Died On March 21st

Discover the most famous people who died on March 21. The list includes people like Chinua Achebe, Chuck Barris, Thomas Cranmer, Ernie Wise, John List. Famous personalities featured on this list, include economists, actors, novelists and spiritual & religious leaders and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Italy and many more countries.
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Chinua Achebe
(Nigerian novelist)
Chinua Achebe
24
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ogidi, Nigeria Protectorate
Died: 2013

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian poet, novelist, professor, and critic. Often described as Africa's greatest storyteller, Achebe is widely regarded as the father of modern African writing. He was the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Man Booker International Prize 2007. His novel Things Fall Apart is one of the most read books in Africa.

 2 
Chuck Barris
(Game Show Host)
Chuck Barris
6
Birthdate: June 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: 2017

Game show creator, producer, and host Chuck Barris began his career at NBC in New York City as a page. Brilliant and creative, he moved up the ranks in the entertainment industry and was soon producing music for TV shows. He then opened his own production company and went ahead to gain fame as a game show creator.

 3 
Walter White
(American Civil Rights Activist)
Walter White
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: 1955
 4 
Dean Paul Martin
(Son of American Entertainer Dean Martin)
Dean Paul Martin
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: 1987

Dean Paul Martin made his way into pop singing at the age of thirteen when he joined the pop group Dino, Desi & Billy. He earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance in Players. He also became a successful tennis player and competed in junior competition at Wimbeldon. At the age of 16, he obtained his pilot's license.

 5 
Robert Preston
(Former Actor best known for his role as Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man on the Broadway stage in 1957)
Robert Preston
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Birthdate: June 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1987
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 6 
James Rebhorn
(Actor)
James Rebhorn
8
Birthdate: September 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 2014
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 7 
Leo Fender
(Inventor)
Leo Fender
4
Birthdate: August 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: 1991
 8 
Dack Rambo
(Actor)
Dack Rambo
3
Birthdate: November 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Earlimart, California, United States
Died: 1994
 9 
Candy Darling
(Actress)
Candy Darling
5
Birthdate: November 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, USA
Died: 1974
 10 
Lili Damita
(Actress)
Lili Damita
1
Birthdate: July 10, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blaye, France
Died: 1994
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 11 
Benedict of Nursia
(Italian Christian Monk, Writer, Theologian and Founder of Western Christian Monasticism)
Benedict of Nursia
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 0480
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norcia, Italy
Died: 0547
The only valid mention of Saint Benedict is found in the Dialogues of St. Gregory I. Of the many legends about him is the one in which he rolled himself against bushes to inflict wounds, just to escape the Devil who showed the image of a beautiful woman to him.
 12 
Frederick Winslow Taylor
(American Mechanical Engineer Known for His Methods to Improve Industrial Efficiency)
Frederick Winslow Taylor
4
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 20, 1856
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1915

American inventor, mechanical engineer and an accomplished tennis and golf player, Frederick Winslow Taylor, regarded as the father of scientific management, sought to improve industrial efficiency. His approach on scientific management, referred to as Taylorism, has significantly influenced development of industrial engineering and production management. His monograph, The Principles of Scientific Management, laid out his views on principles of scientific management.

 13 
Michael Redgrave
(Actor)
Michael Redgrave
1
Birthdate: March 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: 1985
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 14 
Ernie Wise
(Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter)
Ernie Wise
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bramley, Leeds
Died: 1999
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 15 
Chuck Bednarik
(Football player)
Chuck Bednarik
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2015
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 16 
Colin Dexter
(Writer)
Colin Dexter
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stamford, England
Died: 2017
 17 
Galina Ulanova
(One of the Greatest Ballerinas of the 20th Century)
Galina Ulanova
5
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 8, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1998
Born to dancer parents, Soviet ballerina Galina Ulanova was destined to follow in their footsteps. The dancer who had performed with both Mariinsky and Bolshoi theaters remains the only two-time Hero of Socialist Labour winner. She amazed audiences in Giselle, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet.
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Pinetop Perkins
(Jazz Pianist)
Pinetop Perkins
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 7, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belzoni, Mississippi, United States
Died: 2011
 19 
Mary Ainsworth
(American-Canadian Developmental Psychologist Known for Her Work in the Development of the Attachment Theory)
Mary Ainsworth
2
Birthdate: December 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glendale, Ohio, United States
Died: 1999

American-Canadian developmental psychologist Mary Ainsworth is best remembered for her contributions in developing the attachment theory. She devised the Strange situation procedure during the 1970s to observe early emotional connect and relationship between a caregiver and child. She was ranked as the 97th most cited psychologist of the 20th century in a 2002 survey of Review of General Psychology.

 20 
Martin McGuinness
(3rd Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (2007 - 2017))
Martin McGuinness
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland
Died: 2017

Once the deputy minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness has also served as his country’s education minister. He had also been part of the Provisional Irish Republican Army during the Northern Ireland conflict. The Sinn Féin politician had a major role to play in the Good Friday Agreement.

