The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 12th.

  1. 884 - Carloman, King of the West Franks
  2. 1212 - Geoffrey, Archbishop of York
  3. 1569 - Metropolitan Philip of Moscow (b. 1507)
  4. 1574 - Selim II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1524)
  5. 1586 - Stefan Batory, King of Poland (b. 1533)
  6. 1685 - John Pell, English mathematician (b. 1610)
  7. 1751 - Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English statesman and philosopher (b. 1678)
  8. 1754 - Wu Jingzi, Chinese writer (b. 1701)
  9. 1766 - Johann Christoph Gottsched, German writer (b. 1700)
  10. 1789 - John Ponsonby, Irish politician (b. 1713)
  11. 1790 - Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer (b. 1733)
  12. 1843 - King William I of the Netherlands, (b. 1772)
  13. 1858 - Jacques Viger, antiquarian and archeologist, first mayor of Montreal (b. 1787)
  14. 1889 - Robert Browning, British poet (b. 1812)
  15. 1889 - Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1804)
  16. 1894 - Sir John Thompson, fourth Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1845)
  17. 1913 - Emperor Menelek II of Ethiopia (b. 1844)
  18. 1923 - Raymond Radiguet, French author (b. 1903)
  19. 1926 - Jean Richepin, French poet (b. 1849)
  20. 1929 - Charles Goodnight, American cattle baron (b. 1836)
  21. 1939 - Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (b. 1883)
  22. 1952 - Bedrich Hrozný, Austro-Hungarian-born Czechoslovak orientalist and linguist (b. 1879)
  23. 1963 - Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  24. 1968 - Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (b. 1902)
  25. 1970 - Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (b. 1889)
  26. 1971 - David Sarnoff, Russian-born American General Manager of RCA (b. 1891)
  27. 1976 - Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  28. 1977 - Lady Spencer Churchill, wife of Winston Churchill (b. 1885)
  29. 1980 - Jean Lesage, politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1912)
  30. 1985 - Anne Baxter, American actress (b. 1923)
  31. 1985 - Ian Stewart, Scottish musician (b. 1938)
  32. 1993 - József Antall, Hungarian politician (b. 1932)
  33. 1994 - Stuart Roosa, American astronaut (b. 1933)
  34. 1996 - Vance Packard, American author (b. 1914)
  35. 1997 - Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  36. 1998 - Lawton Chiles, U.S. Senator from Florida and Governor of Florida (b. 1930)
  37. 1999 - Joseph Heller, American author (b. 1923)
  38. 2000 - George Montgomery, American actor (b. 1916)
  39. 2001 - Jean Richard, French actor (b. 1921)
  40. 2002 - Dee Brown, American author (b. 1908)
  41. 2002 - Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted murderer (b. 1965)
  42. 2002 - Brad Dexter, American actor (b. 1917)
  43. 2003 - Heydar Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
  44. 2003 - Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Catholic prelate (b. 1926)
  45. 2003 - Keiko, orca who played Willy in Free Willy
  46. 2005 - Annette Vadim, Danish actress (b. 1936)
  47. 2006 - Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  48. 2006 - Peter Boyle, American actor (b. 1935)