Famous People Who Died In 1926

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1926. This list includes people like Harry Houdini, Claude Monet, Robert Todd Lincoln, Gertrude Bell, Annie Oakley and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include artists, emperors & kings, political leaders and economists who died in 1926. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany and many more countries.
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Harry Houdini
(Illusionist and Stunt Performer Known for His Sensational Escape Acts)
Harry Houdini
34
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 31

Legendary magician Harry Houdini initially worked as a trapeze artist named “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air” and was later known for his iconic stunt of escaping from handcuffs, at times even under water and while buried alive. He died after a blow to the gut damaged his appendix.

 2 
Claude Monet
(French Painter and Founder of 'Impressionism')
Claude Monet
35
Birthdate: November 14, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 5

Claude Monet was a French painter. The founder of French Impressionist painting, Monet's painting Impression, soleil levant gave rise to the term Impressionism. Often dubbed the driving force behind Impressionism, Monet mastered the art of painting the same scene several times so as to capture the changing of the light. Since his death, his paintings have sold for record prices.

 3 
Antoni Gaudí
(Architect)
Antoni Gaudí
15
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: June 25, 1852
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reus
Died: June 10
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is remembered as a prominent figure of Catalan Modernism. Most of his works, including the incomplete church of the Sagrada Família, are in Barcelona. His innovative methods included the use of trencadís. By 2005, seven of his creations had been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
 4 
Bessie Coleman
(American Civil Aviator and the First African-American Woman to Hold a Pilot License)
Bessie Coleman
32
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas, United States
Died: April 30

Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator and the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license. Nicknamed Queen Bess, Coleman became a high-profile pilot in the air shows organized in the United States. Bessie Coleman died at the age of 34 in a plane crash. Her efforts to promote aviation inspired the Native American communities.

 5 
Rudolph Valentino
(Italian Actor)
Rudolph Valentino
4
Birthdate: May 6, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Castellaneta, Italy
Died: August 23

Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor who appeared in many silent films, including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and The Sheik.  He began his career as part of an operetta company and later joined movies. He was known in Hollywood as the Latin Lover and was considered a major male sex symbol in the 1920s. 

 6 
Robert Todd Lincoln
(35th United States Secretary of War & Son of Abraham Lincoln)
Robert Todd Lincoln
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 1, 1843
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: July 25

Lawyer Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, served as the U.S. Secretary of War from 1881 to 1885 and as the U.S. minister to the U.K. from 1889 to 1893. He had served in the Civil War, too, and had also been the president of the Pullman Car Company

 7 
Gertrude Bell
(Writer, Diplomat)
Gertrude Bell
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 14, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, United Kingdom
Died: July 12

Born into a wealthy English family, Gertrude Bell was an explorer at heart and went down in history for her journeys across the Middle East and for helping establish the Hāshimite dynasty in Iraq. Though she graduated in history from Oxford, being a woman, she wasn’t awarded a degree.

 8 
Rainer Maria Rilke
(Austrian Poet and Novelist Known for His Poetry Collections ‘Duino Elegies’ and ‘Sonnets to Orpheus’)
Rainer Maria Rilke
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 4, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: December 29

Bohemian-Austrian poet and author Rainer Maria Rilke is best remembered for his numerous poetry collections and his only novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His works contain metaphors, contradictions, and elements drawn from Greek mythology. Though most of his works were in German, he had also written in French.

 9 
Emperor Taishō
(Emperor of Japan from 1912 to 1926)
Emperor Taishō
7
Birthdate: August 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japann
Died: December 25

Emperor Taishō was the 123rd Emperor of Japan. He was the son of  Emperor Meiji and Yanagihara Naruko, a concubine. As the eldest living son of the emperor, he was formally named the crown prince in 1888. Upon the death of his father in 1912, he ascended the throne. A sickly man with disabilities, he died at 47.

 10 
John Browning
(Firearms Designer)
John Browning
20
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 23, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States
Died: November 26
 11 
Eugene V. Debs
(Union Leader)
Eugene V. Debs
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 5, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Terre Haute
Died: October 20
Eugene V. Debs, one of the founders of the Industrial Workers of the World, was a renowned socialist and a five-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. He is remembered for founding the American Railway Union. He was convicted of sedition, but his sentence was later commuted.
 12 
Mary Cassatt
(Painter)
Mary Cassatt
11
Birthdate: May 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Allegheny
Died: June 14
 13 
Olga Constantinovna of Russia
(Queen Consort of Greece)
Olga Constantinovna of Russia
2
Birthdate: September 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pavlovsk, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 18

Olga Constantinovna of Russia was the oldest daughter of Grand Duke Constantine Nikolaievich and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg. She was married to King George I of Greece and was the queen consort of Greece as his wife. In this role, she became involved in social and charitable work and founded hospitals and schools. 

