Died On October 10th

Discover the most famous people who died on October 10. The list includes people like Orson Welles, Edith Piaf, Yul Brynner, Ludwig von Mises, Abel Tasman. Famous personalities featured on this list, include actors, political leaders, directors and sociologists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, France & India and many more countries.
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 1 
Christopher Reeve
(Best Known for Playing the Titular Role in the Film 'Superman' & its Three Sequels)
Christopher Reeve
35
Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2004

Christopher Reeve had a flying start to his acting career as he played the iconic Superman in four films. Unfortunately, he became a quadriplegic after suffering an accident at an equestrian competition. Despite the setback, he continued contributing to the film industry and also founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation as part of his charitable work.

 2 
Orson Welles
(One of the Greatest Filmmakers of All Time and Director of 'Citizen Kane')
Orson Welles
37
Birthdate: May 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1985

American filmmaker, Orson Welles, acted in and directed the 1941 film, Citizen Kane, which is considered to be one the greatest movies ever made. Though hailed as a genius, many of his films didn’t work at the box office. The Stranger, Macbeth, Chimes at Midnight, Touch of Evil and The Trial are some of the other films that he directed.

 3 
Alex Karras
(American Football Player, Sportscaster, and Actor)
Alex Karras
6
Birthdate: July 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: 2012

Alex Karras was an American footballer, sportscaster, actor, and professional wrestler. A four-time Pro Bowl player, Karras was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. In 1977, he was also inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame. As an actor, he is remembered for playing George Papadopolis in the TV series, Webster.

 4 
Yul Brynner
(Russian-Born Actor Best Known for His Role in the Film ‘The King and I’)
Yul Brynner
65
Birthdate: July 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia
Died: 1985

Regarded as one of the first American movie stars, Yul Brynner became known for his performance as King Mongkut in the musical The King and I. He became identified with the role, so much so that he continued shaving his head after having shaved it for the role. A statue of Brynner was unveiled at Yul Brynner Park in 2012.

 5 
Abel Tasman
(Navigator)
Abel Tasman
17
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1603 AD
Birthplace: Lutjegast
Died: 1659

Dutch explorer and Dutch East India Company merchant Abel Tasman was the first European to reach the shores of Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, and Van Diemen's Land, the last of which was named Tasmania in his honor. His circumnavigation of Australia proved that it was a separate continent.

 6 
Germanicus
(Roman General)
Germanicus
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 24, 0015
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0019
Germanicus Julius Caesar, son of Nero Claudius and Antonia the Younger, was a Roman general. He was known for his chiseled physique and his military prowess. He took over the provinces of Cappadocia and Commagene, and also proceeded to fight against the governor of Syria, before he died of poisoning.
 7 
Scott Carpenter
(American Aviator and Astronaut Who was the Second American to Orbit the Earth)
Scott Carpenter
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boulder
Died: 2013

Scott Carpenter was an American aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, naval officer, aquanaut, and astronaut. He achieved popularity in 1959, when he became one of the seven astronauts chosen for NASA's Project Mercury. Scott Carpenter was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. In 1981, he was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame.

 8 
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
(Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960 - 1965, 1970 - 1977, 1994 - 2000))
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
25
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mahawalathenna, Sri Lanka
Died: 2000
Sirimavo Bandaranaike served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka and was the world's first female prime minister. She was initially married to prime minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and participated in charitable work for rural women. She joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party after her husband’s assassination.
 9 
William H. Seward
(Former United States Secretary of State)
William H. Seward
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 16, 1801
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florida, New York, United States
Died: 1872
 10 
Stephen Gately
(Irish Singer-Songwriter & Co-Lead Singer of the Pop Group 'Boyzone')
Stephen Gately
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 2009

Irish singer Stephen Gately, who soared to fame in the 1990s with the globally popular band Boyzone, was born to working-class parents in Dublin. He later revealed he was gay, when a friend black-mailed he would reveal Gately’s sexuality. He died of a heart condition at age 33.

 11 
Ralph Richardson
(Actor)
Ralph Richardson
2
Birthdate: December 19, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tivoli Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Died: 1983
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 12 
Eddie Cantor
(comedian)
Eddie Cantor
2
Birthdate: January 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 1964
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 13 
Carol I of Romania
(King of Romania (1881 – 1914))
Carol I of Romania
7
Birthdate: April 20, 1839
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany
Died: 1914

Carol I of Romania reigned as the King of Romania from 15 March 1881 to 10 October 1914. He helped Romania achieve independence by leading his men during the Russo-Turkish War and is best remembered as the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty's first ruler. During his reign, Romania's infrastructure and industry were improved.

