Famous Deaths on October 21

  • 1125 Cosmas of Prague, Bohemian writer
  • 1204 Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester, English nobleman
  • 1221 Alix of Thouars, Duchess of Brittany (b. 1201)
  • 1266 Birger jarl, Swedish statesman (b. 1210)
  • 1422 Charles VI, King of France (1380-1422), dies at 54
  • 1439 Traversari Ambrosius, Italian humanist/leader, dies at 53
  • 1500 Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado of Japan (b. 1442)
  • 1505 Paul Scriptoris, German mathematician
  • 1558 Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italian physician (Poetice), dies at 74
  • 1561 Johannes Vasaeus, Flemish humanist/historian, dies at about 49
  • 1600 Toda Katsushige, Japanese warlord (b. 1557)
  • 1623 William Wade, English statesman and diplomat (b. 1546)
  • 1627 Frederik de Houtman, navigator/governor of Ambon, dies at about 56
  • 1629 Tumengung Buraksa, Matarams/Javanese general, dies in battle
  • 1637 Laurens Reael, vice-governor of Ambon, poet and admiral, dies at 54
  • 1650 Pedro de Espinosa, Spanish poet/writer, dies
  • 1662 Henry Lawes, composer, dies at 66
  • 1687 Edmund Waller, English poet/plotter (Waller's plot), dies
  • 1765 Giovanni Paolo Pannini/Panini, Italian painter/architect, dies at 73
  • 1773 Johann Conrad Schlaun, German baroque architect, dies at 78
  • 1775 Peyton Randolph, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1721)
  • 1777 Samuel Foote, British actor, dramatist and theatre manager (Mirror), dies at 57
  • 1793 Johann Ernst Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
  • 1798 Johann Christoph Schmugel, composer, dies at 71

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1805 Admiral Horatio Nelson, dies in Battle of Trafalgar

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson
  • 1805 Johann Baptist Lasser, composer, dies at 54
  • 1810 Franz Teyber, Austrian composer, dies at 52
  • 1861 Edward Dickinson Baker, US attorney/senator, dies in battle at 50
  • 1861 John Breckinridge Grayson, Confederate brigadier general, dies
  • 1863 Lambertus GC Ledeboer, Dutch old-reformed vicar, dies at 55
  • 1872 Jacques Babinet, French physicist/mathematician/astronomer, dies at 78
  • 1873 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (b. 1807)
  • 1886 Jose Hernandez, Argentine poet (La vuelta the MartinFierro), dies
  • 1896 James Henry Greathead, British engineer (b. 1844)
  • 1897 Paul Kuczynski, composer, dies at 50
  • 1904 Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (b. 1877)
  • 1905 Jose Teodor Vilar, composer, dies at 69
  • 1906 Helena Amelung [Georgette A], Dutch actress (Scapegoat), dies at 55
  • 1916 Karl von Storgkh, premier Austria, assassinated
  • 1919 Sven August Korling, composer, dies at 77
  • 1924 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, composer, dies at 76
  • 1929 Owen Dunell, cricketer (two Tests for South Africa in 1889), dies
  • 1931 A Schnitzler, writer, dies at 69
  • 1939 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1940 William G. Conley, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1866)
  • 1943 Dudley Pound, British admiral of the fleet and 1st Sea Lord (Jutland, WW II), dies at 66
  • 1944 Alois Kayser, German missionary to Nauru (b. 1877)
  • 1955 Roy Minnett, cricketer (Australian all-rounder prior to WWI), dies
  • 1961 Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish songwriter (Goggles), dies
  • 1963 George B Cressey, US geographer (Crossroads), dies at 66
  • 1963 Józef Franczak, last cursed soldier - anticommunist underground in Poland(b. 1918)

  • 1965 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumour at 39
  • 1965 Marie McDonald, singer/actress (Promises Promises), dies of OD at 42
  • 1966 Gertrude Hoffman, actress (Mrs Odetts-My Little Margie), dies at 95
  • 1967 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), dies at 94

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1969 Jack Kerouac, American (Doctor Sax, On the Road), dies at 47

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • 1969 Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (b. 1882)
  • 1970 John T Scopes, US teacher (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), dies at 70
  • 1971 Etienne Gailly, Belgian marathoner (Oly-bronze-48), dies at 48
  • 1971 Raymond Hatton, actor (Girls in Prison), dies of heart attack at 84
  • 1973 Arabi El Goni, VP/Chad parliament, murdered
  • 1973 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 1975 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (b. 1887)
  • 1977 Ferit Tuzun, composer, dies at 48
  • 1978 Anastas I Mikojan, Russian politician, dies at 83
  • 1980 Hans Asperger, Austrian psychologist (b. 1906)
  • 1981 Karel Srom, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • 1983 Theodorus H J Zwartkruis, Bishop (Haarlem), dies
  • 1984 Dalibor Cyril Vackar, composer, dies at 78
  • 1984 Francois Truffaut, dir (Fahrenheit 451), dies of brain cancer at 52
  • 1986 Lionel Murphy, Australian politician and judge, dies at 64
  • 1987 Ying-Chin Ho, Taiwan government official, dies at 88
  • 1989 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • 1992 Jackson Weaver, voice of Smokey the Bear, dies of diabetes
  • 1992 Jim Garrison, Louisiana DA (investigate JFK assassination), dies at 70
  • 1992 Jim Garrison, American attorney (b. 1921)
  • 1993 Assad Saftawi, Palestinian co-founder of al-Fatah, murdered at 58
  • 1993 Irving Torgoff, US baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 75
  • 1993 Melchior Ndadaye, banker/1st Hutu President of Burundi (1993), murder at 40
  • 1993 Sam Zolotow, US theater critic (NY Times), dies at 94
  • 1993 Scott Heiser, US photographer (Interview), dies at 44
  • 1993 James Leo Herlihy, American novelist (Midnight Cowboy), commits suicide at 66
  • 1994 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist, dies at 85
  • 1994 Jerome Bert Weisner, military Scientist/Disarmer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Linda Goodman, Morgantown, West Virginia, American astrologer and poet, dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • 1995 Jose Ignacio Cabrujas, writer, dies at 58
  • 1995 Maxene Andrews, vocalist (Andrews Sister), dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1995 Shannon Hoon, vocalist (Blind Melon), dies of drug overdose at 28
  • 1996 Abdelhamid Benhadugah, novelist, dies at 71
  • 1996 Eric Halsall, sheepdog trial commentator, dies at 76
  • 1996 George Houston, land economist, dies at 74
  • 1996 Georgios Zoitakis, leader of Greece (1967-72), dies
  • 1996 Robert O'Neill Crossman, politician, dies at 49
  • 1996 Wang Li, politician, dies at 78
  • 1997 Dolph Camilli, Bkln Dodger/MVP (1941), dies at 90
  • 1998 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
  • 2003 Fred Berry, American actor (b. 1951)
  • 2003 Luis A. Ferré, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), dies at 99
  • 2003 Louise Day Hicks, American politician (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)
  • 2005 Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress, shot at 16
  • 2006 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • 2007 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts) (b. 1951)
  • 2012 George McGovern, US Politician, dies at 90
  • 2012 Yash Chopra, Indian director, dies from dengue fever and multiple organ failure at 80
  • 2012 Dann Cahn, American film editor, dies of natural causes at 89
  • 2013 Major R Owens, American politician, dies at 77
  • 2015 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), dies at 79