Died On December 2nd

Discover the most famous people who died on December 2. The list includes people like Pablo Escobar, Hernán Cortés, Yip Man, Desi Arnaz, Philip Larkin. Famous personalities featured on this list, include poets, playwrights, actors and novelists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, Germany & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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 1 
Desi Arnaz
(Actor, Producer and Bandleader Best Known for His TV Sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’)
Desi Arnaz
40
Birthdate: March 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: 1986

Desi Arnaz was born wealthy but lost everything in the 1933 Cuban Revolution. He paired up with his first wife, Lucille Ball, in I Love Lucy, thus inventing the modern sitcom/syndicated show format, with live audiences. He owned a production company and was the bandleader of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra.

 2 
Yip Man
(Martial Artist and a Grandmaster of the Martial Art 'Wing Chun')
Yip Man
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Foshan, China
Died: 1972

Yip Man was a Chinese martial artist best remembered for teaching martial arts to the famous Chinese American martial artist, Bruce Lee. Yip Man is credited with teaching not only Bruce Lee but also many other students who went on to become martial arts masters. A biographical martial arts film titled Ip Man was inspired by his life and career.

 3 
Hernán Cortés
( Spanish Conquistador Who Led an Expedition that Caused the Fall of the Aztec Empire)
Hernán Cortés
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Medellín, Spain
Died: 1547
Spanish "Conquistador" Hernán Cortés was one of the pioneers of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. He conquered the Aztec Empire and helped bring a massive portion of Mexico under the King of Castile’s rule in 16th century. As a reward, he was named the Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca.
 4 
Marty Feldman
(Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Poet)
Marty Feldman
2
Birthdate: July 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: 1982
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 5 
Roxie Roker
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Helen Willis’ in the TV Series ‘The Jeffersons’)
Roxie Roker
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Birthdate: August 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: 1995
Roxie Roker, mother of Lenny Kravitz, was best known for her portrayal of Helen Willis in the sitcom The Jeffersons. She and Franklin Cover played an interracial couple in the series, which was the first such instance on primetime TV. She was also associated with the Negro Ensemble Company.
 6 
Marquis de Sade
(French Writer Whose Perverse Sexual Preferences and Erotic Writings gave Rise to the Term 'Sadism')
Marquis de Sade
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 2, 1740
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1814
Marquis de Sade is remembered for his erotic books such as The 120 Days of Sodom. He was known for his peculiar way of deriving sexual pleasure by torturing his victims, now known as “sadism.” He was jailed for several years for sexual abuse against men, women, and children. 
 7 
Aaron Copland
(Composer, Teacher)
Aaron Copland
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 14, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1990
 8 
Philip Larkin
24
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Radford, Coventry, United Kingdom
Died: 1985
 9 
Jay Gould
(American Railroad Executive, Financier, and Speculator)
Jay Gould
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 27, 1836
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Roxbury, New York, United States
Died: 1892
 10 
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
(President of France (1974 - 1981))
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany
Died: 2020

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was a seasoned French politician who served as President of France. During his presidency, Giscard d'Estaing promoted nuclear power and liberalisation of trade, pushed for development of projects like TGV, and took a more liberal attitude on social issues like divorce, abortion and contraception. He emerged as the longest-lived president in the history of France.

 11 
Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
(French Royal, Statesman and Regent of France (1715 - 1723))
Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 2, 1674
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint-Cloud, France
Died: 1723

Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, was the regent of the Kingdom of France from 1715 to 1723. He was the son of Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, and Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate. He was named the regent of France for Louis XV, who succeeded to the throne at the age of five. Philippe died months after Louis attained majority.

 12 
Romain Gary
(French Diplomat & Novelist)
Romain Gary
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Republic Of Lithuania
Died: 1980

Romain Gary was a French novelist, diplomat, and film director of Jewish origin. He also served as an aviator during World War II. One of France’s most popular and prolific writers, he is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt twice. He had a troubled personal life and died of suicide in 1980.

