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Famous Deaths on September 21

Virgil

19 BC Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro], Roman poet of the Augustan period (Aeneid), dies at 50

AssassinationFlavius Aetius

454 Flavius Aetius, Roman general (Battle of the Catalaunian Plains), assassinated by Valentinian

  • 687 Conon, Sicilian Pope (686-87), dies
  • 1217 Lembitu of Lehola, Estonian soldier

AssassinationEdward II

1327 Edward II, King of England (1307-1327), likely assassinated at 43

  • 1397 Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (executed) (b. 1346)
  • 1433 Zweder van Kuilenberg, bishop of Utrecht
  • 1440 Frederick I van Hohenzollern, Monarch of Brandenburg (1417-40), dies at 68
  • 1481 Bartholomeus Platinum, Italian humanist/pontifical librarian, dies
  • 1519 Hans Backofen/Backoffen, German sculptor, dies at about 49
  • 1520 Selam I Jawuz, the Barse, poet/cruel sultan of Turkey, dies
  • 1542 Juan Boscán Almogáver, Spanish poet

Charles V

1558 Charles V, King of Spain (1516-56) and Holy Roman Emperor (1519-56), dies of malaria at 58

  • 1586 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Spanish cardinal and viceroy of Naples (1571-75), dies at 69
  • 1590 Ascanio Trombeti, Italian composer, dies at 45
  • 1626 François de Bonne, duc de Lesdiguières, Constable of France (b. 1543)
  • 1629 John Pieterszoon Coen, merchant/gov-gen of East-Indies, dies at 42
  • 1705 Willem Hadriaan of Nassau, corrupt mister of Odijck, dies
  • 1719 Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer dies at 72
  • 1743 Jai Singh II, King of Amber-Juiper (b. 1688)
  • 1748 John Balguy, English philosopher (b. 1686)
  • 1796 François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers, French general (b. 1769)
  • 1798 George Read, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 65
  • 1809 Alexander Reinagle, English-American composer, dies at 53
  • 1812 Emmanuel Schikaneder, German performing arts impresario, dramatist, actor, singer, and librettist (Mozart's "Magic Flute"), dies at 61
  • 1820 Joseph R Drake, American poet (American Flag), dies at 25)
  • 1832 Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (The Lady of the Lake, Ivanhoe), dies at 61
  • 1836 John Stafford Smith, British organist, and composer ("The Anacreontic Song", which became the tune for the American national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner"), dies at 86
  • 1839 (Jacob) Gottfried Weber, German composer, and writer (Theory of Musical Composition), dies at 60
  • 1860 Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (b. 1788)
  • 1874 JBAL Leonce Elie the Beaumont, French geologist, dies at 75
  • 1883 Johannes van Vloten, Dutch man of letters/theologist, dies at 65
  • 1887 William Preston, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 70
  • 1897 Wilhelm Wattenbach, German historian (b. 1819)
  • 1904 Chief Joseph, US indian chief (Nez Perces), dies
  • 1905 Rudolf Baumbach, German writer of student drinking songs, dies at 64
  • 1906 Samuel Arnold, Lincoln conspirator, dies at 72
  • 1911 Arab Pasha, "al-Misri" [Pasha Ahmad Arab), Egyptian minister, dies
  • 1915 Anthony Comstock, anti-vice crusader, dies at 71 in NYC
  • 1921 José Celso Barbosa, Puerto Rican physician, sociologist and political leader, dies at 64
  • 1921 George Foottit, English clown, dies at 57
  • 1922 Tom Armitage, cricketer (England lob bowler v Australia 1877), dies
  • 1926 Reginald Heber Roe, 1st Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland and 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School, dies at 76
  • 1926 Leon Charles Thevenin, French telegraph engineer (b. 1857)
  • 1933 Eduard van Oort, Dutch ornithologist (Ornithology of Netherlands), dies at 56
  • 1935 Herm McFarland, American MLB outfielder (first grand slam in AL history), dies at 65
  • 1937 Henri Capitant, French lawyer (Loi Falcidie), dies at 72
  • 1938 Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, Croatian writer (The Brave Adventures of Lapitch), dies at 64
  • 1939 Armand Călinescu, Prime Minister of Romania, assassinated by the iron guard at 46
  • 1946 Leo Bittermieux, Flemish missionary (Congo), dies at 66
  • 1946 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (Phantom), dies at 75
  • 1947 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Red River), dies at 69
  • 1950 Edward Arthur Milne, English astrophysicist (kinematic relativity), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1953 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • 1954 Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor (b. 1858)
  • 1955 Jacqueline Reyneke van Stuwe, Dutch author, dies at 84
  • 1956 Anastasio Somoza García [Tacho], General, dictator and President of Nicaragua (1937-56), assassinated by Roliberto Lopez at 60
  • 1956 Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, dies at 53
  • 1957 Haakon VII, King of Norway (1905-57), dies at 85
  • 1961 Earle Dickson, American inventor (Band-Aid), dies at 68
  • 1961 Maurice Delage, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1963 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (b. 1899)
  • 1964 Jim Koethe, Dallas Times Herald reporter, killed by karate chop
  • 1966 Paul Reynaud, Premier of France (May-June 1940), dies at 87
  • 1970 Gijsbert Friedhoff, Dutch architect (Wibautstrat tax office, Amsterdam), dies at 78
  • 1971 Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist (Nobel 1947), dies at 84
  • 1972 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), dies at 76
  • 1973 Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39
  • 1973 William Plomer, South African-British libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69

