Died On February 23rd

Discover the most famous people who died on February 23. The list includes people like John Quincy Adams, John Keats, Edward Elgar, Nellie Melba, Leo Baekeland. Famous personalities featured on this list, include soldiers, historians, political leaders and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United Kingdom, United States, Germany & Italy and many more countries.
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 1 
Stan Laurel
(Comic Actor Who was Part of The Comedy Duo 'Laurel and Hardy'. and Appeared with His Comedy Partner Oliver Hardy in 107 Short Films)
Stan Laurel
15
Birthdate: June 16, 1890
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1965

Comedian Stan Laurel entertained audiences as part of the iconic duo Laurel and Hardy, along with Oliver Hardy, in over 100 films. He began his career with music-hall sketch comedy and worked as an understudy of Charlie Chaplin in Fred Karno's Army. He was known for his trademark bowler hat.

 2 
Carl F. Gauss
(One of the Greatest Mathematicians of All Tim)
Carl F. Gauss
18
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 30, 1777
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brunswick, Germany
Died: 1855

German mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss is remembered for his work in math and science. Known as the Princeps mathematicorum, he laid down tenets such as the Gauss's Law. He had exhibited his talent since an early age and had completed writing Disquisitiones Arithmeticae by 21.

 3 
John Keats
(English Romantic Lyric Poet)
John Keats
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 31, 1795
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moorgate, London, England
Died: 1821
John Keats was one of the leading 19th-century Romantic poets, along with Byron and Shelley, known for his natural imagery and emotions in his poems. Some of his best-known works are Ode on a Grecian Urn, To Autumn, and Ode to a Nightingale. He died of tuberculosis at age 25.
 4 
Carlos Hathcock
(Military Personnel)
Carlos Hathcock
25
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas
Died: 1999
Carlos Hathcock was a U.S. Marine sniper who had killed at least 93 enemy personnel in the Vietnam War. He inspired the 1993 movie Sniper. His signature style of attaching a feather to his bush hat earned him the name “White Feather.” He later had a rifle named after him.
 5 
James Herriot
33
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sunderland, County Durham, England
Died: 1995

James Herriot was a British writer and veterinary surgeon. Many of his books about animals and veterinary practice inspired several films and television series, including the 1975 British movie All Creatures Great and Small. His early life inspired BBC's drama Young James Herriot. In 1994, Glasgow Veterinary College's library was named James Herriot Library in his honor. 

 6 
Katherine Helmond
14
Birthdate: July 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, United States
Died: 2019
Katherine Helmond is best known for her Golden Globe-winning roles of Jessica Tate in the sitcom Soap and Mona Robinson in Who's the Boss? Fans also loved her in her Emmy-nominated role of Lois Whelan in Everybody Loves Raymond. She has also voiced Lizzie in the Cars franchise. 
 7 
Melvin Franklin
(R&B Singer)
Melvin Franklin
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: 1995
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 8 
Edward Elgar
(Composer)
Edward Elgar
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Broadheath, England
Died: 1934
 9 
L. S. Lowry
(Artist)
L. S. Lowry
9
Birthdate: November 1, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stretford, Lancashire, England
Died: 1976

Laurence Stephen Lowry was an English painter, known for his bleak urban industrial landscapes, peopled with human figures akin to “matchstick men”. He became interested in the subject while working at a Manchester real-estate and began depicting what he saw. Although critics are divided over his stature, they all agree on the relevance of his works as a social commentary.

 10 
Nellie Melba
(Opera Singer)
Nellie Melba
64
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond
Died: 1931

Nellie Melba was an Australian singer. One of the most popular singers of the early 20th century, Melba was the first Australian classical musician to achieve international recognition. Also known for her charity work during the First World War, Nellie Melba was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918.

 11 
Tony Williams
(Drummer)
Tony Williams
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: 1997
 12 
Leo Baekeland
(Chemist & Inventor)
Leo Baekeland
4
Birthdate: November 14, 1863
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Died: 1944

Industrial chemist Leo Baekeland is remembered as The Father of the Plastics Industry for creating Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic of the world, thus marking the beginning of the Polymer Age. His many inventions include Velox, a special photographic paper, the rights of which he sold to George Eastman.

