Died On August 21st

Discover the most famous people who died on August 21. The list includes people like Leon Trotsky, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Bismillah Khan, James Wilson, George Jackson. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, physicists, composers and poets and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, India, Italy & Germany and many more countries.
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 1 
Elizabeth Báthory
(Hungarian Noblewoman and Serial Killer)
Elizabeth Báthory
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 7, 1560
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nyírbátor, Hungary
Died: 1614
Known as The Blood Countess and Countess Dracula, Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian noblewoman who was accused of killing at least 650 young women from 1590 to 1610. She was also accused of cannibalism and bathing in the blood of her victims. She evaded punishment and died in house arrest.
 2 
Leon Trotsky
(Russian Marxist Revolutionary Who Developed a Variant of Marxism Which Has Become Known as 'Trotskyism')
Leon Trotsky
60
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 7, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bereslavka, Ukraine
Died: 1940

A Russian politician, political theorist, and revolutionary, Leon Trotsky developed a political ideology called Trotskyism, which eventually had a considerable impact on Russian politics. He also played a vital role in leading the Red Army to victory in the Russian Civil War.

 3 
Ettore Bugatti
(Automobile Designer, Founder and Proprietor of the Automobile Manufacturing Company ‘Automobiles E. Bugatti’)
Ettore Bugatti
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1947

Ettore Bugatti was an automobile designer and manufacturer. He is credited with founding the popular car manufacturer Automobiles E. Bugatti, which gained prominence as the maker of some of the fastest and technologically advanced cars of its day. In 2000, Ettore Bugatti was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

 4 
Benigno Aquino, Jr.
(Filipino Senator Who Was the Husband of President Corazon Aquino)
Benigno Aquino, Jr.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Concepcion, Philippines
Died: 1983

Benigno Aquino, Jr., also known as Ninoy Aquino, was the son of Filipino politician Benigno Aquino Sr. and grew up to be a senator and the chief opposition leader during President Ferdinand E. Marcos’s rule. A supporter of democracy, he was assassinated at the Manila airport after returning from exile.

 5 
Bismillah Khan
(Indian Musician Who Popularized the Musical Instrument 'Shehnai')
Bismillah Khan
71
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 21, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dumraon, Bihar
Died: 2006

Bismillah Khan was a reputed classical musician, credited with popularizing the shehnai, an Indian oboe like woodwind instrument, at home and abroad. Until his time, shehnai was considered a folk instrument played only at traditional ceremonies, an idea he demolished with his concert performance in 1937, eventually taking it to the global audience with his appearance at Edinburgh International Festival.

 6 
Barbara Harris
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Birthdate: July 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Died: 2018
 7 
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
(Astrophysicist Known for his 'Theoritical Studies of the Physical processes of importance to the Structure and Evolution of the Stars')
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
Died: 1995

Remembered for his varied contribution to astrophysics, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar is perhaps best known for his work on the evolution of massive stars. Today known as Chandrasekhar limit, it contributed to final understanding of supernovas, neutron stars, and black holes. A prolific writer, he also did significant work on energy transfer by radiation in stellar atmospheres and convection on solar surface.

 8 
Robert Moog
(Founder of Moog Music and the Inventor of the First Commercial Synthesizer)
Robert Moog
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Birthdate: May 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2005

Robert Moog was an engineering physicist widely regarded as the pioneer of electronic music.  He launched the first commercial synthesizer, the Moog synthesizer, in 1964. A few years later, he launched the Minimoog, which went on to become the most famous and influential synthesizer in history. He taught at the University of North Carolina in his later years. 

 9 
James Wilson
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States & a Signatory of the Declaration of Independence)
James Wilson
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
Died: 1798

James Wilson was an American statesman, legal scholar, politician, and founding father of the United States of America. He served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1789 to 1798.  A leading legal theorist, he played a key role in drafting the United States Constitution. He was also a professor of law. 

 10 
Sobhuza II
(King of Eswatini from 1899 to 1982)
Sobhuza II
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Birthdate: July 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zombodze, Swaziland
Died: 1982

Sobhuza II was the king of Swaziland from 1899 to 1982, although his coronation took place in 1921 as he was too young to rule early in his reign. His reign of 82 years and 254 days makes him the longest-reigning monarch in recorded history. Sobhuza II played a key role in events that eventually led to his country's independence.

 11 
Ken Robinson
(Author and Speaker Best Known for Preaching Creativity in Teaching)
Ken Robinson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: 2020

Ken Robinson was a British author and speaker. An influential figure, Robinson served as an international advisor to several non-profits, education and arts bodies, and government. From 1989 to 2001, he served as a professor at the University of Warwick. Born into a working class family from Liverpool, Robinson went on to win many honors including the George Peabody Medal.

