Famous People Who Died Today

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 1 Charlemagne

Charlemagne
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Famous As: King of the Frank
Birthdate: 0742
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Herstal
Died: 0814

Also known as Charles the Great, Charlemagne ruled as the king of the Franks, king of the Lombards, and emperor of the Romans at different time periods. Not surprisingly, he had a major impact during the Early Middle Ages as he went about uniting the majority of central and western Europe, for which he is called the Father of Europe.

 2 Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: 2021
Cicely Tyson is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Rebecca Morgan in Sounder and her Emmy-winning performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. She is also a Tony- and Drama Desk-winning theater actor. Fans also loved her as Ophelia Harkness in How to Get Away with Murder.

 3 W B Yeats

W B Yeats
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sandymount, Ireland
Died: 1939
Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, playwright, and prose writer W. B. Yeats is remembered as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century. Known for works such as The Tower, he also helped establish the Abbey Theatre. An occult enthusiast, he was also part of The Ghost Club.

 4 Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 1980

Jimmy Durante was an American comedian, actor, singer, and pianist. Widely regarded as one of America's most popular and familiar personalities of all time, Durante was often characterized by his Lower East Side accent, gravelly speech, and a prominent nose. Also known for his charitable work, Durante worked closely with Fraternal Order of Eagles, which raises money for abused children.

 5 Christa McAuliffe

Christa McAuliffe
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Astronaut, Teacher
Birthdate: 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1986

Christa McAuliffe was an American astronaut and teacher who died while serving as a payload specialist on board Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded during STS-51-L. McAuliffe was all set to become the first teacher in space as she was part of the NASA Teacher in Space Project. In 2004, she was posthumously honored with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

 6 Ronald McNair

Ronald McNair
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Physicist, Astronaut
Birthdate: 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lake City
Died: 1986

A doctorate in physics from MIT Cambridge, Ronald McNair worked on chemical lasers before joining NASA and in 1984 flew as a mission specialist on STS-41-B aboard Challenger, becoming the second African-American to do so. In January 1986, he was selected to fly on STS-51-L, but was killed along with rest of the crews when Challenger disintegrated soon after liftoff.

 7 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: 1960

Zora Neale Hurston was an author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. As an African American woman, she often depicted racial issues in the films she made. Her works also reflected her struggles as a black woman. In her early career, she conducted anthropological and ethnographic research and focused more on writing and film-making in her later years.

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 8 Hal Smith

Hal Smith
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Famous As: actor, dub actor, screenwriter, disc jockey, television actor
Birthdate: 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Petoskey
Died: 1994

 9 Klaus Fuchs

Klaus Fuchs
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy
Birthdate: 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, German Empire
Died: 1988

German theoretical physicist Klaus Fuchs worked on many significant theoretical calculations relating to the first nuclear weapons. He was also an atomic spy who provided information about nuclear weapons production to the Soviet Union during World War II. He was convicted and jailed for nine years, following which he resumed his career as a physicist.

 10 Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vimmerby, Sweden
Died: 2002

Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer remembered for authoring children's book series and children's fantasy novels. In 1967, the Astrid Lindgren Prize was established in her honor. Lindgren was honored with the Right Livelihood Award in 1994 for her work as a children's writer. In 2017, it was revealed that Lindgren is the 18th most translated author in the world. 

 11 John McCrae

John McCrae
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Died: 1918

Best known for his iconic war poems such as In Flanders Fields, Canadian poet John McCrae was also an army physician. He was the first Canadian to serve as a consulting surgeon for the British Army and had earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army.

 12 John Banner

John Banner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
Died: 1973

Austrian-born actor John Banner is best remembered as Sergeant Schultz from the World War II-themed sitcom Hogan's Heroes. He was known for his popular catchphrase “I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!" He has also appeared on Broadway and in films such as Once Upon a Honeymoon

 13 Jerry Siegel

Jerry Siegel
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Famous As: Comics artist, Writer
Birthdate: 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: 1996

 14 Judith Resnik

Judith Resnik
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: 1986

Judith Resnik was an American software engineer, electrical engineer, pilot, biomedical engineer, and NASA astronaut. She was the fourth woman and the first Jewish woman in space, logging 145 hours in orbit. Resnik, who died during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, received several posthumous honors. Judith Resnik’s life and career inspired the 1990 TV movie Challenger.

 15 Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Rock musician
Birthdate: 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 2016

 16 Roza Shanina

Roza Shanina
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Sniper
Birthdate: 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edma, Ustyansky District, Russia
Died: 1945
Roza Shanina walked 8 miles to her school and back every day and ran away from home when her parents refused to allow her to study any further. The Red Army sniper, known as unseen terror of East Prussia for her 59 killings, documented her combat experience in a diary.

