Famous Deaths on June 21

  • 223 Liu Bei, Emperor of Shu Han (b. 161)
  • 524 Chlodomir, king of the France to Orleans (511-24), dies at about 28
  • 1205 Enrico Dandolo, Doge of Venice (b. 1107)
  • 1208 Philip of Swabia, King of Germany and duke of Swabia (b. 1177)
  • 1305 King Wenceslaus II of Bohemia and Poland (b. 1271)

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1377 Edward III, King of England (1327-77) noted for his military success and for restoring royal authority, dies at 64

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1421 Jean Le Maingre, Marshal of France (b. 1366)

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1527 Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine statesman/author, dies at 57

Humanist philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli
Humanist philosopher
Niccolo Machiavelli
  • 1529 John Skelton, English poet, dies at about 69
  • 1547 Sebastiano del Piombo, Italian painter (b. 1485)
  • 1573 Antonie van Burgundy, mayor of sealand, dies in battle
  • 1582 Oda Nobunaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1534)
  • 1591 Aloysius [Luigi] van Gonzaga, Prince/Italian Jesuit saint, dies
  • 1621 Kryštof Harant, Polish soldier, writer, and composer (b. 1564)

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1631 John Smith, English explorer, dies

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith
  • 1652 Inigo Jones, English architect (b. 1573)
  • 1738 Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, English statesman (b. 1674)
  • 1788 Johann Georg Hamann, German counter-enlightenment philosopher ("Reason is language"), dies at 57
  • 1824 Étienne Aignan, French writer (b. 1773)
  • 1865 Frances Adeline Seward, wife of United States Secretary of State William H. Seward (b. 1824)
  • 1874 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (b. 1814)
  • 1876 Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, dies at 79
  • 1884 Alexander, prince/last male descendent of Johan W Friso, dies
  • 1887 Adolf Schimon, composer, dies at 67
  • 1893 Leland Stanford, American business tycoon and founder of Stanford University
  • 1900 Polibo Fumagalli, composer, dies at 69
  • 1908 Nikolai A Rimski-Korssakov, Russian composer (Sheherazade), dies at 64
  • 1913 Stefan O Iosif, Romanian poet (Beautiful Irine), dies at 37
  • 1914 Glauco Velasquez, composer, dies at 30
  • 1914 Bertha von Suttner, Austrian writer and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1843)
  • 1925 Jan H Leopold, poet/classical (translated Omar Khayyam), dies at 60
  • 1934 [James] Thorne Smith, US, sci-fi author (Stray Lamb, Turnabout)
  • 1940 Edouard Vuillard, French painter/graphic artist, dies
  • 1940 Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet/writer/critic, drowns at 40
  • 1940 W Hasenclever, writer, dies at 49
  • 1940 Smedley Butler, American Marine general (b. 1881)
  • 1944 Jan Bonekamp, Dutch resistance fighter/friend of Hannie Schaft, dies
  • 1945 Josef Hora, Czech writer/poet (Sinking Shadows), dies at 53
  • 1946 Heinrich Kaminski, composer, dies at 59
  • 1951 Charles Dillon Perrine, American astronomer (b. 1867)
  • 1954 Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American inventor, perfected the zipper (b. 1880)
  • 1957 Don McBride, actor (Mr Clyde-My Friend Flicka), dies at 68
  • 1957 Frantisek Kupka, Czech writer, dies at 85
  • 1964 Andrew Goodman, US civil rights activist, murdered at 20
  • 1964 James Chaney, US civil rights activist, murdered at 21
  • 1964 Michael Schwerner, US civil rights activist, murder at 21
  • 1965 Bernard M Baruch, pres advisor (termed "Cold War"), dies at 94
  • 1968 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • 1969 Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly, 1st woman grand slam (1953), dies at 34

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1970 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), dies from kidney failure while under house arrest at 68

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1972 Seth Bingham, composer, dies at 90
  • 1973 Frank Leahy, football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • 1975 Heinz Lau, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1976 Margaret Herrick, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director (b. 1902)
  • 1979 Julian Orchard, actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
  • 1979 Angus Maclise, American mystic, shaman, musician, and composer (b. 1938)
  • 1980 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1981 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer, dies on his 81st birthday
  • 1983 Anton G J van de Velde, Flemish writer/director (Tijl), dies at 87
  • 1985 Tage Erlander, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1901)
  • 1986 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author (b. 1923)
  • 1987 Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)
  • 1988 Robert Lee "Bobby" Dodd, US football coach
  • 1989 Lee Quencey Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1956, 60), dies at 56
  • 1989 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist/TV host, dies at 70
  • 1992 Li Xiannian, Chinese President (1983-88), dies
  • 1992 Thomas Whitfield, gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • 1993 Frank Moro, entertainer, dies
  • 1993 Jerry Strivelli, actor (Out for Justice, Lock Up), dies at 61
  • 1993 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor (b. 1928)
  • 1994 Mark Robert Isfeld, combat Engineer, dies at 31
  • 1995 Kenneth Henry Lowry Lamb, broadcaster, dies at 71
  • 1995 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, dies at 71
  • 1995 Laurence McKinley Gould, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929, dies at 98
  • 1997 Art Prysock, jazz musician, dies at 68
  • 1997 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese entertainer (b. 1931)
  • 1997 Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labour leader (b. 1900)
  • 1998 Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • 1999 Kami, Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (b. 1973)
  • 1999 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, dies at 84
  • 2000 Alan Hovhaness, American composer (b. 1911)
  • 2001 John Lee Hooker, American musician (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Leon Uris, American writer (b. 1924)
  • 2003 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • 2004 Leonel Brizola, Brazilian politician (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Jaime Cardinal Sin, Filipino Catholic Archbishop of Manila (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Bob Evans, American restaurateur (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • 2011 Robert Kroetsch, Canadian author (b. 1927)
  • 2013 Elliott Reid, American actor, dies from hart failure at 93
  • 2015 Gunther Schuller, American hornist and jazz composer (1994 Pulitzer Prize), dies at 89
  • 2015 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, dies at 86