Died On February 26th

Discover the most famous people who died on February 26. The list includes people like Bill Hicks, Giuseppe Tartini, Theodore Hesburgh, Theodore Schultz, Jack Clayton. Famous personalities featured on this list, include economists, political leaders, philosophers and mathematicians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom and many more countries.
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Bill Hicks
(American Stand-Up Comedian and Satirist)
Bill Hicks
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Birthdate: December 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, United States
Died: 1994

Stand-up comedian Bill Hicks was known for his controversial themes, which included religion and politics. He was ranked fourth on Channel 4's 2010 list of the "100 Greatest Stand-Up Comics.” He had also experimented with music before his untimely death due to pancreatic cancer at age 32.

 2 
Wendy Richard
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Miss Shirley Brahms’ on the TV Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?’)
Wendy Richard
8
Birthdate: July 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England
Died: 2009

Wendy Richard is best remembered as Shirley Brahms from Are You Being Served? and as Pauline Fowler from EastEnders, and won the British Soap Award for Special Achievement for the latter. She died of breast cancer at 65 but documented the final months of her life in a BBC documentary.

 3 
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
(Independence Activist, Reformer)
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bhagur
Died: 1966

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian politician and independence activist. He formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva and was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha. He was known for his strong oratory skills and was an eloquent writer. He was initially charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but was later acquitted.

 4 
Joseph Wapner
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2017
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 5 
Lawrence Tierney
(Actor)
Lawrence Tierney
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Birthdate: March 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 2002
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 6 
Mohammed V of Morocco
(Sultan of Morocco)
Mohammed V of Morocco
2
Birthdate: August 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fes, Morocco
Died: 1961
 7 
Buddy Miles
(Drummer)
Buddy Miles
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: 2008
 8 
Anandi Gopal Joshi
(First Indian Female Doctor)
Anandi Gopal Joshi
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 31, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalyan, Maharashtra, India
Died: 1887

Though she was married off at age 9 and had had a baby by 14, Anandi Gopal Joshi rose to become one of the first female doctors in India and the first Indian-origin woman to graduate with a medical degree in the US. Unfortunately, she died of tuberculosis shortly before her 22nd birthday.

 9 
Shirley Ardell Mason
(Artist)
Shirley Ardell Mason
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dodge Center
Died: 1998
 10 
Trayvon Martin
(Shooting Victim)
Trayvon Martin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: 2012

Trayvon Martin was an African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a Hispanic-American named George Zimmerman in 2012. Although Zimmerman was acquitted based on Florida's stand your ground law, Martin's death led to rallies, marches, and protests across the nation. The protests forced the governor of Florida to examine Florida's self-defense laws.

 11 
Jimmie Lee Jackson
(African American Civil Rights Activist)
Jimmie Lee Jackson
6
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marion, Alabama, United States
Died: 1965
 12 
Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia
(Russian Naval Officer and Archaeological Explorer)
Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 13, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: 1933

Russian naval officer and explorer Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich was the brother-in-law of the last emperor of Russia, Emperor Nicholas II. He played a significant role in the development of Russian military aviation during WWI. He spent his later life in exile in Paris and conducted many archaeological expeditions.

 13 
Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Psychologist, Educationist, University teacher)
Hermann Ebbinghaus
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Birthdate: January 24, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barmen
Died: 1909

Especially remembered for his pioneering work on rote learning and memory, German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus became interested in the subject after reading Gustav Fechner's Elements of Psychophysics.  Eventually, he developed the experimental methods for measuring memory, using 2,300 three-letter nonsense syllables that he devised. Later, he also discovered the forgetting curve and the spacing effect and described the learning curve.

 14 
Carl Menger
(Economist, University teacher)
Carl Menger
1
Birthdate: February 23, 1840
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nowy Sącz
Died: 1921

Carl Menger made significant contributions to the marginal utility theory and the subjective theory of value. Born to a lawyer father, he too studied law and also worked as a journalist for a while. He later taught at the University of Vienna and also established the Austrian School of economics.

 15 
Giuseppe Tartini
(Italian Composer of the Baroque Era Known for His Violin Sonata in G Minor)
Giuseppe Tartini
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 8, 1692
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Piran, Slovenia
Died: 1770

Italian violinist Giuseppe Tartini initially studied and also established himself as a skilled fencer. Arrested for marrying an acquaintance of the archbishop of Padua, he fled to a monastery in Assisi, where he got addicted to music, later inventing the difference tone and a theory of harmony.

