Died On December 28th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 28. The list includes people like Maurice Ravel, Susan Sontag, Mary II of England, Allan Dwan, A. J. Liebling. Famous personalities featured on this list, include journalists, drummers, poets and philosophers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, Austria & Russia and many more countries.
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Debbie Reynolds
(One of the Most Popular American Actresses of the 20th Century)
Debbie Reynolds
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Birthdate: April 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: 2016

Debbie Reynolds was a famous American actress and singer whose career spanned nearly seven decades. Also a well-known humanitarian, Debbie served as president of a charitable organization called The Thalians. Debbie was also a businesswoman; the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, which she founded in 1979, still operates today. She also owned a hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

 2 
John Madden
(Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders)
John Madden
44
Birthdate: April 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2021
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 3 
Jerry Orbach
(Actor, Singer)
Jerry Orbach
8
Birthdate: October 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 2004
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 4 
Dennis Wilson
(musician)
Dennis Wilson
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
Died: 1983
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 5 
Lemmy
(Founder of the Rock Band 'Motörhead')
Lemmy
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Died: 2015

Lemmy was an English musician who founded the popular rock band Motörhead. The only continuous member of Motörhead, Lemmy served as the band's lead singer, primary songwriter, and bassist. Renowned for his gravelly voice, which was counted among the most recognizable voices in rock, Lemmy is also remembered for his military-influenced fashion sense and his signature friendly mutton chops.

 6 
Maurice Ravel
(One of the Leading Composers of Impressionist Music, Known for His Orchestral Work "Boléro,")
Maurice Ravel
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 7, 1875
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ciboure, France
Died: 1937
French impressionist composer Maurice Ravel is best known for his orchestral composition Boléro. He rejected the Legion d'honneur and all French awards. He was one the first composers to realize the importance of recording music to gain a wider reach. Most of his music consisted of piano and orchestration.
 7 
Mary II of England
(Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland (1689 - 1694))
Mary II of England
16
Birthdate: April 30, 1662
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1694

Mary II of England was Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland from 1689 to 1694. Although she co-reigned along with her husband William III of England, she also took major decisions by herself whenever William was abroad. Mary has been portrayed in films, such as Orlando and England, My England.

 8 
Rose Marie
(Actress)
Rose Marie
2
Birthdate: August 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 2017
 9 
The Rev
(Musician, Drummer)
The Rev
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California, United States
Died: 2009
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 10 
Clayton Moore
(American actor)
Clayton Moore
2
Birthdate: September 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1999
 11 
Freddie King
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Freddie King
61
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gilmer
Died: 1976
 12 
Sam Peckinpah
(Film director)
Sam Peckinpah
1
Birthdate: February 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: 1984
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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June Whitfield
(Actress)
June Whitfield
4
Birthdate: November 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Streatham, London, England, UK
Died: 2018
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Susan Sontag
(Writer and Filmmaker, Best Known for her Essay 'Notes on 'Camp')
Susan Sontag
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2004
Susan Sontag is best known for her essay anthologies such as Against Interpretation and her novels such as In America. She wrote about diverse issues such as human rights, photography, AIDS, and leftist beliefs, and also visited war-torn areas. The National Book Award-winning author was also openly bisexual. 
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Edith Wilson
(First Lady of the United States)
Edith Wilson
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 15, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wytheville, Virginia, United States
Died: 1961
 16 
Max Steiner
(Conductor, Composer, Musician, Screenwriter, Film score composer)
Max Steiner
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: 1971
 17 
Theodore Dreiser
(American Novelist and Journalist)
Theodore Dreiser
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 27, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Died: 1945
 18 
Sue Grafton
(American Author of Detective Novels)
Sue Grafton
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: 2017
 19 
Francis de Sales
(Bishop of Geneva (1602 - 1622))
Francis de Sales
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 21, 1567
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Château de Sales, Thorens-Glières, France
Died: 1622

Called the Gentleman Saint for his tenderness and patience, Francis de Sales was a Catholic priest and Bishop of Geneva (1602-1622). Canonized in 1665, he was later proclaimed Doctor of the Church for his contribution to theology and patron of writers and journalists for his extensive use of broadsheets and books. He also invented sign languages for teaching the deaf.

