Anniversary of the 1966 Coup d'état (Burkina Faso)
Ministry of Religious Affairs Day (Indonesia)
Tamaseseri Festival (Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan)
The first day of Nakhatsenendyan toner, celebrated until January 5 (Armenia).
The tenth of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Western Christianity)
250 - Emperor Decius orders everyone in the Roman Empire (except Jews) to make sacrifices to the Roman gods.
1521 - Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.
1653 - By the Coonan Cross Oath, the Eastern Church in India cuts itself off from colonial Portuguese tutelage.
1749 - Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
1749 - The first issue of Berlingske, Denmark's oldest continually operating newspaper, is published.
1777 - American General George Washington defeats British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
1815 - Austria, the United Kingdom, and France form a secret defensive alliance against Prussia and Russia.
1823 - Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
1833 - The United Kingdom claims sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
1848 - Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of Liberia.
1861 - American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the United States.
1868 - Meiji Restoration in Japan: The Tokugawa shogunate is abolished; agents of Satsuma and Chōshū seize power.
1870 - Construction work begins on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, United States.
1871 - In the Battle of Bapaume, an engagement in the Franco-Prussian War, General Louis Faidherbe's forces bring about a Prussian retreat.
1885 - Sino-French War: Beginning of the Battle of Núi Bop
1911 - A magnitude 7.7 earthquake destroys the city of Almaty in Russian Turkestan.
1911 - A gun battle in the East End of London left two dead and sparked a political row over the involvement of then-Home Secretary Winston Churchill.
1913 - An Atlantic coast storm sets the lowest confirmed barometric pressure reading for a non-tropical system in the continental United States.
1919 - At the Paris Peace Conference, Emir Faisal I of Iraq signs an agreement with Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann on the development of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
1925 - Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy.
1932 - Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop a revolt by banana workers fired by the United Fruit Company.
1933 - Minnie D. Craig becomes the first woman elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first woman to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
1938 - The March of Dimes is established as a foundation to combat infant polio by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1944 - World War II: Top Ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington is shot down in his Vought F4U Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
1945 - World War II: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is placed in command of all U.S. Naval forces in preparation for planned assaults against Iwo Jima and Okinawa in Japan.
1946 - Popular Canadian American jockey George Woolf dies in a freak accident during a race; the annual George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award is created to honor him.
1947 - Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
1949 - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the central bank of the Philippines, is established.
1953 - Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
1956 - A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
1957 - The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
1958 - The West Indies Federation is formed.
1959 - Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.
1961 - Cold War: The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba over the latter's nationalization of American assets.
1961 - The SL-1 nuclear reactor is destroyed by a steam explosion in the only reactor incident in the United States to cause immediate fatalities.
1961 - A protest by agricultural workers in Baixa de Cassanje, Portuguese Angola, turns into a revolt, opening the Angolan War of Independence, the first of the Portuguese Colonial Wars.
1962 - Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
1976 - The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, comes into force.
1977 - Apple Computer is incorporated.
1990 - United States invasion of Panama: Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, surrenders to American forces.
1993 - In Moscow, Russia, George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
1994 - More than seven million people from the former apartheid Homelands receive South African citizenship.
1994 - Baikal Airlines Flight 130 crashes near Irkutsk, Russia, resulting in 125 deaths.
1999 - The Mars Polar Lander is launched by NASA.
2000 - Final daily edition of the Peanuts comic strip.
2002 - Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Israeli forces seize the Palestinian freighter Karine A in the Red Sea, finding 50 tons of weapons.
2004 - Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea, resulting in 148 deaths, making it one of the deadliest aviation accidents in Egyptian history.
2009 - The first block of the blockchain of the decentralized payment system Bitcoin, called the Genesis block, was established by the creator of the system, Satoshi Nakamoto.
2015 - Boko Haram militants raze the entire town of Baga in north-east Nigeria, starting the Baga massacre and killing as many as 2,000 people.
