Wikipedia – Tracking notable deaths in February

A few days ago I looked at the numbers for notable deaths on Wikipedia for January 2018. Now, it is time to look at numbers for February. Overall, the month saw a total of 543 notable deaths. However, for all the numbers below it will only count 538 of these.

Those not counted and why

Animal: Aljabr – American thoroughbred racehorse (age 22)

No age given: Fariha Razzaq Haroon and Keith M. Wilson

Estimated age: Joseph Achuzie (age 88-89)

Claimed age: Kunwar Bai Yadav (age 106)

Deaths per day for February

The 1st and 9th saw the most deaths with 26 each, while the 23rd saw the least with only 10. On average each day in February saw 19.21 notable deaths. 15 days (53.57%) in the month saw less than 20 deaths while not a single day saw 30 or more deaths.

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The average age of those who died 

The average age of the 538 notable people who died in February is 77.44 years old. February 23rd saw the highest average age of death at 83.30 years old. Meanwhile, February 18th saw the lowest at 70.34 years old.

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The oldest person to pass away was Belarusian-American Barys Kit (age 107). He was a teacher, mathematician, chemist and rocket scientist. Following World War II he emigrated to America and would soon end working in the American space research program.

In 1972, he moved to Germany and spent the rest of his life in the country as a professor. He is best known for being the author of the first book on rocket propellant, the “Rocket Propellant Handbook” (1960), which helped make moon flights possible.

The youngest was Ghanaian dancehall/Afrobeats artist Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng (age 20). However, she was known by her stage name Ebony Reigns. In December 2015 she released her first single “Dancefloor”, which was a hit and earned her a nomination at the 2016 Ghana Music Awards.

She then followed it up with two more hit singles “Kupe” and “Poison”, the latter of which earned a nomination at the 2017 All African Music Awards. On February 8th, Reigns, assistant Franklina Yaa Nkansah Kuri, and soldier Atsu Vondee were killed in a car accident.

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Of the 28 days in February, *15 of them saw the most notable people dying to be between the ages of 80-89. Overall, 28.81% of deaths in the months were from people in this age range.

*Includes ties. Example: On Feb. 23rd six people between 70-79 and 80-89 died.

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Notes and Info:

Featured Image from pixabay.com – https://pixabay.com/en/grave-cemetery-rip-tombstone-d-2036220/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaths_in_February_2018 (use to find the number of deaths and age of those who died)

All charts and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

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Wikipedia – Tracking notable deaths in January

In recent years, it seems like more notable people have passed away then in the past. Since Wikipedia keeps track of every notable people that passed away every day for each month, let’s take a look at the numbers behind the first month of this year, January.

Overall, the month saw a total of 702 notable deaths. For all the numbers below, it will only count 698 of these. There were two people, Lutho Tapela and Sheika Hassa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, who did not have an age given on the site. There were also two notable animals listed: Nico the Western lowland gorilla (age 56) and thoroughbred racehorse Dreaming of Anna (age 14).

Deaths per day for January

The 15th and 16th saw the most deaths with 33 each, while the 11th saw the least with only 14. On average each day in January saw 22.5 notable deaths. Nine days (29.03%) in the month saw less than 20 deaths while five days (16.12%) saw 30 or more deaths.

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The average age of those who died 

The average age of the 698 notable people who died in January is 78.11 years old. January 6th saw the highest average age of death at 84 years old. Meanwhile, January 2nd saw the lowest at 70.64 years old.

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The oldest person to pass away was Hungarian supercentenarian Elza Brandeisz (age 110). She was a dancer and teacher, who helped hide Jewish people during World War II including future billionaire investor George Soros and his mother. In 1995, she was honored as Righteous Among the Nations.

The youngest was American football quarterback Tyler Hilinski (age 21), who sadly committed suicide. He went to Washington State, redshirting in 2015 and serving as the backup the next two seasons. Hilinski memorably helped led a 21-point comeback to defeat Boise State after coming off the bench when starter Luke Falk got injured.

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Of the 31 days in January, 24 of them saw the most notable people dying to be between the ages of 80-89. Overall, 32.95% of deaths in the months were from people in this age range.

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Comparisons to the average human lifespan 

At 78.11 years old, the average age of notable people who died in January 2018 was higher than the worldwide average of 71.4 years. (As of 2015 according to the United Nations World Mortality 2017 Report) This number was just below the American average of 78.6 years. (As of 2016 according to the NCHS December 2017 Data Brief)

NCHS stands for National Hospital Care Service.

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Notes and Info:

Image from pixabay.com – https://pixabay.com/en/grave-cemetery-rip-tombstone-d-2036220/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaths_in_January_2018#1 (use to find the number of deaths and age of those who died)

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db293.pdf

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/mortality/World-Mortality-2017-Data-Booklet.pdf

All charts and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets