Died On January 28th

Discover the most famous people who died on January 28. The list includes people like Henry VIII of England, Charlemagne, Zora Neale Hurston, Klaus Fuchs, Joseph Brodsky. Famous personalities featured on this list, include astronauts, poets, novelists and playwrights and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & France and many more countries.
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 1 
Charlemagne
(1st Emperor of the Romans from 800 to 814)
Charlemagne
54
Birthdate: April 2, 0747
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany
Died: 0814

Also known as Charles the Great, Charlemagne ruled as the king of the Franks, king of the Lombards, and emperor of the Romans at different time periods. Not surprisingly, he had a major impact during the Early Middle Ages as he went about uniting the majority of central and western Europe, for which he is called the Father of Europe.

 2 
Henry VIII of England
(King of England (1509 - 1547))
Henry VIII of England
69
Birthdate: June 28, 1491
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kent, England
Died: 1547

Henry VIII, the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty, ruled England from 1509 to 1547. He married six times, leading to differences with the Roman Catholic Church, which prohibited divorce, thus forming the Anglican Church. The "father of the Royal Navy," he was known for his tyranny and extravagance.

 3 
Cicely Tyson
(Actress and Model Best Known for Her Films: 'Sounder' and ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’)
Cicely Tyson
31
Birthdate: December 18, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2021
Cicely Tyson is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Rebecca Morgan in Sounder and her Emmy-winning performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. She is also a Tony- and Drama Desk-winning theater actor. Fans also loved her as Ophelia Harkness in How to Get Away with Murder.
 4 
W B Yeats
(One of the Greatest English-Language Poets of the 20th Century and 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature Winner)
W B Yeats
21
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 13, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sandymount, Ireland
Died: 1939
Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, playwright, and prose writer W. B. Yeats is remembered as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century. Known for works such as The Tower, he also helped establish the Abbey Theatre. An occult enthusiast, he was also part of The Ghost Club.
 5 
Christa McAuliffe
(American Astronaut Who was Killed on the Space Shuttle 'Challenger' on Mission STS-51-L)
Christa McAuliffe
13
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1986

Christa McAuliffe was an American astronaut and teacher who died while serving as a payload specialist on board Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded during STS-51-L. McAuliffe was all set to become the first teacher in space as she was part of the NASA Teacher in Space Project. In 2004, she was posthumously honored with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

 6 
Francis Drake
(Best Known for His Circumnavigation of the World in a Single Expedition)
Francis Drake
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Tavistock, Devon, England
Died: 1596

Francis Drake was an English explorer and naval officer. He is remembered for his Raiding Expedition, a prominent historical maritime event which unfolded between 1577 and 1580. Although Drake is considered a hero in the United Kingdom, his privateering led the Spanish to refer to him as a pirate. His expedition has also had a major cultural impact in Britain.

 7 
Zora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)
Zora Neale Hurston
21
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: 1960

Zora Neale Hurston was an author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. As an African American woman, she often depicted racial issues in the films she made. Her works also reflected her struggles as a black woman. In her early career, she conducted anthropological and ethnographic research and focused more on writing and film-making in her later years.

 8 
Jimmy Durante
(One of America's Most Popular Personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s)
Jimmy Durante
6
Birthdate: February 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 1980

Jimmy Durante was an American comedian, actor, singer, and pianist. Widely regarded as one of America's most popular and familiar personalities of all time, Durante was often characterized by his Lower East Side accent, gravelly speech, and a prominent nose. Also known for his charitable work, Durante worked closely with Fraternal Order of Eagles, which raises money for abused children.

 9 
John Banner
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Sergeant Schultz’ in Sitcom the ‘Hogan's Heroes’)
John Banner
10
Birthdate: January 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
Died: 1973

Austrian-born actor John Banner is best remembered as Sergeant Schultz from the World War II-themed sitcom Hogan's Heroes. He was known for his popular catchphrase “I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!" He has also appeared on Broadway and in films such as Once Upon a Honeymoon

 10 
Lisa Loring
(Actress)
Lisa Loring
14
Birthdate: February 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, U.S.
Died: 2023
 11 
Astrid Lindgren
(Swedish Writer Known for Her Children's Books: ‘Pippi Longstocking’ and ‘The Six Bullerby Children’)
Astrid Lindgren
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vimmerby, Sweden
Died: 2002

Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer remembered for authoring children's book series and children's fantasy novels. In 1967, the Astrid Lindgren Prize was established in her honor. Lindgren was honored with the Right Livelihood Award in 1994 for her work as a children's writer. In 2017, it was revealed that Lindgren is the 18th most translated author in the world. 

