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Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death

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Dying words of famous people seem to be a little bit more poetic than the typical dying utterances of the common folk. Whether they've got the money and influence to be afforded the time to gather their thoughts, or because they're just plain cooler than many of us, there exist some memorable dying words from some very famous people. 

Granted, in order to record someone's final words, there has to be some normality and/or convenience to the person's death; for the most part, you'll not find any of these famous historical figures on the list of bizarre deaths from the 19th or even the 20th century. These notable historical figures died in bed, or in battle, or were somehow able to get their dying thoughts across to someone for recording on a list of last words of famous people.

What are some of the most memorable last words from famous people? What are the best dying words ever recorded? Some of the most notable last words of historical figures are recorded here on this list of famous final words. Make sure to upvote your favorites!
  • "The taste of death is upon my lips. I feel something that is not of this earth."
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. Born in Salzburg, Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)
    • Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Composer, Violist, Violinist
    • Cause Of Death: Rheumatic fever
    • Credits: The King's Speech, The Shawshank Redemption, Batman Begins, Alien
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    "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."

    Oscar Wilde, writer
    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for "gross indecency", imprisonment, and early death at age 46. Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish intellectuals in Dublin. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university, Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Trinity College Dublin, then at Oxford.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright
    • Cause Of Death: Meningitis
    • Credits: Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Selfish Giant
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    "One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes."
    Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known as "the Master of Suspense", he directed over 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades, becoming as well known as any of his actors thanks to his many interviews, his cameo roles in most of his films, and his hosting and producing of the television anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1965). Born in Leytonstone, Essex, Hitchcock entered the film industry in 1919 as a title card designer after training as a technical clerk and copy writer for a telegraph-cable company. He made his  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1899-1980)
    • Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Art Director, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter
    • Cause Of Death: Renal failure
    • Credits: Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest
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    "You're right. It's time. I love you all."
    Michael Landon (born Eugene Maurice Orowitz; October 31, 1936 – July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is known for his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza (1959–1973), Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983), and Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven (1984–1989). Landon appeared on the cover of TV Guide 22 times, second only to Lucille Ball.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 54 (1936-1991)
    • Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Cancer, Pancreatic cancer
    • Credits: Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, The Loneliest Runner, Little House Years
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    "Sister, you're trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I'm done, I'm finished, I'm going to die."

    George Bernard Shaw, playwright
    George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems with a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable.   ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 94 (1856-1950)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Author, Writer, Critic, Playwright
    • Cause Of Death: Renal failure
    • Credits: My Fair Lady, Pygmalion, The Millionairess, Androcles and the Lion, Caesar and Cleopatra
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    "That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted."

    Lou Costello, comedian

    Louis Francis Cristillo (March 6, 1906 – March 3, 1959), professionally known as Lou Costello, was an American actor, best known for his film comedy double act with straight man Bud Abbott and their comedy routine "Who's on First?" The comedians, who teamed up in burlesque in 1936, were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. In 1942 they sold $85 million in war bonds in 35 days. By 1955 their popularity waned due to overexposure and their film and television contracts lapsed. The partnership ended soon afterwards.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1906-1959)
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    • Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Film Producer, Actor, Vaudeville Performer
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    • Credits: The Abbott and Costello Show, Africa Screams, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Jack and the Beanstalk
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  • "I am not going. Do with me what you like. I am not going. Come on! Come on! Take action! Let's go!"

    Chief Sitting Bull, activist
    Sitting Bull (Lakota: Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake [tˣaˈtˣə̃ka ˈi.jɔtakɛ] in Standard Lakota orthography, also nicknamed Húŋkešni [ˈhʊ̃kɛʃni] or "Slow") was a Hunkpapa Lakota leader who led his people during years of resistance to United States government policies. He was killed by Indian agency police on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during an attempt to arrest him, at a time when authorities feared that he would join the Ghost Dance movement.Before the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull had a vision in which he saw many soldiers, "as thick as grasshoppers," falling upside down into the Lakota camp, which his people took as a foreshadowing of a major victory in which a large number of  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1831-1890)
    • Birthplace: South Dakota
    • Profession: Tribal chief
    • Cause Of Death: Assassination
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    "Now, now, my good man, this is not time for making enemies."

    Voltaire, philosopher
    François-Marie Arouet (French: [fʁɑ̃swa maʁi aʁwɛ]; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire (; also US: , French: [vɔltɛːʁ]), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church, as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate of civil  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1694-1778)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Poet, Librettist, Historian, Writer, Philosopher
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    The Best Voltaire Quotes#111 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#91 of 171 The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

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    "Please know that I am quite aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others."

    Amelia Earhart, last radio communiqué before her disappearance.
    • Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas
    • Profession: Pilot, Writer
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    "Yes, it's tough, but not as tough as doing comedy."

    Edmund Gwenn, actor
    Edmund Gwenn (born Edmund John Kellaway, 26 September 1877 – 6 September 1959) was an English actor. On film, he is perhaps best remembered for his role as Kris Kringle in the Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street (1947), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe Award. He received a second Golden Globe and another Academy Award nomination for the comedy film Mister 880 (1950). He is also remembered for being in four films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. As a stage actor in the West End and on Broadway, he was associated with a wide range of works by modern playwrights, including Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy and J. B. Priestley. After the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1877-1959)
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Pneumonia, Stroke
    • Credits: Miracle on 34th Street, Them!, Lassie Come Home, Pride and Prejudice, Between Two Worlds
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  • "Now comes the mystery!"

    Henry Ward Beecher, evangelist
    Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial (see below). Henry Ward Beecher was the son of Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist minister who became one of the best-known evangelists of his era. Several of his brothers and sisters became well-known educators and activists, most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe, who achieved worldwide fame with her abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Henry Ward Beecher graduated from Amherst College in 1834 and Lane Theological Seminary in 1837 before serving as a minister in  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1813-1887)
    • Birthplace: Litchfield, Connecticut
    • Profession: Clergy, Preacher
    • Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage
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    "I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have."

    Leonardo da Vinci, artist
    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
    • Profession: Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist, Inventor, Architect
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  • "It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go."

    George Washington, US President
    George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution, which replaced the Articles of Confederation and remains the supreme law of the land. Washington was unanimously elected President by the electors in both the 1788–1789 and 1792 elections.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Surveyor, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer, Farmer
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    "I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili."

    Kit Carson, pioneer
    Christopher Houston Carson (December 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868), better known as Kit Carson, was an American frontiersman. He was a mountain man (fur trapper), wilderness guide, Indian agent, and U.S. Army officer. Carson became a frontier legend in his own lifetime via biographies and news articles. Often exaggerated versions of his exploits were the subject of dime novels. His understated nature belied confirmed reports of his fearlessness, combat skills, tenacity, and profound effect on the westward expansion of the United States. Carson left home in rural present-day Missouri at age 16 to become a mountain man and trapper in the West. In the 1830s, he accompanied Ewing Young on an  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1809-1868)
    • Birthplace: Kentucky
    • Profession: Trapper, Reconnaissance, Military Officer
    • Cause Of Death: Abdominal aortic aneurysm
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    "Is it the Fourth?"

    Thomas Jefferson, US President
    Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual with worldwide influence. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia, and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia. In May 1785, he became the United States Minister to France and later the first United States Secretary of State serving under President George Washington. In opposition to Alexander Hamilton's Federalism, Jefferson and his close friend, James  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)
    • Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Inventor, Author, Farmer, Architect
    • Cause Of Death: Natural causes
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    "Am I dying or is this my birthday?"

