Died On December 29th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 29. The list includes people like Thomas Becket, Jacques-Louis David, Rainer Maria Rilke, William Osler, Don Marquis. Famous personalities featured on this list, include poets, artists, mathematicians and journalists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United Kingdom, United States, Germany & Switzerland and many more countries.
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Thomas Becket
(English Nobleman Who Served as Lord Chancellor from 1155 to 1162)
Thomas Becket
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 21, 1119
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, United Kingdom
Died: 1170
Thomas Becket, also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury or Thomas of London, served as the archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until 1170. He is known for his conflict with King Henry II of England, regarding the powers of the Church, following which he was killed by the king’s followers.
 2 
Rainer Maria Rilke
(Austrian Poet and Novelist Known for His Poetry Collections ‘Duino Elegies’ and ‘Sonnets to Orpheus’)
Rainer Maria Rilke
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 4, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: 1926

Bohemian-Austrian poet and author Rainer Maria Rilke is best remembered for his numerous poetry collections and his only novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His works contain metaphors, contradictions, and elements drawn from Greek mythology. Though most of his works were in German, he had also written in French.

 3 
Andrei Tarkovsky
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Filmmakers in Soviet and World Cinema)
Andrei Tarkovsky
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Birthdate: April 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zavrazh'ye, Russia
Died: 1986

Andrei Tarkovsky was a Soviet and Russian writer, theatre director, filmmaker, and film theorist. Renowned for making movies that explored metaphysical and spiritual themes, Tarkovsky is often regarded as one of the most influential and greatest directors in the history of world cinema. The recipient of many prestigious awards, Andrei Tarkovsky's work continues to influence several filmmakers around the world.

 4 
Pierre Cardin
(Italian-French Fashion Designer Known for His Avant-Garde Style and Space Age Designs)
Pierre Cardin
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Biagio di Callalta, Italy
Died: 2020

Italian-born French fashion designer Pierre Cardin revolutionized unisex fashion with his geometric designs. His wine merchant father wanted him to study architecture, but Cardin deviated to fashion instead, starting his career as a men’s tailor. He introduced the Space Age look and also licensed his name out to other products.

 5 
Earl Hindman
(Actor)
Earl Hindman
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Birthdate: October 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bisbee, Arizona, USA
Died: 2003
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 6 
Jacques-Louis David
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Birthdate: August 30, 1748
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1825

Jacques-Louis David was a French painter. Widely regarded as the greatest painter of the Neoclassical era, David's works had a strong influence in France in the early-19th century. His works are often linked to the birth of Romanticism. Many of his pupils, such as Antoine-Jean Gros and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, went on to become successful and popular painters.

 7 
Christina Rossetti
(Poet, Writer, Hymnwriter)
Christina Rossetti
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 5, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: 1894
 8 
Lita Grey
(Actress)
Lita Grey
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Birthdate: April 15, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1995
 9 
William Osler
(Canadian Physician and Co-Founder of ‘Johns Hopkins Hospital’)
William Osler
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 12, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
Died: 1919

Johns Hopkins Hospital co-founder William Osler was also an avid historian. He redefined medical education with his emphasis on clinical experience and his book The Principles and Practice of Medicine. Born to a missionary father in Canada, he was to follow in his father’s footsteps but decided to study medicine instead.

 10 
Bob Monkhouse
(Former host of television game shows including The Golden Shot, Celebrity Squares, Family Fortunes and Wipeout)
Bob Monkhouse
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Birthdate: June 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beckenham, Bromley, Kent, England
Died: 2003
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 11 
Shabba Doo
(Former Actor whose famous role was in the 1984 dance film Breakin')
Shabba Doo
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Birthdate: May 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 12 
Freddie Hubbard
(Trumpeter)
Freddie Hubbard
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: 2008
 13 
Euell Gibbons
(Outdoorsman)
Euell Gibbons
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarksville, Texas, United States
Died: 1975
 14 
Peggy Cummins
(Actress)
Peggy Cummins
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Birthdate: December 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales
Died: 2017
 15 
Wilhelm Maybach
(German Automobile Designer Known for Designing the Initial Mercedes Cars, and Founder of 'Maybach')
Wilhelm Maybach
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Birthdate: February 9, 1846
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Heilbronn
Died: 1929

German engineer and auto designer Wilhelm Maybach once earned the nickname The King of Designers. He collaborated with Gottlieb Daimler and formed Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, eventually designing the first Mercedes automobiles. He and his son later started an aircraft engine company. In 1996, he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

 16 
Harold Macmillan
(Former British Prime Minister)
Harold Macmillan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 10, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cadogan Place, London
Died: 1986

Harold Macmillan, also known as “Supermac” because of his witty personality, served as the British prime minister from 1957 to 1963. He was injured and rendered partially immobile while serving in World War I. He was known for supporting the nuclear test ban and for association with the Suez Crisis.

