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Famous Deaths on June 21

  • 223 Liu Bei, Emperor of Shu Han (b. 161)
  • 524 Chlodomir, king of the France to Orleans (511-24), dies at about 28
  • 756 Emperor Shōmu, Emperor of Japan (724-749), dies at 55 or 56
  • 1040 Fulk the Black, French Count of Anjou, one of the great medieval castle builders (Langeais, Loches)), dies at 69 or 70
  • 1205 Enrico Dandolo, Doge of Venice (b. 1107)
  • 1208 Philip of Swabia, King of Germany and duke of Swabia (b. 1177)
  • 1305 Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia & Poland (1278-1305), dies at 33

Edward III

1377 Edward III, King of England (1327-77) noted for his military success and for restoring royal authority, dies at 64

  • 1421 Jean Le Maingre, Marshal of France (b. 1366)
  • 1529 John Skelton, English poet, dies at about 69
  • 1547 Sebastiano del Piombo, Italian painter (b. 1485)
  • 1573 Antonie van Burgundy, mayor of sealand, dies in battle
  • 1582 Oda Nobunaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1534)
  • 1591 Aloysius Gonzaga, Italian aristocrat and Jesuit saint, dies at 23
  • 1621 Kryštof Harant, Czech nobleman, soldier, writer, and composer, dies at about 57

John Smith

1631 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), dies at 51

  • 1652 Inigo Jones, English architect (Queen House, Covent Garden), dies at 78
  • 1738 Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, English statesman (b. 1674)
  • 1788 Johann Georg Hamann, German counter-enlightenment philosopher ("Reason is language"), dies at 57
  • 1824 Étienne Aignan, French writer and translator, dies at 51
  • 1865 Frances Adeline Seward, wife of United States Secretary of State William H. Seward (b. 1824)
  • 1874 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (Spectroscopy), dies at 59

Santa Anna

1876 Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, dies at 79

  • 1884 Alexander, Prince of Orange, heir apparent to the Netherlands, dies of typhus at 32
  • 1887 Adolf Schimon, Austrian German composer, dies at 67

Leland Stanford

1893 Leland Stanford, American business tycoon (Southern Pacific Railroad), 8th Governor of California and founder of Stanford University, dies of heart failure at 69

  • 1900 Polibo Fumagalli, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1907 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), dies of tuberculosis at 41
  • 1908 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (Sheherazade), dies at 64 (OS 8 Jun)
  • 1913 Stefan Octavian Iosif, Romanian poet (Beautiful Irine), dies at 37
  • 1913 Gaston Tarry, French mathematician, dies at 69
  • 1914 Glauco Velasquez, Brazilian composer, dies at 30
  • 1914 Bertha von Suttner, Austrian writer and pacifist, 1st woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1905), dies at 71
  • 1925 J. H. Leopold, Dutch poet (translated Omar Khayyam), dies at 60
  • 1932 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist (first African-American world champion; 1899 World Track C'ships), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • 1934 Thorne Smith, American sci-fi author (Stray Lamb, Topper, Turnabout), dies at 42
  • 1935 Alice Brown Davis, first female Principal Chief of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma (1922-35), dies at 82
  • 1940 Édouard Vuillard, French painter and graphic artist, dies at 71
  • 1940 Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet, writer and critic, drowns at 40
  • 1940 Walter Hasenclever, German Expressionist writer, dies at 49
  • 1940 Smedley Butler, American Marine general, dies at 58
  • 1944 Jan Bonekamp, Dutch resistance fighter and friend of Hannie Schaft, dies
  • 1945 Josef Hora, Czech writer and poet (Sinking Shadows), dies at 53
  • 1946 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1948 D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Scottish zoologist and classicist (On Growth & Form), dies at 88
  • 1951 Charles Dillon Perrine, American-born astronomer, dies at 83
  • 1952 Wop May, Canadian aviator, flying ace in the WWI, dies at 56
  • 1954 Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American inventor, perfected the zipper (b. 1880)
  • 1957 Johannes Stark, German physicist (Stark effect, Nobel 1919), dies at 83
  • 1957 Frantisek Kupka, Czech writer, dies at 85
  • 1957 Donald MacBride, American stage and screen character actor (Topper Returns; The Seven Year Itch; My Friend Irma - "Mr. Clyde"), dies of a heart ailment at 63 (or 67) [birth year disputed]ncerta
  • 1964 Andrew Goodman, US civil rights activist, murdered at 20
  • 1964 James Chaney, US civil rights activist, murdered at 21
  • 1964 Michael Schwerner, American civil rights activist, murdered at 21
  • 1965 Bernard Baruch, American presidential advisor (termed "Cold War"), dies at 94
  • 1965 Kay Fisker, Danish architect (Hornbeck House, Copenhagen), dies at 72
  • 1966 Anthony Craxton, British TV producer, dies at 48

