The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 13th.

  1. 1048 - Al-Biruni, Persian mathematician (b. 973)
  2. 1124 - Pope Callixtus II
  3. 1204 - Maimonides, Spanish rabbi and philosopher (b. 1135)
  4. 1250 - Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1194)
  5. 1404 - Albert, Count of Holland (b. 1336)
  6. 1466 - Donatello, Florentine artist and sculptor (b. 1386)
  7. 1516 - Johannes Trithemius, German cryptographer (b. 1462)
  8. 1521 - Manuel I of Portugal (b. 1469)
  9. 1557 - Niccolo Fontana Tartaglia, Italian mathematician
  10. 1565 - Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist (b. 1516)
  11. 1603 - François Viète, French mathematician (b. 1540)
  12. 1621 - Katarina Stenbock, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1535)
  13. 1716 - Charles de La Fosse, French painter (b. 1640)
  14. 1721 - Alexander Selkirk, Scottish sailor and castaway (b. 1676)
  15. 1729 - Anthony Collins, English philosopher (b. 1676)
  16. 1754 - Mahmud I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1696)
  17. 1769 - Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, German poet (b. 1715)
  18. 1783 - Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer (b. 1717)
  19. 1784 - Samuel Johnson, British writer and lexicographer (b. 1709)
  20. 1814 - Charles Joseph, Prince de Ligne, Belgian-born Austrian field marshal (b. 1735)
  21. 1837 - Herman of Alaska, Russian Orthodox hermit (b. 1756)
  22. 1863 - Christian Friedrich Hebbel, German writer (b. 1813)
  23. 1868 - Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, German botanist (b. 1794)
  24. 1881 - August Senoa, Croatian writer (b. 1838)
  25. 1883 - Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (b. 1812)
  26. 1895 - Anyos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (b. 1800)
  27. 1919 - Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (b. 1850)
  28. 1922 - Hannes Hafstein, Icelandic politician and poet (b. 1861)
  29. 1924 - Samuel Gompers, American labor and political leader, founder of American Federation of Labor (b. 1850)
  30. 1930 - Fritz Pregl, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1869)
  31. 1931 - Gustave le Bon, French psychologist (b. 1840)
  32. 1935 - Victor Grignard, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1871)
  33. 1940 - Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist (b. 1851)
  34. 1942 - Wlodimir Ledochowski, Polish-Austrian director of the Society of Jesus (b. 1866)
  35. 1944 - Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-born French artist (b. 1866)
  36. 1947 - Nicholas Roerich, Russian-born painter (b. 1874)
  37. 1954 - John Raymond Hubbell, American writer (b. 1879)
  38. 1955 - Egas Moniz, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)
  39. 1958 - Tim Moore, American actor (b. 1887)
  40. 1961 - Grandma Moses, American painter (b. 1860)
  41. 1969 - Raymond A. Spruance, American admiral (b. 1886)
  42. 1969 - Spencer Williams, Jr., American actor (b. 1893)
  43. 1973 - Henry Green, English author (b. 1905)
  44. 1979 - Jon Hall, American actor (b. 1915)
  45. 1981 - Pigmeat Markham, American entertainer (b. 1904)
  46. 1983 - Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christian priest and theologian (b. 1921)
  47. 1983 - Nichita Stanescu, Romanian poet (b.1933)
  48. 1992 - Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (b. 1899)
  49. 1992 - K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist (b. 1899)
  50. 1993 - Vanessa Duriès, French novelist (b. 1972)
  51. 2001 - Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death) (b. 1967)
  52. 2002 - Zal Yanovsky, American musician (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1945)
  53. 2003 - William V. Roth, Jr., U.S. Senator (b. 1921)
  54. 2004 - Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball player (b. 1934)
  55. 2004 - David Wheeler, British computer scientist (b. 1927)
  56. 2005 - Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips (b. 1953)
  57. 2006 - Lamar Hunt, American sports promoter