Famous People Who Died In 1936

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1936. This list includes people like Rudyard Kipling, Ivan Pavlov, Federico García Lorca, Anne Sullivan, Maxim Gorky and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include novelists, political leaders, poets and philosophers who died in 1936. This list includes people from United Kingdom, United States, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Rudyard Kipling
(Journalist, Poet & Novelist)
Rudyard Kipling
46
Birthdate: December 30, 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: January 18

English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist Rudyard Kipling is best remembered for his fiction work The Jungle Book. He was born in India and many of his works are inspired by his life in the country. He was one of the most popular English writers in the late 19th and early 20th century.

 2 
George V
(King of the United Kingdom (1910-36))
George V
65
Birthdate: June 3, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 20

George V became the King of Great Britain and the British Dominions in 1910. During the World War I, he played an active role in supporting the troops. The rise of socialism, communism, fascism and the Indian independence movement was witnessed during his rule. His reign also saw the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons established by the Parliament.

 3 
Anne Sullivan
(Educator)
Anne Sullivan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 14, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Agawam, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 20
 4 
Ivan Pavlov
(Physiologist)
Ivan Pavlov
9
Birthdate: September 26, 1849
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
Died: February 27
Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov is best remembered for his research in classical conditioning. He became the first Russian Nobel laureate after winning the 1904 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his study of the physiology of digestion. His experiment on conditioned reflex using dogs is still studied in colleges.
 5 
Federico García Lorca
(Spanish Poet, Playwright, and Theatre Director.)
Federico García Lorca
7
Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain
Died: August 19

Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theater director. He was a prominent member of the Generation of '27, a group of poets who essentially worked with avant-garde forms of art and poetry. He was homosexual and had a love affair with sculptor Emilio Aladrén. He mysteriously disappeared at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

 6 
Gilbert K. Chesterton
(One of the Greatest Writers of the 20th Century Best Known as the 'Prince of Paradox')
Gilbert K. Chesterton
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Died: June 14

Gilbert K. Chesterton was an English writer, philosopher, and art critic. A prolific writer, he composed around 80 books, hundreds of poems, around 200 short stories, and 4,000 essays. Often referred to as the "prince of paradox", he had as many detractors as he had admirers. He is considered a successor to Victorian authors like Matthew Arnold and John Ruskin.

 7 
Elsa Einstein
(Albert Einstein's Wife)
Elsa Einstein
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 18, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hechingen, Germany
Died: December 20

Elsa Einstein was the second wife of Albert Einstein. She is best remembered for her relationship with Albert Einstein as the latter started a relationship with Elsa, who also happens to be his cousin, while he was still married to Mileva Marić. Elsa Einstein was instrumental in the Einsteins building their summer house in 1929.

 8 
Charles Curtis
(Former Vice President of the United States)
Charles Curtis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 25, 1860
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Topeka
Died: February 8
Charles Curtis served as the U.S. vice president from 1929 to 1933, becoming the first Native American person and the first person of color to hold the post. A qualified attorney, he served as the senate majority leader from 1924 to 1929. He also helped pass the 1898 Curtis Act.
 9 
Maxim Gorky
(Russian Writer Best Known for His Works 'The Lower Depths', 'Mother', 'Chelkash' and 'Children of the Sun')
Maxim Gorky
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 28, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: June 18

Maxim Gorky was a writer and political activist. He is best remembered for founding the socialist realism literary method. Gorky, who was nominated for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature on five occasions, published several novels that were later adapted into plays, films, and operas. In 1938, Valery Zhelobinsky adapted Gorky's novel Mother into an opera.

 10 
Robert E. Howard
(Pulp Fiction Writer)
Robert E. Howard
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Peaster
Died: June 11
 11 
Munshi Premchand
(Novelist and Author)
Munshi Premchand
77
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lamhi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: October 8
Indian author Dhanpat Rai Srivastava, better known by his pseudonym, Munshi Premchand, was one of the most celebrated Hindi-language writers of the 20th century. He initially wrote as Nawab Rai. Some of his greatest works include the novels Godaan, Idgah, and Karmabhoomi. He also wrote short stories and plays. 
 12 
John Heisman
(Coach)
John Heisman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 23, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio
Died: October 3
 13 
Billy Mitchell
(Military General)
Billy Mitchell
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: February 19
 14 
John Gilbert
(Actor)
John Gilbert
4
Birthdate: July 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Logan, Utah, United States
Died: January 9
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 15 
Irving Thalberg
(Film producer)
Irving Thalberg
4
Birthdate: May 30, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died: September 14
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 16 
Max Schreck
(Actor)
Max Schreck
0
Birthdate: September 6, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 20
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 17 
Luigi Pirandello
(Italian Playwright and Novelist & Winner of 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Luigi Pirandello
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Agrigento, Italy
Died: December 10

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian novelist, short story writer, poet, and dramatist. Best remembered for his plays, Pirandello was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934. An Italian nationalist, Pirandello supported Fascism; he asked the Fascist government to melt down his Nobel Prize medal for the Abyssinia Campaign.

