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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Historical

    Benjamin C. Bradlee: Born: 1921-08-26 - Died: 2014-10-21
    Benjamin C. Bradlee was executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. He is best known for his role in bringing the Watergate scandal to light during the presidency of Richard Nixon.
    Nelson Mandela: Born: 1918-07-18 - Died: 2013-12-05
    Nelson Mandela, 95, was a South African most well know for helping to end the practice of apartheid in the country. He served as a lawyer for numerous political action groups until he was arrested in 1961 and convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. He was meant to serve a lifelong prison [...]
    Muriel Siebert: Born: 1932-09-12 - Died: 2013-08-24
    Muriel Siebert, 80, was the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She began her financial career in 1967 with the founding of Muriel Siebert & Co. Inc. She was elected to the NYSE in December, 1967, after months of battling against unfair conditions set by members who were opposed [...]
    Jorge Videla: Born: 1925-08-02 - Died: 2013-05-17
    Jorge Videla, 87, was the dictator of Argentina from 1976 to 1981 after a successful coup d’état put him in power. During his rule, 15,000 to 30,000 citizens disappeared while under police custody. Many were later found in concentration camps and subsequently released. After losing power in 1983, Videla was found guilty of numerous crimes, [...]
    Ray Harryhausen: Born: 1920-06-29 - Died: 2013-05-07
    Ray Harryhausen, 92, was an American filmmaker best known for his special effects work in films like Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts. Harryhausen was first inspired to get into special effects after seeing King Kong for the first time in 1933. After that, he was involved in [...]
    Helen Kutsher: Born: 1924 - Died: 2013-03-19
    Helen Kutsher, 89, was a famous resort greeter at Kutsher’s Hotel. Kutsher, born Helen Wesser, became part of the Kutsher family after her father married Rebecca Kutsher. She grew up at the famous hotel and eventually started working there. She was still working at the hotel well into her 80s.
    Dawn Clark Netsch: Born: 1926-09-16 - Died: 2013-03-05
    Dawn Clark Netsch, 86, was a famous political figure in Illinois. She served on the Illinois State Senate, was the state’s comptroller, and was the first woman to receive a gubernatorial nomination from a major political party. Netsch’s political career began in 1972 when she was elected to the state senate. Her biggest moment, however, [...]
    Ceija Stojka: Born: 1933-03-23 - Died: 2013-01-28
    Ceija Stojka was a writer and artist who survived the Nazi death camps during the Holocaust. She lost 200 family members to the horrors of that time but went on to reunite with her mother and four remaining siblings, where they made a life for themselves in Austria. She later used art and words to [...]
    Frank Calabrese Sr.: Born: 1937-03-17 - Died: 2012-12-25
    Frank Calabrese Sr. was a noted hitman for the mob. He was responsible for a number of deaths in the 1970s and onward. He was also one of the key members of the Chicago Outfit that was put on trial in 2007 as part of the Family Secrets investigation.
    Daniel Inouye: Born: 1924-09-07 - Died: 2012-12-17
    Daniel Inouye, 88, was a United States Senator from Hawaii. He had served in the Senate since 1963 making him the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history. He also became President pro tempore in 2010 making him the highest-ranking Asian-American politician in U.S. history.
    Yao Defen: Born: 1972-07-15 - Died: 2012-11-13
    Yao Defen was the tallest woman in the world, while alive. She held the Guinness World record, standing at 7 feet, 8 inches tall. Her recorded weight was 200 kilograms (440 lbs.). Her feet were a UK size 26. Defen’s size was the result of a tumor in her pituitary gland. She suffered from hypertension, [...]
    Besse Cooper: Born: 1896-8-26 - Died: 2012-12-04
    Besse Cooper, 116, held the distinction of being the world’s oldest person. It was verified by Guinness World Records in January 2011. She’s the first citizen of Georgia to hold the honor.
    Neil Armstrong: Born: 1930-08-05 - Died: 2012-08-25
    Neil Armstrong was a U.S. Air Force and NASA Astronaut from Wapakoneta, Ohio. Armstrong is most known for being the first man on the moon. Neil Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11, along with Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot). After Armstrong’s involvement with NASA, Armstrong accepted a teaching role at [...]
    Fred Shuttlesworth: Born: 1922-03-18 - Died: 2011-10-05
    Fred Shuttlesworth was a civil rights activist who lead the charge against segregation and other forms of racism as a minister in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy from Montgomery, Rev. Joseph Lowery from Mobile, Alabama, Rev. T.J. Jemison [...]
    Betty Ford: Born: 1918-04-08 - Died: 2011-07-08
    Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren, Better known as Betty, was a former First Lady of the United States, a title she held from 1974 through 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford. During her time as first lady she shook things up when she became very politically active. In 1978 family members staged an [...]
