Honoring the Legacies: Remembering Those Who Passed Away Today – 25th December

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Honoring the Legacies: Remembering Those Who Passed Away Today – 25th December

Dear readers, today, we come together to honor the memories of the notable individuals who departed from this world on this very day. 25th December marks the day when we reflect on the lives and legacies of those who have left an indelible imprint on history through their remarkable contributions and achievements.

Year Event
268 Pope Dionysius
418 Pope Zosimus
831 Euthymius of Sardis, Byzantine bishop and saint (b. 754)
865 Zheng, empress of the Tang Dynasty
893 Masrur al-Balkhi, Muslim general
1191 Reginald Fitz Jocelin, Archbishop-elect of Canterbury
1302 Valdemar, King of Sweden, 1250-1275 (b. c. 1238/1239)
1350 Jean de Marigny, French archbishop
1352 John, 3rd Earl of Kent, English politician (b. 1330)
1360 Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent, English commander (b. 1314)
1413 Michele Steno, Doge of Venice (b. 1331)
1441 Niccolò III d’Este, Marquess of Ferrara
1458 Arthur III, Duke of Brittany (b. 1393)
1476 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (assassinated) (b. 1444)
1646 Henri de Bourbon, Prince of Condé (b. 1588)
1530 Babur, Mongolian emperor (b. 1483)
1574 Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine (b. 1524)
1731 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French author (b. 1672)
1771 Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher and activist (b. 1715)
1780 John Fothergill, English physician and botanist (b. 1712)
1784 Seth Warner, American colonel (b. 1743)
1786 Gasparo Gozzi, Italian playwright and critic (b. 1713)
1863 Francis Caulfeild, 2nd Earl of Charlemont, Irish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone (b. 1775)
1869 Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (b. 1797)
1890 Heinrich Schliemann, German-Italian archaeologist and author (b. 1822)
1909 Frederic Remington, American painter and illustrator (b. 1861)
1923 Dietrich Eckart, German journalist, poet, and politician (b. 1868)
1925 Jan Letzel, Czech architect, designed the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (b. 1880)
1929 Albert Giraud, Belgian poet (b. 1860)
1931 Melvil Dewey, American librarian and educator, created the Dewey Decimal Classification (b. 1851)
1933 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian journalist and politician (b. 1875)
1933 Henry Watson Fowler, English lexicographer and educator (b. 1858)
1959 Jack Tresadern, English footballer and manager (b. 1890)
1960 Tetsuro Watsuji, Japanese historian and philosopher (b. 1889)
1963 Gorgeous George, American wrestler (b. 1915)
1966 Ina Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (b. 1875)
1966 Herbert Otto Gille, German general (b. 1897)
1966 Guillermo Stábile, Argentinian footballer and manager (b. 1905)
1968 Weegee, Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (b. 1898)
1970 Lillian Board, South African-English runner (b. 1948)
1972 Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (b. 1884)
1973 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, 11th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1899)
1974 Farid al-Atrash, Syrian-Egyptian singer-songwriter, oud player, and actor (b. 1915)
1974 Jack Benny, American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, and violinist (b. 1894)
1974 Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton, Scottish admiral (b. 1890)
1977 Howard Hawks, American director and screenwriter (b. 1896)
1980 Tony Smith, American sculptor and educator (b. 1912)
1981 Amber Reeves, New Zealand-English author and scholar (b. 1887)
1981 Suat Hayri Ürgüplü, Turkish politician, Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1903)
1986 Elsa Lanchester, English-American actress (b. 1902)
1988 Glenn McCarthy, American businessman, founded the Shamrock Hotel (b. 1907)
1988 Pablo Sorozábal, German-Spanish composer and conductor (b. 1897)
1989 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1924)
1990 Gene Callahan, American art director and production designer (b. 1923)
1994 Sylva Koscina, Italian actress (b. 1933)
1996 JonBenét Ramsey, American child beauty queen and prominent unsolved murder victim (b. 1990)
1997 Cahit Arf, Turkish mathematician and academic (b. 1910)
1997 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek economist and philosopher (b. 1922)
1999 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1942)
1999 Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian academic and politician, 9th President of India (b. 1918)
2000 Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
2001 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (b. 1929)
2002 Herb Ritts, American photographer and director (b. 1952)
2002 Armand Zildjian, American businessman, founded the Avedis Zildjian Company (b. 1921)
2004 Troy Broadbridge, Australian footballer (b. 1980)
2004 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African surgeon and academic (b. 1959)
2004 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian saxophonist and composer (b. 1959)
2004 Angus Ogilvy, English businessman (b. 1928)
2004 Mieszko Talarczyk, Polish-Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1974)
2004 Reggie White, American football player and wrestler (b. 1961)
2005 Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American soprano (b. 1937)
2005 Ted Ditchburn, English footballer and manager (b. 1921)
2005 Kerry Packer, Australian publisher and businessman (b. 1937)
2005 Viacheslav Platonov, Russian volleyball player and coach (b. 1939)
2005 Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
2005 Erich Topp, German commander (b. 1914)
2006 Gerald Ford, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 38th President of the United States (b. 1913)
2006 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier and engineer (b. 1951)
2006 Munir Niazi, Indian-Pakistani poet (b. 1928)
2009 Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)
2010 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
2010 Teena Marie, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1956)
2011 Houston Antwine, American football player (b. 1939)
2011 Pedro Armendáriz, Jr., Mexican-American actor and producer (b. 1940)
2011 Sarekoppa Bangarappa, Indian politician, 15th Chief Minister of Karnataka (b. 1932)
2011 Joe Bodolai, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1948)
2011 James Rizzi, American painter and illustrator (b. 1950)
2012 Gerry Anderson, English director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1929)
2012 Gerald McDermott, American author and illustrator (b. 1941)
2012 Ibrahim Tannous, Lebanese general (b. 1929)
2013 Paul Blair, American baseball player and coach (b. 1944)
2013 Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-American actress and singer (b. 1912)
2014 Stanisław Barańczak, Polish-American poet, critic, and scholar (b. 1946)
2014 James B. Edwards, American dentist, soldier, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Energy (b. 1927)
2014 Leo Tindemans, Belgian politician, 43rd Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1922)
2015 Sidney Mintz, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1922)
2015 Jim O’Toole, American baseball player (b. 1937)
2016 Ricky Harris, American comedian, actor (b. 1962)
2016 George S. Irving, American actor, singer and dancer (b. 1922)

As we draw this tribute to a close, let us carry forward the lessons and legacies of those we have lost. Their impact on the world remains etched in the fabric of time, serving as a reminder of the enduring power of the human spirit. May their contributions continue to inspire us to strive for greatness and leave our own meaningful mark on the world.

Join us in continuing to celebrate the lives and contributions of those who have shaped our world, even in their absence. Their memory lives on through the stories we share and the legacies we continue to uphold. Until next time, may their spirits find peace in the legacy they have left behind.

Laila is a seasoned content writer at USInsightNews, renowned for her captivating storytelling and incisive analysis. Outside of her professional endeavors, Laila can be found exploring new literary works, immersing herself in nature, and advocating for the power of education in empowering communities.

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