Died On December 7th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 7. The list includes people like Cicero, Rube Goldberg, Robert Graves, Thomas Nast, Potter Stewart. Famous personalities featured on this list, include poets, philosophers, diplomats and lawyers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Italy & Germany and many more countries.
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Cicero
(One of Rome's Greatest Orators of Politics and Prose Stylists)
Cicero
42
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 3, 0106
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arpino, Italy
Died: 0043
Roman statesman, lawyer, and scholar Cicero was one of the greatest 1st-century BC prose writers and orators. He influenced Latin literature immensely and introduced Greek philosophy to the Romans. He was declared an enemy of the state, following his opposition to Mark Antony after Julius Caesar’s death, and was executed.
 2 
Chuck Yeager
(American Test Pilot and the First Air Force Officer to Exceed the Speed of Sound in Flight)
Chuck Yeager
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Myra, West Virginia, United States
Died: 2020
U.S. Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager was the first human to break the sound barrier, when he flew the Bell X-1 in 1947. He was a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot in World War II and also fought in the Vietnam War. He inspired the novel and movie The Right Stuff.
 3 
Harry Morgan
(Prolific Character Actor Who Starred in More Than 100 Films)
Harry Morgan
21
Birthdate: April 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 2011

Harry Morgan was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films in a career that spanned six decades. Apart from contributing to the success of several films, Morgan also appeared in many TV series; for his performance in the series M*A*S*H, Morgan received an Emmy. In 2006, he was made an inductee of the Hall of Great Western Performers.

 4 
Greg Lake
(Former Singer-songwriter who gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP))
Greg Lake
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Poole, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2016
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 5 
Joan Bennett
(Actress)
Joan Bennett
8
Birthdate: February 27, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1990

Joan Bennett was an American actress best remembered for her femme fatale roles in movies like The Woman in the Window and Man Hunt. Her contribution to the film industry earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although she also made immense contributions to radio, TV, and theater.

 6 
Rube Goldberg
(Cartoonist)
Rube Goldberg
16
Birthdate: July 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, U.S.
Died: 1970

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg, whose works gave rise to the expression Rube Goldberg machines, had started as an engineer and designed sewer pipes. He later worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and eventually soared to fame with his cartoons depicting gadgets and the character Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts.

 7 
Michel Ney
(French Military Commander and Marshal of the Empire)
Michel Ney
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 10, 1769
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saarlouis, Germany
Died: 1815

Michel Ney was a French military commander. One of the 18 Marshals of the Empire inaugurated by Napoléon Bonaparte, Michel Ney played important roles in the Napoleonic Wars and the French Revolutionary Wars. Nicknamed the Bravest of the Brave by Napoleon himself, Ney was renowned for his valor in wars. 

 8 
Robert Graves
(Poet & Novelist)
Robert Graves
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 24, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wimbledon, England
Died: 1985
 9 
Robert Liston
(Surgeon)
Robert Liston
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 28, 1794
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ecclesmachan, West Lothian, Scotland
Died: 1847

Scottish surgeon Robert Liston worked in an era when anesthesia wasn’t invented. He could complete amputations within minutes, thus saving the lives of many when the speed of the surgery made the difference between life and death. Later, he became the first European surgeon to operate under anesthesia.

 10 
Joselyn Cano
(American Model and Fashion Designer)
Joselyn Cano
26
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: 2020

Model and Instagram influencer Joselyn Cano, also known as "The Mexican Kim Kardashian,” had modeled for Lowrider magazine and appeared in quite a few videos, such as World Star Hip Hop's Valentine's Day Special. She also owned a swimwear line. She died due to a botched butt-lift surgery in 2020.

 11 
Darby Crash
(Singer)
Darby Crash
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, USA
Died: 1980
 12 
Thornton Wilder
(Playwright)
Thornton Wilder
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 17, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1975
 13 
Junaid Jamshed
(Recording artist)
Junaid Jamshed
11
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: 2016
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 14 
Thomas Nast
(Cartoonist)
Thomas Nast
5
Birthdate: September 27, 1840
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Landau
Died: 1902

Political caricaturist and cartoonist Thomas Nast was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. at age 6. He began his career as a draftsman at the Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and then worked for Harper’s Weekly and the New York Illustrated News. His creations include the Republican Party elephant.

