Died On August 16th

Discover the most famous people who died on August 16. The list includes people like Elvis Presley, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Idi Amin, Babe Ruth, Robert Johnson. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, chemists, lawyers and theologians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & Switzerland and many more countries.
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 1 
Elvis Presley
(One of the Most Significant Cultural Icons of the 20th Century and 'The King of Rock and Roll')
Elvis Presley
255
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Died: 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.
 2 
Aretha Franklin
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists in the World & 'Queen of Soul')
Aretha Franklin
148
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

 3 
Babe Ruth
(One of the Greatest Baseball Players of All Time)
Babe Ruth
47
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 6, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: 1948
One of the greatest players in the history of baseball, Babe Ruth played 22 seasons between 1914 and 1935 and set monumental records—including 714 home runs—that took decades to be finally broken. Amongst the most celebrated athletes of the world, he became one of the first five players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
 4 
Clark Gable
35
Birthdate: February 1, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cadiz, Ohio, United States
Died: 1960

Popularly known as The King of Hollywood, Clark Gable appeared as a leading man for 30 years in an acting career that spanned 37 years. One of the most bankable Hollywood stars in the history of American cinema, Clark Gable was named in the greatest male star of classic American cinema list published by the American Film Institute.

 5 
Robert Johnson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States
Died: 1938

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson is remembered as a Delta blues legend. Lack of proper documentation of his early life led to various legends surrounding him, such as one that claimed he had made a deal with the Devil to excel in music. He also inspired an award-winning biography. 

 6 
Amanda Blake
(Actress)
Amanda Blake
15
Birthdate: February 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
Died: 1989
Illustrious as the sassy saloon owner, Miss Kitty, on Gunsmoke, Amanda Blake was a celebrated American actress. Also an animal lover, she ran one of the first successful programs for breeding cheetahs in captivity along with her husband, Frank Gilbert. She was also the third performer to be inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers, after Tom Mix and Gary Cooper.
 7 
Bela Lugosi
(Best Known for His Role as 'Count Dracula' in the 1939 Film ‘Son of Frankenstein’)
Bela Lugosi
6
Birthdate: October 20, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lugoj, Romania
Died: 1956
Hungarian-American actor Bela Lugosi is best remembered for his iconic performance as Dracula on Broadway and in the 1931 film of the same name, based on Bram Stoker’s novel. He also appeared in films such as The Black Cat, The Raven, and Son of Frankenstein, along with Boris Karloff.
 8 
Peter Fonda
(Known for His Role of 'Wyatt' in the Film 'Easy Rider')
Peter Fonda
19
Birthdate: February 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2019

Peter Fonda, son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda, was an icon of the anti-establishment 1960s’ counterculture. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated screenplay of Easy Rider and his Golden Globe-winning performances in the TV film The Passion of Ayn Rand and the film Ulee's Gold.

 9 
Stewart Granger
13
Birthdate: May 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: 1993
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 10 
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(Former Prime Minister of India)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
47
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gwalior
Died: 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the 10th Prime Minister of India and was the first prime minister who did not belong to the Indian National Congress. The BJP politician had been a journalist and an RSS member. He was a noted poet, too. During his tenure as prime minister, he carried out Pokhran II nuclear tests in 1998 and declared India as a country with nuclear weapons capability.

 11 
William Halsey Jr.
(American Navy admiral in the First and Second World Wars)
William Halsey Jr.
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1959
 12 
Margaret Mitchell
(Writer of 'Gone with the Wind')
Margaret  Mitchell
9
Birthdate: November 8, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: 1949
 13 
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
(Qawwal and Ghazal Singer)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
46
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Faisalabad
Died: 1997
Pakistani Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, also known as the "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali," belonged to the Patiala “gharana” of classical music. He revolutionized Qawwali, even collaborating with Western artists and composing for Hollywood movies such as Dead Man Walking and The Last Temptation of Christ, and many Hindi movies, too.
 14 
John Stith Pemberton
(Inventor of Coca-Cola)
John Stith Pemberton
2
Birthdate: July 8, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Knoxville, Georgia, United States
Died: 1888

John Pemberton was an American pharmacist best remembered for his invention of Coca-Cola. A Confederate States Army veteran, Pemberton suffered from a wound sustained during the Battle of Columbus. The injury led him to experiment with different kinds of toxins and painkillers, which in turn helped him invent the recipe to make Coca-Cola.