2016 - Following the fallout caused by the execution of Nimr al-Nimr, Iran ends its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.
2018 - Computer analysts report two major security vulnerabilities, named "Meltdown" and "Spectre," affecting the microprocessors of almost all computers in the world.
2019 - Chang'e 4 makes the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon, deploying the Yutu-2 lunar rover.
2020 - Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is killed by an American airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.
106 BC - Cicero, Roman philosopher, lawyer, and politician (d. 43 BC)
169 - Lü Bu, Chinese general and warlord (d. 199)
1196 - Emperor Tsuchimikado of Japan (d. 1231)
1509 - Gian Girolamo Albani, Italian cardinal (d. 1591)
1611 - James Harrington, English political theorist (d. 1677)
1698 - Pietro Metastasio, Italian poet and songwriter (d. 1782)
1710 - Richard Gridley, American soldier and engineer (d. 1796)
1722 - Fredrik Hasselqvist, Swedish biologist and explorer (d. 1752)
1731 - Angelo Emo, Venetian admiral and statesman (d. 1792)
1760 - Veerapandiya Kattabomman, Indian ruler (d. 1799)
1775 - Francis Caulfeild, 2nd Earl of Charlemont (d. 1863)
1778 - Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish archbishop (d. 1861)
1793 - Lucretia Mott, American activist (d. 1880)
1802 - Charles Pelham Villiers, English lawyer and politician (d. 1898)
1803 - Douglas William Jerrold, English journalist and playwright (d. 1857)
1806 - Henriette Sontag, German soprano and actress (d. 1854)
1810 - Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie, French geographer, ethnologist, linguist, and astronomer (d. 1897)
1816 - Samuel C. Pomeroy, American businessman and politician (d. 1891)
1819 - Charles Piazzi Smyth, Italian-Scottish astronomer and academic (d. 1900)
1821 - Karel Dežman, Slovenian archaeologist, botanist, and politician, Mayor of Ljubljana (d. 1889)
1831 - Savitribai Phule, Indian poet, educator, and activist (d. 1897)
1836 - Sakamoto Ryōma, Japanese samurai and rebel leader (d. 1867)
1840 - Father Damien, Flemish priest and missionary (d. 1889)
1847 - Ettore Marchiafava, Italian physician (d. 1935)
1853 - Sophie Elkan, Swedish writer (d. 1921)
1855 - Hubert Bland, English businessman (d. 1914)
1861 - Ernest Renshaw, English tennis player (d. 1899)
1861 - William Renshaw, English tennis player (d. 1904)
1862 - Matthew Nathan, English soldier and politician, 13th Governor of Queensland (d. 1939)
1865 - Henry Lytton, English actor (d. 1936)
1870 - Henry Handel Richardson, Australian-English author (d. 1946)
1873 - Ichizō Kobayashi, Japanese businessman and art collector, founded the Hankyu Hanshin Holdings (d. 1957)
1875 - Alexandros Diomidis, Greek banker and politician, 145th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1950)
1876 - Wilhelm Pieck, German carpenter and politician, 1st President of the German Democratic Republic (d. 1960)
1877 - Josephine Hull, American actress (d. 1957)
1880 - Francis Browne, Irish Jesuit priest and photographer (d. 1960)
1883 - Clement Attlee, English soldier, lawyer, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1967)
1883 - Duncan Gillis, Canadian discus thrower and hammer thrower (d. 1963)
1884 - Raoul Koczalski, Polish pianist and composer (d. 1948)
1885 - Harry Elkins Widener, American businessman (d. 1912)
1886 - John Gould Fletcher, American poet and author (d. 1950)
1886 - Arthur Mailey, Australian cricketer (d. 1967)
1887 - August Macke, German-French painter (d. 1914)
1892 - J.R.R. Tolkien, English writer, poet, and philologist (d. 1973)
1894 - ZaSu Pitts, American actress (d. 1963)
1897 - Marion Davies, American actress and comedian (d. 1961)
1898 - Carolyn Haywood, American author and illustrator (d. 1990)
1898 - Carlos Keller, Chilean historian, academic, and politician (d. 1974)
1900 - Donald J. Russell, American businessman (d. 1985)
