Famous Deaths on August 21

  • 1131 Boudouin II van Bourg, king of Jerusalem, dies
  • 1157 King Alfonso VII of Castile (b. 1104/1105)
  • 1190 Godfried III, duke of Brabant (Grimbergse war), dies
  • 1245 Alexander van Hales, English scholar, dies
  • 1271 Alphonse of Toulouse, son of Louis VIII of France (b. 1220)
  • 1516 John III van Egmont, [Manke John], viceroy of Holland, dies at 78
  • 1581 Sakuma Nobumori, Japanese retainer and samurai (b. 1527)

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1614 Elizabeth Báthory, the world's most prolific female serial killer, dies at 54

Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History Elizabeth Báthory
Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History
Elizabeth Báthory
  • 1627 Jacques Mauduit, composer, dies at 69
  • 1629 Camillo Procaccini, Italian painter/etcher, dies
  • 1673 Isaac Sweers, Dutch fleet admiral/Civil rights activist, dies at 51
  • 1673 John de Love I, vice-admiral, dies in sea battle at about 54
  • 1689 William Cleland, Scottish poet and soldier
  • 1723 Dimitrie Cantemir, philosopher/monarch of Moldova 1710-11, dies at 49
  • 1762 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (b. 1689)
  • 1763 Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • 1772 Alessandro Felici, composer, dies at 29
  • 1772 Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini, composer, dies at 48
  • 1785 Jean B Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Pigeon), dies
  • 1798 Corneille F de Nelis, Flemish scholar/bishop of Antwerp, dies at 62
  • 1812 Silverius Muller, composer, dies at 67
  • 1814 Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (b. 1753)
  • 1824 John Taylor, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy), dies at 70
  • 1824 Santiago Ferrer, composer, dies at 62
  • 1836 Claude-Louis Navier, French physicist (b. 1785)
  • 1838 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), dies at 57
  • 1856 Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner, composer, dies at 64
  • 1864 John Calhoun Sanders, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 24
  • 1870 Ma Xinyi Viceroy of Liangjiang of the late Qing Dynasty in China (b. 1821)
  • 1888 Simon Vissering, Dutch minister of Finance (1879-81), dies at 70
  • 1898 Nicola van Westerhout, composer, dies at 40
  • 1905 Jules Oppert, German Assyriologist (decodes characters), dies at 80
  • 1911 W R Wister, cricketer (USA v Canada 1859), dies
  • 1932 Frederick Corder, composer, dies at 80
  • 1935 Josef Cyril Sychra, composer, dies at 76
  • 1935 John Hartley, English tennis player, double winner of Wimbledon (b. 1849)

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1940 Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, icepicked by Ramón Mercader at 62

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 1940 Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1940 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • 1940 Hermann Obrecht, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)
  • 1942 Kiyoano Ichiki, Japanese colonel (WW II), dies
  • 1943 Henrik Pontoppidan, writer (Peter Gelukkige, Nobel 1917), dies at 86
  • 1947 Ettore Bugatti, Italian/French car manufacturer, dies
  • 1949 Gerhard von Keussler, composer, dies at 75
  • 1951 (Leonard) Constant Lambert, English composer (Rio Grande), dies at 45
  • 1952 Isaac Sadeh, leader of Jewish commando forces, dies
  • 1957 Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Norwegian meteorologist and oceanographer (b. 1888)
  • 1957 Nels Stewart, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1958 Stevan Hristic, composer, dies at 73
  • 1958 Walter Schumann, choral director (Ford Show), dies at 44
  • 1960 David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (b. 1886)
  • 1963 John Gunn, cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), dies
  • 1964 Palmiro Togliatti, founder (Communist Italian Party)/min of Just, dies
  • 1968 Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45
  • 1970 Timothy Mather Spelman, composer, dies at 79
  • 1971 George Jackson, US prisoner, shot to death at 29
  • 1976 Ken James, cricketer (kept wicket for NZ in 11 Tests), dies
  • 1977 Octavus L "Octave" van Aerschot, actor (Scandal in Paris), dies at 87
  • 1977 Danny Lockin, American actor/dancer, dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times
  • 1978 Charles Eames, US chair manufacturer, dies at 71
  • 1978 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies
  • 1979 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer (b. 1910)
  • 1980 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (15 Tests as South African capt, won 7 lost 5), dies
  • 1981 Hermann Schey, German/Neth singer, dies at 85
  • 1982 Sobhuza II, king of Swaziland/Ngwane (1921-82), dies
  • 1983 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • 1987 Karl Bruck, entertainer, dies
  • 1988 Hans Gunther Adler, German writer, dies at 78
  • 1988 Ray Eames, American designer, artist and architect (b. 1912)
  • 1989 Raul Seixas, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • 1990 George Adamson, British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya
  • 1991 Oswald von Nell-Breuning, German theologist/philosopher, dies at 101
  • 1991 Richard Wilson, producer/writer/actor (Pay or Die), dies at 75
  • 1991 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect, dies
  • 1992 Lucille Brown, actress (Farina-Our Gang), dies after illness at 74
  • 1992 Theo van Tijn, Marxist/social-historian, dies at 65
  • 1992 Dai Vernon, Canadian magician (b. 1894)
  • 1994 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL), dies of breast cancer at 35
  • 1994 Hein Fentener van Vlissingen, eccentric millionaire, dies at 73
  • 1995 Anatole Fistoulari, conductor, dies at 88
  • 1995 Hilda Beatritz Guevara, daughter of Che Guevara, dies at 39
  • 1995 James Truitte, dancer, dies at 72
  • 1995 Ken Rickards, cricketer (104 runs at 34 66 for WI 1948-52), dies
  • 1995 Len Martin, sports broadcaster, dies at 76
  • 1995 Manfred Donike, chemist Drug Test pioneer, dies at 61
  • 1995 Nanni Loy, film Director, dies at 69
  • 1995 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, physicist (Nobel-1983), dies at 84
  • 1996 Rosa Joyce Plesters Brommelie, conservation scientist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Sidney George Gray, company secretary, dies at 82
  • 1997 Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia (1970-74), dies
  • 1997 Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • 2000 Daniel Lisulo, Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1930)
  • 2001 Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • 2003 Kathy Wilkes, English philosopher and aid worker (b. 1946)
  • 2003 Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963)
  • 2005 Marcus Schmuck, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Robert Moog, American pioneer of electronic music (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Martin Dillon, tenor, American opera singer (b. 1957)
  • 2006 Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch businessman and philanthropist (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • 2007 Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • 2008 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • 2009 Johnny Carter, US singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), dies at 75
  • 2009 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Dean Turner, Australian musician (b. 1972)
  • 2010 Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, Argentinean writer (b. 1941)
  • 2010 Nancy Dolman, Canadian actress and comedienne (b. 1950)
  • 2012 Georg Leber, German politician, dies at 91
  • 2012 William Thurston, American mathematician, dies from melanoma at 65
  • 2013 Sid Bernstein, American music producer/promoter, dies at 95
  • 2015 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach and father of Chris Evert, dies at 91
  • 2015 Anna Kashfi [Joan O'Callaghan], Welsh actress and 1st wife of Marlon Barando, dies at 80
  • 2015 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and Nelson Mandela's lawyer, dies at 81