The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 19th.

  1. 401 - Pope Anastasius I
  2. 1075 - Edith of Wessex, wife of Edward the Confessor of England
  3. 1327 - Agnes of France, Duchess of Burgundy
  4. 1370 - Pope Urban V (b. 1310)
  5. 1737 - James Sobieski, Crown Prince of Poland (b. 1667)
  6. 1741 - Vitus Bering, Danish-born explorer (b. 1681)
  7. 1745 - Jean-Baptiste van Loo, French painter (b. 1684)
  8. 1749 - Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer (b. 1672)
  9. 1751 - Louise of Great Britain, wife of Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1724)
  10. 1807 - Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (b. 1723)
  11. 1813 - James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1744)
  12. 1819 - Sir Thomas Fremantle, British naval officer and politician (b. 1765)
  13. 1848 - Emily Brontë, British author (b. 1818)
  14. 1915 - Alois Alzheimer, German neuroscientist (b. 1864)
  15. 1932 - Yoon Bong-Gil, Protester against Japanese occupation of Korea (executed) (b. 1908)
  16. 1938 - Stephen Warfield Gambrill, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 5th District (b. 1873)
  17. 1939 - Hans Langsdorff, German naval officer (b. 1894)
  18. 1944 - Khedive Abbas II of Egypt, (b. 1874)
  19. 1944 - Rudolph Karstadt, German entrepreneur (b. 1856)
  20. 1946 - Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  21. 1953 - Robert Millikan, American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1868)
  22. 1967 - Harold Holt, seventeenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)
  23. 1968 - Norman Thomas, American socialist (b. 1884)
  24. 1989 - Stella Gibbons, British author (b. 1902)
  25. 1991 - Joe Cole (roadie) Actor, author and film-maker (b. 1961)
  26. 1993 - Michael Clarke, American drummer (The Byrds) (b. 1946)
  27. 1996 - Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (b. 1924)
  28. 1997 - Masaru Ibuka, Japanese industrialist (Sony) (b. 1908)
  29. 1997 - Jimmy Rogers, American blues guitarist (b. 1924)
  30. 1999 - Desmond Llewelyn, British actor (b. 1914)
  31. 2000 - Milt Hinton, American jazz double bassist (b. 1910)
  32. 2000 - Pops Staples, American singer (The Staple Singers) (b. 1915)
  33. 2001 - Marcel Mule, French saxophonist. (b. 1901)
  34. 2003 - Peter Carter-Ruck, British lawyer (b. 1914)
  35. 2003 - Hope Lange, American actress (b. 1931)
  36. 2004 - Herbert C. Brown, British-born American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
  37. 2004 - Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano (b. 1922)
  38. 2005 - Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (b. 1927)