    Lady Nancy Astor
    Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor, CH (19 May 1879 – 2 May 1964) was an American-born British politician and the first female Member of Parliament (MP) to take her seat. Astor was an American citizen who moved to England at age 26 and married Waldorf Astor. He succeeded to the peerage and entered the House of Lords; she then entered politics and won his former seat in Plymouth in 1919, becoming the first woman to sit as an MP in the House of Commons. Her first husband was American Robert Gould Shaw II, and they divorced. She served in Parliament as a member of the Conservative Party for Plymouth Sutton until 1945, when she was persuaded to step down.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1879-1964)
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
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    "The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye. The story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again."
    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted only four years, but he is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in history and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at age 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, but he was discharged the following year. He moved to Clarksville, Tennessee soon after  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 27 (1942-1970)
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Musician
    • Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Inhalation of vomit
    • Credits: Almost Famous,Wayne's World,Point Break,Minions
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  • "Friends applaud, the comedy is over."

    Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
    Ludwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the classical and romantic eras in classical music, he remains one of the most recognized and influential musicians of this period, and is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time. Beethoven was born in Bonn, the capital of the Electorate of Cologne, and part of the Holy Roman Empire. He displayed his musical talents at an early age and was vigorously taught by his father Johann van Beethoven, and was later taught by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At age 21, he  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)
    • Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
    • Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Lyricist, Composer
    • Credits: Django Unchained, A Clockwork Orange, The King's Speech, The Pianist
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    "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room - and God damn it - died in a hotel room."

    Eugene O'Neill, writer
    Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into U.S. drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg. The drama Long Day's Journey into Night is often numbered on the short list of the finest U.S. plays in the 20th century, alongside Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.O'Neill's plays were among the first to include speeches in American English vernacular and involve characters on the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1888-1953)
    • Birthplace: Times Square, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Cause Of Death: Cerebellar abiotrophy
    • Credits: The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie, Desire Under the Elms
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    "Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I'm happy."

    Ethel Barrymore, actress
    Ethel Barrymore (born Ethel Mae Blythe; August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959) was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors. Barrymore was a stage, screen and radio actress and was regarded as "The First Lady of the American Theatre" whose career spanned six decades.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1879-1959)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Cardiovascular disease
    • Credits: The Spiral Staircase, Portrait of Jennie, The Farmer's Daughter, The Paradine Case, Young at Heart
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    "I must go in, the fog is rising."

    Emily Dickinson, poet
    Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, into a prominent family with strong ties to its community. After studying at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she briefly attended the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst. Evidence suggests that Dickinson lived much of her life in isolation. Considered an eccentric by locals, she developed a penchant for white clothing and was known for her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, to even leave her bedroom. Dickinson never married, and most friendships between her and others depended entirely upon  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1830-1886)
    • Birthplace: Amherst, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Bright's disease
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    "This is the last of earth, I am content."

    John Quincy Adams, US President
    John Quincy Adams ( (listen); July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and diarist who served as the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He previously served as the eighth United States Secretary of State from 1817 to 1825. During his long diplomatic and political career, Adams also served as an ambassador, and represented Massachusetts as a United States Senator and as a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was the eldest son of John Adams, who served as the second US president from 1797 to 1801, and First Lady Abigail Adams. Initially a Federalist like his father, he won election to the presidency as a member  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1767-1848)
    • Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Attorney at law, Lawyer
    • Cause Of Death: Stroke
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    "It is very beautiful over there."

    Thomas Alva Edison
    Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, have had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of organized science and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He established the first industrial research  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1847-1931)
    • Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Inventor, Scientist
    • Cause Of Death: Diabetes mellitus
    • Credits: Frankenstein, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, Electrocuting an Elephant
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    O. Henry

    "Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark."

    O. Henry (William Sidney Porter), writer
    William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910), better known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American short story writer. His stories are known for their surprise endings.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1862-1910)
    • Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina
    • Profession: Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Cirrhosis
    • Credits: Ruthless People, Wishbone's Dog Days of the West, The Gay Cavalier, Raincoat, Cohen and Tate
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  • "I'm bored with it all."

    Winston Churchill, statesman
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but from 1904 to 1924 was a member of the Liberal Party. Of mixed English and American parentage, Churchill was born in Oxfordshire to a wealthy, aristocratic family. Joining the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1874-1965)
    • Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Statesman, Painter, Politician, Journalist, Orator
    • Cause Of Death: Stroke
    • Credits: Young Winston, Churchill's People, The First World War, The Finest Hours
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  • "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."

    General John Sedgwick, Union Commander
    John Sedgwick (September 13, 1813 – May 9, 1864) was a military officer and Union Army general during the American Civil War. He was wounded three times at the Battle of Antietam while leading his division in an unsuccessful assault against Confederate forces, causing him to miss the Battle of Fredericksburg. Under his command, the VI Corps played an important role in the Chancellorsville Campaign by engaging Confederate troops at the Second Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Salem Church. His corps was the last to arrive at the Battle of Gettysburg and thus did not see much action. Sedgwick was killed by a sharpshooter at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on May 9, 1864,  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1813-1864)
    • Birthplace: Cornwall, Connecticut
    • Cause Of Death: Firearm
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    "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."

    Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary
    Francisco "Pancho" Villa (UK: , US: ; Spanish: [ˈbiʎa]; born José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, 5 June 1878 – 20 July 1923) was a Mexican revolutionary general and one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution. As commander of the División del Norte, '(Division of the North)' in the Constitutionalist Army, he was a military-landowner (caudillo) of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Given the area's size and mineral wealth, it provided him with extensive resources. Villa was also provisional Governor of Chihuahua in 1913 and 1914. Villa can be credited with decisive military victories leading to the ousting of Victoriano Huerta from the presidency in July 1914. Villa then  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1878-1923)
    • Birthplace: Durango, Mexico
    • Profession: Soldier
    • Cause Of Death: Firearm, Assassination
    • Credits: The Life of General Villa, Life of Villa
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  • "Put out the light."

    Theodore Roosevelt, US President
    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He served as the 25th vice president from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. He is generally ranked in polls of historians and political scientists as one of the five best  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1858-1919)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Police officer, Historian, Conservationist
    • Cause Of Death: Cardiovascular disease
    • Credits: Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation, President McKinley Inauguration
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    "I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you."

    James K. Polk, US President
    James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839) and governor of Tennessee (1839–1841). A protégé of Andrew Jackson, he was a member of the Democratic Party and an advocate of Jacksonian democracy. Polk is chiefly known for extending the territory of the United States during the Mexican–American War; during his presidency, the United States expanded significantly with the annexation of the Republic of Texas, the Oregon Territory, and the Mexican Cession following the American victory in the Mexican–American War. After building a successful law  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 53 (1795-1849)
    • Birthplace: Pineville, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Farmer, Lawyer
    • Cause Of Death: Cholera
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    Thomas Hobbes

    "I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark."

    Thomas Hobbes, writer
    Thomas Hobbes (; 5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), in some older texts Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, was an English philosopher, considered to be one of the founders of modern political philosophy. Hobbes is best known for his 1651 book Leviathan, which expounded an influential formulation of social contract theory. In addition to political philosophy, Hobbes also contributed to a diverse array of other fields, including history, jurisprudence, geometry, the physics of gases, theology, ethics, and general philosophy.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 91 (1588-1679)
    • Birthplace: Westport, Wiltshire
    • Profession: Philosopher
    • Cause Of Death: Stroke
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    46
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  • "A dying man can do nothing easy."

