Died On January 5th

Discover the most famous people who died on January 5. The list includes people like Amelia Earhart, Calvin Coolidge, George Washington Carver, Pete Maravich, Charles Mingus. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, aviators, playwrights and soldiers 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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Amelia Earhart
(The First Female Aviator to Fly Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean)
Amelia Earhart
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States
Died: 1939

Amelia Earhart became the first female pilot to complete a solo trans-Atlantic flight, in 1932. A champion for equal rights, Amelia later wrote best-selling memoirs and contributed to the women pilot’s group The Ninety-Nines. In 1937, Amelia disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean and was later declared dead.

 2 
George Washington Carver
(American Agricultural Scientist and Inventor Who Promoted Alternative Crops to Cotton and Methods to Prevent Soil Depletion)
George Washington Carver
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Diamond, Missouri, United States
Died: 1943
Agricultural scientist George Washington Carver is best remembered for promoting crops that were alternative to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. He invented ways to prevent soil depletion and developed scores of products made from peanuts, including paints and cosmetics. He won numerous honors, such as the Spingarn Medal.
 3 
Calvin Coolidge
(30th President of the United States (1923–1929))
Calvin Coolidge
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 4, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plymouth, Vermont, United States
Died: 1933

The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge started his career as a lawyer before becoming an influential American politician. A man of few words with a dry sense of humor, Calvin Coolidge represented the middle class, which worked in his favor. Despite being a reclusive politician, Coolidge gave 520 press conferences, making himself available to reporters quite often.

 4 
Catherine de' Medici
(Queen Consort of France (1547 - 1559))
Catherine de' Medici
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Birthdate: April 13, 1519
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1589

Catherine de' Medici was an Italian noblewoman who played a key role in the political affairs of France during the rule of her sons, a period which came to be known as the age of Catherine de' Medici. Catherine is credited with saving the monarchy from deposition during the French Wars of Religion

 5 
Sonny Bono
(One-half of the Popular Singing Duo 'Sonny & Cher')
Sonny Bono
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 1998
Sonny Bono formed the musical duo Sonny & Cher, with his second wife, Cher. They also starred in The Sonny and Cher Show. He also served as the mayor of Palm Springs and a congressman for California's 44th district. The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act was named after him.
 6 
Sir Ernest Shackleton
(Anglo-Irish Antarctic Explorer)
Sir Ernest Shackleton
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kilkea, Ireland
Died: 1922

Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is remembered for leading three British expeditions to the Antarctic. He was a key figure of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. An expert in navigation, he had also been a part of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery expedition. He was knighted by King Edward VII for his achievements.

Edward the Confessor
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Birthdate: 1003 AD
Birthplace: Islip
Died: 1066
Edward the Confessor, son of Æthelred the Unready, was one of the last Anglo-Saxon rulers of England and reigned from 1042 to 1066. He restored the rule of the House of Wessex after the reign of Danish king Cnut. He was considered a national saint till Saint George replaced him.
 8 
Jerry Van Dyke
(Actor)
Jerry Van Dyke
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Birthdate: July 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Danville, Illinois, USA
Died: 2018
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 9 
Pete Maravich
(American Professional Basketball Player and One of the Best Ball Handlers of All Time)
Pete Maravich
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1988
Pete Maravich, or Pistol Pete, played for three NBA teams till injuries ended his career. He initially played under his father, head coach Press Maravich, for the LSU Tigers. He also became the NCAA Division I top scorer of all time, with 3,667 points and 44.2 points per game.
 10 
Eusébio
(Portuguese Footballer Known for His Speed and Exceptional Goal-Scoring Abilities)
Eusébio
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
Died: 2014

Considered one of the most successful African-origin footballers of all time, Eusébio, or the Black Panther, was born in the Portuguese Mozambique and grew up to represent the Portuguese national team as a striker. He also had a great stint with the club Benfica, having won the Primeira Liga with them 11 times.

