Famous Deaths on February 21

  • 556 Maximianus van Ravenna, bishop (Basilica S Stefano), dies

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1437 James I, King of Scotland (1406-37), dies at 42

King of Scotland James I
King of Scotland
James I
  • 1471 John of Rokycan, Czech Catholic archbishop

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1513 Julius II, Italian Pope (1503-13) and patron of Michelangelo, Bramante and Raphael, dies at 69

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • 1554 Hieronymus Bock, German doctor (founder of modern botany), dies
  • 1595 Robert Southwell, English Jesuit/poet, hanged
  • 1624 Dirck van Baburen, Dutch painter (Sepulture), dies at about 28
  • 1648 Christian IV, king of Denmark/Norway, dies
  • 1653 Adriaen Pauw, master of Heemstede/Dutch Grand Pensionary, dies at 71
  • 1668 John Thurloe, English Puritan spy (b. 1616)
  • 1677 [Benedictus] Baruch Spinoza, philosopher, dies at 44
  • 1684 Pieter van den Abeelen, Dutch medallist/jeweller, dies at about 75
  • 1689 Isaacus Vossius, Dutch [Isaac Vos], librarian, dies
  • 1711 Joan van Hoorn, gov-gen of Neth-Indies (1707-09), dies at 57
  • 1715 Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland (b. 1637)
  • 1730 Benedict XIII, [Pietro F Orsini], Pope (1724-30), dies at 81
  • 1788 Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer (b. 1723)
  • 1790 Johann Friedrich Kloffler, composer, dies at 64
  • 1803 Edward Despard, last person drawn & quartered in England
  • 1821 Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (b. 1756)
  • 1824 Eugène de Beauharnais, son of Napoleon's wife, Josephine (b. 1781)
  • 1842 Wojciech Zywny, composer, dies at 85
  • 1846 Emperor Ninko of Japan (b. 1800)
  • 1862 Justinus A C Kerner, German family doctor/poet/writer, dies at 75
  • 1864 Jeffery Forrest, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1872 Pavel P Gagarin, Russian monarch/politician, dies at 82
  • 1876 Henry John Gauntlett, composer, dies at 70
  • 1879 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch liberal minister of Finance, dies at 69
  • 1884 John Pike Hullah, English composer, dies at 71
  • 1894 Gustave Caillebotte, French shipbuilding designer/painter, dies at 45
  • 1901 George Francis FitzGerald, Irish mathematician (b. 1851)
  • 1919 Giovanni Bolzoni, composer, dies at 77
  • 1919 Habib Ullah Chan, emir of Afghanistam (1901-19), murdered at 46
  • 1919 Karl von Hohenzollern, Prince of Belgium, dies
  • 1919 Kurt Eisner, premier Bayern (soc), murdered at 51
  • 1919 Mary Edwards Walker, American surgeon and feminist, only woman awarded Medal of Honor (US Civil War), dies at 86
  • 1920 Jacinta Marto, witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (b. 1910)
  • 1924 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer, dies at 78
  • 1925 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, composer, dies at 52
  • 1926 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1913), dies at 72
  • 1938 Albert Huybrechts, composer, dies at 39
  • 1938 George Ellery Hale, astronomer, dies

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1941 Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, dies in a plane crash at 49

  • 1944 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (b. 1873)
  • 1945 Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (Olympic-gold 1924), dies at 43
  • 1946 José Streel, Belgian World War II collaborator (b. 1911)
  • 1948 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • 1949 Ernest Walker, composer, dies at 78
  • 1951 Anton Roemer, Dutch actor (Gay Death), dies at 63
  • 1956 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • 1958 Duncan Edwards, English footballer (b. 1936)
  • 1961 Blaise Cendrars, [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Switz, poet, dies at 73

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1965 Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, assassinated in New York City at 39

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • 1966 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (b. 1895)
  • 1967 Charles Beaumont, American writer (b. 1929)

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1968 Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin (Nobel 1945), dies at 69

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • 1969 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • 1971 Adolph Weiss, composer, dies at 79
  • 1972 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • 1972 Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic candinal (b. 1884)

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1974 Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons, dies in a car crash at 44

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1976 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies at 32
  • 1976 Frieda Inescort, Scottish actress (Meet Corliss Archer), dies at 74
  • 1978 Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (b. 1901)
  • 1979 Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
  • 1979 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • 1980 Chester H Lauck, actor (2 Weeks to Live, Goin' to Town), dies at 78
  • 1982 Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle), dies at 60
  • 1984 Michail A Sholochov, Russian writer (Ocean Don, Nobel 1965), dies
  • 1985 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer (Floris), dies at 47
  • 1985 Ina Claire, actress/comedienne (3 Bdwy Girls), dies of stroke at 89
  • 1985 Louis Hayward, actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1986 Shigechiyo Izumi, Japanese sugarcane farmer, once thought to be the world's oldest man ever but now disputed (b. 1865)
  • 1986 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (b. 1895)
  • 1989 Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1991 Margot Fonteyn, ballerina (1st lady of British Ballet), dies at 71
  • 1991 Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point), dies at 47
  • 1992 Eva A Jessye, US singer/actress (Eva Jessye Choir), dies at 97
  • 1992 Franc Holden, British astronomer (Binary Stars), dies
  • 1992 Jane Pickens Langley Hoving, singer, dies at 83
  • 1992 William S Magginetti, dies at 98
  • 1994 Frederick Edward Nicklin, architect, dies at 68
  • 1994 William Elgin Swinton, child Psychiatrist, dies at 54
  • 1995 Robert Bolt, British playwright (Doctor Zhivago, Bounty), dies at 70
  • 1996 Horace Leonard Gold, sF writer/editor, dies at 81
  • 1996 Jean Burroughs, educationalist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Morton Gould, composer, dies at 82
  • 1996 Terence Edward Armstrong, polar geographer, dies at 75
  • 1997 Kenneth Rowntree, painter, dies at 81
  • 1997 Michael Hollings, catholic priest/crusader, dies at 75
  • 1999 Wilmer David Mizell, baseball player (b. 1930)

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1999 Gertrude B. Elion, American biochemist and drug researcher who developed groundbreaking leukemia and herpes drug treatments (Nobel 1988), dies at 81

Biochemist and Drug Researcher Gertrude B. Elion
Biochemist and Drug Researcher
Gertrude B. Elion
  • 2000 Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (b. 1933)
  • 2002 Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (b. 1939)
  • 2002 John Thaw, English actor (Inspector Morse), dies of cancer at 60
  • 2002 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), dies of a drug overdose at 32
  • 2002 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, dies at 83
  • 2003 Eddie Thomson, Scottish football player and coach (b. 1947)
  • 2004 Guido Molinari, Canadian artist (b. 1933)
  • 2004 John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Gérard Bessette, Quebec novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • 2008 Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Baron Hooson [Hugh Emlyn], British politician and peer, dies at 86
  • 2012 Colin Ireland, British 'Gay Slayer' serial killer, dies at 57
  • 2012 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, dies at 89
  • 2012 John Michuki, Kenyan politician, dies from heart attack at 79
  • 2012 Barney Rosset, American publisher and free speech advocate, dies at 89
  • 2012 Eiko Ishioka, Japanese Costume designer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2015 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications
  • 2015 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • 2017 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), dies at 95
  • 2017 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, dies at 93