The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 26th.

  1. 268 - Pope Dionysius
  2. 418 - Pope Zosimus
  3. 1350 - Jean de Marigny, French bishop
  4. 1458 - Arthur III, Duke of Brittany (b. 1393)
  5. 1476 - Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (b. 1444)
  6. 1530 - Babur, Emperor of the Mogul empire (b. 1483)
  7. 1574 - Charles of Guise, French cardinal (b. 1524)
  8. 1624 - Simon Marius, German astronomer (b. 1573)
  9. 1731 - Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (b. 1672)
  10. 1771 - Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher (b. 1715)
  11. 1780 - John Fothergill, English physician (b. 1712)
  12. 1784 - Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader (b. 1743)
  13. 1786 - Gasparo Gozzi, Italian critic and dramatist (b. 1713)
  14. 1869 - Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille, French physiologist (b. 1797)
  15. 1890 - Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist (b. 1822)
  16. 1909 - Frederic Remington, American artist (b. 1861)
  17. 1933 - Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian literary critic and politician (b. 1875)
  18. 1960 - Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  19. 1963 - George Wagner, American professional wrestler and television personality (b. 1915)
  20. 1970 - Lillian Board, British athlete (b. 1948)
  21. 1972 - Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (b. 1884)
  22. 1973 - Harold B. Lee, 11th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1899)
  23. 1974 - Jack Benny, American comedian (b. 1894)
  24. 1977 - Howard Hawks, American film director and writer (b. 1896)
  25. 1981 - Savithri, Indian actress
  26. 1983 - Violet Carson, British actress
  27. 1985 - Dian Fossey, American gorilla specialist (b. 1932)
  28. 1986 - Elsa Lanchester, British-born actress (b. 1902)
  29. 1988 - Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  30. 1996 - JonBenét Ramsey, American child beauty queen (b. 1990)
  31. 1997 - Cornelius Castoriadis, philosopher (b. 1922)
  32. 1999 - Curtis Mayfield, American musician (b. 1942)
  33. 1999 - Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India (b. 1918)
  34. 2000 - Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
  35. 2001 - Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (b. 1929)
  36. 2002 - Herb Ritts, American photographer (b. 1952)
  37. 2002 - Armand Zildjian, American cymbal manufacturer (b. 1921)
  38. 2003 - Alan Bates, British actor (b. 1934)
  39. 2004 - Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  40. 2004 - Troy Broadbridge, Australian football player (b. 1980)
  41. 2004 - Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician (b. 1962)
  42. 2004 - Reggie White, American football player (b. 1961)
  43. 2005 - Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  44. 2005 - Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
  45. 2005 - Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)