Died On May 26th

Discover the most famous people who died on May 26. The list includes people like Martin Heidegger, Sydney Pollack, Samuel Pepys, Bede, Jacob Riis. Famous personalities featured on this list, include actors, spiritual & religious leaders, political leaders and journalists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & France and many more countries.
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Ray Liotta
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Roles as ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ in Film ‘Field of Dreams’)
Ray Liotta
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Birthdate: December 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2022

Ray Liotta was an American actor who voiced the central character, Tommy Vercetti, in one of the most popular video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Ray Liotta's incredible journey from being an abandoned child, who was adopted from an orphanage, to becoming a popular actor is a ray of hope for many people.

 2 
Eddie Albert
(American actor)
Eddie Albert
2
Birthdate: April 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rock Island, Illinois, United States
Died: 2005
 3 
Edsel Ford
(Business Executive, Philanthropist and President of ‘Ford Motor Company’)
Edsel Ford
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 1943
Edsel Ford, the son of automobile magnate Henry Ford, served as the president of Ford Motor Company from 1919 to 1943. He developed a modern model of cars and established the Mercury division. He also introduced features such as hydraulic brakes. He was an art connoisseur, too. 
 4 
Sydney Pollack
(Film Director and Producer Best Known for His Movie 'Out of Africa')
Sydney Pollack
11
Birthdate: July 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Died: 2008
Sydney Pollack is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning direction in the film Out of Africa and was also nominated for the same award for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Tootsie. He also acted in films such as Eyes Wide Shut and series such as Will & Grace.
 5 
Bart Starr
(American football quarterback and coach)
Bart Starr
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: 2019
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 6 
Martin Heidegger
(One of the Most Important and Influential Philosophers of the 20th Century)
Martin Heidegger
5
Birthdate: September 26, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Messkirch, Germany
Died: 1976
German philosopher Martin Heidegger was one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century and is remembered for his work on phenomenology, existentialism, and hermeneutics. He explained his ideas in his book Being and Time. He also introduced the concept of Dasein, or “being,” characteristic of human beings.
 7 
Zbigniew Brzezinski
(9th United States National Security Advisor)
Zbigniew Brzezinski
13
Birthdate: March 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: 2017
Polish-American diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski had been a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson and the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter. He believed in the realist school of international relations. He also taught foreign policy and was seen in programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
 8 
Anne Haney
(Actress)
Anne Haney
2
Birthdate: March 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: 2001
 9 
Jimmie Rodgers
(Singer-songwriter and musician)
Jimmie Rodgers
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States
Died: 1933
 10 
Jacob Riis
(Danish-American Social Reformer & Social Documentary Photographer)
Jacob Riis
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 3, 1849
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ribe
Died: 1914
 11 
Art Linkletter
(Genial host of TV's House Party from 1943 to 1967)
Art Linkletter
1
Birthdate: July 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada
Died: 2010
 12 
Alan Bean
(American Aviator and NASA Astronaut Who was the Fourth Person to Walk on the Moon)
Alan Bean
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wheeler, Texas, United States
Died: 2018

Alan Bean was an American aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, NASA astronaut, US naval officer, and painter. He was part of Astronaut Group 3 and was only the fourth person ever to walk on the Moon. Apart from being honored with prestigious awards, Alan Bean was also made an inductee of several Astronaut and Aviation Halls of Fame.

 13 
George Brent
(Actor)
George Brent
1
Birthdate: March 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ballinasloe, Ireland
Died: 1979
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 14 
Mehmed I
(Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)
Mehmed I
1
Birthdate: 1389 AD
Birthplace: Bursa, Turkey
Died: 1421

Mehmed I reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 5 July 1413 until his death on 26 May 1421. Prior to his reign as the emperor of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed I ruled as the Sultan of Anatolia from 1403 to 1413. Nicknamed The Restorer, Mehmed I is credited with re-establishing central authority in Anatolia.

 15 
James Paul David Bunning
(Former baseball pitcher and politician who represented Kentucky in both chambers of the United States Congress)
James Paul David Bunning
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Southgate, Kentucky, United States
Died: 2017
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 16 
Samuel Pepys
(Member of Parliament)
Samuel Pepys
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 23, 1633
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1703
 17 
Alberto Ascari
(Italian Racing Driver and a Two-Time Formula One World Champion)
Alberto Ascari
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1955

A multitalented racing driver and twice Formula One World Champion, Alberto Ascari began his racing career with motorcycles, eventually shifting to automobiles, making his debut at Mille Miglia. Later, he started participating in other events, winning a total of thirteen races, including 1951 German Grand Prix and 1953 Swiss Grand Prix before passing away at the age of 36 while testing a car.  

