Died On July 21st

Discover the most famous people who died on July 21. The list includes people like Robert Burns, Arshile Gorky, David Ogilvy, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Edward B. Lewis. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, soldiers, actors and poets and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & South Africa and many more countries.
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Alan Shepard
(Astronaut, Aviator, Entrepreneur)
Alan Shepard
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Derry
Died: 1998

Alan Shepard was an astronaut and the first American to travel into space. In 1971, Shepard became the fifth and oldest astronaut to walk on the Moon; he was 47 years and 80 days old at that time. From 1963 to 1969, he played an important role as the Chief of the Astronaut Office. His work inspired several TV series.

 2 
Robert Burns
(Poet and Lyricist widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.)
Robert Burns
22
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 25, 1759
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: 1796
Scottish poet Robert Burns, also known as the National Bard and the Bard of Ayrshire, is considered a pioneer of the Romantic movement in English literature. He often drew inspiration from Scottish folk songs. Some of his most notable works include the poems Auld Lang Syne and Scots Wha Hae.
 3 
John Heard
(Known for His Films: ‘Heart Beat’, ‘Cutter's Way’, ‘Cat People’, ‘Beaches’ and ‘Deceived’)
John Heard
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Birthdate: March 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 2017
John Heard is best known for his Emmy-nominated guest role of Detective Vin Makazian in The Sopranos. Audiences also loved him as Peter McCallister, the father of Macaulay Culkin’s character, in Home Alone and its sequel. A talented stage actor, he delivered an award-winning performance in G.R. Point
 4 
Mako Iwamatsu
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Birthdate: December 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Died: 2006

Japanese-American actor Makoto Iwamatsu, or Mako, is remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated role of Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles. He also appeared in Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, and Seven Years in Tibet. He delivered a Tony-nominated performance in Pacific Overtures and co-founded East West Players.

 5 
Basil Rathbone
(British Actor Who Portrayed Sherlock Holmes in 14 Hollywood Films)
Basil Rathbone
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Birthdate: June 13, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: 1967

Basil Rathbone was an English actor best remembered for playing private detective Sherlock Holmes in 14 movies made between 1939 and 1946. Renowned for playing morally ambiguous characters, Rathbone won the prestigious Tony Award for his portrayal of Dr. Austin Sloper in The Heiress. Basil Rathbone has been honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 6 
Robert Young
(Actor)
Robert Young
1
Birthdate: February 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1998
 7 
Henning von Tresckow
(Military Officer)
Henning von Tresckow
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
Died: 1944

Henning von Tresckow was a German Army officer who played a key role in organizing German  resistance against Adolf Hitler. He drafted the Valkyrie plan for a coup against the German government and even attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1943. The next year, he once again plotted to kill Hitler and failed again, upon which he committed suicide. 

 8 
Herb Edelman
8
Birthdate: November 5, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1996
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 9 
Jerry Goldsmith
(Prolific composer and conductor who received an Oscar for his work on The Omen in 1976.)
Jerry Goldsmith
4
Birthdate: February 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2004
 10 
Sir Henry Percy
(English rebel)
Sir Henry Percy
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1364
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Warkworth, United Kingdom
Died: 1403
 11 
Theodore Bikel
(Folksinger and Actor Known for His Role as ‘Max Muller’ in the 1958 Film ‘The Defiant Ones')
Theodore Bikel
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 2015

Legendary Austrian-American actor Theodore Bikel is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Sheriff Max Muller in the film The Defiant Ones. He had also ruled the stage with plays such as Fiddler on the Roof. As a folk singer, he sang in 21 languages and also played the guitar.

 12 
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
(Third King of Bhutan)
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
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Birthdate: May 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trongsa
Died: 1972

The Dragon King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck had a major role in modernizing his tiny Himalayan country. In his 20-year reign, he built countless roads, schools, and hospitals. He also secured financial aid from India and other Asian countries. An avid reader, he also loved hunting and gardening.

