On This Day

Deaths in History 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 writer and poet (Lettere familiare), dies at 59
  • 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, dies at 67
  • 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
  • 1844 Ivan Krylov, Russian fabulist (b. 1769)
  • 1866 Amable-Guillaume-Prosper Brugière, French politician and historian, dies at 84
  • 1870 Karel Jaromír Erben, Czech poet (Ruiker), dies at 69

  • 1875 Friedrich Albert Lange, German philosopher and socialist (Neo-Kantianism), dies at 67
  • 1881 Ami Boué, Austrian geologist (b. 1794)
  • 1882 Sergey Nechayev, Russian Nihilist (Catechism Revolutionary), dies at 35
  • 1899 Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th VP, dies

Person of interestFranz Joseph I

1916 Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia (1848-1916), dies of pneumonia at 86 after catching a cold taking a walk

Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I
Austro-Hungarian Emperor
Franz Joseph I
  • 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
  • 1932 Pietro Bonfante, Italian lawyer (Roman law) and historian, dies at 68
  • 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

Person of interestJ. B. M. Hertzog

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

Person of interestAlexander Patch

1945 Alexander Patch, American WWII general (Guadalcanal Campaign, Operation Dragoon), dies of pneumonia at 55

US WWII General Alexander Patch
US WWII General
Alexander Patch
  • 1945 Ellen Anderson Glasgow, American novelist (Ancient Law, Pulitzer-1942), dies at 72
  • 1952 Henriette Roland Holst-de Schalk, marxist author, dies at 82
  • 1952 William Green, union chairman (AFL 1924-52), dies at 79
  • 1954 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 69
  • 1957 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (b. 1873)

  • 1963 Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (Perfil del Aire), dies at 61
  • 1963 Robert Stroud, American convict "Birdman of Alcatraz", dies at 73
  • 1967 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer (b. 1896)
  • 1969 Mutesa II of Buganda, President of Uganda (1924)
  • 1970 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist (Nobel Prize 1930 for light scattering), dies at 82
  • 1973 Thomas Pelly, American politician, dies at 71
  • 1975 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), dies at 86
  • 1982 John Hargrave, British Social Credit advocate (b. 1894)
  • 1987 Jim Folsom, American politician (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79
  • 1991 Daniel Mann, American director (Rose tattoo), dies of heart failure at 79
  • 1992 Kaysone Phomvihane, Prime Minister and President of Laos (1975-91), dies at 71
  • 1992 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, dies
  • 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 Noel Jones, British diplomat (b. 1940)
  • 1997 Ismail Fahmi, external minister of Egypt in (1973-77), dies
  • 2001 Salahuddin of Malaysia, King of Malaysia (b. 1926)
  • 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)
  • 2009 Konstantin Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American visual artist and co-founder of DuSable Museum of African American History, dies at 95
  • 2010 David Nolan, American political activist (b. 1943)
Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey