Died On January 8th

Discover the most famous people who died on January 8. The list includes people like Galileo Galilei, François Mitterrand, Eli Whitney, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Arcangelo Corelli. Famous personalities featured on this list, include physicists, political leaders, artists and soldiers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Italy, United Kingdom & Germany and many more countries.
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Galileo Galilei
(Known as “Father” of Observational Astronomy who Invented the ‘Thermoscope’ and Various Military Compasses)
Galileo Galilei
94
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 15, 1564
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Died: 1642

An Italian astronomer, engineer, and physicist, Galileo Galilei is widely regarded as the father of observational astronomy, the father of the scientific method, the father of modern physics, and the father of modern science. He is credited with popularizing the telescope, which changed the course of history.

 2 
Marco Polo
(Italian Explorer, Venetian Merchant and Adventurer Who Traveled from Europe to Asia Between 1271 and 1295)
Marco Polo
41
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1254 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1324

Marco Polo was a Venetian explorer, writer, and merchant. He explored Asia along the Silk Road and is credited with providing the Europeans with descriptions of the culture of the Eastern world, which remained unknown until his exploration. Polo's travel book inspired other travelers like Christopher Columbus. His writings also influenced European cartography, which led to the Fra Mauro map.

 3 
Yvonne De Carlo
(A Famous Hollywood Star in the 1940s & 1950s)
Yvonne De Carlo
26
Birthdate: September 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: 2007

Canadian-American actress, dancer, and singer, Yvonne De Carlo, was an internationally known Hollywood film star in the 1940s and 1950s. Born to an ambitious mother, she was groomed for a career in the show business from her childhood. She began her career as a dancer and eventually started acting. She had an extensive career spanning over five decades.

 4 
Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell
(First Chief Scout of the World-Renowned Scout Movement.)
Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 22, 1857
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Died: 1941
Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell was a British Army officer and first Chief Scout of the world-renowned Scout Movement. He is also credited with co-founding the Guide Association, the national guiding organization of the UK. The recipient of the first Silver Buffalo Award, Robert Baden-Powell was also nominated for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize on many occasions.
 5 
Edd Byrnes
(Actor)
Edd Byrnes
5
Birthdate: July 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 6 
Dave Thomas
(Founder and CEO of Wendy's)
Dave Thomas
12
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2002
 7 
Eli Whitney
(American inventor)
Eli Whitney
5
Birthdate: December 8, 1765
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westborough
Died: 1825
 8 
Steve Clark
(Musician)
Steve Clark
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hillsborough, Sheffield, England
Died: 1991
 9 
Terry-Thomas
(Actor)
Terry-Thomas
2
Birthdate: July 14, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1990
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Jim Elliot
(Missionary)
Jim Elliot
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Died: 1956
 American Christian missionary Jim Elliot was one of five people killed during Operation Auca. He is still remembered for his selfless devotion to God and his zeal, tempered by love, to guide people. The Journals of Jim Elliot contains volumes of documents written over many years by Jim Elliot in which the missionary has detailed his mission work.
 11 
Pat Buttram
8
Birthdate: June 19, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Addison, Alabama, United States
Died: 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 12 
François Mitterrand
(President of France from 1981 to 1995)
François Mitterrand
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jarnac, France
Died: 1996
François Mitterrand served as the French president from 1981 to 1995, becoming the longest-tenured president in the history of his country. He was the first to name a female prime minister, Édith Cresson. He is known for his investments in several Grands Projets and his opposition of the Fifth Republic.
 13 
Paul Verlaine
(One of the Greatest French Poets of the 19th Century)
Paul Verlaine
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 30, 1844
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: 1896

Paul Verlaine was a French poet best remembered for his association with the Decadent movement and the Symbolist movement. He is regarded as one of the most important representatives of the fin de siècle in French and international poetry. His poetry served as an inspiration for composers like Gabriel Fauré, who composed several mélodies based on Verlaine's poems.

