Famous Deaths on November 21

  • November
  • 496 Pope Gelasius I, Catholic Pope, of Berber extraction
  • 1361 Philip I, Duke of Burgundy (plague) (b. 1346)
  • 1481 Ikkyu Sojun, Zen head of Daitokuji temple, dies in Kyoto, Japan at 87
  • 1555 Georg Agricola, [Bauer], German mineralogist (zinc), dies at 61
  • 1566 Annibale Caro, Italian writer and poet (Lettere familiare), dies at 59
  • 1579 Thomas Gresham, English merchant and financier
  • 1580 Willem Van Hoorn, baron of Heze, governor of Brussels, executed
  • 1610 Benedict van Canfield, [William Fish], English missionary, dies
  • 1652 Jan Brożek, Polish mathematician, physician, and astronomer (b. 1585)
  • 1695 Henry Purcell, English composer (Indian Queen), dies at 36
  • 1710 Bernardo Pasquini, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1728 Fjodor M graaf Apraksin, Russian gen-admiral, dies at about 57
  • 1730 François de Troy, French portrait artist
  • 1775 John Hill, British writer
  • 1811 Heinrich W von Kleist, German playwright, dies at 34
  • 1813 William Russell, English composer and organist, dies at 36

  • 1844 Ivan Krylov, Russian fabulist (b. 1769)
  • 1863 Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1866 Amable-Guillaume-Prosper Brugière, French politician and historian, dies at 84
  • 1870 Karel Jaromír Erben, Czech poet (Ruiker), dies at 69
  • 1875 Friedrich Albert Lange, German philosopher and socialist (Neo-Kantianism), dies at 67
  • 1881 Ami Boué, Austrian geologist (b. 1794)
  • 1882 Sergey Nechayev, Russian Nihilist (Catechism Revolutionary), dies at 35
  • 1899 Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th VP, dies
  • 1900 J. J. Ferris, Australian cricketer (48 wickets for Aust in 8 Tests in 1880's), dies at 33
  • 1907 Gaetano Braga, composer, dies at 78
  • 1907 Harry Boyle, round-arm cricket bowler (12 of Aust's early Tests), dies
  • 1916 Franz Jozef I, King of Austria/Hungary, dies
  • 1920 Caryl Florio, composer, dies at 77
  • 1920 William James Robjohn, composer, dies at 77
  • 1922 Ricardo Flores Magón, Mexican anarchist (b. 1874).
  • 1924 Florence Harding, American First Lady (b. 1860)
  • 1925 Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (US Open 1893-94, 1896-97), dies at 52
  • 1928 Hermann Sudermann, German author (Frau Sorge), dies
  • 1932 Vito Pardo, Italian sculptor (Columbus monument Argentina), dies
  • 1932 Pietro Bonfante, Italian lawyer (Roman law) and historian, dies at 68
  • 1938 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études) dies of stomach cancer at 68
  • 1940 Geoffrey Legge, cricketer (WWII 196 Eng v NZ Auckland 1930), dies
  • 1941 Juanita Spellini, first women executed in Calif
  • 1941 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, dies at 81
  • 1941 George Morren, Flemish painter/sculptor, dies at 73

Person of interestJ. B. M. Hertzog

1942 J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African General and Prime Minister (1924-39), dies at 76

South African Premier J. B. M. Hertzog
South African Premier
J. B. M. Hertzog
  • 1945 Robert Benchley, US humorist (My 10 years in a quandary), dies at 56

