Famous Deaths on February 20

  • 702 K'inich Kan B'alam II, king of the Maya state of Palenque (b. 635)
  • 1054 Yaroslav I, the Wise, ruler (Kiev), dies
  • 1154 Saint Wulfric of Haselbury Plucknett
  • 1171 Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)
  • 1194 Tancredo of Lecce, King of Sicily, dies
  • 1258 Al-Musta'sim, last Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad
  • 1408 Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman (b. 1342)
  • 1431 Pope Martin V [Oddo Colonna] dies, (b. 1368)
  • 1524 Tecún Umán, last leader of the Quiché-Maya
  • 1569 Mark van Vaernewijck, Flemish nobleman/politician, dies at 50
  • 1579 Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)
  • 1595 Ernst, archduke of Austria, dies at 41
  • 1618 Philip William, Prince of Orange, dies at 63
  • 1626 John Dowland, composer, dies
  • 1628 Gregor Aichinger, German composer/organist, dies at about 63
  • 1667 David ben Samuel Halevi, rabbi/author (Shulchan Aruch), dies
  • 1707 Aurangzeb, Mogul emperor of India (1658-1707), dies
  • 1731 Frederich Karl Erbach, composer, dies at 50
  • 1737 Elizabeth Rowe, poet, dies
  • 1746 Guillaume Coustou Sr, French sculptor (Mary Leszczynska), dies at 68
  • 1762 Tobias Mayer, German astronomer (b. 1723)
  • 1771 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (b. 1678)
  • 1773 Charles Emanuel III of Savoy, King of Sardinia, dies at 71
  • 1778 Laura Bassi, Italian scholar (b. 1711)
  • 1786 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer, dies at 70
  • 1788 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Dutch regent (Utrecht), dies at 68
  • 1790 Joseph II, Emperor of Holy Roman empire, dies at 48
  • 1803 Marie Dumesnil, French actress (b. 1713)
  • 1806 Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
  • 1809 Johann Joseph Emmert, composer, dies at 76
  • 1810 Andreas Hofer, milt leader (fought Napoleon's France), executed at 42
  • 1810 Johann Friedrich Kranz, composer, dies at 57
  • 1817 Martin de Ron, composer, dies at 27
  • 1845 Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer, dies at 57
  • 1848 [Willem] Alexander FCNM, prince of Neth/gen-maj, dies at 29
  • 1851 Josef Alois Ladurner, composer, dies at 81
  • 1855 Joseph Hume, social reformer, dies
  • 1860 Henry Drummond, English banker and religious leader, dies at 69
  • 1871 Paul Kane, Irish-born painter (b. 1810)
  • 1892 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Law of Kopp), dies at 74
  • 1893 P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (b. 1818)

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1895 Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist, lecturer and editor who was also an escaped slave, dies of a heart attack at 77

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass
  • 1904 Gustav Adolf Heinze, composer, dies at 83
  • 1905 Jeremiah W. Farnham, American merchant captain

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1907 Henri Moissan, French chemist who isolated the element "fluorine" from its compounds (Nobel 1906), dies of appendicitis at 54

Chemist and Nobel Laureate Henri Moissan
Chemist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Moissan
  • 1910 Boutros Ghali, Prime Minister of Egypt (1908-1910), assassinated by a nationalist at 64
  • 1911 Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov, composer, dies at 56
  • 1911 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, composer, dies at 76
  • 1916 Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish politician (Nobel 1908), dies at 71
  • 1920 Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63
  • 1936 John Hope, president of Atlanta University, dies at 67
  • 1936 Max Schreck, German actor (Count Orlok-Nosferatu), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1937 "Barlow" Carkeek, Aust cricket wicketkeeper (1912 series), dies
  • 1941 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
  • 1942 Guido Gasperini, composer, dies at 76
  • 1946 Hugh Allen, musician, dies
  • 1951 Howard Brockway, composer, dies at 80
  • 1958 Thurston Hall, actor (Mr Schuyler-Topper), dies at 75
  • 1959 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38
  • 1960 Leonard Woolley, archaeologist, dies
  • 1961 Otto E Huiswoud, [Frank Billings], editor (Negro Worker), dies at 67
  • 1961 Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian/US composer/pianist, dies at 78
  • 1962 Halliwell Hobbes, dies at 64
  • 1963 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
  • 1963 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(b. 1879)
  • 1964 R T Stanyforth, English cricket wicketkeeper (South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • 1965 Fred Immler, German actor (b. 1880)