 18 
A. E. Housman
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 26, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fockbury, England
Died: April 30
 19 
Miguel de Unamuno
1
Birthdate: September 29, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bilbao
Died: December 31

Miguel de Unamuno was a Spanish essayist, poet, playwright, novelist, and philosopher. His most famous novel was Abel Sánchez: The History of a Passion, a modern retelling of the Biblical Cain and Abel story. He was a significant figure in the Spanish literary and intellectual circles and served as rector of the University of Salamanca. 

 20 
Lu Xun
(Chinese Writer, Essayist, Poet & Literary Critic)
Lu Xun
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
Died: October 19

Lu Xun was a Chinese writer, poet, essayist, and literary critic. An important and influential personality of modern Chinese literature, Lu Xun's work influenced Chinese literature and popular culture after the May Fourth Movement. Mao Zedong, a lifelong admirer of Lu's work, declared him the saint of modern China shortly after his death. His works have been translated into English.

 21 
Ottorino Respighi
(Composer)
Ottorino Respighi
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 9, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 18
 22 
Fuad I of Egypt
(Sultan of Egypt)
Fuad I of Egypt
1
Birthdate: March 26, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: April 28

Fuad I of Egypt was the Sultan of Egypt who ruled as the ninth ruler of Sudan and Egypt from the Muhammad Ali dynasty. Fuad played an important role in modern Egyptian historiography. His efforts to depict his ancestors as benevolent monarchs and nationalists would prove to be a long-lasting influence on Egyptian history.

 23 
Buenaventura Durruti
(Anarcho-syndicalist, Anarchist, Trade unionist)
Buenaventura Durruti
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: León
Died: November 20
 24 
Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
(Princess)
Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
1
Birthdate: November 25, 1876
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Anton Palace, Attard, Malta
Died: March 2
 25 
Alexander Berkman
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 21, 1870
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: June 28

Alexander Berkman was a Russian-American anarchist and author. He was famous for both his political activism and his writing and was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century. He served as the editor of fellow anarchist Emma Goldman's anarchist journal, Mother Earth. He suffered from ill-health in his later years and died by suicide. 

 26 
Louis Blériot
(Aviator, Engineer, Inventor, Aerospace engineer)
Louis Blériot
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 1, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambrai
Died: August 2

Louis Blériot was a French aviator, engineer, and inventor. He is credited with developing the first workable headlamp for cars. He is also credited with making the first working, piloted monoplane. Blériot achieved worldwide fame in 1909 when he became the first person to fly across the English Channel. Louis Blériot also founded the successful aircraft manufacturing company, Blériot Aéronautique.

 27 
Alexander Glazunov
(Composer)
Alexander Glazunov
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 21
 28 
Marilyn Miller
(Actress)
Marilyn Miller
3
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: September 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, United States
Died: April 7
 29 
Jean Patou
(Fashion Designer)
Jean Patou
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 19, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: March 8

Jean Patou was a French fashion designer. He is credited with founding the popular French fashion house, Jean Patou. Over the years, several popular fashion designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Bohan, and Jean Paul Gaultier have worked for Jean Patou. Patou is also credited with creating the designer tie, which he invented in the 1920s.

 30 
Grazia Deledda
(Italian Author and Winner of 1926 Nobel Prize for Literature)
Grazia Deledda
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 27, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nuoro, Italy
Died: August 15

Grazia Deledda was an Italian writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, becoming the first Italian woman to receive the prize. Interested in writing from a young age, she became a writer despite her family’s objections. Today, her work is highly regarded across the world, and generations of writers continue to be inspired by her.  

 31 
Eleuthérios Venizélos
(Former Prime Minister of Greece Who Served Eight-Terms Between 1910 to 1933)
Eleuthérios Venizélos
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mournies, Greece
Died: March 18

Eleuthérios Venizélos was a Greek statesman who played a prominent role in the Greek national liberation movement. He served as the Prime Minister of Greece on eight occasions between 1910 and 1933. As a politician, he contributed immensely to the expansion of Greece. Eleuthérios Venizelos is often called the Maker of Modern Greece due to his influence on the country.

 32 
Oswald Spengler
(German Historian & Philosopher Known for His Two-Volume Work 'The Decline of the West')
Oswald Spengler
1
Birthdate: May 29, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blankenburg, Germany
Died: May 8

German historian Oswald Spengler is best remembered for his iconic The Decline of the West, which had a huge influence on social theory. He believed that culture cannot be transferred and that it can only decline and decay like an organism. He lived his final years in isolation in Munich.

