Famous People Who Died Today

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 1 Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: 1890

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter and is said to be one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. However, he was not commercially successful in his lifetime and died by suicide at 37 after years of mental health issues and poverty. He gained recognition and respect in the 20th century.

 2 Cass Elliot

Cass Elliot.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Died: 1974

Cass Elliot was a popular American singer and actress. As part of the famous folk-rock vocal group The Mamas and the Papas, Cass Elliot played an important role in influencing the counterculture of the 1960s and its music scene. She had a great impact on the American entertainment industry of the 1960s.

 3 David Niven

David Niven.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London
Died: 1983
David Niven, best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Major Pollock in Separate Tables, had also served the British Army. Some of his other notable films were Around the World in 80 Days, the Pink Panther films, and Casino Royale. Niven also wrote four books, including his autobiography.

 4 Henri Charrière

Henri Charrière.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne-de-Lugdarès, France
Died: 1973

 5 William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: 1759
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull
Died: 1833
William Wilberforce, an independent MP from Yorkshire, was a champion for the British anti-slavery movement and made a significant contribution to the passage of the 1807 Slave Trade Act and the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act. He supported missionaries in India, founded the Church Mission Society, and was against animal cruelty.

 6 Robert Moses

Robert Moses.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Public Official
Birthdate: 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1981

Robert Moses was an American public official. Often referred to as the master builder, Moses is credited with influencing the creation of the modern suburbs of Long Island, which in turn influenced a generation of urban planners, architects, and engineers. Robert Moses is widely regarded as one of the most polarizing personalities in urban development history in the US.

 7 Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, Pianist & Music Critic
Birthdate: 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zwickau, Germany
Died: 1856
Robert Schumann was a German pianist, music critic, and composer. An influential musician of the Romantic era, Schumann is considered one of the greatest composers of the era. Schumann was initially focused on becoming the finest pianist in Europe. However, a hand injury brought an end to his dream, forcing him to focus on composing.
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 8 Herbert Marcuse

Herbert Marcuse.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1979

The proponent of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, Herbert Marcuse largely influenced the leftist student revolts of the 1960s. Equipped with a PhD in German literature, he wrote Hegel’s Ontology and the Theory of Historicity, with Martin Heidegger. His Eros and Civilization spoke at length about capitalism.

 9 Rajan P. Dev

Rajan P. Dev
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cherthala, India
Died: 2009

 10 Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer
Birthdate: 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calanda, Spain
Died: 1983

Luis Buñuel was a Spanish-Mexican filmmaker with a brilliant career spanning almost half a century. He worked in France, Mexico, and Spain and directed films spanning various genres. His filmmaking technique was strongly influenced by mise-en-scène. He was hailed as a leader of avant-garde surrealism and is considered one of the top directors of the 20th century.  

 11 Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.
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Famous As: Social Reformer, Philosopher
Birthdate: 1820
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paschim Midnapore District, West Bengal, India
Died: 1891

 12 Raymond Massey

Raymond Massey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 1983

 13 Nikolai Volkoff

Nikolai Volkoff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: 2018

 14 Johnny Walker

Johnny Walker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: 2003

 15 Tom Snyder

Tom Snyder
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Famous As: Radio personality, Journalist
Birthdate: 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milwaukee
Died: 2007

 16 Ronald Fisher

Ronald Fisher.
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Finchley, London, England
Died: 1962

 17 Offa of Mercia

Offa of Mercia
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Famous As: King
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Mercia
Died: 0796

 18 Pope Urban II

Pope Urban II.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1035
Birthplace: Lagery, France
Died: 1099

Pope Urban II, also known as Otho de Lagery, began as an archdeacon in Reims. He gradually rose through the ranks to become the bishop of Ostia. Later, as the pope, he dealt with conflicts within Christianity and also had a major role in promoting the Crusades against Muslims.

