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
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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
8
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
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Birthdate: May 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States
Died: May 13
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 4 
Erwin Schrödinger
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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
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Narrows, Georgia, United States
Died: July 17
 6 
Patrice Lumumba
(Political leader)
Patrice Lumumba
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Katakokombe
Died: January 17
 7 
Marion Davies
(Actress and Producer Best Known for Her Films: ‘When Knighthood Was in Flower’ and ‘Little Old New York’)
Marion Davies
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Birthdate: January 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 22
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 8 
Chico Marx
(American comedian)
Chico Marx
2
Birthdate: March 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: October 11
 9 
Jeff Chandler
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Birthdate: December 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 17
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 10 
Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina
(Former President of the Dominican Republic)
Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 24, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Cristóbal Province, Dominican Republic
Died: May 30
 11 
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)
 12 
Dashiell Hammett
(Regarded as one of the Best Mystery Writers of All Time)
Dashiell Hammett
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States
Died: January 10
 13 
Dag Hammarskjöld
(Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61))
Dag Hammarskjöld
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
Died: September 18
 14 
Eero Saarinen
(Architect)
Eero Saarinen
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: August 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kirkkonummi, Finland
Died: September 1
 15 
Sam Rayburn
(43rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives)
Sam Rayburn
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 16
 16 
Grandma Moses
(Painter, Illustrator)
Grandma Moses
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Birthdate: September 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York
Died: December 13
 17 
Gail Russell
(Actress)
Gail Russell
0
Birthdate: September 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: August 27
 18 
James Thurber
(Cartoonist, Author, Journalist & Playwright)
James Thurber
0
Birthdate: December 8, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: November 2
 19 
Edith Wilson
(First Lady of the United States)
Edith Wilson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 15, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wytheville, Virginia, United States
Died: December 28
 20 
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
 21 
Govind Ballabh Pant
(Freedom Fighter)
Govind Ballabh Pant
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 10, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Almora,India
Died: March 7
 22 
Sergio Osmeña
(Former President of the Philippines)
Sergio Osmeña
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cebu City, Philippines
Died: October 19
 23 
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
 24 
Vanessa Bell
(Painter)
Vanessa Bell
1
Birthdate: May 30, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: April 7
 25 
Lee de Forest
(Father of Radio)
Lee de Forest
0
Birthdate: August 26, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
Died: June 30
 26 
Frederick McKinley Jones
(Inventor of 'Mobile Refrigeration Technology' for Transportation of Perishable Goods)
Frederick McKinley Jones
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Birthdate: May 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: February 21
 27 
George Formby
(Actor, Comedian, Film producer, Musician)
George Formby
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Birthdate: May 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wigan
Died: March 6
 28 
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
 29 
Esperanza Baur
0
Birthdate: July 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: March 10
 30 
Percy Grainger
(Composer, Arranger and Pianist Known for His Folk-Dance Tune ‘Country Gardens’)
Percy Grainger
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 8, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brighton, Australia
Died: February 20
 31 
Ruth Chatterton
0
Birthdate: December 24, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 24
 32 
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
 33 
Barry Fitzgerald
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Birthdate: March 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 14
 34 
Maria of Yugoslavia
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Birthdate: January 6, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
Died: June 22
 35 
Alastair Denniston
(Field hockey player at the 1908 Summer Olympics)
Alastair Denniston
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 1, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: January 1
 36 
Adnan Menderes
(9th Prime Minister of Turkey)
Adnan Menderes
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1899 AD
Birthplace: Koçarlı, Turkey
Died: September 17
 37 
Moss Hart
(Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer)
Moss Hart
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 24, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 20
 38 
Augustus John
(Painter, Etcher)
Augustus John
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Birthdate: January 4, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tenby
Died: October 31
 39 
Masanobu Tsuji
(politician, military personnel)
Masanobu Tsuji
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ishikawa Prefecture
Died: July 20
 40 
Otto Loewi
(Former pharmacologist and psychobiologist who discovered the role of acetylcholine as an endogenous neurotransmitter)
Otto Loewi
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 3, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: December 25
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Emily Greene Balch
(Central Leader of the 'Women's International League for Peace and Freedom' & Winner of 1946 Nobel Peace Prize)
Emily Greene Balch
0
Birthdate: January 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 9
 42 
Frantz Fanon
(Psychiatrist)
Frantz Fanon
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort-de-France, Martinique, France
Died: December 6
 43 
Blaise Cendrars
(Swiss Novelist and Poet)
Blaise Cendrars
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 1, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died: January 21
 44 
Booker Little
(Trumpeter)
Booker Little
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: October 5
 45 
Percy Williams Bridgman
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 21, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 20
 46 
Jules Bordet
(Nobel Prize-Winning Belgian Scientist Known for His Discovery of Factors in Blood Serum that Destroy Bacteria)
Jules Bordet
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 13, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Soignies
Died: April 6
 47 
Earle Page
(11th Prime Minister of Australia)
Earle Page
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Grafton, Australia
Died: December 20
 48 
Maurice Merleau-Ponty
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Birthdate: March 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rochefort-sur-Mer, Charente-Inférieure, France
Died: May 3
 49 
Wolfgang von Trips
(Racing driver)
Wolfgang von Trips
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: September 10
 50 
Angela Thirkell
(Novelist)
Angela Thirkell
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: January 29