Honoring the Legacies: Remembering Those Who Passed Away Today – 30th December

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Honoring the Legacies: Remembering Those Who Passed Away Today – 30th December

Dear readers, today, we come together to honor the memories of the notable individuals who departed from this world on this very day. 30th 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
45 BC Quintus Fabius Maximus, consul suffectus
192 Commodus, Roman emperor (b. 161)
335 Pope Sylvester I
669 Li Shiji, Chinese general (b. 594)
878 Seiwa, Japanese emperor (b. 850)
1164 Ottokar III of Styria (b. 1124)
1194 Leopold V, Duke of Austria (b. 1157)
1298 Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English politician, Lord High Constable of England (b. 1249)
1299 Margaret, Countess of Anjou (b. 1273)
1302 Frederick III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1238)
1384 John Wycliffe, English philosopher, theologian, and translator (b. 1331)
1386 Johanna of Bavaria, Queen of Bohemia (b. c. 1362)
1426 Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter (b. 1377)
1439 Margaret Holland, English noblewoman (b. 1385)
1460 Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, English politician, Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom (b. 1400)
1510 Bianca Maria Sforza, Holy Roman Empress (b. 1472)
1535 William Skeffington, English-Irish politician, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1465)
1568 Shimazu Tadayoshi, Japanese daimyo (b. 1493)
1575 Pierino Belli, Italian commander and jurist (b. 1502)
1583 Thomas Erastus, Swiss physician and theologian (b. 1524)
1610 Ludolph van Ceulen, German-Dutch mathematician and academic (b. 1540)
1650 Dorgon, Chinese emperor (b. 1612)
1655 Janusz Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian politician (b. 1612)
1673 Oliver St John, English judge and politician, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (b. 1598)
1679 Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist (b. 1608)
1691 Robert Boyle, Irish chemist and physicist (b. 1627)
1691 Dudley North, English merchant and economist (b. 1641)
1705 Catherine of Braganza (b. 1638)
1719 John Flamsteed, English astronomer and academic (b. 1646)
1730 Carlo Gimach, Maltese architect, engineer and poet (b. 1651)
1742 Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine (b. 1661)
1775 Richard Montgomery, American general (b. 1738)
1799 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and author (b. 1723)
1872 Aleksis Kivi, Finnish author and playwright (b. 1834)
1876 Catherine Labouré, French nun and saint (b. 1806)
1877 Gustave Courbet, French-Swiss painter and sculptor (b. 1819)
1888 Samson Raphael Hirsch, German rabbi and scholar (b. 1808)
1889 Ion Creangă, Romanian author and educator (b. 1837)
1890 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican soldier (b. 1826)
1891 Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Nigerian bishop and linguist (b. 1809)
1894 Thomas Joannes Stieltjes, Dutch mathematician and academic (b. 1856)
1909 Spencer Trask, American financier and philanthropist (b. 1844)
1910 Archibald Hoxsey, American pilot (b. 1884)
1910 John Moisant, American pilot and engineer (b. 1868)
1921 Boies Penrose, American lawyer and politician (b. 1860)
1936 Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish philosopher, author, and poet (b. 1864)
1948 Malcolm Campbell, English race car driver and journalist (b. 1885)
1949 Rıza Tevfik Bölükbaşı, Turkish philosopher, poet, and politician (b. 1869)
1949 Raimond Valgre, Estonian pianist and composer (b. 1913)
1950 Charles Koechlin, French composer and educator (b. 1867)
1953 Albert Plesman, Dutch businessman, founded KLM (b. 1889)
1964 Bobby Byrne, American baseball and soccer player (b. 1884)
1964 Ólafur Thors, Icelandic lawyer and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1892)
1964 Henry Maitland Wilson, English field marshal (b. 1881)
1968 George Lewis, American clarinet player and composer (b. 1900)
1972 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and soldier (b. 1934)
1972 Henry Gerber, German-American activist, founded the Society for Human Rights (b. 1892)
1978 Basil Wolverton, American illustrator (b. 1909)
1980 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian philosopher and theorist (b. 1911)
1980 Raoul Walsh, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1887)
1983 Sevim Burak, Turkish author and playwright (b. 1931)
1985 Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1940)
1987 Jerry Turner, American journalist (b. 1929)
1988 Nicolas Calas, Greek-American poet and critic (b. 1907)
1990 George Allen, American football player and coach (b. 1918)
1990 Vasily Lazarev, Russian physician, colonel, and astronaut (b. 1928)
1990 Giovanni Michelucci, Italian architect and urban planner, designed the Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station (b. 1891)
1993 Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Georgian anthropologist and politician, 1st President of Georgia (b. 1939)
1993 Brandon Teena, American murder victim (b. 1972)
1994 Woody Strode, American football player, wrestler, and actor (b. 1914)
1996 Wesley Addy, American actor (b. 1913)
1997 Floyd Cramer, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1933)
1997 Billie Dove, American actress (b. 1903)
1998 Ted Glossop, Australian rugby league player and coach (b. 1934)
1999 Elliot Richardson, American lawyer and politician, 69th United States Attorney General (b. 1920)
2000 Alan Cranston, American journalist and politician (b. 1914)
2000 José Greco, Italian-American dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)
2000 Binyamin Ze’ev Kahane, American-Israeli rabbi and scholar (b. 1966)
2001 Eileen Heckart, American actress (b. 1919)
2002 Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1951)
2003 Arthur R. von Hippel German-American physicist and author (b. 1898)
2004 Gérard Debreu, French economist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1921)
2005 Enrico Di Giuseppe, American tenor and educator (b. 1932)
2005 Phillip Whitehead, English screenwriter, producer, and politician (b. 1937)
2006 Seymour Martin Lipset, American sociologist, author, and academic (b. 1922)
2006 George Sisler, Jr., American businessman (b. 1917)
2007 Roy Amara, American scientific researcher (b. 1925)
2007 Michael Goldberg, American painter and educator (b. 1924)
2007 Bill Idelson, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1919)
2007 Milton L. Klein, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1910)
2007 Ettore Sottsass, Austrian-Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)
2008 Donald E. Westlake, American author and screenwriter (b. 1933)
2009 Cahal Daly, Irish cardinal and philosopher (b. 1917)
2009 Justin Keating, Irish surgeon, journalist, and politician, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (b. 1930)
2010 Raymond Impanis, Belgian cyclist (b. 1925)
2010 Per Oscarsson, Swedish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1927)
2012 Peter Ebert, English director and producer (b. 1918)
2012 Tarak Mekki, Tunisian businessman and politician (b. 1958)
2012 Jovette Marchessault, Canadian author and playwright (b. 1938)
2012 Günter Rössler, German photographer and journalist (b. 1926)
2013 James Avery, American actor (b. 1945)
2013 Roberto Ciotti, Italian guitarist and composer (b. 1953)
2013 Bob Grant, American radio host (b. 1929)
2013 Irina Korschunow, German author and screenwriter (b. 1925)
2014 Edward Herrmann, American actor (b. 1943)
2014 Abdullah Hussain, Malaysian author (b. 1920)
2014 Norm Phelps, American author and activist (b. 1939)
2014 S. Arthur Spiegel, American captain, lawyer, and judge (b. 1920)
2014 Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington, British soldier and politician (b. 1915)
2015 Natalie Cole, American singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1950)
2015 Marvin Panch, American race car driver (b. 1926)
2015 Wayne Rogers, American actor and investor (b. 1933)
2015 Beth Howland, American actress (b. 1941)
2016 William Christopher, American actor (b. 1932)

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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