 15 
Reinhard Bonnke
(Evangelist)
Reinhard Bonnke
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Königsberg,Germany
Died: 2019

Born in Germany, Pentecostal preacher Reinhard Bonnke had become a born-again Christian at 9. He was known for his self-less preachings in Africa and made his powerful oratory a trademark. As the founder of Christ For All Nations, he was reportedly responsible for over 79 million Christian conversions.

 16 
Potter Stewart
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Potter Stewart
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jackson
Died: 1985
 17 
Ferdinand de Lesseps
(French Diplomat Who Developed the ‘Suez Canal’)
Ferdinand de Lesseps
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 19, 1805
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: 1894

Ferdinand de Lesseps was a French diplomat who is credited with forming the Suez Canal Company. The construction of the Suez Canal, which joined the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, inspired the 1938 romantic drama film Suez where Lesseps was played by Tyrone Power. Lesseps has been portrayed by other actors in films and TV mini-series as well.

 18 
Jeane Kirkpatrick
(American Diplomat and Political Scientist)
Jeane Kirkpatrick
1
Birthdate: November 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, United States
Died: 2006
 19 
Billy Bremner
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Billy Bremner
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stirling
Died: 1997
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Delphine LaLaurie
(New Orleans Socialite and Serial Killer Who Tortured and Murdered Slaves in Her Household)
Delphine LaLaurie
55
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: 1849
Delphine LaLaurie, also known as Marie Delphine Macarty or Madame Blanque, was a socialite from New Orleans who tortured and killed countless slaves in her Royal Street mansion. Her crimes were discovered after a fire at her mansion. An outraged mob subsequently destroyed the house, while she left New Orleans.
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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(American Astronomer and Astrophysicist)
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: 1979

After losing her father at 4, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was raised singlehandedly by her mother. The incredibly talented Cecilia studied at Cambridge but failed to secure a degree because of her gender. She later joined Harvard and opposing prevalent beliefs, proposed that stars were mainly made of hydrogen and helium. 

 22 
Reinaldo Arenas
(Cuban Poet, Novelist and Playwright Known for His Work ‘Pentagonia’ and ‘Before Night Falls’)
Reinaldo Arenas
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holguin, Cuba
Died: 1990

Reinaldo Arenas was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright. As a young man, he supported revolutionary Fidel Castro but later became a local critic of Castro’s ideology. He was openly gay and often wrote about his life as a homosexual man. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987 and died by suicide in 1990. 

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Pacita Abad
(Painter)
Pacita Abad
1
Birthdate: October 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Basco, Batanes, Philippines
Died: 2004
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Isaac C. Kidd
(Military officer)
Isaac C. Kidd
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 26, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 1941
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Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Emperor)
Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor
0
Birthdate: 0955 AD
Birthplace: Saxony
Died: 0983
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Jay Van Andel
(Businessman)
Jay Van Andel
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Died: 2004
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Jerry Robinson
(Comic book artist)
Jerry Robinson
0
Birthdate: January 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2011
 28 
Luis Ricardo Falero
(Painter)
Luis Ricardo Falero
0
Birthdate: May 23, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Granada, Spain
Died: 1896
 29 
Léon Minkus
(Former composer of ballet music, a violin virtuoso and teacher)
Léon Minkus
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 23, 1826
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1917
 30 
Peter Lely
(Painter of Dutch Origin Who Became a Leading Portrait Painter to the Court of England)
Peter Lely
0
Birthdate: September 14, 1618
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Soest, Germany
Died: 1680

Painter of Dutch-origin Sir Peter Lely spent almost his entire career in England and emerged as the leading portrait-painter to the court of England. Many of his early English paintings reflect influences from Anthony van Dyck whom he succeeded as Principal Painter in Ordinary to the King. Windsor Beauties, a set of portrait paintings, is counted among his notable works.  

