The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 21st.

  1. 1295 - Marguerite Berenger of Provence, wife of Louis IX of France (bc. 1221)
  2. 1308 - Henry I of Hesse (b. 1244)
  3. 1375 - Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian writer (b. 1313)
  4. 1504 - Bertold von Henneberg-Römhild, German archbishop and elector (b. 1442)
  5. 1549 - Marguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (b. 1492)
  6. 1579 - Vicente Masip, Spanish painter
  7. 1597 - Petrus Canisius, Dutch Jesuit (b. 1521)
  8. 1807 - John Newton, English cleric and hymnist (b. 1725)
  9. 1824 - James Parkinson, English physician, geologist, paleontologist, and political activist (b. 1755)
  10. 1873 - Francis Garnier, French explorer (b. 1839)
  11. 1889 - Friedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist (b. 1809)
  12. 1935 - Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist and satirist (b. 1890)
  13. 1937 - Frank B. Kellogg, United States Secretary of State, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1856)
  14. 1940 - F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer (b. 1896)
  15. 1945 - George S. Patton, U.S. general (b. 1885)
  16. 1957 - Eric Coates, English composer (b. 1886)
  17. 1958 - Lion Feuchtwanger, German writer (b. 1884)
  18. 1959 - Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  19. 1964 - Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (b. 1880)
  20. 1965 - Claude Champagne, Quebec composer (b. 1891)
  21. 1967 - Stuart Erwin, American actor (b. 1903)
  22. 1974 - James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)
  23. 1974 - Richard Long, American actor (b. 1927)
  24. 1981 - Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  25. 1983 - Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (b. 1919)
  26. 1988 - Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch ornithologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1907)
  27. 1992 - Albert King, American musician (b. 1924)
  28. 1992 - Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian violinist (b. 1903)
  29. 2001 - Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1931)
  30. 2004 - Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (b. 1925)