Deaths in History 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 IIIEdward III (1312-1377)

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)

Niccolo MachiavelliNiccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Italian statesman and author (The Prince), dies at 57

  • 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

John SmithJohn Smith (1580-1631)

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, American First Lady of New York (1839-42) and wife of US Secretary of State William H. Seward, dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1874 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (Spectroscopy), dies at 59

Santa AnnaSanta Anna (1794-1876)

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

Leland StanfordLeland Stanford (1824-1893)

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

  • 1913 Gaston Tarry, French mathematician, dies at 69
  • 1913 Stefan Octavian Iosif, Romanian poet (Beautiful Irine), dies at 37
  • 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
  • 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 Smedley Butler, American Marine general, dies at 58
  • 1940 Walter Hasenclever, German Expressionist writer, dies at 49
  • 1944 Jan Bonekamp, Dutch resistance fighter and friend of Hannie Schaft, dies
  • 1945 Josef Hora, Czech writer and poet (Sinking Shadows), dies at 53
  • 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 Frantisek Kupka, Czech writer, dies at 85
  • 1957 Johannes Stark, German physicist (Stark Effect; Nobel Prize in Physics -1919), and Nazi sympathizer, dies at 83
  • 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

SukarnoSukarno (1901-1970)

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

  • 1976 Margaret Herrick, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director (b. 1902)
  • 1981 Johan Fabricius, Dutch novelist (Island of Demons) and adventurer, dies at 81
  • 1985 Tage Erlander, Swedish politician (25th Prime Minister of Sweden 1946-69), dies at 84
  • 1988 Bobby Dodd, US football coach (Georgia Tech), dies at 79
  • 1988 John J. Duncan Sr., American politician (Rep-R-TN, 1965-1988), dies in office at 69
  • 1990 Cedric Belfrage, English writer and journalist (co-founder of National Guardian), dies at 85
  • 1992 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), dies at 82
  • 1994 Mark Isfeld, Canadian soldier and combat Engineer, dies from a landmine at 31
  • 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
  • 1995 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, dies at 71
  • 1997 Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labor leader, dies at 97
  • 1999 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, dies at 84
  • 2000 Johanna Moosdorf, German writer (Next Door), dies at 88
  • 2003 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • 2003 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus; Topaz; QB VII), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 2015 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, dies at 86
  • 2018 Charles Krauthammer, American conservative political commentator and psychiatrist (The Washington Post), dies small intestine cancer of at 68
  • 2019 Jan Meyers, American politician (Rep-R-Kansas, 1985-97), dies at 90