Famous People Who Died In 1921

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1921. This list includes people like Camille Saint-Saëns, Peter Kropotkin, Devil Anse Hatfield, Gabriel Lippmann, George Stephen and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, emperors & kings, journalists and inventors who died in 1921. This list includes people from Germany, United States, United Kingdom & Russia and many more countries.
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Bat Masterson
(U.S. Army Scout, Lawman and Columnist for ‘The Morning Telegraph’)
Bat Masterson
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Birthdate: November 26, 1853
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Henryville, Canada
Died: October 25

Bat Masterson was a lawman and professional gambler known for his exploits in the late 19th and early 20th-century American Old West. He was known for his hunting skills and earned fame as a gunfighter. Later in his life, he became a reporter and columnist for The Morning Telegraph and gained popularity as a leading sports writer.

 2 
Camille Saint-Saëns
(One of the Greatest Organists and Composers of the Romantic Era)
Camille Saint-Saëns
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 9, 1835
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 16
French composer and multi-instrumentalist Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was an icon of the Romantic era, known for masterpieces such as the First Cello Concerto and the opera Samson and Delilah. He was initially a church organist and then became a freelance composer and pianist. He also taught music in Paris.
 3 
Peter Kropotkin
(Anarchist, Socialist & Historian)
Peter Kropotkin
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Birthdate: December 9, 1842
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 8

Russian philosopher Peter Kropotkin was a passionate advocate of anarcho-communism. He was also an activist, revolutionary, economist, and sociologist. He was arrested and imprisoned for his activism in 1874. However, he managed to escape and lived in exile for over 40 years in different countries across Europe. He returned to Russia after the Russian Revolution in 1917. 

 4 
Lady Randolph Churchill
(Socialite, Mother of Winston Churchill)
Lady Randolph Churchill
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 9, 1854
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cobble Hill, New York, United States
Died: June 29
 5 
Henrietta Swan Leavitt
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 4, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lancaster, Massachusetts
Died: December 12

Born to a church minister, Henrietta Swan Leavitt grew up to work as a “human computer” at the Harvard Observatory. The American astronomer gained fame for discovering the period-luminosity relation of Cepheid variables. However, her brilliant scientific career was halted by her death due to stomach cancer at 53.

 6 
Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi
(Islamic Scholar, Reformer)
Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi
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Birthdate: June 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bareilly
Died: October 28

Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi, also known as Ala-Hazrat, was a renowned Islamic scholar and an Urdu poet. Born in Bareilly, British India, he belonged to a family of Rohilla Pushtuns who had migrated from Qandahar. He wrote about various subjects such as philosophy, science, and astronomy.

 7 
Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
(Queen)
Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
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Birthdate: October 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubsko, Poland
Died: April 11
 8 
Engelbert Humperdinck
(Composer)
Engelbert Humperdinck
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Siegburg, Germany
Died: September 27
 9 
John Boyd Dunlop
(Inventor, Entrepreneur)
John Boyd Dunlop
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Birthdate: February 5, 1840
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dreghorn
Died: October 23
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 10 
Peter I of Yugoslavia
(King)
Peter I of Yugoslavia
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Birthdate: June 29, 1844
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Died: August 16
 11 
Mykola Leontovych
(Legendary Ukrainian Composer Known for His A Cappella Choral Music)
Mykola Leontovych
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 13, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Monastyrysche, Ukraine
Died: January 23
 12 
Alexander Blok
(Poet)
Alexander Blok
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Birthdate: November 28, 1880
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 7
 13 
Enrico Caruso
(Operatic Tenor of the Early 20th Century & One of the First Musicians to Document His Voice on Recordings)
Enrico Caruso
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 25, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: August 2

Enrico Caruso was an operatic tenor who performed at prominent opera houses in the Americas and Europe. His commercially released recordings made him an international star in the early-1900s. Thanks to his illustrious career that spanned 25 years, Caruso became one of the most popular entertainers of his generation. In 1987, he was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 14 
Carl Menger
(Economist, University teacher)
Carl Menger
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Birthdate: February 23, 1840
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nowy Sącz
Died: February 26

Carl Menger made significant contributions to the marginal utility theory and the subjective theory of value. Born to a lawyer father, he too studied law and also worked as a journalist for a while. He later taught at the University of Vienna and also established the Austrian School of economics.

