Died On February 2nd

Discover the most famous people who died on February 2. The list includes people like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bertrand Russell, Dmitri Mendeleev, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Fred Perry. Famous personalities featured on this list, include actors, poets, philosophers and mathematicians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Russia and many more countries.
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Chris Kyle
(One of the Deadliest Snipers in U.S. Military History)
Chris Kyle
80
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa, Texas, United States
Died: 2013

A U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle was the recipient of one Silver Star Medal and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He was a respected figure who had performed many acts of heroism. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2009. In an unfortunate turn of events, he was murdered by a former Marine in 2013.

 2 
Bertrand Russell
(Philosopher)
Bertrand Russell
33
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: 1970

Bertrand Russell was a British polymath and Nobel laureate. His work, which is spread across various fields, has had a considerable influence on philosophy, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, mathematics, linguistics, and logic. Russell is also credited with leading the revolt against idealism in Britain and is regarded as one of the founders of analytic philosophy.

 3 
Sid Vicious
(Musician)
Sid Vicious
42
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London
Died: 1979
Punk rock legend Sid Vicious was the lead singer and bassist of the Sex Pistols. He had a tumultuous life and was also accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death. He eventually died of a heroin overdose. His unreleased solo singles were collated and released as a posthumous album. 
 4 
Dmitri Mendeleev
(Inventor of Periodic Table)
Dmitri Mendeleev
10
Birthdate: February 8, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tobolsk
Died: 1907
Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev created the Periodic Law and his version of the Periodic Table of Elements that revolutionized the field of chemistry. His table was independent of German chemist Julius Lothar Meyer’s version of the table. Mendeleev also assisted in the development of the first oil refinery in Russia.
 5 
Eugene Curran Kelly
(Actor, Dancer, Singer, Filmmaker, and Choreographer)
Eugene Curran Kelly
22
Birthdate: August 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1996

Actor, dancer, singer, and filmmaker, Gene Kelly, was one of the most popular Hollywood figures in the 1940s and 1950s. Among his other achievements, he is credited to have popularized the genre of musical films in Hollywood. As a filmmaker, he often experimented with camera techniques and special effects. He received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952.

 6 
Boris Karloff
5
Birthdate: November 23, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Camberwell
Died: 1969
Boris Karloff is best remembered as a horror film actor who appeared in films such as Frankenstein and its sequels and the 1932 film The Mummy. He voiced Grinch in the TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas! He was also part of radio plays, including the Lights Out series.
 7 
Donald Pleasence
(Actor)
Donald Pleasence
8
Birthdate: October 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Worksop
Died: 1995

Donald Pleasence was an English actor best remembered for his portrayal of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the popular 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice. His performance in the film was later parodied by Canadian actor Mike Myers in the Austin Powers film series. Donald Pleasence was also an important theatre actor; he received four Tony Award nominations.

 8 
Max Schmeling
(German Boxer Who Was Heavyweight Champion of the World between 1930 and 1932)
Max Schmeling
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klein Luckow, Jatznick, Germany
Died: 2005
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 9 
Fred Perry
(British Tennis & Table Tennis Player Who Won Eight Grand Slam Tournaments & Two Pro Slam Singles Titles)
Fred Perry
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portwood, Stockport, England
Died: 1995

Fred Perry was a British tennis player. A former world No. 1, Perry won three successive Wimbledon Championships from 1934. He won eight Grand Slam tournaments, including a Career Grand Slam. He was the first player and only British player to date to achieve a Career Grand Slam. Also a table tennis player, Perry was the world champion in 1929.

 10 
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
(Italian Composer Best-Known as the16th-Century Representative of the 'Roman School of Musical Composition')
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Palestrina, Italy
Died: 1594

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was an Italian composer who had a long-lasting influence on the evolution of secular music in Europe. He is also credited with the development of counterpoint. His life and career inspired a 2009 Italian/German music film titled Palestrina - Prince of Music.

 11 
John L. Sullivan
(Boxer recognized as the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing)
John L. Sullivan
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1918
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 12 
Alistair Maclean
(One of the Best-Selling Fiction Authors of All Time)
Alistair Maclean
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: 1987

Alistair Maclean was a Scottish novelist best remembered for writing popular adventure stories. Having sold more than 150 million copies, Alistair Maclean is widely regarded as one of the best-selling fiction authors. Many of his works, including Where Eagles Dare, Ice Station Zebra, and The Guns of Navarone, have been made into popular films.

 13 
Monica Vitti
(Actress best known for her starring roles in films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni during the early-to-mid 1960s.)
Monica Vitti
4
Birthdate: November 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 2022
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 14 
Julia Morgan
(American Architect and Engineer)
Julia Morgan
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: January 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1957

Julia Morgan was an American engineer and architect who is credited with designing over 700 buildings in California. She was the first woman to study at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and the first woman to be honored with the AIA Gold Medal, which was conferred upon her posthumously. She also received a posthumous induction into the California Hall of Fame.

 15 
John Kerr
(Lawyer, Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor)
John Kerr
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Birthdate: November 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2013
 16 
Anita Cobby
Anita Cobby
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: 1986
 17 
Margaret John
(Actress)
Margaret John
1
Birthdate: December 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales
Died: 2011

While BAFTA-winning veteran actor Margaret John initially wished to be a vet or a nurse, her aversion to blood made her choose acting. Known for her role in Pobol y Cwm, she was one of the 31 actors to be part of both the Doctor Who series of the 1960s and the 2000s.

