Deaths in History on July 21

  • 1160 Peterus Lombardus, Italian theologist/bishop of Paris, dies
  • 1425 Manuel Paleologus, Byzantine Emperor (1391-1425)/writer, dies
  • 1540 John I Zapolyai, prince of Transsylvania/king of Hungary, dies
  • 1544 René of Chalon [Renatus of Nassau], prince of Orange, slain in battle
  • 1683 Lord William Russell, English politician and plotter against Charles II, beheaded at 43
  • 1688 James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (b. 1610)
  • 1717 Niccolo Amenta, Italian poet (La Gostanza), dies
  • 1793 Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, French explorer (b. 1739)

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1796 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne), dies at 37

  • 1798 François Sebastien Charles Joseph de Croix, Count of Clerfayt, Austrian field marshal (b. 1733)
  • 1821 Maurice J M prince de Broglie, bishop of Ghent, dies at about 55
  • 1831 Emil Aarestrup, Danish physician/poet (Ritornellen), dies at 55
  • 1861 Francis Stebbins Bartow, Confederate colonel, dies in battle at 44
  • 1878 Sam Bass, American Old West train robber and outlaw, dies at 27
  • 1880 Hiram Walden, American politician, dies at 79
  • 1888 Matthias J Scheeben, German theologist (Natur und Gnade), dies at 53
  • 1889 Nelson Dewey, American politician, 1st Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1813)
  • 1899 Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and military officer (b. 1833)
  • 1917 Christopher J Forster, British RAF-pilot/capt, dies in battle
  • 1922 Djemal Pasha, dictator of Turkey, murdered
  • 1938 Owen Wister, American author (b. 1860)
  • 1941 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet (b. 1872)
  • 1944 Gerrit van den Bosch, led illegal Dutch CPN party, dies in Dachau
  • 1944 Henning von Tresckow, Gen-Maj, "July 20th plotter", commits suicide
  • 1946 Gualberto Villarroel, President of Bolivia (b. 1908)
  • 1948 Arshile Gorky, abstract expressionist, dies at 43
  • 1957 Bernard Spooner, US inventor (bulletproof jacket), dies
  • 1962 G. M. Trevelyan [George Macaulay Trevelyan], British historian and academic, dies at 86
  • 1966 Eugeen Calleen, Flemish sculptor, dies at 83
  • 1967 Albert J Luthuli, president South Africa (ANC), dies
  • 1967 Pierre Kemp, Dutch poet (English paint box), dies at 80
  • 1968 Ruth St Denis, US choreography, dies at about 90
  • 1970 Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
  • 1972 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
  • 1973 Russell Hardie, dies after long illness at 69
  • 1974 Willem F K Hussem, painter/poet (Steltlopen on Sea), dies at 74
  • 1976 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to Ireland, assassinated
  • 1977 Lee Miller, American Photographer aged 70
  • 1979 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • 1982 Jean J A Girault, French director (Gendarme Saint-Tropez), dies at 58
  • 1986 Paulo Correia, Guinee-Bissaus colonel/putschist, executed
  • 1990 Manuel Puig, Argentine writer (Buenos Aires Affair), dies at 57
  • 1990 Sacha Piteoff, dies of heart failure at 70
  • 1990 Stanley Shapiro, dies of leukemia at 65
  • 1991 Theodore Wilson, dies at 47
  • 1993 Henk Kersting, bureau chef (Associated Press-WW II), dies at 88
  • 1994 John Ernest, constructionist Artist, dies at 72
  • 1995 Elleston Trevor, author, dies
  • 1996 Francis James Claude Piggott, soldier, dies at 85
  • 1996 Gerald McArthur, detective, dies at 70
  • 1996 James Tye, safety expert, dies at 74
  • 1996 John Kevin Moorhouse, test pilot, dies at 50
  • 1996 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet, dies at 79
  • 1998 Alan Shepard, American astronaut and 1st American in space, dies of leukemia at 74
  • 2003 Walter M. "Matt" Jefferies, American film art director (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Ta Mok, "The Khmer Rouge Butcher", war criminal in Democratic Kampuchea (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist, dies at 94
  • 2010 Luis Corvalán, Chilean communist leader (b. 1916)
  • 2012 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, dies from cancer at 72
  • 2015 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84