 14 
Ugyen Wangchuck
(The First Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan))
Ugyen Wangchuck
17
Birthdate: 1862 AD
Birthplace: Bumthang District
Died: August 7

Ugyen Wangchuck reigned as the first king of Bhutan from 1907 until his death in 1926. He is remembered for his efforts to unite Bhutan and gain the trust of his subjects. Wangchuck is credited with founding the Buddhist monarchy in 1907. A spiritual person who had close relationships with spiritual masters, Wangchuck oversaw the construction of the Kurjey temple.

 15 
Charles Marion Russell
(Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, Writer)
Charles Marion Russell
1
Birthdate: March 19, 1864
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: October 24

Charles Marion Russell was an American artist best remembered for depicting the American Old West. Dubbed the cowboy artist, Russell produced over 2,000 paintings featuring Native Americans, landscapes of the western United States, and cowboys. In 1955, Charles Marion Russell was made a member of the Hall of Great Westerners.

 16 
Mary Eliza Mahoney
(First African-American to Work as a Trained Nurse in the USA)
Mary Eliza Mahoney
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 16, 1845
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 4

Mary Eliza Mahoney was an African-American nurse. In 1879, she became the first African American to successfully complete her course from an American school of nursing. She helped eliminate racial discrimination in the nursing profession. Mahoney was made an inductee of the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame and the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1976 and 1993 respectively.

 17 
Emil Kraepelin
(Psychiatrist)
Emil Kraepelin
1
Birthdate: February 15, 1856
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Neustrelitz, Germany
Died: October 7

The son of a musician, Emil Kraepelin, remembered as the founder of psychiatry, was the first to differentiate between dementia praecox, now known as schizophrenia, and manic-depressive psychosis. His classification of mental illnesses influenced much of the research on the subject in the 20th century.

 18 
Camillo Golgi
(Physician, Pathologist, Biologist)
Camillo Golgi
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 7, 1843
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Corteno, Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia, Italy
Died: January 21

Nobel Prize-winning cytologist and physician Camillo Golgi is remembered for his contribution to the study of the central nervous system. He revolutionized medical science with his staining technique and discoveries such as the Golgi cell, the Golgi tendon organ, and the Golgi apparatus, apart from his research on malaria.

 19 
Annie Oakley
(Sharpshooter)
Annie Oakley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 13, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Darke County, Ohio, United States
Died: November 3
A legendary figure of the American west, Annie Oakley was a sharpshooter, who shot to fame when she starred in the Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. She performed for royalty and bagged in various awards and accolades for her marksmanship. Often referred to as Little Sure Shot, she became a star in a male-dominated sport. 
 20 
Yun Sim-deok
(Singer)
Yun Sim-deok
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pyongyang, Kingdom of Korea
Died: August 4
 21 
Symon Petlura
(Politician and Journalist)
Symon Petlura
7
Birthdate: May 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: May 25
 22 
Thomas Moran
(American Explorer and Painter)
Thomas Moran
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Birthdate: February 12, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bolton, Lancashire, England
Died: August 25

Landscape painter Thomas Moran is best known for his paintings that depicted the Rocky Mountains. After being part of a government surveying expedition to the then-uncharted Yellowstone area, he documented the woods and thus motivated the authorities to establish the US’s first national park in the area.

 23 
Louise of Sweden
(Queen of Denmark)
Louise of Sweden
2
Birthdate: October 31, 1851
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: March 20
 24 
Washington Roebling
(American Civil Engineer Who Supervised the Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge)
Washington Roebling
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 26, 1837
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 21

Engineer Washington Roebling is largely remembered for co-designing the Brooklyn Bridge with his father, John Augustus. He also worked as part of the Union Army during the Civil War. A perfectionist, he was once found unconscious in a compressed-air chamber at work, and that affected him permanently.

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Heike Kamerlingh Onnes
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 21, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: February 21

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes is best remembered for his discovery of superconductivity and his research on low-temperature physics, which eventually led to the liquefaction of helium. He is also said to have coined the term enthalpy. The Kamerlingh Onnes Award, named after him, honors achievements in low-temperature science.

 26 
Nikola Pašić
(Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Serbia and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia)
Nikola Pašić
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 18, 1845
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zaječar, Serbia
Died: December 10

Nikola Pašić was a Serbian and Yugoslav diplomat and politician. A leading political figure for nearly four decades, Pašić served as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Serbia on several occasions between 1891 and 1918. Nikola Pašić is also remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia on three occasions between 1918 and 1926.

 27 
Lyubov Dostoevskaya
(Writer)
Lyubov Dostoevskaya
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: November 10

Lyubov Dostoevskaya was a Russian memoirist and writer. The daughter of popular Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky and his wife Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina, Lyubov Dostoevskaya is best remembered for her work, Dostoyevsky as Portrayed by His Daughter. Many of her memoirs, which were written in French, were translated into other European languages.

 28 
Frank E. Butler
(American Marksman)
Frank E. Butler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 30, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Longford, Ireland
Died: November 21
 29 
Victor, Prince Napoléon
(Politician)
Victor, Prince Napoléon
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 18, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Domaine National du Palais-Royal, Paris, France
Died: May 3
 30 
Margherita of Savoy
(Queen)
Margherita of Savoy
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Birthdate: November 20, 1851
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palazzo Chiablese, Turin, Italy
Died: January 4

It is believed that the Margherita pizza that is a popular dish today was actually first made by a pizza maker in Naples to treat Margherita of Savoy, who had grown tired of the royal gourmet food. The wife of King Umberto I, Margherita was the queen of Italy.

