Died On December 26th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 26. The list includes people like Gerald Ford, Harry S. Truman, Babur, Jack Benny, Howard Hawks. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, presidents, actors and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, United Kingdom & Italy and many more countries.
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Harry S. Truman
(33rd President of the United States)
Harry S. Truman
52
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, United States
Died: 1972

Harry Truman was the US president from 1945 to 1953 and his administration successfully guided the US economy through the post-war challenges. He established the Truman Doctrine to contain Soviet geopolitical expansion during the Cold War. He authorised the first and only use of nuclear weapons during a war when he sanctioned bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

 2 
Gerald Ford
(38th President of the United States (1974 - 1977))
Gerald Ford
65
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: 2006

Gerald Ford Jr served as the 38th president of US from August 1974 to January 1977. His 895 day-long stint as the American president is the shortest in US history for any president who did not die in office. In a controversial act, he granted a presidential pardon to his predecessor Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.

 3 
Desmond Tutu
(First Black African Archbishop of Cape Town & Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
Desmond Tutu
69
Birthdate: October 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klerksdorp, South Africa
Died: 2021
Desmond Tutu is known for his anti-Apartheid activism in South Africa. The first black Archbishop of Cape Town, he has also been the Bishop of Johannesburg. His efforts to eradicate AIDS, poverty, anti-LGBT sentiments, and human rights violations earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 4 
Dian Fossey
(Zoologist, Conservationist)
Dian Fossey
14
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1985
Zoologist, primatologist, and conservationist Dian Fossey conducted research on mountain gorillas in Rwanda from 1966 until she was murdered in 1985. She was part of the Trimates assigned to study apes by paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. She wrote Gorillas in the Mist, which was later turned into a film.
 5 
Jason Robards
(Actor)
Jason Robards
6
Birthdate: July 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2000
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 6 
Curtis Mayfield
(Singer, Guitarist)
Curtis Mayfield
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1999
Soul singer and guitarist Curtis Mayfield gained fame with The Impressions. His songs such as People Get Ready carried prominent social themes. The Grammy Hall of Fame inductee was paralyzed from the neck down after an accident during a live performance in 1990 but continued to record even after that.
 7 
Jack Benny
(One of the Leading Entertainers of the 20th Century)
Jack Benny
7
Birthdate: February 14, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1974
Benjamin Kubelsky, better known as Jack Benny, was an American vaudeville violinist who later soared to fame with the radio/TV comedy show The Jack Benny Program. He became famous for his signature expression “Well!” He also appeared in films such as The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and Mr. Broadway.
 8 
Vincent Schiavelli
(Best Known for His Roles in the Films: ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’ & ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’)
Vincent Schiavelli
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2005

Vincent Schiavelli was an American food writer and actor. Remembered for playing unique characters, Schiavelli was regarded as one of the best character actors in the history of Hollywood. Also a prolific writer, Schiavelli wrote several cookbooks and articles for various publications like Saveur, Gourmet, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2001, he won a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award.

 9 
Sue Lyon
(Actress)
Sue Lyon
4
Birthdate: July 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, United States
Died: 2019
Sue Lyon began her career as a model at 13. She then soared to fame with her controversial and Golden Globe-winning titular role in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 version of Lolita. She had also been part of cult films such as The Night of the Iguana and Alligator.
 10 
Elsa Lanchester
4
Birthdate: October 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1986

Elsa Lanchester was an English actress whose career spanned more than 50 years. Apart from her acting skills, Lanchester was also known for her skills as a dancer. After starting her career in the British entertainment industry, Lanchester moved to Hollywood in the 1930s, owing to her success in American films. She was also nominated for an Oscar in 1949.

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Babur
(Founder of Mughal Dyanasty)
Babur
52
Birthdate: February 14, 1483
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Andijan
Died: 1530
Babur, the first emperor of the Mughal Dynasty of India, was a descendant of Genghis Khan and Timur. He defeated Ibrahim Lodi in the First Battle of Panipat in 1526 CE and then defeated Rajput ruler Rana Sanga in the Battle of Khanwa in 1527. His memoir is titled Baburnama.
 12 
Teena Marie
(Singer-songwriter, Record producer)
Teena Marie
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: 2010
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
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Nigel Hawthorne
(Actor)
Nigel Hawthorne
6
Birthdate: April 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Died: 2001
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 14 
Howard Hawks
(Director)
Howard Hawks
9
Birthdate: May 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Goshen, Indiana, United States
Died: 1977
 15 
E. O. Wilson
(Biologist)
E. O. Wilson
6
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Died: 2021

E. O. Wilson is an American naturalist, biologist, and writer. An influential biologist, Wilson has earned several nicknames, such as The Darwin of the 21st century. He has also been referred to as the father of biodiversity and the father of sociobiology. In 1995, he was ranked among the most influential American personalities by Time magazine.

 16 
Wong Jack Man
(Chinese Martial Artist)
Wong Jack Man
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1941 AD
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Died: 2018

Chinese martial artist Wong Jack-man is best remembered for his duel with Bruce Lee in 1964. The duel was mired in controversy, as it was held privately in Oakland. There are different accounts of the fight, and Wong released his own version in the Chinese newspaper Chinese Pacific Weekly.

 17 
Ricky Harris
2
Birthdate: October 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: 2016
 18 
Gerry Anderson
(Film producer)
Gerry Anderson
2
Birthdate: April 14, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bloomsbury, London, England
Died: 2012
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 19 
Weegee
(Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist)
Weegee
3
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: June 12, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 1968
 20 
Heinrich Schliemann
(German Archaeologist and Excavator of Troy, Mycenae, and Tiryns)
Heinrich Schliemann
4
Birthdate: January 6, 1822
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neubukow, Germany
Died: 1890

German businessman Heinrich Schliemann didn’t let his poverty or lack of education hinder his growth and learned several languages moving from place to place for trade. A pioneer in the field of archaeology, he is now remembered as the man who discovered Troy in his bid to unearth “Priam's Treasure."