    Dennis Hopper: Born: 1936-05-17 - Died: 2010-05-29
    Hopper was an actor, artist, and filmmaker. He got his start starring opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. He received critical praise for directing and starring in Easy Rider, a film in which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. After Easy Rider, Hopper’s career sort of [...]
    Tsutomu Yamaguchi: Born: 1916-03-16 - Died: 2010-01-04
    Yamaguchi, a Japanese man, was the only person officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, which took place near the end of World War II. On August 6, 1945 Yamaguchi had just arrived in Hiroshima on business when the atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped over the city just [...]
    Ted Kennedy: Born: 1932-02-22 - Died: 2009-08-25
    Kennedy was a Senator from Massachusetts and a leading member of the Democratic Party. He had been in office since November 1962, serving nine terms in the Senate. Kennedy was the youngest brother to President John F. Kennedy.
    Rob Gauntlett: Born: 1987-05-10 - Died: 2009-01-10
    Gauntlett was the youngest Briton to scale Mount Everest. In 2003, he and a friend decided to tackle the climb with no real experience. The two trained for the climb in Pakistan, Ama Dablam in Nepal, Scotland, and the French Alps. On May 17, 2006 they reached the summit of Mount Everest. Gauntlett reached it [...]
    W. Mark Felt: Born: 1913-08-17 - Died: 2008-12-18
    Felt was an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), he is most famous for being the Watergate scandal whistleblower called “Deep Throat”. Felt (Deep Throat) was leaking information to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward with critical leads to the story that eventually saw the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. Deep Throat [...]
    Patriarch Alexy II: Born: 1929-02-23 - Died: 2008-12-05
    Alexey was the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and of All-Russia and the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. He was chosen to become the new Patriarch of The Russian Orthodox Church after the death of Patriarch Pimen I in 1990. Archbishishop Chrysostom (Martyshkin) told why Alexey was selected, “With his peaceful and tolerant disposition Patriarch [...]
    Odetta: Born: 1930-12-31 - Died: 2008-12-02
    She was an African-American songwriter, guitarist, actress, singer, and most notable a civil rights activist. She is often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”. Her style of music was mainly American folk music, jazz, blues and spiritual songs. It’s been noted that her style influenced Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and Bob [...]
    Doc Holliday: Born: 1851-08-14 - Died: 1887-11-08
    Holliday was a gambler, dentist, and gunfighter in the “Old West” and is remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Holliday was born in Griffin, Georgia to Henry Burroughs Holliday and Alice Jane Holliday. His father served in both the Civil War and the Mexican-American War. In September [...]
    Del Martin: Born: 1921-05-05 - Died: 2008-08-27
    Del Martin was a gay-rights activist and was married to Phyllis Lyon on June 16, 2008, in the first same-sex marriage in California when the law allowing such a union was passed. Martin and Lyons had co-founded the first lesbian political organization in the U.S. – the Daughters of Bilitis. They were also president and [...]
    Vlad III the Impaler: Born: 1431-11-14 - Died: 1476-12-??
    Vlad III the Impaler also known as Vlad Vlad Ţepeş, Vlad Dracula, and Dracula was the Prince of Wallachia reigning in 1448, from 1456-1462, and 1476. His reign was a reign of terror according to many legends. He is said to have tortured and impaled thousands of men, women, and children on stakes. Many of [...]
    Harriet Tubman: Born: 1820-??-?? - Died: 1913-03-10
    Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross) made 13 trips using the Underground Railroad to save over 70 slaves after escaping captivity during the Civil War. She was born into slavery and suffered a head wound as a result of being beaten as a child, a wound that would plague her even into her later years. She [...]
    Anne Frank: Born: 1929-06-12 - Died: 1945-03-??
    Anne Frank was a young girl that lived until the age of 15 and is famous for the diary she kept documenting here experiences in Nazi Germany. The diary went from her 13th birthday until August 1, 1944 just before her arrest. Her diary has gone on to become one of the most important entries [...]
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Born: 1918-12-11 - Died: 2008-08-03
    Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist who introduced the world to Gulag, the Soviet labor camp system. For his efforts Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. For his writings Solzhenitsyn was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974. He didn’t return until 1994, twenty years after he was initally exiled. [...]
    Margaret Ringenberg: Born: 1921-06-17 - Died: 2008-07-28
    Ringenberg was an aviator who logged more than 40,000 hours of flying in her career. She was also a member of the Woman Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Being a WASP meant she couldn’t fly combat missions, but she took place in some dangerous flying missions which included ferrying, test flying, and target towing.
    Adolf Hitler: Born: 1889-04-20 - Died: 1945-04-30
    He led Germany into the II world war. He was responsible for the holacaust the sistematic liquidation of 6 million jews and others.