Died On February 21st

Discover the most famous people who died on February 21. The list includes people like Malcolm X, Baruch Spinoza, Frederick Banting, Eric Liddell, Margot Fonteyn. Famous personalities featured on this list, include journalists, soldiers, physicists and political leaders and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands & Germany and many more countries.
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 1 
Malcolm X
(Major Figure of American Civil Rights Movement)
Malcolm X
172
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: 1965

An African-American leader of the civil rights movement, Malcolm X was a vocal spokesman of the Nation of Islam and called upon the blacks to protect themselves from the white, even if it meant adopting violence. His radical views and preaching later evolved and he accepted the possibility of peaceful resolution of racial issues in America.

 2 
Baruch Spinoza
(One of the Most Important Philosophers of the Early Modern Period)
Baruch Spinoza
25
Birthdate: November 24, 1632
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: 1677
Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza is best remembered for his rationalist ideas and his posthumously released book Ethics. He opposed Rene Descartes’s ideas and believed that God was an abstract entity. He was later expelled from the Jewish society, while his books were banned by the Catholic Church.
 3 
Peter Tork
(American Actor & Musician)
Peter Tork
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 2019
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 4 
Frederick Banting
(Co-Discoverer of Insulin)
Frederick Banting
9
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alliston, New Tecumseth, Canada
Died: 1941

Frederick Banting was a Canadian medical scientist and physician. In 1923, Banting and Scottish biochemist John James Rickard Macleod received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of insulin and its therapeutic potential. Aged 32 at that time, Banting remains the youngest Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine. He was knighted by King George V in 1934.

 5 
John Thaw
(Actor)
John Thaw
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Birthdate: January 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Gorton, Manchester, England, UK
Died: 2002
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 6 
Zdzisław Beksiński
(Polish Painter During 20th-century)
Zdzisław Beksiński
3
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: February 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sanok, Poland
Died: 2005
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 7 
Beverley Owen
(Actress)
Beverley Owen
2
Birthdate: May 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ottumwa, Iowa, USA
Died: 2019
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 8 
Abdul Qadir Gilani
(Hanbali Scholar, Preacher, and Sufi Leader)
Abdul Qadir Gilani
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 23, 1075
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gilan Province, Iran
Died: 1166

Abdul Qadir Gilani was a Sunni Muslim ascetic, mystic, preacher, theologian, and jurist. He is best remembered for founding the Qadiriyya tariqa of Sufism, which is named after him. Abdul Qadir Gilani was famous for his preaching and is credited with converting numerous Christians and Jews.

 9 
Margot Fonteyn
(English Ballet Dancer)
Margot Fonteyn
11
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: May 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reigate, England
Died: 1991

Margot Fonteyn was an English ballerina who spent her entire dancing career at the Royal Ballet. She was eventually appointed prima ballerina assoluta of the Royal Ballet by Queen Elizabeth II. Margot Fonteyn achieved international fame after a tour of the US in 1949. She also helped popularize ballet in the US by appearing on TV before and after WWII.

 10 
Mary Edwards Walker
(Surgeon, Feminist, Activist)
Mary Edwards Walker
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 26, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oswego
Died: 1919

Mary Edwards Walker, or Dr. Mary Walker, was the only female surgeon who served injured soldiers during the American Civil War. A dress reform supporter, she believed women should value comfort more than tradition when it came to clothes. She was also the first and only Medal of Honor winner.

 11 
Cleotha Staples
(Singer)
Cleotha Staples
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: near Drew, Mississippi, United States
Died: 2013

The eldest child of The Staple Singers patriarch, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Cleotha Staples was part of her family gospel group’s eight US top 40 hits. After facing racism, while they toured around performing, Cleotha and her group ventured into Black protest music. Respect Yourself was one of their Billboard-charting tracks.

 12 
Billy Graham
(American Evangelist and an Ordained Southern Baptist Minister)
Billy Graham
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2018
Billy Graham was an evangelist and an ordained SBC minister. He had been on Gallup's list of the 10 most admired men 61 times. He broadcast his sermons through radio and TV, and organized annual "Crusades,” or evangelistic campaigns. He owned several media outlets and advised many U.S. presidents. 
 13 
Jethro Tull
(Agricultural Pioneer)
Jethro Tull
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Birthdate: March 30, 1674
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Basildon
Died: 1741

A pioneer of modern British agriculture, Jethro Tull made many inventions, such as a horse-drawn mechanism for sowing seeds. Though he was trained to be a lawyer, he chose to work on his father’s farm instead. His studies on agriculture were later released as The New Horse Houghing Husbandry.