    Benjamin Franklin, statesman
    Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia's first fire department and the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat, Musician
    • Cause Of Death: Pleurisy
    209
    54
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    32
    705 VOTES

    "I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis."

    Humphrey Bogart, actor
    Humphrey DeForest Bogart (; December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American film and theater actor. His performances in numerous films from the Classical Hollywood era made him a cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute selected him as the greatest male star of classic American cinema.Bogart began acting in Broadway shows after World War I. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, he began his movie career in Up the River, a comedy directed by John Ford. The film also starred Spencer Tracy; Bogart played the romantic role in a part as large as Tracy's, despite Bogart's much lower billing. Bogart appeared in various supporting parts, struggling for several years, sometimes  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1899-1957)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Esophageal cancer, Cancer of the larynx
    • Credits: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep
    541
    164
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    109 VOTES
    "I hope the exit is joyful, and hope never to return."
    Frida Kahlo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾiða ˈkalo]; born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.Born to a  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1907-1954)
    • Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Painter
    • Cause Of Death: Pulmonary embolism, Respiratory failure
    90
    19
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  • 34
    689 VOTES

    "I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it."

    Errol Flynn, actor
    Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959) was an Australian-born American actor during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Considered the natural successor to Douglas Fairbanks, he achieved worldwide fame for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films, as well as frequent partnerships with Olivia de Havilland. He was best known for his role as Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938); his portrayal of the character was named by the American Film Institute as the 18th-greatest hero in American film history. His other famous roles included the eponymous lead in Captain Blood (1935), Major Geoffrey Vickers in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), as well as the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1909-1959)
    • Birthplace: Hobart, Australia
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    • Credits: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, Objective, Burma!
    527
    162
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    307 VOTES

    "Oh, do not cry - be good children and we will all meet in heaven."

    Andrew Jackson, US President
    Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of Congress. As president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the "common man" against a "corrupt aristocracy" and to preserve the Union. Born in the colonial Carolinas to a Scotch-Irish family in the decade before the American Revolutionary War, Jackson became a frontier lawyer and married Rachel Donelson Robards. He served briefly in the United States House of Representatives and the United States  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)
    • Birthplace: Waxhaws
    • Profession: Prosecutor, Judge, Politician, Soldier, Farmer
    • Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Edema, Tuberculosis
    • Credits: All My Children, Shadow Builder, Edison, Seed
    241
    66
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  • Photo: Oscar Halling / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    36
    401 VOTES

    "Lord help my poor soul."

    Edgar Allan Poe, writer
    Edgar Allan Poe (; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 40 (1809-1849)
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Magazine editor, Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Author
    • Credits: Tales of Terror, Witchfinder General, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven
    311
    90
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  • Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    "Let us cross over the river and sit in the shade of the trees."

    General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
    Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863) served as a Confederate general (1861–1863) during the American Civil War, and became one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee. Jackson played a prominent role in nearly all military engagements in the Eastern Theater of the war until his death, and played a key role in winning many significant battles. Born in what was then part of Virginia, Jackson received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican–American War of 1846–1848 and distinguished himself at Chapultepec (1847). From 1851 to 1863 he taught at the Virginia  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1824-1863)
    • Birthplace: Clarksburg, West Virginia
    • Cause Of Death: Firearm, Pneumonia
    272
    77
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    38
    188 VOTES

    "I have tried so hard to do the right."

    Grover Cleveland, US President
    Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was an American politician and lawyer who was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, the only president in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office (1885–1889 and 1893–1897). He won the popular vote for three presidential elections—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was one of two Democrats (with Woodrow Wilson) to be elected president during the era of Republican political domination dating from 1861 to 1933. Cleveland was the leader of the pro-business Bourbon Democrats who opposed high tariffs, Free Silver, inflation, imperialism, and subsidies to business, farmers, or veterans. His crusade for political  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1837-1908)
    • Birthplace: Caldwell, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    150
    38
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    825 VOTES

    "Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?"

    Louis XIV, King of France
    Louis XIV (Louis Dieudonné; 5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi Soleil), was King of France from 14 May 1643 until his death in 1715. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in European history. In the age of absolutism in Europe, Louis XIV's France was a leader in the growing centralisation of power.Louis began his personal rule of France in 1661, after the death of his chief minister, the Italian Cardinal Mazarin. An adherent of the concept of the divine right of kings, Louis continued his predecessors' work of creating a centralised state governed from the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1638-1715)
    • Birthplace: Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
    • Cause Of Death: Gangrene
    624
    201
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  • "I've never felt better."

    Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., actor
    Douglas Fairbanks (born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman; May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films including The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro but spent the early part of his career making comedies. Fairbanks was a founding member of United Artists. He was also a founding member of The Motion Picture Academy and hosted the 1st Academy Awards in 1929. With his marriage to Mary Pickford in 1920, the couple became Hollywood royalty and Fairbanks was referred to as "The King of Hollywood", a nickname later passed on to actor Clark Gable. Though widely considered as  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1883-1939)
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    • Credits: The Thief of Bagdad, Intolerance, The Mark of Zorro, The Black Pirate, Wild and Woolly
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  • Photo: Harris & Ewing / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    41
    181 VOTES

    "I am ready."

    Woodrow Wilson, US President
    Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was an American statesman, lawyer, and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921. A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the 1912 presidential election. As president, he oversaw the passage of progressive legislative policies unparalleled until the New Deal in 1933. He also led the United States into World War I in 1917, establishing an activist foreign policy known as "Wilsonianism." Born in Staunton, Virginia, Wilson spent his early years in Augusta, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1856-1924)
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Historian, Professor, Political scientist, Political Science
    • Cause Of Death: Stroke
    144
    37
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    193 VOTES

    "Goodnight my darlings, I'll see you tomorrow."

    Noel Coward, writer
    Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1899-1973)
    • Birthplace: Teddington, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    • Credits: The Italian Job, Brief Encounter, Around the World in 80 Days, Cavalcade, The Magic Christian
    153
    40
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    211 VOTES

    "Get my swan costume ready."

    Anna Pavlova, ballerina
    Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova (Russian: Анна Павловна (Матвеевна) Павлова; February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1881 — January 23, 1931) was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for her creation of the role of The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour around the world. She toured South America, India and Australia.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1881-1931)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer
    • Cause Of Death: Pleurisy
    • Credits: The Golden Twenties
    166
    45
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    44
    246 VOTES

    Dominique Bouhours

    "I am about to -- or I am going to -- die: either expression is correct."

    Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian
    Dominique Bouhours (15 May 1628 – 27 May 1702) was a French Jesuit priest, essayist, grammarian, and neo-classical critic. He was born and died in Paris.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1628-1702)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    192
    54
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    222 VOTES

    "Thomas Jefferson--still survives..."

    John Adams, US President
    John Adams Jr. (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father who served as the second president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. Before his presidency, he was a leader of the American Revolution that achieved independence from Great Britain and served as the first vice president of the United States. Adams was a dedicated diarist and regularly corresponded with many important figures in early American history, including his wife and adviser, Abigail. His letters and other papers serve as an important source of historical information about the era. A lawyer and political activist prior to the revolution, Adams was devoted  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1735-1826)
    • Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
    • Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Debility
    174
    48
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    46
    230 VOTES

    Richard Feynman

    "I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring."

    Richard Feynman, physicist
    Richard Phillips Feynman, ForMemRS (; May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics for which he proposed the parton model. For contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 jointly with Julian Schwinger and Shin'ichirō Tomonaga. Feynman developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions describing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1918-1988)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
    • Cause Of Death: Cancer
    • Credits: Infinity, Genghis Blues, Anti-Clock
    180
    50
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    47
    1147 VOTES

    "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."