 13 
Jimmie Foxx
(Baseball player)
Jimmie Foxx
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sudlersville, Maryland, United States
Died: 1967
 14 
E. L. Doctorow
(Novelist)
E. L. Doctorow
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York (state) New York, United States U.S.
Died: 2015
 15 
Dennis Green
(Coaches)
Dennis Green
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2016
 16 
David Ogilvy
(Founder of Ogilvy & Mather)
David Ogilvy
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Horsley, Surrey, England
Died: 1999

David Ogilvy dropped out of Oxford in spite of earning a scholarship, and took up odd jobs, working as an apprentice chef and a salesman, before plunging into advertising. Co-founder of Ogilvy & Mather, he later introduced the concept of branding and earned the tag of The Father of Advertising.

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Long John Baldry
(Actor)
Long John Baldry
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: 2005
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Arshile Gorky
(A Leading American Painter of 20th Century and a Founding Father of 'Abstract Expressionism')
Arshile Gorky
1
Birthdate: April 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khorgom, Vilayet of Van, Ottoman Empire
Died: 1948

Arshile Gorky, a powerful Armenian-American painter of 20th century, is counted among founding fathers of abstract expressionism. His experience, suffering and loss during Armenian genocide strongly influenced his development as an artist. With notable works like Landscape in the Manner of Cézanne and Nighttime, Enigma, Nostalgia, Gorky emerged as one of the major artists whose works defined American abstract expressionism.

 19 
Ellen Terry
(Actress)
Ellen Terry
1
Birthdate: February 27, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coventry, United Kingdom
Died: 1928
 20 
Washington Roebling
(American Civil Engineer Who Supervised the Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge)
Washington Roebling
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 26, 1837
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1926

Engineer Washington Roebling is largely remembered for co-designing the Brooklyn Bridge with his father, John Augustus. He also worked as part of the Union Army during the Civil War. A perfectionist, he was once found unconscious in a compressed-air chamber at work, and that affected him permanently.

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Deborah Watling
(Actress)
Deborah Watling
1
Birthdate: January 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2017
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
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Ruth St. Denis
(Dancer)
Ruth St. Denis
2
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 20, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: 1968
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Albert John Luthuli
(President of African National Congress (ANC))
Albert John Luthuli
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Died: 1967

Nobel Prize-winning Zulu leader, non-violent anti-apartheid activist, and educator Albert John Luthuli, also known as Mvumbi, had led the African National Congress. Born in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, he lost his father at 10 and was raised by his washerwoman mother. He died when a freight train struck him.

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Bob Kalsu
(American football player)
Bob Kalsu
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: 1970
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Annie Ross
(Singer, Actress)
Annie Ross
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mitcham, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2020
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Friedrich Olbricht
(Military personnel, Officer)
Friedrich Olbricht
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leisnig
Died: 1944

German general Friedrich Olbricht was part of the First World War but is best remembered for his association with the July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Eventually arrested for the conspiracy, he and the other plotters were executed, and Olbricht was the first to be shot.

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Sivaji Ganesan
(Actor)
Sivaji Ganesan
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Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sirkali, India
Died: 2001
 28 
Charley Paddock
(Athlete)
Charley Paddock
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gainesville, Texas, United States
Died: 1943
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 29 
Manuel II Palaiologos
(Byzantine Emperor Who Became a Monk in His Final Years)
Manuel II Palaiologos
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Birthdate: June 27, 1350
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: 1425

Byzantine emperor of the 14th century, Manuel II Palaiologos was the son of Emperor John V Palaeologus. A thorough diplomat, he maintained a cordial relationship with the Ottomans, until his son, John VIII, clashed with them, leading Manuel to sign a peace treaty. He spent his final years as Matthew, a monk.

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Susanne Lothar
(Actress)
Susanne Lothar
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Birthdate: November 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: 2012
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Elliot Handler
(Entrepreneur)
Elliot Handler
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2011
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Rexford Tugwell
(Economist)
Rexford Tugwell
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Birthdate: July 10, 1891
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sinclairville, New York, United States
Died: 1979
 33 
Hendrickje Stoffels
(Artists' models)
Hendrickje Stoffels
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 1626 AD
Birthplace: Bredevoort, Netherlands
Died: 1663

Hendrickje Stoffels was the mistress of popular Golden Age painter, draughtsman, and printmaker Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Although there is no evidence to suggest that Hendrickje posed as a model for Rembrandt's paintings, it is widely believed that she might have served as Rembrandt's muse and model for many of his artworks. Hendrickje Stoffels has been portrayed in many films.