 14 
Arcangelo Corelli
(Italian Violinist and Composer of Baroque Era Known for His Sonata and Concerto Compositions)
Arcangelo Corelli
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 17, 1653
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fusignano, Italy
Died: 1713

Italian composer and violinist Arcangelo Corelli is regarded as a pioneer of the concerto grosso and the sonata. Named after his father who died 5 months before his birth, Corelli rose to be a major figure of Baroque music and became a favorite of priests and the royalty.

 15 
Giotto
(Painter)
Giotto
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1267 AD
Birthplace: Florence
Died: 1337

Fourteenth-century Italian painter and architect Giotto was one of the chief figures of the Early Renaissance. Mostly taught by Florentine painter Cimabue, Giotto grew up to paint masterpieces such as the frescoes of the Arena Chapel in Padua. He works consisted of human beings and Christian themes.

 16 
Joseph Schumpeter
5
Birthdate: February 8, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Třešť, Czechia
Died: 1950
Business students remember Austrian economist and sociologist Joseph Schumpeter for his contribution to the concepts of entrepreneurship, creative destruction, and business cycles. An academic, who had also taught at Harvard, Schumpeter believed capitalism would someday automatically give way to socialism, a thought he expressed in Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
 17 
Sara Carter
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Sara Carter
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copper Creek, Virginia
Died: 1979
 18 
Yuen Siu-tien
(Former Hong Kong martial arts film actor)
Yuen Siu-tien
1
Birthdate: November 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: 1979
 19 
Kurt Schwitters
(German Artist Best Known for His Collages and Relief Constructions)
Kurt Schwitters
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Birthdate: June 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: 1948

German artist and poet Kurt Schwitters, known for collage, artist's book, installation, sculpture and poetry, is noted for his collages and relief-constructions. Schwitters planned a Dada section in Hanover and the Merz art-style traces back to him, which he found by chance while forming a collage with the German word Kommerz. One of his notable works is Das Undbild, 1919.

 20 
Gerhard Barkhorn
(Aviator, Officer)
Gerhard Barkhorn
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 20, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Königsberg
Died: 1983

Gerhard Barkhorn was a German military aviator who served as the wing commander in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He was a fighter ace and is counted among the most successful fighter pilot of all time, with over 300 victories. He received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords for his outstanding achievements.

 21 
Roy Innis
(Activist)
Roy Innis
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Croix, United States Virgin Islands
Died: 2017
 22 
George Bellows
(Painter, Artist, University teacher)
George Bellows
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Birthdate: August 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbus
Died: 1925
 23 
Nicolai Gedda
(Swedish Opera Singer Who Was a Renowned Lyric Tenor)
Nicolai Gedda
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 2017

Swedish opera singer Nicolai Gedda was one of the most influential lyric tenors of the world back in his time. His language skills helped him perform in languages as varied as English, French, German, and Italian. One of his most iconic roles was that of Anatol in Vanessa.

 24 
William Kissam Vanderbilt II
(American Motocross Racer and Sailor)
William Kissam Vanderbilt II
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 26, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 1944

William Kissam Vanderbilt II was an American yachtsman and motor racing enthusiast. Born into the popular Vanderbilt family, William developed an interest in yachting and horse racing. He participated in yacht racing in 1900 and won the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup. A racing enthusiast, William owned many fast cars and launched an international auto racing event called the Vanderbilt Cup.

 25 
Michael Tippett
(Composer)
Michael Tippett
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 2, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1998
 26 
Maria Teresa de Filippis
(Italian Racing Driver and the First Woman to Race in Formula One)
Maria Teresa de Filippis
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Campania, Italy
Died: 2016
 27 
Melvin Calvin
(Biochemist)
Melvin Calvin
4
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Died: 1997

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Melvin Calvin earned scholarships to fund his studies and eventually earned a PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. The University of California, Berkeley professor later won a Nobel for co-discovering the Calvin cycle, which explained the chemical pathways of photosynthesis.

 28 
Art Clokey
(American animator)
Art Clokey
2
Birthdate: October 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Died: 2010
 29 
Iwao Takamoto
(Animator)
Iwao Takamoto
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2007
 30 
Joseph Franklin Rutherford
(American Lawyer and Judge)
Joseph Franklin Rutherford
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 8, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Versailles, Missouri, United States
Died: 1942

Joseph Franklin Rutherford was an American lawyer who later developed an interest in the teachings of Charles Taze Russell. Eventually, he joined the Bible Student movement and later became the president of the Watch Tower Tract Society. Also an author, Joseph Franklin Rutherford wrote 21 books and distributed almost 400 million booklets and books.

