The following is a list of notable world figures who died on December 25th.

  1. 795 - Pope Adrian I
  2. 1156 - Peter the Venerable, Benedictine abbot of Cluny (b. c. 1092)
  3. 1635 - Samuel de Champlain, French explorer and founder of Quebec City (b. 1567)
  4. 1676 - Matthew Hale, Lord Chief Justice of England (b. 1609)
  5. 1676 - William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, English soldier (b. 1592)
  6. 1683 - Kara Mustafa, Ottoman general (b. 1634)
  7. 1758 - James Hervey, English clergyman (b. 1714)
  8. 1784 - Yosa Buson, Japanese painter (b. 1716)
  9. 1824 - Barbara Juliana, Baroness von Krüdener, Russian writer (b. 1764)
  10. 1880 - Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1828)
  11. 1916 - St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint (b. 1845)
  12. 1921 - Vladimir Korolenko, Russian writer (b. 1853)
  13. 1925 - Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst (b. 1877)
  14. 1926 - Taisho Emperor, Japanese emperor (b. 1879)
  15. 1933 - Francesc Macià, Catalonian statesman (b. 1859)
  16. 1938 - Karel Capek, Czech author (b. 1890)
  17. 1940 - Agnes Ayres, American actress (b. 1898)
  18. 1946 - W. C. Fields, American comedian (b. 1880)
  19. 1950 - Neil Francis Hawkins, British fascist (b. 1903)
  20. 1953 - Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  21. 1961 - Otto Loewi, Nobel laureate (b. 1873)
  22. 1961 - Owen Brewster, U.S. Senator from Maine (b. 1888)
  23. 1963 - Tristan Tzara, Romanian-born writer (b. 1896)
  24. 1971 - Maria Koepcke, ornithologist (b. 1924)
  25. 1973 - Ismet Inonu, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
  26. 1973 - Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  27. 1977 - Charlie Chaplin, English actor (b. 1889)
  28. 1979 - Joan Blondell, American actress (b. 1906)
  29. 1983 - Joan Miró, Catalan painter (b. 1893)
  30. 1988 - Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  31. 1989 - Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanian dictator (b. 1918)
  32. 1989 - Billy Martin, American baseball manager (b. 1928)
  33. 1993 - Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (b. 1899)
  34. 1994 - Zail Singh, President of India (b. 1916)
  35. 1995 - Dean Martin, American singer (b. 1917)
  36. 1997 - Denver Pyle, American actor (b. 1920)
  37. 1998 - John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  38. 1999 - Peter Jeffrey, English actor (b. 1929)
  39. 2000 - Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher (b. 1908)
  40. 2003 - Nicholas Mavroules, American politician (b. 1929)
  41. 2005 - Birgit Nilsson, Swedish singer (b. 1918)
  42. 2005 - Robert Barbers, Philippine senator (b. 1944)
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