1901 - Ngô Đình Diệm, Vietnamese lawyer and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Vietnam (d. 1963)
1905 - Dante Giacosa, Italian engineer (d. 1996)
1905 - Anna May Wong, American actress (d. 1961)
1907 - Ray Milland, Welsh-American actor and director (d. 1986)
1909 - Victor Borge, Danish-American pianist and conductor (d. 2000)
1910 - Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player and manager (d. 2000)
1911 - John Sturges, American director and producer (d. 1982)
1912 - Federico Borrell García, Spanish soldier (d. 1936)
1912 - Renaude Lapointe, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2002)
1912 - Armand Lohikoski, American-Finnish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2005)
1915 - Jack Levine, American painter and soldier (d. 2010)
1916 - Betty Furness, American actress and television journalist (d. 1994)
1916 - Fred Haas, American golfer (d. 2004)
1917 - Albert Mol, Dutch author and actor (d. 2002)
1917 - Vernon A. Walters, American general and diplomat, 17th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2002)
1917 - Roger Williams Straus, Jr., American journalist and publisher, co-founded Farrar, Straus and Giroux (d. 2004)
1919 - Dorothy Morrison, American actress (d. 2017)
1919 - Herbie Nichols, American pianist and composer (d. 1963)
1920 - Siegfried Buback, German lawyer and politician, Attorney General of Germany (d. 1977)
1920 - Renato Carosone, Italian singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2001)
1921 - Chetan Anand, Indian director and screenwriter (d. 1997)
1921 - Isabella Bashmakova, Russian historian of mathematics (d. 2005)
1922 - Bill Travers, English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1994)
1923 - Hank Stram, American football coach and sportscaster (d. 2005)
1924 - Otto Beisheim, German businessman and philanthropist, founded Metro AG (d. 2013)
1924 - André Franquin, Belgian author and illustrator (d. 1997)
1924 - Nell Rankin, American soprano and educator (d. 2005)
1925 - Jill Balcon, English actress (d. 2009)
1926 - W. Michael Blumenthal, American economist and politician, 64th United States Secretary of the Treasury
1926 - George Martin, English composer, conductor, and producer (d. 2016)
1928 - Abdul Rahman Ya'kub, Malaysian lawyer and politician, 3rd Chief Minister of Sarawak (d. 2015)
1929 - Sergio Leone, Italian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1989)
1929 - Ernst Mahle, German-Brazilian composer and conductor
1929 - Gordon Moore, American businessman, co-founder of Intel Corporation
1930 - Robert Loggia, American actor and director (d. 2015)
1932 - Dabney Coleman, American actor
1932 - Eeles Landström, Finnish pole vaulter and politician
1933 - Geoffrey Bindman, English lawyer
1933 - Anne Stevenson, American-English poet and author
1934 - Marpessa Dawn, American-French actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2008)
1934 - Carla Anderson Hills, American lawyer and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
1935 - Raymond Garneau, Canadian businessman and politician
1937 - Glen A. Larson, American director, producer, and screenwriter, created Battlestar Galactica (d. 2014)
1938 - Robin Butler, Baron Butler of Brockwell, English academic and politician
1938 - K. Ganeshalingam, Sri Lankan accountant and politician, Mayor of Colombo (d. 2006)
1939 - Arik Einstein, Israeli singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2013)
1939 - Bobby Hull, Canadian ice hockey player
1940 - Leo de Berardinis, Italian actor and director (d. 2008)
1940 - Bernard Blaut, Polish footballer and coach (d. 2007)
1941 - Malcolm Dick, New Zealand rugby player
1942 - John Marsden, Australian lawyer and activist (d. 2006)
1942 - John Thaw, English actor and producer, played Inspector Morse (d. 2002)
1943 - Jarl Alfredius, Swedish journalist (d. 2009)
1943 - Van Dyke Parks, American singer-songwriter, musician, composer, author, and actor
1944 - Blanche d'Alpuget, Australian author
