Died On August 5th

Discover the most famous people who died on August 5. The list includes people like Marilyn Monroe, Alec Guinness, Richard Burton, Zyzz (Aziz Shavershian), Victoria, Princess Royal. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, actors, philosophers and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & India and many more countries.
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 1 
Alec Guinness
18
Birthdate: April 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2000

Alec Guinness went from being an ad copywriter, to a Shakespearean stage actor, to delivering an Academy Award-winning performance as Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai. He was part of the Royal Naval Reserve during World War II and received the knighthood for his contribution to arts.

 2 
Michael Faraday
(English Scientist Who Contributed to the Study of Electromagnetism and Electrochemistry)
Michael Faraday
12
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 22, 1791
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newington Butts, London, United Kingdom
Died: 1867

Michael Faraday was an English scientist known for his contribution to the study of electrochemistry and electromagnetism. Considered one of the most influential scientists ever, Faraday's inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices established the basis for electric motor technology. His research also helped understand the concept of the electromagnetic field. Ernest Rutherford called him one of the greatest scientific discoverers ever.

 3 
Aziz Shavershian
(Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer and Model)
Aziz Shavershian
68
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 2011

Aziz Shavershian was a Russian-born Australian personal trainer, bodybuilder, and model. He started posting videos on YouTube in 2007, establishing a cult following. Aziz was the poster boy of aesthetics, a subculture of amateur bodybuilding. Before his death, due to a heart attack, Aziz Shavershian had established a clothing line and his own protein label called Protein of the Gods.

 4 
Richard Burton
(One of the Most Acclaimed Actors of His Generation)
Richard Burton
24
Birthdate: November 10, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontrhydyfen, Wales
Died: 1984
Richard Burton is remembered for his tumultuous affair with Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married and divorced twice. The Burton-Taylor duo is also known for their hits Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A seasoned Shakespearean actor, Burton was known for his baritone voice. He became an alcoholic later.
 5 
Toni Morrison
(Novelist)
Toni Morrison
46
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: 2019
Author, editor, and Princeton professor Toni Morrison is best remembered for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved, part of a trilogy. Some of her other notable works include The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon. She received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. She also wrote several children’s books and plays.
 6 
Clu Gulager
23
Birthdate: November 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Holdenville, Oklahoma, United States
Died: 2022
Clu Gulager is best known as Billy The Kid from the series The Tall Man. He has also appeared in several horror films, such as The Feast franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2, and The Return of the Living Dead, and directed a Palme d'Or-nominated short film.
 7 
Josh Ryan Evans
(Known for His Role as ‘Timmy Lenox’ in the Soap Opera ‘Passions’)
Josh Ryan Evans
26
Birthdate: January 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States
Died: 2002
Emmy-nominated actor Josh Ryan Evans is best remembered for his portrayal of Timmy Lenox in the soap Passions. His condition, a form of dwarfism named achondroplasia, caused him to look and sound like a child. He died during a medical procedure associated with a congenital heart disease.
 8 
Charlotte Rae
(Actress)
Charlotte Rae
7
Birthdate: April 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died: 2018
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 9 
Jeff Porcaro
(Former Drummer best known for his work with the rock band Toto, but is one of the most recorded session musicians, working on hundreds of albums and thousands of sessions)
Jeff Porcaro
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1992
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 10 
Victoria, Princess Royal
(German Empress and Queen of Prussia (1888))
Victoria, Princess Royal
9
Birthdate: November 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1901

Victoria, Princess Royal was the Queen of Prussia and German Empress from 9 March 1888 to 15 June 1888. Victoria, Princess Royal had an opportunity to influence the German Empire's policy, but the death of her husband German Emperor Frederick III, just 99 days after his accession, ruined her opportunity. Victoria has been portrayed in several movies and TV series.

 11 
Paul Brown
(American Football Player)
Paul Brown
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norwalk, Ohio, United States
Died: 1991
 12 
Philip Sheridan
(Military Officer)
Philip Sheridan
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 6, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: 1888
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 13 
Millicent Fawcett
(Feminist Politcian Who Led the Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain)
Millicent Fawcett
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aldeburgh, England
Died: 1929

A pioneering leader of the women’s suffrage movement in Britain, Millicent Fawcett also co-established the Newnham College, Cambridge, which was one of the first English women’s universities. She also served as the president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and investigated British concentration camps during the South African War.

 14 
Soichiro Honda
(Japanese Industrialist, Engineer and Founder of the Renowned Automobile Manufacturer, 'Honda Motor Co., Ltd')
Soichiro Honda
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Died: 1991

Soichiro Honda was a Japanese industrialist and engineer. He is credited with establishing the world-renowned automobile manufacturer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. He is also credited with overseeing the company's growth from a wooden shack manufacturing unit to a multinational conglomerate manufacturer of motorcycle and automobile. Soichiro Honda was made an inductee of the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1989.