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1966 Chester Nimitz, American admiral who commanded the US Pacific fleet in World War II, dies at 80

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1968 Anthony Asquith, British director (Court Martial), dies at 65
  • 1969 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • 1969 Jack Ingram, actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66
  • 1970 Albert Louis Wolff, composer, dies at 86
  • 1970 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)
  • 1970 Café Filho, 18th Brazilian President (1954-1955) dies aged 71
  • 1972 Herbert Menges, composer, dies at 69
  • 1972 Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
  • 1973 Brigitte Reimann, writer, dies at 39
  • 1973 Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian/US violinist, dies at 80
  • 1973 Maurice Dallimore, actor (Collector), dies at 60
  • 1974 David Monrad Johansen, composer, dies at 85
  • 1975 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • 1975 Lillian Fontaine, actress (Suddenly it's Spring), dies at 88
  • 1975 Robert Strauss, actor (Sgt Gruzewsky-Mona McCluskey), dies at 61
  • 1976 Kathryn Kuhlman, religious leader/faith healer, dies
  • 1980 Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
  • 1983 James G Richardson, (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident
  • 1983 Ray Vitte, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33
  • 1983 Fritz Köberle, Austrian-Brazilian physician (b. 1910)
  • 1984 Fikret Dzhamil Amirov, composer, dies at 61
  • 1985 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), dies of leukaemia at 80
  • 1986 Francisco Paolo Mignone, composer, dies at 88
  • 1986 Jacobus G Rietkerk, Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies at 58
  • 1987 Ivan Brkanovic, composer, dies at 80
  • 1992 Andrew Schenck, conducter, dies of melanoma at 51
  • 1992 Dick York, American actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind), dies of emphysema at 63
  • 1992 Joan Dixon, actress (Hot Lead, Bunco Squad, Gunplay), dies at 66
  • 1992 Roberto D'Aubuisson, El Salvadorian founder (ARENA), dies
  • 1993 Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini), dies at 76
  • 1994 Derek Jarman, English director (Last of England), dies at 52
  • 1994 Manuel F "Garincha" dos Santos, soccer player (Brazil), dies at 49
  • 1995 John Humphreys Whitfield, italianist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Shlomo Averbach, Rabbi, buried in Jerusalem, 250,000 attend
  • 1996 Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, Test pilot, dies at 83
  • 1996 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer, dies at 69
  • 1996 Toru Takemitsu, composer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Walter Charles Marshall, scientist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Solomon Asch, American psychologist (b. 1907)
  • 1997 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (b. 1960)
  • 1999 Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
  • 1999 Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
  • 2000 Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician (b. 1937)
  • 2001 Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2003 Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  • 2003 Orville Freeman, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 2003 Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff (b. 1947)
  • 2003 Harry Jacunski, American football player
  • 2003 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • 2005 Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)
  • 2005 John Raitt, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Tom Willmore, English geometer (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • 2006 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
  • 2007 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Mike Awesome, Pro Wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2008 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
  • 2008 Larry Davis (criminal)
  • 2009 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • 2010 Alexander Haig, American soldier and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2012 Renato Dulbecco, Italian-born American virologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 97
  • 2013 Antonio Roma, Argentinian footballer, dies at 80
  • 2016 Peter Mondavi, American winemaker (Charles Krug - Napa Valley), dies at 101