Famous People Who Died on May 21St in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

See You In Heaven

What Happened on this Day in History?

1856 – Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces

1881 – The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton and is still going strong today

1917- The Great Atlanta Fire occurs destroying all that is in its path

1924 – University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks in a “Thrill Killing”

1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean

1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean


1588-1664 – Elizabeth Poole, English-born Puritan settler and founder of Taunton, Massachusetts

1604-1690 – John Eliot, English Puritan missionary “The Indian Apostle”

1860-1935 – Jane Addams, American social worker, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

1913-1952 – John Garfield, American actor, at the onset of World War II, Garfield immediately attempted to enlist in the armed forces, but was turned down because of his heart condition. Frustrated, he turned his energies to supporting the war effort. He and actress Bette Davis were the driving forces behind the opening of the Hollywood Canteen, a club offering food and entertainment for American servicemen. He later traveled to Yugoslavia to help entertain for the war effort. Was accused of being a communist, died of a heart-attack from the stress

1900-1988 – Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer and the father of Sammy Davis Jr

1979-1999 – Karnail “Bugz” Pitts, American rapper (D12), is an American hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan. D12 has had chart-topping albums in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. D12 was formed in 1996, but only achieved mainstream success when one of its members, Eminem, rose to international fame, he was shot to death-Eminem is the successful rapper in the group, although the group had some success, the group was formed in Detroit, Michigan

1901-2000 – Barbara Cartland, English author and very successful romantic novel writer

1956-2000 – Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur who was founder and chairman of Herbalife International, died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol

1928-2003 – Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, he began De Tomaso Automobili in 1959, which became a very successful company

1919-2005 – Howard Morris was an American comic actor and director who was best known for his role as Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show.

1909-2006 – Katherine Dunham was called the “Matriarch and Queen Mother of Black Dance

1929-2006 – Billy Walker was an American country music singer and guitarist best-known for his 1962 hit, “(I’d Like to Be In) Charlie’s Shoes”. He was nicknamed The Tall Texan, Walker had more than 30 charted records during a nearly 60-year career; and was a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry, he was one of the first artists to record a Willie Nelson song, and he died in a car accident

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing




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