Died On October 18th

Discover the most famous people who died on October 18. The list includes people like Thomas Edison, Charles Babbage, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Antonio Meucci, Charles Gounod. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, mathematicians, philosophers and inventors and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, Spain & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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Thomas Edison
(Inventor of Phonograph, Motion Picture Camera and Early Version of the Electric Light Bulb)
Thomas Edison
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Birthdate: February 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States
Died: 1931

Described as America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison’s legacy is an everlasting one. He was the first to help make the incandescent light bulb commercially viable, even though he was not the first inventor of it. Quadruplex telegraph, phonograph, motion picture camera and the alkaline storage battery are some the many innovations that made him a worldwide phenomenon and an icon.

 2 
Colin Powell
(The First African-American Secretary of State)
Colin Powell
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: 2021

A veteran politician who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State. A member of the Republican Party, he was an army man prior to entering politics. He was a  four-star general at the time of his retirement. After leaving politics, he pursued a career as a public speaker.

 3 
Charles Babbage
(Father of the computer)
Charles Babbage
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 26, 1791
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1871
Charles Babbage, or the “father of the computer,” invented the prototype of the world’s first mechanical calculator, the Difference Engine. With the help of mathematician Ada Lovelace, he also created the Analytical Engine, the first general-purpose computer and a precursor of the modern computer, with its looping and sequential mechanism.
 4 
Gwen Verdon
(Actress and Dancer Known for Her Work in the Musicals: ‘Damn Yankees’, ‘Sweet Charity’, and ‘Chicago’)
Gwen Verdon
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Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
Died: 2000

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

 5 
Julie London
(Singer, Actress)
Julie London
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Birthdate: September 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California, United States
Died: 2000
 6 
Jon-Erik Hexum
5
Birthdate: November 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1984
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 7 
Dee Dee Warwick
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2008

Dee Dee Warwick was a soul singer whose career was largely marred by drug addiction. However, she found success later in her career, recording songs for Private Stock Records and RCA Records. In 1999, she was honored by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation with a Pioneer Award. Warwick is also remembered for being one of the first openly gay singers.

 8 
Margaret Tudor
(Queen Consort of Scotland)
Margaret Tudor
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Birthdate: November 28, 1489
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westminster Palace, London, Middlesex, Kingdom of England
Died: 1541
Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England, served as the Queen consort of Scotland, as wife of James IV, from 1503 to 1513. Following her husband’s death, she served as the regent till 1515. She was the great-grandmother of Scottish king James VI, or James I of England.
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Henry Travers
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Clarence Odbody’ in the Film ‘It's a Wonderful Life’)
Henry Travers
1
Birthdate: March 5, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Prudhoe, Northumberland, England
Died: 1965
Travers John Heagerty, better known as Henry Travers, is best remembered as Clarence Odbody from It's a Wonderful Life. He had started his career as a stage actor and appeared frequently on Broadway. He won an Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver and was known for playing friendly old men.
 10 
Charles M. Schwab
(American Steel Magnate & Businessman)
Charles M. Schwab
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 18, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1939
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Elizabeth Arden
(Canadian-American Businesswoman)
Elizabeth Arden
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
Died: 1966
 12 
Antonio Meucci
(Inventor of voice-communication apparatus)
Antonio Meucci
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Birthdate: April 13, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: 1889
Italian inventor Antonio Meucci was born into poverty and had to work part-time as a gate-keeper to support his studies. While working as a stage technician, he invented a pipe telephone. He later invented an electromagnetic telephone-like device, credited by many as the world’s first telephone. 
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Claudine Auger
(Actress best known for her role as a Bond girl, Dominique)
Claudine Auger
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Birthdate: April 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2019
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
(Politician)
Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 20, 1784
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster, Middlesex, England
Died: 1865
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Santiago Ramón y Cajal
(Father of Modern Neuroscience)
Santiago Ramón y Cajal
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 1, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petilla de Aragón, Navarre, Spain
Died: 1934

While he apprenticed as a cobbler and a barber in childhood, Santiago Ramón y Cajal later took up medicine inspired by his father, a professor of anatomy. Cajal’s study of the microscopic structure of the human brain later formed the basis of neuroscience and earned him a Nobel Prize.

