Famous Deaths on July 21

  • 1160 Peterus Lombardus, Italian theologist/bishop of Paris, dies
  • 1425 Manuel Paleologus, Byzantine Emperor (1391-1425)/writer, dies
  • 1540 John I Zapolyai, prince of Transsylvania/king of Hungary, dies
  • 1544 René of Chalon [Renatus of Nassau], prince of Orange, slain in battle
  • 1683 Lord William Russell, English plotter against Charles II, beheaded
  • 1688 James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (b. 1610)
  • 1717 Niccolo Amenta, Italian poet (La Gostanza), dies
  • 1782 Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher, composer, dies at 63
  • 1793 Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, French explorer (b. 1739)

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1796 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne), dies at 37

  • 1798 François Sebastien Charles Joseph de Croix, Count of Clerfayt, Austrian field marshal (b. 1733)
  • 1821 Maurice J M prince de Broglie, bishop of Ghent, dies at about 55
  • 1831 Emil Aarestrup, Danish physician/poet (Ritornellen), dies at 55
  • 1861 Francis Stebbins Bartow, Confederate colonel, dies in battle at 44
  • 1870 Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (Dynamids), dies at 42
  • 1880 Hiram Walden, American politician (b. 1800)
  • 1888 Matthias J Scheeben, German theologist (Natur und Gnade), dies at 53
  • 1889 Nelson Dewey, American politician, 1st Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1813)
  • 1891 Franco Faccio, Italian composer/conductor, dies at 51
  • 1899 Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and military officer (b. 1833)
  • 1910 Johan Peter Selmer, composer, dies at 66
  • 1917 Christopher J Forster, British RAF-pilot/capt, dies in battle
  • 1922 Djemal Pasha, dictator of Turkey, murdered
  • 1927 J J Lyons, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • 1928 Ellen A Terry, Brits actress/dir (Imperial Theatre), dies at 81
  • 1932 Bill Gleason, late 19th century baseball player
  • 1938 Owen Wister, American author (b. 1860)
  • 1941 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet (b. 1872)
  • 1943 Charles William Paddock, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1920), dies at 42
  • 1944 Gerrit van den Bosch, led illegal Dutch CPN party, dies in Dachau
  • 1944 Henning von Tresckow, Gen-Maj, "July 20th plotter", commits suicide
  • 1946 Gualberto Villarroel, President of Bolivia (b. 1908)
  • 1948 Arshile Gorky, abstract expressionist, dies at 43
  • 1948 Donald Nichols Tweedy, composer, dies at 58
  • 1950 Albert Riemenschneider, composer, dies at 71
  • 1957 Bernard Spooner, US inventor (bulletproof jacket), dies
  • 1957 Rockley Wilson, cricketer (bro of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies
  • 1966 Eugeen Calleen, Flemish sculptor, dies at 83
  • 1967 Albert J Luthuli, president South Africa (ANC), dies

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1967 Basil Rathbone, actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies of heart attack at 75

  • 1967 Jimmy Foxx, baseball hall of famer (Det Tigers/534 HRs), dies at 59
  • 1967 Pierre Kemp, Dutch poet (English paint box), dies at 80
  • 1968 Ruth St Denis, US choreography, dies at about 90
  • 1970 Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
  • 1970 Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
  • 1972 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
  • 1972 Ralph Craig, American athlete (b. 1889)
  • 1973 Russell Hardie, dies after long illness at 69
  • 1974 Willem F K Hussem, painter/poet (Steltlopen on Sea), dies at 74
  • 1975 Billy West, actor (Jimmy the Gent, Jealousy), dies at 82
  • 1975 Fie Carelsen, actress (Malle Gevallen), dies at 85
  • 1976 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to Ireland, assassinated
  • 1977 Lee Miller, American Photographer aged 70
  • 1979 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • 1982 Dave Garroway, TV host (Today Show), dies at 69
  • 1982 Jean J A Girault, French director (Gendarme Saint-Tropez), dies at 58
  • 1984 Michael Osborne, rock guitarist/vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1985 Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
  • 1985 Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
  • 1986 Paulo Correia, Guinee-Bissaus colonel/putschist, executed
  • 1986 Virginia Hewitt, actress (Carol-Space Patrol), dies at 60
  • 1986 Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  • 1990 Manuel Puig, Argentine writer (Buenos Aires Affair), dies at 57
  • 1990 Sacha Piteoff, dies of heart failure at 70
  • 1990 Stanley Shapiro, dies of leukemia at 65
  • 1991 Theodore Wilson, dies at 47
  • 1991 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • 1993 Henk Kersting, bureau chef (Associated Press-WW II), dies at 88
  • 1993 Piet Wielinga, TV producer (Dutch Glory), dies at 56
  • 1993 Robert J Glass, film producer (ET), is killed at 53
  • 1994 Dorothy Collins, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67
  • 1994 John Ernest, constructionist Artist, dies at 72
  • 1994 Marjorie Dorothy Chandler Collins, jazz singer, dies at 67
  • 1995 Edwin "Russell" House, saxophonist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Elleston Trevor, author, dies
  • 1995 Jon Boulle, motorcyclist, dies at 59
  • 1996 Francis James Claude Piggott, soldier, dies at 85
  • 1996 Gerald McArthur, detective, dies at 70
  • 1996 Herb Edelman, actor (Odd Couple, St Elsewhere), dies of emphysema 62
  • 1996 James Tye, safety expert, dies at 74
  • 1996 John Kevin Moorhouse, test pilot, dies at 50
  • 1996 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet, dies at 79
  • 1996 Wolf Morris, actor (Padmasambhava-Dr Who), dies at 71
  • 1998 Alan Shepard, astronaut (b. 1923)
  • 1998 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
  • 2001 Steve Barton, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2001 Sivaji Ganesan, South Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
  • 2003 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • 2003 Walter M. "Matt" Jefferies, American film art director (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (b. 1941)
  • 2005 Lord Alfred Hayes, British Wrestling Announcer for WWE (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Mako, Japanese-born American actor (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Ta Mok, "The Khmer Rouge Butcher", war criminal in Democratic Kampuchea (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist, dies at 94
  • 2010 Luis Corvalán, Chilean communist leader (b. 1916)
  • 2011 Lucian Freud, Realist painter (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, dies from cancer at 72
  • 2015 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84
  • 2015 Theodore Bikel, Austrian/US folk singer/actor (Russians Are Coming), dies at 91