Deaths in History on September 21

VirgilVirgil (70-19 BC)

Roman poet of the Augustan period (Aeneid), dies at 50

Flavius AetiusFlavius Aetius (c. 390-454 AD)

Roman general (Battle of the Catalaunian Plains), assassinated by Emperor Valentinian

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

Edward IIEdward II (1284-1327)

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 VCharles V (1500-1558)

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

Girolamo CardanoGirolamo Cardano (1501-1576)

Italian mathematician and astrologer (Ars Magna-1545), dies at 74

  • 1586 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Spanish cardinal and viceroy of Naples (1571-75), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 and 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 George Foottit, English clown, dies at 57
  • 1921 José Celso Barbosa, Puerto Rican physician, sociologist and political leader, dies at 64
  • 1926 Leon Charles Thevenin, French telegraph engineer (b. 1857)
  • 1926 Reginald Heber Roe, 1st Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland and 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School, dies at 76
  • 1933 Eduard van Oort, Dutch ornithologist (Ornithology of Netherlands), dies at 56
  • 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
  • 1950 Edward Arthur Milne, English astrophysicist (kinematic relativity), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1954 Kōkichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor and entrepreneur (cultured pearls), dies at 96
  • 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
  • 1957 Haakon VII, King of Norway (1905-57), dies at 85
  • 1961 Earle Dickson, American inventor (Band-Aid), dies at 68
  • 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

Jacqueline SusannJacqueline Susann (1918-1974)

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

  • 1976 Orlando Letelier, Chilean economist and politician, dies at 44
  • 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
  • 1988 Glenn Robert Davis, American politician, dies at 73
  • 1988 Henry Koster, director, dies
  • 1988 Robert Gwathmey, American social realist artist, dies at 85
  • 1988 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
  • 1989 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies
  • 1992 (Johan) "Hans" Rosenberg, Dutch astrophysicist, politician (Alderman of Utrecht, 1974-82), and administrator (University of Utrecht, 1984-91), dies of AIDS at 48
  • 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 Rudy Perpich, American politician, 34th & 36th Governor of Minnesota, dies at 67
  • 1995 William Murray, British teacher and educationalist, dies at 83
  • 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
  • 1997 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, dies at 51
  • 2000 Bryan Smith, Man who ran over Stephen King (b. 1957)
  • 2002 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2004 Barry Noble Wakeman, American naturalist and educator (b. 1939)
  • 2007 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), dies at 88
  • 2011 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 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)
  • 2017 Liliane de Bettencourt, French heir to L'Oreal and richest woman in the world from 2016, dies at 94
  • 2019 Shuping Wang, Chinese doctor who exposed China's HIV crisis, dies at 59
  • 2020 Robert Freeman Smith, American politician (Rep-R-Oregon), dies at 89