Maureen Connolly

1969 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), dies of ovarian cancer at 34

Sukarno

1970 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), dies from kidney failure while under house arrest at 68

  • 1972 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), dies at 90
  • 1973 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • 1975 Heinz Lau, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1976 Margaret Herrick, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director (b. 1902)
  • 1979 Julian Orchard, English actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
  • 1979 Angus Maclise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis at 41
  • 1980 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1981 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer, dies on his 81st birthday
  • 1983 Anton van de Velde, Flemish writer and director (Tijl), dies at 87
  • 1985 Tage Erlander, Swedish politician (25th Prime Minister of Sweden 1946-69), dies at 84
  • 1986 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer, with his lyricist brother, Mansour (Biya el-Khawatim - The Ring Seller), dies at 63
  • 1987 Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)
  • 1988 Bobby Dodd, US football coach (Georgia Tech), dies at 79
  • 1989 Lee Calhoun, American hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 56
  • 1989 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist and TV host (Amsterdamned), dies at 70
  • 1990 Cedric Belfrage, English writer and journalist (co-founder of National Guardian), dies at 85
  • 1990 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), dies at 64
  • 1992 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), dies at 82
  • 1992 Thomas Whitfield, American gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • 1993 Frank Moro, Cuban American actor, dies at 49
  • 1993 Jerry Strivelli, actor (Out for Justice, Lock Up), dies at 61
  • 1993 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor, dies at 64
  • 1994 Mark Isfeld, Canadian soldier and combat Engineer, dies from a landmine at 31
  • 1995 Kenneth Lamb, English broadcaster, dies at 71
  • 1995 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, dies at 71
  • 1995 Laurence McKinley Gould, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929, dies at 98
  • 1997 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer ("I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night"), dies at 68 or 73
  • 1997 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), dies at 65
  • 1997 Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labour leader (b. 1900)
  • 1998 Al Campanis, Greek baseball second baseman and executive (first Greek player in MLB history; GM LA Dodgers 1968-87), dies from coronary artery disease at 81
  • 1999 Kami [Ukyō Kamimura], Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer), dies of a brain hemorrhageat 27
  • 1999 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, dies at 84
  • 2000 Johanna Moosdorf, German writer (Next Door), dies at 88
  • 2000 Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo), dies at 89
  • 2001 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist ("Boom Boom"; "Boogie Chillen"), dies at 83
  • 2001 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 2001 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (b. 1942)
  • 2002 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), dies at 88
  • 2003 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), dies at 78
  • 2003 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • 2004 Leonel Brizola, Brazilian politician (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Jaime Cardinal Sin, Filipino Catholic Archbishop of Manila (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Bob Evans, American restaurateur (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • 2010 Hector Laing, English biscuit manufacturer (McVitie & Price), pilot and Director of the Bank of England, dies at 87
  • 2011 Robert Kroetsch, Canadian author (b. 1927)
  • 2012 Richard Adler, American musical theater composer and songwriter (Pajama Game; Damn Yankees)), dies at 90
  • 2013 Edgeworth Blair "Elliott" Reid, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies from heart failure at 93
  • 2015 Gunther Schuller, American horn player and jazz composer ("Of Reminiscences and Reflections" - Pulitzer Prize, 1994), dies at 89
  • 2015 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, dies at 86
  • 2016 Wayne Lamar Jackson, American soul and R&B trumpeter ( Mar-Keys; The Memphis Horns), dies of congestive heart failure at 74
  • 2017 Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, dies at 68
  • 2018 Charles Krauthammer, American conservative political commentator and psychiatrist (The Washington Post), dies small intestine cancer of at 68
  • 2019 Elliot Roberts [Rabinowitz] American music manager (Joni Mitchell; Neil Young), and label executive (Asylum Records), dies at 76
  • 2020 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), dies of COVID-19 at 56
  • 2020 Dennis Young, New Zealand rugby union hooker (22 caps; Canterbury 139 games), dies from cancer at 90
  • 2020 Rajinder Goel, Indian cricketer (record for most wickets in Ranji Trophy), dies at 77
  • 2021 Tom Kurvers, American ice hockey defenseman (Hobey Baker Award 1984; Stanley Cup 1986 Montreal Canadiens), dies from adenocarcinoma at 58
  • 2021 Pat Lupo, American rock bassist (Beaver Brown Band, 1972-94 - "On The Dark Side"; "Tough All Over"), dies at 66
June 21 Highlights