    Jesus Christ
    Jesus (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christians believe he is the incarnation of God the Son and the awaited Messiah (Christ) prophesied in the Old Testament.Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed historically, although the quest for the historical Jesus has produced little agreement on the historical reliability of the Gospels and on how closely the Jesus portrayed in the Bible reflects the historical Jesus. Jesus was a Galilean Jew who was baptized by John the Baptist and began his own ministry. He  ...more
    • Birthplace: Judea
    • Profession: Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher
    • Cause Of Death: Crucifixion
    843
    304
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    48
    186 VOTES

    "Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him."

    John Barrymore, actor
    John Sidney Barrymore (February 15, 1882 – May 29, 1942) was an American actor on stage, screen and radio. A member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical families, he initially tried to avoid the stage, and briefly attempted a career as an artist, but appeared on stage together with his father Maurice in 1900, and then his sister Ethel the following year. He began his career in 1903 and first gained attention as a stage actor in light comedy, then high drama, culminating in productions of Justice (1916), Richard III (1920) and Hamlet (1922); his portrayal of Hamlet led to him being called the "greatest living American tragedian".After a success as Hamlet in London in 1925, Barrymore left the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1882-1942)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Cirrhosis, Pneumonia
    • Credits: Cinema Paradiso, Grand Hotel, Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dinner at Eight
    145
    41
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    49
    135 VOTES

    "Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms."

    Alexander Pope, writer
    Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) is regarded as one of the greatest English poets and the foremost poet the early eighteenth century. He is best known for his satirical and discursive poetry—to include The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and An Essay on Criticism—as well as for his translation of Homer. After Shakespeare, Pope is the second most quoted writer in the English language, as per The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, with some of his verses having even become popular idioms in common parlance (e.g., Damning with faint praise). He is considered a master of the heroic couplet. Pope's poetic career testifies to his indomitable spirit in the face of disadvantages, of health  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1688-1744)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Tuberculosis
    106
    29
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    196 VOTES

    "Go away, I'm all right!"

    H. G. Wells, novelist
    Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer. He was prolific in many genres, writing dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, history, satire, biography, and autobiography, and even including two books on recreational war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is often called the "father of science fiction", along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback.During his own lifetime, however, he was most prominent as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. A futurist, he wrote a number of utopian works and  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1866-1946)
    • Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Historian, Novelist, Writer, Teacher
    • Cause Of Death: Liver tumour
    • Credits: War of the World, The Time Machine, Things to Come
    151
    45
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    51
    168 VOTES

    "I forgive everybody. I pray that everybody may also forgive me, and my blood which is about to be shed will bring peace to Mexico. Long live Mexico, Long Live Independence."

    Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico
    • Age: Dec. at 34 (1832-1867)
    • Birthplace: Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
    • Cause Of Death: Execution by firing squad
    130
    38
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    518 VOTES

    "Go on, get out - last words are for fools who haven't said enough."

    Karl Marx, revolutionary
    Karl Marx (German: [ˈkaɐ̯l ˈmaɐ̯ks]; 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary. Born in Trier, Germany, Marx studied law and philosophy at university. He married Jenny von Westphalen in 1843. Due to his political publications, Marx became stateless and lived in exile with his wife and children in London for decades, where he continued to develop his thought in collaboration with German thinker Friedrich Engels and publish his writings, researching in the reading room of the British Museum. His best-known titles are the 1848 pamphlet, The Communist Manifesto, and the three-volume Das  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1818-1883)
    • Birthplace: Trier, Germany
    • Profession: Sociologist, Politician, Historian, Economist, Writer
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    137
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    53
    164 VOTES

    "Et tu, Brute?"

    Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman Emperor
    Gaius Julius Caesar (12 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and Pompey formed the First Triumvirate, a political alliance that dominated Roman politics for several years. After assuming control of government, Caesar began a program of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian calendar. Caesar was an accomplished author and historian as well as a statesman; much of his life is known from his own accounts of his military campaigns. Caesar is considered by many historians to be one of the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (99 BC-43 BC)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Politician, Author
    • Cause Of Death: Stabbing, Tyrannicide, Assassination
    • Credits: Caesar the Conqueror
    126
    38
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    54
    143 VOTES

    "The earth is suffocating . . . Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won't be buried alive."

    Frederic Chopin, composer
    Frédéric François Chopin (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʃɔpɛ̃], Polish: [ˈʂɔpɛn]; 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation."Chopin was born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin in the Duchy of Warsaw and grew up in Warsaw, which in 1815 became part of Congress Poland. A child prodigy, he completed his musical education and composed his earlier works in Warsaw before leaving Poland at the age of 20, less than a month before the outbreak of the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)
    • Birthplace: Żelazowa Wola, Poland
    • Profession: Pianist, Composer
    • Cause Of Death: Tuberculosis
    • Credits: Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata, Impromptu, Illustrious Corpses, The Flying Machine
    110
    33
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    191 VOTES

    "I am not the least afraid to die."

    Charles Darwin
    Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)
    • Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist, Geologist, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Coronary thrombosis
    145
    46
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    181 VOTES

    "Do you hear the rain? Do you hear the rain?"

    Jessica Dubroff, seven-year-old pilot
    Jessica Whitney Dubroff (May 5, 1988 – April 11, 1996) was a seven-year-old pilot trainee who died while attempting to become the youngest person to fly a light aircraft across the United States. On day two of her quest, the Cessna 177B Cardinal single-engine aircraft, piloted by her flight instructor, crashed during a rainstorm immediately after takeoff from Cheyenne Regional Airport in Cheyenne, Wyoming, killing Dubroff, her 57-year-old father, and her flight instructor.Jessica was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Lisa Blair Hathaway and Lloyd Dubroff and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in California when she was four. Although billed by the media as a pilot, she was not legally  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 7 (1988-1996)
    • Birthplace: Falmouth, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Businessperson
    • Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident
    137
    44
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    57
    187 VOTES

    "Let's cool it brothers..."

    Malcolm X, Black leader
    Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. He is best known for his controversial advocacy for the rights of blacks; some consider him a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans, while others accused him of preaching racism and violence. Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, he relocated to New York City's Harlem neighborhood in 1943, after spending his teenage years in a series of foster homes following his father's death and his mother's hospitalization. In New York, Little engaged in several illicit activities, and was  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1925-1965)
    • Birthplace: North Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Writer, Human rights activist
    • Cause Of Death: Ballistic trauma, Assassination
    • Credits: Malcolm X, V for Vendetta, Malcolm X, Brother Minister: The Assassination of Malcolm X
    140
    47
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    58
    110 VOTES

    "Now I have finished with all earthly business, and high time too. Yes, yes, my dear child, now comes death."

    Franz Leher, composer
    Franz Lehár ( LAY-har; Hungarian: Lehár Ferenc [ˈlɛhaːr ˈfɛrɛnt͡s]; 30 April 1870 – 24 October 1948) was an Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe).  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1870-1948)
    • Birthplace: Hungary, Komárom
    • Profession: Conductor, Actor, Composer
    • Credits: The Merry Widow, The Merry Widow, The Rogue Song, Where the Lark Sings, The Merry Widow
    84
    26
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    59
    181 VOTES

    "All my possessions for a moment of time."

