Died On January 2nd

Discover the most famous people who died on January 2. The list includes people like Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Pontormo, Nancy Kelly, Alexander Bain, Elmo Zumwalt. Famous personalities featured on this list, include psychologists, political leaders, philosophers and diplomats and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, Italy & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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Guccio Gucci
(Italian Businessman)
Guccio Gucci
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 26, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: 1953
Son of an Italian leather-goods maker, Guccio Gucci was initially reluctant to join his family business and worked in hotels instead. Changing his mind later, he opened the first Gucci shop in Florence in 1921. The year of his death, 1953, saw the opening of the first Gucci store abroad.
 2 
Richard Winters
(United States Army Officer and a Decorated War Veteran)
Richard Winters
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Holland, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2011
Richard Winters is best remembered for his act of parachuting into Normandy on D-Day. He was recalled to the army from the inactive list during the Korean War. Following his retirement, he started selling Hershey Company by-products to animal-feed manufacturers and also taught at the U.S. Military Academy.
 3 
Alan Hale Jr.
(Actor)
Alan Hale Jr.
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Birthdate: March 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 1990
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 4 
Anne Francis
(Best Known for Roles in the Film ‘Forbidden Planet, and TV Series ‘Honey West’)
Anne Francis
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Birthdate: September 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ossining, New York, United States
Died: 2011
Anne Francis is best remembered as her Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated titular role in the series Honey West, which was the first series with a woman detective’s name as its title. A Broadway performer since the age of 11, Francis also gained fame with the sci-fi film Forbidden Planet.
 5 
Pete Postlethwaite
(English Actor)
Pete Postlethwaite
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Birthdate: February 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warrington, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2011
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 6 
Dick Powell
9
Birthdate: November 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mountain View, Arkansas, United States
Died: 1963
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 7 
Bob Einstein
(Actor)
Bob Einstein
7
Birthdate: November 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 2019
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 8 
Gene Okerlund
(Professional Wrestling Interviewer)
Gene Okerlund
7
Birthdate: December 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brookings, South Dakota, United States
Died: 2019
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 9 
Tex Ritter
(Singer)
Tex Ritter
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murvaul, Texas, USA
Died: 1974
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 10 
James Longstreet
(United States Minister to the Ottoman Empire (1880-81))
James Longstreet
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 8, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edgefield, South Carolina, United States
Died: 1904
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 11 
Daryl Dragon
(Musician, Songwriter)
Daryl Dragon
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2019
 12 
Jack Carson
(Actor)
Jack Carson
1
Birthdate: October 27, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Carman, Manitoba, Canada
Died: 1963
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 13 
Ken Block
(Rally Driver)
Ken Block
3
Listed In: Rally Drivers
Birthdate: November 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: 2023

Hoonigan Racing driver Ken Block has had many accomplishments throughout his career, including 16 Rally American wins. He also has 5 X Games medals in his kitty. His globally hit YouTube videos of the Gymkhana series drew over 500 million views. His interests also include sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding.

 14 
George Cole
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Birthdate: April 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tooting, London, England
Died: 2008
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 15 
Siad Barre
(Politician)
Siad Barre
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bardhere, Italian Somalia
Died: 1995

Somali military general Siad Barre became the country’s president after overthrowing the existing republic in 1969. His dictatorial rule witnessed the imposition of “Scientific Socialism” and a new Roman alphabet. He was forced into exile in Nigeria after a rebellion ousted him from power and launched a civil war.

 16 
Paul Westphal
(Basketball player & Coach)
Paul Westphal
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States
Died: 2021
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Elmo Zumwalt
(Naval Officer)
Elmo Zumwalt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2000
 18 
Patrick O'Brian
(Novelist)
Patrick O'Brian
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: 2000
 19 
Richard Leakey
(Kenyan Paleoanthropologist and Chairman of the ‘Kenya Wildlife Service’)
Richard Leakey
7
Birthdate: December 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Died: 2022

Born to anthropologist parents, Richard Leakey initially worked as a safari guide. On an expedition to Ethiopia, he and his men stumbled upon Koobi Fora, a site where they unearthed numerous tools and fossils. The Kenyan paleoanthropologist later lost his legs in a plane crash and now uses artificial limbs.

 20 
Jimmy Dickens
(Singer)
Jimmy Dickens
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bolt, West Virginia, United States
Died: 2015
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
 21 
Sam Wyche
(American football player)
Sam Wyche
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 22 
Emil Jannings
(German Actor Who was the First Recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor)
Emil Jannings
3
Birthdate: July 23, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rorschach, Switzerland
Died: 1950

Emil Jannings was a German actor who became the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was born in Switzerland but moved to Germany as a young child. He began his career as a theater actor and enjoyed tremendous success. He later ventured into films and became a popular figure in Hollywood in the 1920s.   

 23 
Bill Veeck
(Businessman)
Bill Veeck
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Illinois, United States
Died: 1986
 24 
Lillian Moller Gilbreth
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Birthdate: May 24, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 1972
 25 
Nancy Kelly
(Actress)
Nancy Kelly
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Birthdate: March 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1995
 26 
Marguerite Alibert
(French Socialite Who Became a Royal Courtesan)
Marguerite Alibert
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1971

Born to working-class parents, Marguerite Alibert initially sang at local bars and worked as a prostitute. She later became Prince Edward’s (later King Edward VIII of the UK) courtesan. She shot her second husband, Ali Fahmy, to death at Savoy Hotel but got away by showcasing herself as a victim of brutality.