1945 - David Starkey, English historian and academic
1945 - Stephen Stills, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1946 - John Paul Jones, English bass player, songwriter, and producer
1946 - Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek footballer (d. 2002)
1947 - Fran Cotton, English rugby player
1947 - Zulema, American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
1948 - Ian Nankervis, Australian footballer
1950 - Victoria Principal, American actress and businesswoman
1950 - Linda Steiner, American journalist and academic
1951 - Linda Dobbs, English lawyer and judge
1951 - Gary Nairn, Australian surveyor and politician, 14th Special Minister of State
1952 - Esperanza Aguirre, Spanish civil servant and politician, 3rd President of the Community of Madrid
1952 - Gianfranco Fini, Italian journalist and politician, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
1952 - Jim Ross, American professional wrestling commentator
1953 - Justin Fleming, Australian playwright and author
1953 - Mohammed Waheed Hassan, Maldivian educator and politician, 5th President of the Maldives
1953 - Peter Taylor, English football winger and manager
1956 - Mel Gibson, American-Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1958 - Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean actor, director, and producer
1960 - Russell Spence, English racing driver
1962 - Darren Daulton, American baseball player (d. 2017)
1962 - Gavin Hastings, Scottish rugby player
1963 - Stewart Hosie, Scottish businessman and politician
1963 - Aamer Malik, Pakistani cricketer
1963 - Alex Wheatle, English author and playwright
1964 - Bruce LaBruce, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter
1964 - Cheryl Miller, American basketball player and coach
1966 - Chetan Sharma, Indian cricketer
1969 - Lorenzo Fertitta, American entrepreneur, casino executive and sports promoter
1969 - Jarmo Lehtinen, Finnish racing driver
1969 - Michael Schumacher, German racing driver
1969 - Gerda Weissensteiner, Italian luger and bobsledder
1971 - Cory Cross, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1971 - Lee Il-hwa, South Korean actress
1973 - Dan Harmon, American screenwriter and producer
1974 - Robert-Jan Derksen, Dutch golfer
1974 - Alessandro Petacchi, Italian cyclist
1975 - Jason Marsden, American actor
1975 - Thomas Bangalter, French DJ, musician (Daft Punk), and producer
1975 - Danica McKellar, American actress, writer, and mathematician
1976 - Angelos Basinas, Greek footballer
1976 - Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor and producer
1977 - Lee Bowyer, English footballer and coach
1977 - A. J. Burnett, American baseball player
1977 - Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress and singer
1978 - Dimitra Kalentzou, Greek basketball player
1978 - Dominic Wood, English comedian and former magician
1980 - Bryan Clay, American decathlete
1980 - Angela Ruggiero, American ice hockey player
1980 - David Tyree, American football player
1980 - Kurt Vile, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1981 - Eli Manning, American football player
1982 - Peter Clarke, English footballer
1982 - Lasse Nilsson, Swedish footballer
1982 - Park Ji-yoon, South Korean singer and actress
1984 - Billy Mehmet, English-Irish footballer
1985 - Linas Kleiza, Lithuanian basketball player
1985 - Evan Moore, American football player
1986 - Dana Hussain, Iraqi sprinter
1986 - Greg Nwokolo, Indonesian footballer
1986 - Dmitry Starodubtsev, Russian pole vaulter
1987 - Reto Berra, Swiss professional ice hockey goaltender
1987 - Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress and singer
1988 - Ikechi Anya, Scottish-Nigerian footballer
1988 - Matt Frattin, Canadian ice hockey player
1988 - J. R. Hildebrand, American racing driver
1989 - Ben Matulino, New Zealand rugby league player
1989 - Kōhei Uchimura, Japanese artistic gymnast
1990 - Yoichiro Kakitani, Japanese footballer
