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Deaths in History on March 21

  • 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)
  • 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

Person of interestPocahontas

1617 Pocahontas, American Indian princess and daughter of Powhatan, dies at 22

American Indian Princess Pocahontas
American Indian Princess
Pocahontas
  • 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)
  • 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

Person of interestJoseph E. Johnston

1891 Joseph E. Johnston, American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), dies at 84

US Army Officer and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston
US Army Officer and Confederate General
Joseph E. Johnston

Person of interestFrederick Winslow Taylor

1915 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, dies of influenza at 59

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor
  • 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 J Woortman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Bergen-Belsen at 39
  • 1945 Arthur Nebe, German SS officer, dies at 50
  • 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
  • 1980 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • 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, creator of 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 Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)
  • 2007 Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)

Person of interestChinua Achebe

2013 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian poet and novelist (Things Fall Apart), dies at 82

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • 2014 James Rebhorn, American actor, dies from melanoma at 65

Person of interestAndrew Grove

2016 Andrew Grove, Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry and one of the founders and CEO of Intel, dies at 79

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • 2016 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81

Person of interestMartin McGuinness

2017 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, dies of the rare heart condition amyloidosis at 66

Sinn Féin Leader Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin Leader
Martin McGuinness
  • 2017 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86
  • 2020 Lorenzo Sanz, Spanish businessman and football executive (president Real Madrid 1995-2000; owner Málaga CF), dies from COVID-19 at 76