Died On April 26th

Discover the most famous people who died on April 26. The list includes people like Srinivasa Ramanujan, Lucille Ball, John Wilkes Booth, Morihei Ueshiba, Broderick Crawford. Famous personalities featured on this list, include actresses, mathematicians, journalists and martial artists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, Japan & France and many more countries.
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Lucille Ball
(Actress and Comedienne Best Known for Her Shows: 'I Love Lucy', 'The Lucy Show' and 'Here's Lucy')
Lucille Ball
74
Birthdate: August 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States
Died: 1989

One of the most popular actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, Lucille Ball created the sitcom, I Love Lucy, in 1951. In 1962, she started managing the Desilu Productions, becoming the first woman to run a major TV studio. The recipient of two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lucille Ball was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1984.

 2 
Srinivasa Ramanujan
(Mathematician)
Srinivasa Ramanujan
101
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Erode
Died: 1920

A self-taught genius Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan is known for his contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory and continued fractions. Born into a humble family, the celebrated mathematician struggled with poverty but still managed to publish first of his papers in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. Later, his collaboration with English mathematician G. H. Hardy proved very productive.

 3 
George Jones
(Country Singer Best Known for His Song ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today')
George Jones
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saratoga, Texas, United States
Died: 2013

George Jones was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Renowned for his distinctive voice and phrasing, George Jones was widely regarded as the greatest living country singer during the last 20 years of his life. Jones is also remembered for staying painstakingly loyal to country music throughout his life. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

 4 
Gypsy Rose Lee
(One of the First Burlesque Artists to Imbue a Striptease With Grace and Style)
Gypsy Rose Lee
8
Birthdate: January 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: 1970

Gypsy Rose Lee was an American vedette and burlesque entertainer best remembered for her striptease act. She was also an actress, playwright, and author whose memoir inspired the 1959 stage musical, Gypsy. Lee's life inspired several works of art, including a song titled Gypsy Rose Lee by The Distillers. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 5 
Jonathan Demme
(American film director)
Jonathan Demme
1
Birthdate: February 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baldwin, New York
Died: 2017
 6 
Count Basie
(Former jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer who formed the Count Basie Orchestra)
Count Basie
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 21, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1984
 7 
Irene Ryan
(Actress)
Irene Ryan
12
Birthdate: October 17, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA
Died: 1973
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 8 
Broderick Crawford
5
Birthdate: December 9, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: 1986
 9 
Jim Davis
(Actor)
Jim Davis
10
Birthdate: August 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edgerton, Missouri, United States
Died: 1981
 10 
Jayne Meadows
(Actress)
Jayne Meadows
1
Birthdate: September 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wuchang District, Wuhan, China
Died: 2015
 11 
Jack Dunphy
(Novelist)
Jack Dunphy
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 22, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1992
 12 
Phoebe Snow
(Singer-songwriter)
Phoebe Snow
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: 2011
 13 
Celia Johnson
(Actress)
Celia Johnson
3
Birthdate: December 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Surrey, England
Died: 1982
 14 
Maria Schell
(One of the Leading German Actresses of the 1950s and 1960s)
Maria Schell
4
Birthdate: January 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 2005

Maria Schell was an Austrian-Swiss actress who achieved immense popularity during the 1950s and 1960s, when she was considered one of the leading actresses of German cinema. Maria Schell is best remembered for her portrayal of Dr. Helga Reinbeck in the 1954 Austrian-Yugoslavian war drama film The Last Bridge, which earned her the Cannes Best Actress Award in 1954.

 15 
George Herbert Mead
(Philosopher)
George Herbert Mead
1
Birthdate: February 27, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1931

American philosopher and social psychologist George Herbert Mead was one of the pioneers of pragmatism and symbolic interactionism. He taught at the University of Chicago, and his ideas later came to be known as the Chicago school of sociology. His notable lectures were published as books only after his death.

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Jack Valenti
(Lobbyist)
Jack Valenti
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 5, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: 2007
 17 
Arnold Sommerfeld
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 5, 1868
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Königsberg
Died: 1951

German physicist Arnold Sommerfeld initially taught math and theoretical physics and later came to be known for his groundbreaking work on atomic and quantum physics and wave mechanics. He also laid down the magnetic quantum number. Many of the doctoral and post-doctoral students he supervised later won the Nobel Prize.

