Died On January 26th

Discover the most famous people who died on January 26. The list includes people like R. K. Laxman, Lucky Luciano, Abe Vigoda, Nelson Rockefeller, Edward Jenner. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, actors and mathematicians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Canada and many more countries.
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Kobe Bryant
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time)
Kobe Bryant
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2020

The former professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant, was drafted into NBA immediately after his school and went on to become one of the most successful basketball players of his generation. During his career of two decades, the Los Angeles Lakers player created numerous new records. He authored a book and one of his poems even inspired an animated short film.

 2 
Nelson Rockefeller
(41st Vice President of the United States (1974 - 1977))
Nelson Rockefeller
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
Died: 1979
Grandson of businessman John D. Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller was the U.S. vice president from 1975 to 1977 and the New York governor from 1959 to 1973. An arts connoisseur, he was the president of the Museum of Modern Art. He had also worked with Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.
 3 
Barbara Hale
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Della Street’ in the TV Series ‘Perry Mason’)
Barbara Hale
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Birthdate: April 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Died: 2017

Barbara Hale was an American actress best remembered for playing Della Street in the popular legal drama TV series, Perry Mason, for which she received an Emmy Award in 1959. In 2001, Hale was honored with a Golden Boot Award for her contributions to Western cinema.

 4 
Abe Vigoda
(Best Known for His Role in The Film ‘The Godfather’)
Abe Vigoda
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Birthdate: February 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2016

Abe Vigoda was an American actor, best known for playing Salvatore Tessio in the 1972 crime film The Godfather. He also played important roles in TV series, such as Barney Miller. Apart from acting, Abe Vigoda also enjoyed playing handball, which he played often in his youth.

 5 
José Ferrer
(Actor and Director Best Known for His Films: ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘The Caine Mutiny’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’)
José Ferrer
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Birthdate: January 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: 1992

José Ferrer was a Puerto Rican actor and director who established himself in the American theatre and film industry. He received an Academy Award for his performance in Cyrano de Bergerac, becoming the first Hispanic actor and the first Puerto Rican-born actor to win the award. In 1985, he became the first actor to receive the National Medal of Arts.

 6 
Edward G. Robinson
(Romanian-American Actor Known for His Tough-Guy Roles as Gangsters)
Edward G. Robinson
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Birthdate: December 12, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: 1973

Edward G. Robinson was an American actor who achieved popularity during the Hollywood's Golden Age. The quintessential tough guy of classical Hollywood cinema, Robinson has been featured in AFI's 25 greatest male stars of Hollywood list. Edward G. Robinson was posthumously awarded an Academy Honorary Award for his contribution to the film industry.

 7 
Bear Bryant
(One of the Greatest College Football Coaches of All Time)
Bear Bryant
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland County, Arkansas, United States
Died: 1983

Bear Bryant was an American football player who represented the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama. Bryant is remembered for his illustrious career as a coach. He served as the head coach of the Crimson Tide for 25 years, during which he helped his team win six national championships. He is regarded as the greatest college football coach ever.

 8 
Edward Jenner
(Physicians)
Edward Jenner
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 17, 1749
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berkeley, England
Died: 1823

Edward Jenner was an English scientist and physician. Referred to as the father of immunology, Jenner is credited with pioneering the concept of vaccines. Jenner's work laid the foundation for subsequent discoveries in the field of immunology; his work is believed to have saved more lives than any other work. In 2002, Jenner was included in BBC’s Greatest Britons list.

 9 
Mike Connors
(Actor)
Mike Connors
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Birthdate: August 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: 2017
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Robert Hegyes
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Birthdate: May 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2012
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 11 
Abner Doubleday
(Military Leader)
Abner Doubleday
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 26, 1819
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ballston Spa, New York, United States
Died: 1893
 12 
Charles George Gordon
(British Army Officer Who Led The 'Ever Victorious Army' in China)
Charles George Gordon
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 28, 1833
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: 1885

Charles George Gordon was a British administrator and Army officer. He is best remembered for his work as the commander of the Ever Victorious Army in China, which played a key role in suppressing the Taiping Rebellion. The force, under Gordon's command, was also able to defeat much larger forces, earning him the nickname Chinese Gordon.

