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  • What happened on April 21
  • April 21 is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 254 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

  • Events on April 21
  • 753 BC – Romulus founds Rome (traditional date).
  • 43 BC – Battle of Mutina: Mark Antony is again defeated in battle by Aulus Hirtius, who is killed. Antony fails to capture Mutina andDecimus Brutus is murdered shortly after.
  • 900 – The Laguna Copperplate Inscription (the earliest known written document found in what is now the Philippines): the Commander-in-Chief of the Kingdom of Tondo, as represented by the Honourable Jayadewa, Lord Minister of Pailah, pardons from all debt the Honourable Namwaran and his relations.
  • 1092 – The Diocese of Pisa is elevated to the rank of metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Urban II
  • 1506 – The three-day Lisbon Massacre comes to an end with the slaughter of over 1,900 suspected Jews by Portuguese Catholics.
  • 1509 – Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.
  • 1526 – The last ruler of the Lodi dynasty, Ibrahim Lodi is defeated and killed by Babur in the First Battle of Panipat.
  • 1615 – The Wignacourt Aqueduct is inaugurated in Malta.
  • 1782 – The city of Rattanakosin, now known internationally as Bangkok, is founded on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.
  • 1792 – Tiradentes, a revolutionary leading a movement for Brazil’s independence, is hanged, drawn and quartered.
  • 1802 – Twelve thousand Wahhabis under Abdul-Aziz bin Muhammad, invaded city of Karbala, killed over three thousand inhabitants, and sacked the city.
  • 1806 – Action of 21 April 1806: A French frigate escapes British forces off the coast of South Africa.
  • 1809 – Two Austrian army corps are driven from Landshut by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon as two French corps to the north hold off the main Austrian army on the first day of the Battle of Eckmühl.
  • 1821 – Benderli Ali Pasha arrives in Constantinople as the new Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire; he remains in power for only nine days before being sent into exile.
  • 1836 – Texas Revolution: The Battle of San Jacinto: Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
  • 1856 – Australian labour movement: Stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne march from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight-hour day.
  • 1863 – Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, declares his mission as “He whom God shall make manifest”.
  • 1894 – Norway formally adopts the Krag–Jørgensen bolt-action rifle as the main arm of its armed forces, a weapon that would remain in service for almost 50 years.
  • 1898 – Spanish–American War: The United States Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports. When the U.S. Congress issued a declaration of war on April 25, it declared that a state of war had existed from this date.
  • 1914 – Ypiranga incident: A German arms shipment to Mexico is intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz.
  • 1918 – World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, better known as “The Red Baron”, is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France.
  • 1925 – The Manifesto of the Fascist Intellectuals is published in Il Mondo, establishing the political and ideological foundations of Italian Fascism.
  • 1934 – The “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, is published in the Daily Mail (in 1999, it is revealed to be a hoax).
  • 1941 – Emmanouil Tsouderos becomes the 132nd Prime Minister of Greece.
  • 1945 – World War II: Soviet forces south of Berlin at Zossen attack the German High Command headquarters.
  • 1948 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 47 is adopted.
  • 1952 – Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) is first celebrated.
  • 1960 – Brasília, Brazil’s capital, is officially inaugurated. At 09:30, the Three Powers of the Republic are simultaneously transferred from the old capital, Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1962 – The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World’s Fair in the United States since World War II.
  • 1963 – The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá’í Faith is elected for the first time.
  • 1964 – A Transit-5bn satellite fails to reach orbit after launch; as it re-enters the atmosphere, 2.1 pounds (0.95 kg) of radioactive plutonium in its SNAP RTGpower source is widely dispersed.
  • 1965 – The 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair opens for its second and final season.
  • 1966 – Rastafari movement: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day.
  • 1967 – Greek military junta of 1967–74: A few days before the general election in Greece, Colonel George Papadopoulos leads a coup d’état, establishing amilitary regime that lasts for seven years.
  • 1970 – The Hutt River Province secedes from Australia as the Principality of Hutt River.
  • 1975 – Vietnam War: President of South Vietnam Nguyễn Văn Thiệu flees Saigon, as Xuân Lộc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, falls.
  • 1982 – Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first pitcher to record 300 saves.
  • 1985 – The compound of the militant group The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord surrenders to federal authorities in Arkansas after a two-day government siege.
  • 1987 – The Tamil Tigers are blamed for a car bomb that detonates in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo, killing 106 people.
