architects from Austria, Lilia Skala later also became a reputed actor, winning an Academy Award nomination for her film Lilies of the Field. She had also worked in Broadway plays such as Letters to Lucerne and in soaps such as Claudia: The Story of a Marriage.

 27 
Maureen Cusack
(Actress)
Maureen Cusack
0
Birthdate: November 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glenties, County Donegal, Ireland
Died: 1977
 28 
Harold Lasswell
(Political scientist)
Harold Lasswell
0
Birthdate: February 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Donnellson, Illinois, United States
Died: 1978
 29 
Gilbert Becaud
(Singer Best Known as 'Monsieur 100,000 Volts' With Hits Like 'Nathalie' and 'Et maintenant')
Gilbert Becaud
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toulon, France
Died: 2001
Nicknamed Monsieur 100,000 Volts, pianist, singer, and composer Gilbert Becaud mesmerized his listeners with iconic pieces such as What Now My Love? and Et Maintenant. He was known for his signature polka-dotted navy tie and for his habit of smoking. A polyglot, he was fluent in six languages.
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Conor Cruise O'Brien
(Politician)
Conor Cruise O'Brien
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 3, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 2008
 31 
Bernard Bolzano
(Mathematician)
Bernard Bolzano
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 5, 1781
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Died: 1848
 32 
Nur Jahan
(Empress)
Nur Jahan
8
Birthdate: May 31, 1577
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kandahar, Afghanistan
Died: 1645

Nur Jahan was the chief consort of Mughal emperor Jahangir. She reigned as Badshah Begum of the empire from 1620 to 1627. Nur Jahan is often credited with influencing Jahangir's decisions for much of his reign. She is also remembered for her strength and courage and her skills in hunting ferocious tigers. Her life has inspired many books and movies.

 33 
Theodosius Dobzhansky
(Russian-American Geneticist and Evolutionary Biologist)
Theodosius Dobzhansky
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nemyriv, Ukraine
Died: 1975

Theodosius Dobzhansky was a Ukrainian-American geneticist and evolutionary biologist. He played a key role in shaping modern synthesis in the field of evolutionary biology.  His 1937 book, Genetics and the Origin of Species, is a seminal work on modern synthesis. He was the recipient of several awards, including the US National Medal of Science and the Franklin Medal.  

 34 
Bobby Capó
(Puerto Rican Singer-Songwriter, Television Host, and Musical Director)
Bobby Capó
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coamo, Puerto Rico
Died: 1989
 35 
Susan Travers
(British Nurse Best Remembered for Her Service in the French Red Cross During World War II)
Susan Travers
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 23, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: 2003

Susan Travers was a British ambulance driver and nurse. She is best remembered for her service in the French Red Cross during World War II. She also played an important role during the First Indochina War, serving in French Indochina.

 36 
Nathan Rosen
(Theoretical physicist, University teacher)
Nathan Rosen
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: 1995

Physicist Nathan Rosen was born tom Jewish parents in New York. The MIT alumnus later gained recognition in the scientific circle for co-authoring a paper with Albert Einstein, which laid down what is now known as the wormhole, or the Einstein-Rosen bridge. He was also instrumental in establishing various institutes.

 37 
Richard Rogers
(British-Italian Architect Known for His Modernist and Constructivist Designs)
Richard Rogers
3
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: July 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 2021

Richard Rogers is an Italian-British architect best known for his functionalist and modernist designs in high-tech architecture. Rogers is recognized for his work on popular buildings like Lloyd's building in London, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the building of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Thomas Jefferson Medal. 

 38 
Pak Hon-yong
(Politician)
Pak Hon-yong
1
Birthdate: May 28, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yesan-gun, South Korea
Died: 1955
 39 
Alexei Kosygin
(Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1980)
Alexei Kosygin
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 21, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1980

Alexei Kosygin was a Soviet-Russian statesman who played an important role during the Cold War. From 1964 to 1980, Kosygin was the Premier of the Soviet Union, a position that enabled him to become one of the most influential policymakers in the Soviet Union during the mid-1960s. Today, Kosygin is considered a prominent figure in both Soviet and Russian history.

 40 
Carl McCunn
(American Wildlife Photographer)
Carl McCunn
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: January 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: 1981
 41 
Ralph MacDonald
(Songwriter, Jazz musician)
Ralph MacDonald
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: 2011
 42 
Ray Hnatyshyn
(Politician)
Ray Hnatyshyn
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
Died: 2002
 43 
Anna of Saxony
(Politician)
Anna of Saxony
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 23, 1544
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: 1577
 44 
Mohammed bin Thani
(Politician)
Mohammed bin Thani
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1788 AD
Birthplace: Fuwayrit, Qatar
Died: 1878
 45 
Antonio Amurri
(Author)
Antonio Amurri
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ancona, Italy
Died: 1992
 46 
Andrija Mohorovičić
(Meteorologist)
Andrija Mohorovičić
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Opatija
Died: 1936
 47 
Edith of Wessex
(Queen)
Edith of Wessex
1
Birthdate: 1025 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1075
 48 
Heywood Campbell Broun
(Journalist)
Heywood Campbell Broun
0
Birthdate: December 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1939
 49 
Larry Henley
(Singer, Songwriter)
Larry Henley
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arp, Texas, United States
Died: 2014
 50 
Dennis W. Sciama
(Physicist and Astrophysicist Who Played a Major Role in Developing British Physics After the Second World War)
Dennis W. Sciama
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died: 1999

Dennis W. Sciama was a British physicist credited to have played a major role in the development of British physics following World War II. He is considered a co-father of modern cosmology and supervised the doctoral works of many famous cosmologists, including Martin Rees and Stephen Hawking.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1983.