Lloyd George (17th January 1863 - 26th March 1945)26th March 1945
David Lloyd George was a British Liberal politician serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1916 to 1922. He was known for leading the United Kingdom during the First World War, social reform policies, his role in the Paris Peace Conference and negotiating the establishment of the Irish Free State.
Nelson Mandela (18th July 1918 - 5th December 2013)5th December 2013
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary political leader who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Princess Diana (1st July 1961 - 31st August 1997)31st August 1997
The Princess of Wales, first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana was known as the People's Princess following her sudden death in a car accident. Mother of Prince William and Prince Harry, she was a patron of many campaigns including the social acceptance of AIDS and the Red Cross campaign for land mine removal.
Steve Jobs (24th February 1955 - 5th October 2011)5th October 2011
Steve Jobs was an American business magnate, industrial designer, media proprietor, and investor. Co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple; chairman of Pixar; a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. He is widely recognised as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.
Amy Winehouse (14th September 1983 - 23rd July 2011)23rd July 2011
Amy Winehouse was a British singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues and jazz. Winehouse was plagued by drug and alcohol addiction. She died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011 at the age of 27.
Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991)24th November 1991
Freddie Mercury was a British singer-songwriter, who was best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music, he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987 and died of complications related to the disease in 1992.
Alex Trebek (22nd July 1940 - 8th November 2020)8th November 2020
Alex Trebek was a Canadian-American game show host and television personality. He hosted the syndicated general knowledge quiz game show Jeopardy! for 37 seasons from its revival in 1984 until his death in 2020. He received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host eight times for his work on Jeopardy!
David Bowie (8th January 1947 - 10th January 2016)10th January 2016
David Bowie, born David Jones, and also known by stage name Ziggy Stardust, was an English singer-songwriter and actor. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at over 100 million records worldwide, made him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Muhammad Ali (17th January 1942 - 3rd June 2016)3rd June 2016
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, was an American professional boxer and activist. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century, and is frequently ranked as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.
Al Capone (17th January 1988 - 25th January 1947)25th January 1947
Al Capone, sometimes known by the nickname "Scarface", was an American gangster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. His seven-year reign as a crime boss ended when he went to prison at the age of 33.
Captain Sir Tom Moore (30th April 1920 - 2nd February 2021)2021
Captain Sir Tom Moore, more popularly known as Captain Tom, was a British Army officer and fundraiser who made international headlines in 2020 when he raised money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Victor Hugo (26th February 1802 - 22nd May 1885)22nd May 1885
Victor Hugo, was a French poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, 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 (1831).
Johnny Cash (26th February 1932 - 12th September 2003)12th September 2003
Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter. Cash is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. His signature songs include 'I Walk the Line', 'Ring of Fire', 'Get Rhythm', and 'Man in Black' and his music career was dramatised in the 2005 biopic Walk the Line.
Stephen Hawking (8th January 1942 - 14th March 2018)14th March 2018
Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. He achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. He died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76, after living with motor neurone disease for more than 50 years.
Florence Nightingale (12th May 1820 - 13th August 1910)13th August 1910
Florence Nightingale was an English social reformer, statistician and the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers at Constantinople.
Sir Winston Churchill (30th November 1874 - 24th January 1965)24th January 1965
Winston Churchill was a British statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, during the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955.
Mahatma Gandhi (2nd October 1869 - 30th January 1948)30th January 1948
Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British rule, and to later inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
Simone De Beauvoir (9th January 1908 - 14th April 1986)14th April 1986
Simone de Beauvoir was a French existentialist philosopher, writer, social theorist, and feminist activist. Known for her treatise The Second Sex, an analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; and for her novels, including She Came to Stay. She had an open, lifelong relationship with French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.
Betty Friedan (4th February 1921 - 4th February 2006)4th February 2006
Betty Friedan was an American feminist writer and activist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, her book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected the first president of the equality group National Organisation for Women.