 16 
Richard Jordan Gatling
(American Inventor)
Richard Jordan Gatling
1
Birthdate: September 12, 1818
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hertford County, North Carolina, United States
Died: 1903
 17 
Fernandel
(Actor and Singer)
Fernandel
1
Birthdate: May 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: 1971
 18 
Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia
(Aristocrat)
Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fermerskiy Dvorets, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1970
 19 
Jef Raskin
(American Human–Computer Interface Expert Who Conceived and Initiated the Macintosh Project at Apple)
Jef Raskin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2005
One of the first employees of Apple Computer, Jef Raskin introduced the Macintosh project, to create a computer that was much less complex compared to the Apple II. Before joining Apple, he was a computer science teacher and a Stanford researcher. He was also a passionate music composer.
 20 
Jack Clayton
(Film Director)
Jack Clayton
1
Birthdate: March 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: 1995
 21 
Howard Hanson
(Composer)
Howard Hanson
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 28, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wahoo, Nebraska, United States
Died: 1981
 22 
Norm Van Lier
(Basketball Player)
Norm Van Lier
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: East Liverpool, Ohio, United States
Died: 2009
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 23 
Princess Thyra of Denmark
(Princess)
Princess Thyra of Denmark
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Birthdate: September 29, 1853
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yellow Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 1933
 24 
Robert R. Livingston
(Politician)
Robert R. Livingston
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 27, 1746
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1813
 25 
Saitō Makoto
(Political leader)
Saitō Makoto
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Isawa District, Iwate, Japan
Died: 1936

Japanese naval officer Saitō Makoto had initially worked as a naval attaché in the U.S. He later served as the governor of Korea and the minister of the Japanese navy, eventually becoming the prime minister of Japan. He was assassinated by members of the February 26 rebellion in 1936.

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Takahashi Korekiyo
(Politician, Accountant, Economist)
Takahashi Korekiyo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 27, 1854
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edo
Died: 1936

Born an illegitimate son of an official painter of the shogunate, Takahashi Korekiyo was later adopted by a samurai. He went to the U.S. and worked there for a while, before returning to Japan. He eventually stepped into politics and later became the prime minister of Japan.

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Lorenzino de' Medici
(Politician)
Lorenzino de' Medici
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 23, 1514
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1548
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Boris Trajkovski
(2nd President of Macedonia)
Boris Trajkovski
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Monospitovo, North Macedonia
Died: 2004
 29 
Roy Eldridge
(Musician)
Roy Eldridge
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 30, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1989
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 30 
Otto Wallach
(German Chemist Who was Awarded Nobel Prize for His Work on Alicyclic Compounds)
Otto Wallach
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 27, 1847
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Königsberg
Died: 1931

Otto Wallach was a German chemist best remembered for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1910. He won the award for his work on alicyclic compounds. Wallach is also remembered for developing the Wallach rearrangement, the Leuckart-Wallach reaction, Wallach degradation, and Wallach's rule. In 1912, Otto Wallach was honored with the prestigious Davy Medal.

 31 
Tony Young
(Actor)
Tony Young
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Birthdate: June 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2002
 32 
Russell Hunter
(Actor)
Russell Hunter
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Birthdate: February 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: 2004
 33 
Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March
(English noble)
Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 11, 1328
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ludlow, England
Died: 1360
 34 
Angelo Secchi
(Italian Jesuit Priest and Astrophysicist, Who Made the First Survey of the Spectra of Stars)
Angelo Secchi
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 28, 1818
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reggio Emilia, Italy
Died: 1878

A pioneer in astronomical spectroscopy, Italian Jesuit priest and astronomer Angelo Secchi was among the first scientists who authoritatively stated that the Sun is a star. Notable contributions of Secchi, who served as director of the observatory at the Roman College for nearly three decades, includes discovering three comets and solar spicules; and inventing Secchi disk, heliospectrograph and telespectroscope.

 35 
Karl Jaspers
(One of the Most Important Representatives of Existential Philosophy)
Karl Jaspers
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oldenburg, Germany
Died: 1969

Twentieth-century Existentialist Karl Jaspers had initially followed in his father’s footsteps to study law, but had then switched to medicine. One of the pioneers of clinical psychiatry, he applied phenomenology to study mental illnesses and also developed psychopathological research. He was highly influenced by Immanuel Kant’s ideas.

