Died On February 5th

Discover the most famous people who died on February 5. The list includes people like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Thomas Carlyle, Banjo Paterson, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Wassily Leontief. Famous personalities featured on this list, include poets, directors, philosophers and journalists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Christopher Plummer
(One of the Most Accomplished Actors of His Era andthe Oldest Person to Win an Academy Award)
Christopher Plummer
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Birthdate: December 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 2021

Arguably the best Canadian actor of all time, Christopher Plummer is the only Canadian and one of the few actors to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (winning Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award). He won the Academy Award at the age of 82, becoming the oldest person to do so. Not surprisingly, he is the most respected actor in Canada.

 2 
Kirk Douglas
(Actor and Filmmaker)
Kirk Douglas
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Birthdate: December 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York, United States
Died: 2020

The quintessential American action hero of the 1950s, Kirk Douglas remained one of the most bankable stars of Hollywood throughout the decade. Regarded as one of the greatest actors of classic Hollywood cinema, Kirk Douglas was a man of many talents. Also known as a writer and philanthropist, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981.

 3 
Doug McClure
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Cowboy’ in the TV Series ‘The Virginian’)
Doug McClure
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Birthdate: May 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
Died: 1995
Doug McClure is best known as the cowboy Trampas from the long-running series The Virginian, based on the Owen Wister novel of the same name. He inspired the character of Troy McClure in The Simpsons and also appeared in films such as The Unforgiven and series such as Overland Trail.
 4 
Thelma Ritter
(American Actress Best Known for Her Comedic Roles as Working-Class Characters and Her Strong New York Accent)
Thelma Ritter
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Birthdate: February 14, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1969

Thelma Ritter was an American actress best remembered for her comedic roles and strong New York accent. Ritter received six nominations for the prestigious Academy Award, three nominations for the Golden Globe Award, and one Emmy Award nomination. Ritter also won a Tony Award under the Best Actress in a Musical category for her role in New Girl in Town.  

 5 
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(Writer, Director, Producer)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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Birthdate: February 11, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1993
Polish-American screenwriter and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz won Academy Awards for his work in the movies All About Eve and Letter to Three Wives. He was associated with Paramount, MGM, and Twentieth Century Fox. He also had his own production company, Figaro, and directed the film Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor.
 6 
Banjo Paterson
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Birthdate: February 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orange
Died: 1941

Remembered for the legendary poems Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River, Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson was an Australian bush poet who depicted rural life through his works. Initially a law clerk and a journalist, he later adopted the pseudonym Banjo, which was his favorite horse’s name.

 7 
Franklin Cover
(Actor)
Franklin Cover
3
Birthdate: November 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: 2006
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 8 
Frederick Henry Ball
(Studio executive, Brother of Lucille Ball)
Frederick Henry Ball
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 17, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States
Died: 2007
 9 
El Santo
(Actor)
El Santo
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Birthdate: September 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hidalgo
Died: 1984

El Santo was a Mexican professional wrestler and actor. Widely regarded as a folk hero, El Santo is an iconic luchador (masked wrestler) and is often counted among the greatest in Mexican sports history. During his illustrious wrestling career, he became a symbol of justice through his appearances in comic books and lucha films.   

 10 
Violeta Parra
(Composer)
Violeta Parra
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Carlos, Chile
Died: 1967
 11 
Violette Szabo
(British-French Special Operations Executive Agent During the Second World War)
Violette Szabo
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1945

Violette Szabo was a British-French spy who worked as a Special Operations Executive agent during World War II. During her second mission in occupied France, Violette Szabo was captured by the Germans. She was tortured, interrogated, and deported to Ravensbrück, where she was executed on 5 February 1945 at the age of 23.

 12 
Pamela Harriman
(58th United States Ambassador to France)
Pamela Harriman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Farnborough, Hampshire, England
Died: 1997

Apart from serving as the US ambassador to France and as a Democratic political activist, Pamela Harriman had also been in the news for her three marriages, all to high-profile men, namely, Randolph Churchill, Leland Hayward, and W. Averell Harriman. She also had countless affairs with rich and influential men.

 13 
Todd Karns
(Actor, best remembered for playing George Bailey's younger brother, Harry Bailey, in the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life)
Todd Karns
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Birthdate: January 15, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2000
 14 
David Axelrod
(Composer, Record producer)
David Axelrod
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2017
 15 
George Arliss
(Writer, Playwright, Film director, Autobiographer, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor)
George Arliss
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London
Died: 1946
 16 
Kevin Conway
(Actor)
Kevin Conway
2
Birthdate: May 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 17 
Dolores Moran
(Actress)
Dolores Moran
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Birthdate: January 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockton, California, United States
Died: 1982
 18 
Charles Radbourn
(Baseball player)
Charles Radbourn
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 11, 1854
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: 1897
 19 
Emeric Pressburger
(Hungarian-British Screenwriter, Film Director and Producer)
Emeric Pressburger
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Birthdate: December 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miskolc, Hungary
Died: 1988

While he initially studied math and engineering, Emeric Pressburger later quit studies due to his father’s sudden death. He worked as a journalist and screenwriter in Berlin but had to flee to England after being chased by the Nazis. He later collaborated with Michael Powell to produce films such as Black Narcissus.

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Robert A. Dahl
(Political scientist)
Robert A. Dahl
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Birthdate: December 17, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inwood, Iowa Inwood, Iowa, United States U.S.
Died: 2014
 21 
Addison Mizner
(Architect)
Addison Mizner
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: December 12, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benicia
Died: 1933

Society Architect Addison Mizner is remembered for designing resorts and Palm Beach mansions for the rich. He developed much of Boca Raton and also designed structures such as the Everglades Club and John F. Kennedy's Winter White House. His designs remain archived at the Society of the Four Arts Library.