 15 
Roman von Ungern-Sternberg
(Russian Military Personnel)
Roman von Ungern-Sternberg
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: September 15

Russian baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg gained fame as an anticommunist general during the Russian Civil War. Also known as the Mad Baron for his cruelty toward his enemies, he had converted to Buddhism but retained strains of Christianity in his faith. He was eventually executed by a firing squad.

 16 
Michael Llewelyn Davies
(Student)
Michael Llewelyn Davies
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 16, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 19
 17 
Andrew Watson
(One of the First Black People to Play Association Football at the International Level)
Andrew Watson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Demerara, Guyana
Died: March 8

Widely known as Scotland’s first Black footballer, Andrew Watson was also the first Black player to play international association football. The son of a Guyanese woman and a Scottish plantation owner, he moved to Britain with his father as a child. He was also an engineer and a wholesale business owner.

 18 
Gabriel Lippmann
(French Physicist and Winner of the 1908 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Gabriel Lippmann
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 16, 1845
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bonnevoie, Luxembourg
Died: July 13

Gabriel Lippmann was a Franco-Luxembourgish inventor and physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1908. He is also remembered for inventing an astronomical tool called the coelostat. Lippmann was an influential physicist from Luxembourg; an Institute for scientific research in Luxembourg City was named after him. The Institute was later renamed Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST). 

 19 
P. B. S. Pinchback
(Politician)
P. B. S. Pinchback
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 10, 1837
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: December 21
 20 
William Friese-Greene
(Photographer, Inventor)
William Friese-Greene
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Birthdate: September 7, 1855
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: May 5

William Friese-Greene was a British photographer and inventor. A pioneer of motion pictures, Friese-Greene is remembered for devising a series of cameras with which he shot moving pictures in London. Despite earning substantial amount of money throughout his career, Friese-Greene died in poverty as he spent his earnings on his inventions. His life inspired a biopic titled The Magic Box.

 21 
C. I. Scofield
(Theologian)
C. I. Scofield
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Birthdate: August 19, 1843
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Michigan, United States
Died: July 24
 22 
Devil Anse Hatfield
(Patriarch of the Hatfield Clan)
Devil Anse Hatfield
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 9, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Logan, West Virginia, United States
Died: January 6
 23 
Charles White Whittlesey
(United States Army Medal of Honor recipient who led the "Lost Battalion" in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I)
Charles White Whittlesey
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 20, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 26
 24 
Pauline von Metternich
(Socialite)
Pauline von Metternich
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 25, 1836
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 28
 25 
William II of Württemberg
(Last King of Württemberg)
William II of Württemberg
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Birthdate: February 25, 1848
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Died: October 2
 26 
Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
(9th Ruler of Kuwait)
Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
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Birthdate: 1864 AD
Birthplace: Kuwait
Died: February 23
 27 
Emily Davies
(English Suffragist, Feminist and Co-founder of Girton College, Cambridge University)
Emily Davies
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 22, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carlton Crescent, Southampton, England
Died: July 13

Emily Davies was an English suffragist and feminist. One of the first campaigners for women's rights to university education, Davies is best remembered for co-founding Girton College, the first university in England to educate women. Emily Davies is also credited with playing an important role in the establishment of Newnham College in 1875.

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Peter Cooper Hewitt
(Electrical Engineer)
Peter Cooper Hewitt
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 5, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 25
 29 
Emilia Pardo Bazán
(Writer Known for Introducing Naturalism Into Spanish Literature)
Emilia Pardo Bazán
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 16, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: A Coruña, Spain
Died: May 12

Spanish countess and novelist Emilia Pardo Bazán had initially gained fame with the essay The Critical Issue. She was an advocate of naturalism and free will. Known for novels such as The House of Ulloa, she also taught Romance literature and was divorced by her husband because of her literary success.

 30 
Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil
(Princess)
Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil
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Birthdate: July 29, 1846
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 14
 31 
Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg
(Diplomat)
Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 12, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Prussia
Died: September 17
 32 
Charles Joseph Bonaparte
(46th United States Attorney General (1906 - 1909) and 37th United States Secretary of the Navy (1905 and 1906))
Charles Joseph Bonaparte
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 9, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: June 28

The grandnephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Joseph Bonaparte was a French-American lawyer and political activist, born and raised in Baltimore. Founder of Baltimore Reform League, his works attracted Theodore Roosevelt’s admiration and serving as U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Attorney General during the latter’s tenure as President, he established Bureau of Investigation, later Day FBI, prosecuting many antitrust suits.

