Famous People Who Died Today

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 1 Jim Henson

Jim Henson
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Famous As: Puppeteer
Birthdate: September 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi, United States
Died: 1990

Jim Henson was an American animator, puppeteer, cartoonist, inventor, actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, and composer. He is credited with creating The Muppets, an ensemble cast of puppet characters, for which he achieved worldwide popularity. He is also credited with co-founding Muppets, Inc. in 1958, which eventually became The Jim Henson Company. In 2011, Jim Henson was named a Disney Legend.

 2 Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: 1990

Nicknamed “Mister Show Business,” posthumous Grammy-winner Samuel Davis Jr. was a multifaceted performer who excelled in dancing, singing, and acting. From delivering vaudeville performances as a child, Samuel graduated to creating Billboard charters and performing with Frank Sinatra as part of the Rat Pack. Sadly, he died in debt.

 3 Eliot Ness

Eliot Ness
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Special Agent
Birthdate: April 19, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1957
Eliot Ness led the group of American law-enforcement agents known as The Untouchables. He is remembered for enforcing the Prohibition in the U.S. and is considered responsible for bringing crime lord Al Capone to justice. He co-authored the book The Untouchables, which led to many screen adaptations.

 4 Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Former heavy metal singer, songwriter and composer
Birthdate: July 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Died: 2010

 5 Bob Hawke

Bob Hawke
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: December 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bordertown, Australia
Died: 2019
The 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke was the longest-serving Labour leader and electorally most successful leader in the history. During his tenure he instituted a unified wage accord among the country's fractious labour unions that resulted in achieving greater industrial harmony. He also holds the feat of being the third longest-serving Prime Minister of the country.

 6 Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liberchies, Belgium
Died: 1953
Belgian-born Romani-French jazz musician Jean Reinhardt was better known by his nickname Django. Some of his most celebrated composition were Belleville and Swing '42. Though he died at 43, he influenced an entire generation of musicians, which led to annual Django Festivals, a film, and a biography.

 7 George Hill Hodel

George Hill Hodel
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Suspect in the murder of Elizabeth Short aka the Black Dahlia
Birthdate: October 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1999
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 8 I. M. Pei

I. M. Pei
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: April 26, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guangzhou, China
Died: 2019

I. M. Pei was a Chinese-American architect who drew inspiration from the garden villas at Suzhou when he was young. He is credited with founding I. M. Pei & Associates, an independent design firm, in 1955. Today, the award-winning firm is known by the name, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Pei is known for designing structures like the Mesa Laboratory.

 9 Chalino Sanchez

Chalino Sanchez
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: He specialized in Regional Mexican music
Birthdate: August 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Guayabo, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: 1992

 10 William Adams

William Adams
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Navigator
Birthdate: September 24, 1564
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gillingham, England
Died: 1620

One of the first-known Westerner to gain the title of samurai, William Adams, also known as Anjin Miura, was an English navigator who explored uncharted territories for his country. Apart from being the first Englishman to travel to Thailand and Japan, he was also the third from his country to travel to Vietnam.

 11 A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Leader of the African-American civil-rights movement,
Birthdate: April 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crescent City
Died: 1979

 12 Joseph Fourier

Joseph Fourier
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician & Physicist
Birthdate: March 21, 1768
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auxerre, Burgundy, Kingdom of France (now in Yonne, France)
Died: 1830

Joseph Fourier was a French physicist and mathematician best remembered for commencing the investigation of the Fourier series, which is used widely to solve problems of heat transfer and vibrations. Fourier's law of conduction and Fourier transform are named in his honor. Fourier is also said to have discovered the greenhouse effect.

 13 Dick Trickle

Dick Trickle
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wisconsin Rapids
Died: 2013

Billed as the winningest short track driver in history of American car racing, Dick Trickle is believed to have won 1,200 events out of an estimated appearance of 2,200 featured races.  Considered a legend in short track racing community and nicknamed the White Knight, he competed in most major races including ASA, ARTGO, ARCA, All Pro, IMCA, NASCAR, and USAC.

 14 Dean Potter

Dean Potter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former free climber, alpinist, BASE jumper, and highliner
Birthdate: April 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
Died: 2015

 15 Lynn Shelton

Lynn Shelton
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: August 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oberlin, Ohio, U.S.
Died: 2020

 16 Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 12, 1628
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1703

Most people have grown up reading fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. However, they aren’t probably aware that these folk tales were first collated and presented under the genre fairy tales, as Tales of Mother Goose, by 17th-century French author Charles Perrault.

 17 Levi P. Morton

Levi P. Morton
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Vice President of the United States (1889-93)
Birthdate: May 16, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shoreham, Vermont, United States
Died: 1920

 18 Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi
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Famous As: Winegrower
Birthdate: June 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Virginia
Died: 2008

 19 Joseph Strauss

Joseph Strauss
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 9, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: 1938

Best known for designing the Golden Gate Bridge, engineer Joseph Strauss specialized in movable bridges and developed the concepts of the bascule bridge and the vertical-lift bridge. Born to a pianist mother and a painter-writer father, he later also penned poems such as The Mighty Task is Done.