    Elizabeth I, Queen of England
    Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the last of the five monarchs of the House of Tudor. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, his second wife, who was executed two-and-a-half years after Elizabeth's birth. Anne's marriage to Henry VIII was annulled, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. Her half-brother, Edward VI, ruled until his death in 1553, bequeathing the crown to Lady Jane Grey and ignoring the claims of his two half-sisters, Elizabeth and the Roman Catholic Mary, in spite of statute  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1533-1603)
    • Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Politician
    135
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    "It's all been very interesting."

    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (née Pierrepont; baptised 26 May 1689 – 21 August 1762) was an English aristocrat, letter writer, and poet. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from travels to the Ottoman Empire, as wife to the British ambassador to Turkey, which have been described by Billie Melman as "the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient". Aside from her writing, Lady Mary is also known for introducing and advocating for smallpox inoculation to Britain after her return from Turkey. Her writings address and challenge the hindering contemporary social attitudes towards women and their intellectual and social  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1689-1762)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Playwright
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    "Too late for fruit, too soon for flowers."

    Walter De La Mare, writer
    Walter John de la Mare (; 25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956) was a British poet, short story writer and novelist. He is probably best remembered for his works for children, for his poem "The Listeners", and for a highly acclaimed selection of subtle psychological horror stories, amongst them "Seaton's Aunt" and "All Hallows". In 1921, his novel Memoirs of a Midget won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and his post-war Collected Stories for Children won the 1947 Carnegie Medal for British children's books.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1873-1956)
    • Birthplace: Charlton, London, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
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    "Happy anniversary. I love you."
    Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was an American football player, coach, and executive in the National Football League (NFL). He is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls at the conclusion of the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons. Lombardi began his coaching career as an assistant and later as a head coach at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey. He was an assistant coach at Fordham, at the United States Military Academy, and with the New York Giants before becoming a head coach for the  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1913-1970)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Coach, American football player
    • Cause Of Death: Cancer, Colorectal cancer
    • Credits: Paper Lion, Second Effort
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    "Don't worry chief, it will be alright."

    Rudolph Valentino, actor
    Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926), known professionally as Rudolph Valentino, was an Italian actor based in the United States who starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik. He was an early pop icon, and a sex symbol of the 1920s, who was known in Hollywood as the "Latin lover" or simply as "Valentino". His premature death at the age of 31 caused mass hysteria among his fans and further propelled his status as a cultural film icon.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 31 (1895-1926)
    • Birthplace: Castellaneta, Italy
    • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Teacher
    • Cause Of Death: Peritonitis, Pleurisy
    • Credits: The Sheik, The Son of the Sheik, The Eagle, Blood and Sand
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    "God will pardon me, that's his line of work."

    Heinrich Heine, poet
    Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈhaɪnə]; 13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856) was a German poet, playwright, journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder (art songs) by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose are distinguished by their satirical wit and irony. He is considered part of the Young Germany movement. His radical political views led to many of his works being banned by German authorities—which, however, only added to his fame. He spent the last 25 years of his life as an expatriate in Paris.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1797-1856)
    • Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Journalist, Essayist, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Lead poisoning
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    "I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor."

    François Rabelais, writer
    François Rabelais (; French: [fʁɑ̃swa ʁablɛ]; between 1483 and 1494 – 1553) was a French Renaissance writer, physician, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. He has historically been regarded as a writer of fantasy, satire, the grotesque, bawdy jokes and songs. His best known work is Gargantua and Pantagruel. Because of his literary power and historical importance, Western literary critics consider him one of the great writers of world literature and among the creators of modern European writing. His literary legacy is such that today, the word Rabelaisian has been coined as a descriptive inspired by his work and life. Merriam-Webster defines the word as describing someone or  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1494-1553)
    • Birthplace: Chinon, France
    • Profession: Novelist, Physician, Writer
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    Ethan Allen

    "Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well--let 'em wait.".

    Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary general
    Ethan Allen (September 2, 1808 – January 7, 1871) was a major American arms maker from Massachusetts. He is unrelated to the revolutionary Ethan Allen. His first firearm, the "Pocket Rifle" was developed in 1836, and his first patent was granted in 1837.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1808-1871)
    • Birthplace: Bellingham, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Businessperson, Inventor
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    "You are wonderful."
    Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer, who created the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and more than fifty short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Doyle was a prolific writer; other than Holmes stories, his works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. One of Doyle's early short stories, "J. Habakuk  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1859-1930)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Politician, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    • Credits: Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Lost World, Young Sherlock Holmes
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    "That was a great game of golf, fellers."

    Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, singer / actor
    Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (; May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)
    • Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Golfer, Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    • Credits: Going My Way, Holiday Inn, Road to Utopia, White Christmas
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    The Best Bing Crosby Albums of All Time#69 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time#400 of 643 The Best Actors In Film History

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    "My God, what's happened?"
    Diana, Princess of Wales (born Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. Diana's activism and glamour made her an international icon and earned her an enduring popularity as well as an unprecedented public scrutiny, exacerbated by her tumultuous private life. Diana was born into the Spencer family, among the most prominent of the British nobility, and grew up close to the royal family on their Sandringham estate. The youngest daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer and Frances Shand Kydd, she was strongly affected by their divorce in 1967.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)
    • Birthplace: Sandringham, England
    • Profession: Crown Princess
    • Cause Of Death: Traffic collision
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    "I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man."

    Ernesto "Che" Guevara
    Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture. As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout South America and was radicalized by the poverty, hunger, and disease he witnessed. His burgeoning desire to help overturn what he saw as the capitalist exploitation of Latin America by the United States prompted his involvement in Guatemala's social reforms under President Jacobo Árbenz, whose eventual  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1928-1967)
    • Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
    • Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Author, Physician, Revolutionary
    • Cause Of Death: Execution by shooting
    • Credits: The Motorcycle Diaries,Che: Part One,Che: Part Two,Carnet de identidad
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    #671 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#21 of 63 The Most Influential People of the Cold War#69 of 89 The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

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    "A King should die standing."

    Louis XVIII, King of France
    Louis XVIII (Louis Stanislas Xavier; 17 November 1755 – 16 September 1824), known as "the Desired" (le Désiré), was King of France from 1814 to 1824, except for a period in 1815 known as the Hundred Days. He spent twenty-three years in exile, from 1791 to 1814, during the French Revolution and the First French Empire, and again in 1815, during the period of the Hundred Days, upon the return of Napoleon I from Elba. Until his accession to the throne of France, he held the title of Count of Provence as brother of King Louis XVI. On 21 September 1792, the National Convention abolished the monarchy and deposed Louis XVI, who was later executed by guillotine. When his young nephew Louis XVII  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1755-1824)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Politician
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    "I see black light."

    Victor Hugo, writer
    Victor Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo] (listen); 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is known primarily for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). Hugo was at the forefront of the Romantic literary movement with his play Cromwell and drama Hernani. Many of his works have inspired music, both during his  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1802-1885)
    • Birthplace: Besançon, France
    • Profession: Statesman, Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Pneumonia
    • Credits: Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Misérables, Re mizeraburu: shoujo kozetto
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    "Come my little one, and give me your hand."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, also US: GURT-ə, GAYT-ə, -⁠ee; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn ˈɡøːtə] (listen); 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include: four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him have survived. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August, in 1782 after taking up residence in Weimar in November 1775 following the success of his first novel,  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1749-1832)
    • Birthplace: Free City of Frankfurt
    • Profession: Poet, Diplomat, Novelist, Civil servant, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    • Credits: Faust, Faust, Lesson Faust, Wrong Move
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    "See in what peace a Christian can die."

