Twenty:

Evariste Galois, French mathematician who proved the unsolvability of the quintic (October 25, 1811 -- May 31, 1832)
Nancy Spungen, American girlfriend of punk star Sid Vicious (February 27, 1958 -- October 12, 1978)

Twenty-one:

Kaspar Hauser, mysterious German foundling with possible royal ties (April 30 (?), 1812 -- December 17, 1833)
Rebecca Schaeffer, Oregon-born sitcom actress, stalking and murder victim (November 6, 1967 -- July 18, 1989)
Matthew Shepard, University of Wyoming student who was beaten and murdered for being gay (December 1, 1976 -- October 12, 1998)
Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish-born painter and original bassist for the Beatles (June 23, 1940 -- April 10, 1962)
Brandon Vedas, Phoenix resident who died of a drug overdose while chatting on the Internet (April 21, 1981 -- January 12, 2003)
Sid Vicious, English punk icon and Sex Pistols' bassist (May 10, 1957 -- February 2, 1979)

Twenty-two:

Aaliyah, alphabetically notable New York-born, Detroit-raised R&B singer (January 16, 1979 -- August 25, 2001)
Terry Fox, cancer fundraiser, perseverant athlete, SFU student, Canadian hero (July 28, 1958 -- June 28, 1981)
Buddy Holly, west Texan rock pioneer and ill-fated airplane passenger (September 7, 1936 -- February 3, 1959)
Freddie Prinze, Sr., sitcom star and comedian, father of Freddie Prinze Jr. (June 22, 1954 -- January 29, 1977)

Twenty-three:

Ian Curtis, Manchester-born vocalist for Joy Division (July 15, 1956 -- May 18, 1980)
Amadou Diallo, Bronx resident shot by police in controversial circumstances (September 2, 1975 -- February 4, 1999)
River Phoenix, star of Stand by Me and My Own Private Idaho (August 23, 1970 -- October 31, 1993)
Selena Quintanilla, Tejano singer from Corpus Christi later portrayed by J-Lo (April 16, 1971 -- March 31, 1995)
Savannah, adult film actress from Orange County who dated several rock stars (October 9, 1970 -- July 11, 1994)
Michel Trudeau, Dalhousie microbiology student, son of a Prime Minister (October 2, 1975 -- November 13, 1998)

Twenty-four:

Cliff Burton, California-born bass player for Metallica (February 10, 1962 -- September 27, 1986)
James Dean, American film actor and icon of youthful rebellion (February 8, 1931 -- September 30, 1955)
Chandra Levy, Washington DC intern who allegedly had an affair with Gary Condit (April 14, 1977 -- c. May 1, 2001)
Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin who may or may not have acted alone (October 18, 1939 -- November 24, 1963)
Steve Prefontaine, Oregon-born track star, Olympian, and car accident victim (January 25, 1951 -- May 30, 1975)
Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, New York-born rapper and Puff Daddy song topic (May 21, 1972 -- March 9, 1997)

Twenty-five:

Ron Goldman, waiter and aspiring actor, acquaintance of Nicole Brown Simpson, murder victim (July 2, 1968 -- June 12, 1994)
John Keats, English Romantic poet and tuberculosis victim (October 31, 1795 -- February 23, 1821)
Randy Rhoads, California-born guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot (December 6, 1956 -- March 19, 1982)
Tupac Shakur, New York-born rapper and ill-fated boxing match attender (June 16, 1971 -- September 13, 1996)

Twenty-six:

Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician who proved the unsolvability of the quintic (August 5, 1802 -- April 6, 1829)
John Wilkes Booth, actor, confederate sympathizer, Lincoln assassin (May 10, 1838 -- April 26, 1865)
Jean Harlow, American film star and pre-Marilyn blonde bombshell (March 3, 1911 -- June 7, 1937)
Gram Parsons, Harvard-educated member of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers (November 5, 1946 -- September 19, 1973)
Otis Redding, Georgia-born soul singer remembered for "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" (September 9, 1941 -- December 10, 1967)
Hillel Slovak, original guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers (April 13, 1962 -- June 25, 1988)
Sharon Tate, Dallas-born model and actress, murder victim (January 24, 1943 -- August 9, 1969)

Twenty-seven:

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana frontman and Washingtonian left-handed guitarist (February 20, 1967 -- April 5, 1994)
Jimi Hendrix, psychedelic rock icon and Washingtonian left-handed guitarist (November 27, 1942 -- September 18, 1970)
Robert Johnson, influential Mississippi-born blues guitarist who sang of the "crossroads" (May 8, 1911 -- August 16, 1938)
Brian Jones, Rolling Stones guitarist and drowning victim (February 28, 1942 -- July 3, 1969)
Janis Joplin, bluesy Texas-born singer with an unforgettable voice (January 19, 1943 -- October 4, 1970)
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, California-born blues/rock performer, Grateful Dead co-founder (September 8, 1945 -- March 8, 1973)
Jim Morrison, FSU dropout, Doors frontman, and adopted Parisian (December 8, 1943 -- July 3, 1971)
Kristen Pfaff, bass player from Buffalo best known for her work with Hole (May 26, 1967 -- June 16, 1994)

Twenty-eight:

Shannon Hoon, Indiana-born lead singer of Blind Melon (September 26, 1967 -- October 21, 1995)
Brandon Lee, star of "The Crow", son of Bruce Lee (February 1, 1965 -- March 31, 1993)
Bradley Nowell, lead singer of SoCal band Sublime (February 22, 1968 -- May 25, 1996)

Twenty-nine:

Marc Bolan, T. Rex frontman and glam rock pioneer (September 30, 1947 -- September 16, 1977)
Anne Bronte, Yorkshire-born novelist, youngest of the Bronte sisters (January 17, 1820 -- May 28, 1849)
Ferdinand Eisenstein, mathematician from Berlin regarded highly by Gauss (April 16, 1823 -- October 11, 1852)
Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist and contemporary of Shakespeare (February 1564 -- May 30, 1593)
Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Romantic poet and Frankenstein's creator's husband (August 4, 1792 -- July 8, 1822)

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