 19 William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire

William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1748
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1811

 20 Bruce Edwards Ivins

Bruce Edwards Ivins
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Biologist, Scientist, Circus performer, Politician
Birthdate: 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lebanon
Died: 2008

 21 Jerome Robbins

Jerome Robbins.
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Famous As: Dance Choreographer
Birthdate: 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan
Died: 1998

 22 Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1791
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1844

 23 Mike Reid

Mike Reid
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2007

 24 Dorothy Hodgkin

Dorothy Hodgkin.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cairo
Died: 1994

Dorothy Hodgkin received the 1964 Nobel Prize for mapping the structure of penicillin and Vitamin B12. She is also known for her work on insulin. Beginning her work on structure of an organic compound by using X-ray crystallography as an undergraduate student, she later developed it further and used it to determine the three-dimensional structure of complex organic molecules.

 25 Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Umuahia
Died: 1966

 26 Aruna Asaf Ali

Aruna Asaf Ali.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Indian Independence Activist
Birthdate: 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kalka, Haryana
Died: 1996

 27 Anita Carter

Anita Carter
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maces Spring, Virginia, United States
Died: 1999

 28 Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby

Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1435
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lathom, England
Died: 1504

 29 Roger Williamson

Roger Williamson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Died: 1973

 30 Chris Marker

Chris Marker
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Famous As: Film producer, Film critic, Film director, Photographer, Artist, Screenwriter, Film editor, Television producer, Multimedia artist, Journalist, Cinematographer, Teacher, Poet
Birthdate: 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine
Died: 2012

 31 Erich Kästner

Erich Kästner
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: 1974

Four-time Nobel Prize-nominated German author Erich Kästne is best remembered for his children’s books such as Emil and the Detectives. Initially aspiring to be a teacher, he later had stints as a journalist and a freelance author. A leading satirist, he contributed to Die Weltbühne and also headed PEN.

 32 Charles Lucien Bonaparte

Charles Lucien Bonaparte
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: 1803
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1857

 33 Pope Urban VIII

Pope Urban VIII
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1568
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1644

 34 Foday Sankoh

Foday Sankoh
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Photographer, Military personnel
Birthdate: 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tonkolili District
Died: 2003

 35 Edward Gierek

Edward Gierek
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Porąbka, Poland
Died: 2001

 36 Bruno Kreisky

Bruno Kreisky
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer
Birthdate: 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: 1990

 37 Oliver Dragojevic

Oliver Dragojevic
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Famous As: Recording artist
Birthdate: 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Split, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Died: 2018

 38 Franz Josef Popp

Franz Josef Popp
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Engineer, Manager, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: 1954

 39 Christian de Castries

Christian de Castries
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Commander
Birthdate: 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1991

 40 Madame Clicquot Ponsardin

Madame Clicquot Ponsardin
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: 1777
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: 1866

 41 John Newlands

John Newlands
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: 1837
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Died: 1898

Best remembered for his work on the periodic table and his law of octaves, British chemist John Newlands, was home-schooled as a kid. A significant figure in analytical chemistry, he later won the Davy Medal for his achievements. His studied were later collated in On the Discovery of the Periodic Law.

 42 Edward Gordon Craig

Edward Gordon Craig
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Famous As: Actor, Director, Illustrator, Scenographer, Painter
Birthdate: 1872
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stevenage
Died: 1966

 43 Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster

Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Noble
Birthdate: 1259
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: 1326

 44 René Gerónimo Favaloro

René Gerónimo Favaloro.
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Cardiovascular Surgeon
Birthdate: 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina
Died: 2000

René Gerónimo Favaloro was an Argentine educator and cardiac surgeon. He is best remembered for his work on coronary artery bypass surgery. Favaloro is credited with establishing the Favaloro Foundation in an attempt to emulate Cleveland Clinic. He is also credited with founding the Basic Investigation Laboratory, which was financed with his own money.

 45 William McChesney Martin

William McChesney Martin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Birthdate: 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 1998

 46 Mate Parlov

Mate Parlov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: 2008

 47 Ludwig Klages

Ludwig Klages
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: 1956

 48 Vladimir K. Zworykin

Vladimir K. Zworykin
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Famous As: engineer, physicist, inventor
Birthdate: 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Murom
Died: 1982

 49 Jean-Andoche Junot

Jean-Andoche Junot
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: General
Birthdate: 1771
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bussy-le-Grand, France
Died: 1813

 50 Richard Gale

Richard Gale
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: General
Birthdate: 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, Wandsworth, London, England
Died: 1982