 18 
Vladimir II Monomakh
(Prince of Kiev)
Vladimir II Monomakh
2
Birthdate: May 26, 1053
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: 1125
 19 
Little Willie John
(Singer)
Little Willie John
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cullendale, Arkansas, U.S.
Died: 1968
 20 
Charles Horace Mayo
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: 1939

Part of the Mayo medical family of the U.S., Charles Horace Mayo had established the Mayo Clinic with his brother William James Mayo and others. He specialized in varied medical fields, mastering neurosurgery, goitre surgery, cataract operations, and other procedures. He later served the U.S. Army surgical team.

 21 
Arthur M. Sackler
(Psychiatrist)
Arthur M. Sackler
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1987
 22 
Fernando López
(The 3rd and 7th Vice-President of the Philippines)
Fernando López
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: 1993

The 3rd and 7th vice-president of the Philippines, Fernando López had also chaired the Filipino media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation. Though educated in law, he didn’t practice and stepped into politics instead, as the mayor of Iloilo. He also co-founded universities and co-owned several big companies.

 23 
Don Revie
(Football player)
Don Revie
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England
Died: 1989
 24 
Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
(Prince)
Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marmorpalais, Potsdam, Germany
Died: 1940
 25 
Gian-Carlo Coppola
4
Birthdate: September 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1986
 26 
Georges Gilles de la Tourette
(Physician, Psychiatrist, Neurologist)
Georges Gilles de la Tourette
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 30, 1857
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Gervais-les-Trois-Clochers
Died: 1904
 27 
Vardan Mamikonian
(Armenian Military and Spiritual Leader)
Vardan Mamikonian
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0387 AD
Birthplace: Artaxata
Died: 0451

Vardan Mamikonian was an Armenian military and spiritual leader. He is best remembered for his participation in the Battle of Avarayr, where he led the Armenian army. The battle was fought to secure Armenia's right to practice Christianity. Hence, Vardan Mamikonian is considered a saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church. He is also considered a national hero by Armenians.

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Bede
(English Monk at the Monastery of St. Peter, Best Known for His Work 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People')
Bede
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0673 AD
Birthplace: Jarrow, England
Died: 0735

Best known for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, The Venerable Bede was an Anglo Saxon theologian and historian. An English Benedictine monk, he was taken to the monastery of St. Peter at age 7. He is now revered as the patron saint of English writers and historians.

 29 
Gunnar Björnstrand
(Swedish Actor)
Gunnar Björnstrand
1
Birthdate: November 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 1986

Gunnar Björnstrand was a Swedish actor best remembered for his successful collaboration with the popular filmmaker and screenwriter, Ingmar Bergman. He starred in many of Bergman's films during the 1940s, 1950, and 1960s. In 1983, Gunnar Björnstrand was honored at the Guldbagge Awards with the prestigious Ingmar Bergman Award.    

 30 
Alse Young
(Witchcraft)
Alse Young
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1615 AD
Birthplace: New Windsor, Berkshire, England
Died: 1647
 31 
Ed Walsh
(Baseball pitcher)
Ed Walsh
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Plains Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1959
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Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta
(Aristocrat)
Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta
0
Birthdate: March 28, 1841
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Caserta, Kingdom of Two Sicilies Two Sicilies
Died: 1934
 33 
Israel Epstein
(Polish-born Chinese Author and Journalist)
Israel Epstein
3
Birthdate: April 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: 2005
 34 
Jacques Lipchitz
(Former sculptor who was part of the Cubist movement)
Jacques Lipchitz
0
Birthdate: August 22, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Druskininkai, Lithuania
Died: 1973
 35 
Emilie Louise Flöge
(Fashion designer)
Emilie Louise Flöge
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1952

The daughter of a pipe manufacturer, Emilie Louise Flöge initially worked as a seamstress but later found her calling in fashion designing. Also remembered as the companion of Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, she featured in many of his paintings and was a major figure of the Fin de siècle movement.