 11 
Charles Mingus
(One of The Greatest Jazz Musicians & Composers in History)
Charles Mingus
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States
Died: 1979
Jazz double bassist and pianist Charles Mingus is remembered for his stints with artists such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock, and was named to the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. His scores and recordings are preserved in the Library of Congress.
 12 
Elizabeth of Russia
(Empress of Russia (1741 - 1762))
Elizabeth of Russia
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Birthdate: December 29, 1709
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1762
Elizabeth Petrovna, or Elizabeth of Russia, daughter of Tsar Peter the Great, was the Russian empress from 1741 to 1762. She became famous for not executing a single person during her rule and for modernizing Russia’s architecture. She was a key figure of the Russian Age of Enlightenment.
 13 
Max Born
(German Physicist Who Won Nobel Prize for His Contribution to Quantum Mechanics)
Max Born
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 11, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: 1970
From being home-schooled for being too sickly to attend school, Max Born went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to quantum mechanics. Being a Jew, with the rise of the Nazi power, he lost his professorship at the University of Göttingen, and moved to Cambridge.
 14 
John Young
(American Astronaut and the Ninth Person to Walk on the Moon)
John Young
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2018

John Young was an American naval officer, astronaut, aeronautical engineer, and test pilot. In 1972, he commanded the Apollo 16 mission and became only the ninth person to walk on the Moon. John Young was the recipient of several awards, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. In 1982, he was made an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame.

 15 
Tip O'Neill
(The 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1977 to 1987))
Tip O'Neill
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 9, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1994
 16 
Tug McGraw
(Baseball Player)
Tug McGraw
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Martinez, California, United States
Died: 2004
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 17 
Amy Johnson
(Aviator)
Amy Johnson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: 1941
 18 
Momofuku Ando
(Inventor of Instant Noodles and the Creator of the Brands 'Top Ramen' and 'Cup Noodles')
Momofuku Ando
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Birthdate: March 5, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Puzi City, Taiwan
Died: 2007

Momofuku Ando was a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman and inventor. He is credited with founding the popular Japanese food company, Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. Credited with creating brands like Cup Noodles and Top Ramen, Momofuku Ando is widely regarded as the inventor of instant noodles. During his lifetime, Ando was honored with medals, such as the Order of the Rising Sun.

 19 
Rogers Hornsby
(Baseball player)
Rogers Hornsby
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 27, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winters
Died: 1963
 20 
Arthur Kennedy
(Actor)
Arthur Kennedy
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Birthdate: February 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S
Died: 1990
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 16, 1763
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St James's Palace, London, England
Died: 1827
 22 
Károly Takács
(Olympic Shooter)
Károly Takács
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1976
 23 
Harold Urey
(American Physical Chemist Who Won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 for the Discovery of Deuterium)
Harold Urey
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 29, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Walkerton, Indiana, United States
Died: 1981

Harold Urey was an American physical chemist best remembered for his pioneering work on isotopes. He is credited with the discovery of deuterium, for which he received the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934. Harold Urey also played a key role in the development of the infamous atom bomb.

 24 
Pierre Boulez
(Composer)
Pierre Boulez
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 26, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montbrison, France
Died: 2016
 25 
Joseph Radetzky von Radetz
(Governor-General of Lombardy–Venetia)
Joseph Radetzky von Radetz
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 2, 1766
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sedlčany, Czechia
Died: 1858

Joseph Radetzky von Radetz had almost become a national hero in Austria for his military successes. Known as Vater, or Father Radetzky, in the army circle, the field marshal had also served as the Habsburg Empire’s chief of the general staff. One of his iconic victories was at the Battle of Custoza.  

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Charles, Duke of Orléans
(Poet)
Charles, Duke of Orléans
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 24, 1394
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1465
 27 
Margaret Laurence
(Novelist, Writer, Children's writer)
Margaret Laurence
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neepawa
Died: 1987
 28 
Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia
(General)
Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 18, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1929
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 29 
Maria Cosway
(Artist)
Maria Cosway
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Birthdate: June 11, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1838
 30 
Dragoslav Sekularac
(Serbian Professional Footballer and Coach)
Dragoslav Sekularac
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Štip, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died: 2019
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Mistinguett
(Actress)
Mistinguett
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Birthdate: April 5, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Enghien-les-Bains, France
Died: 1956
 32 
Bob Brett
(Australian Tennis Coach and Tennis Player)
Bob Brett
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: 2021

Australian tennis coach Bob Brett initially worked as a ball boy for Arthur Ashe. Though he didn’t have much of a professional career, he later turned into a coach, while working part-time as a postman. He gradually rose to coach tennis legends such as Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic.

