Famous Deaths on March 21

  • 1063 Blessed Richeza of Lotharingia, venerated in Roman Catholicism, wife of King Mieszko II of Poland
  • 1076 Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1011)
  • 1181 Taira Kiyomori, Japanese Feudal general (b. 1118)
  • 1306 Robert II, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1248)
  • 1487 Nicholas of Flue, Swiss hermit and saint (b. 1417)
  • 1538 Hugo, earl of Leisnig, governor of Frisia, dies at about 79
  • 1556 Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury, burned at stake at 66

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1617 Pocahontas, American Indian princess and daughter of Powhatan, dies at 22

American Indian Princess Pocahontas
American Indian Princess
Pocahontas
  • 1652 Vredius, [Olivier de Wree], Flem historian/mayor (Brugge), dies at 55
  • 1654 Johann Neukrantz, composer, dies at 51
  • 1656 Armagh James Ussher, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
  • 1676 Henri Sauval, French historian (b. 1623)
  • 1729 John Law, Scottish financier, dies at about 57
  • 1734 Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus, composer, dies at 48
  • 1734 Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian (b. 1679)
  • 1751 Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (b. 1706)
  • 1762 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (b. 1713)
  • 1768 Jan J Mauricius, Dutch governor-gen of Suriname (1742-51), dies at 75
  • 1772 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, French cartographer (b. 1703)
  • 1793 Johann Michael Schmidt, composer, dies at 51
  • 1795 Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (b. 1714)
  • 1801 Andrea Lucchesi, composer, dies at 59
  • 1804 Louis-Antoine-Henri de Bourbon-Condé, duc d'Enghien (executed) (b. 1772)
  • 1810 Philippe-Joseph van den Berghe graaf Limmighe, Brabants ships, dies
  • 1843 Guadalupe Victoria, first President of Mexico (b. 1786)
  • 1843 Robert Southey, English writer (The Story of the Three Bears), Poet Laureate (1813-43) and biographer (Nelson), dies at 68
  • 1844 Leopold F J J J van Sassen Ysselt, Dutch politician, dies at 65
  • 1850 Miguel Pedrorena, American settler
  • 1857 Abraham J van der Aa, lexicographer (Biograph dictionary), dies at 64
  • 1863 Edwin Vose Sumner, US Union-general-major (Fair Oaks), dies at 66
  • 1881 Samuel Courtauld, American-born textile magnate (b. 1793)
  • 1884 Ezra Abbot, American bible scholar (b. 1819)
  • 1894 Jacob Rosenhaim, composer, dies at 80

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1915 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American inventor (b. 1856)

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor
  • 1916 Victor de Stuers, Dutch art expert, dies at 72
  • 1920 Federigo Tozzi, Italian writer/journalist (Torre, Tre Croci), dies at 37
  • 1921 "Big Jim" Colisimo, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1934 Franz Schreker, Austrian composer, dies after suffering from a stroke at 55
  • 1934 Lilyan Tashman, actor (Bulldog Drummond), dies at 34
  • 1936 Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, composer (Chopiniana), dies at 70
  • 1938 Oscar Apfel, actor (Inspiration), dies at 60
  • 1939 Evald Aav, Estonian composer, dies at 39
  • 1941 Robert Liefmann, German economist (Kartelle und Trusts), dies at 67
  • 1945 J Woortman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Bergen-Belsen at 39
  • 1945 Artur Nebe, German SS officer {b. 1894)
  • 1952 Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, executed
  • 1954 Harry Lawrence Freeman, composer, dies at 84
  • 1955 Muriel Aked, dies at 67
  • 1958 Cyril M Kornbluth, US sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), dies at 34
  • 1969 Gerhart Fritsch, writer, dies at 44
  • 1970 Marlen Haushofer, writer, dies at 49
  • 1970 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
  • 1973 Antoni Szalowski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1974 Candy Darling, [James Slattery], female impersonator, dies
  • 1975 Berend Giltay, composer, dies at 64
  • 1975 Ralph Hawtrey, economist (multiplier), dies at 95
  • 1975 Joe Medwick, baseball player (b. 1911)
  • 1980 Gideon Fagan, composer, dies at 75
  • 1980 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • 1982 Harry H Corbett, British actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), dies at 57
  • 1984 Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)
  • 1985 Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mr Arkadin), dies at 77
  • 1985 Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • 1986 August de Boodt, Belgian politician, dies at 90
  • 1987 Dean Paul Martin, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science), dies at 35
  • 1987 Robert Preston, actor (Harold Hill-Music Man), dies at 68
  • 1989 Milton Frome, actor (Family Jewels), dies
  • 1991 Leo Fender, American inventor (Fender guitar), dies at 81
  • 1992 John Ireland, actor (Rawhide), dies of leukemia at 78
  • 1992 Natalie Sleeth, American composer (b. 1930)
  • 1994 Dack Rambo, actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies from AIDs at 52
  • 1994 Lili Damita, wife of Errol Flynn (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 89
  • 1994 Macdonald Carey, actor (Days of Our Lives), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1995 Daan Wildschut, Dutch painter/author, dies at 81
  • 1995 Etienne Martin, French sculptor, dies at 82
  • 1995 Norman Schwartz, record Producer, dies at 66
  • 1995 Robert Urquhart, actor (Dunkirk, Bulldog Breed), dies at 72
  • 1996 Frank Murray, police Officer, dies at 51
  • 1997 W. V. Awdry, English children's writer (b. 1911)
  • 1998 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • 1999 Ernie Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)
  • 2001 Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (b. 1921)
  • 2001 Anthony Steel, English actor (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Herman Talmadge, American politician (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Ludmilla Tchérina, French ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Barney Martin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Drew Hayes, American writer & graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • 2007 Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)
  • 2007 Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)
  • 2009 Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1960)
  • 2010 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Loleatta Holloway, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
  • 2011 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)

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2013 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian poet and novelist, dies at 82

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • 2014 James Rebhorn, American actor, dies from melanoma at 65
  • 2015 Chuck Pednarik 'Concrete Charlie', American professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, dies at 89
  • 2015 Leon Brittan, [Baron Brittan of Spennithorne] British politician and Home Secretary, dies at 75
  • 2015 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74

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2016 Andrew Grove, Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry and one of the founders and CEO of Intel, dies at 79

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • 2016 Peter Brown [Pierre Lind de Lappe], American actor (Lawman, Laredo, Bold & Beautiful), dies at 80
  • 2016 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81