Died On December 30th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 30. The list includes people like Saddam Hussein, Grigori Rasputin, Jose Rizal, Robert Boyle, Richard Rodgers. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, philosophers, presidents and diplomats and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United Kingdom, United States, Germany & Belgium and many more countries.
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 1 
Jose Rizal
(Filipino Nationalist and Writer Who is Considered One of the Greatest Heroes of the Philippines)
Jose Rizal
40
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calamba, Laguna
Died: 1896

Jose Rizal was a Filipino polymath and nationalist. An ophthalmologist by profession, Rizal turned towards writing and inspired the Philippine Revolution through his writings. The revolution eventually led to Philippine independence and Rizal became a national hero. His life has inspired several biographical films and TV series.

 2 
Dawn Wells
(Actress)
Dawn Wells
18
Birthdate: October 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, United States
Died: 2020

Actress Dawn Wells is best remembered for her role as Mary Ann Summers in the CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island. She studied theater arts and design at the University of Washington and made her TV debut soon after. Venturing into films as well, she went on to build a successful acting career. Besides acting, she was involved in many charitable endeavors.

 3 
Sonny Liston
(Professional Boxer)
Sonny Liston
50
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas, United States
Died: 1970
Renowned as the Big Bear, Sonny Liston became the world heavyweight champion in 1962. Known for his intimidating appearance, formidable punching power, toughness, and long reach, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the WBC title to Muhammad Ali, in 1964.
 4 
Barbara Walters
(Pioneering U.S. Television Journalist)
Barbara Walters
23
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2022

Barbara Walters is an American retired television personality and broadcast journalist. Renowned for her popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as the host of several popular TV shows. A pioneer for women in broadcasting, Walters became the first woman to co-host shows like Today and ABC Evening News. In 1996, she was named in TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars list.

 5 
Bobby Farrell
(Member of the 1970s pop and disco group Boney M)
Bobby Farrell
8
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Nicolas, Aruba
Died: 2010
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 6 
Robert Boyle
(Founder of Modern Chemistry, Boyle's Law)
Robert Boyle
16
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 25, 1627
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: 1691

Robert Boyle was an Anglo-Irish chemist, natural philosopher, inventor, and physicist. Regarded as the first modern chemist, Boyle is often counted among the founders of modern chemistry. One of the pioneers of the scientific method, Robert Boyle is also remembered for his books, including The Sceptical Chymist, which is viewed as a keystone book in chemistry.

 7 
Artie Shaw
(Musician)
Artie Shaw
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 2004
 8 
Maureen Starkey Tigrett
(English Hairdresser)
Maureen Starkey Tigrett
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Died: 1994
 9 
Vikram Sarabhai
(Scientist)
Vikram Sarabhai
11
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ahmedabad, India
Died: 1971

Padma Bhushan- and Padma Vibhushan-winning Indian scientist Vikram Sarabhai was born into the famous Sarabhai family of industrialists who were associated with the Indian Independence Movement. He made major contributions to India’s nuclear power and space research initiatives, developed textile research in India, and helped set up IIM-Ahmedabad.

 10 
Grigori Rasputin
51
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 21, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pokrovskoe, Russia
Died: 1916

Arguably the most controversial and mythologized Russian of the 20th century, Grigori Rasputin was a self-styled monk and mystic infamous for the spell he cast over the wife and child of the last Romanov emperor. The scandal and political intrigue he left in his wake led to his eventual assassination during WWI, and rang the death-knell for imperial Russia.

 11 
Saddam Hussein
(5th President of Iraq (1979-2003))
Saddam Hussein
186
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Al Awja, Iraq
Died: 2006

Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq as its president from 1979 to 2003. Described as one of the last of the great dictators of the 20th century, his regime caused the deaths of at least 250,000 Iraqis. Saddam was deposed in 2003 when a U.S led coalition invaded Iraq. Accused of crimes against humanity, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death in 2006.

 12 
Richard Rodgers
(Composer – First Person To Win EGOT)
Richard Rodgers
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arverne, New York, United States
Died: 1979
 13 
Cindy Morgan
(Actress)
Cindy Morgan
1
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: September 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 2023
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 14 
David Bale
(Entrepreneur)
David Bale
9
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Africa
Died: 2003

David Bale was an English entrepreneur and animal rights activist. He worked closely with The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, which aims at protecting endangered mountain gorillas, and served as one of its board members. Apart from his work as an activist for animal rights and environmental causes, David Bale is also known as the father of actor Christian Bale.

 15 
Jack Nance
(Actor)
Jack Nance
6
Birthdate: December 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 1996
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 16 
Luise Rainer
(The First Actress to Win Consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actress)
Luise Rainer
2
Birthdate: January 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: 2014

Luise Rainer, the first actor to win consecutive Academy Awards, had decided to make a career as an actor after watching a circus performance at age 6. A prominent stage actor in Germany, she secured an MGM movie deal and move to the U.S. during the Nazi regime.

