Died On December 8th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 8. The list includes people like George Boole, John Lennon, Golda Meir, Herbert Spencer, Thomas De Quincey. Famous personalities featured on this list, include non-fiction writers, philosophers, composers and mathematicians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Australia & Germany and many more countries.
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Juice WRLD
(Rapper)
Juice WRLD
377
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2019
Rapper Juice Wrld is best remembered for his tracks Lucid Dreams and All Girls Are the Same. He was also part of the collective Internet Money. He died due to a drug-induced seizure at the age of 21. His posthumous album Legends Never Die topped the Billboard 200 chart.
 2 
John Lennon
(The Founder, Co-Songwriter, Co-Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist of 'The Beatles')
John Lennon
462
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1980

John Lennon was part of the hugely successful and popular music band, Beatles. It became the first British band to break out big in the US. However, they eventually broke up. Subsequently, Lennon went solo, with 1971 album, Imagine, being his most successful and acclaimed post-Beatles efforts. Sadly he was shot dead by a deranged fan in New York.

 3 
John Glenn
(Tthe First American to Orbit the Earth)
John Glenn
19
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge, Ohio, United States
Died: 2016

The first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn was an astronaut, aviator, politician, and businessman. Beginning his career as an army man, he was a fighter pilot in World War II. He later joined NASA and was one of the Mercury Seven. Following his retirement from NASA, he became a politician and served in the US Senate.

 4 
Dimebag Darrell
(Guitarist, Composer, Musician)
Dimebag Darrell
28
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: 2004
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 5 
Ryan O'Neal
(Actor and Former Boxer)
Ryan O'Neal
17
Birthdate: April 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2023
Ryan O'Neal trained to be a boxer but stepped into showbiz with the role of Rodney Harrington in the soap Peyton Place. He made waves with his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated role in Love Story. He also starred in Barry Lyndon, A Bridge Too Far, and the series Bones.
 6 
Marty Robbins
(One of the Most Popular and Successful Country and Western Music Performers from the Late 1940s to the Early 1980s)
Marty Robbins
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 26, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glendale, Arizona, United States
Died: 1982
Singer, actor, and multi-instrumentalist Marty Robbins was also a NASCAR driver. He played the guitar since his U.S. Navy days. Famous for his country and Western tracks such as Singing the Blues and El Paso, he also won two Grammys and appeared in films such as Honkytonk Man.
 7 
Golda Meir
(Former Prime Minister of Israel (1969 - 1974))
Golda Meir
20
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: 1978

Born in present-day Ukraine and brought up in the United States, the phenomenal rise of Golda Meir to become the prime minister of Israel was driven by her sheer leadership qualities. She steered her country amid hostilities from its neighbourhood during her eventful term as premier which also saw the Yom Kippur War. She is remembered as a strong-willed woman.

 8 
Rene Auberjonois
(Actor & Director Best Known for His Role of 'Odo' on 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine')
Rene Auberjonois
6
Birthdate: June 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2019

René Auberjonois is best remembered as Odo from the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also delivered a Tony-winning performance in the play Coco. He had voiced many video-game characters, such as Karl Schafer in the Uncharted video games. He had also narrated many books, including several Pendergast novels

 9 
Slim Pickens
(Actor and Rodeo Performer)
Slim Pickens
5
Birthdate: June 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingsburg, California, United States
Died: 1983
Louis Burton Lindley Jr., or Slim Pickens, gained fame for his roles in Westerns. His background as a rodeo performer helped him grab cowboy roles. Some of his most noteworthy movies were Dr. Strangelove and One-Eyed Jacks. He also appeared in series such as The Americans and Hee Haw.
 10 
Howard Rollins
(Actor)
Howard Rollins
8
Birthdate: October 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: 1996
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 11 
George Boole
(Mathematician, Philosopher, and Logician Best Known as the Author of ‘The Laws of Thought’)
George Boole
4
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 2, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Died: 1864

George Boole is remembered for pioneering Boolean algebra, a tool used in digital computer circuits. More of a self-taught mathematician, Boole began teaching at 16 and later grew up to be a math professor at Queen’s College, Cork. His work in differential equations and algebraic logic was groundbreaking.

