Died On April 16th

Discover the most famous people who died on April 16. The list includes people like Francisco Goya, Rosalind Franklin, Alexis de Tocqueville, Bernadette Soubirous, David Lean. Famous personalities featured on this list, include novelists, mathematicians, poets and historians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from France, United States, United Kingdom and many more countries.
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Helen McCrory
(Actress)
Helen McCrory
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Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Died: 2021

Helen McCrory is a British actress known for playing real-life characters in films. In the 2017 New Year Honours, McCrory was appointed OBE for services to drama. Apart from being an actress, she also works closely with the London-based children's charity Scene & Heard, contributing as one of its honorary patrons.

 2 
Robert Urich
(Actor and Producer)
Robert Urich
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Birthdate: December 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ohio, United States
Died: 2002

Robert Urich was an American actor whose contribution to the TV industry earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; he was the only person on the walk with a name starting with the alphabet U until Usher was added. Apart from his contribution to the entertainment industry, Robert Urich also worked towards raising money for cancer research.

 3 
Harry Anderson
7
Birthdate: October 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died: 2018
Harry Anderson is best remembered for is Emmy-nominated role of Judge Harry Stone in Night Court and for his portrayal of Dave Barry in Dave's World. He was also a skilled magician and participated in magic shows such as Harry Anderson's Sideshow. He has also written several books.
 4 
Rosalind Franklin
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, England
Died: 1958
Chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin is remembered for her pathbreaking X-ray diffraction studies of DNA, which helped in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the double helix structure of DNA by Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins later. She also worked on the molecular structures of viruses. 
 5 
Francisco Goya
(Painters)
Francisco Goya
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Birthdate: March 30, 1746
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fuendetodos
Died: 1828
One of the most successful and distinguished artists of his time, Spanish painter Francisco Goya is regarded as both the first of the moderns and last of the Old Masters. His career was initially marked by Rococo style tapestry cartoons and Spanish aristocracy and royalty but later his works became pessimistic.
 6 
Cheyenne Brando
(French Fashion Model and Daughter of Actor Marlon Brando and Actress Tarita Teriipaia)
Cheyenne Brando
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tahiti, French Polynesia
Died: 1995

Cheyenne Brando was a French model and daughter of legendary American actor, Marlon Brando. Troubled by drug addiction and bouts of depression throughout her teenage and adult life, Cheyenne also struggled to cope with personal losses, such as the death of her partner Dag Drollet, who was fatally shot by her half-brother Christian. Brando committed suicide at age 25.

 7 
Alexis de Tocqueville
(Historian Known for His Works 'Democracy in America' & 'The Old Regime' & 'The Revolution')
Alexis de Tocqueville
2
Birthdate: July 29, 1805
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1859

French diplomat and political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville is best remembered for his written works The Old Regime and the Revolution and Democracy in America. He was part of French politics, primarily during the July Monarchy and the Second Republic. He had been the minister of foreign affairs briefly.

 8 
David Lean
(English Film Director and Producer Who is Considered One of the Most Important Figures in British Cinema)
David Lean
4
Birthdate: March 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England
Died: 1991

David Lean was an English film producer, director, editor, and screenwriter. He is best remembered for directing large-scale epics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Passage to India, and Lawrence of Arabia. David Lean is widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in British cinema. He won many prestigious awards, including two Academy Awards.

 9 
Marie Tussaud
(French Wax Sculpture Artist and Founder of 'Madame Tussauds', the Wax Museum in London)
Marie Tussaud
3
Birthdate: December 1, 1761
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: 1850

Marie Tussaud was a French artist and sculptor best remembered for her wax sculptures. She founded Madame Tussauds, a wax museum, in London in 1835. The museum is a major tourist attraction today. As a young girl, she learned wax modeling from doctor cum wax modeler Philippe Curtius. In the ensuing years, she became a prominent sculptor.

