On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1821

Napoléon Bonaparte

May 5 Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and Emperor of the French (1804-14, 1815), dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena, officially from stomach cancer but rumours of arsenic poisoning persist

  • May 15 John Wall Calcott, English composer, dies at 54
  • May 19 Camille Jordan, French politician (b. 1771)