  • 1989 – Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.
  • 1992 – The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12.
  • 1993 – The Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentences former dictator Luis García Meza to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution.
  • 2004 – Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160.
  • 2010 – The controversial Kharkiv Pact (Russian Ukrainian Naval Base for Gas Treaty) is signed in Kharkiv, Ukraine, by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovychand Russian President Dmitry Medvedev; it was unilaterally terminated by Russia on March 31, 2014.
  • 2012 – Two trains are involved in a head-on collision near Sloterdijk, Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, injuring 116 people.
  • 2012 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 2043 is adopted.

 

 

  • Births on April 21
  • 1488 – Ulrich von Hutten, German religious reformer (d. 1523)
  • 1555 – Ludovico Carracci, Italian painter and etcher (d. 1619)
  • 1630 – Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten, Dutch-English painter (d. 1700)
  • 1642 – Simon de la Loubère, French mathematician, poet, and diplomat (d. 1729)
  • 1651 – Joseph Vaz, Sri Lankan priest, missionary, and saint (d. 1711)
  • 1652 – Michel Rolle, French mathematician and academic (d. 1719)
  • 1671 – John Law, Scottish economist (d. 1729)
  • 1673 – Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg (d. 1742)
  • 1713 – Louis de Noailles, French general (d. 1793)
  • 1730 – Antonín Kammel, Czech violinist and composer (d. 1788)
  • 1752 – Pierre-Alexandre-Laurent Forfait, French engineer, hydrographer, and politician, French Minister of Marine and the Colonies (d. 1807)
  • 1752 – Humphry Repton, English gardener and author (d. 1818)
  • 1774 – Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (d. 1862)
  • 1775 – Alexander Anderson, American illustrator and engraver (d. 1870)
  • 1790 – Manuel Blanco Encalada, Chilean admiral and politician, 1st President of Chile (d. 1876)
  • 1810 – John Putnam Chapin, American politician, 10th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1864)
  • 1811 – Alson Sherman, American merchant and politician, 8th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1903)
  • 1814 – Angela Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts, English art collector and philanthropist (d. 1906)
  • 1816 – Charlotte Brontë, English novelist and poet (d. 1855)
  • 1837 – Fredrik Bajer, Danish lieutenant and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1922)
  • 1838 – John Muir, Scottish-American environmentalist and author (d. 1914)
  • 1851 – Charles Barrois, French geologist and palaeontologist (d. 1939)
  • 1854 – William Stang, German-American bishop (d. 1907)
  • 1864 – Max Weber, German economist and sociologist (d. 1920)
  • 1868 – Alfred Henry Maurer, American painter (d. 1932)
  • 1870 – Edwin Stanton Porter, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1941)
  • 1874 – Vincent Scotto, French actor and composer (d. 1952)
  • 1882 – Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)
  • 1885 – Tatu Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (d. 1967)
  • 1887 – Joe McCarthy, American baseball player and manager (d. 1978)
  • 1889 – Marcel Boussac, French businessman (d. 1980)
  • 1889 – Paul Karrer, Russian-Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1889 – Efrem Zimbalist, Sr., Russian-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1985)
  • 1892 – Freddie Dixon, English motorcycle racer and racing driver (d. 1956)
  • 1893 – Romeo Bertini, Italian runner (d. 1973)
  • 1898 – Maurice Wilson, English soldier, pilot, and mountaineer (d. 1934)
  • 1899 – Randall Thompson, American composer and academic (d. 1984)
  • 1903 – Issy Bonn, English actor, comedian, and singer (d. 1977)
  • 1903 – Luis Saslavsky, Argentinian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1904 – Jean Hélion, French painter (d. 1987)
  • 1904 – Odilo Globocnik, Italian-Austrian SS officer (d. 1945)
  • 1905 – Pat Brown, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Governor of California (d. 1996)
  • 1911 – Ivan Combe, American businessman, developed Clearasil (d. 2000)
  • 1911 – Kemal Satır, Turkish physician and politician (d. 1991)
  • 1912 – Eve Arnold, American photojournalist (d. 2012)
  • 1912 – Marcel Camus, French director and screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1913 – Norman Parkinson, English photographer (d. 1990)
  • 1914 – Angelo Savoldi, Italian-American wrestler and promoter, co-founded International World Class Championship Wrestling (d. 2013)
