Famous People Who Died Today

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 1 Jayalalitha Jayaram

Jayalalitha Jayaram
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Indian Politician
Birthdate: 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melukote, India
Died: 2016

 2 Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa
Birthdate: 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mvezo
Died: 2013
Revered as the Father of the Nation by the South Africans, Nelson Mandela was a statesman who rose to become the country’s first black head of state. He reconciled a nation divided along racial lines and dismantled the legacy of apartheid.

 3 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: 1756
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: 1791

A child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is regarded as one of the greatest classical composers ever. A prolific composer, he had a profound influence on Western music. Many of his works are considered pinnacles of choral, symphonic, operatic, chamber, and concertante music. Before his death, at the age of 35, he had composed over 600 works.

 4 Shoeless Joe Jackson

Shoeless Joe Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pickens County, South Carolina
Died: 1951

MLB player Joseph Jefferson Jackson, or Shoeless Joe, was associated with the Philadelphia Athletics, the Cleveland Naps/Indians, and the Chicago White Sox. He was dragged into the Black Sox Scandal, through which the 1919 Chicago White Sox team members conspired to fix the World Series, leading him to be banned.

 5 August Ames

August Ames
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: 2017

 6 Princess Alice of Battenberg

Princess Alice of Battenberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess of Battenberg
Birthdate: 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Died: 1969

Princess Alice of Battenberg, the great-granddaughter of Britain’s Queen Victoria, became Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark in 1903 after her marriage. During the Second World War, she sheltered Jewish refugees and worked for the Red Cross. She was posthumously named a ‘Hero of the Holocaust’ by the British government in 2010. She was the mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II.

 7 Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villers-Cotterêts, France
Died: 1870

One of the most widely read French authors of all time, Alexandre Dumas was prolific in several genres. He joined the army as a young man and later became a full-time writer. Starting his writing career as a playwright, he moved on to writing novels. His novels have been adapted into nearly 200 films in the past century.

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 8 Claude Monet

Claude Monet
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rue Laffitte, Paris, France
Died: 1926

Claude Monet was a French painter. The founder of French Impressionist painting, Monet's painting Impression, soleil levant gave rise to the term Impressionism. Often dubbed the driving force behind Impressionism, Monet mastered the art of painting the same scene several times so as to capture the changing of the light. Since his death, his paintings have sold for record prices.

 9 Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo
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Famous As: Philosopher, Spiritual Leader
Birthdate: 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: 1950

Sri Aurobindo was an Indian philosopher, poet, yogi, teacher, and nationalist. He was one of the most influential leaders of the Indian independence movement before becoming a spiritual reformer, focusing on spiritual evolution and human progress. He is credited with founding the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, which continues to serve spiritual aspirants from all over the world.

 10 Michael of Romania

Michael of Romania
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: 2017

 11 Dynamite Kid

Dynamite Kid
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wigan, England
Died: 2018

 12 Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1753
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Africa
Died: 1784

 13 Beverly Garland

Beverly Garland
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Cruz, California, USA
Died: 2008

 14 Edward L. Masry

Edward L. Masry
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey
Died: 2005

 15 Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn
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Listed In:
Famous As: Motivational speaker, Entrepreneur, Writer
Birthdate: 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yakima
Died: 2009

 16 Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2017

 17 Jochen Rindt

Jochen Rindt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: 1970

 18 Nina Foch

Nina Foch
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Died: 2008

 19 Karlheinz Stockhausen

Karlheinz Stockhausen
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mödrath, Kerpen, Germany
Died: 2007

Karlheinz Stockhausen was a German composer widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent and controversial composers. Remembered for his pioneering work in electronic music, Stockhausen received several distinctions and prizes throughout his career. His compositions remain widely influential on jazz, popular music, and composers. 

 20 Kato Svanidze

Kato Svanidze
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Joseph Stalin's Wife
Birthdate: 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: 1907

Ekaterine "Kato" Svanidze, a shy girl from a poor Georgian family, was the first of Joseph Stalin’s two wives. Stalin, then 24, fell in love with a 16-year-old Kato while studying together at the Tiflis Spiritual Seminary. She died a year after the birth of their son, Yakov.

 21 Amrita Shergil

Amrita Shergil
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Famous As: Greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century
Birthdate: 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1941

Amrita Sher-Gil was a Hungarian-Indian painter best remembered as a pioneer of modern Indian art. Widely regarded as one of the early-20th century's greatest avant-garde women artists, Sher-Gil's work has influenced several Indian artists like Arpita Singh and Sayed Haider Raza. Her life and career inspired the 1969 documentary film Amrita Sher-Gil which was directed by Bhagwan Das Garga.

