Famous People Who Died Today

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 1 John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 1994

John Wayne Gacy was a sex offender and a serial killer. He assaulted, raped and murdered at least 33 boys and young men in 1960s and 1970s. He tortured and killed all his victims inside his ranch house near Norridge, a village in Norwood Park. He was given death sentence in March 1980 and was executed in May 1994.

 2 Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 1977
Oscar-winning actor Joan Crawford’s journey from being a dancer and chorus girl to being named AFI’s tenth-greatest female Classic Hollywood stars is inspirational. She mostly played the quintessential “damsel in distress” who finds love, in her movies. She had five adopted kids and became a recluse in her later years.

 3 Carroll Shelby

Carroll Shelby
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Formula One driver, Automotive designer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 2012

 4 Louis XV of France

Louis XV of France
Famous As: King of France
Birthdate: 1710
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: 1774
After losing his parents and his brother to measles, Louis XV became the king of France at the tender age of 5. Known for his extravagances and his reliance on his mistresses, Louis XV was disliked by most. His reign also witnessed judicial reforms and the Seven Years’ War.

 5 Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: 1999

Shel Silverstein was an American writer, playwright, songwriter, and cartoonist. Renowned for his children's books, songs, and cartoons, Silverstein's works have been translated into over 30 languages. The recipient of many prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards, Shel Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

 6 Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: General
Birthdate: 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 1863

Stonewall Jackson was a commander of the Confederate States Army. He played a major role as a Confederate general in the American Civil War, winning several significant battles in the Eastern Theater of the war. Considered one of the most tactically sound commanders in the history of the US, Jackson was idolized by George Patton, Chesty Puller, and Alexander Vandegrift.

 7 Paul Revere

Paul Revere
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: 1735
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 1818
Paul Revere was a silversmith from Boston and a Patriot in the American Revolution who is remembered for alerting his fellow Patriots, during a midnight ride, about the approaching British forces prior to the battles of Lexington and Concord. He remains immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Paul Revere's Ride.
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 8 Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 1990

 9 Andres Bonifacio

Andres Bonifacio
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Filipino Revolutionary
Birthdate: 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Filipino
Died: 1897
Andrés Bonifacio, or the “Father of the Philippine Revolution,” established the Katipunan, the Philippine independence movement against the Spanish colonial reign. He also worked with La Liga Filipina. He is considered the first president of the Philippines though he was never officially the president. He was eventually executed for treason. 

 10 Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1760
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 1849

Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese printmaker, ukiyo-e painter, and artist of the Edo period. He is best known as the creator of the monumental Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, a series of landscape prints, which includes the iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. He is credited with transforming the ukiyo-e art form to include a much broader style of art.

 11 Maximinus Thrax

Maximinus Thrax
Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0173
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0238

Maximinus Thrax reigned as Roman emperor from 235 until his death in 238. The accession of Maximinus is generally viewed as the beginning of the Imperial Crisis. Hence, he is often called a barracks emperor of the 3rd century. He died during the Siege of Aquileia when he was assassinated by soldiers of the Legio II Parthica.

 12 Henry Morton Stanley

Henry Morton Stanley
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, American, Welsh
Died: 1904

Henry Morton Stanley was a Welsh-American explorer, journalist, colonial administrator, soldier, politician, and author. He is remembered for his exploration of central Africa and his search for the source of the River Nile. Stanley received an honorary title of knighthood in 1899. His life and career inspired the 1939 movie Stanley and Livingstone, where Stanley was played by Spencer Tracy.

 13 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain

Caroline Matilda of Great Britain
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: 1751
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: 1775

 14 Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 2010

 15 Craig Stevens

Craig Stevens
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: 2000

 16 Scott Hutchison

Scott Hutchison
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: 2018

 17 George Vancouver

George Vancouver
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer, Officer
Birthdate: 1757
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: 1798

 18 Katherine Swynford

Katherine Swynford
Famous As: Duchess
Birthdate: 1350
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: 1403

 19 Jeanne Coyne

Jeanne Coyne
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Stage actor
Birthdate: 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 1973

 20 Thomas Young

Thomas Young
Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 1773
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: 1829

 21 Shunroku Hata

Shunroku Hata
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 1962

 22 Lorenzo Bandini

Lorenzo Bandini
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1967

 23 Walker Percy

Walker Percy
Listed In:
Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Philosopher
Birthdate: 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: 1990

 24 Chris Burden

Chris Burden
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 2015

 25 Theodore Parker

Theodore Parker
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Transcendentalist
Birthdate: 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: 1860

 26 Emperor Nakamikado

Emperor Nakamikado
Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 1702
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 1737

 27 Konrad Henlein

Konrad Henlein
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Q23017329
Birthdate: 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: 1945

 28 Bert Cooper

Bert Cooper
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 2019

 29 Clara Rockmore

Clara Rockmore
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Lithuanian, American
Died: 1998

 30 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans

Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Noble
Birthdate: 1670
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: 1726

 31 Ciarán Bourke

Ciarán Bourke
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Irish
Died: 1988

 32 Mark Lane

Mark Lane
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: politician, lawyer, writer
Birthdate: 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 2016

 33 Kurt von Tippelskirch

Kurt von Tippelskirch
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military personnel, Military historian, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: 1957

 34 Cleanth Brooks

Cleanth Brooks
Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: 1994

 35 Vasily Sokolovsky

Vasily Sokolovsky
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Russian
Died: 1968

 36 Belle da Costa Greene

Belle da Costa Greene
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Librarian
Birthdate: 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 1950

 37 Élisabeth of France

Élisabeth of France
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: 1764
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: 1794

 38 Mieszko II Lambert

Mieszko II Lambert
Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0990
Nationality: Polish
Died: 1034

 39 Alton B. Parker

Alton B. Parker
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 1926

 40 Günther Kaufmann

Günther Kaufmann
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: 2012

 41 A.M. Rosenthal

A.M. Rosenthal
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: 2006

 42 Clark L. Hull

Clark L. Hull
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: 1952

 43 Val Guest

Val Guest
Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: 2006

 44 Roque Dalton

Roque Dalton
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Salvadoran
Died: 1975

 45 Jacques Mallet du Pan

Jacques Mallet du Pan
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1749
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: 1800

 46 Peter Weiss

Peter Weiss
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright, Writer, Painter, Director, Film director
Birthdate: 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German, Swedish
Died: 1982

 47 Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal

Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Duchess
Birthdate: 1667
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German, British
Died: 1743

 48 Ronald Ridenhour

Ronald Ridenhour
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 1998

 49 Alexander Zinoviev

Alexander Zinoviev
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian
Died: 2006

 50 José Francisco Peña Gómez

José Francisco Peña Gómez
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Dominican
Died: 1998