Deaths in History on August 21

  • 1131 Boudouin II van Bourg, king of Jerusalem, dies
  • 1157 King Alfonso VII of Castile (b. 1104/1105)
  • 1190 Godfried III, duke of Brabant (Grimbergse war), dies
  • 1245 Alexander van Hales, English scholar, dies
  • 1271 Alphonse of Toulouse, son of Louis VIII of France (b. 1220)
  • 1516 John III van Egmont, [Manke John], viceroy of Holland, dies at 78
  • 1581 Sakuma Nobumori, Japanese retainer and samurai (b. 1527)

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1614 Elizabeth Báthory, the world's most prolific female serial killer, dies at 54

Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History Elizabeth Báthory
Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History
Elizabeth Báthory
  • 1629 Camillo Procaccini, Italian painter/etcher, dies
  • 1673 Isaac Sweers, Dutch fleet admiral/Civil rights activist, dies at 51
  • 1673 John de Love I, vice-admiral, dies in sea battle at about 54
  • 1689 William Cleland, Scottish poet and soldier
  • 1723 Dimitrie Cantemir, philosopher/monarch of Moldova 1710-11, dies at 49
  • 1762 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (b. 1689)
  • 1763 Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • 1785 Jean B Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Pigeon), dies
  • 1798 Corneille F de Nelis, Flemish scholar/bishop of Antwerp, dies at 62
  • 1814 Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (b. 1753)
  • 1824 John Taylor, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy), dies at 70
  • 1836 Claude-Louis Navier, French physicist (b. 1785)
  • 1838 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), dies at 57
  • 1864 John Calhoun Sanders, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 24
  • 1870 Ma Xinyi Viceroy of Liangjiang of the late Qing Dynasty in China (b. 1821)
  • 1888 Simon Vissering, Dutch minister of Finance (1879-81), dies at 70
  • 1905 Jules Oppert, German Assyriologist (decodes characters), dies at 80

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1940 Leon Trotsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, political theorist and founder of the Red Army, assassinated at 62 by an ice-pick wielding Ramón Mercader

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 1940 Hermann Obrecht, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)
  • 1942 Kiyoano Ichiki, Japanese colonel (WW II), dies
  • 1943 Henrik Pontoppidan, writer (Peter Gelukkige, Nobel 1917), dies at 86
  • 1947 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), dies at 65
  • 1952 Isaac Sadeh, leader of Jewish commando forces, dies
  • 1957 Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Norwegian meteorologist and oceanographer (b. 1888)
  • 1958 Walter Schumann, choral director (Ford Show), dies at 44
  • 1960 David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (b. 1886)
  • 1964 Palmiro Togliatti, founder (Communist Italian Party)/min of Just, dies
  • 1968 Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45
  • 1971 George Jackson, US prisoner, shot to death at 29
  • 1978 Charles Eames, US chair manufacturer, dies at 71
  • 1982 Sobhuza II, king of Swaziland/Ngwane (1921-82), dies
  • 1983 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • 1987 Karl Bruck, entertainer, dies
  • 1988 Hans Gunther Adler, German writer, dies at 78
  • 1988 Ray Eames, American designer, artist and architect (b. 1912)
  • 1990 George Adamson, British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya
  • 1991 Oswald von Nell-Breuning, German theologist/philosopher, dies at 101
  • 1991 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect, dies
  • 1992 Theo van Tijn, Marxist/social-historian, dies at 65
  • 1992 Dai Vernon, Canadian magician (b. 1894)
  • 1994 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL), dies of breast cancer at 35
  • 1994 Hein Fentener van Vlissingen, eccentric millionaire, dies at 73
  • 1995 Hilda Beatritz Guevara, daughter of Che Guevara, dies at 39
  • 1995 Manfred Donike, chemist Drug Test pioneer, dies at 61
  • 1995 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, physicist (Nobel-1983), dies at 84
  • 1996 Rosa Joyce Plesters Brommelie, conservation scientist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Sidney George Gray, company secretary, dies at 82
  • 1997 Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia (1970-74), dies
  • 2000 Daniel Lisulo, Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Kathy Wilkes, English philosopher and aid worker (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Marcus Schmuck, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (b. 1936)
  • 2006 Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch businessman and philanthropist (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • 2007 Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • 2009 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, Argentinean writer (b. 1941)
  • 2012 Georg Leber, German politician, dies at 91
  • 2012 William Thurston, American mathematician, dies from melanoma at 65
  • 2015 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and Nelson Mandela's lawyer, dies at 81