 13 
William Wrigley, Jr.
(Industrialist)
William Wrigley, Jr.
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 30, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1932
 14 
Alva Belmont
(socialite)
Alva Belmont
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Birthdate: January 17, 1853
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: 1933

Alva Belmont was an American socialite who played a major role in the women's suffrage movement in the United States of America. Remembered for her intelligence, energy, and strong opinions, Belmont is credited with founding the Political Equality League which aimed at promoting suffrage-supporting politicians. Alva Belmont is also credited with co-founding the National Woman's Party in 1916.

 15 
R. K. Laxman
(Cartoonist & Creator of 'The Common Man")
R. K. Laxman
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Birthdate: October 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mysore
Died: 2015
 16 
A. E. van Vogt
(One of the Most Popular and Influential Practitioners of Science Fiction Writers in the Mid-20th Century)
A. E. van Vogt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gretna, Canada
Died: 2000

A. E. van Vogt was a Canadian author whose bizarre narrative style had a major impact on many future science fiction writers like Philip K. Dick. One of the most influential and popular science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century, van Vogt was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1996.

 17 
Margaret Hayes
(Actress)
Margaret Hayes
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Birthdate: December 5, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: 1977
 18 
Al McGuire
(Basketball coach)
Al McGuire
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: 2001
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 19 
Horloogiyn Choybalsan
(10th Chairman of the Council of Ministers)
Horloogiyn Choybalsan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Choibalsan, Mongolia
Died: 1952
 20 
Arthur Cayley
(Mathematician)
Arthur Cayley
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 16, 1821
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Richmond, Surrey, UK
Died: 1895
 21 
Christian Brando
(Son of Marlon Brando)
Christian Brando
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Died: 2008

Christian Brando was an American actor and son of legendary actor, Marlon Brando. He garnered national attention in 1990 when he fatally shot Dag Drollet at his father's Hollywood Hills residence. Since Drollet was the boyfriend of Cheyenne, his half-sister, the trial was highly publicized. In 1991, Brando was sentenced to prison and died several years later due to pneumonia.

 22 
Grace Moore
(American Opera Singer and Actress Whose Films Helped to Popularize Opera)
Grace Moore
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Birthdate: December 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Del Rio, Tennessee, United States
Died: 1947

American opera singer Grace Moore, also known as the Tennessee Nightingale, initially sang in New York nightclubs and then moved on to Broadway. She is remembered for her Academy Award-nominated role in the romantic musical One Night of Love. She died in a plane crash in Copenhagen after a performance.

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Jeanne Hebuterne
(Painter)
Jeanne Hebuterne
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Birthdate: April 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Meaux, Seine-et-Marne, French Third Republic
Died: 1920
 24 
Jeanne Sauvé
(Politician)
Jeanne Sauvé
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prud’homme, Canada
Died: 1993
 25 
Mamoru Shigemitsu
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Japan (1954 - 1956))
Mamoru Shigemitsu
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 29, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bungoono, Oita, Japan
Died: 1957

Mamoru Shigemitsu had been the foreign minister and the deputy prime minister of Japan and an ambassador to several countries. He ratified Japan’s surrender to the Allies after World War II, following which he was convicted of war crimes. Hereceived a 7-year sentence but was paroled after 4 years.

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Gladys Horton
(American singer)
Gladys Horton
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States
Died: 2011
 27 
Gerard Philips
(Entrepreneur)
Gerard Philips
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 9, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zaltbommel
Died: 1942
 28 
Michel Legrand
(One of the Most Successful Foreign-Born Composers Ever to Grace the American Best-Seller Lists)
Michel Legrand
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 24, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2019

Michel Legrand was a French musician, conductor, composer, arranger, and jazz pianist. A prolific composer, Legrand wrote more than 200 television and film scores, apart from several songs. Over the course of his illustrious career, which spanned more than seven decades, Michel Legrand won several prestigious awards including three Academy Awards, five Grammy Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.