    Joseph Addison, writer
    Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1672-1719)
    • Birthplace: Milston, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Essayist, Playwright
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    "Curtain, Fast music, Light, Ready for the last finale, Great, The show looks good, the show looks good"

    Florenz Ziegfeld, showman
    Florenz Edward Ziegfeld Jr. (March 21, 1867 – July 22, 1932), popularly known as Flo Ziegfeld, was an American Broadway impresario, notable for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld Follies (1907–1931), inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris. He also produced the musical Show Boat. He was known as the "glorifier of the American girl". Ziegfeld is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1867-1932)
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Impresario
    • Credits: Glorifying the American Girl, Rio Rita, Whoopee!, The Land of Promise
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    "Codeine . . . bourbon."

    Tallulah Bankhead, actress
    Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen. Bankhead was known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit. Originating some of the 20th century theater's preeminent roles in comedy and melodrama, she gained acclaim as an actress on both sides of the Atlantic. Bankhead became an icon of the tempestuous, flamboyant actress, and her unique voice and mannerisms are often subject to imitation and parody. Tallulah was a member of the Brockman Bankhead family, a prominent Alabama political family; her grandfather and uncle were U.S. Senators and her father served as an 11-term member of Congress, the final  ...more
    • Age: Died at 66 (1902-1968)
    • Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, USA
    • Profession: Radio personality, Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Emphysema, Malnutrition, Pneumonia, Influenza
    • Credits: Lifeboat, Fanatic, The Daydreamer, Stage Door Canteen, A Royal Scandal
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    Edward VII

    "No, I shall not give in. I shall go on. I shall work to the end."

    Edward VII, King of Britain
    Edward VII (Albert Edward; 9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death in 1910. The eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Edward was related to royalty throughout Europe. He was heir apparent to the British throne and held the title of Prince of Wales for longer than any of his predecessors. He was heir presumptive to the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha until he renounced his right to the duchy before his marriage. During the long reign of his mother, he was largely excluded from political power, and came to personify the fashionable, leisured elite. He  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1841-1910)
    • Birthplace: Buckingham Palace, London, England
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  • "Beautiful"

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning, writer
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning (née Moulton-Barrett, ; 6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861) was an English poet of the Victorian era, popular in Britain and the United States during her lifetime. Born in County Durham, the eldest of 12 children, Elizabeth Barrett wrote poetry from the age of eleven. Her mother's collection of her poems forms one of the largest extant collections of juvenilia by any English writer. At 15 she became ill, suffering intense head and spinal pain for the rest of her life. Later in life she also developed lung problems, possibly tuberculosis. She took laudanum for the pain from an early age, which is likely to have contributed to her frail health. In the 1840s Elizabeth was  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1806-1861)
    • Birthplace: Kelloe, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
    • Credits: The Cry of the Children
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    "Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you."

    Johannes Brahms, composer
    Johannes Brahms (German: [joˈhanəs ˈbʁaːms]; 7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer are such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow. Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time,  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1833-1897)
    • Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany,
    • Profession: Pianist, Composer
    • Cause Of Death: Cancer
    • Credits: The Truman Show,The King's Speech,There Will Be Blood,Despicable Me 2
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    "Damn it...Don't you dare ask God to help me"

    Joan Crawford, actress
    Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur; March 23, c. 1904 – May 10, 1977) was an American film and television actress who began her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorus girl on Broadway. Crawford then signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925; her career would span decades, studios, and controversies. In 1999, The American Film Institute ranked Crawford tenth on its list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema. In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled, and later outlasted, that of MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hard-working young women who found romance and success. These  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1904-1977)
    • Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Pin-up girl, Actor, Singer, Dancer
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction, Pancreatic cancer
    • Credits: Mildred Pierce, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Johnny Guitar, Grand Hotel
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  • "This time it will be a long one."

    Georges Clemenceau, French Premier
    Georges Eugène Benjamin Clemenceau (, also US: , French: [ʒɔʁʒ bɛ̃ʒamɛ̃ klemɑ̃so]; 28 September 1841 – 24 November 1929) was a French politician who was Prime Minister of France during the First World War. A leading independent Radical, he played a central role in the politics of the French Third Republic. Clemenceau was Prime Minister of France from 1906 to 1909 and from 1917 to 1920. Demanding a total victory over Germany, he wanted reparations, colonies, Alsace-Lorraine, and strict rules to prevent Germany from rearming. He achieved these goals in the Treaty of Versailles imposed on Germany at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Nicknamed "Père la Victoire" (Father Victory) or "Le  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1841-1929)
    • Birthplace: France
    • Profession: Statesman, Publisher, Newspaper, Physician
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    Charles II

    "Don't let poor Nelly (his mistress, Nell Gwynne) starve."

    Charles II, King of England and Scotland
    Charles II (29 May 1630 – 6 February 1685) was king of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was king of Scotland from 1649 until his deposition in 1651, and king of England, Scotland and Ireland from the 1660 Restoration of the monarchy until his death. Charles II was the eldest surviving child of Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland and Henrietta Maria of France. After Charles I's execution at Whitehall on 30 January 1649, at the climax of the English Civil War, the Parliament of Scotland proclaimed Charles II king on 5 February 1649. However, England entered the period known as the English Interregnum or the English Commonwealth, and the country was a de facto republic led by Oliver  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 54 (1630-1685)
    • Birthplace: St James's Palace, London, England
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    "Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy."

    Charlotte Bronte, writer
    Charlotte Brontë (, commonly ; 21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels became classics of English literature. She enlisted in school at Roe Head in January 1831, aged 14 years. She left the year after to teach her sisters, Emily and Anne, at home, returning in 1835 as a governess. In 1839 she undertook the role as governess for the Sidgwick family but left after a few months to return to Haworth where the sisters opened a school, but failed to attract pupils. Instead, they turned to writing and they each first published in 1846 under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1816-1855)
    • Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Governess, Author, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Epidemic typhus
    • Credits: Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre
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    "I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been."
    Adeline Virginia Woolf (; née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and also a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Woolf was born into an affluent household in South Kensington, London, the seventh child in a blended family of eight. Her mother, Julia Prinsep Jackson, celebrated as a Pre-Raphaelite artist's model, had three children from her first marriage, while Woolf's father, Leslie Stephen, a notable man of letters, had one previous daughter. The Stephens produced another four children, including the modernist painter Vanessa Bell. While the boys in the family  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1882-1941)
    • Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Drowning, Suicide
    • Credits: Orlando, Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Golven
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    "I am dying. I haven't drunk champagne for a long time."

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, writer
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов, tr. Antón Pávlovič Čéhov, IPA: [ɐnˈton ˈpavɫəvʲɪtɕ ˈtɕɛxəf]; 29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short-story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics, and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 44 (1860-1904)
    • Birthplace: Taganrog, Russia
    • Profession: Author, Physician, Playwright
    • Cause Of Death: Tuberculosis
    • Credits: Winter Sleep, Dark Eyes, Vanya on 42nd Street, An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano
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    "I feel here that this time they have succeeded."

    Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary
    Lev Davidovich Bronstein (7 November [O.S. 26 October] 1879 – 21 August 1940), better known as Leon Trotsky (), was a Russian revolutionary, Marxist theorist, and Soviet politician whose particular strain of Marxist thought is known as Trotskyism. Initially supporting the Menshevik-Internationalists faction within the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, he joined the Bolsheviks ("majority") just before the 1917 October Revolution, immediately becoming a leader within the Communist Party. He would go on to become one of the seven members of the first Politburo, founded in 1917 to manage the Bolshevik Revolution.During the early days of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1879-1940)
    • Birthplace: Kirovohrad, Ukraine
    • Profession: Statesman, Editor, Politician
    • Cause Of Death: Assassination, Murder
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    #287 of 347 The Most Important Leaders In World History#1403 of 3,210 The Most Influential People of All Time#162 of 193 Celebrities With Leo Moon

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    "I am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven."

