Famous Deaths on 20th April

  • 1164 Victor IV, [Ottaviano Montecello], Italian antipope (1159-64), dies
  • 1176 Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, English soldier (b. 1130)
  • 1314 Clement V, [Bertrand Got], pope (1305-14) move papacy to Avignon, dies
  • 1317 Agnes van Montepulciano, Italian mystic/saint, dies
  • 1521 Zhengde, Emperor of China (b. 1491)
  • 1534 Elizabeth Barton, [St Magd van Kent], English nun and prophet (only women whose head was on a spike on London Bridge), hung for treason
  • 1558 Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer (b. 1485)
  • 1632 Nicolas Antione, converted to Judiasm, burned at the stake
  • 1643 Christoph Demantius, composer, dies at 75
  • 1662 Gerard Terborch, the elder, painter, dies
  • 1695 Georg Caspar Weckler, composer, dies at 63
  • 1703 Lancelot Addison, English royal chaplain (b. 1632)
  • 1765 Abigail Williams, American accuser in the Salem witch trials (b. 1674)
  • 1768 Giovanni AC Canaletto, Italian painter/cartoonist (Rialto), dies at 70
  • 1769 Pontiac, indian chief to Ottawa, murdered
  • 1786 John Goodricke, English deaf & dumb astronomer, dies at 21
  • 1812 George Clinton, 4th US VP, dies at 73 1st VP to, die in office
  • 1820 Arthur Young, author (Annals of Agriculture), dies
  • 1821 Franz K Achard, German physicist/chemist, dies at 67
  • 1831 John Abernethy, English surgeon (b. 1764)
  • 1836 Johan I Jozef, monarch of Liechtenstein/fieldmarshal, dies at 75
  • 1839 Giuseppe Rossini, father of Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini, dies
  • 1869 Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe, composer, dies at 72
  • 1869 Piotr Studzinski, composer, dies at 42
  • 1872 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja), dies at 62
  • 1873 William Tite, English architect (b. 1798)
  • 1874 Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (b. 1817)
  • 1887 Muhammad Sharif Pasha, Egyptian statesman (b. 1826)
  • 1899 Joseph Wolf, German artist (b. 1820)
  • 1900 Mebel Mercer, popular British singer, dies
  • 1906 Australian wombat; oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26
  • 1908 Henry Chadwick, sports reporter (baseball), dies at 85

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1912 Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager/writer (Dracula), dies at 64

Novelist Bram Stoker
Novelist
Bram Stoker
  • 1918 Reginald Harry Mybirgh Hands, cricketer (1 Test for SA), dies
  • 1932 Giuseppe Peano, mathematician, dies
  • 1935 Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter, dies at 92
  • 1941 Barend ter Haar, Dutch lawyer, dies in Buchenwald at 49
  • 1947 Christian X, king of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
  • 1951 Ivanoe Bonomi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1873)
  • 1953 Erich Weinert, writer, dies at 62
  • 1956 Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies
  • 1956 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • 1962 Arthur Harmat, composer, dies at 76
  • 1962 Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
  • 1964 Eddie Dyer, baseball player (b. 1899)
  • 1965 Dick Wessel, dies of heart attack on 52nd birthday
  • 1968 Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
  • 1971 Cecil Parker, actor (Court Jester, Operation Snafu), dies at 73
  • 1973 Robert Armstrong, actor (Fall Guy, Exposed), dies at 82
  • 1974 Mohammed Ayub Khan, premier/president (Pakistan), dies
  • 1977 Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
  • 1977 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • 1977 Sepp Herberger, German football coach (b. 1897)
  • 1979 Peter Donald, host (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • 1982 Andrew Sandham, cricketer (325 Eng 1930, 879 runs in 14 Tests), dies
  • 1982 Archibald MacLeish, US, lawyer/writer (Conquistador), dies at 89
  • 1982 Mimi Boesnach, actress (Wedding of Kloris & Roses), dies at 82
  • 1983 Jerzy Andrezjewski, writer, dies
  • 1984 Mabel Mercer, English/US singer (Fly me to the moon), dies at 84
  • 1984 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (b. 1943)
  • 1986 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer (b. 1916)
  • 1987 Antony Tudor, dancer/choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78
  • 1990 Horst Sinderman, RDA 1st minister (1973-76), dies
  • 1991 Don[ald] Siegel, US director (Coogan's Bluff/Dirty Harry), dies at 78
  • 1991 Jumjaagiyn Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician, dies
  • 1991 Sean O'Faolain, [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • 1991 Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a fire at 44
  • 1991 Yumzhagin Tsendenbal, PM of Mongolia (1952-74), dies
  • 1992 Benny Hill, comedian (Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1992 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer/guitarist, dies at 76
  • 1993 Cantinflas, [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Pepe), dies at 81
  • 1994 Jean Carmet, French actor (Merci la Vie, Le Sucre), dies at 72
  • 1995 Milovan Djilas, Yugoslavian politician (1945-54), dies
  • 1995 R E S Wyatt, cricketer (England capt 16 times), dies
  • 1995 Sunil Jayasinghe, Sri Lankan wicketkeeper (1979 World Cup), suicide
  • 1995 Tessie O'Shea, entertainer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, bBC Executive, dies at 88
  • 1996 Christopher Robin Milne, bookseller, dies at 75
  • 1996 Tran Van Tra, soldier, dies at 77
  • 1999 Victims and shooters of the Columbine High School massacre
  • 1999 Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • 1999 SeƱor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist and comedian (b. 1896)
  • 2001 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (b. 1946)
  • 2002 Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 2003 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • 2003 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • 2003 Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist (b. 1904)
  • 2005 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish football player (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Anna Svidersky (b. 1988)
  • 2007 Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)
  • 2007 Michael Fu Tieshan, Chinese bishop (b. 1931).
  • 2008 VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • 2008 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

2010 Dorothy Height, American civil rights activist, dies at 98

Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • 2011 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • 2011 Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
  • 2013 Howard Phillips, American politician, dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • 2013 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • 2014 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • 2015 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, dies at 84
  • 2015 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), dies at 96