Jacqueline Susann

1974 Jacqueline Susann, American author (Valley of the Dolls), dies of cancer at 56

  • 1974 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), dies at 80
  • 1976 Orlando Letelier, Chilean economist and politician, dies at 44
  • 1979 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • 1980 Ernest White, Canadian organist, organ designer, and composer, dies at 79
  • 1981 Nigel Patrick, actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 1981 Tony Aubin, French composer, conductor, and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1944-77), dies at 73
  • 1982 Hovhannes Bagramyan, Soviet military commander and Marshal of the Soviet Union of Armenian origin, dies at 84
  • 1983 Andrew Brewin, Canadian lawyer and MP for Greenwood, dies at 76
  • 1985 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • 1986 Pierre Wigny, Belgium minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61), dies at 81
  • 1987 Ruth Attaway, American actress (Porgy & Bess, Conrack, Being There), dies at 77
  • 1987 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz-fusion musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report; Joni Mitchell; Word of Mouth), dies from injuries sustained in a bar fight at 35
  • 1988 Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), dies from pneumonia at 63
  • 1988 Henry Koster, director, dies
  • 1988 Robert Gwathmey, artist, dies at 85
  • 1988 Glenn Robert Davis, American politician, dies at 73
  • 1988 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
  • 1989 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies
  • 1991 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), dies at 83
  • 1991 JA Mommersteeg, Dutch state sect of Defense (KVP), dies
  • 1992 Billy Williams, actor (Adv of Kit Carson), dies at 76 of brain tumor
  • 1992 Hans Rosenberg, astronomer/alderman of Utrecht, dies
  • 1993 Fernand Ledoux, Belgian-French actor (L'Homme de Londres), dies at 96
  • 1993 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraqi-English-Dutch actor (Best Thing in Life), dies at 34
  • 1994 Arthur Krim, American director (United Artists, Orion Pictures), dies
  • 1994 Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway Writer, dies at 69
  • 1995 John Lapsley, British air marshal, dies at 78
  • 1995 Irven Spence, American animator, dies at 86
  • 1995 Peter Shankland, filmmaker/writer, dies at 94
  • 1995 Vernell Townsend, American blues and gospel singer, dies at 64
  • 1995 William Murray, British teacher and educationalist, dies at 83
  • 1995 Rudy Perpich, American politician, 34th & 36th Governor of Minnesota, dies at 67
  • 1996 John Stachniewski, scholar/teacher, dies at 42
  • 1996 Julius Silverman, British Labour Party politician, dies at 90
  • 1996 Sabine Zlatin, Polish-born French nurse, who tried save Izieu children from Nazis, dies at 89
  • 1996 Sulkhan Nasidze, Georgian composer, dies at 69
  • 1997 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, dies at 51
  • 1997 Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 1998 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), dies of an epileptic seizure at 38
  • 2000 Bryan Smith, Man who ran over Stephen King (b. 1957)
  • 2000 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, dies at 72
  • 2002 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2004 Barry Noble Wakeman, American naturalist and educator (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2006 Raymond "Boz" Burrell, British rock bassist and singer (King Crimson, 1971-72; Bad Company, 1973-82), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2007 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 78
  • 2007 Alice Ghostley, American stage and screen actress (Bewitched, 1969-72 - "Esmeralda"; Designing Women, 1986-93 - "Bernice"), and singer dies of colon cancer and stroke complications at 84
  • 2007 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), dies at 88
  • 2007 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 2010 Geoffrey Burgon, British jazz trumpeter, and film, television and concert composer (City Adventures), dies at 69
  • 2011 Pamela Ann Rymer, American federal appellate judge (b. 1941)
  • 2011 Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (executed) (b. 1968)
  • 2011 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2013 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, dies at 93
  • 2015 Ben Cauley, American R&B trumpeter (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger") and Otis Redding plane crash survivor, dies at 67
  • 2016 John D. Loudermilk, American country singer and songwriter ("Tobacco Road"), dies at 82
  • 2017 Liliane de Bettencourt, French heir to L'Oreal and richest woman in the world from 2016, dies at 94
  • 2018 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher, and conductor, dies at 80
  • 2018 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 90
  • 2019 Shuping Wang, Chinese doctor who exposed China's HIV crisis, dies at 59
  • 2019 Christopher Rouse, American Grammy Award-winning composer (Trombone Concerto - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1993), and educator (Eastman School, 1981-2002; Juilliard, 1997-2017), dies of renal cancer at 70
  • 2020 Jaime Alves, Portuguese soccer midfielder (3 caps; Boavista), dies at 55
  • 2020 Lars-Åke Lagrell, Swedish sports administrator (President Swedish Football Association 1991-2012) and politician (Governor Kronoberg County 2002-06), dies at 80
  • 2020 Bob Nevin, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1962, 63; Toronto Maple Leafs; NY Rangers; 1,128 career NHL games), dies at 82
  • 2020 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry") dies of COVID-19 at 93
  • 2020 Michael Lonsdale, French actor (The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker), dies at 89
  • 2021 Romano Fogli, Italian soccer midfielder (13 caps; Torino FC, Bologna FC 1909, A.C. Milan, Calcio Catania) and manager (Bologna FC), dies at 83
  • 2021 Al Harrington [born Tausau Ta'a], Samoan-American actor (Hawaii Five-O, 1969-75 -"Ben"; Hawaii Five-O, 2011-18 - "Mamo"), dies after a stroke at 85
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