 15 
William Windom
(Actor)
William Windom
3
Birthdate: September 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 2012
 16 
Joe Ranft
(Screenwriter)
Joe Ranft
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: 2005
 17 
Jacob Bernoulli
(Mathematician)
Jacob Bernoulli
10
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 27, 1654
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: 1705

Born into a family of drug merchants, Jacob Bernoulli was forced to study theology by his father but later deviated to math. He taught math and laid down the Bernoulli’s equation and calculus of variations. Apart from him and his brother, Johann Bernoulli, his family later produced more great mathematicians.

 18 
Charles Grandison Finney
(American Presbyterian Minister and 2nd President of Oberlin College)
Charles Grandison Finney
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 29, 1792
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warren, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1875

Charles Grandison Finney, dubbed as the Father of Modern Revivalism, began his career with the Presbyterian Church, where his style of preaching fermented spirited revivals. Later, his dissatisfaction with Presbyterian theology led to formation of Broadway Tabernacle and he started promoting abolitionism and equal education for women and blacks. He spent his last years as minister of Oberlin’s First Congregational Church.

 19 
Max Roach
(Musician)
Max Roach
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pasquotank County, North Carolina, U.S.
Died: 2007
 20 
Robert Bunsen
(Chemist)
Robert Bunsen
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 30, 1811
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Göttingen
Died: 1899

Chemist Robert Bunsen paved the path for spectrum analysis with his discovery that every element emits a light of a particular wavelength. He also co-developed and lent his name to the Bunsen burner. He almost died of arsenic poisoning and lost sight in his right eye in a laboratory explosion.

 21 
Alfredo Stroessner
(42nd President of Paraguay)
Alfredo Stroessner
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 3, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Encarnación, Paraguay Encarnación, Paraguay
Died: 2006

Alfredo Stroessner was a Paraguayan Army officer who ruled over Paraguay as its dictator from 1954 to 1989. His 35-year-long rule is the longest in the history of modern South America. He was overthrown in 1989 in a military coup led by Andrés Rodríguez. Subsequently, he was forced into exile and spent his last 17 years in exile in Brazil.

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Andrew Marvell
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 31, 1621
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winestead, England
Died: 1678
 23 
Jean-Martin Charcot
(Neurologist)
Jean-Martin Charcot
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 29, 1825
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: 1893
French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot is best remembered for his work with hysteria patients. He was also an extraordinary professor and had Sigmund Freud as one of his students. He was one of the first to include photos and drawings as tools for instruction in neurology classes.
 24 
Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia
(King of Bohemia)
Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia
2
Birthdate: February 26, 1361
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: 1419
 25 
João Havelange
(7th President of FIFA)
João Havelange
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
Died: 2016
 26 
Peter I of Yugoslavia
(King)
Peter I of Yugoslavia
3
Birthdate: June 29, 1844
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Died: 1921
 27 
Irving Langmuir
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 31, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1957

Irving Langmuir was an American physicist, chemist, and engineer. He is credited with popularizing the concentric theory of atomic structure. Irving Langmuir is also credited with inventing the hydrogen welding technique and the gas-filled incandescent lamp. In 1932, Langmuir won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contribution to surface chemistry. He also won other prestigious awards like Faraday Medal.

