Famous Deaths on January 21

  • 304 Saint Agnes (martyred) (b. 291)
  • 879 Boudouin with the Iron Arm, earl of Flanders, dies
  • 917 Erchanger, Duke of Swabia (c. 880)
  • 1118 Pope Paschal II, born Raniero (1099-1118) dies
  • 1519 Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Spanish explorer (b. 1475)
  • 1527 Juan de Grijalva, Spanish conquistador (c. 1489)
  • 1546 Azai Sukemasa, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1491)
  • 1596 John Ligarius, German theologist/prime minister, dies at 66
  • 1609 Joseph Justus Scaliger, French inventor of "Julian Period", dies at 68
  • 1626 John Dowland, English composer (In Darkness We Dwell), dies at 62
  • 1638 Ignazio Donati, Italian composer (c. 1570)
  • 1665 Domenico Mazzocchi, composer, dies at 72
  • 1670 Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan, French playwright, dies at 80
  • 1683 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st earl of Shaftesbury, dies at 61
  • 1686 Nicolas-Francois Blondel, French architect, dies
  • 1699 Obadiah Walker, English writer (b. 1616)
  • 1704 Willem B Schepers, Dutch merchant/ship owner, dies at about 83
  • 1706 Adrien Baillet, French scholar and critic (b. 1649)
  • 1710 Johann Georg Gichtel, German mystic (b. 1638)
  • 1722 Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton, English supporter of William III of England (b. 1661)
  • 1731 Thomas Woolston, English theologian (b. 1669)
  • 1746 Gottfried Kirkhoff, composer, dies at 60
  • 1766 James Quin, English actor (b. 1693)
  • 1773 Alexis Piron, French writer (b. 1689)
  • 1774 Mustafa III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1717). Reigns 1757 to 1774. Dies at 56
  • 1793 Louis XVI, French King (1774-93), beheaded during the French Revolution at 38
  • 1795 Samuel Wallis, English navigator (b. 1728)
  • 1809 Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (b. 1729)
  • 1814 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French writer and botanist (b. 1737)
  • 1815 M Claudius, writer, dies at 74
  • 1823 Cayetano José Rodríguez, Argentine cleric, journalist and poet (b. 1761)
  • 1831 Achim v Arnim, writer, dies at 49
  • 1851 Gustav Albert Lortzing, composer, dies at 49
  • 1870 Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (b. 1812)
  • 1871 John J Rochussen, gov-general of Neth-Indies (1845-51), dies at 73
  • 1872 Franz Grillparzer, Austrian playwright (Sappho/Libussa), dies at 81
  • 1881 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1802)
  • 1882 Anton Emil Titl, composer, dies at 72
  • 1883 Jacopo Tomadini, composer, dies at 62
  • 1884 Auguste Franchomme, composer, dies at 75
  • 1888 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer, dies at 83
  • 1891 Calixa Lavallee, composer, dies at 48
  • 1892 John Couch Adams, English co-discoverer of Neptune, dies
  • 1894 Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu, composer, dies at 24
  • 1901 Elisha Gray, American inventor (b. 1835)
  • 1903 Hermanus J A M Schaepman, Dutch clergyman/politician, dies at 58
  • 1914 Theodor Kittelsen, Norwegian artist (b. 1857)
  • 1919 Gojong of Joseon, Emperor of Korea (b. 1852)

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1924 Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin, Russian Revolutionary leader and Premier, dies of a stroke at 53

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin

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1926 Camillo Golgi, Italian physician and medical researcher (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1906), dies at 81

Physician and Nobel Laureate Camillo Golgi
Physician and Nobel Laureate
Camillo Golgi
  • 1927 Floris H Verster, Dutch painter/cartoonist/etcher, dies at 65
  • 1928 George Goethals, American army engineer (b. 1858)
  • 1931 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 67
  • 1932 [Giles] Lytton Strachey, English biographer and critic, dies at 51
  • 1933 George A. Moore, Irish novelist (b. 1852)
  • 1937 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (b. 1898)
  • 1938 George Melies, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76
  • 1942 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1943 Otakar Sini, composer, dies at 61
  • 1944 Gustaaf DFL Schamelhout, Flemish physician/writer, dies at 74
  • 1944 Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, German major/pilot, shot down
  • 1948 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, dies at 72

