Died On May 8th

Discover the most famous people who died on May 8. The list includes people like John Stuart Mill, Paul Gauguin, Antoine Lavoisier, Robert A. Heinlein, Shel Silverstein. Famous personalities featured on this list, include philosophers, poets, novelists and sociologists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, United Kingdom & Russia and many more countries.
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George Peppard
(Actor)
George Peppard
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Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Dana Plato
(Actress)
Dana Plato
13
Birthdate: November 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maywood, California, United States
Died: 1999
One of VH1’s "100 Greatest Kid Stars" on TV, Dana Plato is best remembered for her Young Artist Award-nominated role of Kimberly Drummond from Diff'rent Strokes. She has also been part of Family and Growing Pains. Her death due to an overdose of prescription drugs was later ruled a suicide.
 3 
Paul Gauguin
(French Post-Impressionist Artist)
Paul Gauguin
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Birthdate: June 7, 1848
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1903
French Post-Impressionist artist, sculptor, and writer Paul Gauguin was a major figure in the Symbolist movement. He had worked as a stockbroker and businessman before gaining fame as an artist. He influenced the French avant-garde and modern artists such as Pablo Picasso and also led the way for Primitivism.
 4 
Antoine Lavoisier
(French Chemist Who Discovered the Role of Oxygen in Combustion)
Antoine Lavoisier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1743
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1794

Antoine Lavoisier was a French chemist and nobleman. He played a crucial role during the chemical revolution of the 18th-century. Widely regarded as the father of modern chemistry, Lavoisier had a major influence on the history of biology as well as the history of chemistry. He also helped build the metric system. 

 5 
Fred Ward
(Known for Role in the 'Right Stuff')
Fred Ward
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Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: 2022
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 6 
Dennis Waterman
(Actor and Singer Known for His Roles in the TV Series: ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Minder’ and ‘New Tricks’)
Dennis Waterman
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Birthdate: February 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2022
Dennis Waterman was best known for playing “tough guys,” such as DS George Carter in The Sweeney and Terry McCann in Minder. He also appeared in films such as Scars of Dracula and The World Cup: A Captain's Tale. He has also been caricatured in the sketch-comedy series Little Britain.
 7 
Robert A. Heinlein
(American Novelist Best Known as the 'Dean of Science Fiction Writers')
Robert A. Heinlein
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: July 7, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Butler, Missouri, United States
Died: 1988

Robert A. Heinlein was an American author, naval officer, and aeronautical engineer. Heinlein is credited with pioneering a literary subgenre called hard science fiction as he was among the first to stress the importance of scientific accuracy in fiction. Robert A. Heinlein is one of the most influential science-fiction writers of all time.

 8 
Kamehameha I
(King of Hawaii)
Kamehameha I
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Birthdate: 1758 AD
Birthplace: Kohala, Hawaii
Died: 1819
 9 
Helena Blavatsky
(Russian Writer and Co-Founder of the 'Theosophical Society')
Helena Blavatsky
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Birthdate: August 12, 1831
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine
Died: 1891

Russian philosopher Helena Blavatsky, or Madame Blavatsky, was one of the co-founders of the Theosophical Society. She popularized the slogan “There is no religion higher than truth.” She was inspired by the Arya Samaj and later converted to Buddhism. She also wrote books such as The Secret Doctrine.

 10 
Dirk Bogarde
(English actor)
Dirk Bogarde
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London
Died: 1999
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Jeanne Cooper
(Actress)
Jeanne Cooper
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Birthdate: October 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taft, California, United States
Died: 2013
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 12 
Gustave Flaubert
(French Author Best Known for His Novels: ‘Madame Bovary’, ‘Sentimental Education’, ‘Salammbô’ and ‘Three Tales’)
Gustave Flaubert
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 12, 1821
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: 1880

Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist best remembered for his first novel Madame Bovary, which was later adapted into an opera. One of the most influential French novelists of all time, Flaubert is widely regarded as the main exponent of literary realism in France. His work inspired his protégé and short story writer Guy de Maupassant, who later achieved much acclaim.

 13 
Gilles Villeneuve
(Canadian Racing Driver)
Gilles Villeneuve
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
Died: 1982
Canadian race-car driver Gilles Villeneuve is remembered for his 6-year stint with Grand Prix, racing with Ferrari. He won six races but died in a violent collision with Jochen Mass’s car during a qualifying race for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. His son, Jacques, later became a F1 champion.
 14 
Eddy Arnold
(American Country Music Singer Who Performed for Six Decades)
Eddy Arnold
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Birthdate: May 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Henderson, Tennessee, United States
Died: 2008

A country music legend, Eddy Arnold had 28 number one singles in his kitty. His father’s death forced him to quit school and work on his family farm at age 11. A Grand Ole Opry member, he soared to fame with tracks such as Make the World Go Away.

 15 
Lionel Rose
(Professional Boxer Who Became the First Indigenous Australian to Win a World Title)
Lionel Rose
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: 2011

Lionel Rose was an Australian boxer who became the first Aboriginal Australian to win a world title when he defeated Harada for the world bantamweight title in 1968. This win made him a national hero and an icon among Indigenous Australians. In 1968, he also became the first Aboriginal Australian to be adjudged Australian of the Year.

 16 
Barbara Lee Payton
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Birthdate: November 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cloquet, Minnesota, United States
Died: 1967
 17 
Harry Gordon Selfridge
(business magnate)
Harry Gordon Selfridge
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 11, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ripon
Died: 1947
 18 
Robert Morris
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States)
Robert Morris
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 20, 1734
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toxteth, Liverpool, England
Died: 1806

Robert Morris was an English-born merchant best remembered as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was also one of the signers of the United States Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Declaration of Independence. From 1789 to 1795, Robert Morris served as the United States Senator from Pennsylvania.

 19 
Maurice Sendak
(Artist, illustrator, writer)
Maurice Sendak
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2012
 20 
Jim Fowler
(American Zoologist and TV Host)
Jim Fowler
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Birthdate: April 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: 2019

Celebrated American zoologist Jim Fowler is best remembered for co-hosting Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins. He also appeared multiple times on The Tonight Show and Late Night. A talented baseball player in college, he rejected pro baseball offers to follow a career as a naturalist.

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Dom DiMaggio
(Baseball player)
Dom DiMaggio
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2009
 22 
Alexander Vandegrift
(General)
Alexander Vandegrift
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Died: 1973
 23 
Graham Bond
(Founding Father of the English 'Rhythm and Blues' Boom of the 1960s)
Graham Bond
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Romford, England
Died: 1974
 24 
Eadweard Muybridge
(Photographer)
Eadweard Muybridge
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: April 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
Died: 1904

Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer best remembered for his contribution to photographic studies of motion. Muybridge achieved international prominence when he exhibited photographs of Yosemite Valley in 1868. He is said to have inspired several artists and inventors like Sol LeWitt, Thomas Eakins, William Dickson, and Francis Bacon.

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Duncan Grant
(Painter)
Duncan Grant
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 21, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rothiemurchus, Aviemore, Scotland
Died: 1978
 26 
William Fox
(Film producer)
William Fox
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Birthdate: January 1, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tulchva, Hungary
Died: 1952
 27 
Mary Tsoni
(Actress)
Mary Tsoni
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Birthdate: June 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: 2017

Mary Tsoni was a Greek singer and actress best remembered for playing important roles in films like Evil, Evil: In the Time of Heroes, and Dogtooth. She was honored at the Sarajevo Film Festival with the Best Actress award for her performance in Dogtooth. A month before her 30th birthday, Mary Tsoni was found dead due to pulmonary edema.

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John Stark
(Military Officer)
John Stark
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 28, 1728
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States
Died: 1822
 29 
Cornell Dupree
(Guitarist)
Cornell Dupree
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: 2011
 30 
Oswald Spengler
(German Historian & Philosopher Known for His Two-Volume Work 'The Decline of the West')
Oswald Spengler
1
Birthdate: May 29, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blankenburg, Germany
Died: 1936

German historian Oswald Spengler is best remembered for his iconic The Decline of the West, which had a huge influence on social theory. He believed that culture cannot be transferred and that it can only decline and decay like an organism. He lived his final years in isolation in Munich.