 10 
Neville Brand
(Actor)
Neville Brand
3
Birthdate: August 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Griswold, Iowa, USA
Died: 1992
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Ralph Waldo Ellison
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: 1994
 12 
Pat Summerall
(American Football Player)
Pat Summerall
6
Birthdate: May 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lake City, Florida, United States
Died: 2013
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Gene Deitch
(Animator)
Gene Deitch
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2020
 14 
Felix Silla
(Actor from Italy best known for his role as Cousin Itt in the series, The Addams Family)
Felix Silla
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Birthdate: January 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roccacasale, Abruzzo, Italy
Died: 2021
Height: 3'11" (119 cm)
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Aphra Behn
(Playwright)
Aphra Behn
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 10, 1640
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Canterbury, England
Died: 1689
 16 
Scott Brady
(Actor)
Scott Brady
1
Birthdate: September 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1985
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Iqbal Masih
(Children's Rights Activist)
Iqbal Masih
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Muridke, Pakistan
Died: 1995

Iqbal Masih was a Pakistani boy who brought to light the prevalence of bonded labor in Pakistan. Iqbal escaped his slavery, studied at the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, and helped liberate more than 3,000 Pakistani children from bonded labor. He was fatally shot at the age of 12. His life inspired the creation of many organizations like We Charity.

 18 
Otho
(Emperor)
Otho
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Birthdate: April 28, 0032
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ferentium, Italy
Died: 0069

Though Otho lost his wife, Poppaea, to Nero, who later married her, he governed Lusitania for 10 years diligently, before he joined a revolt against Nero. He reigned as the Roman emperor for merely 3 months, before committing suicide while fighting the Battle of Bedriacum against Vitellius.

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Edna Ferber
(playwright, novelist, writer,screenwriter)
Edna Ferber
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 15, 1885
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Appleton
Died: 1968
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Abdelhamid Ben Badis
(Educator)
Abdelhamid Ben Badis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 4, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria
Died: 1940
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Bernadette Soubirous
(French Saint Who Received Visions from the Virgin Mary in a Cave Near Lourdes)
Bernadette Soubirous
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1844
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lourdes, France
Died: 1879
Bernadette Soubirous grew up amidst poverty, which contributed to her ill health and her stunted frame of just over 4 feet. At 14, she had visions of the Virgin Mary, which led to the formation of the Marian shrine of Lourdes. She was declared a saint by Pope Pius XI.
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Michael Ritchie
(Director)
Michael Ritchie
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Birthdate: November 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 2001
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Johnny Kemp
(Singer-songwriter and Record producer)
Johnny Kemp
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Died: 2015
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Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
(Aristocrat)
Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Schloss Rosenau, Coburg, Rödental, Germany
Died: 1942
 25 
Khalil al-Wazir
(Palestinian Leader and Co-founder of the Nationalist Party Fatah)
Khalil al-Wazir
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ramla, Israel
Died: 1988

Palestinian political leader and co-founder of the party Fatah, Khalil al-Wazir became a top leader of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization. He fled his native Palestine during the war that formed Israel. A military strategist, too, he later participated in the First Intifada and was later killed by Israeli commandos.

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Samuel Smiles
(British Author and Government Reformer)
Samuel Smiles
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 23, 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
Died: 1904

Though a qualified doctor, Samuel Smiles later never practiced and switched to journalism instead, working for Leeds Times. His best-known work remains Self-Help, a motivational self-improvement guide for the youth, which denounced materialism and advocated thrift. His other significant work was the 5-volume Lives of the Engineers.

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Skip Spence
(Singer)
Skip Spence
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
Died: 1999
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Edward Norton Lorenz
(US Meteorologist and Mathematician Who Proposed the 'Chaos Theory')
Edward Norton Lorenz
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: 2008

US meteorologist and mathematician Edward Norton Lorenz is remembered for proposing concepts such as the chaos theory/deterministic chaos and the butterfly effect. He also laid down the Lorenz 96 model. The Kyoto Prize winner was associated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology throughout his research career.

