Deaths in History on March 21

  • 547 Benedict of Nursia, Christian saint & founder of Western Christian monasticism (Benedictine Order), dies at 67
  • 1063 Blessed Richeza of Lotharingia, venerated in Roman Catholicism, wife of King Mieszko II of Poland
  • 1076 Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1011)
  • 1181 Taira Kiyomori, Japanese Feudal general (b. 1118)
  • 1201 Absalon, Danish statesman and archbishop (built Copenhagen's first fortifications), dies (b. c. 1128)
  • 1306 Robert II, Duke of Burgundy (1272-1306), dies at 57 or 58
  • 1487 Nicholas of Flue, Swiss hermit and saint (b. 1417)
  • 1538 Hugo, earl of Leisnig, governor of Frisia, dies at about 79
  • 1556 Thomas Cranmer, English reformer, Archbishop of Canterbury (1533-55), burned at stake at 66

PocahontasPocahontas (c. 1596-1617)

American Indian princess and daughter of Powhatan, dies at 22

  • 1652 Vredius [Olivier de Wree], Flemish historian and mayor of Brugge, dies at 55
  • 1656 Armagh James Ussher, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
  • 1676 Henri Sauval, French historian (b. 1623)
  • 1729 John Law, Scottish economist and author (Money and Trade Considered), dies at about 57
  • 1734 Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian (b. 1679)
  • 1751 Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (b. 1706)
  • 1762 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (b. 1713)
  • 1768 Jan Jacob Mauricius, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1742-51), dies at 75
  • 1772 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, French cartographer (b. 1703)
  • 1795 Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (b. 1714)
  • 1800 William Blount, American statesman and signer of the United States Constitution, dies at 50
  • 1804 Louis-Antoine-Henri de Bourbon-Condé, duc d'Enghien (executed) (b. 1772)
  • 1810 Philippe-Joseph van den Berghe graaf Limmighe, Brabants ships, dies
  • 1830 Johann Rudolf Wyss, Swiss folkorist and writer (Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 48
  • 1843 Guadalupe Victoria, first President of Mexico (b. 1786)
  • 1843 Robert Southey, English writer (The Story of the Three Bears), Poet Laureate (1813-43) and biographer (Nelson), dies at 68
  • 1844 Leopold van Sasse van Ysselt, Dutch nobleman and politician, dies at 65
  • 1850 Miguel Pedrorena, American settler
  • 1857 Abraham Jacob van der Aa, Dutch lexicographer (Biographic dictionary), dies at 64
  • 1863 Edwin Vose Sumner, US Union-general-major (Fair Oaks), dies at 66
  • 1864 Luke Howard, British manufacturing chemist and meteorologist (nomenclature system for clouds), dies at 91
  • 1881 Samuel Courtauld, American-born textile magnate (b. 1793)
  • 1884 Ezra Abbot, American bible scholar, dies at 64

Joseph E. JohnstonJoseph E. Johnston (1807-1891)

American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), dies at 84

  • 1903 Olive Oatman, American who was captured and lived with Native Americans, dies at 65

Frederick Winslow TaylorFrederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915)

American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, dies of influenza at 59

  • 1916 Victor de Stuers, Dutch art expert, dies at 72
  • 1920 Federigo Tozzi, Italian writer/journalist (Torre, Tre Croci), dies at 37
  • 1921 "Big Jim" Colisimo, American gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1941 Robert Liefmann, German economist (Kartelle und Trusts), dies at 67
  • 1945 Arthur Nebe, German SS officer, dies at 50
  • 1945 J Woortman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Bergen-Belsen at 39
  • 1952 Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, executed
  • 1955 Walter Francis White, American civil rights activist who led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), dies at 61
  • 1958 Cyril M. Kornbluth, American sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), dies at 34
  • 1969 Gerhard Fritsch, Austrian writer, dies at 44
  • 1970 Marlen Haushofer, Austrian writer (The Wall), dies at 49
  • 1975 Ralph Hawtrey, British economist (multiplier, quantity theory of money), dies at 95
  • 1979 Evald Ilyenkov, Soviet philosopher (Dialectical Logic), dies at 55
  • 1980 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist, dies at 92
  • 1986 August de Boodt, Belgian politician, dies at 90
  • 1995 Daan Wildschut, Dutch painter/author, dies at 81
  • 1995 Etienne Martin, French sculptor, dies at 82
  • 1996 Frank Murray, police Officer, dies at 51
  • 1997 Wilbert Awdry, English Anglican cleric and children's writer (Thomas the Tank Engine), dies at 85
  • 1999 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant, dies at 89
  • 2001 Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Herman Talmadge, American politician (70th Governor of Georgia), dies at 88
  • 2003 Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Drew Hayes, American writer & graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • 2007 Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)
  • 2007 Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe (1930-2013)

Nigerian poet and novelist (Things Fall Apart, Christmas in Biafra), dies at 82

  • 2014 James Rebhorn, American actor, dies from melanoma at 65

Andrew GroveAndrew Grove (1936-2016)

Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry, one of the founders and CEO of Intel, and philanthropist,, dies at 79

  • 2016 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81
  • 2017 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86

Martin McGuinnessMartin McGuinness (1950-2017)

Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, dies of the rare heart condition amyloidosis at 66

  • 2020 Lorenzo Sanz, Spanish businessman and football executive (president Real Madrid 1995-2000; owner Málaga CF), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • 2020 Ted Graham, Lord Graham of Edmonton, English politician, House of Lords (chief opposition whip), dies at 94
  • 2021 Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian feminist writer and activist (Women at Point Zero), dies at 89 [1]