What highly prominent individuals died the same day?

Preferably, they have some other connection to each other (nationality, discipline, occupation, etc.). This is inspired by the recent deaths of Antonioni and Bergman. I’m not talking about mid-level celebrities, but highly visible, household names. Ones I have so far:

John Adams & Thomas Jefferson
C.S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley (plus JFK)
Yul Brynner & Orson Welles
Joseph Stalin & Sergei Prokofiev
Sammy Davis Jr. & Jim Henson

I’m sure there are a lot more, but I was hoping to limit things to really big names.

Well, if you want to research it, maybe this will help:


You could start there and work backward!

Cervantes and Shakespeare died on the same date but 10 days apart.

Princess Diana and Mother Tressea
Jefferson? and Adams?

:confused: Am I being whooshed? Is this some kind of barroom bet? How does this work?

Spain and England adopted the Gregorian calendar in different years. When they made the change they had to adjust by 10 days (11 by the time England did it) to get back on track with solar time. In the 17th century, there was effectively a 240-hour time-zone difference between Spain (or France, for that matter) and England.

Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997. Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997.

Mother Theresa and conductor Sir Georg Solti.

Director Cecil B. DeMille, and actor Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, January 21, 1959.

**Mahatma Gandhi ** and Orville Wright, January 30, 1948

A few I was able to come up with:

Actress Mercedes McCambridge and crazy woman Marge Schott - March 2, 2004
Chicken farmer Frank Perdue and political football Terri Schiavo - March 31, 2005
Nazi General Franz Halder and baseball player Gil Hodges - April 2, 1972
Author Barbara Cartland and actor Sir John Gielgud - May 21, 2000
Documentary filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty and Vichy collaborator Henri Petain - July 23, 1951
Musician Duane Allman and Nobel laureate Arne Tiselius - October 29, 1971

Actor **Dennis Weaver ** and actor Don Knotts, February 24, 2006.

Weiner magnate Oscar Mayer and penicillin discoverer Alexander Fleming, March 11, 1955.

Actor Dudley Moore, actor/comic Milton Berle, and writer/director Billy Wilder, all three on March 27, 2002.

Benny Hill & Frankie Howerd died 19th April 1992

Raymond Massey & David Niven both died on 29 July, 1983.

Doug Sahm died on my birthday - does that count?

Buddy Holly, Richie Valenz and The Big Bopper. Or are we excluding accidents like that?

Internet Movie Database, On This Day in History. The deaths are on the lower half of the page. Change the date with the drop-down menus on the left side of the page. Have fun.

As you noted, John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis both died on Nov. 22, 1963. Lewis’s death didn’t receive nearly the attention it would have otherwise. Hadn’t known about Aldous Huxley.

Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, and Joseph Goebbels, his wife and family, all died on the same day in the Fuhrerbunker, April 30, 1945.