 12 
Herbert Spencer
(Philosopher and Sociologist Known for His Hypothesis of ‘Social Darwinism’ and the Expression 'Survival of the Fittest')
Herbert Spencer
11
Birthdate: April 27, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Derby, Derbyshire, England
Died: 1903

Herbert Spencer was the man behind the expression “survival of the fittest,” after reading Charles Darwin's iconic work On the Origin of Species. The British anthropologist, sociologist, and philosopher introduced the concept of Social Darwinism, which applied the theory of evolution to societies and social classes.

 13 
Robert Prosky
(Actor)
Robert Prosky
7
Birthdate: December 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 2008
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 14 
William Henry Vanderbilt
(Businessman)
William Henry Vanderbilt
5
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 8, 1821
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1885
 15 
Caroll Spinney
(Puppeteer)
Caroll Spinney
3
Birthdate: December 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2019

Caroll Spinney was an American cartoonist, puppeteer, artist, author, and speaker. He is best remembered for playing Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird on the popular educational children's TV series Sesame Street from 1969 to 2018. Over the course of his illustrious career, Caroll Spinney was honored with two Grammy Awards and four Daytime Emmy Awards.

 16 
Paul Volcker
(Former Chair of the Federal Reserve)
Paul Volcker
3
Birthdate: September 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cape May, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2019
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 17 
Tris Speaker
(Baseball Player)
Tris Speaker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hubbard, Texas, United States
Died: 1958
 18 
Bobby Joe Hill
(Basketball Player)
Bobby Joe Hill
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Highland Park, Michigan, United States
Died: 2002
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 19 
Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl
(One of the Most Famous and Skilled Mathematicians of the 20th Century)
Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 9, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elmshorn, Germany
Died: 1955

Hermann Klaus Hugo Wey is remembered for his contribution to both physics and math. He was one of the first scientists to think of merging the concepts of electromagnetism and relativity. He moved from the University of Göttingen to Princeton in the wake of the rise of the Nazi reign.

 20 
Oscar II of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1872 to 1907)
Oscar II of Sweden
2
Birthdate: January 21, 1829
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stadsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 1907
Oscar II ruled as the king of both Sweden and Norway., His reign witnessed the dissolution of the union between the two countries in 1905. A lover of literature and the arts, he had penned several books and had also built the world’s first open-air museum, near Oslo.
 21 
John Cornforth
(Australian–British Chemist and Winner of 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
John Cornforth
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 7, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: 2013

John Cornforth was an Australian-British chemist who became the first Nobel laureate from New South Wales when he was honored with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975. Over the course of his career, Cornforth also won other prestigious awards like the Royal Medal, Copley Medal, and Centenary Medal. In 1975, he was adjudged the Australian of the Year.

 22 
Gladys George
(Actress)
Gladys George
5
Birthdate: September 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Patten, Maine, U.S.
Died: 1954
 23 
Claude Cahun
(French Photographer Known for Her Self-Portraits and Tableaux That Incorporated a Surrealist Style and Gender Fluidity)
Claude Cahun
3
Birthdate: October 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: 1954

Claude Cahun was a French sculptor, surrealist photographer, and writer. He is best remembered for his work as a self-portraitist and writer. Apart from his primary career, Claude Cahun also played a major role in the Second World War, serving as a propagandist and resistance worker.

 24 
Anthony Veasna So
(Former American Writer known for short stories)
Anthony Veasna So
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockton, California, United States
Died: 2020
 25 
Gertrude Jekyll
(Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect)
Gertrude Jekyll
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: 1932

Landscape architect Gertrude Jekyll was born into an affluent family and grew up in a refined environment, learning music and traveling. Initially interested in painting, she gave it up to focus on gardening when she developed eyesight problems. She built around 400 gardens and also collaborated with Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein
(Writer)
Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein
1
Birthdate: August 12, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cumberland Lodge, Old Windsor
Died: 1956
 27 
Gerard Stokes
(New Zealand Rugby League Footballer Who Plays as a Prop)
Gerard Stokes
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: New Zealand
Died: 2020
 28 
Elizabeth Charlotte, Madame Palatine
(German Princess and Later Duchess of Orléans by Her Marriage to Philippe I, Duke of Orléans)
Elizabeth Charlotte, Madame Palatine
3
Birthdate: May 27, 1652
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Electoral Palatinate, Holy Roman Empire
Died: 1722

German princess Elizabeth Charlotte, also known as Madame Palatine, became the duchess of Orléans as the second wife of Philippe I, Duke of Orléans. Interestingly, she converted from Protestantism to Catholicism just to get married to Philippe I. An ancestress of several royal families, she was also known as the Grandmother of Europe.