    Pietro Perugino, Italian painter
    Pietro Perugino (US: , Italian: [ˈpjɛːtro peruˈdʒiːno]; c. 1446/1452 – 1523), born Pietro Vannucci, was an Italian Renaissance painter of the Umbrian school, who developed some of the qualities that found classic expression in the High Renaissance. Raphael was his most famous pupil.  ...more
    • Age: 576
    • Birthplace: Città della Pieve, Italy
    • Profession: Artist
    61
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    "I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace."

    Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury
    Thomas Becket (), also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London and later Thomas à Becket (21 December c. 1119 (or 1120) – 29 December 1170), was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II, King of England, over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after his death, he was canonised by Pope Alexander III.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1118-1170)
    • Birthplace: Cheapside, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Bishop
    • Cause Of Death: Assassination
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    "I can't sleep."

    James M. Barrie, author
    Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, (; 9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. He was born and educated in Scotland and then moved to London, where he wrote a number of successful novels and plays. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys, who inspired him to write about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (first included in Barrie's adult novel The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a "fairy play" about an ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. Although he continued to write  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1860-1937)
    • Birthplace: Kirriemuir, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer, Playwright
    • Cause Of Death: Pneumonia
    • Credits: Peter Pan, Hook, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Return to Never Land
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    "Does nobody understand?"

    James Joyce, writer
    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles, most famously stream of consciousness. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, his published  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1882-1941)
    • Birthplace: Rathgar, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Dead,I'm Going Home,Ulysses,Bloom
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    "I have a terrific headache."

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US President
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt (, ; January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A member of the Democratic Party, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. As a dominant leader of his party, he built the New Deal Coalition, which realigned American politics into the Fifth  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)
    • Birthplace: Hyde Park, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier, Corporate lawyer, Writer, Lawyer
    • Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage
    • Credits: Zeitgeist: The Movie, World War II in HD Colour, The President's Mystery, Fala: The President's Dog
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    "Just don't leave me alone."
    John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an American comedian, actor, and singer. He was one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). Throughout his career, Belushi had a close personal and artistic partnership with his fellow SNL star Dan Aykroyd, whom he met while they were both working at Chicago's The Second City comedy club.Born in Chicago to Albanian American parents, Belushi started his own successful comedy troupe with Tino Insana and Steve Beshekas, called "The West Compass Trio". Belushi performed with The Second City after Bernard Sahlins discovered him. He met Brian Doyle-Murray and Harold Ramis there and also  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1949-1982)
    • Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Heroin overdose
    • Credits: The Blues Brothers,Saturday Night Live,Animal House,1941
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    "I'm tired of being the funniest person in the room."
    Del P. Close (March 9, 1934 – March 4, 1999) was an American actor, writer, and teacher who coached many of the best-known comedians and comic actors of the late twentieth century. In addition to an acting career in television and film, he was a premier influence on modern improvisational theater. Close co-authored the book Truth in Comedy, which outlines techniques now common in longform improvisation, and describes the overall structure of "Harold", which remains a common frame for longer improvisational scenes.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1934-1999)
    • Birthplace: USA, Kansas, Manhattan
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Writer, Teacher
    • Cause Of Death: Emphysema
    • Credits: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, American Graffiti, The Untouchables, The Blob, Upright Citizens Brigade
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    107 VOTES

    "Nothing, but death."

    Jane Austen, writer
    Jane Austen (; 16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism. Her use of biting irony, along with her realism, humour, and social commentary, have long earned her acclaim among critics, scholars, and popular audiences alike.With the publications of Sense and  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1775-1817)
    • Birthplace: Steventon, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Tuberculosis
    • Credits: Pride & Prejudice,Sense and Sensibility,Becoming Jane,Emma
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    56 VOTES
    "I love you and my head hurts."
    Gary Wayne Coleman (February 8, 1968 – May 28, 2010) was an American actor, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986). After a successful childhood acting career, Coleman struggled financially later in life. In 1989, he successfully sued his parents and business adviser over misappropriation of his assets, only to declare bankruptcy a decade later. On May 28, 2010, Coleman died of a subdural hematoma at age 42.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 42 (1968-2010)
    • Birthplace: Zion, Illinois, USA
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Cause Of Death: Epidural hematoma, Cerebral hemorrhage
    • Credits: Diff'rent Strokes,The Kid with the 200 I.Q.,On the Right Track,The Kid with the Broken Halo
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    "Please don't leave me."
    Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre and later a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. He then went on to pursue a film career, starring in films such as Coneheads, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep and Beverly Hills Ninja. Farley died of a drug overdose at the age of 33.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1964-1997)
    • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Stunt Performer, Comedian, Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Morphine, Heroin overdose
    • Credits: Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep, Wayne's World 2
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    Hilarious And Wild Chris Farley Stories That Will Make You Laugh And Maybe Cry#23 of 392 The 100+ Funniest People Of All Time#140 of 439 Famous Men You'd Want To Have A Beer With

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    "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."
    Steven Paul Jobs (; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American business magnate, entrepreneur and investor. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc., the chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Jobs was born in San Francisco, California and put up for adoption. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Reed College in 1972 before dropping out that same  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1955-2011)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Designer
    • Cause Of Death: Respiratory arrest, Pancreatic cancer
    • Credits: Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, The Pixar Story, Toy Story, The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires
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    "How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?"

    P. T. Barnum, entrepreneur
    Phineas Taylor Barnum (; July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, politician, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus (1871–2017). He was also an author, publisher, and philanthropist, though he said of himself: "I am a showman by profession ... and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me". According to his critics, his personal aim was "to put money in his own coffers." He is widely credited with coining the adage "There's a sucker born every minute", although no proof can be found of him saying this. Barnum became a small business owner in his early twenties and founded a weekly newspaper before moving to  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1810-1891)
    • Birthplace: Bethel, Connecticut
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur
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    "OK, I won't."
    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. Presley, on rhythm acoustic guitar, and accompanied by lead guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, was a pioneer of  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
    • Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Soldier, Musician, Actor, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction, Combined drug intoxication
    • Credits: Love Me Tender, Blue Hawaii, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas
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    Isadora Duncan

    "Adieu, mes amis. Je vais la gloire."

    Isadora Duncan, dancer
    Angela Isadora Duncan (May 26, 1877 or May 27, 1878 – September 14, 1927) was an American and French dancer who performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50, when her scarf became entangled in the wheels and axle of the car in which she was riding.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1877-1927)
    • Birthplace: California
    • Profession: Dancer
    • Cause Of Death: Traffic collision, Strangling
    • Credits: Isadora
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    "No more games. No more bombs. No more walking. No more fun. No more swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No fun - for anybody. 67. You are getting greedy. Act your old age. Relax - this won't hurt."
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1937-2005)
    • Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Suicide
    • Credits: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Where the Buffalo Roam
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    "On the ground!"
    Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1812-1870)
    • Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer, Playwright
    • Cause Of Death: Stroke
    • Credits: A Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Oliver!, Great Expectations
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    "Why not? Yeah."