  • 1915 – Garrett Hardin, American ecologist, author, and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1915 – Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1916 – Estella B. Diggs, American businesswoman and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Eddy Christiani, Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1919 – Don Cornell, American singer and trumpet player (d. 2004)
  • 1919 – Roger Doucet, Canadian tenor (d. 1981)
  • 1919 – Licio Gelli, Italian financer (d. 2015)
  • 1920 – Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1922 – Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist and screenwriter (d. 1987)
  • 1922 – Allan Watkins, Welsh-English cricketer (d. 2011)
  • 1923 – John Mortimer, English lawyer and author (d. 2009)
  • 1924 – Ira Louvin, American singer-songwriter and mandolin player (d. 1965)
  • 1925 – Anthony Mason, Australian soldier and judge, 9th Chief Justice of Australia
  • 1925 – John Swinton of Kimmerghame, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire
  • 1926 – Keith Davey, Canadian businessman and politician (d. 2011)
  • 1926 – Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 1926 – Arthur Rowley, English footballer, cricketer, and manager (d. 2002)
  • 1927 – Ahmed Arif, Turkish poet and author (d. 1991)
  • 1928 – Jack Evans, Welsh-Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1996)
  • 1930 – Hilda Hilst, Brazilian author, poet, and playwright (d. 2004)
  • 1930 – Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (d. 1989)
  • 1930 – Dieter Roth, German-Swiss illustrator and sculptor (d. 1998)
  • 1930 – Jack Taylor, English footballer and referee (d. 2012)
  • 1932 – Slide Hampton, American trombonist and composer
  • 1932 – Elaine May, American actress, comedian, director, and screenwriter
  • 1932 – Angela Mortimer, English tennis player
  • 1933 – Edelmiro Amante, Filipino lawyer and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1933 – Easley Blackwood, Jr., American pianist, composer, and educator
  • 1933 – Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Iraqi patriarch (d. 2014)
  • 1935 – Charles Grodin, American actor and talk show host
  • 1935 – Thomas Kean, American academic and politician, 48th Governor of New Jersey
  • 1936 – James Dobson, American evangelist, psychologist, and author, founded Focus on the Family
  • 1936 – Reg Fleming, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2009)
  • 1937 – David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, singer, and music producer
  • 1937 – Ben Zinn, Israeli-born American academic and former international soccer player
  • 1939 – John McCabe, English pianist and composer (d. 2015)
  • 1939 – Sister Helen Prejean, American nun, activist, and author
  • 1940 – Jacques Caron, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1940 – Souleymane Cissé, Malian director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1941 – David L. Boren, American lawyer and politician, 21st Governor of Oklahoma
  • 1942 – Laine Kallas, Estonian runner and agronomist
  • 1942 – Pierre Lorrain, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2004)
  • 1942 – Geoffrey Palmer, New Zealand politician, 33rd Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • 1943 – Alan Fersht, English chemist and academic
  • 1944 – Paul Geremia, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1944 – Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball player and coach
  • 1945 – Ian Bruce, English author and academic
  • 1947 – Iggy Pop, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1947 – John Weider, English bass player
  • 1948 – Gary Condit, American businessman and politician
  • 1948 – Josef Flammer, Swiss ophthalmologist
  • 1948 – Paul Davis, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2008)
  • 1948 – Dieter Fromm, German runner
  • 1948 – Alan West, Baron West of Spithead, English admiral and politician, Minister for Security
  • 1949 – Patti LuPone, American actress and singer
  • 1950 – Bruce Duperouzel, Australian footballer and cricketer
  • 1950 – Kielo Tommila, Finnish actress
  • 1950 – Shivaji Satam, Indian actor
  • 1951 – Tony Danza, American actor and producer
  • 1951 – Michael Freedman, American mathematician and academic
  • 1951 – Bob Varsha, American sportscaster
  • 1951 – Steve Vickers, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1952 – Gerald Early, American author and academic
  • 1952 – Cheryl Gillan, British businesswoman and politician, Secretary of State for Wales
  • 1954 – Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – James Morrison, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1955 – Murathan Mungan, Turkish author, poet, and playwright
