On This Day

Famous Deaths on July 21

  • 1160 Peterus Lombardus, Italian theologist/bishop of Paris, dies
  • 1425 Manuel Paleologus, Byzantine Emperor (1391-1425)/writer, dies
  • 1540 John I Zapolyai, prince of Transsylvania/king of Hungary, dies
  • 1544 René of Chalon [Renatus of Nassau], prince of Orange, slain in battle
  • 1683 Lord William Russell, English politician and plotter against Charles II, beheaded at 43
  • 1688 James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (b. 1610)
  • 1717 Niccolo Amenta, Italian poet (La Gostanza), dies
  • 1782 Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1793 Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, French explorer, dies of scurvy in the Pacific at 55

Person of interestRobert Burns

1796 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne), dies at 37

  • 1798 François Sébastien Charles Joseph de Croix, Count of Clerfayt, Austrian field marshal, dies at 64
  • 1821 Maurice J M prince de Broglie, bishop of Ghent, dies at about 55
  • 1831 Emil Aarestrup, Danish physician and poet (Ritornellen), dies at 55
  • 1840 Moses Waddel, American educator, minister and bestselling author (Memoirs of the Life of Miss Caroline Elizabeth Smelt), dies at 70
  • 1855 Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish romantic poet (Blommorna (The Flowers), Lycksalighetens Ö (The Island of Bliss)) and historian (Svenska Siare och Skalder), dies at 65
  • 1861 Francis Stebbins Bartow, Confederate colonel, dies in battle at 44

  • 1878 Sam Bass, American Old West train robber and outlaw, dies at 27
  • 1880 Hiram Walden, American politician, dies at 79
  • 1888 Matthias J Scheeben, German theologist (Natur und Gnade), dies at 53
  • 1889 Nelson Dewey, American politician, 1st Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1813)
  • 1891 Franco Faccio, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 51
  • 1892 Henry Gardner, 23rd Governor of Massachusetts (1855-58), dies at 73
  • 1899 Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and military officer (b. 1833)
  • 1910 Johan Peter Selmer, Norwegian composer, dies at 66
  • 1917 Christopher J Forster, British RAF-pilot/capt, dies in battle
  • 1922 Djemal Pasha, dictator of Turkey, murdered
  • 1924 Dudley Allen Sargent, American physician and educator (Harvard U gymnasium), dies at 74
  • 1927 J J Lyons, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies at 64
  • 1928 Ellen Alice Terry, British Shakespearean actress and director (Imperial Theatre), dies at 81
  • 1932 Bill Gleason, American late 19th century baseball player, dies at 73
  • 1938 Owen Wister, American author (The Virginian), dies at 78
  • 1941 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet, dies at 68
  • 1943 Charles Paddock, American 100m runner (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 42
  • 1944 Gerrit van den Bosch, led illegal Dutch CPN party, dies in Dachau
  • 1944 Henning von Tresckow, Gen-Maj, "July 20th plotter", commits suicide
  • 1946 Gualberto Villarroel, President of Bolivia (b. 1908)

  • 1948 Arshile Gorky, Armenian-American abstract painter, dies at 43
  • 1948 Donald Nichols Tweedy, American composer, dies at 58
  • 1950 Albert Riemenschneider, American pianist, educator, musicologist, and founder of America'a oldest Bach Festiva, dies at 71
  • 1952 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete and long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), dies at 51
  • 1957 Bernard Spooner, US inventor (bulletproof jacket), dies
  • 1957 Rockley Wilson, cricketer (bro of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies
  • 1962 G. M. Trevelyan [George Macaulay Trevelyan], British historian and academic, dies at 86
  • 1966 Eugeen Calleen, Flemish sculptor, dies at 83
  • 1967 Albert J Luthuli, president South Africa (ANC), dies

Person of interestBasil Rathbone

1967 Basil Rathbone, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies of heart attack at 75

Person of interestJimmie Foxx

1967 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (9-time MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933), dies after choking on food at 59