1991 - Jerson Cabral, Dutch footballer
1991 - Özgür Çek, Turkish footballer
1991 - Sébastien Faure, French footballer
1991 - Dane Gagai, Australian rugby league player
1992 - Doug McDermott, American basketball player
2003 - Greta Thunberg, Swedish environmental activist
236 - Anterus, pope of the Catholic Church
323 - Yuan of Yin, Chinese emperor (b. 276)
1027 - Fujiwara no Yukinari, Japanese calligrapher (b. 972)
1028 - Fujiwara no Michinaga, Japanese nobleman (b. 966)
1098 - Walkelin, Norman bishop of Winchester
1322 - Philip V, king of France (b. 1292)
1437 - Catherine of Valois, queen consort of Henry V (b. 1401)
1501 - Ali-Shir Nava'i, Turkic poet, linguist, and mystic (b. 1441)
1543 - Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Portuguese explorer and navigator (b. 1499)
1571 - Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1505)
1641 - Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomer and mathematician (b. 1618)
1656 - Mathieu Molé, French politician (b. 1584)
1670 - George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1608)
1701 - Louis I, prince of Monaco (b. 1642)
1705 - Luca Giordano, Italian painter and illustrator (b. 1634)
1743 - Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian painter and architect (b. 1657)
1777 - William Leslie, Scottish captain (b. 1751)
1779 - Claude Bourgelat, French surgeon and lawyer (b. 1712)
1785 - Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
1795 - Josiah Wedgwood, English potter, founded the Wedgwood Company (b. 1730)
1826 - Louis-Gabriel Suchet, French general (b. 1770)
1871 - Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Indian priest and saint (b. 1805)
1875 - Pierre Larousse, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1817)
1882 - William Harrison Ainsworth, English author (b. 1805)
1895 - James Merritt Ives, American lithographer and businessman, co-founded Currier and Ives (b. 1824)
1903 - Alois Hitler, Austrian civil servant (b. 1837)
1911 - Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author and poet (b. 1851)
1915 - James Elroy Flecker, English poet, author, and playwright (b. 1884)
1916 - Grenville M. Dodge, American general and politician (b. 1831)
1922 - Wilhelm Voigt, German criminal (b. 1849)
1923 - Jaroslav Hašek, Czech journalist and author (b. 1883)
1927 - Carl David Tolmé Runge, German physicist and mathematician (b. 1856)
1931 - Joseph Joffre, French general (b. 1852)
1933 - Wilhelm Cuno, German lawyer and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
1933 - Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor, director, and producer (b. 1896)
1943 - Walter James, Australian lawyer and politician, 5th Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
1944 - Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet, critic, and translator (b. 1873)
1945 - Edgar Cayce, American psychic and author (b. 1877)
1945 - Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish journalist and explorer (b. 1879)
1946 - William Joyce, American-British pro-Axis propaganda broadcaster (b. 1906)
1956 - Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian-American pianist and composer (b. 1864)
1956 - Dimitrios Vergos, Greek wrestler, weightlifter, and shot putter (b. 1886)
1956 - Joseph Wirth, German educator and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
1958 - Cafer Tayyar Eğilmez, Turkish general (b. 1877)
1959 - Edwin Muir, Scottish poet, author, and translator (b. 1887)
1960 - Eric P. Kelly, American journalist, author, and academic (b. 1884)
1962 - Hermann Lux, German footballer and manager (b. 1893)
1965 - Milton Avery, American painter (b. 1885)
1966 - Sammy Younge Jr., American civil rights activist (b. 1944)
1967 - Mary Garden, Scottish-American soprano and actress (b. 1874)
1967 - Reginald Punnett, British scientist (b. 1875)
1967 - Jack Ruby, American businessman and murderer (b. 1911)
1969 - Jean Focas, Greek-French astronomer (b. 1909)
