Famous Deaths on September 21

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19 BC Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro], Roman poet of the Augustan period (Aeneid), dies at 50

Roman Poet Virgil
Roman Poet
Virgil

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454 Flavius Aetius, Roman general (Battle of the Catalaunian Plains), assassinated by Valentinian

Roman General Flavius Aetius
Roman General
Flavius Aetius
  • 687 Conon, Sicilian Pope (686-87), dies
  • 1217 Lembitu of Lehola, Estonian soldier
  • 1327 Edward II, king of England (1307-1327), assassinated at 43
  • 1397 Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (executed) (b. 1346)
  • 1433 Zweder van Kuilenberg, bishop of Utrecht
  • 1440 Frederik I van Hohenzollern, ruler Brandenburg (1417-40), dies at 68
  • 1481 Bartholomeus Platinum, Italian humanist/pontifical librarian, dies
  • 1519 Hans Backofen/Backoffen, German sculptor, dies at about 49
  • 1520 Selam I Jawuz, the Barse, poet/cruel sultan of Turkey, dies
  • 1542 Juan Boscán Almogáver, Spanish poet

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1558 Charles V, King of Spain (1516-56) and Holy Roman Emperor (1519-56), dies of malaria at 58

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V

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1576 Girolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician, dies at 74

Mathematician Girolamo Cardano
Mathematician
Girolamo Cardano
  • 1586 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, viceroy of Naples (1571-75), dies at 69
  • 1590 Ascanio Trombeti, composer, dies at 45
  • 1626 François de Bonne, duc de Lesdiguières, Constable of France (b. 1543)
  • 1629 John Pieterszoon Coen, merchant/gov-gen of East-Indies, dies at 42
  • 1705 Willem Hadriaan of Nassau, corrupt mister of Odijck, dies
  • 1719 Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (b. 1647)
  • 1743 Jai Singh II, King of Amber-Juiper (b. 1688)
  • 1748 John Balguy, English philosopher (b. 1686)
  • 1796 François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers, French general (b. 1769)
  • 1798 George Read, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 65
  • 1809 Alexander Reinagle, composer, dies at 53
  • 1812 Emmanuel Johann Joseph Schikaneder, composer, dies at 61
  • 1820 Joseph R Drake, US poet (American Flag), dies at 25)
  • 1832 Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (The Lady of the Lake), dies at 61
  • 1836 John Stafford Smith, composer, dies at 86
  • 1839 Jacob Gottfried Weber, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1860 Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (b. 1788)
  • 1874 JBAL Leonce Elie the Beaumont, French geologist, dies at 75
  • 1883 Johannes van Vloten, Dutch man of letters/theologist, dies at 65
  • 1897 Wilhelm Wattenbach, German historian (b. 1819)
  • 1904 Chief Joseph, US indian chief (Nez Perces), dies
  • 1905 Rudolf Baumbach, writer of German student drinking songs, dies at 64
  • 1906 Samuel Arnold, Lincoln conspirator, dies at 72
  • 1911 Arab Pasha, "al-Misri" [Pasha Ahmad Arab), Egyptian minister, dies
  • 1915 Anthony Comstock, anti-vice crusader, dies at 71 in NYC
  • 1922 Tom Armitage, cricketer (England lob bowler v Australia 1877), dies
  • 1926 Leon Charles Thevenin, French telegraph engineer (b. 1857)
  • 1937 Henri [Lucien] Capitant, French lawyer, dies at 72
  • 1938 Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic Croatian writer (b. 1874)
  • 1939 Armand Călinescu, Prime Minister of Romania, assassinated by the iron guard at 46
  • 1946 Leo Bittermieux, Flemish missionary (Congo), dies at 66
  • 1946 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (b. 1971)
  • 1947 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), dies at 69
  • 1950 Arthur Milne, English Astrophysicist (kinematic relativity), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1953 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • 1954 Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor (b. 1858)
  • 1956 Anastasio Somoza García [Tacho], General, dictator and President of Nicaragua (1937-56), assassinated by Roliberto Lopez at 60

  • 1956 Robert Mills Delaney, composer, dies at 53
  • 1957 Haakon VII (CF Charles WA), Danish king of Norway (1905-57), dies
  • 1961 Earle Dickson, American inventor (Band-Aid), dies at 68
  • 1961 Maurice Delage, composer, dies at 81
  • 1963 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (b. 1899)
  • 1964 Jim Koethe, Dallas Times Herald reporter, killed by karate chop
  • 1966 Paul Reynaud, premier France (1940), dies
  • 1970 Gijsbert Friedhoff, Dutch architect (Wibautstrat tax office, Amsterdam), dies at 78
  • 1971 Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1972 Henry M de Montherlant, French author (Port Royal), dies at 76
  • 1973 Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39
  • 1973 William CF Plomer, South African libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69

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1974 Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), dies of cancer at 53

  • 1974 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), dies at 80
  • 1976 Orlando Letelier, minister Chile, dies
  • 1979 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • 1980 Ernest White, composer, dies at 80
  • 1981 Nigel Patrick, actor/director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies at 68
  • 1981 Tony Aubin, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1982 Hovhannes Bagramyan, Soviet general (b. 1897)
  • 1985 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • 1986 Pierre Wigny, Belgium minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61), dies at 81
  • 1987 Ruth Attaway, actress (Porgy & Bess, Conrack, Being There), dies
  • 1987 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • 1988 Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), dies from pneumonia at 63
  • 1988 Henry Koster, director, dies
  • 1988 Robert Gwathmey, artist, dies at 85
  • 1988 Glenn Robert Davis, member of United States Congress (b. 1914
  • 1988 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
  • 1989 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies
  • 1991 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), dies at 83
  • 1991 JA Mommersteeg, Dutch state sect of Defense (KVP), dies
  • 1992 Billy Williams, actor (Adv of Kit Carson), dies at 76 of brain tumor
  • 1992 Hans Rosenberg, astronomer/alderman of Utrecht, dies
  • 1993 Fernand Ledoux, Belgian/French actor (L'Homme de Londres), dies at 96
  • 1993 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Best Thing in Life), dies at 34
  • 1994 Arthur Krim, US director (United Artists, Orion Pictures), dies
  • 1994 Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway Writer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Irven Spence, animator, dies at 86
  • 1995 Peter Shankland, filmmaker/writer, dies at 94
  • 1995 Vernell Townsend, blues/gospel singer, dies at 64
  • 1995 William Murray, teacher/educationalist, dies at 83
  • 1995 Rudy Perpich, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 1996 John Stachniewski, scholar/teacher, dies at 42
  • 1996 Julius Silverman, politician, dies at 90
  • 1996 Sabine Zlatin, Polish-born French nurse, who tried save Izieu children from Nazis, dies at 89
  • 1997 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, dies at 51
  • 1997 Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 1998 Florence Griffith Joyner, American athlete (b. 1959)
  • 2000 Bryan Smith, Man who ran over Stephen King (b. 1957)
  • 2002 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2004 Barry Noble Wakeman, American naturalist and educator (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2006 Boz Burrell, English rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian Olympic gold medalist (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Alice Ghostley, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), dies at 88
  • 2011 Pamela Ann Rymer, American federal appellate judge (b. 1941)
  • 2011 Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (executed) (b. 1968)
  • 2011 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2013 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, dies at 93
  • 2016 Ben Cauley, musician (The Bar-Kays) and plane crash survivor, dies at 67
  • 2016 John D. Loudermilk, American country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), dies at 82