Died On February 24th

Discover the most famous people who died on February 24. The list includes people like Don Knotts, Tommy Douglas, Robert Fulton, Henry Cavendish, Joshua Chamberlain. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, philosophers, journalists and novelists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, United Kingdom & India and many more countries.
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Katherine Johnson
(Mathematician and One of the First African-American Women to Work as a NASA Scientist)
Katherine Johnson
90
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, United States
Died: 2020
Katherine Johnson was a physicist and mathematician, remembered as the first African-American female NASA scientist. Her calculations helped launch the space missions of Alan Shepard and John Glenn. She was crucial to the Apollo program and won a Congressional Gold Medal and a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her achievements.
 2 
Don Knotts
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Role in TV Series: 'The Andy Griffith Show' and 'Three's Company')
Don Knotts
22
Birthdate: July 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2006

Widely regarded as one of the most beloved American actors of all time, Don Knotts achieved popularity after portraying Barney Fife in the popular TV series The Andy Griffith Show. Knotts is often considered a major influence on other actors and entertainers. In 1979, he was ranked 27th on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time

 3 
Harold Ramis
(American actor)
Harold Ramis
19
Birthdate: November 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2014
 4 
Dinah Shore
(Singer and Actress Who was the Top Charting Female Vocalist of the 1940s)
Dinah Shore
14
Birthdate: February 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winchester, Tennessee, United States
Died: 1994

Dinah Shore initially launched a solo career after failing to qualify for Benny Goodman’s band. After delivering hits such as Blues in the Night, she appeared in a few films and ventured into a successful TV career. She also hosted shows such as The Dinah Shore Chevy Show.

 5 
Dennis Weaver
(Actor and Former President of the Screen Actors Guild)
Dennis Weaver
13
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: 2006
Dennis Weaver is best known as Chester Goode/Proudfoot from Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud from McCloud. He initially ran track and field, but his failure to qualify for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team made him join films. He had also been the president of the Screen Actors Guild.
 6 
Sally Kellerman
8
Birthdate: June 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: 2022
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 7 
Sridevi
(Indian Actress Cited as the 'First Female Superstar' of Indian Cinema)
Sridevi
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Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sivakasi, Madras State, India
Died: 2018

Sridevi was an Indian film actress who appeared in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. Considered one of the most popular actresses of all time, Sridevi was dubbed the First Female Superstar in India. With several prestigious awards under her belt, she was also regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

 8 
Tommy Douglas
(Canadian Politician Who was Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961)
Tommy Douglas
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camelon, Falkirk, Scotland
Died: 1986

Tommy Douglas was a Scottish Canadian politician. From 1944 to 1961, he served as premier of Saskatchewan. His cabinet was the first to introduce North America's first single-payer, universal health care program. His life and career inspired a TV miniseries titled Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, in which Douglas was played by actor Michael Therriault.

 9 
Octavia Butler
(American Author Known for Her Science Fiction Novels)
Octavia Butler
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: 2006

One of the finest African-American sci-fi authors, Octavia Butler was raised single-handedly by her widowed mother. Best known for the Patternist series and the short story Bloodchild, she often mingled mythology and spirituality in her work. She was the first sci-fi author to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

 10 
Claude Shannon
(Mathematician, Engineer & Cryptographer Known as a 'Father of Information Theory')
Claude Shannon
9
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 30, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: 2001

Claude Shannon was an electrical engineer, mathematician, and cryptographer. He is credited with publishing the article A Mathematical Theory of Communication which gave rise to the field of information theory. Hence, Shannon is considered the father of information theory. He is also credited with founding digital circuit design theory. During World War II, he contributed to the field of cryptanalysis.

 11 
Bobby Moore
(Captain of the England Team that Won the 1966 FIFA World Cup)
Bobby Moore
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barking, Essex, England
Died: 1993
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 12 
Joshua Chamberlain
(Educator & War Hero)
Joshua Chamberlain
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brewer
Died: 1914
 13 
Robert Fulton
(American engineer & inventor)
Robert Fulton
3
Birthdate: November 14, 1765
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Little Britain, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Died: 1815
 14 
Henry Cavendish
(English Scientist Who Discovered Hydrogen)
Henry Cavendish
3
Birthdate: October 10, 1731
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: 1810

English natural philosopher, scientist, and a prominent experimental and theoretical physicist and chemist Henry Cavendish is best-remembered for his discovery of hydrogen and his Cavendish experiment. He first recognized that hydrogen, which he termed inflammable air, is a discrete substance which produces water on combustion. He conducted the Cavendish experiment to measure and produce a value for Earth’s density.

