Famous Deaths on August 21, 1940

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Famous Deaths

  • Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • Hermann Obrecht, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer, dies at 68