Died On March 12th

Discover the most famous people who died on March 12. The list includes people like Charlie Parker, Woody Hayes, Sun Yat Sen, Ragnar Granit, Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, mathematicians, jazz musicians and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Sweden and many more countries.
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 1 
Anne Frank
(Diarist)
Anne Frank
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: 1945

One of the numerous Jewish victims of the Holocaust, Anne Frank gained recognition posthumously after her diary Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was published. The diary, which has been widely read and translated into numerous other languages, details the lives of Anne Frank and her family when they went into hiding for two years, after Germany occupied Netherlands.

 2 
Charlie Parker
(Jazz Saxophonist & Developer of the 'Bebop' Style of Jazz)
Charlie Parker
16
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Died: 1955

Charlie Parker was an American composer and jazz saxophonist. A highly influential soloist, Parker played a significant role in the development of a form of jazz called bebop. He is also credited with introducing harmonic ideas into jazz, such as chord substitutions and rapid passing chords. His contribution to jazz and bebop made him an icon of the hipster subculture.

 3 
Cesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois (1498 - 1507))
Cesare Borgia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 13, 1475
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Subiaco, Italy
Died: 1507
Italian politician and condottiero Cesare Borgia was an illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI. He is said to have inspired The Prince by Machiavelli. He was also the first to resign a cardinalate, after his brother died in 1498. He was also the Duke of Valentinois from 1498 to 1507.
 4 
Sun Yat-Sen
(Provisional President of the Republic of China (January - March 1912))
Sun Yat-Sen
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 12, 1866
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuiheng, Zhongshan, China
Died: 1925
Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat Sen, also known as the "Father of the Nation" in China, ousted the Qing Dynasty in 1911. He was the first leader of the Nationalist Party of China and laid down the Three Principles of the People, which included nationalism, democracy, and livelihood.
 5 
Terry Pratchett
(Humorist)
Terry Pratchett
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaconsfield, England
Died: 2015
 6 
Lynne Thigpen
(Actress)
Lynne Thigpen
8
Birthdate: December 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
Died: 2003
 7 
George Westinghouse
(American Entrepreneur and Engineer Who Invented the ‘Railway Air Brake’)
George Westinghouse
4
Birthdate: October 6, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Central Bridge, New York, United States
Died: 1914

Inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse was mostly responsible for introducing the U.S. to alternating current (AC). Initially part of the army and the navy, the talented engineer began his journey of inventions with the rotary steam engine and went on to invent several products, such as air brakes.

 8 
Woody Hayes
(American Football Player and Coach)
Woody Hayes
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clifton, Ohio, United States
Died: 1987
 9 
Robert Ludlum
(Author of 27 thriller novels, best known as the creator of Jason Bourne from the original The Bourne Trilogy series.)
Robert Ludlum
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: 2001
 10 
Yehudi Menuhin
(American Violinist and Conductor Who is Considered One of the Great Violinists of the 20th Century)
Yehudi Menuhin
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1999

Grammy Award-winning legendary 20th-century violinist Yehudi Menuhin was born to Lithuanian Jews in the US. Starting his training in the violin at age 4, he later studied music in Paris. He also experimented with fusion, collaborating with jazz and Indian classical musicians. He later launched the Yehudi Menuhin School.

 11 
Asa Griggs Candler
(Businessman)
Asa Griggs Candler
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 30, 1851
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Villa Rica, Georgia, United States
Died: 1929
 12 
Maurice Evans
(Actor)
Maurice Evans
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Birthdate: June 3, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dorchester, England
Died: 1989
 13 
Robert Bosch
(Entrepreneur, Inventor, Artisan)
Robert Bosch
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Birthdate: September 23, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Felkirchen
Died: 1942

The founder of the German engineering and technological MNC Bosch, Robert Bosch was born to a farmer in a south Germany village. He is also remembered as one of the first Germans to introduce 8-hour work days. He also invented the high-voltage spark plug and magneto for automobiles.

 14 
Goodwill Zwelithini
(King of the Zulus)
Goodwill Zwelithini
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Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nongoma, South Africa
Died: 2021

Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was a descendant of King Cetshwayo, who led the Zulu struggle for independence against the British. His 50-year rule had witnessed his efforts in preserving the Zulu culture and traditions such as the Reed Dance ceremony. However, his comments were blamed for attacks against foreigners.

 15 
Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin
(Serbian Physicist Who Had Numerous Patents to His Name)
Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 9, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Serbia
Died: 1935

Physicist Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin developed what is now known as pupinization, a mechanism which extended the range of long-distance telephonic communication with the use of loading coils. Born to illiterate parents, he was a Serbian immigrant in the U.S. and later wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, From Immigrant to Inventor.