 17 
Lew Ayres
(Actor)
Lew Ayres
5
Birthdate: December 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Died: 1996
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 18 
Isamu Noguchi
(American Landscape Architect and Artist Who Designed the Modern Piece of Furniture Known as the 'Noguchi Table')
Isamu Noguchi
2
Birthdate: November 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1988

Isamu Noguchi was an American landscape architect and artist best remembered for designing the iconic Noguchi table. His sculptures are credited with bridging East and West and some of his works are considered landmarks of 20th-century art. In 1982, he won the Edward MacDowell Medal. In 1987, he received the National Medal of Arts for his contribution to the arts. 

 19 
Rita Levi-Montalcini
(Italian Neurologist Who Won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Rita Levi-Montalcini
6
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: 2012

Rita Levi-Montalcini was an Italian neurologist whose discovery of nerve growth factor earned her the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Throughout her life, Levi-Montalcini's work in neurobiology earned her several other honors and awards, including the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement and the European Academy of Sciences' Leonardo da Vinci Award.

 20 
Alfred North Whitehead
(Mathematician, Philosopher)
Alfred North Whitehead
3
Birthdate: February 15, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ramsgate, Kent, England
Died: 1947

Alfred North Whitehead was a British mathematician and philosopher, best known for his collaboration with his student Bertrand Russell on Principal of Mathematics, a three-volume work on the foundations of mathematics. Also known for his pioneering works on process philosophy and metaphysics, he is credited with developing a comprehensive metaphysical system that differs from most Western philosophies.

 21 
Abdurrahman Wahid
(Former President of Indonesia)
Abdurrahman Wahid
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jombang Regency
Died: 2009

Grandson of the founder of the Nahdatul Ulama, Abdurrahman Wahid shunned the orthodox education at his university in Cairo and immersed himself in American movies, football, and Marxism. The former Indonesian president was a Magsaysay Award winner and is remembered for promoting peace, education, and social development.

 22 
Jakob Fugger
(Entrepreneur, Banker)
Jakob Fugger
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 6, 1459
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: 1525

Jakob Fugger was a German merchant, banker, and mining entrepreneur. Born into the famous Fugger merchant family, Jakob Fugger helped expand the family business and stretched it across Europe. Thanks to his banking transactions with the House of Austria, Fugger also had a strong influence on European politics. He is counted among the wealthiest individuals of all time.    

 23 
John Gregory Dunne
(Novelist)
John Gregory Dunne
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut
Died: 2003
 24 
Josephine Butler
(Social Worker)
Josephine Butler
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 13, 1828
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northumberland
Died: 1906

Renowned Victorian-era feminist and social reformer Josephine Butler was a champion for women’s suffrage and also fought against human trafficking. It is believed, she devoted herself to charity after the death of her 6-year-old daughter. She also forced Cambridge to encourage women’s education, which culminated in the Newnham women’s college.

 25 
Doug Atkins
(Football Player)
Doug Atkins
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Humboldt, Tennessee, United States
Died: 2015
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 26 
Günther Quandt
(German industrialist who founded an industrial empire that today includes BMW and Altana (chemicals))
Günther Quandt
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 28, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pritzwalk, Germany
Died: 1954
 27 
Julius J. Epstein
(American Screenwriter)
Julius J. Epstein
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Birthdate: August 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 2000
 28 
Rowland S. Howard
(Australian Rock Musician Best Known for His Work With the Post-Punk Group ‘The Birthday Party')
Rowland S. Howard
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: 2009

Rowland S. Howard began his career playing the guitar and writing songs as a teenager. A significant name in the rock, punk, and post-punk scene, he later gained fame with the band The Birthday Party. He was working on the album Pop Crimes when he lost his battle with liver cancer.

 29 
Mark Fiennes
(Photographer, Illustrator)
Mark Fiennes
3
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: November 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Northumberland
Died: 2004

Mark Fiennes was an English illustrator and photographer best remembered for his architectural studies. Among his works were some of Britain's most celebrated estates as well as the world's most popular museums. Mark Fiennes is also known as the father of actors Joseph and Ralph Fiennes.