 20 Jeremy Michael Boorda

Jeremy Michael Boorda
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Naval Officer
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Died: 1996

 21 James Agee

James Agee
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Died: 1955

 22 Edward Cedric Hardwicke

Edward Cedric Hardwicke
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: 2011

 23 Marisa Mell

Marisa Mell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: 1992

 24 Lola Flores

Lola Flores
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Died: 1995

Lola Flores was a Spanish singer, dancer, and actress turned businesswoman. She received training in dance as a child and made her debut as a teenager. She had a successful career touring throughout Latin America. She also appeared in many films and is considered an icon of traditional Andalusian folklore. All of her children also entered the entertainment industry. 

 25 Oleg Penkovsky

Oleg Penkovsky
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: April 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vladikavkaz
Died: 1963

 26 Mariana of Austria

Mariana of Austria
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: December 24, 1634
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Died: 1696

 27 Mary Richardson Kennedy

Mary Richardson Kennedy
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2012

Mary Richardson Kennedy, who was married to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the brother of Kerry Kennedy, was associated with green building practices and food allergy research in the U.S. She made headlines with her suicide in 2012. She was apparently found hanging in the garage of her Bedford home.

 28 Val A. Browning

Val A. Browning
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ogden
Died: 1994

 29 Michael X

Michael X
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil rights activist, Revolutionary
Birthdate: August 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: 1975

 30 Jackie Basehart

Jackie Basehart
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: 2015

 31 Frederick Gowland Hopkins

Frederick Gowland Hopkins
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: June 20, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eastbourne, England
Died: 1947

 32 Wilson Roosevelt Jerman

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Butler
Birthdate: January 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seaboard, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2020

 33 Hank Jones

Hank Jones
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 31, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Died: 2010

 34 Mary Douglas

Mary Douglas
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: March 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sanremo, Italy
Died: 2007

Best known for her book Purity and Danger, anthropologist Mary Douglas specialized in human culture and comparative religion. Initially employed with the British Colonial Office, she later worked with the matrilineal community of the Lele people of Kasai. She was known to be a devout Catholic.

 35 Marika Rokk

Marika Rokk
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 3, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cairo, Khedivate of Egypt
Died: 2004

 36 Oswaldo López Arellano

Oswaldo López Arellano
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: June 30, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Danlí, Honduras
Died: 2010

 37 June Taylor

June Taylor
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: December 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: 2004

 38 Emile Czaja

Emile Czaja
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: July 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hungary
Died: 1970

Hungarian-born wrestler Emile Czaja began his career in India and earned the name King Kong after essaying the titular role in an Indian movie of the same name. His 1955 match against Indian wrestler Dara Singh was one of the most talked-about matches. He died in a tragic car crash.

 39 Heinrich Rohrer

Heinrich Rohrer
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 6, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buchs, Switzerland
Died: 2013

Nobel Prize-winning Swiss mathematician Heinrich Rohrer is best remembered for co-designing the scanning tunneling microscope along with fellow Nobel winner Ernst Ruska. He was also associated with the IBM Research laboratory and even conducted research on thermal conductivity at Rutgers University in New Jersey while on his honeymoon in the US.

 40 Alec Campbell

Alec Campbell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Trade unionist
Birthdate: February 26, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Launceston
Died: 2002

Alec Campbell was 16 when he was named to the Australian Army during World War I. A water carrier at Gallipoli, he developed partial facial paralysis due to a fever and was thus discharged. Named one of Australian Legends, he later led a vibrant civilian life and became a prominent unionist.

 41 Kamala Markandaya

Kamala Markandaya
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mysuru, India
Died: 2004

Kamala Markandaya, also known as Kamala Taylor after her marriage, was one of the most significant Indian writers of English. Known for novels such as Nectar in a Sieve and A Silence of Desire, she was known to portray Western ideals as materialistic. She moved to England after India’s independence.

 42 Irwin Shaw

Irwin Shaw
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Illness
Birthdate: February 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Bronx
Died: 1984

 43 Marin Preda

Marin Preda
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Siliștea Gumești, Romania
Died: 1980

 44 Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman
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Famous As: Actor, Singer and Amateur wrestler
Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1984

Andy Kaufman was an American entertainer and wrestler. Considered an anti-comedian for his ability and willingness to provoke confused and negative reactions from audiences, Kaufman is revered for his counterintuitive approach to comedy. Apart from influencing comedians like Jim Carrey, Kaufman also inspired movies like Toni Erdmann. There are rumours that his death is believed to be a hoax and part of his prank.

 45 Mary Breckinridge

Mary Breckinridge
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: American nurse
Birthdate: February 17, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: 1965

 46 Alain Cuny

Alain Cuny
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Malo, Brittany, France
Died: 1994

 47 Modibo Keïta

Modibo Keïta
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 1st President of Mali
Birthdate: June 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bamako Capital District, Mali
Died: 1977

 48 Henri-Edmond Cross

Henri-Edmond Cross
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Famous As: Former painter most acclaimed as a master of Neo-Impressionism and he played an important role in shaping the second phase of that movement
Birthdate: May 20, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Douai, Nord, France
Died: 1910

 49 Pietro da Cortona

Pietro da Cortona
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Famous As: Former Baroque painter and architect
Birthdate: November 1, 1596
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cortona, Italy
Died: 1669

 50 Carroll Smith

Carroll Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: April 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oswego, New York, United States
Died: 2003