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Charles Elzer Loudermilk
(Singer)
Charles Elzer Loudermilk
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Section, Alabama, United States
Died: 2011
 30 
Axel von dem Bussche
(German officer during World War II who was a member of the German Resistance)
Axel von dem Bussche
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 24, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brunswick, Germany
Died: 1993
 31 
Clare Fischer
(Keyboardist)
Clare Fischer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durand, Michigan, United States
Died: 2012
 32 
Lyubov Orlova
(Actress)
Lyubov Orlova
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Birthdate: February 11, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zvenigorod, Russia
Died: 1975
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Julia Margaret Cameron
(Photographer)
Julia Margaret Cameron
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: June 11, 1815
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: 1879

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer best remembered for her close-up portraits of popular Victorian men. Widely regarded as one of the 19th century's most important portraitists, Cameron is credited with capturing the beauty and innocence of children, women, and men. Julia Margaret Cameron is also credited with popularizing the close-ups in photography.

 34 
Lewis Mumford
(American Historian, Sociologist, Philosopher and Literary Critic)
Lewis Mumford
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Birthdate: October 19, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Died: 1990

Lewis Mumford was an American sociologist, historian, literary critic, and philosopher of technology. He made significant contributions to American literary and cultural history, social philosophy, and the history of technology. His works also influenced a number of thinkers and authors like Jacques Ellul and Amory Lovins. Lewis Mumford also had a strong influence on American cellular biologist Barry Commoner.

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Nikolai Vavilov
(Russian Geneticist and Agronomist Who Was Imprisoned for His Unconventional Scientific Beliefs)
Nikolai Vavilov
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1943

Russian geneticist Nikolai Vavilov not just taught at the University of Saratov but also served as the director of the Bureau of Applied Botany in Petrograd. He made expeditions worldwide, but invited criticism from Soviet agronomist T.D. Lysenko, who was close to Stalin. Vavilov was eventually imprisoned and died in captivity.

 36 
Felix Hausdorff
(German Mathematician)
Felix Hausdorff
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 8, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: 1942

While German mathematician Felix Hausdorff initially wished to become a musician, parental pressure led him to choose math. Considered one of the pioneers of modern topology, he made major contributions to set theory and functional analysis. He died of suicide, along with his wife and sister-in-law, instead of moving to a Nazi camp.

 37 
Fernande Olivier
(Model)
Fernande Olivier
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 6, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1966
 38 
Ernst Heinrich Weber
(German Physician)
Ernst Heinrich Weber
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Birthdate: June 24, 1795
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wittenberg, Germany
Died: 1878
 39 
Don Budge
(American Tennis Player Who Was the First To Win All Four Grand Slams Consecutively Overall)
Don Budge
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 2000
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 40 
David Kato
(Teacher)
David Kato
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mukono, Uganda
Died: 2011
 41 
Charles Luckman
(American Businessman, Property Developer and Architect)
Charles Luckman
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: May 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: 1999

A man whom Time named the Boy Wonder of American Business when he became the president of Pepsodent at 30, Charles Luckman later also led Lever Brothers and Pereira & Luckman. He co-designed projects such as the CBS Television City and gained fame for building the Lever House in Midtown Manhattan.

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Bob Shane
(Former singer and guitarist who was a founding member of The Kingston Trio)
Bob Shane
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Died: 2020
 43 
Akaki Tsereteli
(Poet)
Akaki Tsereteli
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 9, 1840
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skhvitori, Imereti
Died: 1915
 44 
José Emilio Pacheco
(Mexican Poet, Essayist, Novelist and Short Story Writer)
José Emilio Pacheco
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: 2014

One of Mexico’s finest poets from the 20th century, José Emilio Pacheco was a Cervantes Prize winner. Initially an editor for publications such as La Cultura en Mexico, he later taught literature at the University of Essex. He had also translated the works of literary icons such as Samuel Beckett and Albert Einstein.

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Peter Marshall
(Scottish-American Preacher and Pastor)
Peter Marshall
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 27, 1902
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: 1949

Peter Marshall was a Scottish-American preacher who served as the pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. His life and career inspired a biography titled A Man Called Peter. Written by his widow, the book achieved popularity and was later made into a film of the same name. 

 46 
Annemarie Schimmel
(Orientalist)
Annemarie Schimmel
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Birthdate: April 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany
Died: 2003
 47 
John Browning
(Actor)
John Browning
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: 2003
 48 
Gianna Bryant
(Kobe Bryant's daughter)
Gianna Bryant
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 2006
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United State
Died: 2020
 49 
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
(Harpsichordist)
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 21, 1732
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: 1795
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Christian Gottlob Neefe
(Composer)
Christian Gottlob Neefe
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 5, 1748
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: 1798