The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 18th.

  1. 821 - Theodulf, Bishop of Orléans
  2. 1133 - Hildebert, French writer
  3. 1290 - King Magnus I of Sweden (b. 1240)
  4. 1442 - Pierre Cauchon, French Catholic bishop (b. 1371)
  5. 1495 - King Alphonso II of Naples (b. 1448)
  6. 1692 - Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (b. 1626)
  7. 1737 - Antonio Stradivari, Italian violin maker (b. 1644)
  8. 1787 - Francis William Drake, British Admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1724)
  9. 1787 - Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)
  10. 1799 - Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician (b. 1725)
  11. 1803 - Johann Gottfried Herder, German writer (b. 1744)
  12. 1843 - Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, British Viceroy of India (b. 1748)
  13. 1848 - Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1781)
  14. 1869 - Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American composer and pianist (b. 1829)
  15. 1880 - Michel Chasles, French mathematician (b. 1793)
  16. 1936 - Andrija Mohorovicic, Austro-Hungarian-born Yugoslav seismologist (b. 1857)
  17. 1971 - Bobby Jones, American golfer (b. 1902)
  18. 1971 - Diana Lynn, American actress (b. 1926)
  19. 1974 - Harry Hooper, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  20. 1975 - Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian geneticist (b. 1900)
  21. 1980 - Alexei Kosygin, Premier of the USSR (b. 1904)
  22. 1982 - Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German pilot (b. 1916)
  23. 1985 - Xuân Di?u, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  24. 1990 - Paul Tortelier, French cellist and composer (b. 1914)
  25. 1990 - Anne Revere, American actress (b. 1903)
  26. 1991 - George Abecassis, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1913)
  27. 1992 - Mark Goodson, American game show producer (b. 1915)
  28. 1993 - Sam Wanamaker, American actor (b. 1919)
  29. 1994 - Roger Apéry, French mathematician (b. 1916)
  30. 1995 - Konrad Zuse, German engineer and computing pioneer (b. 1910)
  31. 1996 - Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (b. 1904)
  32. 1997 - Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (b. 1964)
  33. 1998 - Lev Demin, cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  34. 1999 - Robert Bresson, French film director (b. 1907)
  35. 2000 - Kirsty MacColl, British singer and songwriter (b. 1959)
  36. 2001 - Gilbert Bécaud, French singer (b. 1927)
  37. 2002 - Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1934)
  38. 2004 - Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
  39. 2005 - Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)