 22 Don Meredith

Don Meredith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Texas, USA
Died: 2010

 23 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy

Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Midnapore, Bengal, British India
Died: 1963

Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was a Pakistani statesman who served as the fifth prime minister of Pakistan from 1956 to 1957. A lawyer by profession, Suhrawardy played an important role in the Indian independence movement before the partition of India. Suhrawardy's influential role in the 1946 Calcutta Killings made him extremely unpopular in West Bengal, India. 

 24 Kalki Krishnamurthy

Kalki Krishnamurthy
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Screenwriter, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thanjavur district
Died: 1954

Ramaswamy Krishnamurthy, better known by his pseudonym Kalki, is remembered for his immense contribution to Tamil literature, which included his short stories, novels, and novellas. His social novel Alai Osai won him a Sahitya Akademi award. He also used the pseudonym Karnatakam to write as a film and music critic.

 25 Serge Monast

Serge Monast
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1945
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: 1996

Serge Monast was a Québécois investigative journalist, poet, and essayist. He was also known as a conspiracy theorist. He wrote extensively on the theme of the New World Order in the 1990s and was particularly inspired by the works of fellow conspiracy theorist William Guy Carr. Project Blue Beam (NASA) is one of his most popular works. 

 26 Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: 2012
Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is remembered as a pioneer of modern architecture. He is known for designing major buildings such as the President’s Palace and the Brasília Palace Hotel in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. He publicly spoke about his love for free-flowing designs and his dislike for straight lines.

 27 Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Died: 1983

 28 Jorge Negrete

Jorge Negrete
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Film actor
Birthdate: 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guanajuato
Died: 1953

 29 Ne Win

Ne Win
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Burmese Politician
Birthdate: 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paungdale
Died: 2002
Known as “the destroyer of Burma,” Myanmar’s former dictator, president, and prime minister General Ne Win practically reduced the once-prosperous nation to its mere shadow. The founder of the Burma Socialist Programme Party, he spent his final years under house arrest, and had only a dozen people at his funeral.

 30 Aleksandr Vasilevsky

Aleksandr Vasilevsky
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Russia
Died: 1977

 31 Tibor Rubin

Tibor Rubin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pásztó
Died: 2015

 32 Rashaan Salaam

Rashaan Salaam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Died: 2016

 33 Günter Meisner

Günter Meisner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Died: 1994

 34 Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Died: 2013

 35 Elisabeth Murdoch (Philanthropist)

Elisabeth Murdoch (Philanthropist)
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: 2012

 36 Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hradyz'k, Ukraine
Died: 1979

A pioneer of abstract art and Orphism, French artist Sonia Delaunay was the first living female to have an exhibition at the Louvre Museum. Her art extended to stage sets, pottery, and fabrics. She and her husband, Robert Delaunay, collaborated on various public projects, including murals.

 37 Queen Fabiola of Belgium

Queen Fabiola of Belgium
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurbano Palace, Madrid, Spain
Died: 2014

 38 Gall

Gall
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Leader
Birthdate: 1840
Birthplace: South Dakota, United States
Died: 1894

 39 Kenny Dorham

Kenny Dorham
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fairfield, Texas, United States
Died: 1972

 40 Ron Meyer

Ron Meyer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Head coach
Birthdate: 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: 2017

 41 Cosmo Gordon Lang

Cosmo Gordon Lang
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: 1864
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Died: 1945

 42 Benjamin Holt

Benjamin Holt
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Concord
Died: 1920

 43 Robert Watson-Watt

Robert Watson-Watt
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Developer
Birthdate: 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brechin, Scotland
Died: 1973

Robert Watson-Watt, often called the father of radar was a British physicist who did pioneering work in radio direction finding (RDF) and radar technology. He developed high-frequency direction finding (huff-duff) as a system for locating lightning. It was later introduced during the Second World War and played an instrumental role in intelligence, mainly in catching enemy radios while they transmitted.

 44 Foekje Dillema

Foekje Dillema
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Burum, Netherlands
Died: 2007

 45 Roone Arledge

Roone Arledge
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Famous As: Television producer
Birthdate: 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: 2002

 46 Vachel Lindsay

Vachel Lindsay
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: 1931

 47 Nikolai Yudenich

Nikolai Yudenich
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1933

 48 Narayan Gopal

Narayan Gopal
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: 1990

 49 Matsudaira Katamori

Matsudaira Katamori
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1836
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edo
Died: 1893

As the Kyoto shugoshoku, or military governor, Matsudaira Katamori launched a successful campaign against the Hagi extremists. He also made efforts to unite the Imperial Court and the Shogunate and played a major role in Meiji restoration. He surrendered following an attack and became a Shinto priest.

 50 Valentin Serov

Valentin Serov
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1911