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1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

  • 1954 Billy Jenkins, dies at 69
  • 1955 Maarten P Vrij, Dutch lawyer/criminologist/High Council, dies at 59
  • 1955 Archie Hahn, American athlete (b. 1880)
  • 1956 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
  • 1957 Arthur L Bowley, English statistician/economist, dies at 87
  • 1959 Lamar Stringfield, composer, dies at 61

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1959 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1961 John Joseph Becker, composer, dies a day before 75th birthday
  • 1962 Andre Lhote, French painter/art historian, dies at 76
  • 1963 Al St John, actor (Law & Order, Devil Riders), dies at 70
  • 1963 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, dies at 74
  • 1964 Joseph Schildkraut, actor (Cleopatra, Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 68
  • 1965 Harvey Zorbaugh, doctor/TV host (Play the Game), dies at 68
  • 1967 Ann Sheridan, actress (Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1968 Will Lang Jr., American magazine executive (b. 1914)
  • 1971 Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • 1974 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author, dies at 48
  • 1974 Ken Viljoen, cricketer (played 27 Tests for South Africa 1930-47), dies
  • 1974 Lewis L Strauss, head US Atomic Energy Comm (1953-58), dies at 78
  • 1975 Marie Lohr, actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel, Escapade), dies at 84
  • 1977 John Vincent, composer, dies at 74
  • 1977 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
  • 1977 Sandro Penna, Italian poet (b. 1906)
  • 1978 Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • 1981 Allyn Joslyn, actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), dies at 79
  • 1981 Norman Stronge, former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA alondside son James
  • 1981 James Stronge former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA, alondside his father Norman
  • 1984 Jackie Wilson, US singer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), dies at 49
  • 1984 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • 1985 Barbara Cowsill, singer and mother in The Cowsills band, dies of emphysema at 56
  • 1985 James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
  • 1985 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • 1987 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (7th Day), dies at 83
  • 1987 Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
  • 1988 Abraham Sofaer, actor (Naked Jungle, Elephant Walk), dies
  • 1989 Billy Tipton, American musician (b. 1914)
  • 1989 Carl Furillo, American Baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 1991 Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • 1991 Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Mo)/US civil-rights leader, dies at 74
  • 1992 William T "Champion Jack" Dupree, US boxer/pianist, dies at 81
  • 1993 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, dies at 66
  • 1994 Basel al-Assad, Syrian pres Assad son, dies in car accident at 31
  • 1995 Flavio "Negao" Pires da Conceicao, drug Trafficker, dies at 25
  • 1995 John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), dies at 82
  • 1995 Philippe Casado, Moroccan/French cyclist, dies at 30
  • 1996 Roman Ciesiewicz, artist/graphic designer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Sam Green, industrialist/inventor, dies at 88
  • 1996 René Marc Jalbert, sergeant-at-Arms at the National Assembly of Quebec (b. 1921)
  • 1997 Colonel Tom Parker, manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • 1997 Dennis Main Wilson, TV/radio producer, dies at 72
  • 1997 Michael Duane, educationalist, dies at 81
  • 1998 Jack Lord, American actor (Hawaii FIVE-O), dies at 77
  • 1999 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (b. 1920)
  • 1999 Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Byron De La Beckwith, American white supremacist (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (b. 1907)
  • 2005 John L. Hess, American journalist (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Parveen Babi, Indian actress (b. 1955)
  • 2006 Ibrahim Rugova, President of Kosovo (b. 1944)
  • 2006 Bedanand Jha, Nepalese politician
  • 2007 Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • 2007 U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)
  • 2008 Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)
  • 2008 Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2011 E V V Satyanarayana, Indian Film Director, Producer. (b. 1958)
  • 2011 Dennis Oppenheim, American conceptual artist (b.1938)
  • 2012 Jonathan Idema, American torturer, kidnapper and con-artist, dies from Aids complications at 55
  • 2012 Roy John Britten, American molecular biologist, dies at 92
  • 2013 Robert Michael Winner, English film director and producer (Death Wish), dies at 77
  • 2015 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), dies at 71
  • 2015 Pauline Yates, English actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 85
  • 2016 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55