 13 
John Brown
(Abolitionist)
John Brown
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 9, 1800
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Torrington, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1859
Abolitionist John Brown believed that violence was the only way to end slavery in the U.S. He was part of the Bleeding Kansas crisis and the Pottawatomie Massacre. His Harpers Ferry raid ended with his capture, following which he was convicted of treason and murder, and eventually hanged.
 14 
Mariska Veres
(Singer)
Mariska Veres
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: 2006
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 15 
Ron Santo
(Baseball player)
Ron Santo
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 16 
Henry Clay Frick
(Industrialist)
Henry Clay Frick
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 19, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Overton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1919
 17 
Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
(Former Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and Hanover (1830 - 1837))
Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 13, 1792
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Meiningen, Germany
Died: 1849

The queen consort of the UK and Hanover by her marriage to King William IV, Adelaide was also the daughter of George I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. She miscarried twice and lost 2 more children as infants, and the royal throne eventually went to Princess Alexandrina Victoria, who later ruled as Queen Victoria.

 18 
Gerardus Mercator
(Geographer, Cosmographer and Cartographer Known for Creating the 1569 World Map Based on a New Projection)
Gerardus Mercator
1
Birthdate: March 5, 1512
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rupelmonde, Kruibeke, Belgium
Died: 1594

Son of a shoemaker, Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator was initially supposed to be a priest. His 1569 world map paved the path for the Mercator projection, which helped people ascertain the exact ratio of latitude and longitude of a particular place. He also coined the term “atlas.”

 19 
Jean Béliveau
(Former Ice hockey Centre)
Jean Béliveau
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: 2014
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 20 
Bobby Keys
(Musician)
Bobby Keys
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Slaton, Texas, United States
Died: 2014
 21 
Rafer Johnson
(American Decathlete and Actor)
Rafer Johnson
2
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Texas, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 22 
Jenny von Westphalen
(Karl Marx's wife)
Jenny von Westphalen
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 12, 1814
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salzwedel, Germany
Died: 1881
 23 
Ivan Illich
(Roman Catholic Priest and Author of 'Deschooling Society' which Criticises Modern Society's Educational Approach)
Ivan Illich
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 2002

Ivan Illich was a Roman Catholic priest, philosopher,  theologian, and social critic. He criticized modern society's institutional approach to education in his book Deshooling Society. He studied theology and philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained as a priest in 1951. Later on, he founded the Center of Intercultural Formation (CIF) to train missionaries. 

 24 
Edward Rydz-Śmigły
(Commander-In-Chief and Inspector General of the Polish Armed Forces (1935 - 1939))
Edward Rydz-Śmigły
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 11, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berezhany, Ukraine
Died: 1941

Edward Rydz-Śmigły was a Polish statesman, politician, poet, Marshal of Poland, painter, and supreme commander of Poland's armed forces. He was a much admired and respected public figure in Poland during the interwar period and was widely regarded as a national hero for his service as an army commander during World War I and the Polish–Soviet War.

 25 
Mária Telkes
(Biophysicist)
Mária Telkes
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 12, 1900
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1995
 26 
Christopher Evan Welch
(Actor)
Christopher Evan Welch
5
Birthdate: September 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA
Died: 2013
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 27 
Robertson Davies
(One of the Most Popular Canadian Authors of All Time)
Robertson Davies
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 28, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thamesville
Died: 1995

Robertson Davies was a Canadian novelist, critic, playwright, professor, and journalist. One of the most popular Canadian authors of all time, Davies was honored with several prestigious awards such as the Dominion Drama Festival Award, the Stephen Leacock Award, the Lorne Pierce Medal, and the Governor-General's Literary Award.

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Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
(Italian Poet, Founder of the 'Futurist Movement' and Author of the First 'Futurist Manifesto')
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
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Birthdate: December 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 1944

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was an Italian poet, art theorist, and editor. He is credited with founding the Futurist movement and is remembered for his work Manifesto of Futurism. In 1918, he founded a political party called Futurist Political Party as an extension of the social and futurist artistic movement. The party merged with the Italian Fasces of Combat in 1919.

 29 
Jane Pierce
(First lady)
Jane Pierce
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 12, 1806
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampton, New Hampshire, United States
Died: 1863
 30 
Donn F. Eisele
(USAF Officer and NASA Astronaut Who Piloted the Apollo Program’s First Manned Flight)
Donn F. Eisele
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: 1987

USAF officer and NASA astronaut Donn F. Eisele piloted the Apollo 7 mission, which was the Apollo program’s first manned flight. Post-retirement, he headed the Peace Corps in Thailand and worked for various firms. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal posthumously, in addition to the several honors he gained during his lifetime.

