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

  1. 987 - King Louis V of France
  2. 1254 - Conrad IV of Germany (b. 1228)
  3. 1481 - King Christian I of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (b. 1426)
  4. 1512 - Pandolfo Petrucci, ruler of Siena
  5. 1524 - Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, English soldier
  6. 1542 - Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer
  7. 1607 - John Rainolds, English scholar (b. 1549)
  8. 1639 - Tommaso Campanella, Italian theologian (b. 1568)
  9. 1647 - Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch poet (b. 1581)
  10. 1650 - James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, Scottish royalist (b. 1612)
  11. 1664 - Elizabeth Poole, Puritan businesswoman
  12. 1670 - Niccolo Zucchi, Italian astronomer (b. 1586)
  13. 1690 - John Eliot, English Puritan missionary (b. 1604)
  14. 1724 - Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, English statesman (b. 1661)
  15. 1742 - Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (b. 1664)
  16. 1771 - Christopher Smart, English poet (b. 1722)
  17. 1786 - Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Swedish chemist (b. 1742)
  18. 1790 - Thomas Warton, English poet (b. 1728)
  19. 1844 - Giuseppe Baini, Italian composer (b. 1775)
  20. 1862 - John Drew, Irish-born American actor (b. 1827)
  21. 1879 - Arturo Prat, Chilean naval officer (b. 1848)
  22. 1894 - Emile Henry, French anarchist (b. 1872)
  23. 1894 - August Kundt, German physicist (b. 1839)
  24. 1895 - Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (b. 1819)
  25. 1911 - Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (b. 1857)
  26. 1915 - Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (b. 1875)
  27. 1919 - Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1853)
  28. 1929 - Archibald Primrose, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1847)
  29. 1935 - Jane Addams, American social worker, Nobel laureate (b. 1860)
  30. 1949 - Klaus Mann, German writer (b. 1906)
  31. 1952 - John Garfield, American actor (b. 1913)
  32. 1957 - Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  33. 1964 - James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  34. 1965 - Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (b. 1882)
  35. 1970 - E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  36. 1973 - Vaughn Monroe, American musician (b. 1911)
  37. 1981 - Patsy O'Hara, Irish Hunger striker (b. 1957)
  38. 1984 - Ann Little, American actress (b. 1891)
  39. 1988 - Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer (b. 1900)
  40. 1991 - Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India (b. 1944)
  41. 1992 - T. B. Ilangaratne, Sri Lankan novelist and politician (b. 1913)
  42. 1996 - Lash LaRue, American actor (b. 1917)
  43. 1999 - Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12) (b. 1979)
  44. 2000 - Barbara Cartland, English author (b. 1901)
  45. 2000 - Sir John Gielgud, British actor (b. 1904)
  46. 2000 - Mark R. Hughes, American enterpreneur (b. 1956)
  47. 2002 - Niki de Saint Phalle, French artist (b. 1930)
  48. 2003 - Frank D. White, American politician (b. 1933)
  49. 2005 - Howard Morris, American comic actor and director (b. 1919)
  50. 2006 - Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  51. 2006 - Spencer Clark, American racecar driver (b. 1987)
  52. 2006 - Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)