Died On June 26th

Discover the most famous people who died on June 26. The list includes people like Francisco Pizarro, Nora Ephron, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Karl Landsteiner, James Weldon Johnson. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, diplomats and playwrights and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, Germany and many more countries.
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 1 
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
(The Best Hawaiian Musician of All Time)
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
84
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: 1997

Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwoʻole began his career as part of the Makaha Sons. He later went solo with the albums Ka 'Ano'I and Facing Future and also lent his support to the Hawaiian independence movement. His ever-increasing weight caused him chronic issues and eventually led to his death at 38.

 2 
Francisco Pizarro
(Spanish conquistador)
Francisco Pizarro
30
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 16, 1478
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trujillo, Spain
Died: 1541

Francisco Pizarro was a Spanish conquistador best remembered for his expeditions that eventually paved the way for the Spanish conquest of Peru. Along with Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Pizarro became the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean after crossing the Isthmus of Panama. After two failed expeditions to Peru, Pizarro led a third and successful campaign to conquer Peru.

 3 
Nora Ephron
(Screenwriter, Producer, Director)
Nora Ephron
7
Birthdate: May 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2012

Nora Ephron was an American writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She is known for writing films like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally... The Nora Ephron Prize was created by the Tribeca Film Festival in her memory. Her life and work inspired the 2016 documentary film Everything Is Copy, which was directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.

 4 
Karl Landsteiner
(Physician)
Karl Landsteiner
13
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 14, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: 1943

Karl Landsteiner was a physician, biologist, and immunologist. He is credited with distinguishing the main blood groups as well as identifying the Rhesus factor. He is also credited with discovering the polio virus along with Erwin Popper and Constantin Levaditi. He won the Aronson Prize in 1926. In 1930, Landsteiner was honored with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

 5 
Roy Campanella
(Baseball player - Catcher)
Roy Campanella
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1993
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
James Weldon Johnson
10
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: 1938
 7 
George IV of the United Kingdom
(King of the United Kingdom and Hanover (1820 - 1830))
George IV of the United Kingdom
12
Birthdate: August 12, 1762
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1830

Regarded as the first gentleman of England, King George IV of the United Kingdom saw his empire consolidating its position as the global hegemon, particularly after the Napoleonic Wars. His regency during the illness of his father and then his 10-year reign were marked by royal extravagance. 

 8 
Beth Chapman
(American TV Reality Star Known for Her Shows ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ and ‘Dog's Most Wanted’)
Beth Chapman
34
Birthdate: October 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: 2019

Bounty hunter and reality star Beth Chapman soared to fame with the shows Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog's Most Wanted, and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, along with her husband, Duane "Dog" Chapman. While filming Dog's Most Wanted, she died of throat cancer, which had spread to her lungs.

Nasir al-Din al-Tusi
7
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: February 18, 1201
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tous, Iran
Died: 1274

Persian polymath Nasir al-Din al-Tusi lost his jurist father in childhood and then went around as a scholar, learning subjects such as math and philosophy. He made invaluable contribution to astronomy and later served as a scientific advisor of the Mongols. One of his notable written works was Akhlaq-i Nasiri.

 10 
Max Stirner
(German Philosopher Best Known for His Work ‘The Ego and Its Own’)
Max Stirner
2
Birthdate: October 25, 1806
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bayreuth, Germany
Died: 1856
German philosopher Max Stirner had humble beginnings as a girls’ preparatory school teacher and translator. Remembered for his most ground-breaking work, The Ego and His Own, he explored the ego and Hegel’s concepts of social alienation. Unfortunately, he died of a poisonous insect bite at 49.
 11 
Don Hutson
(American football player)
Don Hutson
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
Died: 1997
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 12 
Françoise Dorléac
(French Actress Known for Her Films: ‘That Man from Rio’, ‘The Soft Skin’, and ‘Cul-de-sac’)
Françoise Dorléac
8
Birthdate: March 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1967
Actor-model Françoise Dorléac, elder sister of Catherine Deneuve, had first appeared on stage at age 10. Known for her vivacious personality, she made quite a name for herself with movies such as Cul-de-sac and Where the Spies Are, before an unfortunate car accident claimed her life at age 25. 
 13 
Buddy Rogers
(American Professional Wrestler)
Buddy Rogers
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1992
 14 
Howard Baker
(Politician)
Howard Baker
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Huntsville, Tennessee, U.S.
Died: 2014
 15 
Taryn Power
(Actress)
Taryn Power
1
Birthdate: September 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2020
 16 
Caesar Rodney
(Governor of Delaware (1778-81))
Caesar Rodney
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 7, 1728
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kent County
Died: 1784
 17 
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
(Aviator)
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1740
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Annonay, France
Died: 1810