Rosa Parks (4th February 1913 - 24th October 2005)24th October 2005
Rosa Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. In 1955, Parks rejected bus driver James F. Blake's order to vacate a row of four seats for a white passenger. Bus segregation became unconstitutional and she was honoured as "the first lady of civil rights" by the US Congress.
Martin Luther King (15th January 1929 - 4th April 1968)4th April 1968
Martin Luther King Jr was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King's known for the 1963 March on Washington where he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Ray Charles (23rd September 1930 - 10th June 2004)10th June 2004
Ray Charles was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential singers ever, and he was often referred to as “The Genius”. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". Charles was blinded during childhood, possibly due to glaucoma.
Miles Davis (26th May 1926 - 28th September 1991)28th September 1991
Miles Davis was an American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music.
Juliette Gréco (7th February 1927 - 23rd September 2020)23rd September 2020
Juliette Gréco was a French singer and actress. Her best known songs are 'Paris Canaille', 'La Javanaise' and 'Déshabillez-moi'. She often sang tracks with lyrics written by French poets such as Jacques Prévert and Boris Via.
Louis Armstrong (4th August 1901 - 6th July 1971)6th July 1971
Louis Armstrong, born and raised in New Orleans, nicknamed "Satchmo", "Satch", and "Pops", was an American trumpeter and vocalist. He is among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades and different eras in the history of jazz.
Aretha Franklin (25th March 1942 - 16th August 2018)16th August 2018
Arethra Franklin was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. The "Queen of Soul" has twice been placed ninth in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". With global sales of over 75 million records, Franklin is one of the world's best-selling music artists. In 2020, Franklin was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Serge Gainsbourg (2nd April 1928 - 2nd March 1991)2nd March 1991
Serge Gainsbourg was a French musician, singer-songwriter, actor, author and filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French pop, he was renowned for often provocative and scandalous releases which caused uproar in France.
Queen Mother (4th August 1900 - 30th March 2002)30th March 2002
Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was Queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 to 6 February 1952 as the wife of King George VI. After her husband died, she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to avoid confusion with her daughter Queen Elizabeth II.
Marie Curie (7th November 1867 - 4th July 1934)4th July 1934
Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields.
Louis Pasteur (27th December 1822 - 28th September 1895)28th September 1895
Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization. His research in chemistry led to remarkable breakthroughs in understanding the causes and preventions of diseases; the foundations of hygiene, public health and much of modern medicine.
Charles Darwin (12th February 1809 - 19th April 1882)19th April 1882
Charles Darwin was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary biology and the concept of natural selection. Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species.
Vera Lynn (20th March 1917 - 18th June 2020)18th June 2020
Vera Lynn was an English singer and entertainer whose musical recordings and performances were very popular during the Second World War. She is honorifically known as the "Forces' Sweetheart", having given outdoor concerts for the troops.
Elvis Presley (8th January 1935 - 16th August 1977)16th August 1977
Elvis was an American singer and actor dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll" and one of the most significant cultural icons. Selling over 500 million records worldwide, Presley is recognized as the best-selling solo music artist of all time by Guinness World Records. Presley won three Grammy Awards and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36.
Marilyn Monroe (1st June 1926 - 4th August 1962)4th August 1962
Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, was an American actress, model and singer. Famous for playing "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols in the 1950s. Her marriages were both highly publicized and both ended in divorce. On August 4 1962 she overdosed at her LA home; her death was ruled a probable suicide.
Bob Marley (6th February 1945 - 11th May 1981)11th May 1981
Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, he's a global symbol of Jamaican music, culture and identity, and was controversial in his outspoken support for democratic social reforms. In 1976 Marley survived a politically motivated assassination attempt on his home.
Elizabeth Taylor (27th February 1932 - 23rd March 2011)23rd March 2011
Dame Elizabeth Taylor was a British-American actress. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She then became the highest paid movie star in the 1960s. She was also known for her multiple marriages, including two with Richard Burton.
John Lennon (9th October 1940 - 8th December 1980)8th December 1980
John Lennon was an English singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as the founder, co-songwriter, co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of The Beatles. He was shot and killed by a Beatles fan, Mark David Chapman, widowing his wife Yoko Ono.