 16 
Bess Truman
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Bess Truman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 13, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States
Died: 1982
 17 
Alan Coren
(Writer)
Alan Coren
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Birthdate: June 27, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paddington
Died: 2007

Alan Coren was an English satirist, writer, and humorist best remembered for his association with the popular quiz show The News Quiz, which was aired on the BBC radio. A multi-talented personality, Coren also worked as a journalist and served as the editor of Punch magazine for almost a decade.

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Charles Gounod
(French Composer Best Known for His Operas: ‘Faust’ and ‘Roméo et Juliette’)
Charles Gounod
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 17, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1893

Charles Gounod was a French composer. Prolific in his career, he wrote 12 operas and a large number of songs and church music pieces including his Ave Maria and Funeral March of a Marionette.  During the Franco-Prussian War, he fled to England, disrupting his career. He later returned to France and regained his position as a respected musical figure.

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Alfred Binet
(Psychologist, Educationist)
Alfred Binet
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Birthdate: July 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nice
Died: 1911
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Al Lettieri
(Actor)
Al Lettieri
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Birthdate: February 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 1975
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Kam Fong Chun
(Actor, Police officer)
Kam Fong Chun
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 27, 1918
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kalihi - Palama, Hawaii, United States
Died: 2002
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Timothy Conigrave
(Australian Actor, Activist and Author)
Timothy Conigrave
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Birthdate: November 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: 1994

Australian actor Timothy Conigrave began his career performing on stage and later wrote plays such as The Blitz Kids. He is remembered for his United Nations Award for Non-Fiction award-winning memoir, Holding the Man, which documented his 15-year love affair with John Caleo. Conigrave later died of AIDS.

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José Ortega y Gasset
(Spanish Philosopher and Essayist)
José Ortega y Gasset
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 9, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: 1955

Philosopher and humanist José Ortega y Gasset was a major figure of the 20th-century Spanish literary renaissance. Apart from introducing concepts such as ratiovitalism, he also believed in the philosophy "I am I and my circumstance." Invertebrate Spain and The Revolt of the Masses remain his best works.

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S.S. Kresge
(Businessman)
S.S. Kresge
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 31, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: 1966
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Leo Strauss
(German-American Political Philosopher Known for His Work: ‘Persecution and the Art of Writing’ and ‘Thoughts on Machiavelli’)
Leo Strauss
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Birthdate: September 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kirchhain, Germany
Died: 1973
Though he never received enough fame during his lifetime, political philosopher Leo Strauss made significant contributions to classical political theory. Apart from penning scholarly works such as On Tyranny and Natural Right and History, he had also served in World War I and taught political science. 
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Nancy Dickerson
(American journalist)
Nancy Dickerson
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Birthdate: January 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1997
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Sejanus
(Roman soldier, friend and confidant of the Roman Emperor Tiberius)
Sejanus
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 3, 0020
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Volsinii, Etruria
Died: 0031
 28 
Ayub Bachchu
(Guitarist)
Ayub Bachchu
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chattogram, Bangladesh
Died: 2018

Ayub Bachchu was a Bangladeshi singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer. A rockstar, Bachchu is credited with founding one of the most popular and successful Bangladeshi bands of all time, Love Runs Blind. A pioneer of Bangladeshi Pop music, Bachchu is also counted among the greatest Bangladeshi singers of all time. In 2017, he received the Tele Cine Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Bill King
(Sports Announcer)
Bill King
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Birthdate: October 6, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bloomington, Illinois, United States
Died: 2005
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Lee Tracy
(Actor)
Lee Tracy
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Birthdate: April 14, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: 1968
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Eamonn Campbell
(Musician)
Eamonn Campbell
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Died: 2017
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Hanns-Martin Schleyer
Hanns-Martin Schleyer
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Offenburg
Died: 1977
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Phil Chess
(Record producer)
Phil Chess
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Motol, Belarus
Died: 2016
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Lois Kibbee
(Actress, Screenwriter)
Lois Kibbee
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Birthdate: July 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
Died: 1993
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 35 
Fasilides
(Emperor of Ethiopia (1632 - 1667))
Fasilides
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Birthdate: 1603 AD
Birthplace: Shewa, Ethiopia
Died: 1667