 33 
Saitō Makoto
(Political leader)
Saitō Makoto
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Isawa District, Iwate, Japan
Died: February 26

Japanese naval officer Saitō Makoto had initially worked as a naval attaché in the U.S. He later served as the governor of Korea and the minister of the Japanese navy, eventually becoming the prime minister of Japan. He was assassinated by members of the February 26 rebellion in 1936.

 34 
Basil Zaharoff
(Greek Arms Dealer and Industrialist)
Basil Zaharoff
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mugla, Turkey
Died: November 27

Basil Zaharoff was a Greek industrialist and arms dealer. Dubbed the mystery man of Europe and merchant of death, Zaharoff is remembered as a cunning and manipulative businessman who employed corrupt business tactics during the First World War. Interestingly, he was also a philanthropist, and his life inspired several fictional characters, including Ian Fleming's Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

 35 
Howard Thurston
(One of the Most Popular Magicians of His Time)
Howard Thurston
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 20, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: April 13

One of the most popular magicians of his time, Howard Thurston was born to working-class parents and ran away from home as a child to join a circus. He popularized the floating woman illusion previously performed by Harry Kellar and was best known for his card tricks.

 36 
Andrija Mohorovičić
(Meteorologist)
Andrija Mohorovičić
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Opatija
Died: December 18
 37 
Hans von Seeckt
(Politician, Officer)
Hans von Seeckt
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 22, 1866
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schleswig
Died: December 27

Hans von Seeckt was a German military officer. He played an important role in the First World War where he was a key figure in planning the victories achieved by August von Mackensen during World War I.

 38 
Jean-Baptiste Charcot
(Scientist)
Jean-Baptiste Charcot
0
Birthdate: July 15, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: September 16
 39 
A. Mitchell Palmer
(50th United States Attorney General)
A. Mitchell Palmer
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 4, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Haven, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 11
 40 
Ahmet Tevfik Pasha
(Former Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire)
Ahmet Tevfik Pasha
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 11, 1845
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: October 8

Ahmet Tevfik Pasha had been the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire for 3 terms and was the last Ottoman to hold the post. He had also been the Ottoman Empire’s foreign minister. He supported revolutionary Mustafa Kemal’s nationalist movement which opposed the Allied occupation of Anatolia following World War I.

 41 
Karl Kraus
(Austrian Writer and Journalist)
Karl Kraus
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 28, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jicin, Czechia
Died: June 12

Initially aspiring to be a lawyer, Austrian writer Karl Kraus later deviated to philosophy and German literature before quitting studies altogether. He had also been a stage performer but later made his mark as one of the finest aphorists and playwrights in German history, with works such as Nights.

 42 
Dezső Kosztolányi
(Hungarian Poet)
Dezső Kosztolányi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 29, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Subotica, Serbia
Died: November 3

Hungarian author Dezső Kosztolányi brought in futurism to Hungarian literature and wrote everything from plays to plays. Known for his novels such as Skylark and The Golden Kite, he also translated works of legends such as Shakespeare and Rilke. He was a lifelong journalist, too.

 43 
José Sanjurjo
(Officer, Military personnel)
José Sanjurjo
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 28, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pamplona
Died: July 20

José Sanjurjo was a Spanish general best remembered for his involvement in the July 1936 coup d'etat which led to the Spanish Civil War. He was killed in a plane crash while returning to Spain from Portugal in 1936. Sanjurjo was featured in Harry Turtledove's novel Hitler's War, which was part of his six-novel series The War That Came Early.

 44 
Leonardo Torres y Quevedo
(Spanish Mathematician and Civil Engineer Who Was a Pioneer in the Development of the Automated Calculation Machines)
Leonardo Torres y Quevedo
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: December 28, 1852
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santa Cruz de Iguña, Spain
Died: December 18

Leonardo Torres y Quevedo was a Spanish mathematician and civil engineer. He was a pioneer in the development of the automated calculation machines and radio control. Torres is also credited with inventing a chess automaton and the Whirlpool Aero Car, which is located in Niagara Falls. 

 45 
Takahashi Korekiyo
(Politician, Accountant, Economist)
Takahashi Korekiyo
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 27, 1854
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edo
Died: February 26

Born an illegitimate son of an official painter of the shogunate, Takahashi Korekiyo was later adopted by a samurai. He went to the U.S. and worked there for a while, before returning to Japan. He eventually stepped into politics and later became the prime minister of Japan.

 46 
Lucy, Lady Houston
(Philanthropist, Political activist)
Lucy, Lady Houston
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Died: December 29
 47 
Georgy Chicherin
(Revolutionary)
Georgy Chicherin
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tambov Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: July 7
 48 
Moritz Schlick
(Philosopher)
Moritz Schlick
0
Birthdate: April 14, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: June 22
 49 
Edward German
(Musician)
Edward German
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 17, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whitchurch, England
Died: November 11
 50 
Georg Michaelis
(Chancellor of the German Empire for a few months in 1917)
Georg Michaelis
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chojnów, Poland
Died: July 24