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People Who Died or are Buried in New York

Can you guess the names of these people who either died in New York City or are buried there?
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Last updated: November 15, 2022
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First submittedNovember 15, 2022
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Died
Age
Hint
Answer
1980
40
One of the Beatles
John Lennon
1965
39
Nation of Islam leader and black power activist
Malcolm X
1804
47
Shot in a duel in New Jersey, he died the next day in Manhattan
Alexander Hamilton
2008
28
Starred as the Joker in "The Dark Knight"
Heath Ledger
1962
78
First Lady of the U.S. for 12 years
Eleanor Roosevelt
1987
58
His art studio was known as "The Factory"
Andy Warhol
1983
71
Playwright who wrote "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Tennessee Williams
1990
53
Creator of the Muppets
Jim Henson
1872
80
Inventor of the telegraph and the code it uses
Samuel Morse
1891
72
Author of "Moby Dick"
Herman Melville
1948
53
Widely considered the greatest baseball player of all-time
Babe Ruth
1971
69
Jazz trumpet player known as Satchmo
Louis Armstrong
1885
63
People often ask who is buried in this President's tomb
Ulysses S. Grant
1947
64
Mayor for whom one of New York's airports is named
Fiorello LaGuardia
2002
61
Once known as the "Teflon Don" and also the "Dapper Don"
John Gotti
1926
52
Escape artist who died of appendicitis possibly related
to being punched in the stomach
Harry Houdini
2019
95
Scion of one of the richest families in America, she later
started a line of designer blue jeans
Gloria Vanderbilt
2014
46
This three-named actor won an Oscar for "Capote" before
tragically dying of a heroin overdose
Philip Seymour Hoffman
2016
69
Rocker whose alter-ego was named Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie
1993
49
The first black male tennis player to win at Wimbledon, he died
of AIDS contracted during a blood transfusion
Arthur Ashe
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Level 71
Nov 16, 2022
Definitely the hardest of the lot. As a matter of interest, and as you guys are much more use than Google, how/why should I know Alexander Hamilton? The name is new to me.
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Level 73
Nov 16, 2022
Hamilton was the first US Secretary of the Treasury, and he was very famously killed in a duel with the Vice President at the time, Aaron Burr. He was also recently the subject of a huge Broadway musical that was performed all over the world.
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Level 69
Nov 16, 2022
Only knew this one because I saw it on another quiz (non-US native here).

But yeah, I came here to say the same thing. Never heard of many of these people lol

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Level 81
Nov 16, 2022
One of the most important and influential founding fathers of the US. The introduction in Wikipedia gives a pretty good overview of his influence and achievements if you're not into reading the whole thing. He's also on the 10-dollar banknote.
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Level 68
Nov 17, 2022
There's a crazy popular Broadway play called "Hamilton" that won scads of theater awards and even the Pulitzer Prize. A performance was filmed and released by Disney.

His death in a duel (and the man who shot him) is basis of one of the most famous commercials of all time -- Got Milk?

All that's to say is you needn't be an American history buff to have heard of him.

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Level 73
Jan 20, 2023
I would assume people living outside of the USA might not be as familiar with Broadway productions or US television advertisements as people living within the USA.
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Level 73
Jan 20, 2023
Obviously they won’t be quite as popular in other countries, but the Hamilton musical was performed all over the world, so it certainly wouldn’t be that outlandish if non-Americans knew about him.
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Level 70
Jan 21, 2023
sorry, hadn't heard of him until now either. Hadn't seen the most famous commercial of all time for "got milk" either until today. I must live in a cave.
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Level 66
Nov 24, 2022
A musical about Alexander Hamilton is the reason Lin-Manuel Miranda is famous.
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Level 70
Jan 21, 2023
omg, my ignorance is on fire today. Who?
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Level 88
Jan 20, 2023
Algernon's Rule: If it's not in the UK, he's never heard of it.
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Level 69
Jan 20, 2023
To be fair, as someone who is also from the UK I had not heard of him either until hearing in passing that there was a musical about him. And the Got Milk commercial was an American marketing campaign so also not known around the World
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Level 56
Jan 20, 2023
That's probably the case for most Brits, in the same way you probably don't learn about British history we aren't really taught about American history. Most of my US history knowledge comes from media (e.g. I'd only heard of Hamilton once the musical got big).
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Level 73
Jan 20, 2023
Not that I take the Hamilton comments as a complaint about the quiz, but, I feel like the obvious response no one pointed out explicitly is that a quiz about people who died or are buried in a major US city is going to be inherently US-centric.
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Level 65
Jan 20, 2023
Seriously....usually the case that Americans are very insular...
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Level 47
Nov 16, 2022
Nice quiz
+3
Level 66
Nov 24, 2022
Arthur Ashe is the first black man to win at Wimbledon, but not the first black person. Althea Gibson won the women's singles title there in 1957.
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Level ∞
Nov 24, 2022
Updated
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Level 73
Jan 20, 2023
On the question "Jazz trumpet player known as Satchmo", the correct answer will fill in if you simply type "Satchmo". This is understandable given that other quizzes likely allow some leniency in guessing his nickname, but one imagines this wasn't intended on a quiz where the nickname is part of the clue.
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Level ∞
Jan 20, 2023
Fixed
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Level 33
Jan 20, 2023
You have got the numbers for Louis Armstrong messed up. He actually died at the age of 69 in 1971, not at 71 in 1969
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Level ∞
Jan 20, 2023
Fixed
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Level 52
Jan 21, 2023
As non-American, I wonder what's wrong with Grant's tomb?
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Level 55
Jan 22, 2023
Despite being a British, I had heard of Hamilton as I did American history at school. Didn't know about Grant's tomb though, I guessed at a couple of presidents that I thought might have died in 1885 until I got the right one. It's made me want to look up the story behind that question.