 18 
Gino Hernandez
(Wrestler)
Gino Hernandez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Highland Park, Texas, United States
Died: 1986
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 19 
Marija Gimbutas
(Archaeologist)
Marija Gimbutas
0
Birthdate: January 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: 1994
 20 
Randy California
(Guitarist, Singer)
Randy California
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1997
 21 
Natalie Clifford Barney
(Playwright)
Natalie Clifford Barney
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 31, 1876
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: 1972
 22 
Sanford Meisner
(Actor)
Sanford Meisner
0
Birthdate: August 31, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City
Died: 1997
 23 
Bert Parks
(Actor, TV host)
Bert Parks
2
Birthdate: December 30, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: 1992
 24 
Jon Huntsman, Sr.
(Business person)
Jon Huntsman, Sr.
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackfoot, Idaho, U.S.
Died: 2018
 25 
Bob Elliott
(Actor)
Bob Elliott
0
Birthdate: March 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2016
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Joshua Lederberg
(Geneticist)
Joshua Lederberg
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2008

Joshua Lederberg was an American molecular biologist best remembered for his work in the field of artificial intelligence, microbial genetics, and the US space program. In 1958, Lederberg won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine when he was just 33; he won the prize for discovering bacterial conjugation. In 2006, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 27 
Raymond Cattell
(Psychologist)
Raymond Cattell
1
Birthdate: March 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England
Died: 1998
 28 
Baldassare Castiglione
(Diplomat)
Baldassare Castiglione
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 6, 1478
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Casatico, Italy
Died: 1529
 29 
Earl Lauer Butz
(Government Official)
Earl Lauer Butz
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 3, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Albion, Indiana, United States
Died: 2008
 30 
Vsevolod Meyerhold
(Russian and Soviet Theatre Director, Actor and Theatrical Producer)
Vsevolod Meyerhold
1
Birthdate: February 9, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Penza, Russia
Died: 1940

Initially part of the Moscow Art Theatre, Russian director-actor Vsevolod Meyerhold is remembered for pioneering avant-garde theories of symbolism in theater. He also paved the path for biomechanics in Russian theater and created masterpieces such as The Magnificent Cuckold. He was executed, and his wife was murdered, during the Great Purge.

 31 
Gisèle Pascal
(Actress)
Gisèle Pascal
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Birthdate: September 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cannes, France
Died: 2007
 32 
Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier
(Duchess)
Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 30, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain
Died: 1897
 33 
Ondrej Nepela
(Slovak Figure Skater Who Represented Czechoslovakia and Won the Gold Medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics)
Ondrej Nepela
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: 1989

Ondrej Nepela was a Slovak figure skater best remembered for representing Czechoslovakia at the Olympic Games and World Championships. He won a gold medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics and three gold medals, one each at the 1971, 1972, and 1973 World Championships. Ondrej Nepela also won five gold medals at the European Championships during his career.

 34 
Marcello Truzzi
(Professor of sociology)
Marcello Truzzi
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 2003
 35 
David Hunter
(Military officer)
David Hunter
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1802
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 1886
 36 
Wendell Phillips
(Advocate)
Wendell Phillips
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 29, 1811
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1884
 37 
Mike Moore
(34th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Mike Moore
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whakatāne, New Zealand
Died: 2020

Mike Moore was a New Zealand politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of New Zealand for less than two months in 1990. Prior to his service as the Prime Minister, Moore served as the Minister of Tourism from 1984 to 1987 and as the Minister of Overseas Trade from 1984 to 1990.

 38 
Dorothy Gilman
(Novelist)
Dorothy Gilman
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2012
 39 
Smaranda Braescu
(Aviator)
Smaranda Braescu
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buciumeni, Romania
Died: 1948
 40 
Grant Jackson
(Baseball player)
Grant Jackson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fostoria, Ohio, United States
Died: 2021
 41 
Lavonne Paire Davis
(American baseball player)
Lavonne Paire Davis
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Died: 2013
 42 
Constantin Carathéodory
(Greek Mathematician Who Made Important Contributions to the Theory of Real Functions and to the Calculus of Variations)
Constantin Carathéodory
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1950

Greek-origin German mathematician Constantin Carathéodory is best remembered for his work on concepts such as real functions and the calculus of variations. Initially an engineer working for a British project in Egypt, he later switched to study math. He also taught at the universities of Berlin and Munich.

 43 
Aaron Douglas
(Painter)
Aaron Douglas
1
Birthdate: May 26, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, United States
Died: 1979
 44 
Katoucha Niane
(Model)
Katoucha Niane
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Conakry, Guinea
Died: 2008
 45 
Adolf Brand
(Writer)
Adolf Brand
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 14, 1874
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1945
 46 
Joanna II of Naples
(Queen)
Joanna II of Naples
1
Birthdate: June 25, 1371
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Died: 1435

Legend has it that Joanna II, the Queen of Naples, often got her lovers killed by throwing them inside a cellar or feeding them to a crocodile after satiating her pleasure, only to protest her good name. She came to power at age 41, after her brother Ladislaus’s death.

 47 
Daniil Kharms
(Soviet Author Who Specialized in Surrealist and Absurdist Writings)
Daniil Kharms
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1942

A co-founder of the avant-garde association OBERIU, Daniil Kharms was a Soviet author who was a major figure of surrealism and absurdism. Known for his works such as The Old Woman, he made a huge contribution to children’s literature. He was later arrested and exiled for writing anti-Soviet works.

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Claude Brown
(Author)
Claude Brown
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: 2002
 49 
Jean Martin
(Actor)
Jean Martin
0
Birthdate: March 6, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2009
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Marko Miljanov
(Military personnel, Writer)
Marko Miljanov
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 25, 1833
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Medun, Montenegro
Died: 1901