 18 
Morihei Ueshiba
(Japanese Martial Arts Master and Founder of the Martial Art of ‘Aikido’)
Morihei Ueshiba
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tanabe, Wakayama, Japan
Died: 1969

Morihei Ueshiba was a Japanese martial artist. Referred to as the Great Teacher, Ueshiba is credited with founding aikido, a martial art which is now practiced around the world. During the course of his career, Ueshiba set up many dojos, including the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, and taught several students, many of whom are celebrated martial artists in their own right.

 19 
Bessie Love
(Actress)
Bessie Love
0
Birthdate: September 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States
Died: 1986
 20 
Carl Bosch
(Chemist & Engineer)
Carl Bosch
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 27, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: 1940

Carl Bosch was a German engineer and chemist. He is credited with founding IG Farben, which went on to become one of the largest chemical companies in the world. He is also credited with developing the Haber–Bosch process, which is used even today for the production of ammonia. Carl Bosch was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1931.

 21 
Jill Wendy Dando
(Journalist)
Jill Wendy Dando
3
Birthdate: November 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, England
Died: 1999
 22 
Henry Ossian Flipper
(Military Leader)
Henry Ossian Flipper
12
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 21, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thomasville, Georgia, United States
Died: 1940

Then first Black to have graduated from West Point’s Military Academy, Henry Ossian Flipper was born to slave parents. He also became the first African-American to command US Army troops. He was dismissed unjustly on embezzlement charges and later worked as a civil engineer. His name was cleared posthumously.

 23 
Tansen
(Prominent Figure of Hindustani Classical Music)
Tansen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Gwalior, India
Died: 1589

Gwalior-born composer Tansen, also known as Ramtanu Pandey, was an iconic figure of Hindustani classical music. Best known for his dhrupad and raga compositions, he was one of the navratnas, or nine gems, of Mughal emperor Akbar’s court. He also invented a stringed instrument named the rabab.

 24 
Mas Oyama
(Founder of ‘Kyokushin Karate')
Mas Oyama
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gimje, Zenra-hoku Prefecture, Korea
Died: 1994

Legendary Japanese karate master Mas Oyama, who founded Kyokushin Karate, was known by his fans as The God Hand. Known as someone who had fought bears and bulls with his bare hands, he was also an actor and author. Following his death, he was declared a God by a Japanese religion.

 25 
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
(Norwegian Writer and Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1903)
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 8, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kvikne, Norway
Died: 1910

Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, the first Nobel laureate from his country, is regarded as one of The Four Greats of Norwegian Literature. He also penned the Norwegian national anthem and is known for books such as Absalom's Hair and short stories such as The Railroad and the Churchyard.

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Hans Holzer
(Author)
Hans Holzer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 2009

Austrian-American author and parapsychologist Hans Holzer, often credited for coining the term ghost hunter, penned over 120 books like Murder in Amityville on supernatural and occult subjects. He believed in life after death, reincarnation and the existence of spirits, ghosts, and stay behinds, and remained involved in researching the supernatural in some prominent haunted locations across the globe.

 27 
Robert Hotung
(The grand old man of Hong Kong)
Robert Hotung
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 22, 1862
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Died: 1956
 28 
Carmine Coppola
(Composer and songwriter known for his musical contributions to classic films like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now)
Carmine Coppola
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 11, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1991
 29 
John Heartfield
(Photographer, Painter, Poster artist)
John Heartfield
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Schmargendorf
Died: 1968

John Heartfield was a German visual artist. He is credited to have pioneered the use of art as a political weapon. He used photomontages to satirize Adolf Hitler and depict his anti-Nazi and anti-fascist sentiments. He studied at the Royal Bavarian Arts and Crafts School and went on to launch a publishing house, Malik-Verlag, with his brother.  

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Stirling Silliphant
(Screenwriter)
Stirling Silliphant
1
Birthdate: January 16, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 1966
 31 
Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
(French Bookseller, Printer, and Inventor)
Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
1
Birthdate: April 25, 1817
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: 1879
 32 
Cicely Courtneidge
(Australian-born British Comedian, Actress, and Singer)
Cicely Courtneidge
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Birthdate: April 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: 1980

Cicely Courtneidge was an Australian-born British comedian, actress, and singer. She is best remembered for her partnership with her husband Jack Hulbert as they performed together on stage and screen for over six decades. Cicely Courtneidge was also a humanitarian as she raised funds and entertained the armed forces during the Second World War.