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 1967 Pierre Kemp, Dutch poet (English paint box), dies at 80
  • 1968 Ruth St. Denis, American modern dance pioneer and teacher (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • 1970 Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
  • 1970 Bob Kalsu, American football player, dies at 25
  • 1972 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan (1952-72), dies of a heart condition at 45
  • 1972 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), dies at 83
  • 1973 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), dies after long illness at 69
  • 1974 Willem F. K. Hussem, Dutch painter and poet (Steltlopen on Sea), dies at 74
  • 1975 Billy West [Roy B Weissburg], Russian actor, Charlie Chaplin impersonator and silent film director (Further Perils of Laurel & Hardy), dies at 82
  • 1975 Fie Carelsen, Dutch stage actress (Malle Gevallen), dies at 85
  • 1975 George Petty, American pin-up artist, dies at 81
  • 1976 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to Ireland, assassinated
  • 1977 Lee Miller, American photographer (War correspondent for Vogue in WWII), dies at 70
  • 1979 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • 1982 Dave Garroway, TV host (Today Show), dies at 69
  • 1982 Jean J A Girault, French director (Gendarme Saint-Tropez), dies at 58
  • 1984 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1985 Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
  • 1985 Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
  • 1986 Paulo Correia, Guinee-Bissaus colonel/putschist, executed
  • 1986 Virginia Hewitt, American actress (Carol-Space Patrol), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1986 Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  • 1990 Manuel Puig, Argentine writer (Buenos Aires Affair), dies at 57
  • 1990 Sacha Piteoff, dies of heart failure at 70
  • 1990 Stanley Shapiro, dies of leukemia at 65
  • 1991 Theodore Wilson, dies at 47
  • 1991 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • 1993 Henk Kersting, bureau chef (Associated Press-WW II), dies at 88
  • 1993 Piet Wielinga, TV producer (Dutch Glory), dies at 56
  • 1993 Robert J Glass, film producer (ET), is killed at 53
  • 1993 Richard Tee, American pianist, singer and arranger (Slip' Slidin' Away, In Your Eyes), dies of prostate cancer at 49
  • 1994 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67
  • 1994 John Ernest, American constructionist artist, dies at 72
  • 1994 Hugh Scott, American lawyer and politician (Senate Minority Leader 1969-77), dies at 93
  • 1995 Edwin "Russell" House, saxophonist, dies at 65
  • 1995 Elleston Trevor, author, dies
  • 1995 Jon Boulle, motorcyclist, dies at 59
  • 1996 Francis James Claude Piggott, soldier, dies at 85
  • 1996 Gerald McArthur, British Scotland Yard detective who caught the Great Train Robbers, dies at 80
  • 1996 Herb Edelman, American actor (Good Guys, Strike Force, 9 to 5), dies of emphysema 62
  • 1996 James Tye, safety expert, dies at 74
  • 1996 John Kevin Moorhouse, test pilot, dies at 50
  • 1996 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet, dies at 79
  • 1996 Wolf Morris, actor (Padmasambhava-Dr Who), dies at 71

  • 1998 Alan Shepard, American astronaut and 1st American in space, dies of leukemia at 74
  • 1998 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
  • 2001 Steve Barton, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2001 Sivaji Ganesan, South Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
  • 2002 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • 2002 John Cunningham, British Royal Air Force night fighter ace (WW II), dies at 84
  • 2003 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • 2003 Walter M. "Matt" Jefferies, American film art director (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist and composer (Twilight Zone, Planet Of The Apes), dies of colon cancer at 75
  • 2004 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Julian Ridsdale, British politician (C), Member of Parliament for Harwich (1954-92), dies at 89
  • 2005 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), dies at 64
  • 2005 Lord Alfred Hayes, English pro wrestler, manager and commentator (WWF), dies from a stroke at 76
  • 2006 Mako, Japanese-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), dies at 72
  • 2006 Ta Mok, "The Khmer Rouge Butcher", war criminal in Democratic Kampuchea (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist, dies at 94
  • 2010 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), dies at 90
  • 2010 Luis Corvalán, Chilean communist leader (b. 1916)
  • 2012 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, dies from cancer at 72
  • 2012 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, dies at 96
  • 2015 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84
  • 2015 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), dies at 91
  • 2017 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), dies at 71
  • 2017 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56
  • 2018 Jonathan Gold, American food critic who was the first in his field to win a Pulitzer Prize, dies of pancreatic cancer at 57
  • 2019 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), dies at 93
  • 2020 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89 [1]
  • 2020 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (31 caps, England; 1 cap British & Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), dies at 69
  • 2020 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), dies at 93
July 21 Highlights