It seems extremely uncanny when while visiting a cemetery you discover a tombstone reading the same date of birth and date of death of people resting beneath it. But your weirdness trespasses all the parameters when the tombstone belongs to a celebrity. However, it’s a tough job to leave this materialistic world on the day you were born, but here are ten famous people who did it.
10. FDR, Jr. (August 17, 1914 – August 17, 1988):
Son of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sr., FDR Jr. was an eminent American politician who served as a member of the United States Congress from 1949 to 1955. Apart from his salient contribution in American politics, he is also remembered for serving as a Naval officer in World War 2, where he was embellished for his fearlessness during the battle of Casablanca. He died on his 74th birthday in a hospital of New York due to the complications of lung cancer.
9. Betty Friedan (February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006):
A notable activist of American feminism and a celebrated author of “The Feminine Mystique,” Betty Friedan is a devotional name in the American society. This intellectual lady was the first president of the “National Organization for Women” and saliently contributed in bringing women in mainstream of American society. Exactly on her 85th birthday, she died of congestive heart failure at her home in Washington, D.C.
8. Ahmad Zahir ( June 14, 1946 – June 14, 1979):
Best known as the Godfather of Afghan music arena, Ahmad Zahir was the son of an influential Afghani leader, Abdul Zahir, who was also the Prime Minister of Afghanistan from 1971-1972. Ahmad Zahir’s songs are still adored by music lovers for comprising enthusiastic emotional induction, poetic style, obligating depth and honeyed tone. Because of avenging the policies of Marxist Government, this musical legend was assassinated on his 33rd birthday.
7. Michael Aris (March 27, 1946 – March 27, 1999):
Husband of firebrand Nobel Prize-winning Burmese politician, Aung San Suu Kyi, Michael Aris came to prominence after writing number of books on Buddhism and exploring some hidden recesses of Himalayan, Bhutanese and Tibetan culture. He had also served as a lecturer of Asian history at the prestigious St. Antony’s College, Oxford. After fighting a long battle with prostate cancer, Michael Aris died on his 53rd birthday in Oxford, United Kingdom.
6. Bunny Austin (August 26, 1906 – August 26, 2000):
An iconic image of the British tennis history, Henry Wilfred “Bunny” Austin is best known for being the first tennis player who embarked the trend of wearing shorts during matches. He along with Fred Perry significantly contributed for the victory of British team in the Davis Cup in three consecutive years from 1933-1935. Austin was also the first British player to reach in men’s final at Wimbledon. He died at a nursing home in London on his 94th birthday.
5. Norman Haworth (March 19, 1883 -March 19, 1950):
An eminent British chemist and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, Norman Haworth was laurelled with 1937 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for performing in-depth researches and investigations on carbohydrates and vitamin C. He developed the Haworth projection during his teaching career, which is widely used in biochemistry to translate the complex 3-D sugar structure into convenient 2-D graphical form. He died of heart failure on his 67th birthday in Birmingham.
4. Elizabeth of York (February 11, 1466 – February 11, 1503):
Daughter of King Edward IV of England and wife of Henry VII, Elizabeth of York was widely adored by the pupil of her kingdom due to her generous, kind and gentle nature. She had seven children among which only four survived to adulthood. She died on her 37th birthday due to childbirth complications.
3. Raphael (April 6, 1483 – April 6, 1520):
Raphael was an Italian painter who along with Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo formed the trinity of great masters of the High Renaissance. Raphael’s “The School of Athens” is regarded as one of the most awe-inspiring paintings till the date. According to Giorgio Vasari, a prominent painter, Raphael fell ill after an excessive sex and eventually on his 37th birthday, he died of the wrong cure.
2. George Washington Carver (January 5, 1864 – January 5, 1943):
A renowned botanist and inventor, George Washington Carver was a man of extravagant talent and enormous achievements who performed rigorous research on the promotion of alternative crops to cotton. For his outstanding contribution in agricultural research, he was awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal of the NAACP. One day, at his home, he took a poor fall from stairs and later, died on his 78th birthday from the complications of the fall.
1. Ingrid Bergman (August 29, 1915 – August 29, 1982):
Queen of an exceptional angelic natural beauty and best known for avoiding heavy makeup alike contemporary actresses, Ingrid Bergman was a Hollywood megastar and is still counted among one of the greatest actresses of all time. Bergman, the ideal of American womanhood, died after a long battle with breast cancer, on her 67th birthday in London.