Died On April 21st

Discover the most famous people who died on April 21. The list includes people like Mark Twain, John Maynard Keynes, Muhammad Iqbal, Prince, Shakuntala Devi. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, philosophers and military leaders and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, United Kingdom & Germany and many more countries.
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 1 
Prince
(Singer-songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist)
Prince
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2016

Singer-songwriter, dancer, and musician, Prince is is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. He was considered a guitar virtuoso and could also play several other instruments. With worldwide sales of over 150 million records, he is ranked among the best-selling music artists of all time. He was also well known for his flamboyant persona.

 2 
Mark Twain
(Lauded as the 'Greatest Humorist' the United States Has Produced)
Mark Twain
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Birthdate: November 30, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florida, Missouri, United States
Died: 1910

Mark Twain, “the father of American literature,” was one of the world’s greatest 19-th century humorists and authors. His novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were drawn from his childhood experiences in Missouri. In his later life, he sunk into bankruptcy and also recovered.

 3 
Nina Simone
(One of the Most Influential Musical Artists of the 20th Century)
Nina Simone
33
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tryon, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2003

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.

 4 
Henry VII of England
(Monarch of England (1485-1509))
Henry VII of England
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Birthdate: January 28, 1457
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Died: 1509

Henry VII of England played an important role in popularizing the House of Tudor by becoming the first monarch of the house; he ruled as the king of England from 1485 until his death in 1509. He is credited with several economic, diplomatic, and administrative initiatives.

 5 
Verne Troyer
(Comedian, Actor)
Verne Troyer
12
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Sturgis, Michigan, U.S.
Died: 2018
Verne Troyer gained fame as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films and Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Born with cartilage-hair hypoplasia-induced dwarfism, Verne had also performed as a stunt double in films such as Baby's Day Out. He died of suicide by alcohol poisoning at age 49.
 6 
John Maynard Keynes
(One of the Most Influential Economists of the 20th Century Whose Ideas Greatly Influenced Economic Policies of Governments)
John Maynard Keynes
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 5, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge ,England
Died: 1946

John Maynard Keynes was an English economist. His ideas are credited with changing the theory and practice of the economic policies and macroeconomics of governments at a fundamental level. Counted among the 20th century's most influential economists, Keynes' ideas are the basis for Keynesian economics. In 1999, he was named in Time magazine's Most Important People of the Century list.

 7 
Manfred von Richthofen
(One of the Most Widely Known German Fighter Pilots of All Time)
Manfred von Richthofen
22
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 2, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: 1918
Manfred von Richthofen, also known as Baron von Richthofen and the "Red Baron,” was a German Air Force fighter pilot who won more than 80 World War I battles. He was part of the fighter wing unit Jagdgeschwader 1, which was also known as "The Flying Circus" or "Richthofen's Circus.”
 8 
Shakuntala Devi
(Human Computer)
Shakuntala Devi
143
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bangalore
Died: 2013

A child prodigy who was never formally educated, Shakuntala Devi became a mathematical genius earning the title of Human Computer for her exceptional calculating abilities. The Indian genius was also an astrologer and a gifted writer who authored books on maths, astrology, homosexuality in India and a crime thriller novel.

 9 
Muhammad Iqbal
(One of the Most Important Figures in Urdu and Persian Literature)
Muhammad Iqbal
36
Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan
Died: 1938

Muhammad Iqbal was a Scholar, poet, and politician. Born in British India (present-day Pakistan), Iqbal's poetry in Persian and Urdu languages is regarded as one of the greatest of the modern era. Also an influential politician, Muhammad Iqbal's vision of an independent Muslim state helped inspire the creation of Pakistan where he is recognized as the national poet.

 10 
Gummo Marx
(Actor, Comedian, Inventor)
Gummo Marx
3
Birthdate: October 23, 1892
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1977
 11 
Diosdado Macapagal
(Former President of the Philippines)
Diosdado Macapagal
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubao, Pampanga, Philippine Islands
Died: 1997

Diosdado Macapagal was a Filipino politician who served as the president of the Philippines from 1961 to 1965. Prior to his presidency, Macapagal served as the sixth vice-president from 1957 to 1961. Diosdado Macapagal is credited with inspiring his daughter Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who later became the president of the Philippines.

 12 
François Duvalier
(Politician, Physician)
François Duvalier
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: 1971

François Duvalier was a Haitian politician. From 1957 to 1971, he served as the president of Haiti. Over the course of his political career, Duvalier's regime became despotic and totalitarian. In 1964, Duvalier declared himself President for Life and remained in power until his death. Since his demise, several books have been written about his rule in Haiti. 