 17 
Joey LaMotta
(Boxing Manager)
Joey LaMotta
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 1991
 18 
Tim Hardin
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer)
Tim Hardin
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Eugene
Died: 1980
 19 
Joseph Cornell
(American Visual Artist and Film-Maker)
Joseph Cornell
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Birthdate: December 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nyack, New York, United States
Died: 1972

Joseph Cornell was an American filmmaker and visual artist. He is best remembered as a pioneer and exponent of assemblage. Joseph Cornell is also known for his experimental films like Rose Hobart which were inspired by Surrealism.

 20 
Joe Louis Clark
(Teacher)
Joe Louis Clark
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: United States
Died: 2020
 21 
Frank Thring
(Australian Actor and Theatre Director)
Frank Thring
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Birthdate: May 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: 1994
 22 
Fletcher Henderson
(Former pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing music)
Fletcher Henderson
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 18, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cuthbert, Georgia, United States
Died: 1952
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 23 
Steven Williams
(American Professional Wrestler)
Steven Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lakewood, Colorado, United States
Died: 2009
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 24 
Wojciech Kilar
(Polish Classical and Film Composer Known for His Score to Films: 'The Pianist' and 'Bram Stoker's Dracula')
Wojciech Kilar
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 17, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lwów, Poland
Died: 2013

Wojciech Kilar was a Polish composer whose film scores earned him several prestigious honors, including the Louis Delluc Prize for his work in the 1980 traditionally-animated film The King and the Mockingbird. He achieved international fame for his work in Bram Stoker's Dracula. He also received the César Award for his work in the 2002 war drama film The Pianist.

 25 
Félix Vallotton
(Swiss and French Painter and Printmaker)
Félix Vallotton
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Birthdate: December 28, 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: 1925

Born in Switzerland, Félix Vallotton later moved to Paris to study art and grew to be one of the prominent members of the Les Nabis. Renowned for his woodcuts, he mostly focused on nudes and interiors. Politically conscious, he often infused political themes in his art, such as The Demonstration.

 26 
Neil Innes
(Comedic Performer Known for Helping to Create the Avant-Garde Comedy Musical Group 'Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah' Band)
Neil Innes
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Birthdate: December 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Danbury, Essex, England
Died: 2019

The son of a British Army officer, comedian and musician Neil Innes had begun training in the piano and the guitar since childhood. Part of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band, he wrote the hit single I’m the Urban Spaceman. He is also remembered for his collaboration with the Monty Python team.

 27 
William Rees-Mogg
(Journalist)
William Rees-Mogg
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Birthdate: July 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: 2012
 28 
Doris Humphrey
(Dancer and Choreographer)
Doris Humphrey
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 17, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: 1958

One of the pioneers of American modern dance, Doris Humphrey had begun her career with the Denishawn dance school. The daughter of a pianist mother, she later launched her own dance school with her mother as the manager. She also excelled in American vaudeville and promoted the dance movement theory.

 29 
Brook Taylor
(English Mathematician and Barrister)
Brook Taylor
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 18, 1685
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edmonton, Middlesex, England
Died: 1731
 30 
William Boyett
(Actor known for his roles in law enforcement dramas on television from the 1950s through the 1990s)
William Boyett
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Birthdate: January 3, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: 2004
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 31 
Leopold Kronecker
(Mathematician, University teacher)
Leopold Kronecker
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 7, 1823
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Legnica
Died: 1891

German mathematician Leopold Kronecker is best remembered for his pioneering work on the theory of equations and algebra. Interestingly, he wasn’t too keen on academic research initially and focused on his land business, while simultaneously pursuing math as a hobby. He could only focus on math after retiring at 30.