 14 
John G. Trump
(Scientist)
John G. Trump
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Birthdate: August 21, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1985

Better known as former U.S. president Donald Trump’s uncle, John G. Trump was an MIT physicist and engineer. Though he had initially aspired to be an architect and join his brother Fred’s real-estate business, John later concentrated on his research that led to the invention of high-voltage generators.

 15 
Konrad Lorenz
(Austrian Zoologist, Ethologist, Ornithologist and Winner of 1973 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Konrad Lorenz
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 7, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1989

Nobel Prize-winning Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz is remembered as a pioneer of ethology. The son of a surgeon father and a physician mother, Lorenz was a qualified physician himself. A university degree awarded to him was rescinded posthumously due to his association with the Nazi party

 16 
Paul Farmer
(American Medical Anthropologist)
Paul Farmer
1
Birthdate: October 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Adams, Massachusetts
Died: 2022

Paul Farmer was a medical anthropologist and physician, who was a co-founder of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization. He was a proponent of liberation theology and wrote extensively on health and human rights. 

 17 
Howard Florey
(Australian Pharmacologist and Pathologist Who Shared the Nobel Prize for His Role in the Development of Penicillin)
Howard Florey
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Died: 1968

Howard Florey was an Australian pathologist and pharmacologist. He is best remembered for his role in the formation of penicillin, for which he shared the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Alexander Fleming and Ernst Chain in the year 1945. Florey is credited with carrying out the first clinical trial of penicillin at the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1941.

 18 
Dwayne McDuffie
(Known for Producing and Writing the Animated Series: 'Static Shock', 'Damage Control', 'Justice League Unlimited')
Dwayne McDuffie
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 2011

Dwayne Glenn McDuffie was an American writer best remembered for writing and producing popular animated series like Ben 10, Justice League Unlimited, and Static Shock. He is credited with co-founding Milestone Media, which is renowned for creating Milestone Comics. Over the course of his illustrious career, Dwayne Glenn McDuffie won many prestigious awards like the Humanitas Prize and Inkpot Award.

 19 
Frederick McKinley Jones
(Inventor of 'Mobile Refrigeration Technology' for Transportation of Perishable Goods)
Frederick McKinley Jones
3
Birthdate: May 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: 1961

Best known for inventing an automatic refrigeration system used in long-haul trucks, Frederick McKinley Jones was orphaned at age 7. He quit school as a child and took up menial jobs. After briefly serving the army, he focused on inventing machine parts and ended up with over 60 patents.

 20 
Stanley Donen
(American film and dance director)
Stanley Donen
3
Birthdate: April 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina,USA
Died: 2019
 21 
Duncan Edwards
(Football player)
Duncan Edwards
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Woodside, Dudley, England
Died: 1958
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 22 
Augusto César Sandino
(Nicaraguan Revolutionary Who Fought Against the United States Occupation of Nicaragua)
Augusto César Sandino
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Niquinohomo, Nicaragua
Died: 1934

Augusto César Sandino was a Nicaraguan revolutionary. From 1927 to 1933, Sandino led a rebellion against the United States occupation of Nicaragua, due to which he was lauded as a hero throughout Latin America. Although the US government labeled him a bandit, Sandino went on to become a symbol of resistance and is revered as a national hero in Nicaragua.

 23 
Gertrude B. Elion
(Biochemist, Pharmacologist)
Gertrude B. Elion
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1999

The daughter of Jewish immigrants in New York, Gertrude B. Elion excelled in chemistry at Hunter College, where she studied for free, but was initially unable to find a job due to gender bias. The renowned biochemist and pharmacologist later won a Nobel and became a pioneer in medical research.

 24 
Julie Mitchum
(Actress)
Julie Mitchum
1
Birthdate: July 23, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: 2003
 25 
Kenneth Arrow
(Eonomist)
Kenneth Arrow
1
Birthdate: August 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2017
 26 
Gustave Caillebotte
(Painter)
Gustave Caillebotte
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Birthdate: August 19, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1894
 27 
Claude of France
(French Princess and Former Duchess Consort of Lorraine (1559 - 1575))
Claude of France
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Birthdate: November 12, 1547
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fontainebleau, France
Died: 1575

French princess Claude of France, who was the daughter of King Henry II of France, later became the duchess consort of Lorraine by her marriage to Charles III, Duke of Lorraine. She is known to have suffered from a club foot and a hunchback, traits she inherited from her mother, Catherine de' Medici.