  • 1955 – Doug Soetaert, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956 – Peter Kosminsky, English director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1956 – Phillip Longman, German-American demographer and journalist
  • 1957 – Hervé Le Tellier, French linguist and author
  • 1957 – Jesse Orosco, American baseball player
  • 1957 – Herbert Wetterauer, German painter, sculptor, and author
  • 1958 – Andie MacDowell, American model, actress, and producer
  • 1958 – Yoshito Usui, Japanese illustrator (d. 2009)
  • 1958 – Michael Zarnock, American author
  • 1959 – Tim Jacobus, American illustrator and painter
  • 1959 – Olga Kuragina, Russian pentathlete
  • 1959 – Arno Pijpers, Dutch footballer and coach
  • 1959 – Robert Smith, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1960 – Michel Goulet, Canadian ice hockey player and scout
  • 1960 – Julius Korir, Kenyan runner
  • 1961 – Carey Hayes, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1961 – Chad Hayes, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Neale Marmon, English-German footballer, coach, and manager
  • 1961 – David Servan-Schreiber, French physician, neuroscientist, and author (d. 2011)
  • 1962 – Les Lancaster, American baseball player and coach
  • 1962 – Craig Robinson, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Aavo Sarap, Estonian footballer and coach
  • 1963 – Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1963 – Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
  • 1963 – John Cameron Mitchell, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Alex Baumann, Czech-Canadian swimmer
  • 1964 – Ludmila Engquist, Russian-Swedish hurdler
  • 1965 – Ed Belfour, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965 – Karen Foster, American model and actress
  • 1965 – Gary Grant, American basketball player
  • 1965 – Thomas Helmer, German footballer
  • 1965 – Fiona Kelleghan, American academic, critic and librarian
  • 1965 – Oliver McCall, American boxer
  • 1965 – Teri Sue Wood, American illustrator
  • 1967 – Emilio Valle, Cuban hurdler
  • 1968 – Peter van Vossen, Dutch footballer and coach
  • 1969 – John Kibowen, Kenyan runner
  • 1969 – Toby Stephens, English actor
  • 1970 – Jeff Anderson, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Glen Hansard, Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1970 – Rob Riggle, American actor and comedian
  • 1970 – Nicole Sullivan, American actress and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Axl Rotten, American wrestler (d. 2016)
  • 1971 – Michael Turner, American author and illustrator (d. 2008)
  • 1972 – Richard Chelimo, Kenyan runner (d. 2001)
  • 1972 – Gwendal Peizerat, French ice dancer
  • 1973 – Jonathan Nsenga, Belgian hurdler and coach
  • 1974 – Maksim Gruznov, Estonian footballer
  • 1974 – Orlando Jordan, American wrestler
  • 1974 – David Peachey, Australian rugby league player
  • 1975 – Danyon Loader, New Zealand swimmer
  • 1976 – Rommel Adducul, Filipino basketball player
  • 1976 – Petero Civoniceva, Fijian-Australian rugby league player
  • 1977 – Doseone, American rapper and producer
  • 1977 – Gyula Koi, Hungarian scholar and educator
  • 1977 – Jamie Salé, Canadian figure skater
  • 1978 – Jacob Burns, Australian footballer
  • 1978 – Yuliya Pechonkina, Russian hurdler
  • 1979 – Tobias Linderoth, French-Swedish footballer and coach
  • 1979 – James McAvoy, Scottish actor
  • 1980 – Jeff Keppinger, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Hiro Shimono, Japanese voice actor
  • 1980 – Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Tony Romo, American football player
  • 1981 – Mads Junker, Danish footballer
  • 1982 – Khalif Barnes, American football player
  • 1982 – Micheal Luck, Australian rugby league player
  • 1982 – Carnell Williams, American football player
  • 1983 – Paweł Brożek, Polish footballer
  • 1983 – Marco Donadel, Italian footballer
  • 1983 – Tarvaris Jackson, American football player
  • 1984 – Shayna Fox, American voice actress
  • 1984 – Michael Tinsley, American hurdler
  • 1985 – Andy Jones, American high diver
  • 1986 – Audra Cohen, American tennis player
  • 1986 – Alexander Edler, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1986 – Tina Obrez, Slovenian tennis player
  • 1986 – Rodney Stuckey, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Mirko Valdifiori, Italian footballer
  • 1987 – Nadif Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1987 – Eric Devendorf, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Leroy George, Dutch footballer