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Douglas Tompkins
(Entrepreneur)
Douglas Tompkins
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Conneaut, Ohio, United States
Died: 2015
 30 
Henry Laurens
(Politician)
Henry Laurens
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 6, 1724
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, U.S
Died: 1792
 31 
Bob Bell
(Announcer)
Bob Bell
0
Birthdate: January 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: 1997
 32 
Oliver Postgate
(Animator)
Oliver Postgate
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hendon, Middlesex, England
Died: 2008
 33 
Alejandro Sabella
(Argentine Football Player and Manager)
Alejandro Sabella
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 2020
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 34 
Betty Holberton
(American Computer Scientist)
Betty Holberton
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2001
 35 
Richard Baxter
(British Puritan Church Leader, Poet, Hymnodist, Theologian, and Controversialist)
Richard Baxter
0
Birthdate: November 12, 1615
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rowton, Shropshire, England
Died: 1691

Richard Baxter was an English poet, theologian, hymnodist, controversialist, and Puritan church leader. He was one of the most influential and important leaders of the Nonconformists. Today, he is commemorated in the Church of England with a feast day on 14 June.

 36 
Madame du Barry
(Mistress of Louis XV of France)
Madame du Barry
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 19, 1743
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vaucouleurs, France
Died: 1793
Born as an illegitimate child to a seamstress, Madame du Barry spent her initial days as a prostitute of aristocratic men. She ended up being the official mistress of King Louis XV of France and was executed during the Reign of Terror. Her cauliflower-like wig inspired many food names.
 37 
Peg Leg Bates
(Entertainer)
Peg Leg Bates
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 11, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fountain Inn, South Carolina, United States
Died: 1998
 38 
Prince Eitel Friedrich of Prussia
(Prince)
Prince Eitel Friedrich of Prussia
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 7, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: 1942
 39 
Lyudmila Alexeyeva
(Historian, Human rights activist)
Lyudmila Alexeyeva
0
Birthdate: July 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yevpatoriya
Died: 2018

Lyudmila Alexeyeva was a Russian human-rights activist and historian. She is credited with co-founding the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group, which is currently one of the most prominent human rights organizations in Russia. She was also one of the most important members of the Soviet dissident movement in post-Soviet Russia. Alexeyeva received many prizes and awards for her human rights activities.

 40 
Blanche Hoschede Monet
(Painter)
Blanche Hoschede Monet
0
Birthdate: November 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1947
 41 
Tadeusz Kantor
(Painter)
Tadeusz Kantor
0
Birthdate: April 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wielopole Skrzyńskie, Austria-Hungary
Died: 1990
 42 
Rubén González
(Former Pianist who is said to have "forged the style of modern Cuban piano playing in the 1940s".)
Rubén González
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba
Died: 2003
 43 
James Hoban
(Architect, best known for designing the White House in Washington, D.C)
James Hoban
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: 1755 AD
Birthplace: Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Died: 1831
 44 
Keith Holyoake
(26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1960 - 1972))
Keith Holyoake
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 11, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mangamutu, New Zealand
Died: 1983

Keith Holyoake was a New Zealand politician who served as the Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1957 and again from 12 December 1960 to 7 February 1972. He also served as the Governor-General of New Zealand from 26 October 1977 to 25 October 1980, becoming the first and only New Zealand politician till date to have held both positions. 

 45 
Elmārs Zemgalis
(Latvian-American Chess Master and Mathematics Professor at Highline College)
Elmārs Zemgalis
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: 2014
 46 
Mango
(Singer-songwriter)
Mango
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lagonegro, Italy
Died: 2014
 47 
Shehu Musa Yar'Adua
(Nigerian Military Officer and Politician)
Shehu Musa Yar'Adua
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Katsina, Nigeria
Died: 1997

Major General Shehu Musa Yar'Adua held different positions during Nigerian Civil War. He participated in 1975 Nigerian coup d'état and then served as Transport Minister under new Head of State Murtala Muhammed. Following assassination of Murtala in 1976 Nigerian coup d'état attempt, Yar'Adua became de facto second-in-command as Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, under new Head of State Olusegun Obasanjo.  

 48 
Charles, Grand Duke of Baden
(Ruler)
Charles, Grand Duke of Baden
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1786
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: 1818
 49 
Sydney Harris
Sydney Harris
0
Listed In:
Birthdate: September 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: 1986
 50 
Martin Ritt
(Film Director)
Martin Ritt
1
Birthdate: March 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: 1990