 15 
Lord North
(Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1770 to 1782)
Lord North
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 13, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Piccadilly
Died: 1792
 16 
Chick Hearn
(Sportscaster)
Chick Hearn
0
Birthdate: November 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, United States
Died: 2002
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 17 
Francis Pegahmagabow
(Canadian Soldier, Activist, and Politician)
Francis Pegahmagabow
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 8, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Parry Sound, Ontario
Died: 1952
 18 
Francesco Quinn
(Former Actor best known for his breakout role as Rhah in Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning Platoon (1986))
Francesco Quinn
2
Birthdate: March 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 2011
 19 
Thomas Newcomen
(Inventor of Atmospheric Steam Engine)
Thomas Newcomen
5
Birthdate: 1664
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dartmouth
Died: 1729
 20 
Pete Hamill
(Journalist)
Pete Hamill
1
Birthdate: June 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2020
 21 
George Duke
(Musician)
George Duke
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Rafael, California, United States
Died: 2013
 22 
Sabuktigin
(The Founder of the Ghaznavid Dynasty)
Sabuktigin
2
Birthdate: 0942 AD
Birthplace: Barskhan, Afghanistan
Died: 0997
Sebüktigin reigned as the Emir of Ghazna from 20 April 977 to 5 August 997 after founding the Ghaznavid dynasty in 977. He expanded his kingdom as far as the Indus River in Pakistan and the Neelum River in Kashmir. Sebüktigin is considered the architect of the Ghaznavid Empire.
 23 
Spotted Tail
(Sioux leader)
Spotted Tail
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1823 AD
Birthplace: Fort Laramie, Wyoming, United States
Died: 1881
 24 
Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger
(French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church)
Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2007

Former archbishop of Paris, Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger was the inspiration behind the film The Jewish Cardinal. Born a Jewish, he was converted to Catholicism at 13 but lost his mother at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the Nazi Holocaust. He won the Nostra Aetate Award for improving Catholic-Jewish ties.

 25 
Peter Minuit
(Colonial Governor)
Peter Minuit
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1580 AD
Birthplace: Wesel, Germany
Died: 1638
 26 
Susan Butcher
(American Dog Musher)
Susan Butcher
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2006
 27 
Frederick Cook
(American Explorer, Physician, and Ethnographer)
Frederick Cook
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hortonville, New York, United States
Died: 1940

Apart from being a qualified physician, Frederick Cook was also a passionate explorer. He was initially the surgeon on explorer Robert E. Peary’s team. He later created controversy by conflicting with Peary, saying it was him and not Peary who had first explored the North Pole, though his claims were denounced.

 28 
Oswald of Northumbria
(King)
Oswald of Northumbria
0
Birthdate: 0604 AD
Birthplace: Deira, England
Died: 0642

Anglo Saxon king Oswald of Northumbria, son of King Aethelfrith, was the first to build Celtic Christian missionaries in his kingdom. He and his brother had converted to Christianity after being expelled from Northumbria by their uncle, King Edwin. Oswald was eventually killed by pagan king Penda.

 29 
Friedrich Engels
(German Philosopher Who Developed 'Marxism' Together With Karl Max)
Friedrich Engels
24
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 28, 1820
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barmen, Germany
Died: 1895

Friedrich Engels was a German philosopher, political scientist, and revolutionary socialist. Along with Karl Marx, Engels helped develop Marxism, which has had a profound impact on fields like philosophy and anthropology. Engels is credited with helping Marx publish Das Kapital, a foundational theoretical work in politics, economics, and materialist philosophy. He also co-authored influential political documents like The Communist Manifesto.

 30 
Joan Robinson
(British Economist Known for Her Wide-Ranging Contributions to Economic Theory)
Joan Robinson
0
Birthdate: October 31, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Surrey, England
Died: 1983

Post-Keynesian economist Joan Robinson specialized in monetary economics and is remembered for her research and academic activities in India, China, and Korea. Initially a Cambridge lecturer, she later taught at Girton College and became the first woman to be made an honorary fellow of King's College.

 31 
George Butterworth
(English Composer and Musicologist)
George Butterworth
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 12, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Died: 1916
 32 
Budd Schulberg
(Screenwriter)
Budd Schulberg
1
Birthdate: March 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2009
 33 
Bjorg Lambrecht
(Belgian Cyclist Who Died in an Accident during the 2019 'Tour de Pologne')
Bjorg Lambrecht
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Died: 2019

Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht was not just a national junior champion but also made it to the 2018 Vuelta a España starlist. The Lotto–Soudal member was just 22 when he died of internal hemorrhage after crashing into a concrete culvert during the 3rd stage of the 2019 Tour de Pologne.

