The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 8th.

  1. 899 - Arnulf of Carinthia (b. 850)
  2. 1626 - John Davies, English poet (b. 1569)
  3. 1632 - Philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)
  4. 1638 - Ivan Gundulic, Croatian poet (b. 1589)
  5. 1643 - John Pym, English statesman (b. 1583)
  6. 1649 - Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1613)
  7. 1680 - Henry Pierrepont, 1st Marquess of Dorchester, English politician (b. 1606)
  8. 1691 - Richard Baxter, English clergyman (b. 1615)
  9. 1695 - Barthélemy d'Herbelot de Molainville, French orientalist (b. 1625)
  10. 1709 - Thomas Corneille, French dramatist (b. 1625)
  11. 1722 - Liselotte von der Pfalz, Duchess of Orléans (b. 1652)
  12. 1744 - Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle duchess de Châteauroux, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1717)
  13. 1745 - Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (b. 1683)
  14. 1746 - Charles Radclyffe, British politician (b. 1693)
  15. 1756 - William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat
  16. 1768 - Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1702)
  17. 1830 - Benjamin Constant, Swiss writer (b. 1767)
  18. 1859 - Thomas de Quincey, British author (b. 1785)
  19. 1864 - George Boole, British inventor of Boolean algebra (b. 1815)
  20. 1885 - William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1821)
  21. 1894 - Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)
  22. 1907 - Oscar II of Sweden (b. 1829)
  23. 1914 - Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer (b. 1861)
  24. 1917 - Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)
  25. 1938 - Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  26. 1952 - Charles Lightoller, British second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)
  27. 1958 - Tris Speaker, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  28. 1963 - Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  29. 1975 - Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  30. 1978 - Golda Meir, Russian-born Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1898)
  31. 1980 - John Lennon, British musician and activist (b. 1940)
  32. 1982 - Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist (b. 1951)
  33. 1982 - Marty Robbins, American singer (b. 1925)
  34. 1983 - Slim Pickens, American actor (b. 1919)
  35. 1984 - Luther Adler, American actor (b. 1903
  36. 1984 - Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  37. 1991 - Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1911)
  38. 1992 - William Shawn, American magazine editor (b. 1917)
  39. 1994 - Tom Jobim, Brazilian composer and arranger (b. 1927)
  40. 1996 - Howard Rollins, American actor (b. 1950)
  41. 1999 - Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  42. 2001 - Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
  43. 2003 - Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club)
  44. 2004 - Dimebag Darrell (Darrell Abbott), American guitarist (b. 1966)
  45. 2005 - Georgiy Zhzhonov Russian actor and author (b. 1915)
  46. 2006 - Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  47. 2006 - José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. (1959)