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William Haines
(Actor, Interior designer)
William Haines
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 2, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Died: 1973
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 22 
Herb Ritts
(Black-and-white photographer known for his iconic images of celebrities such as George Clooney and Julia Roberts.)
Herb Ritts
1
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: August 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2002
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Preston Tucker
(Entrepreneur)
Preston Tucker
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 21, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Capac, Michigan, United States
Died: 1956
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Sylva Koscina
(Yugoslav-born Italian Actress Best Known for Her Portrayal of 'Iole' in the Movies 'Hercules' and 'Hercules Unchained')
Sylva Koscina
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Birthdate: August 22, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Died: 1994

Sylva Koscina was a Yugoslav-born Italian actress best remembered for her portrayal of Iole in the movies Hercules and Hercules Unchained in the late 1950s. She was also seen playing an important role opposite Paul Newman in the 1968 American comedy war film The Secret War of Harry Frigg. Sylva Koscina is also remembered for posing for the Playboy magazine.

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Shankar Dayal Sharma
(Former President of India)
Shankar Dayal Sharma
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bhopal
Died: 1999

Former president of India Shankar Dayal Sharma was born in a small village near Bhopal in India. His interest in law got him to Harvard and Cambridge, and he later participated in the Indian independence movement. He also headed the Indian National Congress and was the first chief minister of Bhopal.

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Frederic Remington
(Sculptor, Writer, Painter)
Frederic Remington
2
Birthdate: October 4, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York
Died: 1909

Frederic Remington was an American sculptor, painter, illustrator, and writer. Best remembered for his depictions of the Western United States, Remington is a member of several cowboy halls of fame, including the Texas Trail Hall of Fame. Frederic Remington was regarded as one of the most successful and popular Western illustrators during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

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Joseph Fouché
(Statesman)
Joseph Fouché
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 21, 1759
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Le Pellerin, France
Died: 1820
 28 
Johnny Bower
(Canadian Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Goaltender)
Johnny Bower
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prince Albert, Canada
Died: 2017
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 29 
Sonia Greene
(Writer)
Sonia Greene
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 16, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ichnia
Died: 1972
 30 
Joe Dolan
(Entertainer)
Joe Dolan
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mullingar, Ireland
Died: 2007
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Henry Louis Vivian Derozio
(Indian Poet and Educator Who Disseminate Western Learning and Science Among the Young Men of Bengal)
Henry Louis Vivian Derozio
13
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 18, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: 1831

Henry Louis Vivian Derozio was an Anglo-Indian poet who became the assistant headmaster of Hindu College, Kolkata. He was born to a Christian Indo-Portuguese father and an English mother in British India. A brilliant young man, he was a radical thinker of his time, and his activities kindled the intellectual revolution in Bengal. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 22.  

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Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
(Actor)
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
0
Birthdate: April 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: 2011
 33 
Gorgeous George
(American Professional Wrestler)
Gorgeous George
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Butte, Nebraska, United States
Died: 1963
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 34 
Poom Jensen
(Police officer)
Poom Jensen
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: 2004
 35 
Doug Harvey
(Ice hockey player)
Doug Harvey
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: 1989
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 36 
Liane de Pougy
(Vedette)
Liane de Pougy
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Flèche, France
Died: 1950

Liane de Pougy was a French dancer and vedette who performed at the Folies Bergère in Paris. Remembered for her captivating looks, de Pougy was widely regarded as one of Paris's most notorious courtesans. She also served as the subject for many artists like Paul César Helleu and Jean Baptiste Guth.

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Lawrence Roberts
(Computer scientist)
Lawrence Roberts
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westport, Connecticut
Died: 2018
 38 
Tito Rojas
(Puerto Rican Folk Singer )
Tito Rojas
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Humacao, Puerto Rico
Died: 2020
 39 
John Wilkes
(English journalist)
John Wilkes
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 17, 1725
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clerkenwell, London
Died: 1797
 40 
Hurd Hatfield
(Actor)
Hurd Hatfield
0
Birthdate: December 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1998
 41 
John G. Kemeny
(Mathematician)
John G. Kemeny
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 31, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1992

Hungarian-American mathematician and computer scientist John G. Kemeny is remembered for his pathbreaking co-discovery of BASIC computer language. Though he and his parents managed to escape the Nazis by fleeing to the US, he lost his grandfather to the Holocaust. He also worked on the Manhattan Project.

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George Carruthers
(Inventor, physicist, engineer and space scientist)
George Carruthers
0
Birthdate: October 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: 2020
 43 
Tony Smith
(American Sculptor and Visual Artist)
Tony Smith
0
Birthdate: September 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1980
 44 
Melvil Dewey
(Librarian, Resort developer, Reformer)
Melvil Dewey
1
Birthdate: December 10, 1851
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adams Center
Died: 1931
 45 
Percy Sutton
(21st Manhattan Borough President (1966-1977))
Percy Sutton
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: 2009
 46 
Ivor Gurney
(Former Poet, Composer best known for his Five Elizabethan Songs)
Ivor Gurney
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 28, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gloucester, United Kingdom
Died: 1937
 47 
Yves Rocher
(Entrepreneur, Politician, Businessperson)
Yves Rocher
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Gacilly
Died: 2009
 48 
James Gadsden
(Diplomat)
James Gadsden
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 15, 1788
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: 1858
 49 
Dennis Brutus
(Author)
Dennis Brutus
0
Birthdate: November 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: 2009
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Publius Septimius Geta
(Roman emperor)
Publius Septimius Geta
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Birthdate: March 7, 0189
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 0211