 12 
Hal Smith
(Actor)
Hal Smith
6
Birthdate: August 24, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: 1994
 13 
Ronald McNair
(American NASA Astronaut and Physicist)
Ronald McNair
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lake City, South Carolina, United States
Died: 1986

A doctorate in physics from MIT Cambridge, Ronald McNair worked on chemical lasers before joining NASA and in 1984 flew as a mission specialist on STS-41-B aboard Challenger, becoming the second African-American to do so. In January 1986, he was selected to fly on STS-51-L, but was killed along with rest of the crews when Challenger disintegrated soon after liftoff.

 14 
Judith Resnik
(Engineer)
Judith Resnik
7
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: 1986

Judith Resnik was an American software engineer, electrical engineer, pilot, biomedical engineer, and NASA astronaut. She was the fourth woman and the first Jewish woman in space, logging 145 hours in orbit. Resnik, who died during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, received several posthumous honors. Judith Resnik’s life and career inspired the 1990 TV movie Challenger.

 15 
Klaus Fuchs
(Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy)
Klaus Fuchs
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, German Empire
Died: 1988

German theoretical physicist Klaus Fuchs worked on many significant theoretical calculations relating to the first nuclear weapons. He was also an atomic spy who provided information about nuclear weapons production to the Soviet Union during World War II. He was convicted and jailed for nine years, following which he resumed his career as a physicist.

 16 
Dick Scobee
(Officer, Astronaut)
Dick Scobee
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cle Elum
Died: 1986
 17 
Jerry Siegel
(Co-Creator of the DC Comics Superhero 'Superman')
Jerry Siegel
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 1996

Legendary American comic book writer Jerry Siegel whose best-known creation was the iconic comic superhero Superman, which he co-created with comic artist Joe Shuster. Known for his stint with DC Comics, he also created other characters such as Doctor Occult, Superboy, and The Spectre. He also worked for Marvel and Charlton Comics.

 18 
Roza Shanina
(Soviet Sniper During World War II)
Roza Shanina
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edma, Ustyansky District, Russia
Died: 1945
Roza Shanina walked 8 miles to her school and back every day and ran away from home when her parents refused to allow her to study any further. The Red Army sniper, known as unseen terror of East Prussia for her 59 killings, documented her combat experience in a diary.
 19 
Paul Kantner
(Rock musician)
Paul Kantner
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 2016
 20 
Michael J. Smith
Michael J. Smith
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaufort
Died: 1986
 21 
Jim Capaldi
(Drummer)
Jim Capaldi
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Evesham, Worcestershire, England
Died: 2005
 22 
Red Grange
(American football halfback)
Red Grange
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1991
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 23 
Lucien Carr
(Journalist)
Lucien Carr
2
Birthdate: March 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2005

For many years a key member of the Beat Generation, Lucien Carr is probably better remembered for murdering a man who had been stalking him since his adolescence. Sentenced to one to twenty years in prison, he came out after two years and started his career first as a copy boy and eventually became an editor of the United Press International.

 24 
Ellison Onizuka
(Astronaut, engineer, and USAF test pilot from Kealakekua, Hawaii, who successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C)
Ellison Onizuka
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kealakekua, Hawaii, United States
Died: 1986
 25 
Nicholas Parsons
(English Actor Known for His Radio Show ‘Just a Minute’ and Game Show ‘Sale of the Century’)
Nicholas Parsons
3
Birthdate: October 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Died: 2020
 26 
Gregory Jarvis
(Engineer, Astronaut, Officer)
Gregory Jarvis
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: 1986
 27 
Joseph Brodsky
(Poet, Essayist and Winner of 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Joseph Brodsky
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1996
Nobel Prize-winning Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky is remembered for his elegiac and lyric poems. While he had started writing poems soon after leaving school, he was sentenced to hard labor by the Soviets for his irregular work record. He later moved to the U.S., where he taught at various universities.
 28 
Karen Lancaume
(Adult film actor)
Karen Lancaume
1
Birthdate: January 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 2005
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 29 
Yue Fei
(Military General Whose Expertise in Martial Arts Made Him a National Folk Hero in China)
Yue Fei
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 24, 1103
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Anyang, China
Died: 1142

Yue Fei was a Chinese military general best remembered for leading the Southern Song forces during the Jin–Song Wars in the 12th century. Fei is depicted in Jin Guliang's famous book Wu Shuang Pu and is widely regarded as a national folk hero in China.

