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 I, King of Sardinia/Duke of Savoy (CE III), 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, escaped slave, anti-slavery leader, dies 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 [Ferdinand-Frederic-], chemist (Nobel 1906), dies 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 W Nimitz, US admiral (WW 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, actor (Bewitched), 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 (Miura), dies
  • 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