Famous Deaths on May 21

  • 987 Louis V, last Carlovingians King of France (966-987), dies
  • 1254 Conrad IV of Germany (b. 1228)
  • 1471 King Henry VI of England (1422-1471) is put to death in the Tower of London at 49
  • 1481 Christian I, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
  • 1512 Pandolfo Petrucci, ruler of Siena
  • 1524 Thomas Howard 2nd duke of Norfolk, general/premier, dies at about 80

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1542 Hernando de Soto, dies while searching for gold, near Mississippi River

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto
  • 1607 John Rainolds, English scholar (b. 1549)
  • 1639 Giovan D "Tommaso" Campanella, Italian philosopher/poet, dies at 70
  • 1647 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, poet/playwright (Warenar), dies at about 65
  • 1650 James Graham, Marquis of Montrose "the Great Montrose", Scottish general, hanged at 37
  • 1664 Elizabeth Poole, Puritan businesswoman
  • 1670 Niccolo Zucchi, Italian astronomer (b. 1586)
  • 1686 (N. S.) Otto von Guericke, German scientist (b. 1602)
  • 1690 John Eliot, English missionary in Massachusetts, dies at 85
  • 1703 Roemer Vlacq, Dutch admiral, dies in battle
  • 1719 Pierre Poiret, French mystic (b. 1646)
  • 1725 Robert Haley earl of Oxford, English Whig-premier (1710-4), dies at 63
  • 1742 Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (b. 1664)
  • 1771 Christopher Smart, English poet (b. 1722)
  • 1786 Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist, dies at 43
  • 1790 Thomas Warton, English critic and poet (Pleasures of Melancholy) British Poet Laureate (1785-90), dies at 62
  • 1810 Charles GLAAT chevalier d'Eon de Beaumont, French spy, dies at 81
  • 1812 Joseph Wolfl, composer, dies at 38
  • 1815 Roman Hoffstetter, composer, dies at 73
  • 1817 Johann Friedrich Christmann, composer, dies at 64
  • 1844 Guiseppi Baini, composer, dies at 68
  • 1860 Johannes Frederick Frohlich, composer, dies at 53
  • 1862 John Drew, Irish-born American actor (b. 1827)
  • 1865 Christian J├╝rgensen Thomsen, Danish Archaeologist, created Stone, Bronze, Iron age system, dies at 76
  • 1879 Arturo Prat, Chilean naval officer (b. 1848)
  • 1885 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer, dies at 73
  • 1894 August A Kundt, German physicist, (test of Kundt), dies at 54
  • 1894 Emile Henry, French anarchist (b. 1872)
  • 1895 Franz von Suppe, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), dies at 76
  • 1897 Karol Mikuli, composer, dies at 77
  • 1911 Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (b. 1857)
  • 1915 Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (b. 1875)
  • 1919 Victor A D Segalen, [Max Anely], French ship's doctor/writer, dies
  • 1919 Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1853)
  • 1920 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican President (1917-1920), executed by army generals after his decision that the next President be a civilian (61)
  • 1924 Bobby Franks, killed by Leopold & Loeb, at 14
  • 1926 Georgy L'vovich Catoire, composer, dies at 65
  • 1926 Ronald Arthur A Firbank, British writer (Prancing Nigger), dies at 40
  • 1929 V P F A Royle, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies

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1929 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), dies at 82

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose
  • 1933 John Henry Mackay, Scottish/German author (Der Schwimmer), dies at 69
  • 1935 Hugo de Vries, botanist Gruppenweise Artbildung, dies at 87

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1935 Jane Addams, a founder of ACLU (Nobel 1973), dies at 65

Social Worker and Nobel Laureate Jane Addams
Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Jane Addams
  • 1949 Klaus Mann, German writer, dies at 42
  • 1952 John Garfield, American actor (Juarez, Air Force), dies of heart problems at 39
  • 1954 Janos Hammerschlag, composer, dies at 68
  • 1957 Edwin St Hill, cricketer (two Tests for West Indies 1930-31), dies
  • 1957 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • 1964 James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • 1965 Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (b. 1882)
  • 1966 Pat O'Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75
  • 1968 Doris Lloyd, actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • 1970 Vinton Hayworth, actor (Gen Schaeffer-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 63
  • 1970 E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  • 1971 Dennis King, actor (Devil's Brother), dies of heart ailment at 73
  • 1973 Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • 1973 George Breakstone, actor/director (Great Expectations), dies at 53
  • 1973 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • 1976 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer, dies at 77
  • 1978 Jo Spier [Joseph Spier], Dutch cartoonist and water color painter, dies at 77
  • 1980 Ida Kaminska, actress (Shop on Main Street), dies
  • 1981 Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies
  • 1981 Patsy O'Hara, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • 1981 Raymond Mccreesh, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • 1983 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer, dies at 61
  • 1983 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (b. 1903)
  • 1984 Andrea Leeds, actress (Stage Door, Earthbound), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1984 Ann Little, actress (Roaring Road), dies at 93
  • 1985 Julie Vega, Philippine Actress (b. 1968)
  • 1987 Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies at 57
  • 1988 Dino Conte Grandi, Italy, delegate to league of nations, dies at 92
  • 1988 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • 1990 Franklyn Seales, actor (Silver Spoon, Onion Field), dies of AIDS at 37
  • 1990 Mary Victor Bruce, who flew around empire state bldg in 1930, dies
  • 1990 Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, Indian spiritual leader, murdered
  • 1991 Bobby Dale, dies at 92
  • 1991 Jean Van Joutte, PM of Belgium (1952-54), dies
  • 1991 Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minster (1984-89), assassinated at 46
  • 1992 Brendan Nulholland, Daily Mail reporter, dies at 59
  • 1992 Elizabeth David, British cookbook writer, dies
  • 1992 Mrithi, gorilla (Gorilla in the Mist), dies at 24
  • 1993 John Frost, English lt-kol (operation Market Garden 1944), dies at 80
  • 1993 John Holland, actor (They Saved Hitler's Brain), dies at 65
  • 1994 Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60
  • 1994 Forsyth Hardy, documentary film pioneer, dies at 84
  • 1994 Giovanni Goria, PM of Italy (1987-88), dies
  • 1994 John Henry Weidner, Dutch/US resistance fighter, dies at 81
  • 1995 Kieron Walsh, academic, dies at 46
  • 1995 Les Aspin, US sec of Defense (1993-95), dies of stroke at 56
  • 1995 Patrick Bowles, writer/translator, dies at 68
  • 1996 Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor (Lash of the West), dies at 78
  • 1996 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Eric Stuart Woord, archaeologist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Laurence Dowdall, lawyer, dies at 91
  • 1996 Mary Perot Nichols, journalist, dies at 79
  • 1996 Peter Fletcher, music teacher, dies at 60
  • 1999 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12) (b. 1979)
  • 2000 Barbara Cartland, English author (b. 1901)

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2000 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur), dies at 96

  • 2000 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (b. 1956)
  • 2002 Niki de Saint Phalle, French artist (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Frank D. White, American politician (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Howard Morris, American comic actor and director (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Spencer Clark, American racecar driver (b. 1987)
  • 2006 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • 2006 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • 2015 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • 2016 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, dies at 86
  • 2016 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), dies at 74