 30 
Joe Viterelli
(Actor)
Joe Viterelli
2
Birthdate: March 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: 2004
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 31 
Ali ibn Abi Talib
(1st Shia Imam (632-661))
Ali ibn Abi Talib
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0600 AD
Birthplace: Kaaba, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0661

Ali ibn Abi Talib was the son-in-law and a cousin of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He played a key role in establishing the Muslim community by participating in almost all the battles that the nascent community fought. He ruled as the fourth caliph and is revered by Shia Muslims even today.

 32 
John McCrae
(Poet and Soldier Best Known as the Author of War Memorial Poem 'In Flanders Fields')
John McCrae
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 30, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Died: 1918

Best known for his iconic war poems such as In Flanders Fields, Canadian poet John McCrae was also an army physician. He was the first Canadian to serve as a consulting surgeon for the British Army and had earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army.

 33 
Elroy Hirsch
(Football Player)
Elroy Hirsch
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 2004
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 34 
Auguste Piccard
(Chemist)
Auguste Piccard
4
Birthdate: January 28, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: 1963

Swiss-born Belgian physicist Auguste Piccard is best remembered for his research on the Earth’s upper stratosphere. He designed his own ships to explore the depth of the seas and also built balloons to study cosmic rays. His bathyscaphe remains one of his best-known inventions. He also co-discovered the magnetocaloric effect.

 35 
Derek Bentley
(Epileptic British Man Convicted and Hanged for the Murder of a Policeman, at the Age of 19)
Derek Bentley
6
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: June 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southwark, London, England
Died: 1953

Derek Bentley was 19 when he was hanged for murdering a policeman during a burglary attempt. An illiterate, he had the mental age of 11 and also suffered from epilepsy. The controversial case led to a 45-long battle for a posthumous pardon, which was granted, and then a reversal of the murder charge.

 36 
Chris Doleman
(American football player)
Chris Doleman
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indianapolis
Died: 2020
 37 
Lloyd M. Bucher
(Military officer)
Lloyd M. Bucher
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pocatello, Idaho, United States
Died: 2004
 38 
Billy Powell
(Musician)
Billy Powell
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Died: 2009
 39 
Yoskar Sarante
(Singer)
Yoskar Sarante
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Died: 2019
 40 
Johannes Hevelius
(Astronomer, Entrepreneur, Cartographer)
Johannes Hevelius
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 28, 1611
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gdańsk
Died: 1687

Johannes Hevelius was an astronomer who is credited with describing 10 new constellations; seven of ten constellations described by him are used by astronomers today. He is also referred to as the founder of lunar topography for making a compilation of an atlas of the moon. He is also credited with making a comprehensive catalog of 1,564 stars.

 41 
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
(Bestselling Spanish Novelist Known for His Novel ‘Blood and Sand')
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 29, 1867
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: 1928

Best known for his war novels, such as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez was a prominent member of the Spanish Generation of ’98 movement. Though he had been elected to the parliament, he later went into self-exile. Many of his novels were later adapted into films.

 42 
Jim Morris
(American Bodybuilder)
Jim Morris
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2016
 43 
Isabella of Aragon, Queen of France
(Queen of France)
Isabella of Aragon, Queen of France
0
Birthdate: 1248 AD
Birthplace: Aragon, Spain
Died: 1271
 44 
Jim Gray
(Computer scientist)
Jim Gray
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2012
 45 
George Woodcock
(Writer, Literary critic, Poet, Historian, Biographer, Anarchist)
George Woodcock
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winnipeg
Died: 1995

George Woodcock was a Canadian writer, philosopher, literary critic, essayist, and thinker. As the founding editor of Canadian Literature, the first academic journal dedicated to Canadian writing, Woodcock played a major role in the success of the journal. The recipient of many awards like the Molson Prize, Woodcock's life and career inspired the documentary, George Woodcock: Anarchist of Cherry Street.

 46 
Ferdinand Verbiest
(Dutch Jesuit Missionary Who Was Influential in China during the Qing Dynasty)
Ferdinand Verbiest
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 9, 1623
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittem, Belgium
Died: 1688

Dutch Jesuit missionary and astronomer Ferdinand Verbiest had a huge influence in China during the reign of the Qing dynasty. Also known as Nan Huairen, he advised the Chinese emperor in significant matters and also worked as a translator and a cartographer. He penned several books and knew many languages.

 47 
Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia
(Grand Duke of Russia)
Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1919
 48 
William II of Holland
(King)
William II of Holland
0
Birthdate: 1227
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Died: 1256
 49 
Beatrice Hsu
(Actor, Television actor)
Beatrice Hsu
0
Birthdate: November 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taipei
Died: 2007
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 50 
Carrie Buck
(Plaintiff)
Carrie Buck
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Died: 1983