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Anna Kashfi
(Actress)
Anna Kashfi
3
Birthdate: September 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chakradharpur, India
Died: 2015
 29 
Roch
(Catholic Saint)
Roch
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1348 AD
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: 1327
Saint Roch, or Rocco, the 14th-century saint from Montpellier, had taken care of victims of the Black Death in Italy. Having fallen prey to the same disease, he was rescued by a dog in a forest. The illness changed his appearance and caused him to be imprisoned for being an imposter.
 30 
Richard Williams
(Animator)
Richard Williams
2
Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 2019
 31 
Selman Waksman
(Biochemist and Microbiologist Who Discovered ‘Streptomycin’ and Several Other Antibiotics)
Selman Waksman
2
Birthdate: July 22, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nova Pryluka, Ukraine
Died: 1973
Nobel Prize-winning Ukrainian-American biochemist and microbiologist Selman Waksman revolutionized science with his pathbreaking discovery of a number of antibiotics. His research on soil microbes helped in the discovery of streptomycin, the first successful treatment of tuberculosis, though he was sued by his student Albert Schatz for stealing credits.
 32 
Idi Amin
(Ugandan Dictator Who Is Considered One of the Most Brutal Despots in World History)
Idi Amin
56
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1925 AD
Birthplace: Koboko, Uganda
Died: 2003
Idi Amin started his career as a cook with the British colonial army of Uganda and became an army commander later. After deposing the Ugandan president, he declared himself the president. The “Butcher of Uganda” was known for his despotic rule and was responsible for almost 500,000 deaths.
 33 
Harry Dexter White
(Economist)
Harry Dexter White
2
Birthdate: October 29, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1948
 34 
Duncan Phyfe
(Cabinet Maker)
Duncan Phyfe
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 27, 1768
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Loch Fannich, Scotland
Died: 1854
 35 
Tommie Aaron
(Baseball player)
Tommie Aaron
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: 1984
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 36 
Oveta Culp Hobby
(Government Official)
Oveta Culp Hobby
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 19, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Killeen, Texas, U.S.
Died: 1995
 37 
Louis Jouvet
(Actor)
Louis Jouvet
2
Birthdate: December 24, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Crozon, France
Died: 1951
 38 
Eva Renzi
(Actress)
Eva Renzi
2
Birthdate: November 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 2005
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 39 
José Nápoles
(Cuban-Born Mexican Professional Boxer)
José Nápoles
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: 2019

José Nápoles was a Cuban-born Mexican boxer best remembered for his World Welterweight Championship reign during the 1970s. Often counted among the greatest boxers of all time in welterweight division, José Nápoles was inducted into The Ring boxing hall of fame in 1985. In 1990, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 40 
Masanobu Fukuoka
(agronomist, teacher, philosopher , farmer)
Masanobu Fukuoka
0
Birthdate: February 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Iyo
Died: 2008
 41 
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
(Statesman)
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 25, 1746
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: 1825
 42 
Wanda Landowska
(Polish Harpsichordist and Pianist Who Helped Initiate the Revival of the Harpsichord in the 20th Century)
Wanda Landowska
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 5, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: 1959

Wanda Landowska was a Polish pianist and harpsichordist who is credited with reinvigorating the popularity of the harpsichord through her performances, writings, teaching, and recordings in the early 20th century. In 1933, Wanda Landowska became the first person to record Goldberg Variations, which were originally composed by Johann Sebastian Bach for keyboard, on the harpsichord.

 43 
Thomas Fuller
(Historian)
Thomas Fuller
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1608 AD
Birthplace: Aldwincle
Died: 1661
 44 
Ranavalona I
(Antananarivo, Madagascar)
Ranavalona I
0
Birthdate: 1788 AD
Birthplace: Ambatomanoina, Madagascar
Died: 1861
 45 
Dorothy West
(Novelist)
Dorothy West
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 2, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1998
 46 
Vassar Clements
(Fiddler)
Vassar Clements
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kinard, Florida, United States
Died: 2005
 47 
Beatrice of Silva
(Religious sister)
Beatrice of Silva
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 18, 1424
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Campo Maior, Portugal
Died: 1492
 48 
Ramakrishna Paramhamsa
(Spiritual & Religious Leader)
Ramakrishna Paramhamsa
10
Birthdate: February 18, 1836
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kamarpukur, West Bengal, India
Died: 1886

The widely revered Hindu religious leader and saint who had a large following was known for promoting the ancient Indian philosophy of Advaita Vedanta and Bhakti. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was a devotee of Goddess Kali who he worshipped as the universal mother. His marriage to Sharada Devi was never consummated. Swami Vivekanada was the most famous disciple of the Bengal-born mystic.

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Eça de Queiroz
(One of the Greatest Portuguese Writers in the Realist Style)
Eça de Queiroz
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Birthdate: November 25, 1845
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Died: 1900

José Maria de Eça de Queirós was a Portuguese writer and novelist. Widely regarded as the greatest exponent of literary realism in the Portuguese language, Eça's works have been translated into many languages, including English. Many of his works have also been adapted into films, TV series, and theatrical plays.

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Carlos Cachaça
(Composer)
Carlos Cachaça
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 3, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: 1999
Carlos Cachaça was a Brazilian composer who wrote over 500 compositions between 1923 and 1995. He is credited with co-founding a traditional Brazilian samba school called GRES Estação Primeira de Mangueira in Rio de Janeiro. Carlos Cachaça is also credited with pioneering the incorporation of historical elements into the samba-enredo.