Died On February 8th

Discover the most famous people who died on February 8. The list includes people like Mary, Queen of Scots, Anna Nicole Smith, Peter the Great, John von Neumann, Enoch Powell. Famous personalities featured on this list, include philosophers, political leaders, poets and soldiers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & Hungary and many more countries.
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 1 
Anna Nicole Smith
(1993 Playmate of the Year)
Anna Nicole Smith
73
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harris County
Died: 2007

Anna Nicole Smith was one of those Playboy Playmates whose personal lives gained more attention than their professional achievements. She made headlines at the age of 27 when she married the 89-year old J. Howard Marshall. Despite denying media speculation that she married him for his money, she was involved in a legal battle over his property after Howard's death. She died of drug overdose at the age of 39.

 2 
Peter the Great
(First Emperor of Russia)
Peter the Great
35
Birthdate: June 9, 1672
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: 1725
Peter the Great ruled the Tsardom of Russia, and then the Russian Empire, from 1682 to 1725. He ushered in the Enlightenment and cultural revolution in Russia. He also strengthened the Russian navy and launched the Russo-Persian War. Saint Petersburg, the capital of Russia till 1917, was established by him.
 3 
John von Neumann
(Great Mathematician Who Was Equally at Home in Pure and Applied Mathematics)
John von Neumann
18
Birthdate: December 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1957
Hungarian-American scientist John von Neumann contributed to the development of game theory and the concept of self-replication. His work covered vast areas including math, economics, physics, and computer science. His research on nuclear physics led him to be part of the advisory committee of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
 4 
Burt Bacharach
(One of the Most Influential Composers of Pop Music in the 20th Century)
Burt Bacharach
12
Birthdate: May 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: 2023
Legendary musician and songwriter Burt Bacharach teamed up with lyricist Hal David and created many popular songs from the 1950s to the 1980s, including countless Billboard charters. He has won six Grammys and three Academy Awards for his tracks, and most of his songs were sung by Dionne Warwick. 
 5 
Derrick Thomas
(American football player)
Derrick Thomas
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
Died: 2000
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 6 
Del Shannon
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Musician)
Del Shannon
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
Died: 1990
 7 
Peter Kropotkin
(Anarchist, Socialist & Historian)
Peter Kropotkin
4
Birthdate: December 9, 1842
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1921

Russian philosopher Peter Kropotkin was a passionate advocate of anarcho-communism. He was also an activist, revolutionary, economist, and sociologist. He was arrested and imprisoned for his activism in 1874. However, he managed to escape and lived in exile for over 40 years in different countries across Europe. He returned to Russia after the Russian Revolution in 1917. 

 8 
Luc Montagnier
(French Virologist & Discoverer of HIV)
Luc Montagnier
8
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chabris, France
Died: 2022

French virologist Luc Montagnier is known for discovering the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which led him to jointly receive the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Montagnier also made headlines promoting controversial and unverified claims related to vaccinations, homeopathy and COVID-19 pandemic, which he argued as man-made and possibly a result of an attempt to create an HIV/AIDS vaccine.

 9 
Charles Curtis
(Former Vice President of the United States)
Charles Curtis
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 25, 1860
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Topeka
Died: 1936
Charles Curtis served as the U.S. vice president from 1929 to 1933, becoming the first Native American person and the first person of color to hold the post. A qualified attorney, he served as the senate majority leader from 1924 to 1929. He also helped pass the 1898 Curtis Act.
 10 
Marty Schottenheimer
(American football player)
Marty Schottenheimer
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2021
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 11 
Iris Murdoch
(Irish & British Novelist Best Known for Her Novels: 'Under the Net', 'The Sea, the Sea' and 'The Bell')
Iris Murdoch
4
Birthdate: July 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1999

One of the most popular Irish-born British novelists, Iris Murdoch is remembered for her psychological novels, which had a good dose of sexuality, philosophy, morality, and comic elements. While she won the Booker Prize for The Sea, the Sea, the Oxford alumnus had also worked for the HM Treasury and the UN.

 12 
Connie Mack
(Baseball manager)
Connie Mack
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1862
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Brookfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1956
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 13 
Henry Sturgis Morgan
(American Banker and Co-Founder of 'Morgan Stanley')
Henry Sturgis Morgan
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1982

The grandson of J.P. Morgan founder John Pierpont Morgan, Sr., Henry Sturgis Morgan co-founded the multinational investment company Morgan Stanley. A Harvard alumnus, he also headed the Morgan Library & Museum as its president and chairman. A sailing enthusiast, too, he was part of the New York Yacht Club.