 22 
Leon Leonwood Bean
(Inventor)
Leon Leonwood Bean
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Birthdate: October 13, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenwood, Maine, United States
Died: 1967
 23 
Brian Jacques
(Writer)
Brian Jacques
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: 2011
 24 
Xuanzang
(Scholar)
Xuanzang
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0602 AD
Birthplace: Henan
Died: 0664
 25 
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
(Politician)
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pya, Togo
Died: 2005
 26 
Charles XIII of Sweden
(King)
Charles XIII of Sweden
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Birthdate: October 7, 1748
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 1818
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Shunzhi Emperor
(Former Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1643 - 1661))
Shunzhi Emperor
1
Birthdate: March 15, 1638
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mukden Palace, Shenyang, China
Died: 1661

Shunzhi Emperor of the Qing Dynasty was the first Qing ruler of China proper. Shunzhi relied on Buddhist priests and eunuch officials. While some believe he had died of smallpox, others state he had retired to a monastery to cope with the death of his favorite consort.

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Hannah Van Buren
(Wife of Martin Van Buren)
Hannah Van Buren
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 8, 1783
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kinderhook, New , United States
Died: 1819
 29 
Chuck Cooper
(Basketball player)
Chuck Cooper
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1984
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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W. S. Van Dyke
(Film Director)
W. S. Van Dyke
2
Birthdate: March 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: 1943
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William Morris Davis
(American Geographer, Geologist. Meteorologist, and Geomorphologist)
William Morris Davis
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Birthdate: February 12, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1934

William Morris Davis was an American geologist, geographer, meteorologist, and geomorphologist. Often referred to as the father of American geography, Davis is credited with founding the Association of American Geographers. He is also remembered for his association with the Geological Society of America, where he served as the president. In 1919, he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Gold Medal.

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
(Indian Yoga Guru and Founder of Transcendental Meditation Movement)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 12, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rajim, Chhattisgarh, India
Died: 2008

Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is best remembered for pioneering the concept of Transcendental Meditation. A disciple of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, he started the TM-Sidhi program, founded the Natural Law Party, and launched the non-profit Global Country of World Peace. He also set up TM teaching centers worldwide.

 33 
Anne Moody
(writer)
Anne Moody
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: 2015
 34 
Thomas Hinman Moorer
(Admiral and naval aviator in the United States Navy)
Thomas Hinman Moorer
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 9, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Willing, Alabama, United States
Died: 2004
 35 
Iuliu Maniu
(32nd Prime Minister of Romania Who was Later Convicted of Treason and Given Life Imprisonment)
Iuliu Maniu
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Badacin, Romania
Died: 1953

Iuliu Maniu held office as 32nd Prime Minister of Romania. He served as President of Romanian National Party and thereafter co-founded National Peasants' Party and served as its President for around five years. He was later arrested as a result of the Tămădău affair, convicted of treason and sentenced to life-imprisonment at hard-labour. He died in prison after six years.

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Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal
(Queen)
Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 21, 1843
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Necessidades Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
Died: 1884
 37 
Ella Grasso
(Politician)
Ella Grasso
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Windsor Locks, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1981
 38 
Stuart Freeborn
(British Make-up Artist)
Stuart Freeborn
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Birthdate: September 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, England
Died: 2013
 39 
Pasquale Paoli
(President Of Corsica From 1755 To 1769)
Pasquale Paoli
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 6, 1725
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Morosaglia, Corsica
Died: 1807
 40 
Lilian Rolfe
(Secret agent)
Lilian Rolfe
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1945
 41 
Hans Fallada
(Writer)
Hans Fallada
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 21, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greifswald, Germany
Died: 1947
 42 
Bernardino de Sahagún
(Franciscan Friar, Missionary Priest and Pioneering Ethnographer)
Bernardino de Sahagún
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1499 AD
Birthplace: Sahagún, Spain
Died: 1590

A pioneer of modern anthropology and a renowned ethnographer, 16th-century Spanish priest and missionary Bernardino de Sahagún remains one of the greatest resources of the history of ancient Mexico. Best remembered for compiling Historia General and its manuscript the Florentine Codex, he developed the Aztec language Nahuatl.

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Anton Mauve
(Former realist painter whose best-known paintings depict peasants working in the field)
Anton Mauve
1
Birthdate: September 18, 1838
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zaandam, Netherlands
Died: 1888
 44 
Wassily Leontief
(Nobel Prize Winner in Economics)
Wassily Leontief
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Birthdate: August 5, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: 1999
Wassily Leontief was a Soviet-American economist best remembered for his work on input-output analysis, which earned him the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1973. He has also contributed to other areas of economics like international trade. The Global Development and Environment Institute has established the Leontief Prize in his honor; the award is presented every year to deserving candidates.
 45 
Hans Jonas
(Philosopher)
Hans Jonas
2
Birthdate: May 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mönchengladbach, Germany
Died: 1993
 46 
Jacques Ibert
(Composer)
Jacques Ibert
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1962
 47 
Neville Bonner
(Politician)
Neville Bonner
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ukerebagh, Tweed Heads, Australia
Died: 1999
 48 
Aidar Akayev
(Entrepreneur, Politician)
Aidar Akayev
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 2020
 49 
Giovanni Battista Moroni
(Italian painter)
Giovanni Battista Moroni
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Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Albino, Italy
Died: 1579
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William Cullen
(Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University teacher, Writer, Psychiatrist)
William Cullen
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 15, 1710
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamilton
Died: 1790

Apart from being a prominent Scottish physician, William Cullen was also a main pillar of the Scottish Enlightenment. Not only did he treat luminaries such as philosopher David Hume, but he also treated the poor free of cost. A University of Edinburgh professor of medicine, he was also a Royal Society Fellow.