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Kiel Martin
(Actor)
Kiel Martin
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Birthdate: July 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1990
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 21 
Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
(Former King of Italy (1900 – 1946))
Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
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Birthdate: November 11, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: 1947
Victor Emmanuel III ruled as the king of Italy from 1900 till 1946. He was also the emperor of Ethiopia and the king of the Albanians. He made Benito Mussolini the Italian prime minister after the March on Rome, but deposed him during the World War II Allied invasion.
 22 
Shehu Shagari
(The First Nigerian President to be Democratically Elected)
Shehu Shagari
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shagari, Nigeria
Died: 2018

The great-grandson of a leader who founded his village, Nigerian politician Shehu Shagari served as the 6th president and the 1st democratically elected president of Nigeria. Initially a teacher, he joined politics as the secretary of the Northern People's Congress. He strengthened the economy of Nigeria and deported countless West African migrants.

 23 
Piero the Unfortunate
(Ruler of Florence Known for His Bad Decisions that Led to His Downfall)
Piero the Unfortunate
5
Birthdate: February 15, 1472
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1503

A 15th-century lord of Florence, Piero the Unfortunate was the eldest son of Italian statesman Lorenzo de' Medici. Throughout his 2-year rule, he made foolish errors such as making an agreement accepting all the demands of French king Charles VIII, leading to a revolt in his kingdom.

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Sergei Yesenin
(One of the Most Popular Russian Lyric Poets of the 20th Century)
Sergei Yesenin
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Konstantinovo, Russia
Died: 1925

Born into a peasant family, Russian lyrical poet Sergei Yesenin was a significant figure of Imaginism. Known as "the last poet of wooden Russia," Yesenin soared to fame with works such as Radunitsa. He later committed suicide in a hotel, having written his last poem in his own blood.

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William L. Shirer
(Journalist, Historian, Writer)
William L. Shirer
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Birthdate: February 23, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: 1993

War correspondent and journalist William L. Shirer is best remembered for his National Book Award-winning book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. He had worked for publications such as The Chicago Tribune and had also written extensively on Gandhi and the Third Republic of France.

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Paul Hindemith
(German Composer and Music Theorist)
Paul Hindemith
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 16, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: 1963

Although German composer and violinist Paul Hindemith had collaborated with leftist and Jewish musicians, his apolitical stance made him a favorite of the Nazis initially. However, he was later forced to comply with Nazi dictatorship. He moved to the U.S. after his performances were banned in Germany.

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Agathe von Trapp
(Austrian American Singer)
Agathe von Trapp
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pola, Istria, Austria-Hungary (present-day Pula, Croatia)
Died: 2010
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John Dann MacDonald
(Novelist, Short Story Writer)
John Dann MacDonald
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 24, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sharon, Pennysylvania
Died: 1986
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Hermann Oberth
(German Physicist and Rocket Pioneer)
Hermann Oberth
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sibiu, Romania
Died: 1989

Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer Hermann Oberth is regarded as one of the founding fathers of astronautics and rocketry along with Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Esnault-Pelterie, and Robert Goddard. His classic book The Rocket into Planetary Space gained him widespread attention. Oberth garnered a patent for his rocket design and launched his first rocket near Berlin, Germany, on May 7, 1931.

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Léon Bakst
(Painter)
Léon Bakst
1
Birthdate: January 27, 1866
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grodno, Belarus
Died: 1924

Léon Bakst was a Russian painter, costume designer, and scene designer of Belarusian origin. He worked closely with the Ballets Russes, where he designed richly colored, exotic costumes and sets. His best-known works include productions like Daphnis and Chloe, Spectre de la rose, and The Sleeping Princess. In 1914, he was made a member of the Russian Academy of Arts.  

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John Bradbury
(English Drummer and Record Producer)
John Bradbury
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Died: 2015
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George Gissing
(British Novelist Best Known for His Works: 'The Nether World', 'New Grub Street' and 'The Odd Women')
George Gissing
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 22, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wakefield, England
Died: 1903

English novelist George Gissing is known for the way he showcased the realism of the lower-middle class in his works such as The Nether World. In spite of being a brilliant student, he was expelled from Owens College for theft. He specialized in the literary study of Charles Dickens and his works.