 12 
Buford Pusser
(Sheriff)
Buford Pusser
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adamsville, Tennessee
Died: 1974

Buford Hayse Pusser served as the Sheriff of McNairy County of Tennessee and as the Constable of Adamsville. He clamped down on practices such as prostitution and gambling in the Mississippi-Tennessee area. He was also a wrestler known as Buford the Bull and later inspired several books and songs.

 13 
Alfonso VII of Leon and Castile
(King)
Alfonso VII of Leon and Castile
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Birthdate: March 1, 1105
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caldas de Reis, Spain
Died: 1157
 14 
Bill Williams
(Actor)
Bill Williams
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Birthdate: May 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1992
 15 
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
(Writer)
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 15, 1689
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1762
 16 
Ottilie Assing
(German-American Abolitionist, Freethinker, and Feminist)
Ottilie Assing
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 11, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: 1884

Ottilie Assing was a German-American abolitionist, freethinker, and feminist. She is best remembered for her friendship with American social reformer and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Apart from attending numerous conventions and meetings alongside Douglass, Ottilie Assing also translated many of his works to German.  

 17 
Yuri Nikulin
(Soviet and Russian Clown and Actor)
Yuri Nikulin
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Birthdate: December 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Demidov, Russia
Died: 1997

Yuri Nikulin was a Soviet and Russian clown and actor. He is best remembered for playing important roles in Leonid Gaidai's comedy films like Kidnapping, Caucasian Style and The Diamond Arm. Apart from acting in films, Yuri Nikulin also performed in Moscow Circus. Nikulin was honored with many state awards, including the Order of Lenin.

 18 
Jacob Epstein
(American-British Sculptor Known for Pioneering Modern Sculpture)
Jacob Epstein
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Birthdate: November 10, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1959

Jacob Epstein was an American-British sculptor who produced revolutionary works that challenged the already established ideas that dictated the kind of artworks shown to the public. Epstein helped pioneer modern sculpture. In addition to being a sculptor, Epstein was also a painter and artist; he exhibited many of his paintings and drawings. His works have influenced artists like Barbara Hepworth.

 19 
Wanda Toscanini Horowitz
(Arturo Toscanini's daughter)
Wanda Toscanini Horowitz
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 7, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1998
 20 
Constant Lambert
(Composer)
Constant Lambert
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 23, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fulham, London, England
Died: 1951
 21 
Abdur Razzak
(Actor)
Abdur Razzak
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Birthdate: January 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naktala, South Kolkata India
Died: 2017

Legendary Bangladeshi actor Abdur Razzak, also known as Nayak Raj Razzak, is best remembered for his hit films such as Boro Bhalo Lok Chhilo and Jibon Theke Neya. The 5-time Bangladeshi National Film Award winner was also the first Bangladeshi actor to be named a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

 22 
Juan Álvarez
(24th President of Mexico (October 1855 – December 1855))
Juan Álvarez
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 27, 1790
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atoyac de Álvarez, Mexico
Died: 1867

Mexican revolutionary leader and liberal reformer Juan Álvarez was a mestizo landowner who later fought in the Mexican War of Independence and led the revolution supporting the Plan de Ayutla. He also became the provisional president of Mexico after the fall of Mexican general Santa Anna.

 23 
William Thurston
(Mathematician)
William Thurston
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 2012
 24 
Eddie Byrne
(Actor)
Eddie Byrne
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Birthdate: January 31, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1981
 25 
Dai Vernon
(Canadian Magician Best Known For His Sleight of Hand Technique)
Dai Vernon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
Died: 1992

Dai Vernon was a Canadian magician best remembered for his sleight of hand technique, which involves close-up magic and card tricks. Respected by fellow magicians, Vernon served as a mentor to his contemporaries and aspiring magicians. His life and career inspired a documentary film titled Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic, which released in 1999.

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Benjamin Thompson
(Physicist and Inventor)
Benjamin Thompson
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Birthdate: March 26, 1753
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Woburn, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1814
 27 
Marina Gamba
(Writer)
Marina Gamba
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1570 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1612
 28 
Markos Botsaris
(Military General)
Markos Botsaris
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1790 AD
Birthplace: Souli, Greece
Died: 1823
 29 
Sophia Magdalena of Denmark
(Queen consort of Sweden)
Sophia Magdalena of Denmark
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 3, 1746
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 1813
 30 
Wolfgang Vogel
(German Lawyer)
Wolfgang Vogel
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 30, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bolesławów, Poland
Died: 2008
 31 
Christoph Schlingensief
(Director)
Christoph Schlingensief
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Birthdate: October 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oberhausen, Germany
Died: 2010
 32 
Michael Devine
(Political activist)
Michael Devine
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland
Died: 1981
 33 
Henrik Pontoppidan
(Johann Adolph Hasse)
Henrik Pontoppidan
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 24, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fredericia, Denmark
Died: 1943
 34 
Toby Sheldon
(Reality Star Who Appeared on the Botched and My Strange Addiction)
Toby Sheldon
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Birthdate: October 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: 2015
 35 
Claude-Louis Navier
(physicist, economist, mathematician, engineer of roads and bridges)
Claude-Louis Navier
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 10, 1785
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Burlada
Died: 1836
 36 
Jacob Pontusson, count de la Gardie
(Swedish Statesman and one of the Five Regents Who Jointly Ruled Sweden During the Minority of Queen Christina)
Jacob Pontusson, count de la Gardie
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 20, 1583
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: 1652

