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List of famous people who died in explosions, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died in explosions are listed alphabetically and include the famous explosion victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. This list is made up of people like David Ronald Pearce and Diana Oughton. These notable explosion deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has died in explosion as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (9 People)
James II of Scotland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in Explosions
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King of Scots, James II was a big promoter of modern artillery during his reign while he he tried to seize a castle for Scotland. He was loading up a cannon, referred to as "The Lion," but when he tried firing it, it exploded instead, killing him instantly.

James II, who reigned as king of Scots from 1437 on, was the son of James I and Joan Beaufort. Nothing is known of his early life, but by his first birthday his twin and only brother, Alexander, who was also the older twin, had died, thus making James the heir apparent and Duke of Rothesay. Curiously enough, James held no other titles while Duke of Rothesay. On 21 February 1437, James I was assassinated and the six-year-old Duke of Rothesay immediately succeeded him as James II. In 1449, nineteen-year-old James married fifteen-year-old Mary of Guelders, daughter of the Duke of Gelderland. She had numerous royal ancestors such as John II of France and John of Bohemia. She bore him seven ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 30 (1430-1460)

Birthplace: Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Antonio Veneziano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in Explosions
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Antonio Veneziano is considered to be one of the greatest Sicilian poets of all time. His most popular piece, Celia, was written while in jail when he was captured by Barbary pirates. He died during an explosion in his prison in 1593. 

Antonio Veneziano was an Italian poet who wrote mainly in Sicilian. He is considered among the greatest poets who wrote in Sicilian, which include Giovanni Meli, Domenico Tempio and Nino Martoglio. He is perhaps the first major figure in Sicilian literature following the Sicilian School which predates him by three centuries. During his lifetime, he was well known for his poetry both within Sicily and far beyond. He also wrote in Italian and Latin. Veneziano was born in Monreale, a contemporary of the great Spanish writer Cervantes. As it happens, both shared a cell after being captured by Barbary pirates around 1575. He wrote his greatest work, Celia during his period of imprisonment in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 50 (1543-1593)

Birthplace: Monreale, Italy

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Janaka Perera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in Explosions
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Sri Lankan General and politician, Janaka Perera is considered to be one of the most distinguished generals in Sri Lankan history. Both Perera and his wife died during a suicide bombing in 2008 at a United National Party office. 27 civilians and politicians were killed, and another 90 were injured. The government blames the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the attack.

Major General Janaka Perera, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, VSP, rcds, psc, CR was a Sri Lankan General and politician. He served as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army and is considered one of the most distinguished generals in Sri Lankan history. After retiring from the army he served as a Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia & Ambassador to Indonesia. He was the opposition leader of the North Central Provincial Council until he and his wife were killed on 6 October 2008 by a suicide bomber. The LTTE have been blamed for the bombing by Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 62 (1946-2008)

Birthplace: Sri Lanka

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Diana Oughton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in Explosions
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Diana Oughton was a member of the Students for a Democratic Party, the radical group Weatherman, and the Jesse James Gang, which were all movements against the Vietnam War in the 1960's. Oughton was constructing a nail bomb that was planned to go off during a dance for noncommissioned offers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, when it detonated, killing her and two others.

Diana Oughton was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society Michigan Chapter and later, a member of the 1960s radical group Weatherman. Oughton received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. After graduation, Oughton went to Guatemala with the American Friends Service Committee program to teach the young and older indigenous Indians. After returning to the U.S, she worked at the Children's Community School in Ann Arbor, Michigan while getting her Master's degree at the University of Michigan. She became very active in SDS, eventually becoming a full-time organizer and member of the Jesse James Gang. With the split of SDS in 1969, she joined Weatherman. Oughton died in the Greenwich ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 28 (1942-1970)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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