 14 
Basil L. Plumley
(Military personnel)
Basil L. Plumley
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shady Spring, West Virginia, United States
Died: 2012
 15 
Elijah McCoy
(Canadian-American Engineer Best Remembered for Inventing Lubrication Systems for Steam Engines)
Elijah McCoy
3
Birthdate: May 2, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colchester, Ontario, Canada
Died: 1929
 16 
Abdul Qadeer Khan
(Nuclear Physicist, Metallurgical Engineer)
Abdul Qadeer Khan
15
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: 2021

Pakistani engineer Abdul Qadeer Khan was a major figure in the development of his country’s nuclear plans. His research also focused on uranium enrichment. He was later apparently involved in transfer of nuclear technology to Iran, among other countries, but was pardoned by then-president Pervez Musharraf.

 17 
Jagjit Singh
(Ghazal Singer)
Jagjit Singh
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sri Ganganagar
Died: 2011

Jagjit Singh was an Indian singer, musician, and composer. Nicknamed King of Ghazals, Jagjit Singh is credited with reviving and popularizing an Indian classical art form called ghazal. Regarded as one of the most influential artists in India, Singh was honored with India's third-highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in 2003.  He was also honored with other awards like Lata Mangeshkar Samman.

 18 
Tex Winter
(Basketball coach)
Tex Winter
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wellington, Texas, United States
Died: 2018
 19 
Amanda Todd
(Committed Suicide Due to Bullying)
Amanda Todd
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1996 AD
Birthplace: Canada
Died: 2012
Amanda Todd was a Canadian student who committed suicide at 15. She posted a YouTube video before hanging herself, describing how a man she had met online had posted obscene photos of hers on Facebook and had blackmailed her. Her death led to Bill C-13 and the Amanda Todd Trust.
 20 
Solomon Burke
(Singer, Priest, Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer)
Solomon Burke
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: 2010
American preacher and singer Solomon Burke shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s. Known for his 'prodigious output', Burke has been called 'a key transitional figure bridging R&B and soul'. During his professional career that lasted 55 years, Burke released 38 studio albums and had 35 singles.
 21 
Joan Sutherland
(Australian Opera Singer)
Joan Sutherland
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: 2010

Australian soprano Joan Sutherland was exposed to music at an early age, being the daughter of a singer. Trained in voice and the piano by her mother, she made her debut as Dido in Dido and Aeneas. The first Australian to earn a Grammy, she was also awarded the DBE.

 22 
Andrea del Verrocchio
(Italian Painter, Sculptor and Goldsmith Known for His Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni)
Andrea del Verrocchio
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Birthdate: 1435 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1488

Andrea del Verrocchio was an Italian sculptor, painter, and goldsmith. He was a master of an important workshop in Florence and his pupils included famous men like Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo di Credi, and Pietro Perugino. As a sculptor, he is best known for his masterpiece, the Equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni in Venice. 

 23 
Ludwig von Mises
(One of the Most Influential Economic and Political Thinkers of the 20th Century)
Ludwig von Mises
3
Birthdate: September 29, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
Died: 1973
A polyglot at age 12, Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises grew up to acquire a doctorate in law and taught at the universities of New York and Vienna. Known for his works such as The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, he supported free-market liberalism and opposed socialism. 
 24 
Guru Dutt
(Actor, Producer, Director, Choreographer)
Guru Dutt
5
Birthdate: July 9, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bangalore
Died: 1964
 25 
Milton Obote
(Ex Prime Minister and 2nd & 7th President of Uganda)
Milton Obote
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Apac, Uganda
Died: 2005
 26 
Bayinnaung
(King)
Bayinnaung
6
Birthdate: January 16, 1516
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taungoo, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: 1581
 27 
Vyvyan Holland
(Writer)
Vyvyan Holland
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 3, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1967
 28 
Silvana Armenulic
(One of the Most Important Traditional Sevdalinka Singers in Yugoslavia)
Silvana Armenulic
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Doboj, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died: 1976

Silvana Armenulic was a Bosnian actress, singer, and songwriter. Nicknamed the Queen of Sevdalinka, Armenulić is regarded as one of the most important traditional sevdalinka singers in Yugoslavia. Although Silvana Armenulić died in a car accident at age 37, her voice and unique singing style are still cherished by her fans all over the world.

 29 
Charlotte Salomon
(German-Jewish Artist)
Charlotte Salomon
1
Birthdate: April 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1943

German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon was killed along with her unborn child by the Nazis at Auschwitz when she was barely 26. Her haunting memoir, Life? or Theater?, provides a graphic portrayal of her life through innovative transparencies and signature images. Its subtitle, singspiel, signifies it was a light opera.

