The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 24th.

  1. 427 - Archbishop Sisinnius I of Constantinople
  2. 820 - Leo V, Byzantine Emperor (assassinated) (b. 775)
  3. 1257 - John I, Count of Hainaut (b. 1218)
  4. 1453 - John Dunstable, English composer (bc. 1390)
  5. 1524 - Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer (bc. 1469)
  6. 1660 - Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (b. 1631)
  7. 1707 - Noël Coypel, French painter (b. 1628)
  8. 1813 - Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan, (b.1740)
  9. 1863 - William Makepeace Thackeray, English writer (b. 1811)
  10. 1865 - Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, English painter and writer (b. 1793)
  11. 1868 - Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (b. 1802)
  12. 1873 - Johns Hopkins, Baltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)
  13. 1889 - Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (b. 1819)
  14. 1898 - Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI (b. 1828)
  15. 1914 - John Muir, Scottish-born naturalist (b. 1838)
  16. 1935 - Alban Berg, Austrian composer (b. 1885)
  17. 1938 - Bruno Taut, German architect (b. 1880)
  18. 1941 - Siegfried Alkan, German composer (b. 1858)
  19. 1942 - François Darlan, vice-premier of Vichy France (b. 1881)
  20. 1957 - Norma Talmadge, American actress (b. 1893)
  21. 1972 - Gisela Richter, English art historian (b. 1882)
  22. 1975 - Bernard Herrmann, American film composer (b. 1911)
  23. 1977 - Samael Aun Weor, Columbian writer (b. 1917)
  24. 1980 - Karl Dönitz, President of Germany (b. 1891)
  25. 1980 - Siggie Nordstrom, model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer of The Nordstrom Sisters (b. 1893)
  26. 1982 - Louis Aragon, French writer (b. 1897)
  27. 1984 - Peter Lawford, English actor (b. 1923)
  28. 1986 - Gardner Fox, American writer (b. 1911)
  29. 1987 - Joop den Uyl, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1919)
  30. 1992 - Peyo, Belgian comics artist, and creator of The Smurfs (b. 1928)
  31. 1992 - Bobby LaKind, American musician and singer (The Doobie Brothers) (b. 1945)
  32. 1993 - Norman Vincent Peale, American writer (b. 1898)
  33. 1994 - John Boswell, American historian (b. 1947)
  34. 1994 - Rossano Brazzi, Italian actor and singer (b. 1916)
  35. 1997 - Toshirô Mifune, Japanese actor (b. 1920)
  36. 1997 - Pierre Péladeau, Quebec businessman, founder of Quebecor (b. 1925)
  37. 1999 - João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  38. 1999 - Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician, Prime minister of France (b. 1907)
  39. 2000 - Nick Massi, American singer (The Four Seasons) (b. 1935)
  40. 2002 - Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  41. 2004 - Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  42. 2005 - Michael Vale, American commercial actor (b. 1922)