 34 
Bob McAllister
(American Magician, Entertainer Best Known as the Host of the Children's Show 'Wonderama')
Bob McAllister
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1998

Popular magician and entertainer Bob McAllister started his entertainment career as a ventriloquist on the Today Show and soared to fame in the 1970s with his children’s show Wonderama. He also performed in the award-winning series Kids Are People Too and The Bob McAllister Show.

 35 
William Russell, Lord Russell
(Politician)
William Russell, Lord Russell
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 29, 1639
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: England
Died: 1683
 36 
Buddy Emmons
(Musician)
Buddy Emmons
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 27, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mishawaka, Indiana, United States
Died: 2015
 37 
G. M. Trevelyan
(Historian)
G. M. Trevelyan
0
Birthdate: February 16, 1876
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warwickshire, England
Died: 1962
 38 
Owen Wister
(Novelist)
Owen Wister
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 14, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1938
 39 
Zoran Radmilović
(Former actor who had some of the most memorable roles in the history of former Yugoslav cinema)
Zoran Radmilović
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Birthdate: May 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zaječar, Serbia
Died: 1985
 40 
B. P. Koirala
(Prime Minister of Nepal from 1959 to 1960)
B. P. Koirala
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varanasi, India
Died: 1982

B. P. Koirala was a Nepalese political leader, revolutionary, and writer. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Nepal from 1959 to 1960. He also served as the Home Minister of Nepal in 1951. B. P. Koirala, who was an ardent advocate of democracy, is often counted among the greatest political figures of Nepal.

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Edward B. Lewis
(Geneticist)
Edward B. Lewis
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 20, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Died: 2004

Edward B. Lewis was an American geneticist who helped found evolutionary developmental biology, a field that compares the developmental processes of various organisms. In 1995, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Eric Wieschaus and Christine Nüsslein-Volhard. He also won several other prestigious awards like the National Medal of Science and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize.

 42 
John Dawson
(American musician)
John Dawson
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Died: 2009
 43 
Silvio Cator
(Haitian Athlete)
Silvio Cator
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 9, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cavaillon, Haiti
Died: 1952
 44 
Alexander Cockburn
(Journalist)
Alexander Cockburn
1
Birthdate: June 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: 2012

Born in Scotland, Irish-American journalist Alexander Cockburn is best remembered as the co-editor of CounterPunch. The son of British journalist Claud Cockburn, Alexander had written for publications such as Village Voice and the LA Times. He also wrote politically relevant books such as Corruptions of Empire.

 45 
Thomas Mun
(British Economist and Writer)
Thomas Mun
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Birthdate: June 17, 1571
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1641

Seventeenth-century merchant Thomas Mun had been the director of the East India Company. He was the first to explain the economic theory of the balance of trade. A pioneer of mercantilism, he believed a nation’s wealth lay in its stock of gold, though such thoughts were proved flawed by later economists.

 46 
Victoria Benedictsson
(Swedish Author Known for Her Natural and Unpretentious Stories of Swedish Folk Life)
Victoria Benedictsson
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 6, 1850
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trelleborg Municipality, Sweden
Died: 1888
Victoria Benedictsson was a Swedish author best remembered as one of the greatest exponents of Swedish realism. Today, she is widely regarded as an early feminist as many of her novels discussed women's rights and the inequality of marriage. Victoria Benedictsson committed suicide at the age of 38.
 47 
Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld
(Opera singer)
Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 2, 1836
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: 1865
 48 
Earle Combs
(Baseball player)
Earle Combs
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pebworth, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1976
 49 
Vladimir Bagirov
(Latvian Chess Player and Coach)
Vladimir Bagirov
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: 2000
 50 
Hafez Ibrahim
(Egyptian Poet and Humanitarian)
Hafez Ibrahim
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 24, 1872
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dayrout, Egypt
Died: 1932

Hafez Ibrahim was an Egyptian poet whose poetry expressed concerns over social problems like women’s rights, education, and poverty. He was nicknamed the Poet of the People for his work to improve the lives of the poor. Hafez Ibrahim is often counted among the most important Egyptian poets who reinvigorated Classical Arabic poetry in the 19th century.