 30 
Patricia Roc
(Actress)
Patricia Roc
0
Birthdate: June 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2003
 31 
Gertrude Himmelfarb
(Historian)
Gertrude Himmelfarb
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2019
 32 
Bert Berns
(Songwriter)
Bert Berns
0
Birthdate: November 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 1967
 33 
Han van Meegeren
(Dutch Painter and One of the Most Ingenious Art Forgers of the 20th Century)
Han van Meegeren
2
Birthdate: October 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Deventer, Netherlands
Died: 1947
Han van Meegeren was a Dutch painter best remembered for his skills as an art forger; he successfully forged and sold paintings attributed to famous and respected painters like Johannes Vermeer among other Dutch masters. Han van Meegeren developed this art in order to humiliate art critics of his time who had ridiculed his original works.
 34 
James Yimm Lee
(American Martial Arts Pioneer, Teacher, Author and Publisher)
James Yimm Lee
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 1972
 35 
Sophia of Nassau
(Queen)
Sophia of Nassau
0
Birthdate: July 9, 1836
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Biebrich Palace, Wiesbaden, Germany
Died: 1913
 36 
Tyrus Wong
(Chinese-born American Painter, Calligrapher, Animator, Ceramicist, Muralist, Kite-Maker, Lithographer, and Set Designer)
Tyrus Wong
1
Birthdate: October 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taishan, Guangdong, Jiangmen, China
Died: 2016
 37 
Dorothy Comingore
(Actress)
Dorothy Comingore
0
Birthdate: August 24, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1971
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 38 
El Lissitzky
(An Important Figure of the Russian Avant-garde Who Helped Develop the Art Movement 'Suprematism')
El Lissitzky
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: November 23, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pochinok, Russia
Died: 1941

El Lissitzky remains to be one of the greatest figures of the Russian avant-garde movement. Apart from excelling as a painter, an architect, and a photographer, he also pioneered 20th-century nonrepresentational art. He was also part of the De Stijl and had taught at the Bauhaus, too.

 39 
Jan Baptista van Helmont
(Belgian Physician and Chemist Who First Identified Carbon Dioxide)
Jan Baptista van Helmont
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 12, 1580
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1644

Belgian physician and chemist Jan Baptista van Helmont often considered the founder of pneumatic chemistry, is also said to have used the word “gas” for the first time in the scientific world. He is also said to have been the first to identify gas sylvestre, which later came to be known as carbon dioxide.

 40 
Alberto Vargas
(Painter, Illustrator)
Alberto Vargas
2
Birthdate: February 9, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arequipa
Died: 1982
 41 
Carl Woese
(American microbiologist)
Carl Woese
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York
Died: 2012

Carl Woese was an American biophysicist and microbiologist. He is credited with originating the RNA world hypothesis as well as pioneering a technique that revolutionized microbiology. In 1992, he was awarded microbiology's highest honor, Leeuwenhoek Medal. In 1995, he was honored with the Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology. Carl Woese received the National Medal of Science in 2000.

 42 
Sarah Knauss
(Supercentenarian)
Sarah Knauss
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 24, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hollywood, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1999
 43 
Amelia Bloomer
(American Women's Rights Advocate and Newspaper Editor)
Amelia Bloomer
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 27, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Homer, New York, United States
Died: 1894

Amelia Bloomer was an American temperance and women's rights advocate and newspaper editor. She is best remembered for her association with The Lily and became the first American woman to own and edit a newspaper for women. The famous bloomer costume, which is known as the reform dress, is named after Amelia Bloomer.

 44 
James Paget
(Founder of scientific medical pathology.)
James Paget
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 11, 1814
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, England
Died: 1899
 45 
Judith Ortiz Cofer
(Writer)
Judith Ortiz Cofer
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hormigueros, Puerto Rico
Died: 2016
 46 
Bernard Gui
(Historian)
Bernard Gui
0
Birthdate: 1261 AD
Birthplace: Royères, France
Died: 1331

Bernard Gui was a Bishop of Lodève, a Dominican friar, and a papal inquisitor. Gui is widely regarded as one of the most popular medieval inquisitors of all time, thanks to his fictionalized portrayals in today's popular culture. He is most notably mentioned in the 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, which was written by Italian novelist Umberto Eco.

 47 
Vincent Massey
(18th Governor General of Canada)
Vincent Massey
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 1967

Vincent Massey was a Canadian lawyer and diplomat. He served as the governor-general of Canada from February 1952 to September 1959. He was the first governor-general of Canada who was born in Canada. As the governor-general, he was committed to uniting Canada’s diverse cultures and desired to establish an entirely Canadian honors system. He was also involved in philanthropy.  

 48 
Beate Sirota Gordon
(Austrian-Born American Women's Rights Advocate and Performing Arts Presenter)
Beate Sirota Gordon
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 2012

Beate Sirota Gordon was an Austrian-born American women's rights advocate and performing arts presenter. She was part of the team that wrote the Constitution of Japan under American military leader Douglas MacArthur after the Second World War. Beate Sirota Gordon won numerous awards, including the American Dance Guild Award, for her achievement as an arts presenter.

 49 
Huston Smith
(American Scholar of Religious Studies and Author of 13 Books on Religion and Philosophy)
Huston Smith
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Suzhou, China
Died: 2016
 50 
Gjergj Fishta
(Poet)
Gjergj Fishta
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 23, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fishtë, Albania
Died: 1940