 27 
John Berger
(Novelist)
John Berger
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Birthdate: November 5, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2017
 28 
Nat Adderley
(Jazz Trumpeter)
Nat Adderley
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Died: 2000
 29 
John Baldessari
(American Conceptual Artist Known for Found Photography and Appropriated Images)
John Baldessari
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Birthdate: June 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: National City, California, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 30 
Erroll Garner
(pianist, composer, jazz musician)
Erroll Garner
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 15, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: 1977
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Pontormo
(Italian Mannerist Painter and Portraitist)
Pontormo
1
Birthdate: May 24, 1494
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Empoli, Italy
Died: 1557

Pontormo was an Italian Mannerist painter and portraitist from the Florentine School. His style was remarkably different from what characterized the art of the Florentine Renaissance. Orphaned young, he struggled for several years before he was able to establish his painting career. He painted many altarpiece canvases and frescoes, of which only a few survive today. 

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Bertram Home Ramsay
(Navy officer)
Bertram Home Ramsay
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 20, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampton Court or London, England
Died: 1945
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Frederick William IV of Prussia
(Former King of Prussia (1840 - 1861))
Frederick William IV of Prussia
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Birthdate: October 15, 1795
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1861

Frederick William IV of Prussia was the King of Prussia from 1840 until his death in 1861.  He was the eldest son of Frederick William III of Prussia and his wife, Queen Louise. He was a staunch Romanticist and was a patron of several great German artists. He ascended to the throne upon the death of his father in 1840.

 34 
Alexander Bain
(Inventor of Electric Clock)
Alexander Bain
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Birthdate: October 1, 1811
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Watten
Died: 1877
Scottish philosopher Alexander Bain had quit school at 11 to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a weaver. He had initially been a civil servant and had also taught English literature and logic. He later deviated too psychology and launched the first journal on the subject, Mind
 35 
Montgomery C. Meigs
(United States Army Officer and Civil Engineer)
Montgomery C. Meigs
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 3, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: 1892

Montgomery C. Meigs was an American civil engineer and US Army officer who played an important role during and after the Civil War, serving as Quartermaster General of the US Army. His work as Quartermaster General is widely regarded as an important factor in the Union victory in the Civil War. Meigs is also credited with masterminding Arlington National Cemetery.    

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George Biddell Airy
(British Mathematician and Astronomer)
George Biddell Airy
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 27, 1801
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Died: 1892
English astronomer George Biddell Airy is best known for locating Greenwich as the prime meridian. He was ripped apart by critics for allegedly failing to help British astronomer John Couch Adams to discover Neptune. The Astronomer Royal was also the first to cure astigmatism by using cylindrical lenses.
 37 
Thomas S. Monson
(16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Thomas S. Monson
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Birthdate: August 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: 2018
Thomas S. Monson was an American author and religious leader who served as the president of the Mormon Church from 2008 to 2018. Many adherents of the religion considered him to be a prophet, especially during his presidency. During his career, Monson received several honors, including the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
 38 
Joao Manuel, Prince of Portugal
(King)
Joao Manuel, Prince of Portugal
0
Birthdate: June 3, 1537
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Évora, Evora, Portugal
Died: 1554
 39 
Jay Traynor
(Singer)
Jay Traynor
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2014
 40 
Galyani Vadhana
(Princess)
Galyani Vadhana
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2008
 41 
Frances Cress Welsing
(Psychiatrist)
Frances Cress Welsing
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: 2016
 42 
Frank Muir
(British Comedy Writer, Radio and Television Personality, and Raconteur)
Frank Muir
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Birthdate: February 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ramsgate, England
Died: 1998

Veteran comedy writer and broadcast personality Frank Muir is best remembered for co-writing Take It from Here for BBC Radio and for appearing on the radio quiz My Word! with Denis Norden. His memoir, A Kentish Lad, mentioned that he had one of testicles removed for a medical condition.

 43 
Edward Burnett Tylor
(British Anthropologist and the Founder of 'Cultural Anthropology')
Edward Burnett Tylor
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Birthdate: October 2, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England
Died: 1917

Known for his pioneering work in cultural anthropology, Edward Burnett Tylor penned iconic works such as Primitive Culture, which was partially influenced by Darwin’s theory of evolution. Born to affluent Quaker parents, he quit school to focus on his business but was later drawn to anthropology. He popularized the term animism.

 44 
George Carman
(British Barrister)
George Carman
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Died: 2001

George Carman was a British barrister best remembered for his involvement in several high profile cases during the 1980s and 1990s. He is best remembered for successfully defending Jeremy Thorpe in 1979 when the latter was accused of conspiracy to murder. George Carman's life and career inspired the 2002 BBC drama Get Carman: The Trials of George Carman QC.

 45 
Efua Sutherland
(Playwright)
Efua Sutherland
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cape Coast, Ghana
Died: 1996
 46 
Fausto Coppi
(Italian Cyclist)
Fausto Coppi
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castellania, Italy
Died: 1960
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 47 
Dixie Lee Ray
(Politician)
Dixie Lee Ray
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Died: 1994
 48 
Gerda Lerner
(Historian)
Gerda Lerner
0
Birthdate: April 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 2013
 49 
Teddy Kollek
(Politician)
Teddy Kollek
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nagyvázsony, Hungary
Died: 2007
 50 
Cyril Fletcher
(Comedian)
Cyril Fletcher
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Birthdate: June 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Died: 2005