 33 
Ivan Vazov
(Bulgarian Novelist, Poet and Playwright Best Known for His Novel 'Under the Yoke')
Ivan Vazov
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 9, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sopot, Bulgaria
Died: September 22

Ivan Vazov was a Bulgarian novelist, poet, and playwright. Considered the patriarch of Bulgarian literature, Vazov is best remembered for his 1888 novel Under the Yoke, which has been translated into more than 30 languages. Ivan Vazov is credited with writing the first Bulgarian fantasy poem and the first Bulgarian science fiction story.

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Robert de Montesquiou
(Poet)
Robert de Montesquiou
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 7, 1855
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 11
 35 
Hermann Schwarz
(Mathematician)
Hermann Schwarz
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 25, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jerzmanowa, Poland
Died: November 30
 36 
Champ Clark
(Politician)
Champ Clark
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 7, 1850
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, United States
Died: March 2
 37 
Matthias Erzberger
(German Politician and Writer)
Matthias Erzberger
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 20, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Münsingen
Died: August 26
 38 
Nikolay Gumilyov
(Poet)
Nikolay Gumilyov
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Birthdate: April 15, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kronshtadt, Russia
Died: August 24
 39 
Zemaite
(Writer)
Zemaite
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 31, 1845
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bukantė , Kaunas County, Lithuania
Died: December 7
 40 
Christina Nilsson
(Swedish Operatic Soprano from the 19th Century)
Christina Nilsson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1843
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Småland, Sweden
Died: November 20

A renowned Swedish operatic soprano from the 19th century, Christina Nilsson ruled the world opera scene for 20 years. She was often compared to fellow opera star Adelina Patti and finds a mention in Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. One of her most iconic roles was that of Marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faust.

 41 
Mary Watson Whitney
(American Astronomer Who Built Vassar College’s Research Program in Astronomy Into One of the Nation’s Finest)
Mary Watson Whitney
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 21

American astronomer Mary Watson Whitney served as a professor and director of the Vassar Observatory for over two decades. Her teaching and research work were related to comets, asteroids, double stars and variable stars and also on measurements by photographic plates. The Vassar Observatory published 102 scientific papers under her direction. She became the first president of Maria Mitchell Association.

 42 
Nikolai Zhukovsky
(Russian Scientist, Mathematician and Engineer)
Nikolai Zhukovsky
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Birthdate: January 17, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orekhovo, Moscow, Russia
Died: March 17
 43 
Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav
(Poet)
Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 2, 1849
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vyšný Kubín, Slovakia
Died: November 8
 44 
George Stephen
(Scots-Quebecker Banker, Railway Executive in Canada and Businessman)
George Stephen
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 5, 1829
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dufftown, Scotland
Died: November 29
Born in Scotland, George Stephen became the first Canadian to attain the position of the Peerage of the United Kingdom and became the 1st Baron Mount Stephen. A banker, he had also headed Canadian Pacific Railway. His philanthropic contributions helped the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal and other hospitals.
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Marigold Churchill
(Daughter of British Politician and Army Officer, Sir Winston Churchill)
Marigold Churchill
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: August 23
 46 
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
(Chancellor of the German Empire From 1909 to 1917)
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 29, 1856
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hohenfinow, Germany
Died: January 1
 47 
Oscar Montelius
(Swedish Archaeologist Who Refined the Concept of Seriation)
Oscar Montelius
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Birthdate: September 9, 1843
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 4

Swedish archaeologist Oscar Montelius is best remembered for his pioneering research on prehistoric chronology, especially that of the Bronze Age. He was associated with the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm, as a professor and as a museum director. He had also won honors such as the Anders Retzius Medal.

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Philander C. Knox
(Politician)
Philander C. Knox
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 6, 1853
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brownsville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 12
 49 
Georges Feydeau
(Playwright)
Georges Feydeau
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 8, 1862
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 5
 50 
James Mooney
(Ethnographer)
James Mooney
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Birthdate: February 10, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Indiana, United States
Died: December 22