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Lefty O'Doul
(Baseball player)
Lefty O'Doul
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 4, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: 1969
 32 
Maria Wodzińska
(Artist)
Maria Wodzińska
1
Birthdate: January 7, 1819
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Poland
Died: 1896
 33 
Walter A. Haas
(Businessman)
Walter A. Haas
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 11, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Died: 1979
 34 
Clara Haskil
(Classical pianist)
Clara Haskil
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 7, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: 1960
 35 
LeeRoy Yarbrough
(American Stock Car Racer)
LeeRoy Yarbrough
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: 1984
 36 
Aaron Montgomery Ward
(Entrepreneur)
Aaron Montgomery Ward
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 17, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Died: 1913
 37 
Wilhelm von Knyphausen
(General)
Wilhelm von Knyphausen
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 4, 1716
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lütetsburg, Germany
Died: 1800
 38 
Thomas Reed
(Politician, Lawyer)
Thomas Reed
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 18, 1839
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
Died: 1902
 39 
Anastasia de Torby
(Daughter of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich)
Anastasia de Torby
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany
Died: 1977
 40 
Laurette Taylor
(Actress)
Laurette Taylor
0
Birthdate: April 1, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: 1946
 41 
Ali Hatami
(Film director)
Ali Hatami
3
Birthdate: August 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: 1996
 42 
Wolfgang Paul
(Physicist)
Wolfgang Paul
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lorenzkirch, Saxony, German Empire
Died: 1993

Wolfgang Paul was a German physicist best known for co-developing the non-magnetic quadrupole mass filter. In 1989, he received one-half of the Nobel Prize in Physics, the other half going to Norman Foster Ramsey, Jr. Starting his career in the late 1930s, he researched isotope separation during World War II. He had a brilliant academic career following the war. 

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Constantin von Tischendorf
(German Biblical Scholar Known for Discovering World's Oldest and Most Complete Bible)
Constantin von Tischendorf
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 18, 1815
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saxony, Germany
Died: 1874

Although best remembered for his discovery of the world's oldest handwritten Bible, known as Codex Sinaiticus or Sinai Bible, Konstantin Von Tischendorf, a renowned Biblical scholar, worked chiefly on recension of the New Testament text. A prolific writer making extensive contributions to biblical textual criticism, he is today best known for his magnum opus, Critical Edition of the New Testament.

 44 
John Addison
(Composer)
John Addison
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cobham, England
Died: 1998
 45 
Doug Scott
(Mountaineer)
Doug Scott
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: 2020
 46 
Blaže Koneski
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: 1993

Blaže Koneski was a Macedonian writer, poet, linguistic scholar, and literary translator. He made an immense contribution to the codification of the Macedonian language. Koneski also played a key role in shaping Macedonian literature, although he has been criticized for serbianizing the Macedonian language. During his career, he won many literary prizes, including the Njegoš prize and AVNOJ prize.

 47 
Felix Candela
(Spanish Mexican Architect )
Felix Candela
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: January 27, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: 1997
 48 
Nicholas Murray Butler
(Philosopher, Educator)
Nicholas Murray Butler
2
Birthdate: April 2, 1862
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elizabeth
Died: 1947
 49 
Peter Carl Goldmark
(Engineer, Physicist)
Peter Carl Goldmark
0
Birthdate: December 2, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: 1977

Hungarian-American engineer Peter Carl Goldmark contributed to many pathbreaking inventions, of which the most notable was the commercial color TV and the LP record. Known for his stint with Columbia Records, he also developed a scanning system used by the US to relay photos from the Moon to the Earth.

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George Darwin
(British Barrister, Astronomer and the Second Son of Naturalist Charles Darwin)
George Darwin
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 9, 1845
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Down House, Downe, Kent, England
Died: 1912

Born to legendary biologist Charles Darwin, George Darwin initially studied law and became a barrister. However, his interest in science made him deviate to astronomy. He believed the Moon was one part of the Earth. He later also taught at Cambridge and was made a Fellow of The Royal Society.