 31 
Aleksei Brusilov
(Army General)
Aleksei Brusilov
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: March 17
 32 
Luther Burbank
(Horticulturist, Geneticist, Botanist, Gardener, Academic, Non-fiction writer)
Luther Burbank
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 7, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Rosa
Died: April 11

Luther Burbank was an American horticulturist and botanist. A pioneer in agricultural science, Luther Burbank developed over 800 varieties of plants and strains in an illustrious career that spanned 55 years. He is also credited with developing a spineless cactus that served as cattle feed. In 1986, Luther Burbank was made an inductee of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

 33 
Joseph Gurney Cannon
(Politician)
Joseph Gurney Cannon
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 7, 1836
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
Died: November 12
 34 
Frederick Duleep Singh
(Younger son of Sir Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire)
Frederick Duleep Singh
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 15
 35 
William Bateson
(Biologist who was the first person to use the term genetics to describe the study of heredity)
William Bateson
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 8, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Whitby, Yorkshire, England
Died: February 8
 36 
Charles Edward Ringling
(Former Circus showman who was one of seven original Ringling Brothers who owned the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus)
Charles Edward Ringling
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 2, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: McGregor, Iowa, United States
Died: December 3
 37 
Emily Hobhouse
(British Social Worker)
Emily Hobhouse
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St Ive, Cornwall, England
Died: June 8
 38 
Viktor Vasnetsov
(Russian Artist Specialised in Mythological and Historical Subjects)
Viktor Vasnetsov
1
Birthdate: May 15, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lop'yal, Russia
Died: July 23

Russian artist and architect Viktor Vasnetsov is best remembered for his work on the façade of Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery. He also remains one of the most significant figures of the Peredvizhniki movement, with paintings such as Moving House and A Game of Preference. He later depicted folk tales and legends.

 39 
Senusret I
(Second Pharaoh of the Twelfth Dynasty of Egypt)
Senusret I
1
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 1926 BC

After serving as a co-regent with his father, Amenemhet I, for a decade, Senusret I, also known as Sesostris I, became the 2nd pharaoh of the 12th dynasty. He carried on the kingdom’s expansion in Nubia and also led a campaign against the Libyans. A commemorative shrine at Karnak bears his legacy.

 40 
Victor Babeș
(Romanian Bacteriologist Who is Regarded as the Co-Founder of Modern Microbiology)
Victor Babeș
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: October 19

Victor Babeș was a Romanian bacteriologist, physician, academician, and professor. Widely regarded as the co-founder of modern microbiology, Babeș is credited with authoring one of the world's first treatises of bacteriology, Bacteria and their role in pathological anatomy and histology of infectious diseases. Victor Babeș also made important contributions to the study of leprosy, rabies, tuberculosis, and diphtheria.

 41 
Charles William Eliot
(Educator)
Charles William Eliot
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 20, 1834
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 22
 42 
Friedrich von Wieser
(Former Austrian Minister of Commerce and Economist)
Friedrich von Wieser
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Birthdate: July 10, 1851
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 22

One of the principal members of the Austrian school of economics, Friedrich von Wieser is known for coining the term marginal utility and developing number of theories including the alternative cost theory, proclaiming that cost of a commodity depends mainly on its subjective, or psychological, value. Among his many publications more significant are Natural Value and Foundations of Social Economy.

 43 
Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata
(Aviator)
Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1856 AD
Birthplace: Navsari, India
Died: 1926 AD
 44 
Israel Zangwill
(Author)
Israel Zangwill
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 1
 45 
Karl Harrer
(Journalist)
Karl Harrer
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Birthdate: October 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beilngries, Germany
Died: September 5
 46 
Charles Vance Millar
(Lawyer, Businessperson)
Charles Vance Millar
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aylmer, Ontario Aylmer, Ontario, Canada
Died: October 31
 47 
E. W. Scripps
(Publisher)
E. W. Scripps
0
Birthdate: June 18, 1854
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rushville, Illinois, United States
Died: March 12
 48 
Émile Coué
(Psychologist)
Émile Coué
0
Birthdate: February 26, 1857
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Troyes, France
Died: July 2
 49 
Eino Leino
(A Pioneer of Finnish poetry and A National Poet of Finland)
Eino Leino
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Birthdate: July 6, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paltamo, Finland
Died: January 10

Apart from being a journalist, Eino Leino also redefined Finnish poetry by including folk elements. His works include literary criticism in newspapers such as Päivälehti and Helsingin Sanomat. Most of his works were inspired by the epic Kalevala, while he also a pioneer of national romanticism in Finland’s literary world.

 50 
Ivana Kobilca
(Painter)
Ivana Kobilca
0
Birthdate: December 20, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died: December 4