Neil Armstrong (5th August 1930 - 25th August 2012)25th August 2012
Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.
Cary Grant (18th January 1904 - 29th November 1986)29th November 1986
Cary Grant was a British-American actor. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing, he was one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men from the 1930s until the mid-1960s.
Bette Davis (5th April 1908 - 6th October 1989)6th October 1989
Bette Davis was an American actress with a career spanning more than 50 years and 100 acting credits. She was noted for playing groundbreaking unsympathetic, sardonic characters and for pioneering female villainy in motion pictures. A recipient of two Academy Awards, she was the first thespian to accrue ten nominations.
Bob Hope (29th May 1903 - 27th July 2003)27th July 2003
Bob Hope, born Leslie Townes Hope, was a British-American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, and author. With a career that spanned nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, with 54 feature films that starred Hope, including a series of seven "Road" musical comedy movies with Bing Crosby as Hope's top-billed partner.
Bing Crosby (3rd May 1903 - 14th October 1977)14th October 1977
Bing Crosby, born Harry Lillis Crosby Jr., was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, he was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century worldwide. He was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1926 to 1977. He made over 70 feature films and recorded more than 1,600 songs.
Frank Sinatra (12th December 1915 - 14th May 1998)14th May 1998
Frank Sinatra was an American singer and actor. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold an estimated 150 million records worldwide. His bright blue eyes earned him the popular nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes". He was the father of Nancy Sinatra.
Walt Disney (5th December 1901 - 15th December 1966)15th December 1966
Walt Disney was an American animator, film producer and entrepreneur. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. He was the first person to be nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories. In the 1950s he opened Disneyland in California.
Diana Rigg (20th July 1938 - 10th September 2020)10th September 2020
Diana Rigg was an English actress of stage and screen. Her roles include Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers; Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, wife of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.
Diego Maradona (30th October 1960 - 25th November 2020)25th November 2020
Diego Maradona was an Argentine professional football player and manager, nicknamed "El Pibe de Oro". He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. During his career at Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. One of his goals in the 1986 World Cup was voted "Goal of the Century" by FIFA.com voters in 2002.
Terence Conran (4th October 1931 - 12th September 2020)12th September 2020
Sir Terence Conran was an English designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer. He founded the Design Museum in London. The British designer Thomas Heatherwick said that Conran "moved Britain forward to make it an influence around the world."
Eddie Van Halen (26th January 1955 - 6th October 2020)6th October 2020
Eddie Van Halen was an American musician and songwriter. He was the main songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist of the rock band Van Halen. He is regarded as one of the all-time greatest guitar players in rock history and was well known for popularizing the tapping guitar solo technique, allowing rapid arpeggios to be played with two hands on the fretboard.
Muammar Gaddafi (7th June 1942 - 20th October 2011)20th October 2011
Mauammar Gaddafi was a Libyan revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He was Revolutionary Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republic from 1969 to 1977, and then as the "Brotherly Leader" of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1977 to 2011. He was condemned as a dictator who violated human rights and financed global terrorism.
Sean Connery (25th August 1930 - 31st October 2020)31st October 2020
Sean Connery, born Thomas Connery, was a Scottish actor. He was the first actor to play James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. Connery has been recognized as "The Greatest Living Scot" and named "Scotland's Greatest Living National Treasure". He was voted by People magazine as the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989.
Pablo Picasso (25th October 1881 - 8th April 1973)8th April 1973
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement and the invention of constructed sculpture.
Johnny Hallyday (15th June 1943 - 5th December 2017)5th December 2017
Johnny Halliday, born Jean-Philippe Léo Smet, was a French rock and roll and pop singer and actor, credited for bringing rock and roll to France. During a career spanning 57 years, he released 79 albums and sold more than 110 million records worldwide, mainly in the French-speaking world, making him one of the best-selling artists in the world.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (15th March 1933 - 18th September 2020)18th September 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsberg was an American lawyer and jurist at the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton to replace retiring justice Byron White. Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Court. She was dubbed "The Notorious R.B.G.", and she later embraced the moniker.
