The following is a list of notable world figures who died on July 21st.

  1. 1403 - Henry Percy, English soldier (killed in battle)
  2. 1425 - Manuel II Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1350)
  3. 1688 - James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (b. 1610)
  4. 1796 - Robert Burns, Scottish poet (b. 1759)
  5. 1798 - Fran├žois Sebastien Charles Joseph de Croix, Count of Clerfayt, Austrian field marshal (b. 1733)
  6. 1870 - Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (b. 1827)
  7. 1889 - Nelson Dewey, American politician, 1st Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1813)
  8. 1899 - Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and military officer (b. 1833)
  9. 1899 - Sri Sarada Devi, Saint and wife of Sri Ramakrishna (b. 1853)
  10. 1932 - Bill Gleason, late 19th century baseball player
  11. 1936 - Georg Michaelis, 6th Chancellor of the German Empire (b. 1857)
  12. 1937 - Louis Vierne, French composer (b. 1870)
  13. 1938 - Owen Wister, American author (b. 1860)
  14. 1943 - Charlie Paddock, American athlete (b. 1900)
  15. 1944 - Claus von Stauffenberg, German army colonel who tried to assassinate Hitler (b. 1907)
  16. 1944 - Ludwig Beck, German Chief of Staff (b. 1880)
  17. 1948 - David Wark Griffith, American film director (b. 1875)
  18. 1967 - Jimmie Foxx, baseball player (b. 1907)
  19. 1967 - Albert Lutuli, South African politician, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  20. 1967 - Basil Rathbone, English actor (b. 1892)
  21. 1968 - Ruth St. Denis, dancer and choreographer (b. 1878)
  22. 1970 - Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
  23. 1970 - Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
  24. 1972 - Ralph Craig, American athlete (b. 1889)
  25. 1982 - Dave Garroway, American television host (b. 1913)
  26. 1986 - Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  27. 1998 - Alan Shepard, astronaut (b. 1923)
  28. 1998 - Robert Young, American actor (b. 1907)
  29. 2001 - Steve Barton, American actor (b. 1954)
  30. 2003 - John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  31. 2003 - Walter M. "Matt" Jefferies, American film art director (b. 1921)
  32. 2004 - Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1929)
  33. 2004 - Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
  34. 2005 - Andrzej Grubba, Polish table tennis player (b. 1958)
  35. 2005 - Long John Baldry, British blues musician (b. 1941)
  36. 2005 - Lord Alfred Hayes, British Wrestling Announcer for WWE (b. 1928)
  37. 2006 - Mako, Japanese-born American actor (b. 1933)
  38. 2006 - Ta Mok, "The Khmer Rouge Butcher", war criminal in Democratic Kampuchea (b. 1926)