 30 
Charles Fourier
(French Philosopher Who was One of the Founders of Utopian Socialism)
Charles Fourier
0
Birthdate: April 7, 1772
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Besançon, France
Died: 1837

French social theorist Charles Fourier is regarded as one of the pioneers of utopian socialism. Apart from advocating social reconstruction based on phalanges, or Fourierism, he is also credited with coining the term feminism with respect to women’s rights. The Social Destiny of Man remains one of his notable works.

 31 
Isabelo de los Reyes
(Co-Founder of the Philippine Independent Church 'Iglesia Filipina Independiente')
Isabelo de los Reyes
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 7, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vigan
Died: 1938

Isabelo de los Reyes, also known as Don Belong, was a prominent Filipino politician and activist who co-founded the independent Philippine church Iglesia Filipina Independiente. A labor leader and author, too, he served as the senator of the Philippines. He also wrote extensively on folklore, religion, and history.

 32 
Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
(One of the Most Important 19th-Century Russian Historical Dramatist)
Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 5, 1817
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1875

Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy was the second cousin of Leo Tolstoy and a gifted poet, playwright, novelist, and satirist, who often made use of historical themes. His iconic trilogy of historical dramas, consisting of The Death of Ivan the Terrible, Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich, and Tsar Boris, was widely acclaimed.

 33 
Angelo Muscat
(Actor)
Angelo Muscat
1
Birthdate: September 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malta
Died: 1977
Height: 4'3" (130 cm)
 34 
Gabriel Prosser
(Blacksmith)
Gabriel Prosser
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Died: 1800

One of the rare literate slaves of the colonial era, Gabriel Prosser was born into slavery at a tobacco plantation in Virginia. He led one of the first great slave revolutions of the U.S., aspiring to create an all-Black state, with himself as the king. He was eventually hanged.

 35 
Alton Ellis
(Jamaican Reggae Singer and Musician)
Alton Ellis
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica
Died: 2008

Alton Ellis was a Jamaican singer and songwriter best remembered as one of the innovators of a Jamaican music genre called rocksteady. Nicknamed the Godfather of Rocksteady, Alton Ellis was made an inductee of the International Reggae and World Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2006 for his contribution to Jamaican music.

 36 
Ralph Metcalfe
(American Track and Field Sprinter and Politician)
Ralph Metcalfe
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: 1978
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 37 
Eddie Futch
(Boxing Trainer)
Eddie Futch
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Mississippi, United States
Died: 2001
 38 
Pieter Brueghel the Younger
(Flemish Painter)
Pieter Brueghel the Younger
2
Birthdate: May 23, 1564
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1638

Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Younger was the eldest son of legendary Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Mostly known for re-creating his father’s works, he also created numerous original paintings, mostly depicting rural life. His works now adorn museums in cities such as Paris and Amsterdam.

 39 
Gretl Braun
(German Secretary)
Gretl Braun
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: 1987
 40 
Ferdinand von Mueller
(German-Australian Botanist Who Founded the National Herbarium of Victoria and Named Many Australian Plants)
Ferdinand von Mueller
0
Birthdate: June 30, 1825
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany
Died: 1896

Ferdinand von Mueller was a German-Australian geographer, physician, and botanist. He is credited with founding the National Herbarium of Victoria, the oldest scientific institution in Victoria. He is also credited with naming several Australian plants. Such is his popularity that many plants, animals, journals, and places in Australia are named after him. 

 41 
John Bindon
(Actor, Bodyguard)
John Bindon
1
Birthdate: October 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fulham, United Kingdom
Died: 1993
 42 
Roy Cazaly
(Athlete)
Roy Cazaly
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albert Park, Australia
Died: 1963
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 43 
John McCloskey
(American Archbishop)
John McCloskey
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 10, 1810
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1885

The second archbishop of New York, John McCloskey was also the first American cardinal. An accident in which he was buried under logs and had almost gone blind led to a spiritual awakening in him, and he stepped into priesthood. He also notably renewed the construction of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

 44 
Carter Braxton
(Merchant)
Carter Braxton
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 10, 1736
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: King and Queen County, Virginia, United States
Died: 1797
 45 
Gustave Whitehead
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer)
Gustave Whitehead
0
Birthdate: January 1, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leutershausen
Died: 1927
 46 
Simon Mol
(Journalist, Activist)
Simon Mol
1
Birthdate: November 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buea, Cameroon
Died: 2008
 47 
Adolf Furtwängler
(Archaeologist)
Adolf Furtwängler
0
Birthdate: June 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: 1907
 48 
Sargent Claude Johnson
(Artist)
Sargent Claude Johnson
1
Birthdate: October 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1967
 49 
William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper
(Politician)
William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 24, 1665
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: -
Died: 1723
 50 
Nakano Takeko
(Warrior)
Nakano Takeko
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 12, 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edo, Japan
Died: 1868