Honoring the Legacies: Remembering Those Who Passed Away Today – 29th December

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Honoring the Legacies: Remembering Those Who Passed Away Today – 29th December

Dear readers, today, we come together to honor the memories of the notable individuals who departed from this world on this very day. 29th 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
274 Pope Felix I
717 Egwin of Evesham, bishop of Worcester
903 Tian Jun, Chinese warlord (b. 858)
925 Wang Shenzhi, founder of Min (b. 862)
1115 Theodoric II, Duke of Lorraine
1331 Bernard Gui, inquisitor (b. 1261 or 1262)
1435 Bonne of Berry, Regent of Savoy (b. 1362)
1436 Louis III, Elector Palatine (b. 1378)
1460 Edmund, Earl of Rutland, Irish politician, Lord Chancellor of Ireland (b. 1443)
1460 Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (b. 1411)
1525 Jakob Fugger, German banker and businessman (b. 1459)
1572 Galeazzo Alessi, Italian architect, designed the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (b. 1512)
1573 Giovanni Battista Giraldi, Italian author and poet (b. 1504)
1591 Pope Innocent IX (b. 1519)
1621 Job of Manyava, Ukrainian monk and saint (b. 1550)
1640 John Francis Regis, French priest and saint (b. 1597)
1643 Giovanni Baglione, Italian painter and historian of art (b. 1566)
1644 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist, physiologist, and physician (b. 1577)
1662 Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria (b. 1628)
1769 Nicholas Taaffe, 6th Viscount Taaffe, Irish-Austrian soldier and courtier (b. 1685)
1777 Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1727)
1788 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian painter and academic (b. 1702)
1803 Francis Lewis, Welsh-American merchant and politician (b. 1713)
1879 Manuel de Araújo Porto-Alegre, Baron of Santo Ângelo, Brazilian poet and painter (b. 1806)
1896 José Rizal, Filipino ophthalmologist, journalist, and author (b. 1861)
1906 Josephine Butler, English feminist and social reformer (b. 1828)
1908 Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician (b. 1844)
1916 Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic (b. 1869)
1928 Jean Collas, French rugby player and tug of war competitor (b. 1874)
1937 Hans Niels Andersen, Danish businessman, founded the East Asiatic Company (b. 1852)
1940 Childe Wills, American engineer (b. 1878)
1941 El Lissitzky, Russian photographer and architect (b. 1890)
1944 Romain Rolland, French author and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1866)
1945 Song Jin-woo, South Korean journalist and politician (b. 1889)
1947 Han van Meegeren, Dutch painter (b. 1889)
1947 Alfred North Whitehead, English-American mathematician and philosopher (b. 1861)
1954 Archduke Eugen of Austria (b. 1863)
1955 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet and author (b. 1913)
1967 Vincent Massey, Canadian lawyer and politician, 18th Governor General of Canada (b. 1887)
1968 Trygve Lie, Norwegian journalist and politician, 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (b. 1896)
1970 Sonny Liston, American boxer (b. 1932)
1971 Jo Cals, Dutch lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1914)
1971 Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist and academic (b. 1919)
1979 Richard Rodgers, American playwright and composer (b. 1902)
1982 Alberto Vargas, Peruvian-American painter and illustrator (b. 1896)
1983 Violette Cordery, English race car driver (b. 1900)
1986 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
1988 Yuli Daniel, Russian author and poet (b. 1925)
1988 Isamu Noguchi, American sculptor and landscaper (b. 1904)
1990 Raghuvir Sahay, Indian author, poet, and critic (b. 1929)
1993 İhsan Sabri Çağlayangil, Turkish lawyer and politician, 20th Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1908)
1993 Irving “Swifty” Lazar, American talent agent (b. 1907)
1993 Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian-French physicist and academic (b. 1907)
1994 Dmitri Ivanenko, Ukrainian-Russian physicist and academic (b. 1904)
1995 Ralph Flanagan, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1914)
1995 Doris Grau, American voice actor and script supervisor (b. 1924)
1996 Lew Ayres, American actor (b. 1908)
1997 Shinichi Hoshi, Japanese author and illustrator (b. 1926)
1998 Sam Muchnick, American wrestling promoter, co-founded the National Wrestling Alliance (b. 1905)
1999 Joff Ellen, Australian comedian and actor (b. 1915)
1999 Fritz Leonhardt, German engineer, co-designed the Cologne Rodenkirchen Bridge and Fernsehturm Stuttgart (b. 1909)
1999 Des Renford, Australian swimmer (b. 1927)
2000 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1909)
2002 Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)
2002 Eleanor J. Gibson, American psychologist and academic (b. 1910)
2002 Mary Wesley, English author (b. 1912)
2003 John Gregory Dunne, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic (b. 1932)
2004 Artie Shaw, American clarinet player, composer, and bandleader (b. 1910)
2005 Eddie Barlow, South African cricketer and coach (b. 1940)
2005 Rona Jaffe, American novelist (b. 1932)
2006 Saddam Hussein, Iraqi general and politician, 5th President of Iraq (b. 1937)
2006 Terry Peck, Falkland Islander police officer and spy (b. 1938)
2006 Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
2009 Rowland S. Howard, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1959)
2009 Abdurrahman Wahid, Indonesian journalist and politician, 4th President of Indonesia (b. 1940)
2011 Ronald Searle, English-French cartoonist (b. 1920)
2012 Philip Coppens, Belgian-American journalist and author (b. 1971)
2012 Beate Sirota Gordon, Austrian-American director and producer (b. 1923)
2012 Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1909)
2012 Carl Woese, American microbiologist and biophysicist (b. 1928)
2012 Dennis Ferguson, Australian sex offender (b. 1948)
2013 Kinnaird R. McKee, American admiral (b. 1929)
2013 José María Maguregui, Spanish footballer and manager (b. 1934)
2013 Eiichi Ohtaki, Japanese singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1948)
2013 Johnny Orr, American basketball player and coach (b. 1927)
2014 Terry Becker, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1921)
2014 Jim Galloway, Scottish-Canadian clarinet player and saxophonist (b. 1936)
2014 Luise Rainer, German-born American-British actress (b. 1910)
2015 Doug Atkins, American football player (b. 1930)
2015 Howard Davis, Jr., American boxer and trainer (b. 1956)
2015 Mangesh Padgaonkar, Indian poet, playwright, and translator (b. 1929)
2015 Howard Pawley, Canadian lawyer and politician, 18th Premier of Manitoba (b. 1934)

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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