The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 15th.

  1. 1025 - Basil II, Byzantine Emperor (b. 958)
  2. 1072 - Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan in Persia (b. 1029)
  3. 1230 - King Otakar I of Bohemia
  4. 1263 - King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)
  5. 1598 - Philips van Marnix, lord of Sint-Aldegonde, Dutch writer and statesman (b. 1538)
  6. 1621 - Charles de Luynes, Constable of France (b. 1578)
  7. 1673 - Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)
  8. 1675 - Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter (b. 1632)
  9. 1683 - Izaak Walton, English writer (b. 1593)
  10. 1688 - Gaspar Fagel, Dutch statesman (b. 1634)
  11. 1715 - George Hickes, English minister and scholar (b. 1642)
  12. 1753 - Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect (b. 1694)
  13. 1792 - Joseph Martin Kraus, Swedish composer (b. 1756)
  14. 1855 - Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (b. 1803)
  15. 1890 - Sitting Bull, Sioux nation leader (b. circa 1831)
  16. 1943 - Fats Waller, American musician (b. 1904)
  17. 1944 - Glenn Miller, American musician (later declared dead on this date, true date unknown) (b. 1904)
  18. 1947 - Arthur Machen, British author (b. 1863)
  19. 1950 - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian political leader, Iron Man of India (b.1875)
  20. 1958 - Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist and Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  21. 1962 - Charles Laughton, English actor (b. 1899)
  22. 1966 - Walt Disney, American animator (b. 1901)
  23. 1968 - Jess Willard, American boxer (b. 1881)
  24. 1968 - Antonio Barrette, politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1899]])
  25. 1971 - Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  26. 1974 - Anatole Litvak, Russian-born filmmaker (b. 1902)
  27. 1977 - Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  28. 1984 - Jan Peerce, American tenor (b. 1904)
  29. 1984 - Lennard Pearce, British actor (b. 1915)
  30. 1989 - Arnold Moss, American character actor (b. 1910)
  31. 1991 - Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev, Russian-born Soviet sniper (b. 1915)
  32. 2001 - Russ Haas, American professional wrestler (b. 1974)
  33. 2001 - Rufus Thomas, American musician (b. 1917)
  34. 2003 - George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
  35. 2003 - Keith Magnuson, National Hockey League defenceman (b. 1947)
  36. 2004 - Pauline Gore, mother of American Vice President Al Gore (b. 1912)
  37. 2005 - William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1911)
  38. 2005 - Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  39. 2005 - Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
  40. 2005 - Stan Leonard, Canadian professional golfer (b. 1915)
  41. 2006 - Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula 1 driver (b. 1939)
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