 13 
Robert K. Merton
(Sociologist)
Robert K. Merton
3
Birthdate: July 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: 2003

Robert K. Merton was an American sociologist best remembered for his immense contribution to the field of criminology. Merton, who is credited with founding the sociology of science, was honored with the prestigious National Medal of Science in 1994 for his contribution to the field. He is also credited with mentoring fellow sociologists like Jonathan R. Cole.

 14 
Mabel Normand
(Actress)
Mabel Normand
4
Birthdate: November 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Brighton, Staten Island,
Died: 1930
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 15 
Madhubala
(Actress)
Madhubala
42
Birthdate: February 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi
Died: 1969
Madhubala, also known as the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, ruled the 1950s with films such as Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Mr. and Mrs. '55. She was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Mughal-e-Azam and was photographed for Life magazine. She died due to a congenital heart ailment, at 36.
 16 
Stanisław I Leszczyński
(King)
Stanisław I Leszczyński
3
Birthdate: October 20, 1677
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
Died: 1766
 17 
James Maurice Gavin
(Military Officer)
James Maurice Gavin
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1990
 18 
José Napoleón Duarte
(Salvadoran Political figure)
José Napoleón Duarte
14
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: November 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Ana
Died: 1990

José Napoleón Duarte was the president of El Salvador during the tumultuous years of the Salvadoran Civil War and had witnessed mass killings of civilians by the army. Though he was supported by the U.S., he failed to remove poverty from his country and ended up being ousted by ARENA.

 19 
Robert Smalls
(Politician)
Robert Smalls
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1839
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
Died: 1915
 20 
Diego Columbus
(Spanish Explorer, 2nd Viceroy of the Indies (1511 – 1526) and 4th Governor of the Indies (1509 – 1518))
Diego Columbus
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 1, 1479
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Santo Island, Portugal
Died: 1526

Diego Columbus was an explorer and navigator who served under the Kings of Aragón and Castile. The oldest son of Christopher Columbus, Diego spent most of his time trying to regain the privileges and titles granted to his father and then denied in 1500.

 21 
Horst Wessel
(Nazi Party Stormtrooper Who Was Hailed Asa Nazi Hero & Martyr)
Horst Wessel
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 9, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bielefeld
Died: 1930

A member of the SA, the paramilitary wing of the German Nazi Party, Horst Wessel was murdered by his enemies, probably Communists. Following his death, he was hailed as a Nazi hero and martyr. The song Horst Wessel Lied later became the Nazi anthem and the co-national anthem of Nazi Germany.

 22 
Paul Claudel
(French Poet, Dramatist and Diplomat)
Paul Claudel
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 6, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villeneuve-sur-Fère, France
Died: 1955

Born into a family of farmers, Paul Claudel grew up to join the foreign service of France, thus serving in places such as the US, China, and South America. While he traveled the world as a French ambassador to French ambassador, he also enriched French literature with his poems, essays, and plays.

 23 
Lewis Gilbert
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)
Lewis Gilbert
0
Birthdate: March 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2018
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 24 
Mosi Tatupu
(Former American football player - Running back)
Mosi Tatupu
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pago Pago, American Samoa
Died: 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 25 
Don Heck
(Comic artist)
Don Heck
0
Birthdate: January 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, United States
Died: 1995
 26 
Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
(9th Ruler of Kuwait)
Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
0
Birthdate: 1864 AD
Birthplace: Kuwait
Died: 1921
 27 
Janez Drnovšek
(Prime Minister)
Janez Drnovšek
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Celje
Died: 2008
 28 
Florence Rice
(Actress)
Florence Rice
2
Birthdate: February 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 1974
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 29 
Emperor Yingzong of Ming
(Emperor)
Emperor Yingzong of Ming
0
Birthdate: November 29, 1427
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: 1464
 30 
John Quincy Adams
(6th President of United States (1825 - 1829))
John Quincy Adams
75
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 11, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1848

The sixth president of the United States of America John Quincy Adams played a key role in shaping America during its formative years. He helped develop the Monroe Doctrine, which eventually became a vital tenet of the U.S. foreign policy. He is also widely regarded as one of the greatest secretaries of state and diplomats in the American history.