 15 
George Gobel
(Actor)
George Gobel
1
Birthdate: May 20, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: 1991
 16 
Henny Youngman
(Comedian)
Henny Youngman
1
Birthdate: March 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Whitechapel
Died: 1998
 17 
Johnnie Ray
(Singer)
Johnnie Ray
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dallas, Oregon, USA
Died: 1990
 18 
Malcolm Forbes
(Businessperson)
Malcolm Forbes
5
Birthdate: August 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1990
 19 
Rukmini Devi Arundale
(Bharatnatyam Dancer)
Rukmini Devi Arundale
9
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: 1986

Rukmini Devi Arundale was an Indian dancer and choreographer. An exponent of Bharatanatyam, Rukmini Devi helped revive the original sadhir style of the dance form. She also popularized Bharatanatyam among Indian upper-caste elites for which she was named in India Today's 100 People Who Shaped India list. In 1956, Rukmini Devi Arundale was honored with the Padma Bhushan.

 20 
Bhimsen Joshi
(One of the Greatest Indian Vocalists in the Hindustani Classical Tradition)
Bhimsen Joshi
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadag, Karnataka, India
Died: 2011

Bhimsen Joshi was an Indian vocalist best known for recording devotional songs. Widely regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, Bhimsen Joshi was the first Indian musician whose concerts were promoted through posters in New York City, New York. Over the course of his career, Joshi received prestigious honors, such as the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

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Bud Luckey
(Animator)
Bud Luckey
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Billings, Montana, USA
Died: 2018
 22 
Alberto Sordi
(Italian Comedian Known for Satirizing His Country's Social Mores in Pungent Black Comedies and Grim Drama)
Alberto Sordi
3
Birthdate: June 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 2003

Alberto Sordi was an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, singer, composer, and voice actor. Widely regarded as an icon of Italian cinema, Sordi achieved greatness in a career that spanned 70 years! Over the course of his illustrious career, Alberto Sordi won several prestigious awards, including seven David di Donatello and a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. 

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Jan Berenstain
(Author)
Jan Berenstain
2
Birthdate: July 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2012
 24 
Andre Dubus
(Short story writer)
Andre Dubus
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Died: 1999
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Nikolai Bulganin
(Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union from 1955 to 1958)
Nikolai Bulganin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 11, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: 1975
Soviet premier Nikolai Bulganin had been a high-ranking Red Army official and was known for his close association with Nikita Khrushchev. However, he was later stripped of his Central Committee membership and marshal’s rank after it became clear he had been part of a group that attempted to oust Khrushchev.
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Nikolai Lobachevsky
(Mathematician)
Nikolai Lobachevsky
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 1, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: 1856
 27 
Carlo Buonaparte
(Corsican Lawyer Best Known as the Father of 'Napoleon Bonaparte' and Grandfather of 'Napoleon III')
Carlo Buonaparte
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 27, 1746
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: 1785

Though he initially studied law, Carlo Buonaparte quit without a degree to take charge of his inheritance after his father’s death. He later served Pasquale Paoli. However, following the French conquest of Corsica, he completed his legal education. He is best remembered as the father of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Herman Brix
(Actor)
Herman Brix
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Died: 2007
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Sir Edmund Andros
(Colonial official)
Sir Edmund Andros
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 6, 1637
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1714
 30 
Pierre Janet
(Psychologist)
Pierre Janet
0
Birthdate: May 30, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1947
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Carlos Páez Vilaró
1
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: November 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo
Died: 2014

Carlos Páez Vilaró was a Uruguayan abstract artist, potter, sculptor, painter, muralist, composer, writer, and constructor. He began his career as a printing apprentice and then began composing music as well. He was part of the "Grupo de los 8", a movement of Uruguayan artists formed in the 1950s. He enjoyed a successful career but had a troubled personal life. 

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Anna Larina
(Memoirist)
Anna Larina
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: 1996

Anna Larina was a Russian memoirist best remembered for her efforts to rehabilitate her husband Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin after he was executed in 1938. Fifty years after his death, Bukharin was cleared of all charges, thanks to Larina's persistent effort. Anna Larina is credited with writing the popular memoir This I Cannot Forget.

 33 
Bluma Zeigarnik
(Lithuanian-Soviet Psychologist and Psychiatrist)
Bluma Zeigarnik
1
Birthdate: November 9, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prienai, Lithuania
Died: 1988

Born to a Jewish family in southern Lithuania that was well-respected among the community, Bluma Zeigarnik grew up to be a renowned psychologist. She is best remembered for discovering what is known as the Zeigarnik effect, or the phenomenon of remembering incomplete tasks better than complete ones.