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier was a French aviation pioneer and balloonist. Along with his brother Jacques-Étienne, he invented the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon and launched the first confirmed piloted ascent by man in 1783. The first ascent carried Jacques-Étienne. The innovative brothers also invented a process to manufacture transparent paper. Joseph invented the self-acting hydraulic ram as well. 

 18 
Liz Claiborne
(Fashion designer, Businessperson)
Liz Claiborne
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: 2007
 19 
André Tchaikowsky
(Composer)
André Tchaikowsky
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: 1982

Polish composer and pianist André Tchaikowsky started his concert career as a student. A great admirer of Shakespeare, Tchaikowsky‘s compositions include the settings of seven of Shakespeare's Sonnets, the opera titled The Merchant of Venice, and songs from The Tempest. According to his wishes, Tchaikowsky’s skull has been used as a theatrical prop by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 20 
Ford Madox Ford
(British Writer Known for His Novels: 'The Good Soldier', 'Parade’s End' Tetralogy and 'The Fifth Queen' Trilogy)
Ford Madox Ford
3
Birthdate: December 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Merton, Surrey, England
Died: 1939

Best remembered for his novel The Good Soldier, author Ford Madox Ford was the grandson of Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown. He had been part of World War I. He spent his final years in France and the US, mostly authoring criticism. The tetralogy Parade's End remains one of his best-known works.

 21 
Johnny Solinger
(Singer-songwriter)
Johnny Solinger
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: 2021
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 22 
Jay Berwanger
(American football player)
Jay Berwanger
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 19, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Died: 2002
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 23 
Richard Whiteley
(Presenter)
Richard Whiteley
3
Birthdate: December 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: 2005
 24 
Veronica Guerin
(Irish Crime Reporter and Journalist)
Veronica Guerin
3
Birthdate: July 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1996

Veronica Guerin wasn’t just one of the most popular crime journalists of Ireland but also represented her country in both basketball and football. Her articles revolved around Irish drug lords and criminals, and she was eventually murdered by kingpin John Gilligan’s men while driving on the outskirts of Dublin.

 25 
Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Theologian and Catholic Priest Known for His 15-Volume Trilogy on Beauty, Goodness, and Truth)
Hans Urs von Balthasar
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland
Died: 1988

Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar was one of the chief figures behind the formation of the Community of St. John. He also co-launched the Catholic journal Communio and penned numerous books on themes such as classical literature. Declared a cardinal, he died shortly before his investiture.

 26 
Marc-Vivien Foé
(Cameroonian Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
Marc-Vivien Foé
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yaoundé, Cameroon
Died: 2003
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 27 
Mike Gravel
(United States Senator from Alaska (1969-1981))
Mike Gravel
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2021
 28 
Dolores Gray
(Actress)
Dolores Gray
0
Birthdate: June 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2002
 29 
Kelly Asbury
(Animator)
Kelly Asbury
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States
Died: 2020
 30 
Yash Johar
(Film producer)
Yash Johar
2
Birthdate: September 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: 2004
 31 
Dermot Walsh
(Actor)
Dermot Walsh
0
Birthdate: September 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, County Dublin, Irish Free State Ireland
Died: 2002
 32 
Denis Thatcher
(Husband of Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher)
Denis Thatcher
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England
Died: 2003
Businessman Denis Thatcher was married to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher from 1951 till his death in 2003. He initially ran the firm Atlas and was later associated with companies such as Attwoods and Quinton Hazell. He had served in World War II and received the Thatcher baronetcy in 1990.
 33 
David Rittenhouse
(American Astronomer, Inventor, Clockmaker and Mathematician)
David Rittenhouse
2
Birthdate: April 8, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1796

American astronomer, inventor, mathematician, clockmaker and surveyor David Rittenhouse, who served as first director of the United States Mint and remained a  member of the American Philosophical Society, made several significant breakthroughs for the US. His achievements include discovering the atmosphere of Venus and observing its transit, becoming the first American to sight Uranus, and completing an advanced orrery.