 13 
Ken Kercheval
3
Birthdate: July 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wolcottville, Indiana, United States
Died: 2019
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 14 
Jack Haley Jr.
(Film director)
Jack Haley Jr.
2
Birthdate: October 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2001
 15 
Sandy Denny
(Legendary British Folk Rock Singer and Former Lead Singer of the Band ‘Fairport Convention’)
Sandy Denny
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: 1978

English singer-songwriter Sandy Denny, considered a leading British folk-rock singer, performed as lead-singer of the famous folk-rock band Fairport Convention, and fronted it through many of its successful albums like What We Did on Our Holidays. Other notable works of Denny includes her solo-albums like Rendezvous; and her folk-duet The Battle of Evermore with Robert Plant for Led Zeppelin's album.

 16 
Prince Eugene of Savoy
(Austrian Army Commander)
Prince Eugene of Savoy
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 18, 1663
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1736

Prince Eugene of Savoy was a field marshal who served in the army of the Austrian Habsburg dynasty and of the Holy Roman Empire. One of the most influential military commanders of his generation, Prince Eugene served three Holy Roman emperors in a career spanning 60 years. Consequently, he played important roles in many battles, including the Battle of Turin.

 17 
Vivian Maier
(American Street Photographer Whose Work was Discovered After Her Death)
Vivian Maier
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: February 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2009

Vivian Maier was an American street photographer whose works received critical acclaim after her death. Maier's photographs were unpublished during her lifetime. However, her works went viral on the internet when it was published on Flickr five months after her death. Vivian Maier's life and work have inspired documentary films like Finding Vivian Maier.

 18 
Aldo Leopold
(American Author & Environmentalist Who is Best Known for His Book 'A Sand County Almanac')
Aldo Leopold
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: 1948
 19 
Erté
(Russian-born French Artist and Designer)
Erté
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Birthdate: November 23, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1990

Russian-French designer and artist Romain de Tirtoff, better known as Erté, not just designed clothes but also created sets, costumes, and posters for opera and ballet performances. He had worked for Harper’s Bazaar and the Folies-Bergère, and had also penned quite a few books on design and illustration.

 20 
Anselm of Canterbury
(Benedictine Monk, Philosopher and Archbishop of Canterbury (1093 - 1109))
Anselm of Canterbury
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Birthdate: 1033 AD
Birthplace: Aosta, Italy
Died: 1109

Owing to his quality classical education, Anselm of Canterbury became one of the finest Latinists of his time. As Archbishop of Canterbury, he resisted the English kings and was exiled. He is now remembered as a significant figure in the Investiture Controversy, which pitted the king against the pope.

 21 
Jean Racine
(Dramatist)
Jean Racine
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 22, 1639
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Ferté-Milon, Kingdom of France
Died: 1699
 22 
Walter Slezak
(American Actor)
Walter Slezak
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Birthdate: May 3, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1983

Walter Slezak was an Austrian-born actor with an illustrious career spanning over half a century. He often played clever, talkative, and philosophical characters. The son of a famous opera tenor, he was fascinated by the show business and began acting in the 1920s. He was famous as both a stage performer and a film actor. 

 23 
Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex
(Prince)
Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1773
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buckingham House, London, England
Died: 1843
 24 
Charles MacArthur
(Playwright)
Charles MacArthur
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 5, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1956
 25 
Florian Schneider
(Musician)
Florian Schneider
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: 2020
 26 
Chrissy Amphlett
(Former Singer best known as the frontwoman of the Australian rock band Divinyls)
Chrissy Amphlett
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong, Australia
Died: 2013
 27 
Princess Deokhye
(Princess)
Princess Deokhye
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 25, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Changdeokgung, South Korea
Died: 1989
 28 
Eleonora Duse
(Actress)
Eleonora Duse
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Birthdate: October 3, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vigevano, Italy
Died: 1924
 29 
Lady Ottoline Morrell
(Writer)
Lady Ottoline Morrell
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 16, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Died: 1938
 30 
Sohrab Sepehri
(Iranian Poet and Painter)
Sohrab Sepehri
2
Birthdate: October 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kashan, Iran
Died: 1980

Sohrab Sepehri was an Iranian poet and painter. He is counted amongst the five most famous Iranian poets who have practiced modern poetry. His poems have been translated into several languages, including English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Lithuanian. He is also considered one of Iran's foremost modernist painters and is known for developing a new technique called texture

 31 
Tiradentes
(Brazilian Revolutionary)
Tiradentes
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 12, 1746
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ritápolis, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: 1792

Joaquim José da Silva Xavier was a revolutionary who played a major role in a colonial Brazilian revolutionary movement called Inconfidência Mineira, which called for a creation of a Brazilian republic and full independence from the Portuguese Empire. Joaquim José da Silva Xavier was arrested and publicly hanged. Today, he is regarded as a national hero in Brazil.

