The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 22nd.

  1. 1100 - Duke Bretislaus II of Bohemia
  2. 1603 - Mehmed III, Ottoman Emperor (b. 1566)
  3. 1646 - Peter Mogila, Orthodox Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia (b. 1596)
  4. 1660 - André Tacquet, Belgian mathematician (b. 1612)
  5. 1681 - Richard Alleine, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1611)
  6. 1708 - Hedwig Sophia, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, Swedish writer (b. 1681)
  7. 1738 - Constantia Jones, British prostitute (executed)
  8. 1767 - John Newbery, English publisher (b. 1713)
  9. 1788 - Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)
  10. 1806 - William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)
  11. 1867 - Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician (b. 1788)
  12. 1870 - Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1836)
  13. 1828 - William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist (b. 1766)
  14. 1880 - George Eliot, English writer (b. 1819)
  15. 1899 - Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist (b. 1837)
  16. 1902 - Richard von Krafft-Ebing, German psychiatrist (b. 1840)
  17. 1917 - Mother Cabrini, first American citizen canonized by the Catholic Church (b. 1850)
  18. 1936 - Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger, Croatian paleontologist (b. 1856)
  19. 1939 - Ma Rainey, American singer (b. 1886)
  20. 1940 - Nathanael West, American writer (b. 1903)
  21. 1942 - Franz Boas, German anthropologist (b. 1858)
  22. 1943 - Beatrix Potter, English writer (b. 1866)
  23. 1944 - Harry Langdon, American silent film actor (b. 1884)
  24. 1947 - Hans Aumeier, German Nazi official and concentration camp commandant (b. 1906)
  25. 1959 - Gilda Gray, Polish-born American dancer and actress (b. 1901)
  26. 1965 - Richard Dimbleby, English journalist and broadcaster (b. 1913)
  27. 1971 - Godfried Bomans, Dutch author and television personality (b. 1913)
  28. 1979 - Darryl F. Zanuck, American producer (b. 1902)
  29. 1980 - Karl Dönitz, German politician and U-boat commander (b. 1891)
  30. 1985 - D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  31. 1988 - Chico Mendes, Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist, and environmental activist (assassinated) (b. 1944)
  32. 1989 - Samuel Beckett, Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  33. 1993 - Don DeFore, American actor (b. 1913)
  34. 1995 - Butterfly McQueen, American actress (b. 1911)
  35. 1995 - James Meade, English economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (b. 1907)
  36. 1998 - Michelle Thomas, American actress (b. 1969)
  37. 2002 - Desmond Hoyte, President of Guyana (b. 1929)
  38. 2002 - Joe Strummer, British musician (The Clash) (b. 1952)
  39. 2003 - Dave Dudley, American singer (b. 1928)
  40. 2004 - Doug Ault, baseball player (b. 1950)