Deaths in History on May 21

  • 987 Louis V, last Carlovingians King of France (966-987), dies
  • 1254 Conrad IV of Germany (b. 1228)
  • 1481 Christian I, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
  • 1512 Pandolfo Petrucci, ruler of Siena
  • 1524 Thomas Howard 2nd duke of Norfolk, general/premier, dies at about 80

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1542 Hernando de Soto, dies while searching for gold, near Mississippi River

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto
  • 1607 John Rainolds, English scholar (b. 1549)
  • 1639 Giovan D "Tommaso" Campanella, Italian philosopher/poet, dies at 70
  • 1647 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, poet/playwright (Warenar), dies at about 65
  • 1650 James Graham, Marquis of Montrose "the Great Montrose", Scottish general, hanged at 37
  • 1664 Elizabeth Poole, Puritan businesswoman
  • 1670 Niccolo Zucchi, Italian astronomer (b. 1586)
  • 1686 (N. S.) Otto von Guericke, German scientist (b. 1602)
  • 1690 John Eliot, English missionary in Massachusetts, dies at 85
  • 1703 Roemer Vlacq, Dutch admiral, dies in battle
  • 1719 Pierre Poiret, French mystic (b. 1646)
  • 1725 Robert Haley earl of Oxford, English Whig-premier (1710-4), dies at 63
  • 1742 Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (b. 1664)
  • 1771 Christopher Smart, English poet (b. 1722)
  • 1786 Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist, dies at 43
  • 1790 Thomas Warton, English critic and poet (Pleasures of Melancholy) British Poet Laureate (1785-90), dies at 62
  • 1810 Charles GLAAT chevalier d'Eon de Beaumont, French spy, dies at 81
  • 1865 Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Danish Archaeologist, created Stone, Bronze, Iron age system, dies at 76
  • 1879 Arturo Prat, Chilean naval officer (b. 1848)
  • 1894 August A Kundt, German physicist, (test of Kundt), dies at 54
  • 1894 Emile Henry, French anarchist (b. 1872)
  • 1911 Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (b. 1857)
  • 1915 Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (b. 1875)
  • 1919 Victor A D Segalen, [Max Anely], French ship's doctor/writer, dies
  • 1919 Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1853)
  • 1920 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican President (1917-1920), executed by army generals after his decision that the next President be a civilian (61)
  • 1924 Bobby Franks, killed by Leopold & Loeb, at 14
  • 1926 Ronald Arthur A Firbank, British writer (Prancing Nigger), dies at 40

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1929 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), dies at 82

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose
  • 1933 John Henry Mackay, Scottish/German author (Der Schwimmer), dies at 69
  • 1935 Hugo de Vries, botanist Gruppenweise Artbildung, dies at 87

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1935 Jane Addams, a founder of ACLU (Nobel 1973), dies at 65

Social Worker and Nobel Laureate Jane Addams
Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Jane Addams
  • 1949 Klaus Mann, German writer, dies at 42
  • 1964 James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • 1965 Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (b. 1882)
  • 1970 E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  • 1973 Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • 1978 Joseph EA "Jo" Spier, Dutch cartoonist/water color painter, dies at 77
  • 1981 Patsy O'Hara, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • 1981 Raymond Mccreesh, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • 1983 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (b. 1903)
  • 1988 Dino Conte Grandi, Italy, delegate to league of nations, dies at 92
  • 1988 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • 1990 Mary Victor Bruce, who flew around empire state bldg in 1930, dies
  • 1990 Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, Indian spiritual leader, murdered
  • 1991 Bobby Dale, dies at 92
  • 1991 Jean Van Joutte, PM of Belgium (1952-54), dies
  • 1991 Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minster (1984-89), assassinated at 46
  • 1992 Brendan Nulholland, Daily Mail reporter, dies at 59
  • 1992 Elizabeth David, British cookbook writer, dies
  • 1992 Mrithi, gorilla (Gorilla in the Mist), dies at 24
  • 1993 John Frost, English lt-kol (operation Market Garden 1944), dies at 80
  • 1994 Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60
  • 1994 Forsyth Hardy, documentary film pioneer, dies at 84
  • 1994 Giovanni Goria, PM of Italy (1987-88), dies
  • 1994 John Henry Weidner, Dutch/US resistance fighter, dies at 81
  • 1995 Kieron Walsh, academic, dies at 46
  • 1995 Les Aspin, US sec of Defense (1993-95), dies of stroke at 56
  • 1995 Patrick Bowles, writer/translator, dies at 68
  • 1996 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Eric Stuart Woord, archaeologist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Laurence Dowdall, lawyer, dies at 91
  • 1996 Mary Perot Nichols, journalist, dies at 79
  • 2000 Barbara Cartland, English author (b. 1901)
  • 2000 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (b. 1956)
  • 2002 Niki de Saint Phalle, French artist (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Frank D. White, American politician (b. 1933)
  • 2016 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, dies at 86