The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 10th.

  1. 1041 - Michael IV, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1010)
  2. 1198 - Averroes, Arab physician and philosopher (b. 1126)
  3. 1508 - René II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1451)
  4. 1603 - William Gilbert, English scientist (plague) (b. 1544)
  5. 1618 - Giulio Caccini, Italian composer
  6. 1626 - Edmund Gunter, English mathematician (b. 1581)
  7. 1665 - Tarquinio Merula, Italian composer
  8. 1736 - António Manoel de Vilhena, Portuguese ruler of Malta (b. 1663)
  9. 1831 - Thomas Seebeck, Baltic German physicist (b. 1770)
  10. 1850 - François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist (b. 1787)
  11. 1865 - King Léopold I of Belgium (b. 1790)
  12. 1896 - Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and founder of the Nobel Prize (b. 1833)
  13. 1911 - Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, British botanist (b. 1817)
  14. 1917 - Sir Mackenzie Bowell, fifth Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1823)
  15. 1920 - Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (b. 1868)
  16. 1928 - Charles Rennie Mackintosh, British architect, designer, and illustrator (b. 1868)
  17. 1936 - Bobby Abel, English test cricketer (b. 1857)
  18. 1936 - Luigi Pirandello, Italian writer and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1867)
  19. 1941 - Colin Kelly, American pilot (b. 1915)
  20. 1945 - Theodor Dannecker, SS officer (b. 1913)
  21. 1946 - Walter Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  22. 1946 - Damon Runyon, American writer (b. 1884)
  23. 1951 - Algernon Blackwood, British writer (b. 1869)
  24. 1953 - Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born scholar and translator (b. 1872)
  25. 1967 - Otis Redding, American soul singer (b. 1941)
  26. 1968 - Thomas Merton, American monk and author (b. 1915)
  27. 1968 - Karl Barth, Swiss theologian (b. 1886)
  28. 1968 - George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (b. 1921)
  29. 1969 - Carlos Marighella, Brazilian politician
  30. 1978 - Ed Wood, Jr., American filmmaker (b. 1924)
  31. 1979 - Ann Dvorak, American film actress (b. 1912)
  32. 1982 - Freeman F. Gosden, American actor (b. 1899)
  33. 1986 - Susan Cabot, American actress (murdered) (b. 1927)
  34. 1987 - Jascha Heifetz, Russian-born violinist (b. 1901)
  35. 1990 - Armand Hammer, American industrialist and art collector (b. 1898)
  36. 1991 - Greta Kempton, American artist (b. 1901)
  37. 1994 - Alexander Wilson, Canadian and Notre Dame athlete (b. 1905)
  38. 1994 - Keith Joseph, British politician (b. 1918)
  39. 1996 - Faron Young, American singer (b. 1932)
  40. 1999 - Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band) (b. 1942)
  41. 1999 - Franjo Tudman, President of Croatia (b. 1922)
  42. 2000 - Marie Windsor, American film actress (b. 1919)
  43. 2001 - Ashok Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1911)
  44. 2005 - Eugene J. McCarthy, U.S. Senator (b. 1916)
  45. 2005 - Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (b. 1940)
  46. 2006 - Augusto Pinochet, Chilean Dictator, President of Chile (b. 1915)