 33 
Sam Levene
(Broadway and Film Actor & Director)
Sam Levene
1
Birthdate: August 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: 1980

Sam Levene was a Russian Empire-born American actor who made contributions to various entertainment mediums such as radio, TV, Broadway, and film. Levene is credited with originating some of the most iconic comedic roles in the history of American theater in a career that spanned over five decades. In 1984, Levene was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

 34 
Elizabeth Freeman
(The First Enslaved African American Person to Win a Freedom Suit in Massachusetts)
Elizabeth Freeman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1742 AD
Birthplace: Claverack
Died: 1829

Elizabeth Freeman was an African American midwife and herbalist. She is best remembered as the first enslaved African American person to win a freedom suit in Massachusetts. After gaining her freedom, Elizabeth Freeman became widely known for her skills as a midwife, nurse, and healer.

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Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov
(Philosopher)
Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov
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Birthdate: June 9, 1829
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Klyuchi, Russia
Died: 1903
 36 
Allan Dwan
(Director)
Allan Dwan
0
Birthdate: April 3, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: 1981
 37 
Ernst Johann von Biron
(Duke)
Ernst Johann von Biron
0
Birthdate: November 23, 1690
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kalnciems, Latvia
Died: 1772
 38 
Guru Josh
(Musician)
Guru Josh
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jersey
Died: 2015
 39 
Sarah Goodridge
(Painter)
Sarah Goodridge
1
Birthdate: February 5, 1788
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Templeton, Massachusetts, United Stafes
Died: 1853
 40 
Charles Habib Malik
(Lebanese Diplomat, Academic, Politician, and Philosopher)
Charles Habib Malik
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Listed In:
Birthdate: 1906 AD
Died: 1987

Charles Habib Malik was a Lebanese diplomat, academic, politician, and philosopher. He is best remembered for his role in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Charles Habib Malik is also remembered for his service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1956 and 1958.

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Eduard Strauss
(Composer)
Eduard Strauss
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 14, 1835
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Austria
Died: 1916
 42 
Eugenio Espejo
(Writer & Medical Pioneer)
Eugenio Espejo
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1747
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quito, Spanish Empire
Died: 1795

Eugenio Espejo was a medical pioneer, writer, and lawyer. He was of mestizo origin in colonial Ecuador. He inspired the separatist movement in Quito and is regarded as a key figure in colonial Ecuador. He spread enlightened ideas in the Royal Audiencia and wrote about sanitary conditions in colonial Ecuador. He aspired to awaken a rebellious spirit in the people.

 43 
Johannes Rydberg
(Swedish Physicist Known for Devising the Rydberg Formula to Describe the Wavelengths of Photons)
Johannes Rydberg
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 8, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Halmstad, Sweden
Died: 1919

Renowned Swedish physicist Johannes Rydberg is most recognised for devising the Rydberg formula, a mathematical formula used to determine the wavelengths of photons. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize and was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1919. He worked at the Lund University as a provisional professor of physics before becoming a full professor.

 44 
Ian Murdock
(Software engineer, known for being the founder of the Debian project and Progeny Linux Systems)
Ian Murdock
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Konstanz, Germany
Died: 2015
 45 
George Henry White
(Politician, Lawyer)
George Henry White
1
Listed In:
Birthdate: December 18, 1852
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rosindale, North Carolina
Died: 1918
 46 
Tariq bin Taimur
(Prime Minister of Oman)
Tariq bin Taimur
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 30, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: 1980
 47 
Chris Barnard
(South African Author and Movie Scriptwriter)
Chris Barnard
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nelspruit, South Africa
Died: 2015

Chris Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon best remembered for performing the first human-to-human heart transplant surgery in the world. Barnard is credited with developing a cure for intestinal atresia in children. He saved the lives of at least 10 babies in Cape Town and his technique was adopted by surgeons in the United States of America and Britain.   

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Hideko Takamine
(Actress)
Hideko Takamine
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Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Died: 2010
 49 
Justin Smith Morrill
(Politician)
Justin Smith Morrill
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1810
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Strafford, Vermont, United States
Died: 1898
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Thomas Babington Macaulay
(British Secretary at War (1839 - 1841) )
Thomas Babington Macaulay
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Birthdate: October 25, 1800
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leicestershire, England
Died: 1859

A prominent Whig and essayist Thomas Babington Macaulay is best remembered for his 5-volume History of England. Though a qualified lawyer, he never took it up as a career. As part of his administrative work in India later, he introduced English as the chief medium of instruction in schools.