 28 
Inge Lehmann
(Seismologist & Geophysicist Known for Her Discovery that Earth’s Outer Core is Molten & its Inner Core Solid)
Inge Lehmann
4
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 1993

Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann is remembered for her groundbreaking discovery of the Earth’s solid inner core and molten outer core, using seismic waves. While she initially studied math, she later deviated to seismology, with a focus on ascertaining earthquake epicenters. The William Bowie Medal-winning scientist died at age 104.

 29 
Emma Chambers
(Actress)
Emma Chambers
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Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: 2018
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 30 
Nutan
(Film actress, Beauty pageant contestant)
Nutan
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Died: 1991
 31 
Kurt Eisner
(Statesman)
Kurt Eisner
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 14, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1919

Kurt Eisner was a German politician, theatre critic, journalist, and revolutionary. He is credited with organizing the Socialist Revolution, which played an important role in overthrowing Bavaria's Wittelsbach monarchy in 1918. His role in the Socialist Revolution made him a symbol of the Bavarian revolution.

 32 
John Sherman Cooper
(1st United States Ambassador to East Germany)
John Sherman Cooper
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 23, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Somerset, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1991
 33 
Heike Kamerlingh Onnes
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 21, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: 1926

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes is best remembered for his discovery of superconductivity and his research on low-temperature physics, which eventually led to the liquefaction of helium. He is also said to have coined the term enthalpy. The Kamerlingh Onnes Award, named after him, honors achievements in low-temperature science.

 34 
Harvey Kurtzman
(His best-known work includes writing and editing the parodic comic book Mad from 1952 until 1956)
Harvey Kurtzman
0
Birthdate: October 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1993
 35 
Charles Beaumont
(Writer)
Charles Beaumont
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1967
 36 
Bronislava Nijinska
(Ballet Dancer)
Bronislava Nijinska
1
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 8, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Died: 1972
 37 
Evan Mecham
(Businessperson, Politician)
Evan Mecham
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Duchesne, Utah, United States
Died: 2008
 38 
Gaius Caesar
(Roman officer)
Gaius Caesar
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0020 BC
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 0004
 39 
Ilmari Juutilainen
(Finnish Fighter Pilot)
Ilmari Juutilainen
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lieksa
Died: 1999
 40 
Khama III
(Ngwato Chief)
Khama III
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Mosu, Botswana
Died: 1923

Khama III was the Kgosi (king) of the Bangwato people. He was also referred to by missionaries as Khama the Good and Khama the Great. As a young man, he had considerable wealth and was well-traveled. He also spoke fluent Dutch. He was baptized into the Lutheran church in 1860 and is remembered as the founder of a Christian state. 

 41 
Pope Julius II
3
Birthdate: December 5, 1443
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albisola Superiore, Italy
Died: 1513

Pope Julius II served as the ruler of the Papal States and head of the Catholic Church from 1503 until his death in 1513. One of the most influential and powerful popes, Julius II left a significant political and cultural legacy. He commissioned a series of architecture and art projects, which beautified and improved the city to a great extent.

 42 
Sándor Márai
(Hungarian Writer, Poet, and Journalist)
Sándor Márai
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia
Died: 1989

A descendant of a Hungarian noble family, Sándor Márai grew up to become a celebrated journalist. He was the first to review the works of Franz Kafka. He neither liked the Nazis nor the Communists. His best-known works include the novel Embers, which was later made into a stage play.

 43 
Ibrahim Datuk Tan Malaka
(Indonesia Communist Leader Who Became Sukarno's Rival in the Country's Independence Movement)
Ibrahim Datuk Tan Malaka
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pandam Gadang, Indonesia
Died: 1949

Initially a teacher and a journalist, Ibrahim Datuk Tan Malaka later joined the Communist movement in Indonesia and became Sukarno’s rival for the control of the country’s nationalist movement. Widely regarded as the Father of the Republic of Indonesia, he was captured and executed by Sukarno’s supporters.

 44 
Alexei Guerman
Alexei Guerman
0
Birthdate: July 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: 2013
 45 
Bob Godfrey
(Animator)
Bob Godfrey
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maitland, Australia
Died: 2013
 46 
Robert Southwell
(Poet)
Robert Southwell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1561 AD
Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Died: 1595
 47 
Mikhail Sholokhov
(Novelist)
Mikhail Sholokhov
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Veshenskaya, Russia
Died: 1984
 48 
Lisel Mueller
(Poet)
Lisel Mueller
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: 2020
 49 
Morton Gould
(Composer)
Morton Gould
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, New York, United States
Died: 1996
 50 
Ronnie Hilton
(Singer)
Ronnie Hilton
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Birthdate: January 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England
Died: 2001