The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 29th.

  1. 1170 - Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (assassinated) (b. 1118)
  2. 1563 - Sebastian Castellio, French theologian (b. 1515)
  3. 1634 - John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop (b. 1612)
  4. 1661 - Antoine GĂ©rard de Saint-Amant, French poet (b. 1594)
  5. 1689 - Thomas Sydenham, English physician (b. 1624)
  6. 1731 - Brook Taylor, English mathematician (b. 1685)
  7. 1737 - Joseph Saurin, French mathematician (b. 1659)
  8. 1785 - Johan Herman Wessel, Norwegian poet (b. 1742)
  9. 1825 - Jacques-Louis David, French painter (b. 1748)
  10. 1891 - Leopold Kronecker, mathematician (b. 1823)
  11. 1894 - Christina Rossetti, English poet (b. 1830)
  12. 1916 - Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk (b. 1869)
  13. 1924 - Carl Spitteler, Swiss writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
  14. 1926 - Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian writer (b. 1875)
  15. 1929 - Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)
  16. 1937 - Don Marquis, American author (b. 1878)
  17. 1960 - Eden Phillpotts, British writer (b. 1862)
  18. 1967 - Paul Whiteman, American musician and conductor (b. 1890)
  19. 1980 - Tim Hardin, American musician (b. 1941)
  20. 1980 - Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  21. 1986 - Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1894)
  22. 1993 - Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Soviet Armenian actor (b. 1930)
  23. 2003 - Earl Hindman, American actor (lung cancer) (b. 1942)
  24. 2003 - Dinsdale Landen, English actor (cancer) (b. 1932)
  25. 2003 - Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  26. 2004 - Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  27. 2004 - Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
  28. 2004 - Ken Burkhart, Baseball player (b. 1915)
  29. 2005 - Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)