Honoring the Legacies: Remembering Those Who Passed Away Today – 4th December

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Honoring the Legacies: Remembering Those Who Passed Away Today – 4th December

Dear readers, today, we come together to honor the memories of the notable individuals who departed from this world on this very day. 4th 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
63 BC Publius Cornelius Lentulus Sura, Roman politician (b. 114 BC)
334 Li Ban, emperor of Chang Han (b. 288)
902 Ealhswith, queen consort and wife of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex
1082 Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona (b. 1053)
1212 Dirk van Are, bishop and lord of Utrecht
1244 Joan, Countess of Flanders and Hainault(b. 1199 or 1200)
1355 John III, Duke of Brabant (b. 1300)
1560 Francis II of France (b. 1544)
1570 Johan Friis, Danish politician (b. 1494)
1624 Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist and physician (b. 1560)
1654 Jean François Sarrazin, French author and poet (b. 1611)
1663 Severo Bonini, Italian organist and composer (b. 1582)
1749 Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye, Canadian commander and explorer (b. 1685)
1758 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer (b. 1688)
1770 James Stirling, Scottish mathematician and surveyor (b. 1692)
1784 Phillis Wheatley, Senegal-born slave, later American poet (b. 1753)
1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer and musician (b. 1756)
1819 Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg, German poet and lawyer (b. 1750)
1870 Alexandre Dumas, French novelist and playwright (b. 1802)
1887 Eliza R. Snow, American poet and songwriter (b. 1804)
1891 Pedro II of Brazil (b. 1825)
1918 Schalk Willem Burger, South African commander, lawyer, and politician, 6th President of the South African Republic (b. 1852)
1925 Władysław Reymont, Polish noelist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1867)
1926 Claude Monet, French painter (b. 1840)
1931 Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
1940 Jan Kubelík, Czech violinist and composer (b. 1880)
1941 Amrita Sher-Gil, Hungarian-Pakistani painter (b. 1913)
1942 Jock Delves Broughton, English captain (b. 1883)
1946 Louis Dewis, Belgian-French painter and educator (b. 1872)
1951 Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player and manager (b. 1887)
1951 Abanindranath Tagore, Indian painter, author, and academic (b. 1871)
1953 William Sterling Parsons, American admiral (b. 1901)
1955 Glenn L. Martin, American pilot and businessman, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company (b. 1886)
1961 Emil Fuchs, German-American lawyer and businessman (b. 1878)
1963 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer and educator (b. 1905)
1963 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Indian-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
1964 V. Veerasingam, Sri Lankan educator and politician (b. 1892)
1965 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist, neuroscientist, and academic Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)
1968 Fred Clark, American actor (b. 1914)
1969 Claude Dornier, German engineer and businessman, founded Dornier Flugzeugwerke (b. 1884)
1969 Princess Alice of Battenberg (b. 1885)
1973 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish engineer, invented the radar (b. 1892)
1975 Constance McLaughlin Green, American historian and author (b. 1897)
1977 Katherine Milhous, American author and illustrator (b. 1894)
1977 Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Russian marshal and politician, Minister of Defence for the Soviet Union (b. 1895)
1979 Jesse Pearson, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
1983 Robert Aldrich, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1918)
1984 Cecil M. Harden, American politician (b. 1894)
1986 Edward Youde, Welsh-Chinese sinologist and diplomat, 26th Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
1989 John Pritchard, English conductor and director (b. 1921)
1990 Alfonso A. Ossorio, Filipino-American painter and sculptor (b. 1916)
1994 Harry Horner, Czech-American director, producer, and production designer (b. 1910)
1995 L. B. Cole, American illustrator and publisher (b. 1918)
1995 Charles Evans, English mountaineer, surgeon, and educator (b. 1918)
1995 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet and playwright (b. 1920)
1995 Clair Cameron Patterson, American scientist (b. 1922)
1997 Eugen Cicero, Romanian-German jazz pianist (b. 1940)
1998 Albert Gore, Sr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1907)
2001 Franco Rasetti, Italian-American physicist and academic (b. 1901)
2002 Roone Arledge, American sportscaster and producer (b. 1931)
2002 Ne Win, Burmese general and politician, 4th President of Burma (b. 1911)
2005 Edward L. Masry, American lawyer and politician (b. 1932)
2006 David Bronstein, Ukrainian-Belarusian chess player and theoretician (b. 1924)
2007 Andrew Imbrie, American composer and academic (b. 1921)
2007 George Paraskevaides, Greek-Cypriot businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Joannou & Paraskevaides (b. 1916)
2007 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer and academic (b. 1928)
2008 Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow (b. 1929)
2008 George Brecht, American chemist and composer (b. 1926)
2008 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (b. 1924)
2008 Beverly Garland, American actress and businesswoman (b. 1926)
2008 Anca Parghel, Romanian singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1957)
2009 William Lederer, American soldier and author (b. 1912)
2010 Alan Armer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
2010 Don Meredith, American football player, sportscaster, and actor (b. 1938)
2011 Peter Gethin, English race car driver (b. 1940)
2011 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer and manager (b. 1942)
2012 Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (b. 1920)
2012 Elisabeth Murdoch, Australian philanthropist (b. 1909)
2012 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, designed the United Nations Headquarters and Cathedral of Brasília (b. 1907)
2012 Ignatius IV of Antioch, Syrian patriarch (b. 1920)
2013 Fred Bassetti, American architect and academic, founded Bassetti Architects (b. 1917)
2013 William B. Edmondson, American lawyer and diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Africa (b. 1927)
2013 Nelson Mandela, South African lawyer and politician, 1st President of South Africa, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
2014 Ernest C. Brace, American captain and pilot (b. 1931)
2014 Fabiola, Queen of Belgium (b. 1928)
2014 Talât Sait Halman, Turkish poet, translator, and historian (b. 1931)
2014 Jackie Healy-Rae, Irish hurdler and politician (b. 1931)
2014 Silvio Zavala, Mexican historian and author (b. 1909)
2015 Vic Eliason, American clergyman and radio host, founded VCY America (b. 1936)
2015 Tibor Rubin, Hungarian-American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1929)
2015 Chuck Williams, American businessman and author, founded Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (b. 1915)
2016 Jayalalithaa, Indian politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1948)

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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