 33 
Pope Anacletus
(Bishop of Rome)
Pope Anacletus
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0025 AD
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: 0092

Pope Anacletus, or Cletus, was once the bishop of Rome and later set up 25 Roman parishes as the pope. He was said to have been martyred during Domitian’s rule. He finds mention in Dante’s Divine Comedy and has been named to the Roman Canon of the Mass.

 34 
Gichin Funakoshi
(Karateka)
Gichin Funakoshi
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shuri, Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Died: 1957
 35 
Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia
(Grand Duke)
Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1929
 36 
Winston Hill
(American football player)
Winston Hill
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Joaquin, Texas, United States
Died: 2016
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 37 
Pedro Paterno
(2nd Prime Minister of the Philippines)
Pedro Paterno
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 27, 1857
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: 1911

Philippine politician Pedro Paterno was educated in Spain, where he graduated in philosophy and theology. He later became the prime minister of his country. A poet and novelist, too, he eventually became infamous as a traitor after supporting the U.S. and favoring American dominion during the Philippine–American War.

 38 
Augusto Roa Bastos
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 13, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: 2005
 39 
Francis Sheehy-Skeffington
(Writer)
Francis Sheehy-Skeffington
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 23, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bailieborough, Ireland
Died: 1916

Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, or Skeffy, was an Irish author and radical activist. Known for his quirks such as wearing a badge that said “Votes for Women” in college, he started his career as a journalist and later added his wife’s surname to his. He was killed while preventing looting during the Easter Rising.

 40 
Charles Eugster
(British Track and Field Athlete)
Charles Eugster
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2017

Once a dentist, Charles Eugster stunned the world when he took to sprinting at age 95. In fact, he participated in age-group rowing in his 60s, winning countless gold medals, and also took up body building in his 80s. He penned his memoir, Age is Just a Number, at 97.

 41 
Zein Al-Sharaf Talal
(Queen)
Zein Al-Sharaf Talal
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 2, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 1994
 42 
Corliss Lamont
(Philosopher)
Corliss Lamont
0
Birthdate: March 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1995
 43 
Ki Hajar Dewantara
(Indonesian Freedom Fighter and Pioneer of Education)
Ki Hajar Dewantara
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 2, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Died: 1959

Ki Hajar Dewantara was an Indonesian freedom fighter, politician, writer, and columnist. A pioneer of education for Indonesians during the Dutch occupancy of Indonesia, Dewantara is credited with founding the Taman Siswa school, which provided education for native Indonesians. His accomplishments in pioneering public education made him a national hero. 

 44 
Steve Tshwete
(Politician)
Steve Tshwete
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Springs, South Africa
Died: 2002

In spite of being born into an impoverished working-class family, Steve Tshwete was given a decent education by his parents. The South African politician was an African National Congress member and had been imprisoned for his anti-apartheid activities. He was also known as Mr Fixit for supporting non-racial sports rules.

 45 
Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei
(Emperor of Wei dynasty)
Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei
0
Birthdate: October 13, 0467
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: China
Died: 0499
 46 
Frederick Douglass Patterson
(President)
Frederick Douglass Patterson
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 1988
 47 
Garretson W. Gibson
(Politician)
Garretson W. Gibson
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1832
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: 1910
 48 
Andrei Grechko
(Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union from 1967 to 1976)
Andrei Grechko
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 4, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Russia
Died: 1976
 49 
Yossi Harel
(Commander of the 'Exodus 1947' Operation and a Leading Member of the Israeli Intelligence Community)
Yossi Harel
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: 2008

Yossi Harel was an Israeli military leader who served as the commander of a mission called Exodus 1947, which transported 4,515 Jewish migrants from France to Mandatory Palestine. The mission was dramatized in the 1960 film Exodus, where he was played by Paul Newman. Yossi Harel was also one of the most important members of the Israeli intelligence community.

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Jan Davidsz. de Heem
(Painter)
Jan Davidsz. de Heem
1
Birthdate: April 17, 1606
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: 1684