Deaths in History on April 21

  • 1073 Alexander II, [Anselmo da Baggio], Pope (1061-73), dies
  • 1109 Anselmus, philosopher/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • 1142 Pierre Abélard, French writer (b. 1079)
  • 1329 Frederick IV, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1282)
  • 1509 Henry VII, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509), dies at 52, Henry VIII succeeds him
  • 1551 Oda Nobuhide, Japanese warlord (b. 1510)
  • 1552 Petrus Apianus [Peter Apian], German mathematician, astronomer and cartographer, dies at 50
  • 1574 Cosimo de Medici, Italian duke of Toscane, dies at about 54
  • 1699 Jean Racine, French dramatist (Iphigénie), dies at 59
  • 1701 Asano Naganori, Japanese warlord (b. 1667)
  • 1719 Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and historian (b. 1640)
  • 1720 Antoine Hamilton, French writer (b. 1646)
  • 1722 Robert Beverley, Jr., historian of Colonial Virginia (b. 1673)
  • 1730 Jan Palfijn, Flemish physician/inventor (forceps), dies at 79
  • 1736 Frans Eugenius, duke/prince of Savoye, dies at 72
  • 1792 Tiradentes, Brazilian revolutionary (b. 1746)
  • 1793 John Michell, English seismologist (b. 1724)
  • 1815 Joseph Winston, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (b. 1746)
  • 1825 Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathemattician (b. 1765)
  • 1852 Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (b. 1787)
  • 1868 Henry James O'Farrell, Australian would-be assassin of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
  • 1871 Elisabeth Grube, writer, dies
  • 1899 Heinrich Kiepert, German cartographer/geographer, dies at 80

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1910 Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens], American author (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), dies at 74

Author Mark Twain
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Mark Twain

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1918 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, dies at 25 after his plane is shot down

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  • 1922 Alessandro Moreschi, Italian castrato (b. 1858)
  • 1930 Robert S Bridges, poet laureate (Testament of beauty), dies at 85
  • 1930 Robert Bridges, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1913-30), dies at 85
  • 1938 Muhammad Iqbal, Brt E Indies lawyer/Pakistan national hero, dies at 65
  • 1938 Allama Iqbal, Indian philosopher and poet (b. 1877)
  • 1945 John Poston, British major/Montgomery's ADC, dies in battle at 25

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1946 John Maynard Keynes, English economist whose ideas changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, dies of a heart attack at 62

  • 1952 [Richard] Stafford Cripps, Engl min of Plane-manufacturing, dies at 62
  • 1956 Charles MacArthur, American writer (b. 1895)
  • 1962 Frederick Handley Page, designer of 1st big airplane (40 seats), dies
  • 1965 Edward V Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), dies at 72
  • 1967 Andre L Danjon, French astronomer, dies at 77
  • 1971 Francois "Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, dies at 64
  • 1973 Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
  • 1977 Gummo [Milton] Marx, US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
  • 1980 Aleksandr Oparin, Russian biochemist (b. 1894)
  • 1980 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (b. 1928)
  • 1985 Rudi Gernreich, US designer (miniskirt), dies at 62
  • 1985 Tancredo Neves, president-elect of Brazil, dies at 75
  • 1985 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (b. 1902)
  • 1986 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (b.1930)
  • 1987 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore), dies at 77
  • 1989 Princess Dukhye of Korea (b. 1912)
  • 1990 Erté, French artist (b. 1892)
  • 1991 Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Missouri), dies at 74
  • 1992 Robert Harris, murderer, executed in Calif's gas chamber at 39
  • 1992 Vladimir K Romanov, Grand Duke/Rus pretender to the throne, dies at 74
  • 1994 Clement Merk, animal trainer, dies at 93
  • 1995 Stafford Heginbotham, toymaker/Football Club Chairman, dies at 61
  • 1996 Dzhokhar Dudayev, separatist leader and President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (1991), dies at 52
  • 1996 Robert Hersant, press baron, dies at 76
  • 1996 Rodney Meredith Thomas, architect/painter, dies at 93
  • 1996 Zora Arkus-Duntov, engineer, dies at 86
  • 1997 Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan president (1989-93), dies
  • 1997 Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65), dies at 86
  • 1998 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Mary McGrory, American journalist (b. 1918)
  • 2006 T.K. Ramakrishnan, Indian politician (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Charles Colson, Nixon adviser (Watergate), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • 2013 Leopold Engleitner, Austrian Holocaust survivor, dies at 107
  • 2014 George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (helped invent LCD displays), dies at 77