 31 
Richard Tauber
(Austrian Tenor and Film Actor)
Richard Tauber
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 16, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
Died: 1948

Richard Tauber was an Austrian tenor and film actor. The son of an actress, he often toured with his mother and developed a love for the theater. He also enjoyed singing and studied at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. He went on to become a tenor and an actor and also conducted at the Theater an der Wien. 

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Zbigniew Cybulski
(Actor)
Zbigniew Cybulski
0
Birthdate: November 3, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kniaże, Poland
Died: 1967
 33 
Michel Thomas
(Linguist)
Michel Thomas
0
Birthdate: February 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lodz, Poland
Died: 2005
 34 
John Mauchly
(Physicist)
John Mauchly
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 30, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: 1980
 35 
Nikolay Nekrasov
(Poet who Introduced Ternary Meters and the Technique of Dramatic Monologue into Russian Poetry)
Nikolay Nekrasov
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 10, 1821
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nemyriv, Ukraine
Died: 1878

Russian poet Nikolay Nekrasov established himself as a successful businessman before stepping into writing. He bought and developed the magazine Sovremennik, or The Contemporary. Most of his poems, such as Red-Nosed Frost, spoke about the misery of the peasant class. He also introduced the dramatic monologue to Russian literature.

 

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Gale Page
(Actress)
Gale Page
0
Birthdate: July 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States
Died: 1983
 37 
Gaston Lenôtre
(Pastry Chef)
Gaston Lenôtre
0
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: May 28, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Nicolas-du-Bosc, Le Bosc-du-Theil, France
Died: 2009
 38 
Otis Clay
(Singer)
Otis Clay
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Waxhaw, Mississippi, United States
Died: 2016
 39 
Kenojuak Ashevak
(Leading Figure of the 'Inuit art' Movement & Known for Her Print 'The Enchanted Owl')
Kenojuak Ashevak
0
Birthdate: October 3, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ikerrasak camp, Nunavut, Canada
Died: 2013

Kenojuak Ashevak is a Canadian artist best known as an important exponent of modern Inuit art. Ashevak, who is credited with inspiring several Inuit people to take up art, has been honored with several prestigious awards including an induction into Canada's Walk of Fame.

 40 
David Walter Ervine
(Northern Irish militant and politician)
David Walter Ervine
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: 2007
 41 
Ron Goodwin
(Composer, Conductor)
Ron Goodwin
0
Birthdate: February 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Died: 2003
 42 
Wesley Ruggles
(Film Director)
Wesley Ruggles
0
Birthdate: June 11, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: 1972
 43 
Jane Bolin
(American Attorney and Judge)
Jane Bolin
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 11, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Died: 2007
 44 
Chandrasekharendra Saraswati
(Leader)
Chandrasekharendra Saraswati
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Viluppuram, India
Died: 1994
 45 
Zhou Enlai
(First Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China)
Zhou Enlai
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Huai'an, China
Died: 1976

Zhou Enlai served as the People's Republic of China's first premier. He played a major role in the Communist Party's rise to power, serving under the founder of the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong. Since his death, Zhou has been widely considered a skilled negotiator and a devoted revolutionary.

 46 
George Maxwell Richards
(Former President of Trinidad and Tobago)
George Maxwell Richards
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: 2018
 47 
Andrew Jennings
(British Investigative Reporter, Journalist and Writer)
Andrew Jennings
0
Birthdate: September 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: 2022
 48 
Harold Blauer
(Tennis Player)
Harold Blauer
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1910 AD
Birthplace: United States
Died: 1953
 49 
Buddy Bregman
(Composer, Conductor)
Buddy Bregman
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2017
 50 
Baldomero Espartero, prince de Vergara
(Spanish Statesman and Marshal)
Baldomero Espartero, prince de Vergara
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 27, 1793
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Granátula, Spain
Died: 1879