  • 1987 – Anastasia Prikhodko, Ukrainian singer
  • 1987 – Lenira Santos, Cape Verdean sprinter
  • 1987 – Ryan Adams American baseball player
  • 1988 – Jencarlos Canela, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1988 – Pedro Mosquera, Spanish footballer
  • 1988 – Adam Rooney, Irish footballer
  • 1989 – Jayson Bukuya, Australian-Fijian rugby league player
  • 1989 – Tatyana McFadden, Russian-American sprinter and skier
  • 1989 – Carlos Muñoz, Chilean footballer
  • 1990 – Aleksandar Prijović, Swiss footballer
  • 1992 – George Burgess, English rugby league player
  • 1992 – Tom Burgess, English rugby league player
  • 1992 – Isco, Spanish footballer
  • 1992 – Rene Santos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1994 – Mitchell Weiser, German footballer
  • 1997 – Mikel Oyarzabal, Spanish footballer

 

 

  • Deaths on April 21
  • 234 – Emperor Xian of Han, Chinese emperor (b. 181)
  • 586 – Liuvigild, king of the Visigoths
  • 847 – Odgar, Frankish monk and archbishop
  • 866 – Bardas, Byzantine general
  • 941 – Bajkam, Turkish commander
  • 1073 – Pope Alexander II
  • 1109 – Anselm of Canterbury, Italian-English archbishop and saint (b. 1033)
  • 1136 – Stephen, Count of Tréguier Breton noblemen (b. c. 1058/62)
  • 1142 – Peter Abelard, French philosopher and theologian (b. 1079)
  • 1213 – Maria of Montpellier, Lady of Montpellier, Queen of Aragon (b. 1182)
  • 1329 – Frederick IV, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1282)
  • 1509 – Henry VII of England (b. 1457)
  • 1557 – Petrus Apianus, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1495)
  • 1574 – Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1519)
  • 1699 – Jean Racine, French playwright and poet (b. 1639)
  • 1701 – Asano Naganori, Japanese daimyo (b. 1667)
  • 1719 – Philippe de La Hire, French mathematician and astronomer (b. 1640)
  • 1720 – Antoine Hamilton, Irish-French soldier and author (b. 1646)
  • 1722 – Robert Beverley, Jr., English historian and author (b. 1673)
  • 1736 – Prince Eugene of Savoy (b. 1663)
  • 1740 – Thomas Tickell, English poet and author (b. 1685)
  • 1758 – Francesco Zerafa, Maltese architect (b. 1679)
  • 1792 – Tiradentes, Brazilian activist (b. 1746)
  • 1815 – Joseph Winston, American soldier and politician (b. 1746)
  • 1825 – Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathematician and academic (b. 1765)
  • 1852 – Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (b. 1787)
  • 1863 – Sir Robert Bateson, 1st Baronet, Irish politician (b. 1782)
  • 1900 – Vikramatji Khimojiraj, Indian ruler (b. 1819)
  • 1910 – Mark Twain, American novelist, humorist, and critic (b. 1835)
  • 1918 – Manfred von Richthofen, German captain and pilot (b. 1892)
  • 1924 – Eleonora Duse, Italian actress (b. 1858)
  • 1930 – Robert Bridges, English poet and author (b. 1844)
  • 1932 – Friedrich Gustav Piffl, Bohemian cardinal (b. 1864)
  • 1938 – Muhammad Iqbal, Indian-Pakistani philosopher and poet (b. 1877)
  • 1941 – Fritz Manteuffel, German gymnast (b. 1875)
  • 1945 – Walter Model, German field marshal (b. 1891)
  • 1946 – John Maynard Keynes, English economist and philosopher (b. 1883)
  • 1948 – Aldo Leopold, American ecologist and author (b. 1887)
  • 1952 – Leslie Banks, American actor, director and producer (b. 1890)
  • 1954 – Emil Leon Post, Polish-American mathematician and logician (b. 1897)
  • 1956 – Charles MacArthur, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1895)
  • 1965 – Edward Victor Appleton, English-Scottish physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • 1971 – François Duvalier, Haitian physician and politician, 40th President of Haiti (b. 1907)
  • 1973 – Arthur Fadden, Australian accountant and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
  • 1973 – Kemal Tahir, Turkish journalist and author (b. 1910)
  • 1974 – Chic Harley, American football player (b. 1894)
  • 1977 – Gummo Marx, American vaudevillian and talent agent (b. 1893)
  • 1978 – Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 1978 – Thomas Wyatt Turner, American biologist and academic (b. 1877)
  • 1980 – Alexander Oparin, Russian biochemist and academic (b. 1894)
  • 1980 – Sohrab Sepehri, Iranian poet and painter (b. 1928)
  • 1983 – Walter Slezak, Austrian-American actor and singer (b. 1902)
  • 1984 – Marcel Janco, Romanian-Israeli artist (b. 1895)
  • 1984 – Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian engineer and mountaineer (b. 1943)
  • 1985 – Rudi Gernreich, Austrian-American fashion designer, created the monokini (b. 1922)
  • 1985 – Tancredo Neves, Brazilian banker and politician, Prime Minister of Brazil (b. 1910)