 16 
Beatrice Wood
(American Artist and Studio Potter)
Beatrice Wood
1
Birthdate: March 3, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1998

Beatrice Wood was an American studio potter and artist best remembered for her association with the Avant-Garde movement. Wood is credited with founding Rongwrong and The Blind Man magazines along with Henri-Pierre Roché and Marcel Duchamp. Beatrice Wood's autobiography inspired the creation of Rose DeWitt Bukater's character in the 1997 epic romance and disaster film Titanic

 17 
Joe Morello
(Jazz Drummer Best Known for Playing with Pianist ‘Dave Brubeck Quartet’)
Joe Morello
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2011
 18 
William Henry Bragg
(Physicist and Mathematician Who Invented the ‘X-Ray’ Spectrometer)
William Henry Bragg
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 2, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wigton, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1942

William Henry Bragg was an English physicist, chemist, and mathematician. He is best known for sharing the  1915 Nobel Prize in Physics with his son Lawrence Bragg for their work in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays. William Henry Bragg had an illustrious academic career and was elected president of the Royal Society in 1935. 

 19 
Craig Mack
(Rapper)
Craig Mack
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: North Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Died: 2018
 20 
Howard Fast
(Novelist)
Howard Fast
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 11, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: 2003
 21 
Jean-Paul Riopelle
(Canadian Painter, Sculptor and Printmaker)
Jean-Paul Riopelle
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Birthdate: October 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: 2002

Jean-Paul Riopelle was a Canadian sculptor and painter best remembered for his abstract painting style. During the 1950s, Riopelle famously abandoned the paintbrush and switched to a palette knife to create paintings with a distinctive sculptural quality. Jean-Paul Riopelle went on to become the first Canadian painter to achieve international recognition since James Wilson Morrice.

 22 
Eugene Ormandy
(American Conductor and Violinist Best Known for His Association with the 'Philadelphia Orchestra', as Its Music Director)
Eugene Ormandy
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 18, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1985

Born in Hungary, Eugene Ormandy was inspired by his amateur violinist father to take up violin lessons as a child. By age 17, he was himself a professor of violin. After moving to the US, he would initially compose for silent films. He later received 2 Grammy Awards and was also knighted.

 23 
Gustav Vigeland
(Norwegian Sculptor)
Gustav Vigeland
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Birthdate: April 11, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mandal Municipality, Norway
Died: 1943

Gustav Vigeland was a Norwegian sculptor best remembered for his productivity and creative imagination. Apart from designing popular sculptures such as the Vigeland installation in Frogner Park, Vigeland is also credited with designing the Nobel Peace Prize medal. The Vigeland Museum, which is located outside Frogner Park, Oslo, is dedicated to Gustav Vigeland.

 24 
Fatima Meer
(Writer)
Fatima Meer
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
Died: 2010
 25 
William George Barker
(Fighter pilot)
William George Barker
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dauphin, Canada
Died: 1930
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 26 
Frankie Frisch
(Baseball Player)
Frankie Frisch
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 1973
 27 
Pope Gregory I
(Bishop of Rome from 590 to 604)
Pope Gregory I
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0540 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0604

Pope Gregory I served as the bishop of Rome from 590 until his death in 604. He is best remembered for sending the Gregorian Mission to Britain, which was successful in converting the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. He is also credited with developing the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts and is widely regarded as its de facto author.

 28 
Zeng Guofan
(Chinese Military General of the Late Qing Dynasty and Viceroy of Liangjiang (1870 - 1872))
Zeng Guofan
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 26, 1811
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shuangfeng, China
Died: 1872

Chinese military general and Confucian scholar Zeng Guofan is best remembered for his efforts in crushing the Taiping Rebellion. Apart from being a court scholar of the Qing rulers, he also served on various prominent boards. His writings have been preserved as a collection of 156 books.

 29 
Rosamond Lehmann
(Novelist)
Rosamond Lehmann
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bourne End, Wooburn Green,England
Died: 1990
 30 
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
(Author)
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 13, 1830
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zdislavice (Troubky-Zdislavice), Troubky-Zdislavice, Czechia
Died: 1916

Best known for her psychological novels which depicted the lives of both the affluent and the poor, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach was the daughter of an Austrian baron. One of the finest German authors ever, she experimented with the bildungsroman and penned works such as The Child of the Parish.

 31 
Friedrich Fromm
(German Army officer)
Friedrich Fromm
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 8, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1945

Friedrich Fromm was a German Army officer who served as the Replacement Army's Commander in Chief during the Second World War. He is best remembered for his decision not to act against the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, for which he was executed on 12 March 1945. In the 2008 thriller movie Valkyrie, Friedrich Fromm was played by Tom Wilkinson.

 32 
E. W. Scripps
(Publisher)
E. W. Scripps
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Birthdate: June 18, 1854
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rushville, Illinois, United States
Died: 1926
 33 
Oleg Tabakov
(Russian Actor Who Worked in Both Theatre and Films)
Oleg Tabakov
1
Birthdate: August 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: 2018

Oleg Tabakov was a Soviet and Russian actor who had a prolific career in both theatre and films. He is credited with founding the Sovremennik Theatre in Moscow. An influential and popular figure, Tabakov was honored with many prestigious awards such as the Golden Mask Award and USSR State Prize. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1988.