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Barbara Radziwill
(Queen)
Barbara Radziwill
1
Birthdate: December 6, 1520
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: 1551
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Luigi Nono
(Composer)
Luigi Nono
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1990
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Norman Bel Geddes
(American Theatrical and Industrial Designer)
Norman Bel Geddes
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 27, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adrian, Michigan, United States
Died: 1958

American theatrical and industrial designer, Norman Bel Geddes helped popularize “streamlining” as a distinct modern style. He influenced the design of major furniture, railroads, automobiles, and hotels. His revolutionary vision led to a collaboration with Max Reinhardt in the theatrical production of The Miracle. Among his most notable designs was Futurama exhibit at the New York World's Fair of 1939.

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Marquis of Pombal
(Secretary of State)
Marquis of Pombal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 13, 1699
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: 1782
 35 
Mordechai Anielewicz
(Polish Leader of the Jewish Fighting Organization Which Led the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising)
Mordechai Anielewicz
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1919 AD
Birthplace: Wyszkow, Poland
Died: 1943

Mordecai Anielewicz was a Polish political activist who was the leader of the Jewish Fighting Organization. He was a key player in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the largest Jewish insurrection during World War II. He was killed when the Germans found out his hideout and gassed the bunker. His image represents Jewish resistance during the Holocaust to this day. 

 36 
Ibrahim of Johor
(Malaysian king)
Ibrahim of Johor
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Birthdate: September 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istana Bidadari, Serangoon, Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: 1959
 37 
Haakon V of Norway
(King of Norway)
Haakon V of Norway
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Birthdate: April 10, 1270
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tønsberg Municipality, Norway
Died: 1319
 38 
John Fante
(Novelist, Short story writer)
John Fante
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 8, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: 1983
 39 
Mwanga
(King of Buganda)
Mwanga
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Birthdate: 1868 AD
Birthplace: Nakawa
Died: 1903
 40 
Jules Dumont d'Urville
(French Explorer and Naval Officer Who Explored the Western and South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica)
Jules Dumont d'Urville
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 23, 1790
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Condé-sur-Noireau, France
Died: 1842

Jules Dumont d'Urville was a French naval officer and explorer best remembered for exploring the western and south Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica. Jules Dumont d'Urville was also a cartographer and botanist; he is credited with naming several plants, seaweeds, and shrubs.

 41 
Dallas Willard
(American Philosopher Known for His Writings on Christian Spiritual Formation)
Dallas Willard
0
Birthdate: September 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buffalo, Missouri, U.S.
Died: 2013
 42 
Rudolf Serkin
(Bohemian-Born Austrian-American Pianist Regarded as One of the Greatest Beethoven Interpreters)
Rudolf Serkin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cheb, Czechia
Died: 1991

Rudolf Serkin was a Bohemian-born Austrian-American pianist who won a number of prestigious awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 and National Medal of Arts in 1988. Rudolf Serkin is considered one of the 20th century's greatest Beethoven interpreters.

 43 
Iepe Rubingh
(Dutch Chess Boxer and the Founder of Chess Boxing and World Chess Boxing Organisation)
Iepe Rubingh
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: 2020
 44 
Ellen Churchill Semple
(American Geographer Who Made Immense Contributions to the Development of Geography as Discipline in the US)
Ellen Churchill Semple
1
Birthdate: January 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1932

Ellen Churchill Semple was an American geographer best remembered for her association with the Association of American Geographers, where she served as the first female president. Semple made immense contributions to the development of geography as discipline in the US, especially studies of human geography. In 1914, Semple was honored by the American Geographical Society with the Cullum Geographic Medal.

 45 
Dorothy Ferguson
(Baseball player)
Dorothy Ferguson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Virden, Manitoba, Canada
Died: 2003
 46 
Taylor Mead
(American Writer and Actor)
Taylor Mead
1
Birthdate: December 31, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States
Died: 2013
 47 
Anne V. Coates
(British Film Editor)
Anne V. Coates
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Birthdate: December 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reigate, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2018

Initially a nurse at Sir Archibald McIndoe’s East Grinstead plastic surgery hospital, Anne V. Coates later stepped into the world of entertainment with the hope of becoming a film director. She became a film editor instead and eventually earned an Academy Award for her work in the film Lawrence of Arabia.

 48 
Washington Duke
(Businessperson)
Washington Duke
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 18, 1820
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orange County
Died: 1905
 49 
Mauro Giuliani
(Guitarist)
Mauro Giuliani
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 27, 1781
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bisceglie, Italy
Died: 1829
Manuel Ortiz Guerrero
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 16, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villarrica, Paraguay
Died: 1933