Deaths in History on March 21

  • 1063 Blessed Richeza of Lotharingia, venerated in Roman Catholicism, wife of King Mieszko II of Poland
  • 1076 Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1011)
  • 1181 Taira Kiyomori, Japanese Feudal general (b. 1118)
  • 1306 Robert II, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1248)
  • 1487 Nicholas of Flue, Swiss hermit and saint (b. 1417)
  • 1538 Hugo, earl of Leisnig, governor of Frisia, dies at about 79
  • 1556 Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury, burned at stake at 66

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1617 Pocahontas, American Indian princess and daughter of Powhatan, dies at 22

American Indian Princess Pocahontas
American Indian Princess
Pocahontas
  • 1652 Vredius, [Olivier de Wree], Flem historian/mayor (Brugge), dies at 55
  • 1656 Armagh James Ussher, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
  • 1676 Henri Sauval, French historian (b. 1623)
  • 1729 John Law, Scottish financier, dies at about 57
  • 1734 Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian (b. 1679)
  • 1751 Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (b. 1706)
  • 1762 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (b. 1713)
  • 1768 Jan J Mauricius, Dutch governor-gen of Suriname (1742-51), dies at 75
  • 1772 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, French cartographer (b. 1703)
  • 1795 Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (b. 1714)
  • 1804 Louis-Antoine-Henri de Bourbon-Condé, duc d'Enghien (executed) (b. 1772)
  • 1810 Philippe-Joseph van den Berghe graaf Limmighe, Brabants ships, dies
  • 1830 Johann Rudolf Wyss, Swiss folkorist and writer (Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 48
  • 1843 Guadalupe Victoria, first President of Mexico (b. 1786)
  • 1843 Robert Southey, English writer (The Story of the Three Bears), Poet Laureate (1813-43) and biographer (Nelson), dies at 68
  • 1844 Leopold F J J J van Sassen Ysselt, Dutch politician, dies at 65
  • 1850 Miguel Pedrorena, American settler
  • 1857 Abraham J van der Aa, lexicographer (Biograph dictionary), dies at 64
  • 1863 Edwin Vose Sumner, US Union-general-major (Fair Oaks), dies at 66
  • 1881 Samuel Courtauld, American-born textile magnate (b. 1793)
  • 1884 Ezra Abbot, American bible scholar (b. 1819)

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1915 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, dies of influenza at 58

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor
  • 1916 Victor de Stuers, Dutch art expert, dies at 72
  • 1920 Federigo Tozzi, Italian writer/journalist (Torre, Tre Croci), dies at 37
  • 1921 "Big Jim" Colisimo, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1941 Robert Liefmann, German economist (Kartelle und Trusts), dies at 67
  • 1945 J Woortman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Bergen-Belsen at 39
  • 1945 Artur Nebe, German SS officer {b. 1894)
  • 1952 Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, executed
  • 1955 Muriel Aked, dies at 67
  • 1958 Cyril M Kornbluth, US sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), dies at 34
  • 1969 Gerhart Fritsch, writer, dies at 44
  • 1970 Marlen Haushofer, writer, dies at 49
  • 1974 Candy Darling, [James Slattery], female impersonator, dies
  • 1975 Ralph Hawtrey, economist (multiplier), dies at 95
  • 1980 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • 1986 August de Boodt, Belgian politician, dies at 90
  • 1991 Leo Fender, American inventor (Fender guitar), dies at 81
  • 1994 Lili Damita, wife of Errol Flynn (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 89
  • 1995 Daan Wildschut, Dutch painter/author, dies at 81
  • 1995 Etienne Martin, French sculptor, dies at 82
  • 1996 Frank Murray, police Officer, dies at 51
  • 1997 W. V. Awdry, English children's writer (b. 1911)
  • 1998 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • 2001 Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Herman Talmadge, American politician (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Drew Hayes, American writer & graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • 2007 Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)
  • 2007 Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)

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2013 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian poet and novelist, dies at 82

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • 2014 James Rebhorn, American actor, dies from melanoma at 65
  • 2015 Leon Brittan, [Baron Brittan of Spennithorne] British politician and Home Secretary, dies at 75
  • 2016 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81