  • 1986 – Marjorie Eaton, American painter and actress (b. 1901)
  • 1986 – Salah Jahin, Egyptian poet, playwright, and composer (b. 1930)
  • 1987 – Gustav Bergmann, Austrian-American philosopher from the Vienna Circle (b. 1906)
  • 1989 – James Kirkwood, Jr., American actor, playwright, and author (b. 1924)
  • 1990 – Erté, Russian-French illustrator (b. 1892)
  • 1991 – Willi Boskovsky, Austrian violinist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • 1996 – Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-born American engineer and racing driver (b. 1909)
  • 1996 – Dzhokhar Dudayev, Chechen general and politician, 1st President of Ichkeria (b. 1944)
  • 1996 – Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Pakistani cricketer (b. 1925)
  • 1996 – Jimmy Snyder, American sportscaster (b. 1919)
  • 1998 – Jean-François Lyotard, French sociologist and philosopher (b. 1924)
  • 1999 – Buddy Rogers, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 2003 – Nina Simone, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and activist (b. 1933)
  • 2004 – Mary McGrory, American journalist (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Gerry Marshall, English race car driver and journalist (b. 1941)
  • 2006 – Johnny Checketts, New Zealand commander and pilot (b. 1912)
  • 2006 – T. K. Ramakrishnan, Indian politician (b. 1922)
  • 2006 – Telê Santana, Brazilian footballer and manager (b. 1931)
  • 2007 – Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1941)
  • 2010 – Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1947)
  • 2010 – Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish businessman (b. 1920)
  • 2010 – Kanagaratnam Sriskandan, Sri Lankan-English engineer and civil servant (b. 1930)
  • 2011 – Catharina Halkes, Dutch theologian and academic (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Doris Betts, American author and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – Charles Colson, American lawyer and activist, founded Prison Fellowship (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Albert Falco, French captain and diver (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Charles Higham, English-American author and poet (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Jerry Toppazzini, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Kriyananda, Romanian-American spiritual leader (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Chrissy Amphlett, Australian singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1959)
  • 2013 – Shakuntala Devi, Indian mathematician and astrologer (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Leopold Engleitner, Austrian Holocaust survivor, author, and educator (b. 1905)
  • 2013 – Gordon D. Gayle, American general and historian (b. 1917)
  • 2014 – Herb Gray, Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1931)
  • 2014 – Janet Gray Hayes, American politician, 60th Mayor of San Jose (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Win Tin, Burmese journalist and politician, co-founded the National League for Democracy (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – M. H. Abrams, American author, critic, and academic (b. 1912)
  • 2015 – Steve Byrnes, American sportscaster and producer (b. 1959)
  • 2015 – John Moshoeu, South African footballer and manager (b. 1965)
  • 2015 – Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, Indian politician, Governor of Assam (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Sydney Valpy Radley-Walters, Canadian general (b. 1920)
  • 2015 – Betsy von Furstenberg, German-American actress (b. 1931)
  • 2016 – Lonnie Mack, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1941)
  • 2016 – Prince, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (b. 1958)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on April 21
  • Christian feast day:
    • Abdecalas
    • Anastasius Sinaita
    • Anselm of Canterbury
    • Beuno
    • Conrad of Parzham
    • Holy Infant of Good Health
    • Shemon Bar Sabbae
    • Wolbodo
    • April 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • A&M Day (Texas A&M University)
  • Civil Service Day (India)
  • Day of Local Self-Government (Russia)
  • Grounation Day (Rastafari movement)
  • Heroic Defense of Veracruz (Mexico)
  • Kang Pan-sok’s Birthday (North Korea)
  • Kartini Day (Indonesia)
  • Local Self Government Day (Russia)
  • National Tree Planting Day (Kenya)
  • San Jacinto Day (Texas)
  • Queen’s Official Birthday (Falkland Islands)
  • Tiradentes’ Day (Brazil)
  • Vietnam Book Day (Vietnam)
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