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Putra of Perlis
(Sovereign)
Putra of Perlis
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Birthdate: November 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Arau, Malaysia
Died: 2000
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Benedict Joseph Labre
(Saints, Beggar)
Benedict Joseph Labre
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 25, 1748
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amettes, France
Died: 1783
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Émile Bernard
(Post-Impressionist painter, Writer)
Émile Bernard
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Birthdate: April 28, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lille, France
Died: 1941
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Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller
(Businessman)
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 2012
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Byron Haskin
(American Film and Television Director Best Known for Directing the War of the Worlds (1953))
Byron Haskin
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Birthdate: April 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: 1984

Four-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker, special-effects artist, and cinematographer Byron Haskin is best remembered for his 1953 sci-fi movie The War of the Worlds. Initially a newspaper cartoonist, he rose to become the head of the Warner Brothers Special Effects team and directed their first live-action movie, Treasure Island.

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Yasunari Kawabata
(Novelist)
Yasunari Kawabata
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Osaka
Died: 1972

Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose subtly-shaded prose works earned him the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature, making him the first Japanese writer to receive the prestigious award. Yasunari Kawabata played a major role in the translation of Japanese literature into several Western languages including English. His works are still read all over the world. 

 35 
Cy Endfield
(American Magician, Screenwriter, and Director)
Cy Endfield
1
Birthdate: November 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1995

Cy Endfield was an American magician, screenwriter, author, director, and inventor. He is perhaps best remembered for his 1964 epic war film, Zulu. Cy Endfield is credited with influencing other magicians like Michael Vincent.  

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Panait Istrati
(Writer)
Panait Istrati
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 10, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: 1935
 37 
Felix Kersten
(Massage therapist, Physician)
Felix Kersten
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: September 30, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia
Died: 1960
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Nino Bravo
(Singer)
Nino Bravo
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aielo de Malferit (Province of Valencia Valencia), Spain
Died: 1973
 39 
Kevin Granata
(Engineer)
Kevin Granata
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: December 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Died: 2007
 40 
Henry Augustus Rowland
(Physicist)
Henry Augustus Rowland
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Honesdale, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1901
 41 
Slim Keith
(Socialite)
Slim Keith
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States
Died: 1990
 42 
Khosrow Jahanbani
(Shahnaz Pahlavi's husband)
Khosrow Jahanbani
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: 2014
 43 
Mari Törőcsik
(Hungarian Actress and an Iconic Figure of Cinema in Eastern Europe after World War II)
Mari Törőcsik
0
Birthdate: November 23, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pély, Hungary
Died: 2021
 44 
Policarpo Paz García
(Political Leader)
Policarpo Paz García
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Goascoran, Honduras
Died: 2000
 45 
Jacques Cassini
(French Astronomer Who Compiled the First Tables of the Orbital Motions of Saturn’s Satellites)
Jacques Cassini
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 18, 1677
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1756

Born to astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini, the director of the Paris Conservatory, Jacques Cassini, too, followed in his father’s footsteps. He opposed Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity and released the preliminary tables of the satellites of Saturn. He also helped measure the longitude line between Dunkerque and Perpignan.

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George Beverly Shea
(Singer)
George Beverly Shea
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winchester, Canada
Died: 2013
 47 
Domenico Fetti
(Painter)
Domenico Fetti
0
Birthdate: 1589 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1623
 48 
Otto Wilhelm von Struve
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 7, 1819
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tartu
Died: 1905

Born in Russia, Otto Wilhelm von Struve was too young to join a university when he had completed his studies at the gymnasium and thus initially joined as a listener. He often assisted his astronomer father Frederich von Struve and later discovered about 500 double stars and studied Saturn’s rings.

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Johann Baptist Cramer
(British Pianist and Composer)
Johann Baptist Cramer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 24, 1771
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
Died: 1858

Johann Baptist Cramer was an English pianist, music publisher, and composer of German origin. The son of Wilhelm Cramer, Johann studied under Muzio Clementi and went on to become one of the greatest pianists of his time. Renowned for its technical perfection, Johann Cramer's playing style earned praises from popular pianists around the world, including Ludwig van Beethoven.

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George William Hill
(American Astronomer and Mathematician)
George William Hill
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 3, 1838
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 1914

Considered one of the pioneers of celestial mechanics, George William Hill is best remembered for his study on the motions of the Moon. He also studied the motion of Jupiter and Saturn. The Copley Medal-winning mathematician and astronomer also laid down the theory of ordinary differential equations.