 14 
Jimmy Smith
(organist, pianist, jazz musician)
Jimmy Smith
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norristown
Died: 2005
 15 
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
(Father of three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and Rahman Ali)
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
4
Birthdate: November 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1990
 16 
Josephine Bakhita
(Saint)
Josephine Bakhita
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 10, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darfur, Sudan
Died: 1947
 17 
Esther Afua Ocloo
(Co-Founder of Women's World Banking)
Esther Afua Ocloo
8
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Dayi District, Ghana
Died: 2002

Ghanaian businesswoman Esther Afua Ocloo, better known as the founder of Women’s World Banking, had stepped into the world of business with less than a dollar. She initially sold marmalade in Ghana and then moved to England to learn food processing, eventually turning into a microlending pioneer.

 18 
Paula Kelly
(Actress, Dancer)
Paula Kelly
1
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: 2020
 19 
Hulagu Khan
(Mongol Ruler from 1256 to 1265)
Hulagu Khan
6
Birthdate: 1217 AD
Birthplace: Mongolia
Died: 1265
When Mangu Khan ordered Hulagu Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, to expand the Mongol empire, Hulagu didn’t disappoint him. After capturing north central Iran, he killed Al-Musta'sim, destroyed Baghdad, and conquered Syria, but was subdued by the Egyptians. Surprisingly, it is believed he had converted to Buddhism before death.
 20 
Lepa Radić
(Yugoslav Revolutionary)
Lepa Radić
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gašnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: 1943

Lepa Radić was a Yugoslav Partisan best remembered for her involvement in the resistance movement opposing the Axis powers during World War II. In 1951, she was posthumously honored with the Order of the People's Hero for her role during the Second World War. Lepa Radić was executed at age 17 for firing at German troops.

 21 
Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
(Princess)
Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1719
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
Died: 1772
 22 
Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark
(Prince)
Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 22, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: 1938

Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark was the son of Queen Olga and George I of Greece. A talented painter, Nicholas was nicknamed Greek Nicky within the royal family to tell him apart from his cousin Nicholas II. In 1896, Prince Nicholas helped organize the Summer Olympics. He was godfather to George Simitis' son and future Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.

 23 
Dennis Gabor
(Father of Holography)
Dennis Gabor
0
Birthdate: June 5, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: 1979

Dennis Gabor was a Hungarian-British physicist and electrical engineer best remembered for inventing holography. His invention earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics in 1971. Gabor won several awards during his lifetime. After his demise, many awards are given in his honor. The Dennis Gabor Award and Gabor Medal are some of the awards that are named after him.

 24 
Halldór Laxness
(Writer)
Halldór Laxness
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 23, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
Died: 1998
 25 
Cetshwayo
(King)
Cetshwayo
0
Birthdate: 1826 AD
Birthplace: Eshowe, Zulu Kingdom
Died: 1884
 26 
Luis Alberto Spinetta
(Musician, Singer)
Luis Alberto Spinetta
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 2012
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 27 
France Prešeren
(Poet, Lawyer, Writer, Poet lawyer)
France Prešeren
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 3, 1800
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vrba
Died: 1849

Slovenia’s national poet, France Prešeren was one of the pioneers of Romanticism in Europe. He also penned the first ballad and epic of his country. Though he initially studied law, he later soared to fame with works such as Sonetni venec and brought in elements of ghazal and pattern poetry to Slovenian literature.

 28 
Fritz Zwicky
(Swiss Astronomer Known For His Inference and Existence of Unseen 'Dark Matter' using Virial Theorem)
Fritz Zwicky
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 14, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
Died: 1974

Born to a businessman and diplomat father in Bulgaria, Fritz Zwicky was initially sent to Switzerland to study commerce but ended up deviating to math and physics. He then moved to the U.S. to work with Caltech and gained fame for his research on what he called the supernova.

 29 
Margaret Forster
(British Writer Novelist, Literary Critics, Biographer and Historian Best Known for the 1965 Novel 'Georgy Girl')
Margaret Forster
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Carlisle, England
Died: 2016

English author and freelance critic Margaret Forster is best remembered for her bestselling novel Georgy Girl, which was made into a film later. She also penned biographies and contributed to BBC Radio 4 programs. She had also been a Booker Prize judge but mostly remained away from book-signing events.

 30 
Abu Sa'id Mirza
(Timurid Ruler & the Grandfather of the Mughal Ruler Babur)
Abu Sa'id Mirza
1
Birthdate: 1424 AD
Birthplace: Herat, Afghanistan
Died: 1469

Mid-15th-century Timurid Empire ruler Abu Sa'id Mirza was the paternal grandfather of Babur, who later established the Mughal empire in India. He had multiple encounters with Timurid princes and went to war with the kingdom of Aq Qoyunlu. He succeeded in reuniting much of the Timurid empire.

 31 
Jean-Claude Carriere
(Novelist)
Jean-Claude Carriere
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombières-sur-Orb, France
Died: 2021
 32 
Murad IV
(Ottoman Sultan)
Murad IV
10
Birthdate: July 26, 1612
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died: 1640

Murad IV, who ruled as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1623 to 1640, was infamous for his cruelty. He took over the throne at 11 and subsequently came to be known for his exploits in the Ottoman–Safavid War, which changed the map of the Caucasus.