 36 
Kathleen Winsor
(Author)
Kathleen Winsor
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Olivia, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2003
 37 
Mamo Wolde
(Ethiopian Long Distance Runner and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Mamo Wolde
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ada'a, Ethiopia
Died: 2002

Ethiopian Olympic legend Degaga "Mamo" Wolde, an international distance running star, was a cross-country, road and track running athlete. He won gold medal in men’s marathon event and silver medal in 10000 m event at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. Wolde bagged his third Olympic medal, a bronze, at the 1972 Olympic marathon in Munich, West Germany.

 38 
Charles II, Elector Palatine
(Emperor)
Charles II, Elector Palatine
0
Birthdate: April 10, 1651
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Died: 1685
 39 
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
(Founder of Ahmadiyya Sect)
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1835
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Qadian
Died: 1908

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was an Indian religious leader. He is credited with founding the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which is an Islamic revival movement. A prolific author, Ghulam Ahmad wrote over 90 books on various theological, moral, and religious subjects. He continues to be revered as a subordinate prophet by Ahmadi Muslims, which is often debated by mainstream Muslims.

 40 
Kido Takayoshi
(Politician, Statesman, Diplomat)
Kido Takayoshi
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 11, 1833
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chōshū Domain
Died: 1877
 41 
Ernest Solvay
(Belgian Chemist Who Developed the 'Ammonia-Soda Process' for Making Soda Ash)
Ernest Solvay
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rebecq, Belgium
Died: 1922

Belgian chemist Ernest Solvay began working in his family’s salt-making business soon after finishing school, as his condition of acute pleurisy prevented him from studying any further. He is remembered for developing the ammonia-soda process that produces soda ash, which is crucial to the glass and soap industries.

 42 
Emir Abdelkader
(Military Leader)
Emir Abdelkader
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 6, 1808
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Guettana, Algeria
Died: 1883
 43 
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
(Philosopher, University teacher, Journalist, Literary critic)
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
0
Birthdate: July 31, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Styria
Died: 1999

Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn was an Austrian socio-political theorist and journalist, who described himself as a “liberal of the extreme right”. Credited with four novels and six socio-political works, apart from numerous articles and collaborations, he started writing for The Spectator magazine at the age of sixteen. Also a polyglot having encyclopedic knowledge, he could read twenty-five languages and speak in eight. 

 44 
Karl Lowith
(Philosopher)
Karl Lowith
0
Birthdate: January 9, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: 1973
 45 
So Yamamura
(Japanese Actor Known for His Portrayal of 'Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto' in the Movie 'Tora! Tora! Tora!')
So Yamamura
0
Birthdate: February 24, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tenri, Nara, Japan
Died: 2000

Japanese actor-director So Yamamura first soared to international fame with the film The Barbarian and the Geisha. He had also impressed audiences with his roles in films such as Tora! Tora! Tora! and Gung Ho. He was also active in Japanese television and won honors such as the Order of the Rising Sun.

 46 
Sebastian Münster
(German Cartographer, Cosmographer, and a Christian Hebraist Scholar)
Sebastian Münster
0
Birthdate: January 20, 1488
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany
Died: 1552

Sebastian Münster was a German cosmographer, cartographer, and scholar. He is credited with writing the oldest German description of the world, the Cosmographia. One of the most popular and successful works of the 16th century, the Cosmographia had several editions in different languages such as English, Latin, Italian, and French.

 47 
Chico Carrasquel
(Baseball player)
Chico Carrasquel
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Died: 2005
 48 
John Jacob Abel
(American Biochemist and Pharmacologist Known for His Contributions to a Modern Understanding of the Ductless, or Endocrine, Glands)
John Jacob Abel
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 19, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 1938

John Jacob Abel was a biochemist and pharmacologist who established the pharmacology department at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While at Hopkins, he made several important medical advancements. He made significant contributions in the field of hormone extraction and founded the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He was a recipient of the Conne Medal and the Kober Medal. 

 49 
Zeb-un-Nissa
(Mughal princess and the eldest child of Emperor Aurangzeb)
Zeb-un-Nissa
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1638
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Daulatabad, India
Died: 1702
 50 
Aldona of Lithuania
(Queen)
Aldona of Lithuania
0
Birthdate: 1309 AD
Birthplace: Lithuania
Died: 1339