Famous Deaths on December 21

  • 72 Thomas the Apostle dies in Mylapore, India (according to tradition)
  • 918 Conrad I, Duke of Franconia/German King (911-918), dies
  • 1295 Marguerite Berenger of Provence, wife of Louis IX of France (bc. 1221)
  • 1308 Henry I, the Child, 1st landgrave of Hessen (1256-1308), dies at 64
  • 1375 Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian poet (Vita di Dante), dies
  • 1504 Bertold von Henneberg-Römhild, German archbishop and elector (b. 1442)
  • 1549 Marguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (b. 1492)
  • 1579 Vicente Masip, Spanish painter
  • 1597 Petrus Canisius, Dutch jesuit/saint, dies at 76
  • 1674 Rutger van Haersolte, viceroy of Overijsselse, dies at about 66
  • 1734 Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 54
  • 1736 Alessandro Galilei, Italian architect (Cappella Corsini), dies at 45
  • 1755 Caspar Ruetz, composer, dies at 47
  • 1807 John Newton, English cleric and hymnist (b. 1725)
  • 1820 Charles-Francois Dumonchau, composer, dies at 45
  • 1824 James Parkinson, English physician, geologist, paleontologist, and political activist (b. 1755)
  • 1859 Nicolaas C Kist, Dutch church historian/archivist, dies at 66
  • 1864 William Henry Fry, composer, dies at 51
  • 1873 Francis Garnier, French explorer (b. 1839)
  • 1889 Joseph B Lightfoot, English theologist/bishop of Durham, dies at 61
  • 1889 Friedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist (b. 1809)
  • 1890 Niels Vilhelm Gade, Danish composer, dies at 73
  • 1900 Roger Wolcott, American political figure, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1847)
  • 1906 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, composer, dies at 58
  • 1907 Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (public baths), dies at 58
  • 1914 A O Jones, cricketer (12 Tests for England 1899-1909), dies
  • 1920 Claude Tozer, cricketer (dashing NSW batsman, shot to death
  • 1921 P B S Pinchback, major Reconstruction politician, dies at 84
  • 1927 Jack Saunders, cricketer (79 wickets-14 Tests for Aust 1902-08), dies
  • 1928 Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1928 Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal (WW I, Caporetto), dies at 78
  • 1933 Knud J V Rasmussen, Danish Pole explorer (Thule), dies at 54
  • 1935 Kurt Tucholsky, Ger journalist/writer (Panter, Tiger & Co), dies at 45

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1937 Frank Kellogg, US Secretary of State and Nobel laureate, dies at 80

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg

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1940 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44

  • 1942 Leendert Round, sculptor (Giraffen, Blijdorp), dies at 63

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1945 George S. Patton, American WWII general (Sicily, Italy and Normandy) known as "Old Blood & Guts", dies of congestive heart failure at 60

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • 1948 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged
  • 1955 Dorothy Bernard, actress (Margaret-Life With Father), dies at 65
  • 1956 Lewis M Terman, psychologist (Genetic studies of genius), dies at 79
  • 1957 Eric Coates, composer, dies at 71
  • 1958 H[arry] B[yron] Warner, actor (10 Commandments, New Moon), dies at 83
  • 1958 Lion Feuchtwanger, philosopher/writer (Der falsche Nero), dies at 74
  • 1959 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • 1963 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (61 Tests for England), dies
  • 1964 Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (b. 1880)
  • 1965 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Louis Washkansky, 18 days after 1st heart transplant, dies at 55
  • 1967 Stuart Erwin, actor (Trouble With Father), dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1972 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • 1974 Richard Long, American actor (Prof-Nanny and the Professor), dies at 47
  • 1974 James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)
  • 1975 William Lundigan, announcer (CBS Mystery Theater), dies at 61
  • 1976 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • 1979 Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies
  • 1980 Marc Connelly, playwright (One Minute Please), dies at 90
  • 1981 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1983 Rod Cameron, actor (Santa Fe Passage, Stampede), dies at 73
  • 1983 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (b. 1919)
  • 1987 Robert Paige, actor (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong), dies
  • 1987 John Spence, founding No Doubt member (b. 1969)
  • 1988 Bob Steele, [Robert Bradbury], American actor, dies after short illness at 60
  • 1988 Nicholas Tinbergen, Dutch/British biologist, dies at 81
  • 1989 Jan Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • 1990 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aeronautical engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; b. 1910)
  • 1992 Albert King, US blues singer/guitarist (Crosscut Saw), dies at 71
  • 1992 Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian/US violist (Beethoven, Bach), dies at 87
  • 1992 Stella Adler, US actress (Love on Toast), dies at 90
  • 1992 Sybil Andrews, English/Canada painter, dies at 94
  • 1993 Philip Christison, British general (Rangoon), dies at 100
  • 1994 Dean Rusk, US Sect of State, dies at 85
  • 1994 Shauna McDonald Brown, British TV producer, dies at 37
  • 1995 Robert Francis Vere Heuston, professor of law, dies at 72
  • 1995 Trenchard Cox, museum director, dies at 90
  • 1996 Margaret E Rey, author of children's books, dies at 90
  • 1996 Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant, patron of the arts, dies at 96
  • 1997 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • 1997 Juzo Itami, film director/actor (Lord Jim, Yuuguremade), dies at 64
  • 1997 Michael Lyne, air-marshal, dies at 78
  • 1998 Roger Avon, Durham actor (b. 1914)
  • 1998 Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
  • 1998 Ernst Gunther Schenck, German doctor who joined the Sturmabteilung in 1933 {b. 1904)
  • 2001 Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Spanish playboy and businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)
  • 2010 Enzo Bearzot, Italian football player and manager (b. 1927)
  • 2010 David Hennessy [Lord Windlesham], British politician (C) (Leader of the House of Lords 1973-4) and TV executive, dies at 78
  • 2013 Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, dies at 85
  • 2013 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, dies at 91
  • 2014 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, dies at 90
  • 2014 Billie Whitelaw, English actress, dies at 82