 34 
Ralph Modjeski
(Polish-American Civil Engineer)
Ralph Modjeski
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: January 27, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bochnia, Poland
Died: 1940

Born to actor Helena Modjeska, Polish-American engineer Ralph Modjeski was a talented pianist in his younger days. He later worked on the railroad bridge across the Mississippi and also re-designed the Quebec Bridge after a major disaster. Over his illustrious career, he had designed over 50 major bridges.

 35 
Aldo Giuffre
(Actor)
Aldo Giuffre
0
Birthdate: April 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: 2010
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 36 
John Jacob Astor VI
(Socialite)
John Jacob Astor VI
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 1992
 37 
Kim Gu
(13th President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea)
Kim Gu
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haeju, North Korea
Died: 1949
 38 
William Riker
(Political scientist)
William Riker
1
Birthdate: September 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: 1993
 39 
Abdalelah Haroun
(Qatari Track and Field Sprinter)
Abdalelah Haroun
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Al-Soki, Sennar, Sudan
Died: 2021
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 40 
Vera Menchik
(Russian-Born Czechoslovak Chess Player and the First Women’s World Chess Champion From 1927 to 1944)
Vera Menchik
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1944
 41 
Eleanor of Provence
(Queen)
Eleanor of Provence
0
Birthdate: 1223 AD
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France
Died: 1291
 42 
Edith Scob
(Actress)
Edith Scob
0
Birthdate: October 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2019
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 43 
Samuel Crompton
(Inventor)
Samuel Crompton
0
Birthdate: December 3, 1753
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Firwood, England
Died: 1827
 44 
Simon Cameron
(Politician)
Simon Cameron
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 8, 1799
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maytown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1889
 45 
Gilbert White
(Naturalist)
Gilbert White
0
Birthdate: July 18, 1720
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Selborne, Hampshire, England
Died: 1793
 46 
Naomi Shemer
(Israeli Musician and Songwriter)
Naomi Shemer
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kibbutz Kinneret, Israel
Died: 2004

Naomi Shemer was an Israeli songwriter and musician. One of the most popular figures of her generation, Shemer was referred to as the first lady of Israeli poetry and song. Her song Jerusalem of Gold became an unofficial anthem when Israel won the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1983, she was honored with the Israel Prize for a Hebrew song.

 47 
Yevgeny Primakov
(Prime Minister of Russia from 1998 to 1999)
Yevgeny Primakov
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: 2015

Former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov had begun his career as a journalist for Pravda. He later went on multiple espionage missions as a KGB official, using the codename MAKSIM. He also denied reports that his father was a victim of the Stalinist purge and that he had changed his surname.

 48 
Josemaría Escrivá
(Spanish Priest Who Founded the Organization 'Opus Dei')
Josemaría Escrivá
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barbastro, Spain
Died: 1975

Josemaría Escrivá was a Spanish priest best remembered for founding an organization called Opus Dei. He is also remembered for authoring a book titled The Way. The book has been translated into many languages and has sold millions of copies around the world.

 49 
Shi Dakai
(Chinese Poet and Revolutionary Who Led the 'Taiping Rebellion')
Shi Dakai
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guigang, China
Died: 1863

Shi Dakai was a Chinese poet and one of the most important leaders in the Taiping Rebellion. Shi Dakai's heroics as a magnificent general inspired his fellow clansman Zhu De who went on to establish the Red Army, which came to be known as the People's Liberation Army.

 50 
R. B. Bennett
(Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat)
R. B. Bennett
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 3, 1870
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick
Died: 1947

R. B. Bennett was the 11th prime minister of Canada and was in the office from 1930 to 1935. A lawyer by profession, he established a successful law firm before venturing into politics. His tenure as the prime minister was marked primarily by the Great Depression. He tried to combat the crisis with laissez-faire policies, albeit unsuccessfully. He was defeated in the 1935 election.