Famous People Who Died In 1961

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Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1961. This list includes people like Ernest Hemingway, Carl Jung, Gary Cooper, Ty Cobb, Erwin Schrödinger and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, artists and novelists who died in 1961. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Switzerland and many more countries.
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 1 
Ernest Hemingway
(American Literary Icon Who Was Known for His Straightforward Prose & Use of Understatement)
Ernest Hemingway
67
Birthdate: July 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: July 2
 2 
Carl Jung
(Swiss Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst and Founder of Analytical Psychology)
Carl Jung
9
Birthdate: July 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kesswil, Switzerland
Died: June 6
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 3 
Gary Cooper
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Gary Cooper
7
Birthdate: May 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States
Died: May 13
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 4 
Erwin Schrödinger
(Austrian Physicist Who Made Important Contributions to the Development of Quantum Mechanics)
Erwin Schrödinger
14
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 12, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Erdberg, Vienna, Austria
Died: January 4
 5 
Ty Cobb
(One of the Greatest Players in Baseball History)
Ty Cobb
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Narrows, Georgia, United States
Died: July 17
 6 
Patrice Lumumba
(1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Patrice Lumumba
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sankuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: January 17
 7 
Chico Marx
(American comedian)
Chico Marx
2
Birthdate: March 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: October 11
 8 
Marion Davies
(Actress and Producer Best Known for Her Films: ‘When Knighthood Was in Flower’ and ‘Little Old New York’)
Marion Davies
6
Birthdate: January 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 22
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 9 
Anna May Wong
(American Actress and First Chinese American Film Star in 'Hollywood')
Anna May Wong
2
Birthdate: January 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 3
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 10 
Jeff Chandler
15
Birthdate: December 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 17
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 11 
Dashiell Hammett
(Regarded as one of the Best Mystery Writers of All Time)
Dashiell Hammett
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States
Died: January 10
 12 
Dag Hammarskjöld
(Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961)
Dag Hammarskjöld
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
Died: September 18
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 13 
Eero Saarinen
(Architect)
Eero Saarinen
7
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: August 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kirkkonummi, Finland
Died: September 1
 14 
Sam Rayburn
(43rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives)
Sam Rayburn
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 16
 15 
Grandma Moses
(Painter, Illustrator)
Grandma Moses
2
Birthdate: September 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York
Died: December 13
 16 
Edith Wilson
(First Lady of the United States)
Edith Wilson
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 15, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wytheville, Virginia, United States
Died: December 28
 17 
James Thurber
(Cartoonist, Author, Journalist & Playwright)
James Thurber
0
Birthdate: December 8, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: November 2
 18 
Gail Russell
(Actress)
Gail Russell
0
Birthdate: September 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: August 27
 19 
Michael Rockefeller
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: November 19
 20 
Sergio Osmeña
(The 4th President of the Philippines)
Sergio Osmeña
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cebu City, Philippines
Died: October 19
 21 
Mohammed V of Morocco
(Sultan of Morocco)
Mohammed V of Morocco
1
Birthdate: August 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fes, Morocco
Died: February 26
 22 
David Kenyon Webster
(Journalist, Writer)
David Kenyon Webster
1
Birthdate: June 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 9
 23 
George Formby
(Actor, Comedian, Film producer, Musician)
George Formby
1
Birthdate: May 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wigan
Died: March 6
 24 
Frederick McKinley Jones
(Inventor of 'Mobile Refrigeration Technology' for Transportation of Perishable Goods)
Frederick McKinley Jones
2
Birthdate: May 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: February 21
 25 
Charles Coburn
(Actor Known for His Movies 'The Devil and Miss Jones', 'The More the Merrier' and 'The Green Years')
Charles Coburn
0
Birthdate: June 19, 1877
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: August 30
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 26 
George S. Kaufman
(Theatre director, Screenwriter, Journalist, Playwright, Bridge player, Writer)
George S. Kaufman
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 16, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: June 2
 27 
Ruth Chatterton
0
Birthdate: December 24, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 24
 28 
Lee de Forest
(Father of Radio)
Lee de Forest
1
Birthdate: August 26, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
Died: June 30
 29 
Vanessa Bell
(Painter)
Vanessa Bell
1
Birthdate: May 30, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: April 7
 30 
Percy Grainger
(Composer, Arranger and Pianist Known for His Folk-Dance Tune ‘Country Gardens’)
Percy Grainger
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 8, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brighton, Australia
Died: February 20
 31 
Learned Hand
(Former United States Judge and Judicial Philosopher)
Learned Hand
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 27, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Albany
Died: August 18
 32 
Barry Fitzgerald
4
Birthdate: March 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 14
 33 
Maria of Yugoslavia
2
Birthdate: January 6, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
Died: June 22
 34 
Alastair Denniston
(Field hockey player at the 1908 Summer Olympics)
Alastair Denniston
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 1, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: January 1
 35 
Govind Ballabh Pant
(Freedom Fighter)
Govind Ballabh Pant
26
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 10, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Almora,India
Died: March 7
 36 
Adnan Menderes
(The 9th Prime Minister of Turkey)
Adnan Menderes
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1899 AD
Birthplace: Koçarlı, Turkey
Died: September 17
 37 
Wolfgang von Trips
(Racing driver)
Wolfgang von Trips
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: September 10
 38 
Moss Hart
(Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer)
Moss Hart
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 24, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 20
 39 
Emily Greene Balch
(Central Leader of the 'Women's International League for Peace and Freedom' and Winner of 1946 Nobel Peace Prize)
Emily Greene Balch
1
Birthdate: January 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 9
 40 
Blaise Cendrars
(Swiss Novelist and Poet)
Blaise Cendrars
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 1, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died: January 21
 41 
Otto Loewi
(Former pharmacologist and psychobiologist who discovered the role of acetylcholine as an endogenous neurotransmitter)
Otto Loewi
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 3, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: December 25
 42 
Booker Little
(Trumpeter)
Booker Little
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: October 5
 43 
Masanobu Tsuji
(politician, military personnel)
Masanobu Tsuji
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ishikawa Prefecture
Died: July 20
 44 
Jules Bordet
(Nobel Prize-Winning Belgian Scientist Known for His Discovery of Factors in Blood Serum that Destroy Bacteria)
Jules Bordet
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 13, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Soignies
Died: April 6
 45 
Mihail Sadoveanu
(Romanian Political Figure, Journalist, Short Story Writer, and Novelist)
Mihail Sadoveanu
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pascani, Moldova, Romania
Died: October 19
 46 
John A. Bennett
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Died: April 13
 47 
Angela Thirkell
(Novelist)
Angela Thirkell
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: January 29
 48 
Margherita Sarfatti
1
Birthdate: April 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: October 30
 49 
Milan Stojadinović
(12th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia)
Milan Stojadinović
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Čačak, Serbia
Died: October 26
 50 
Oliver Onions
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Died: April 9