Famous Deaths on December 21

  • 72 Thomas the Apostle dies in Mylapore, India (according to tradition)
  • 1295 Marguerite Berenger of Provence, wife of Louis IX of France (bc. 1221)
  • 1308 Henry I, the Child, 1st landgrave of Hessen (1256-1308), dies at 64
  • 1375 Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian poet (Vita di Dante), dies at 62
  • 1504 Bertold von Henneberg-Römhild, German archbishop and elector (b. 1442)
  • 1549 Marguerite of Navarre, Queen of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre, dies at 57
  • 1579 Vicente Masip, Spanish painter
  • 1597 Saint Peter Canisius, Dutch Jesuit Catholic priest, dies at 76
  • 1674 Rutger van Haersolte, viceroy of Overijsselse, dies at about 66
  • 1734 Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 54
  • 1736 Alessandro Galilei, Italian architect (Cappella Corsini), dies at 45
  • 1755 Caspar Ruetz, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1807 John Newton, English cleric and hymnist, died at 82
  • 1820 Charles-Francois Dumonchau, French pianist and composer, dies at 45
  • 1824 James Parkinson, English physician (First description of Parkinson's disease) and political activist, dies at 69
  • 1859 Nicolaas Christiaan Kist, Dutch Reformed theologian and church historian, dies at 66

  • 1864 William Henry Fry, composer, dies at 51
  • 1864 Archduke Louis of Austria, 14th child of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II and Feldmarschal-Leutnant of Austrian Imperial Army, dies at 80
  • 1873 Francis Garnier, French explorer, dies at 34
  • 1889 Joseph B Lightfoot, English theologist/bishop of Durham, dies at 61
  • 1889 Friedrich August Quenstedt, German geologist and paleontologist, dies at 80
  • 1890 Niels Vilhelm Gade, Danish composer, dies at 73
  • 1900 Roger Wolcott, American political figure, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1847)
  • 1906 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 58
  • 1907 Oskar Lassar, German dermatologist (public baths), dies at 58
  • 1914 A O Jones, cricketer (12 Tests for England 1899-1909), dies
  • 1920 Claude Tozer, cricketer (dashing NSW batsman, shot to death
  • 1921 P B S Pinchback, major Reconstruction politician, dies at 84
  • 1927 Jack Saunders, cricketer (79 wickets-14 Tests for Aust 1902-08), dies
  • 1928 Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1928 Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal (WW I, Caporetto), dies at 78
  • 1933 Knud J. V. Rasmussen, Danish Pole explorer (Thule), dies at 54
  • 1935 Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist/writer (Panter, Tiger & Co), dies at 45

Person of interestFrank Kellogg

1937 Frank Kellogg, US Secretary of State and Nobel laureate, dies at 80

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg
  • 1937 Ted Healy [Ernest Lee Nash], American actor and comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), dies from acute toxic nephritis at 41

Person of interestF. Scott Fitzgerald

1940 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44

  • 1942 Leendert Round, Dutch sculptor (Giraffen, Blijdorp), dies at 63

Person of interestGeorge S. Patton

1945 George S. Patton, American WWII general (Sicily, Italy and Normandy) known as "Old Blood & Guts", dies of congestive heart failure at 60

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • 1948 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged
  • 1955 Dorothy Bernard, actress (Margaret-Life With Father), dies at 65
  • 1956 Lewis M Terman, psychologist (Genetic studies of genius), dies at 79

  • 1957 Eric Coates, English viola palyer and composer, dies at 71
  • 1958 H. B. Warner, British actor (Sunset Boulevard, The King of Kings), dies at 83
  • 1958 Lion Feuchtwanger, philosopher/writer (Der falsche Nero), dies at 74
  • 1959 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • 1963 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (61 Tests for England), dies
  • 1964 Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (b. 1880)
  • 1965 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Louis Washkansky, 18 days after 1st heart transplant, dies at 55
  • 1967 Stuart "Stu" Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1972 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • 1974 Richard Long, American actor (Prof-Nanny and the Professor), dies at 47
  • 1974 James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)
  • 1976 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • 1979 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies at 60
  • 1980 Marc Connelly, American playwright (One Minute Please), dies at 90
  • 1981 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1983 Rod Cameron [Nathan Roderick Cox], Canadian actor (City Detective, State Trooper, Trigger Trail), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1983 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (b. 1919)
  • 1987 Robert Paige, American actor, TV newscaster and political correspondent (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong, Colgate Comedy Hour), dies 77
  • 1987 John Spence, founding No Doubt member (b. 1969)
  • 1988 Bob Steele [Robert Adrian Bradbury], American actor (Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany), dies of Emphysema at 60
  • 1988 Nicholas Tinbergen, Dutch/British biologist, dies at 81
  • 1989 Jan Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • 1990 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aeronautical engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; b. 1910)
  • 1992 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1992 Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian/US violist (Beethoven, Bach), dies at 87
  • 1992 Stella Adler, US actress (Love on Toast), dies at 90
  • 1992 Sybil Andrews, English/Canada painter, dies at 94
  • 1993 Philip Christison, British general (Rangoon), dies at 100
  • 1994 Dean Rusk, US Sect of State, dies at 85
  • 1994 Shauna McDonald Brown, British TV producer, dies at 37
  • 1995 Robert Francis Vere Heuston, professor of law, dies at 72
  • 1995 Trenchard Cox, British museum director, dies at 90
  • 1996 Margaret E Rey, author of children's books, dies at 90
  • 1996 Olga Maria Nicolis di Robilant, patron of the arts, dies at 96
  • 1997 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • 1997 Juzo Itami, film director/actor (Lord Jim, Yuuguremade), dies at 64
  • 1997 Michael Lyne, air-marshal, dies at 78
  • 1997 Harold Roxbee Cox, Baron Kings Norton, British aeronautical engineer, dies at 95
  • 1997 Amie Comeaux, American country music singer, dies at 21
  • 1998 Roger Avon, British actor (Doctor Who, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), dies at 84
  • 1998 Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
  • 1998 Ernst Gunther Schenck, German doctor who joined the Sturmabteilung in 1933 {b. 1904)
  • 1999 John Arnatt, British actor (A Challenge for Robin Hood, Circumstantial Evidence), dies at 82

Person of interestAlfred J. Gross

2000 Alfred J. Gross, American inventor (invented the walkie-talkie), dies at 82

Inventor Alfred J. Gross
Inventor
Alfred J. Gross
  • 2000 Edward Miller, British historian and Master (Fitzwilliam College Cambridge), dies at 85
  • 2001 Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Spanish playboy and businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2003 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), dies at 94
  • 2004 Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist, dies at 79
  • 2005 Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Myron Healey, American actor (The Lone Ranger, Wyatt Earp), dies of ill health at 82
  • 2006 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Anne Cavendish-Bentinck, English landowner and member of British nobility, dies at 92
  • 2010 Enzo Bearzot, Italian football player and manager (b. 1927)
  • 2010 David Hennessy [Lord Windlesham], British politician (C) (Leader of the House of Lords 1973-4) and TV executive, dies at 78
  • 2013 Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, dies at 85
  • 2013 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, dies at 91
  • 2013 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), dies at 42
  • 2014 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, dies at 90
  • 2014 Billie Whitelaw, English actress, dies at 82
  • 2017 Bruce McCandless II, American aviator, electrical engineer and astronaut who made the 1st untethered space walk (STS 41B, STS-31), dies at 80
  • 2017 Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), dies of a heart attack at 82