John F Kennedy (29th May 1917 - 22nd November 1983)22nd October 1963
John F Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination near the end of his third year in office. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba.
Katherine Johnson (26th August 1918 - 24th February 2020)24th February 2020
Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics was critical to the success of the first U.S. crewed spaceflights. She has been awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Silver Snoopy Award, a NASA Group Achievement Award and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Prince Philip (10th June 1921 - 9th April 2021)9th April 2021
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, later Philip Mountbatten, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. He was the consort of the British monarch from Elizabeth's accession on 6 February 1952 until his death in 2021, making him the longest-serving royal consort in history.
Queen Elizabeth II (21st April 1926 - 8th September 2022)8th September 2022
Queen Elizabeth II was Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. Married to Prince Philip and daughter of King George VI. She was the longest lived and longest reigning British monarch.
(20th June 1931 - 1st May 2021)1st May 2021
Olympia Dukakis was an American actress. She performed in more than 130 stage productions, more than 60 films and in 50 television series. She won an Academy and a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Moonstruck, and a Golden Globe nomination for Sinatra. A documentary about her life, titled Olympia, was released theatrically in the US in 2018.
Charlie Watts (2nd June 1941 - 24th August 2021)24th August 2021
Charlie Watts was an English musician and drummer for The Rolling Stones. He was nicknamed "The Wembley Whammer" by Jagger. In 1989, Watts was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. He's often regarded as one of the greatest drummers of all time.
Jimmy Greaves (20th February 1940 - 19th September 2021)19th September 2021
Jimmy Greaves was an English professional footballer who played as a forward. He is England's fifth-highest international goalscorer (44 goals), Tottenham Hotspur's highest ever goalscorer (266 goals), the highest goalscorer in the history of English top-flight football (357 goals), and also scored more hat-tricks (six) for England than anyone else.
Brian Epstein (19th September 1934 - 27th August 1967)27th August 1967
Brian Epstein was a British music entrepreneur who managed The Beatles from 1962 until his death. He also managed Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, Cilla Black and The Big Three.
Colin Powell (5th April 1937 - 18th October 2021)18th October 2021
Colin Powell was an American politician, statesman, diplomat, and US Army officer who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African-American Secretary of State. During this time, he oversaw 28 crises, including the invasion of Panama and the Persian Gulf War against Iraq in 1990–1991.
Desmond Tutu (7th October 1931 - 26th December 2021)26th December 2021
Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, the first black African to hold the positions. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for work involving anti-apartheid activism.
Sidney Poitier (20th February 1927 - 7th January 2022)7th January 2022
Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian and American actor, film director and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Poitier was granted a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film.
Meat Loaf (27th September 1947 - 20th January 2022)20th January 2022
Born Marvin Lee Aday, known professionally as Meat Loaf, was an American singer and actor. His Bat Out of Hell trilogy — Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose — has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. He also appeared in over 50 films and television shows
Mother Teresa (26th August 1910 - 5th September 1997)5th September 1997
Mother Theresa, honoured in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She founded the Missionaries of Charity – 4,500 nuns across 133 countries. The charity helped people dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. Teresa received the Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Betty White (17th January 1922 - 31st December 2021)31st December 2021
Betty White, born Betty Marion White Ludden, was an American actress and comedian with a career spanning seven decades. She was the first woman to produce a sitcom in the USA, contributing to her being named honorary Mayor of Hollywood. White received eight Emmy Awards in various categories.
Doris Day (3rd April 1922 - 13th May 2019)13th May 2019
Doris Day, born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff, was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. She was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers.
Shane Warne (13th September 1969 - 4th March 2022)4th March 2022
Shane Warne was an Australian cricketer. A right-arm leg spinner, he is widely considered as one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history, and in 2000 he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only specialist bowler and the only one still playing at the time.