1969 - Tzavalas Karousos, Greek-French actor (b. 1904)
1970 - Gladys Aylward, English missionary and humanitarian (b. 1902)
1972 - Mohan Rakesh, Indian author and playwright (b. 1925)
1975 - Victor Kraft, Austrian philosopher from the Vienna Circle (b. 1880)
1975 - James McCormack, American general (b. 1910)
1977 - William Gropper, American lithographer, cartoonist, and painter (b. 1897)
1979 - Conrad Hilton, American businessman, founded the Hilton Hotels & Resorts (b. 1887)
1980 - Joy Adamson, Austrian-Kenyan author (b. 1910)
1980 - George Sutherland Fraser, Scottish poet and academic (b. 1915)
1981 - Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (b. 1883)
1988 - Rose Ausländer, Ukrainian-German poet and author (b. 1901)
1989 - Sergei Sobolev, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1909)
1992 - Judith Anderson, British actress (b. 1897)
2002 - Satish Dhawan, Indian engineer (b. 1920)
2003 - Jimmy Stewart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1931)
2005 - Koo Chen-fu, Taiwanese businessman and diplomat (b. 1917)
2005 - Egidio Galea, Maltese Roman Catholic priest, missionary, and educator (b. 1918)
2005 - Jyotindra Nath Dixit, Indian diplomat, 2nd Indian National Security Adviser (b. 1936)
2006 - Steve Rogers, Australian rugby player and coach (b. 1954)
2006 - Bill Skate, Papua New Guinean politician, 5th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
2007 - János Fürst, Hungarian violinist and conductor (b. 1935)
2007 - William Verity, Jr., American businessman and politician, 27th United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1917)
2008 - Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor and screenwriter (b. 1953)
2008 - Werner Dollinger, German economist and politician, German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development (b. 1918)
2008 - Choi Yo-sam, South Korean boxer (b. 1972)
2009 - Betty Freeman, American philanthropist and photographer (b. 1921)
2009 - Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1923)
2009 - Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
2010 - Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt, Chilean-German composer and academic (b. 1925)
2010 - Mary Daly, American theologian and scholar (b. 1928)
2012 - Vicar, Chilean cartoonist (b. 1934)
2012 - Robert L. Carter, American lawyer and judge (b. 1917)
2012 - Winifred Milius Lubell, American author and illustrator (b. 1914)
2012 - Josef Škvorecký, Czech-Canadian author and publisher (b. 1924)
2012 - Bob Weston, English guitarist and songwriter (b. 1947)
2013 - Alfie Fripp, English soldier and pilot (b. 1913)
2013 - Ivan Mackerle, Czech cryptozoologist, explorer, and author (b. 1942)
2013 - William Maxson, American general (b. 1930)
2013 - Sergiu Nicolaescu, Romanian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
2014 - Phil Everly, American singer and guitarist (b. 1939)
2014 - George Goodman, American economist and author (b. 1930)
2014 - Saul Zaentz, American film producer (b. 1921)
2015 - Martin Anderson, American economist and academic (b. 1936)
2015 - Edward Brooke, American captain and politician, 47th Massachusetts Attorney General (b. 1919)
2016 - Paul Bley, Canadian-American pianist and composer (b. 1932)
2016 - Peter Naur, Danish computer scientist, astronomer, and academic (b. 1928)
2016 - Bill Plager, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1945)
2016 - Igor Sergun, Russian general and diplomat (b. 1957)
2017 - H. S. Mahadeva Prasad, Indian politician (b. 1958)
2018 - Colin Brumby, Australian composer (b. 1933)
2019 - Herb Kelleher, American businessman, co-founder of Southwest Airlines (b. 1931)
2020 - Qasem Soleimani, Iranian major general, commander of the Iranian Quds Force (b. 1957)
Daniel of Padua
Holy Name of Jesus
Kuriakose Elias Chavara (Syro-Malabar Catholic Church)
William Passavant (Episcopal Church)
January 3 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)