 33 
Tina Modotti
(Photographer Known for Her Symbolic Close-Ups and Images of Mexican Workers)
Tina Modotti
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: August 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Udine, Italy
Died: 1942

Italian-American photographer Tina Modotti was the daughter of migrant laborers in Austria. She later worked in a textile factory in Italy, before moving to the U.S., where she acted in Italian theater. Initially excelling in still lifes and portraits, she later gained fame for her signature close-ups of Mexican workers.

 34 
Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov
(Soldier)
Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1737
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyutkino, Russia
Died: 1808
 35 
Marko Marulic
(Poet)
Marko Marulic
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 18, 1450
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Split, Dalmatia, Croatia
Died: 1524
 36 
Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow
(Governor-General of India)
Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 24, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queensferry, Scotland
Died: 1952

Born into an aristocratic family, Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow received an elite education at Eton. He later became India’s longest serving viceroy of India. He is also remembered for his numerous conflicts with the Indian National Congress and for his efforts in suppressing the independence movement.

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Kenneth Noland
(American Painter Best Known For His Color Field Paintings)
Kenneth Noland
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Birthdate: April 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
Died: 2010
Kenneth Noland was an American painter best remembered for his color field paintings. He is credited with establishing an art movement called the Washington Color School. Kenneth Noland's artworks influenced Alexander Julian's coloring and designs in his knitwear.          
 38 
Osami Nagano
(Admiral)
Osami Nagano
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 15, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kōchi, Japan
Died: 1947
 39 
Charles Dumas
(Olympic athlete)
Charles Dumas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died: 2004
 40 
Lincoln Kirstein
(Writer)
Lincoln Kirstein
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 4, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, U.S.
Died: 1996
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 41 
Ben Rich
(American engineer)
Ben Rich
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: June 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: 1995

Known as "the father of stealth," Ben Rich made a significant contribution to the development of the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter-bomber. Throughout his stint at Lockheed’s Skunk Works, he helped develop numerous military planes. The UCLA alumnus later received the Distinguished Service Cross for his work.

 42 
Philippa of England
(Queen of Denmark)
Philippa of England
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Birthdate: July 4, 1394
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Peterborough Castle, Cambridgeshire
Died: 1430
 43 
Marcel Déat
(Politician)
Marcel Déat
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Birthdate: March 7, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guerigny, France
Died: 1955
 44 
Herman Smith-Johannsen
(One of the Best All-Round Norwegian Skiers of All Time)
Herman Smith-Johannsen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Horten, Norway
Died: 1987

Herman Smith-Johannsen was a Norwegian skier who became known as one of the best all-round skiers in Norway during his youth. Johannsen is credited with introducing cross-country skiing to North America and Canada. He encouraged young skiers in Canada and developed skiing as a recreation. Herman Smith-Johannsen was made an inductee of the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1969.

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André Franquin
(Belgian Comics Artist Best Known for His Comic Strip Creations 'Gaston' and 'Marsupilami')
André Franquin
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Birthdate: January 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Etterbeek, Belgium
Died: 1997

André Franquin was a Belgian comic book artist best remembered for creating popular characters like Marsupilami and Gaston. An influential comic book artist, Franquin's works have had huge impact on the works of Francisco Ibáñez and Ramón María Casanyes. André Franquin was a recipient of many prestigious awards such as Adamson Award and Grand Prix for the Graphic Arts. 

 46 
Jerry Coleman
(Baseball player)
Jerry Coleman
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Birthdate: September 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Died: 2014
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 47 
Simon Marius
(Astronomer)
Simon Marius
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 20, 1573
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gunzenhausen, Germany
Died: 1625

Simon Marius was a German astronomer who was one of the first observers of Jupiter's four largest moons. He was charged with plagiarism for publishing his discovery. He is now credited with naming the moons of Jupiter. Simon Marius is also remembered for being Galileo Galilei's one of foremost rivals.

 48 
Griffin Bell
(Attorney General)
Griffin Bell
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 31, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Americus, Georgia, United States
Died: 2009
 49 
Münir Özkul
(Turkish Actor Best Known For His Performance in the Movie 'Sev Kardeşim')
Münir Özkul
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Birthdate: August 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bakırköy, İstanbul, Turkey
Died: 2018

Münir Özkul was a Turkish actor best remembered for his portrayal of Mesut Güler in the 1972 film Sev Kardeşim, which earned him a Golden Orange Award. A popular actor, Münir Özkul was named State Artist of Turkey for his contributions to film and theatre.

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John A. Costello
(Politician)
John A. Costello
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fairview, Ireland
Died: 1976