Famous People Who Died Today

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 1 Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American writer
Birthdate: 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: 2007

Science-fiction author Kurt Vonnegut is best remembered for the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which became a New York Times bestseller. The Hugo Award-winner had also fought against the Germans in World War II and expressed his anti-war and atheist views through his works, which also include short stories, plays, and autobiographical works.  

 2 Joseph Merrick

Joseph Merrick
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Elephant Man
Birthdate: 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: 1890
Joseph Merrick was an English man with several physical deformities, including a lump on his forehead, caused by Proteus syndrome and neurofibromatosis type I. He initially went around England, as a freak-show exhibit, nicknamed “The Elephant Man” and eventually joined a circus. Filmmaker David Lynch made a movie on him.

 3 Proof

Proof
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: musician, rapper, actor, songwriter
Birthdate: 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: 2006

 4 Enver Hoxha

Enver Hoxha
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Communist Leader of Albania
Birthdate: 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Albanian
Died: 1985

Enver Hoxha was an Albanian politician. From 1944 to 1954, Hoxha served as the prime minister of Albania. He is credited with rebuilding Albania after World War II. He was also responsible for building the country's first railway line, wiping out epidemics, raising the adult literacy rate, and electrification the country.

 5 Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters
Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: 2013

Two-time Grammy-winning artist and comedian Jonathan Winters is best remembered for his comedy albums such as Crank(y) Calls. He won an Emmy for playing Gunny Davis in the sitcom Davis Rules and voiced Papa Smurf in The Smurfs franchise. He also wrote a bestselling short-story anthology and held painting exhibitions.

 6 Dolores del Río

Dolores del Río
Famous As: singer, dancer, stage actor, film actor, television actor
Birthdate: 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Mexican
Died: 1983

 7 Iltutmish

Iltutmish
Famous As: Founder of Delhi Sultanate
Birthdate:
Nationality: Persian
Died: 1236
Regarded as the founder of the Delhi Sultanate, Iltutmish came to power after defeating Aram Shah, Qutb al-Din Aibak’s inefficient son. Born in Turkey, Iltutmish was sold to a slave trader, who sold him to Aibak. He later married Aibak’s daughter. It is believed he averted a possible Mongol invasion.
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 8 Primo Levi

Primo Levi
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Chemist
Birthdate: 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1987

Primo Levi was an Italian Jewish partisan, chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor. Over the course of his career, Levi authored several books, including If This Is a Man, which narrates his experience in the Auschwitz concentration camp. The book was adapted into a stage production titled Primo in 2004. Levi's 1963 memoir titled The Truce was adapted into a film.

 9 Mitzi Shore

Mitzi Shore
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: CEOs
Birthdate: 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: 2018

 10 Roscoe Lee Browne

Roscoe Lee Browne
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 2007

 11 Llywelyn the Great

Llywelyn the Great
Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1173
Nationality: Welsh
Died: 1240

 12 Harry Secombe

Harry Secombe
Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Singer, Stage actor
Birthdate: 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: 2001

 13 James A. Bailey

James A. Bailey
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Impresario
Birthdate: 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: 1906

 14 Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Polish
Died: 1921

 15 John Horton Conway

John Horton Conway
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: 2020

 16 Maurice Hilleman

Maurice Hilleman
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: 2005

 17 June Pointer

June Pointer
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 2006

 18 Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 2013

 19 Wade Hampton III

Wade Hampton III
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: General
Birthdate: 1818
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 1902

 20 Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Horticulturist, Geneticist, Botanist, Gardener, Academic, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 1926

 21 Ahmed Ben Bella

Ahmed Ben Bella
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First President of Algeria
Birthdate: 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Algerian
Died: 2012

 22 Jacques Prévert

Jacques Prévert
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: 1977

 23 Emperor Yang of Sui

Emperor Yang of Sui
Famous As: Emperor of China’s Sui dynasty
Birthdate: 0569
Nationality: Chinese
Died: 0618

 24 John O'Hara

John O'Hara
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 1970

 25 Hilary Koprowski

Hilary Koprowski
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Virologist, Immunologist
Birthdate: 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: 2013

 26 Shin Sang-ok

Shin Sang-ok
Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South Korean
Died: 2006

 27 Donato Bramante

Donato Bramante
Listed In: Architects
Famous As: architect, painter
Birthdate: 1443
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1514

 28 John Macarthur

John Macarthur
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1767
Nationality: Australian
Died: 1834

 29 Harold Ballard

Harold Ballard
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Player of Canadian football
Birthdate: 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian
Died: 1990

 30 Guillaume de Nogaret

Guillaume de Nogaret
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: 1260
Nationality: French
Died: 1313

 31 Erskine Caldwell

Erskine Caldwell
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American novelist
Birthdate: 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 1987

 32 John Collier

John Collier
Famous As: painter, screenwriter
Birthdate: 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: 1934

 33 Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 2014

 34 Thomas Wyatt the Younger

Thomas Wyatt the Younger
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1521
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: 1554

 35 Henry Beaufort

Henry Beaufort
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: English cardinal
Birthdate: 1375
Nationality: British
Died: 1447

 36 William Randolph

William Randolph
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Colonist and Land Owner
Birthdate: 1650
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: 1711

 37 Ed Snider

Ed Snider
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: CEO
Birthdate: 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 2016

 38 Gerald du Maurier

Gerald du Maurier
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: 1934

 39 Stanislaus of Szczepanów

Stanislaus of Szczepanów
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Martyr
Birthdate: 1030
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Polish
Died: 1079

 40 S.S. Van Dine

S.S. Van Dine
Famous As: Art Critic
Birthdate: 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: 1939

 41 Agim Ramadani

Agim Ramadani
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Commander
Birthdate: 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Albanian
Died: 1999

 42 Ronglu

Ronglu
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: 1836
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Chinese
Died: 1903

 43 Rahmon Nabiyev

Rahmon Nabiyev
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Tajikistan
Birthdate: 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Tajikistani
Died: 1993

 44 Corín Tellado

Corín Tellado
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Spanish
Died: 2009

 45 Lewis Binford

Lewis Binford
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: 2011

 46 John Galt

John Galt
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1779
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Scottish
Died: 1839

 47 Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katherine Green
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Detective Fiction Writer
Birthdate: 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: 1935

 48 T. Keith Glennan

T. Keith Glennan
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Administrator of NASA
Birthdate: 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: 1995

 49 Richard Harding Davis

Richard Harding Davis
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1864
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 1916

 50 Charles Reade

Charles Reade
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1814
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: 1884