 34 
Otto Goldschmidt
(Composer)
Otto Goldschmidt
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 21, 1829
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: 1907

German composer and pianist Otto Goldschmidt was one of the first students at the Leipzig Conservatory. The son of a Jewish salesperson, he grew up to be one of the greatest musicians of the 19th century. He later settled in England and established the London Bach Choir.

 35 
Dean Mahomed
(Traveller, surgeon, entrepreneur, and one of the most notable early non-European immigrants to the Western World)
Dean Mahomed
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Patna, Bihar, India
Died: 1851
 36 
Mario Bunge
(Argentine-Canadian Philosopher and Physicist)
Mario Bunge
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Florida Oeste, Argentina
Died: 2020

Argentine-Canadian philosopher, physicist, and educator Mario Bunge is best remembered for his work on social sciences, metaphysics, and the philosophy of the mind. Part of the school of scientific realism, he had published more than 400 papers and was named to Science magazine’s Science Hall of Fame.

 37 
Mel Stewart
(Actor, Director)
Mel Stewart
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 2002
 38 
Amanda Smith
(American Methodist Preacher and Former Slave Who Opened an Orphanage for African-American Girls)
Amanda Smith
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 23, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Green, Maryland, United States
Died: 1915

Born into slavery, Amanda Smith later stepped into freedom after her father bought his and his family’s freedom. Starting as a domestic help, she later became a missionary and a Holiness movement leader, who invested in women’s education wholeheartedly and even established an orphanage for Black girls.

 39 
Hu Shih
(Chinese Ambassador to the United States from 1938 to 1942)
Hu Shih
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 17, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jiangsu Province, Qing China
Died: 1962
 40 
Marc-Antoine Charpentier
(Composer)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1643 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1704
 41 
Richard de la Pole
(Noble)
Richard de la Pole
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1525
 42 
Hjalmar Branting
(Former Prime Minister of Sweden Who Served for Three Terms Between 1920 and 1924)
Hjalmar Branting
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 23, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 1925

One of the prominent names in the formation of the Social Democratic Party of Sweden and also its leader from 1907 to 1925, Karl Hjalmar Branting served thrice as the Prime Minister of Sweden between 1920 and 1925. In 1921, the father of socialism in Sweden was awarded Nobel Peace Prize together with Norwegian diplomat Christian Lous Lange.

 43 
Emil August Fieldorf
(Military officer)
Emil August Fieldorf
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: 1953
 44 
Johann Weyer
(physician, writer)
Johann Weyer
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 24, 1515
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grave, Netherlands
Died: 1588

Though he studied medicine and was a practicing physician, Johann Weyer is better known as a demonologist. He also offered one of the first scientific explanations of mental illnesses, stating that most witches were actually women who were suffering from mental health issues. He also stongly opposed Malleus Maleficarum.

 45 
Sandro Pertini
(Former President of Italy (1978 - 1985))
Sandro Pertini
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stella, Liguria, Italy
Died: 1990

Sandro Pertini was an Italian journalist and socialist politician. From 1978 to 1985, he served as the president of Italy. As the president, Sandro Pertini played an important role in reinstating the public's faith in the Italian government. In 1986, he was honored with the Freedom medal. 

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Joseph I of Portugal
(King)
Joseph I of Portugal
1
Birthdate: June 6, 1714
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ribeira Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
Died: 1777
 47 
Jahn Teigen
(Singer)
Jahn Teigen
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tønsberg, Norway
Died: 2020

Norwegian singer Jahn Teigen initially led the progressive rock band Popol Vuh. Apart from representing his country in the Eurovision Song Contest 4 times, he also saw success as part of the comedy trio Prima Vera. He has also received a Norwegian knighthood. Audiences remember his skeleton costume in Eurovision 1976.

 48 
Pearl Cornioley
(British wartime agent)
Pearl Cornioley
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 24, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2008
 49 
Franz Waxman
(Composer)
Franz Waxman
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chorzow, Poland
Died: 1967
 50 
Hans Bellmer
(German Artist Best Known for the Life-Sized Pubescent Female Dolls He Produced in the Mid-1930s)
Hans Bellmer
1
Birthdate: March 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Katowice, Poland
Died: 1975

German Surrealist artist Hans Bellmer is best known for his life-sized female dolls and erotic photography. He released the anonymous book Die Puppe. It is believed some of his dolls featured grotesque additions to reflect the Nazi obsession with perfection. He also collaborated with Unica Zürn for a bizarre photo series.