 33 
Fritz Todt
(German Civil Engineer and Architect)
Fritz Todt
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 4, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pforzheim, Germany
Died: 1942

Fritz Todt was a German civil engineer and architect. A senior Nazi, Todt oversaw the construction of Reichsautobahnen, a controlled-access highway, and also served as the Reich Minister for Armaments and Ammunition. Before the start of the Second World War, Todt initiated a military-engineering company called Organisation Todt that oversaw the construction of many Nazi concentration camps. 

 34 
Ong Teng Cheong
(5th President of Singapore (1993 - 1999))
Ong Teng Cheong
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: 2002

Ong Teng Cheong was a Singaporean architect and politician. He is known for his service as the fifth President of Singapore from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999. Ong Teng Cheong also held important ministerial positions; he served as the Minister for Labour from 1981 to 1983 and then as Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 1985 to 1993.

 35 
Aaron Siskind
(Photographer)
Aaron Siskind
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: December 4, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 1991
 36 
Violette Verdy
(French Ballerina and Choreographer)
Violette Verdy
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pont-l'Abbé, France
Died: 2016

Violette Verdy was a French ballet dancer, teacher, choreographer, and writer. From 1958 to 1977, Verdy served as the principal dancer for the New York City Ballet where she was a star. She also served as the director for popular ballet companies like the Boston Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. During her lifetime, Verdy was honored with several awards.

 37 
Bram van der Stok
(Dutch Aviator)
Bram van der Stok
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 13, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Plaju, Dutch East Indies
Died: 1993
 38 
Felix Hoffmann
(German Chemist and Inventor)
Felix Hoffmann
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 21, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: 1946

Felix Hoffmann was a German chemist best remembered for re-synthesizing diamorphine, which was later popularized as heroin. Hoffmann is also known for synthesizing aspirin, although it is still unclear whether he synthesized it on his own or under the direction of Arthur Eichengrün. In 2002, Felix Hoffmann was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

 39 
Cem Karaca
(Musician)
Cem Karaca
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: 2004
 40 
Julian Simon
(Economist, University teacher)
Julian Simon
0
Birthdate: February 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark
Died: 1998
 41 
William Bateson
(Biologist who was the first person to use the term genetics to describe the study of heredity)
William Bateson
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 8, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Whitby, Yorkshire, England
Died: 1926
 42 
Allan Cuthbertson
(Actor)
Allan Cuthbertson
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth
Died: 1988

While he once worked as a flight lieutenant in the RAAF, actor Allan Cuthbertson was later typecast in roles of stern military officials, dignitaries, or other high-ranking officials. He first gained fame as Romeo in a Boltons production of Romeo and Juliet and later as Colonel Hall in Fawlty Towers.

 43 
Max Liebermann
(German Painter Who Is Known for His Naturalistic Studies of the Life and Labour of the Poor)
Max Liebermann
0
Birthdate: July 20, 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1935

Although considered the foremost promoter of Impressionism in Germany, painter and printmaker Max Liebermann never fully detached himself from his subject matters.  Known for his works on the life and labor of the poor, including peasants, urban laborers, and orphans, portraying their plight through paintings like The Flax Spinners., he successfully maintained the narrative tradition of the German art.   

 44 
David Strauss
(German Theologian)
David Strauss
1
Birthdate: January 27, 1808
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: 1874

Protestant theologian David Strauss was 12 when he joined a seminary to study theology. Known for his works such as Das Leben Jesu, or The Life of Jesus Critically Examined, he criticized the Gospels and the miracles associated with Christ, thus inspiring future studies on the historical Jesus.

 45 
Victor Gollancz
(Author and publisher)
Victor Gollancz
0
Birthdate: April 9, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1967
 46 
Alexios IV Angelos
(Emperor)
Alexios IV Angelos
0
Birthdate: 1182 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: 1204
 47 
Robert Robinson
(British Organic Chemist Who Received Nobel Prize for His Research on Anthocyanins and Alkaloids)
Robert Robinson
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Died: 1975

Robert Robinson was a British organic chemist best remembered for winning the 1947 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his research on anthocyanins and alkaloids. Robinson is credited with inventing the symbol for benzene; discovering the molecular structures of penicillin and morphine; founding the journal Tetrahedron. Robert Robinson was also the recipient of the Davy Medal, Royal Medal, and Copley Medal.

 48 
Phyllis A. Whitney
(American Novelist)
Phyllis A. Whitney
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
Died: 2008

Phyllis Ayame Whitney was an American writer best remembered for writing mystery novels. Dubbed the Queen of the American Gothics, Whitney won an Edgar Award for her book The Mystery of the Haunted Pool in 1961. In 1988, she was honored with the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America for her overall contribution.

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William T. Dillard
(Businessman)
William T. Dillard
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mineral Springs, Arkansas, United States
Died: 2002
 50 
Mercer Ellington
(Musician)
Mercer Ellington
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 1996