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Titos Vandis
(Actor)
Titos Vandis
1
Birthdate: November 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salonika, Greece
Died: 2003
 32 
Dorothy Masuka
(Singer)
Dorothy Masuka
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Died: 2019

Dorothy Masuka was a jazz singer whose music gained popularity in South Africa during the 1950s. Masuka's music had a strong influence on the people of South Africa, so much so that the government banned her song Dr. Malan which was about difficult laws in the country. She was exiled in 1961 when she performed a song for Patrice Lumumba.

 33 
Isabelle of France
(Saint)
Isabelle of France
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1224
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1270
 34 
Alan Colmes
(Radio personality, Journalist)
Alan Colmes
5
Birthdate: September 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 2017
 35 
Vijay Anand
(Director)
Vijay Anand
0
Birthdate: January 22, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gurdaspur, India
Died: 2004
 36 
Julien Ries
(University teacher, Historian of religion, Historian, Catholic priest)
Julien Ries
1
Birthdate: April 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fouches
Died: 2013
 37 
Jacques Mieses
(British Chess Player and Writer)
Jacques Mieses
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 27, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: 1954
 38 
Joseph Warton
(Literary Critic)
Joseph Warton
0
Birthdate: 1722
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dunsfold, England
Died: 1800
 39 
Gordon Matthews
(Inventor)
Gordon Matthews
1
Birthdate: July 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died: 2002
 40 
Hans Hellmut Kirst
(German Novelist)
Hans Hellmut Kirst
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ostroda, Poland
Died: 1989

Initially part of the German army, Hans Hellmut Kirst was moved by his experiences during World War II and began writing soon after. He was known for his political thrillers and satires, rooted in anti-Nazi sentiments, such as the award-winning work The Night of the Generals, which was also made into a film.

 41 
Georg Muffat
(Composer)
Georg Muffat
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 1, 1653
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Megève, France
Died: 1704
 42 
Marella Agnelli
(Noblewoman)
Marella Agnelli
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 2019
 43 
Pope Eugene IV
(Pope)
Pope Eugene IV
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1383 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1447
 44 
Luis Palés Matos
(Poet)
Luis Palés Matos
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 20, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayama, Puerto Rico
Died: 1959
 45 
Carl Anderson
(Singer)
Carl Anderson
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Died: 2004
 46 
Anson Burlingame
(Lawyer)
Anson Burlingame
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 14, 1820
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Berlin, New York, United States
Died: 1870
 47 
Joshua Reynolds
(Painter)
Joshua Reynolds
1
Birthdate: July 16, 1723
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plympton, England
Died: 1792
 48 
Dickinson W. Richards
(American Physiologist and Physician Who Invented Cardiac Catheterization)
Dickinson W. Richards
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 30, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1973

Dickinson W. Richards was an American physiologist and physician. He is best remembered for winning the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the invention of cardiac catheterization. Over the course of his illustrious career, Dickinson W. Richards was also honored with several other prestigious awards, such as the John Phillips Memorial Award and the Trudeau Medal. 

 49 
Robert Triffin
(Economist)
Robert Triffin
0
Birthdate: October 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Flobecq, Belgium
Died: 1993
 50 
Saud of Saudi Arabia
(King of Saudi Arabia from 1953 to 1964)
Saud of Saudi Arabia
9
Birthdate: January 15, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Died: 1969
Modernization of his country’s educational and medical facilities was the chief aim of Saudi Arabian king Saud, son of Ibn Saud. However, amid internal conflict and tension in his country, he was deposed while abroad for medical treatment, and his brother, Faisal took over as the new king.