Jean Paul Belmondo (9th April 1933 - 6th September 2021)6th September 2021
Jean Paul Belmondo was a French actor who became a major French film star from the 1960s. Belmondo won the César Award for Best Actor for his performance in Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté, and was nominated for two BAFTA Awards throughout his career. In 2017 he received a lifetime achievement honor.
Grace Kelly (12th November 1929 - 14th September 1982)14th September 1982
Grace Kelly was an American actress who became Princess Grace of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III. Kelly appeared in eleven films before she retired from acting aged 26. She was nominated for for Best Actress for her role in The Country Girl (1954), and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in High Noon (1952).
Jimi Hendrix (27th November 1942 - 18th September 1970)18th September 1970
Jimi Hendrix was an American musician who was considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Born in Seattle in 1942, he began playing guitar at 15 years old. Hendrix played with several bands before forming the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966. The band released three albums between 1967 and 1970. He died in 1970 at the age of 27.
Sir Isaac Newton (4th January 1643 - 31st March 1727)31st March 1727
Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, physicist, and astronomer who's widely considered to be one of the most influential scientists of all time and one of the fathers of modern science. He is best known for his work on the laws of motion and gravitation, whilst also making important contributions to optics and calculus.
Gracie Fields (9th January 1898 - 27th September 1979)27th September 1979
Gracie Fields was an English actress, singer and comedian, beginning her career as a music hall performer. Fields became a successful film star in both Britain and the US, appearing in Sally in Our Alley (1931) and Sing as We Go (1934). She was also known for her humanitarian work during World War II, where she raised money for the various charities.
Lewis Carroll (27th January 1832 - 14th January 1898)14th January 1898
Lewis Carroll was an English writer, mathematician, and logician. He is best known for his children's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky.
Janis Joplin (19th January 1943 - 4th October 1970)4th October 1970
Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter and was one of the most successful musicians of her time. She was known for her unique, powerful voice and her bluesy, soulful style of music. Joplin rose to fame in the late 1960s with her band, the Kozmic Blues Band, and released several successful albums. She died of a drug overdose at the age of 27.
Audrey Hepburn (4th May 1929 - 20th January 1993)20th January 1993
Audrey Hepburn was a British actress, model and humanitarian. She was one of the most popular actresses of the 20th century. Her films include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday and The Nun's Story. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Roman Holiday.
Louis de Funès (31st July 1914 - 27th January 1983)27th January 1983
Louis de Funès, born Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza, was a French actor and director, and one of the most famous comedy actors of his generation. He is best known for his role in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Longest Day (1962), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), and The Great Escape (1963).
Jules Verne (8th February 1828 - 24th March 1905)24th March 1905
Jules Verne was a French author who wrote some of the most influential works in the science fiction genre. Many of his novels are still widely read today, and his work has been adapted for film and television numerous times.
George Harrison (25th February 1943 - 29th November 2001)29th November 2001
George Harrison was an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, and lead guitarist in The Beatles. Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work. Harrison wrote both 'Here Comes the Sun' and 'Something'.
Joseph Stalin (18th December 1878 - 5th March 1953)5th March 1953
Joseph Stalin was a Soviet politician and leader who ruled the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Stalin consolidated power following the death of Vladimir Lenin and launched a command economy and a reign of terror to enforce his rule.
Marcel Marceau (22nd March 1923 - 22nd September 2007)22nd September 2007
Marcel Marceau was a French actor and mime artist. He was one of the most famous mimes of the 20th century and helped to popularize the art of mime. Marceau was also a member of the French Resistance during World War II.
Vincent van Gogh (30th March 1853 - 29th July 1890)29th July 1890
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous figures in art history. In just over a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, full of bold colors and dramatic, impulsive brushwork. He wasn't commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 followed years of mental illness and poverty.
Margaret Thatcher (13th October 1925 - 8th April 2013)8th April 2013
Margaret Thatcher was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office.
Nina Simone (21st February 1933 - 21st April 2003)21st April 2003
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Born in North Carolina, she grew up in a musical family and began playing piano at an early age. Simone rose to prominence in the 1950s with her soulful voice and distinctive style. She had a successful career in jazz and pop music, and also became an active civil rights activist.