Person of interestAlexander Patch

1945 Alexander Patch, American WWII general (Guadalcanal Campaign, Operation Dragoon), dies of pneumonia at 55

US WWII General Alexander Patch
US WWII General
Alexander Patch
  • 1945 Ellen Anderson Glasgow, American novelist (Ancient Law, Pulitzer-1942), dies at 72
  • 1952 Henriette Roland Holst-de Schalk, marxist author, dies at 82
  • 1952 William Green, union chairman (AFL 1924-52), dies at 79
  • 1953 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 60
  • 1954 Karol Rathaus, composer, dies at 59
  • 1954 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 69
  • 1957 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (b. 1873)
  • 1958 Mel Ott, NY Giant baseball star (1926-1947), dies at 49
  • 1959 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50
  • 1963 Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (Perfil del Aire), dies at 61
  • 1963 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), dies from a brain tumor at 71
  • 1963 Robert Stroud, American convict "Birdman of Alcatraz", dies at 73
  • 1967 Florence Reed, actress (Black Panther Club), dies after illness at 84
  • 1967 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer (b. 1896)
  • 1969 Mutesa II of Buganda, President of Uganda (1924)
  • 1970 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, dies at 83
  • 1970 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist (Nobel Prize 1930 for light scattering), dies at 82
  • 1972 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • 1973 Thomas Pelly, American politician, dies at 71
  • 1974 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), dies at 84
  • 1975 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), dies at 86
  • 1976 Niles Welch, American actor (Cornered), dies at 88
  • 1980 Jim Parks Sr, Kent cricket all-rounder (only Test for England), dies
  • 1981 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
  • 1982 Lee Patrick, actress (Henrietta-Topper, Maltese Falcon), dies at 75
  • 1982 John Hargrave, British Social Credit advocate (b. 1894)
  • 1985 Ramnath Kenny, cricketer (5 Tests for India 1958-60), dies
  • 1986 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), dies at 82
  • 1986 Marcelino Sanchez, American actor (b. 1957)
  • 1986 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
  • 1987 Jim Folsom, American politician (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79
  • 1988 Carl Hubbell, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • 1990 Dean Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1954)
  • 1991 Daniel Mann, American director (Rose tattoo), dies of heart failure at 79
  • 1991 David "Sonny" Werblin, AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81
  • 1991 Prior Jones, West Indian cricketer (WI pace bowler in 9 Tests 1948-52), dies at 74
  • 1991 Sonny Werblin, NY sports impresario, dies at 81
  • 1992 Kaysone Phomvihane, Prime Minister and President of Laos (1975-91), dies at 71
  • 1992 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, dies
  • 1993 Christopher Frank, director/actor (Annee Des Meduses), dies at 50
  • 1993 Emile Ardolino, director (Sister Act), dies of AIDS at 50
  • 1993 Jim McLaughlin, Buffalo radio newsman (WKBW), dies at 59
  • 1994 Manfred Longer, Austrian/Dutch gay disco owner, dies at 42
  • 1995 Dorothy Jeakins, costume designer, dies at 81
  • 1995 George Ivan Smith, diplomat, dies at 80
  • 1995 Peter Grant, English rock band manager, dies at 60
  • 1995 Smilin' Jim Eames, singer/songwriter, dies at 71
  • 1995 Noel Jones, British diplomat (b. 1940)
  • 1996 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, dies at 80
  • 1996 Virginia Downing, actress (Gig, Butterfield 8), dies at 92
  • 1997 Ismail Fahmi, external minister of Egypt in (1973-77), dies
  • 1999 Quentin Crisp, British writer, raconteur and actor (b. 1908)
  • 2001 Salahuddin of Malaysia, King of Malaysia (b. 1926)
  • 2001 Gardner McKay, American actor and author (Adventures in Paradise, Pleasure Seekers, Boots & Saddles), dies at 69
  • 2002 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • 2005 Alfred Anderson, last Scottish World War I (and Christmas Truce) veteran (b. 1896)
  • 2005 Hugh Sidey, American journalist (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Pierre Amine Gemayel, Lebanese Cabinet minister (assassinated) (b. 1972)
  • 2006 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91
  • 2007 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), dies at 86
  • 2007 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Konstantin Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Norris Church Mailer, American model and widow of Norman Mailer (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American artist and writer (b. 1917)
  • 2010 David Nolan, American politicial activist (b. 1943)

Person of interestAnne McCaffrey

2011 Anne McCaffrey, sci-fi author, dies at 85

Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • 2013 Vern Mikkelsen, American HOF basketball player, dies at 85
  • 2013 Maurice Vachon, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 84
  • 2015 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", dies at 76
  • 2015 Ken Johnson, American MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, dies at 82
  • 2015 Germán Robles, Spanish-Mexican film, theater, television, and voice actor (El Vampiro), dies at 86
  • 2017 David Cassidy, American singer and actor (Keith-Partridge Family), dies at 67
  • 2017 Rodney Bewes, English actor (The Likely Lads), dies at 79
  • 2018 Devin Lima [Harold Lima], American singer (LFO), dies of cancer at 41