 31 
Luis Federico Leloir
(Biochemist, Physician)
Luis Federico Leloir
5
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: September 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1987

Luis Federico Leloir was an Argentine biochemist and physician whose discovery of metabolic pathways in lactose earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1970. His research into renal hypertension, carbohydrate metabolism, and sugar nucleotides has led to progress in understanding and treating galactosemia. During his career, he won many awards, such as the Legion of Honour.

 32 
Edward James
(Poet known for his patronage of the surrealist art movement)
Edward James
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Dean House, West Dean, Sussex, England
Died: 1984
 33 
Bai Chongxi
(First defense minister of the Republic of China from 1946 to 1948)
Bai Chongxi
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guilin, China
Died: 1966
 34 
Alicia Markova
(One of the Greatest Classical Ballet Dancers of the 20th Century)
Alicia Markova
1
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: December 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Finsbury Park, London, England
Died: 2004

Alicia Markova was a British ballet dancer, director, choreographer, and teacher of classical ballet. Best remembered for her association with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Markova was widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest classical ballet dancers. Alicia Markova is also credited with co-founding the English National Ballet.

 35 
Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba
(officer, military personnel)
Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1453
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montilla
Died: 1515

Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba had become part of the Castilian court at age 13. He earned the nickname El Gran Capitán for his successful military exploits, especially the Conquest of Granada and the Italian Wars. He also negotiated the final surrender of Granada and served as the viceroy of Naples.

 36 
Charlie Byrd
(Musician)
Charlie Byrd
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Suffolk, Virginia, United States
Died: 1999
 37 
Dinu Lipatti
(Pianist)
Dinu Lipatti
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: 1950
 38 
George Atkinson III
(American Football Running Back)
George Atkinson III
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 2019
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 39 
Ted Rogers
(Businessman)
Ted Rogers
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 2008
 40 
Paul Sherwen
(English Professional Racing Cyclist)
Paul Sherwen
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Widnes, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2018

English cyclist Paul Sherwen was raised in Kenya, where his father worked. Initially devoted to swimming, he had even competed in swimming contests in Kenya and Britain but deviated toward cycling at 16. Part of the group of cyclists known as the Foreign Legion, he later turned into a successful broadcaster, too.

 41 
Namık Kemal
(Turkish Author, Poet, and Social Reformer)
Namık Kemal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tekirdağ, Turkey
Died: 1888

Turkish author, poet, political essayist, and social reformer Namık Kemal motivated the Young Turk and Turkish nationalist movements. He not only westernized Turkish literature but also contributed to Romanticism. One of his best-known works was the play Vatan Yahut Silistre. He also promoted the ideas of vatan, or fatherland, and hürriyet, or freedom.

 42 
James Henry Breasted
(Archaeologist)
James Henry Breasted
1
Birthdate: August 27, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States
Died: 1935
 43 
José Limón
(Dancer)
José Limón
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Culiacán, Mexico
Died: 1972
 44 
Ulli Lommel
(Actor)
Ulli Lommel
0
Birthdate: December 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sulecin, Poland
Died: 2017
 45 
Franz Xaver Schwarz
(Politician)
Franz Xaver Schwarz
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 27, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Günzburg
Died: 1947
 46 
Suzanne Cloutier
(Actress)
Suzanne Cloutier
0
Birthdate: July 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
Died: 2003
 47 
John of Ruusbroec
(Canon)
John of Ruusbroec
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1293 AD
Birthplace: Ruisbroek, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium
Died: 1381
 48 
Elizabeth Hardwick
(Literary critic)
Elizabeth Hardwick
0
Birthdate: July 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: 2007
 49 
Henry Molaison
(Memory Disorder Patient)
Henry Molaison
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester Memorial Hospital - Emergency Department, Manchester, Connecticut, United States
Died: 2008
 50 
Pauline Cushman
(actor)
Pauline Cushman
0
Birthdate: June 10, 1833
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans
Died: 1893