Jacob Pontusson, Count De la Gardie was a statesman of the Swedish Empire. He is best remembered for commanding the Swedish forces against the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in Russia. He was also among the five regents who ruled Sweden during the minority reign of Queen Christina.

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Tatiana Troyanos
(American Mezzo-Soprano)
Tatiana Troyanos
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1993

Tatiana Troyanos was an American mezzo-soprano best remembered for her association with the Metropolitan Opera, where she performed more than 270 times. In an illustrious career that spanned three decades, Tatiana Troyanos came up with memorable operatic recordings, including her most famous performance as Carmen

 38 
Vinoo Mankad
(Indian Cricketer)
Vinoo Mankad
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jamnagar, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died: 1978
 39 
Adelbert von Chamisso
(German Poet Who Was Also a Noted Botanist and Philologist)
Adelbert von Chamisso
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 30, 1781
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sivry-Ante, France
Died: 1838

German poet and lyricist Adelbert von Chamisso, who lived in the 19th century, is chiefly remembered for his legendary fairy tale, Peter Schlemihl’s Remarkable Story. He also established the Berlin romanticist society Nordsternbund and was a noted botanist, too. He was also interested in philology and Australasian languages.

 40 
Charles Eames
(Designer, Architect and Filmmaker)
Charles Eames
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 17, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Died: 1978
 41 
María Teresa Sánchez
(Rubén Darío Prize-Winning Nicaraguan Poet and Short-story Writer)
María Teresa Sánchez
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Managua, Nicaragua
Died: 1994

Rubén Darío Prize-winning Nicaraguan poet and women’s suffrage activist María Teresa Sánchez is remembered for her immense contribution to Nicaraguan culture. She mostly wrote on themes of pain and sadness. She also established the Círculo de Letras association and founded her own publishing house, Nuevos Horizontes.

 42 
George Jackson
(African-American Left-Wing Activist & Marxist)
George Jackson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1971
 43 
William Lyon Phelps
(American Author, Critic and Scholar)
William Lyon Phelps
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Birthdate: January 2, 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1943
 44 
Harald Sverdrup
(Oceanographer)
Harald Sverdrup
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sogndal Municipality, Norway
Died: 1957

Harald Sverdrup was a Norwegian oceanographer and meteorologist who served as president of the International Association of Physical Oceanography. He was also director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He was the author of many books, including his magnum opus The Oceans: Their Physics, Chemistry, and General Biology. He was a recipient of the William Bowie Medal. 

 45 
Stefán Karl Stefánsson
(Icelandic Actor and Singer Best Known for His Role as ‘Robbie Rotten’ in TV Series ‘LazyTown’)
Stefán Karl Stefánsson
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Birthdate: July 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Died: 2018

Stefán Karl Stefánsson was an Icelandic singer and actor. He is remembered for playing Robbie Rotten in the popular children's television series, LazyTown. In June 2018, he was honored with the Order of the Falcon. In August 2018, Stefán Karl died of cancer. The launch of a performing arts academy in his honor was announced after his death.

 46 
Moshe Shamir
(Author)
Moshe Shamir
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 15, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Safed, Israel
Died: 2004
 47 
Douglas Horton
(Protestant, Academic leader)
Douglas Horton
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 27, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York,USA
Died: 1968
 48 
Eystein II of Norway
(King of Norway)
Eystein II of Norway
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Birthdate: 1125 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1157
 49 
Helen Flanders Dunbar
(Psychiatrist, Physician)
Helen Flanders Dunbar
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 14, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Kent, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1959
 50 
Paul Juon
(Composer)
Paul Juon
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 6, 1872
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1940

Called the Russian Brahms by his classmate Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-born Swiss-origin composer Paul Juon started his musical journey playing the violin and the flute at the Moscow Conservatory. Inspired by folk melodies, he penned chamber music, sonatas, and piano quartets, and also translated Anton Arensky’s works into German.