Famous Deaths on November 21

  • 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 poet (b. 1507)
  • 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 Barnardo Pasquini, 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
  • 1870 Karel Jaromír Erben, Czech poet (Ruiker), dies at 69
  • 1875 Friedrich A Lange, philosopher/socialist (Neo-Kantianism), dies at 67
  • 1881 Ami Boué, Austrian geologist (b. 1794)
  • 1882 Sergei G Netsjajev, Russian nihilist, dies at 35
  • 1899 Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th VP, dies
  • 1900 J J Ferris, cricketer (48 wickets for Aust in 8 Tests in 1880's), dies
  • 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)
  • 1928 Hermann Sudermann, German author (Frau Sorge), dies
  • 1932 Vito Pardo, Italian sculptor (Columbus monument Argentina), dies
  • 1938 Leopold Godowsky, pianist/composer, dies 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

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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
  • 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 (b. 1893)
  • 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, US 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 cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1948-52), dies
  • 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, rock band manager, dies at 60
  • 1995 Smilin' Jim Eames, singer/songwriter, dies at 71
  • 1995 Noel Jones, British diplomat (b. 1940)
  • 1996 Bernard William George Rose, organist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Edward George Edwards, chenist, dies at 82
  • 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)
  • 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 (b. 1921)
  • 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)

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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
  • 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