 32 
Lucrezia de' Medici, Duchess of Ferrara
(Duchess)
Lucrezia de' Medici, Duchess of Ferrara
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 14, 1545
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1561
 33 
Michelle McNamara
(American True Crime Author)
Michelle McNamara
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: 2016

True-crime writer, Michelle McNamara, is remembered for coining the name "Golden State Killer" for the serial killer later identified as Joseph James DeAngelo. Sadly, the author died before his identification and arrest. Fascinated by true crime from a young age, she launched her website TrueCrimeDiary in 2006 and dedicated her life to researching and writing about true crime.

 34 
Charles Colson
(Counsel)
Charles Colson
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: 2012
 35 
Cosimo I
(Duke of Florence and Tuscany)
Cosimo I
1
Birthdate: June 12, 1519
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1574
 36 
I.A.L. Diamond
(Writer)
I.A.L. Diamond
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ungheni, Moldova
Died: 1988
 37 
Juan Antonio Samaranch
(Sports administrator)
Juan Antonio Samaranch
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: 2010
 38 
Edward Victor Appleton
(English Physicist Who Won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947)
Edward Victor Appleton
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 6, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bradford, England
Died: 1965

Considered a pioneer in radio physics, Nobel laureate Sir Edward Victor is remembered as much for his pioneering work on physics of the upper atmosphere as for his discovery of the Appleton layer. His investigations, which proved the existence of ionosphere and established its characteristics, helped not only to develop an unfailing long-range radio communication, but also the much-needed radars.

 39 
Tessie O'Shea
(Welsh Entertainer and Actress)
Tessie O'Shea
3
Birthdate: March 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
Died: 1995

Known as Two Ton Tessie for her plus-size built, Tessie O'Shea was a Welsh entertainer who had begun performing at age 6. Known for her signature hats and striped stockings, she later soared to fame singing bawdy tracks. She also won a Tony Award for The Girl Who Came to Supper.

 40 
Alexander Oparin
(Former Biochemist known for contributions to the theory of the origin of life, oacervates)
Alexander Oparin
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 2, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Uglich, Russia
Died: 1980
 41 
Samuel Slater
(Industrialist)
Samuel Slater
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 9, 1768
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belper, United Kingdom
Died: 1835
 42 
Sepp Dietrich
(Military Officer)
Sepp Dietrich
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 28, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hawangen, Germany
Died: 1966
Initially a butcher’s apprentice, Sepp Dietrich later rose to be one of Hitler’s most trusted men, commanding his bodyguard and eventually becoming the SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer. His association with the Malmedy massacre and Hitler’s purge of 1934 got him convicted. He apparently also frequented the infamous Nazi brothel Salon Kitty.
 43 
Thomas Rowlandson
(Artist & Caricaturist of the Georgian Era)
Thomas Rowlandson
0
Birthdate: July 13, 1757
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1827
 44 
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
(Aristocrat)
Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
0
Birthdate: February 23, 1803
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1892
 45 
Laisenia Qarase
(6th Prime Minister of Fiji)
Laisenia Qarase
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vanua Balavu, Colony of Fiji
Died: 2020

Laisenia Qarase was a Fijian politician who served as the Fijian prime minister from 2000 to 2006. He was overthrown from power as a result of a military coup in 2006. Subsequently, the military-backed regime pressed corruption charges against Qarase and he was imprisoned in 2012 amidst rumors that the charges were politically motivated.

 46 
Sen Rikyū
(Historical Figure)
Sen Rikyū
1
Birthdate: 1522 AD
Birthplace: Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Died: 1591
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 47 
Ulla Poulsen
(Ballerina)
Ulla Poulsen
1
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: February 5, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 2001
 48 
Alessandro Moreschi
(Singer, Opera singer)
Alessandro Moreschi
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 11, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Monte Compatri
Died: 1922
 49 
Peter Lind Hayes
(American Entertainer, Actor and TV Show Host )
Peter Lind Hayes
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 25, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1998
Peter Lind Hayes was an American actor, vaudeville entertainer, and songwriter. Hayes had an impressive TV career in the 1950s during which he worked closely with the legendary Arthur Godfrey. Peter Lind Hayes also played an important role during the Second World War, appearing in a play titled Winged Victory which raised money for the Army Emergency Relief Fund.
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Joel Rogosin
(Television producer)
Joel Rogosin
0
Birthdate: October 30, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2020