 36 
Dan Shomron
(Israeli Military Commander Best Remembered For Planning and Commanding 'Operation Entebbe')
Dan Shomron
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashdot Ya'akov
Died: 2008

Dan Shomron was a Israeli military commander who served as the Israel Defense Forces' Chief of Staff from 1987 to 1991. He is best remembered for planning and commanding Operation Entebbe, a hostage-rescue operation, in 1976. The operation was dramatized in a couple of films, including the 1977 film Raid on Entebbe, where Dan Shomron was played by Charles Bronson.

 37 
Yokoyama Taikan
(Japanese Painter)
Yokoyama Taikan
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Birthdate: November 2, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Died: 1958

Sakai Hidemaro, better known by his pseudonym, Yokoyama Taikan, redefined Japanese art along with his artist friend Hishida Shunsō. Both he and Shunsō pioneered the Nihonga technique, which focused on colors rather than the traditional technique of line drawing. Cherry Blossoms and Mountain Path remain two of his best works.

 38 
Grand Duke Nicholas Konstantinovich of Russia
(Politician)
Grand Duke Nicholas Konstantinovich of Russia
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 14, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1918
 39 
Johnny Kerr
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)
Johnny Kerr
0
Birthdate: July 17, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2009
 40 
Alois Senefelder
(Actor and playwright who invented the printing technique of lithography in the 1790s)
Alois Senefelder
0
Birthdate: November 6, 1771
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: 1834
 41 
Esek Hopkins
(Naval officer)
Esek Hopkins
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1718
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: 1802
 42 
Roger II of Sicily
(King of Sicily)
Roger II of Sicily
1
Birthdate: December 22, 1095
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mileto, Italy
Died: 1154
 43 
Joseph de Maistre
(Philosopher Who Advocated Social Hierarchy & Monarchy in the Period Immediately Following the French Revolution)
Joseph de Maistre
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Birthdate: April 1, 1753
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chambéry, France
Died: 1821

A qualified lawyer, Joseph de Maistre was also a skilled diplomat, moralist, and author. Part of the Savoy Senate, he was exiled in Switzerland after Napoleon’s invasion and later also served in Russia and an envoy of the Sardinian king. A staunch Roman Catholic, he was against liberal and scientific beliefs.

 44 
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine
(Politician)
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 4, 1807
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boucherville, Canada
Died: 1864
 45 
Sybil Ludington
(American Revolutionary War Heroine)
Sybil Ludington
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1761
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ludingtonville, New York, United States
Died: 1839

Born to a militia officer, Sybil Ludington later made history with her fearless resistance to the British during the American Revolutionary War. Most of her statues today find her perched on a horse, in a tribute to her night-long horseback ride to inform American soldiers of an impending British attack.

 46 
Levi Eshkol
(Politician)
Levi Eshkol
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orativ
Died: 1969
 47 
Alexander Löhr
(Luftwaffe World War II general)
Alexander Löhr
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Romania
Died: 1947
 48 
Ronald Gillespie
(British Chemist Who Specialized in the Field of Molecular Geometry)
Ronald Gillespie
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: 2021

Ronald Gillespie was a British chemist who specialized in the field of molecular geometry. Gillespie, who moved to Canada in 1958, is credited with instituting inorganic chemistry education in Canada. Ronald Gillespie was the recipient of several prestigious awards and honors, such as the Keith Laidler Award, the Henry Marshall Tory Medal, and the Canadian Centennial Medal.

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Theodore Hesburgh
(15th President of the University of Notre Dame)
Theodore Hesburgh
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Died: 2015

Theodore Hesburgh was an American educator, social activist, and author. Over the course of his career, Hesburgh was involved in several American governmental and civic initiatives, international humanitarian projects, commissions, and papal assignments. In 1964, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2000, he received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service.

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Aḥmad Shuqayrī
(First Chairman of the Executive Committee of the 'Palestine Liberation Organization')
Aḥmad Shuqayrī
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tabnīn, Lebanon
Died: 1980

Aḥmad Shuqayrī was a Lebanese Palestinian political leader who served as the first Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization from May 1964 to December 1967. Aḥmad Shuqayrī was used as a scapegoat by his opponents as one of his purported statements was used as part of the government's rationalization of their initiation of the Six-Day War.