James Brown (3rd May 1933 - 25th December 2006)25th December 2006
James Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and musician, and one of the most influential figures in popular music. Referred to as the "Godfather of Soul", his music helped shape the sound and style of rhythm and blues, soul, and funk. Brown's career spanned six decades, and he was a major figure in the development of funk music and dance.
Paul Gauguin (7th June 1848 - 8th May 1903)8th May 1903
Paul Gauguin was a French post-Impressionist artist. Unhappy with the lack of recognition of his work, he moved to Tahiti in 1891 in an attempt to lead a simpler life and gain inspiration from the native culture. He continued to produce art, which was met with both criticism and acclaim, until his death in 1903.
George Orwell (25th June 1903 - 21st January 1950)21st January 1950
George Orwell was an English novelist and essayist who is best known for his novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell was a committed socialist and fought for the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War. He was critical of both capitalism and communism, and his work is marked by a profound concern for social justice.
George Michael (25th June 1963 - 25th December 2016)25th December 2016
George Michael was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer, and member of the pop duo Wham!. He became a solo artist in 1987. He sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Michael won numerous awards including three Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards and six Grammys.
Emmeline Pankhurst (15th July 1858 - 14th June 1928)14th June 1928
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and one of the founders of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), a women's suffrage organization. She was jailed on numerous occasions and went on hunger strike on several occasions.
Natalie Wood (20th July 1938 - 29th November 1981)29th November 1981
Natalie Wood was an American actress. She began her career in film as a child actress and became a successful Hollywood star as a young adult, receiving three Academy Award nominations before she was 25 years old. Her performance in the 1961 film Splendor in the Grass earned her a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.
Whitney Houston (9th August 1963 - 11th February 2012)11th February 2012
Whitney Houston was an American singer and actress. She was one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 200 million records sold worldwide. Her debut album Whitney Houston (1985) became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history.
Charles Bronson (3rd November 1921 - 30th August 2003)30th August 2003
Charles Bronson was an American actor best known for his role as Mike Hammer in the TV series The Untouchables. He also appeared in such films as The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen and Once Upon a Time in the West.
JRR Tolkien (3rd January 1892 - 2nd September 1973)2nd September 1973
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
Edith Piaf (19th December 1915 - 10th October 1963)10th October 1963
Édith Piaf was a French singer, songwriter, and actress. Her voice was unique and her style was distinctive. She was born into poverty in Paris and rose to fame in the 1930s. She had a tumultuous personal life and her health declined in the later years of her life. She died at the age of 47.
Maria Callas (2nd December 1923 - 16th September 1977)16th September 1977
Maria Callas was a Greek-American soprano, one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. She combined an impressive vocal range with a dramatic intensity that made her one of the greatest opera singers of all time.
Pablo Escobar (1st December 1949 - 2nd December 1993)2nd December 1993
Pablo Escobar was a Columbian drug lord who was one of the most powerful people in the world. Escobar was born into a poor family but quickly rose to power in the Colombian drug trade. He was wanted by authorities in several countries and killed in a shootout with Colombian police in 1993. He had a net worth of around $30 billion.
Gustave Eiffel (15th December 1832 - 27th December 1923)27th December 1923
Gustave Eiffel was a French engineer and architect who designed the iconic Eiffel Tower. He is also responsible for a number of other well-known bridges and buildings, including the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Eiffel was a pioneer in the use of iron and steel in construction, and his work helped pave the way for the modern skyscraper.
Donna Summer (31st December 1948 - 17th May 2012)17th May 2012
Donna Summer was an American singer, songwriter, and actress known as the "Queen of Disco". Her music often incorporated elements of R&B, pop, and rock. She had a number of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including 'Love to Love You Baby', 'I Feel Love', 'Last Dance', and 'She Works Hard for the Money'. She died of lung cancer on May 17, 2012.
Pele (October 23rd 1940)1940
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a forward. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and labelled "the greatest" by FIFA. In 2000, Pelé was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
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