 32 
Hyacinthe Rigaud
(Former Catalan-French baroque painter most famous for his portraits of Louis XIV and other members of the French nobility)
Hyacinthe Rigaud
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Birthdate: July 18, 1659
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perpignan, France
Died: 1743
 33 
Tullio Levi-Civita
(Mathematician)
Tullio Levi-Civita
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 29, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Padua
Died: 1941
 34 
Andy Granatelli
(Businessman)
Andy Granatelli
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: 2013
 35 
Carmen Franco, 1st Duchess of Franco
(Duchess)
Carmen Franco, 1st Duchess of Franco
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain
Died: 2017
 36 
Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve
(Author)
Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 28, 1685
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France
Died: 1755
 37 
Thomas Sydenham
(Physician)
Thomas Sydenham
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Listed In:
Birthdate: September 10, 1624
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wynford Eagle
Died: 1689

Known as The English Hippocrates for authoring the medicine textbook Observationes Medicae, physician Thomas Sydenham is also remembered for his pathbreaking research on gout and scarlet fever. He also discovered St. Vitus’ dance, or Sydenham’s chore; believed in nosological classification of ailments; and popularized the use of quinine for treating malaria.

 38 
Julius Axelrod
(American Biochemist & Co-Winner of 1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology)
Julius Axelrod
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 2004

Julius Axelrod was an American biochemist best remembered for winning the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Ulf von Euler and Bernard Katz. He is also remembered for making important contributions to the understanding of the functions of the pineal gland. Julius Axelrod was also the recipient of several other awards, including the Gairdner Foundation International Award.

 39 
Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond
(Politician)
Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 22, 1735
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: 1806
 40 
Miroslav Krleža
(Croatia's Greatest Author Who Criticized the Bourgeois and Wrote on Social Themes)
Miroslav Krleža
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 7, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Died: 1981

Remembered as Croatia’s most influential author, Miroslav Krleža wrote everything from poems and plays to short stories and novels. He fought in World War I, while his works got banned for a while for his leftist political views. His iconic works, such as Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh, spoke of Croatian peasant life.

 41 
Bob Astles
(engineer)
Bob Astles
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Ashford
Died: 2012

British soldier Bob Astles is best remembered as an associate of Ugandan presidents Milton Obote and Idi Amin. He also led Uganda’s anti-smuggling unit, for which he was given the title of Major by Amin, while Obote made him the head of the TV section of Uganda’s Information Ministry.

 42 
Don Marquis
(Humorist)
Don Marquis
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Birthdate: July 29, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Walnut, Illinois
Died: 1937
 43 
Ted Lapidus
(French Fashion Designer)
Ted Lapidus
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2008

Born to a Russian Jewish tailor, French designer Ted Lapidus is credited with popularizing military-style fashion and blue jeans as part of mainstream fashion design. He was known for his signature Saharienne and the uniform look. Celebrities such as John Lennon and Brigitte Bardot wore his creations.

 44 
Anderson Ruffin Abbott
(Physician)
Anderson Ruffin Abbott
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 7, 1837
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 1913

Anderson Ruffin Abbott was the first Canadian-born Black doctor. He had been a surgeon for the Union Army and was also in charge of treating President Abraham Lincoln in his final moments. He had also headed the Provident Hospital, which was the first American training hospital for Black nurses.

 45 
Kelly Miller
(American mathematician)
Kelly Miller
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 18, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winnsboro, South Carolina, United States
Died: 1939
 46 
John Marshall Harlan II
(Judge, Lawyer)
John Marshall Harlan II
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: 1971
 47 
Norma Tanega
(Former Folk and Pop singer-songwriter)
Norma Tanega
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States
Died: 2019
 48 
John C. Portman Jr.
(Architect)
John C. Portman Jr.
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: December 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Walhalla, South Carolina, United States
Died: 2017

Real-estate developer John C. Portman Jr. is largely credited with redefining the skyline of Atlanta with his innovative architectural projects, such as the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and the 14-block Peachtree Center. He also built several structures in Asia, such as the Tomorrow Square in Shanghai, and relied on symmetry and geometry.

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Nadezhda Mandelstam
(Writer)
Nadezhda Mandelstam
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 30, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: 1980
 50 
Lucy, Lady Houston
(Philanthropist, Political activist)
Lucy, Lady Houston
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Died: 1936