 21 
Alexander Glazunov
(Composer)
Alexander Glazunov
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1936
 22 
Harry H. Corbett
(Actor)
Harry H. Corbett
5
Birthdate: February 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rangoon, Burma [now Yangon, Myanmar]
Died: 1982
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 23 
Macdonald Carey
(Actor)
Macdonald Carey
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Birthdate: March 15, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Died: 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 24 
William Blount
(Politician)
William Blount
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 26, 1749
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor, North Carolina, United States
Died: 1800
 25 
Joe Medwick
(Baseball player)
Joe Medwick
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carteret, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1975
 26 
Joe Fulks
(Basketball Player)
Joe Fulks
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1976
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 27 
Makonnen Wolde Mikael
(Shum of Harar (1887 - 1906) and a Noted General during the First Italo-Ethiopian War)
Makonnen Wolde Mikael
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 8, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheno, Shewa, Ethiopia
Died: 1906

Makonnen Wolde Mikael served as Shum of Harar from 1887 to 1906 under Ethiopian monarchs Yohannes IV and Menelik II. The governor of Harar province and a military leader, Mikael is best-remembered for his role as an effective general during various military-campaigns, most notably during First Italo–Ethiopian War when he played a key role at the Battle of Adwa.

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Jackie Trent
(Singer-Songwriter)
Jackie Trent
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Died: 2015
 29 
Robert Southey
(Former poet of the Romantic school, and Poet laureate from 1813 until his death)
Robert Southey
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 12, 1774
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1843
 30 
Anna-Lisa
(Actress)
Anna-Lisa
2
Birthdate: March 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: 2018
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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John Law
(economist, banker, statistician)
John Law
3
Birthdate: April 21, 1671
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: 1729

John Law was a Scottish economist best remembered for his work as Controller General of Finances under the Regent of the Kingdom of France, Philippe II, Duke of Orléans. Law is credited with founding Banque Générale Privée, the first financial organization to pioneer the use of paper money. Law is also credited with originating ideas like the real bills doctrine.

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Guadalupe Victoria
(Politician, Military personnel, Lawyer)
Guadalupe Victoria
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 29, 1786
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tamazula
Died: 1846
 33 
Connie Kreski
(Actress, Model)
Connie Kreski
1
Birthdate: September 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wyandotte, Michigan, United States
Died: 1995
 34 
Nicholas of Flüe
(Saint)
Nicholas of Flüe
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1417 AD
Birthplace: Unterwalden, Switzerland
Died: 1487
 35 
C.M. Kornbluth
(Author)
C.M. Kornbluth
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1958
 36 
Bobby Short
(Singer)
Bobby Short
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Danville, Illinois, United States
Died: 2005
 37 
Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh
(Politician)
Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bray, Ireland
Died: 1978
 38 
Franz Schreker
(Composer)
Franz Schreker
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 23, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Monaco
Died: 1934
 39 
Toni Wolff
(Psychologist)
Toni Wolff
1
Birthdate: September 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: 1953

Denied formal education for being a woman, Toni Wolff later became one of psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s closest collaborators. She entered Jung’s life as a patient of depression after her father’s death. She later headed the Psychologischer Club Zürich as its president and is often described as an intellectual rival of Jung’s wife.

 40 
Kinuyo Tanaka
(Actress, Film director)
Kinuyo Tanaka
0
Birthdate: November 29, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: 1977
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 41 
Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz
(Nobleman)
Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 11, 1787
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1862
 42 
Sven O. Høiby
(Norwegian Journalist, Hurdler and the Father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway)
Sven O. Høiby
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kristiansand, Norway
Died: 2007

Sven O. Høiby was a Norwegian journalist and hurdler. He represented the sports club from Kristiansand and had completed a 400-meter hurdles event in 58.0 seconds in 1959. Sven O. Høiby is best remembered as the father of Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway. He achieved national prominence after his daughter married Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway.

 43 
Karl Koller
(Ophthalmologist)
Karl Koller
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: December 3, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bohemia, Czech Republic
Died: 1944
 44 
Tonino Guerra
(Poet)
Tonino Guerra
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy
Died: 2012
 45 
Wolfgang Wagner
(Director)
Wolfgang Wagner
0
Birthdate: August 30, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bayreuth, Germany
Died: 2010
 46 
Jerry Krause
(Scout)
Jerry Krause
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2017

Jerry Krause was a sports scout and executive. He served as the general manager of the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for several years, from 1985 to 2003. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice. He died in 2017 and was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame later that year. 

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Grigol Orbeliani
(Poet)
Grigol Orbeliani
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 2, 1804
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: 1883
 48 
John Bates Clark
(Economist)
John Bates Clark
0
Birthdate: January 26, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: 1938
 49 
Âşık Veysel
(Turkish Folk Singer and Bard)
Âşık Veysel
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Şarkışla, Turkey
Died: 1973

Turkish Alevi ashik, or bard, Âşık Veysel is one of the greatest figures of Turkish folk literature. Blinded as a child because of smallpox, he learned music by playing a saz his father gave him. He later traveled on foot and taught music in various villages.

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Thomas Cranmer
(First Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury)
Thomas Cranmer
6
Birthdate: July 2, 1489
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aslockton
Died: 1556

Thomas Cranmer was the first Protestant to be the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was instrumental in the annulment of Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which led to the separation of the English Church from the See of Rome. He was eventually burnt at the stake for preaching Protestantism.