Fasilides, also known as Alam Sagad, was a 17th-century emperor of Ethiopia who belonged to the Solomonic dynasty. As soon as he came to power, he dismissed Catholic missionaries and relied on Muslim rulers of the coastal regions to terminate all contact with the European powers.

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Jacques-Victor Henry
(Prince)
Jacques-Victor Henry
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1804
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: First Empire of Haiti
Died: 1820
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Agrippina the Elder
(Noblewomen)
Agrippina the Elder
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0014 AD
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: 0033
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Nino Rešić
(Singer)
Nino Rešić
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kozarska Dubica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: 2007
 39 
Xie Jin
(Chinese Film Director)
Xie Jin
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Birthdate: November 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shangyu District, Shaoxing, China
Died: 2008
 40 
Walt Kelly
(Comics artist, Character animator, Reporter, Poet, Journalist)
Walt Kelly
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Birthdate: August 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: 1973
 41 
Philipp Franz von Siebold
(German Physician and Botanist Known for Pioneering Western Medicine in Japan)
Philipp Franz von Siebold
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 17, 1796
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: 1866

German physician and botanist Philipp Franz von Siebold was considered a pioneer of Western medicine in Japan. His works include the iconic book Flora Japonica. He fathered a daughter with a Japanese courtesan, who grew up to be Kusumoto Ine, Japan’s first female doctor with knowledge in Western medicine.

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Ignacio Ponseti
(Spanish-American Orthopedist Best Known For Developing 'The Ponseti Method')
Ignacio Ponseti
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain
Died: 2009

Ignacio Ponseti was a Spanish-American orthopedist. He is remembered for his service during the Spanish Civil War, where he treated wounded soldiers for three years as a medic. After the war, Ponseti joined the University of Iowa, where he came up with the Ponseti Method, a pioneering treatment for the clubfoot defect; the treatment achieved popularity as it was non-surgical.

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Lottie Mwale
(Zambian Light Heavyweight-Class Boxer)
Lottie Mwale
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kitwe, Zambia
Died: 2005
 44 
Viktor Ullmann
(Composer)
Viktor Ullmann
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cieszyn, Poland
Died: 1944
 45 
Nancy Spero
(Visual Artist)
Nancy Spero
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Birthdate: August 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 2009
 46 
Norman Corwin
(Writer)
Norman Corwin
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Birthdate: May 3, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2011
 47 
Jacob Jordaens
(Former Flemish Painter Known for His History Paintings, Genre Scenes and Portraits)
Jacob Jordaens
1
Birthdate: May 19, 1593
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: 1678

Flemish painter Jacob Jordaens was a major part of the Flemish Baroque movement. He is best remembered for his works such as Allegory of Fertility and known for his signature use of warm colors and scenes inspired by proverbs, mythology, allegories. He also designed many tapestries.

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Anna Russell
(Singer)
Anna Russell
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2006
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John Taverner
(composer)
John Taverner
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1490 AD
Birthplace: Lincolnshire
Died: 1545
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Manuel Bulnes
(4th President of Chile (1841 - 1851))
Manuel Bulnes
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1799
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Concepción, Chile
Died: 1866

Chilean military and political figure Manuel Bulnes had an illustrious military career, leading and decisively winning several battles most notably the Battle of Yungay, the last battle of War of the Confederation that effectively dissolved the Peru-Bolivian Confederacy. Bulnes served as the 4th President of Chile. During his presidencies, Chile witnessed educational and cultural expansion, economic progress and public works developments.