 34 
Bernard Stiegler
(Philosopher)
Bernard Stiegler
0
Birthdate: April 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seine-et-Oise, France
Died: 2020
 35 
Gopinath Bordoloi
(First Chief Minister of Assam, India)
Gopinath Bordoloi
16
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 6, 1890
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Raha, Assam
Died: 1950
 36 
Mezz Mezzrow
(Clarinetist, Saxophonist)
Mezz Mezzrow
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1972
 37 
Clive Caldwell
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Clive Caldwell
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lewisham
Died: 1994

Nicknamed Killer Caldwell, Australian military aviator Clive Caldwell, who served during World War II, is known to have shot down many enemy aircrafts. He also commanded RAF and RAAF units. He later resigned in protest of misuse of Australian fighter units and was then court-martialed for liquor transactions.

 38 
James Pierpont
(American Songwriter, Arranger and Composer)
James Pierpont
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 25, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1893
 39 
Anatoli Papanov
(Soviet-Russian Chracter Actor Best Known for His Dramatic and Comedic Roles)
Anatoli Papanov
0
Birthdate: October 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vyazma, Russia
Died: 1987

Recipient of the People's Artist of the USSR honour and the USSR State Prize (posthumously), Soviet and Russian actor Anatoli Papanov rose to fame starring in the war-film The Alive and the Dead. He is however best-remembered for playing comedic roles in films like The Diamond Arm. Papanov was also a highly sought-after voice-actor and contributed to over hundred cartoons.

 40 
Horace Clarke
(Baseball player)
Horace Clarke
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frederiksted, United States
Died: 2020
 41 
Colin Higgins
(Known for writing the screenplay for the 1971 film Harold and Maude, directing the films Foul Play (1978) and 9 to 5 (1980))
Colin Higgins
0
Birthdate: July 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nouméa, New Caledonia
Died: 1988
 42 
James Gibbs
(Architect)
James Gibbs
1
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: December 23, 1682
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: 1754

James Gibbs, one of the most significant architects of his time, was trained in Rome and later merged the Italian and English styles of architecture. His best-known work includes the East Anglican St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London. While his works had elements of Baroque architecture, he was also influenced by Palladianism.

 43 
Gustav, Prince of Vasa
(Prince)
Gustav, Prince of Vasa
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 9, 1799
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 1877
 44 
John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey
(Courtier)
John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 13, 1696
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jermyn Street, London, England
Died: 1743
 45 
Oliver Hill
(Attorney)
Oliver Hill
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia,US
Died: 2007
 46 
Heinrich Otto Wieland
(Father of Biochemistry)
Heinrich Otto Wieland
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pforzheim
Died: 1957

Heinrich Otto Wieland was a German chemist known for his research into bile acids, for which he won the 1927 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He studied under prominent chemist and professor Johannes Thiele at the University of Munich. He had a brilliant academic career and worked actively to protect Jewish students after the passage of the Nuremberg Laws.

 47 
Robert Muldoon
(Politician)
Robert Muldoon
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auckland
Died: 1992

Robert Muldoon was a New Zealand politician remembered for serving as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1975 to 1984. He also served as the Minister of Finance from 1967 to 1972 and again from 1975 to 1984. In 1984, Robert Muldoon became the second New Zealand Prime Minister to be honored with a knighthood while still in office.

 48 
Otto Kretschmer
(German Naval Officer and Submariner in World War Ii and the Cold War)
Otto Kretschmer
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hajduki Nyskie, Poland
Died: 1998

Otto Kretschmer was a German submarine and naval officer who played an important role in World War II. Nicknamed Silent Otto, Kretschmer was a pioneer in using the silent running feature of naval submarines. From 1939 to 1941, Kretschmer sank 44 ships, for which he was honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

 49 
Amos Whitney
(American Mechanical Engineer and Inventor Who Co-founded the 'Pratt & Whitney Company')
Amos Whitney
0
Birthdate: October 8, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Biddeford, Maine, United States
Died: 1920

Amos Whitney was in his early teens when he apprenticed at a machine company. He is best remembered for his manufacturing company Pratt & Whitney, which he set up with Francis A. Pratt. He had designed a number of innovative machine parts for sewing machines, guns, and typewriters.

 50 
Bryan Randall
(American Professional Photographer)
Bryan Randall
30
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: April 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: 2023