The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 23rd.

  1. 910 - Naum of Preslav, Bulgarian scholar
  2. 913 - Conrad of Franconia
  3. 1230 - Berengaria of Navarre, queen of Richard I of England
  4. 1556 - Nicholas Udall, English playwright (b. 1504)
  5. 1568 - Roger Ascham, tutor of Elizabeth I of England
  6. 1575 - Akiyama Nobutomo, Japanese warrior (b. 1531)
  7. 1588 - Henry I, Duke of Guise, French Catholic leader (b. 1550)
  8. 1631 - Michael Drayton, English poet (b. 1563)
  9. 1646 - François Maynard, French poet (b. 1582)
  10. 1652 - John Cotton, founder of Boston, Massachusetts (b. 1585)
  11. 1675 - Caesar, duc de Choiseul, French marshal and diplomat (b. 1602)
  12. 1722 - Pierre Varignon, French mathematician (b. 1654)
  13. 1771 - Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, Canadian saint (b. 1701)
  14. 1761 - Alestair Ruadh MacDonnell, Scottish Jacobite spy
  15. 1779 - Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (b. 1724)
  16. 1789 - Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French philanthropist and developer of signed French (b. 1712)
  17. 1793 - Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer (b. 1699)
  18. 1795 - Henry Clinton, British general (b. 1730)
  19. 1805 - Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist (b. 1723)
  20. 1834 - Thomas Malthus, English demographer and economist (b. 1766)
  21. 1846 - Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent, French naturalist (b. 1780)
  22. 1902 - Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1821)
  23. 1912 - Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (b. 1850)
  24. 1931 - Wilson Bentley, Discovered that no two snowflake are the same
  25. 1939 - Anthony Fokker, Dutch aircraft manufacturer (b. 1890)
  26. 1948 - Hideki Tojo, Prime Minister of Japan (hanged) (b. 1884)
  27. 1948 - Akira Muto, Japanese army commander (hanged) (b. 1883)
  28. 1953 - Lavrenty Beria, Soviet Communist leader (b. 1899)
  29. 1954 - René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)
  30. 1970 - Charles Ruggles, American actor (b. 1886)
  31. 1972 - Andrei Tupolev, Soviet aircraft designer (b. 1888)
  32. 1973 - Charles Atlas, Italian-born bodybuilder (b. 1892)
  33. 1973 - Irna Phillips, American television writer, director, and producer (b. 1901)
  34. 1979 - Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
  35. 1982 - Jack Webb, American actor, producer, and director (b. 1920)
  36. 1983 - Colin Middleton, Northern Irish artist (b. 1910)
  37. 1992 - Vincent Fourcade, French American interior designer and socialite (b. 1934)
  38. 1992 - Eddie Hazel, American guitarist (Funkadelic) (b. 1950)
  39. 1994 - Sebastian Shaw, English actor (b. 1905)
  40. 2000 - Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)
  41. 2000 - Victor Borge, Danish-born comedian and pianist (b. 1909)
  42. 2002 - Joe Strummer, Punk guitarist (b. 1952)
  43. 2004 - P. V. Narasimha Rao, ninth Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
  44. 2005 - Norman D. Vaughan, polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
  45. 2005 - Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and coach (b. 1914)