 17 Lucien Carr

Lucien Carr
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2005

For many years a key member of the Beat Generation, Lucien Carr is probably better remembered for murdering a man who had been stalking him since his adolescence. Sentenced to one to twenty years in prison, he came out after two years and started his career first as a copy boy and eventually became an editor of the United Press International.

 18 Panchen Lama

Panchen Lama
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Tenth Panchen Lama
Birthdate: 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Xunhua Salar Autonomous County, Haidong
Died: 1989

Choekyi Gyaltsen, the 10th Panchen Lama, or reincarnate custodian of Buddhism, went down in history for his courage that made him send a petition criticizing China’s Tibet policy to the Chinese government. In response, he was arrested and imprisoned for 14 years for conspiracy against the government.

 19 Billy Powell

Billy Powell
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Died: 2009

 20 Billy Fury

Billy Fury
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: 1983

 21 Dick Scobee

Dick Scobee
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Officer, Astronaut
Birthdate: 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cle Elum
Died: 1986

 22 Ellison Onizuka

Ellison Onizuka
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Officer, Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kailua
Died: 1986

 23 Jim Capaldi

Jim Capaldi
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Evesham, Worcestershire, England
Died: 2005

 24 O. P. Nayyar

O. P. Nayyar
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Music Composer
Birthdate: 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
Died: 2007

 25 Joseph Brodsky

Joseph Brodsky
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Essayist & Poet
Birthdate: 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1996
Nobel Prize-winning Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky is remembered for his elegiac and lyric poems. While he had started writing poems soon after leaving school, he was sentenced to hard labor by the Soviets for his irregular work record. He later moved to the U.S., where he taught at various universities.

 26 Michael J. Smith

Michael J. Smith
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaufort
Died: 1986

 27 Red Grange

Red Grange
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1991

 28 Gregory Jarvis

Gregory Jarvis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Engineer, Astronaut, Officer
Birthdate: 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: 1986

 29 Karen Lancaume

Karen Lancaume
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Famous As: Adult film actor
Birthdate: 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 2005

 30 Maxime Weygand

Maxime Weygand
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military personnel, Officer
Birthdate: 1867
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: 1965

 31 Elroy Hirsch

Elroy Hirsch
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 2004

 32 Muhammad al-Baqir

Muhammad al-Baqir
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Imam
Birthdate: 0677
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Medina
Died: 0733

 33 Joe Viterelli

Joe Viterelli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: 2004

 34 Pope Paul V

Pope Paul V
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1550
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1621

 35 Auguste Piccard

Auguste Piccard
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: 1963

 36 Chris Doleman

Chris Doleman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indianapolis
Died: 2020

 37 Theophilos

Theophilos
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0813
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: 0842

 38 Frank Forde

Frank Forde
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mitchell, Australia
Died: 1983

 39 Carrie Buck

Carrie Buck
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Plaintiff
Birthdate: 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Died: 1983

 40 Jim Gray

Jim Gray
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2012

 41 William Jaird Levitt

William Jaird Levitt
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Real Estate Developer
Birthdate: 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1994

 42 Tony Doyle

Tony Doyle
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ballyfarnon, Ireland
Died: 2000

 43 Reynaldo Hahn

Reynaldo Hahn
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Conductor, Composer, Choreographer, Music critic, Pianist
Birthdate: 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caracas
Died: 1947

Reynaldo Hahn was a Venezuelan-born French conductor, composer, singer, and music critic. A prolific composer, Hahn wrote a wide range of piano works and chamber music. His orchestral works include tone poems, concertos ballets, as well as incidental music for films and plays. Towards the end of his career, Reynaldo Hahn served as the director of the Paris Opéra. 

 44 Hassa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Hassa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's wife
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 2018

 45 Dino Buzzati

Dino Buzzati
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belluno, Italy
Died: 1972

Dino Buzzati was an Italian novelist, writer, painter, and poet. He studied law at the University of Milan and embarked on a career as a journalist. He served in Africa, as a journalist, with the Regia Marina, during World War II. He began writing fiction in the 1930s and published several novels, plays, and short stories. 

 46 Antonín Novotný

Antonín Novotný
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Letňany, Prague
Died: 1975

 47 F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich

F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Skelton-on-Ure, England
Died: 1859

 48 Bernd Rosemeyer

Bernd Rosemeyer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Race car driver
Birthdate: 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lingen, Germany
Died: 1938

 49 Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: 2017

Bharati Mukherjee was a writer who also taught at the University of California, Berkeley as a professor emerita in the English department. The author of several short story collections and novels, Bharati Mukherjee was honored with many prestigious awards, such as the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1988.

 50 James Scullin

James Scullin
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime minister of Australia
Birthdate: 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Trawalla, Australia
Died: 1953