    Timothy Leary, psychologist
    Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) was an American psychologist and writer known for advocating the exploration of the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs under controlled conditions. As a clinical psychologist at Harvard University, Leary conducted experiments under the Harvard Psilocybin Project in 1960–62 (LSD and psilocybin were still legal in the United States at the time), resulting in the Concord Prison Experiment and the Marsh Chapel Experiment. The scientific legitimacy and ethics of his research were questioned by other Harvard faculty because he took psychedelics together with research subjects and pressured students in his class to take psychedelics  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1920-1996)
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Springfield
    • Profession: Psychologist, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Consultant
    • Cause Of Death: Prostate cancer
    • Credits: Nice Dreams, Shocker, Conceiving Ada, Roadside Prophets, Hofmann's Potion
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    "I am still alive"

    Gaius Caligula, Roman Emperor
    Caligula (; Latin: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; 31 August 12 – 24 January 41 AD) was Roman emperor from 37 to 41 AD. The son of the popular Roman general Germanicus and Augustus's granddaughter Agrippina the Elder, Caligula was born into the first ruling family of the Roman Empire, conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Germanicus's uncle and adoptive father, Tiberius, succeeded Augustus as emperor of Rome in 14. Although he was born Gaius Caesar, after Julius Caesar, he acquired the nickname "Caligula" (meaning "little [soldier's] boot", the diminutive form of caliga) from his father's soldiers during their campaign in Germania. When Germanicus died at Antioch in  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 28 (12-41)
    • Birthplace: Anzio, Italy
    • Profession: Roman emperor
    • Cause Of Death: Stabbing, Tyrannicide, Assassination
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    Boris Pasternak

    "Good-bye . . . why am I hemorrhaging?"

    Boris Pasternak, writer
    Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (; Russian: Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis lʲɪɐˈnʲidəvʲɪtɕ pəstɨrˈnak]; 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1890 – 30 May 1960) was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russian, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life (composed 1917), is one of the most influential collections ever published in the Russian language. Pasternak's translations of stage plays by Goethe, Schiller, Calderón de la Barca and Shakespeare remain very popular with Russian audiences. As a novelist, Pasternak is also known as the author of Doctor Zhivago (1957), a novel which takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Second World  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1890-1960)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer
    • Cause Of Death: Lung cancer
    • Credits: Doctor Zhivago, Doctor Zhivago
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    96 VOTES

    "Nothing matters. Nothing matters."

    Louis B. Mayer, film producer
    Louis Burt Mayer ( born Lazar Meir; July 12, 1884 – October 29, 1957) was an American film producer and co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios (MGM) in 1924. Under Mayer's management, MGM became the film industry's most prestigious movie studio, accumulating the largest concentration of leading writers, directors and stars in Hollywood. Mayer was born in the Russian Empire and grew up poor in Saint John, New Brunswick. He quit school at 12 to support his family and later moved to Boston and purchased a small vaudeville theater in Haverhill, Massachusetts called the "Garlic Box" as it catered to poorer Italian immigrants. He renovated and expanded several other theaters in the Boston area  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1884-1957)
    • Birthplace: Russian Empire, Minsk
    • Profession: Film Producer
    • Cause Of Death: Leukemia
    • Credits: Greed, Ben-Hur, Seven Chances, Redemption, The Fire Brigade
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    "God bless... God damn."

    James Thurber, humorist
    James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, and celebrated wit. He was best known for his cartoons and short stories published mainly in The New Yorker magazine, such as "The Catbird Seat", and collected in his numerous books. He was one of the most popular humorists of his time, as he celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people. He wrote the Broadway comedy The Male Animal in collaboration with his college friend Elliott Nugent; it was later adapted into a film starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland. His short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has been adapted for  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1894-1961)
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
    • Profession: Humorist, Cartoonist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, My World and Welcome to It, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Battle of the Sexes, The Male Animal
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    "Why now? I don't want to die. Why?"
    Samuel Burl Kinison (; December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to charismatic preachers, and punctuated by his distinct scream.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1953-1992)
    • Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, USA
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Traffic collision
    • Credits: The Sam Kinison Family Entertainment Hour, Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me, Sacred Cow Halloween Special
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    Louisa May Alcott

    "Is it not meningitis?"

    Louisa M. Alcott, writer
    Louisa May Alcott (; November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist, short story writer and poet better known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Alcott's family suffered from financial difficulties, and while she worked to help support the family from an early age, she also sought an outlet in writing. She began to receive critical success for her  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1832-1888)
    • Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Nurse, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Little Women, Little Women, Little Women, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Little Women
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    "Valerie."
    Thomas Stearns Eliot (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965), "one of the twentieth century's major poets", was also an essayist, publisher, playwright, and literary and social critic. Born in St. Louis, Missouri to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25 and would settle, work, and marry there. He became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39, subsequently renouncing his American passport.Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which was seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922),  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1888-1965)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Lyricist, Writer, Playwright
    • Cause Of Death: Emphysema
    • Credits: Murder in the Cathedral, School of Rock, Funny People, Rio 2
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    "Woe is me. Me thinks I'm turning into a god."

    Vespasian, Roman Emperor
    Vespasian was Roman Emperor from AD 69 to AD 79. Vespasian founded the Flavian dynasty that ruled the Empire for twenty seven years. Vespasian was from an equestrian family that rose into the senatorial rank under the Julio–Claudian emperors. Although he fulfilled the standard succession of public offices, and held the consulship in AD 51, Vespasian's renown came from his military success: he was legate of Legio II Augusta during the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 and subjugated Judaea during the Jewish rebellion of 66. While Vespasian besieged Jerusalem during the Jewish rebellion, emperor Nero committed suicide and plunged Rome into a year of civil war known as the Year of the Four  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (9-79)
    • Birthplace: Falacrine
    • Profession: Roman emperor
    • Cause Of Death: Natural causes
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    "Useless... useless..."
    John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865. He was a member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and a well-known actor in his own right. He was also a Confederate sympathizer, vehement in his denunciation of Lincoln and strongly opposed to the abolition of slavery in the United States.Booth and a group of co-conspirators originally plotted to kidnap Lincoln but later planned to kill him, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William H. Seward in a bid to help the Confederacy's cause. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 26 (1838-1865)
    • Birthplace: Bel Air, Maryland
    • Profession: Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Ballistic trauma
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    "v"

    Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor
    Napoleon Bonaparte (, French: [napɔleɔ̃ bɔnɑpaʁt]; Italian: Napoleone di Buonaparte, pronounced [napoleˈone di bwɔnaˈparte]; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French statesman and military leader of Italian descent who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor of the French as Napoleon I from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1769-1821)
    • Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
    • Profession: Politician, Military Officer
    • Cause Of Death: Stomach cancer
    • Credits: Le mémorial de Sainte-Hélène
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    "All is lost. Monks, monks, monks"

    Henry VIII, King of England
    Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547. He was the second Tudor monarch, succeeding his father Henry VII. Henry is best known for his six marriages, in particular his efforts to have his first marriage (to Catherine of Aragon) annulled. His disagreement with the Pope on the question of such an annulment led Henry to initiate the English Reformation, separating the Church of England from papal authority. He appointed himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England and dissolved convents and monasteries, for which he was excommunicated. Henry is also known as "the father of the Royal Navy"; he invested heavily in the Navy,  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1491-1547)
    • Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom
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    "Moose...Indian..."

    Henry David Thoreau, writer
    Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry amount to more than 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, in which he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 44 (1817-1862)
    • Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Philosopher
    • Cause Of Death: Tuberculosis
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