 34 
John Archibald Campbell
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court)
John Archibald Campbell
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 24, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, Georgia, United States
Died: 1889
 35 
Symeon the New Theologian
(Byzantine Monk Who Belonged to the Eastern Orthodox Church)
Symeon the New Theologian
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0949 AD
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
Died: 1022

Byzantine monk Symeon the New Theologian belonged to the Eastern Orthodox church. A significant figure of Christian mysticism and Hesychasm, he propagated the idea of Theoria, or the concept of gaining a direct experience of God. His writings are mostly composed of catecheses and sermons.

 36 
John Middleton Murry
(British Writer Best Known as the Editor of 'The Athenaeum (1919-21)' And 'The Adelphi (1923-48)')
John Middleton Murry
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 6, 1889
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peckham, London, England
Died: 1957

Author and essayist John Middleton Murry had penned countless essays and about 40 books in his lifetime. Better known as the husband of author Katherine Mansfield and a friend of D.H. Lawrence, he was inspired by both. He had also been an editor of Rhythm and had co-launched The Adelphi.

 37 
Ragnar Granit
(Finnish-Swedish Scientist Who Shared the 1967 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Ragnar Granit
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 30, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riihimäki, Finland
Died: 1991

Ragnar Granit was a Finnish-Swedish scientist best remembered for winning the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with George Wald and Haldan Keffer Hartline for their discoveries concerning the chemical and physiological visual processes in the eye. From 1946 to 1967, Ragnar Granit also served as a professor at the Karolinska Institute.

 38 
Frans van Mieris the Elder
(Painter)
Frans van Mieris the Elder
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Birthdate: April 16, 1635
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: 1681
 39 
Alfred Hugenberg
(German Politician and Businessman)
Alfred Hugenberg
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: 1951
 40 
Wang Zhen
(Chinese Political Figure and 4th Vice President of the People’s Republic of China)
Wang Zhen
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 11, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liuyang, Changsha, China
Died: 1993

Wang Zhen was a Chinese political figure who served as the fourth Vice President of China. Counted among the Eight Elders of the Communist Party of China, Wang Zhen played an important role in the development of the party, which is currently the sole governing political party of China.

 41 
Fatima Aziz
(Afghan Physician and Politician)
Fatima Aziz
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Kunduz, Kingdom of Afghanistan Afghanistan
Died: 2021

Afghan physician and politician Fatima Aziz was elected as a Member of the Afghanistan Parliament for Kunduz province during the 2005 Afghan parliamentary election, the first free parliamentary election that was held in Afghanistan after over three-decades. She got re-elected in subsequent elections in 2010 and 2018 and held office as an MP till she died of cancer in 2021.

 42 
Alun Hoddinott
(Composer)
Alun Hoddinott
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 11, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glamorgan
Died: 2008

One of the greatest Welsh composers of the 20th century, Alun Hoddinott first gained international fame with his Clarinet Concerto. He has written and composed for renowned artists such as John Ogdon and Barry Tuckwell. He also had a 20-year stint as a music professor at Cardiff University.

 43 
Samantha Lewes
6
Birthdate: November 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: 2002
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 44 
Lloyd Shapley
(Economist, Mathematician, University teacher)
Lloyd Shapley
1
Birthdate: June 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: 2016
 45 
John Peter Altgeld
(Governor)
John Peter Altgeld
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 30, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Selters (Westerwald), Germany
Died: 1902
 46 
Julius Vogel
(Prime minister of New Zealand)
Julius Vogel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 24, 1835
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1899
 47 
Zachris Topelius
(Finnish Writer, Poet and Historian Best Known for Writing Finnish Historical Novels in Swedish)
Zachris Topelius
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Birthdate: January 14, 1818
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nykarleby, Finland
Died: 1898

Finnish writer, poet, historian, and journalist Zachris Topelius is best remembered for writing Finnish historical novels in Swedish language, which were later translated into Finnish. His notable works include the fairy tales The Tomten in Åbo Castle and Sampo Lappelill., and the poem Sov du lilla videung. Topelius served as professor and later as rector of the University of Helsinki.

 48 
Miguel Delibes
(One of the Leading Figures of Post-Civil War Spanish Literature)
Miguel Delibes
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: 2010

Spanish author Miguel Delibes was a significant member of the Generation of '36 movement and is remembered for his realist fiction. He had been part of the Spanish navy and initially worked as a newspaper caricaturist. Many of his works, such as El camino, were later made into films.

 49 
Marianne Weber
(Sociologist)
Marianne Weber
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Birthdate: August 2, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oerlinghausen, Germany
Died: 1954
 50 
John Bull
(Composer)
John Bull
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1562 AD
Birthplace: Wellow, England
Died: 1628