Famous Deaths in 1920

  • Jan 1 Paul Adam, French writer (L'enfant d'Austerlitz), dies at 57
  • Jan 4 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (b. 1843)
  • Jan 7 Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1849)
  • Jan 14 John Francis Dodge, American automobile pioneer (b. 1864)
  • Jan 16 Reginald De Koven, composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 20 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (b. 1876)
  • Jan 25 Amadeo Modigliani, Italian sculptor/painter, dies at 35
  • Jan 26 Matthias Enzberger, German minister of finance, murdered
  • Feb 7 Alexander Koltsjak, adm/leader Russian counter-revolutionary, executed
  • Feb 7 Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander (b. 1874)
  • Feb 8 Richard Dehmel, writer, dies at 56
  • Feb 12 Emile Sauret, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 12 Jean Allemane, French socialist/communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
  • Feb 12 Ottalee Baker, Frank "Home Run" Baker's wife, dies at 31
  • Feb 20 Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63
  • Feb 21 Jacinta Marto, witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Alexander Alexandrovich Il'yinsky, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 25 Aloys, Liechtenstein nobleman/politician, dies at 73
  • Feb 26 Ludwig Rubiner, writer, dies at 38
  • Feb 27 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romanian historian, dies at 72
  • Mar 1 Joseph Trumpeldor, killed defending Tel-Mai against arab attack
  • Mar 1 John H. Bankhead, U.S. Senator (b. 1842)
  • Mar 3 Theodor Philipsen, Danish painter (b. 1840)
  • Mar 8 Rafael Obligado, Argentine writer (Santos Vega), dies at 69
  • Mar 11 Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (b. 1865)
  • Mar 20 Venustiano Carranza, president Mexico (1915-20), murdered at 60
  • Mar 21 Federigo Tozzi, Italian writer/journalist (Torre, Tre Croci), dies at 37
  • Mar 26 William Chester Minor, American surgeon and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (b. 1834)
  • Mar 27 Johan G Danser, Dutch poet (Meetings), dies at 26
  • Apr 3 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • Apr 8 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, US composer (White Peacock), dies at 35
  • Apr 10 Moritz B Cantor, German mathematician, dies at 90
  • Apr 10 Tryggve Andersen, Norwegian writer (Mod Kvaeld), dies at 53
  • Apr 15 Jacob van Stolk Azn, art collector, dies at 74
  • Apr 16 John Conrad Nordqvist, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (b. 1887)
  • Apr 29 William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General in the American Civil War (b. 1839)
  • May 10 John Wesley Hyatt, inventor/plastics pioneer, dies
  • May 11 William D Howells, US author (A Woman's Reason), dies at 83
  • May 16 Levi P. Morton, United States Vice President under Benjamin Harrision (b. 1824)
  • May 17 Maitland Hathorn, cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies
  • May 21 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican President (1917-1920), executed by army generals after his decision that the next President be a civilian (61)
  • May 23 Svetozar Boroević, Austrian field marshal (b. 1856)
  • Jun 5 Rhoda Broughton, Welsh author (b. 1840)
  • Jun 13 Essad Pasja, Albanian military man/minister, murdered at peace confer
  • Jun 14 Max Weber, German sociologist/economist/historian, dies
  • Jun 15 Michel-Gaston Carraud, composer, dies at 55
  • Jun 20 Dmitry Ivanovsky, Russian Botanist who discovered the organisms that came to be known as viruses, dies at 55
  • Jun 30 Lena Christ, German writer (The Rumplhanni), commits suicide at 38
  • Jul 2 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (b. 1846)
  • Jul 5 John Shuter, cricketer (scored 28 in only Test for England 1888), dies
  • Jul 5 Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor, dies at 63
  • Jul 10 Eugenie M de Montijo y de Guzman, Emperor of France, dies at 94
  • Jul 10 John A "Jacky" Kilverston, adm/designer (dreadnought), dies at 79
  • Jul 10 Jackie Fisher, British admiral (b. 1841)
  • Jul 22 William Kissam Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1849)
  • Jul 23 Conrad Kohrs, German-born rancher (b. 1835)
  • Jul 26 Carlos Troyer, composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 1 Bal Gangadhar Tilak, British-Indian hindu leader, dies
  • Aug 2 Ormer Locklear, American stunt pilot (b. 1891)
  • Aug 4 Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 6 Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator, first flight in independent Poland (b. 1890)
  • Aug 10 Ádám Politzer, Austrian physician (b. 1835)
  • Aug 16 J Norman Lockyer, English physicist (discovered helium in Sun), dies
  • Aug 17 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 29 after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays
  • Aug 22 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter (Gustavus Vasa), dies at 60
  • Aug 31 Wilhelm Wundt, German physiologist/psychologist/philosopher, dies
  • Sep 5 Robert Harron, actor (Intolerance), accidental shot to death at 27
  • Sep 7 Simon-Napoléon Parent, politician, premier of the province of Quebec (b. 1855)
  • Sep 16 Daniel Andersson, Swedish poet/writer (Polar History), dies at 32
  • Sep 25 William F Sudds, composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 2 Max Bruch, composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 13 Isaac Capadose, lawyer/evangelist, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer/conductor (Artemis), dies at 56
  • Oct 20 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), dies at 82
  • Oct 25 Alexander, king of Greece (1917-20), dies after ape bite at 27
  • Oct 29 Johann Ernst Perabo, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Alphonse Desjardins, founder of the Caisses populaires Desjardins (b. 1854)
  • Nov 2 Andre Dumont, Belgian mine engineer (Limburgs coal basin), dies at 73
  • Nov 8 Abraham Kuyper, clergyman/Dutch premier (AR 1908-12), dies at 83
  • Nov 8 Salomon Anski, Russian/Polish yiddish author (Dibboek), dies at 57
  • Nov 21 Caryl Florio, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 21 William James Robjohn, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 22 Manuel Pérez y Curis, Uruguayan poet (b. 1884)
  • Nov 23 Mohammed ibn Addoellah, Somalian resistances leader "Mad Molla", dies
  • Nov 25 Gaston Chevrolet, French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
  • Dec 6 Karel Kovarovic, composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 10 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (b. 1868)
  • Dec 12 Olive Schreiner, South Afr writer (Healing Imagination), dies at 75
  • Dec 12 Paul Paul Lacôme, French composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 14 George Gipp, American football player (b. 1895)
  • Dec 16 Ma, the Benovelent, Chinese muslim rebel (holy war), dies
  • Dec 21 Claude Tozer, cricketer (dashing NSW batsman, shot to death
  • Dec 31 Albert Roelofs, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 43