Some of the most famous dead people from the 20th century include Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy. Other famous individuals of this type include Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe.
Many of the most famous deceased people from the 20th century were political figures. Some were in power leading up to and during World War II, such as Adolf Hitler, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and the primary instigator of the war, and Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. Other famous political figures include John F. Kennedy, president of the United States from 1961 to 1963, and Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy's successor.
Artists are also among the most famous deceased individuals of the 20th century. Some were musicians, such as John Lennon, who was famous as a member of The Beatles and had a successful solo career before his assassination in 1980. Novelists were also famous, such as Ernest Hemingway, known for novels such as "A Farewell to Arms" and "The Sun Also Rises," and F. Scott Fitzgerald, known for "The Great Gatsby" and "Tender is the Night." Movie stars, such as Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, were very famous as well.